Event News Headlines
How can you cycle further than from Land’s End to John O’Groats in the UK? Take #TheSurvivalTour bike ride!
Solid State Logic Captures Three Nominations for 36th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards
Sennheiser announced official sponsor of The 2020 Photography Show and The Video Show Virtual Festival
Prolight + Sound sets stage and theatre technology as a focal point for 2021
Opposing the crisis with full commitment: from 13 to 16 April 2021, for the first time since the lockdown, Prolight + Sound provides an opportunity for product presentation and personal encounters in the entertainment technology industry. Following positive developments in recent years, Messe Frankfurt is expanding the "ProStage" product segment, which covers the entire theatre and stage technology sector, to become a focal topic of the event. This will give it a particularly high priority in exhibitor and visitor acquisition and in the fair's seminar programme.
The "ProStage" product segment includes all solutions for successful stage productions. The spectrum of exhibitors already having declared their participation includes suppliers of stage machinery, control systems, automation and equipment such as Alfa System, Artthea Bühnentechnik, ASM Steuerungstechnik, Bosch Rexroth, BEO Trekwerk, Bühnenbau Schnakenberg, Bütec, Chain Master, Chemtrol, Conductix-Wampfler, Decima, Fülling & Partner, Gala Stage Mechanical Systems, Gerriets, Gross Funk, Harlequin Deutschland, Maquinas Iberica, Movecat, SBS Dresden, ShowTex, Svetlost teatar, TAIT, Waagner-Biro, and Wahlberg. In addition, there are numerous companies from the lighting and sound sector offering solutions for theatre productions, including Adam Hall, Audio-Technica, Ayrton, Chauvet, Clay Paky, Elation, FBT, Focon Showtechnic, GLP, JB-Lighting, Klotz, KS Beschallungstechnik, Link, LMP Lichttechnik, Microtech Gefell, Mipro, Peavey, Robe, SGM Deutschland, and many more.
In addition to the product presentations, the seminar programme is a mainstay of Prolight + Sound. The linchpin of the seminar programme is the centre stage, simply referred to as "THE STAGE" in Hall 3.0, where exhibitors have the opportunity to present their brands in product demonstrations, lectures and workshops and to get in contact with industry professionals. Against the background of the "ProStage" theme, the programme focuses on innovative solutions for stage productions. "On stage everything comes together. Practically all trades of the live entertainment industry are involved in elaborate theatre productions, a large variety of technical solutions must function together like clockwork. In this context, stage productions form a main theme for the lecture programme on THE STAGE," says Mira Wölfel, Director Prolight + Sound. "We are proud of the confidence companies have placed in us in these difficult times. The very gratifying exhibitor response shows us that the industry wants to continue to present itself in a well organized manner, to network and to send out economically hopeful signals. To this end, we offer a platform that is optimally adapted to the current challenges."
Messe Frankfurt has developed a sophisticated protection and hygiene concept for a safe and smooth running of the fair on the exhibition grounds. This has been agreed with the responsible authorities and can be flexibly adapted to any changes. Cornerstones of the concept include a spacious hall design with a minimum of five-metre wide aisles, compliance with distance rules, including appropriate partitions and floor markings, clearly regulated ticketing with full registration, and more intensive cleaning and provision of adequate disinfection facilities. In addition, the halls will be continuously supplied with fresh air during the event.
Prolight + Sound 2021 will be held entirely on the eastern section of the Frankfurt Exhibition Centre. It presents innovations from the ProStage, ProAudio, ProLight, ProMedia and ProEvent segments in Halls 3.0, 3.1 and 4.0. The foyer of Hall 4.1 is home to the associations of the live-entertainment sector and a job exchange, which brings together talents and companies. The large Agora outdoor area will set the stage for product demonstrations under open-air conditions.
Another new feature in 2021 is a Hosted Buyer Programme. Together with major exhibitors, Messe Frankfurt identifies top international buyers, particularly from the theatre and stage technology sector. These buyers receive complimentary flights and hotel accommodation as well as free admission to the event on all days of the fair. In this way, the organisers contribute to a further increase in visitor quality at Prolight + Sound and thus also to stimulating business for a successful new start of the sector.
Further information is available at www.prolight-sound.com
photos: Mathias Kutt and Robin Kirchner
22nd October 2020
Visual Terrain and Bandit Lites Honoured with IES Illumination Award
USA – Bandit Lites has announced that it has been honoured with the Award of Merit from the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Chicago Section for its work on The Fillmore New Orleans with Visual Terrain, Ewing Cole and LiveNation. The IES Illumination Awards programme “recognises individuals for professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in lighting design based on the individual merit of each entry.”
Located on the second floor of Harrah’s New Orleans casino, The Fillmore New Orleans is a 2,200-person music venue with its own cultural flair on the iconic San Francisco club including wrought iron, local art and a large LED neon fleur-de-lis.
Bandit Lites Systems Integration team worked with principal lighting designer Mike Mahlum of Visual Terrain to ensure that the meticulous design was executed as planned at every step of the construction process.
“The concept for the project was a collaboration between the architect, the creative architect, and ourselves to pull in the feel of New Orleans and the look and feel of New Orleans, so there’s a lot of colour choices and decisions made that lead to that theming,” said Mahlum.
“Bandit saw the design through to the end,” explained Installation Project Manager John Jenkinson. “We were working through things on site; our team made sure the lights were installed correctly, performed as the designer intended and the design stayed true all the way to opening night.”
Due to Bandit Lites extensive experience in live venue operations, our team was especially equipped to design, install and program the lighting controls systems for both stage and architectural lighting. These systems give the Fillmore New Orleans the flexibility to use their spaces for a variety of events from national touring artists to local special events while still highlighting the unique décor.
"Without the work and help from Bandit, who was our eye and ears on the job site as well as the system designer, the level and complexity as well as polish that the project represents, though still present, would have not been as complete,” said Mahlum. “Our partnership provided advantages not only to each other, but also to the end user who will be using the space for many years."
Within the main music hall room and VIP club BG’s Lounge, guests will encounter lighting that elevates their experiences and the environment around them, whether it’s the illuminated, twirling sousaphone on display at the lobby bar or the custom chandeliers that can only be found flanking eye-popping artwork.
Every light in the venue is LED, down to the decorative fixtures, and the attention to detail poured into the space range from keeping the high-concept aesthetic look consistent (down to masking the emergency lights) to choosing local artisans and crafts people to create the sconces that evoke the French Quarter.
“The entry portal is one example of an area that was very planned out,” said Mahlum. “All the lights flicker which helps to pull you into the historic nature. We then add the extreme colour, that was a part of the concept from the architecture from the start which took it to the next level.”
“Visual Terrain is so honoured to be a part of this team and we couldn’t imagine a better client and design partner than Bandit Lites,” said Lisa Passamonte Green, CEO of Visual Terrain. “Our work with them and the Live Nation team is always so rewarding.”
“It is great to be recognised for the whole while I’ve been sitting there in the minutia of it,” said Jenkinson. “There’s a certain art to these music venues that doesn’t have to be there,” he added, “it is not required- but this space is an art piece.”
21st October 2020
Live Webinar – Register Today
Join Prolyte’s first free webinar Wednesday 21st October (11:00 CEST), where Eric Laanstra takes you on a journey along the strengths of Prolyte trusses with the focus on multi-purpose series.
But that's not all! Eric will also cover topics about truss in all its aspects from strength in connection methods, forces, design methods and interpretation of numbers in his 60 minute webinar.
