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Astera Academy is Launched
LED manufacturer Astera’s first concern during the Coronavirus pandemic is that everyone stays safe, well and healthy.
In addition to that, the Astera Academy has been launched in just a few days as a positive response to the crisis.
www.astera-led.com/academy is a new venture enabling interested parties: lighting and visual designers, DOPs, directors, gaffers, grips, engineers and technicians of all types and from all sectors who are into creative and practical lighting, so they can utilise and maximise their time in self-isolation to learn cool new things!
The Astera Academy is doing its bit to help make the best out of the worldwide situation and assist the wonderfully creative and resourceful entertainment technology industry to be ready to hit the ground running when life and business return to normal!
The entertainment and production industry in all sectors has been hit hard by Covid-19. With almost all events cancelled, theatres closed, etc. many venues have been stepping up to become makeshift hospitals and quarantine centres. Some companies have been engaging in alternative activities to help fight the virus in any way possible, while others have been shutting and temporarily laying off staff so, trying to stay inventive and inspired as we all stand strong together to come through this has become something of a mission.
The Astera Academy offers free webinars allowing people to learn more about the AsteraApp and various Astera lighting fixtures.
Topics will include subjects like Getting Started with the AsteraApp to discover its best tips, tricks and less well-known features, with additional topics to be added in the coming days.
Each webinar is streaming twice a day to cater for Europe and Asia, with an afternoon session for the convenience of the Americas and will last between 30 and 60 minutes. The broadcast is coming from Astera’s European HQ in Munich, and all times are listed as central European time zone (CET).
Astera’s Jesper Sørensen (pictured) will be presenting the sessions. He has been doing this worldwide in the last months, and while that’s now not possible in person, his interesting and highly accessible style of knowledge transfer can be enjoyed online.
Astera’s sales and marketing director Sebastian Bückle comments: “Exhibitions and customer visits used to be our most important tools to connect with the industry, but due to Covid-19 it will be online-only for some time!
“This is a big adjustment for all of us, but we also see advantages as it is opening opportunities and paving the way towards new and invigorating operational methods.
“I believe more flexible home office options will be available in the future, together with increased video conferencing for meetings and discussions, even after things normalise.
“The Astera Academy will be continuing in the future. Now that we have established the platform, we love the possibilities of connecting with our existing community, reaching out to potential new users and in fact anyone who might be curious about the products.”
Interested parties can sign up and ask questions during the webinar, and if a live stream is missed, the videos can still be accessed later at www.astera-led.com/academy
Meantime, Astera’s HQ in Munich and factory in China also remain open. Stringent measures have been introduced to ensure all the workplaces and employees stay safe and that all the rules for social distancing are being strictly observed during the lock-down periods. This includes splitting the offices into small teams with separate entrances, while home office working has been implemented for all where this is safe and practical.
Repairs and other packages can go in and out as usual as Astera continues to provide technical – and moral – support to its distributors, dealers, end users and all collaborators and partners globally.
Most of the worldwide service centres are open, and customers are being advised to check before sending something in.
Telephone support should continue to be active in all countries, otherwise please contact Astera directly on http://astera-led.com/support/
27th March 2020
MGG Hits the Road in South Africa
South Africa – The technical production industry is known worldwide for its resourcefulness and determination, and the Coronavirus pandemic is energising some intrepid ideas to help keep businesses rolling and communities safe and functional during the crisis.
With all conferences and live entertainment work cancelled or postponed, South African rental company MGG, based in Johannesburg, was looking at its 32 idle vehicles which range from 45ft artics to small run-around vans, when owner and MD Mark Gaylard came up with the idea of offering the fleet for moving essential medical and other supplies during the crisis.
MGG is one of the country’s leading full production rental companies. The lighting department has a large stock of Robe moving lights, amongst others. In fact, only a few weeks back they were proudly announcing their latest investment in Robe’s new ESPRITE LED Profiles and then the work industry-wide ground to a halt as Covid-19 spread.
Mark composed a quick Facebook post about the transport fleet which went on his own personal page and before long it had nearly 400 shares and people started talking and calling!
It was slowly at first (most of the rock & roll community being used to a pacey environment) but the initial inquiries have started to become a steady trickle of work, all of which is helping keep MGG’s six full time plus their regular freelance drivers busy.
They have had calls to move anything from eggs and other foodstuffs and agricultural produce to steel and building materials. All important medical supplies like hand-sanitising products have been trucked from the docks in Durban, KZN, up to the commercial hub of Johannesburg. They even had a call to move a small business’s offices!
“I quickly realised that the general transport and freight business is radically different from moving and delivering goods and trucking services in our core entertainment industry world,” commented Mark, adding that “it’s highly competitive and a lot of the work gets outsourced to those who don’t own their own vehicles. It’s definitely not an environment where you can just flip a switch and start moving goods as you might be used to. But it’s been extremely interesting.”
The manufacturing side of MGG has also been furtively producing Covid-19 hazard warning signage while there are no shows going on, another area in which they have tried to use the time and talents of the workforce positively.
At the time of writing, SA president Cyril Ramaphosa had just announced that the country is to go into lockdown for three weeks from 26th March in a bid to stop the virus spreading.
