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New product launch for Prolyte Group at the P+S exhibition
Germany – Continuing to innovate, Prolyte Group is bringing new products, prototypes and a test model to the Prolight + Sound exhibition in Frankfurt. The Prolyte team is anticipating a great show and is looking forward to connect with its existing and new customers. Prolyte Group is located in hall 3.0 stand E14.
Prolyte will launch a new product at the P+S exhibition, the BGR70 truss. It is in essence a low volume truss with extreme load-bearing capacity. The truss can handle large spans as well as extreme loads. A pre-camber system to guarantee zero deflection is one of the great features this truss offers. Full product information will be released soon.
Prolyte will feature live load tests during the exhibition. Visitors are invited to see the BGR70 truss in action. The live test will be performed several times per day during the show. The Prolyte team, as well as representatives of Unlimited Productions will be at the stand to offer product and user information.
After the successful introduction of the revolutionary Verto truss, Prolyte will bring this truss again to the show. If you haven’t experienced the fast and silent rotating coupling system first hand yet, this is your chance.
Product manager Ruud de Deugd will take some prototypes to the show, your feedback on these is highly valued. One of the prototypes on display is the new sleeve block with integrated dead hang system. So join us and share your thoughts. Don’t forget to to have a look at our 3D test model.
ProLyft will show a complete set up of hoists and controls, showing the endless possibilities ProLyft can create for the basic to advanced user requirements. Positioning, load monitoring and much more will be shown in a live set-up.
Prolyte will host a range of events and seminars during the show.
Prolyte will feature a highlight tour through the stand during show days. The tour will include a live load test of the BGR70 truss.
Prolyte will host two seminars during the show. Wednesday 5th April at 17:00, Manufacturers Forum, Forum level C, Room Substanz Ruud de Deugd; Roof Systems – the paradigm shift
Thursday 6th April, 12:00 at Forum level 0, Room Analog Matthias Moeller; Mobile Bühnenüberdachungen in der Praxis
Like to relax after a hectic show day? Prolyte will host its traditional stand party on Thursday 6th April. Join us for drinks and bites and enjoy the live music. The Prolyte stand party is held from 18:00 hours onwards. Everyone is invited, join us!
Hall 3.0, E14. Prolyte looks forward to greeting visitors.
24th March 2017
PRG XL Video set to amaze visitors to Prolight + Sound with new products and 360° live video streaming
Germany – PRG XL Video will once again have a significant presence at this year's Prolight + Sound from 4th to 7th April, in the Festhalle Frankfurt. The action gets underway the evening before the show, with the presentation of the PRG XL sponsored Live Entertainment Awards (LEA), for which PRG is the overall technical service provider. The creative responsibility, as in previous years, will rest with Jerry Appelt and bright!. As soon as the main Prolight + Sounds show opens, visitors to the Festhalle will be able to examine the stage used, including all the installations and effects, and attend regularly scheduled demo shows. This year, the music for the demo show was composed by the band FOXOS, who will also be performing live in the Festhalle.
One of the dominant themes of this year's event will be 360-degree streaming. Not only will the LEA gala be broadcast for the first time as a Full HD live stream over the Internet; using the right devices, it will also be possible to follow it as a 360-degree event. At the location itself, a 360-degree/3D virtual reality signal will be available. The equipment required for the VR moving images, including a Nokia Ozo 3D/360° camera, will be provided by the industry leading VR and media technology specialists, PRG Lab.
The 1,400 guests in the hall for the awards will have much to look forward to; in addition to the award winners in 15 event categories, the performance of German rock musician and composer, Udo Lindenberg will be among the major highlights of the 12th Live Entertainment Awards. The musical programme on the newly designed PRG XL stage will also include performances by Schiller, Max Giesinger and Helmut Zerlett, who will be accompanying the exclusive gala with his band.
As well as various VR demonstrations, PRG XL Video Germany will be presenting a number of its own products. These will include the updated PRG Mbox Extreme media server, the Icon BEAM moving light and the revolutionary GroundControl followspot system. One brand-new attraction will be the prototype of the GroundControl Longthrow (LT) followspot, which, too, can be controlled from the ground at a distance of over 600 metres. This year's PRG partners will also be presenting a number of new products. Among them will be the BlackTrax live tracking system from Cast, which makes the interaction of performers, stage kinetics equipment and media content possible. Stage Kinetik will be showing its magnificent "ballet of balls": Winch One. GLP will also be demonstrating the new JDC1 hybrid strobe, the new version of the GT-1 hybrid lamp, and the X4 atom Sixbar in live action.
PRG Proshop, the outlet for high-quality used equipment, will also have a major presence at Prolight, and will be setting up shop in a nearby warehouse space and having a walk-in sale 3rd-7th April. For more information, please visit http://www.prg-proshop.com
24th March 2017
Avolites to showcase trailblazing lighting and video integration at Prolight + Sound 2017
Germany – Avolites will launch two software updates and showcase its trailblazing new developments in lighting and video integration at this year's Prolight + Sound 2017 in Frankfurt. The British manufacturer will launch the full capabilities of its much anticipated Ai v10 media server software, developed through real-world testing, and the latest Titan update, v10.1, which boasts a plethora of end user-centric new features that will ensure Avolites stays resolutely ahead of the lighting control curve. Avolites will be in Hall 3 Level 0 Stand E80 throughout the four-day event.
Ai v10 has been developed alongside some of the top names in the live event and installation sectors including the director of video production at Hakkasan, Ed Shaw, vice president of entertainment at Hakkasan, James Algate, and Knight of Illumination award-winning video designer for Coldplay, Ben Miles.
The update includes the integration of real time effects generator Notch and video sharing feature Spout, both of which were developed alongside Miles and video programmer Leo Flint for Coldplay's 'Head Full of Dreams' tour.
'BPM Sync' is a new Ai v10 feature born from developing the custom integrated control system for the lighting and visuals at Hakkasan Group's JEWEL Nightclub in Las Vegas.
A new projection mapping tool, MeshWarp, features in the update. Born from the combination of Projective Keystone and Grid Warp, the feature enables users to quickly warp their content to match projection surfaces. This feature, in addition to auto map and auto blend, puts a powerful array of mapping tools in the hands of every user.
Lastly, Timeline is a major addition for Ai v10, providing precise control of video in a timecode environment, whilst still allowing live control simultaneously.
Head Ai software developer Ciaran Abrams commented: "Ai v10 represents a change in the media server in the way that our users will interact with the software. The extensive UI overhaul is just the start along with a list of easy, quick and intuitive controls, that make operating the software simple and fun."
Far more than 'just a point-release', Titan v10.1 offers significant new functionality as well as many fixes and improvements. Scene Master mode introduces a new and more refined way to use the console live. Avolites' live palette time feature has been a favourite among users since the Pearl days, with Scene Master expanding its capability. The mode allows multiple palettes, playbacks and time information to be executed together, with either a fader or a chosen fade time.
Another key feature of the update is BPM Master, which now ensures all chases and effects attached to them remain not only at the same tempo, but also in synchronisation with the beat and each other. Effects, including key frame shapes, can now be assigned a number of beats per cycle, allowing for more creative control when performing.
Not only that, effects can now also be linked to the group used to make them. In this way, when the number of fixtures in a rig changes – as with festivals – the original group can be updated, and the effect will then run with all the fixtures in that group, greatly increasing flexibility and efficiency.
Avolites sales director Koy Neminathan comments: "Avolites has recently gone through some exciting changes which have allowed the company to adapt and change the way we create, produce and deliver world class products. The releases of Ai v10 and Titan v10.1 are just the beginning with more focus on reliability. Users and non-users have told us that they have seen and heard that Titan and Ai have taken huge strides forward in delivering what they require. So, it is clear that our training programme is working efficiently and deploying that through our vast distribution network is paying dividends. With a sustained increase in demand and currently having the largest order book in the company's history, it is clear to say that our new strategy is clearly going to create some positive shock waves. Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt is the best place to demonstrate this to everyone."