To achieve the number one customer satisfaction is always part of our philosophy. Save your seat and invite your friends and partners for the first Prolyte webinar. We will provide you the first-class education in the field of trussing and rigging, and nobody wants to miss out!
Be sure not to miss this extremely informative and timely webinar.
16th October 2020
Highlite UK Autumn Roadtrip
Highlite UK has planned a UK Roadtrip to display a number of new products that have been launched this year. These products, as well as some seasonal favourites should have been shown at the following exhibitions: Frankfurt, Leeds PLASA Focus and PLASA London, but all were cancelled due to the Covid19 pandemic.
We will be taking the Roadtrip to the following seven venues. There will be two sessions at each venue, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The first session will take place from 10.00 am until 12.30 pm and the second session will take place from 13.00 pm until 15.30 pm. Please see the list of dates and venues below:
Tuesday October 13th: Highlite UK Office, Calne Business Centre, Harris Road, Unit 16, Calne SN11 9PT
Thursday October 15th: Future Technical Solutions, The Foundry, 11 Torwood Street, Torquay TQ1 1ED
Tuesday October 20th: Subfrantic, Unit 5 Holmshaw Farm, Layham Road, Bromley BR2 6AR
Thursday October 22nd: Vector Lighting, Vector House Unit 20 and 22, Twizel Close, Stonebridge, Milton Keynes MK13 0DX
Tuesday October 27th: MRL Productions, Unit 2 Wade Road, Gorse Lane Industrial Estate, Clacton on Sea, Essex CO154L7
Thursday October 29th: Stage Management Company, Yeadon Town Hall, High Street, Yeadon, Leeds. LS19 7PP
Tuesday November 3rd: Musicmann. Leamore Lane, Walsall, Birmingham WS2 7DH
We would like to thank all participating companies and venues for their help with presenting this event.
Please register through eventbrite for the event you would like to attend. This way we are covered on the track and trace element guidelines. We ask you to bring and wear a mask, we will have sanitise stations in and around the venues for you to use, and we will sanitise all the area before you enter and regularly throughout the day.
We look forward to seeing you at a Venue of your choice.
Keep safe and see you soon!
14th October 2020
LRLR 2020 Autumn Extravaganza!
USA – The Long Reach Long Riders (LRLR) and Behind the Scenes (BTS) charity announce the LRLR 2020 Autumn Extravaganza! – a bonus ride to help those who need it most.
The Autumn Extravaganza is a one-time event that will feature two2 members of the original LRLR, Greg 'Chrome' Williams and Wayne 'Razz' Rasmussen, riding in all 48 contiguous states over ten consecutive days. The ride, which will be 'Iron Butt' certified, begins in Kittery, Maine on 17th October and ends in Missoula, Montana on 26th October. Along the way the intrepid duo will be joined by other veteran members of the LRLR. To date over a dozen riders have signed up to ride for at least part of the route.
Lori Rubinstein, BTS executive director, noted: “Rather than sponsor a particular rider, we’re asking supporters to make a pledge per mile. It can be a penny, nickel, dime, quarter, 50 cents or a dollar per mile. The Autumn Extravaganza will cover 7,170 miles.”
Autumn Extravaganza organiser Greg Williams commented: “These are extraordinary times and we felt an extraordinary ride was needed. This ride will continue to support Behind the Scenes charity and help it carry out its mission, ‘To provide financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals, or their immediate dependent families, in need due to serious illness or injury’. The ride will also support the BTS Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative.”
As it is with the traditional LRLR rides, the riders will pay all of their expenses. 100% of donations will go to the Behind the Scenes charity.
To make a donation, please visit behindthescenescharity.org/lrlr
For ride route and information please visit http://lrlr.org/
13th October 2020
How can you cycle further than from Land’s End to John O’Groats in the UK? Take #TheSurvivalTour bike ride!
UK – Starting in Newcastle on Saturday 3rd October and finishing in London on Sunday 18th October, five industry stalwarts (plus one driving the bus) will cycle between 80 and 125km per day, representing the UK tour season that never happened this year. Stopping off at over 50 of the most iconic festival, tour and performance venues that have all been standing empty, dark and silent since the start of lockdown, all in all the tour will cover over 1,500km.
The tour aims to raise awareness of the plight of the million-plus workers in the UK events industry, a sector regarded as the best in the world, to raise funds for Backup #WeMakeEvents’ chosen charity that provides help to employees, freelancers and their families suffering in the entertainment sector, and to kick off ‘RESTART’, the next phase of the #WeMakeEvents campaign.
The five riders and driver of the support vehicle, provided by Crossland Bussing, all have established careers in the events industry, having worked with the biggest names in the world including Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, Roger Waters, Florence & The Machine, Mumford & Sons and more. Heading up the initiative are Steve Reynolds and Loud Sound colleagues Mike Trasmundi along with. Mark Ward of Proper Productions and colleagues Harry Ford and Tyler Cole-Holmes,
According to Steve Reynolds it was so important, professionally as well as personally, to try to help. “Having worked in the entertainment and events business for so many years we all felt we HAD to do something, both to raise awareness to the public, who rarely see us behind the scenes, and inform the Government of the impending collapse of this sector, one that has grown year-on-year and is regarded as the best in the world, and is on the brink of collapse.
“Most of our friends and colleagues work in this industry, we know their families and they are suffering. In fact, it’s like a big extended family, and we couldn’t stand by and let it just disappear without trying to help. So, to anyone reading or listening, please come and join us (it’s imperative for safety and COVID compliance that everyone has to register) or, if you can, make a donation on our donations page, thank you so much.”
3rd October: Newcastle > Northallerton
4th October: Northallerton > Leeds
5th October: Leeds > Manchester
6th October: Manchester > Warrington
7th October: Warrington > Sheffield
8th October: Sheffield > Nottingham
9th October: Nottingham > Coalville
10th October: Coalville > Birmingham
11th October: Birmingham > Oxford
12th October: Oxford > Bristol
13th October: Bristol > Glastonbury
14th October: Glastonbury > Bournemouth
15th October: Bournemouth > Portsmouth
16th October: Portsmouth > Brighton
17th October: Brighton > London
18th October: London (travelling between landmarks)
Gary White of #WeMakeEvents added, “We’re delighted Steve and the team are helping in this way. It’s a typically generous gesture that we’re used to seeing from this industry. We’re extremely aware that many in our industry are suffering a sharp decline in their mental health and, with little or no work or income for the past six months and no prospect of jobs until at least spring 2021, it’s important that we all pull together and raise funds to help them. If you’re thinking of joining the ride, why not invite an industry friend who might be in that position to get involved to join you for the day and be a part of it.”
To get involved you must register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-survival-tour-tickets-122224255037 and join the team for a day’s ride, or, if that sounds a little too energetic, you can help by donating to the charity on https://we-make-events.raisely.com/thesurvivaltour.
5th October 2020
#WeMakeEvents is Felt Around the World with Global Action Day
Worldwide - The 30th September marked the #WeMakeEvents Global Action Day, in which countries from across the globe came together in solidarity to highlight the plight that is currently facing the worldwide live events industry. In total, over 25 countries took part at 8pm local time, with activations delivering a range of creative responses, such as lighting iconic buildings in red to highlight how the industry is in red alert, as well as beaming shafts of white light into the sky to highlight the mass job losses.