Despite all that and the general economic situation even before Covid having been extremely tough in SA for some time, Mark is optimistic about the future of the entertainment, meeting and conferencing and leisure industries.
“Live events, music, theatre, etc., are very vibrant sectors, and people do love to congregate and enjoy each other’s company, energy and an atmosphere. When we come through this I think there will be a massive demand, while there may be some changes in the way we use remote networking technologies, people will still need and enjoy getting together, music fans will still want to experience bands and DJs live, theatre and movie-goers will still want to relax and escape for that time. We will bounce back!”
Mark also thinks that there’s a clear need for quantifying the economic contribution made by the South African entertainment industry, in particular, to the GDP and as a sizeable employment sector.
In the meantime, while we stay strong and get through the crisis together, he’s planning to look after MGG’s staff and regular freelancers and ensure that the company is ready to hit the ground running when the lockdown is lifted and business starts flowing again!
27th March 2020
EM Acoustics: Coronavirus Statement March 26th 2020
In light of the current national and global crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus, we have taken the very difficult decision to close the factory and suspend day-to-day business as of 6pm on Friday 27th March. Without wanting to cast aside the value of our country's economy, the health and well-being of our staff and customers has to take priority, as well as a social responsibility to do our part to halt the spread of the virus in these difficult times.
Whilst the factory is closed and we will not be despatching any orders after Friday, our phone lines are diverted and emails will still be monitored so urgent communication can still get through to us, both for commercial matters and for technical support. We will endeavour to reopen the factory as soon as possible, once it is deemed safe to do, we will continue to follow Government and health professionals' advice on this matter and advise as events develop.
The only thing we can all be sure of this that these are very uncertain and scary times for all of us. “We want to wish everyone all the very best throughout this unpleasant period, and urge everyone to please stay safe, stay home, and keep washing your hands.
We look forward to EM Acoustics reopening our doors to our fantastic industry as soon as we sensibly can.
Ed, Mike and everyone at EM Acoustics.
26th March 2020
Elation Europe launches new-look website: www.elationlighting.eu
Europe – Elation Professional’s European website has received a thorough makeover with a redesigned look that makes for a more engaging visual experience with more intuitive interaction. The website’s improved functionality and cleaner, uncluttered design makes it easier for visitors to find the information they need in a more visually appealing interface.
Another important step in Elation Europe’s continued rise in the European lighting market, the new website, still found at www.elationlighting.eu, is more reflective of the professional development and increased market presence the company has experienced over the past few years.
Elation Europe’s new-look website is easier to navigate and features an enlarged format with enhanced visual content. Compatible across multiple platforms/browsers with an adaptive screen size and design for phones and tablets, the new website makes essential information easier to access than ever. Browse by product segment, or series, or jump directly to a specific product for a detailed look at features, specifications, images and videos. In addition, Elation’s extensive archive of reference stories are presented in a new and more appealing format.
Visit www.elationlighting.eu to experience it and keep up with everything new at Elation in Europe.
26th March 2020
Supporting The Professional Audio Community During The COVID-19 Pandemic
Every part of the professional audio industry is currently affected by the unprecedented challenges which everyone faces from COVID-19. Yamaha believes that the most important priority is to protect the health and safety of everyone within the industry. Yamaha is closely monitoring this fast-developing global situation and following all advice and guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) and public authorities in each region.
The company has many important, long-term relationships throughout the industry, including partners, customers, many freelance technicians and clients, whose lives and livelihoods are being impacted by this unprecedented situation. Thoughts are with them all. Yamaha wants to support them as much as possible and contribute to helping the industry get through this difficult and complex time.
Since 1990, Yamaha has been proactive in developing and maintaining practical education programmes. These are designed to help users deliver better results in both live and installed audio, as well as achieving a more efficient workflow. Now consolidated under the ‘Audioversity’ banner to accelerate Yamaha's training initiatives, it is currently expanding its online education resources further. The online content will bring some benefit in these difficult times, helping viewers to be ready for when the industry is able to return to some sort of normality.
Current content includes:
Teachers’ Tips video series
MRX7-D signal processor training videos
Yamaha Audioversity Webinars (Archives)
How To Mix Live Music video series
You can access further online training resources at the Yamaha Professional Audio YouTube channel:
In the meantime, Yamaha is working tirelessly to add new content to deliver via live webinars during the coming weeks, when trainers can work within the recommended health guidelines to deliver them.
For updates on the latest training content, our operations and further ways that Yamaha is trying to play its part in supporting the wider professional audio community, please stay in touch with the website and social media channels.
Web site https://www.yamahaproaudio.com/
At this extraordinary time, Yamaha will continue to offer as much support to you as we can, and will continue to invest in the future of the professional audio industry.
26th March 2020
Hughes & Kettner and HK Audio brands now distributed in the UK by Polar
UK – The German manufacturer Music & Sales PE GmbH has signed an exclusive contract with UK firm Polar to distribute its HK Audio and Hughes & Kettner brands in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland from April 2020.
Polar will take on the entire product range for both brands, including Hughes & Kettner’s award-winning lines of electric and acoustic guitar amplifiers, and HK Audio’s comprehensive and class-leading pro audio portfolio, which covers everything from portable sound systems for musicians and DJs to full-blown line array systems and professional install solutions.
