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d&b audiotechnik welcomes Robb Allan as Principal Product Manager for Soundscape

Germany – d&b audiotechnik has strengthened its commitment to the future of immersive sound with the appointment of Robb Allan, a renowned sound engineer and product designer, as principal product manager for d&b Soundscape. Allan joins the team led by d&b's vice president of Immersive, Al McKinna, reinforcing the company’s dedication to the advancement of immersive audio technologies.

With an impressive career in professional audio spanning touring, studio and television, Allan brings unparalleled expertise to his new role. His extensive experience includes working with artists such as Radiohead, Massive Attack, Groove Armada and Coldplay, as well as being a key contributor to product development initiatives at digital mixing console manufacturer Avid.

"Robb is a well-known figure in the global touring industry, earning the trust of major artists and demonstrating a deep understanding of their creative processes," states Al McKinna. "His experience in designing user interfaces for live sound further enhances his suitability to lead the Soundscape business. We are happy to welcome him to the d&b family.”

In his role, Allan aims to use his first-hand experience of d&b's Soundscape technology to inspire creatives about its transformative capabilities. "As an end user, I am passionate about the creative possibilities of Soundscape," says Robb Allan. "d&b's commitment to fostering relationships with creatives, sound designers and musicians aligns with my vision for advancing immersive sound experiences. Having been involved in the transition from analogue to digital I believe the next paradigm shift will be from bus-based to object-based mixing."

Allan's appointment underlines d&b's strategic investment in the development of immersive audio and further cements the company’s position as a leader in shaping the future of sound experiences.

22nd February 2024

Rogier Trok Joins the Avolites Team

Rogier Trok Joins the Avolites Team

The Netherlands – Rogier Trok joins the Avolites international team as sales and technical key account manager for mainland Europe, where he will be based in the Netherlands, and overseeing and co-ordinating with the pan-European distribution network there.

His work will include assisting distributors with sales and demonstrations as well as console and media server training and ensuring that, in his words: “The users of these great products are always smiling!”

Rogier brings onboard 20 years of rental company experience as a lighting technician, lighting designer and project manager. Having been right at the sharp end of the production process, he understands the essence of solid and efficient technical support.

He also worked at Avolites’ Dutch distributor, Fairlight, providing console and media server training, garnering valuable experience related to the needs and demands of a distributor. Understanding the fundamentals of running a busy distribution network is one of multiple skills he brings to the team.

Another is his passion and dedication to the industry.

Rogier has also taught theatre technical subjects: programming, focusing, technical drawing, networking, etc, at Deltion College in Zwolle, Netherlands. He enjoyed teaching so much that he studied for a pedagogical and didactic certificate to teach level 4 secondary vocational education classes in the Netherlands and was embroiled in this when Avolites called.

As if all of this already didn’t make him ideal for the job, Rogier has also always been an Avolites user!

His first Avo console, a Pearl, was purchased aged 16, which he recalls as “beautifully made with wooden sides,” so he has had a very special affinity with the brand throughout his professional career.

He believes that Avolites has carved out a great reputation for manufacturing reliable, intuitive, and user-friendly products with excellent software that provide straightforward and logical solutions for complex and creative control challenges.

He was “absolutely delighted” to be offered the chance to join the team.

“It’s a truly impressive brand with a great history fully rooted in our industry, and a reputation for initiating so many cool features,” he commented, adding that coupled with the teaching, training and console field experience, he brings serious enthusiasm and energy to Avolites.

Rogier underlines the importance of still being an active and hands-on console operator, describing it as the best way to understand end-user experiences and assist them technically, practically and quickly.

His role will also embrace establishing, building and developing new and existing relationships and funnelling vital real-time feedback to be used for future product development.

Avolites MD Paul Wong stated: “Rogier brings massive industry knowledge and as an experienced Avolites user is a perfect fit to further strengthen our position in Europe. Rogier’s main task will be working closely with and supporting our expanding distribution network in mainland Europe. We’ve known Rogier for many years and are delighted to welcome him to the Avolites team.” 

22nd February 2024

Scott Kinnebrew joins Ayrton as Global Install Manager

USA – Ayrton has announced the appointment of Scott Kinnebrew to the role of global install manager as part of Ayrton’s Global Installs team, with immediate effect.

Passionate about lighting from an early age, Kinnebrew has a strong track record of integrating cutting-edge technologies into lighting solutions, focusing his career on innovation and strategic foresight, and positioning himself at the forefront of the digital transformation in the intelligent lighting sector.

