The TPSA introduced an annual awards evening in 2002 to reward members for excellence, as well as to encourage good business relationships between people working in the live entertainment industry. Awards are given in 16 categories, which are revised annually.
The TPSA was founded in 1998 as an umbrella organisation to represent the interests of people working in the technical production services industry. It also contributes to the maintaining and establishing of ethical and safety standards in line with international industry standards and towards ensuring the timely delivery of quality services.
Further to this, the TPSA aims to actively promote the advancement of knowledge and technical skills of its members and the production services profession as a whole. The annual awards session is just one way of rewarding outstanding work within the industry.
The revised format of this year's event, which took place in Johannesburg on March 10th made it an ideal event for people in the industry to network. Says TPSA Administrator, Tiffany Reed: “This year we decided against a formal event, and instead organised it to take place straight after work. We had an excellent response to invitations this year, and the TPSA really hopes that through this award function we can achieve more communication and engagement between members. Our organisation really wants to make a difference in the industry.”
Another networking event will be hosted by the TPSA on the April 7th in Cape Town for members that couldn't attend the awards evening in Johannesburg.
She explains that the more than 300 TPSA members can vote for anyone in the industry, provided they are deserving of the award. The whole process is audited by an adjudicating committee.
The eye-catching glass awards are made by Shades of Ngwenya in Muldersdrift, and are inscribed with the name of the winner as well as the name of the company or individual that sponsored it.
The Gearhouse group and staff scooped seven of the awards this year, namely: Favourite AV Rental Company
Tim Dunn (Lighting Designer of the Year)
Sean Rosig (Best Newcomer - Lighting Designer Award)
Patson Maseko (Best Newcomer - AV Engineer Award)
Ofer Lapid (Lifetime Achievement Award)
In2Structures (Favourite Set and Stage Company)
Otto Wijnberger (Best Set Designer of the Year)
“I didn't know that I was old enough to achieve the Lifetime Award, but if you think this signifies the end of my career, you can brace yourselves for another 15 years of my presence in the industry,” laughs Ofer Lapid MD of Gearhouse and entrepreneur extraordinaire.
Gearhouse was also recently awarded the TPi Award for Favourite International Production Company of the Year at the awards ceremony in London.