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Harlequin Floors launches new European distribution centre in Liège and recruits a new Commercial Director in Berlin
Hi-Tech Media Partners with Renkus-Heinz to Bring Premium Loudspeakers to Russia
Russia – Renkus-Heinz, manufacturer of professional loudspeakers, is partnering with Hi-Tech Media to bring premium sound offerings to Russia. The move puts Renkus-Heinz solutions in the hands of more integrators and end users, allowing for quality sound to be placed precisely where it's needed the most: on the audience.
“Renkus-Heinz has a mission to empower our customers with perfectly positioned audio across the globe,” said Michal Poplawski, European technical sales manager at Renkus-Heinz. “By partnering with Hi-Tech Media, we are further enabling that mission while also working with one of the most knowledgeable and committed teams in the region. That includes Russia, as well as Belarus and Kazakhstan where Hi-Tech Media has its satellite operations.”
Hi-Tech Media, headquartered in Moscow, is a market leader in added-value AV distribution. The firm offers all stages of support and installation – from consultation to long-term service – for complete AV systems. Hi-Tech Media’s expertise also aligns with Renkus-Heinz’ key markets, and includes work in education, governmental, corporate, performing arts and sports facilities.
Renkus-Heinz has provided premium loudspeakers for more than 40 years, and for more than a decade has worked to perfect digital beam steering technology. These steerable solutions allow for audio to be positioned in any room, keeping the focus off any architectural peculiarities or reverberant surfaces and instead, placing it precisely where it's wanted: on the audience. With supporting tools from robust software suites to elegant Android and iOS applications, the integrator and end user is put in total control of their loudspeaker systems.
“Renkus-Heinz is a recognised leader in high-tech solutions and their systems are renowned for working in challenging spaces, both acoustically and aesthetically,” said Pavel Shemyakin, brand manager for Audio Systems at Hi-Tech Media. “The provided systems are trusted by global corporations, governments, large hotel chains, sports arenas, world-renowned theatres, and religious institutions. With Renkus-Heinz technologies, we can now offer loudspeaker systems to those areas where it is really needed, minimising spurious reflections and dramatically improving audio performance and visual aspects.”
“We’re thrilled to be working with the Hi-Tech Media team,” said Matt Czyzewski, president of Renkus-Heinz. “This is a partnership that couples world class products and solutions with a world class AV team. We look forward to the outcomes of adding high quality sound to more locations across Russia.”
14th August 2020
Chauvet Expands US Operations with New Las Vegas Facility
USA – Chauvet has doubled its capacity to serve customers in the west region of the US by opening a 35,000 square foot satellite facility in Las Vegas. The new office, warehouse and service centre complex is twice the size of the company’s West Coast Burbank, CA satellite facility that it will be replacing on 10 Aug.
“Our investment in a new, larger and more technologically advanced facility reflects our commitment to this industry and our belief in its future,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “Being in Vegas will enhance the level of service we’re able to offer our customers.”
Combined with the company’s Global Headquarters in Florida, the new Vegas operation gives Chauvet the capacity to ship to any point in the 48 contiguous United States within three days, maximum.
The Las Vegas facility will stock Chauvet Professional, Iluminarc, Chauvet DJ and ChamSys products. Modelled closely after the company’s East Coast operations, the satellite facility is actively recruiting and will host technical support, sales, demo/training programmes, quality control and shipping operations.
Although the Chauvet Las Vegas facility is new, it will be staffed by many familiar faces. General site manager Todd Bearden has made the move from California to Nevada, as have warehouse lead Mark Guzman, sales support specialist Elizabeth-Aye-Darko and repair specialist Brandon Cooks. They will be joined by a professional local service, support and warehouse staff.
“The strength of any company begins with its people, so I am proud and gratified that there are key team members that are joining us in Las Vegas,” said Chauvet. “We’re looking forward to building a great future together there and will be ready to serve our US customers as the pandemic passes and business grows.”
11th August 2020
Powersoft Pledges Percentage of Profits to Crew Nation Fund
Live music inspires millions around the world, but while artists have been able to embrace the new possibilities afforded by social media and streaming sites in the wake of Covid-19, the talented men and women who so often stand behind them have not been so lucky.
With this in mind, charitable fund Crew Nation has been created to extend a helping hand to the touring and venue crews who depend on a constant run of shows to make a living.
The fund – powered and administered by charitable 501c3 organisation, Music Forward Foundation – has been kick-started in inspiring style by Live Nation, which has contributed an initial $5 million and committed to match the next $5 million given by artists, fans and employees. So far superstars such as Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Metallica, John Mayer, and many more have shown their support and donated.
Having become aware of the initiative, Italian innovator Powersoft has pledged to donate 5% of the proceeds from all of the touring amplifier platforms sold between 27th July and 15th of October, to Crew Nation. The Powersoft campaign that will follow is based on the key concept that ‘behind every show stands a great live music crew’, to underline the importance of the people behind the scenes of the shows that are so important to so many.
The campaign will be spread over several different media such as web banners, banner newsletters, social channels, and in print in the international trade media.
Powersoft’s brand, communication and trade marketing manager, Francesco Fanicchi, said: "As with every person involved in the industry, we know how difficult the last months have been for professionals in the live event industry, in particular the touring and venue crew who are completely dependent on live shows to survive. “We spent time in doing research to find the right organisation to partner with, and eventually we came to realise that Crew Nation would be the perfect channel. Although It is difficult to make any assumptions on sales levels during this period, we will use our marketing capabilities to promote this operation to industry professionals in the hope that we will raise a significant contribution to Crew Nation.”
