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Ayrton appoints Topstage – and a familiar face – as its new, exclusive distributor for Sweden

28/03/2023

Technical Vacancy – Product Application Specialist

24/03/2023

Prase Media Technologies appointed new distributor for Elation and Obsidian products in Italy

24/03/2023

Lawo Establishes CTO Office to Drive and Achieve Strategic Business Goals

24/03/2023

PLASA and #WeMakeEvents release hopeful industry report

24/03/2023

Bandit Lites Purchases New Charlotte Office

23/03/2023

Ambersphere Solutions Announces Expansion of Service Department

22/03/2023

Ayrton appoints MQ Lightings as new exclusive distributor for the Philippines

20/03/2023

Dirty Rigger gets hands-on with TOMCAT USA’s rigging training

15/03/2023

Out Board appoints PRO LAB as TiMax distribution partner for the GCC and MENA regions

15/03/2023

SIXTY82 B.V. Appoints Omikron Electronics as its Exclusive Distributor for Greece and Cyprus

13/03/2023

Actavo Events strengthens UK event inventory with acquisition of Star Live’s mobile portfolio

08/03/2023

Ayrton appoints Rubicon AS as its new, exclusive distributor for Norway

07/03/2023

Ayrton appoints VIGSØ Sales as its new, exclusive distributor for Denmark

06/03/2023

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15/02/2023

Ayrton appoints Topstage – and a familiar face – as its new, exclusive distributor for Sweden

Ayrton appoints Topstage – and a familiar face – as its new, exclusive distributor for Sweden

Sweden – Ayrton has announced the appointment of Topstage – and a familiar face – as its new, exclusive distributor for Sweden.

Linnea Ljungmark (pictured) will be leaving her position as Ayrton regional sales manager to form a new company, Topstage, which will become the new Ayrton distributor for Sweden from Monday 3 April 2023.

“After years of travelling and working for the international markets, the time is right for me to bring my experience back to Sweden, and distribution is in my DNA,” says Linnea. “You could say it runs in the family. This is such an exciting opportunity.”

After almost five years with Ayrton, and an even longer association with the brand which stretches back to the early days of the company, Linnea is one of Ayrton’s own, and with an enviable industry lineage she brings a wealth of product and market knowledge.

“Ayrton is considered a top brand internationally and the time has come to properly introduce the product line and brand to the Swedish market, which is generally very quality- and design-aware, so there is great potential for a perfect match,” Linnea says. “I am really looking forward to dedicating more time and focus exclusively to our Swedish customers to ensure they get the best support possible.”

“When Linnea broached this idea I admit to being a little torn,” says Ayrton CEO, Chris Ferrante. “Linnea has not only been an incredibly valuable member of the Ayrton team, but has brought us so much more than just sales. Her brilliant championing of Women In Lighting from an entertainment lighting perspective shows how multi faceted Linnea is.”

“Women In Lighting is important because it generates change and there is a need for it,” she says. “Hearing the stories of other industry women and the encouraging words from male supporters is empowering. To remain as part of Ayrton’s extended team and continue the work with WIL means a lot to me because, together, we can make a difference. Iceland, Sweden and Finland are top three on The Economist's glass-ceiling index this year, yet still, I am the first woman in Scandinavia to found a stage technology distribution company. I hope I can inspire others to follow.”

“The impending change is very exciting,” adds Michael Althaus, global sales director of Ayrton. “It will most certainly further Ayrton’s long term goals of driving premium, exclusive distribution, and give the Swedish market the level of attention it deserves and has been lacking. We wish Linnea all the best in this new endeavour and will be doing absolutely everything we can to deliver success!”

Linnea is now looking for a sales person to join the Topstage team, and will see the company’s first official appointment as distributor at the Ayrton Open Days in Paris (4-5 April 2023). “I hope to see many Swedish customers and designers there at Ayrton HQ to give them a real insight into what Ayrton has to offer, and where the magic happens!” she says.

28th March 2023

Technical Vacancy – Product Application Specialist

Technical Vacancy – Product Application Specialist

UK – Artistic Licence Engineering Ltd. is a market leader in the design, development and manufacture of intelligent lighting control for the architectural, entertainment and commercial lighting industry. Artistic Licence is a major supplier of OEM (own equipment manufacture) solutions worldwide, and provide bespoke lighting solutions for a broad range of projects and venues.

Following the company’s recent acquisition by prestigious global group, ROBE Lighting s.r.o., AL is undergoing a period of expansion. The new owners are committed to the growth of the Artistic Licence brand, and to that end the company is seeking to recruit talented individuals to join its team.

Technical Vacancy (full-time) - Product Application Specialist (salary negotiable depending on experience)

The position of Product Application Specialist has arisen with Artistic Licence, a world leader in the lighting controls industry.

You will become the Artistic Licence product expert, with an in-depth understanding of the operation and application of the broad range of lighting infrastructure solutions. A largely remote-working position, the job will entail travel to customers’ venues and installations to provide pre- and post-sales technical advice, support and troubleshooting. It will also include training of our distributors’ technical staff both remotely and on-site, plus generation of technical training material such as application notes and ‘how-to’ videos.

You should have a wealth of knowledge and practical experience in the use of DMX512, RDM and Art-Net/sACN, and a familiarity of how these protocols can be interfaced with DALI.

While not an explicitly sales-oriented role, you should be comfortable liaising with customers at the decision-making level – be that during field product demonstrations, trade show meetings or site visits.

On the administrative side, you will be expected to handle support questions (via email or phone) and to assist with tender applications or project enquiries.

Other information: the successful candidate will be trained by Wayne Howell, founder of Artistic Licence and designer of all its products. The training phase will involve a significant amount of office-based time. Once you are fully up-to-speed, you will be expected to visit the office on an approximately monthly basis for meetings and briefings.

All candidates should hold a full driving licence and be eligible to work in the UK. The package will include an allowance for travel and a NEST statutory pension. The holiday allowance is 25 days plus bank holidays.

Artistic Licence operates from a newly refurbished heritage property in the small town of Bovey Tracey on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. The cities of Exeter and Plymouth are within easy reach, as is the beautiful south Devon coastline.

24th March 2023

Prase Media Technologies appointed new distributor for Elation and Obsidian products in Italy

Prase Media Technologies appointed new distributor for Elation and Obsidian products in Italy

Italy – Elation Professional has announced that one of Italy’s leading B2B distributors of audiovisual solutions, Prase Media Technologies, has taken over exclusive distribution of Elation Professional and Obsidian Control Systems products in Italy effective 01 March 2023.

