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Outline and PRG Announce Partnership LAS VEGAS — Outline S.r.l. and its U.S. subsidiary, Outline North America, have en-tered into a strategic alliance with Production Resource Group, one of the largest produc-tion services companies in North America. PRG handles all aspects of live event pre-sentations, supplying lighting, video efects, scenery and sound for Broadway produc-tions and major live TV presentations, includ-ing the Academy Awards. PRG also provides audio systems, stage design and lighting ef-fect systems for major tours and events, from Elton John and the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Super Bowl halftime shows. This new alliance centers on the hub of PRG’s touring sound business in Las Vegas, where a full turnkey system of Outline GTO, GTO-Subs, Butterfy, Mantas, DBS18-2 Subs and recently intro-duced LipFill-0182 will be available for use on PRG’s most demanding productions and tours. At this month’s LDI Show and Parnelli Awards in Las Vegas, a Stageline Mobile Stage, with a full Outline GTO rig, will be set up on the grounds of the PRG complex. Transportation to/from the PRG compound from the Las Vegas Convention Center will be provided for those wishing to experi-ence GTO. “We are very excited to enter into this relationship with PRG,” said Giorgio Bif, CEO of Outline S.r.l. “This comes at a very ex-citing time for our company, as we continue our global growth initiative with the addition of many of the world’s largest premier sound and production companies. PRG is a won-derful and welcomed addition to our family of Outline partners.” Outline is also working with Gabisom Audio Equipment, a major production company in South America. “I’ve seen the incredible growth of PRG over the years and am very pleased to have them help lead the charge for our large-format GTO line array in the U.S.,” says Tom Bensen of Outline North America. “We ap-preciate PRG’s confdence in our company and their shared vision for the future as we begin this relationship.” PEOPLE. PRODUCTION. GEAR. GIGS. OCTOBER 2012 Vol. 11 No.1 1,400 and Counting Steve JenningS 2012 Parnelli Audio Innovator Dave Shadoan Music Group Plans Big China Expansion Brad Paisley’s Virtual Reality Tour kicked of in January and wraps up on the 20th of this month at the Hollywood Bowl. We caught up with his longtime production manager/FOH mix-er Kevin Freeman (who’s been with Paisley for more than 1,400 shows) and monitor engineer Mark Gould to get some details on the system, the gear and the close-knit family-style atmo-sphere between the artist and crew. For the full story, turn to page 42. ZHONGSHAN, China — Pledging a total investment near $50 million, Music Group founder/CEO Uli Behringer outlined a plan for a 50-acre complex housing the company’s R&D and manufacturing operations here. Behringer projected a total of nearly 5,000 employees to be working on site, with a total 3 million square feet of automated factory space and plans for completion by 2014. “It is my distinct pleasure to announce the fulfllment of a major objective of our Group today with the start of this incredible under-taking,” announced Uli Behringer to the gath-ered employees and dignitaries. The new campus is projected to include more than 100 surface-mount machines, au-tomated transducer lines, injection molding and hydro forming facilities and a total “clean-air” wood products and painting pavilion. The company’s extensive agency test labs will be expanded with additional RF and TDMA facilities and an all-new two-story anechoic chamber will be built for acoustical testing. The campus will also ofer housing for almost 2,000 company employees and include on-site educational, child-care and health facilities. This month, we focus on this year’s Parnelli Audio Innovator Award recipient Dave Shadoan, who, with his partner, the late Ross Ritto, founded Sound Image, one of the most successful and innovative sound companies on this — or any other planet. For the full story, turn to page 48. ATK Audiotek Names MacDonald President By George Petersen VALENCIA, CA — The pro audio community was recently surprised at the announcement of Michael MacDonald as the new president of ATK Audiotek, stepping in for retiring company presi-dent Michael Stahl. Founded in 1983, Audiotek is a sound company specializing in award shows, broadcast events, industrial conventions and ma-jor tours, with an enviable client roster including Super Bowls, Academy of Country Music Awards, American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Grammy Awards, Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, American Idol , Democratic and Repub-lican National Conventions, Olympic opening/ closing ceremonies and more. MacDonald, an industry veteran with three decades in pro audio, most recently completed a stint as vice-president of sales and marketing at Har-man Professional. 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Outline and PRG Announce Partnership

LAS VEGAS — Outline S.r.l. and its U.S. subsidiary, Outline North America, have entered into a strategic alliance with Production Resource Group, one of the largest production services companies in North America. PRG handles all aspects of live event presentations, supplying lighting, video effects, scenery and sound for Broadway productions and major live TV presentations, including the Academy Awards. PRG also provides audio systems, stage design and lighting effect systems for major tours and events, from Elton John and the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Super Bowl halftime shows. This new alliance centers on the hub of PRG’s touring sound business in Las Vegas, where a full turnkey system of Outline GTO, GTO-Subs, Butterfly, Mantas, DBS18-2 Subs and recently introduced LipFill-0182 will be available for use on PRG’s most demanding productions and tours.

At this month’s LDI Show and Parnelli Awards in Las Vegas, a Stageline Mobile Stage, with a full Outline GTO rig, will be set up on the grounds of the PRG complex. Transportation to/from the PRG compound from the Las Vegas Convention Center will be provided for those wishing to experience GTO.

