Spot-light Systems Acquired by NEP Live Events Division

Spot-light Systems Acquired by NEP Live Events Division

Auckland, NZ


October 1, 2021

Big Picture New Zealand today announced the acquisition of Spot-light Systems by parent company NEP Group, the leading technology partner for content creators around the globe. Headquartered in Auckland, Spot-light Systems is a lighting production and design company servicing live events, corporate communications, and broadcast sectors with an outstanding reputation for smart delivery.

The deal strengthens NEP’s Live Events business in New Zealand by adding lighting assets and capabilities to Big Picture’s strong offering in the region.

Big Picture continues its success as the leading video solutions provider in the region, with its array of cutting-edge technology in camera systems, media servers, projection and LED displays, serving the live events, broadcast, corporate and virtual production sectors.

“By combining Spot-light Systems with Big Picture we are able to provide a comprehensive video and lighting solution for our clients” commented Joe Bonanno, CEO of Big Picture “This is the natural next step for Big Picture New Zealand”.

“We have had a long-standing relationship with Spot-light Systems, dating back ten years and often working on the same projects” Paul Carppe, General Manager of Big Picture New Zealand,

“Big Picture shares a similar culture and commitment to that of Spot-light Systems. This partnership will ensure both companies will evolve into the future with a broader client reach. Our aim is to continue to provide exceptional service to our customers and be at the forefront of live event and broadcast technology innovation,” said Benjimen Cooper, Founder of Spot-light Systems.

Simon Garrett broadens his role at Big Picture as Head of Broadcast and special events Lighting, supported by Matt Tong. Spot-light Systems will continue to operate as usual. Ben Cooper and Alex Oldham along with their core contractors will remain at Woodson Place. “Big Picture’s technology, resources and expertise complement Spot-light Systems and position us to better meet the needs of an evolving event landscape.” Simon commented.

To learn more about Big Picture’s range of video and lighting solutions, visit

About Spot-light Systems:
Established in 1985 by founder Ben Cooper to design, supply and install entertainment lighting systems. By the early 90s they had grown, catering for the ever-increasing needs of local and touring acts across a range of venues. In 2000 Spot-light acquired Selecon NZ’s hire division and expanded into the theatre market and music focused broadcast TV.

Positioned well for the 2007 Spark Arena opening, Spot-light grew organically to service the larger international shows and local NZ legs of the Australasian touring circuit.In excess of 800 international acts and productions have been supported by Spot-light and they remain the premier NZ supplier in this sector.

About Big Picture:
Since 1992, Big Picture has received global recognition for delivering unmatched technical production solutions to the live events industry. Acquired by NEP Group in 2018, Big Picture is the leading supplier of video production in the region. From concert touring to corporate communications, broadcast, music festivals, and special events, Big Picture is the number one provider of tailored solutions, equipment for hire, and technical expertise.

Big Picture leverages the world's best practices and specialised industry tools coupled with bespoke engineering for camera tracking solutions, remote connectivity, server hardware, display technologies, and production infrastructure.


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NEP Group is the leading technology partner for content creators around the globe. For more than 35 years, we have been delivering innovative products and services that enable our clients to make, manage and show the world their content—anywhere, anytime, on any platform. As a trusted partner working on some of the largest productions in the world, NEP offers a complete set of end-to-end solutions, from content capture to distribution—including a growing portfolio of transformational cloud-based, software-based and virtualized technologies. Our Live Production solutions range from AV services and live audience enhancements to traditional outside broadcast and cutting-edge centralized and cloud production. NEP’s Virtual Production solutions start at the creative stage and end with exceptional execution across ICVFX, augmented reality, LED stages and more. And, our Media Processing solutions provide the tools and products our clients need to ingest, edit, store, search, manage and distribute their digital assets to rights holders across multiple platforms.

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