News Archive for February 2012

Le Mark’s ‘Local is Best’ Training Policy Produces a Rising Star

29/02/2012 - People News

The Le Mark Group have developed a ‘local is best’ policy, choosing to recruit from local schools when possible. Proving that the scheme is working, ex-St Ivo student Hannah Attfield (20) (pictured) has become an important part of Le Mark’s award-winning export department.

New Technology Showcase @ Central School of Speech and Drama

29/02/2012 - Event News

On Thursday February 9, 2nd year students from the Production Lighting and Lighting Design strands of the BA Theatre Practice at Central School of Speech and Drama hosted the New Technology Showcase for White Light in the Embassy Theatre.

Additions in Black alongside White by d&b at Prolight+Sound 2012

29/02/2012 - Event News

For d&b audiotechnik 2011 was not only the year they celebrated thirty years but also when their Black product range was joined by the brand new White range. From 21st to 24th March 2012 at the Messe Frankfurt in hall 8.0 stand J46 d&b will again be celebrating by giving centre stage to several new additions within their Black range of loudspeakers as well as highlighting the xS and xA-Series from their White range of integration cabinets.

DBN Supplies LED and Control Solution for Whitworth Art Gallery

29/02/2012 - Production News

Manchester based dbn Lighting has supplied a custom LED and control solution to the city's Whitworth Art Gallery which will run for three months as part of the "Cotton : Global Threads" exhibition – a compelling story about the production, consumption and global trade in cotton.

Time To Move On for Paul Carrack with Yamaha M7CLs

29/02/2012 - Production News

After using two rented Yamaha M7CL digital mixing consoles on a trio of highly successful concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra last year, British songwriter extraordinaire Paul Carrack was so impressed that he and his production team felt it was Time To Move On from their existing analogue sound rig. They went straight out and purchased a pair.

Billy Elliot Takes To The Road - With FocusTrack and SpotTrack (Again!)

29/02/2012 - Production News

FocusTrack, the production lighting documentation system, and SpotTrack, its companion program for recording followspot cues, have had a long involvement with the hit musical Billy Elliot in London, Australia, New York and on tour around the USA. Now that involvement is continuing with the new, faster-moving US ‘tour 3’ of the show.

Ashly Audio Admitted to West Point

29/02/2012 - Project News

The United States Military Academy Prep School (USMAPS) provides critical academic training to promising students who aspire to be admitted to the US Army's prestigious West Point Military Academy. Although the core institution of USMAPS has been around for nearly a century at various locations throughout the country, only recently did it commit to new construction in the town of West Point, New York, adjacent to the military academy. A multi-purpose lecture hall/auditorium is the largest room in the new building (excepting sports-related facilities) and seats approximately 325 students. USMAPS hired New York-based Pro Sound Associates to integrate the room's audio and video components, many of which were already purchased. Company owner Dominick Campana relied on an Ashly ne24.24M modular processor to tie the disparate pieces together in a way that would be reliable and easy for the school's staff to operate.

Artistic Licence Integration Celebrates New Website

28/02/2012 - Business News

Artistic Licence Integration, the projects division of Wayne Howell’s industry-leading Artistic Licence brand, announces its exciting new web presence. The site, at, emphasises the company’s technical and project management expertise, while also serving as an invaluable information resource for anyone involved in the lighting industry.

Chaos at London Fashion Week

28/02/2012 - Production News

Chaos Visual Productions worked with the fashion glitterati, providing the LED screens and catwalk projection and effects for this year’s London Fashion Week, and London Fashion Weekend, at Somerset House.

White Light at Arc Show 2012

28/02/2012 - Event News

Entertainment lighting specialist White Light is appearing at the Arc Show this week in London’s Business Design centre on Wednesday 29th February and Thursday 1st March.

APG Equips Clore Studio at London’s Royal Opera House

28/02/2012 - Project News

The Clore Studio Upstairs is, as the name suggests, upstairs at the Royal Opera House. This versatile venue is used as both a ballet rehearsal studio and as a performance space in its own right with its own programme of workshops, events and small-scale performances for audiences of up to 200. It offers a 'laboratory' environment in which independent artists, small-scale companies and Opera House personnel can experiment and collaborate. An APG MX1 sound system has recently been installed by APG’s UK sales partner, Red Square Audio.

Martin Exterior 400 Image Projector - For Dynamic Visual Impact

28/02/2012 - Equipment News

The Exterior 400 Image Projector from Martin Professional is the only fully-weatherproofed LED image projector with over 7000 lumens of power that can effectively integrate dynamic logos, textures and other graphics into outdoor lighting designs for greater visual impact.

Last Few Places Remaining on Stage Pyrotechnics Course at Backstage Academy

28/02/2012 - Standards News

Backstage Academy has announced the last few remaining places on its Stage Pyrotechnics course on Monday 5th March.

Large Robe Lighting Rig for the Voice of Germany

28/02/2012 - Production News

Over 200 Robe moving lights were used by lighting designer Manuel da Costa on the first hugely successful series of the Voice of Germany (VOG) reality talent competition, recorded at Studio Berlin and produced by Schwartzkopff TV.

English Braids at PLASA Focus

28/02/2012 - Event News

PLASA Focus will see English Braids of Malvern exhibit for the first time. On show will be its range of rope that have been manufactured for the theatre, film and entertainment world for over 40 years.

Allen & Heath to Showcase New Products at ProLight + Sound

28/02/2012 - Event News

British pro audio mixer manufacturer, Allen & Heath, will be unveiling a new ZED mixer at ProLight + Sound, Frankfurt, as well as showcasing the new GLD digital mixing system, and other recent additions to the ZED and Xone ranges.

First Night Riders Bring theatre Staff Out of the Wings and into the Wind

28/02/2012 - Event News

On Friday 22nd June a group of intrepid motorbike riders hailing from all sectors of the entertainment technology industry will set off from the Royal Albert Hall in London for a four-day open-air tour of England’s green and pleasant A-Roads.

Push The Button Installs ETC Dimming and Control System at Royal Court Theatre

28/02/2012 - Project News

Newly launched entertainment technology installation company Push the Button Ltd has installed a new ETC dimming and control system into London’s famous Royal Court Theatre, with no disruption to the venues busy programme of shows and events.

Winter Be Gone: White Light Helps Bring Sunlight to London

28/02/2012 - Production News

At 6.51am on Monday, January 23rd an artificial sun rose over Trafalgar Square in London - an hour before the first appearance of the real sun. Then once the real sun set at 4.33pm, the artificial one kept going for another three hours - giving Londoners a total of four extra hours of sunlight on the day that psychiatrists describe as “blue Monday.”

Black Light Bucks the Trend and Expands its Premises by 50%

28/02/2012 - Business News

Black Light has announced that it has significantly expanded the storage and warehouse capacity at its West Shore headquarters in Edinburgh by 50%. This move will allow the company to enhance its hire and sales stock and will boost its capacity to serve its customers.

Entec Struts its Stuff at London Fashion Week

27/02/2012 - Production News

Leading UK lighting and sound rental company Entec supplied lighting production for three high profile shows at London Fashion Week: Paul Smith, Mulberry and Moschino. A projection system and media server was also provided for Paul Smith, and all three projects were once again managed for Entec by Adam Stevenson.

Kenkaato Produces Several Event Firsts in Doha

27/02/2012 - Production News

Dubai based event production company Kenkaato has produced the first ever live public music event to be staged in the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Park in Doha, Qatar.

Orlando’s Green Hill Church Upgrades with L-Acoustics Kiva

27/02/2012 - Project News

Green Hill Church, a Korean-language Presbyterian house of worship in Orlando, has upgraded its sanctuary sound reinforcement system with the installation of an L-Acoustics Kiva system. Laservision World of Los Angeles performed the system design and installation.

Alcons Audio Enjoys a Successful ISE 2012 in All Dimensions

27/02/2012 - Event News

As well as attracting the highest number of exhibitors and visitors in the event’s nine year history, ISE2012 gave Alcons Audio the opportunity to again demonstrate how its cutting edge, pro-ribbon audio technology is bringing an ever-more lifelike experience to 3D cinema.

dBTechnologies Announces Further Innovations at Frankfurt

27/02/2012 - Event News

Italian loudspeaker manufacturer dBTechnologies looks forward to unveiling a wide selection of new products at this year's Pro Light & Sound exhibition, welcoming visitors to its now established 780sqm booth space in Hall 8, G70 shared with cousin brand RCF.

AKG DMS70 Digital Wireless Systems Ship in the UK

27/02/2012 - Equipment News

AKG and UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd have announced UK shipping of the latest in digital wireless technology, the AKG DMS70, a true uncompressed digital wireless system. The DMS70 operates with 24bit 48 kHz transmission to ensure top-quality, full range 20Hz-20kHz audio. It operates in the 2.4GHz ISM band - a worldwide license-free frequency band.

Gerriets at ISE 2012 Amsterdam

27/02/2012 - Event News

In January Gerriets exhibited at ISE for the fifth time. This year the focus of their booth was projection screens and large-scale solutions for motorized roller screens. In addition to the established Gerriets product line encompassing 20 diverse types of projection screens, they also presented an exciting new addition: Optiblack, the nearly black front-and-rear projection screen that has exceptional soft-edge blending features. Gerriets joined forces with the Zurich company Softedge, specialists in complex projection solutions, to create an impressive display with a curved panoramic projection made of Optiblack. Many visitors were also intrigued by the continuous demos of Tube (12 m) and Megascreen (28 m) large-screen wall systems featuring top- or bottom rollers operated with virtually silent motors.

Gerriets Transform Jane's Carousel at Brooklyn Bridge

27/02/2012 - Project News

A beautiful historic carousel has since last fall been part of Brooklyn Bridge Park, the new waterfront park between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. The 1922 carousel was salvaged from a closed-down amusement park by Jane Walentas, who spent years lovingly restoring the 48 intricately carved and painted wooden horses. Ms. Walentas and her husband, developer David Walentas, commissioned the renowned architect Jean Nouvel to design a transparent pavilion to protect the carousel and allow it to operate all year round.

Gerriets Conducts Technical Information Session in South Africa

27/02/2012 - Event News

On 20th January, Gerriets offered its second "Technical Presentation on the Latest Overseas Entertainment Technology" in Johannesburg, South Africa. Organized by their South African distributor, Gerriets South Africa /AVL Distribution, the session was held at Radio Park within the Auckland Park headquarters campus of the SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation). SABC Radio Park was a perfect venue for this event, as it is equipped with Gerriets curtains, track systems, and roller screens that were installed in late 2010.

XL Video for The Brits 2012

27/02/2012 - Production News

XL Video provided video production – including LED screens, projection system, PPU and cameras for the 2012 Brit Awards, staged for the second year running at London’s O2 Arena.

The Final Qountdown: grandMA2 raved into 2012

27/02/2012 - Production News

“The Final “Qountdown” ended 2011 for the Trance and Techno scene in the Netherlands. Taking place in Amsterdam’s Heineken Music Hall the event, it was organised by Q-Dance. Lighting designer Tamil van Draanen was keen on giving this event, the last version of a series of Qountdowns, a special mood. Using a grandMA2 full-size and a grandMA2 light as backup gave him the assurance needed to accomplish his mission.

Data Network Cabling System Offers High Flexibility for Theatre Backstage Applications

27/02/2012 - Equipment News

Harting’s new Ha-VIS preLink interconnection system offers a new installation concept for data network cabling according to ISO/IEC 1180.1, and is ideally suited to heavy-duty applications in theatre backstage and upstage areas.

