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SERVICES KIT 2017

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AKJOHNSTON is a personal signature that we place on our work that represents a higher standard for our diverse clientele. It is our ‘raised bar’ mentality that acclimates our clients to having greater expectations for design, service and integrity. Together, we partner with our clients to grow their business with ours, which has kept us thriving since foundation in 2008 by executive director and producer, Austin Knight Johnston.

ourVISION

T H E C O N C E P T, T H E V I S I O N , T H E B R A N D

With humble beginnings as a technical production firm, AKJOHNSTON Group has quickly became the 'go-to' for events and marketing campaigns with a vast range of design, creative, production and management services inhouse. Since its inception, AKJOHNSTON Group has expanded out of its original 900-square foot facility into 18,000 square feet of production facilities and Studio space.  Its second Los Angeles office, opened in 2016, offers the ease of two doors located off the world-famous Sunset Strip for unparalleled access for its exclusive clients.

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DESIGN & MANAGEMENT

Whether you are organizing a corporate function, preparing your next big marketing initiative or designing your next charity gala, our studio team specializes in impeccable luxury event design and superior project management. Event planning and production is our passion and our vast in-house resources allow us to deliver truly spectacular turnkey events and shows. Our creative team understands the need to conceptualize, design, produce and deliver world-class experiences, dynamic creativity with unparalleled service. Dedicated to ensuring the success of your unique event, our studio meticulously oversees every detail; from decor and lighting to audio-visual, even logistics and entertainment. Our studio can integrate seamlessly into your team to assist with everything from initial strategy development and research, to fabrication, installation and activation.

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The creative idea mill at the AKJOHNSTON Group collaborates a team of designers from many disciplines to ensure that our thinking is out of the box, yet structured from an understanding of applied needs, experience and engineering. One source, many resources. Our firm is regularly called on by its clients to present unique ideas for brands, activations, events and trade shows both locally and nationally. Our maintenance of top-tier production teams and designers oversee every aspect of the entire process - from initial development and strategic planning, to concept design, rendering, drawing, and preliminary engineering - and through the actual production and execution, we handle it all. With all of these necessary resources in-house, our firm is able to offer a truly turnkey product to our clients. No worry. No hassle. We offer every in-demand service to meet our clients ‘wants’ and ‘needs’.

concept+EFFECT

CONCEPT + EFFECT

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EXPERIENTIAL MARKETING

Creating immersive brand experiences has become a key focus and talent of our firm, taking ideas, brands and products to a new level by reimagining the way consumers interact and connect with our clients. By embodying the brands image within every element of production, we are able to create unforgettable experiences and environments that create or enhance the synergy between your brand and the consumer. AKJOHNSTON conceptualizes and produces a vast portfolio of brand-sponsored experiences and events. Working side-by-side with our clients, our creative staff is able to take ideas from concept to reality with resources like printing, fixture manufacturing, production and rentals, in order to execute with absolute control to yield impeccable results on-time and on-budget. With additional focus on experiential marketing campaigns, our firm is able to create experiences that leave lasting impressions on your target market and clientele. Our cohesive approach to experiential marketing by offering both physical and digital platform experiences tailors each facet of your campaign to attract new interests and enhance the interests of an existing target market. By developing strategies and executing effective interactive branding campaigns, we are able to connect your consumer intimately with the core elements of your product or brand.


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you truly were

TOO GOOD to us.  

NO WAY

there is that we could have created the footprint that we did without your professional

VISION.

M A R K E T I N G M A N AG E R

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YOUR DEDICATION to the project and


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SERVICES

AUDIO

S TAG I N G

SOFT GOODS

Consoles, microphones, speakers

Decking, stairs, pool coverings,

Show drape, backdrops and

and line arrays all engineered by

runways and a variety of stock

canopies in a variety of sizes and

the best in the business.

sets.

materials.

LIGHTING

FURNITURE

F LO O R I N G

Conventional, LED, moving lights,

Full show furnishings and

Custom carpeting, hard floor,

key lighting and everything in-

chandeliers for corporate or

show floor and custom designs.

between.

private staging.

VIDEO

DECOR

F LO R A L

Flat Screens, LED walls, and

Set dressing, light fixtures, trees,

Custom in-house centerpieces,

projectors, seamless switches and

foliage and practical props

floral structures, walls and

Spyders.

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statement pieces.


D I G I TA L C O N T E N T

FA B R I C AT I O N

Menu selections, client liaison,

Motion graphics, corporate videos

Fixture builds with in-house

budget management, on-site

and beyond-HD graphics.

wood, metal, print, sew and

service management.

paint shops.

