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Axiom Consolidates Export Sales
Proel has announced the appointment of Elio Caia to the position of international sales manager for the company's Axiom professional loudspeaker brand. Effective from the beginning of October, Caia will be responsible for growing and co-ordinating all of Axiom's export markets in the EMEA, APAC, and North American regions.
Caia comes to Axiom with a solid background in professional audio, having worked as part of an export team managing distributors, developing markets, and providing specialised technical support to export markets for a noted pro audio sound systems manufacturer. He has travelled extensively in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, and is very familiar with multiple cultures. He is also an accomplished linguist, and able to apply his fluency in Spanish, French, English and Chinese to those markets where he will be deeply involved in a sales capacity. Caia's academic achievements have led him to understand very well the role that effective communications play in the arena of brand development.
"Elio has a fine balance of experience and skills to address the different facets of today's world-wide pro audio market," commented Axiom business unit manager Daniele Massaccesi, "I feel that a proper interpretation of different market needs requires a good cultural and linguistic background combined with a suitable technical and commercial knowledge, and these are talents that we have found in abundance with Elio. All of this, combined with what Axiom is able to offer in terms of added value, will allow the brand to achieve significant results and greater visibility on the international stage. I and the rest of the team have every confidence in Elio and would like wish him good luck with this endeavour."
"I have a deep respect for the people and technologies behind Axiom's growing popularity driven, I believe, by excellent engineering and quality of performance," said Caia. "Obviously I'm very proud to be representing a loudspeaker brand made exclusively in Italy, and with such a balanced range of great sounding products. I welcome the challenge of bringing these values to the export markets that I know well."
19th October 2017
New Line-up in the Boardroom for Saville
UK – Saville Audio Visual has announced a new board line up following a successful management buyout earlier in the year. The move sees additional directors Ann Pickard, Colin Etchells and Graham Carling joining joint managing directors Andy Dyson and Colin Nixey.
The new directors bring significant business experience and expertise to the board, preparing the company for an exciting new period of development and growth.
Andy Dyson commented: “This has been a year of major change for the business and with the addition of the new members, the board is fully committed to continuing the process of delivering a new and exciting Saville brand in 2018, maintaining our position as a leading provider of audio visual services and solutions on a global scale.”
Fellow director Colin Nixey adds: “The added experience the new directors bring in delivering excellent customer care, establishing deep industry relationships and the integration of advanced collaborative IT systems means we have the right foundations to take the business to new levels.”
Since the creation of the Saville Group in 1996, the business has grown significantly securing many corporate, education and government contracts, taking the company’s turnover past a record £41m last year. Saville’s ongoing investment in its people, services and industry partnerships looks set to support an ambitious growth plan for the future.
In picture: The Saville board – Graham Carling, Andy Dyson, Ann Pickard, Colin Nixey and Colin Etchells.
19th October 2017
LOUD Audio Names John Li as General Manager China and VP Global Operations
China – LOUD Audio, LLC. (LOUD) has announced the appointment of John Li to the position of general manager China and VP global operations, based in Shenzhen, Southern China.
Prior to joining LOUD, Li held positions with Harman Professional and BOSCH Automotive Products with comprehensive operations experience including managing P&L, sourcing, supplier development, planning and quality management. Li also holds two Bachelor degrees and a Masters degree.
“In discussions with the LOUD leadership team,” commented Li, “I was impressed with their strategic view of the future and desire for growth. For myself, this is a perfect time to join a great company with its distinguished brands and I look forward to investing all my efforts to driving improvements in supply chain quality and efficiency, and developing my team to achieve our goals.”
Commenting on the appointment, Mark Graham LOUD CEO, said: “With Southern China’s general strength in electronics manufacturing, and specific strength in professional audio manufacturing, it is strategically important for LOUD to place our Operations leadership closer to centre of these activities.
“John’s appointment, coupled with our newly expanded office in Shenzhen, will enable LOUD to leverage the electronics ecosystem and supply base in Southern China. The entire LOUD leadership team is pleased to have someone of John’s calibre join us and lead our manufacturing operations into the next phase.”
17th October 2017
PRG UK Strengthens TV and Film Team
UK – PRG has appointed Caroline Hill (pictured) and Mark Davies to its UK TV and film account management team.
Caroline joins from Panalux Broadcast and Events where, for five years, she oversaw the delivery of a diverse range of events including fashion shows, television series, rigging for feature films, and, most recently, the lighting and rigging elements of the factual show ‘World War One Remembered: Passchendaele’ for the BBC.
Caroline studied lighting and entertainment electrics at college before going into the West End theatres as an in-house electrician, followed by a move to PRG as a moving light technician. Caroline comments: “My favourite moving light is still the VL5 because the key to the fixture is the prep and tuning of the mechanical parts. The success of the fixture is down to the attention given in the prep.”