Innovason Eclipse revitalizes Le Camji

27/02/2012 - Production News

Le Camji is a dedicated performance space that includes a 320-seat auditorium right in the centre of the bustling city of Niort in western France. First opened in the year 2000, Camji’s mission is to support cultural diversity through the medium of contemporary music in general and amplified modern music in particular. The organization therefore plays an active role in supporting local talent and introducing young performers to modern technology, as well as hosting concerts from well-known and established artists. When the time came to upgrade their audio facilities, Le Camji turned to Poitiers-based systems integrators, Agora Audio, who specified and installed a full digital solution based on a EtherSound network throughout and an Eclipse GT digital console from Innovason.

Meyer Sound Constellation Makes Practice Perfect at Valley Christian Schools in California

27/02/2012 - Project News

Students at Valley Christian Schools' Conservatory of the Arts in San Jose, Calif. are honing their musical skills in a high-tech rehearsal and performance facility unlike any other in the country. Completed in late 2011, the new Conservatory building incorporates a multipurpose rehearsal hall that can be used as one large room or divided into two smaller spaces. In any of the three space configurations, the acoustical characteristics can be instantly optimized for music style and ensemble size using the permanently installed Meyer Sound Constellation acoustic system.

Lenny Kravitz Tours with Expanded & Mirrored DiGiCo SD7 and SD11 Audio Rigs

27/02/2012 - Production News

After a nearly five year hiatus - and eight gold and platinum albums of retro soul and rock & roll  - Lenny Kravitz takes to the global highway with an eight-piece backing band in support of his latest and ninth studio album, Black and White America. Taking musical cues from the past while looking forward in true Kravitz style, he pulls together a wide range of musical and cultural influences.

Cornucopia of Innovations from LOBO

27/02/2012 - Event News

Just in time for the Prolight + Sound, LOBO presents some important innovations which complete its comprehensive product portfolio. With the expansion of the extremely successful sparks series, a completely new projector for small- and medium-sized applications and an all-new version of its Modula controllers, the southern German laser specialist now provides an impressive product lineup, featuring two technically pioneering product lines of both, professional laser projectors and advanced controllers.

Robert Juliat Lights Norway’s Latest Venue, Kilden Performing Arts Centre

24/02/2012 - Project News

Robert Juliat profiles, Fresnels and followspots have been supplied in quantity by AVAB CAC to the newly opened Kilden Performing Arts Centre in Kristiansand, Norway.

Launch of Mobile Acoustic Performance Shell

24/02/2012 - Equipment News

The world’s first mobile acoustic performance shell will be unveiled at a special VIP event at London Docklands this month.

L-Acoustics KARA/KIVA system for 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games

24/02/2012 - Production News

Austrian full service provider Light and Sound has provided an L-Acoustics KARA/KIVA WST line source system for the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck.

SAGA on tour with Electro-Voice

24/02/2012 - Production News

The neo-progressive rock group SAGA was at the height of its popularity in the Eighties, and it seemed when front man Michael Sadler quit the band four years ago that another great Canadian institution had come to an end. But now Sadler's back, and success has returned with him; SAGA has just completed an extensive European tour received enthusiastically by fans and critics alike.

Electrosonic Announces Promotion of Rob Smith to Sales Manager of Cultural Entertainment and Leisure

24/02/2012 - People News

Electrosonic has announced the promotion of Rob Smith (pictured) to sales manager of the Cultural Entertainment and Leisure (CEL) business for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Smith joined Electrosonic in 2010 as client account manager for the CEL team, acting as the single point of contact for clients. His ability to continuously exceed expectations has led to his current promotion from account manager to sales manager.

Students Urged to Push the Boundaries in Design for Performance

24/02/2012 - Standards News

Acclaimed site-specific performance maker and costume designer Louise Ann Wilson has been passing on her expert knowledge to Edge Hill University students. The renowned scenographer, artist and lecturer has been working with third year undergraduates on the Design for Performance degree programme for their Costume Design module.

New Bose Amplifiers for Single-zone and Expandable Applications

24/02/2012 - Equipment News

Bose Professional Systems Division has introduced its latest FreeSpace products: the FreeSpace IZA 250-LZ/190-HZ integrated zone amplifiers, and the FreeSpace ZA 250-LZ/190-HZ zone amplifiers. Each is easy to install and use, and offers greater flexibility and configurability for creating premium sound solutions for retail stores, schools, hotels, restaurants, and houses of worship.

Sinus Honours Outstanding Systems Integration Projects during Prolight + Sound

24/02/2012 - Event News

The ‘Sinus – Systems Integration Award’ will be presented during the Prolight + Sound trade fair in Frankfurt am Main from 21 to 24 March 2012. Sinus is given for the extraordinary and creative use of integration and media technology. The award-winning projects are chosen from the fields of museums, education or ‘edutainment’ facilities, event facilities and entertainment. This year’s Sinus goes to the companies involved in planning and equipping ‘Parlamentarium’ the European Parliament visitor centre. The presentation will take place during Prolight + Sound 2012, in Hall 6.0 at 18.30 hrs on 21 March.

Live Experience: MA onPC Command Wing Shipped to MA distributors

24/02/2012 - Equipment News

After its first presentation to the MA Lighting global distributor network, the MA onPC command wing received much praise and was eagerly anticipated. Now MA Lighting has started shipping this new tool to its distributors for demonstration purposes. All interested parties can now experience the MA onPC command wing live at their local MA distributor. A list of all distributors can be found on the MA lighting website.

Gearhouse Wins international Award

24/02/2012 - Event News

Gearhouse SA was once again awarded the accolade of Favourite International Production Company at the TPi Awards, an awards evening considered by many as the premier event for the live production industry. The event acknowledges and rewards the achievements of the most talented and successful individuals and service companies working within the industry and attracts over 1,100 people from all areas of the live music business.

Ashly Audio KLR Series Amplifiers Contribute to Green Design at Hilton

24/02/2012 - Project News

When the Hilton Concord undertook a multi-million dollar plan to renovate its thirty year-old property, it wanted to do more than merely spruce up the amenities. The popular hotel, which occupies prime real estate on the East Bay of San Francisco, wanted to increase the environmental sustainability of its operations. The overhaul included the use of recycled carpet, LED lighting, low-VOC paints, and a new, super-efficient HVAC system. Even the sound reinforcement system in the building's flexible ballroom and meeting space contributes to the hotel's much smaller carbon footprint. Local AV integrator JK Sound, Inc. designed the new sound reinforcement system around Ashly Audio's new KLR Series amplifiers, which deliver tremendous output efficiency while still maintaining high fidelity, bulletproof reliability, and affordability.

LarMac LIVE Moves and Expands

24/02/2012 - Business News

Live event production and design practice LarMac LIVE has relocated to bigger, better and brighter premises in central London. The move reflects a buoyant 2011 and looks forward to a busy 2012, with several major events already confirmed for the company, known for its fresh and innovative approach to live production and event design.

Television Set for Million’s Poet 5 Highlights Advancements in Stage Fabrics

23/02/2012 - Production News

Innovation in stage fabrics, laser cut finishing, and High Output LEDS for cyclorama diffused lighting effects along with the technique of custom bending steel framing for set decoration is offering major improvements for the industry in build-up time, weight of set pieces, safety, and special effects. Substituting traditional installations with lightweight fabrics and energy efficient LED lighting that only requires a small distance between the light source and diffusion cloth for cyclorama lighting effects on stage opens up a new world of possibilities for event and stage design.

TC Group International and Blue Microphones Announce Joint Decision to End Distribution Agreement

23/02/2012 - Business News

TC Group International, part of TC Group, has announced a mutual decision along with Blue Microphones, to cease their distribution partnership. TC Group International will remain the distributor of Blue Microphones in the MI and Professional Audio sales channel until March 31, 2012. Over the coming months, Blue Microphones will transition away from distribution through TC Group International by partnering with European distributors on a country-by-country basis.

Crestron Appoints New Commercial Account Manager

23/02/2012 - People News

Crestron has invested heavily in its business development recently with a strong unveiling of new product lines and an influx of new talent to the company. This pattern is set continue with the latest appointment of Matthew Buck to the position of commercial account manager. Matthew will be responsible for bringing new members into the Crestron family as well as maintaining good links with existing clients.

J&C Joel helped set the scene for the 2012 TPI Awards

23/02/2012 - Event News

As one of the live production and event industry’s main suppliers of flame retardant fabrics, drapery and rigging equipment, J&C Joel manufactured and installed nine bespoke fabric swags for the recent 2012 TPI Awards ceremony.

grandMA2 joins Australia Day

23/02/2012 - Production News

Celebrated annually on 26th January Australia Day (previously known as Anniversary Day, Foundation Day, and ANA Day) is the official national day of Australia. The date commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788 and the proclamation at that time of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of New Holland. Community festivals, concerts and citizenship ceremonies accompany the day in large and small communities and cities around the nation. A special event is always the celebrations in Sydney – like this year in the town’s Darling Harbour.

Oliver Marns Brings Law and Order to J&C Joel

23/02/2012 - People News

The law has come to J&C Joel in the form of qualified solicitor Oliver Marns (pictured), who has joined the company as sales office manager.

Charcoalblue to Reveal Secrets of Newcastle’s Theatre Royal’s at PLASA Focus

22/02/2012 - Event News

Experts behind the triumphant restoration of Newcastle's Theatre Royal will disclose the secrets of the project’s success at PLASA Focus, Leeds on Tuesday 17th April. The seminar, which kicks off at 1pm in the Bury Theatre, forms part of the new PLASA Focus Professional Development Programme. It will see Jon Woodley of Charcoalblue Theatre Consultants heading up an expert panel comprising: Peter Hall from Sansome Hall Architects, Theatresearch's David Wilmore and Mark Priestley from Unusual Rigging.

iLive Manages over 100 Performances at the 02 Sessions

22/02/2012 - Production News

iLive was selected to manage a three week run of performances held at The 02 in London, featuring over 100 bands, including The Feeling, Irwin Sparkes (Hoosiers frontman), and up-and-coming UK artists Nicki Garnett, Belakiss, Laura Steel, and Treetop Flyers.

The Knight of Illumination Awards 2012 is Open for Nominations

22/02/2012 - Event News

The fifth Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI) 2012 is open for nominations and industry professionals from all sectors are invited to get involved.

TechnoPro Take Wise Decision

22/02/2012 - Production News

The 2011 WISE Summit with the theme of ‘Changing Societies, Changing Education’ was held recently in Qatar National Convention Center in Doha. 

Martin Audio Increases Stranglehold on Holland's Leading Live Music Venues

22/02/2012 - Project News

Martin Audio has taken a further stranglehold in equipping premium concert venues in the Amsterdam region, in partnership with their Dutch distributors, TM Audio.

HSL Acquires Massive New Warehouse Facility

22/02/2012 - Business News

HSL has acquired a new 240,000 square foot warehouse and office premises very close to their current HQ in Blackburn, Lancashire. This will quadruple the current space and is currently being prepared to be fully operational by summer 2012.

Elit Deploys L-Acoustics Systems across Istanbul

22/02/2012 - Project News

L-Acoustics' Turkish distributor, Elit Light&Sound Technologies, reports a spate of recent installations and projects in Istanbul using L-Acoustics systems.

