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PMC Appoints Travis Schuster to its US Service Department
USA – PMC has announced that Travis Schuster has joined the company as a field and service engineer, operating from PMC’s US service and demo centre in Highland Park, Los Angeles.
Oliver Thomas, PMC’s chief technical officer, says: “Having Travis on board is a huge benefit for PMC in the US, especially on the West Coast where we have many high profile clients involved in the music, film and television industries. His extensive experience in the audio sector and excellent understanding of PMC monitoring technology is very valuable because it means our customers can now get their PMC monitors serviced and repaired much more quickly. It is also good that we no longer have to ship monitors back to the UK for servicing as we are aware of our environmental impact and are actively trying to reduce our carbon footprint.”
Originally from Alaska, Schuster has always been passionate about music. As a youngster, he hoped that his guitar skills would one day lead to rock and roll stardom but he eventually discovered his real vocation was tinkering with recording equipment in a bid to make it sound better.
“I came across PMC monitoring while I was working for another loudspeaker manufacturer and I was completely blown away by the quality of the audio I was hearing,” he explains. “I fell in love with their sound and I suddenly understood why the company I was working for was having trouble competing with them.”
When Schuster spotted a job ad from PMC on an AES noticeboard, he immediately applied and was thrilled to secure his new position in the Los Angeles service centre.
“I’m so pleased to be working for a company whose products I know to be excellent,” he explains.
20th January 2020
Meet TP's newest project manager, Michael Lindauer
Theatre Projects introduces its newest team member, Michael Lindauer. He’s an industry veteran, having already worked in the theatre consulting, architectural lighting design, and audiovisual consulting industries for over 25 years.
Michael has long admired the work at Theatre Projects, saying: “I’ve been lucky enough to have crossed paths with many of the Theatre Projects team over the years and was always impressed with the people, the breath of projects, and the quality of work. I’m excited to now have the chance to apply my knowledge and gain new experiences as part of Theatre Projects' team.”
He joins TP from Nautilus Entertainment Design, where he was vice president and principal consultant, working on both maritime and land-based design projects. He’s also previously worked for JR Clancy and ShowTech, where he designed mechanical systems for both live productions and permanent facilities, and he’s freelanced as an audio designer for television and movies as well as a video/lighting technician. So, he brings a great all-round knowledge of theatre planning, design, and technology and he’ll be able to use that expertise to benefit TP's clients and their users.
He’ll be working on a variety of space types in his new role at Theatre Projects, all while bringing his unique specialism to the team: the planning and design of entertainment and event spaces for cruise ships. And in addition to project management, he'll also be doing some theatre equipment and audiovisual design work, as well as helping with business development.
Michael loved working in the maritime industry and is proud of his work for many long-standing clients in that sector, but he explains that he’d like to be involved in more traditional performance space design as well. “Over the last several years, my focus has been working on large, complicated entertainment projects within the cruise industry, which was a great way to combine my love of theatre and the sea,” he explains. “It was an unbelievable experience that allowed me to grow in many directions that I never would have thought possible when I began in the industry. But I saw so many interesting and innovative facilities under development outside of the maritime sector that I wanted to find a way to achieve a better balance between the types of projects in which I was involved. I missed being involved in more traditional theatrical projects, so I’m delighted to have a new role where I can do both.”
General manager, Daniel Ordower, adds: “Adding Mike to the Theatre Projects team is an amazing stroke of luck for us. He’s the epitome of the Theatre Projects brand: curious, client-centred, and with a wealth of knowledge and expertise. We’re looking forward to continuing our growth with Mike’s help.”
13th January 2020
Sound Marketing Appoints Megan Draper
UK – Buckinghamshire-based marketing and PR agency Sound Marketing has appointed Megan Draper to the post of marketing, PR and events co-ordinator. Having established an excellent reputation, the company celebrated its 11th anniversary last year and enjoys the trust of a client list that includes a diverse portfolio of companies in the audio, AV, lighting and events markets.
