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Ayrton appoints Briony Berning as Design, Training and Business Development Engineer

Ayrton appoints Briony Berning as Design, Training and Business Development Engineer

UK – Ayrton has announced the appointment of Briony Berning as its new design, training and business development engineer as part of the continuing expansion of its international team. The appointment takes place with immediate effect.

Berning’s multi-faceted role will be to formalise Ayrton’s product training on fixtures, key technologies and developments to the markets and its global network of distributors. Alongside this she will develop the theatre markets on a global scale, paying close attention to the specific needs of these sectors and the relevance of Ayrton products within them. Finally, she will maintain a close relationship with her specialism – the theatre market – to keep abreast of developing trends and technologies and ensure Ayrton product development continues to answer these needs.

UK-born yet spending her formative years in France, Berning is fluent in French and has a spent her entire professional working life in the performance lighting sector, specifically theatre lighting. She returned to the UK to study at the University of Glasgow, becoming the first technical apprentice at the National Theatre of Scotland in 2009 before moving to Scottish Opera and then to the National Theatre for nearly a decade.

“I am so excited to be joining the Ayrton team in this role,” says Berning, who previously held the position of key account manager at Ambersphere Solutions, Ayrton’s exclusive UK distributor, for four years. “During my time at Ambersphere I felt myself becoming more and more curious about the technical details and creative ecosystem of product development. I discovered this aspect was now closest to my heart, which in turn determined my move to Ayrton. I feel this role is perfect for me and I can’t wait to get started.”

“We are excited to welcome Briony to this new role at Ayrton”, comments Michael Althaus, global sales director at Ayrton. “Growth comes with many challenges and with Briony we found the perfect asset with a wealth of experience in theatre, training and engineering. So glad we can continue to strengthen our growing family with talent and passion.” 

18th June 2024

Craig Burross, 1962-2024 – A Celebration of his Life & Legacy

Craig Burross, 1962-2024 – A Celebration of his Life & Legacy

USA – Craig Burross, legend of the professional entertainment lighting industry, sadly passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on 23rd May 2024.

Known and loved across North America and much further worldwide, his numerous achievements include a fantastic 33-year career working in sales and management with some of the leading and pioneering moving light technology brands.

He was a devoted family man with a huge heart, an innate sense of kindness and an infectious smile who loved life, lived it to the max and always pushed the boundaries of experience.

He was passionate about learning from, and sharing knowledge and experience with others and a huge inspiration to the many he touched in both his personal and professional lives, from aspiring young lighting designers to his family and the numerous friends and colleagues to whom he brought vibrance, energy and the power of positive thinking.

Craig is survived by his wife Kat Burross, sons Caden Burross, Chase Anderson and Matt Anderson; daughter Paige Anderson, two grandchildren Josephine and Fiona and brothers Steve, Terry and Kevin Burross, plus his many industry buddies, cohorts and companions.

Craig was born on 6th August, 1962, and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas, and was one of four siblings, all boys. He had a happy childhood, attended the S.H. Rider High School and it was obvious from early on that he was always going to be a complete individual and an exceptional person.

His teenage dream at this time was to become a professional musician, so huge enthusiasm went into playing drums – he had a natural sense of rhythm – and occasionally guitar in several local and college bands. He was the archetypal high school cool kid, and killer handsome to boot!

Craig then studied studio audio engineering in Irving, Dallas, Texas, still with a music career in mind, and after gaining his degree, one of his bands Blitzkrieg, a metal band, was successful enough to hit the road and engage in nationwide touring.

Five indestructible lads on a wild and wacky adventure gigging around the US in a van after the elusive rock & roll dream, by all accounts having serious fun!

In spite of some near brushes with success (numerous anecdotes like fuelling their van post-show at the same gas station in LA as the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, also refilling after a gig and completely unknown at the time) the young Craig realised he needed a bit more stability and, more importantly, some proper income in his life!

He returned to Texas and was working at cinema company Victor Duncan in Dallas selling gels, tapes and other expendables, when he was ‘discovered’ by production designer and author Richard Cadena, who was then working at manufacturing company High End Systems in Austin, Texas called.

High End was building its first entertainment moving mirror /scanner lights at the time, they were right at the cutting edge of this nascent technology and business was booming. They needed to build a serious sales force and Craig rocked up!