For 30 years, Prase has grown with the industry, collaborating with system integrators, AV consultants and live entertainment professionals to offer innovative solutions across a variety of markets. The company boasts a large catalogue of leading AV brands and is recognised for the excellence of its team, design support and after-sales service.

Davide Buonasorte, sales and marketing manager resell, pro, broadcast at Prase, expressed excitement about Elation joining their team as a valuable addition to Prase’s strong portfolio of brands. “We are thrilled to have Elation onboard as the missing gem in our crown of leading AV brands. Elation products meet the high-quality standard that we maintain across our portfolio and enhances our commitment to providing best-in-class products and services. On stage and in media and entertainment projects, lighting technology had been noticeably absent from providing a complete solution. With this partnership, we can offer a comprehensive AV, lighting, and lighting control solution to customers throughout Italy.”

Prase’s skilled team is growing to meet the new opportunity with dedicated lighting specialists on board and in training to ensure effective pre- and post-sales support and every step in between. Elation customers in Italy will benefit from a host of other benefits and efficiencies as well such as Prase’s large network, timely logistics, and in-house facilities and services.

Frederik Afif, international sales manager at Elation and representative for Italy, expressed his enthusiasm about Prase representing Elation and Obsidian in such a significant region. “We are extremely excited that a company of this calibre will be representing Elation and Obsidian in Italy. Prase's outstanding reputation for quality and service aligns perfectly with Elation's principles and with their extensive reach and market expertise, we are confident that demand for our lighting and control products will grow. This partnership is all about expanding possibilities for customers and meeting their requirements, and Elation is excited to collaborate with Prase to achieve these goals.”

MIR Tech, the Italian trade show held in Rimini in early April, is the ideal stage in which to inaugurate the new partnership. Prase will have on display Elation’s latest cutting-edge luminaires along with Obsidian’s newest lighting control and data distribution products.

The distribution agreement with Prase supplants any other Elation distribution agreement in Italy. Elation has worked under full transparency with its former distributor and thanks them for their dedication and promotion of the Elation brand in the region.

www.elationlighting.com 

24th March 2023

Elation

Lawo Establishes CTO Office to Drive and Achieve Strategic Business Goals

In light of the company’s rapid growth and the obvious necessity to provide its customers with innovative answers to new workflow models, Lawo has established a CTO Office staffed with experts from all areas, dedicated exclusively to achieving the overall strategic goals of Lawo’s product and R&D organisations. The CTO Office drives innovation and marketable solutions for current and future developments and ensures that the forward-looking initiatives of the corporate strategy are delivered.

Phil Myers, Lawo’s CTO, explains: "The CTO Office will implement the execution of our customer-centric strategy across the organisation. Lawo is well aware that the delivery of products involving audio, video, networking and control infrastructure is no longer enough. Customers increasingly expect seamlessly integrated solutions rather than technically robust assemblies of hardware and software. Lawo customers have jobs to do, and we need to provide intuitive and efficient tools and workflows that span the full gamut of Lawo's portfolio. Tight integration is the cornerstone of our strategy."

"Lawo solutions need to be powerful, easy-to-use, quick to deploy, and technically aligned. To achieve this, we will ensure that all parts of the organisation are in sync and work towards a common goal. The CTO Office is tasked with driving this convergence within the company,” Myers states.

24th March 2023

PLASA and #WeMakeEvents release hopeful industry report

PLASA and #WeMakeEvents release hopeful industry report

UK – Following on from the international industry-wide survey conducted in November 2022, PLASA and #WeMakeEvents have now published the full report, which is now available to download for free.

Completed by over 1,300 people in over 40 countries, the data offers clear insights into how the events, entertainment and installation industries are recovering from the pandemic and highlights the rebound, along with what challenges remain.

The data will be presented to government departments and financial institutions to help raise the profile of the live sector, and it’s hoped, gain meaningful, long-term support. This report builds on the comprehensive survey conducted by PLASA and #WeMakeEvents in 2021.

Financially, the industry has mostly “bounced back” as predicted, with companies with over a million turnover seeing positive growth. Although, those with under one million turnover are still generally making up ground. Also, the vast majority of companies that took on debt during the pandemic are still paying it back.

Furthermore, delays and shortages across the board still remain, with 90% of manufacturers facing component delays and three-quarters of non-manufacturers facing delays in finished goods. Several reasons are cited, with Brexit leading the way.

Skills and work also remain affected, with employment down 10%, and three-quarters of employers struggling to fill roles. And as a result, companies are delaying projects. Approximately half of employers do not think that graduates have the necessary skills, although a third indicate their need to hire apprentices in order to fulfil work.

Promisingly, the big exodus of freelancers may be over, with 90% of freelancers reporting they are back in the industry, either full or part time. Moreover, although a third report working 40 + hours a week, the average working week may have slightly shrunk and more are working from home. However, long term security for freelancers appears to have reduced and there is much less international travel.

Overall, turnover and demand has increased, with the industry showing resilience and hope for a more predictable future. This year’s findings stand in contrast to last year’s report which showed huge challenges and not much confidence for recovery.

PLASA Chair Adam Blaxill comments: “I think we are all pleased to see strong signs of recovery for the events, entertainment and installation industries, which were hit so hard during the pandemic. Resourceful companies and hard-working freelancers have met the rising demand from the public for amazing live events and are being rewarded for it. That said, we’re still not totally out of the woods, ongoing supply chain disruption, along with the more recent rises in energy costs, coupled with the cost of living crisis are still posing big challenges. But I have complete faith that our industry will push through and not only survive but adapt, innovate and flourish along the way.”

PLASA membership skills and technical director and #WeMakeEvents steering group member, Nicky Greet, adds: “A big thanks to everyone who contributed to this survey. It’s so important that we have robust data that we can use to demonstrate to Government and financial institutions the economic value of the supply chain to events, the challenges, and why we as an industry are a good investment.”

Download the new PLASA and #WeMakeEvents survey report at: https://www.plasa.org/plasa-wemakeevents-survey-report-2023

24th March 2023

Bandit Lites Purchases New Charlotte Office

USA – Bandit Lites has announced the opening of its new facility in Charlotte, North Carolina. After ten years in the Charlotte market, this is Bandit's third new facility. The luxurious space will primarily accommodate the integration team as they continue their expansion into 2023.

Bandit Lites vice president of operations, Roth Edwards, spearheaded finding and delivering the new facility. After a month’s long search, the location north of Charlotte, North Huntersville was chosen for its amazing community, quality building and idyllic neighbourhood.

