May 26, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier

Sydney founded production company AV1 generated its highest monthly revenue in its 17 years of operation in May and has signed on as the in-house AV provider for events at Sydney’s just-opened ACE Hotel.

“Our team is producing more than 120 events in May across all major Australian cities, of which over 90 per cent are in-person,” said AV1’s managing director Keith Wootton.

“Delegates are loving being back together in event spaces and so are we.

“Our recent appointment as the preferred audio-visual partner of ACE Hotel, is a key example of our focus on the future. By strengthening our team, services and partnerships, we will continue the momentum that AV1 has become known for.”

The business has expanded its team, with four new appointments, including recruiting filmmaker Kai Raisbeck to head up AV1’s creative content department and boosting the technical team with experienced technical director Federico Pancotto, who has spent nearly a decade on Australia’s event AV scene.

“We’ve adapted and supported our clients over the past two years with online and studio products, and now we’re welcoming clients and staff ‘back to live’. It feels good to be moving forward, once again,” said Wootton.

Through the pandemic, AV1 and its sister company Sprintr by AV1 have delivered a variety of virtual, hybrid and – more so lately – live events and solutions for long term and newer clients, including collaborating with Zoom to create a virtual visual illusion placing two speakers in the same virtual space while they sat on opposite sides of the world, creating an online content hub of medical education seminars for Smith and Nephew and helping to launch Australia’s now-won bid for the Rugby World Cup in 2027.

After helping organisers stage their first hybrid event in 2021, next week AV1 will be on hand to oversee the production and on-site content delivery for the 2022 iteration of the AREC real estate industry conference on the Gold Coast.

No small feat, the event attracts thousands of attendees from right across Australia’s competitive real estate sector and has some major star power on its program year after year. In 2021, it was supermodel Elle McPherson, this year it’s Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey.

“Our attendees expect fantastic content, networking opportunities and a flawless program set to inspire the Australian real estate industry,” said Nichola Byrne, general manager of events for Total Real Estate Training (TRET), organisers of the event.

“We are passionate about our event and how we can keep it fresh year-on-year. That’s why we love the team at AV1, they always come to the party with ideas, professionalism and a positive, unconventional approach.

“The ability to have hybrid elements and dial-in speakers makes our conference much more accessible,” she said.

The 2022 event will be the 10th year of collaboration between AV1 and AREC.