Richard recalls the moment Craig first walked into High End in 1991. He was super sharply dressed – he always had a strong sense of ‘visuality’ and impeccable dress sense – with his matinee idol looks.

The place came to a standstill as jaws dropped and everyone marvelled at the celestial-like figure in front of them!

Apart from that, they immediately picked up on his great affability, warmth, communication skills, his beaming smile and wicked sense of humour, together with his zest for being a team player and enthusiasm for being part of this new and exciting technology.

Bob Schacherl, then president of HES, hired him immediately as northeast sales manager, and he stayed there for the next ten years, operating as a super-salesman building professional and personal relationships and networks, many of which would last for the rest of his life.

By 2001, Bob Schacherl had moved to Vari*Lite in Dallas and head-hunted Craig to be on his sales team there, so he relocated to New Jersey to do this, but in 2004 returned to Austin and Barco / High End, where he remained until 2014.

Wanting new challenges and horizons, Craig then joined Robe’s rapidly expanding North America operation where Bob was also now the CEO.

As always, he excelled, and at Robe worked his magic as part of a fabulous team including then CFO/COO and now CEO Lorienn Cochenour. The Robe years culminated with him becoming Chief Sales Officer for North America and part of Robe’s vibrant international team.

For 33 years, Craig thrived at the forefront of the entertainment lighting industry, attending shows, concerts and festivals, encouraging and appreciating people’s creative and technical achievements first-hand.

He built numerous lasting and meaningful friendships and mutually respectful long-term working relationships whilst selling some of the most cutting-edge products on the market, spreading and sharing his incredible zest for life everywhere he went.

He was extremely passionate about the lighting community, he loved the industry camaraderie and relationships and building viable, genuine and sustainable support systems was an important goal and central to his world.

It wasn’t a job for him, it was simply what he absolutely loved doing!

His vast network of colleagues, acquaintances, and friends – even those working for competitor companies – all echo these same thoughts and reflections and remember him as a beacon of positive energy, someone who is strong and resolute even in the toughest moments.

His friendship with Robert Mokry of LightParts Inc., dates from the early High End days.

“Craig had one of the most consistently positive attitudes of anyone I’ve ever met,” states Robert. “Honestly, I don’t know how he did it sometimes! Even when he was fighting Stage 4 cancer (diagnosed 2017 and in remission from 2021), never once did he have any victim pity for himself. It was just a relentless ‘I’m gonna beat this’ and he would say it really matter of factly and, guess what, he beat it! His example spoke volumes. He could either be a victim or a survivor, and Craig was gonna be a survivor!”

Another very strong bond developed with lighting designer Stephen Lieberman who he initially met in 1995 in a lounge / restaurant called “Match” in SoHo, New York City, mused Stephen recalling the details. Stephen was together with Tony Perez – now international business development manager for Robe Maritime – and some other friends at the time.

Stephen noted that Craig “influenced all aspects of my life”, and while initially united through their chosen profession, Craig’s influence and warmth extended to Stephen’s wife Michele and their children Jack and Sophia to whom he was like an older brother and uncle.

“Craig left an indelible mark on everyone with whom he had a relationship, even if it was casual, he just had an uncanny ability to make you feel comfortable. His impact on our industry has been remarkable!”

In the early 1990s, Tony Perez was living and working in New York City, building nightclubs and special production events and Craig was High End’s NE sales manager living in Austin, and frequently travelling. He was visiting some clubs that Tony and his team were building at that time and the two men “immediately hit it off,” explained Tony.

Tony reckons Craig's biggest influence on his life was when he convinced him to work on cruise ships. “Trusting him turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. Because of Craig, I met my wife, Cass, and we have two beautiful girls!” declared Tony.

Asked about his fondest memories of time spent with Craig, Tony recalls those times he, Stephen and Craig would get together when Craig was in town or when the ‘Three Amigos’ were at a trade show or a gig! “We spent countless nights listening and dancing to the best house music in the most amazing clubs or music festivals, all hanging out at Steve's lighting booth.

“I would give anything to be able to spend one more night together with Craig and Steve,” says Tony, vowing that he and Stephen “will continue to carry Craig's torch of brightness and keep his memories alive!”