Stage Management Conference Calls for Urgent Review of Stage Management Job Titles

22/02/2012 - Event News

"There has always been an assumption that stage managers start as assistant stage managers, move on to deputy stage managers and eventually become stage managers," explains Barbara Eifler, outgoing executive director of the Stage Management Association, organisers of the recent Stage Management Conference held in London. "However, the job descriptions are very different – a great DSM does not necessarily make a great stage manager, and, on the other hand, dedicated ‘Career DSMs’ and their experience are of great value to producers of hugely complicated and potentially technically dangerous shows in the West End – they shouldn’t feel they have to, or are expected to, move on to become stage managers."

Dirty Rigger's a sell-out at CUE 2012

22/02/2012 - Event News

With over 5,000 visitors, the 13th edition of the Cue Exhibition in Rotterdam was a huge success for Le Mark Group and their Dirty Rigger range. Supporting RL Sales, one of Le Mark's leading distributors in The Netherlands, the show hosted RL Sales' expansion of Le Mark stocked products.

Brilliant Stages for Rammstein Made in Germany 1995 – 2011 Tour

22/02/2012 - Production News

Award-winning set fabrication company, Brilliant Stages, which was recently voted Staging Company of the Year at the Event Production Awards and Favourite Set Construction Company at the TPi Awards, has designed and fabricated four main staging elements for Rammstein’s Made In Germany 1995 – 2011 tour, the re-vamped second leg of which is currently touring Europe.

Tannoy, Lab.gruppen and Lake look ahead to PL&S 2012

22/02/2012 - Event News

Once again, pro-audio partners Tannoy, Lab.gruppen and Lake will be exhibiting at Prolight & Sound in Frankfurt, taking place at the Frankfurt Messe between 21st - 24th March.

VWV Invests in Robe MMXs - and Helps Save the Rhinos

22/02/2012 - Production News

Johannesburg-based VWV, One of South Africa’s leading production companies - responsible for the spectacular closing ceremony of the 2010 Soccer World Cup amongst many other events - has invested in Robe’s new ROBIN MMX Spot moving light fixtures.

W-DMX at Natal Luz Gramado

22/02/2012 - Production News

W-DMX by Wireless Solution Sweden AB recently helped bring a holiday shower of lights to the Natal Luz Gramado Festival in Brazil. Billed as the biggest Christmas party in the country, Natal Luz saw an audience of approximately 1.4 million people. The season lasted 74 days and the result exceeded the perspective of the organisation.

wysiwyg Tours with Roxette

22/02/2012 - Production News

wysiwyg, the award-winning previsualisation suite from CAST Software of Toronto, Canada is on the current world tour of the superstar band Roxette. The Swedish band, headed by Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle, was formed in the late '80s and are known for their international hits, including "The Look", "Listen To Your Heart", "Joyride" and the classic love ballad "It Must Have Been Love", which was featured on the soundtrack "Pretty Woman" and sold 9 million copies. The group has had 33 chart-busting singles and total record sales exceeding 75 million.

POLARaudio Grow AV Sales Team with New Appointment

22/02/2012 - People News

In the latest phase of its growth strategy, leading UK distributor POLARaudio has announced the appointment of Stuart Leader (pictured) as business development manager for the AV and integration markets.

Indian Megastar Performs In Dubai with Outline Butterfly

21/02/2012 - Production News

Whilst not perhaps immediately familiar to Western audiences, the name AR Rahman could hardly be better known in his native India. In fact, with total sales in excess of 300 million units, the Indian composer, singer-songwriter, record producer, musician, multi-instrumentalist and philanthropist is one of the world's best-selling artists. A prolific writer of film scores (including 'Slumdog Millionaire' and '127 Hours'), he is noted for his integration of eastern classical music with electronic music sounds, world music genres and traditional orchestral arrangements. The two-time Academy Award winner is also a member of Mick Jagger's new band Superheavy.

Ed Gamble Joins Northern Light

21/02/2012 - People News

After an extremely busy and successful 2011 – and looking ahead to an even busier 2012 – Northern Light has made a key appointment to complement the company’s business growth strategy.

HHB Communications Releases Biggest Ever Annual Catalogue

21/02/2012 - Business News

Broadcast and pro audio technology specialists HHB Communications has announced the release of the HHB 2012 Catalogue, its biggest ever annual catalogue with information on over 2,000 professional audio products and editorial features from industry leading experts.

Community Seeks EN54-24 Compliance for R-Series Loudspeakers

21/02/2012 - Equipment News

Large venues of every kind need intelligible voice evacuation and mass notification capabilities, yet many typical fire-alarm voice-evacuation systems provide neither the voice intelligibility nor the sound levels (volume) needed to effectively communicate with very large numbers of people over the ambient levels of a real-life emergency situation.

Dirty Rigger Announce Distribution Deal with Canada's Largest Production Supplier

21/02/2012 - Business News

Canada's oldest and largest provider of professional production equipment and expertise, William F White International Inc. have become official distributors for the full Dirty Rigger gloves and accessories range.

Jands Unveil the Vista L5 – The Ultimate Platform for the Creative Mind

21/02/2012 - Equipment News

Jands has announced the launch of their new flagship media and lighting control console - the Vista L5. As the latest addition to the revolutionary Jands Vista range, the L5 console has been designed by listening to the creative people who deliver some of the most stunning shows worldwide, every day.

Broadway's Master Class Makes a Rapid Transfer to the West End

21/02/2012 - Production News

The Tony Award-winning play Master Class by Terrence McNally has just transferred from Broadway to the West End for a short run at the Vaudeville Theatre. Sound design is by the veteran Jon Gottlieb, who flew into London at short notice to recreate his Broadway design, working with local associate sound designer Crispian Covell and Orbital Sound, ahead of the official opening on 7th February.

SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards go with grandMA2

21/02/2012 - Production News

There was a mixture of excitement and nerves when Black Coffee were awarded technical supplier for the Fourth SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards held at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC). Lighting designer Michael Broderick cautiously stepped in behind the grandMA2 light console, his first time lighting for television. Before being awarded the job, Brandon Bunyan from Black Coffee gave Michael Broderick a call. "What do you know about television lighting," he asked Broderick. "Nothing, but I'm keen to give it a try," came the answer. "Brandon designed a really cool set," explained Broderick.

JTE's Low-Pro Pre-Rigged Moving Light Truss on tour with Snow Patrol

21/02/2012 - Equipment News

JTE's new innovative Low-Prow pre-rigged moving light truss is currently on tour with Snow Patrol supplied by HSL.

ETC to Unveil Source Four LED at Prolight + Sound

21/02/2012 - Event News

The world's most popular range of profile spotlights just got bigger. ETC's Source Four started with the HPL lamp, then HID was added to the line. And now there's the ETC Source Four LED, bringing brilliant colours, low heat and even more energy-saving efficiency.

Smoke Factory at PLASA Focus

20/02/2012 - Event News

Smoke Factory UK is launching its new range of LED Fixtures at PLASA Focus where the company is exhibiting for the first time. Alongside the new Kandolite LED range will be the full range of Smoke Factory haze and fog machines.

Black Light’s Installation Department Gets New Manager

20/02/2012 - People News

Black Light has announced that Craig Collin has taken over as its installation and project estimator. Craig brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to the job and aims to build on the already excellent reputation of the department.

Pollstar Awards Hollywood Bowl and Coachella Festival … Again!

20/02/2012 - Event News

L-Acoustics congratulates both the Hollywood Bowl and Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival for taking top honors in the 23rd annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards ceremony held on Friday, 2nd February at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Both the Hollywood Bowl and Coachella Festival are known for their longtime use of L-Acoustics loudspeakers.

Milos Launches New Website

20/02/2012 - Business News

Leading European trussing manufacturer Milos has announced the launch of a brand new corporate website:

XL Video Keeps Cool with Snow Patrol

20/02/2012 - Production News

XL Video is again supplying all video technical production including LED screen, cameras, media servers and control, to Snow Patrol’s Fallen Empires world tour, the first leg of which kicked off in the UK.

Coda Audio Appoints Gasoline Media as PR agency

20/02/2012 - Business News

German loudspeaker designer and manufacturer Coda Audio has appointed Gasoline Media to handle its PR account.

Danish Singer is Mads for DiGiCo

20/02/2012 - Production News

With his first major label release Behold, Danish singer-songwriter Mads Langer is now breaking through as an international artist. Bringing his guitar-based ballads to a wider audience, DiGiCo SD11 consoles and Neumann digital microphones were a feature of Langer’s end-of-year European tour.

Announcing PLASA Focus: Nashville 2012

20/02/2012 - Event News

PLASA Events has announced its second regional event in North America, PLASA Focus: Nashville 2012, to be held July 11-12, 2012 at the Municipal Auditorium, in Nashville, TN.

Void Launches the Incubus Club System

20/02/2012 - Event News

Void Acoustics is launching a new sound system at Prolight + Sound 2012, Hall 8.0, Stand A56.

Avolites Media’s Prolight + Sound Début

20/02/2012 - Event News

The Avolites Group takes to the road for Prolight+Sound, 2012’s first international trade fair for the events technology sector, with their German partner Trendco in Hall 11, on stand D50 and C50. Between 21st – 24th March, Avolites Media Ltd. will exhibit its new Ai Media Server in tandem with Avolites Ltd’s Sapphire Touch and Titan Mobile lighting control consoles.

Nexo Débuts New Concept for Touring and Live Events

20/02/2012 - Event News

This year’s ProLight+Sound Expo sees a bumper crop of new product introductions for Nexo, covering all aspects of sound reinforcement – networking, amplification and system processing, and, most importantly, the first sighting of Nexo’s STM Series of high-specification loudspeaker cabinets.

PLM 20000Q Makes its First Appearance at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival

20/02/2012 - Production News

For nearly two decades, the organisers of the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival have been attracting world music fans to Boonville, California for an event that emphasises community, social and environmental responsibility and the unifying power of music. While they’ve always held the conviction that music has the power to move mountains, this year, with their main FOH powered exclusively by Lab.gruppen PLM 20000Q amplifiers, they came a fair bit closer to being able to do so literally.

Flexibility Guaranteed: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts votes for grandMA2

20/02/2012 - Project News

A pair of grandMA2 lighting consoles was recently installed by Miami Stagecraft at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts - one for the John S. and one for the James L. Knight Concert Hall. Miami Stagecraft also upgraded the hall’s entire network to 1Gbit to promote fast, high-speed response time.

ADLIB Panics at the Disco Again at Nine in The Afternoon

20/02/2012 - Production News

Renewing its great working relationship with US pop rock duo Panic At The Disco which stretches back to 2006, Liverpool based ADLIB Solutions supplied lighting and sound packages for the band’s recent UK tour, including full production for the Manchester Apollo and Brixton Academy shows.

Audinate’s Dante Wins Three Readers Choice Awards

20/02/2012 - Event News

For the second year in a row, Audinate’s patented Dante digital media networking technology has been recognised by the readers of Live Sound International magazine and as best Networking Technology with their Dante-MY16-AUD.

Meyer Sound Power and Reliability Add to Success Formula for Five Condesa Nightclubs in Mexico City

20/02/2012 - Project News

Mexico City’s Condesa neighbourhood is the centre of nightlife for the area’s upwardly mobile residents, much like New York’s East Village or London’s Notting Hill Gate. Over the past six years, Condesa’s music tastemakers and club-goers have flocked to a cluster of five chic nightspots where Meyer Sound loudspeaker systems have proven a key ingredient in a successful formula. Completed in 2005, the AM club was the first to install Meyer Sound products and has recently added MM-4XP miniature self-powered loudspeakers and a UMS-1P subwoofer as part of a remodelling project.

