Manufacturer Musings: Jon Hilton, Portaprompt

Jon Hilton, Portaprompt
Neal Romanek
Interview
August 18th 2016 at 9:51AM : By Neal Romanek

Portaprompt

Portaprompt's Jon Hilton will be minding his K's and IP's at IBC2016.

Name: Jon Hilton

Job title: Sales and marketing

Company: Portaprompt

Number of IBCs you’ve attended? For Portaprompt it was pre-Brighton in the early 70’s. For me the first was in 1982, and neither of us have missed one since so “quite a lot”.

What do think will be the big technology trends at this year’s IBC?

Our focus will be on acquisition so lots of K’s (4 and 8), more High Dynamic Range, but what we are really interested in from a prompting perceptive is IP workflow developments that can save production money! What’s will your company be highlighting at IBC? Our full range of prompting solutions for TV and Events – Our Windigi Prompting Software and a selection from our hardware range including tablet rigs, the mid budget Fusion range and our Premier and Quasar range where we will show our flagship 24” BC Studio prompter, Conference Prompters (Obama Glass) and a full range of Interrotrons

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the TV industry right now?

How to make money in an increasing competitive world (for eye balls)

Given that the RAI is two meters below sea level, what is your business doing to address climate change?

We are doing all the usual “green” things (WEEE, RoHS, new packaging etc.) but our biggest impact is that many of staff cycle into work. We are rather keen on “cycling”, and our designer, Miles Kingsbury, is a very well know face in the Human Power Vehicle world and is a consultant on the Speed with Guy Martin series.

What are you top tips for trade show survival?

Remember, if you are exhibiting you are there for up to a week so don’t destroy yourself on the first day (and night)!

Your favourite place(s) in Amsterdam to unwind and why?

Our (Portaprompt’s) favourite place is a local pub called the Toog just round the corner from where we stay - a local pub with great beer and food and a bit off the regular beaten track