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Aziz Adilkhodjaev Named ChamSys International Business Development Manager

Aziz Adilkhodjaev Named ChamSys International Business Development Manager

UK – ChamSys Ltd. has announced that Aziz Adilkhodjaev (pictured) has been named the company’s international business development manager. In his new role, he will be responsible for expanding and strengthening the international distribution network of the brand, as well as improving international customer support and training to enhance the user experience.

Chris Kennedy, ChamSys managing director, recognises this key management team appointment as an important element to maintain ChamSys’ rapid growth: “With his detailed knowledge in the field of lighting control, Aziz will assist in taking the MagicQ MQ500 and MagicQ software to a new level, and his expertise in international distribution will also help ChamSys to expand into new markets.”

Aziz said: “I am really excited about the MQ500. It’s an extremely powerful product with up to 200 universes from a single console and many unique functions, it can really deliver a punch. I am really looking forward to playing a major role in its evolution. With ChamSys’ quick turnaround on new software features, which is second to none, I’m sure we’ll see even more ChamSys consoles in the front of houses and venues around the world.”

Tony Cameron, sales director, added: “We are very pleased to welcome Aziz to the growing ChamSys family. His appointment comes at the perfect time with our new and exciting MQ500 Stadium range and our continued expansion of our distribution network.”

Aziz will be overseeing distribution in the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific regions and Russia

17th August 2017

Glenn Chapman RATstands' New Managing Director

Glenn Chapman RATstands\' New Managing Director

UK – Having worked for RATstands since 2008, Glenn Chapman has recently taken on the role of managing director and is hoping to expand the company’s reach in all corners of the world.

Bringing together beautiful designs and technically advanced materials to support new heights of artistic performance, RATstands is renowned for creating high quality, performance focused music stands, lights, chairs, staging and accessories.

Glenn Chapman, managing director of RATstands, said: ''Having worked for the company since 2008, I am incredibly proud to have taken up the managing director position at RATstands, at what is an exciting time for the business.

“I am confident that I will be able to drive the business forward in the right direction and introduce our ground breaking products to a worldwide market. I am passionate about our music equipment, and I am immensely excited to take our business on the next stage of our journey.”

Andrew Michell, Founder and Chairman of RATstands, commented: “Ever since Glenn joined the company in 2008 Glenn has displayed the leadership and commercial flair which I believe we need to take the company forward with an expanding product range.”

RATstands’ lights, music stands, orchestra chairs and staging are now the preferred choice of leading music venues across the world, from Abbey Road Studios to the Metropolitan Opera House and Sydney Opera House.

Flying the flag for British manufacturing, RATstands designs and manufactures its products in London and Essex and exports them to over 25 countries worldwide, testament to their unrivalled reputation.

Glenn added: “As a business, we’re moving ahead faster than ever before. With the addition of several new distribution deals in some key territories including Australia with CC's Light & Sound, and Yorkville Sound in Canada, our products are reaching new audiences, from individual musicians to the world's greatest professional orchestras.

“I personally love the fact that we are manufacturing our products in London and Essex.”

The appointment at the London based company comes as the firm takes steps to introduce its products to the Chinese market, reinforcing the fact that RATstands is dedicated to connecting with new and existing customers around the world.

Glenn said: “We have completed some really nice jobs recently, including some customised jobs in Australia, Hong Kong, and China. In the last two years, we have also started additional distribution agreements with over ten countries.

“We’re really pleased to have started distributing within the Chinese market. I plan to work with those distributors to grow our brand in the education and professional sectors, and throughout the retail market too. Ultimately, we want to be visible to every musician, from the student studying at school to the professional violinist playing in a top orchestra.”

17th August 2017

Simon Mighall Joins Flare Audio from Bose

Simon Mighall Joins Flare Audio from Bose

UK – The long-standing former financial controller at the Bose Corporation, Simon Mighall, has joined cutting-edge professional and consumer audio manufacturer Flare Audio as chief financial officer (CFO). Mighall’s role will include putting in place financial systems enabling Flare to ‘grow seamlessly and realise its potential to rival the world’s major audio brands’, supplying high end professional and consumer audio products globally.

Flare’s loudspeakers use the company’s own patented technologies to deliver a sound almost indistinguishable from that made by the performers on stage or in the studio, while, last year, its revolutionary ISOLATE ear protectors raised over £2.2m on crowdfunding websites.