SET DESIGN

MARKETING

LO G I S T I C S

Live events, film, television, photo

Digital photo booths, iPad kiosks,

Full vehicle fleet, freight

shoots and marketing.

touch screens and kiosks.

management and asset

SERVICES

C AT E R I N G

management.

GRAPHIC DESIGN

PRINT & CUT

SUPPORT

For print, signage, graphics and

In-house large format, dye

Staffing, permits, plans and

statistic content.

sublimation and die cutting.

plenty of show support.

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C R E AT I V E

PRODUCTION Projection & Display Technologies Audio/Visual (Live & Recorded) Broadcast (Web, Network, Satellite)

Staging & Set Design

Budget Management & Administration

Tour Management

Culinary Direction & Procurement

Video Production (Turnkey)

City Permits

Venues (Sourcing & Procurement)

Security & Staffing

Contract Negotiations Decor

Design & Renderings Blueprints & Floorpans Corporate Identity Consultation Custom Fabrication Display & P.O.S. Design Decor

Event Design Event Rentals, Soft Goods, Expendables

Art Direction

capabilities

C A PA B I L I T I E S

MARKETING

Fire & Safety (Permits & Approval) Graphic Design & Invitations Insurance

Experiential & Event-Based Marketing

Lighting Design & Implementation

Branded Environments

Logistics (Trucking, Travel & Support)

Pop-Up Stores

Power Supply & Distribution

Brand Development & Positioning

Programming (Talent & Stage Management)

Stunts

Red Carpet & Arrivals

Trade Events & Publications

Trade Show Displays

Graphic Design Interior Design Motion Graphic Design Production Design Project Management Print & Electronic Media Retail Store & Fixture Design Signage Design & Production Vehicle Wraps

Rigging & Infrastructure

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…just wanted you to know how much I

APPRECIATED everything.   I’ve worked with

MANY FIRMS

BIG and SMALL and you definitely to me today.

STOOD OUT. CEO

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Having worked with top tier talent, AKJOHNSTON specializes in VIP artist procurement and management focusing on creating the perfect sound and feel for your event. With a wide network of exceptional artists, we can assist from the contract negotiation to day of VIP talent services.

POLITICAL

INFLUENCERS

Kesha Steven Tyler

Snoop Dogg

Bill Clinton

Sir Richard Branson

Geena Davis

George W. Bush

The Dalai Llama

Leona Lewis

Julie Andrews

Mitt Romney

Kathy Ireland

Moby

Florida Georgia Line

Jeb Bush

Dianne Warren

Joe Jonas

James Cromwell

Bob Saget

Cloris Leachmann

Dick Cheney Colin Powell

Jamie Lee Curtis

Ed Asner

Robert Gates

Robin Thicke

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Pete Wilson

Taboo

Rob Dyrdek

Queen Noor of Jordan

Fergie

Alanis Morissette Deadmau5

CELEBRITY

Kaley Cuoco Taylor Dayne

TALENT

I N F L U E N C E R S & TA L E N T A C Q U I S I T I O N

Jay-Z

Bernhoft

Dr. Drew

Pia Toscano

Marie Osmond

Zendaya

DNCE

Joan Lundin

ZHU

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FOOD & BEVERAGE

Creating a fresh and bold menu that blends seamlessly with the feel of an event is a true art. With an eye for detail and vast culinary knowledge our team will help select an exquisite menu that embodies the style of the event and excites the palette. Having worked with many menu styles and parameters our team will advise on the most suitable choices for your guests count and event type, we will act as the liaison between entities to ensure the flow of service is perfectly coordinated and flawlessly executed. 


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GIFTING

‘CARRY’ BY AKJOHNSTON

Working with countless companies and brands we develop uniquely-crafted, one-of-a-kind gifts that speak directly to you, your client and your brand. Focusing on an elevated experience for the recipient with a tailored brand-driven esthetic, each gift is the ultimate in luxury that will leave a lasting impression. We start by fully understanding your vision to ensure each of our recommendations speak to the story the gift is telling. We then fashion a one of a kind piece with refined branding and carefully crafted details for a polished finished product.  

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A K J O H N S T O N R E N TA L S

Creating an iconic event begins with iconic style. With a sophisticated eye AKJOHNSTON Group has curated a robust selection of timeless furniture and dĂŠcor focusing on an upscale esthetic to fit a wide variety of corporate events. Transcending styles, we can compliment any event dĂŠcor with pieces from our collection, creating a cohesive and tasteful overall look and feel. Our inventory features pieces from designers such as Kartell, Herman Miller, Eames, Knoll and many more.