J. R. Clancy Announces New Sales Manager

17/02/2012 - People News

J. R. Clancy, Inc., has announced the return of Andrew J. McArthur to the company in the position of sales manager.

coolux and UTRAM unleash the power of 4K Display Technology

17/02/2012 - Event News

coolux GmbH, creators of the award winning Pandoras Box product family, teamed up with UTRAM at this year’s ISE trade fair in Amsterdam to demonstrate the stunning quality of professional 4K playback.

High End Systems Debuts New Products and Offers Factory Tours at PLASA Focus Austin

17/02/2012 - Event News

Digital and Automated lighting pioneer High End Systems has announced that it will be showcasing a broad spectrum of product offerings at the 2012 PLASA Focus Austin tradeshow held February 22-23, 2012 in Austin, Texas. This yearâs event will serve are the launch pad for several new lighting products designed to enhance live events with creative lighting solutions. In addition, show attendees will have the opportunity to visit the High End Systems factory to see products as they are manufactured.

Free Registration for ABTT 2012 Theatre Show Opens Online

17/02/2012 - Event News

Visitors to the ABTT 2012 Theatre Show can now register for free entrance to the UK's leading event for theatre technology. With the show moving to its new home at the Old Truman Brewery, 13 and 14 June, visitors will be able to take stock of the latest developments, attend seminars and network with colleagues, all under one roof. The Association of British Theatre Technicians' new show website (see below) is now live and the ABTT 2012 Theatre Show is open for business with visitors encouraged to register as soon as possible. A slightly tongue in cheek show director Roger Fox explained: It's a simple process. When you visit our new web site you just move your mouse to pull the beer pump marked 'visitor registration'. Then click on the empty pint glass, fill in your details and you are registered." Website graphic designer Mark Harrison took inspiration from the venue's beer legacy as the theme for show's iconic website and advertising design. As he explained: "When I visited the venue, its proximity to Brick Lane, the reference to beer together with Truman's historic eagle emblem provided the style inspiration for this yearâs show." The newly launched website also includes details of the venue, how to get there, local amenities and news. Visitors can also keep up to date of developments on Facebook and Twitter and add their voice by comments on the blog. The site will be evolving on a daily basis as plans progress, more exhibitor bookings are confirmed and new product information is released. Isobel Hatton, who handles all exhibitor bookings said: "We have had an overwhelming response this year, and are confirming bookings at such a rate that I am telling some potential exhibitors that if they donât book now, it might be too late." Although the Old Truman Brewery offers the same exhibition floor area as all three halls at the previous venue combined, there isn't much extra space this year for new exhibitors, and there have been many enquiries from first time exhibitors. Roger Fox explained: "We are just on the ground floor for 2012, but if needed in future years, the space can easily open up into the exhibition floors above and below, so this could well be a home for the Theatre Show for many years to come."

Rope and Rigging Ltd. get their hands on Dirty Rigger

17/02/2012 - Business News

Retford-based rigging accessory supplier Rope and Rigging Ltd is the latest addition to the Dirty Rigger retail team in the UK. Currently stocking the full Leather Grip range they have plans to offer the entire range on their new website and in store later in the year.

MDG Becomes Anolis Distribution Partner for Canadian Market

17/02/2012 - Business News

The second valuable agreement of 2012 has taken place for MDG which has been appointed Canadian distribution partner for the entire Anolis range of energy-saving architectural lighting products.

Flying high in Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Electro-Voice XLC at the 60th Vierschanzentournee

17/02/2012 - Production News

What the four Grand Slam tournaments are to tennis, and the four Majors to golf, the Four Hills Tournament is to ski jumping. The four legs (Oberstdorf, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Innsbruck and Bischofshofen) of the Vierschanzentournee, as it's known in the vernacular, are the competitions that are the most keenly contested, the most widely watched, and in which victory carries the most prestige. Such has long been the case. In fact, this winter's was the sixtieth edition of the tournament, so the level of interest among spectators and in the media was especially high.

Martin Makes Available New Vectorworks Spotlight Symbols

17/02/2012 - Equipment News

Martin Professional product developer Simon Allan has put together an updated library of Vectorworks lighting instrument symbols and has made them freely available for users to download.

One Week to Go Until Landmark First Event for Texas

17/02/2012 - Event News

With less than one week to go until PLASA Focus: Austin 2012 opens its doors for the first time, over 50 companies are preparing to debut new audio, lighting, video, stage and rigging technology at The Renaissance Austin, February 22-23 2012.

CPL ‘Regenerates’ Event with High Impact Multiscreen Video Systems

17/02/2012 - Production News

Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) provided a multi-screen projection design and equipment including media server control for "Regeneration", an amazing seasonal party event created by a leading technology company for over 1000 guests.

Panalux Supports Gurdip Mahal as Sports Personality Broadcast Live from new Mediacity UK Studios

17/02/2012 - Production News

TV lighting designer Gurdip Mahal began his association with on Sports Personality of the Year in 2006 when the annual show moved from its then traditional home at BBC’s TC1 studios in White City to the large-scale arena production which it has evolved into over the last six years.

OSRAM Presents New Lighting Perspectives at Light+Building

17/02/2012 - Equipment News

At this year's Light+Building Preview, OSRAM introduced a selected range of new products which will be shown at the largest and most important trade fair of the lighting industry: the first LED-substitute for the 75W-light bulb in Europe; its first LED-module in accordance with Zhaga standards; the sure course to the world of LED-street lighting as well as the latest generation of lighting management systems. "In the course of the past year, OSRAM has succeeded in establishing itself as a full-range supplier and is now in a position to offer products and solutions for the entire scale of customer needs," said Klaus-GÃnter Vennemann, CEO of the OSRAM Business Unit General Lighting.

Yamaha Goes Baku to the Future

17/02/2012 - Project News

January saw the official opening of Baku, a new bar and restaurant in London's exclusive Sloane Street, which serves a fusion of traditional Azerbaijani and classic European dishes. Maintaining the correct sonic ambience was tasked to SSE Audio Group, who chose Yamaha power amplifiers for their audio integrity and reliability.

DiGiCo Debuts at 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards

16/02/2012 - Production News

DiGiCo was the live music console of choice at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, as specified by long-time show production partner ATK AudioTek. The three-and-a-half hour music celebration and ceremony garnered the second highest ratings of any GRAMMY airing with approximately 41 million viewers.

Chaos Visual Helps Callaway Golf Advert go with a Swing

16/02/2012 - Production News

A visual production company new to the UK, Chaos Visual are making their mark in the UK events market, following in the footsteps of their big brother, Chaos Visual Productions USA.

TM Audio specs Renkus-Heinz IC Live for Museum Speelklok

16/02/2012 - Project News

A beautifully renovated museum boasting Europe's largest collection of street organs has had its central space turned into a live performance area, attracting top Dutch artists, with its acoustics tamed by a Renkus-Heinz IC Live system installed by TM Audio.

Digitalism Connects with iLive

16/02/2012 - Production News

Popular German electro house duo, Digitalism, has been touring the globe this year carrying an Allen & Heath iLive digital mixing system to manage FOH and monitors.

Gearhouse on Common Ground with Oasys in South Africa

16/02/2012 - Business News

Gearhouse SA is a technical supplier to the Southern African Live Events industry whilst Oasys Innovations is a supplier of infrastructure for exhibitions and events. Both companies have evolved into multi-disciplined operations through years of servicing the Live Event market and are market leaders in their respective fields.

Klotz Cables app for Apple iPad Now Available

16/02/2012 - Equipment News

Klotz Cables now offers iPad apps for its ProAVM and MI product categories in the Apple App Store (in the App Store, search for 'KLOTZ Cables’). The apps provide fast access to the 500-plus pages of KLOTZ Cables' extensive illustrated catalogues and all details of individual products. Trade partners of the manufacturer can use the apps to provide their customers with qualified advice, while system integrators, installation and event technology companies, studios and equipment hire companies can gain an overview of in-depth product information in advance. Consumers will also welcome the KLOTZ Cables apps and the overview they give of the company's broad range of products. The apps are free and available for iPad only. They will be updated whenever product changes or new products are launched.

LightFactory Version 2.9 Upgrade Now Available

16/02/2012 - Equipment News

Dream Solutions has announced the immediate availability of the latest update of its highly successful LightFactory controls software. Release 2.9 brings more exciting new features than any other previous version and is immediately available. With advanced media integration and newly simplified views, this release continues the reputation that LightFactory is the most versatile software based lighting control system on the market.

TC Electronic to Display Its Broadcast and Pro Audio Product Range at CABSAT 2012

16/02/2012 - Event News

TC's debut as an exhibitor at CABSAT 2012 in Dubai (booth S1-B7) is a significant step forward in the company's strategic focus for The Middle East and in continuation of Mr. Payman Abdaliâs recent employment as sales manager for this region.

Special 'Aura' Surrounds Celtic Woman "Believe" World Tour

16/02/2012 - Production News

The all-female musical ensemble Celtic Woman has been nothing short of a musical phenomenon since first forming in 2004. Album sales in the millions, popular television specials and sold out shows around the world attest to that. Their current tour sees the Irish musicians playing an ambitious schedule of dates across the US, Europe and Asia beneath a MAC rig that includes Martin Professionalâs new MAC Aura LED wash light.

NATEAC Early Registration Period Now Open

15/02/2012 - Event News

The North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) has announced the start of the conference Early Registration period. All those who register for NATEAC before April 1, 2012 will receive a $75 discount off the regular registration price of $750.00. Included with the Conference registration are admission to all Conference panels on July 22 and 23, breakfast and lunch on both days and the very popular pre-conference New York City Harbor Cruise on Saturday evening, July 21st.

Stage Electrics Lights Stellar Cast of Major Musicals

15/02/2012 - Production News

Stage Electrics’ lighting teams are working on an exceptionally hectic season of theatre musicals, with four major touring and West End productions either on stage or in pre-production, as well as a slew of pantomimes and other shows already in theatres across the UK.

Optocore Helps Vangelis Inaugurate Doha Amphitheatre

15/02/2012 - Production News

An Optocore system has been used by leading French rental company De Préférence for a one-off show by Vangelis, to inaugurate the new Katara Amphitheatre in Doha.

Barbara Eifler to Leave SMA

15/02/2012 - People News

Barbara Eifler will be stepping down as executive director of the Stage Management Association after 13 years, it was announced at the first ever Stage Management Conference which took place at the Arts Theatre in the West End on Sunday 12th February.

L-Acoustics Holds Certified Provider System Integrator Training in UAE

15/02/2012 - Standards News

L-Acoustics recently hosted a two-day Certified Provider System Integrator Training program in Dubai, UAE. The seminar, attended by seven providers from four countries, was hosted by L-Acoustics sales manager Peter Owen and technical support engineer Germain Simon and covered the LA Network Manager, Soundvision, Wavefront Sculpture Technology and other installation related issues and features that L-Acoustics offers. As the course concentrated on installation, the control and monitoring modules (Crestron, AMX) which allow control of L-Acoustics amplified controllers were also covered.

