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The P.A. People at The Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix – ‘The Biggest Pop-Up Event in Australia’

6 May 2014

The P.A. People are no strangers to large sporting events, counting the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and the FIFA World Cup as clients. But there’s something special about the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix. As Andrew Westacott, CEO of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation declared during a contractors’ thankyou breakfast held on site prior to the…

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Hills Hits The Road

5 May 2014

Hills Limited is today kicking off a National Road Show with the unveiling of two Innovation Airstream vans that will hit the road to engage with customers and suppliers about Hills transformational journey. “Hills is undergoing a company-wide transformation that will deliver a wider range of products and more integrated services that will vastly improve…

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Michael Montgomerie-Williams joins ULA Group Sales Team

5 May 2014

Michael Montgomerie-Willams has joined the ULA Group Sales team as a National Account Manager.  Michael comes with an enthusiastic approach and a vast industry experience – starting his first gig back in 1985 in a little pub in St Kilda with just a few PAR cans … to working with some of the biggest cover bands…

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Under The Radar

1 May 2014

The rise and rise of Elite Canberra is a unique market for entertainment, with 350,000 people but plenty of government events work. This means lucrative corporate gigs, along with plenty of shows for a cashed up population. Now Canberra firm Elite Sound and Lighting are undergoing a big expansion, with a new arena sized D&B…

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Asbestos – lighting designer fights disease

1 May 2014

Lighting designer and Star Events Centre entertainment manager Steve Wickham has settled out of court with asbestos manufacturer James Hardie. Steve has a fatal lung condition caused by exposure to fibro in 1994, and took court action that led to startling revelations by a former Hardie CEO. In the case, new evidence arose that will…

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Biz Talk: Mad Crazy Money

30 Apr 2014

It was back to the future at CX Roadshow when I did an encore performance of my Crazy Money seminars from 2012. They were very popular then, and again this summer, pitched at small businesses that are the backbone of entertainment. Almost every freelancer is a small business, and we had plenty from all walks…

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LD Demfis Fyssicopulos lost in surfing accident

25 Apr 2014

Sadly lighting designer Demfis Fyssicopulos went surfing in LA and didn’t survive. His website pays homage to his love of the water: “Demfis resides in Los Angeles with his daughter with whom he enjoys the ocean and the activities that it has to offer”. There are tributes (such as here) – quite accurately, as any…

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Soundfirm Installs Australia’s First Meyer Sound Cinema System for Dolby Atmos Dubbing Stage

16 Apr 2014

Soundfirm, which has received more awards than any other Australian audio post facility, has selected a Meyer Sound cinema loudspeaker system for its Dolby Atmos dubbing stage in its new Melbourne location. The large mixing room is the country’s first to feature an all-Meyer Sound screen channel and surround loudspeaker system. The Meyer Sound system…

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ACCC ruling on Technician On Duty (TOD) fees

16 Apr 2014

52357 – AV Services – web See ruling document on link The Technician on Duty battle has been won, by Staging Connections. The leading Australian audio visual supply firm followed an American model by introducing fees for supervision of external AV production at its in house venues. This led to complaints by firms that they…

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Melbourne’s Federation Hall goes digital with complete control by AMX

9 Apr 2014

Melbourne’s Federation Hall is a 220 seat theatre on the beautiful grounds of The Victorian College of The Arts, Southbank. Part of The University of Melbourne, the Hall is a true multipurpose venue, hosting lectures, orchestral performances and film screenings. “It’s as much a teaching venue as it is a performance venue” explained Scott Morrison,…

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Novatech’s Jacob Thomas wins MEA SA Young Professional Scholarship

9 Apr 2014

Novatech Creative Event Technology is proud to announce their guru of all things I.T., Jacob Thomas is this year’s winner of the Meetings & Events Australia Young Professional Scholarship. Over the last four-and-a-half years, Jacob has been a knowledgeable lighting and vision technician, managed and developed the permanent installations portfolio, been responsible for all internal…

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Staging Connections Awarded New Event Partnership with Merivale

1 Apr 2014

Staging Connections has been named the new in-house audio visual supplier for Merivale’s iconic ivy, on George Street, Sydney. Following an intensive tender process, Staging Connections won the exclusive contract in recognition of their varied experience and global reputation for delivering engaging event solutions. Director of Venues at Staging Connections, Terry Oomens, is delighted with his…

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