There are over 30 million people across the globe who work in live events, the majority of which have not worked since the COVID-19 outbreak and remain unsure as to when their work will return. Following previously successful Days of Actions from the #WeMakeEvents team, the Global Action Day sought to bring together the global industry and highlight the impact that its effective shutdown is having throughout the world.
The action started in New Zealand and Australia where key landmarks such as the Auckland Sky Tower, The Domain in Sydney and Perth’s Matagarup Bridge were illuminated. The red wave then moved through other countries including India, the Philippines, Greece, Turkey, Poland, Austria, Norway and South Africa, to name but a few.
Based in South Africa, Duncan Riley is director of DWR Distribution, South Africa’s leading supplier of lighting, audio and AV equipment for the country’s entertainment industry. He comments: “The past seven months have really been trying times for our industry in South Africa. To see the freelancers struggle and having to say good-bye and retrench our own staff, has been the most difficult part. Simply put, we cannot continue as a live events industry as the country now stands.”
In the UK, where the #WeMakeEvents campaign first started, a range of iconic buildings were lit, including the London Eye, Royal Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall and ExCel Centre. Jeremy Rees, CEO, ExCeL London, comments: “Before COVID-19, the UK events industry was a world-class sector worth £70bn, employing over 700,000 people, across 25,000 businesses. The pandemic has had a devastating impact on our sector. We’re calling on the Government to extend the support available to our industry and provide clarity on when the events sector will be able to reopen. We are totally committed to continuing to work with the Government to explore ways of resuming business in a safe, COVID-secure manner and are determined to build confidence around this.”
The event also received the support of many high-profile artists who used their social media channels to raise additional awareness. These included Coldplay, Radiohead, Fatboy Slim, James Bay, Noel Gallagher, Mumford and Sons and Eddie Izzard to name but a few. With such vast coverage and the campaign’s vital message being heard on a global scale, it is hoped that the respective governments will work with the live events industry and provide the support it needs.
Andy Dockerty, managing director of Adlib, and one of those behind #WeMakeEvents, concludes: “This was an important event as it truly did show a real sense of comradery and proves how we’re all in it together. Speaking to other participants in the various countries, it seems as though certain governments are actually helping companies and venues find ways in which to put on events, whereas others are simply ignoring all pleas. The purpose of this event was to get all governments to ensure our normally thriving industry survives this current crisis, be ready to help the global economy recover, and that hundreds of thousands of jobs are saved in the process.”
The momentum of recent activities will continue over the next weeks and months as #WeMakeEvents moves into Restart, the next phase of creative action. More details will follow in the coming days.
2nd October 2020
Solid State Logic Captures Three Nominations for 36th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards
USA – Solid State Logic announced that three of its products have been nominated for Outstanding Technical Achievement at the 36th Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards. Presented by The NAMM Foundation, The NAMM TEC Awards are bestowed annually in celebration of the pro audio community by recognising the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind today’s sound recordings, live performances, films, television, video games and other media.
Solid State Logic products were nominated across three different categories. The new SSL 2+ two channel interface captured a nomination in the category of Computer Audio Hardware, the ORIGIN analogue mixing console was nominated in the category of Large Format Console Technology and SSL Native plug-ins were nominated in the category of Signal Processing Software (Dynamics / Utilities).
“Once again, we are honoured to have been nominated for Outstanding Technical Achievement by the NAMM Foundation,” commented Phil Wagner, senior vice president, Solid State Logic, Inc. “This year, receiving nominations across three distinct categories is particularly noteworthy, since it reflects the diversity of our products and user base.”
The nomination announcement follows a two-month call for entries of standout technical and creative products and projects that have made a significant impact on modern sound and music. A panel of respected industry voters from pro audio publications as well as members of professional music, technical and creative organisations, along with select NAMM members carefully evaluated each entry before selecting SSL 2+, ORIGIN and SSL Native for the nomination.
This year, the TEC Awards will join NAMM’s Believe in Music Week, which will held the week of 18 January, 2021. At that point, the winners of each category will be announced and honoured.
1st October 2020
Backup Pumpkin Challenge
The Backup Pumpkin Challenge is back again and it’s an excuse to unleash your creativity in aid of Backup!
The Backup Pumpkin Challenge is a competition to help raise awareness of the charity in a fun and creative way.
We want you to get involved – as an individual, company or team.
All you need is a pumpkin, your design and any props or tech you want to incorporate to bring your design to life.
We kindly ask that you promote this competition on any of your social media channels. Even if you're not entering, it would be great if you could help to spread the word about this competition to promote Backup to those who might need our help.
- The Backup Pumpkin Challenge consists of five Categories
Best overall design (judged by panel)
Best use of tech (judged by panel)
Best Design by Future Creative* (judged by panel)
Most overall likes (on Instagram)
Cutest Fur Baby Pumpkin Pic ** (most overall likes on Instagram)
Due to competition being open to anyone and anywhere, we will not be giving away any big prizes, but we will contact winners to send some Backup swag. All winners will be promoted on our social media pages, marketing material and industry press. Plus you get the prize of industry bragging rights!
*Best Design by Future Creative criteria is any new professional to our industry, it is not age specific but aimed at those just starting out in the creative side of our industry.
Short listed designs will be contacted to confirm they are a new creative professional, and will be asked for either a student ID/acceptance letter, a pledge from a current industry professional that you’re in training, or short explanation of how you’re attempting to enter the industry.
The aim of this category to give our Future Creatives a chance to highlight their design skills, as we know this current climate is not giving you a the start in the industry you had hoped to have.
** Cutest Fur Baby Pumpkin Pic Who doesn't love a dog or for that matter any pet in a theme!
Last year, we had gorgeous Lola, the spaniel puppy, make an appearance in 10 out of 10 Production's pumpkin design entry, and this gave us the idea for this year’s new category.
Of course, we must state that no pets must be put in any danger or harmed when creating your themed pic.
Entry Details / Terms and Conditions
Minimum requirement is a pumpkin and your design
Entry is free, though donations are always welcome, visit the Backup website if you wish to make a donation
To enter your design upload to Instagram a maximum of three photos and/or video of which is no more than 15 seconds
Upload your entries onto your Instagram using the hashtag #BackupPumpkinChallenge along with your name or team name. If you don't do this we can't see your entry to judge.
All entries must be posted on Instagram using #BackupPumpkinChallenge by 31st October 2020
'Most Overall Likes' judging will take place at 9am on 5th November 2020
'Best Overall Design', 'Best Use of Tech' and 'Best Design by Future Creator' will be deliberated by judging panel after 31st October 2020
All winners to be announced on the 5th of November 2020
Judges have final ruling on all entries
Judging panel consists of a board member from Backup, ALD and ASD
Winners will be contacted by Backup on announcement date
Winning designs will be promoted on Backup social media pages, marketing material and industry press
Any further questions regarding the above entry details and T&Cs please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
1st October 2020
Sennheiser announced official sponsor of The 2020 Photography Show and The Video Show Virtual Festival
UK – Audio specialist Sennheiser has been an active supporter of The Photography Show and The Video Show for the last four years, showcasing an array of its latest microphones and having a team of experts on hand offering talks and demos, as well as answering pundits questions about choosing best microphones for specific audio for video applications. This year, the company is pleased to embrace the show’s new online format and present its newest offerings, including the MKE 200 mini-microphone, on its virtual Sennheiser booth on 20-21 September.