HHB Reports Record Sales of Pro Tools 10 and Pro Tools HDX

15/02/2012 - Event News

Broadcast audio technology specialists HHB Communications and Scrub, its Soho-based subsidiary specialising in serving the post production industry, have announced record sales of Avid’s new Pro Tools HDX DAW and Pro Tools 10 software during the BVE London show at Earls Court 2 on Stand C40.

HHB Unveils Mogami Packaged Cables at BVE London

15/02/2012 - Event News

Broadcast audio technology specialists HHB Communications has introduced a new range of Mogami Packaged Cables during the BVE London show at Earls Court 2 on Stand C40.

HHB Focuses on Loudness at BVE London

15/02/2012 - Event News

Broadcast audio technology specialist HHB Communications is exhibiting the latest pro audio loudness products for OB, live production, post production, playout and archive during the BVE London show at Earls Court 2 on Stand C40.

HHB Hosts the World Première of the RØDE Stereo VideoMic Pro at BVE London

15/02/2012 - Event News

Broadcast audio specialists HHB Communications is holding the world première of the new RØDE Stereo VideoMic Pro during the BVE London show at Earls Court 2 on Stand C40.

Unusual Rigging Sets the Scene for Laureus Awards 2012

15/02/2012 - Event News

The most prestigious awards in the international sporting calendar, The 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards, were held on 6th February at Central Hall Westminster, in the heart of London, the first time the UK has hosted this event.

Blitz Helps Coca Cola Create the Extraordinary

15/02/2012 - Production News

As part of their 2012 sponsorship package, Coca Cola Enterprises (CCE) were given permission to stage an event for 3,000 of their employees at the newly constructed Velodrome, one of the first Olympic venues to be completed. Designed by FPP and produced by Rocket Science, the event was based on the theme of ‘Creating the Extraordinary’, and took place on 5th January 2012. Paul Hutton, managing director at Blitz, worked closely with the event team as technical consultant for the project.

POLARaudio Exhibit at Broadcast Video Expo

15/02/2012 - Event News

POLARaudio exclusively distributes a number of major brands specifically designed for broadcast applications and will showcase a number of new and existing products at BVE 2012 including, the new XTA DS-8000 broadcast dedicated mic splitter and the new S Series Signature Reference Power Amplifiers from MC². Also on show, Blue Sky 5.1 Monitor Speakers, Aviom Digital Snakes, ASL Digital Intercom and beyerdynamic headphones and headsets, all optimised for use in a broadcast environment.

LiteWare Satellite Hits The Stratosphere With Five Prime-Time TV Appearances

15/02/2012 - Production News

 Since its launch at PLASA in September 2011, LiteWare Satellite has been embraced by the entertainment, events and television markets and has been used on numerous prime-time TV sets as both lighting for the cast and as a prominent feature in the set lighting. Television appearances, in conjunction with Richard Martin Lighting include The Blue Peter Halloween Special, The National Lottery Awards, An evening with Justin Bieber, The Jonathan Ross Show and The Top of the Pops Christmas Day Special.

Barzan Stone Laying Ceremony Brought to Life with PR Spots

15/02/2012 - Production News

Fixtures from across the PR Lighting discharge and LED range of moving heads were deployed by TechnoPro, their distributors in the Gulf regions, for the recent Barzan Gas Project Stone Laying Ceremony at the Doha Sheraton Hotel.

Yamaha and Nexo Deliver The High and Lola Lo Frequencies

15/02/2012 - Project News

Eclectic Clubs and Bars South Pacific-themed Lola Lo venues are providing much happy talk amongst students in eight of the UK's major towns and cities. Ensuring that the music Tikis along nicely in two of them are Yamaha / Nexo audio systems.

Robe Lights First All-LED TPi Awards Show

15/02/2012 - Event News

Nearly 300 Robe lighting LED fixtures were utilised in a ground-breaking lighting design by Andy Hurst for the 2012 Total Production International (TPi) Awards.

Audinate's Dante Provides Networking Backbone For UAE's 40th National Day

15/02/2012 - Production News

The Official Ceremony for the UAE 40th National Day saw Zayed Sports Stadium full to capacity as thousands turned out to celebrate the achievements of the nation, and Audinate's Dante was there to make sure all the networked audio delivery functioned without a hitch.

AC-ET to Host Martin “Engineered For The Eye” Roadshow Session in February

14/02/2012 - Event News

Following the success of its northern-based event last year, A.C. Entertainment Technologies' Ltd’s (AC-ET) lighting division will host a session of the Martin Professional "Engineered For The Eye" UK roadshow on Thursday 23rd February at its southern sales office in High Wycombe.

Meyer Sound Promotes Todd Meier to Digital Products Manager and Michael Creason to Design Services Manager

14/02/2012 - People News

Prompted by the growth of its digital product line, Meyer Sound has announced promotions for two key design services team members. Todd Meier, formerly director of design services, has been promoted to the newly created position of digital products manager. Meanwhile, Michael Creason, who had served as a design services associate since 2008, is taking over duties for Meier as design services manager.

Artistic Licence Integration at the ARC Show 2012

14/02/2012 - Event News

Artistic Licence Integration will be exhibiting at ARC 2012 in London on Stand M34. The show, to be held at the Business Design Centre, runs from 29 February - 1 March.

Green Hippo and Norsk Sceneteknikk Rocking the Show at LLB Oslo

14/02/2012 - Event News

For three days on 2nd – 4th February Oslo’s Spektrum arena was taken over by this year’s LLB show and Green Hippo’s Hippotizers helped highlight stand S3, the company’s Norwegian distributor Norsk Sceneteknikk.

Showsec Goes Live With Training and Development Platform

14/02/2012 - Standards News

Showsec has launched a proprietary bespoke training and development platform, applying modern educational techniques to deliver relevant, forward-thinking knowledge and expertise.

DPA Goes Live at PL+S 2012 with New Vocal Mic and Other Live Mic Solutions

14/02/2012 - Event News

DPA Microphones is to launch a new vocal mic at Prolight + Sound 2012, stand 8.F22. The mic, full details of which will be revealed at the show, will complete the DPA live toolkit, and promises to be a welcome addition to the company’s range of high quality products. Like their counterparts, the new mic will offer consistent audio performance at all SPLs, impressive gain before feedback and stable construction.

Doodson Supports Talent of the Future at Backstage Academy

14/02/2012 - Standards News

Specialist live events insurance broker, Doodson, is working with Backstage Academy at the famous LS-Live rehearsal studios in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, to provide support to students taking the Live Events Production foundation degree course.

Pharos Appoints New Sales Manager

14/02/2012 - People News

Pharos Architectural Controls has announced the appointment of Paul McLean (pictured) as sales manager for Southern Europe and the Middle East. Paul will be the main point of contact for our distribution partners and key specifiers in these regions.

New Technical Sales Manager for Pharos

14/02/2012 - People News

Pharos Architectural Controls has announced the promotion of Tim Edwards to technical sales manager. Tim is responsible for Pharos customers in the UK and central Europe, and acts as the primary contact for Pharos dealers in the Asia Pacific region.

Nick Ewins ‘Pushes The Button’ on his Latest Venture

14/02/2012 - Business News

The world of entertainment technology just got brighter as newly formed installation business, Push the Button Ltd, launched in January 2012.

Westfield Stratford City Shops with Yamaha System

14/02/2012 - Project News

Following on from the opening of Westfield London in 2008, the retail giant recently opened an even bigger facility in the east of the city. Following the success of the Yamaha installation at its predecessor, Westfield Stratford City features a much larger, even more flexible system.

Arena on Fast Track with New Investments

14/02/2012 - Business News

The Arena Group has announced the completion of a new equity fundraising of £16.5 million in a partnership deal with the specialist sports fund, Sports Investment Partners (SIP) and growth capital investor, MML Capital.

MAC Aura Adds New Dimension to “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”

14/02/2012 - Production News

Lee Rose, of the Los Angeles-based lighting design firm Design Partners, has been handling the lighting for America’s time-honoured “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” show for an incredible 25+ years. Over the course of that quarter century he has developed a reputation for incorporating some of the latest dynamic lighting gear into his designs.

Electro-Voice in London's Latest Gourmet Temple

14/02/2012 - Project News

The TV show Hell's Kitchen has elevated Gordon Ramsay to the status of culinary superstar way beyond the shores of Great Britain. With exclusive restaurants already in a number of international metropolises – including New York and Tokyo – Ramsay's latest venture is Bread Street Kitchen in London's East End. Drawing inspiration from its industrial surroundings, the 250-seat gourmet temple is aesthetically reminiscent of a warehouse.

Serbian TV Upgrades to ETC

14/02/2012 - Project News

Serbia’s Studio B92 television station has upgraded to ETC, thanks to Studio Berar in Belgrade.

Colour Sound Chills Below Zero at ICEBAR BY ICEHOTEL London

13/02/2012 - Project News

The design team at London lighting rental company Colour Sound Experiment (CSE) has installed its new proprietary BT36 LED screen as well as a new Anolis lighting scheme for the latest cool ice sculpture installation at the ICEBAR BY ICEHOTEL London in Heddon Street, London W1.

PAL Label on Tour with Scottish Opera

13/02/2012 - Production News

Touring in over 50 theatres per year, The Scottish Opera has one of the most demanding tour schedules in Scottish history. Being a national opera company and the largest performing arts organisation in Scotland requires exceptional organisation and logistics.

wysiwyg Adds New HES, Martin, Vari*lite Fixtures and More to Library

13/02/2012 - Equipment News

CAST of Toronto,has announced the addition of over 25 of the latest fixtures from the most popular manufacturers in the lighting industry to the wysiwyg Library, complementing the December release of wysiwyg R28. Over the last 20 years, the CAST Library has grown to over 24,000 fixtures and accessories available in the industry and it continues to grow with the advent of every new product available. Before any object goes into the Library, each and every piece is tested, measured and certified in-house to ensure 100% reliability so that what happens with a light in the virtual world happens exactly the same on the stage. The brightness and colour of a particular light are exact and moving heads will move like they would when controlled by the actual motors and servos in a live situation.Unlike some previsualisation programs, CAST does not rely solely on the photometrics provided by the manufacturer. Users can be sure that every light, gobo, LED screen and truss portrays exactly what you will see on the stage or architectural setting.

W-DMX Shows New Products at PLASA Focus Austin

13/02/2012 - Event News

W-DMX by Wireless Solution Sweden AB will be showing the latest products in the W-DMX G4 range during PLASA Focus in Austin, Texas, February 22-23 at the Renaissance Austin, in the A.C.T. Lighting booth 123. New products on display include the ProBox F-2500 G4, the BlackBox G4 MK2 and the BlueBox RDM Controller.

K-array Loudspeakers Bring Invisible Sound To Sofitel London St James

13/02/2012 - Project News

Located in one of the city’s most exclusive areas, the Sofitel London St James is one of the UK capital’s most unique five-star hotels, combining traditional British design with a French contemporary style. When one of the hotel’s most elegant areas needed a new audio system, a K-array loudspeaker system and Sennheiser G3 radio microphones were chosen to meet the strict criteria.

Radio France Invests in Third Innovason Eclipse

13/02/2012 - Project News

Radio France has just invested in its third Eclipse digital console from Innovason. The national broadcaster already owns seven Innovason desks including two Eclipses, one of which is installed in Radio France’s legendary Studio 106 which, amongst other things, broadcasts the daily show on France Inter, “Les Affranchis” hosted by Isabelle Giordano.

