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2020 Knight of Illumination Awards postponed

25/03/2020

ChamSys Unveils Contest for Programmers “Stuck at Home”

24/03/2020

PLASA Focus Leeds Cancelled

19/03/2020

Media Production & Technology Show

17/03/2020

Pro7ect Announces its Producer Line-Up and 2020 Dates at the Coach House Studio, Rockfield, Wales

17/03/2020

Prolight + Sound 2020: event has been cancelled

16/03/2020

Showlight 2021 Announces First Sponsors

16/03/2020

Highlite not present at Prolight+Sound 2020.

13/03/2020

Power Logistics’ sustainable initiatives recognised as it adds to its 2020 haul of accolades at Event Production Awards

12/03/2020

Robe Pulls out of Rescheduled Prolight+Sound 2020 expo

11/03/2020

Point Source Audio Embraces World Theatre Day with $5,000 Competition

11/03/2020

Chauvet Professional Forgoes PL+S 2020 and Expands its Global Roadshow Schedule

10/03/2020

Vari-Lite and Strand decide to not participate in USITT Stage Expo and Prolight+Sound

10/03/2020

ROE Visual Cancels Participation in Prolight+Sound Exhibition

10/03/2020

Adamson & Prolight + Sound 2020

10/03/2020

Steinigke Showtechnic cancels participation in Prolight+Sound 2020

10/03/2020

Brompton Technology and Faber AV offer sneak peek into the future of Virtual Production

10/03/2020

Elation Europe: We support our industry!

10/03/2020

ETC and High End Systems withdraw from Prolight + Sound 2020

09/03/2020

Yamaha and NEXO Cancel Participation In Prolight + Sound 2020

06/03/2020

Alcons LR24; Clean as a Whistle, Even Up to Eleven

06/03/2020

ROE Visual successfully launches two major products at ISE 2020

05/03/2020

Prolight + Sound 2020 postponed until 26 to 29 May 2020

04/03/2020

Pearce Hire power to winner’s podium at TPi Awards 2020

04/03/2020

Sennheiser returns to the 2020 Video Show with full A4V product line up

03/03/2020

2020 Knight of Illumination Awards postponed

2020 Knight of Illumination Awards postponed

UK – The Knight of Illumination (KOI) executive committee has come to the decision to postpone the 13th annual awards ceremony and gala dinner due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis and the enormous implications it is having on the entertainment industry.

A statement from co-founders Durham and Jennie Marenghi on behalf of the KOI committee reads: "The Knight of Illumination committee has taken the considered decision that this year's KOI Awards ceremony will not be held on 6 September as planned due to the uncertainty of the times in which we now live. The event will be held as a celebration of our industry and to bring people together, once the current situation has been resolved and it is safe to do so.

"Meanwhile, we will continue to appraise the work already submitted and we ask designers to please continue to nominate via the KOI website. We are all watching more TV than usual, so please submit anything outstanding that catches your eye, and to those concert and events lighting designers and video content creators now stuck at home, we invite you to submit your finest work this year before the closing date of 30 June 2020 and if you have videos/photos to review.

"Further announcements on the Awards ceremony will follow in the coming months as the situation hopefully improves. Stay safe and we will come together once more as Knights of Illumination once this worldwide battle has been fought and won."

KOI has been a connected hub for the entertainment technology industry for more than a decade, bringing the community together to celebrate the achievements of lighting and video designers across the sectors of television, theatre, and concert & events, and it plans to remain as such throughout the course of this year and beyond.

Given the large number of productions postponed and cancelled over the upcoming months and the impact that is having on the industry, the committee feels it would be unwise for KOI to choose to proceed with a conventional KOI ceremony. The ceremony revolves entirely around our community of creative individuals, and also relies on sponsorship from businesses, and both groups are already being and will continue to be drastically affected by this unprecedented situation.

Though the ceremony will not take place in the traditional sense, KOI aims to continue to celebrate the achievements and raise the profile of the creatives in the industry, and to this end, it will endeavour to host an alternative event at a later date.

Submissions can be made through the KOI website. www.knight-of-illumination.com

25th March 2020

ChamSys Unveils Contest for Programmers “Stuck at Home”

ChamSys Unveils Contest for Programmers “Stuck at Home”

UK – There’s a massive new 200-fixture rig that was going to premiere at the now-cancelled Prolight + Sound 2020 show. There are also a lot of talented lighting programmers and designers finding themselves “stuck at home,” who would love a chance to show their creative chops. Put them both together and you have an exciting remedy for the “Coronavirus Blues,” called the ChamSys Online Programmers Competition.

Sponsored by ChamSys, the contest, which runs between now and 10th April, provides lighting professionals with more than a creative outlet during slow times, it also offers a chance to win a new MagicQ MQ70 console, something that is sure to open bright, new possibilities when the curtain rises once again on live concerts and festivals. The first 25 entries in the contest will also receive a MagicDMX Test Kit, while the three top runners up will earn a premium swag bag.

Entering the contest is simple. To participate, entrants merely have to download the Vis/Base show file of the Chauvet Professional PL+S 2020 rig, select a one to three minute song of their choice, and then program the lights using MagicQ with MagicVis visualistion.

Once they do that, entrants have to record their entries via screen capture, and submit them, along with the show file, to competition@chamsyslighting.com by 11:59pm Eastern Time (US) on 10th April. The entrant’s name, location and mailing address must be included in all submissions.

The judges evaluating each submission are Max Koehler and Ryan Warffuel of Antic Studios, Phil Watson and James Harrison of ChamSys, and Michael Graham of Chauvet Professional.