A great number of NASCAR entities are located in this area, including the world-famous Charlotte Motor Speedway. Bandit works with a number of NASCAR entities and is pleased to be close to its friends at Speedway Motorsports, LLC.

The office is brand new and offers every nicety Bandit and its clients will need. Numerous offices, a conference room, break room and world-class audio-visual presentations throughout the building allow Bandit clients to spend time with the Bandit team and view the details of their project as they unfold.

The purchase of the office follows the hiring of Paul Strom as system integrator and the advancement of Alex Becker to system integrator. Additionally, Bandit project manager Gene Brian joined the integration team as system integrator, Brad Hylton returned to Bandit as integration facility manager and industry veteran and Bandit Lites technician Chuck Hastings came aboard as integration specialist. February 2023 also saw the hiring of Tristan Weaver as logistics and inventory specialist.

“We are very proud with the next step in this coastal region,” said Bandit Lites chair and founder, Michael T. Strickland. “We have a world class office we are proud to call home and look forward to future growth. We can double our staff in this facility and plan on doing just that. As always, Bandit has purchased the office and added to our prestigious collection of real estate holdings. Bandit looks forward to allowing all of our clients to experience excellence in the future and thank the Charlotte community and the entertainment industry for being so kind to us.”

Bandit’s historic 55 years of leading the way in lighting makes the company a trusted source for integrating lighting at music and performance venues, churches, theatres, museums and public spaces. The integration team oversees project every step of the way, from conception through installation.

23rd March 2023

Ambersphere Solutions Announces Expansion of Service Department

Ambersphere Solutions Announces Expansion of Service Department

UK – Ambersphere Solutions, a leading provider of entertainment and lighting products from renowned partners such as Astera, Ayrton, MA Lighting, Robert Juliat, and Zactrack, has announced the expansion of its service department to better serve its growing clientele.

The newly-expanded department will continue to offer a full range of service and support, across the company's product range. With an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction, Ambersphere's friendly and knowledgeable staff is always available to assist clients with their needs, from spare parts availability to product training, and service manuals.

Ambersphere Solutions is proud to welcome Rakhi Lahila to the team in the newly created role of service administrator. Rakhi will act as the liaison between customers and the service engineers, ensuring seamless co-ordination of the returns process and keeping clients informed every step of the way.

The service team has also been bolstered by the recent additions of Seamus Clarke, George Matthews and Alex Swaine, who joined the company last year and at the beginning of this year, respectively. These talented individuals bring a wealth of experience from various fields, including theatre, concert touring, TV and film, allowing them to provide expert technical support while understanding the demands of having equipment out of commission.

To accommodate the growth of the service department, Ambersphere has invested in a larger workshop and increased warehouse space, enabling more efficient organisation and operations.

Clients can continue to rely on Ambersphere's factory trained support engineers for technical advice on product repairs. The company also maintains a backup stock of most current products, ensuring clients have access to the equipment they need when they need it.

22nd March 2023

Ambersphere

Ayrton appoints MQ Lightings as new exclusive distributor for the Philippines

Ayrton appoints MQ Lightings as new exclusive distributor for the Philippines

The Philippines – Ayrton has announced the appointment of MQ Lightings as its new, exclusive distributor for the Philippines.

Established in 1987, MQ Group (popularly known as MQ Lightings) serves as the official distributor, and systems integrator, for over 40 global brands of photographic, video, broadcast/livestream and stage equipment for the Philippine media and entertainment industry. MQ Lightings supplies customers with world class cutting-edge, professional equipment and services and is committed to meeting the high standards of lighting designers and consultants, film-makers, cinematographers, DOPs, broadcast engineers and other professionals in the industry.

MQ Lightings’ product and marketing manager, Christian Ong, explains why they were keen to stock Ayrton products: “Ayrton is a very reputable brand, well-known by industry professionals and offers an extremely wide range of luminaires that cater to both small and large scale projects. The products fit our target market, and the projects that we work on, very well, including, theatre, auditoriums, broadcast studios and houses of worship.”

With immediate effect, MQ Lightings will distribute and support Ayrton's entire product line across the Philippines. “We intend to develop the Ayrton brand with open house demos, private demos and roadshows and will be very active with our social media marketing,” says Ong. “We feel the Ayrton products, with their very diverse range and versatility, will help to fill a significant role in our stage lighting projects, and in particular, the weatherproof options.”

“Ayrton is delighted to welcome MQ Lightings to the Ayrton network as our exclusive distributor for this very important market, and to work with a company that takes such great pride in bringing in the latest equipment and technology to its customers,” says Ayrton’s Vijay Thaygarajoo. “We look forward to developing our dynamic new partnership.”

20th March 2023

Dirty Rigger gets hands-on with TOMCAT USA’s rigging training

Dirty Rigger gets hands-on with TOMCAT USA’s rigging training

USA – The Dirty Rigger brand of workwear played a popular role in the latest TOMCAT University (‘TOMCAT U’) five-day entertainment rigging training course, hosted recently at the company’s custom-designed training facility in Thousand Oaks, California.

Hosted by leading entertainment rigging specialist TOMCAT USA, a part of Area Four Industries, the annual event provides ETCP (Entertainment Technician Certification Programme) renewal credits for those working in production rigging. This year’s event attracted a diverse mix of 45 attendees from across the USA and Canada, from students to seasoned touring riggers, business owners, stadium production managers and everything in between.

The course includes truss training, taught by TOMCAT’s Adrian Forbes-Black and Keith Bohn, a one-day engineering focus led by Jeff Reder of Ohio-based Clark-Reder Engineering, and three days of rigging skills taught by industry legend, Bill Sapsis. What’s more, the TOMCAT USA training facility includes its own indoor ground support system for attendees to practice on.

Each day, the TOMCAT U attendees were presented with a swag gift on arrival at the facility: these included anything from t-shirts and hoodies made for the event, to custom hats and water bottles. The highlight, however, was Thursday’s ‘Dirty Rigger day’, when they were gifted with Dirty Rigger gloves, bag and a keychain, from the UK’s Le Mark Group. As Thursday was the day spent working on TOMCAT’s ground support system, the gloves were immediately put to good use.

Although TOMCAT USA does not sell the Dirty Rigger brand itself, Le Mark Group, the maker of the well-known production wear brand, worked closely with TOMCAT to make the products available for the high-profile event. TOMCAT says that Dirty Rigger is a well-known and respected name in the rigging world, synonymous with high quality, hard-wearing goods and was appreciated by everyone at the event.