Caroline now brings her in-depth technical knowledge, and wide experience of event, television and film lighting back to PRG. She is based in PRG’s Covent Garden, London office.
Caroline is an addition to the already bolstered TV and film account management team that welcomed Mark Davies earlier this year. Since joining PRG as a lighting project manager over ten years ago, Mark went on to head up his department before moving into this current account management role. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of technical lighting systems.
TV and film market leader Kelly Cornfield commented: “Caroline and Mark are great additions to the team and will support our continued growth in this sector.”
13th October 2017
Mojo Barriers US appoints New Vice President
USA – Mojo Barriers US office has announced the appointment of Dan Gormley as vice president, joining fellow US vice president Jordi van Berkum.
Dan states: “I am delighted to be joining Mojo Barriers as the company prepares to introduce new product ranges into the US market. I have the utmost respect for Mojo and relish the challenge to continue to evolve and improve our effectiveness and reach, expand the offering to clients, while developing and further strengthen our brand.”
Dan’s eight years experience working in live entertainment has given him a deep understanding of promoter cost containment requirements, along with the development of both new processes and new products to reduce overhead production costs. Previous roles have spanned festival site development to design and construction of new live event facilities.
Dan will be based in Mojo’s Los Angeles facility.
11th October 2017
Illumination specialists LED Creative introduces new team members
UK – Having both gained professional experience working with some of the entertainment industry’s most respected brands, both Charlie Jeff and Jonny Daily bring a hugely valuable depth of knowledge to their new roles and are already actively participating in the development of the company.
Design engineer Charlie is a graduate of Nottingham University, with a first in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Since completing his degree, Charlie has undertaken a number of freelance opportunities working in design and repair for the likes of Pinewood MBS Lighting and Version2. In his new post with LED Creative, Charlie will be helping expand the company’s product range and handle custom design projects.
As a qualified electrical installation technician, Jonny joins as a member of the company’s expert projects and installation team. With a wealth of practical experience gained through his work on a broad range of project types, including a stint with Warner Bros Production Rentals, Jonny has an expansive understanding of the safe, effective application of electrical products and processes.
Established as trusted providers of quality, custom LED products and support, LED Creative has recently enjoyed a number of high profile collaborations with some of the UK's leading scenic designers and lighting directors, including installations for SKY, The Premier League and ITV Studios. The appointments of Charlie and Jonny allows the company to further extend the client service and support on which it prides itself.
Commenting on the new appointments, LED Creative’s Adam Howard says: “It’s a pleasure for us to be welcoming Charlie and Jonny to our team. They both have fantastic practical experience working with all kinds of electrical equipment, however they also understand the importance of good customer support and have the necessary product knowledge to provide solid back up to our clients. We’re certain they will be a great resource both to us and our customers.”
10th October 2017
Theatreplan reinforces team with new intern
UK - Leading theatre consultancy firm, Theatreplan, has welcomed on board Chris Needle who joins the company as an intern after graduating with a BA (Hons) in Technical Theatre Arts from London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Needle opted for the theatre technology pathway within the course which covered lighting, sound, automation and production management.
His interest in theatre stems from his time at The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough and its Youth Arts programme where he began to learn about stage management and the technical aspects of theatre. During his three years at Guildhall, Needle was given training in many areas of technical theatre, but he specialised in electrics in his third year working as lighting designer for The Crucible, Herons and The (Imaginary) Misogynist, as well as being the production electrician for Balm in Gilead and Opera Makers.
For his graduation project, Needle built a working 1:25 scale model of the Royal in Northampton complete with an automated safety curtain, a functioning hemp fly system and dimmable lighting system; it was whilst working on this project that he developed a passion for theatre buildings. To further his knowledge, Needle took part in work placement with BDP Lighting working on the restoration of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, before joining Theatreplan in October 2017.
“I couldn’t be more excited about working for Theatreplan,” enthused Needle. “It’s in an amazing opportunity to work with people who all have such incredible backgrounds in the arts; it is the best possible environment to enable me to build on what I have learnt over three years at Guildhall.”
Theatreplan director, Michael Atkinson, is pleased to welcome Needle to the team. “The technical theatre department at Guildhall offers some of the best vocational theatre training in the UK, so we’re always delighted offer Guildhall graduates the opportunity to put their training into practice. Chris is both able and motivated so I’m sure we will all benefit from his time here.”
10th October 2017
GLP US Inc. Recruits New South East Sales Manager
Jim sees GLP as a great opportunity to work for a company that is not only growing in size, but also in ingenuity continuing to establish themselves as market leading manufacturers.