For complete contest rules visit https://cutt.ly/Dtl7HQa

24th March 2020

PLASA Focus Leeds Cancelled

UK - Following the concerning recent developments of the Covid-19 outbreak PLASA has come to the disappointing yet inevitable decision that they must cancel PLASA Focus Leeds, which was due to take place on 12-13 May at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

PLASA stated that they cannot now share the incredible programme they had planned, as well as two sold-out show floors full of industry figureheads. However, they said that PLASA Focus Leeds will return next year, taking place from 11-12 May 2021, bringing with it the usual vibrant atmosphere and exciting technology.

In the meantime, the PLASA team will proceed full steam ahead to make the 2020 edition of PLASA Show the best it can possibly be when it returns to Olympia London from 6-8 September. You can find out more about PLASA Show at www.plasashow.com.

19th March 2020

Media Production & Technology Show

UK - The Media Production & Technology Show Organisers have been carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the UK and abroad, with the situation growing increasingly concerning, it is with a heavy heart, they have decided to postpone the event on the 13/14th May 2020 at London’s Olympia.

The health and well-being of exhibitors, visitors and staff is the utmost priority and the organisers feel this is the best course of action for all. This has not been an easy decision, as following the hard work from the team and all of the industry support received, this was going to be our biggest show yet. But now more than ever it is important that we support each other and navigate the way through these difficult times.

The organisers are still deciding on the best way forward in terms of the event postponement, and ask for patience as they do so. The team is committed to weighing-up all alternatives and will provide updates as soon as possible.

“Our disappointment in not delivering our May event will only spur us on further to make sure our next steps help drive your business forward and strengthen your relationship with us.”

 

17th March 2020

Pro7ect Announces its Producer Line-Up and 2020 Dates at the Coach House Studio, Rockfield, Wales

Pro7ect Announces its Producer Line-Up and 2020 Dates at the Coach House Studio, Rockfield, Wales

UK – Pro7ect, the creative retreat that brings top songwriters and producers together to write and record great music, is moving to Wales for 2020 – its seventh consecutive year – for an eight day residency in the stunning surroundings of Rockfield Studios.

Rockfield’s world famous Coach House Studios, where artists such as Oasis, Bullet for My Valentine, Sepultura and Simple Minds have recorded, will form the base for this inspirational collaborative event where participants work with top producers to write and record a track a day.

“We are delighted that Rockfield’s Coach House Studios will be our base for 2020,” says Pro7ect’s creative director Lisa Fitzgibbon. “The studio has an incredible live room and a control room packed with amazing equipment, including some really rare vintage pieces. It is exactly the right kind of space to inspire imagination, which is what Pro7ect is all about, and we anticipate that this year’s retreat will be phenomenal in terms of output and creativity.”

Taking place in September 2020, Pro7ect will run two residential sessions across eight days – the first from 7th-11th September (leaving on the morning of the 11th) and the second from 11th-15th September (arriving on the evening of the 11th). The sessions will be separated by a one day Masterclass on the 11th, which is open to people who want to find out more about the Pro7ect experience before committing to a full three-day retreat.

Since its formation in 2012, Pro7ect has attracted many A-list producers who work with participants to capture the best possible recording of their songs. These have included Youth (Sir Paul McCartney / The Verve / Echo & The Bunnymen / The Orb), Roni Size (Reprazent, Method Man, Zac de la Rocha), Mercury Music Prize winner Tavin Singh, John Fortis (Razorlight, Ellie Goulding, Yellowdays), Andrew Levy (Brand New Heavies), Iain Archer (Snow Patrol, James Bay, Jake Bugg) and Matty Benbrook (Paulo Nutini, LENA, Rebecca Ferguson, Beverely Knight).

This year’s Headline producers include Greg Haver, an award winning producer/engineer who has worked with artists such as the Manic Street Preachers, Melanie C, INME, Opshop, John Cale, Catatonia and Super Furry Animals; Stew Jackson, writer and producer for Massive Attack and Nick Cave and a founding member of Phantom Limb, and Gethin Pearson, who recently produced and mixed Badly Drawn Boy’s new single Is This A Dream? and has also produced tracks for artists such as To Kill A King, KELE and JAWS. Pro7ect’s 2020 line up is completed by Lisa Fitzgibbon, who is not only the creative inspiration behind this event, but also a talented producer and singer / songwriter.

“The Pro7ect experience is highly collaborative and often results in a large volume of material being written and recorded in a very short space for time,” Fitzgibbon says. “Participants work with the producers to write and record a track a day for three days. The teams are changed each day and every evening there is a feedback session where teams play the result of their day’s work to the entire group.”

Space for this creative event are limited and usually sell out fast. This year is likely to be even more popular as many people will be inspired by the stunning Rockfield location. Each residential session costs £1,595.00, which incudes four night’s accommodation, three writing days, three home cooked meals each day, the studio and the headline producer. The cost of attending the one-day Masterclass on 11th September is £350, which includes lunch.

For more information and to apply for a place, please visit www.pro7ect.com

17th March 2020

Prolight + Sound 2020: event has been cancelled

Germany – Prolight + Sound will not be held in 2020. On 12 March, the Hessian Ministry for Social Affairs and Integration issued general decrees prohibiting large-scale events expected to attract more than 1,000 visitors. At the present time, it cannot be assumed that the current situation will have changed by the time the postponed event was to have been held. Therefore, Messe Frankfurt has decided to cancel the event.

It was not possible to hold Prolight + Sound 2020 on the dates originally planned in view of the restrictions introduced against the background of the rapid spread of SARS CoV-2 infections.

“We did everything we could to hold Prolight + Sound 2020 as soon as possible after the original dates and would like to extend our thanks to the response and support from numerous companies and organisations that said they wanted to join forces with us to do so. We are very sorry to have to cancel the fair. However, we firmly believe that, under the current circumstances, this is unavoidable,” said Detlef Braun, member of the executive Board of Messe Frankfurt GmbH.

The next Prolight + Sound will be held from 13 to 16 April 2021.

Further information can be found at www.prolight-sound.com.

