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Production AV Ramps Up Concert Touring Services with Nathan Dunbar
UK – Production AV strong vision for concert touring services expansion is on track as the company welcomes respected video and sound technician Nathan Dunbar (pictured) as technical project manager.
Dunbar brings vast industry knowledge, experience and contacts in the sector, having worked on some of Europe’s largest AV projects including Glastonbury, UK-produced Hollywood movies and the MTV Europe Music Awards.
“We’re thrilled that Nathan has joined our growing team as Production AV looks to expand the scope of our projects and services in 2020,” says MD Pete McCrea. “His kit know-how, contacts and standing in our industry is an incredible asset to Production AV as we look to further strengthen our live music offering. We look forward to working with Nathan to achieve our goals in this next stage of growth.”
Dunbar comments: “I wanted to join a company where I could feel part of the family. I had offers from many of the so called ‘big boys’ of the industry but joining the team at Production AV was a no-brainer. It’s a great company to work for, constantly investing in new kit and enhancing camera package offerings. I’m excited to help take the company further into the concert touring sector with full force with that added Production AV attention to detail that gives us the edge.”
Production AV has supplied kit and crew for a number of high-profile live music and concert touring events this year. A major project was the Teenage Cancer Trust’s Royal Albert Hall fundraising concerts which featured artists including Take That, Rudimental and The Script, for which the team supplied a full video package consisting of LED screens, cameras and mixing, media servers and technicians.
Singer Jack Savoretti’s headline Wembley show this year was also enhanced by Production AV’s dual portrait IMAG screens, with 20,000 lumen Barco HDX W20 Flex Projectors and Agile Remote Cameras.
In December, Dunbar will head a Production AV team to supply and deliver an AV solution to British rapper Little Simz’s headline performance at London’s O2 Kentish Town Forum.
photo: Production AV
3rd December 2019
Renkus-Heinz Bolsters California-based Production, Engineering and Customer Support Teams with New Hires and Promotion
USA – Renkus-Heinz, manufacturer of premium professional loudspeakers, has announced new team members are joining its in-house production, engineering and support staff to serve the integrators and end users better who rely on Renkus-Heinz’ cutting-edge technology.
“We’re excited to announce the Renkus-Heinz family is growing,” said Matt Czyzewski, President of Renkus-Heinz. “Our new hires will join the design, manufacturing and support teams at our Orange County headquarters. While they’ll each look after different parts of the business, each new position will be focused on ensuring we do everything possible to offer our customers the very best in terms of steerable sound.”
- Ramon Guerrero, originally hired in September of 1985, is now a production planner at the company. Ramon’s long history with Renkus-Heinz includes stops in production, engineering and sales. Ramon will be working to ensure effective flow of production at the Orange County-based manufacturing facility.
Daniel Lee joins the Renkus-Heinz team as its newest mechanical engineer. Lee has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Pacific and has a background in designing low voltage life safety equipment systems. The move to Renkus-Heinz allows Lee to focus in on his passion as a music enthusiast.
Tony Freed joins the customer service team at Renkus-Heinz. He previously worked in sales and service roles, as well as for the US Army’s Aviation division where he was an E-4 Specialist. While he says he’s been told not to sing by family and friends, he still has a love for music and states his favourite band is The Cure.
Konrad Berreth also joins the customer service team. He previously worked in customer service and tech support at the Mesa Safe Company. A drummer and occasional guitarist, Konrad says his favourite musician is Jimmy Page, but picking a favourite song would be too painful.
26th November 2019
Ayrton Welcomes Chris Lose and Jonas Stenvinkel
USA – Chris Lose takes the role of Ayrton’s new designer relations manager and will be based in North America. Jonas Stenvinkel is Ayrton’s new Director of Strategic Development and based in London. Both positions commence with immediate effect.
Chris Lose is an international touring lighting director, programmer and columnist who has dedicated his life to solving problems through pragmatic decision making. His most recent clients include Hall and Oates, Nicki Minaj, Fleetwood Mac, Don Henley, Calvin Harris and corporate events around the globe.
At Ayrton, Chris’s role will be to develop successful relationships with the predominant designers and specifiers in the industry.
Jonas Stenvinkel originates from Sweden and has spent the last years in a senior EMEA role at Martin/Harman, after many years heading up Martin/Harman APAC out of Singapore. With his international experience he will develop mid- and long-term relationships on the distributor and customer side.
“We are delighted and excited to welcome Chris and Jonas to the Ayrton team,” says Ayrton global sales director, Michael Althaus. “Ayrton is expanding at a phenomenal rate and the addition of the rich industry experience proffered by our two latest team members will progress this development still further whilst ensuring we maintain our high standards of customer relations that have become the hallmarks of Ayrton.”