Westfield Crowned with Second HALO at Stratford City

13/02/2012 - Project News

The new Westfield Stratford City retail and leisure destination in East London, which opened its doors to the public last September, is the largest urban shopping centre in Europe. Boasting over 250 shops, 70 places to eat and drink, three hotels, a 14-lane bowling alley, a 17-screen all-digital Vue cinema and the UK’s largest casino. Westfield Stratford City is also the prestigious gateway to London’s Olympic Park for the forthcoming 2012 Games. Systems integration and project management company, Media Powerhouse was the elected contractor for the supply and installation of all the audio systems throughout Westfield Stratford City’s Events Spaces, which included two systems from UK loudspeaker company EM Acoustics.

Crestron Opens New Design and Experience Centre in Leeds

13/02/2012 - Business News

Crestron has announced the grand opening of its new Design and Experience Centre in Leeds. This site provides local dealers a space in which to demonstrate the many benefits of Crestron’s product range to its customers.

QSC House of K Drives The Beat of Haifa Nightclub

10/02/2012 - Project News

QSC distributor, Kilim Electronics, has permanently installed a PA system based on QSC KLA Series Active Line Arrays and both K and KW Series Active Loudspeakers at one of Israel’s hottest nightclubs, The Beat. Two KLA arrays, each with three KLA12 loudspeaker elements, are suspended on either side of the nightclub's main stage. Eight KW181 subwoofers provide the extended low end needed to keep the crowds moving, while six K12 active loudspeakers act as the on-stage monitors for The Beat’s performing musicians. Two additional K12s around the club act as out-fills for the PA.

d&b audiotechnik at Plasa Focus Austin

10/02/2012 - Event News

Plasa's innovative and very first US Focus event takes place from February 22-23 at the Renaissance Austin in central Texas. Members of the team from the d&b audiotechnik US office will join exhibitors in this new style regional event, showcasing new products and contributing to the show's Professional Development Program. At booth 326, one of the latest Teenyweeny additions to the compact E-Series, the E4 loudspeaker will join the T10, a loudspeaker that with a twist of the wrist encompasses both line array and point source technologies in a single package.

Belgian Live Shows Combine Real-life Actors with 3D Projection Technology

10/02/2012 - Production News

The popular Belgian children’s television shows ‘Piet Piraat’ and ‘Mega Mindy’ were recently turned into two hugely successful stage productions involving state of the art 3D projection technology.

Absolute Sounds for MartinLogan Montis

10/02/2012 - Equipment News

Absolute Sounds â a leading importer of exclusive, high-performance audio equipment â presents Montis, the latest creation by hybrid electrostatic loudspeaker specialist MartinLogan.

Blackout Excels at CISCO Live Conference

10/02/2012 - Production News

Over 6,000 IT professionals from across the globe attended the highly-regarded Cisco event, with prestigious speaker sessions being staged back-to-back across Londonâs ExCel.

Electrosonic Creates Interactive Exhibit for Important Hitler Letter at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles

10/02/2012 - Project News

When the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles acquired an early letter written by Adolf Hitler, it turned to Electrosonic to create an interactive exhibit for one of the most important archival documents in the history of the Second World War.

Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festivals votes for grandMA2

10/02/2012 - Production News

In the beginning the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival was targeted at jazz and blues enthusiasts and was held in November each year. Various factors, including heavy rains which occur at that time of the year, encouraged the organizers to move the dates of the festival to the end of January.

Festival Stage Collapse Disasters Prompts 2012 Seminar

10/02/2012 - Event News

Since the summer of 2011, with live event disasters being front-page news, such as at the Indiana State Fair, Pukklepop, Flaming Lips concert (Tulsa, Oklahoma) and the Ivete Sangalo concert (Sao Paolo, Brazil), public safety at events has become a massive talking point for the events and music industries.

PSCo Rental Launches NanoFlex

10/02/2012 - Equipment News

Big Screen specialists PSCo Rental has launched the brand new NanoFlex screen to the UK rental market. The screens are 3rd generation technology, offering 6mm flexible LED solution which enables organisers to flex and suspend these 112â screens with very little infrastructure required.

J. R. Clancy Announces Promotion

10/02/2012 - People News

J. R. Clancy, Inc. has announced the promotion of Marilyn Larsen (pictured), a 25-year veteran of the company, to marketing services.

Ambersphere Solutions Takes to the Road: First Stop Brighton

10/02/2012 - Event News

In a new initiative to introduce the latest MA Lighting and Clay Paky products to their customers in a ‘hands on’ environment, Ambersphere Solutions has announced a series of regional showcases in performance venues throughout the UK. The first of these will take place in the Brighton Pavilion Theatre on Wednesday 29 February from 11am - 4pm.

QSC Scores a Slam Dunk with Junior Casale

10/02/2012 - Project News

QSC Audio Products’ distributor in Italy, AudioLink, has delivered a brand new audio system for the Palazzetto dello Sport Paolo Ferraris in Casale Monferrato, based upon the Q-Sys integrated system platform, KLA Series active line arrays, and K Series active loudspeakers. Informally known as the PalaFerraris, the multi-purpose venue in northwestern Italy caters to a range of indoor sports, concerts and other events. More importantly, it is home to newly-promoted Serie A basketball team A.S. Junior Casale.

Allen & Heath Releases Firmware Update for Xone:DB4

10/02/2012 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has released new firmware V1.12 for the Xone:DB4 digital DJ FX mixer, with many enhancements and new features, including a rotary mixer mode, revised gain structure, new effects architecture, new FX types, and the addition of X:Link functionality to connect other compatible Xone products.

d&b audiotechnik at The Rose Theatre in Brampton

10/02/2012 - Project News

Just over one hundred and fifty years ago Brampton was first recognised as a village with a population of five hundred souls. Today it is home to around five hundred thousand people making it one of Canada’s largest cities. Although urban sprawl has brought it closer to Toronto, Brampton has an individual and proud cultural heritage that celebrates the hardworking and industrious nature of its citizens. The Rose Theatre, built in 2006 in the very centre of the city, is a confident combination of glass and brick that boldly reflects the city's pride in itself.

Wigwam Buys British and goes the Extra Mylo with Coldplay

09/02/2012 - Production News

With their new album Mylo Xyloto having already hit the number one spot in 19 countries, Coldplay are promoting it with live dates throughout the rest of 2011 and into 2012. Hire company Wigwam Acoustics is providing a little audio Paradise via a DiGiCo SD7 mixing system and three XTA DP548 processors, which have been specified as part of the sound system.

POLARaudio Takes Renkus Heinz IC Live Trackside at Top Gear Live

09/02/2012 - Production News

POLARaudio in conjunction with Stage Audio Services recently provided the trackside sound for the Top Gear Live Expo at the Birmingham NEC and London’s Excel.

MilTec at the ISE Show

09/02/2012 - Event News

MilTec (UK) Ltd started the New Year by exhibiting at the ISE show in Amsterdam. Items on display at the show included lightweight multi-channel amplifiers, signal processing and mixing products from the MT Audio range. The LEDHead LED Lighting products included the LED Batten2, fitted with 18x 8W quadcolour LEDs and LED tapes with tricolour and white LED options.

AC-ET at the 2012 BVE South Show

09/02/2012 - Event News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. will be featuring new broadcast lighting innovations from Chroma-Q, Mole Richardson, Manfrotto, Avenger and Gekko Technology at the BVE South Show at Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, UK, on 14 – 16 February (Stand K24).

Philips Selecon and Strand Lighting Names New Distributor For Denmark

09/02/2012 - Business News

Effective immediately, Philips Selecon and Strand Lighting has appointed Gobo – Highlight A/S as its new distributor for Demark. Gobo – Highlight A/S, which has a main office and warehouse in Copenhagen and a sales and administration office in Aarhus, is well respected in the region for its sales and projects in the theatre, television, architectural and rental markets.

W-DMX on La Bohème at the Oslo Opera House

09/02/2012 - Production News

W-DMX by Wireless Solution Sweden is currently being used for a rigorous show schedule at the Oslo Opera House, home to the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet and considered one of the landmark modern buildings in Oslo.

New London Venue Installs iLive

09/02/2012 - Project News

The reopened Islington Assembly Hall in London has selected an Allen & Heath iLive digital mixing system, comprising iDR-48 and iDR-32 MixRacks with two iLive-T112 Control Surfaces, to manage both FOH and monitors.

J. R. Clancy Announces Two Promotions

09/02/2012 - People News

J. R. Clancy, Inc., has announced the promotion of two of its top-performing employees: Bridget Cox is now the company’s director of project management, and Patrick Finn has added product development to his responsibilities.

Motor City’s Elektricity Amps Up With Elation

08/02/2012 - Production News

As host to the Memorial Day weekend Movement festival, which draws nearly 100,000 fans from around the world, the Motor City is rapidly becoming one of the nation’s premier electronic music hubs. It’s a “movement” that gained steam recently when Detroit-area club owner/promoter Amir Daiza launched Elektricity, a new venue focusing exclusively on electronic music. Seeking to build on the city’s deepening EDM roots, the club features live appearances by some of the genre’s most acclaimed local and international artists.

Designers — Sgn Up to By Design Day 2012!

08/02/2012 - Event News

By Design Day, the annual fundraising day for Light Relief in the UK and Behind the Scenes in the US and Canada, takes place this year on Tuesday April 24 on both sides of the Atlantic.

ShowTex goes to London for the 2012 TPI Awards

08/02/2012 - Event News

ShowTex is a proud sponsor of the 2012 TPI Awards, a leading event for the live production industry, taking place in London on February 13. 2012 marks the second year in a row that ShowTex will sponsor the UK’s exciting gathering of the biggest names in the staging and event world.

A Walk in the Park for PR Lighting

08/02/2012 - Production News

Over 100 fixtures from PR Lighting were deployed recently at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Park Inauguration in Doha. Situated alongside one of the most iconic buildings in the Qatari capital, the park offers panoramic views of the city.

ShowTex an Artist for Sharjah Light Festival

08/02/2012 - Production News

ShowTex Middle East is proud to be chosen as one of the artists for the 2012 Sharjah Light Festival.

PALME Middle East Seizes on Synergies to Maximise 10th Anniversary

08/02/2012 - Event News

PALME Middle East, the GCC region's longest-running trade show for sound, lighting and AV professionals in the event and integration industries, will celebrate its tenth anniversary when the 2012 edition takes place from May 1-3 at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre (DICEC).

New Integrated Cores Provide QSC Q-Sys Technology for Smaller Application

08/02/2012 - Equipment News

QSC Audio Products, LLC has announced the next generation of Q-Sys products, designed specifically to deliver powerful digital networked audio solutions for the widest range of applications.

Robe ROBIN DLX Spot Wins SIEL Award

08/02/2012 - Event News

Robe’s new ROBIN DLX Spot LED moving light has won a prestigious Award for Technical Innovation at the recent 2012 SIEL trade exhibition in Paris. The DLX Spot was entered into the ‘Lighting’ category by Robe’s French distributor, Paris-based Axente.

Morose MAC Moods for Avenged Sevenfold

08/02/2012 - Production News

Lighting designer Trevor Ahlstrand has been using a Martin MAC touring rig supplied by Christie Lites to help set the slightly macabre mood on hard rock band Avenged Sevenfold’s last tour, which wrapped up in December.