“Prior to joining Flare, Simon Mighall spent 20 years at the UK subsidiary of Bose Corporation, whose turnover in this country went from less than £3m to over £100m during his tenure,” says Flare founder and CEO Davies Roberts. “Simon’s deep functional expertise, ownership, tenacity and entrepreneurial spirit position him well for life at Flare.”

“Flare Audio exudes excitement and enthusiasm,” says Mighall. “When I met Davies and the other directors, I caught the bug. This company is destined for great things and I have an amazing opportunity joining Flare at such an early stage.

“When I joined Bose, it was similar in turnover to Flare’s today. Having been through a steep growth path with a company before, I understand the challenges Flare will face. Everything we put in place today has to be scalable for the future because that turnover is only going in one direction, upward.”

John Banerjee, Chairman of Flare Audio says: “Simon will be instrumental in driving the commercialisation of Flare’s considerable body of Intellectual Property via new and exciting products in both Consumer and Pro-Audio markets, in alignment with Flare’s long-term strategy.”

15th August 2017

RATstands announce new Managing Director

UK – Leading music equipment designer, RATstands has appointed a new managing director, signalling a period of change, growth, and innovation for a brand that serves the needs of some of the world’s most respected orchestras, musicians, and opera houses.

Having worked for RATstands since 2008, Glenn Chapman has recently taken on the role of managing director and is hoping to expand the company’s reach in all corners of the world.

Bringing together beautiful designs and technically advanced materials to support new heights of artistic performance, RATstands is renowned for creating high quality, performance focused music stands, lights, chairs, staging and accessories.

Glenn said: ''Having worked for the company since 2008, I am incredibly proud to have taken up the managing director position at RATstands, at what is an exciting time for the business.

“I am confident that I will able to drive the business forward in the right direction and introduce our ground breaking products to a worldwide market. I am passionate about our music equipment, and I am immensely excited to take our business on the next stage of our journey.”

Andrew Michell, founder and chairman of RATstands, commented: “Ever since Glenn joined the company in 2008 Glenn has displayed the leadership and commercial flair which I believe we need to take the company forward with an expanding product range.”

RATstands’ lights, music stands, orchestra chairs and staging is now the preferred choice of leading music venues across the world, from Abbey Road Studios to the Metropolitan Opera House and Sydney Opera House.

Flying the flag for British manufacturing, RATstands designs and manufactures its products in London and Essex and exports them to over 25 countries worldwide, testament to their unrivalled reputation.

Glenn added: “As a business, we’re moving ahead faster than ever before. With the addition of several new distribution deals in some key territories including Australia with CC's Light & Sound, and Yorkville Sound in Canada, our products are reaching new audiences, from individual musicians to the world's greatest professional orchestras.

“I personally love the fact that we are manufacturing our products in London and Essex.”

The appointment at the London based company comes as the firm takes steps to introduce its products to a Chinese market, reinforcing the fact that RATstands is dedicated to connecting with new and existing customers around the world.

Glenn said: “We have completed some really nice jobs recently, including some customised jobs in Australia, Hong Kong, and China. In the last two years, we have also started additional distribution agreements with over ten countries.

“We’re really pleased to have started distributing within the Chinese market. I plan to work with those distributors to grow our brand in the education and professional sectors, and throughout the retail market too. Ultimately, we want to be visible to every musician, from the student studying at school to the professional violinist playing in a top orchestra.”

In 1976, the Welsh National Opera commissioned RATstands to design and manufacture an all new illuminated music stand. Since then, the brand has continued to develop new products with a strong focus on championing world-class design, state of the art technology, and the finest materials.

Glenn said: “I am very proud of the new RATstands tempo range. I have worked on the project since day one and we are now in the second phase, which involves launching more lines, including instrument stands and microphone stands.

“I really like the Tempo Range because it is affordable, the products are made with the same design qualities we use for our professional range, and it gives everybody the opportunity to use what the pros use. We also have a new speed deck staging system that is incredible.”

As the brand continues to drive their business forward in all corners of the globe, the future looks bright for RATstands.

Glenn said: “We’ve got truly ground-breaking products being released in our professional range, we have additional products and accessories being added to our Tempo range, and being the new managing director of RATstands, I am really looking forward to supporting these product launches.”

10th August 2017

Maestra London Expands the Team

Maestra London Expands the Team

UK – Fast growing event design and technical production company Maestra London has expanded its team again with three new staff.