Commenting on the support from Dirty Rigger, Adrian Forbes-Black, TOMCAT and Area Four Industries America’s VP of sales and marketing, says: “Having been personal friends with the Dirty Rigger and Le Mark Group owners and staff for over 25 years, I know them to be a strong brand, with exceptional customer service and quality. That they have such a strong hold on the market, and their brand and products have stood the test of time, is a testament to them.”

He adds: “TOMCAT has been honoured to partner with Dirty Rigger over many years in our TOMCAT University education programme, and we hope to continue this relationship for the foreseeable future.”

photo: ©Shawn Tanowitz, Pivotal Video Productions

15th March 2023

Out Board appoints PRO LAB as TiMax distribution partner for the GCC and MENA regions

Out Board appoints PRO LAB as TiMax distribution partner for the GCC and MENA regions

UAE – UK immersive audio pioneer, Out Board, has appointed PRO LAB as the exclusive distribution partner for TiMax SoundHub, TiMax Tracker D4 and the full range of TiMax solutions in the Middle East. With a strong and extensive reach throughout the GCC and MENA regions, PRO LAB is an established name distinguished for its high-quality pro audio-visual and stage equipment product portfolio.

The new distribution partnership addresses the dramatic increase in demand for TiMax immersive audio solutions in the region. As a versatile and autonomous spatialisation engine, designed to work effectively with any loudspeaker on the market, TiMax SoundHub was a logical addition to the PRO LAB’s product portfolio. TiMax offers PRO LAB’s extensive network the freedom to tailor system solutions according to their individual technical and budgetary requirements.

PRO LAB has invested in demonstration stock and the company’s newly constructed experience centre, located in Dubai, will be equipped with TiMax SoundHub, TiMax Tracker D4 and the full range of TiMax solutions. Customers will be able to experience the power and versatility of TiMax and receive training to successfully implement the products into their projects, shows and installations.

Driving the active promotion of TiMax to the region’s system integrators, system engineers, sound designers, and other creative professionals, will be the recently appointed head of the audio department, Pavel Shemiakin. A lecturer on immersive audio technology and a previous brand manager for TiMax, Pavel brings significant experience of the TiMax range of solutions.

Rami Haber, CEO of PRO LAB, commented: "We are thrilled to be partnering with TiMax, a brand that is at the forefront of immersive audio technology. With TiMax, we can offer our clients unparalleled versatility, creativity, and engagement. Our partnership with TiMax is a testament to our commitment to providing our clients with the best solutions in the market."

Out Board director, Dave Haydon, added: “We are delighted to be partnering with PRO LAB, a company that shares our passion for delivering innovative and high-quality spatial audio solutions," said Haydon. "By combining our unique abilities, we can provide exceptional and unmatched immersive experiences to global audiences."

In picture: New distributor, PRO LAB's head of the audio department Pavel Shemiakin with Out Board director, Dave Haydon.

15th March 2023

SIXTY82 B.V. Appoints Omikron Electronics as its Exclusive Distributor for Greece and Cyprus

SIXTY82 B.V. Appoints Omikron Electronics as its Exclusive Distributor for Greece and Cyprus

Greece – SIXTY82 B.V., a leading manufacturer of trussing and staging systems for the entertainment industry, has announced that it has appointed Omikron Electronics as its exclusive distributor for Greece and Cyprus.

Omikron Electronics is a well-established company with years of experience, great product portfolio and a strong customer network in the Greek market. It has already built a substantial stock of SIXTY82 products in Greece to meet the quick demand of its customers. The company will also organise open days together with SIXTY82 to welcome customers and introduce them to SIXTY82's innovative products and solutions.

"We are very excited to partner with Omikron Electronics and expand our presence in Greece and Cyprus," said Rainier Smeding, sales director of SIXTY82. "Omikron Electronics shares our vision of providing high-quality products and services to our customers. They have the expertise and resources to successfully promote our brand and grow our business in this important region."

Giannis Tziakos, general manager of Omikron Electronics, said: "We are honoured to be chosen as the exclusive distributor of SIXTY82 in Greece and Cyprus. We have been impressed by their products' design, performance and reliability. We are confident that they will meet the needs and expectations of our customers who are looking for innovative trussing and staging solutions. We are looking forward to working closely with SIXTY82 and building a long-term relationship."

Henry Schuil will be the executive account manager of the Greek territory and will work together with Omikron Electronics to provide support and guidance to their customers.

In picture: Giannis Tziakos, general manager of Omikron Electronics and Henry Schuil, executive account manager for Sixty82.

13th March 2023

Actavo Events strengthens UK event inventory with acquisition of Star Live’s mobile portfolio

Actavo Events strengthens UK event inventory with acquisition of Star Live’s mobile portfolio
Actavo Events strengthens UK event inventory with acquisition of Star Live’s mobile portfolio

UK – Star Live, the specialist production agency, has agreed to sell its mobile seating and stage fleet to Actavo Events for an undisclosed sum. The deal includes mobile grandstands, ten-metre mobile stages and a 15m mobile orbit stage. The two businesses will work closely to ensure a smooth transition for all Star Live contracts.

Having established itself in the UK in 2010, Actavo Events has steadily built a reputation as a trusted event infrastructure supplier providing Layher event scaffolding structures, fencing and barriers to a wide range of clients. The addition of the mobile business complements Actavo’s growth strategy for the UK and enhances its product offering to the market at a time when mobile stages are in high demand given the increase in shows that the industry has seen recently. It also complements its existing Layher event scaffolding products and provides greater opportunities to its client base.

Commenting on the purchase, managing director John O’Donoghue said: “The addition of Star Live’s mobile fleet to our portfolio is an exciting development for the Actavo Event’s UK team. Staging is undoubtedly a 'showstopper' product, having this within our product range elevates our position within the traditional supply chain.

“We’re looking forward to engaging with the mobile fleet’s client base, many of whom we already have an excellent working relationship with and value our customer service focused approach, to ensure a smooth transition. It also opens up opportunities within our own client base and is a chance to make new contacts given the competitive nature of the mobile staging market at present.”

Star Live’s CEO Grahame Muir added: “Star Live’s direction of travel is very much to grow our four business pillars: entertainment, sport, brands, and design and build. This sale enables us to devote more focus to our flagship Titan and VerTech stage systems alongside our recent investment into Viewbox modular structures. Star Live is also very focused on further developing our global reach, particularly in South East Asia, Saudi Arabia and the wider Middle East region. Actavo is the perfect partner to carry forward Star Live’s mobile fleet, we see positives for both parties with this acquisition being the springboard for greater future collaborations.”

photos: www.inthebag.pro

8th March 2023

Ayrton appoints Rubicon AS as its new, exclusive distributor for Norway

Ayrton appoints Rubicon AS as its new, exclusive distributor for Norway

Norway – Ayrton has announced the appointment of Rubicon AS as its new exclusive distributor for Norway. The new agreement takes effect from 15 March 2023.