16th March 2020

Showlight 2021 Announces First Sponsors

Showlight 2021 Announces First Sponsors

France – With the immediate global focus on the containment of the COVID-19 virus, international events are being hit quite badly with cancellations and postponements of trade shows and conferences taking the headlines on a daily basis. While this is a prudent precaution to limit the spread of the virus, it does lead to logistical nightmares for those who organise, exhibit and attend these vital networking events.

However, with suggested peak levels anticipated to be around two months’ time, with a further two months for it to subside completely, the best one can do is carry on with confidence that this too will pass.

Showlight 2021 is more than a year away and the organisation is continuing to progress plans in the usual fashion. To this end, the first sponsors for Showlight 2021, which will take place in Fontainebleau, France from 22-25 May next year, have been announced.

the headline sponsor is, of course, Robert Juliat, the 100-year old, family-run, French manufacturer of top quality lighting equipment whose country plays host to Showlight 2021. Also from France is Platinum sponsor, Ayrton, the industry-leading specialists in intelligent LED-based moving light fixtures. Currently there are three Gold sponsors: Eyetidy, Robe and SFL Group, three Silver sponsors, ABTT, ACT Lighting and White Light, and a Bronze sponsor, PRG. The fabulous media partner for Showlight 2021 is LSI, with generous support from LSA and PLASA. Showlight is extremely grateful to all its sponsors, partners and supporters, but this list is just the beginning.

It is a little-known fact, but Showlight is organised entirely by volunteers and would not be possible without the generosity of sponsors.

Showlight is currently looking for more sponsors to make Showlight 2021 a success. There are many ways to become a Showlight sponsor and be part of one of the lighting industry’s most popular networking events.

You don’t need to be an exhibitor to become a Showlight sponsor, and there’s a wide range of sponsorship opportunities to suit everyone. Sponsors can contribute towards a particular item for example, such as speaker expenses, coffee/tea breaks, or wine with lunch, and be named as the sponsor for that item. Or they can choose to donate a sum of money which will be put towards the organisation of the whole show, with suitable acknowledgement as a Showlight sponsor.

To become a Showlight sponsor or find out about more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Showlight chairman, John Allen, on sponsorship@showlight.org

“I like it very much that so many different disciplines from across the lighting profession are all together. That does not happen often,” stated Isabel Nielen, lighting designer and artist, Showlight 2017 speaker.

 

16th March 2020

Highlite not present at Prolight+Sound 2020.

Germany - Highlite has decided not to participate in Prolight+Sound 2020. The new dates after the postponement of the fair do not fit within the company's plans and vision of the industry. It is not an easy decision because every year representatives of the company are eager to talk to thei customers and contacts and to show our new products. The health of visitors and employees comes first, which is why Highlite respects the choice of Prolight+Sound.

But don't worry, with the campaign 'Highlite, the heartbeat of your show' Highlite will be bringing new products from its brands Showtec, DAP, DMT, Infinity and Artecta to attention in the near future.

For instance:

  • DAP Edge series wireless microphones

  • DAP Pure Series passive speakers

  • Showtec Pixelstrips

  • Showtec Performer and Act series theatre spots

  • Showtec 'LMPY' light controllers

  • Infinity Furion S501 and W501

Although the company must miss the exciting and valuable moments of Prolight+Sound, it is looking forward to the coming period to see, speak and hear as many customers and contacts as possible.

13th March 2020

Highlite

Power Logistics’ sustainable initiatives recognised as it adds to its 2020 haul of accolades at Event Production Awards

Power Logistics’ sustainable initiatives recognised as it adds to its 2020 haul of accolades at Event Production Awards

UK – Temporary event power provider Power Logistics further cemented its position as a leader in sustainable solutions when it received the award for Best Use of Technology at an Event and a highly commended in the Green Supplier category at the Event Production Awards 2020. Held at the London Novotel West on Thursday 5th March, the awards, now in their ninth year, recognise excellence in the production and delivery of outdoor and live events.

Its Best Use of Technology at an Event submission detailed the deployment of the company’s bespoke power monitoring system and LED technologies at Radio 1’s Big Weekend to assist the event in delivering on its sustainability objectives. With Festival Republic and the BBC both committed to delivering sustainable events, this was a major factor in appointing Power Logistics as the temporary event power company for the event. Power Logistics was tasked with reducing fuel consumption and therefore CO2 emissions and environmental impact.

Event Production Awards’ judging panel was impressed with the use of its bespoke power monitoring system, designed in-house by Power Logistics’ research and development team, it utilises QR codes included on every generator, fuel tank and fuel bowser. The judges said: “Power Logistics is a proven supplier used by the best in the industry. This sustainability initiative ticks every box. Their power management, which is so vital on a festival is really impressive.”

Power Logistics also secured a highly commended in the Green Supplier category.

Commenting on the company’s haul of awards in 2020 at both the Event Production Awards and Festival Supplier Awards, managing director, Mike Whitehouse (pictured) said: “Receiving three accolades at the Festival Supplier Awards was fantastic and the entire team at Power Logistics was thrilled. To follow this with another award win and highly commended in two categories at the Event Production Awards really highlights how impressive the work that we’re doing in driving forward sustainable power solutions is.”

12th March 2020

Robe Pulls out of Rescheduled Prolight+Sound 2020 expo

Robe Pulls out of Rescheduled Prolight+Sound 2020 expo

Germany – Czech moving light and LED manufacturer Robe lighting s.r.o announces that it will no longer be participating in the rescheduled Prolight+Sound expo in Frankfurt, Germany, due to take place 26 – 29 May 2020.

The decision was based on putting the health and safety of Robe’s employees, business partners, customers and trade visitors to the fore.

“The latest Covid-19 developments in Europe and the potential threat for those travelling to Frankfurt from around the world have led us to take a sensible and measured decision after considering the current facts and the dramatic spread of the virus,” commented Robe CEO Josef Valchar.