A business management graduate of the University of Birmingham, Megan took particular interest in marketing, PR and communications during her studies and gained valuable experience spending a ‘Year in Industry’ at Disney Head Office. Upon leaving university, Megan specialised in the design and implementation of social media campaigns on behalf of a wide variety of brands and joins Sound Marketing after successfully coordinating a high-profile brand roll-out in the London hospitality sector. Her appointment reflects the value that Sound Marketing places on talented young individuals, who, managing director Steph Dell believes, bring an energy and cutting edge knowledge-base to the industry.
Welcoming Megan to the team, Steph comments: “Megan has already gained a great deal of valuable experience in a comparatively short time. She has worked in demanding and fast-moving environments and shouldered a lot of responsibility. We’re confident that we have recruited an exceptional addition to the team.”
Megan Draper adds: “Joining the highly respected Sound Marketing team is a great opportunity to apply my skills and knowledge to a very wide-ranging brief. The diversity of our client base presents an interesting variety of challenges and I’m looking forward to getting to grips with every aspect of the business. Having operated in the entertainment and hospitality sectors, the move into the AV arena feels like a natural step and one that I’m very excited to take.”
10th January 2020
Stephen T. Gudis
USA – Bandit Lites chair and founder, Michael T. Strickland offers the following condolences and thoughts on the passing of Stephen T. Gudis: “If you knew him, you called him Gudis. People call me Strickland. We were so different. We were so the same. If you look at Steve and I, we seem to be miles apart, but really, we weren’t.
“He was from East Tennessee. I am from East Tennessee. Born and raised 40 miles apart. We both started in entertainment in the late 60s. We both love music. We are both UT grads. From here it gets funny. I am 6’7. Steve was 5’ 4”. Standing together we looked very Mutt and Jeff. “Watching us talk was always a hoot. Steve was a Jewish guy with earlier roots elsewhere and I am a born and bred Southerner.
“I belonged to IATSE Local 197; Steve hired Local 197. Steve was a promoter’s rep; I was a road guy. Everyone, and I mean everyone in the industry over 55 knew Steve. He was the promoter’s rep for National Shows, and then Entam. If you played in the south-east, you dealt with Steve. He was the first guy you saw in the morning, and the last guy at load out. In between, you settled with the Lashinskys.
“I wanted more stuff for the show. Steve wanted less (it was our jobs!). But you were always together, each day, all day. A lot of hours. You and Steve.
“Steve and I both worked for Charlie Daniels and The Oak Ridge Boys. He in management and me as the lighting vendor. Different sides, same goal, same team.
“Steve worked at Starwood in management; I worked for Starwood as a vendor.
“Then there were all the events we did with one another: Volunteer Jams, Farm Aids, CMA events and countless tours. Yes, if you were in the industry from 1973 to 1992, you knew Steve well and worked with him often.
“The differences in us were many. The similarities were even greater. He was Stephen T and I am Michael T. Funny that. And I never knew what his T stood for. Yes, we were very different. But we were also very much the same. We will miss you Steve. Sorry you left so soon my friend.
Take care, God bless, and we are all better for knowing you.”
9th January 2020
Movers and Shakers
UAE – CT Middle East welcomes Sherin Dsouza as the new operations assistant and client relationship manager. Sherin has joined CTME to assist Rob Turner in developing the newly established communications and networking division. She brings over seven years of experience in the AV industry and has a strong audio and communications background. Sherin will look after the logistics and operational planning/execution and client communication for CT’s communications and networking division. Sherin's knowledge and skill set make her a great asset to the team and she has already shown great commitment to her role.
7th January 2020
Luis Varona Joins Chauvet Team
USA – Keeping pace with the ever-increasing demand for its products in the Caribbean and Central America, Chauvet has added highly regarded lighting specialist Luis Varona to its team. Varona, who has spent over 15 years as an executive at leading companies in the region, joins Chauvet as business development manager for the Caribbean and Central America. He will be responsible for Chauvet Professional and Chauvet DJ products in that market.
“Luis is well-known and respected throughout the region,” said Stéphane Gressier, Chauvet’s international sales director. “As a result of his varied experience, he has a deep, personal understanding of how lighting fixtures are used in virtually every type of application, His knowledge and insights, as well as his passion for excellence, will be invaluable in enhancing our level of support and service to the customer.”