Kinnebrew's previous roles at industry-leading brands not only pushed the boundaries of technological advancements in intelligent lighting but also garnered recognition and accolades within the industry. His unwavering commitment to excellence and his ability to translate ground-breaking ideas into tangible solutions have established him as a leading figure in the intelligent lighting market.

“In my new role I’ll be helping others find the right products for environments such as amusement parks, arenas, cruise ships, theatres, stadiums and other locations and venues,” says Kinnebrew. “Illuminating such locations brings a different challenge from the rental and staging world. Shows can run 24 hours a day, have very limited time for support and be a challenge from a design standpoint, be it fixture access or placement. Ayrton brings a level of product offering second to none which meets those challenges, and I'm proud to represent the company and the innovation that the brand brings to the global marketplace.”

“We are very excited to welcome Scott to the Ayrton team,” says Paul Johnson, Ayrton’s global install director. “His magnetic personality and wealth of skills and experience will be a great addition to the team.”

20th February 2024

Area Four Industries UK appoints new Head of Marketing

Area Four Industries UK appoints new Head of Marketing

UK – Area Four Industries UK expands its team with the appointment of Theresa Gibson to the newly created role of head of marketing, further strengthening the UK business.

After four years as head of marketing for leading moving light manufacturer Robe Lighting UK, she brings extensive experience across the sector, positioning her well for the synergies of this new appointment.

Gibson will harness her 20 plus years in global marketing gained across a dynamic mix of sectors including blue chip, SME, and several marketing and live event agencies. Her spectrum of knowledge embraces multi-disciplines including event management, sponsorship and PR activations, planning and delivery of engagement campaigns alongside digital marketing management and content creation. 

This new appointment represents a strategic pillar for the business as Area Four Industries approaches its 30-year anniversary, providing a pivotal support function to the UK sales team, working closely with HQ in Czech Republic and its major global manufacturing divisions, international colleagues and extensive brand portfolio.

Area Four Industries UK’s Managing Director, Glen Brown says: “I am excited to welcome Theresa Gibson to the A4iUK team. Her wealth of marketing experience and passion for exceptional service levels, synergies and connections within our core industries will help steer the business into its next chapter. Theresa will collaborate closely with all business units both in the UK and overseas and we are all looking forward to working alongside her as she develops this exciting key function of A4iUK’s future vision.”

Theresa Gibson who is equally as excited and energised about joining the A4iUK says: “I am delighted to join Area Four Industries UK, a leader in their field with a strong product portfolio working with some of the biggest names and organisations in the industry and beyond. Their ethos of delivering world-leading brands, standout solutions and excellent customer service aligns perfectly with my own passion and drive for the entertainment and production industry while aligning the formulation of our marketing plans.

It’s a really exciting time to join the company. My role leading the marketing strategy already has some fantastic foundations to build upon and many synergies from my experiences and connections gained over the years in this close-knit industry. This appointment marks a new chapter for A4iUK and for me, an exciting opportunity to develop my skills and experiences at the perfect time.  I’m thrilled to be involved from the beginning of this new journey and look forward to connecting with many customers, colleagues and industry associates at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt next month.”

photo: Charles Ward Photography

16th February 2024

Absen Strengthens European Team

Europe - Absen has announced four new appointments to its European team. This strategic expansion across the region signals a new era of growth and diversification for Absen in various key business markets.

As Absen embarks on this exciting new chapter of growth and diversification, its commitment to innovation extends beyond cutting-edge LED technology to staff recruitment. To fuel this vision, the company has strategically bolstered its European team with the addition of four outstanding individuals, each bringing a unique set of expertise to the company. Joining the team are the following:

Darren Jackson: UK business development manager, AbsenLive: Bringing 14 years of management and business development experience, Darren will spearhead AbsenLive, a dedicated brand category catering to the high-end rental and staging and virtual production/XR stage segments. His expertise will be instrumental in shaping Absen's strategy and capitalising on the evolving LED display market.

River Harper-Boyce, marketing specialist: River's proven marketing and event expertise, honed during her successful tenure with Absen's long-standing partner PSCO, aligns perfectly with Absen's commitment to enhancing brand visibility through effective communication strategies.

Max Hedayat, strategic business development manager, DACH region: a seasoned sales and strategic business development professional with 20 years in the Pro AV industry, Max strengthens Absen's position in the key DACH region of the European market.