“We greatly appreciate Powersoft extending a helping hand to the touring and venue crews who depend on shows to make a living. Their pledge will go a long way to assist Crew Nation in its mission to support and provide grants for these backstage staff who are struggling the most during these difficult times,” said Nurit Smith, executive director of the Music Forward Foundation. “Together with partners like Powersoft, Crew Nation can ensure that the live community has the support it needs.”
Fabrizio Romano Bolzoni, sales manager, rack amps, added: “As an Italian company, we feel at the forefront of this unprecedented situation. We want to make ourselves engines and promoters of commendable initiatives to support the people in our sector, and we asked our worldwide sales networks to promote this initiative as much as they can, in order to raise awareness for something that is really impacting the live music industry.”
Please visit livenation.com/crewnation to donate.
5th August 2020
#LightItInRed Supports #WeMakeEvents Red Alert Campaign
UK – Grassroots campaign initiative #LightItInRed is part of the 11th August ‘Red Alert’ day of action being organised and coordinated by #WeMakeEvents and PLASA (the Professional Lighting & Sound Association).
Red Alert is also being supported by numerous companies, professionals, organisations and other individuals and practitioners working in the entertainment technology industry and performing arts sector.
The Red Alert campaign’s goal is to get the live entertainment and technical production sector in front of politicians, specifically those in the exchequer and at the DCMS (Department of Culture Media & Sport), the latter as the industry’s representatives at parliamentary level.
The reason is to demand urgent financial help for the sector and its substantial support infrastructure until mass gatherings can return.
The industry is on the brink of collapse following no work or cash flow for five months, and no timetable for a re-start.
This is further exacerbated by recent changes to the coronavirus jobs retention scheme (JRS) meaning that already cash-strapped companies will be under further pressure to make redundancies.
On 6th July, #LightItInRed initiated a lighting action that saw nearly 700 buildings, monuments, landmarks, and spaces all over the UK lit in ‘emergency red’ to raise awareness of this dire situation.
#WeMakeEvents Red Alert is the next step.
“The call is even more urgent now, so we are again asking everyone if they can get actively involved and light something red for the 11th August,” says #LightItInRed co-founder Steven Haynes.
Phillip Berryman, the other co-founder of the movement, states: “We are hearing daily about the mental health impact of this crisis on individuals, and ask everyone in our industry to not only show their support for each other, but join together with one united voice and take part in the #WeMakeEvents Red Alert campaign.”
To register a building / place / space to be lit in red on 11th August, please visit: www.lightitinred.com
Information about other activations being planned on 11th August can be found at www.plasa.org/wemakeevents
The UK’s live entertainment and technical and creative production industry remains vastly undervalued and underappreciated whilst facilitating a massive contribution to the UK’s GDP and exchequer through live events, performance, concert tours, festivals, etc.
It was the country’s fastest growing sector in 2018 and offers a diverse array of employment and careers.
The DCMS has secured £1.57bn for the sector – announced the day before the #LightItInRed event in July – which is fantastic, but it appears that this £1.57bn is predominately for the theatres, venues, institutions and the heritage sector with only a small amount to assist the numerous small venues around the country.
#LightItInRed has also not yet heard of anyone successfully accessing these funds.
Except for the small venues, the sector generally has some form of annual arts funding and at best constitutes around 50% of the live events and technical production industry.
This 50% of the industry that has been missed out is the part with no existing arts funding. It is normally completely commercially viable, self-sufficient and pays taxes.
The companies and individuals working in it are not only hugely dynamic, talented and resourceful, they take substantial personal risks borrowing billions for equipment capital purchases, buildings, mortgages and staff. This sector (live entertainment, festivals, music, comedy, touring, corporate and industrial events, promoters and manufacturers etc.), is enormous and represents at least half of the overall sector represented through the DCMS.
Despite all the recent positive statements by the government, right now the live events and technical production industry cannot work.
4th August 2020
ISCE rebrands to ISCVE – Institute of Sound, Communications and Visual Engineers
ISCE has renamed and rebranded to ISCVE LtdL The Institute of Sound, Communications and Visual Engineers.
Recognising the diversity of its members and the markets they operate in, along with the convergence of technologies, the Institute has undertaken this identity and name change to embrace the wider scope, skills and sectors of its members and supporting members.
ISCVE president, Helen Goddard FInstSCVE states: “We recognise that audio without visual, in today’s markets, is a little like tea without biscuits, you rarely see one without the other.
“So whilst it is important for us to continue to embrace members and market sectors of our origins, we also welcome with open arms, members who are working within additional disciplines, skill sets and technologies and our brand identity has been changed to reflect that’.
‘Training programs offered by ISCVE already include acoustics, assistive hearing, PA & sound reinforcement systems, voice alarm and audio-visual technologies, so this is a very natural progression, and of course, ISCVE training programs continue to be fully CPD accredited.
“CPD accreditation is important for our members, particularly in the UK, as it continues to be the most recognised standard of training by government and public and private sector bodies for our markets.”
ISCVE training courses include programmes presented by the industry’s leading consultants, engineers and practitioners and are open to members and non-members. A full schedule of courses can be found on the recently rebranded and relaunched ISCVE website.
Further important membership benefits and new activities are planned over the coming months.
4th August 2020
New Prolyte Stock In North America
USA – Area Four Industries Direct America has recently received new stock of Prolyte products for immediate availability. This initial stock includes truss and accessories for the 30/40 series trusses, an array of hardware and accessories, and the popular LSU Ground Stack LED wall support system. The award winning Verto truss and other Prolyte products will be arriving in the coming weeks as Area Four Industries Direct America continues to ramp up efforts to expand the presence of Prolyte in North America.
Building on more than 25 years of history and tradition, the Prolyte brand continues to be one of the most recognised worldwide names in aluminium truss and structures for the event industry. Now utilising the vast distribution strength of Area Four Industries Direct America, Prolyte products are more readily available for event production, installation and leisure markets in North America.
