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David Keene

David Keene is Executive Editor of the Systems Group at NewBay Media, publisher of Sound & Video Contractor, Digital Signage Magazine, SCN, AV Technology, and Residential Systems. He is also the Chairman of the Judges Committee of the DIGI Awards (Digital Signage Innovation Awards), administered by NewBay's Digital Signage Magazine.

David Keene on SXSW and the Future of the Festival Business

The staging/live event market is a tale of two countries, so to speak. One is the corporate event market, and the other is the entertainment market. We’ve covered both over the years, and while often the rising tide of a good economy lifts all the boats in both places, other times it’s two different stories. Covering the SXSW Music festival in March prompted a closer look at the entertainment......

The Future of Music Festivals

It’s been one of the most dramatic changes in the concert landscape in the past 10 years: the spawning of hundreds of new music festivals worldwide. There are of course many reasons for this: the need for musicians to augment shrinking revenues from CD and streaming sales/royalties with live performance fees, the popularity of festivals as a way the fan can see 10–20 bands or more over 2–3 days......

David Keene on M&A

The staging industry is not exactly a hotbed of M&A activity (mergers and acquisitions). On this page in the last issue, I wrote about Samsung and Harman—one of the few times over the years when M&A came to our world, and it was significant news indeed. Recently, on March 2nd this year, we all saw the press release that “Barco and ETC announced today that they are in the midst of serious......

David Keene on Samsung/Harman Merger

It’s not every day that mergers or acquisitions in the AV world make the front pages of mainstream media, as did the announcement late last year that Samsung was acquiring Harman Industries. Harman has of course been such a big part of live sound for decades. In fact the modern loudspeaker and P.A. industry was born when Hollywood converted from silent films to talkies and the outfitting of......

Leaps of Faith

When you read this, we will have wrapped two great Rental & Staging Roadshows for 2016, one in New York in July, the other in Monterey, CA in September. If you missed attending, there is good news: in this issue, we’ve brought together some insights from the Video Projection panel that took place at both Roadshows. Both events featured a panel session: Laser Phosphor vs. Conventional Projectors......

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