Tim Riley, Polar’s director – brand development, said: “Polar is set up in a way that ideally serves all the market areas relevant to HK Audio and Hughes & Kettner, so this agreement seemed a perfect fit for us from the offset. We have divisions that directly address the retail markets, professional audio and integrated solutions and the way HK Audio and Hughes and Kettner products straddle these markets is well known.
“The ‘Made in Germany’ aspect of the ranges is also something that resonates in the industry. The quality of engineering and manufacture has always been the mainstay of HK and we intend to re-invigorate the UK and Ireland business using this and adding ‘The Polar Factor’.”
“We are not your average distribution company; we are so passionate about adding value to the brands in our portfolio that we start off as fans of a brand and then steadily build up our share of its success to a point where we believe we become indispensable distribution partners. Our teams are excited to begin work on developing the HK business with our current extensive client base and a whole new set of customers. We feel it’s a dream partnership between iconic engineering and true, value-added distribution.”
Christian Jordan, Music & Sales PE GmbH’s chief sales officer, said: “We are delighted to partner with Polar to further grow HK Audio and Hughes & Kettner in the UK and Ireland. On meeting, it was clear that our two companies share the same vision for growth and success with our brands, and Polar has the experience, know-how and client base to open us up to a whole new level of market share.
“HK Audio and Hughes & Kettner are true innovators and leaders in their respective sectors; fans and users across the UK and Ireland use them on a daily basis to make their music and audiovisual events sound the absolute best they can.
“Because of this, we need a strong and respected distribution partner who can do them justice and spread the message at the level it needs to be. With Tim Riley and the team at Polar, we’re absolutely convinced that this will be an extremely fruitful relationship, and we’re looking forward to a fresh start and continued success together in the future!”
26th March 2020
Xytech Launches Podcast Focusing on Media Industry Trends
USA – Xytech, leader in facility management software for media and broadcast, has launched ‘Xytech After Dark,’ a podcast focusing on trends in the media and broadcasting industries. The first two episodes are now available on iTunes, Spotify and all podcasting platforms.
“Xytech has hundreds of clients around the world in the media and broadcast business,” said Xytech’s Greg Dolan. “We get this super unique view of the industry from our clients and maintain a comprehensive understanding of current trends. The podcast is not a forum to sell, but instead to talk about why create the functionality in MediaPulse, and the types of things happening in our industry. The podcast will focus on industry trends: what we are seeing and how we view the world of media. Finally, this is really fun work. There are a million easier ways to make a living, but there is nothing more exciting. I hope our sense of humor and passion come through.”
Hosted by Xytech’s senior account manager, Gregg Sandheinrich, the podcast will feature a variety of Xytech staff, including Dolan, along with special guests. Available now, the first two episodes cover hot industry topics, including the recent HPA Tech Retreat, featuring special guest HPA president Seth Hallen, as well as the cancellation of the NAB Show, the value of trade shows and the effects of COVID-19 on the industry.
“The goal for the podcast is to take a not-too-serious look at the world of media and entertainment through the lens of software solutions,” Sandheinrich said. “We are looking forward to sharing what we see on the front lines with our listeners and evoke thoughtful conversations about our industry.”
To listen to ‘Xytech After Dark’ or to subscribe, visit: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/xytech-after-dark/id1502477089
26th March 2020
POLAR Adds ClearOne
UK – POLAR, established supplier of key industry brands to the installation, MI and professional audio markets, has announced the addition of ClearOne to its portfolio. The US-based manufacturer produces innovative hardware and software for complete collaboration and communication solutions. From ad-hoc workspaces, huddle rooms and mobile conferences to the largest meeting venues and boardrooms, ClearOne has a range of audio conferencing, visual collaboration and AV networking solutions to address every need.
The addition of ClearOne significantly broadens POLAR’s offering in the sphere of fast-evolving meeting room trends according to POLAR Integrated Solutions division director, Stuart Leader: “ClearOne has an incredibly strong reputation for innovation in the sector, so we’re pleased to be partnering with another highly respected company. We’ve taken on a number of new brands this year, each of which will play a key part in ensuring that we have every tool at our disposal to support POLAR’s ‘concept to completion’ service. New technologies are helping to revolutionise the management and control of resources in a wide variety of workplaces and it’s vital to our customers that we give them access to the greatest possible range of solutions.”
26th March 2020
Elation Professional COVID-19 Heartfelt Message
“Elation Professional wishes to bring a heartfelt message to everyone in our beloved lighting community.
“Like you, we are shocked and saddened by the devastation the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the world, and our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected. Throughout our 35-year history, we have always been a company that cares deeply about our personnel, and therefore place the health and safety of all our employees and their families as our top priority.
“In order to provide a safe and secure working environment while continuing to support our customers, we are adjusting staff levels and operating on a reduced schedule going forward. To further minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission and to adapt to the current business climate, we have decided to temporarily adjust our US operations to Monday through Thursday, with Friday closed until further notice. Our European facility in Kerkrade, The Netherlands, is still operating on a Monday through Friday schedule.
“When the news of this threat first broke, we took immediate action to protect our people and we continue to do all we can to help prevent the spread of the virus by following WHO and CDC guidelines to protect our most valuable assets: our employees and customers! The actions we have already taken include: full restrictions on travel, deep cleaning of our facilities each evening, promoting personal hygiene and social distancing awareness amongst our staff, as well as implementing other hygiene measures such as installing extra sanitizing dispensers throughout our buildings.