Leonie Cumisky joins as PA and office manager, Paul Hayes jumps on-board as assistant technical manager and Frank Uhl is the new warehouse manager.

Says Maestra London director Justin Hammond: “We’ve had a fantastic year and it’s very exciting to strengthen the team with more excellent personnel. Leonie, Paul and Frank come from a diversity of backgrounds and their dynamics, vitality and excellent personalities will be a great asset to our collective vision and goals.”

They will all be settled in ahead of an action-packed autumn season for Maestra’s operations in the UK and Middle East.

Leonie’s double role of office manager and PA to Justin will keep her busy and energised! She will be assisting Justin as well as co-ordinating workflow and generally ensuring that Maestra remains an interesting and creative workspace where everyone can flourish and feel good.

She will also be helping out on-the-ground at certain events as well as handling the HR elements and managing the company’s social media channels.

Leonie graduated from Goldsmith’s College, London, with a BA in Media & Modern Literature and previously worked for over three years as office manager for a leading UK design practice. Prior to that, she freelanced in the worlds of advertising and digital media.

Leonie works well under pressure and is also multi-skilled, both attributes ideally suited for the environment and brisk pace at Maestra, where deadlines are critical and nothing stays still for long!

The company’s “hugely impressive” project portfolio attracted her to the post and she also got great feelings from everyone she met during the interview process. Leonie is looking forward to a positive and proactive future at Maestra.

In her own time, she loves travelling, enjoying music and gigs and visiting art exhibitions.

Paul’s previous work experience includes gaining a degree in Music Production & Business at the University of Westminster and since has worked freelance for a number of different event and technical production companies and music venues, honing his technical skills.

In the Maestra role of assistant technical manager, he will be supporting the senior technical management team on the larger projects, covering a wide range of technical areas, which will include producing technical specifications and delivering them on site.

He enjoys challenges and brain-teasers which come with this, especially those requiring an inventive and lateral approach, one of the many assets making him a perfect match for Maestra.

In addition to bringing a wealth of technical knowledge and hands-on experience from working on music events over the last five years, Paul enjoys multi-tasking, being organised and working as part of a motivated team.

He’s followed Maestra from their high profile launch in January 2016 and having seen the success, was delighted of the chance to join the team: “So I can grow with it.”

In his spare time he loves climbing, reading, listening to music and going to gigs.

Frank takes on the major responsibility of warehouse manager; a demanding, fast-moving and often pressured environment at Maestra.

His truly international background includes being brought up in Germany, Italy and France and as a result, he is quadrilingual, fluent in all these associated languages plus, naturally, English.

Frank attended a Jazz conservatoire in France after which he completed a BA in Music Performance in London and then focused on audio and music production. He’s also taught world music production and digital drumming at West Herts College.

Immediately before joining Maestra, he worked as warehouse and events manager at another central London company, overseeing the equipment stock, teching and maintaining kit, training new employees and managing events.

The fact that Maestra is so closely related to his passion for music, sound, lighting and video attracted him to the job, for which he is looking forward to working in a highly collaborative atmosphere where communication is a key role to properly sharing experience and knowledge.

Frank brings plenty of enthusiasm and some excellent technical know-how to the company and coming from a musical and events background, he has a good understanding of the industry and the dedication needed to produce world class shows.

When not working hard, Frank is still very much an active talented musician, he plays as a drummer in bands, produces music for various artists and also writes his own music. When he can fit it in, he also enjoys travelling, reading and discovering new cultures and culinary experiences.

In picture: Leonie Cumiskey, Frank Uhl and Paul Hayes.

8th August 2017

Theatre Projects’ senior consultant, Dawn Chiang, joins Tony Awards Nominating Committee

Theatre Projects’ senior consultant, Dawn Chiang, joins Tony Awards Nominating Committee

USA – Theatre Projects has announced that senior consultant Dawn Chiang has been named to the Tony Awards Nominating Committee, one of 12 new members of the 50-person committee. The group is responsible for seeing each new Broadway show and deciding which of the roughly 35 new shows to nominate for each Tony Award. A larger group then votes for the finalists in each of the 26 categories, deciding which productions will take home the most coveted prize in American theatre.

“It’s an incredible honour to be selected to the committee,” Dawn said. “We’re tasked with identifying nominees who represent the best that Broadway has to offer.”