24th March 2017
Adamson to Expand S-Series and Introduce New IS-Series at Prolight + Sound
Germany – Building on the international success of its heralded S-Series, Adamson Systems Engineering will add the S10n line array cabinet to its offerings and introduce the integration-focused IS- Series family of loudspeakers at Prolight + Sound 2017, Hall 3.1 Booth B60.
The S10n is a narrow-dispersion version of the widely adopted S10 two-way, full-range line array cabinet. Boasting otherwise identical specs to the S10, the S10n delivers an 80° x 10° (H x V) dispersion pattern for applications with tighter horizontal coverage requirements.
“S10n emphasises Adamson’s commitment to the touring market,” comments Marc Weber, director of product and brand management, Adamson Systems Engineering. “Based on requests from our strong clientele of touring users, this narrow version of the S10 was developed to increase the long-throw capability of S- Series loudspeaker packages and further expand their usability and performance in reflective spaces.”
The IS- Series will make its debut with the IS7 and complementing IS118 subwoofer. The IS- Series packs Adamson’s sophisticated tour-level technology into sleek, architecturally-friendly boxes with rugged but unobtrusive rigging solutions.
As founder and namesake Brock Adamson explains, the IS- Series is a natural progression for the rapidly growing company. “Adamson has a clear vision for the touring and installation markets," he says. "Through three years of continuous rapid growth, we have not wavered from our commitment to vertical integration. By placing our product engineering team in a common environment with industrial machinery and processes, we discover ways to engineer more hard value into product. Our newest segment-focused products are a demonstration of that philosophy, revealing the performance standard that people expect of the brand.”
The IS7 is a two-way, full-range line array cabinet containing two ND7-X5, 7” Neodymium drivers and an NH3, 1.4” exit compression driver. The critically optimized waveguide produces a slightly curved wavefront with a nominal dispersion pattern of 100° x 12.5° (H x V). The waveguide’s efficiency allows for increased vertical dispersion without sacrificing high frequency presence in the far field while the patent-pending Controlled Summation Technology further eliminates the low-mid lobing normally associated with two-way line source systems.
The companion IS118 subwoofer is loaded with a lightweight, long excursion 18” ND18-S Kevlar Neodymium driver utilising Adamson’s Advanced Cone Architecture and a 4” voice coil for exceptional power handling. It is mounted in an ultra-efficient, front-loaded enclosure, designed to reproduce clean, musical low-frequency information.
The IS- Series cabinet construction uses marine-grade birch plywood and aircraft-grade steel. The IS7 is equipped with NL4 Connectors and screw terminals while the IS118 has screw terminals available on demand. A plate-and-screw rigging solution is recessed in the interior of the rear rigging fins for easy installation. The series is available in a standard black and white, with RAL colours available on demand.
The IS-Series is perfectly suited for a wide range of applications, including performing arts centres, live performance venues, sports venues, conference centres, and houses of worship.
The IS7 and IS118 will begin shipping in late May 2017. The S10n will begin shipping in the summer of 2017.
Visit Adamson at Prolight + Sound 2017, Hall 3.1 Booth B60 from April 4-7, 2017.
24th March 2017
Alcons Previews New Products and Developments at Prolight+Sound 2017
Germany – Prolight & Sound sees Alcons Audio previewing two new products for the first time, as well hosting an off-site demonstration and observing its annual tradition of showing its latest development ideas and studies, marking the direction that Alcons product portfolio will be heading in the foreseeable future.
The new products being previewed are a wide-dispersion version of the LR28 larger format line array and an extension of the QR24 series, the company’s modular high-output line-source column.
In a development which will be of interest to larger live productions and festivals, the 110º horizontal dispersion LR28/110 is designed as an extension of the existing three-way, 80º dispersion LR28/80. Featuring the same faceprint downfill and components (two 14” woofers, four 6.5” midrange and a RBN1402rsr pro-ribbon driver) on a 110º waveguide, the LR28/110 is powered and controlled by four channels of the Sentinel10 amplified loudspeaker controller. Like the LR28/80, it has a rigging system that enables angle-setting on the cabinets without lifting the array, resulting in safer and faster set-up with minimal handling.
Alcons is also showing its new extension of the QR24 series modular high-output line-source column. Designed for acoustically challenging venues, the QR24 delivers high output and razor sharp dispersion control, without the need for active beam steering.
Another highlight of Alcons presence at Prolight+Sound 2017 will be an off-site demonstration of the LR18 line array, RR12 point source array and QR24. This takes place on Wednesday 5th April, with further details provided to those who register on Alcons stand B50 in Hall 3.1.
Alcons will also be showing a wider selection of its point source, point source array, line source column and line array solutions as well as new designs on the stand, with staff available to discuss the company’s solutions and answer any questions.
“We are looking forward to meeting our Pro-Ribbon ambassadors and potential new customers from across the world at Prolight & Sound, which is always a very busy show for us,” says Alcons co-founder Tom Back. “Our off-site demonstration is always the opportunity for sound professionals to hear the many advantages of our pro-ribbon technology; A fully linear,1:15 dynamic response and crystal-clear reproduction with up-to-90% less distortion at any SPL.”
Prolight+Sound takes place at Frankfurt Messe from 4th - 7th April 2017.
23rd March 2017
Movecat will present exciting new products at Prolight + Sound
Germany – Innovative product developments, new features and optimized systems – Movecat is presenting its expanded product range from 4th to 7th April 2017 at the Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt.
The highlights of the fair await you at the Movecat booth: Hall 3.0 / Stand E27. At this year's show Movecat is presenting numerous new products and updates. Among the D8 electric chain hoists, there is a new chain hoist class with an astonishing safe-working-load to own-weight ratio as well as a newly developed lifting gear implementation.
For scenic use in accordance with DGUV V17/18 (BGV C1) and SIL 3, Movecat has a completely new product series. The main features are ultra quiet operation (> 55 dB), a wide range of speeds ranging from 0 to 1 m/sec, enormous versatility, compact dimensions, low unladen weight and novel and innovative lifting gear.
In the field of controllers, there will also be a number of new solutions to improve both hard- and software performance. For the I-Motion network, thy showing updates to the I-Motion software with numerous new features and further software tools for network operation.
With lifting equipment, an accurate determination of the remaining runtime often poses considerable difficulties in practice. Here, Movecat is presenting an integrated solution that allows the user to monitor and assess the situation from display indicators.
The newest about Movecat extensive leasing service: avoid the expense of purchasing or hiring equipment by leasing it instead! This year, there are many exciting new products by Movecat – Hall 3.0 Stand E27.
In picture: Movecat stand at Prolight + Sound
22nd March 2017
Powersoft puts focus on training at Prolight+Sound
Germany – Powersoft is furthering its commitment to providing training for users of its industry-leading amplification technology with a series of three daily sessions at this year’s Prolight+Sound Show in Frankfurt, that will focus on the latest implementations within the upcoming release of Armonía Pro Audio Suite.
A particular highlight of this session will be the introduction of the new Powersoft Interactive Tuning, an innovative feature that will improve the process of measuring and aligning a sound system.
“The concept of measuring and tuning a sound system has now been changed,” states Powersoft’s sstem engineer manager Luigi Chelli. “There will be no more tiring pink noise listening sessions and no more complex multi-microphone set-ups. ‘Measure once and tune quietly’ is the key concept.