“The ADJ Group of Companies supplies products to essential businesses in the construction and commercial sectors, as well as to the fire and rescue industry for training purposes. Therefore, we are keeping our facilities open during these uncertain times in order to give businesses access to urgently needed items for open projects. However, we will be halting all customer and vendor visits including customer will calls for the time being while still connecting with customers through free online trainings and product demo webinars.
“We can confirm that our supply chain remains strong and most of our friends and partners in China are reporting progress with operations almost back to normal. They expect to resume community events next month as well, which is great news. So there is light at the end of the tunnel and a blueprint to get to where we all want to be.
“We are grateful to our thousands of customers and suppliers and will continue to make sure that our business practices are consistent with the most up-to-date information to continue to serve you in the best way we can. We wish everyone good health and strength in these trying times and look forward to continuing to work together to help build a brighter future.”
24th March 2020
AC-ET COVID-19 Statement – We’re in This Together and Ready to Put Your Show Back On
UK – Like everyone in our industry, A.C. Entertainment Technologies has been deeply shocked by the immediate and devastating impact that COVID-19 has had on companies’ and people’s livelihoods. With our origins going back nearly 50 years, in that time we have never witnessed before such an unprecedented shut down of the industry that we are so hugely passionate about and proud to serve.
The well-being and safety of everyone in the industry at this difficult time is our first priority, so our team is holding regular meetings to keep pace with and respond to the daily-changing situation.
For all our employees, we are implementing the Government and National Health Service advisors’ guidelines for workplace safety, including putting in place extra cleaning and hygiene measures.
For the safety of our drivers, warehouse staff and customers, all our drivers have been issued with hand sanitisers to use between each delivery. Similarly, our warehouse staff have been advised to use hand sanitiser between each collection or delivery event.
There is a way you can help us too. For the protection of our staff and our customers, when you come to collect from us or when we deliver to you, please stay the recommended minimum one metre distance away from our staff.
Although we have made adjustments in response to these unprecedented market conditions, for our customers we remain in operation as normal, and continue to have large stocks available.
We are still here for you, ready and willing to help serve your needs, whether that’s right now or in the future when things return to normal.
Our sales teams, product experts and office support staff are doing all they can to continue to offer the usual high level of customer service that we pride ourselves on.
We wish everyone in the industry and their families to remain healthy and safe during this difficult period; we are all in this together and the show will go on again!
23rd March 2020
Wireless technology pioneers LumenRadio and Wireless Solution join forces
Sweden - Gothenburg-based LumenRadio AB has announced the acquisition of Wireless Solution Sweden AB. Together the two companies will become the undisputed market leader in wireless lighting controls for the professional lighting industry. Through the merger of the two Swedish tech companies, a heavyweight player is formed with the strength to lead and drive the wireless DMX market.
Both LumenRadio and Wireless Solution (previous a business area within Interlite AB) have contributed in transforming the lighting industry with their development of reliable wireless lighting control, which today is a “must have” within the film and broadcast lighting, stage lighting and architectural lighting industries. Both companies have great experience and expertise within wireless communication and engineering, and together they will be better equipped to meet the future requirements from their customers.
Alexander Hellström, the CEO of LumenRadio is impressed by the technology and knowledge within Wireless Solution and says: “We are really excited about this! Together we will define the wireless standard for the future and with all the great technology and know-how Wireless Solution has built up over the last two decades, we strongly believe that our existing and future customers will benefit from the combined offer.”
Alexander continues: “Professional lighting is a high-stakes, no-nonsense business putting high pressure on suppliers to always deliver, something that Wireless Solution, under the dedicated leadership from Niclas Arvidsson, successfully has done over the last two decades.”
The combined business will have a yearly turnover of more than 10 MEUR and more than 50 employees, with complementary products and solutions, addressing a much bigger, more geographically diverse and non-overlapping customer base. The two brands will be run separately, maintaining their own market identity, creating a firm belief that both customers and suppliers will benefit from the increased strength of this new entity.
“I am happy and positive that the Wireless Solution brand will continue to thrive within the new LumenRadio context,” says Interlite’s owner and CEO, Niclas Arvidsson and continues: “I think this merger is very good for our customers and the industry in general. The conditions for a truly global standard for wireless DMX are now in place.”
23rd March 2020
TMB is Here for You!
UK & USA - First and most importantly, TMB wants everyone – employees, customers, vendors, all their families and friends – to stay healthy and safe. TMB is following all WHO/CDC and various government social distancing and hygiene guidelines, so we help get this behind us as quickly as possible.
TMB is planning to be here for throughout the pandemic, continuing with appropriately scaled services and operations from the LA and London locations, while still providing the fastest possible response. TMB is here for its customers. As such, TMB is making all recommended and necessary modifications to operations while still actively processing quotes and shipping orders.
TMB will continue to offer technical support, innovative technology, a global presence, and as always, people for whom entertainment production and architectural lighting are more than just a job. The company is planning on getting back to normal as soon as it safely can.
Customers' patience and support is truly appreciated while keeping each other as safe as possible and look forward to happy days to come. Meanwhile, we are all in this together!