“When the opportunity arose, I jumped to work for such an industry leading company. GLP products are of the highest quality and hold up to the test of time. I wanted to work for a company with excellent products, first and foremost, and the quality of the GLP staff is top notch.”
GLP US president Mark Ravenhill added: “We are very happy to welcome Jim to GLP. His experience, combined with his understanding of customer service are at the top level and he will be an absolute great fit to the team.”
Jim is located in Nashville, Tennessee and will cover the entire south east region. He adds: “I am excited to be part of such a great team. With my experience, I understand what is involved in making an event happen to the best it can be. I feel the GLP product line paired, with my experience, we will be able to fully meet any production needs customers have.”
9th October 2017
Kinesys Expands with Three New Appointments
UK – Automation and motion control specialist and manufacturer Kinesys announces three new appointments boosting the team based at the company’s HQ in Hampton, Middlesex.
This is a result of a busy year to date, and a surge in business following the launch of a new range of game-changing motion control hoists – Apex – in April, plus an expansion of the brand’s worldwide dealer network.
The new posts are in three key areas, digital marketing, software development and workshop technical.
Kinesys co-founder and MD Dave Weatherhead stated: “It’s been a strong year and we’re pleased to welcome our three new staff. Their skills and personalities are a perfect complement to the current team as we prepare for a new and exciting phase in Kinesys’ development.”
Charlie Felicien joins as digital marketing and communications assistant. He will be working closely with MD Dave Weatherhead and David Bond who heads up Kinesys USA to develop global brand strategies for the entertainment automation manufacturer.
Charlie’s work will include creating content such as videos, images, graphics, etc. for marketing campaigns, developing artwork and updating the company’s new interactive website (due for launch later in the year) as well as energising and maximising engagement via social media channels.
Charlie was attracted to Kinesys by the job specification and the challenges. He likes the fact that it is all about ingenuity, quality, precision, superlative service and a bit of imaginative technical daring!
Software application engineer Alessandro Manicone’s core duties will include coding, and he will also be assisting with some general software support. He wanted to work at Kinesys because he likes the entertainment industry, especially live events, theatre and music, and really appreciates this specialist area in which Kinesys operates. He was also impressed by the “friendly and inclusive working environment and extremely well set-up manufacturing facility”.
Matthew Daglish comes on-board as workshop technician, where his key role will be product assembly and testing. All Kinesys equipment is proudly manufactured in the UK to the highest standards, so testing is vital to the overall production process.
The Kinesys USA team has also recently increased, reflecting healthy interest in the art of automation and motion control, which is becoming an increasingly popular additional visual dimension for shows and events.
In picture: Alessandro Manicone, Charlie Felicien and Matthew Daglish.
6th October 2017
Bandit Lites Celebrates John Cameron Carter Journey from Intern to Bandit
USA – The appeal of the entertainment industry draws many, but breaking in, standing out and making a career can be an uphill climb. Fortunately, John Cameron Carter had both the gumption and talent to take advantage of Bandit’s intern program where upon completion, he joined the team as a full time Bandit Lites employee.
Carter majored in Technical Theatre at The High End School for Performing and Visual Arts with a focus on lighting. He then attended Webster University to study in the Conservatory’s Concert Design Programme led by lighting designer and long-time Bandit client, Seth Jackson.
“When speaking about his designs, Seth always spoke highly of the team at Bandit, as he used them on many of his tours and shows over the years,” said Carter. “When looking for a summer job in my junior year of university, I asked Seth if he would put me in touch with Bandit so I might see what part of the industry interested me most in my post-grad job search.”
After Seth connected Carter with Bandit’s team in Nashville, Carter earned college credit by prepping and de-prepping shows, along with assisting Seth, lighting director Eddie ‘Bones’ Connell and the Bandit crew at rehearsals for Toby Keith’s tour.
“As Seth’s assistant lighting designer, I spent my time composing the pantograph movements and looks that the tour featured heavily,” Carter said. He also spent time as a light board op in addition to spending several weeks with the Bandit sales division working on drawings and preparations for a new Live Nation venue.
Five days after graduating, Carter moved to Knoxville and officially joined Bandit Lites as an installation and service specialist where he aids the sales team in drafting, prepping and installing fixtures and controls for music venues, theatres, churches, schools and special attractions all over the country.
“We really enjoyed the interest and energy that John Cameron showed during his internship with our division,” said Bandit’s national director of sales, Chris Barbee. “We have assembled a great team in the Sales and Installations division and they have a wide variety of experience. John Cameron has a great work ethic and desire to learn that, coupled with his education, we felt was a great combination to add to the team.”
“Being a part of Bandit is being a member of a family that utilises decades of industry experience with new methods and ideas for an ever-changing industry,” finished Carter. “I am elated to be a member of that team.”