Shine Philip, technical manager, DACH region: Shine's vast technical knowledge and experience will contribute significantly to the development and implementation of cutting-edge LED display solutions, ensuring Absen maintains its high-quality standards across the board.

“We are thrilled to welcome these four talented individuals to our European team," says Ruben Rengel, vice president of global business development. "Their unique skills and expertise will be instrumental in shaping our future. These appointments underscore our commitment to innovation and growth and solidify our position as a global leader in LED display technology. As we expand our reach across our various and diverse markets, we are confident that their contributions will propel Absen to new heights, delivering unparalleled value to our clients and partners."

16th February 2024

Analog Way Names Jim Groover New South Central and Western Midwest Regional Sales Manager

Analog Way Names Jim Groover New South Central and Western Midwest Regional Sales Manager

USA – Analog Way has announced that Jim Groover has joined the company as south central and western mid-west regional sales manager based in Houston, Texas. He comes on board from posts at Stewart Filmscreen and Digital Projection International (DPI) where he gained extensive experience with diverse projects and applications for the pro AV marketplace.

“Jim Groover is our second new hire for 2024,” notes Jay Gonzalez, Analog Way’s president of the Americas. “Exceptionally qualified, he’s a 16-year veteran of the pro AV industry with a proven track record in hardware and software sales. Moreover, his seven-year tenure at DPI – and familiarisation with our products – affords Jim the specialisation skills required to sell high-end hardware to our top-tier customers.” Groover will report directly to Gonzalez in his new role.

After earning a B.S. degree in business administration, Groover was district manager with Tweeter Home Entertainment Group and vice president of sales for MODIA Stores. He served in the mid-western US regional position for AudioQuest, a specialty cable and wire manufacturer before joining Stewart Filmscreen as national sales manager. Later, Groover was central market development manager for DPI’s sales team.

“I had the pleasure of working with Analog Way long before being invited to join them,” Groover points out. “So, obviously I knew that their products were second to none. I’m excited to report that the people and processes behind those products are top shelf, too. I’m truly humbled to be a part of this talented team!”

14th February 2024

Renowned Irish Lighting Designer Kevin Smith Joins PSI Production as Business Development Manager

Renowned Irish Lighting Designer Kevin Smith Joins PSI Production as Business Development Manager

Ireland – PSI Production, a leading name in the event production, sales and install industry, has announced the appointment of Kevin Smith as its new business development manager. Known for his exceptional skills in lighting design and training, Kevin brings a wealth of experience and creativity to the team.

With an illustrious career, Kevin Smith has established himself as a prominent figure in the Irish entertainment industry. His innovative approach to lighting design has illuminated countless stages and events, earning him accolades for his ability to transform theatre and opera into captivating visual experiences.

In his new role at PSI Production, Kevin will be instrumental in driving business growth and expanding the company's presence in the dynamic event production market. His unique blend of technical expertise and creative vision aligns seamlessly with the values and commitment to excellence that define PSI Production.

"We are thrilled to welcome Kevin to our team as the business development manager," said Brian Reilly, managing director of PSI Production. "Kevin's reputation as a leading lighting designer precedes him, and we are confident that his strategic insights and artistic flair and amazing training ability will contribute significantly to our continued success."

Kevin Smith expressed his enthusiasm for the new role, stating: "I am honoured to join PSI Production, a company known for its commitment to delivering quality event production solutions and attention to detail in the sales and install market. I look forward to leveraging my experience and passion to contribute to the company's growth and success."

PSI Production is confident that Kevin's appointment will enhance the company's ability to offer cutting-edge solutions and elevate the overall client experience. With his strategic mindset and proven track record, Kevin is well-positioned to foster valuable partnerships and spearhead initiatives that will further solidify PSI as a leader in the event production, sales and install industry.

14th February 2024

Miles Dudgeon Joins ACT Entertainment in NYC Metro Regional Sales Role

Miles Dudgeon Joins ACT Entertainment in NYC Metro Regional Sales Role

USA – ACT Entertainment has announced that Miles Dudgeon has come aboard as New York City Metro regional salesperson. Dudgeon brings extensive industry experience and knowledge of the eastern US sales market to his new post.

“Adding Miles to our team is an incredible win. His existing contacts in the territory and his depth of knowledge from design to specification of the product portfolio is a recipe for success,” says Doug Mekanik, ACT’s director of sales. “All of the members of our sales team come with a unique practical skill set beyond just sales. Miles is no different and will add another pillar of industry knowledge for our team to stand on.”