“We hope our customers will pick up a lot of tips and tricks to create their own virtual anechoic measurement spaces,” continues Luigi. “We aim to continuously provide powerful solutions that help audio professionals improve and ease their job to a significant extent.”
Led by the company’s experienced system engineers, Remo Orsoni, together with Luigi Chelli, the first daily session will take place at 11:00, followed by further sessions at 13.00 and 15.00.
These sessions will be hosted daily at the Powersoft booth (#3.1, C41) and will also include tutorials on Rational Acoustics Smaart remote connection setup, and Loudspeaker analysis and real-life tuning with multi-way interactive simulated response.
To sign up please pass by the Powersoft booth or to guarantee reserving your seats email: email@example.com, stating name, family name, time and day you would like to attend the sessions.
Training sessions schedule:
- Latest software and firmware development for touring and installation amplifiers
- Interactive Tuning plug-in overview
- Rational Acoustics Smaart remote connection setup
- Loudspeaker analysis and real-life tuning with multi-way interactive simulated response
- Tips and tricks to create your own virtual anechoic measurement space
22nd March 2017
Proteus Headlines Stellar Line-up for Elation at 2017 Prolight + Sound
Germany – The new Proteus line of IP-rated arc-source moving heads will headline an outstanding line-up of lighting innovations for Elation Professional at this year’s Prolight + Sound exhibition. The Elation team invites lighting professionals to Hall 4 Stand F60/61 for a frank discussion about the unique benefits of this game-changing and award-winning weatherproof product series.
Both the Proteus Beam and Proteus Hybrid are now available. Proteus is a next-tier product line of IP-rated moving lights built specifically to empower designer creativity. Compact, robust and budget-friendly, Proteus fixtures are designed to unleash creative vision and excel under any conditions.
Proteus will debut alongside other Elation innovations like the new Artiste DaVinci, a full-featured and high-output theatrical-grade LED moving head spot luminaire. A number of other cutting-edge products are set to impress as well including the new Platinum 1200 Wash, Elation’s brightest LED wash to date, and the flexible seven-colour Platinum Seven LED wash luminaire.
Elation’s Fuze series of full-colour LED wash luminaires with zoom, classic Fresnel-looking wash lights with an extremely homogenised field of light and a lens face that appears as one colour instead of individual LED diodes, has proved popular since launching last fall. Visitors to Prolight + Sound will have their chance to see both moving head and IP65-rated PAR versions. Also featuring will be the Rayzor 360Z, a brilliant compact LED beam/wash moving effect with zoom.
Elation offers lighting professionals one of the most comprehensive ranges of products in the industry: moving heads, effect lights, theatrical and broadcast lighting, PAR/bar lights, LED video panels, digital lighting, architectural lighting, control solutions, and more. The Elation team invites visitors to Hall 4 Stand F60/61 for a closer look.
Proteus Beam is an IP-rated, discharge-lamp beam moving head and an LDI Best Debuting Product Award winner. Proteus is a next-tier product line of IP-rated moving lights built specifically to empower designer creativity. Compact, robust and budget-friendly, it is designed to unleash creative vision and excel under any conditions.
Proteus Hybrid is an IP-rated, three-in-one discharge-lamp hybrid moving head and an LDI Best Debuting Product Award winner. Proteus is a next-tier product line of IP-rated moving lights built specifically to empower designer creativity. Compact, robust and budget-friendly, it is designed to unleash creative vision and excel under any conditions.
Artiste Davinci is a full-featured, high output, theatrical-grade LED moving head spot luminaire that produces an output of over 13,000 lumens, comparable to 700W discharge lamp fixtures. A newly designed 300W LED engine with advanced zoom optics is at the heart of this enhanced performance and energy efficient luminaire.
The Platinum 1200 Wash is an extremely bright LED colour wash moving head luminaire with 19 x 65W Osram multi-chip RGBW LEDs for colour washes on par with 1500W discharge fixtures. Features include a 5° to 50° motorised zoom, advanced cooling and movement control systems and much more.
The new Platinum Seven is a high-power seven-colour wash luminaire housing 19 x 25W multi-chip LEDs (red, green, blue, white, amber, mint, and UV) for an unprecedented palette of colour choice and features a fast 5° to 50° zoom.
Fuze Series dynamic LED wash luminaires use single-lens RGBW COB LEDs for an extremely homogenised field of light and wide palette of colours. Available in moving head and IP65-rated PAR versions, fully premixed colour looks and an extremely flat field of light make them ideal lighting solutions anywhere a wash of high-quality coloured light is required. All Fuze Series fixtures include a wide zoom angle range with a lens face that appears as one colour instead of individual LED diodes.
The Rayzor 360Z is a compact and high-speed yet surprisingly powerful beam/wash LED moving head that has use in a variety of stage or installation environments. It houses 3 x 60W RGBW LEDs for an impressive punch of light and includes a 5° to 50° motorised zoom and 16-bit continuous 360° pan and tilt rotation.
21st March 2017
A.C. Entertainment Technologies Showcases Leading Lighting and Cabling Solutions at Prolight + Sound 2017
Germany – A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. is excited to be showcasing some of the very latest lighting innovations and related services from its extensive portfolio of over 200 brands, at Prolight + Sound 2017, Frankfurt, Germany, stand B25, Hall 5.0, 4th - 7th April 2017.
Visit the AC-ET bar to enjoy the company's hospitality whilst speaking to representatives from its international sales team about the choice of industry-leading and popular-selling brands available for a huge range of applications, including touring, theatre, venues, education, film and TV, corporate and other markets. The company can also supply audio, rigging and video solutions.
The stand will feature a selection of Chroma-Q’s award-winning and recently launched lighting solutions. Products include the new, multi award-winning Color Force II batten range, which features proprietary homogenised optics to provide a superior RGBA colour blend of high quality saturates and pastels and a purer white, with no unsightly colour-mixing shadows. Also on display is the new Color One 100X LED PAR with 60% more output than its predecessor and convection cooling; the award-winning Inspire, convection cooled architectural house lighting which delivers pure white or fully mixed colour enabling users to create a seamless experience from the stage to the audience. Finally, the award-winning Space Force variable white soft source produces a large volume of soft CCT adjustable white light, draws less than 400 Watts of power and is convection cooled. For a more extensive showcase, visit Chroma-Q's Stand H50 in Hall 3.0.
AC-ET will also showcase Jands' award-winning Vista lighting and media control system. The Vista platform's innovative software offers the simplicity to work fast, with the power to control the finest details, letting users focus on creating a great looking show. Also showing is the multi award-winning Jands Stage CL, which offers simple, consistent control of numerous types of LEDs or dimmers.
See a demonstration of the creative possibilities available with the Quasar Science Q-Line range of linear lamps, which due to their fluorescent form factor, offer a low profile yet broad LED lighting source that is capable of providing everything from traditional three-point lighting to architectural accents and general area lighting.
AC-ET's in-house Tourflex Cabling bespoke cable assembly service will showcase its range of high quality cable and connector options, for a faultless performance on a huge range of applications. The service has over 40 years of experience and has earned an enviable reputation for quality, reliability and a very fast delivery turnaround, as it understands when 'the show must go on' – often turning around emergency orders in 24 hours including during weekends. Last year alone, Tourflex Cabling made over 100,000 cable assemblies, including more than half a million metres of exceptional quality cabling.
It holds a vast level of stock and choice of raw cables and connectors for bespoke assembly, including all popular types of power, signal and multicore for professional lighting, video and audio.
Visit the AC-ET stand B25 in Hall 5.0 at Prolight + Sound for a demo and to discuss requirements using these and many other entertainment technologies the company can supply.
