Live Performance Australia honoured Eric Robinson, CEO of JPJ Audio and Jands Production Services (JPS), with the 2015 Sue Nattrass Award at the Helpmann Awards in July.
ERIC has been the CEO of JPJ Audio and Jands Production Services (JPS) since 1970 and his experience encompasses all aspects of sound reinforcement, lighting, rigging, large screen projection and special effects.
Throughout his 45 years’ in the industry Eric has been responsible for the technical production management and staging of some of Australia’s most admired events and festivals. These events range from early tours by Elton John, ABBA and Fleetwood Mac in the 1970s, and major outdoor events such as Sound Relief, Australia Day Live, Mushroom 25th Anniversary, V Festival, Rumba and Big Day Out. Jands is also well known for its work in the theatre and has been acclaimed for its role in a range of productions, including Beauty and the Beast, The Rocky Horror Show, The King And I, and Lion King.
Eric considers the company’s in-house training scheme, which has been running for over 25 years and has ensured his staff are recognised globally for their technical prowess and professionalism, to be one of his greatest achievements.
Accepting the award on stage at the Capitol Theatre, Eric said he has retired to Port Douglas and is battling cancer.