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Simon Franklyn
Simon Franklyn

Mountain Productions Names Simon Franklyn Director of West Coast Operations

Frank Hammel;
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WILKES-BARRE, PA — Mountain Productions named Simon Franklyn, a veteran who has worked as a tour production rigger for top artists including Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac and The Who, as the company’s Director of West Coast Operations. Along with his touring experience, Franklyn has supported complex events including Lotte World in Seoul, the 1996 Olympic Games, an 80,000 square-foot scaffolding system for Universal Studios’ Jurassic Park, and work on the main stages at Desert Trip, Panorama and Coachella, among other projects.

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From left - Bernd Loy (EVAGO Group, COO), Lorenz Schmid (EVAGO Group, CFO), Goran Marincic (EVAGO Group, CEO), Alex Borger (Mojo Barriers, CEO), Cees Muurling (seller), Hedwig de Meyer (seller)
From left - Bernd Loy (EVAGO Group, COO), Lorenz Schmid (EVAGO Group, CFO), Goran Marincic (EVAGO Group, CEO), Alex Borger (Mojo Barriers, CEO), Cees Muurling (seller), Hedwig de Meyer (seller)

Evago Group Acquires Mojo Barriers

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PYRBAUM, Germany — Evago AG, which owns Bümo, a provider of structures and other products for the live event industry, has acquired all of the shares in Mojo Barriers’ global crowd barrier business. Mojo Barriers, which supported 2016 tours for The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bruce Springsteen, Rihanna, Muse, among others, will continue to operate as a standalone company under Evago’s ownership, the companies said. Mojo’s main office locations in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, USA and Australia along with distributors in 20 other countries will continue to offer its global customers the same Mojo Barriers’ products, led by Alex Borger, CEO. Outgoing co-owners Cees Muurling and Hedwig de Meyer also spoke favorably of the deal.

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Symphotech Grows with Four New Appointments

Nook Schoenfeld
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LONDON - Marking the company’s ongoing growth, Symphotech has welcomed four event safety and fire safety professionals as the company looks forward to a busy year, January 2017. The new team has already worked on a number of high profile events, including the New Years Eve events in Rotterdam, and their appointment reflects Symphotech’s commitment to offering clients the highest standard of event safety.

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Jacob Coakley and Michael Eddy
Jacob Coakley and Michael Eddy

Michael Eddy Named Editor of Stage Directions Magazine

PLSN Staff
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LAS VEGAS — After nearly 10 years at the helm, Jacob Coakley is stepping down as editor of Stage Directions magazine, an affiliated publication with PLSN. The Feb. 2017 issue will be Coakley’s last. Michael S. Eddy, who has held many positions during his career in theatre, most recently as a freelance writer and marketing consultant, will take over as editor. Eddy, who has also written numerous articles for PLSN over a 10-year span, will continue as a PLSN contributing writer.

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