21st March 2017
PLASA Focus Leeds returns with a top seminar schedule for 2017
UK – PLASA Focus Leeds is back with a stellar line-up of seminar sessions and speakers for this year’s event on 9th and 10th May at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. The free to attend exhibition is a leading platform for the entertainment industry, offering an opportunity to discover the very latest technology including products from recent international launches.
Speakers this year include James Simpson, lighting visualiser at the Royal Opera House, who will be discussing the latest technologies in use at the Royal Opera House, with a look at how some recent projects have been technically achieved. Simpson will also be talking for the first time about an exciting new R&D project being developed at the ROH which uses augmented reality technology to create new opportunities for design teams to visualise their ideas; the talk will include a live demonstration.
The future of audio technology is also high on the agenda; d&b audiotechnik’s Oran Burns will be exploring this topic in a session titled ‘What’s Next for Pro Audio.’ LSi audio journalist Phil Ward will host a panel session to discuss ‘Is Point Source Fighting Back?’ an exploration of the varied applications of point source over line array.
The hugely popular Riggers’ Forum will return to Leeds, led once again by Harry Box and Chris Higgs, known for their thought provoking seminars and lively presenting style. Their presentation ‘Knot a Rigger’ will discuss where the responsibility of rigging lies within a production.
UK Rigging’s, Harry Box says: “Rigging doesn’t just happen by magic on the day, it takes planning and co-ordination by capable and trained people. Chris and I will be discussing the need to ensure someone on site is made responsible for the rigging in production, and suggest ways to equip those responsible to do the work safely.”
This year it’s not just about technology, with sessions focused on providing practical advice to businesses. The Association of British Theatre Technicians will host ‘Technical standards for places of Entertainment’, discussing recent changes to technical standards and safe working practices in Theatre. PLASA’s own Rosie Geyman, who heads up the organisation’s marketing division, will host a ‘Social Media Masterclass’ where she will share some tips on how to use the latest social marketing tools with techniques to grow your business and achieve results on small budgets.
“Our seminar programme has always been about providing visitors with knowledge and skills they wouldn’t normally have access to,” says Rosie Geyman, head of marketing and communications at PLASA. “We know that a big part of our audience are small business owners, so providing very practical sessions which can inspire and offer real benefits to these businesses is very important to us. I am delighted to be taking part in the programme.”
Also running over the two days is hands-on product training with some leading manufacturers. Ambersphere Solutions will be running regular 90 minute practical demonstrations of the new MA Lighting dot2 lighting console and ChamSys will be running their popular training programme for MagicQ, MagicVis Visualisation and MagicHD Media Player.
PLASA Focus Leeds is free to attend and will return to The Royal Armouries Museum from 9th - 10th May, 2017.
To find out more and to register please visit: http://leeds.plasafocus.com
21st March 2017
Visual Productions synchronises the industry with new TimeCore at Prolight+Sound Frankfurt
Germany – Prolight+Sound Frankfurt is the launch platform for Visual Productions’ new product the TimeCore: a timecode toolbox that performs all tasks related to timecode. It even handles a number of non-timecode protocols such as UDP, TCP, OSC, MIDI, Art-Net and sACN. Bettering all competitive timecode products available on the market today, the TimeCore is available for demonstration on stand 3.0 D66.
On Wednesday 5th April director Maarten Engels presents "Protocols for lighting integration" at the Manufacturers' Forum in the Forum Ebene C, Raum Substanz. This is a discussion on protocols for lighting and its surrounding disciplines. It will detail how and why protocols are used and which protocol to use when integrating Visual Productions’ solid-state lighting control into projects.
The Visual Productions Team welcome visitors to its booth to find out more about the control products that specialise in intuitive cross-platform software and solid-state hardware, which excels in supporting a large suite of protocols for systems integration.
21st March 2017
Five Theatre Projects venues win 2017 USITT architecture awards
USA – Five Theatre Projects venues have won 2017 architecture awards from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). The Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at Case Western Reserve University and the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen's University received Honour Awards – USITT’s highest architectural award. Three other projects: the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech, the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts at Pittsburg State University and the Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University earned Merit Awards.
The USITT award-winning projects were chosen based on creativity, contextual resonance, functional operation, use of new technology, and community contributions. With these five awards, Theatre Projects has now earned over 45 USITT Awards, more than any other theatre consultant.
The Maltz Performing Arts Center is an adaptive reuse of a historic synagogue bordering the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. To adapt the facility so it could stage a full-scale orchestra and still host religious services, Theatre Projects collaborated with MGA Partners and Akustiks to provide performance and staging flexibility while honouring the architecture of the 93-year-old temple. To achieve this dual use, the design team created an 80-foot-wide adjustable acoustic canopy, which hangs over the stage and holds lighting and AV equipment and adjusts to alter the acoustic environment as needed. A new stage is composed of lifts and platforms that can rise from the floor to accommodate large groups of performers. Overhead, stained glass windows slide open to reveal discreet stage lighting. A full symphony orchestra can take the stage one night and the temple can host services the very next day, with each group feeling like the venue was designed just for them.
“This is a very important building, not just in Cleveland’s history, but also in American and Jewish history,” Scott Crossfield, Theatre Projects’ design principal, said. “It’s an important gateway to the western side of campus and an important lead-in to future development at the university. We’re very proud to be part of this historic renovation, which required a deft hand and a light touch.”
In Kingston, Ontario, Theatre Projects worked with Snøhetta and N45 Architecture to create one of Canada’s most stunning arts centres. Sitting on the shores of Lake Ontario, the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen’s University is both a singularly beautiful landmark and a robust venue that fosters a collaborative educational environment. The project was partly an adaptive reuse of a 182-year-old distillery, the masonry and floorboards of which were incorporated into the interiors of the 65,000-square-foot addition.
At the heart of the centre is a concert hall based on the classic shoebox form, but Theatre Projects designed the room with a smaller volume and softened the corners of the 360-degree balcony for improved sightlines and greater intimacy. The concert hall’s balcony connects directly to the choir loft, which Theatre Projects designed as low as possible to achieve the best performance angle and for greater sound projection. Theatre Projects managed the seamless and discreet integration of the theatre equipment into the hall, resulting in lighting, rigging, and adjustable acoustic devices that are invisible from the audience’s perspective.
“Queen’s was absolutely the most beautiful site we’ve ever built on," David H. Rosenburg, Theatre Projects’ project manager, said. "From the moment you walk in to the building, you’re very aware that it’s part of something larger than itself. There’s a constant connection to the outside, in part, because of the very liberal use of glass."
At Pittsburg State University’s Bicknell Center for the Arts, Theatre Projects worked with William Rawn Associates and ACI Boland Architects to design a 96,000-square-foot centre to serve the university’s performing arts programme, community arts groups, and touring companies. The centrepiece of the building is an 1,100-seat multi-purpose theatre that can accommodate symphony, opera, drama, dance, amplified music, and more. A 250-seat flexible courtyard theatre features an adjustable stage that can be arranged in endstage or thrust configurations and serves as the main stage for the university’s drama department.
Theatre Projects’ cost-effective planning and design helped Pittsburg State University gain a world-class arts centre at an incredible value. In order to keep costs down, the facility was built in large part with pre-cast concrete panels, negating the need for the construction team to pour concrete on site.
After launching an initiative in 2005 to “expand creative practice and support interdisciplinary learning, and engagement through the arts,” Virginia Tech set out to create facilities that would meet their ambitious vision. Working with Snøhetta and STV Incorporated, Theatre Projects designed the versatile Moss Arts Center to do just that. The new 147,000-square-foot centre includes a 1,300-seat multi-purpose theatre, a multimedia development studio, several art galleries, a TV studio, administrative offices, and the Collaborative Performance Lab – a modified black box theatre, known as The Cube.