“The date coincides with the start of the LLB trade show in Oslo which will be a perfect occasion for us to present Ayrton fixtures to the Norwegian market and mark the start of our new distributorship,” says Rubicon CEO and founder, Petter Norby.

Established in 1994, Rubicon began life as a rental company and quickly grew to include a sales division. “Like Caesar crossing the Rubicon, there was no turning back,” says Norby. In 2017 Rubicon decided to focus entirely on sales and is now among the most well-respected mid-sized companies in Norway. Rubicon will be responsible for the sales and installation of the full range of Ayrton fixtures.

“We have always focused on quality as our trade mark, which is what makes Ayrton the perfect match for us. We enjoyed a phenomenal growth last year and are aiming high, so we are very happy that Ayrton chose us as their Norwegian distributor. We are looking forward to the new world and partnership.”

“Appointing Rubicon as our exclusive distributor for Norway was an easy decision,” says Ayrton’s European sales director, Matt Hallard. “From the first meeting with Petter and his team it was clear our understanding of the opportunities for Ayrton were in alignment. There is great excitement in both our camps to see what we can achieve together, and with Rubicon’s pedigree I am confident it won’t take long to take effect.

“I’m looking forward to meeting our customers old and new at LLB and on my travels through Norway with the Rubicon team in the coming months.”

Rubicon AS will be showing Ayrton Cobra, Diablo and, in its European trade show premiere, Zonda 3 FX at LLB Expo (15-17 March) at Oslo’s largest venue, the Telenor Arena.

In picture: Norby, Sales Terje Sørlund and Inge Eidem.

7th March 2023

Ayrton appoints VIGSØ Sales as its new, exclusive distributor for Denmark

Ayrton appoints VIGSØ Sales as its new, exclusive distributor for Denmark

Denmark – Ayrton has announced the appointment of VIGSØ Sales ApS as its new exclusive distributor for Denmark, with immediate effect.

VIGSØ is one of Denmark’s leading suppliers of technical equipment for the event, production, theatre and concert industry. VIGSØ Sales is a part of VIGSØ Rental which had grown into an important player in the dry-hire industry before opening a sales and distribution division in 2021. Since 2022, this has been run by Kenneth Jakobsen who brings many years of industry experience to his role. The company has already taken a significant stock of Ayrton Cobra, Eurus and Domino LT fixtures into its inventory.

“The advantage of having a dry-hire and sales company under the same roof is proving to be very effective for our customers, especially when delivery times are under pressure when it has proven helpful to have a rental division for additional support,” says Jakobsen. “Our clients can also be confident we can supply their one-off production needs from our rental division.”

VIGSØ will be responsible for the supply and support of the full range of Ayrton products across the Danish market. “We’re very glad and excited to add Ayrton to the small and carefully selected range of brands that we focus on within our sales division,” confirms Jakobsen. “The market has been talking about Ayrton for a long time, so when the opportunity came, it was really a no-brainer. There are a very limited number of brands that are capable of driving development and new technologies in the way in which Ayrton does. Having known Ayrton and the team behind it for many years – as well as seeing how they continue to follow the path they laid out years ago and keep delivering technically innovative, high-quality products – just makes it even more exciting to be part of the Ayrton family.”

VIGSØ’s plans for the brand are based on Ayrton’s versatility as well as its quality: “Ayrton products suit the live and event market, including TV shows, really well, but we will also be bringing them to theatre and opera houses where the high quality of the light and low noise level are really important,” concludes Jakobsen. “We are already out looking for additional salespeople to help us push the message of the Ayrton brand even more.”

“At Ayrton, we are committed to providing the most innovative products and dedicated services to our customers,” says Ayrton’s European sales director, Matt Hallard. “That's why it was important to take our time to find the best fit for Denmark whilst finalising a wider strategy and focus for our Scandinavian owners and operators. With Kenneth’s and VIGSØ’s combined dedication and experience, not to mention a good stock of Ayrton readily available in dry hire, we are well positioned to show the Danish market what Ayrton service truly means.”

In picture: Kenneth Jakobsen and Matt Hallard.

6th March 2023

Player Music Distribution Now Represents Prism Sound in Serbia

Player Music Distribution Now Represents Prism Sound in Serbia

Serbia – UK manufacturer Prism Sound has appointed Player Music Distribution to handle its entire range of high quality audio interfaces and converters in Serbia.

Prism Sound’s products include the award-winning multi-channel ADA-8XR converter, Lyra, Titan and Atlas audio interfaces and the well-established SADiE range of digital audio workstations and location recorders. The company is also now shipping its DREAM ADA-128 modular audio conversion system and Player Music Distribution will be representing this exciting new product in Serbia.

Based in Belgrade, Player Music Distribution was established in 2004 by Nikola Stosic and Predrag Malinovic. It represents a wide range of pro audio brands including PSI, Barefoot, Focal Pro, Focusrite/Novation, Apogee, Beyerdynamic, Tascam, Eve Audio, Hedd and Mackie.

“Prism Sound products are a great addition to our range because they are renowned for the quality of their audio reproduction,” Stosic says. “Serbia offers plenty of opportunities to attract new customers to the brand and we are looking forward to embracing that challenge. Customers who have already demoed Prism Sound interfaces are very satisfied with their performance.”

Mark Evans, sales director for Prism Sound, adds: “Our audio interfaces has a great deal to offer Serbian customers because they are high quality, reliable and easy to use. There are various different Prism Sound interfaces available for all types of applications and we are confident that, with Player Music Distribution’s help, we can firmly establish our brand in Serbia and introduce many new customers to the Prism Sound range.”

Stosic believes that Prism Sound’s Lyra audio interface will be the trailblazer for the range because it has an affordable price and will appeal to artist, producers and studio owners.

Based on Prism Sounds award-winning Orpheus interface, Lyra comes in two versions: Lyra 1, which has two analogue input channels, two DA output channels and optical-only digital I/O, and Lyra 2, which has two AD input channels with switchable microphone, instrument or line input modes and four DA output channels. Both versions incorporate new ARM Cortex processor design offering class-compliant USB interfacing that allows for seamless integration with both Macs and PCs. They also both offer digital volume control, a low latency ‘console-quality’ digital mixer for foldback monitoring, optical SPDIF capability and can be controlled using Prism Sound’s software app for Mac and Windows platforms.