A full range of wireless microphones for audio for video applications, including the award-winning XS Wireless Digital, AVX, and evolution wireless G4, will be showcased. The company will also have its latest line up of on-camera mics, the MKE 400, MKE 440 stereo mic, MKE 600, and the newest member of the MKE family, the MKE 200 mini-microphone, designed for easy on-camera use with DSLRs and mirrorless cameras and mobile devices, where it ensures clean and crisp audio and gives that professional touch to video clips.
“After the show’s cancellation earlier this year due to the pandemic, we are very pleased to be returning to what has now evolved into a virtual festival celebrating the latest offerings, as well as the work of talented individuals across the filming and photography industries,” says David Atkinson, Sennheiser’s trade marketing manager.
As well as product demonstrations on the Sennheiser virtual stand, the company will be officially sponsoring the ‘Video Skills’ section. Here, audio specialists will host a series of panels, with some of the industry’s most prominent film makers talking about the importance of audio in their film making. These include internet film maker Andy Burgess, who will highlight the importance of audio in storytelling; Tania Esteban, a specialist in wildlife film making, who will share her most recent experiences in Papua New Guinea, Mexico and Japan; and videographer and commercial content creator, Dillon Osborne.
Live sessions will be available on the following days and times (this is subject to a change):
Sunday, September 20– Day 1
1010-1040 “The importance of sound in visual storytelling” by Andy Burgess
1130-1200 “What is content creation and how can you make a living out of your passion?” by Dillon Osborne
Monday, September 21– Day 2
1305-1335 “Shooting for the edit - wildlife filmmaking” by Tania Esteban
As part of the virtual booth experience, visitors will be able to walk down the aisle by scrolling across the window to view company’s latest products on display, as well as see videos and click on various links for additional information. End users will also be able to ask questions in real time and chat with the Sennheiser team via the show’s vFairs platform.
“We can’t wait for this fantastic two-day virtual experience!” exclaims Atkinson. “End users can chat with us directly, and in real time, via the online booth by entering groups chats or choosing a member of staff to talk to privately.
“We will have heaps of new products on display to get everyone’s creative juices flowing, and are equally excited about the online talks from our three legendary film makers, all delivered virtually so visitors can enjoy the full experience from the comfort of their own homes.”
For more information about the virtual event and tickets, plus the full timetable and schedule for talks, please visit https://www.photographyshow.com/
18th September 2020
Chauvet Professional October Roadshows Light Visions, Unleash Imagination
USA – Challenging times call for innovative responses. The live events industry has demonstrated this in convincing fashion in recent months with successful livestream shows and drive-in concerts. Drawing inspiration from this experience, Chauvet Professional is sponsoring a series of “Visions Unleashed” educational sessions at cities across the USA in October.
Beginning on 13 October in Charlotte and running through 30 October in Houston, the session will feature in-depth discussions by guest speakers who have lighted livestreams and drive-ins, as well as a variety of other valuable learning opportunities.
Space is limited at all sessions, which will follow strict social distancing and deep sanitising protocols.
“Maintaining a safe environment is of paramount importance to us,” said Caroline Chauvet, global brand manager of October Professional. “We have a program in place to ensure safety, while providing our guests with a learning experience that will better equip them to deal with the current challenges facing our industry.”
In addition to the presentations by guest speakers, the sessions will explore the latest outdoor and camera-ready lighting solutions with hands-on demos and shoot-out comparisons, new product debuts, inspiring light shows created with a wide range of October Professional fixtures, and ChamSys Console programming sessions.
“We will be offering a robust menu of learning options,” said Brad Haynes, October Professional’s national resource manager for concert and touring. “Expanding our knowledge and exploring new ideas has never been more important than it is today.”
To maintain social distancing, every session will be broken into three distinct slots, with space limited at each. Slot one runs from 9am to noon. Slot two covers 12:30 to 3pm, while slot three is from 3:30 to 5pm. A mandatory half-hour period separates each slot for a deep sanitising process.
“We are strictly adhering to safety protocols, which will limit the size of each session, so I hope anyone interested registers early,” said Chauvet. “Many of our customers have demonstrated impressive resourcefulness and resiliency during this period, and we’re eager to have them share their inspiring stories.
Charlotte, NC, Oct. 13, Studio 1212, 1212 East 10th St, Charlotte NC 28204
Atlanta, GA, Oct. 16, Bright Screen Studio, 554 North Avenue NW Suite E, Atlanta, GA 30318
Nashville, TN, Oct. 20, Soundcheck Nashville (Studio I), 750 Cowan St, Nashville, TN 37207
Tulsa, OK, Oct. 23, Integrity Lighting, 3525 E 36th St N, Tulsa, OK 74115
Dallas, TX, Oct. 27, Amp Studios (Studio A), 10763 Sanden Dr. Dallas, TX 75238
Houston, TX, Oct. 30, South Coast Video & Film, 5234 Elm St. Houston, Texas 77081
18th September 2020
New generation of UV lighting on 17th September Elation Coffee Break
One of the growing trends in entertainment lighting the past few years has been the increased use of UV light in productions of all kinds. Join Elation on Thursday, 17th September at 11am CEST for the next Elation Coffee Break as hosts Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif take a closer look at the Prisma line of advanced UV LED lighting products from Magmatic Atmospheric Effects.
This new generation of IP65 lighting is changing the quality of UV light projection while making it easier for designers and production houses to implement UV light into their projects. Because Prisma uses high quality, medical grade LEDs that emit UV light in the 365nm range, no visible light is emitted, meaning only the UV reactive material glows and nothing else.
The Elation Coffee Break with a focus on the Prisma series of UV lights will air live on Thursday, 17th September at 11am CEST on Elation Europe’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/. It’s easy to tune in and no registration is required.
The Elation Coffee Break is an online presentation series from Elation’s European office in Kerkrade, the Netherlands that takes an up-close look at some of the company’s most popular product series. To view previous Elation Coffee Break webinars, please visit www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/.
16th September 2020
ISE postponed to June 2021
Spain – After a period of consultation with the industry and the impact of the ongoing pandemic, Integrated Systems Events has announced that ISE, scheduled for 2-5 February, has been postponed and will now take place in June, dates tbc, alongside a virtual offering.
Additionally, ISE will launch RISE Digital, a regular programme of content and networking events which will run throughout the year and support the live show.
Integrated Systems Events released the following statement: “We’ve been monitoring the conditions in Europe since the beginning of this year and have worked hard on your behalf to balance health and safety concerns with the need for commerce and F2F interaction. These two factors have had shifting weight throughout the calendar year and although we’ve felt confident and hopeful regarding delivering this show in February, we’ve come to the conclusion that the best option for all of us is to delay the show edition until June 2021.
“The health and safety of our team, exhibiting companies, industry partners and attendees is our number one priority,” said Mike Blackman, managing director, Integrated Systems Events. “Given the understandable concerns among all of our stakeholders regarding coronavirus, and the uncertainty regarding travel restrictions and country lockdowns, we have concluded it is not prudent to maintain our original schedule of an in-person February 2021 trade show.
“From our many conversations, it is clear the industry can’t wait to get back together doing business face to face and we are committed to delivering an engaging and safe in-person ISE in 2021. We feel by moving the event to June, it provides time for the industry to adapt and restore balance. We look forward to hosting the global AV community in our new home in Barcelona.”
Fira de Barcelona Chairman, Pau Relat, comments: “From Fira de Barcelona we highly value ISE’s strong commitment to Barcelona and, in moments as complex as the current ones, the decision to postpone the event for a few months in order to ensure the best possible edition with the largest international participation of companies and visitors, will be very positive both for attendees and for the city. We will keep on working together to ensure that a leading event such as the ISE has a great first edition in its new home in Barcelona in 2021.”