20th March 2020
PMC Appoints Mastering Mansion Pro Audio as its Dealer in Madrid
Spain – Madrid-based pro audio specialist Mastering Mansion Pro Audio has been appointed as a local dealer by UK speaker manufacturer PMC, with responsibility for selling and supporting the company’s range of professional studio monitors.
Headed by mastering engineer Nick Litwin, who established the company 16 years ago, Mastering Mansion Pro Audio supplies equipment and offers technical support to all types of recording professionals, from producers and engineers to mastering and mix engineers and self-producing artists.
“We are a very service-oriented company and everyone working here is an engineer with practical experience in the sound industry,” Nick Litwin says. “If someone wants to improve the sound quality of their productions, they can talk to us and tell us how they work, what equipment they are working with, how much they want to spend and what they want to achieve. We then help them by offering sincere, clear and realistic advice that is tailored to their specific needs.”
Mastering Mansion will use its in-house mastering room as a demo facility for PMC products so that potential customers can hear them in a working environment. The company will supply PMC’s entire professional range and for demo purposes it will stock PMC IB1S and twotwo series monitors including the twotwo Sub. It will also demo and supply PMC’s award-winning result6 compact nearfield reference monitors that have becoming very popular thanks to their ability to deliver high quality audio at a cost effective price.
“We had been selling PMC speakers for over ten years now, so this appointment is a natural step forward for us,” Litwin says. “There is huge potential for PMC to do well in Spain and we are ideally placed to support that growth because we have contacts with customers all over the country.”
Chris Allen, PMC’s business development manager for pro audio products, says: ““It is a pleasure to be working with Nick whom I have known for a long time and have always admired his business. Now is the right time for both Mastering Mansion Madrid and PMC to work together in Spain where there is clear demand for high quality loudspeaker products, backed up with world-class customer service.”
Other high end manufacturers that Mastering Mansion Pro Audio represents include Cranesong, Grace Design, Gyraf, Josephson, Lavry, Mercury, Millennia, Mytek, Pendulum, Tree Audio, Trinnov, Vovox, Weiss and Zähl.
20th March 2020
Creative Technology dedicates the processing power capacity of its media servers to scientific research to fight covid-19 disease.
UK – Creative Technology (CT) UK is home to hundreds of media servers, each with the latest in GPUs and processors. Ordinarily, these servers are key to delivering live events for clients, but following the outbreak of COVID-19 throughout Europe and beyond, and the related reduction in live events, CT has found itself in a position to get really creative with the technology. Fighting back against Coronavirus in the best way known, and this comes in the form of the Folding@Home project run by Stanford University.
CT London has set up a server farm, doing all it can to support this worthwhile project.
Researchers from all over the world can now use the CPU (Central Processing Unit) and GPU (Graphic Processing Unit) capacity of the media servers to draw, calculate and analyse complex formulas and graphics in the global fight against COVID-19.
Folding@Home is a distributed computing project for disease research that simulates protein folding, computational drug design, and other types of molecular dynamics. These scientific COVID-19 projects focus on better understanding how these Coronaviruses interact with the human ACE2 receptor required for viral entry into human host cells, and how researchers might be able to interfere with them through the design of new therapeutic antibodies or small molecules that might disrupt their interaction. There is hope to take advantage of some of the new structural biology and biochemical data that is being rapidly released by researchers around the world who are working to understand these viruses and strategies for defeating them.
Since joining the Folding at Home Project, CT announces that several other NEP Group companies have also got on-board: Screenworks, Univate, and Bexel to name just a few.
Creative Technology Group is urging all companies in the audiovisual sector to join this project by making their processing power also available for scientific purposes. Researchers are especially in need of more high-spec GPUs to help, and all the GPU projects are devoted to potential drug targets for COVID-19 right now.
Help to fight COVID-19 by joining this worldwide distributed supercomputer. Please use the Creative Technology group number 240907 to contribute your capacity to its team. You can help by downloading the Folding@Home client to your computer and following the instructions to install it.
CT can’t make ventilators, but it CAN fight COVID-19!
20th March 2020
ELC Lighting & Green-GO extend global network with new distributors
The Netherlands – ELC Lighting, manufacturer of the ELC brand of DMX control and networking equipment and the Green-GO range of Ethernet-based comms systems, has announced new additions to the fast-growing global distribution networks for its award-winning brands. Appointed to exclusively represent both the ELC and Green-GO product lines in Canada is Erikson Pro, while in Israel, Danor Lighting Systems has taken on representation of the ELC Lighting range.
Erikson Pro, part of the renowned JAM Industries group of companies, represents many leading entertainment lighting and sound brands in Canada, and is confident that both ELC and Green-GO products will find favour with customers across the country. Christian Bouchard, Erikson Pro vice-president, comments: “As part of the JAM group, our mission is simply to pair with the best possible brands that remain affordable but outperform competitors.”
He adds: “Green-GO is a refreshing solution that appeals by its simplicity, but most importantly by its flexibility within large network configurations. Equally, for simpler solutions, it remains affordable and more capable than others, a net plus. And then ELC, more of the same in a premium, no-compromise approach for installations that require nothing but the best.”