“I am sure that the industry will pull together to get through these challenging times. Prolight+Sound is the busiest and most important European trade show for us in terms of the rental and staging sectors, and an important showcase for new and emerging technology.

“We look forward to being back in 2021 to enjoy the dynamic mix and positive energy once again,” Josef concludes.

www.robe.cz

11th March 2020

Robe Lighting

Point Source Audio Embraces World Theatre Day with $5,000 Competition

Point Source Audio Embraces World Theatre Day with $5,000 Competition

USA – With World Theatre Day 2020 fast approaching on 27 March, Point Source Audio is marking the occasion by offering one non-profit youth arts organisation the chance to win $5,000 worth of microphones from the EMBRACE series. Featuring a twice-patented, concealable design that stays firmly in place even during the most energetic of productions, the EMBRACE microphones are ideally suited to young performers.

Having previously donated Point Source Audio products as part of its Decade of Innovation competition back in 2018, the manufacturer is once again championing arts education by asking its social media followers on Facebook to nominate non-profit organisations who they think are deserving of the prize. From youth theatre groups to schools, the competition is open to any non-profit community-led organisation or group that is supporting young people in the arts.

At the core of this World Theatre Day initiative is a mission to celebrate the unsung heroes who are providing invaluable arts education and development to young performers. “It’s so important to recognize the work of individuals and organisations who are making a difference for young people through performance,” explains Yvonne Ho, vice president of sales and marketing at Point Source Audio. “Running this competition is our way of raising awareness of what these fantastic companies are doing to nurture and instil confidence in young talent across the globe.”

Everyone is welcome to enter a worthy school or non-profit simply by visiting Point Source Audio’s Facebook page, and tagging or naming their nomination in the comments section of the post. The competition ends on 27th March 2020. The prize draw is open to any 501(c) non-profit performing arts charity or group for those aged between 6-18, anywhere in the world. The winner will be selected at random within five working days of the competition end date. The winner will be contacted within five working days of being selected and has a further five working days to accept the prize before it's forfeited and given to another entry.

Point Source Audio is dedicated to developing performance-based solutions that make the job of the performer easier. When it comes to theatre projects, the EMBRACE microphones allow the actor to step out on stage with complete confidence, unconstrained by mic elements that obscure the performer’s face or ill-fitting ear mounts that are in danger of slipping.

“Fundamentally, we want to make great sound equipment accessible to youth theatres and support arts organisations in making exciting work across the globe,” says James Lamb, President at Point Source Audio. “There is no better way of marking World Theatre Day than celebrating the work of youth theatre organizations around the world. Hopefully, we will be able to help some of the next generation of theatre talent to reach their true potential.”

11th March 2020

Chauvet Professional Forgoes PL+S 2020 and Expands its Global Roadshow Schedule

Europe – Chauvet Professional will not take part in Frankfurt’s Prolight + Sound trade show, rescheduled to 26th May from an original kick-off of 31st March. Instead, the brand will be focusing on the European leg of its planned and much anticipated Force of Nature road show. The decision to skip PL+S is due to scheduling conflicts, said Michael Brooksbank, general manager of Chauvet Europe.

“We will miss connecting with our friends and industry peers at PL+S, and certainly wish we could have accommodated the change in schedule, but have decided to forge ahead with ongoing commitments to more intimate and targeted outreach efforts in Europe.”

A multi-country road show, Force of Nature kicks off in the USA in March then moves on to multiple cities in Europe to offer hands-on product experiences and a prime opportunity to engage with March Professional product specialists and developers. The tour’s moniker evokes the four natural elements (water, earth, air and fire) to herald new IP65 products (symbolised by water), eco-minded LED fixtures (represented by earth), wireless solutions (using air as a metaphor) and the power (fire) of new Maverick moving head fixtures.

“The Force of Nature road show will give customers an under-the-hood look at new products and technologies we’d typically unveil at Frankfurt,” Brooksbank said. “Although we’ll certainly miss the crowds, the camaraderie and the special energy of PL+S, we are looking forward to saying hello to old friends, meeting new ones on the road, and to receiving the crucial customer input and feedback we thrive on.”

10th March 2020

Vari-Lite and Strand decide to not participate in USITT Stage Expo and Prolight+Sound

USA & Germany – After careful consideration, Vari-Lite and Strand, Signify entertainment lighting brands, have decided to not participate in USITT Stage Expo 2020 in Houston, Texas due to the health risks posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Strand still plans to provide training classes on Strand NEO Consoles, but will not participate in the Expo portion of the event.

As well, Vari-Lite and Strand has further reviewed the new dates for Prolight + Sound 2020 in Frankfurt, Germany and has chosen not to participate at this time. “There remains further uncertainty as to the progress of Coronavirus, and have decided it best for the safety of our employees and customers to not commit to participate in a major international trade show in May,” explains Sameer Sodhi, business Leader, Vari-Lite and Strand at Signify. “The health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers and partners is and remains our number one priority.”

Vari-Lite and Strand will continue to inform stakeholders about new innovations through other means which will be communicated in the coming weeks.

10th March 2020

ROE Visual Cancels Participation in Prolight+Sound Exhibition

Germany – Over the last days ROE Visual has considered the safety of its global client base and its own personnel in relation to the upcoming trade shows and has decided to pull out of the Prolight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt.

With the deepening of the COVID-19 crisis on a global scale, events and exhibitions are either postponed or cancelled.

“Taking the general effect of the outbreak of the coronavirus into consideration, we saw no other option than to re-think our plans for this spring and to decide not to participate in the postponed Prolight+Sound exhibition,” states Marina Prak, marketing manager at ROE Visual. “The quality of our exhibition presence and the total experience of the trade shows will be under pressure, but foremost the safety of our personnel and clients is what is paramount in our view.”

“There is no doubt that trade show organisers will take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of visitors, but we should show our common responsibility as a company and contribute in our own way out of respect and care to all our visitors and clients,” states Jason Lu, general manager for ROE Visual.

