Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, has appointed Ian Hamilton to the role of general manager for Riedel Australia and Julian (“Jules”) Hewitt to the role of technical operations manager for Riedel Australia.
“Ian’s experience providing sophisticated high-performance production and communications solutions is remarkable, to say the least. His work has included numerous projects involving Riedel Australia and extensive complements of Riedel equipment,” said Cameron O’Neill, director, Asia-Pacific region, at Riedel Communications. “As both a contractor and end user, Ian has developed a deep understanding of Riedel technology and its potential. With this knowledge and experience, he is very well-qualified to guide Riedel Australia’s continued growth.”
Hamilton has worked with Riedel equipment since it first became available on the Australian market, and he has designed and guided implementation of Riedel solutions in eventwide data, communications, and broadcast networks for many of Australia’s most prestigious and demanding live events and productions.
In stepping into his role as general manager of Riedel Australia, Hamilton replaces O’Neill, who is taking charge of Riedel’s Asia-Pacific operations from the company’s Tokyo office. Prior to taking on this position, Hamilton led his own design and technical production firm. As a freelance contractor, he worked as Riedel’s technical coordinator for the 2013 International Fleet Review, part of the celebrations to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the entry of the first Royal Australian Navy fleet in Sydney Harbour. Earlier, as the technical coordinator for the City of Sydney Council from 2010 to 2012, he was responsible for the technical operational delivery of the Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks and Sydney Harbour Bridge effects.
Hamilton has overseen numerous live events for government agencies and organizations, and his work for clients in the commercial sector includes production manager roles for dozens of live events, ranging from sports competitions, corporate events, and auto shows to high-profile theater, dance, opera, and rock performances.
As technical operations manager for Riedel Australia, Hewitt will be responsible for the logistics of getting gear and people to the right places at the right times. In addition, he is responsible for making sure that all of the equipment is in the best possible working order, further increasing our reliability in mission-critical applications.
“Like Ian, Jules has worked with Riedel equipment for many years, and his practical experience in deploying our solutions makes him an excellent addition to the growing Riedel Australia family,” added O’Neill. “I am sure he will be valuable in boosting our capacity to meet a growing number of customers’ production needs.”
Hewitt joins Riedel Australia after most recently serving as technical support technician at the Sydney Opera House, a long-time user of Riedel solutions. He earlier was the audio operator for the Bell Shakespeare theatre company. Prior to that, Hewitt provided support for local arts and music festivals, as well as an array of high-profile live news, sports, and entertainment broadcast events.
Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net