Tony Nominating Committee members serve three-year terms and are drawn from throughout the entertainment industry and include TV and theatre producers, directors, playwrights, composers, choreographers, actors, and in Dawn’s case, lighting designers. Dawn has been an active lighting designer – in addition to a theatre consultant – for more than 30 years and has lit dozens of on- and off-Broadway shows including Zoot Suit (Broadway), Blithe Spirit (Syracuse Stage), Next Fall (San Jose Repertory), and A Little Night Music (New York City Opera and Live from Lincoln Center on PBS).

“The theatre has been my life’s work,” Dawn said. “Both creating the performance spaces themselves, and helping to create productions that are impactful, provocative, and enlightening. It will be exciting to see all the new productions that come to Broadway each season and learn what they each bring to the world of live theatre.”

Dawn’s commitment to the performing arts goes far beyond her work with Theatre Projects and her lighting designs. She is a board member for the Behind the Scenes Foundation, a non-profit charity that provides financial support to seriously ill entertainment technology professionals, and she is a mentor for Theatre Development Fund’s Open Doors Programme, which invites New York City students to Broadway shows to meet with theatre professionals, discuss the finer points of production and performance, and share what the plays and musicals mean to each of them. Dawn is also a writer for TheatreArtLife, a new interactive website that provides professional development resources, analysis, insight, opinion, and news about various live entertainment fields.

4th August 2017

Absen Europe Puts Quality and Service First

Absen Europe Puts Quality and Service First
Absen Europe Puts Quality and Service First

Europe & Asia – Absen Europe has announced the appointment of industry experts Liam Winter as product director and Michael Scott as technical and project manager, in a move which clearly signposts the company’s commitment to its valued and growing customer base.

Winter joined Absen Europe in July from PSCo, Absen’s UK distribution partner, and as such is perfectly poised to take up this brand new role. With more than 15 years of experience in the AV industry in a variety of senior sales, business management and product management roles, he has a wealth of knowledge to draw on thanks to time spent with leading manufacturers of cutting edge video wall display technologies, as well as with users and channel partners in a wide range of fixed installation and rental markets.

With four years of product management experience as one of only two Absen Platinum (highest) level VAP partners in Europe, Winter negotiated PSCo’s exclusive distribution agreement with Absen, and achieved number one LED distributor status for PSCo in the UK.

Based in the UK but with frequent travel to Europe and Absen’s headquarters in China, Winter’s brief is to manage the customer experience end to end for Absen’s European client base. In the role, he will work hand in hand with customers to determine their needs, stay close to the market to understand trends, communicate with Absen’s Chinese headquarters on market demands, conduct training and host customers at headquarters and industry trade shows.

The new position has been created to support Absen’s ethos of putting the customer at the heart of everything it does – providing faster, easier and improved access to product information and support in their local market – and, ultimately, ensuring they have access to the latest, most innovative and highest quality LED display products, at the right price, at the right time.

“The LED market is exciting, fast moving and continuing to grow exponentially. I have witnessed first-hand how Absen has taken a lead role in product innovation without compromising on outstanding product quality and customer service. As the world number one exporter of LED for the past seven consecutive years, Absen has proved time and again that it knows how to give customers what they need today, with quality that keeps them coming back tomorrow” said Winter.

“Absen has always delivered unrivalled price and performance for innovative and market leading LED technologies, with an unwavering commitment to excellent customer service and ongoing support. I am very proud to join the expanding team and bring my passion for technology and constant improvement to the table as the company continues on its journey of success and development” he concludes.

Complementing Liam’s role, Michael Scott has taken up the position of technical and project manager. In post since last month, Scott is based at Absen’s European headquarters in Rüsselsheim, Germany, and will manage all aspects of Absen’s technical service department, defining processes and standards, providing direct supervision and leadership to all technical personnel, and establishing and training the local service and project management teams to ensure customers continue to receive the outstanding levels of service that are synonymous with Absen.

Scott joins Absen from world digital signage leader JCDecaux, where he oversaw a programme to standardise the configuration and software across its 2500+ digital displays. He has also held tenure with Clear Channel International, working alongside many international suppliers of LED displays to implement digital outdoor advertising in its infancy in America and Europe. Prior to this he worked on quality inspection systems in a 24/7 production environment, instilling processes and controls to improve performance and quality.

On his appointment, Scott remarks: “I am excited to join the open and dedicated team at Absen Europe, working together to deliver industry-leading, top quality products, customer service and support. We will be striving for continuous improvement as the company continues to grow, keeping it front and centre in the minds of customers.”

