Founder of eclipse Group Mark Brown passes away

Industry mourns the loss of popular industry veteran.
Mark Brown.
Mark Brown.

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The eclipse Group has announced that its founder and chairman Mark Brown passed away on the evening of 14 December 2016 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Brown was a British businessman with a passion for the professional audiovisual, events and entertainment industries, and an enduring love for lasers. He began his varied career in event technology by founding Tangerine Productions in the 1970s, where he provided mobile discotheques and touring lasers for Allied Breweries promoting Arctic Lite lager.

In 1985, Mark recognised the huge potential of the then relatively new laser technologies and joined Laser Grafix, which specialises in both live operated laser effects for international touring artists and live events, and pre-programmed laser displays for large productions, corporate events, and television. Here he took on the role of managing director and later became the sole shareholder.

During the 1990s, Brown was heavily involved with the design and development of a number of award-winning new products including the then revolutionary Starlaser, which toured with Sir Elton John and Deep Purple.

Over the years, he had the privilege of working on some of the world’s largest events with some of the world’s most recognisable stars, notably including the Brit Awards, the MTV Music Awards, Glastonbury, Coldplay, and Muse.

In 2000, with advice from a close friend and regional industry expert, Simon Ransom, Brown made the move to the United Arab Emirates, opening Laser Grafix (later renamed Laser FX) in Dubai. Following a successful three years of trading, and eager to provide a more varied service, he opened eclipse Staging Services, and consequently founded the eclipse Group of companies.

Since then, eclipse has grown into a leading technical production company in the GCC. Brown has grown the eclipse Group by both strategic acquisitions and by recognising gaps in the market that new divisions can service, with the purchase of Nocturnal communications and the setup of Flair SFX & Production (now Flair Event Services) in 2013.

In 2014, Brown and the Group began eclipse Venue Services, a division specifically dedicated to providing in-house technical services to the hotel and venue market.

Over the years, the company has been involved with some of the region’s largest events, including the launch of Atlantis, the Palm, Oman National Day, Kuwait's 50th National Day, the UAE's 40th National Day both in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. This is in addition to a host of high profile rock and roll concerts including Prince, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Andrea Bocelli, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Lady GAGA and The Eagles.

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