Craig will be remembered for many things, but Stephen is adamant he would most want to be remembered as a loving husband and the patriarch of his family.

“This truly meant everything to him; he spoke about Kat with such love, it was profoundly evident that they were meant to be together,” states Stephen.

Craig and Kat go back to the S.H. Rider High School in Wichita Falls proving that sometimes the patch of true love takes a bit of time and a few twists!

Craig was a couple of years above Kat, so while she was aware of who he was – being one of the cool kids who all the girls fancied – their paths didn’t cross so much back then. However, she does distinctly remember one time when he gave her a ride home in his car as she’d missed her regular lift. Kat giggles while recalling that she was actually flirting with another guy at the time and naturally Craig was the perfect gentleman.

Fast forward to 2009, Kat received a Facebook ‘you might know this person’ pop up! She was slightly reticent initially but also intrigued, so tentatively connected and asked if he remembered her, to which the reply was “Hell yes!” in true Craig fashion!

Some regular online interaction ensured, then a few months later, 15th May, 2009, there was a High School reunion in Wichita Falls which they both attended and in fact, Craig cancelled a business trip to be there!

When they met in person, it was instant fireworks Kat remembers. From there, a deep and lasting bond of affection and a dynamic friendship developed, as if it was always meant to be.

On 1st April, 2013, they were married. “So many people thought it was an April Fool’s joke, so we even carried the marriage certificate around with us for a while,” she explained!

“He took me on a complete adventure,” says Kat, starting with their honeymoon in Hawaii, where they rented a motorbike and blissfully cruised between beaches, bars, ocean views and sunsets.

Kat would frequently accompany Craig on his business trips and they also travelled extensively for their own leisure. There were never any dull moments.

Craig’s incredible energy, enthusiasm for life and experience took Kat to many new and exciting places: “He opened my eyes to so much, and I always felt totally safe with him, even when he sometimes decided to explore the edgier parts of a location,” she recalls.

“I certainly got a Ferrari there,” she says referring to the speed and appetite with which he consumed life. “He was irrepressible; none of us could keep up, even my sons who were half his age, ” she quips.

Their deep commitment to one another and desire and willingness to share everything ensured their families blended seamlessly into one.

Craig’s intelligence and wit were also unstoppable: “He was always joking and laughing, sometimes his comments could be a little raw and unfiltered, but it was so much part of his persona,” Kat confirms.

In Kat, he found his rock, his soul mate, the love of his life.

When Kat stayed at home and Craig was away, she would be working on the projects, including the house and there would usually be some new aspect of the property: a patio, feature wall, or part of the garden to surprise him when he returned.

They also enjoyed gardening and cooking together. “He loved all the details,” she recalls, “Even if we were cooking something straightforward like burgers, we would go through this whole mission of procuring the right ingredients and a full preparation routine, it was a complete creative process!”

Music played and remained a major part of Craig’s life even when his career switched to production technology.

He had an impressive collection of vintage guitars which he loved to play, as well as some keyboards and a selection of drum kits including a wonderful and rare set of 1970s’ ‘blue sparkle’ Ludwigs, actually donated to the Burross household by Robert Mokry when he bought another kit.

These were proudly set up in the recording studio that Craig built at his and Kat’s home in Austin.

He was also a keen and competitive golfer and enjoyed the intellectual rigor of playing chess, together with making a lot of noise playing music in the home studio. Often, he would invite friends around to join him. “It got loud,” notes Kat!

Like many others, Kat believes that the bedrock of Craig’s strength of character, his steely resolve, his loyalty and ultimate humanity and love of people was informed by his strong faith.

As Robert Mokry puts it, he was “an honest, compassionate, decent man of faith who loved and cared for his family, friends, and business associates very well. He lived ‘The Golden Rule’, not just talked about it, and thus he simply treated others as he would like to be treated.

“His belief in God and Christian values informed the honourable way he lived his life and conducted his business.”

In addition to the dedication, technical expertise, and hard work that Craig put into his roles at Robe North America, Kat underlines how he was happy to be working for a company that is also known for its ‘family’ vibes and decent and responsible attitude to business. It was an invigorating international enterprise, a place where he felt a valued part of the team and comfortable among his friends and colleagues.