“We are very excited to enter into this relationship with PRG,” said Giorgio Bif, CEO of Outline S.r.l. “This comes at a very exciting time for our company, as we continue our global growth initiative with the addition of many of the world’s largest premier sound and production companies. PRG is a wonderful and welcomed addition to our family of Outline partners.” Outline is also working with Gabisom Audio Equipment, a major production company in South America.

“I’ve seen the incredible growth of PRG over the years and am very pleased to have them help lead the charge for our largeformat GTO line array in the U.S.,” says Tom Bensen of Outline North America. “We appreciate PRG’s confidence in our company and their shared vision for the future as we begin this relationship.”

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Outline+and+PRG+Announce+Partnership/1207101/130102/article.html.

Music Group Plans Big China Expansion

ZHONGSHAN, China — Pledging a total investment near $50 million, Music Group founder/CEO Uli Behringer outlined a plan for a 50-acre complex housing the company’s R&D and manufacturing operations here. Behringer projected a total of nearly 5,000 employees to be working on site, with a total 3 million square feet of automated factory space and plans for completion by 2014.

“It is my distinct pleasure to announce the fulfillment of a major objective of our Group today with the start of this incredible undertaking,” announced Uli Behringer to the gathered employees and dignitaries.

The new campus is projected to include more than 100 surface-mount machines, automated transducer lines, injection molding and hydro forming facilities and a total “cleanair” wood products and painting pavilion.

The company’s extensive agency test labs will be expanded with additional RF and TDMA facilities and an all-new two-story anechoic chamber will be built for acoustical testing. The campus will also offer housing for almost 2,000 company employees and include on-site educational, child-care and health facilities.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Music+Group+Plans+Big+China+Expansion/1207102/130102/article.html.

ATK Audiotek Names MacDonald President

George Petersen


VALENCIA, CA — The pro audio community was recently surprised at the announcement of Michael MacDonald as the new president of ATK Audiotek, stepping in for retiring company president Michael Stahl. Founded in 1983, Audiotek is a sound company specializing in award shows, broadcast events, industrial conventions and major tours, with an enviable client roster including Super Bowls, Academy of Country Music Awards, American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Grammy Awards, Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, American Idol, Democratic and Republican National Conventions, Olympic opening/ closing ceremonies and more. MacDonald, an industry veteran with three decades in pro audio, most recently completed a stint as vice-president of sales and marketing at Harman Professional.

The audio community is filled with examples of personnel moving from contracting and AV rental companies and into manufacturing, but the reverse is less common. MacDonald had a long history of working with ATK Audiotek since the company’s beginnings, when he worked on various projects with Mikael Stewart, now partner and vice president of special events at ATK Audiotek. So in a way, this marks a homecoming for MacDonald, who began his production industry career working as lead audio engineer on a host of major tours and projects including Olympics ceremonies, Grammy Awards and presidential debates.

Audiotek had wanted him to work with them fulltime, but “I went in another direction, working a corporate job at Yamaha,” says MacDonald. “I diverted of the production world and started doing equipment product development and sales back in 1986. Then I bounced around with a number of companies and did consultant work for Yamaha, JBL and about 30 other companies.” MacDonald then moved to the Harman group where he held positions including president of JBL Professional and VP of sales and marketing at Harman Professional.

When Stahl started talking about retiring from Audiotek, MacDonald spoke with Stewart and Scott Harmala (partner, CTO and VP of engineering) about the potential of buying out Stahl’s equity and taking over as operating partner for ATK Audiotek. “The timing seemed right, and I started putting together a plan to do that,” MacDonald explains, “I communicated that to the folks at Harman. They were pretty good about that and it all came together.”

“Having Michael MacDonald join the company is a natural extension of the relationships we have enjoyed for over 30 years,” said Stewart. “We’re pleased to welcome him onboard and look forward to his ideas and his energy just as we are appreciative of Mike Stahl’s massive contribution to ATK since its foundation.” Harmala concurs. “Michael not only brings decades of experience and industry contacts but a proven, high energy, creative approach to building new business. We share a considerable history together but also a strong vision for the future potential of the production industry and of ATK Audiotek.”

“I had this opportunity to work with some old friends and own a piece of the business,” says MacDonald. “We’ve gotten together a couple times a year over the past 15 years for golf or scuba diving, so we know each other well. It’s going to be a lot of hard work and it will be quite a change moving from the manufacturing side, but I’m really excited about this opportunity to do something different.”

But might this include product development as well? “It’s probably early for me to start prognosticating about strategies, but there’s always been a role for progressive sound companies to help manufacturers develop new products, Mac- Donald adds. “For example, Audiotek did a lot of field testing on some of the early VerTec products, and we had hired Scott [Harmala] out as a consultant on some of the predictive software. I think we could vend that capability and engage in things like design verification, product testing and consulting on new feature sets. There’s a lot that a company like Audiotek can bring to the game.”

MacDonald sees an even brighter future for the company. “The plan for Audiotek is to double the company size in about five years, offer new services, get new clients, work with new manufacturers to provide cutting-edge stuff and take it to the next level. I’ve got great partners to do that with. We have a fantastic team and it feels really good.”

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/ATK+Audiotek+Names+MacDonald+President/1207104/130102/article.html.

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