The most innovative feature of the new centre, The Cube, is essentially a robust black box theatre featuring a large performance, rehearsal, and audience space surrounded on all sides by technical galleries. The key to the highly adaptable room is the infrastructure, which Theatre Projects designed in order to allow the university to bring in any element and equipment imaginable. The Cube features chain motors, theatrical drapes, and, instead of a pipe grid typical of black box theatres, the venue features a 32-foot tall gridiron, capable of rigging lighting, scenery, props, and video and audio equipment in infinite combinations. The room’s impressive capability has made it the perfect home for the university’s interdisciplinary programs and a centre for collaboration and experimentation. Perhaps the most in-demand space on campus, The Cube acts as a virtual reality and motion capture studio, a dance and performance space, a live music venue, a planetarium, a video art gallery, and much more.
The story of the Musco Center's 1,044-seat theatre is one of versatility. The university wanted both a dynamic performance space for drama, dance, and opera, and a world-class venue for symphonic and choral music, so Theatre Projects collaborated with Pfeiffer and Nagata Acoustics to create a room that can transform from proscenium to concert hall in less than an hour through the use of a one-of-a-kind fully flown orchestra shell. The unique 120,000-pound shell not only creates an exceptionally dynamic sonic environment, but also provides a cohesive architectural style to the room. The design team put a lot of care into making a beautiful performance space that doesn’t just feel like a proscenium theatre with an orchestra shell. It’s a concert hall where the shell can come out, and it’s one of the most well-integrated orchestra shells Theatre Projects has ever designed. The centre also includes staging areas, dressing rooms, a green room, and a state-of-the-art recording studio.
17th March 2017
Hitachi Kokusai to Showcase HDR Expertise at 2017 NAB Show
USA – Hitachi Kokusai Electric America Ltd. (Hitachi Kokusai) will highlight its continuing leadership in High Dynamic Range (HDR) video acquisition at the upcoming 2017 NAB Show, taking place April 24-27 in Las Vegas. HDR-enabled Hitachi cameras will be featured in the Hitachi Kokusai booth, number C4309, while conference presentations will provide attendees with an insightful look at emerging HDR technologies and applications.
One of the first implementers and proponents of the benefits of High Dynamic Range technologies, Hitachi Kokusai offers HDR support across its extensive range of MOS and CMOS-based HDTV, 4K and 8K cameras. At the NAB Show, the company will emphasise how the use of HDR in high-definition acquisition enables visibly superior HD productions with increased contrast and richer colors, but without the higher infrastructure costs, processing overhead and bandwidth requirements of Ultra HD.
“While HDR is most commonly mentioned alongside Ultra HD, high-definition video can also benefit from dramatic improvements that enable life-like imagery with HDR,” said John J. Humphrey, vice president of business development, Hitachi Kokusai Electric America Ltd. “While UHD delivers more pixels, HDR provides ‘better’ pixels – more detail in the blacks, expanded mid-tones with brighter highlights, and more saturated colours – independent of resolution.
“In fact, at the typical viewing distance between consumers and their television displays, HDR is much more noticeable than increased resolution,” he continued. “Our implementation of HD-HDR in our HDTV cameras enables content producers and distributors to cost-effectively realise these benefits without a major overhaul of their existing workflows and infrastructure.”
Almost any distribution architecture that can deliver HDR for Ultra HD can also do so for HD-HDR, including cable, satellite and OTT services; private video networks such as in-venue displays and theatrical presentation and soon broadcasters with the forthcoming adoption of ATSC 3.0. Similarly, HDR-capable Ultra HD viewing devices can also display HD-HDR while upconverting the high definition signal to 4K resolution, and HDR specifications such as Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) are backwards-compatible with the legacy standard dynamic range (SDR) TVs still prevalent in homes. Hitachi cameras – including the recently-announced Z-HD5500 1080p studio and field production camera – support HDR variants including HLG and HPQ, which is compatible with the HDR10 open standard for consumer TVs.
Humphrey will explore these concepts and other key aspects of HDR during his NAB Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology Conference presentation “Emerging Technologies and Standards for High Dynamic Range”, from 9:00-9:30am PDT Tuesday, 25th April in room N260 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Featuring highlights from Humphrey’s white paper “High Dynamic Range for HDTV”, the session will also look at the multiple available HDR standards, and discuss the relationship between HDR, camera sensor implementations and human visual perception.
Humphrey will also share Hitachi Kokusai’s HDR expertise while covering similar topics at the 2017 PBS Technology Conference preceding the NAB Show. The hour-long session will start at 11:00am PDT on Friday, 21st April at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.
16th March 2017
Shining a Light on The Right Light
UK – The Association of Lighting Designers, in conjunction with Royal Central Research, is hosting an afternoon of talks and panel discussions at Bankside (Central Bankside, Emerson St. SE1 9DU – Saturday 8th April, 2017 – 2pm) to celebrate the warm reception of Nick Moran’s recently published book, The Right Light (Palgrave 2016).
The Right Light documents the findings of Royal Central’s Nick Moran’s project, which asked such questions as: ‘How do top theatre lighting designers decide what is the right light for each moment of a live performance?’, ‘How much of the process is technical?’, ‘How much craft? and ‘How much art?’ Answers to these questions, gleaned through interviews with 19 leading UK-based lighting designers, form the basis data for this fascinating research study.
The event, introduced by Peter Mumford, multi award winning LD and director, and chair of the ALD, features some of the lighting designers involved. In attendance to bring engaging discussions from the book to life, will be:
- Lucy Carter, a long-term collaborator with Wayne McGregor and others
- Michael Hulls, whose creative collaborations with Russell Maliphant and Akram Khan among others won him an Olivier for outstanding contribution to dance
- Mark Jonathan, some-time head of lighting at the National Theatre and international opera lighting designer
- Johanna Town, whose beautiful work, particularly for drama, has been seen on stages all over the UK and Europe
- Paul Pyant, who won the Olivier for best lighting for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and is also highly regarded for his more subtle and poetic work at (for example) The Donmar theatre
The afternoon will conclude with a chance to buy singed copies of The Right Light, and a drinks reception. Booking for the event is via: https://therightlight.eventbrite.co.uk
In picture: Michael Hull's lighting for Afterlight, a collaboration with Russell Maliphant.
photo: Dana Fouras
16th March 2017
ETC prepares for Prolight+Sound
Germany – ETC is powering up to demonstrate a selection of its latest and most popular lighting and rigging solutions at this year’s Prolight+Sound, taking place in Frankfurt from 4th – 7th April. ETC representatives from around the globe will be available to answer questions regarding lighting control, luminaires, rigging and complete system solutions, in hall 3.0 on stands E47, E51 and F51.
Visit stand E51 to see the recently launched Gio @5 console. This lighting desk brings the acclaimed, professional-grade control of the Eos Ti and Gio consoles within reach of users with tighter spaces – and tighter budgets. Receive a demo using the Gio @5, another Eos-family console, or Cobalt Wings, and see in action a selection of ETC’s Source Four LED Series 2 luminaires. The Lustr array, with its x7 Color System, provides the brightest light in the colours most likely to be used and the Daylight HD and Tungsten HD can be tweaked to perfectly illuminate individual skin tones. Additionally, visitors can see the Irideon FPZ, a fixture that pairs the best of the Source Four Mini LED platform with exceptional output and a sleek industrial design to light spaces with elegance and subtlety.
On stand E47, product specialists will show all the features of the entire ColorSource family of products. Developed for those with limited budgets who want a complete, high-quality LED lighting system with plug-and-play set-up, the family includes ColorSource and ColorSource AV consoles, ColorSource Spot, PAR and Linear fixtures, and ColorSource Relay and ThruPower power control solutions.
