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Leko & Milenko Novakovic award finalists

Posted on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Novatech Creative Event Technology is pleased to announce that Leko & Milenko Novakovic have been named a national finalist in the 2017 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards. Leko & Milenko join other outstanding entrepreneurs from across Australia who will compete for the ultimate prize of being named 2017 Australian EY Entrepreneur Of The Year.

Brothers Leko and Milenko Novakovic are leading providers of entertainment and event technologies. The pair founded Novatech Production Services in 2001 as an equipment hire and live performance production provider.

The company experienced tremendous growth in the live concert and festival market and with an ever-increasing demand for high calibre technical management services, Novatech Productions changes its name to Novatech Creative Event Technology. This reflected a move towards total presentation solutions rather than just equipment hire and answered the demand for a new standard of professionalism in the industry.

Now in its 17th year of business, Novatech celebrates landmark accomplishments such as integrating Australia’s first d3 video production suite and developing a proprietary, scalable, network driven conferencing solution, One System. Judges’ Comments “Novatech is a terrific, innovative business. Milenko and Leko have worked hard and taken risks along the way but have ultimately succeeded in their competitive advantage by investing in leading edge technology and delivering the best solutions for their happy customers.”

Leko & Milenko will join their fellow national finalists representing South Australia at the national award ceremony on 1st November in Melbourne where national category winners will be announced.


Goodbye to Ayrton’s Valère Huart-Gyors

Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

A statement from Ayrton:

It is with a heavy heart that we report the heart of Valère stopped beating last Sunday. He was 37 years old.

Valère Huart-Gyors, our collaborator and dear colleague, was responsible for exporting Ayrton throughout the world. Since 2011, from Las Vegas to Sydney, he has spread our values with a rare commitment because Valère was an authentic fan of Ayrton.

Methodical, organized and precise, he advanced quickly and well, exercising a detailed knowledge of his market. Societies and their politics, people and their past, excited him in addition to his many interests such as history, politics, music … Valère was both brilliant and cultivated. His humor, sharp and often caustic, made us laugh. He was also a rascal, and Norman…

It was with the enthusiasm of a young graduate of higher education that he arrived in Paris at the age of 22, first as a salesman at AVLS, then as purchasing manager for La BS, before joining Ayrton to develop international sales. “It’s Ayrton’s second life,” he said humorously when he arrived in 2011, and success, which first struck in the US, spread throughout the globe.

Now, sadly, Valère will no longer get angry at how societies have broken creativity, he will no longer organize parties with his friends, death has stolen half of his life. He was infinitely kind to the whole team, whose dismay is matched only by the sadness of having lost a friend.

We are already missing him.


Renaat De Wilde Joins Lexair Entertainment

Posted on Friday, July 1st, 2016

Renaat and Alex finalLexair Entertainment is thrilled to announce Renaat De Wilde has now officially joined the company in the newly created role of Sales and Marketing Director.

Renaat brings considerable experience to the role, and will be responsible for driving business growth and enhancing customer experience through Marketing and Sales activity across Australia and New Zealand including the Lexair regional dealer network.

Alex Mair, Managing Director of Lexair Entertainment, said: “We are extremely happy that Renaat has joined Lexair. I have worked closely with Renaat previously during his time at High End Systems, and I know his knowledge, skills and passion for the industry, people, brands and products will be invaluable and allow us to meet the increasing demands of our growing business.”

Renaat has recently moved to Australia from Texas where he was most recently the VP of Sales and Business Development at High End Systems and before that the Regional Director Scandinavia and Eastern Europe at Barco.  He is renowned throughout the international industry for his experience working with sales and rental partners in the Lighting and AV fields, and the development of effective channel programs, leading to increased efficiency and customer satisfaction.

Renaat states “I am very excited to have finally made the move to Australia and to be joining Lexair’s growing business. I believe the company is at a crucial point now, offering Lexair the opportunity to take it to the next level of growth. Alex’ company has developed a very strong reputation in the Australian and NZ industry and I consider myself very fortunate to be able to contribute to even stronger customer relationships and better penetration in the different markets thanks to the recent expansion of our brand portfolio. I am confident we will offer enhanced customer relationships, faster response times and better customer service!”