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L A R G E F O R M AT & DY E - S U B P R I N T I N G

AKJOHNSTON’s in-house print and cut department supports a variety of different aspects of each of our projects. From die-cuts to large graphic fabric stretch prints, our facilities can accommodate a vast range of custom print needs. AKJOHNSTON offers the following in-house services for clients:

P R I N T C A PA B I L I T I E S

Silicone Edge Graphics (SEG) | Fabric LED Light Boxes • Banners • Barricades • Canvas Prints • Floor Decals • Posters Standees • Wall Coverings • Window Clings • Die Cuts • Retail Signage • Outdoor Signage • Event Signage • Trade Show Banners • Vehicle Wraps

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From conventional to crazy, we can build it!  With full-time skilled trade carpenters, metal and acrylic craftsmen and a dedicated fabrication facility, we are able to build small and large sized assets from props to tours, buses to shipping containers, full sets to individual scenic elements. 

FABRICATION

C U S T O M FA B R I C AT I O N

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MODDIM

MODDIM

Quick. Light-weight. Budget-friendly. Moddim three-dimensional panels fasten together to create a truly unique backdrop solution for all your show needs. Debuting in six bold patterns, the 18� matte finish tiles create a stunning design element on their own, or extraordinary effects can be produced by integrating theatrical lighting or video projection. Scalable for any size venue or function, Moddim has the flexibility to be used in scenic elements. With an option to be painted for a more permanent set, the possibilities are truly endless with the newest addition to both audio-visual and special event industries.

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BRANDS

B R A N D S T H AT T R U S T U S

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Auction.com Audi

Hoag Hospital Foundation Humane Society of the United States

Politico POM

Alaska Airlines

Infiniti

Prai Cosmetics

American India Foundation

Irvine Company

Ralph’s

Bally

Keurig

Red O

Barbara Bui

KPMG

Richard Nixon Library

Belkin

LA Philharmonic

Roberto Cavalli

Boy Scouts of America

LA Rams

Rolls-Royce

Buzzfeed

Lanvin

Sephora

Coca-Cola

Lexus

Shady Canyon Golf Club

CoreLogic Dior

LG Louis Vuitton

SmartWater Suja

Disney

Lugano Diamonds

TEDx

E!

March of Dimes

Tofurky

Ermenegildo Zegna

Maserati

Toyota

Ernst & Young

MasterCard

University of California

ESPN

Merrill Lynch

University of Southern California

Experian

Neiman Marcus

VitaminWater

ExpertJet

Nike

Venetian-Palazzo Las Vegas

Fast Company

OshKosh

Western Digital

Fox Gucci

Össur Americas Paul Frank

Westmont College WeWork

Hennessy

PIMCO

CLIENTS

SELECT CLIENT LIST

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With a vision to create world class experiences that seamlessly blend design with technology, AKJOHNSTON Group Founder and CEO, Austin Johnston has been a transformative force in revolutionizing the experiential marketing and event production industry by large.  Stemmed from an uncompromising entrepreneurial instinct and personal style, Johnston has built a firm in less than a decade that focuses on innovation, quality and design in balance, which has quickly earned a world-class client list and countless industry accolades and awards.

bioGRAPHY

AUSTIN K. JOHNSTON, FOUNDER AND CEO

Armed with a personality and experience with technical production and lighting, Johnston set out in 2004 founding an event lighting, audio and video company, leading it from small business into nearly 100 events annually.  Following the sale of the business in 2007, Johnston set to design and integrate systems for attractions and theme parks for a major national firm.  Gaining experience with themed entertainment clients in Orlando and California, Johnston returned to his ‘calling’ by founding AKJOHNSTON Group in 2008 to offer a broad range in-house capabilities list with delivered with distinctive class and character. With the industry taking note, Johnston has been named as a top influencer in our industry by Collinson Media, he has earned an influencer in Orange County nod, named a top 40 Under 40 Innovator and has engaged and hosted keynote speeches nationally for CMP accreditation, for Microsoft Small Business and Hilton Worldwide.

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…all

DETAILS were handled

BEAUTIFULLY with grace,

EFFICIENCY.

hospitality and

STEVEN TYLER

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ORANGE COUNTY 950 North Main Street Orange, California 92867

LO S A N G E L E S 8560 West Sunset Boulevard, Suite 400 Los Angeles, California 90069

866.212.2192 studio@akjohnston.com

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AKJOHNSTON Services Kit 2017