Visitors can talk to the experts on stand F51 about ETC’s selection of cost-effective rigging solutions, designed with halls and smaller stages in mind. Explore the features of QuickTouch and Foundation controls, and the latest Prodigy P2 hoist, which expands the possibilities of upper stage machinery systems. This is also where the latest innovations in Unison Echo and Paradigm architectural control solutions can be found, and the new Sensor3 TPSR app, programmed to enable identification and changes to the mode a circuit is set to, all from within the app.
Also on stand F51, don’t miss special guest Birgit Mörtl, a multiple world champion in bodypainting, who will be demonstrating the artistic connection between body, colour and light, every day of the show.
ETC will host one of its internationally acclaimed Student Sessions, on Tuesday 4th April at 5pm, in Forum Level C, Raum Substanz. The always-energetic event gives students an exclusive look into ETC's unique culture, service philosophy, and product development, with the opportunity to ask questions, learn about employment opportunities and win swag. To attend the Student Session, pick up a 'VIP pass' at ETC’s registration desk on stand E51 during show hours.
15th March 2017
L-Acoustics to Preview new P1 Audio Processor, Present Syva and L-ISA at ProLight + Sound 2017
Germany – The L-Acoustics Prolight + Sound booth C11 in Hall 3.1 will welcome visitors at the Frankfurt Messe from 4th to 7th April. In addition to the traditional PL+S meet and greet, the booth will be the location of a series of daily presentations of the latest L-Acoustics technologies.
L-Acoustics will unveil details of the P1, a networked digital audio processor during twice daily presentations and at a press event which will be followed by an invitation-only cocktail on the stand on Tuesday, 4th April at 5pm.
In addition to P1, L-Acoustics will hold twice-daily presentations of the new Syva segment source. Syva is an outstanding choice for corporate events, fashion and trade shows, as well as for sound reinforcement in amphitheaters and performing arts centers. The modern, sleek design makes it an attractive option for houses of worship as well as intimate settings such as home cinemas or lounge bars. Syva is expected to ship to first clients in June this year.
Visitors will also have the chance to attend one of the daily presentations of the workflow and the control tools for the company’s L-ISA immersive sound solutions. L-ISA solutions offer a full multichannel sound design for live applications as well as for playback in home, marine and public environments. L-ISA’s hyper-realistic localization capabilities ensure that audio channels are aligned with visual cues, thereby delivering compelling and industry-leading natural sound.
14th March 2017
Christie adds further upgrade to award-winning Pandoras Box with launch of the Octo Server at Prolight + Sound
Germany - Following the launch of the award-winning Christie Pandoras Box and Widget Designer Version 6, a further upgrade, the Pandoras Box Octo Server, is being unveiled at Prolight + Sound in Germany (4th - 7th April, 2017). For the most demanding applications, this new hardware features increased output capabilities providing up to eight outputs at full-bandwidth without compromising performance. Now, Pandoras Box servers can provide a flexible output configuration with one to eight independent outputs. Each output can be individually warped and blended, allowing for mixed resolution setups. All players and servers feature NVIDIA Quadro GPUs and Intel Xeon processors.
Together the Christie Pandoras Box Octo Server and Version 6 lets show controllers do more, quicker and easier. Just some of the benefits include:
- Increased connectivity – with up to eight outputs, manage even more displays from a single server.
- Amazing image quality – playback supports 4K uncompressed video at 60fps.
- More choice – with the choice of 5 Performance Kit options, there’s a Pandoras Box solution to fit every need and budget.
- Increased storage – store up to two hours of 4K uncompressed video.
- The latest components – all Pandoras Box Servers and players have feature performance upgrades leveraging the latest components, including Intel Xeon processors and NVIDIA Quadro cards.
Christie Pandoras Box media servers deliver 2D and 3D capabilities and now with up to eight outputs
Christie Pandoras Box Version 6 features multi-user, simultaneous timeline editing, warping and content manipulation so multiple operators to work together on a single project in real-time. Widget Designer has also been improved with a completely redesigned HTML-5 user interface, a native HTML front end (including CSS styles) and animation and transition support for all pages and all widgets.
All Christie Pandoras Box Servers and Players have also undergone significant upgrades. Users now benefit from faster processing power, more memory, and expanded storage for a high-performance hardware platform that handles the most demanding show requirements.
"The new Octo server is a powerful workhorse delivering eight outputs from a single system, while maintaining the flexibility to allow each server to be configured to order by choosing the desired performance tier. This allows each server to be configured for the specific needs of the customer and addresses different budget requirements. When combined with Pandoras Box version 6, you truly have a dependable professional class media server," concluded Joel St-Denis, product manager, Christie.
13th March 2017
DPA Microphones Focuses on Studio Quality Sound For The Live Stage at Prolight + Sound 2017
Germany – Bringing recording studio quality to the live stage has long been a hallmark of DPA Microphones, which consistently achieves this ambition with a range of close miking and wireless microphone solutions that are ideal for live music applications.
The latest innovations in this field will be on show at the company’s booth (3.1 F61) at Prolight + Sound 2017. These include the d:dicate MMP-G modular active cable for MicroDot, a preamp that gives users the ability to create a completely wireless microphone setup offering studio quality audio during live performances and the GSM4000 gooseneck shock mount that fits both the MMP-G and the existing MMP-E modular active cable with XLR to the extensive range of close miking mounts, know from the d:vote instrument microphone range.
The MMP-G modular active cable is an ultra-transparent preamplifier with active drive for impedance balancing to reject frequency interference. It permits the modular d:dicate capsules to connect to wireless systems with its fixed MicroDot connector that works with the wide range of DPA adapters suited for all professional wireless systems. The many d:dicate capsules, ranging from the legendary omnidirectional 4006 to the 4017 shotgun, can easily be mounted on the MMP-G and present an elegant and discreet solution. The MMP-G is available in two variations, MMP-GR with the cable extending from the rear or MMP-GS, with the cable extending from the side.
The GSM4000 gooseneck shock mount accessory has an elegant clip at the end where the d:dicate capsule can easily be mounted with a preamp connected to it. Depending on the situation, users can deploy the new MMP-G modular active cable for wireless or the MMP-E modular active cable for wired solutions. The GSM4000 has an integrated shock mount solution ensuring that sound is not affected by extraneous factors such as handling noise or transferred vibrations from the instrument. It has the same diameter as DPA’s renowned d:vote 4099 instrument microphone gooseneck, which means that the d:dicate solution can now be mounted directly onto a wide range of instruments using d:vote instrument mounts and clips.
At Prolight + Sound 2017, DPA will also be showing its hugely popular and award-winning d:facto vocal microphone range, which includes an extremely linear version for sound engineers who want to design the complete sound pattern and create their own unique sound.
Already the vocal microphone of choice for artists such as Sting, Stevie Wonder, Kate Bush and Ellie Goulding, the d:facto™ Vocal Microphone combines the very best of cardioid and supercardioid directional characteristics to ensure minimum bleed, high SPL before feedback and an exceptionally natural sound. As the range is entirely modular, capsules can be removed and replaced with any other d:facto capsule to suit different recording or performance requirements. Also, using DPA’s flexible adapter system, the microphone can be transformed from a wired version with a handle to a handheld wireless microphone capable of seamless integration with all leading wireless solutions such as Sennheiser, Shure, Sony, Wisycom, Lectrosonics and Line6.
DPA will also be showing established microphone models such as the d:vote instrument microphone and the full range of body-worn microphones that are perfect for artists who want freedom of movement on stage. These include DPA's d:screet miniature microphones and the d:fine 66 and 88 headset microphones that combine the flexible mechanics of the d:fine ear mount with the capsules from the legendary d:fine 4066 omni and 4088 cardioid headsets.
