General Manager – Americas
Sean Sheridan joined Brompton at the very beginning of 2018, on the first day of January, then as our Regional Technical Manager (Americas), becoming our first employee in the United States. It turned out to be a landmark year for Brompton with the release of the Tessera SX40 – the flagship 4K LED video processor that would meet the requirements of the world’s most spectacular, technically demanding live events.
The thrilling world of live events had been Sean’s playground in the 20 years prior to joining Brompton, and as he can tell you from his experience, it’s a sector where you never know what might be next. “That was the great thing about it. Every week was a different office, a different city in the world,” he reminisces. Sean even earned his sea legs in the industry, helping to launch the on-board entertainment of the first sea-bound Viking cruise ships.
Sean is a storehouse of technical and event experience but was also profoundly shaped by the work ethic at the Walt Disney Company where he got his start, adding, “It’s a kind of way of life – customer service above everything else.” So when Brompton entered the world stage more than a decade into his live events career, he not only noticed the technical ingenuity of the products, but something more: “I hadn’t had a ton of experience with it yet but I’d had a lot more exposure to competitor products and I recognised very quickly, as many people do, how different the way of Brompton is. Just a totally different product, very user friendly. It was actually enjoyable to work with!”
Becoming Brompton’s technical manager and employee number one in the Americas, Sean helped steer a course for the brand’s growth in the region, which would also take a fantastic trajectory into virtual production. Sean had originally been based in Orlando, but towards the end of 2019 proposed a cross-country relocation to California. As he explains, “There was quite a bit of activity in the live events sector there, but also some interesting developments in the film industry. At that point, the film side of things was just kicking off, and it made sense that it could be a very important market for us. Obviously, it surprised everybody just how important it became!”
Sean moved mid-pandemic, establishing a new base in Burbank, and helped build Brompton’s office here from the ground up. Since it officially opened its doors in 2021, the U.S. office has doubled in size and the team has been steadily growing – from an original team of one to seven and counting. The Burbank office has given Brompton a permanent home amid the film and TV industry, and a base from which to expand our team and reach across the U.S. As of the first of January 2023, Sean has been steering this growth in his new role as General Manager (Americas), focused on the business development side of things while also keeping an eye on the future to help shape our strategy going forward.
The virtual production sector is one area of focus for Sean, and as he points out, it’s still early days. He adds, “I think it’s ever evolving at this point. A couple of years from now, the landscape will look a lot different. Things are already looking quite different to where it was a couple of years ago. When it started to take off, everyone had large-scale shows like The Mandalorian as a reference point. That was a real blueprint to attempt to duplicate. Now, there’s some editing being done to that idea and approaching it a bit differently.”
Sean is a problem solver. He enjoys helping people and works closely with customers to assist them in determining what products and solutions they need. He still deals with technical queries, as he’s been an important point of contact in this realm for some time. But as general manager of a growing team, he’s working on how to share these functions and shape exciting roles for our people in the region.
Running an expanding U.S. office and navigating a full calendar of tradeshows keeps Sean quite busy. His valued downtime is spent at home with family and watching live music. He and his wife are big music fans and have been to shows and concerts all over the world. You’ll also frequently find them inside the cinema. Sean went to film school before his 20-year detour into live events, but his passion for film has never left him.