In picture: Predrag Malinovic and Nikola Stosic.

1st March 2023

Unusual to sponsor Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre at Olivier Awards

Unusual to sponsor Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre at Olivier Awards

UK – Unusual Rigging will join in the glitz and glamour of the 2023 Olivier Awards with Mastercard at the Royal Albert Hall this year as an official sponsor of an award.

The event, which takes place on the 2nd April and acknowledges the best of British theatre, will see Unusual sponsoring the Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre category. This award, introduced in 2004, recognises work produced at Affiliate Members of the Society of London Theatre, recognising excellence beyond the West End theatres eligible in the main theatre categories.

This is the first time that Unusual Rigging has been involved with the Olivier Awards with Mastercard in a sponsorship capacity. However, the event rigging has been supplied by the Unusual team in previous years.

Speaking ahead of the event, Tom Harper MD commented: “In an era of increased pressure on the UK theatre industry, Unusual recognises the importance of celebrating the continued strive for creative and technical excellence fostered within our industry; and we are proud to support the Olivier Awards with Mastercard as the ultimate platform than honours such excellence.”

The list of the affiliate theatres eligible for the award category can be found at: https://solt.co.uk/about-london-theatre/solt-member-theatres/

1st March 2023

Unusual

Bespoke Events London praises QC-Check’s Simplicity and effectiveness

Bespoke Events London praises QC-Check’s Simplicity and effectiveness

UK – For Bespoke Events London, one of the capital’s leading event design and production companies, the decision to invest in a QC-Check workstation from Data Strategy was a simple one that would quickly make warehouse processes more effective.

Integrated into the company’s warehouse management system, QC-Check tests and inspects the integrity of every electronic device, distribution unit and cable before its next use to ensure the highest standards of safety are maintained.

The company, which creates spectacular, high-end luxury, and high-profile productions, is reliant on the highest calibre of well-maintained event technology to ensure every event is executed without a hitch.

Bespoke’s production director, Peter Hope, confirms: “QC-Check gives us great peace of mind when working with our accredited venues.” His assurance is founded upon the “…tenfold increase in testing and inspection in the warehouse,” since the integration of QC-Check.

Peter’s discovery of QC-Check on the Instagram feed of power distribution product manufacturer, SES Entertainment Ltd, who precision engineer each custom-designed QC-Check workstation, was timely. The company had been searching for a speedy and reliable process to test its electrical equipment, cable and distros.

Following further investigation, Peter noted: “QC-Check’s ease of use, without lots of adapters, makes things so quick and simple. It even enables us to test our distribution equipment prior to any event. As we were looking for a system that integrated with our rental system and could provide us with test results quickly and easily, it quickly became clear that QC-Check, for us, was the only option.”

Peter concludes: “QC-Check is the only machine in the events industry that is designed for us. It allows users with little experience to test and inspect cables in service quickly and easily. With the time saved on testing, we feel QC-Check has paid for itself and will enable us to scale up efficiently in time.”

In picture: Bespoke Events' production director, Peter Hope and operations director, Steven French.

28th February 2023

Ayrton appoints BT.innotec as new exclusive distributor for Germany

Ayrton appoints BT.innotec as new exclusive distributor for Germany

Germany – Ayrton has announced the appointment of BT.innotec as its new, exclusive distributor for Germany with effect from 1st March 2023.

A brand new company yet with 44 years of professional industry experience, BT.innotec was established in 2021 by Michael Timmer and Raphael Berndzen to focus on the distribution of carefully selected professional lighting, trussing and control technology for the entertainment lighting market.

The company will be responsible for the distribution and support of the entire range of Ayrton products.

“Ayrton is a well-recognised A-brand in our industry and we are honoured to be chosen as a partner in the worldwide Ayrton sales network,” says BT.innotec managing director, Michael Timmer. “It is a great opportunity and challenge at the same time, and we are convinced that, due to Ayrton’s technological leadership and stable product offering, there are exciting times ahead.

“Ayrton products are state-of-the-art in their development and engineering. The combination of light output and quality of light, along with the features each product offers, is top level. Especially important is the comprehensive IP65/66 offering which will become more and more relevant for our industry because they cut down service and maintenance time and costs in these times when we are experiencing a shortage of skilled workers.

“Passion, knowledge and focus – combined with trustworthiness and continuity – these are the key ingredients that make an ideal distributor for Ayrton,” comments Michael Althaus, Ayrton’s global sales director. “And the moment you talk to everyone at BT.innotec, you can feel that difference. I’m glad we took the time to find the right partner moving forward. It is exciting to see their team growing as more and more well-respected industry fellows join them.”

After already adding distributors in Austria, Indonesia and the Philippines earlier this year, as well as establishing a dedicated Global Install team, Ayrton’s appointment of BT.innotec is the next, logical step to grow the positioning of the brand. The last remaining countries without distribution will follow soon.

“We are convinced by our strategy to work globally through distribution,” adds Althaus, “since it simply allows us to combine the best of two worlds.”

In picture: Michael Timmer, Malte Kass and Raphael Berndzen.

28th February 2023

Entourage Pro: Insights – The Industry Report 2023

Entourage Pro: Insights – The Industry Report 2023

UK – Entourage Pro Ltd, the world's first free, verified crew network and entertainment industry research and insights company, has published a report based on member’s feeling and predictions for the year ahead.

In conjunction with technical industry measurement, and with input from the global freelance crew community, manufacturers, rental houses and key industry stakeholders from the live entertainment sector, The Industry Report 2023 has sought to provide some context around members hopes, fears and considerations on topics such as the cost-of-living crisis, mental health, diversity, prediction, industry sentiment and pay.

Over 1,000 respondents took part in the survey, providing a comprehensive and detailed sample range for the purpose of the report.

“We’ve spent a lot of time speaking to industry bodies, crew members, suppliers, manufacturers and the wider music industry,” says Entourage Pro director, Joel Perry. “Whilst there are some concerns for the year ahead, there is also a feeling of optimism. Areas such as education, people value, exploring new ways to build relationships and to undergo training, etc., are being brought to the forefront of attention and from this, as an industry, we are ready and able to react.”

“We’ve published results as they’ve come into us and remain impartial,” adds Entourage Pro co-director, James Stanbridge. “As we measure the industry in more detail moving forward, in terms of kit, market share, venues, and trend, we hope that this direct approach is helpful and useable to all segments of the industry.”