“In spite of the obvious challenges this year, we have continued to receive multiple requests for products and we are excited that we are now able to fulfil those requests,” said Prolyte business development director, Keith Bohn. He continues: “With stock available near both coasts, we are able to more efficiently manage the demand throughout the country.”
Prolyte products are in stock in Knoxville, Tennessee and Thousand Oaks, California as well as Prolyte’s long time distribution partner A.C. Lighting in Toronto, Canada.
3rd August 2020
Updates to ETC and High End Systems Warranty Statements
In order to ensure customers are supported with the highest level of service across the globe, ETC and High End Systems are modifying their warranty statements by requiring an ETC or High End Systems international warranty provision to be obtained, in advance, for products that are purchased by a dealer in North and South America and subsequently forwarded outside of the Americas. Failure to do this will void the product’s warranty.
When reselling products outside North and South America, customers must purchase this provision prior to the product’s initial shipment from ETC or High End Systems. To receive a quote for an ETC or High End Systems Warranty Provision, please reach out to a regional sales team.
ETC and HES appreciate assistance in improving their co-ordination of these global transactions.
For convenience, here are copies of the updated statement in ETC’s and HES’s warranty, terms and conditions:
For dealers located in North and South America: ETC manufactured products forwarded outside of North and South America will immediately void this warranty unless the dealer has obtained an additional ETC international warranty provision for the specific product prior to the product’s initial shipment from ETC. ETC is not obligated to provide an ETC international warranty provision. Please contact ETC to inquire and purchase an ETC international warranty provision.
For dealers located in North and South America: High End Systems manufactured products forwarded outside of North and South America will immediately void this warranty unless the dealer has obtained an additional Hight End international warranty provision for the specific product prior to the product’s initial shipment from High End Systems. High End Systems is not obligated to provide a High End international warranty provision. Please contact High End Systems to inquire and purchase a High End international warranty provision.
31st July 2020
Latest Theatre Updates from White Light
UK – A statement from Bryan Raven:
Well here we are. Another month has gone by and we still found ourselves in a similar situation to when we sent out our last newsletter. That said, there has obviously been a few changes. We all let out a huge cheer on that Sunday evening when we discovered that the government had finally decided to give the arts and culture sector the financial support it desperately needs. This is a result of everyone's rallying and campaigning so a huge thank you if you were one of the thousands behind this. We are now slowly discovering how this money will be distributed (at long last) and we really hope it's enough to save the incredible venues and organisations we work with across the UK.
In terms of getting shows 'back on the road', there's been a huge effort over the past few weeks in seeing how theatre can exist with social distancing in place. I personally don't think it can and this seems to be the conclusion made by Andrew Lloyd Webber after his test event at the London Palladium last week. That said, I think the resilience being shown sums up both the passion of those working in this industry and the fact that there clearly is still a demand for theatre and shared experiences. I think the immediate future will be focused on outdoor performances and we are seeing a lot of venues announce seasons outside. At WL, we are delighted to be providing the lights for the upcoming Jesus Christ Superstar: The Concert at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre next month. Similarly, we are also excited to be supplying Blindness at the Donmar Warehouse, which is a socially distanced sound installation (now there's a concept that didn't exist this time last year...). What both of these productions, and the many others announced, show is that the audience hunger still remains; something which will hopefully pay in dividends when we return back to 'normal'.
As always, we've included below a list of updates, useful links and resources for you to look through. In the meantime, please do keep in touch and let us know how you're doing. We are starting to bring back our team so if you have any enquiries or just want to touch base, then please make sure you do so.
Managing director, White Light
31st July 2020
L-Acoustics expands presence in Nordics with addition of JLE as Certified Partner
Sweden – Since 2003 when it purchased its first ARCS constant curvature system, Swedish rental company JLE Audio has grown its inventory with a range of L-Acoustics products that count Kiva and Kara II line arrays, followed by the recent addition of the new A Series. JLE provides quality equipment and service to live events and installations across Sweden, and its appointment as an official L-Acoustics certified provider rental (CPr) and certified provider install (CPi) allows them to offer extended service and expertise to its client base.
Over the years, JLE has fulfilled a growing number of projects, and as a result, its rental stock of L-Acoustics cabinets has grown correspondingly to almost 200 cabinets. “It makes perfect sense for us to solidify our relationship with L-Acoustics by becoming a member of the partner network,” explains JLE’s Johannes Jonsson. “It gives us increased expertise and ready access to support from the global family of L-Acoustics partners, which means that we can assure an elevated level of service and expertise to our clients.”
Most recently, JLE has increased its presence in the strategic installation market, completing projects including Gnosjö Missionskyrka and Pentecostal churches in Mullsjö and Jönköping and performing arts centres such as the Skövde Stadsteater.
“Johannes and his team have identified key areas of growth in Sweden, and have helped us nurture strong relationships with end-users,” says Han Dohmen, regional sales manager at L-Acoustics. “We’re excited to welcome them into the partner network and look forward to working together to help them create engaging experiences for audiences across a wide variety of events and venues in Sweden.”
“We’ve always had a positive experience working with the L-Acoustics team,” concludes Jonsson. “They understand the Swedish market, and their ability to help us create sound solutions that are perfectly tailored to our clients’ needs is a strong advantage for us. We look forward to building the future of sound in Sweden together.”
30th July 2020
Live events industry moves #WeMakeEvents campaign into ‘Red Alert’ to save UK events
UK – Many of the leading live events trade bodies and businesses across the UK have joined together to bring attention to the dire straits the live events industry and its entire supply chain is facing; the sector includes manufacturers, audio, lighting and video specialists, logistics, transportation, rigging and many more.