Varona comes to Chauvet from PSAV, where he served as a regional senior project manager. Prior to that, he spent a decade at Baynon, Puerto Rico-based Musique Xpress, Inc. filling a variety of positions, most recently director of operations. Earlier in his career, he worked as theatre technical director.
In his new position at Chauvet, Varona is eager to apply his diverse background to serving customers. “I am excited to join Chauvet for many reasons,” he said. “This is a dynamic company that has been growing at a very impressive rate for the past five years. That’s very important to me, but just as important is Chauvet’s commitment to customer service. The people here believe in putting the customer first, and that fits right in with my philosophy of business.”
2nd January 2020
POLAR Promotes Will Turney
UK - POLAR, established supplier of key industry brands to the installation, MI and professional audio markets, has announced the promotion of Will Turney to the position of national sales manager for its integrated solutions division.
Turney will lead POLAR’s seven-strong sales team, covering the company’s extensive network of systems integrators across the UK. POLAR is very much on an upward trajectory and with yet more new and diverse technologies coming on stream next year, sees it as vital that its field sales management continues to work smoothly and efficiently for customers and suppliers.
Stuart Leader, integrated solutions director, is in no doubt that Turney is well-equipped for the role: “We have complete confidence in Will’s ability to further enhance our business and continue to drive success. During his time with us, Will has demonstrated that he possesses the technical understanding and personal qualities to meet the requirements of what will be a demanding job. He has always led by example and is well-known and highly respected across the sector.”
The added value to customers of the skills within POLAR’s technical design and support team has been the catalyst for significant growth, prompting the company to ensure that its structures remain agile and responsive in meeting increasing demand.
Will Turney, national sales manager for POLAR integrated solutions adds: “I’m excited about 2020 and beyond for integrated solutions and the changes ahead. The POLAR team are an exceptional group that I’m proud to be a part of and I’m looking forward to managing their talents to maximum effect on behalf of all our customers and suppliers.”
20th December 2019
Prolyte appoints a new CEO
The Netherlands – Prolyte has announced the appointment of a new CEO Fons van Teijn effective 12 December 2019.
Fons has 34 years of experience in the professional photographic scene. During his career, he crossed paths with companies that facilitate and accommodate with Prolyte too.
“Fons’s connections in the industry, hard work and experience will lead Prolyte to greatness in no time,” said Frantisek Zykan.
“I look forward to lead Prolyte to success already in 2020. We will achieve greatness by being a strong united team,” stated Fons.
16th December 2019
J&C Joel Ltd appoints new Chief Financial Officer
UK – West Yorkshire-based worldwide manufacturer of stage and theatre drapes has announce the appointment of new chief financial officer, Lauren Kellett.
Lauren will replace Nick Warton who will leave the business in December after almost four years of service.
Having worked for some of the biggest names in finance, Lauren brings with her 13 years of financial experience. Before her role at J&C Joel, Lauren spent three years as director of finance at West Yorkshire-based textiles firm Camira Fabrics. giving her valuable knowledge of fabrics and the textiles industry both in the UK and internationally.
Lauren was also finance manager for Colliers International (UK) and spent two years within the London Audit team at BDO, a major accounting firm with a global presence.
Graduating from the University of Manchester in 2005 with a Degree in Physics, Lauren began her professional career as an audit junior at Shelley Stock Hutter. Lauren became an ACA chartered accountant in 2008, since then she has established herself as a finance professional through a quick succession of development and promotions.
Lauren will sit at the helm of J&C Joel’s finance and IT department, assuming full responsibility for the company’s finances including planning, reporting and auditing. Working closely alongside the rest of the senior management team, Lauren will support business growth across the world.
Following her appointment, Lauren commented: “I am delighted to join the team at J&C Joel, the company has such a rich heritage and is well respected within the events industry. The team has been very welcoming, and I am looking forward to working with everybody to support the business in its continual growth.”
James Wheelwright, CEO of J&C Joel added: “On behalf of the company, I would like to welcome Lauren to J&C Joel. Her experience in the finance industry, as well as her knowledge of fabrics is very valuable to our team here at J&C Joel and I have every confidence she will be a great addition to our senior management team. We have expanded significantly in recent years and are currently working on a brand-new catalogue to showcase our innovative products and services to our clients around the world.”
11th December 2019
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