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Will Stringer is the 2020 winner of Sennheiser’s Student Scholarship Programme at LIPA

Will Stringer is the 2020 winner of Sennheiser’s Student Scholarship Programme at LIPA

UK – Continuing its quarter-of-a-century tradition of sponsoring the world-renowned Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) with a Student Scholarship Programme, Sennheiser has announced the name of yet another brilliant student who has been awarded the coveted scholarship. William Stringer (pictured) will receive full financial support for his tuition fees and accommodation costs, as well as being given the benefit of access to Sennheiser key contacts and the company’s vast audio expertise.

Since 1996, Sennheiser has been an active partner of LIPA, with both organisations striving for the common goal of supporting the talent of the future. Providing them with the tools necessary to succeed has resulted in a beautiful and noble relationship that has gone from strength to strength over the years. This year’s winner was chosen by Tim Sherratt, Sennheiser’s strategic planning manager and Henrik Oppermann, Sonosphere’s creative director.

“It is a real privilege to be selected for this year’s scholarship,” says Stringer. “Despite these uncertain times, I am very much looking forward to making best use of Sennheiser’s abundance of contacts and experience, which is the result of the company’s 75-year heritage. The generous financial contribution and industry support this Scholarship will provide me with whilst studying for my Sound Technology degree at LIPA will be invaluable.”

Stringer further explains how the course has already delivered a wealth of knowledge, state-of-the-art facilities, and lecturers that offer a breadth of professional experience. With just under two years left on his course he: “Cannot wait to continue studying and make full use of the Sennheiser Scholarship,” he adds.

“The application process for the Sennheiser Scholarship has been fine-tuned over the years, which means that we can ensure we support an outstanding student each year, who will go on to great things in the professional audio industry,” says Sherratt. “Will is a very talented student and we hope that this scholarship will help him achieve his full potential. We wish him a bright future and hope that both we and the industry will be seeing much more of Will in the coming years!”

21st October 2020

Atlona Promotes David Shamir to VP of Product Management

Atlona Promotes David Shamir to VP of Product Management

USA – Atlona, a Panduit company, has promoted David Shamir to VP of product management. Reporting to Atlona co-founder and CEO Ilya Khayn, Shamir will continue to lead the company’s product strategy while expanding his responsibilities to oversee engineering and product development.

Shamir takes on his new role as the AV industry navigates many disruptive changes, from technology transitions to pandemic-driven shifts in how people work and learn. Combining product management and engineering leadership into a single role streamlines Atlona’s internal processes, increasing the company’s agility and responsiveness to rapidly evolving market needs.

“Our industry was already very dynamic and constantly changing, but the pandemic has accelerated many existing trends while making AV more critical in environments such as small and home offices,” said Shamir. “With COVID-19, things are changing by the minute, making it challenging to accurately predict how the AV market will evolve. We will stay as nimble as possible to address our customers’ changing needs, while offering flexible solutions that help them adapt to world conditions and whatever their ‘new normal’ becomes.”

Shamir notes that the agility of Atlona’s solutions is strengthened by its leadership in the convergence of AV and IT, a hallmark that he intends to continue. “One of our core philosophies is ‘AV built for IT’,” he explained. “As remote learning, work-at-home, and hybrid working models become more prevalent, IT infrastructure is even more important for keeping everyone connected. We are crafting our products and roadmap with IT managers’ challenges in mind, while helping dealers and systems integrators efficiently meet customer needs.”

Shamir has served as Atlona’s director of product management since 2015, following senior product management roles at media technology companies including Magnum Semiconductor, Harmonic, and Scopus Video Networks. He has introduced new processes and methodologies at Atlona to quickly and effectively take product ideas from concept to reality. He successfully led several major product line launches, including the OmniStream AV over IP platform; Velocity System AV control and management platform; and Omega Series of AV integration solutions for modern workspaces and meeting environments. Shamir takes Atlona’s engineering organisation under his umbrella as co-founder and VP of engineering Michael Khain retires after 17 years with the company.

“David’s insight, experience and process implementation have been major factors in Atlona’s growth and innovation over the past five years,” said CEO Khayn. “We look forward to his expanded leadership as our company tackles the new challenges faced by our customers, and we thank Michael for his exceptional contributions in making Atlona what we are today.”

