Showrig appoints Ned Collett as President


In this newly created position, Collett, who will be based at the company’s Las Vegas headquarters, will oversee and direct all activities for the company’s worldwide operations. The announcement coincides with the event services and production company’s first international expansion, and a doubling of operations in its Nashville offices.

The company’s first European offices are to be located in Utrecht, Netherlands, and will provide rentals of trusses, lifts, scaffolding, motors, and automation for concert tours, film and television production, trade shows, and permanent installations.

Additionally, to meet increased demand domestically, SGPS/ShowRig will more than double the size of its Nashville office, which focuses on concert tour support and events.

Collett joined SGPS/Showrig following the passing of founder Eric Pearce, and said of the appointment, ““I am proud to continue Eric Pearce’s guiding principles of always demonstrating boundless creativity and providing exceptional client service.”

Automation nation

In addition to the new office, SGPS/ShowRig is advancing its automation capabilities with a new product line addition, Cybermotion.

Showrig says Cybermotion is an intuitive and advanced computer-controlled hoist system which ensures “safe, seamless, and spectacular effects.”

Working in cooperation with Holland-based Ampco-Flashlight, the parent company of Cybermotion, SGPS/ShowRig will be Cybermotion’s West Coast affiliate, available for its clients beginning November 2023.

Dick Van Berkum, CEO of Ampco-Flashlight said, “We’re very excited with this new partnership in the United States as well as in Europe, and we are looking forward to the contribution we will make in the entertainment industry together.”

Collett’s background

Before joining SGPS/ShowRig, Collett served as midwest president of LiveStyle, Inc., where he oversaw operations throughout a five-state region, producing and promoting more than 400 events per year, as well as multiple outdoor music festivals.

Prior to assuming that role, he served as Oak View Group’s vice president of arenas and stadiums responsible for the formation of the Arena Alliance, a consortium of the top 24 sports arenas throughout North America.

In addition, Collett served as Live Nation Entertainment’s executive vice president of venues.

His career also includes senior leadership executive roles with Base Entertainment, PURE Management Group, Premier Exhibitions, Olympia Entertainment, and SMG. He began his career in 1980 in concert production, working in various capacities as a rigger, sight coordinator, accountant, and unit manager.

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