“We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience caused by this decision. The ROE Visual EU team is working hard to organise alternative plans. These will include in-house product presentations, open-house meetings and seminar days organised around specific topics. All small-scale events which rule out any added risks for all involved,” Prak continues.

“We want to create the opportunity for all our clients to get up-to-date product information and to be presented with our latest product launches. Furthermore, we specifically invite AV technicians , who might face less work due to show cancellations, to use their free time to update their skills and knowledge in the ROE Academy.”

The alternative plans will be finalised in the coming week. Dates for open-houses and seminars will be published via the ROE Visual social media channels.

The ROE Visual showroom in Leek can be visited on appointment, it holds a large display of the latest ROE Visual products. In-house or on-site product demonstrations are part of the usual ROE Visual sales routine and can be requested at all times.

 

10th March 2020

Adamson & Prolight + Sound 2020

Germany – After careful consideration and consultation with partners throughout Europe, Adamson Systems Engineering has decided not to participate in the recently-rescheduled 2020 edition of Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt, Germany.

Originally set to take place from 31 March – 3 April, 2020, organisers have announced that the 2020 edition of the annual trade fair has been postponed until 26-29 May due to concerns related to the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

“We didn’t come to this decision lightly, but ultimately, we had to do what we felt was best for our Adamson Network partners and end-users, as well as our employees,” says company CEO Marc Bertrand. “We wish organisers and participants the best for 2020 and look forward to returning in 2021.”

10th March 2020

Steinigke Showtechnic cancels participation in Prolight+Sound 2020

Germany – Steinigke Showtechnic will not participate at the Prolight+Sound in May 2020. Reasons for this are concerns regarding the health as well as the organisational situation at the new date of the fair. With the cancellation, the manufacturer follows the recommendations of the German health authorities.

"It is with mixed feelings that we announce today that we will not participate in Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt in May 2020", says Matthias Schwab, managing director of Steinigke Showtechnic. "Since the beginning of this fair, we have been represented there every year so far. But the belated date in May is a difficult time for our customers as well as for us in terms of organisation. Many of our customers have informed us in the past days that they will not be able to visit the fair. In addition, it is still completely unclear whether the situation regarding the health risks to our employees and partners will have changed significantly by then."

Following the recommendations of the German health authorities, it was therefore with a heavy heart that the decision was made not to participate in this year's Prolight+Sound. However, the company stands behind the industry unwaveringly and will continue to demonstrate this in the coming weeks: "We will stand firmly by our customers and partners in the coming weeks, which will be marked by the expected negative consequences of many event cancellations. Furthermore, Steinigke Showtechnic will ensure with a comprehensive information offer and best possible service that customers and partners will not suffer any disadvantages by not attending the fair.

10th March 2020

Brompton Technology and Faber AV offer sneak peek into the future of Virtual Production

Brompton Technology and Faber AV offer sneak peek into the future of Virtual Production

The Netherlands – A prominent player in the world of LED displays and audio-visual productions as well as part of the NEP Worldwide Network, Faber Audiovisuals, hosted a Virtual Production Demo at Amsterdam Studios at the end of February. As part of the event Brompton Technology was invited to present its HDR (High Dynamic Range) solution on LED screens set up as green screen replacements for film and TV. Enabled by Brompton’s revolutionary Dynamic Calibration technology, HDR delivers images that appear perceptibly sharper, more vivid, detailed and lifelike.

Though the use of LED screens in film has been slowly increasing over the past decade, the advances in resolution, brightness and colour range (HDR) coupled with the growing affordability of these technologies in the last couple of years have made LED screens an increasingly attractive option for both high profile productions and more budget conscious applications alike. LED screens on camera can now provide immersive, realistic backdrops to filming. Shooting sets “live” in this way can also help to lessen the cost and time previously dedicated to post-production VFX work.
As part of their event, Faber Audiovisuals demonstrated Virtual Production (VP) as a new production process that merges physical objects, such as actors and real-world camera movements, into real-time CGI. They also showcased rendering solutions and the process of VP to create a digital world: beginning with the inception of the idea and ending with the final Visual Effects (VFX), centred around the real-time interaction on set.

Jasper Reijgers, senior sales executive streaming, TV and film at Faber Audiovisuals explains how this new production process dramatically shifts the original way of film making: “Essentially, the order of production is no longer in order,” says Reijgers. “The emphasis is now on pre- and on-set production, and VFX is no longer considered post-production. Real-time rendering helps support this new methodology and film production now includes everything from shooting to script adjustments to editing, all happening at the same time and in a controlled environment like a studio.”

The forward-thinking event was attended by over 200 guests, including VFX supervisors, directors of photography, content designers, directors and VFX/post-production companies, as well as broadcast production companies and large streaming services, with everyone thrilled to find out what the future holds for the sector.

Brompton deployed a complete set-up for the event, which included a three-year old ROE Black Onyx 2.8mm LED screen that had been re-calibrated with Brompton’s new Hydra advanced measurement system, which is custom designed for use with LED panels fitted with a Brompton Tessera R2 receiver card. Profiling panels with this system facilitates Dynamic Calibration, the ground-breaking enabling technology for Brompton HDR, which offers a new approach to delivering better image quality without requiring finer and finer pixel pitches, whilst unlocking the full potential of the LED display.

“With the panels being recalibrated with Hydra, we ensured that the HDR content could be shown with higher contrast ratios, deeply saturated colours, and true-to-life colour accuracy,” notes Dries Vermeulen, business development manager Europe at Brompton Technology. “This resulted in beautiful, exceptionally realistic looking video footage, which proved just how effective immersive LED screens can be in film making.”

Reijgers concurs: “Brompton’s technology has achieved a huge step forward in HDR possibilities, and it’s definitely giving us a sneak peek into the much-anticipated future of Virtual Production.”