The industry is now issuing a ‘Red Alert’ with many organisations, businesses and live events staff coming together on the 11th of August to shed light on an industry set to collapse, unless the government provides the right support.
Redundancies have started with research conducted last week indicating 10% of companies planning to issue notices by the end of July, with an additional 15% in August, and 70% plan to make redundancies by end of 2020 with a fifth expecting to lose 70% of staff.
The UK is regarded as a global leader in delivering large, complex events and without financial support from the government, the UK’s art and culture sector is at risk of closing for good and potentially losing over £100 billion contribution to the UK GDP to European and US production companies, some of whom are receiving government support. Over a million estimated members of staff, freelancers and businesses will experience unachievable loan repayments, loss of furlough payments, and bailout funding will go directly to venues instead of the staff.
Peter Heath, MD of leading trade body PLASA, comments: “The live events industry supply chain that contributes to every single event in the UK is set to completely collapse, social distancing prohibits mass events, and even if this stopped now, long-term planning for events won’t enable a return until around March 2021. Now the whole industry is coming together to initiate a Red Alert. We have been campaigning for financial support from the government using #WeMakeEvents because the sector is on its last legs.”
James Gordon, CEO of Audiotonix, the UK’s largest Pro Audio manufacturer and a key supplier to the events industry, adds: “As the first industry to stop working back in early March, we will also be the last to get our businesses working again, with ongoing social distancing making it impossible to open up live event venues to allow capacities that are commercially viable for all. Without an ongoing sector specific furlough scheme which other European countries have introduced, and other financial measures that will help our freelance workers who make up 72% of this sectors workforce, we cannot secure the long term future of the UK’s leading, internationally respected and commercially contributing events industry.”
30th July 2020
Harlequin Floors launches new European distribution centre in Liège and recruits a new Commercial Director in Berlin
Europe – Harlequin Floors, the global leader in advanced technology flooring for dance, performing arts, entertainment and events, has launched its new manufacturing plant and distribution centre in Liège to fulfil its European clients’ needs better. In spite of the coronavirus pandemic, Harlequin has also grown its team in the DACH market by appointing Sander Resnik (pictured) as a new commercial director in Berlin.
Established in the UK over 40 years ago, Harlequin’s experience and reputation is founded on the manufacture, supply and installation of a range of high quality portable and permanent sprung and vinyl floors chosen by the world’s leading venues, from the Royal Opera House to the Bolshoi Theatre, the Paris Opera Ballet to Sydney Dance Company. We also work with Global production companies in live events, TV production, fashion and retail.
The new 2,000 sqm plant based in Liège will manufacture our globally renowned Harlequin Liberty sprung floor panels and will ensure an even faster service for our European clients, especially those in the events industry where a rapid turnaround on orders is a prerequisite and will be even more important to help rebuild the industry post-pandemic. The new site will improve efficiencies in manufacturing and supply and will enable us to deliver the highest quality products tailored to our varied customers’ needs.
It will also enable Harlequi to service the growing demand for its products in Europe. Harlequin will use the knowledge and experience of Sander Resnik, who has a background in sales expansion and e-commerce, to widen the German speaking customer base which is dominated by the dancing elite but has further potential in the wider dancing community as well as the events industry.
Sander Resnik, new commercial director of Harlequin Deutschland, said: “I am glad to be with Harlequin Floors at this time and to be able to support the DACH region with my expertise. Working closely with Mr. Rüter and the team in Berlin, I aim to show our German speaking customers how important it is to train and perform on a real dance floor as opposed to a generic sports floor.
“We are sure that our customers will also welcome further improvements to our excellent service as well as new products we are currently developing.”
Guy Dagger, CEO of the Harlequin Group, said: “Harlequin has experienced incredible global growth over the last year providing internationally renowned brands, venues and performing arts schools with quality performance floors and stages.
“We have seized the opportunity this growth brings to offer all our clients across the world the outstanding customer service that is synonymous with the Harlequin brand.
“Last year we worked with an incredibly diverse range of customers around the world on an amazing range of projects, from Australian Ballet to the Cirque du Soleil, from Macbeth at the Norwegian Theatre to the Comic Relief Danceathon in London.
29th July 2020
Void Acoustics confirms new distributor for Korea
Korea – As the world slowly and safely begins to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic which has brought the audio industry to a standstill for the past few months, Void Acoustics has confirmed the appointment of a new distributor for Korea.
Joeun Media Co. Ltd is based in Busan, Korea, and first came to the attention of Void Acoustics in 2013 at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt. The company has been operating since 1985 as a wholesale AV distributor and has established a significant reputation as an exceptional audio installation company for major clubs and venues around Korea. However, this will be the first time that Joeun Media has been appointed directly as a distributor for the audio manufacturer.
Jung Wook, CEO for Joeun Media (pictured) is delighted by the appointment: “I was first made aware of Void Acoustics six or seven years ago and was fascinated by the unique design and innovative speaker arrangement of the Incubus and Nexus systems, which so clearly demonstrate the unique production values of Void Acoustics.”
Since that first introduction to Void when they were appointed as a dealer, it has been Jung’s ambition to become a distributor for the brand. During these intervening years they have specified and installed Void systems into numerous clubs around Korea including Ibiza in Daejun and Flux in Busan.
“When the opportunity arose to become the Korean distributor for Void Acoustics, I contacted the team immediately about taking over the distribution rights. We know we are in a strong position with our past experience to specify and install Void systems into upcoming major venues and installations.”
Sean Iskhandar, APAC sales manager for Void Acoustics is pleased that: “With the past projects Joeun Media have been involved with, and their experience of installing our systems over the years, we knew that this was a great opportunity to work in closer collaboration with Jung and his team. With a number of projects coming back on-line since the pandemic, we are confident that the Void brand will start to make even more in-roads into the Korean market. It will be exciting times ahead.”