Danor Lighting Systems, based in Hod Hasharon, Israel, is a long-established specialist in lighting and control systems for theatre, TV studio, museums, club, hotel and architectural applications. Founded 40 years ago by lighting designer Dan Redler, the company has earned a strong reputation for its professional service and highly-skilled technical crews.
Commenting on the opportunities offered by the ELC range, Danor’s vice-president of marketing and purchasing, Erez Hadar, says: “ELC offers leading technology in data distribution for lighting networks, and we see great value for our customers with ELC products.”
Silvio Cibien, sales manager for the ELC and Green-GO brands, comments: “Each of these companies is a leader in its own market, committed to delivering innovative solutions to meet its customers’ challenges. We are delighted to include them in our global sales network, and we look forward to working with them.”
In picture: Shimshon Jehuda, Danor’s technical director and Erez Hadar, VP of marketing and purchasing.
20th March 2020
ABTT Members' Up-date, March 2020
(Reproduced with permission of the ABTT)
The ABTT recognises the very severe impact that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the measures being implemented to deal with it are having on all our members and supporters. We understand how difficult it will be for individuals, theatres and companies during these exceptional circumstances. It will be very important that the theatre industry acts as one and in concert to support and care for everyone who contributes to it. The ABTT will do its utmost to work with all other industry organisations with this aim and to serve, support and inform during these onerous times.
For its own operations the ABTT has followed Government guidelines to maintain the health of colleagues and clients alike and to reduce our exposure and contribution to social contact we have been continuing work as usual but using remote-access.
Our main method of contact is by email: email@example.com
For any urgent technical or production enquiries please use the Theatre Safety Helpline: 07917 177 552
We continue to operate as usual at this time and will provide an update if anything changes.
Please see some updates regarding the ABTT Theatre Show, ABTT Training, upcoming online events and relevant resources that may be useful to you.
If you require urgent assistance please go to www.theatresupport.info
If you need to talk so someone about your situation please contact www.theatrehelpline.org or call 0800 915 4617
19th March 2020
Danley Sound Labs Responds to the Covid-19 Crisis – Let’s Stay Connected
USA – Danley Sound Labs, designer and manufacturer of unconventional loudspeakers and subwoofers, announces to its partners, friends, and clients that it has taken appropriate measures to work within the parameters of the new normal created by the onset of the COVID-19 virus.
“At Danley, our priority has always been to create and supply the most unique loudspeakers coupled with dedicated and honest customer support and service,” said Jeff Pulliam, general manager at Danley Sound Labs. “We have now implemented measures to ensure the health and welfare of all our employees. However, as Danley builds its products in low-density production facilities in Georgia and North Carolina, we have the capability of providing many of our products during this unprecedented time. Our OS, GO2 and Nano lines are readily available. Wooden products will take a little longer. As many members of our team, including our engineers are working from home, there may be little delay in returning messages. Email is a sure bet, as everyone at Danley remains connected at home and at the production facilities. Like everyone, we are dearly looking forward to returning to normal!”
19th March 2020
Artistic Licence open for business
UK – In the light of the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, Artistic Licence would like to wish everyone well in these difficult times.
As a small company, Artistic Licence is keen to reassure all its customers that it is open for business as usual. The sales and production departments are operating normally and have good levels of stock available for immediate delivery.
As a precaution, the decision has been made that staff who can work from home will do so from now onwards, until further notice. Email and telephone details will remain the same and all staff can be contacted as normal.
19th March 2020
L-Acoustics Updates Employees, Partners and End Users Regarding Operations
L-Acoustics is closely following the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic relayed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Center for Disease Control (CDC). As our industry faces an unprecedented challenge, we understand that preventing the spread of COVID-19 to populations at risk must be a global priority. In response, we have implemented the action plan below in accordance with local health and safety recommendations with the following goals:
• Keeping all employees safe and informed
• Supporting our clients, engineers, and end-users
• Keeping our operations and supply chain running in a safe environment
L-Acoustics has taken measures to ensure all its employees are safe and able to care for themselves and their families. The company has implemented a work-from-home policy for all employees able to do so. In an abundance of caution, and in order to limit the spread of the virus in keeping with CDC’s level 3 guidelines, L-Acoustics has decided to suspend on-site operations at the following facilities until further notice:
London, United Kingdom
L-Acoustics is in a solid financial position and, for the foreseeable future, will maintain the entire workforce’s full employment and salaries.
The North American offices in California will remain open this week and will continue to deliver finished goods and service orders while respecting local public health and safety guidelines.
Following the suspension of on-site activities, all deliveries from Marcoussis are rescheduling to a later date. Similarly, all shipments from suppliers will also be rescheduled.
Regrettably, all on-site training and visits to L-Acoustics facilities of Marcoussis, Westlake, New York, London and Singapore are cancelled until further notice.
However, in order to further support the live sound community through education, L-Acoustics preparing a series of free online webinars which will cover multiple topics, including L-ISA, line source optimisation, AVB, and P1/M1. A separate announcement and schedule will be announced in the coming days.
L-Acoustics is ceasing travel for the global sales and application team unless it is absolutely necessary and complies with local regulations.
Ther team remains available globally, through phone and email to support projects and discuss contingency.