Commenting on the appointment of Winter and Scott, Ruben Rengel, managing director, Absen Europe and Oceania said: “I’m delighted to welcome Liam and Michael on board, as our business continues to go from strength to strength. Their extensive industry experience and deep industry knowledge will be a great asset to Absen, as we consolidate our market position. Our customers are our lifeblood, and we are fully committed to bringing them constant innovation in our technologies, top quality in our products, and market-leading service.”

4th August 2017

Luke Stevenson Joins PRG XL Video Corporate Team to Strengthen 360˚ Event Delivery

Luke Stevenson Joins PRG XL Video Corporate Team to Strengthen 360˚ Event Delivery

UK – PRG XL Video, the UK operation of Production Resource Group LLC (PRG), has announced the addition of Luke Stevenson to its corporate and events team.

Reporting to director of corporate, Steve Greetham, Luke joins the team as senior account manager, bringing a wealth of experience from his time with AVC Live.

During his 11 years with AVC Live, Luke undertook several roles including venue manager, sales and operations manager and most recently four years as technical producer, where he applied his extensive experience of delivering events on site.

At PRG XL Video, Luke will focus on the end to end production of 360˚ events, and working with both agencies and in-house event teams.

Steve Greetham commented: “We’re delighted to welcome Luke to the corporate and events team. He brings a broad technical knowledge to PRG XL and his depth of experience complements the strengths of the existing corporate team.”

Luke added: “I’m delighted to be joining the team at PRG. It’s clear that there are a lot of talented people in their respective fields and I’m proud to be a part of it. I’m looking forward to making my contribution on some exciting projects.”

Luke Stevenson is based in PRG XL’s London sales office, near Covent Garden.

www.prg.com/uk/en

28th July 2017

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JR Chai Joins Altman Lighting as New Asia-Pacific Sales Director

JR Chai Joins Altman Lighting as New Asia-Pacific Sales Director

Asia-Pacific – Altman Lighting has announced the continued expansion of its international sales division with the appointment of industry-veteran Jimmy “JR” Chai as the new APAC sales director. With a vast amount of experience in both the architectural and entertainment lighting industries, Chai will oversee all sales channels across Asia, Australia and New Zealand, while strengthening key relationships with distributors, dealers and lighting professionals throughout the region.

“I have personally known JR for a number of years and with our growth in the Asia-Pacific market, we are very fortunate to have him join our sales team to strengthen our client relationships and continue to expand our market presence,” stated Julie Smith, Altman Lighting general manager.

Having most recently worked as the EAP head of projects for ARRI Asia, Chai has also served as the APAC sales manager for Philips Entertainment, as well as the chief technology officer for 5 Star Media in China. As a graduate of Loughborough University, Chai joins North American sales director Nick Champion and EMEA/Latin American sales director Jaime Friedstadt to complete the Altman Lighting international sales division.

“Over the last several years, the Asia-Pacific market has experienced a sustainable growth in the architectural and entertainment lighting industries,” said Chai. “Knowing the history behind Altman Lighting, and the passion behind the leadership team, I am very excited to be joining their international sales division and I look forward to continuing to build on our strong client relationships.”

25th July 2017

Bandit Lites Hires Justin Wilk as Equipment Co-ordinator

Bandit Lites Hires Justin Wilk as Equipment Co-ordinator

USA – With summer in full swing and the logistics of synchronising multiple tours, festivals and one-offs, Bandit Lites is pleased to share the hiring of Justin Wilk as equipment co-ordinator, heading up the planning, direction and co-ordination of Bandit’s extensive inventory.

“I am responsible for finding solutions for complicated and complex production issues,” Wilk said. “By supporting the inventory control manager, I’ll ensure that all parties have the information they need about the location of equipment.”

Following his studies in Recording Arts and Show Production and Touring at Full Sail University, Wilk began working with artists in the studio and then on the road, touring extensively as a stage manager and guitar technician, where his time on the road gave him a love and appreciation for the lighting and visual production side of the entertainment business.

“Justin is a great addition to Bandit’s team,” said Bandit Lites general manager, Mark Steinwachs. “Just like being on tour, here at Bandit we have multiple departments that all have to work together to get shows out the door. With his touring experience as a stage manager, Justin is able to see a bigger picture with gear and how it needs to flow to make each show happen.”

“Over my years of touring, I have worked with Bandit employees on the road and created lifelong friendships,” said Wilk. “I am ecstatic and very grateful to be a part of the Bandit Family!”

20th July 2017

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