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Above: Jonathan Tingle and TSL Managing Director, Sam Tamplin; TSL Lighting announces the completion of its acquisition of corporate and event lighting specialist, Blinding Light; Introducing The Next Stage; DPA Microphones Regional Sales Manager, Pacific Northwest, Chris Brunhaver and Global Sales Support & Business Development Manager Paul Andrews.

London-based PA rental company Capital Sound Hire announced its acquisition by SSE Audio Group.

Capital Sound will continue to operate as a separate brand, serving its own client base and operating with its distinctive style.

SSE Audio Group MD, John Penn, explained: “We now have a clear template for joining forces with other leading players in the industry. With Wigwam, we were particularly keen to maintain its distinctive brand, while providing it with backup and support and that is what we have done.”

Keith Davis, founder and MD of Capital Sound added: “SSE’s successful takeover of Wigwam has shown that they will look after the staff and the brand and continue to let the business grow and flourish, which is really important to me and my lifetime’s work.”

TSL Lighting has invested more than £500,000 in new rental stock as it announces the completion of its acquisition of corporate and event lighting specialist, Blinding Light. The investment expands the company’s stock of fixtures from a range of manufacturers, including Chroma-Q, Claypaky, Luminex, Chamsys and Litepanels.

Both locations, Gatwick and Basingstoke, continue to operate under its respective individual brands under the overall control of Managing Director, Sam Tamplin. TSL Account Directors Dom Sheerman and Loz Wilcox will remain in their management roles at Blinding Light, working alongside Design Directors Anthony ‘Turbo’ Hall and Neil Harvey, and the rest of the Blinding Light team

TSL has also welcomed respected Project Manager, Jonathan ‘Jonny’ Tingle, as a Senior Project Manager. His role will focus on expanding and developing the company’s work in the corporate and special events sector. Tingle brings many years of experience working in the entertainment industry, where he has earned a reputation as a first-rate Project Manager. He will be based at the Blinding Light office in Basingstoke, where his role

will be to support existing business and grow the company’s client base.

Signify Entertainment Lighting announced the return of Philips Vari- Lite veteran George Masek. Based at the company’s Dallas office, Masek will look after Business Development for the Philips Vari-Lite, Philips Strand Lighting, Philips Selecon and Showline brands.

Brian Friborg, Head of Signify Entertainment Lighting, said: “We could not be more delighted to welcome George back to the Philips Vari-Lite fold. He has played an important part in the Vari-Lite story over the years, and with his long experience and passion for the brand, I have no doubt that he will do so again in the years to come. There are exciting times ahead for Signify Entertainment Lighting.”

Penn Elcom in Germany has moved to a new 8,000 square metre premises in Elten, north Westfalen.

The German distribution centre is set to dramatically expand the number of Penn product lines with which it deals in the coming months due to the extra space. The new facility will assist the busy operation in continuing the efficient and fast delivery of products worldwide, which are manufactured by Penn in the UK.

DPA Microphones has appointed Paul Andrews and Chris Brunhaver as the new Global Sales Support and Business Development Manager and Regional Sales Manager, Pacific Northwest, respectively.

“With the addition of Paul and Chris, we are adding over 23 years of industry experience and expertise to the DPA team in the US,” said Christopher Spahr, VP of Marketing and Sales, DPA Microphones. “We are excited to welcome these 2 highly qualified individuals and look forward to their many contributions as we continue to grow our market share and reinforce our commitment to the industry.”

Newly formed company The Next Stage, opened its doors as a design and manufacturing facility with a wide-ranging background in the live


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Below: RM Audio appointed as Martin Audio distributor in Greece; Bandit Lites welcomes Jacob Edge and Arie Zaky; Antycip Simulation Business Developer Amir Khosh and Account Manager Quentin Blancheri.

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The Next Stage brings together over 100 years of combined knowledge and experience within the exciting world of live entertainment. At the beginning of 2018, The Next Stage was formed, and the workshop opened in April. Within a month, the team had delivered multiple jobs in collaboration with Video Design. More recently some of the staff have provided on-site support at Wireless Festival.

Martin Audio has appointed RM Audio, specialist provider of sound, lighting, video and staging equipment for the live events industry, as its new distributor in Greece.

Marinos and Michalis Ressos founded RM Audio/Ressou Bros in 2006 and today they run the business, based in Moschato, Athens, with Giannikos Pavlos and Giorgos Kapolas.

RM Audio has already supported Martin Audio webinars, and in person at exhibitions while in September it will attend the manufacturer’s open day. “Any help we need, we know Martin Audio’s specialists are always on hand to share their knowledge with us,” said Kapolas.

Bandit Lites has welcomed Arie Zaky, Jacob Edge, Elizabeth Weller, Mark Scherer, Scott Wesson and Chris Noll as full-time team Bandit Lites members following its initial work with the company as Best Techs.

Zaky will be working as a Cable Assembly Technician and Edge joined Nashville’s Technical Service Department as a Moving Light Technician.

Bandit Lites Technical Service Director, Jake Tickle, said: “It is hard to find young quality talent these days and we’ve done just that with Arie and Jacob. They are

hardworking, dedicated and have a real intellectual curiosity for our profession. I’m excited to have them on the team.”

Elizabeth Weller is currently out on Rascal Flatts, Mark Scherer is a crew member on the Chris Young production, Chris Noll has joined Sugarland current tour and Scott Wesson is a crew member on Jason Aldean’s High Noon Neon Tour

“These 4 techs that Bandit Lites have hired full time, bring diverse skill and personality sets that help us facilitate the numerous variables you face when staffing tours and one-offs,” said Nashville General Manager Mark Steinwachs.

Antycip Simulation, a virtual reality and 3D immersive solutions integrator, announced 2 key appointments to support its burgeoning business. Amir Khosh joins as Business Developer based at its Adderbury office in Oxfordshire, while Quentin Blancheri has taken up the position of Key Account Manager out of the company’s Paris headquarters.

In his new role, Khosh will focus on Antycip’s key suppliers including Lumiscaphe, TechViz and CM Labs, opening up emergent opportunities for immersive visualisation, construction simulation and collaborative design applications for the company, while also looking for VR prospects looking for immersive displays solutions.

Quentin Blancheri assumes the role of Key Account Manager for Antycip Simulation’s French office, dedicated to the simulation market for the defence, aeronautics and aerospace industries in France as well as in French speaking BeNeLux. TPi www.tpimagazine.com/category/industry-jobs/

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