Work-wise, no one will feel the gap left by his untimely passing more than the Robe Family.

Tony Perez notes that he and Lori frequently spoke about “how lucky we were to have Craig in our lives,” and when Craig finally convinced Tony to return to Robe Lighting as IBDM for the Maritime division and under his auspices four and a half years ago, he jumped at the opportunity.

Robe North America CEO Lori acknowledges the difference he made. "His industry knowledge, expertise and experience were instrumental to our success throughout North America and around the world. He was a dear friend, a wonderful partner and a beautiful human being.”

“We spent many long hours together and his passing has left an undeniable hole in my heart. While he will be missed greatly from a business perspective, it is even more so as my close, personal friend," she speaks.

Robe Lighting CEO and co-founder Josef Valchar states: “Craig was truly a special person, ultimately respected by the lighting industry and anyone who had the chance and privilege to work or engage with him.

He was a good friend and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met: always very helpful and kind.

His passing is a big loss for our industry. He will be missed by everyone: his family, all his Robe colleagues, numerous friends and of course the entire professional lighting community.

May his soul rest in peace. His light will continue to shine in all of us.”

And the last words in this short profile are from the two remaining Amigos.

Tony Perez writes that he is: “So honoured to have been able to spend these past 32 years working and sharing my life with Craig! We have lost our brother and will miss Craig’s laughter, joy and unconditional love. Until we see each other again!”

Stephen Lieberman comments: “Craig, I am so grateful for our friendship and so heartbroken that you are gone. You will be forever a part of my life. Little sayings that were quintessentially ‘CB’ have become part of my vernacular, long before you passed. I will miss you, I love you. Rest in peace brother.”

photo: Louise Stickland 

11th June 2024

Dan Roncoroni defines new role of product manager for TiMax

Dan Roncoroni defines new role of product manager for TiMax

TiMax, the pioneering developer of object-based audio and show management technology, has welcomed Dan Roncoroni to the leadership team in the newly created role of product manager for TiMax.

Dan brings a wide sphere of product knowledge and market experience to the job. For over ten years Dan has established his presence as a freelance AV consultant specialising in multi-channel, object-based audio design. His understanding of the market and the products within it is unrivalled, which defined Dan as the right choice for the position.

As product manager for TiMax, Dan will help expand the presence of TiMax across the broad spectrum of performance, presentation and experiential markets where TiMax excels. The position incorporates business development, product management and application support for the expansive distribution network which continues to grow for TiMax. Through his exhaustive contact network of consultants, integrators and end users, Dan will develop the business into current and new market spaces, whilst reflecting customer requirements into future product development.

The new role of product manager progresses the work evolved by TiMax directors Robin Whittaker and Dave Haydon, respectively product director and commercial director, following the move of TiMax into the Focusrite Group late last year. 

Dan said: “I’m looking forward to working with a set of products that has had such an impact on what I do. I’ve worked with every spatial audio product on the market, but TiMax has been my go-to solution. In the six years since I discovered TiMax, no other product has matched its power and versatility. With my understanding of the product and where the market is at, I hope to add much to the brilliance of the product.”

Dave Haydon said: “Robin and I are delighted and privileged to have Dan join in this new product management role; he brings so much to it in terms of his understanding of the relevant market sectors and potential new directions as well as his vision for product development.”

4th June 2024

Allen & Heath USA Announces Promotion of Pat McConnell to Director of National Sales

Allen & Heath USA Announces Promotion of Pat McConnell to Director of National Sales

USA – Allen & Heath USA has announced the promotion of Pat McConnell to director of national sales. McConnell, a seasoned professional in the audio industry, previously served as the national sales manager for the company.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, McConnell brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new role. As a certified technology specialist (CTS), McConnell carries comprehensive understanding of technology used in professional audio systems.

In addition to his academic and professional credentials, McConnell is a long-time user of Allen & Heath products, both as a performing musician and a live sound engineer. His hands-on experience with the company’s products gives McConnell a unique perspective that will be invaluable in his new role.

Before joining Allen & Heath USA, McConnell gained valuable sales experience at a manufacturers’ representative firm where he represented Allen & Heath among other brands. His deep understanding of the company’s products and his extensive sales experience make him an excellent fit for the role of director of national sales.