15th October 2020

Mourning David Croxton, KV2 sales director

Mourning David Croxton, KV2 sales director

It is with the deepest and most sincere regret that KV2 has to announce the shocking and unexpected passing of its dear friend and colleague David Croxton as the result of a fatal accident. He was 59.

David joined the family of KV2 Audio in 2011, to fulfil a new sales director role within Asia Pacific, but initially as a curious non-believer of the technologies and theories of our founder and developer, George Krampera Snr.

As was typical of David, he soon discovered through deep thought, questioning and actual operating of systems that he could not only understand and accept what was being proposed, but provide essential and additional complements with his quiet considered approach, linked to a deep well of knowledge and advice, usually delivered with his inimitable dry wit. Once on board he rapidly became the fiercest proponent of the company’s outlook and presentation.

His determination, energy and endeavours were certainly a part of the company’s success throughout the world.

Having worked in the audio industry throughout his career, David’s knowledge of touring systems and studio production recording coupled with his experience of having run a successful distribution business in his Australian homeland, provided unparalleled access to unique insights and knowledge to those involved with him throughout his work, insights and knowledge that will now be greatly missed.

His passing has left behind a huge hole in everybody’s hearts, especially his family and friends and staff at KV2 are all thankful for having had the privilege of being his friend and colleague.

They will miss him hugely.

David is survived by his wife and three children.

21st September 2020

L-Acoustics Helps SoundGirls Educate and Empower Women in Audio

L-Acoustics Helps SoundGirls Educate and Empower Women in Audio

USA – Continuing to deepen its commitment to education, L-Acoustics recently announced a partnership with SoundGirls, kicking off an annual training grant programme to support the organisation’s mission to empower women in audio. Following a thorough panel review of numerous applications submitted by SoundGirls members, L-Acoustics is pleased to officially congratulate the three recipients of its 2020 SoundGirls Training Grants: Carolina Antón was awarded the L-ISA Grant, Kim Watson the Advanced Grant, and Eluned 'El' Ashwood the Starter Grant.

“We were overwhelmed by the interest and response that we received from the SoundGirls community regarding these training grants,” says Etienne Corteel, L-Acoustics director of education and scientific outreach, making the announcement. “In addition to supplying their CVs, each candidate submitted two essays on why they were applying for these grants and how they would benefit from them. Although it was a challenge for the SoundGirls board to narrow down only three winners from such a well-qualified and deserving group, Carolina, Kim, and El all clearly demonstrated their drive and zeal for audio excellence and are, in our eyes, inspiring champions for diversity in this industry.”

Carolina Antón of Mexico City has been named as the L-ISA Grant recipient, and will participate in a three-day L-ISA training curriculum covering one of two available tracks: System, for systems engineers, or Mixing, for mix engineers. Serving as an FOH and/or monitor engineer on more than 20 tours for artists including Kool & The Gang, Gloria Gaynor, Natalia Lafourcade, MexFutura, Mon Laferte, and Leon Larregui, Antón has passion and experience creating immersive live mixes and system designs.

As a system tech, monitor engineer and FOH engineer for two decades, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK-based Kim Watson is the recipient of the Advanced Grant and will complete the manufacturer’s Level 2 Variable Curvature Line Source (VCLS) and Loudspeaker System Calibration (LSC) modules. Having toured as a monitor engineer for The Subways and system fly tech for Blondie, Watson previously completed four modules from the Level 1 course to prepare her for Level 2 training as she progresses toward earning the K Systems Engineer (KSE) designation, following additional field work.

Recently completing the L-Acoustics Systems Fundamentals online session in July as part of her Starter Grant, Eluned Ashwood of Manchester, UK will soon finish up the Level 1 course and earn the official status of Systems Technician (ST) after attending her choice of two K Series modules (K1, K2, Kara, Kiva II). Ashwood’s resumé includes a broad range of festival tech gigs with SSE Audio Group and Wigwam Acoustics, numerous A2 roles at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, and stage/PA tech work for Lionel Richie’s UK tour.

“We are so excited to be working with L-Acoustics, recognised as one of the leaders in concert sound, to provide these grants to our members,” shares SoundGirls Co-Founder Karrie Keyes. “L-Acoustics is dedicated to innovation and design excellence and now a leader in helping to diversify the industry.”