EM Acoustics Supplies Theatre System to St Catherine’s School in Bramley

08/02/2012 - Project News

St Catherine’s school in the picturesque village of Bramley near Guildford, Surrey, has been an independent school for girls since 1885. In celebration of its 125th anniversary, the school has recently inaugurated the most ambitious building project in the history of St Catherine’s. The Anniversary Halls, now in full daily use, is a spectacular modern building housing a major new set of facilities for sport and the arts including a 320-seat auditorium for drama, music and dance productions. Consultancy firm Theatre Projects were called in to design the theatre systems for the main auditorium, for which TPC consultant John Riddell specified an EM Acoustics PA system.

Hollywood Lights for Dirty Rigger

08/02/2012 - Production News

Portland based Hollywood Lights Inc. have taken stock of the full Dirty Rigger Gloves range as part of a new Northwest U.S. distribution deal.

First Prize: Casino Rama bets on grandMA2

08/02/2012 - Production News

grandMA2 has proved to be a good bet for Casino Rama, Ontario’s only First Nations commercial casino, which stages 150 shows a year featuring top names in music and comedy. First Nations is a term that collectively refers to various Aboriginal peoples in Canada who are neither Inuit nor Métis. Casino Rama invested in a grandMA2 full-size late last year, and it has quickly become their “console of choice”, reports lighting designer and programmer Derek Noble.

Ambersphere Solutions Welcomes New Customer Automated

08/02/2012 - Production News

Demonstrating their commitment to supplying Clay Paky and MA Lighting products across the UK entertainment market, Ambersphere Solutions has welcomed Kent-based company Automated to the growing list of Ambersphere customers.

World Premiere Launches for Martin Professional at PLASA Focus Austin

08/02/2012 - Event News

Martin Professional has announced that it will have world premiere lighting and control products in its luggage when it arrives at the inaugural PLASA Focus exhibition in Austin, Texas.

Pete’s Big TVs’ LED Screens Make Silent Statement on BET Honors

08/02/2012 - Production News

Pete’s Big TVs is starting the new year by making a big noise about the quiet LED video panels which emit no radio frequency interference. The panels made up the visual segments of the set for the BET Network’s BET Honors.

FBT Opens New Sales and Support Office in UK

08/02/2012 - Business News

FBT, the Italian high-end loudspeaker manufacturer, has now established its own UK office and will commence trading from February 2012. Known as FBT Audio (UK) Ltd, the London based company will be focused

Super Super Bowl Weekend for Elation

07/02/2012 - Production News

Excitement wasn’t the only thing filling the air in Indianapolis on the weekend of Super Bowl XLVI. Over 135 Elation Platinum Beam 5R ACL beam effects were lighting the night sky over the city’s downtown.

Peter Johansen Acquires SGM Lighting from RCF Group

07/02/2012 - Business News

RCF Group has announced the sale of SGM, its lighting division, to a consortium headed by Danish entrepreneur Peter Johansen (pictured) with effect from February 1st 2012.

Chromlech’s Gleamer is a Star of SIEL

07/02/2012 - Event News

Brittany-based lighting manufacturer, Chromlech, has been awarded a prestigious ‘Etoiles du SIEL’ (Stars of SIEL) award at the newly-revived SIEL show at the Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris.

Green Hippo Announce new Technical Sales Manager for Asia

07/02/2012 - People News

Green Hippo is continuing their push into the Asian market with the appointment of a new technical sales manager for the region.

Rat Sound and L-Acoustics Help the Stars Shine at the Observatory

07/02/2012 - Production News

Orange County’s 40-year-old Galaxy Theatre changed ownership back in August and has now undergone a significant metamorphosis into two separate live performance spaces: the intimate 350-capacity Constellation Room and much larger Observatory, which can accommodate an audience of over 1000. One of the primary improvements made to the venue in the process was the installation of an L-Acoustics KARAi line source array system provided by Certified Provider Rat Sound Systems, Inc. of Camarillo, California.

GLD Live Digital Mixing System Debuts in Europe at ISE Show

07/02/2012 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath’s new GLD live digital mixing system debuted in Europe last week at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam.

ISE 2012 is a Record-Breaker

07/02/2012 - Event News

A 17% increase in attendance figures has seen Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) achieve the strongest performance of its nine-year history, with 40,869 visitors in total. Gross area of floor space occupied at the RAI in Amsterdam was up by 18%, while pre-registrations increased by 21% compared to last year.

Community Delivers Powerful Sound for Salvation Army Kroc Center

07/02/2012 - Project News

McDonald's founders Ray and Joan Kroc were known for supporting a variety of charitable causes, and their legacy continues with a multi-billion dollar donation to the Salvation Army for the construction of several community centers in cities across America. The latest Kroc Center, recently opened in North Philadelphia, is one of the largest facilities of its kind on the East Coast. Its 130,000 square feet includes a world-class aquatics center, state-of-the-art fitness center, worship and performing arts facilities, café and culinary education center, as well as a wide range of programs for kids, adults and senior citizens.

MOJO Barrriers Expand into Norway with New Distributor

07/02/2012 - Business News

Mojo Barriers has appointed Norwegian security firm Vaktvesenet AS, making them an official distributor of its stage barriers.

ETC Supports Best Lighting Designer at the Offies

07/02/2012 - Event News

Howard Hudson picked up the award for best lighting designer, sponsored by ETC, at the Offies.

Distributors' Meeting at EVI Audio Attracts 200

07/02/2012 - Event News

EVI Audio GmbH invited international distributors to a meeting at its Straubing, Bavaria headquarters that ran from January 11-13. A team led by Robert Hesse, vice president sales communication EMEA and managing director of EVI Audio, welcomed around 200 distributors from the entire EMEA region. The rich and varied programme included live demos, workshops and tours of the plant, as well as glimpses of coming product innovations.

Free Professional Development Programme Launched

07/02/2012 - Event News

The free programme of demonstrations, seminars and tutorials at PLASA's Leeds event is even bigger and better this year as visitor registration doubles in size.

White Light Helps Shock Solutions Light Up Rugby World Cup Broadcasts

07/02/2012 - Production News

The London broadcast studio for last year’s Rugby World Cup was brought to vivid, dynamic life by Shock Solutions, making use of some of the very latest lighting and media server technology from ArKaos, Christie and LSC - all supplied to Shock by White Light.

CAST Holds wysiwyg R28 Video Challenge

07/02/2012 - Event News

CAST of Toronto, Canada has announced the wysiwyg R28 Video Challenge, effective 6 February 2012 through 14 March 2012. Create a lighting design with wysiwyg R28, then make a video using R28’s Cue List and Camera Path features. Be as creative as you want, just make your video two minutes and use R28’s features only. You get to be the lighting designer, the producer, AND the director for this challenge. Entries will be voted upon by two groups: CAST's Pick (a small panel chosen by CAST) and the People's Choice (where your peers and friends can Twitter their vote for you to CAST). Winners will be notified in advanced and announced at Prolight + Sound 2012 in Frankfurt.

Giant Snowball Causes ETNOW Delays!

06/02/2012 - Business News

Regular users of may have noticed the somewhat tardy arrival of this morning's ET news stories.

Elation Professional Hires Industry Veteran Mark Haney to Head Broadcast Video and Lighting Division

06/02/2012 - People News

With its expanding business into broadcast video and lighting, Elation Professional saw a need for someone to head this growing division of its company. Elation found the ideal person in award-winning industry veteran Mark Haney, whose extensive background will serve him well in the position of senior market manager of Broadcast Video and Lighting. This new position focuses on the overall sales of Elation’s LED video product, support and client relations.

XL Video Supplies Kasabian

06/02/2012 - Production News

XL Video supplied a camera and PPU system, media server control, projection and scenic Barco MiStrip LED elements to the UK leg of Kasabian’s recent hugely successful ‘Velociraptor!’ world tour.

Avtek brings Pandoras Box Version 5 to Ireland

06/02/2012 - Business News

Following the successful introduction of Pandoras Box V5 at PLASA, Avtek Solutions, Ltd. of Dublin is the first Irish company to invest in this revolutionary new coolux solution. Avtek’s Director, Graham Lowen explains: “Pandoras Box stands out as a unit that approaches the marketplace from a video as opposed to lighting perspective. Coolux is an innovative company in the vanguard of creative product development, setting trends instead of following them.” Graham adds: “We feel that having the latest version of Pandoras Box will give us the edge in our ever more competitive market.”

Production Resource Group (PRG) Acquires Paskal Lighting

06/02/2012 - Business News

Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG), headquartered in New York, has announced that it has acquired Paskal Lighting, a US-based lighting, grip and expendables company.

Germany’s “Wetten, dass...?” TV Show Counts on HES for Entertainment Value

06/02/2012 - Production News

Production Designer Manfred Voss, prefers not to play games when it comes to his lighting and control. He plays a winning hand by using High End Systems products. For 20 years, Voss has been with the popular German TV game show, “Wetten, dass..?” (which translates as “Wanna bet that...?”) and he counts on ordinary people performing outlandish tasks for its entertainment value.

XLNT and Lift Turn Move Sign CyberMotion UK Sales & Distribution Deal

06/02/2012 - Business News

XLNT Advanced Technologies and Lift Turn Move (LTM) have announced an agreement for LTM to become the UK and Ireland sales and distribution dealer for CyberMotion, the world’s first dedicated mobile stage automation system, and the DS8 Solid State motor controllers for standard chain hoists. The deal was announced at the CUE trade show in Rotterdam on January 16.

Only Good Feedback for Flashline

06/02/2012 - Production News

Following a series of demonstrations and trial events over the latter part of 2011, Turbosojund has announced that FeedBack Show Systems & Service GmbH has become the first to purchase a Turbosound Flashline large scale line array sound system.

Double Win for Arena Group at 2012 Event Production Awards

06/02/2012 - Event News

The Arena Group celebrated a double triumph at the recent Event Production Awards, winning both Seating Supplier of the Year and Structure Company of the Year.

Stage Management Conference Speakers Announced

06/02/2012 - Event News

The speakers and sessions for the first ever Stage Management Conference at the Arts Theatre in Central London on the February 12 have been finalised, together with the formal announcement of the afternoon break-out sessions and official sponsors.

Gateway Church – Active Church, Active Martin Lighting

06/02/2012 - Project News

Gateway Church is a Christian megachurch in Southlake, Texas, that opened a new campus in November of 2010 with a main auditorium that seats 4000. Gateway’s lighting director Kyle Russelburg had three factors in mind when looking for a lighting system for the new facility: shooting for TV/web broadcast in HD, lighting for unique services, and hosting conferences throughout the year.

Tannoy Reinforces its Credentials in Architectural Audio with VLS Series

06/02/2012 - Equipment News

Tannoy once again identified Integrated Systems Europe show in Amsterdam as the premier platform for an international product launch with the unveiling of its brand new VLS Series passive column array loudspeaker system incorporating another Tannoy innovation, FAST (Focused Asymmetrical Shaping Technology).

Panalux Goes Bespoke for New Channel 4 Game Show

06/02/2012 - Project News

Television lighting designer Warren Hodge made generous use of Panalux’s new range of LED fixtures - including exclusive use of the new bespoke Panalux Bi-Colour DMX Camera Tile - when asked to add impact to Markus Blee’s set for the first series of Home For The Holidays, Channel 4’s new live entertainment event.

