Phil Mercer, Managing Director of XL Video LA, Jo Beirne of XL Video UK and René de Keyzer, CEO of the XL Video Group accept the prestigious Parnelli award for Video Rental Company of the Year.
Orlando, FL—In front of a capacity crowd at the sold-out 2009 Parnelli Awards, XL Video was announced as the winner of the Video Rental Company of the Year award. René de Keyzer, CEO of the XL Video Group and Phil Mercer, Managing Director of XL Video LA accepted the prestigious award. Also on hand to celebrate was XL Video President Marcel de Keyzer and Jo Beirne of XL Video UK.
Since 2001, the Parnelli Awards presented by Projection, Lights & Staging News and Front of House magazines have honored the highest achievers and most admired innovators in the Live Event Industry. The awards, named after the late production and touring manager Rick "Parnelli" O'Brien, recognize pioneering, influential professionals and their contributions, honoring both individuals and companies. Subscribers to PLSN and FOH magazines vote for the nominations and the winners, meaning the Parnelli is truly recognition by industry peers
XL Video, who started the year off in February being awarded the Favourite Video Services Company at the 2009 TPI Awards, had a busy touring year working with among others, Coldplay; Depeche Mode; Jay-Z; Johnny Hallyday; Pink; Staind; Take That; and U2.
Also honored at the Parnelli Awards was Stefaan 'Smasher' Desmedt as Video Director of the Year. Desmedt, whose most recent project was the U2 360° tour, works regularly with XL Video.