“I feel deeply honoured by the opportunity presented by Exertis | Jam and Allen & Heath," said McConnell. "Being surrounded by such inspiring individuals and groundbreaking products is truly exhilarating. Amidst our remarkable growth, our core team maintains an unwavering passion for our products and their role in shaping music and audio experiences. For us, creativity reigns supreme; our collective enthusiasm transcends mere data and technical specs. This shared passion is the essence of what makes working with these products and this opportunity so fulfilling to me.”

“We are thrilled to have Pat McConnell step into this role,” said a Rob Impala, VP of Pro Audio at A&H Distributor American Music and Sound. “His deep understanding of our products, combined with his extensive sales experience and passion for the industry, make him the ideal person to lead our national sales efforts.”

4th June 2024

Christie Lites welcomes Mark Ravenhill as a new client ambassador

Christie Lites welcomes Mark Ravenhill as a new client ambassador

Christie Lites has announced the appointment of Mark Ravenhill as its new client ambassador. In this new role, Mark will focus on fostering strong client relationships by understanding their unique needs and challenges. To that end, he will collaborate with clients and the Christie Lites expert Rep team to ensure exceptional value and service at every point of contact.

Huntly Christie, CEO of Christie Lites, says: “We’re delighted to welcome Mark to the company’s leadership team. His considerable experience and insightful understanding of the entertainment lighting industry, along with the huge respect so many lighting professionals have for him, make him the ideal ambassador for our brand. Mark's arrival also signifies yet another important step in our commitment to being at the forefront of service and creative problem solving in our industry.”

During his long and distinguished career, Mark has held significant strategic roles with leading lighting manufacturers, most recently GLP and, prior to that, Martin Professional. He has developed a sizeable body of knowledge and experience in the field during that time and his extensive international professional network complements both of those accomplishments. Respected for his unwavering advocacy of industry initiatives, events and people, Mark continues to support and uplift the lighting community whenever he can.

“I’m delighted to join the Christie Lites team and I’m eager to collaborate with the talented professionals who make this industry so dynamic," says Mark. “I’ve long been aware of Christie Lites' stellar reputation for excellence, innovation and strong client relationships, and I look forward to joining the team to further develop mutually enriching partnerships with our clients. It’s exciting to be a part of a company that is as committed to excellence and innovation as I am, and I would invite existing and potential new clients to get in touch and tell me how I can help.”

4th June 2024

Linea Research and Optimal Audio appoint US National Sales Manager

Linea Research and Optimal Audio appoint US National Sales Manager

USA – Linea Research and Optimal Audio have announced the appointment of Jeff Miranda as US national sales manager, continuing to drive the successful growth of both brands and supporting the existing sales rep and dealer network.

Having previously served as national sales manager for both brands with Allied ProTech, their former US distributor, Miranda comments: “This is an exciting move as it will allow me to focus more closely on Linea Research and Optimal Audio, and the solutions they offer. We have a well-established dealer base managed by our existing network of independent sales representatives, and with new products recently introduced there’s a lot to build upon.”

With both brands being part of the audio reproduction division of Focusrite Group, managing director, Dom Harter, explains: “Bringing Jeff on board allows him to continue his valuable work with both brands, ensuring continuity in our relationships and setting them up for continued growth and success. Linea Research has forged a strong presence in the US for us to build upon and with increased production available to us, market share growth is achievable. Optimal Audio, although relatively new to the US market, is already making great strides and our recent product introductions further expanding the ecosystem have been extremely well received.”

Both brands will join Martin Audio in being fulfilled by Focusrite Group, US and will also be co-exhibiting at InfoComm in Las Vegas on booth C9241 where Jeff Miranda, along with representatives from both UK teams, will be on hand.

4th June 2024

Point Source Audio Welcomes Industry Veteran Tony Price as Chief Revenue Officer

Point Source Audio Welcomes Industry Veteran Tony Price as Chief Revenue Officer

USA – Point Source Audio, a leading innovator in audio solutions, has announced the appointment of Tony Price as its new chief revenue officer (CRO). With over three decades of experience in revenue growth and strategic leadership within the audio sector, Price joins the company at a pivotal time as Point Source Audio seeks to leverage new opportunities and strengthen its position in the global market.