“Now is the perfect time to listen intently to the industry and those operating within it, and really act upon the issues and challenges we continue to face,” concludes Harvey Goldsmith, who joined the Entourage Pro board at the end of last year. “Where better to gain valuable insight than from those at the very sharp end of the experience economy, and who better to action change moving forward?"

The report, whilst available free of charge for use by the industry, is subject to copyright and remains property of Entourage Pro Ltd. Any reproduction, references, citations, data and quotations must be accredited to Entourage Pro Ltd.

To read the report, visit https://www.entouragepro.com/industry-report

24th February 2023

Claypaky relaunches back into the UK and Ireland with CP Wave

Claypaky relaunches back into the UK and Ireland with CP Wave

UK & Ireland – CP Wave Ltd is the newly formed UK and Ireland’s official partner for Claypaky, with on the ground sales, service and support as standard. The aim is to structure a dedicated Claypaky team, by having skilled local personnel.

As a result of this renewed go to market, Claypaky informs that, with effect from 1 February 2023, A.C. Entertainment Technologies is no longer the distributor of Claypaky products for the UK and Ireland.

Alessandro Colangelo (pictured), Claypaky business development manager and sales manager for the UK and Ireland states: “Our focus is to meet the high expectations of our customers in such a respected and important market. Claypaky will proactively support CP Wave team, thanks also to our renewed structure and corporate strategy. We have foreseen a challenging business plan in the mid-term as we strongly believe in CP Wave project, but most of all in CP Wave people, whom I’m confident will deliver the very best service to our customers. Being CP Wave an invested extension of Claypaky, we believe it embodies all the necessary values to properly follow up the heritage of our brand without forgetting the current needs of the market. It is therefore vital to endorse the relaunch of Claypaky in UK and Ireland to this new go to market that will proactively propose our broader and innovative product portfolio, having the maximum care about our customers.”

Alessandro Colangelo continues: “CP Wave can count already on an outstanding team of skilled professionals in all mentioned areas of sales, product and innovation, service. The team is only in a start-up phase with the ambition to grow rapidly. Everybody is thrilled to be part of this project of renovation and closer proximity of Claypaky brand in the UK and Ireland markets.”

Cally Bacchus, CP Wave investor, comments: “Investing in our future is about investing and believing in our people. I am proud to be supporting in a project that has the up-and-coming industry professionals.”

Ben Linwood, technical support and development for CP Wave comments: “The timing of the current product launches makes this a prime time to be working with such a prestigious company.”

CP Wave and Claypaky are holding a showcase event for all to see and in celebration of the new partnership. The event will be held on 23rd of March 2023 at the Crowne Plaza in Marlow (SL7 1GJ), with many advanced and innovative Claypaky products to be tested live thanks to the assistance of the Claypaky and CP Wave engineering staff. It will be a great opportunity to see our fixtures, from the tiniest and most efficient Mini-B Spot to the absolute key theatrical light Sinfonya, passing through Claypaky's increasing IP rated range, growing laser-engine Xtylos family, Tambora and Volero effects families and a couple of surprises. This event will be also the opportunity to present each team member of CP Wave to welcome participants. Claypaky will announce more detailed information in the coming weeks.

Teams from CP Wave and Claypaky will be attending this year’s TPI Awards on the 27th of February. And exhibiting at PLASA Focus Leeds on the 9th and 10th of May, at ABTT Theatre on 7th and 8th of June and at PLASA Show London on the 3rd to 5th September 2023. In each trade exhibition, we will have at least one dedicated product launch for the UK market.

In addition, CP Wave will be touring the UK and Ireland with a busy schedule, with the aim of bringing and showcasing advanced technology of Claypaky fixtures directly into the hands of the industry professionals.

www.claypaky.com 

24th February 2023

Claypaky

Martin Audio and Optimal Audio appoint NTX for Mexican distribution

Martin Audio and Optimal Audio appoint NTX for Mexican distribution

Mexico – Martin Audio has reorganised its distribution set-up in Mexico, appointing NTX Distribution specifically to handle the installation sector. Equally, sister company Optimal Audio also forms part of the new agreement to supplement the offering specifically towards commercial installation and small to medium multi-zoned venues.

Confirming the appointment Berenice Gutiérrez, founder and CEO of Proactive LATAM, who represent the two brands in Latin America and the Caribbean, stressed that negotiations had been conducted independently. “The move is highly significant for Martin Audio, as having had only one distribution partner for so long we can now focus on the important fixed installation market via NTX,” she stated. “But each brand has something unique to offer and addresses markets not necessarily covered by other products in the NTX portfolio.”

The negotiations began back last summer and were finally concluded at the turn of the year, to take effect from January 2023.

As a result, Proactive LATAM will provide full support and also train NTX’s tech team. “They already have a high level of tech, and received further training over the course of the recent ISE Show in Barcelona,” confirms Gutiérrez. Going forward, tech representatives of both brands will visit from the UK to organise formal certificated courses.”

Promotion of the brands will be via a combination of social networks, mail, showroom demos and training events, trade conventions and one-to-one sessions. Tours are planned throughout the country to train system integrators and increase market awareness.

NTX sales manager, Edgar Álvarez, confirmed that Martin Audio and Optimal Audio products will address specific market requirements and gaps in the market that they were hitherto unable to service. These would typically include all areas of hospitality, commercial, corporate houses of worship and education.

In Martin Audio’s case the integration sector will be apprised of a number of suitable and market leading systems, including CDD Series, ADORN (and ceiling) speakers, SX Series, BlacklineX, O-Line, TH series, MLA, Wavefront Precision, TORUS and control electronics. Interest in Optimal Audio will typically be directed to the UP, SUB, Cuboid, SmartAmp power amplifiers and associated control technology.

Under company president, Manuel Suero, NTX Distribution has built up an enviable brand portfolio over the years from its base in Mexico City. He expressed his delight at being able to add Martin Audio and Optimal Audio to NTX’s distribution portfolio. “We feel the market has now matured sufficiently since the pandemic to make this move, and integrators are eager to get back into action as projects come on stream again. We will be pushing hard to ensure these brands receive the recognition they deserve.”

Meanwhile, Martin Audio’s previous distributor Audio Acústica y Electrónica will continue to handle the important rental and event markets, while Proactive LATAM will continue to handle distribution exclusively of the BlacklineX powered series.

But the final word came from Berenice Gutiérrez. “Working with other brands has given NTX both the experience and confidence to fulfil all market requirements, with full-service centre and distribution channel back-up.”