“It’s been our privilege to partner with the SoundGirls community by creating this annual grant programme and taking an active step in helping fulfil their mission of educating and empowering women in audio,” Corteel adds in closing. “We’re proud of what each of our three new L-Acoustics family members have already accomplished so far, and we look forward to celebrating their achievements as they continue to make names for themselves in this wonderfully evolving business.”

SoundGirls can be found online at www.soundgirls.org. For more details on L-Acoustics training, visit www.l-acoustics.com/en/training/program.

In picture: L-ISA Grant recipient Carolina Antón, Advanced Grant recipient Kim Watson (photo: Christopher L Proctor) and Starter Grant recipient El Ashwood

L-Acoustics Helps SoundGirls Educate and Empower Women in Audio L-Acoustics Helps SoundGirls Educate and Empower Women in Audio

15th September 2020

A tribute to Unusual Rigging's Paul Taylor who passed away on 17th August

A tribute to Unusual Rigging\'s Paul Taylor who passed away on 17th August

UK - “We are extremely sad to report that our dear friend and colleague Paul Taylor lost his battle with cancer on 17th August 2020.

“Known affectionately as PT, he entered this world on 7th June 1956. He often joked that he was born a day too late and the 6th June would have been more fitting given his passion for the history of the second world war and military vehicles. In fact, he loved tanks so much that I have always been amazed that he didn’t call his kids something like, Sherman and Challenger 2.

“PT started his ‘Unusual years’ in March 1988. He joined the company because he felt that as he was now a family man, he should have a quiet nine-to-five job! It did not quite turn out like that. He soon became one of the foundation stones of the company.

“PT was a pioneer in the field of automation and quickly established his position as our electrics and automation guru.

“I remember him being astounded, when introduced to a new member of the crew, at Drury
Lane, when he received the response: 'Paul Taylor, you’re actually the Paul Taylor?' He seemed strangely unaware of how well liked and respected he was by all his friends and colleagues here at Unusual, and indeed across the industry … his leaving us has created a huge gap.

“He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of Theatre and Automation and was happy to pass on his
knowledge and expertise.

“In an atmosphere of impossible deadlines and challenging problems, none of us can remember PT ever raising his voice. He retained a serene disposition and a dry sense of humour.

“On one occasion, PT found himself chairman of the jury for the Clive Ponting trial. The Guardian
added a codicil to the cartoon depicting PT’s delivery of the verdict: 'Not guilty, so there'!

“During the 2012 Olympics, PT spent his time raising the flags for the swimming event medallists. People would ask him the daftest questions. One day he gave into his dry wit and advised someone who had asked what the big red button was for (the emergency stop), that it was to empty the pool if any of the swimmers were in distress. Satisfied that they now had insider knowledge they wandered off happily.

“One project PT was particularly proud of involved programming and operating the automation
desk for New York aerial choreographer Elizabeth Streb, for the cultural events leading up to the 2012 Olympics. He managed, against the odds, to turn Elizabeth’s vision, through sequencing clever and ambitious cues, into cohesive aerial ballets. He used technology, to facilitate art, with
safety in mind. A speciality of PT’s, and not for the faint hearted – a task he undertook again with dedication (whilst battling the cancer) in October 2018 at the Musée d'Orsay, in Paris.

“For the past three years or so PT and I sat at adjacent desks in the office. He spent many an hour telling me stories about various pieces of military paraphernalia he had bought from E-bay, whilst I tried to stay awake.

“I remember walking around the yard at Unusual one afternoon, looking in through the various workshop doors. As I passed LX, I saw a truck mounted 50 Calibre machine gun pointing at me. Guess who was responsible?

“I am sure that many of us in the coming months whilst working on-site, up to our elbows in wires, drives and winches, from time to time, will hear a reassuring whisper from above “Oooo you don’t want to do it like that” – a catch phrase of his. It is hard to imagine how we will cope without him.

“We have lost an encyclopaedia of knowledge, a depth of experience that spanned many decades, and a dedicated colleague. But mostly we have lost a true gentleman, enthusiast, mentor, father figure, and friend.