9th March 2017
Cirque du Soleil Resident Shows Division Receives USITT Award
USA – The Resident Shows Division of Cirque du Soleil received the Institute’s highest honour, the USITT Award, at USITT 2017.
The award recognises a lifetime contribution to the performing arts and entertainment communities. It was presented at the 2017 Annual Conference & Stage Expo on 8th March in St. Louis, MO.
Cirque du Soleil is an entertainment company based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The name translates from French to “circus of the sun.” A leader in live entertainment, Cirque du Soleil’s shows are known for their combination of powerful athleticism, high energy acrobatics, inspiring imagery and cutting-edge theatrical technology, and have been seen by more than 160 million people in 60 countries on six continents.
“We understand we are a leader in the industry and to remain a leader in the industry we need to ensure that we are developing the entertainment technicians of tomorrow,” said Kim Scott, company manager for The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil. “The only way to do that is to be involved in the development of those technicians by providing high level education at a cost to students so that they can get these opportunities without breaking the bank.”
Jerry Nadal (pictured), senior vice president of the resident show division of Cirque du Soleil, played an integral part in supporting USITT training, education, and mentoring initiatives. Nadal has been assembling teams that launched these initiatives under his direction and leadership. Nadal has supported the people on the ground and allowed them to have the resources and the leadership support that Cirque du Soleil needed to make these programmes successful for the membership.
“If we can at least touch one member and make a positive difference in their career, then everything that we’re doing is worthwhile,” Scott said. “To have the institute recognise our company for the time and effort and resources that we give, it means that we’ve been a responsible member of the entertainment industry. We’ve paid it forward; it hasn’t just been for us.”
The Elite programme has since become a highly popular event providing students and early career professionals with an opportunity to engage industry leading professionals from Cirque du Soleil, through three days of intensive, hands-on training in sound, rigging, automation, projection, and stage management. The Elite programme is free to participants, and available exclusively to USITT members.
“As much as we want Cirque du Soleil to be the employer of choice, we also want to be a supporter of the entertainment industry as a whole and develop our next generation of colleagues, no matter what company they choose to work for,” Scott said. “That’s the overarching reason why we continue to stay involved with USITT.”
USITT, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, is a national non-profit association for the live entertainment production industry. It provides hands-on learning, mentorship, and networking opportunities for emerging and working professionals in the backstage arts. Its Annual Conference and Stage Expo is the only complete production event in North America, featuring over 250 training sessions and 280 exhibitors of the latest tools and resources for creating live entertainment. More information is available at usitt.org.
9th March 2017
Nominations are now open for the landmark tenth Knight of Illumination Awards
UK – Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards is powering up in preparation for its luminous tenth anniversary event this September. Billed as the ultimate showcase of lighting and video design achievement in the UK, the Awards is already receiving outstanding nominations in lighting and video design as international creatives and industry supporters push to see their favourite works of 2016/17 take home a KOI sword this landmark year.
The Awards' Television and Concert Touring and Events categories are now open for nominations of lighting and video design work performed or broadcast in the UK between the 1st August 2016 and 31st June 2017. Anyone is eligible to submit a show they feel worthy of recognition and lighting and video designers, including international designers who have worked on shows in the UK, are encouraged to self-nominate. Entries can be made via the official KOI website www.knight-of-illumination.com.
As with previous years, nominations for the Theatre category can only be submitted by the KOI judging panel. The Awards' shortlists will be announced in August.
Lighting designer Tobias G Rylander, who won a 2016 award for his design for The 1975, says: "Winning a KOI award gave me a huge feeling of accomplishment and provided me with invaluable recognition across the industry. As well as recognising designers, the Awards create a space where creatives can open conversations with manufacturers, production designers and developers of technical equipment and form professional connections across the sector."
With a decade of bringing together lighting and video designers from across the globe, the KOI Awards remains the most prestigious celebration of lighting and video talent in the UK. This year the awards dinner and ceremony will return to the Art Deco brilliance of the Eventim Apollo, London on the 17th of September.
"Knowing how the KOI judging is put together makes winning a KOI award mean a great deal," says triple sword-winner Nigel Catmur, (Mercury Music Prize (2008), The Royal Variety Performance (2012), Young Dancer Competition (2015). "As the KOI judges are all experts working within the entertainment technology and arts industries, they are able to meaningfully scrutinise work, making any accolade from them praise indeed."
In addition to the Television, Theatre, Concert Touring and Events categories, each year The Enrico Caironi Award for Lifetime Recognition is presented to an individual whose passion for the industry has gone above and beyond the call of duty, in turn benefiting their colleagues, the industry and the wider world.
Last year's winner, author and editor of Entertainment Technology and ET Now, John Offord says: "It is hugely important to me to have won a Lifetime Recognition Award at KOI, with the award I join the eight previous recipients and I treasure being part of their club."
The KOI Awards was conceived in 2007 by Italian entertainment lighting manufacturer Claypaky, now headline sponsor of the event in association with parent company OSRAM, and was represented at that time by Enrico Caironi alongside renowned international lighting designer Durham Marenghi and his wife Jennie who remain coordinators of the Awards.
Prestigious industry organisations the Association of Lighting Designers (ALD) and the Society of Television Lighting and Design (STLD) bring together the judging of the Theatre and Television categories respectively.
The event's production, management, marketing and communications are coordinated by entertainment technology PR and content production specialist, The Fifth Estate Ltd.
Each year the Awards is sponsored and supported by top names in entertainment technology, Pio Nahum, CEO of Claypaky says: "KOI is a true pan industry event that is proudly supported by almost all of the major businesses operating in entertainment lighting and video technology. The 2016 awards was supported by more than forty sponsors and partners who unified to celebrate the outstanding creative talent of lighting and video designers working in the UK."
Last year's Awards received a record number of nominations from a broad range of international designers. The 2016 winners were: Michael Hulls, Mark Henderson, Joachim Klein, Jan Versweyveld, Will Duke, Patrick Woodroffe, Francis Clegg, Adam Bassett, Tobias G Rylander, Ben Miles, Sue Gibson, Bernie Davis, Mark Kenyon, Dave Evans, Julien Rigal and the winner of the Enrico Caironi Award for Lifetime Recognition was John Offord.
To find out more about the sectors and subcategories or information on how you can submit an entry for Television or Concert Touring and Events please visit
To hear more about sponsorship opportunities please contact Sarah at The Fifth Estate at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01273 660 784.
9th March 2017
Hawthorn named Best Audio Visual Supplier at Event Production Awards 2017
UK – Creative technical event production company Hawthorn has been celebrating its recent success after being named Best Audio Visual Supplier at The Event Production Awards 2017.
To scoop the award, the company showcased its work on events such as the Adobe Summit EMEA 2016. Working with agency Taylor Bennett Partners, Hawthorn delivered the full technical design and production for the immersive two-day event which saw 5,000 digital marketing professionals gather for the thought-leading Adobe brand experience.
The company also featured its work on the BBC Worldwide Showcase 2016, where it provided full technical production for two stunning evening events.
By highlighting some of the company’s stand out projects alongside their commitment to investing in the very latest AV technology, Hawthorn was able to stand out from the crowd and scoop the prestigious award.
Pete Harding, Hawthorn’s group creative director, said: "We're over the moon to receive the award for Best Audio Visual Supplier at this year’s Event Production Awards. The awards celebrate the hard work and achievements of key suppliers and contractors to the industry, so to be recognised amongst our peers is such an honour. We’re committed to providing cutting edge solutions for our clients and have invested heavily in new equipment over the last 12 months to ensure we stay ahead of the game. Receiving this award recognises not just this but also the hard work and dedication of the Hawthorn team over the past 12 months.”