29th July 2020
New Extended Warranty from Chauvet Professional
Chauvet Professional has added a new feature to its reliable, high performance LED Maverick, Rogue and Ovation fixtures: the peace of mind of an extended warranty. The new warranty is for three years on all indoor rated fixtures within the ranges and five years on their LED engines.
All qualifying products purchased since 1 January, 2020 are covered by the extended warranty. These include the silent Maverick Silens 2 Profile, the powerful Maverick MK3 Profile, Rogue R3X Wash and all Ovation fixtures. Complete details, along with a list of covered fixtures covered by the warranty, can be found on the Chauvet Professional website.
“Given the challenges faced by our industry today, the time is right for us to extend our warranty,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “Our extended warranty covers products bought since the start of 2020. Through this offer, we are hoping to lend an added level of assurance to our customers who are doing installation projects at schools, clubs, churches, theatres or other venues in this environment. We are committed to standing with them.
“Our focus on quality control has resulted in a line of extraordinarily reliable products,” continued Chauvet. “We are confident in extending our warranty, and confident in the future of our industry.”
28th July 2020
GLP Announces 12-Month Global Extension of Product Warranties Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
Germany – Automated lighting manufacturer GLP (German Light Products), has taken an unprecedented step in its determination to support customers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
It has announced an automatic 12-month product warranty extension for any GLP product whose original warranty was due to expire between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. The company has been using the hashtag #keepthelighton (and #KTLO) since the beginning of the pandemic, and is living up to this motto by taking this important decision.
“GLP recognises and understands that the vast majority of our products have been sitting idle for many months, and will continue to do so in anticipation of their next call to duty,” declared Udo Künzler, managing director of GLP GmbH. “Therefore, we wanted to make a full show of support to our loyal customers, whose livelihoods depend on those fixtures being used.”
The year-long extension is being applied to every product within the GLP portfolio. Furthermore, in order to simplify the process, this extension has already been registered through every GLP office and those of their distributors. Customers need take no action in order to ensure that the extension will be applied: it’s already been done.
“As a global manufacturer, supporting our customers and our products around the world is of paramount importance to us,” continued Udo Künzler. “Whilst the pandemic continues to wreak havoc amongst our users, we wanted to bring a level of reassurance that they are not going to lose out on warranty status through the time that products are not being actively used.”
Any questions regarding this policy should be directed to the local GLP office, or GLP distributor.
21st July 2020
Triple E refreshes and relaunches company website as www.triplee.ltd
UK - As a manufacturer and supplier of engineering solutions to the entertainment and creative arts sector, Triple E’s factory output has been mostly stalled as a result of the pandemic.
However, the management team has been making use of the time ensuring the business is match-ready for when the wheels of the industry start to turn again. This has included finalising the development of a brand new website which has launched along with a new domain name: www.triplee.ltd.
Listening to feedback from clients about what they needed from the company website has been central to the new look site. www.triplee.ltd features a customer friendly interface and clearer layout making it easy to navigate and inform the customer as they seek the products best suited to their project requirements.
“Engineering solutions are complex by their nature, and so with the launch of our new website we believe it will allow everyone to better understand the finer details of our product range and how Triple E products can expand the scope and scale of new, and on-going projects,” explains Lucy Edelstein, deputy director.
The team is confident that its new style website provides an excellent online platform for existing and new customers to explore the extensive range of engineering solutions that Triple E have been offering the industry for well over 30 years.
“During this difficult time we wanted to ensure that as things return to a new ‘normal’ we have the sales tools to ensure our dedicated team have every opportunity to resume production to pre-Covid levels. With trade shows currently on hold, the website portal is even more important in the sale and consultancy process for our current, and new customers seeking our expertise,” continues Lucy.
www.triplee.ltd has also been updated to meet current internet design standards with an up-to-date graphical user interface, modernising the entire site and making it more user friendly, all with the aim of improving the user experience and to enable customers to find what they are looking for more easily.
Changing the style of the website has also meant an improved Quote Tool which can be easily updated as new products are added to the range. The full product range and list of services reflects the expanded machine shop capabilities, as well as providing the much-valued cording and rigging diagrams.
“We've also highlighted a number of case studies on the website to help inspire and inform. Throughout lockdown we have still kept the factory going albeit at far reduced levels with handling long term project work and dispatching orders around the world. And so as more projects come back on line as we come out of lockdown we hope to be able to showcase even more feel-good stories about how Triple E products have contributed to new performance spaces, venues and other projects. We are keen to remind the industry that our creativity and experience can help solve design problems in exciting ways.”
In conclusion, Lucy accepts that: “It’s been a tough time for everyone in the industry and we continue to let people know we are here for them on many levels. Together we must stay safe and stay strong and we will all get through this. We are confident that with its well-presented range of information and the powerful Quote Tool that allows a user to get a quote in a few seconds, this new website is going to be of great benefit to all our customers and clients as we all get back on track."
Note: Triple E’s old domain will be phased out so all clients are encouraged to update their bookmarks to www.triplee.ltd
21st July 2020
Join Rosco's Ambassador Crew
The Rosco Ambassador programme is currently in pre-production, and the company is looking for the perfect crew to help it bring it to life. Are you creative and whimsical? Rosco wants to hear from you! Are you more scientific and technical? Rosco wants to hear from you too! If you’re passionate about the Rosco products you use in your work, you are invited to fill in the Rosco Ambassador application. Tell Rosco what you think makes a good ambassador, and why you’d be a good fit.
While this is not a paid position, ambassadors can expect a host of benefits that will be explored and confirmed as Rosco moves forward. All applications will be reviewed and participants will be notified in the coming weeks.