With the team receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from the event, they consider it to be a huge success in every sense.

“It was a perfect platform for us to meet new people and exchange information with some of the most prominent industry leaders,” adds Reijgers. “Presenting the future processes for streaming, TV and film has definitely given us a great boost as a company, which is a frontrunner in the Virtual Production topic in the Netherlands and internationally.”

Faber Audiovisuals sales manager, Nils Pauwels shares his thoughts on having Brompton as their partner: “By using Brompton processing to control our screens we are in full control of the panels. The ease of use combined with extensive options like HDR, Ultra-Low Latency and High Frame Rate workflow make Brompton a reliable partner with future-proof technology that is perfect for the rapid development of virtual production workflows.”

photo: Nathan Reinds

10th March 2020

Brompton Technology

Elation Europe: We support our industry!

Elation Europe: We support our industry!

Germany - Elation Europe is participating in the Prolight + Sound tradeshow in Frankfurt on 26-29 May, not only as an important global entertainment technology show but also as a sign of important support for the industry. Prolight + Sound is the leading international event in our industry and Elation is again pleased to be backing the show with its participation.

Elation Europe is genuinely concerned about the developments of the Covid-19 virus and its affect on the entertainment technology industry. With the cancellation of events and exhibitions, those companies that support these shows have been hit especially hard. That’s another reason why Elation’s participation in PL+S is so important.

Elation Europe, as a responsible industry leader, will always observe the recommendations and/or directive of governmental authorities and trust in the ability of public governments and health authorities to advise what is best for industry and the welfare of the public. Provided that governmental health ministries and local public health officials declare it safe to travel to and participate in an event or exhibition, Elation Europe will heed that recommendation and participate in trade shows and other events.

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10th March 2020

Elation

ETC and High End Systems withdraw from Prolight + Sound 2020

Germany – ETC and High End Systems have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the Prolight + Sound 2020 trade show which has been re-scheduled to 26-29 May. After reviewing the newly selected dates, the executive team have determined that the new timeline does not support the companies’ plan for 2020 and conflicts with other ETC and High End Systems activities.

“Planning Prolight + Sound is a significant undertaking that we look forward to each year,” says David Lincecum, ETC vice president of marketing. “Although we can no longer attend due to the re-scheduling of the show, we look forward to sharing our exciting, new innovations for 2020 with everyone throughout the year.”

ETC and High End Systems will review other planned events on a case-by-case basis to determine the best path moving forward.

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9th March 2020

ETC

Yamaha and NEXO Cancel Participation In Prolight + Sound 2020

Following the postponement of this year’s Prolight + Sound exhibition, due to the spread of Covid-19, Yamaha and NEXO have taken the decision not to exhibit during the show’s revised dates.

In a joint statement Nils-Peter Keller, senior director pro audio andAV group, Yamaha Music Europe GmbH and NEXO CEO Jean Mullor have said: “Both Yamaha and NEXO fully understand the decision by Messe Frankfurt to postpone this year’s Prolight + Sound show. The spread of Covid-19 is a complex, challenging and evolving situation and our primary consideration is for the welfare of both show visitors and event staff.

“As two of the leading brands in the professional audio industry, many staff and customers of both companies will be gearing up for the busy outdoor festival season during the show’s revised dates at the end of May. Therefore, it is with regret that we have now decided not to exhibit at Prolight + Sound 2020.

“Both Yamaha and NEXO are naturally very disappointed that we will not be present at the show this year and we look forward to an opportunity to return in 2021.”

 

6th March 2020

Alcons LR24; Clean as a Whistle, Even Up to Eleven

Alcons LR24; Clean as a Whistle, Even Up to Eleven

USA – After impressing NAMM Show visitors with the new pro-ribbon LR24 mid-size line array during the Loudspeaker System Showcase, Alcons Audio gave the system its official introduction to the US touring market at Post 43, the legendary Hollywood base of the American Legion. Inviting an array of top mixing talent to ‘test drive’ the LR24 system and experience WYMIWYG – What You Mix is What You Get – the system drew universal praise.

Described by its veterans as ‘that much more showbiz’ than any other American Legion post, Post 43 was the perfect location for the LR24 event. Two years ago, the completion of a comprehensive restoration transformed it into a state-of-the-art, 500-seat movie theatre and live venue, complete with an Alcons pro-ribbon sound system. According to Levi Joos, proprietor of installer Stay On Screen, it transformed Post 43 into “one of the best-sounding rooms in town.”

The two-day LR24 event featured a system comprising eight units per side, with six BC543 very high output cardioid subwoofers, powered and controlled by AST armoured Sentinel racks, with three Alcons Sentinel10 amplified loudspeaker controllers in each.

The event was attended by some of the highest profile US front of house engineers, some of whom had already used Alcons pro-ribbon systems and others who were mixing through Alcons technology for the first time. Designed for medium to larger applications, LR24 was the perfect system to show what the artists they work with would sound like through a PA delivering exceptional audio quality at high SPLs.

“I tried a mix with tracks by an artist I’ve mixed probably 125 shows with, and the first thing that happened was I pulled everything off the vocal,” says Brad Madix (Rush, Florence & the Machine). “You do not need to be jacking around, pulling out frequencies in the top end, which really says a lot about the high end component of the system. It’s really special. Get out there and hear it!”

Robert Scovill (Rush, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) brought live multitrack recordings he’d made with Patti Labelle and was equally impressed. “This event was my first exposure to the Alcons PA system concept, while actually sitting behind a console,” he says. “What a positively beautiful sounding system! A totally engaging experience and result.”

Fresh from winning the prestigious 2020 Parnelli Award for FoH Mixer of the Year, David Morgan (Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor) was determined to experience the LR24 system for himself.