Both Chris and Jonas will be at the LDI show in Las Vegas this month.
In picture: Michael Althaus global sales director, Chris Lose designer relations manager, Jonas Stenvinkel director of strategic development, Jerad Garza international sales and Chris Ferrante CEO.
19th November 2019
Gerrit Schottert Joins Chauvet Team
Belgium – Keeping pace with the ever-increasing demand for its products in Benelux, Chauvet has named highly-regarded lighting specialist Gerrit Schottert as its senior business development nanager for The Netherlands. Operating out of the company’s office in Belgium, Schottert will be responsible for the Chauvet Professional line.
Schottert will report to Steven Batslé, sales manager Benelux for Chauvet, who said: “Gerrit is a tremendous addition to our team. He has a well-deserved reputation as a professional who knows products and is determined to get the job done right for his customers. We are looking forward to working with him.”
In fulfilling his responsibilities at Chauvet, Schottert will be drawing on over 25 years experience in the entertainment lighting industry. He comes to his new position from Livingprojects, VAP for Signify, Vari-Lite and Strand Lighting where he served as sales manager of the entertainment distribution division.
“Gerrit has compiled an impressive track record, not just for his keen knowledge of lighting, but also as a result of his dedication to customer service,” said Stéphane Gressier, Chauvet’s international sales director. “Rental houses, designers and others in the Netherlands market are very familiar with Gerrit’s commitment to making his customers happy. We are excited to have him on our team and are confident he will make valuable contributions to our continued growth.”
For his part, Schottert is also eagerly anticipating the opportunities that lay ahead at Chauvet. “I’m very impressed with the extensive and versatile Chauvet assortment of products, but especially the family feeling within the organisation. Everyone here is 100% committed to entertainment lighting. The wide range and quality of Chauvet Professional products will certainly be embraced in the Netherlands.”
12th November 2019
Sanak Pandit Adds APAC Support for Generation AV and Martin Audio
Singapore – Singapore-based start-up Generation AV, who represent Martin Audio in the APAC countries, has announced the arrival of the experienced Sanak Pandit (pictured), who joins the team as applications engineer.
Based in Bangalore, India, Sanak has been working in audio since he was 14, having completed his studies in the Bangalore School of Audio under the training of Vishnu Pandit, one of the most respected technical experts in the touring and rental market in India. In addition to working with his family companies of V&P Sound and SD Audio, Sanak also served as a freelance sound engineer for a number of Indian artists.
Trained and certified in most of the industry leading advanced networking platforms, in recent years Sanak has led many training courses from the Basics of Audio through to System Design, Measurement and Optimisation for many rental companies and engineers in India.
Said Generation AV founder David McKinney: “I am very excited to have Sanak in the team; he has the technical abilities to support all the brands in Generation AV and I believe will be a great asset to our business in Asia. With his strong background in the touring market he is able to hit the ground running.”
And Martin Audio MD, Dom Harter, added: “Following the appointment of Generation AV, it is reassuring to know that Martin Audio sales support in the APAC territories is in such safe hands with the appointment of Sanak. This is a developing region for us and it is vital that our customers know they have such an advanced level of on-the-ground backup.”
7th November 2019
Andrew Smith Joins CUK Audio
UK – Industry veteran Andrew Smith has joined CUK Audio in the newly created role of director of business development. Smith, who spent the last 11 years at Kramer Electronics UK in a number of roles including chief operating officer, will be championing the company’s growing portfolio of video and control products.
Commenting on his career move, Andrew said: "I've known Stuart and the team at CUK Audio for many years and am delighted to be joining them at such an important point in the company’s development." Managing director Stuart Thomson added: "Andrew will be a huge asset to our company. With his extensive industry knowledge, technical skills and sales ability, I know Andrew will help us deliver our ambitious growth plans over the coming years."
4th November 2019
Green Hippo expands with new team members
UK – Green Hippo, specialist creator of tools for the real-time manipulation of video for the AV industries, has strengthened its product development and logistics teams further with the appointment of three new members of staff at its London HQ.
Joining as supply chain manager is Tosan Kogoro, who brings a wealth of experience in supply chain and distribution processes. Tosan, who is fluent in English and German, arrives from DHL Global Forwarding where she was responsible for major clients including WH Smith and Argos.
Specialist media server and control systems engineer Leon Dickens joins as product support technician. Leon has three years’ direct experience of Green Hippo’s leading range of media servers in training, operations and troubleshooting. He was most recently employed as an event services technician at PRG and before that, as a video media server supervisor. Leon will work directly with end users to provide technical solutions.