20th July 2020
Triple E Ltd back up to full capacity
UK – After an unprecedented series of events that decimated the entertainment industry both near and far, Triple E maintained its efforts to continue, with control measures in places, for as long as it could. This saw the company stay open and in production until quite late in the day when it bowed to the inevitable and, like so many other businesses, had to place the majority of its staff onto furlough.
Triple E now announces that it is once again open for business, including all custom design and manufacturing.
Triple E has stock in hand for all likely requirements and has spent the downtime launching its new website www.triplee.ltd which gives a new, clearer and more detailed view of its product ranges and greatly improved online quotation tools.
Triple E's design engineers, production staff, technical, workshop and machine shop stand ready to aid customers on their next projects.
David Edelstein, managing director said: "The last 12 weeks has been a testing and tiring time however, Triple E passed the test of ensuring our critical order book was dispatched prior to having to shut our warehouse.
“I'm very happy that thankfully we haven't had any direct effect on any of our staff and their families from COVID-19 and that our social distancing, building cleaning and restriction on physical contact measures have paid off. However, we continue to be vigilant and have many of these in place to mitigate risk to our staff."
13th July 2020
TSL Lighting Joins #LightItInRed Campaign
UK – TSL Lighting joined the Light It In Red campaign on Monday 6 July, bathing its Gatwick and Basingstoke premises with light as part of the ‘red alert’ initiative lobbying the government to ramp up support for the arts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Light It In Red galvanised the entertainment technology industry to come together to loudly state that they cannot be ignored and warn that without financial aid, the supply chain for live entertainment and events is heading for catastrophe. The move comes in the weeks before the government’s furlough scheme is due to end, which is regarded by many as a potential ‘cliff edge’.
“It’s vital that we show solidarity with industry and raise awareness of the dire situation,” says TSL’s Loz Wilcox. “The supply chain does so much for theatre, TV and events and it goes without saying that the arts have been invaluable during lockdown, giving us streaming services like Netflix, BBC iPlayer, and so on. Now, the foundation of the businesses that contribute to producing much of that content is at risk.
“TSL is a proud member of our industry and we are working to support and lobby for positive action in any way we can.”
Theatres and production hubs across the country took part in the Light It In Red scheme, which came as the government announced a financial aid package for the arts after months of pressure.
“The money is fantastic news, but detail on how it will be spent is still pending and there’s so much that needs to be done to secure not just the future of the venues, but all of the companies and people who make it happen,” Wilcox continues.
As much of TSL’s extensive lighting stock remains in its warehouses due to the shutdown, Wilcox gave the TSL crews free rein to use their fixtures to achieve the most striking and powerful looks on the buildings.
The company also sent a crew to light up the Identity Event Management warehouse just outside Eastbourne in Sussex, and the PLASA and LSi premises, also in the town.
Claire Beeson, editor of LSi magazine, says: “We are proud to support the #LightItInRed campaign in solidarity with many in the live events and entertainment industry still needing vital support from government. Huge thanks to the teams at Identity and TSL Lighting who mobilised quickly and efficiently to assist us in illuminating our Eastbourne HQ and helping us to spread this important message. It was really moving to be part of such a widespread movement alongside some of the UK’s most iconic venues and landmarks. Let’s hope the government takes notice!”
Peter Heath, MD of PLASA, comments: “While the government's rescue package indicates some progression in addressing the UK’s cultural catastrophe, there is still a vast amount of more tailored support needed. There are hundreds of hidden people involved in live productions, outside of theatres, who are not being taken into consideration and do not know when they will be returning to work. The #LightItInRed campaign is a warning to the government, that we can expect the production ecosystem to collapse before spring next year unless we see an extension of the self-employed scheme, at the very least.”
The Light It In Red idea was created and managed by Clearsound Productions Ltd in partnership with the Backstage Theatre Jobs forum.
The collective of companies that participated are lobbying for grants to be made available to businesses in the events supply chain, and extended furlough scheme until the live entertainment industry is back to work, and extension of the self-employment scheme tailored towards the industry.
photos: The Fifth Estate and TSL Lighting
8th July 2020
Green Hippo welcomes DataVisual as exclusive distributor for Canada
Canada – Green Hippo, the specialist creator of tools for the real-time manipulation of video for the AV industries, has welcomed DataVisual to its global sales network as exclusive distributor for Canada.
A family-owned company, Ottawa-based DataVisual will add Green Hippo’s Hippotizer media server product range to its comprehensive AV systems portfolio, improving its offering to clients across the breadth of Canada’s pro-AV marketplace.
Having enjoyed a long relationship with Green Hippo’s sister brands Magenta Research and tvONE, DataVisual found the Hippotizer range a perfect addition to its technology offering. “The fit between our two organisations has always been very good, as we both place a high value on the service and support required of more technically sophisticated products,” says DataVisual CEO Lisa Kislich-Lemyre. “The addition of Green Hippo to that family was welcome news. We’ve had a lot of success with tvONE’s video wall processors, but media servers were the one piece of the content delivery puzzle that we were missing.”
She adds: “The more we learned about Green Hippo and their media playback solutions, the more excited we became. Suddenly we had a whole suite of playback options that we could offer, from a well-known vendor with A-list customer references.”
DataVisual, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, has grown from a small supplier of AV accessories to become one of Canada’s largest distributors of professional AV technology for the installation, infrastructure and live events markets. Key to its growth has been its focus on personalised service and support and its experienced staff of regional sales and business development managers working in the field.
“Our consultant and dealer clients engage in a wide range of exciting projects, from projection mapping, to live concerts, TV and broadcast, experiential exhibits, theatres and other performance venues and more,” says Kislich-Lemyre. “For the end-users seeking this kind of solution, creative flexibility, rock-solid dependability, and world-class support are paramount, and Green Hippo delivers all three in spades.”