Price's distinguished career includes key leadership roles at Telex/Bosch, Guitar Center, Bose Professional, Fender and, most recently, serving as CEO and president Roland US and chief sales officer Roland North America. His extensive expertise will be instrumental in guiding Point Source Audio through its next expansion phase.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tony Price to our leadership team,” stated James Lamb, CEO and president of Point Source Audio. “As we expand our innovative body-worn microphone solutions into new markets and regions worldwide, we look forward to the leadership and expertise that Tony will bring."

In addition to this significant leadership change, co-founders Yvonne Ho and James Lamb will assume new roles to further solidify the company’s leadership structure. Yvonne Ho will serve as chief marketing officer (CMO), focusing on enhancing the brand’s visibility and market reach. James Lamb, as CEO and president, will continue to drive the company’s strategic vision and operational excellence.

“We are excited to have Tony working alongside us to better serve our customers and partners,” said Yvonne Ho, the new CMO of Point Source Audio. “I have known Tony for years, and his addition to our company marks an important milestone in our journey to fortify our position as an industry leader in this category.”

Point Source Audio’s commitment to innovation and excellence remains steadfast as the company embarks on this exciting new chapter. The combined expertise and vision of the expanded leadership team will undoubtedly propel Point Source Audio to new levels of success.

4th June 2024

Brad Berridge bolsters Focusrite Group US

Brad Berridge bolsters Focusrite Group US

USA – The Audio Reproduction division of Focusrite Group US, which comprises amongst others, Martin Audio and TiMax, has significantly strengthened its senior team with the recruitment of multi-accoladed theatre sound designer, Brad Berridge, previously director of sound operations for Feld Entertainment.

As the newly-appointed market development manager – theatre, immersive and education markets, Berridge will bring his vast experience to the role to call on theatrical sound designers, venues, theatre production providers and audio engineers, whilst in the education space he’ll be calling on those that offer live sound as well as theatre degrees and training.

Berridge is already very familiar with Martin Audio given his eight years overseeing the sound for all Feld productions, many of which used Martin Audio solutions including Disney on Ice, Marvel Universe Live, Monster Jam: Thunder Alley and Nickelodeon’s Slime City. Feld productions collectively play in 50 countries to 30 million people every year.

Qualifying his new role, he said: “I have been a very happy end user and part of the #MartinAudioFamily for the past eight years. I am familiar with a great deal of the Martin Audio portfolio and have extensive experience with Wavefront Precision, MLA and CDD.”

The alliance between the two parties was forged following a conversation with Martin Audio MD, Dom Harter regarding a potential career move. “I had been soliciting his advice since the fall of 2023, and after a few further conversations both with him and [VP sales, North America] Lee Stein my feelings were that Martin Audio and the wider Focusrite Group was best aligned with my values.”

Speaking of goals, he continued: “Since I have had much creative focus in the immersive space for the last few years, I see a challenge with how we talk about these systems to the industry. The technology is cool, and as an industry we have focused on that. But we also need to talk about it in a way that considers how it will be used and by whom.

“I want to show the industry, as a whole, that deploying spatialised/immersive sound systems is what our audiences deserve. I will do this through helping to redefine how we engage end users, how they are demonstrated, and ultimately getting them in the hands of more people. The combination of Martin Audio and TiMax spatial audio solution makes for a compelling proposition.”

His immediate priorities, he concluded, would be “to better understand all brands that Focusrite Audio Reproduction division has to offer, which also includes Linea Research and Optimal Audio.”

Brad Berridge, who will report to Lee Stein, couldn’t be more positive about his new role. “Having known everyone at Martin Audio I can see they truly live out the idea of #MartinAudioFamily and I’m excited to understand and extoll the virtues of their sister brands too.” Berridge starts as of 1st June and will join the rest of the team for InfoComm 2024 in Las Vegas.

Welcoming him, Lee Stein added: “We’re at a really exciting juncture where the combination of brands working both individually and collectively offer significant benefits to users and we now need a focus on core verticals to develop that potential. Knowing Brad, he will bring energy, expertise and fun to the team while helping to establish a stronger position in theatre and educational establishments for our brands.”