“I confess I ‘crashed’ this event but, if Brad Madix, Greg Price and Robert Scovill were all going to be in one room, I wanted to be there!” he smiles. “The afternoon ended up being a treat in all respects. The HF pro-ribbons are exceptional devices. The texture, sense of depth and the stereo imaging in that theatre was truly remarkable.”

It’s not just the audio quality and power that this remarkable array of mixing talent was impressed by. It was also that Alcons has the conviction to push the boundaries of live sound to the next level.

“I think it’s great that there are people willing to continue to innovate and create what I think might be the next generation of systems, really focusing on very specific engineering issues that we have been facing for at least 40 years. The lack of distortion in the PA system is absolutely stunning,” says Greg Price (Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne).

“Greg is more into the harder side of rock so, for him, the system should not only sound great, but also have the balls to push through and bring extra power to the low-mids. He insisted playing the Rammstein song Engel through the LR24, which includes whistling as well as the band’s usual intense heavy metal,” adds Alcons Audio co-founder Tom Back.

“Even with Greg pushing the system up to (almost) eleven, the whistling stayed clean and separate from the compressed, overdriven guitars. All engineers agreed that any other system would have turned the whistle into a distorted, mid-high screaming noise, due to the break-up of the high-frequency driver diaphragm.”

With engineers asking for references to production companies who can supply Alcons pro-ribbon systems for upcoming events, the Post 43 WYMIWYG event succeeded in further raising their profile in the US, helping to address rider compliance through the evidence of people’s own ears.

“Alcons pro-ribbon systems deliver the necessary clarity and delicacy at low SPLs, but they also have the balls to deliver high SPLs, while still maintaining the fidelity to make every detail audible,” says Tom.

6th March 2020

ROE Visual successfully launches two major products at ISE 2020

ROE Visual successfully launches two major products at ISE 2020
ROE Visual successfully launches two major products at ISE 2020

The Netherlands – While ISE 2020 celebrated its last Amsterdam-based edition, ROE Visual has experienced a well-visited and exiting show, with two major product launches.

Although the exhibition started amidst the turbulence and insecurity of the corona-crisis, ROE Visual can look back on this years’ ISE with much satisfaction. Not only was the stand packed with visitors throughout the show, also the feedback on the two new products, Ruby and Black Quartz that featured its launch at the show has been very positive.

With the Ruby panels taking up the main back wall of the stand, the stunning new LED panel created a wow-effect with every visitor or passer-by. With its exclusive four-in-one LED, common cathode technology and high contrast ratio the screen looked phenomenal.

Fitted with advanced driver ICs and LEDs with large colour space Ruby is fully HDR adaptive, adding excellent color depth and great greyscales.

The use of the ROE Visual-exclusive Helios processing [The Helios processor is a ROE Visual exclusive product. Powered by Megapixel VR] certainly contributed to the stunning visuals as displayed on this full 4K HDR screen.

The Ruby LED screen will premiere on the European continent as used by Creative Technology and Faber Audiovisuals on several events. Both companies have already invested in the brand-new Ruby LED panels.

Next to Ruby, ROE Visual launched the Black Quartz outdoor LED panels.

These LED panels, fitted with an integrated wind-load resistant bracing system, boast a brightness of 5000 nits and an excellent contrast due to its black LED.

Black Quartz panels have an excellent visual performance due to the use of common cathode technology. Its stable and brilliant LED performance, with reduced colour differences and relative high brightness, is the result of a significantly reduced panel temperature and efficient heat-dissipation. The screens will feature on events and festivals throughout Europe this spring with purchases already confirmed by some large AV rental houses.

“Next to these exciting product launches we also experienced major interest in the Black Marble interactive floor and our fixed install products Amber and Jasper. With ISE being an AV integration focused show, we also notice a growing cross over effect towards the rental market. With a product line that embraces fixed install as well as rental oriented projects, ROE Visual is perfectly geared to serve both markets”, states Roelof Bouwman, general manager for ROE Visual Europe.

“Based on the interest we have raised with our new and existing products we look back with much satisfaction and look forward to what promises to be an exciting year for ROE visual,” continues Bouwman.

Both the Ruby and Black Quartz panels will be showcased on the upcoming Prolight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt, in May.

ROE Visual successfully launches two major products at ISE 2020ROE Visual successfully launches two major products at ISE 2020

5th March 2020

Prolight + Sound 2020 postponed until 26 to 29 May 2020

Prolight + Sound 2020 postponed until 26 to 29 May 2020

Germany - Given the increasing spread of Covid-19 in Europe, Messe Frankfurt has decided to postpone Prolight + Sound 2020. The trade fair was originally planned for 31 March to 3 April. The health of exhibitors, visitors, contractors and employees has top priority for Messe Frankfurt. The new dates for the Global Entertainment Technology Show are from 26 to 29 May 2020. Visitor admission tickets continue to be valid.

The ongoing spread of Covid-19 in Europe called for a reassessment of the situation in close cooperation with the public-health authorities in Frankfurt who require that steps be taken to prevent event participants from high-risk regions coming to Frankfurt and visiting the fair when ill.

Given that these participants could also be infected by Covid-19, it is necessary to conduct a health check to prevent the infection spreading even further. This is an important part of the infectiological risk assessment. Messe Frankfurt is not able to implement such measures.

Additional factors behind the decision include the growing number of travel restrictions, which will make it difficult for many potential visitors and exhibitors to get to Frankfurt.

“The current situation represents a major challenge for fair and exhibition companies from all over the world. We regret that the 25th anniversary edition of Prolight + Sound cannot take place as planned. At the same time, we are delighted that numerous companies from the industry have

emphasised the importance of holding the show as soon as possible so that they can use it for their product presentations and business development activities this year,” says Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt GmbH.

The latest information can be found on the internet at www.prolight-sound.com

 

4th March 2020

Pearce Hire power to winner’s podium at TPi Awards 2020

Pearce Hire power to winner’s podium at TPi Awards 2020

UK – The team at Pearce Hire couldn’t be prouder to have been announced the winner of the 2020 Favourite Power Supply Company at this year’s TPi Awards.