Dudgeon has a BFA in Lighting Design from Purchase College and is an ETCP-certified entertainment electrician. Recently, he served as a marketing consultant for Show and Design Group (SDG), an event lighting production company and home to the MA Lounge in Las Vegas. His rich background in the field is supported by sales and marketing roles at notable industry companies including GLP (German Light Products), Altman and Rosco Laboratories. He was also a lecturer at Syracuse University, while on the electrics team at Syracuse Stage. In addition to regional theatre, his production experience includes clubs, concerts and events.

"I am thrilled to join ACT Entertainment, a company whose innovative products I have admired and worked with for many years,” says Dudgeon. “ACT's commitment to excellence and creativity in the entertainment industry can be felt throughout the organisation."

12th February 2024

Andreas Gall Appointed as d&b group’s New Chief Digital Officer

Andreas Gall Appointed as d&b group’s New Chief Digital Officer

Germany – d&b group, the market leader in professional audio technology and provider of AVLM solutions, has announced the appointment of Andreas (Andi) Gall as its new chief digital officer (CDO). With a wealth of experience spanning over three decades in the media, event and brand content industries, Gall assumes the critical role of leading d&b’s digital strategy during a transformative period where technology-driven change is revolutionising the future of live events and entertainment.

Gall is an accomplished chief technology, digital and innovation officer with an exceptional track record of success across the media and entertainment industry. As a seasoned C-level leader, he brings extensive experience in spearheading various digital transformation programmes, media productions, innovation and start-up projects. Gall comes with proven success in delivering large-scale B2C and B2B media and innovation strategies and projects.

His career includes senior management roles at Antenne Bayern, 104.6 RTL, ORF and Red Bull. Additionally, he served as the CEO and founder of Human-Centric-Innovators GmbH and spent almost 15 years as the founding co-CEO/chief technology/innovation officer at Red Bull Media House. Passionate about innovation, Gall maintains a long-standing connection with d&b and is dedicated to maximising the impact of digital technologies to ensure a prosperous future.

Commenting on his appointment, Gall said: “Each day at d&b is an opportunity to turn fresh ideas into reality, fuelling my passion for this ever-evolving journey in digital innovation. The journey ahead is full of possibilities, and I'm thrilled to lead the charge across this rapidly changing digital ecosystem.”

"I am excited that we have successfully recruited Andi to oversee our IT architecture and lead the digital strategy at d&b,” commented Amnon Harman, CEO d&b group. “He will collaborate closely with all business units and functions to ensure the development of innovative, customer-centric and value-creating digital solutions. These solutions will not only support our internal transformation but also cater to the evolving technologies required for future live event and entertainment formats.”

7th February 2024

TAIT Expands Global Producing Offer with Appointment of Martin Green CBE

TAIT Expands Global Producing Offer with Appointment of Martin Green CBE

UK – TAIT is expanding its producing offer with the appointment of Martin Green CBE as vice president of global live events.

Martin brings over 20 years of experience to TAIT, with large-scale live broadcast events and festivals across the globe. Most recently he served as managing director of Eurovision, Liverpool 2023 on Behalf of Ukraine where he oversaw the delivery of the publicly acclaimed event. His portfolio also includes chief creative officer for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, director of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, and head of ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He has also acted as an advisor to Dubai Expo and the Tokyo Olympics.

Based in TAIT’s newly announced Kings Cross office, Martin will play an integral part in the company’s development and expansion of event production globally. He will oversee executive-level project management, provide deep subject matter expertise, and drive business development efforts for high-profile, wide-reaching live events, often characterised by intricate broadcast components.

“Martin is an inspirational leader with a wealth of experience executing high touchpoint events along with managing multi-disciplined teams and stakeholders. We are delighted to welcome him to TAIT, as we continue to build on our global success through the expansion of our producing capabilities,” said Tom Bussey, CEO of productionglue, a TAIT company

 “We are thrilled to have Martin join the TAIT team. His creative vision and vast experience leading key cultural moments will play a pivotal role as we continue to evolve and grow TAIT’s producing services to meet our client’s diverse needs and boundary-breaking appetite around the world,” added Gemma Hodgson, chief commercial officer for TAIT

“I'm honoured to be joining the incredible team at TAIT. Their unmatched technical and creative abilities are formidable and I look forward to further shaping their ability to provide world class experiences from inception to delivery," Martin Green stated.

In picture: Adam Davis, Tom Bussey, Gemma Hodgson and Martin Green.

5th February 2024