Dan Goldstein Promoted to @AVIXA Chief Marketing Officer

February 22nd, 2019

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

AVIXA™, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, has announce that Dan Goldstein has been promoted to Chief Marketing Officer.

In this role, Goldstein will lead the strategy for AVIXA’s marketing, communications, market intelligence, content creation and delivery, strategic alliances, and new product innovation.

He joined the association in 2015 as Senior VP of Marketing and Communications. He led the rebranding initiative from InfoComm International to the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association – AVIXA – and has built an all-new market intelligence team focused on providing the AV community with industry analytics and insights that were previously unobtainable from any source. In addition, he has concentrated on raising awareness of the business value of AV to specific end-user markets, such as education, retail, hospitality, sports venues, and transportation, by growing industry outreach and strategic partnerships.

He has over two decades of AV industry experience as a professional writer, editor, public relations officer, and marketing leader. Prior to joining AVIXA, he served as a senior marketing and communications professional at the Integrated Systems Europe trade show (ISE) for seven years.

Natalia Escribano joins @VIOOH

February 22nd, 2019

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

VIOOH has appointed former Facebook exec Natalia Escribano as its Chief Commercial Officer. We are told that she will be responsible for shaping and growing VIOOH’s business and partnerships with digital out of home media owners as well as building the platform’s sales team.

She joins VIOOH following a tenure as Regional Head of Sales for Audience Network at Facebook and prior to that, she led the premium publishers’ engagement across EMEA for AppNexus, working with the likes of MailOnline, Interactive Media, eBay, Schibsted and Orange to build and execute strategies that capitalised on the growing opportunities in programmatic advertising.

Natalia Escribano will report to VIOOH’s CEO, Jean-Christophe Conti and will head up the sales team.

Rochelle Richardson Joins @AVIXA

February 22nd, 2019

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

AVIXA, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, has announced that Rochelle Richardson, CEM has joined them as their new Senior Vice President of Expositions and Events.

She will lead the strategy and operations for the annual North American InfoComm show, in addition to all conferences and events in North America. She’s described as a strategic leader in exhibition and events management, with more than 20 years of experience. Her career spans the gaming, hospitality and for-profit trade show industries, both domestically and internationally.

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Gerard Shallo Joins ‪@SNAdisplays ‬

February 22nd, 2019

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

SNA Displays has restructured its marketing and communications operations, hiring Gerard Shallo as its senior director of marketing.

The move comes after another year in which the company has continued to increase its imprint on the LED display industry, manufacturing products for a number of high-profile projects including Circa Towers Los Angeles, Champs’ Times Square flagship, and the human head-shaped LED sculpture at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Ohio. The company has also rapidly expanded its business across the U.S. and into Central and South America.

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Barry Belsky & Jon Holvey Join ‪@LeyardGroup ‬/ @PlanarSystems

February 22nd, 2019

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Leyard and Planar, global leaders in visualization products, announced this week that industry experts, Barry Belsky and Jon Holvey, have joined the companies’ growing Sports and Entertainment division.

  • Senior Solutions Manager, Barry Belsky, joins Leyard and Planar with more than 25 years of experience in the display industry. Most recently serving as a senior project manager for Panasonic, Belsky has worked on some of the largest traditional LED screen projects in the United States, including Texas Motor Speedway, Churchill Downs and Lincoln Financial Field. Prior to his time at Panasonic, Belsky devoted 16 years to the sign industry, working for large construction companies and managing his own sign business. In his new role, he will be responsible for designing and proposing technical solutions for Leyard and Planar’s sports initiatives.
  • Senior Project Manager, Jon Holvey, joins the companies with more than 20 years of experience in the systems integration industry, including a focus on large-scale LED projects. Holvey will provide sales, operational and project management support to Leyard and Planar’s Sports and Entertainment division. He previously held a dual role of project executive and senior project manager at Panasonic, in which he oversaw integrated projects throughout North America, including The Mercedes Benz Superdome, SunTrust Park and University of Arizona. Holvey was also responsible for developing strategic customer project goals and managing project performance for a team of project managers at Panasonic.

Douglas Moss, general manager of Sports and Entertainment at Leyard and Planar told us “Barry and Jon are the perfect additions to our team and will help accelerate Leyard and Planar’s momentum in the sports market. I have had the pleasure of working with both in the past and am confident that they bring the technological, engineering and construction expertise we need to deliver to our sports and entertainment partners, while utilizing our extensive portfolio of best-in-class display solutions.”

The addition of Belsky and Holvey follows Leyard and Planar’s partnership with global leader in LED video display technology, Lighthouse Technologies.

