New Concert Touring & Events chair announced for the 10th KOI Awards
Fri, 05 May 2017 10:19
Jess Allan. Photo © Simon Allan
The Knight of Illumination Awards 2017 (KOI), which celebrates the creative talents
of international lighting and digital content designers working in the UK, is delighted
to announce the appointment of a new chair of the Concert Touring & Events
category - Jess Allan.
Well-known in the industry, Allan has worked in professional show lighting and
event production for almost 20 years, gaining extensive experience of both
technology and design while working in various roles for companies including Martin
Professional and TAIT. In addition, Allan has been a member of the organising
committee for Showlight, the prestigious quadrennial lighting conference, for the
past eight years. Most recently, Allan has launched Productionomics, a company
providing specialist consultancy services to the event production industry, including
data research, product launch, strategy planning and project work. In addition, she
is currently working on key data research/recording specifically in the field of
Allan will chair the panel of judges assessing the Concert Touring & Events category,
and KOI is delighted that Jonny Milmer of creative design agency Imagination,
lighting designer and video content creator Miguel Ribeiro, Kelly Murray, editor of
TPi magazine and Claire Beeson, editor of LSi magazine, return to their roles as
judges in this category for 2017.
Allan comments: "I'm very excited to be involved with the Knight of Illumination
Awards. I've watched it grow to become a key event in the show lighting calendar.
It's special because it focuses solely on design; it highlights the achievements of our
hugely talented designers both to our industry and also for the outside world, which
is very important. I've worked closely with many LDs over the years, and have
always enjoyed the creative side of show production, so I'm delighted to be joining
the KOI team this year."
Allan takes over the role of chair of the Concert Touring & Events category from
Coral Cooper. Coral, a previous winner of the KOI's Enrico Caironi Lifetime
Recognition Award, will remain an integral part of the KOI Awards in 2017 as an
ambassador for the unique event.
Lighting designer Durham Marenghi, coordinator for KOI, comments: "It's great to
hear that Jess will be joining the KOI judging team as chairperson for Concert
Touring & Events category. There are not many in our industry who will not know
Jess. Indeed, she is so integral in the lighting family that when the Chinese copied
the first Mac 2k I saw an e-mail announcing the product still with her name on the
press release which they had copied verbatim as well! Welcome Jess."
The Headline Sponsors of the Knight of Illumination Awards 2017 are Claypaky and
OSRAM. The event is also generously supported by Spotlight Sponsors ADB,
Avolites, d3 Technologies, ETC, GLP German Light Products, Green Hippo, HSL
Group, MA Lighting, PRG XL Video and Robert Juliat, and by technology supplier
Submissions are currently open for both the Television and Concert Touring &
Events categories, with shows performed or broadcast between 1st August 2016 and
30th June 2017 in the UK eligible for entry. As with previous years, the Theatre
category can only be nominated by the judging panel. Submissions can be made for
TV and Concert Touring & Events by visiting the KOI website. The shortlists will be
announced in August.
To find out more about the sectors and subcategories, or for more information on
how you can submit an entry, please visit: www.knight-of-illumination.com/categories