This is not the first awards-night success for Hawthorn recently, having picked up the award for Best Use of Audio Visual Technology at the Event Technology Awards 2016 and Production Supplier of the Year at The Drum UK Event Awards 2016.
8th March 2017
Showlight 2017 - Exhibitor Spaces SOLD OUT!
Italy – The tenth Showlight quadrennial, the full speaker programme of which was announced last month, takes place in just three months (20th - 23rd May) at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Florence, Italy. Showlight reports that all exhibitor spaces have sold out – to the point that a few more have been squeezed in due to popular demand! The latest exhibitors to be welcomed on board are AED, Elation Professional BV, PRG, SGM and Music & Lights. The full list of confirmed exhibitors can be found on the Showlight website at http://www.showlight.org/it/exhibitor-list/
Exhibitors are a vital part of Showlight’s winning formula where manufacturers, distributors and lighting practitioners from all disciplines and levels of expertise, are in the enviable position of being able to discuss ideas in a much closer, more relaxed environment than that offered by large scale trade shows.
Showlight’s exhibition is held in the foyer that encircles the auditorium of the Villa Vittoria in the Palazzo dei Congressi. All companies are allocated the same size shell scheme to ensure everyone is on an even footing, regardless of the size of the company. Uniquely, the exhibition closes while the papers sessions are in progress, so the exhibitors can also listen to the presentations and enjoy full participation in the conference. Delegates will be able to chat to manufacturers during the morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunchtimes when the exhibition is open.
Each exhibitor sponsors a lighting student for the duration of the show to give them a valuable opportunity to network with industry professionals in return for help (and experience) on the stand.
Most exhibitors host company dinners on the Sunday evening, so every Showlight delegate will be taken to one of Florence’s many excellent restaurants in good company! Delegates can choose which company they dine with, and a restaurant will often host several company dinners so there is plenty more opportunity for networking.
This is your opportunity to get to know the manufacturers and distributors, as well as the speakers, and exchange ideas in a leisurely environment, so make sure you make the most of their availability.
Showlight’s conference programme traditionally includes a panel discussion, and this year is no exception as renowned TV lighting designer, Bernie Davies, chairs a panel that focuses on the subject of programming. Programmers Stuart Porter, Brad Schiller and Ross Williams will explore the changing role they fill and how they fit within the lighting structure. They will look at how this vital role varies in different genres of lighting, how they got to where they are, and where they think things will go in the future.
More details can be found at http://www.showlight.org/speakers/
“It's been two weeks of sorting out the high stacks of business cards we brought home and emailing back and forth with these wonderful people about some amazing ideas. We were overwhelmed with ideas, conversations, interesting people, delicious feast meals and the overall amazingness. I've been to many industry events, but Showlight is by far the friendliest and most sense-making get-together I've attended,” stated Johanna-Mai Vihalem, Dare to Light (speaker/performer at Showlight 2013)
Florence has inspired artists for hundreds of years and provides the perfect backdrop to a conference about light. Over 50% of tickets have sold already, so book soon to secure a place at this unique event. A choice of Full Delegate, Papers Session Only or Day Tickets are on offer via the Showlight website: http://www.showlight.org/registration/
May is a busy time in Florence and flights and hotels are filling up quickly. Showlight delegates can benefit from preferential hotel rates at a number of approved hotels which are listed on the Showlight website. Book a hotel now using the code on the Showlight website to secure a discount (and a bed!): http://www.showlight.org/why-visit/travel-and-hotels/
Showlight would not be possible without the generosity of sponsors and welcomed are MA Lighting as a new Silver sponsor and d3 technologies and Charcoalblue as Bronze sponsors. They join main sponsor, Claypaky, Diamond sponsor Oasis, Gold sponsors Robe and Osram, Silver sponsors White Light and DTS, and Bronze sponsors, ETC and Eyetidy, alongside supporters, LSI and PLASA Media. More sponsorship opportunities are available so please contact Jane or Derek for details on email@example.com
8th March 2017
Visit Alcons at booth 1731 and the LiveSound Int. Loudspeaker Demo
USA – The 57th annual USITT Conference and Stage Expo brings companies from throughout the theatre industry to the America's Center Convention Complex in St Louis, Missouri. Alcons Audio USA returns to the USITT, showing and demonstrating sound systems from across its ground-breaking pro-ribbon product lines.
To find out what the "Pro-Ribbon" buzz is all about, visitors can now experience this for themselves during USITT at the LiveSound Loudspeaker Demo. This unique event enables visitors to evaluate loudspeakers in a real venue. On demonstration at the event for the first time will be the LR18 compact-midsize line array.
8th March 2017
Power Logistics scores hat-trick of event industry award wins
UK – Global power provider to the event industry, Power Logistics, has taken home three top industry accolades in an impressive start to the year. The company has been awarded ‘Best Power’ at the Festival Supplier Awards 2017, ‘Favourite Power Rental Company’ at the TPi Awards 2017 and ‘Green Supplier of the Year’ at the Event Production Awards 2017.
All the award ceremonies recognise suppliers and contractors in the festival, production, events and entertainment industries. Whilst winners of the Festival Supplier Awards and Event Production Awards are decided by a panel of expert judges, the TPi Awards is a mixture of popular vote from industry peers and an academy vote, made up of previous year’s winners.
Comments from the judging panels included: “Judges commented that it was great to see a power company fully advocating sustainable solutions and that it was easy to see why Power Logistics are the first choice for so many festivals with continual investment in new technology.”
“Power Logistics stood out for its company-wide commitment to environmental sustainability, not only via their power services to events, but innovation and dedication to implementing company initiatives such as the staff garden.”
“Power Logistics was the winner as the company provided clear measurement of its impact and the extent of what it measures, benchmarks and releases to demonstrate sustainable production.”
Commenting on the company’s hat-trick of award wins, managing director, Mike Whitehouse said: “To enter three top industry awards and come home at the end of each night with an award is an incredible sense of achievement. The entire team is dedicated to delivering uninterrupted power, as sustainably as possible whilst delivering unrivalled levels of customer service. To be recognised in this way by our clients, industry peers, event and festival organisers and production teams alike is fantastic and undoubtedly plays testament to our all of our hard work.”
8th March 2017
Astera at prolight+sound 2017 – A new X-series lamp: the AX5
Germany – Ten Years ago, a German brand specialised in wireless lighting technology launched its first battery powered event light and took the professional event lighting industry by storm.
Today, that brand is still among the leaders of the professional event lighting industry as the gap in technological advancement kept on growing, bringing a whole new dimension to wireless event lighting.
With the launch of its X-series, a few years back, Astera confirmed its position of leader in the wireless event industry and professionals from all around the world have embraced the technology, changing their daily events ways. The X-series are mostly differentiating from their competitors because of their unique features such as (among other features) 20 hours of straight runtime, the capability to conduct bi-directional communication to and from the company's dedicated app and their IP65 waterproof housing allowing any-weather operation.
Since the introduction of the AX7 a few years ago and the AX1 (the pixel-controllable wireless tube) in the current of 2016, the company has started a campaign for the release of a new product called “AX5”.
Astera worked closely with worldwide event professionals to come up with that unique product concept and received amazing feedback from the few lucky people that had the chance to feel and test the AX5's first batch.
“I had a play at the AX5 and was amazed by its new features. It will change everything in the industry.” Benny Coppik, CEO of Art Evolution Service
Little information is available so far about the newest AX5 but the ad on the company's social media confirmed a 'spotlight-ish' design that seems to be between the AX3 and the AX7, which would make a lot of sense, although the title suggests a lot more than that.
With a network assembling most of European, North American and Pacific/Asian countries, fans seem to be responding to the call and are patiently waiting for the event.