“It might be that he and AJ are already putting their heads together to make celestial events even greater.

“On the other hand, PT may be spending time at the 24-hour Army Surplus Store in the sky.”

Robin Elias

Technical Director

A note from Vera Taylor: “Next year, on the 5th or 6th of June (Covid19 willing) the family will be holding a memorial/damned good party (the latter was PTs wish). If you have a tribute to PT that you would like to have included please let them know and/or if you want to join the party drop them a note and they’ll share the details with you individually.”

14th September 2020

Unusual

Jo Mayer joins ISE as Senior Director of Marketing, strengthens Senior Leadership Team

Germany – Integrated Systems Events has announced the appointment of Jo Mayer as its senior director of marketing. Mayer joins from EasyFairs, a leading pan-European multi-format event organiser, and has over 20 years’ experience in trade shows, conferences and B2B publishing. In her new role, Jo Mayer is responsible for overseeing the company’s marketing and content strategy across multiple platforms in the run-up to its flagship event, Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) in 2021, and beyond.

“Jo is a hugely experienced trade show marketing professional, with an enviable track record of successful events to her name,” commented Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Events. “Her wealth of know-how and expertise will bolster our existing team and ensure we satisfy the varied needs of our loyal exhibitors and visitors alike, and also drive new audiences and formats. Jo joins us at a time of significant upheaval for the events and pro AV industries alike and I am looking forward to tackling these challenges with her.”

“I’m excited to be joining Integrated Systems Events at this crucial time in its long and successful history,” added Mayer. “The transition to Barcelona is well underway and an exciting new era for the show awaits. The run-up to the show is a crucial period, in particular this year with its unique conditions, and I’m very much looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

Mayer will take her place alongside operations director André Hooijer, as part of the Integrated Systems Events senior leadership team (SLT). The third member of the SLT is George Buckingham, recently promoted to senior sales director, who joined the company at the start of 2019 from global specialist media and information business Haymarket. The SLT reports directly to Blackman and is tasked with overseeing the move to Barcelona in this transitional year.

Mayer is a seasoned B2B marketeer with over 20 years’ experience spanning exhibitions, conferences, digital and print. She has been pivotal in delivering award-winning campaigns for Easyfairs, Nineteen Events, Clarion and UBM working on flagship brands across a variety of sectors, including ICE Totally Gaming, Ecobuild, IFSEC and Confex.

7th September 2020

Multi-Lite (UK) Limited is delighted to announce the appointment of Justin Althorpe to the newly created role of Key Account Manager

Multi-Lite (UK) Limited is delighted to announce the appointment of Justin Althorpe to the newly created role of Key Account Manager

Multi-Lite (UK) Limited’s general manager Martin Carnell (left) said: “Justin is a well-known and well-respected figure in the UK Entertainment Industry and we are thrilled to have him on board. We have a lot of contacts in common and share a very similar work ethos and hands-on approach to helping customers in this demanding sector. We believe that even in these unprecedented times that there is still a bright future ahead for new and existing customers, and we look forward to supporting them.”

Justin says: “I am genuinely excited by the prospect of working with Martin and the team; I believe that I can grow their UK customer base by bringing my direct approach and 14 years of experience to bear - it is a fantastic fit for both of us.”

3rd September 2020

Audiologic Appoints Andrew Matthews as Business Manager

Audiologic Appoints Andrew Matthews as Business Manager

UK – Audiologic, has announced that it has recently appointed Andrew Matthews as business manager for Ireland and Scotland. This is a critical role that directly focuses on elevating Audiologic’s presence to the highest service level, in both sales and support for both territories, whilst discovering and developing opportunities for exponential growth.

Ireland and Scotland both have a rich cultural heritage and strong central economic support. In an industry built around innovation, Andrew’s experience ensures he is well-placed to focus on what can be done to encourage new collaborations, build on existing business links and seize opportunities to work locally at ground level. This will ensure Audiologic’s customers benefit from the continued advances in audio technology taking place daily on a global level from some of the best brands in the business. All of this will be delivered with the full support of colleagues from the Applications Support Team in continuing to provide industry-leading technical excellence and full end-to-end support for their clients.