Renaat can be reached on or 0477 539 222.


Industry Luminary Francis Reid passes away at 86

Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Frances Reid

Francis Reid, who passed away aged 86 on 9th June. Pictured here at PLASA 2010 (photo: PLASA Media).

It was with great sadness that we learned of the recent passing of industry luminary, Francis Reid.
Reid was a much-loved and respected lighting designer, author and teacher who lit hundreds of shows and shared his knowledge and experience of lighting in many popular books and publications and with countless students throughout the world.
A statement from the Association of Lighting Designers reads: “Francis was a founding member of the Association, playing a key role in establishing the practice of stage lighting design and the role of Lighting Designer in the UK.
He was 86, and had spent all his working life in and around theatre, but was also an inspiring teacher and a prolific author, who made lighting and the arts of theatre making come alive for several generations of practitioners, at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts), at what is now Central St Martins, the Royal Conservatoire Scotland and around the world. But at heart he was always a theatre maker who did lighting, rather than a lighting man who did theatre.”

More: Rob Halliday remembers Francis Reid.

Source: LSI Online (PLASA Media)


TLC Global welcomes Richard Saunders

Posted on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

13256043_1719619351609958_2474487623594813797_nTLC Global is pleased to welcome Richard Saunders to the team, as a 15 year industry professional Richard has been appointed to a newly created sales & support role @ TLC Global based on the Gold Coast to handle the increasing sales volumes.

Richard brings with him a wealth of experience working on numerous corporate events, festivals as well as in-house venues such as the BCEC, Royal Pines, RICC and GCCEC just to name a few.

Having experience with high end vision systems and media servers, Richard is the perfect fit to expand the TLC brand in Australia with products such as AVOLITES Ai Media Servers and Consoles.

About his recent appointment Richard said “I’m very excited to be taking on a this role, TLC is fast becoming one of the leading & most respected sales companies in the country.”

TLC Global CEO Dave Jackson also remarked ” Richard is a industry professional and is passionate about the entertainment business, he is going to be perfect for delivering the next level of support for customers & Clients.

Richard can be contacted at


Tony Lukeman Joins Lexair Team

Posted on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

LeTony Lukeman cropxair Entertainment is excited to announce that Tony Lukeman has joined the Company in the newly created role of Technical Product Specialist to grow our customer service, technical support and training capabilities. Tony comes to Lexair with a wealth of experience across the production and event lighting industry, having been a lighting operator, technician and designer for over 17 years, in addition to extensive experience in lighting product distribution, from account and project management to operations.

Tony brings his extensive knowledge and technical skillset to Lexair, enhancing the Company’s success in delivering quality products with industry leading support services to our customers and end users. Tony comments “I am excited to start working at Lexair and to be joining a company that prides itself on top quality service and represents premium products”.

“Tony is a well-known and respected industry personality in Australia and internationally” Alex Mair, owner of Lexair Entertainment states. “His professionalism and enthusiasm are renowned and his exceptional customer service and support has been recognised by many in the industry over the years, making him a key addition to Lexair. With exciting new products, and the increasing demand from our customers, we sought an addition to our team who fit in with our ethos of exceptional customer service. It is very fortunate that we were able to find someone of Tony’s calibre to fulfill this role. We view his appointment as a sign of our commitment to delivering the highest quality service and support in the industry”.

Tony will be based in Victoria, and will be supporting our customers across Australia and New Zealand with all Lexair distributed products.

Tony can be reached by email at and by phone o?n 0477 LEXAIR (0477 539 247).



Geordie joins the ResX Team

Posted on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Geordie Joins ResXColin ‘Geordie’ Alexander has recently joined the team at Resolution X.

Geordie has spent 23 years working with Opera Australia, the last 18 as Head of Lighting. Previous to this Geordie worked with the Melbourne Theatre Company.  Needless to say Geordie brings a wealth of experience to his new role as Production Manager and will be working out of the Sydney offices in Silverwater.