David Labuskes, CEO, AVIXA commented: “AVIXA is proud to be a partner with CEDIA in delivering ISE to the audiovisual industry each year. We full support ISE’s decision to postpone the first show in Barcelona until June 2021. This isn’t a trivial undertaking and has thousands of moving parts, but in making this decision, ISE reaffirms their commitment to the health of all those who participate in these events from the taxi cab driver to the exhibitor teams. And all of those same people will be even more committed to be a part of the extravaganza that ISE promises to be.”
Tabatha O’Connor, CEO, CEDIA added: “We are eager to gather as a community once again at ISE 2021, the decision to postpone was made after careful and thorough consideration. We know moving the show to June will provide the time and resource needed to ensure the show is both safe to attend and can deliver on the exceptional experience that ISE is known for, fostering opportunities to learn, discover, and be inspired by the technology that is driving our industry forward.”
ISE would like to take this opportunity to thank our stakeholders: exhibitors, sponsors, visitors, media partners, contractors and the team at FIRA Barcelona for continuing to support it through this uncertain and ever-changing situation.
16th September 2020
GLP Waves the Flag at German Red Alert Demo
Germany – On Wednesday, 9 September, the Aktionsbündnis AlarmstufeRot – Initiativen & Verbände der Veranstaltungswirtschaft (Red Alert Action Alliance – Initiatives & Associations of the Event Industry) assembled at a large demonstration in Berlin. No other industry is suffering from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic as persistently and catastrophically as the event industry, with numerous companies having experienced hardly any sales for six months. Consequently, without exception, all are faced with a massive drop in revenue, threatening the continued existence of the company and the preservation of jobs.
And so the demo was conceived as a concerted action by all stakeholders in the event industry, from agencies and artists to event technicians and showmen. According to the organisers, up to 15,000 employees in the event industry heeded the call. After countless had already taken off their ‘last shirts’ and laid them down in a symbolic action on the meadow in front of the German Bundestag at noon, the final rally began in the early afternoon at the Brandenburg Gate, and lasted for several hours.
Of course, it was primarily those most affected who had their say. After the various convenors and initiators had presented their positions and demands, and Herbert Grönemeyer had moved the crowd with a fiery appeal, a short industry talk took place. During this debate, GLP founder and managing director Udo Künzler joined Dr. Volker Schmidt, general manager of NiedersachsenMetall, as well as Sascha Vollmer and Alec Völkel from The BossHoss.
While Dr. Schmidt described the crisis from the point of view of industrial customers in the event economy and The BossHoss added the perspective of the artists, Udo Künzler took up the case in Berlin on behalf of the German manufacturers of event technology. Together the four representatives showed exactly why so many areas of the economy are dependent on the event industry in one way or another.
"It was both an honour and a burden for me to be able to speak to thousands of people in Berlin, many of them our customers and not a few of them my friends," stated Udo on reflection. “We at GLP have been developing and building moving lights for the professional market for 25 years. And we do so with a great deal of passion.
Like all other companies in our industry, we crashed into a brick wall at full throttle in March: from a hundred to zero. And here we are, six months later, still without any prospects. And yet we continue to fight for our company, for our employees, for our profession.” Numerous GLP employees also supported the rally in Berlin in a show of solidarity, standing up for the instigators' demands.
Udo continued: “The tragic thing from the manufacturers' perspective is that our business won't immediately pick up once larger events become feasible again, because our customers will first need to earn money before considering new investment.
“Everyone I know in the industry is very passionate about events. This is our life! In order for it to continue, we now urgently need effective political support and an effective rescue plan. What we also need is a perspective of how we can gradually resume our work over the coming year. "
photos: GLP / Manuel Weidt - #Alarmstuferot
11th September 2020
White Light in partnership with the UKickstart Event 2020 adds a Live Performance Panel
UK – Following the recent announcement of the expansion of UKickstart Event 2020, the first UK-wide live and virtual gathering of event professionals post-lockdown, it has once again extended its programme to include a live performance panel discussion on kickstarting the events industry. Not only will the panel discussion take place at one of White Light’s managed venues, Illuminate at the Science Museum, but it will be chaired by its managing director Bryan Raven.
The panel is called ‘Working in a Post-Covid World – How to Kick-Start Live Performance’ and will take place on Tuesday 8 September at 4.30pm. Alongside Bryan, industry experts speaking will include Adam Blackwood founder and creative director of Private Drama, Jon Drape director of Engine No 4, Clara Cullen venue support manager and Nicholas Wells owner of Power Plan Services Ltd.
The panel will discuss issues encountered due to the pandemic, covering small music venues, theatres, indoors/outdoor venues and arenas, as well as the solutions needed to overcome these. We are particularly excited to have Jon Drape, director of Engine No 4, on board who will be discussing the challenges and lessons learnt from his recent experience working on the Virgin Money Unity Arena Festival in Newcastle.
Bryan comments: “The Live Events industry is on a cliff-edge, particularly as we approach October and the end of Furlough. There are so many jobs and buildings at risk of simply collapsing that we need to look at safe and practical ways in which we can kick start live performance and work with our clients again; something which this discussion will initiate.”
The panel discussion is part of the wider UKickstart Event 2020, the first UK-wide live and virtual gathering of event professionals post-lockdown. This free-to-attend nationwide multi-hub live and virtual event takes place from 1-5:30pm on Thursday 8th September and will bring together meeting and event leaders and professionals who want to drive the UK to have the confidence to start meeting again. Participants will be able to attend in-person at one of many UK venues located in major cities and towns such as London, Birmingham, Manchester, Farnborough and Liverpool. Up to 30 socially distanced delegates will be able to attend in person at each venue, in accordance with current government guidelines. All the panel sessions will be streamed online as a virtual experience for professionals who cannot participate in person.
Adam Simpson, leader of UKickstart and director of marketing of etc.venues, said: “We’ve had phenomenal interest for UKickstart; so much so that it felt only right to extend the event programme and have an in-depth discussion about live performance and how we can bring this back. As seen when we opened registration, hundreds of event professionals immediately signed up to attend mostly the live locations, which, for us, indicates that united desire to get back to meeting in-person. The panel has the power to act as a catalyst to kick-start this and we look forward to welcoming Bryan and all the other speakers.”
UKickstart Event has been created and led by etc.venues as well as backed by major industry bodies, such as BVEP, HBAA, MIA, VisitBritain, ILEA, MPI, ABPCO, EMA, AEO, ESSA, EVCOM, AEV and the London Convention Bureau.
7th September 2020
Alcons Systems Make a Big Impression in Japan
Japan – Alcons Audio pro-ribbon systems made a great impression on the Japanese professional audio market in July, as the company’s new Japanese distributor E’Spec Inc. held a demonstration event at the Abeno Ward Citizen Center in Osaka
Despite the difficulties presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, well over 100 audio professionals attended the event on 14 July, which was split into three sessions to ensure effective social distancing. They included audio engineers, system designers, rental and sales companies.
Alongside PowerPoint and video presentations, practical demonstrations of Alcons pro-ribbon systems included the LR7 / LR7B micro line-array, LR18 / LR18B compact mid-size line-array, the VR8 compact versatile monitor, VR12 mid-size versatile monitor, RR12 point-source array module and the BF151mkII compact subwoofer.