“Thanks to our new partnership, Martin Audio can expect to make a fresh start in Mexico as a new era in installation projects dawns, while at the same time we look forward to introducing Optimal Audio’s world-beating technology to the markets.”

In picture: Oscar Tovar, Berenice Gutiérrez, Fernando Zurbarán, Bradley Watson, Manuel Suero and Jaime Freyria.

23rd February 2023

MDG appoints RM Multimedia as new, exclusive distributor for Italy

MDG appoints RM Multimedia as new, exclusive distributor for Italy

Italy – MDG has announced the appointment of RM Multimedia as its new, exclusive distributor for Italy. The new arrangement takes effect from 20 February 2023.

RM Multimedia was founded in 2007 by Marco Bartolini, Ermanno Tontini and Paula Poroliseanu all of whom brought many years of industry experience to the company. Based in Cattolica (Rimini), RM Multimedia exclusively distributes many top brands of entertainment technology across the Italian market. Its 20-strong team is united by the same desire and ability to enhance the company's philosophy of providing the best quality service to each and every client.

RM Multimedia is present throughout the country with the support of a network of ten trained commercial agents who support local customers at every stage of the sales process. Added to this is the undisputed quality of the brands, making RM Multimedia a point of reference in the Italian market.

“Having the opportunity to distribute MDG in Italy is for us an honour and a new challenge,” says Paula Poroliseanu. “We are extremely happy and positive about this great new start.”

“We are so very happy to welcome RM Multimedia into the MDG Family as our new distributor for Italy,” says Nicolas Duhamel, MDG marketing director and European business development. “RM Multimedia has been distributing high quality brands for many years. They are known in Italy for their seriousness and the support of their customers in their projects. MDG's line of atmospheric effects products will be a perfect match. We are looking forward to an excellent future together.”

In picture: MDG’a Nicolas Duhamel and Martin Michaud with RM Multimedia’s Paula Poroliseanu (centre).

21st February 2023

New Electro-Voice and Dynacord distributor appointed for the Italian pro music market

New Electro-Voice and Dynacord distributor appointed for the Italian pro music market

Italy – Bosch Communication Systems has announced a new distribution partner in the Italian pro music market for its brands Electro-Voice and Dynacord. Effective 1st February, the two leading audio brands for loudspeakers, microphones and electronics will be represented by Adagio Italia. This partnership will significantly expand Electro-Voice's and Dynacord’s market reach for portable audio solutions in Italy.

Adagio Italia, with its extensive dealer network across Italy and strong presence in the Italian retail music market, will play a crucial role in the distribution and promotion of Electro-Voice and Dynacord products. Adagio Italy’s holding company, Holmusic, can look back at a proven track record of more than 40 years of success in the industry, and employs about 150 people serving over 1,400 clients. With its experience and extensive music retail network, Adagio Italia is well-positioned to help Electro-Voice and Dynacord increase their presence in the Italian market.

"We are very excited to start this collaboration with these two iconic brands and very grateful to Bosch Communication Systems for trusting in our company. We are confident that together we can propel Electro-Voice and Dynacord to a leading position in the professional audio market,” says Daniel Alorda, CEO of Adagio/Holmusic.

“This partnership is expected to bring exciting new products and solutions to the market, catering to the diverse needs of Italian customers. We now see fantastic potential to significantly grow in Italy,” comments Franz Menke, sales manager for Electro-Voice and Dynacord.

17th February 2023

Optocore appoints Tonspur AG as new Swiss distributor

Optocore appoints Tonspur AG as new Swiss distributor

Switzerland – Optocore has appointed Tonspur AG as its exclusive distributor for Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The partnership was confirmed during the recent ISE Show in Barcelona and takes effect immediately.

The alliance is a logical one for both parties, since as a long-time distributor of DiGiCo, Tonspur had regularly been in contact with Optocore due to the inter-brand compatibility. “It was simply a case of formalising the agreement,” said Tonspur’s head of marketing and communication, Samuel Leber.

The Lucerne-based company has a proud heritage extending over 30 years. Starting out as a recording facility they later took on distribution of many A-list pro audio brands, including Meyer Sound, DiGiCo, Van Damme Cables, Arx, Schoeps, JoeCo and Directout Technologies. Their policy is always to sell through third parties and never direct to the end user.

Tonspur has kept a keen eye on Optocore’s portfolio, ranging from the R-series, which is already well implemented in the DiGiCo Ecosystem, to AutoRouter and Festival Box.

This was confirmed by Tonspur director, Hansjürg Meier. “I am excited that after years of gaining positive experience with Optocore as the backbone of DiGiCo systems, we can now offer Optocore's extensive portfolio to our customers. AutoRouter and Festival Box, in particular, are well proven products which are appreciated by all, and we are happy to be able to offer these in our portfolio.”

And Optocore distribution sales manager, Dawid Somló added: “I am pleased we have come to an arrangement with Tonspur to distribute our products into the Swiss market. Our new partner has both experience and expertise, backed up with the knowledge and skill of how to deploy our fibre optic solutions in the pro audio sector. There is a lot of work to be done and I am looking forward to seeing the results of our joint collaboration.”

Meanwhile, Optocore Certification training will become an immediate priority for Tonspur and with the arrival of the demo kit they will be able to introduce the brand to interested clients. There will be further focus on Optocore interfaces during DiGiCo training sessions.

In picture: Hansjürg Meier and Dawid Somló.

16th February 2023

PRG UK relocates to new office space in central London

PRG UK relocates to new office space in central London

UK – Production Resource Group, the largest provider of live event technology in the world, has announced the relocation of its London offices to a new space within the historic heart of the city’s West End.

Less than a five-minute walk from Piccadilly Circus tube station, PRG Golden Square offers its staff and clients 24/7 access to a light and airy, modern and private office and meeting space within an 18th century Georgian terrace managed by Boutique.co. The property is based in the centre of Soho, one of the busiest and most vibrant areas of the city centre, while also offering a shared break out space and café facility for all staff.

As part of PRG's membership with Boutique.co, its colleagues and clients can also enjoy flexible working spaces across the group’s network of offices in London and Birmingham, providing accessibility to several workspaces within its key locations in the UK.

On the recent move for PRG UK, CEO Richard Williams said: “By adding PRG Golden Square to our portfolio of locations in the UK, we are pleased to maintain our strong and steadfast presence in London while updating our facilities to what our teams need in this new post-COVID era. This new space gives our staff and clients a comfortable, flexible, and convenient place to work together, and we are looking forward to welcoming them through our doors.”

15th February 2023