The team’s win was announced by host Russell Kane at the glittering awards ceremony held at Battersea Evolution in front of a 1,700 strong ‘who’s who’ industry audience.

Pearce Hire has been been shortlisted in the Favourite Power Supply Company consistently for several years and so finally winning this year was even sweeter.

Says Shaun Pearce, MD and founder of Pearce Hire: “The TPi Awards are hugely prestigious. For us at Pearce Hire it is the highest industry accolade achievable. I’ve been waiting patiently for this recognition and it really is a milestone award for us.”

The team celebrated their win with industry colleagues and friends. As Shaun continues: “credit must go to my whole team and they thoroughly deserved to celebrate into the early hours. They are incredibly loyal and have demonstrated how hard graft and dedication to the company and our clients is worthwhile. Not least having to put up with me for many years!”

The team is now back in the office, and back out on site as the hard work continues apace, advising on best technical production practice and planning for the long list of Pearce Hire clients and customer events. 2020 is shaping up to be a significant year for Pearce Hire, with expanded facilities at their HQ in Peterborough, and an expanding client list.

“Without sounding too smug, the team definitely deserved this. We have held our ground for a long time in a strongly competitive market and I believe our track record and our client list speak for themselves. There have been many ups and downs getting to where Pearce Hire is today and this award just confirms that there is a great future ahead for us all. We are chuffed to pieces and will be for a long while to come so thank you to everyone for voting for us.”

photo: Joe Okpako

4th March 2020

Sennheiser returns to the 2020 Video Show with full A4V product line up

Sennheiser returns to the 2020 Video Show with full A4V product line up
Sennheiser returns to the 2020 Video Show with full A4V product line up

UK – Following on the success of last year’s Video Show, world-renowned audio specialist Sennheiser will be attending the 2020 show for the fourth year running. This year, the company will be showcasing its full range of wireless microphones for audio for video applications, including the award-winning XS Wireless Digital, AVX, and evolution wireless G4. On top of that, the company will have its latest line up of shotgun/on-camera mics, the MKE 400, MKE 440 stereo mic, MKE 600, MKH 416, and MKH 8000 series. Additionally, Sennheiser will be supporting Women Who Photo and Film campaign, championing the work of all talented individuals and encouraging more of them to join film making and photography industries.

As well as product demonstrations on the Sennheiser stand A114, the company will be hosting a series of panels at the show to demonstrate how film makers can achieve better sound for better videos. Sennheiser’s sponsorship of the Video Live theatre, which hosts around 1,000 visitors per day, has seen great success in the last few years. At this year’s show, sessions will run every hour, across all four days and will see some of the industry’s most prominent film makers talk about the importance of audio in their film making. These include internet film maker Andy Burgess, who will talk about the importance of audio in storytelling; Tania Esteban, a specialist in wildlife film making who has recently visited Papua New Guinea, Mexico and Japan; and two friends and film makers, Ryan Say, a director, videographer, drone pilot, video consultant and photographer, and videographer and commercial content creator, Dillon Osborne.

For those looking to get a more technical overview of audio equipment for video, Sennheiser will be hosting sessions on its Sennheiser Sound Academy Stage, where the company’s John McGregor will cover topics such as ‘Microphone Basics’ and ‘Going Wireless’ during 20-minute sessions throughout the day.

Both the Video Live Stage and Sennheiser Sound Academy Stage will appeal to professional film makers and budding amateurs alike, who will be able to enjoy four days of talks from industry experts on the vital ingredients for recording audio, whether you’re shooting interviews, weddings, documentaries, web content or corporate marketing materials.

As this year marks Sennheiser’s 75th Anniversary, the company will be offering incredible savings on selected wired microphones, wireless systems and headphones throughout the year. In many instances, discounts will approach 40%, 50% or even more off the MSRP, with regular updates on its new product of the month being posted on the website sennheiser.com/75years

Sennheiser Sound Academy and Video Live Stage presentations will be available on the following days and times below, this is subject to a change. Visit The Photography Show website nearer to the show for full timetable and schedules.

Saturday, March 14th – Day 1

Video Live Stage

15:00-15:30 The importance of sound in visual storytelling, Andy Burgess

Sennheiser Sound Academy Stage

John McGregor cover topics such as ‘Microphone Basics’ and ‘Going Wireless’ during 20-minute sessions throughout the day.

Sunday, March 15th – Day 2

Video Live Stage

15:00-15:30 The importance of sound in visual storytelling, Andy Burgess

Sennheiser Sound Academy Stage

John McGregor cover topics such as ‘Microphone Basics’ and ‘Going Wireless’ during 20-minute sessions throughout the day.

Monday, March 16th – Day 3

Video Live Stage

16:00-16:30 The workflows of a wildlife film maker

Tania walks through her planning processes, technical set-ups and workflows involved with shooting wildlife around the world, including examples from recent trips to Japan, Mexico and Papua New Guinea.

Sennheiser Sound Academy Stage

John McGregor cover topics such as ‘Microphone Basics’ and ‘Going Wireless’ during 20-minute sessions throughout the day.

Tuesday, March 17th – Day 4

Video Live Stage

11:00-11:30 Great audio will make your video, Dillon Osborne and Ryan Say

Join Sennheiser's experts for an in-depth look at sound techniques for video. Great sound in your films can make all the difference and this session will leave you full of ideas to apply to yours.

Sennheiser Sound Academy Stage

John McGregor cover topics such as ‘Microphone Basics’ and ‘Going Wireless’ during 20-minute sessions throughout the day.

Visit Sennheiser on Stand A114 at the Video Show (co-hosted alongside the Photography Show), which takes place from March 14-17 at Birmingham’s NEC. Visitors can use discount code SENNTPS20 to receive 20% off the entry ticket fee.

3rd March 2020