Joining the R&D team is Pratik Mankawde. An experienced software developer, Pratik joins Green Hippo from DNeg VFX Studio in London, before which he was employed by Qualcomm and DreamWorks in Bangalore, India. He began his career with DreamWorks as an intern before joining its R&D team as a permanent employee. During this time, he worked on DreamWorks animation movies Kung Fu Panda 3, Trolls and Boss Baby.
“We’re thrilled that Tosan, Leon and Pratik have joined Green Hippo; this is an exciting time for the company as we expand our London operations in line with our strategy for growth in the coming twelve months,” says CEO Emma Marlow. “We are increasing production, distribution and support services and investments in our team reflect our commitment to that. We look forward to working with them all.”
The appointments come at a time of expansion for the pioneering media server company, which recently launched V4.5 of its renowned Hippotizer software, with a host of powerful new features.
In picture: Green Hippo welcomes new team members supply chain manager Tosan Kogoro, specialist media server and control systems engineer Leon Dickens and software developer Pratik Mankawde.
31st October 2019
Audiologic Promotes Dave Smith
UK – Leading provider of professional audio-visual equipment, Audiologic, has announced the internal promotion of Dave Smith to the position of senior business manager, completing a management re-structure recently instigated by MD Andy Lewis. Dave will take responsibility for the day to day management of the company’s external sales team, providing a clearly defined link to the directors, whilst retaining some hands-on sales accounts. A vastly experienced industry professional who has enjoyed senior management positions within Sennheiser and Lexar Media, Dave has been with the sales team at Audiologic for five years, during which time he has been a key figure in its eye-catching growth.
Audiologic managing director Andy Lewis sees Dave Smith’s promotion as another essential step towards a yet more efficient and streamlined operation: “In the time Dave has been with us he’s clearly demonstrated what an excellent operator he is. His knowledge of the industry is second to none and his management experience in previous roles has equipped him with all the skills necessary to run a cohesive and effective team. We’ve enjoyed significant growth in recent years and it’s vital that we establish a robust and dynamic management structure to meet the challenges ahead. Dave, along with head of operations Anne Broadley and senior application engineer Ben Spurgeon, completes a very strong team who are well-equipped to take responsibility for every aspect of our business.”
New senior business manager Dave Smith adds: “We go from strength to strength at Audiologic and I’m very pleased to be taking up this important new role within the company. I work alongside some exceptional people, whose commitment and dedication have been the cornerstones of a remarkable success story. It’s nice to be stepping into a management role again and I’m looking forward to playing my part in pushing Audiologic to even greater heights.”
29th October 2019
The American Society of Theatre Consultants Announces New Members 2019
USA – Three Theatre Consultants have been accepted into membership of the American Society of Theatre Consultants (ASTC). Members reviewed the applications as part of a recent online membership meeting, and the Board later approved all three applicants unanimously.
Patrick Barrett, ASTC is a senior theatre specialist at DLR Group in the New York City office.
Joe Chapman, ASTC is a senior theatre and lighting designer at Arup, working from the New York City office.
David Vieira, ASTC is a senior consultant at Wrightson Johnson Haddon Williams, Inc. (WJHW) in San Antonio, TX.
Members are required to demonstrate experience on multiple projects, that their income is principally as a consultant, and that they are not affiliated with any manufacturer or dealer organisation. A complete list of members and their contact information is available on the ASTC website: https://theatreconsultants.org/members/astcmembership-roster/
22nd October 2019
Chauvet Taps Desmond Kwan for Asia
Asia – The demand for Chauvet Professional and Chauvet DJ products has been growing rapidly throughout Asia. To serve its expanding market in the continent better, Chauvet has appointed highly-regarded industry figure Desmond Kwan as its Asia business development specialist.
Kwan brings extensive experience in entertainment lighting to his new position, having served in various sales and management positions at Harman Professional for 15 years. During that time he acquired a stellar reputation for his product knowledge and commitment to customer service.
“Desmond’s track record is extremely impressive,” said Stéphane Gressier, international sales director at Chauvet. “In addition to possessing an extraordinary level of expertise, he also has a genuine dedication to putting the customer first. This has earned him an excellent reputation throughout the markets he serves. It is also very much in keeping with our own philosophy at Chauvet, so he will fit in very nicely with our corporate culture and make valuable contributions to our continued growth in Asia.”
Kwan, who will be responsible for better Professional and better DJ products, shares this enthusiasm about his new position. “Becoming part of the Chauvet team is a wonderful opportunity,” he said. “Not only is this a company with tremendous growth potential in Asia, it’s also one that shares my values about being committed to excellence and customer service. I am very excited!”
In picture: Desmond Kwan and Stéphane Gressier.