Welcoming the new partnership, Green Hippo’s sales and marketing director, David March, says: “DataVisual really is a perfect fit for Green Hippo, not only for its impressively wide professional AV client list, but also for its focus on personal, friendly service and understanding the needs of its customers. We look forward to working with their great team for many years to come.”
In picture: The team at Ottawa-based AV specialist, DataVisual.
8th July 2020
Events Business Lights Bristol Old Vic in Red
UK - SLX, a specialist hire and events company operating nationally from premises in Avonmouth, has illuminated the Bristol Old Vic red as part of the #Lightitinred campaign, which aims to highlight the critical condition of the live events industry.
SLX Hire and Event’s CEO, Alastair Currie, says: “As a business who work with national broadcast corporations, to theatres, touring productions and event venues, we’ve not been exempt from the impact of lockdown. We have seen an industry that is our total passion and all about bringing people together, and is reported to be worth £39.1billion to the economy, devastated in order to keep us all safe. As lockdown eases, we are fortunate to still be in a position to be open (though at reduced staffing), operating and doing all we can to keep staff and customers safe in the process. However, many of our clients such as event venues, production companies and theatre institutions, have been facing the reality that they may never open their doors again. Additionally, many highly skilled freelancers, who the whole live events industry relies on, have not received the level of government support needed and we risk losing those skills and talent for when live events become economically viable once again.
We welcome the recent announcement from the government, which will see £1.57bn made available to theatres, galleries, independent cinemas and the like. As ever with these things, the devil is in the detail and it will be vital that this money filters out beyond London and the West End and makes it to the counties and other cities, like Bristol. I hope this money will also find its way to institutions like Aerospace Bristol, the home of Concorde, which plays host to a multitude of important live and corporate events each year, making up a critical part of their revenue.
We fully support the #Lightitinred campaign and hope it will raise awareness of the vulnerability of this whole sector as well as highlighting the value, both economically and culturally, of keeping the events industry alive.”
The #Lightitinred campaign saw more than 200 buildings and landmarks across the UK turned red on 6 July.
8th July 2020
Martin Audio Lights It In Red to Amplify Industry Plight
UK – Martin Audio’s British headquarters in High Wycombe got a dramatic new look as part of Monday night's #LightItInRed campaign, which saw 700 buildings of every kind across the UK lit up in ‘emergency red’ to amplify the voice of the event and entertainment industry during this critical time.
Since early March, the UK events industry has been mostly without work. All kinds of major events are currently prohibited due to the COVID-19 crisis. Corporate events, conferences, concerts, festivals, weddings, trade shows and theatrical performances are no longer able to go ahead. This is leaving an entire industry dormant, with over 25,000 businesses and over half a million workers throughout the UK directly suffering the ill effects.
While the recent UK Government support for arts and venues has been welcomed, more direct support for our sector is needed to safeguard many thousands of livelihoods and the industry of which we are all deeply proud.
Martin Audio’s managing director, Dom Harter, said: “The live events industry is on a precipice. Unless it receives urgent funding to safeguard its future, the shockwave of the resulting collapse will impact hundreds of thousands of jobs in businesses up and down the country and ultimately have a significant detrimental impact on the culture of Great Britain. We continue to support all industry parties and partners in this fight. I would also like to offer my thanks to Nigel Meddemmen, our in-house lighting specialist, and Sophie Hoult for her stunning photography of our headquarters.”
8th July 2020
Zero 88 and iLight Manufacturing for the Future
UK – Entertainment and architectural lighting control manufacturers Zero 88 and iLight have consolidated and streamlined the production facilities and processes at their shared factory in Cwmbran, Wales.
This is to generally boost efficiency and ensure full compliance with the new post Covid-19 health and safety at work directives related to social distancing and general hygiene.
Products from both brands – Zero 88 for entertainment and iLight for architectural / built environments – are fully designed and manufactured in the UK and, proudly, a British industry success story.
Furthermore, with both brands now operating under the Cooper Lighting Solutions umbrella, this recent reorganisation offers complimentary ranges of lighting control solutions for a diversity of projects, scenarios and applications.
Having the fully integrated workspace in Cwmbran means Zero 88 and iLight product volumes can quickly and easily be ramped up and custom projects can be undertaken more cost-effectively, offering all clients better value and service.
With the PCB manufacturing also in-house, the shortening of supply chains has become further refined, a move giving Zero 88 and iLight full control, ultimate flexibility and a real edge over the quality control and the complex technologies involved to build their market leading ranges. They also have the capacity to accelerate new product designs and implementation.
The recent increase in production capabilities saw a 17% increase in the workforce last year with new employees taking on numerous roles from production to finance, and several of them being based locally has also been an additional morale boost.
Product marketing manager Jon Hole, comments: “All our hardware, firmware and software design and developments in-house equal a large investment in our facilities, local community and the future.”
Being part of CLS is another huge plus as a dynamic and progressive thinking global enterprise dedicated to making lives and environments safer, smarter, and more sustainable.
Having been sister brands for nearly two decades, Zero 88 and iLight are now more closely aligned than ever, and the “stronger together” philosophy is underscored by the recent rationalisation of resources and talent, together with R&D and product development.
Having this full control over the production process has been instrumental to this achievement, especially in the current climate, where methodology has had to change as the world adjusts to life after the pandemic, and the entertainment and leisure industries explore ways to restart and return to business as well as seeking out new markets and opportunities.
Zero 88 will celebrate 50 years of enterprise and product creativity in 2022, a landmark that everyone is relishing.
The company’s origins lie right at the essence of the modern ‘production and entertainment technology’ industry and reinforce a great history of innovation in the world of entertainment lighting control solutions.
Numerous and fertile long-term business relationships have been established via a stable and effective international dealer network – chosen for great customer support among other attributes – which constantly ships products to over 90 countries worldwide.