A variety of sources were played through the systems to highlight their audio quality and versatility in a wide range of sound reinforcement applications. A highlight was a demonstration of live drums by Sakae Takeda, showcasing how Alcons pro-ribbon drivers excel at handling the most dynamic sounds.
Many visitors highlighted the VR12 as being of especial interest, thanks to its user-friendliness, sound and ability to be used as a high quality floor monitor. The compact size, light weight and sound quality of the LR7 and LR7B line array also proved very popular outside the major touring companies. Ease of handling is very important because, in Japan, systems are rarely flown at small and medium-sized events. Stacking systems is the usual method of deployment, especially in indoor venues, so the ease that this can be achieved with the LR7 is a positive selling point.
“There were many requests to hear the LR18 / LR18B and, although we didn’t have a LR24 mid-size line array system at the event, the LR18 triggered the interest of a number of rental companies in the LR24, mostly due to its successful debut at the NAMM show earlier this year." The LR7 also received special attention,” says E’Spec’s Yoshiaki ‘Yoshi’ Yamaguchi.
“It was a very successful event and, from speaking to the audio professionals who attended and a post-event survey, the attendees were very impressed with Alcons pro-ribbon systems.”
4th September 2020
Chauvet Lights Red for RedAlertRESTART
USA - Chauvet Professional team members have never been more proud of a lighting display than they were at 9 pm on 1 September, when about 100 of their fixtures were turned on instantly bathing their world headquarters in brilliant reds as part of WeMakeEvents’ North American-wide RedAlertRESTART.
This sequence of events was repeated three hours later, at the company’s Las Vegas Satellite facility. The team gathered there experienced the same emotional reaction.
“Just as it is for others in our industry, this was a very moving and personal moment for us,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “We grew up in this industry and we saw many of our customers grow right along with us. They are really more than customers to us. They are colleagues and in many cases, good friends. Seeing how the pandemic has impacted the lives of so many in our industry has affected all of us very deeply.”
Like his team, Chauvet is fully supportive of the RedAlertRESTART campaign to raise awareness of the issues facing those who work at live events, and to implore the US Congress to pass the RESTART Act (S.3814), which promises to bring economic relief to the industry’s members.
The campaign’s organisers originally hoped to light 1,500 buildings across North America in red. More recent estimates have the actual number at twice that amount. Many of these buildings are massive structures, others are famous landmarks, but for the crowd gathered at the Chauvet HQ parking lot, thinking of industry friends on this warm summer night, nothing was quite as moving as seeing their home glow red.
3rd September 2020
Robe Supports WeMakeEvents RED ALERT Day of Action
UK – Robe UK partnered with Clearsound Productions, Venue Lab and Broadwick Live to support #LightItInRed and PLASA’s #WeMakeEvents national call to action on 11th August – to draw attention to the live entertainment industry and its need for sector support from the government to survive the coronavirus crisis.
Robe moving lights were used to illuminate the exteriors of three flagship live entertainment venues: Magazine London on Greenwich Peninsula, Printworks London in Canada Water and Exhibition London in White City, all managed by Venue Lab, part of Vibration Group.
Escape to Freight Island, attached to Broadwick Live’s Depot Mayfield site in Manchester, was also lit in red for the day of action. The installation there was coordinated by dbnAudile which also includes some Robe LEDBeam 100 fixtures. dbnAudile is also the house supplier for audio, lighting and screens in both Printworks London and Depot Mayfield when the venues are running.
Simon Tracey, CEO of Vibration Group underlined the importance of the industry uniting, and was very proud to have Magazine London (which has previously been lit in blue for the NHS) lit in red alongside some of their other venues to highlight the struggles faced by live events and its massive support infrastructure.
He’s particularly aware of the impact the crisis is having on individuals, both their own employees and the freelancers utilised across their various businesses. “Many talented people are currently out of work, so lighting our venues red is a tribute to them and hopefully restores hope that we are still fighting and WILL recover from this!”
Following the hugely successful grassroots #LightItInRed action on 6th July, Robe was delighted to reunite with the Clearsound Productions team project managed by Steven Haynes to work on this project for which 140 Robe lights were dispatched from Shipston-On-Stour.
Additional kit was supplied to Clearsound from Banbury-based Dragonfly Lighting, with 12 more Robe Spiider LED wash beams used for Printworks London from CSR Lighting, all trucked to London by freight specialist OnPoint Logistics.
In addition to Steven, the crew comprised of Dan Ridd (Clearsound MD & Printworks lighting project manager), Daniel Gibbs (Clearsound MD & exhibition project manager), Liam Murphy (Clearsound / Printworks technician), Tom Easton (Clearsound / Exhibition techmician) George O'Connor (Dragonfly Lighting / Magazine London junior techmician), Cameron Northcote (Magazine London junior technician) and Ryan Murfet (Antire / Magazine London junior technician).
They were joined by six NRG (Next Robe Generation) students and young professionals: Jade Hughes, Ben Sugrue, Sam Blackmore and Finlay Russell all of whom were working as technicians for the day at Magazine, plus Sam Harris and Sam Levy, who worked alongside Dan and Liam at Printworks.
Magazine London consumed the largest quantities of lights. Its slick, streamlined, black industrial form lit in red front and rear, juxtaposing it beautifully against the stunning waterfront location overlooked by the Canary Wharf CBD skyline.
In addition to the venue, a neighbouring art sculpture titled ‘A Bullet from a Shooting Star’ was also lit in red; a famous, 35-metre tall latticed steel structure created by UK artist Alex Chinneck for the 2015 London Design Festival, which is embedded in land to the side of Magazine London. Inspired by the industrial heritage of the area, the work looks like it’s been randomly shot out of the sky and into the ground!
To the side of that, OnPoint’s 45ft artic and trailer also looked resplendent in red for the occasion.
States Steven: “The goal was to make as much impact as possible, and as well as symbolically lighting up in red to signal our support for the wider WeMakeEvents action, also to ensure that all three venues looked fantastic in red.”
Magazine London’s lighting scheme utilised Robe MegaPointes, Spiiders, Spikies, Pointes, LEDWash 300s, CycFX 8s and LEDBeam 150s. These were placed all around the venue and powered by local hard power.
Most of the wall washing was accomplished using Spiiders, the fixtures’ intensity and quality colour mixing was needed to effectively transform the shiny black and highly reflective surfaces all around Magazine London. Achieving this effect was one of the major challenges.
The lights at the front and rear of the venue could all shine through the floor to ceiling window areas for a classy ‘double-depth’ look.
The Spikies, Pointes and MegaPointes were used for beam work and gobos.
The art sculpture, ‘A Bullet from a Shooting Star’, was up lit by four Spiiders and eight Spikies deployed around its base. It looked striking in scarlet, together with the truck, which was lit with eight CycFX8s – ideal for the trailer part – four LEDBeam150s and four LEDWash 300s.
All the lights at Magazine London were controlled by four consoles: an Avo Quartz and a ChamSys MQ100 for the back and front of the venue, an Avo Pearl Expert for the art sculpture and a ChamSys PC Wing for the truck, all strategically placed around the venue. A ChamSys MQ80 was used at Printworks and an MQ60 at Exhibition.
Robe UK’s head of marketing Theresa Gibson worked with Venue Lab’s team to secure access to the venues and commented, “It was great to have the opportunity to work closely with Venue Lab at three of their key London sites to support the #LightItInRed activities across the capital.