Rumoured New Venue for 2019 #VideoEverywhereSummit

February 21st, 2019

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

If you know where to look, or who to talk to, then you may know that the date for New York Digital Signage week is a little earlier than usual. This year #NYDSW takes place October 14-18, 2019, hence missing Halloween and many people’s school half-terms but more importantly allowing the DPAA’s #VideoEverywhereSummit to once again be front and centre of the week.

We know that the DPAA has, for some time now, been furiously looking for a larger space in which to hold their prestigious annual get-together. Truth be told, the Video Everywhere Summit probably outgrew the Roosevelt Hotel a few years ago and the rumour is that they will announce a bigger, shinier, new venue sometime next week.

What we do know is that the DPAA Video Everywhere Summit will be held on Tuesday October 15 somewhere in midtown Manhattan, that the DailyDOOH Investor Conference will take place on Wednesday October 16, that AdTECH: OOH – New York will take place on Thursday October 17, 2019 and if that wasn’t enough, then another thirty or so events will be scheduled by others that week as well.

In 2018, 32 events took place and 108 speakers and 4,600 attendees participated in New York Digital Signage Week.

Game Changers Impacting the Global Energy Sector: #SmartCities

February 20th, 2019

Russ Curry, Ministry of New Media

Dentons’ Smart Cities and Communities Think Tank is delighted to present ‘Game Changers Impacting the Global Energy Sector’. This special publication addresses the developing solutions for sustainable and prosperous 21st century cities and communities. The report features insights from thought leaders who grapple with these issues and the challenges they present on a daily basis.

Dentons’ Smart Cities and Communities Think Tank brings together the resources of the world’s largest law firm with leaders of government, businesses, academics, innovators and community stakeholders to help cities and communities leverage existing and emerging technological developments to enable the integration of essential services for the betterment of the lives of their citizens.

Together, Think Tank members share insights and best practices with the aim of crafting innovative legal, economic and policy solutions to societal challenges in an era of accelerating technological change.

You can download the brochure here.

Jodie Kidd Opens VIN + OMI London Fashion Week Show

February 20th, 2019

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

The model Jodie Kidd opened a spectacular VIN + OMI London Fashion Week show on London’s iconic Piccadilly Lights. Highlights from Planet Rewind, VIN + OMI’s sensational London Fashion Week show were broadcast across Ocean’s Grid network and on the Piccadilly Lights earlier this week.

The footage featured the model Jodie Kidd, making her return to the catwalk after a 10 year hiatus, wearing a floral dress made from salvaged plastic. Filming took place during the eco-label’s London Fashion Week show at the London Andaz Hotel.

The artistic London Fashion Week show also featured fish shaped bags and belts made from Ocean’s upcycled vinyl advertising panels.

Outdoor media owner Ocean recently agreed a long term partnership with VIN + OMI to create a new limited edition label. Its repurposed vinyl ads will be turned into a retail line to raise funds for the Marine Conservation Society.

VIN + OMI is the world’s only 100 percent zero-waste concept label which produces textiles which are all connected to social impact projects.

Supporting the need for sustainable fashion, UK MPs this week suggested fashion companies should receive financial incentives to produce more environmentally friendly clothes by creating less water and air pollution and contributing less to greenhouse gases.

Ahead of #PTELondon Download This @nds_signage Whitepaper

February 20th, 2019

Andrew Neale

Ahead of #PTELondon why not download NDS’s FREE whitepaper ‘Managing Airline Passenger Flow with Digital Signage’.

Managing the flow of passengers throughout an airport more effectively not only makes for a better passenger experience, it can help improve the profitability of airlines as well the businesses operating in that airport. In this white paper, you will learn how digital signage can help achieve those goals.

You can download it here.

Amazon Studios Marketing Head to Speak at #OOH2019

February 20th, 2019

Russ Curry, Ministry of New Media

Mike Benson, head of marketing at Amazon Studios and director of marketing for Prime Video, will address attendees of this year’s 2019 OAAA\Geopath OOH Media Conference + Expo, being held May 20-22 at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas.

Since 2015, Mike Benson has overseen all marketing, promotion, advertising, digital, and social media activities and branding for Amazon Prime Video original programming.

OAAA’s Chief Marketing Officer Stephen Freitas told us “From spectacular billboards on the Sunset Strip to interactive digital executions in the New York Subway or printed bus shelter ads on Main Street USA, Amazon Prime Video uses the OOH medium to reinforce branding and engage its audiences.”

Prior to his role at Amazon Studios, Mike Benson was Chief Creative Officer for the Time Warner Global Media Group. Before that, he was the Executive Vice President of Marketing at Disney/ABC Television Group, overseeing marketing, advertising, and promotion for ABC primetime, late night, and ABC Studios programming.

Freitas added, “With decades of media and advertising experience, Benson brings a wealth of industry knowledge to this year’s conference. The OOH industry is excited to welcome him to the mainstage at our biggest gathering of the year.”

Further information and registration for the conference is available here.