Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd. (High Wycombe Bucks, UK) appointed Digidesign, a division of Avid Technology, as exclusive distributor of the Focusrite product line in North America. Digidesign will distribute Focusrite hardware and software products for the United States, Canada and the Bahamas. Terms of the agreement will take effect January 1...Northridge, CA-based JBL Professional announced the appointment of Ken M. Blecher as director, contracting market development. Blecher is a graduate of the College for Recording Arts in San Francisco and previously headed up his own consulting and contracting business...Industry veteran Anthony Grimani introduced his new consulting firm, Performance Media Industries Ltd. (PMI), specializing in multichannel audio/video technology. The offices of PMI are located in Marin County, north of San Francisco...Symetrix, Inc. (Lynnwood, WA) announced the appointment of Chris Crump as national sales manager, broadcast. Crump formerly held positions with Euphonix and Spectral and spent many years in radio as a producer, production director and jock...Two Leitch Technology Corporation (Toronto, ONT) employees were elevated to Fellow in the Society for Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). Thomas M. Jordan, senior VP of strategic relations, and Michel Poulin, standards compliance manager, received the honors...Sound Physics Labs (Glenview, IL), the parent company of ServoDrive Inc., announced that Jack Alexander, the former North American technical representative for Martin Audio, accepted the position of worldwide sales manager. A longtime pro audio guru, Alexander founded Chicago Sound, and is currently running the live sound program at Columbia College, Chicago...San Mateo, CA-based Beatnik Inc., a leader in interactive audio technologies and content for the Web, announced the signing of a definitive agreement to merge with Mixman Technologies Inc., a provider of PC- and Mac-based consumer music creation products...Nelson Sound of Burbank, CA, a sound contracting, rental and live event supplier, recently added Patti Gunnell to its sales/service/engineering team. Gunnell previously worked for Guitar Center...RDL (Radio Design Labs) of Carpinteria, CA, announced the appointment of Sindi Schubert as the company's new international sales manager. Schubert's background includes an international sales manager position during her 18-year tenure with Atlas/Soundolier. The company also appointed John Gatts to the position of national sales manager... Dave Olivier was brought on board as sales and marketing manager for North America at Dreamhire (a division of Zomba Recording Corporation). He will be based at the NYC office...BGW Systems (Hawthorne, CA) announced the appointments of Joe DeMeo as sales manager of its rack accessories division, and Fred Mah as rack accessories design engineer. DeMeo will also continue in his position as audio sales manager...SoundTube Entertainment announced that the firm C.L. Pugh is its new Ohio sales rep, and that Reid Kimball was appointed purchasing and inventory manger. The company now offers 48-hour turnaround on speaker placement engineering and power requirements when a contractor provides floor plans or project parameters...Svetlana Electron Devices (Huntsville, AL) announced the appointment of PM Components Ltd. of the UK as its full-service distributor serving all of Europe...Swithcraft Inc. (Chicago) announced it has completed the acquisition of Conxall Corporation, a manufacturer of custom cable assemblies and connectors. Switchcraft also recently added Bi-Tronics Inc. to its roster of distributors.