In his role, Andrew will be responsible for maintaining and building on existing relationships with Audiologic’s integrator network, presenting the very latest technical solutions from its world-class suppliers and further developing the business in providing wide-ranging support for new projects and sales enquiries.

With an impressive track record and distinguished career that spans over 30 years, Andrew joins Audiologic primarily from Bose Corporation where he was director/national sales manager for Ireland in all channels that included consumer electronics and live and installed sound. As with many career paths that develop by accident (and good fortune), Andy started working for Bose in manufacturing, and developed a lifelong passion for great sound from there.

On Andrew’s appointment, Dave Smith, senior business manager, says: “We are delighted to announce that Andrew has joined Audiologic, he brings with him extensive local knowledge, a fantastic approach to the customer experience and a wealth of expertise in advanced audio technology to match.”

Andrew commented: “When I knew this role was available, I knew immediately it was the perfect fit. Now I can leverage everything I have learned about the specific needs and excellent customer relationships I already have in these markets for the mutual benefit of all concerned. I am thrilled to have joined at a time when the company really is going from strength to strength.”

14th August 2020

Gena Buhler joins Theatre Projects as head of new business development for North America New York, New York and Denver, Colorado

Gena Buhler joins Theatre Projects as head of new business development for North America New York, New York and Denver, Colorado

USA – Theatre Projects has announced the addition of Gena Buhler in the new position of head of new business development, North America. Gena brings over 20 years’ experience in event production, venue management, operational logistics, festival and program development, and relationship-building of critical partnerships to the Theatre Projects team.

Gena will lead the business development team in North America and will act as a key member of the strategic planning team, offering timely and expert advice on project needs, feasibility, early project visioning and other business planning. She’ll work to identify projects and relationships that have the potential to enrich communities and will work with clients to match Theatre Projects’ services with their needs. Gena’s experience transforming neighbourhoods into vibrant and creative communities will be a valuable resource to Theatre Projects’ clients.

“Gena’s a great addition to our team,” says Daniel Ordower, general manager. “She understands the industry, our goals, and our markets: the arts, corporate, hospitality, retail, sports and entertainment. She’ll be offering valuable and strategic insights to our clients on the management and operations of their venues, which will enable us to create more sustainable, impactful, and efficient spaces for their communities.”

Gena joins Theatre Projects from the Wheeler Opera House (Aspen, CO), where she served as the executive and artistic director. During her time in Aspen, she re-engaged the community in the historic venue by revitalising programming, increasing the profile of the Aspen Laugh Festival and Aspen Mountain Film Festival, launching several community-based efforts, and she managed Phase III and Phase IV of Wheeler’s historic renovation project. Previously she was theatre director at Vilar Performing Arts Center (Vail, CO), worked in New York for The Road Company and IMG Artists, and started her career in festival management with Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

“I’m delighted to be able to engage with the amazingly talented, smart, and creative group of people who come to work every day excited and full of energy,” says Gena. “I’m looking forward to helping Theatre Projects realise our full potential, while being able to collaborate and offer support to my colleagues and friends across North America. Even amid the greater impacts of 2020 to our industry, I’m excited to embark on this new adventure and the challenges ahead.”

4th August 2020

ETC welcomes new Field Project Co-ordinator for Northern Europe

ETC welcomes new Field Project Co-ordinator for Northern Europe

Benelux – ETC has announced the addition of Robbi Nassi as field project co-ordinator for the Northern European territory. Based out of Amsterdam, Robbi will be responsible for providing sales support in the Benelux region. His role will involve managing projects and supporting regional sales manager Tim Stokholm in developing the customer and dealer network throughout the territory.

With over 18 years of experience in the industry, his interest in the field began with a performing arts technology degree at the Tshwane University of Technology where he went on to specialise in lighting.

Prior to ETC, he was at Electrosonic SA Ltd where he worked in a sales position as a live events manager before moving to Sydney, Australia to pursue further career advancements as a technical sales representative for Event Communications Ltd. Robbi has worked on several large projects including installing the first ETC networking infrastructures in theatres in South Africa.

“We are thrilled to welcome Robbi to the team. He has already worked on several projects with ETC and brings a wealth of experience in the industry and knowledge of our products. I look forward to working with him and growing the business,” comments regional sales manager, Tim Stokholm.

www.etcconnect.com

24th July 2020

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