Zero 88 has also been dedicated to providing proper and genuine people-focused customer relations and superlative client service from the get-go, complete with a wide variety of in-person product training and awareness programmes and initiatives to support that approach and maintain another cornerstone of the company’s enduring market presence.
Zero 88 products today are still known for being user friendly and intuitive, designed for new users to quickly get up to speed and more experienced lighting professionals to easily programme complex lighting effects.
6th July 2020
Elation Professional presents “Virtual at Home Demo” series
With the travel, gathering and distancing restrictions that come with the Covid-19 pandemic, Elation Professional’s sales team and product specialists are demoing some of Elation’s newest lighting products from the comfort and safety of their own homes in a video series called "Virtual at Home Demo."
Published each week on Elation’s YouTube channel, each video provides an overview of the key features and unique benefits of some of Elation’s newest lighting products, a demonstration that gives lighting pros an opportunity to assess if a luminaire is right for their needs.
Products showcased in the “Virtual at Home Demo” series include the Fuze Spot, Fuze Pendant, Fuze Profile, Fuze SFX, Smarty Max, Artiste Van Gogh, Artiste Monet, Dartz 360, CW Profile HP and WW Profile HP ellipsoidals, along with the Magma Prime hazer from Magmatic atmospheric effects.
See the “Virtual at Home Demo” series on the Elation YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/ElationPro and check in each week for a new demo video.
3rd July 2020
White Light and SFL Announce Strategic Partnership
UK - Technical solution experts White Light (WL) and leading audio visual production supplier SFL have announced their intention to launch a strategic partnership, one which will see both companies broaden their existing offering and allow customers to receive the highest standard of full service technical production.
The announcement of this strategic partnership is a natural progression for both WL and SFL. Both companies have long-standing reputations for delivering outstanding technical production, both share similar core values and both have a proven commitment to investing in the latest equipment and appointing expert staff. Similarly, both companies have grown significantly over the last few years and each had plans to continue this growth strategy by expanding the services it offered. These plans were naturally affected by the outbreak of Covid-19. Yet, rather than put them on hold, they have decided to choose a different approach and will continue this expansion together through the partnership.
WL’s managing director Bryan Raven comments: “At WL, the question we always ask ourselves is how can we provide the very best service possible for our customers? Therefore, when the opportunity arose to form a strategic partnership with SFL, we knew this was something we couldn’t turn down. Whereas WL has its heritage in lighting, SFL is one of the leaders in supplying audio and video solutions. They also have an exceptional scenery company which our own in-house production team has used on many occasions. As such, we will now be able to combine our expert teams, unparalleled inventories and years of experience to offer our existing customers, as well as new clients, the very best in full service technical production. It’s an incredibly exciting step for both of us and one which we cannot wait to embark on.”
SFL’s managing director Tom Jeffery adds: “We are delighted to be able to support WL in delivering full-service production. We know WL and the brilliant team there well and we know this will be a fantastic opportunity for both companies. Whilst both WL and SFL are industry leaders when it comes to offering technical solutions, the most important aspect for both companies is their people and that will continue. At SFL, we have always valued working closely with our customers and developing personal relationships in order to understand and deliver their vision. This is an ethos that is entirely shared by WL and something both companies will continue to offer as we move forward with this new chapter.”
Under the strategic partnership, both companies will continue to trade separately and keep their existing bases but will now share resources, in terms of both equipment and personnel, when delivering a full production service. They will work on corporate events, conferences, festivals, ceremonies, concerts and any other form of live entertainment, as well as supporting events which take place within WL’s approved and managed venues as well as other opportunities as they arise.
WL’s technical director Dave Isherwood adds: “With so much uncertainty in the world right now, it can often be quite difficult making decisions that will have a huge impact on the future of a company. That said, this announcement is a long-term strategy for both WL and SFL as it will simply strengthen our existing offerings and allow our customers to receive a service they wouldn’t be able to anywhere else. More details about the partnership will be announced in the upcoming weeks as we begin to enter this incredibly exciting venture.”
In picture: Dave Isherwood and Tom Jeffery.
3rd July 2020
Artistic Licence appoints Molpass as distributor in Italy
Italy – Artistic Licence has announced a new formal distribution agreement with Molpass S.r.l. in Italy. With an emphasis on the theatrical market, Artistic's lighting control infrastructure products will augment other premium brands in the Molpass portfolio.
Founded in 1995, Molpass is a versatile provider of high-tech solutions in the entertainment sector, with a particular focus on the audience experience. Recognising the demand for a high-quality dimming product for replacement LED bulbs, Molpass approached Artistic Licence for a trial of its award-winning sunDial trailing edge mains dimmer.
Following a positive response from a number of prestigious Italian theatres, a broader distribution agreement was the next logical step.
Giorgio Molinari, CEO of Molpass comments: "Professional venues simply cannot accept the poor low-end response typical of many dimmers that are claimed to be LED compatible. But the sunDial product gives a very nice fade, and we particularly like the fact that custom curves can be generated and uploaded for our clients' preferred lamps."
Artistic Licence CEO Wayne Howell adds: "sunDial is a perfect example of a product that we developed to solve a technology problem, caused by the move away from CFL and incandescent lighting. As a company, we have a deep understanding of the lighting control needs of venues, having served this market for many decades. So if a theatre or studio finds it needs to handle data in a different way – be that conversion to a different protocol, merging, splitting or failover to name just a few scenarios – then we probably already have the solution. We're very pleased that Molpass will be increasing our visibility in Italy, which we hope will become a strong area of growth for us."
The agreement with Molpass in Italy follows Artistic Licence's recent appointment of Controllux as its distributor in the Benelux countries, and Discoland Oy in Finland.