“Steven and the team at Clearsound Productions did a fantastic job in illuminating the iconic Printworks building and the beautiful Victorian façade of Exhibition London. Magazine London was the jewel-in-the-crown at the heart of Greenwich Peninsula, bathed in red glory overlooking Canary Wharf.
“It was wonderful to engage with a number of our NRG members who supported the event and joined forces with the Clearsound crew. The whole team felt immensely proud to be part of something very special at such a critical time for our industry to support #WeMakeEvents and #LightItInRed as they and other industry bodies joined forces.”
For Steve, joining forces with Robe for this event was “A fantastic and very positive experience.” He also enjoyed being able to offer the NRG crew some valuable practical and hands-on experience, and “the camaraderie was brilliant.”
In addition to the galvanising task of lighting the black-faced venue red, the whole site was operated as Covid-safe with social distancing as a sweltering heatwave engulfed the UK.
These key multi-purpose venues, all of which feature Robe fixtures in their in-house lighting systems, were among 720 plus which lit up red for the day of action.
Seventeen cities around the UK including Manchester, with a high profile flightcase push and march, Bristol and Milton Keynes all staged their own supporting events, while around 3,500 people joined in at the epicentre of the London action staged on and along the Thames at Bankside and the Southbank Centre.
The goal was to get a place for the live entertainment industry and its extensive infrastructure at the government negotiating table.
Photos: Louise Stickland, Gemma Parker and Rob Jones
1st September 2020
September 3rd Elation Coffee Break to examine white light luminaires
Did you know that Elation offers one of the market’s most comprehensive lines of professional white light LED luminaires? Grab your coffee and join Elation’s Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif on the September 3rd Elation Coffee Break as they take a close look at Elation’s KL Fresnel series, WW and CW Profile HP ellipsoidal spots, TVL series of softlights, and new KL Panel, white light LED luminaires optimised for the unique requirements of broadcast, film, trade shows and theatre.
The Elation Coffee Break with a focus on white light will air live on Thursday, September 3rd at 11:00 a.m. CEST on Elation Europe’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/. It’s easy to tune in and no registration is required.
The Elation Coffee Break is an online presentation series from Elation’s European office in Kerkrade, the Netherlands that takes an up-close look at some of the company’s most popular product series. To view previous Elation Coffee Break webinars, please visit www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/.
1st September 2020
Zero 88’s ‘Live at the Congress’ Announces Latest Technologies are Shipping Now
UK – Lighting control manufacturer Zero 88 presented “Live from the Congress”, a dynamic live stream highlighting the latest technologies in its control, data and power product ranges and announcing that key products like the ZerOS Server, Splitter 8, Gateway 4 and Gateway 8, Betapack4 and RigSwitch are all shipping now.
The 30-minute broadcast was hosted at the Congress Theatre in Cwmbran, the nearest theatre to Zero 88’s manufacturing facility, and was presented by general manager David Catterall, supported by Jon Hole, Tyler Holpin (who also works as a technician at the venue) and Edward Smith.
Local singer / songwriter Tobias Robertson appeared as a special guest, treating everyone to his captivating vocals and some proper live entertainment as the stream was broadcast live on Zero 88’s YouTube and Facebook channels. It can subsequently be watched on-demand at zero88.com/event.
Focusing on the three product ranges enabled the team to highlight specific elements like Zero 88’s industry-leading three-year warranty on all control products, together with the UK manufacturing set up and the vast and diverse range of training opportunities available at zero88.com/training.
This includes a complete array of online training, established as a positive response to learning during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The presentation also emphasised the support work in which Zero 88 has engaged for the National Health Service (NHS) that has included lighting up three local hospitals for the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB).
The company has also participated in the #LightItInRed campaign throughout the summer to draw attention to the live music, events, and performance industry’s need for special sector support from the government during Covid-19.
Additionally, some premium installations completed in the last 12 months were detailed, including at the Coca Cola Arena in Dubai and at P&J Live in Aberdeen.
The stream announced that the latest version of ZerOS software has entered its “Public Beta” phase and will be launched officially later in the year, which brings a whole new library to ZerOS, providing more detailed control, improved macros, better gobo previews and enhanced colour information, etc.
Product manager Jon Hole walked viewers through a complete refresh of Zero 88’s networking products made up of “Splitter 8”, a DMX/RMX splitter that includes a “Fix Switch”, an invaluable 'get out of jail free card' for systems with compatibility issues or poorly designed fixtures causing flickering!
Gateway 4 and Gateway 8 both support Art-Net and sACN, along with new protocol “LLRP” so the stream featured a short video explaining what this is and why it is needed.
Edward examined the new Betapack 4 unit which supports both dimming and hot-power connectivity in a single portable box that can be toured or installed. The new variants include a 15a / 16a mixed and a Neutrik PowerCON TRUE1, together with the ‘classic’ 15a, 16a, Schuko and Swiss options for which Betapack is famous!
Tyler highlighted the usefulness and practicality of RigSwitch, a remote-controlled power switching solution for any size of venue or space. It supports the same button panels, touchscreens, sensors etc. as the ZerOS Server. Along with eight standard variants, RigSwitch is fully customizable, providing up to 34560 different bespoke configurations.
A full set of online manuals are also now available.
A collection of interactive, easily and logically searchable product manuals for desktops, laptops, tablets and mobiles are filled with images and useful videos, setting a new ‘gold standard’ of excellence for online manuals to answer relevant questions and queries quickly and painlessly.
These can be viewed either via the relevant product pages or through a new dedicated manual landing page at www.zero88.com/manuals
It was important for the team at Zero 88 to support The Congress which is normally a lively hub of Cwmbran city and its surrounding areas.
Since being shut by the Coronavirus pandemic in March, it has been transformed into a streaming studio, with local rental company Green Room Events and theatre manager Martyn Redwood collaborating to generate revenue and keep the venue going. The project has so far proved very popular and the facility has been used by several local artists to stream performances or record new music tracks.
Zero 88’s stream was the first corporate event staged in the pop-up studio. Jon commented: “Utilising the Congress, which is super convenient and offers excellent facilities, was really heartfelt as it’s a centre of the community here and showcase for local talent that we all want to see continue in that vital role for years to come.”
25th August 2020
Chauvet Professional Supports Germany’s Night of Light
Germany – Landmark buildings glowed red throughout Germany Monday night, 22 June, for Night of Light, a massive expression of support for the events industry and a vivid reminder to the nation’s leaders about the challenges facing the businesses and individuals who make up this vital sector of the economy.
Initiated by Essen-based marketing agency LK-AG, the awareness campaign drew the support of EVVC, Germany’s venue association and thousands of businesses from every region of the country, including Chauvet Germany.
“We are proud to be a part of this important event,” said Thomas Fischer, managing director of Chauvet Germany GmbH. “The situation we face cannot be ignored. We must all pull together to ensure a prosperous future for our industry.”
In addition to lighting its home offices in red, Chauvet Germany provided fixtures to illuminate buildings in its home town of Bremen, including Bartels Mill in Bremen Nord. Members of the Chauvet Germany team also drove to red-lighted buildings during the evening to express their support for their colleagues, as well as their hope that steps will be taken to revitalise the events industry to the benefit of its members and the entire German nation.
21st August 2020
Zero 88 Live at The Congress
UK – Lighting control manufacturer Zero 88 stages a product awareness live stream airing on Monday 24th August which will be broadcast from The Congress Theatre, Cwmbran which is the nearest local theatre venue to the manufacturing facility.