Gurdip Mahal and Endemol Bank on Panalux

06/02/2012 - Project News

Take a decommissioned bank vault in a secret London location, populate it with a number of game show contestants (and presenter George Lamb) and you have the ingredients for Channel 4’s latest light entertainment show, The Bank Job.

Brigham Young University-Idaho Goes Divinely Digital

06/02/2012 - Project News

Brigham Young University-Idaho has a new facility, christened the BYU-Idaho Center. The 435,000-square-foot building contains a 15,000-seat auditorium and a multi-purpose area large enough for 10 full basketball courts. In addition to recreational activities, the gym will serve as a place for large social gatherings. The auditorium will be used for large-scale performing arts productions, a weekly Tuesday devotional meeting, as well as other academic and entertainment endeavors for students, faculty and the community.

Reed Rigging Provides Production Rigging for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Super Bowl Broadcast

06/02/2012 - Project News

Reed Rigging provided production rigging support for a uniquely designed and constructed set for the “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” television show broadcast from Indianapolis’s Hilbert Circle Theatre. The Indianapolis-based broadcasts coincided with Super Bowl week for the NFL. Last year’s Super Bowl set a U.S. audience record of 111 million viewers, and this year’s contest is expected to exceed that number.

Event Production Show Award Winners Announced

06/02/2012 - Event News

A new awards scheme and event, in parallel with the Event Production Show in London, was held at the London Hilton on Park Lane on Wednesday February 1. The award winners were as follows:

MDG Appointed Exclusive Canadian Distributor of Robe Lighting

03/02/2012 - Business News

MDG has joined the Robe Lighting family of partners. The company has assumed responsibility for Robe sales activity across Canada, promoting and supporting the full range of Robe products including its HMI, tungsten and LED motorized spots, wash and PC spotlights, the famous Digital Series and its range of lighting effects. All Robe architainment products, including the LED series, also fall within MDG’s new remit.

Metropolitan Opera Takes Delivery of Robert Juliat Victor Followspots

03/02/2012 - Project News

The Metropolitan Opera at New York City’s Lincoln Center has expanded its lighting inventory with the acquisition of four Robert Juliat Victor 1800W followspots as specified by Patrick Eagleton of Contemporary Lights & Staging, Stamford, Connecticut.

Optocore Appoints Soundware as Danish Distributor

03/02/2012 - Business News

Optocore has appointed Soundware as its new distributor in Denmark.

Classic Adamson Subwoofer Technology chosen for German Science Experiments

03/02/2012 - Production News

The professorship of Mechatronics at the Helmut-Schmidt University / University of the German Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg has invested in 16 Adamson B-118 Subwoofers. The department, headed by Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Delf Sachau, is internationally respected as a leading research institute for cabin acoustics and active noise cancellation technologies and has multiple partnerships with global players in the commercial aerospace industry.

Christie Salutes Partner Success at InAVation Awards 2012

03/02/2012 - Event News

Christie products were featured in a high proportion of the nominations short-listed in the project categories for this year’s prestigious EMEA InAVation Awards.

LMC Audio welcomes James Lawford back as Birmingham office Sales Manager

03/02/2012 - People News

James Lawford (pictured) has returned to LMC Audio following a period in UK sales at DiGiCo. He joins the team in LMC’s Birmingham office in his new role as sales manager.

Digital Projection Reveals New 3-chip Titan Projector Line with Warp & Blend 3D Capability

03/02/2012 - Equipment News

Digital Projection International (DPI) has announced a major expansion of their flagship Titan projector line with the 12,000 lumen Titan 800. Incredibly compact for its lumen performance, the Titan 800 platform incorporates DPI’s advanced image Warp and Blend capabilities, a wide variety of native resolutions, optional active 3D connectivity, and a host of professional features to suit almost any commercial or staging application imaginable. The Titan 800 platform joins DPI’s already robust commercial AV product line-up, which now incorporates over 30, 3D capable precision displays.

Panasonic Unveils 152” Touch Panel for First Time at ISE 2012

03/02/2012 - Equipment News

Panasonic Europe used ISE 2012 to unveil an interactive 152” for the first time in Europe, using a touch panel provided by trusted partner U-Touch. This large display was complemented with the launch of a new range of Panasonic touch panels for interactive signage, education and business applications, available in 42”, 50”, 60” and 65”. These panels offer dual touch technology through infrared technology for enhanced image quality and interactivity.

Ashley KLR-4000 Amps Power Community Loudspeakers at the Wanna Play? Stage at 2012 NAMM

03/02/2012 - Production News

For the second year in a row, Ashly’s efficient and powerful KLR-4000 amplifiers powered Community loudspeakers and subwoofers at the 2012 NAMM Wanna Play? Stage in Anaheim, CA. Michael Bell of Bell Event Services handled production at the stage, which featured an inspiring collection of hand-picked up-and-coming artists.

Jands Vista Controls Lights for British Rock ‘n’ Roll Legends

03/02/2012 - Production News

Busy UK-based lighting designer Derek Jones recently bought a Jands Vista S1 to help service his busy autumn season, including legendary British artist Cliff Richard’s “Soulicious” tour and another with equally maverick performers, The Hollies.

“Modernes" Modernises with Trackspot Bolt

03/02/2012 - Project News

High End Systems has announced a recent upgrade to "Modernes" in Bremen, Germany. The popular live club for electronic and independent music is built in an old cinema with a huge dome, which can be opened to reveal the night air. The club has used six original trackspot fixtures from High End Systems for nearly 20 years. Recently however, they upgraded their system to the newly released trackspot Bolt LED luminaires.

Safer Laser Delight from Eurolite

03/02/2012 - Equipment News

With the VLS, Eurolite of Germany offers a new series of professional laser projectors: six models with different performance categories, but with one collective aspect which has been given prominence: safety of users and audience.

Good Quality Speakers Wanted!

03/02/2012 - Event News

Have you worked on a complex or high profile project that you think others might be interested to hear about? Or solved a seemingly impossible lighting challenge? If so, then the organisers of Showlight 2013 would like to hear from you.

Unusual Rigging moves NRC assessments to Northamptonshire

02/02/2012 - Standards News

Unusual Rigging has announced that, with immediate effect, all its NRC assessments will take place at the company’s facility in Bugbrooke, Northampton, including any originally scheduled for Earls Court.

Clay Paky Lights Singapore's Newest Club Avalon

02/02/2012 - Project News

The glitz and glamour of Hollywood has come to Singapore. The opening of Avalon has been hyped as the most highly anticipated nightclub event in the region and fittingly boasts the largest installation of Clay Paky Sharpy moving beam lights ever installed in a club.

Horn Heralds New German Distribution Arrangement for Audient

02/02/2012 - Business News

Following a strong period of growth in sales in Germany, audio manufacturer Audient is now supplying dealers directly. The decision to change the distribution strategy in this territory was taken with a view to developing a closer relationship with customers and dealers. To coincide with this new set up, sales manager Simon Horn (pictured) joins the team, providing a contact point for current and future Audient customers in Austria, Switzerland and Germany.

‘It Must Have Been Love’ as Vari*Lite Gives Roxette ‘The Look’

02/02/2012 - Production News

2011 was a fantastic year for Swedish Pop duo Roxette as they embarked on their first world tour since 1995. Forming the backbone of LD Calle Brattberg’s spirited lighting design were Philips Vari*Lite VL3000 Spot luminaires, supplied, for most of the tour, by Scandinavia’s largest rental company of stage, lighting and sound equipment - Starlight.

Digital Mapping with Ordnance Survey

02/02/2012 - Project News

When Ordnance Survey, Great Britain’s national mapping agency, purchased the 16 acres of land at Adanac Park for its new state-of-the-art Southampton Head Office, the organisation was determined that the £42m project would be environmentally sympathetic.

Christie J Series Races Across Europe

02/02/2012 - Equipment News

The European market has wasted no time in affirming Christie’s belief in the strength and relevance of its new J Series projectors. Christie Partners and resellers are reporting major sales — right across the EMEA territories, and across the entire product range.

Oslo Audio Invests in L-Acoustics KARA

02/02/2012 - Production News

Oslo Audio has become the first rental company in Norway to invest in an L-Acoustics KARA WST line source system, ordering 24 cabinets from local distributor, Scandec Systemer. The system is powered by L-Acoustics LA-RAK amplified controllers and supplemented with SB18 sub woofers.

DPA’s d:fineTM Headset mics do time in Prison Musical

02/02/2012 - Production News

DPA’s new d:fineTM headset microphones have been used for the musical Lelies, a Judas Theaterproducties production at the Antwerp Fakkeltheater.

TV One Launches the new CORIOmaster C3-540 Series Video System

02/02/2012 - Equipment News

The new C3-540 offers a new, more efficient approach to building video systems. Using TV One's latest CORIO3 technology, it gives the user access to new levels of video processing power to achieve new heights of creative and dynamic video displays. All this is possible in one 4RU chassis.

The Long Reach Long Riders Announce Itinerary for 9th Annual Charity Motorcycle Ride

01/02/2012 - Event News

The 2012 LRLR ride will begin and end in the beautiful city of Seattle, the Emerald City of the Northwest.

Robe Takes Holiday On Ice

01/02/2012 - Production News

Leading European lighting designer, Belgian based Luc Peumans from Painting With Light, specified 62 Robe ROBIN 600 LEDWash fixtures for the current Holiday on Ice Speed tour.

Highlite International at Pro Light+Sound 2012

01/02/2012 - Event News

The annual Pro Light+Sound in Frankfurt is approaching fast. In just a few weeks time the show will open its doors to the public.

Music Folders Extra Discount During February

01/02/2012 - Equipment News

Music education and performance equipment specialist Black Cat Music is currently offering Music Folders with an additional discount. This offer only applies during February, so anyone looking to take advantage of this money saving opportunity to kit out their choir or orchestra with a matching set of music folders is urged to act promptly.

Le Mark's StudioTak at the National Television Awards 2012

01/02/2012 - Production News

Airing live on Wednesday 25th January 2012, The National Television Awards was as glitzy and glamorous as ever before. For the 3rd year running, Le Mark’s StudioTak studio flooring played a key part in its flawless lighting and set design. Le Mark’s high gloss black StudioTak studio floor was the base of the stage design, decorated with a second gloss red layer to give a visually stunning set.

Arena Group Ahead of the Curve with Arcus

01/02/2012 - Equipment News

The Arena Group looks towards a curved future with the launch of Arcus – its new temporary events structure which delivers extended structural integrity and interior design options among its features.

grandMA2 and MA VPU Vote for Miss South Africa and Miss Teen

01/02/2012 - Production News

For the second consecutive year, Dreamsets provided the full technical production for Miss South Africa and Miss Teen held at Sun City’s Superbowl venue. Lighting designer from the company, Mauritz Jacobs, has worked on the show at least five times before, and for this year’s edition, he used a grandMA2 full-size as well as an MA VPU plus (Video Processing Unit).

World's Largest Dynacord P64 Installation in the Autostadt Wolfsburg

01/02/2012 - Project News

In the Autostadt Wolfsburg, the communication platform of the Volkswagen concern, everything revolves around mobility. Over 23 million people have visited the theme park and out-of-school learning centre since its opening in the year 2000, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany. The Autostadt is the world's largest automobile distribution centre and its automobile museum – the ZeitHaus – is the world's largest. With a multitude of cultural events staged there each year, the Autostadt is also an attractive venue for cultural pursuits, offering an ambience in which art, architecture and design combine to superlative effect in a 25-hectare landscaped park.