L-Acoustics believes the fastest way to get back to normality is to strictly observe local health recommendations. Everyone has a role in protecting populations at risk. L-A will continue to implement its action plan to ensure the safety of employees, mitigate disruption to the supply chain and support its clients.
L-Acoustics wishes everyone health and resilience through these challenging times, and encourages clients to stay connected virtually.
17th March 2020
Theatres Trust commits to environmental sustainability
UK – The national advisory public body for theatres launches its Environmental Principles and announces details of funding, in association with the Wolfson Foundation, for theatres to improve their environmental sustainability.
Theatres, like all public buildings, have contributed to the climate and ecological emergency and the theatre sector must rapidly reduce the impact of its business on the environment.
For this reason, the Theatres Trust is making five commitments to reshape its work and help to influence and improve the sector’s sustainability.
Theatres Trust’s Environmental Principles are:
Considering the environmental impact in all planning responses and advice provided
Supporting projects that are low impact and regenerative through its grants programmes
Working with partners to include environmental best practice in industry regulations
Disseminating case studies and knowledge to the industry from exemplar projects
Minimising the impact of Theatres Trust’s own operations
Jon Morgan, Theatres Trust director said: “As a socially engaged sector, the theatre industry has an obligation to do whatever it can to reduce the impact of its work on the environment. Theatres Trust has a vital role, ensuring that when we give guidance to any UK theatre or award grants, the environmental impact is a key consideration. We will challenge the need to develop where creative reuse or refurbishment are possible and encourage minimising of operational and embodied carbon.”
16th March 2020
HK Audio grows business in Taiwan with new distribution partner Winly
As of January 2020, Winly is responsible for the entire HK Audio product catalogue in Taiwan, covering everything from portable sound products such as PREMIUM PR:O, all the way through to professional – like the COSMO integrative line array – and install solutions.
Founded over 40 years ago and based in Taipei, Taiwan’s capital, Winly has grown from a small office with only two desks into a corporation with over 50 employees covering sales and distribution as well as system integration and production services.
Andy Chen, CEO of Winly, said: “We were looking for a line of high quality speaker cabinets and HK Audio offers exactly what we wanted. Designed and manufactured in Germany to the highest quality standards, HK Audio’s product range covers many market segments. We are very happy that we are given the opportunity to represent this great brand in Taiwan.”
Andreas Mayerl, HK Audio’s head of market development, said: ““It’s great to have Winly Corporation on board as our new partner. When I visited the Winly team in February 2020, I was impressed by their approach to deliver only the highest quality in all their activities. This is a great match for HK Audio and I am convinced that Winly will establish HK Audio very well on the market in Taiwan.”
In picture: Andreas Mayerl (head of market development, HK Audio) and Andy Chen (CEO, Winly) shake on the new distribution deal between the two companies.
12th March 2020
L-Acoustics Named to Fast Company’s Annual List of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2020
USA – L-Acoustics has announced that it has been named on Fast Company’s prestigious annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies (MIC) for 2020. The list identifies the businesses making the most profound impact on both industry and culture, showcasing a variety of ways to thrive in today’s fast-changing world. This year’s MIC list features 434 businesses from 39 countries.
“It’s a privilege to be recognized by Fast Company as a leading global innovator,” says L-Acoustics CEO Laurent Vaissié. “Our founder, Dr. Christian Heil, introduced the V-DOSC line source array system in the early 90s, revolutionising the concert audio experience and altering sound system design forever. This invention spun a new era for the loudspeaker industry, today resulting in nearly 100 per cent adoption of line array technology by top tours, venues and festivals worldwide. Over the years, L-Acoustics continues to encourage a unique culture of innovation and product design excellence, developing industry standards like K1 and the first 3D sound design modelling software with Soundvision, or introducing flexible directivity with Panflex. Recently, L-Acoustics has once again raised the bar for the live sound experience with L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology, which breaks down the limitations of traditional stereo systems to create a more intimate connection between the artist and audience. We shape the future of sound, and it sounds absolutely spectacular.”
L-ISA was introduced in 2016, and since then, 12 million spectators have enjoyed more than eight thousand performances in L-ISA, which is a 40% jump over the past year alone. High-profile deployments of the technology have included Aerosmith’s ongoing Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas residency at the Park Theater at Park MGM, as well as Lady Gaga’s Enigma and Jazz & Piano residencies in the same venue.
The North American concert sound market has experienced a rapid rise in L-ISA productions, notably including the following tours: Bon Iver (Autumn), Mark Knopfler (Down The Road Wherever), Lorde (Melodrama), Childish Gambino (This Is America), and Blue Man Group (Speechless). Other innovative artists such as alt-J, deadmau5 and ODESZA have likewise embraced the technology for engaging one-off performances, as have the Colorado Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic for cinema-related events.
The reach of L-ISA has also extended beyond the realm of conventional live sound reinforcement to include installations at various experiential venues (NYC’s ARTECHOUSE and SPYSCAPE), theatrical productions (L.A.’s CAGES, Miami’s Sleeping Beauty Dreams, and NYC’s Broadway Bounty Hunter), houses of worship (Atlanta’s Mount Paran Church of God), and corporate events (Dreamforce, and others), among other applications.
Fast Company’s editors and writers sought out the most groundbreaking businesses on the planet across myriad industries, also judging nominations received through their application process.