30th May 2024

JLGroup Welcomes Scott Rooney-Ashby as New Group Account Director

JLGroup Welcomes Scott Rooney-Ashby as New Group Account Director

UK – JLGroup announces the appointment of Scott Rooney-Ashby as the new group account director. With a remarkable track record in the live events sector, Scott brings unparalleled experience and expertise to JLGroup, further strengthening the company's position as a premier technical production partner.

Scott Rooney-Ashby joins JLGroup with a wealth of knowledge and skills honed over an extensive career. Previously serving as account director for Encore for over seven years, Scott has demonstrated a deep understanding of live events and technical production. His career journey includes roles such as event manager, senior account manager and head of account management, reflecting a robust background in live events, account management, production budgeting, project management, event production, event designing and AV.

"Scott’s appointment marks an exciting chapter for JLGroup," said Jack Linaker, group managing director at JLGroup. "His extensive background and expertise will be invaluable as we continue to deliver exceptional audience experiences and innovative technical solutions for our clients."

Scott’s arrival at JLGroup promises to enhance the company’s already stellar reputation. Based in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, JLGroup comprises a team of world-class technical, creative and imaginative problem solvers. The company collaborates with leading brands in television, live events, film and exhibitions, including notable clients such as BBC, ITV, Amazon Prime Video, The Walt Disney Company, Netflix and YouTube. These esteemed partnerships enable JLGroup to execute projects both in the UK and internationally, solidifying its reputation for excellence.

JLGroup exists to help directors of photography, gaffers, production companies, technical directors, creative agencies, in-house corporates and organisers deliver outstanding audience experiences. By consistently blending their inventory, heritage and technical knowledge of video, light, sound, set and stage, JLGroup offers clients a reliable platform for inspiration and imagination.

Scott’s comprehensive skill set and his innovative approach are set to drive JLGroup’s mission forward, ensuring that the company continues to excel in delivering high-quality technical production services. His leadership is anticipated to bring new heights of creativity and technical excellence to JLGroup’s diverse range of projects.

29th May 2024

DVT Light

DVT Light

Denmark – Danish LED lighting manufacturer DVT Light welcomes Theis Wermuth as its new commercial director.

Based in Aarhus, Denmark, DVT Light is excited to bring Theis on board. Well-known as an international lighting and show designer via his design studio Create This, he also has a background working with leading professional lighting manufacturers.

DVT Light was founded in 2021 by Mikkel Bandholm and production industry legend Peter Johansen who has been inventing products for entertainment since the 1970s.

As commercial director, Theis will be focusing on sales, marketing and building a distribution network to assist in helping to establish the brand globally. Theis will also energise an extensive network of contacts of lighting professionals.

He states: “I am thrilled to join DVT Light. It is a fantastic opportunity to work with such an innovative and dynamic team. I look forward to contributing to the company's growth and development and to strengthening our market position with many new and exciting products and initiatives.”

Theis explained that DVT Light is “actively working on expanding its product ranges for shows, events and architectural applications,” and he will be expanding the brand’s market presence both domestically and internationally.

DVT Light’s PJ and MB series, including the PJ-5 and PJ-2.5 LED wash fixtures, the 100,000-lumen MB-8 flood and the compact MB-4 LED flood are built with advanced features like flicker-free operation and internal dehumidifiers to ensure top performance and Theis notes that this represents “just the start of our commitment to quality and fresh ideas.”

Chairman of DVT Light’s board, Brian Pedersen commented: “Having Theis as our new commercial director is a real investment and he will be an invaluable resource to the brand with his strategic approach and deep understanding of the creative lighting industry. We are confident that Theis will further elevate our already successful operation.”

He adds that Theis’ skills include planning, lateral thinking, leadership, communication and a real passion for delivering top-quality solutions, all of which perfectly align with DVT Light’s values and future visions. “We look forward to a busy, productive and long-term working relationship.”

Several new products are currently in R&D and will be released soon, explained Theis.

These will be for multiple (and some crossover) applications including fixed installations, live shows and events, lighting for sets and scenery, audiences as well as for buildings, objects and spaces where large, even and rich amounts of different coloured lighting are needed to highlight a façade or architecture.

Theis and the DVT Light team will be showcasing current and new products at PLASA 2024 in London in September, where they will be looking forward to meeting new potential customers and specifiers.


28th May 2024