Usually busy with a lively programme of music and performance shows in the centre of Cwmbran, The Congress has been repurposed to function as a virtual studio during the pandemic and for the immediate future. Located just five minutes from Zero 88, it is a perfect and convenient venue.
The Zero 88 team will be highlighting some of the brand’s newest technologies and product releases during the stream and will be joined by local singer-songwriter Tobias Robertson offering some great live entertainment.
This action-packed presentation will last 30 minutes and embrace all three primary Zero 88 product categories: control, data, and power.
The stream will specifically address the new ZerOS Server, the Splitter 8 and Gateway 4 / Gateway 8 DMX / RDM data distribution devices, Betapack 4 combined power distribution and dimmer units and Zero 88’s RigSwitch remote controlled power switching solutions, plus previewing the next exciting ZerOS 7.9.8 software update.
Exact shipping dates and availability for all this raft of practical, useful, quality, and cost-efficient products, manufactured in the UK, will be announced on air.
Interested parties can catch the stream at www.zero88.com/event or on Zero’s social channels (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube) and anyone not able to tune in on the day can watch the broadcast later on-demand.
The Event is live at 10am (GMT+1), Monday 24th August.
A Q&A session will follow the product presentation for which anyone can submit questions to be answered by the Zero 88 panel via the website, where the questions can also be uploaded and prioritised by clicking the relevant icon.
In picture: Tyler Holpin, Jon Hole, David Catterall and Edward Smith.
20th August 2020
Join members of Ed Sheeran’s live touring crew in Sennheiser’s #DontStopTheEducation series
Sennheiser’s popular live Crew Calls continue with four members from Ed Sheeran’s live touring crew: on 8 September at 20:00 Berlin time, Sennheiser hosts Andy Egerton and Tim Moore will welcome Chris Marsh (production manager, FOH Sound), Mark Friend (tour manager), Matt Jones (lighting director) and Dave White (guitar/chewie tech). Be sure to sign up early for this exceptional live round table with the world class touring crew behind Ed Sheeran’s world record-breaking Divide Tour: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3_aDKf3mSsei8lu3gXIvLQ.
During the 90-minute Crew Call, Chris Marsh and Mark Friend will discuss production and tour management and speak about the front of house-sound, while Matt Jones will give insights into the tour’s spectacular lighting design. Guitar fans will be delighted to see David White on board, who designed and built Ed Sheeran’s Chewie looper pedalboard. As always, all panellists are looking forward to answering questions from the audience.
Please register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3_aDKf3mSsei8lu3gXIvLQ
20th August 2020
Successful Virtual Production Showcase Uses ROE Visual LED Screens
Germany – With the demand for virtual production space steeply rising, ETC and MMC Studios organised an informative event to update their clients on the latest available technology and hardware, involved in creating successful virtual film productions or events.
The co-operation partners MMC Studios, LAVAlabs Moving Images and Entertainment Technology Concepts GmbH presented their Virtual production showcase on 30 and 31 July, on MMC’s soundstage 32 in Cologne. The Virtual Production Set offers a dynamic backdrop for a variety of productions, e.g. series, films, entertainment shows, corporate events, virtual events.
As a full-service event provider Entertainment Technology Concepts (ETC-Europe) offers tailored turn-key solutions for trade fairs, film and TV productions, concerts and stage events. With the event sector currently facing a full stop, ETC Europe noticed a rising demand for alternative solutions, like virtual production of events or using virtual backgrounds for film and broadcast productions. With over 20 years of experience in film and broadcast productions ETC Europe has all the required knowledge and technology in-house to play into this demand.
MMC Studios operates the Coloneum in Cologne, Germany, one of Europe’s largest and most advanced TV and film studio facilities. With its excellent studio infrastructure and equipped with state-of-the-art production and post-production technologies, MMC Studios Köln GmbH is the leading full-service provider for entertainment shows, TV series and film production in Germany.
The digital content was provided by LAVAlabs, a multi-discipline animation and creative studio based in Düsseldorf, Stuttgart and Frankfurt. Their crew of creative and creating professionals, VFX artists and producers believe in crafting work to the highest possible standard. With over eight years of experience creating high-class visual effects, including CGI, colour grading and premium finishing for films, experiential and innovative technologies they were the perfect partner for this project.
“A range of creative and technological aspects come together to stage this type of productions, it’s not something you just take from the shelf. At ETC-Europe we have specialised in-house knowledge to bring all the key technological components together,” comments Alexander Klaus, managing director at ETC-Europe. “With our partners in this project, we wanted both to inform clients on the possibilities that virtual production can create, but also to raise awareness on the technological complexity, when all the aspects, such as content, tracking, LED, lighting, camera and streaming come together.”
“MMC Studios are the hot spot for every kind of moving-image production in Germany, so the best way seemed to organise a real-life demo in our Cologne based studios, with a complete set up of all the components involved and an actress performing in the set,” comments Jens Wolf, managing director at MMC Studios. “Partnering with ETC Europe for this event was a logical step for us. Where we could provide the location, studio infrastructure and production tools, ETC Europe brought in all the technical equipment and experienced technicians.”
“For this set-up we used what we would normally use, or advice to use, for our clients. It’s equipment and software we are familiar with and which we trust to perform”, continues Klaus. “We have a long-standing relation with ROE Visual, and we know their products have a very stable and outstanding performance. That’s just what you need in the intricate environment of a virtual production space.”
“ROE Visual have also been very supportive if it comes to adjust to the right settings between the LED screen, the processor and the camera settings. It’s very important to get that just right and the support and knowledge of your LED supplier is paramount.”
Using a virtual background cannot only reduce the costs of on-location shoots and post-production time, it also can boost the performance of the actors involved. As actress Neshe Demir explains: “You’re directly in the right environment depicted in the scene, so you don’t have to visualize it. I could feel that my body reflections reacted to the environment shown, making the acting much more natural and easier.”
For the set in the MMC Studios a backwall, measuring 96 sqm, consisting of 416 ROE Visual Diamond DM2.6 LED panels was used for the on-camera shoots, requiring a finer pixel pitch. In order to bring the larger items into a virtual world, a larger screen, measuring almost 22 by ten
metre and consisting of 288 ROE Visual Carbon CB5 panels was used.
Additional dynamic lighting and reflections were created using a flown LED ceiling of 45 Carbon Series CB5 panels, enhancing the level of accuracy and realism.
photos: Hans-Jörg Seibold ROE Visual
20th August 2020
The Elation Coffee Break launches on Facebook Livestream
Elation Professional’s European office recently launched The Elation Coffee Break on Facebook Livestream, an online presentation series that takes an up-close look at some of the company’s most popular product series.
Elation continues the webinar series on Thursday, 20 August at 11:00am CEST with Elation technical sales specialist Alistair Smyth and International sales manager Frederik Afif looking at the innovative qualities of the Rayzor 760 and Proteus Rayzor 760 LED luminaires. The presentation will air live on Elation Europe’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/. No registration is required.
The Rayzor 760 is an LED wash effect with wide zoom and innovative SparkLED pixel effect that offers all new design possibilities. Also available in an IP65 version, the Rayzor 760 projects well-defined beams as well as a wide wash coverage. When not in use as a beam or wash, its SparkLED background illumination system gives designers a new way of creating additional impact, for example as a backdrop in a camera shot.
Mark your calendars for 20 August and have your favourite cup of coffee ready! To view the first Elation Coffee Break webinar, which highlighted Elation’s award-winning Artiste Monet LED profile luminaire, visit www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/.