The World’s Most Innovative Companies is Fast Company’s signature franchise and one of its most highly anticipated editorial efforts of the year. It provides both a snapshot and a road map for the future of innovation across the most dynamic sectors of the economy.
“At a time of increasing global volatility, this year’s list showcases the resilience and optimism of businesses across the world. These companies are applying creativity to solve challenges within their industries and far beyond,” said Fast Company senior editor Amy Farley, who oversaw the issue with deputy editor David Lidsky.
Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue (March/April 2020) is now available online at fastcompany.com/most-innovative-companies/2020, as well as in app form via iTunes and on news stands beginning 17 March, 2020. The hashtag is #FCMostInnovative.
11th March 2020
Genelec partners with GSL Professional in Middle East
Middle East – Genelec has appointed GSL Professional as its new distribution partner in the Middle East, covering the territories of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain & Iraq.
Based in Dubai, GSL Professional was established over 20 years ago with the aim of bringing the best in professional audio, video, lighting and control solutions to customers across the Middle East, and has carved an impressive niche for itself as a regional leader in distribution and gained a strong reputation for supplying both products and system solutions.
With a dynamic team of highly experienced professionals and a wealth of combined experience across many markets, GSL Professional offers comprehensive solutions and design support from concept to completion. “We are extremely proud to represent Genelec as part of our premium product portfolio for distribution across the Middle East region. I am looking forward to building a strong relationship with our new partner, and extending Genelec’s business through our extensive channel partner network,” said Adrian Curtis, managing director at GSL Professional.
Arun Kumar, Genelec’s regional business development manager for the Middle East, added: “So much of our global business now is based around providing complete loudspeaker solutions, whether the customer is a music studio, broadcast facility or installation project. That requires distributors with a highly developed commercial and technical understanding of our range, and we can’t imagine a better qualified regional partner than Adrian and his GSL Professional team.”
11th March 2020
York theatre receives national award worth £10,000
UK - York’s prize-winning Joseph Rowntree Theatre has been successful in a nationwide competition run by the Theatres Trust and international stage equipment company, J & C Joel, worth £10,000.
J & C Joel has replaced all of the theatre’s stage curtains and upgraded scenery-moving equipment to enable even bigger and better shows to be produced at the gem of an Art Deco community theatre on Haxby Road.
James Wheelwright, chief executive of J & C Joel said: “We celebrated our 40th anniversary last year and we wanted to mark it in a special way. We worked with the Theatres Trust, the national organisation protecting and advising theatres, to create the competition. The Joseph Rowntree Theatre won from a very wide field of theatres from up and down the country because we loved what they are doing as a community run theatre, providing affordable entertainment to the people of York and beyond, and who also have big plans for the theatre’s future.”
Graham Mitchell, a trustee of the charity that runs the theatre added: “We are very grateful to everyone at J & C Joel and at the Theatres Trust for the work being done. The award’s timing could not be better, as we are expanding the range and number of shows we host. Coming just after being voted York’s “Best Entertainment Venue” in Minster FM’s “Listener Choice” awards, this is an immense boost.”
Dan Shrimpton, the charity’s chair says: “The award of £10,000 will make a huge difference to our operation. Our audiences will be able to see ever more imaginative settings for plays and musicals, and, of course, the annual pantomime.”
Dan adds: “The theatre was built in 1935 by Rowntrees for the benefit of their employees and the citizens of York so that everyone could experience a wide variety of affordable entertainment, either by taking part or by just coming to watch shows, concerts and films. We have big plans to improve our facilities over the next few years to make the theatre a truly vibrant asset for York, as originally intended by Seebohm and Joseph Rowntree. It really is a community asset run for the people of York, by the people of York.”
Tom Stickland, Theatres Adviser at the Theatres Trust says “The Joseph Rowntree Theatre is a great example of the transformational effect that committed community groups can have on theatres, Theatres Trust is pleased to be a position to link up generous industry specialists like J & C Joel with community theatres so that they can offer this vital support.”
11th March 2020
QSC EMEA goes direct in Austria
Austria – As of 1 January, 2020, QSC EMEA has opened a new office in Wattens to distribute the QSC live sound and systems product portfolio in Austria. This change will allow QSC to foster closer relationships to all Austrian customers, providing extensive training, pre- and after-sales as well as both technical, repair and marketing support.
In his role as director, Gerd Kostial will oversee the Austrian QSC office as well as manage direct sales to key system integrators. Kostial has decades of experience in the pro audio and AV industry, and most recently held the position of director at Shure Distribution Austria. Patrik Heider will join Kostial as sales manager, mainly concentrating on live sound accounts. Additional technical, sales and marketing support will be provided by the QSC EMEA branch located in Sinsheim, Germany.
“As one of the leading professional audio brands, the decision to be directly represented in Austria is a significant step in our European growth strategy”, says Ron Marchant, senior director sales and marketing, QSC EMEA. “With Gerd and Patrik, we welcome two team members who have extensive industry knowledge and with whom we are perfectly positioned.”
“With our new presence we will be able to intensify the cooperation and relationship with all the key integrators, retailers, production professionals, locations and major stages in Austria”, adds Gerd Kostial. “There are a number of exciting projects and great customers waiting for us, and we look forward to all of them.”