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Shure to Exhibit at PLASA 2017
UK – Shure Incorporated, the world’s leading manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics, will be returning to the PLASA show September 17th to 19th at Olympia London. Attendees at PLASA include representatives from the audio, broadcast, and AV industries. Shure will showcase its comprehensive line of digital wireless systems and participate in the traditionally well-attended PLASA seminar programme. Tuomo Tolonen, Shure UK’s pro audio group manager and RF expert, will discuss how to prepare for the loss of the 700MHz RF band, which is being auctioned in May 2020, and will no longer be available for wireless microphone and in-ear monitoring system use.
Shure now offers several digital wireless systems to meet a variety of budgets. The entry-level GLX-D Advanced system, mid-tier QLX-D and ULX-D, and the flagship Axient Digital wireless system will all be available for demonstration at the Company’s exhibition stand at PLASA (G40).
Launched earlier this year, Axient Digital incorporates a newly designed minimal-latency digital RF engine that builds on the benefits of Shure's previous industry-standard UHF-R, ULX-D, and Axient wireless systems. Axient Digital offers a wide 184MHz tuning range with high channel density and advanced automatic RF interference detection and avoidance features that will be familiar to users of the original Axient system. The scalable, networkable system includes a universal receiver, available in dual and quad-band versions (AD4D/AD4Q), which works with two different transmitter types: the AD series and the Showlink-enabled ADX series. The latter range includes the discreet ADX1M, the world’s first micro-bodypack with an internal, self-tuning antenna, addressing many of the key performance compromises traditional bodypack designs. All of the AD and ADX series transmitters will be shown at PLASA, with the system's dual and quad-band receivers and associated batteries and charging units. While retailing at a lower price point, GLX-D Advanced also incorporates automatic frequency management technology, offering users a much higher channel density than traditional analogue RF systems, a feature that will become more useful in the coming years, as RF frequency ranges available for wireless use become more restricted.
“Digital wireless microphone systems have come of age, and not a moment too soon,” comments Tolonen. “Access to clean, interference-free wireless frequencies is going to become increasingly difficult for the events and live entertainment industries over the next few years. And yet, just as this is happening, wireless systems are more in demand than ever, you only have to look at what’s happened to the average wireless channel count at West End shows over the past few years, or how wireless technology is being used at corporate events now. There’s a real need for systems that can reliably run greater numbers of channels in much smaller slices of the RF spectrum.
“Fortunately, digital wireless systems can square that circle pretty effectively, which is why we’re focusing on them extensively at PLASA, and in the seminar I’m delivering at the show on the coming spectrum access restrictions and how to prepare for them. The 700MHz band spectrum auction might not be happening for three years, but as everyone knows from the first Digital Dividend process, the time to prepare is now,” continued Tolonen.
For more information, visit Shure’s stand (G40) at PLASA. The Shure seminar, “Preparing for the loss of 700MHz – what you need to know,” will be delivered by Tuomo Tolonen on Monday, September 18th, at 3.45pm in PLASA’s Audio and AV Theatre.
18th August 2017
The Guildhall School of Music & Drama announces the Gold Medal winners for Acting and Technical Theatre 2017
UK – The Guildhall School has announced the winners of the School’s most prestigious prize, the Gold Medal, in both Acting and Technical Theatre.
The winner of the Acting Gold Medal is Steffan Cennydd. During his time at the School, Steffan has featured in many of the School’s drama productions, including as Michael Lloyd in August, Julian Mitchell’s adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, Scott in Simon Stephens’ Herons and Bela Zangler in this year’s summer musical Crazy For You, with music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin. Alongside these productions, Steffan represented the School in the Sam Wanamaker Festival at the Globe Theatre and was a finalist in the Michael Bryant Award held at the National Theatre.
The Technical Theatre Gold Medal goes to Oscar Selfridge. Oscar has gained a wealth of experience during his time at the School where he studied on the Design Realisation pathway of the BA Technical Theatre Arts programme. Working across opera and drama, his roles include Scenic Art Co-ordinator on Handel’s Radamisto and props Co-ordinator for the world premiere of Julian Philips’ opera The Tale of Januarie.
Oscar leaves the School this summer to pursue a career in Theatre Design and has recently accepted an offer at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School to study on the MA in Theatre Design programme. He has just completed the run for Ian Buckley’s James Bonney MP at the White Bear which featured a set he designed and built. Following this he will design the set for Tom Hartwell’s Flood at The Tristan Bates Theatre.
In May 2017 baritone Josep-Ramon Olivé was announced as winner of this year’s Gold Medal for music, the prize for outstanding soloists which this year was for singers. Josep-Ramon is currently on the Artist Diploma programme under Professor Rudolf Piernay and is a recipient of the Harry Rolfe Award.
Junior Guildhall’s Lutine Prize went to 16-year-old trumpeter William Thomas in June 2017. William has attended Junior Guildhall for the last five years and will return in 2017-18. At the school he has studied trumpet with Andrew Mitchell, piano with Robert Pell and plays in a variety of ensembles.
17th August 2017
Tenth Knight of Illumination Awards Concert Touring & Events Shortlist is Announced
UK – The 2017 Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards has announced this year's shortlist of lighting and video designers, recognised for their creative work in the Concert Touring & Events sector. The winners will be announced at the 10th anniversary KOI Awards ceremony, to be held at London's Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, on 17th September.
The KOI Awards was established to publicly celebrate the achievements of lighting and video designers in the sectors of Television, Theatre and Concert Touring & Events. The annual Awards are open to designers whose work has been showcased in the UK in the previous twelve months. The Awards is now one of the most celebrated nights in the live entertainment design industry calendar, with more than 500 leading creatives and professionals in attendance at last year's celebrations.
The Concert Touring & Events shortlist is the third and final shortlist to be announced, following the Theatre and Television categories announced in recent weeks.
The shortlist is as follows:
THE GLP GERMAN LIGHT PRODUCTS AWARD FOR ARENA:
Rob Sinclair for Bastille's Wild Wild World tour at London's O2 Arena, Tim Routledge for Take That's Wonderland Live tour 2017, Jeremy Lechterman and Jackson Gallagher (FragmentNine) for alt-J at London's O2 Arena
THE AVOLITES AWARD FOR STAGE:
Paul Normandale (Lite Alt Design) for The Chemical Brothersat the Eventim Apollo London, Michael Straun for The xx on the I See You tour 2017 at Manchester's O2 Apollo, and Steven Bewley for Stormzy's Gang Signs and Prayer tour at Brixton O2 Academy
THE MA LIGHTING AWARD FOR CLUB:
Louis Oliver and James Scott (Okulus) for You Me At Six on Night People tour at Shepherd's Bush Empire, Tom Campbell for Zeds Dead on the Northern Lights world tour, and Louisa Smurthwaite for Rag'n'Bone Man on the Human tour at Shepherd's Bush Empire
THE HSL AWARD FOR EVENTS:
Ben Cracknell for The Olivier Awards at the Royal Albert Hall, Terry Cook (Woodroffe Bassett Design) for Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains at the V&A, Mike Smith & Cate Carter (Bryte Design) for Samsung X Royal Blood at the Collins Music Hall London
THE d3 TECHNOLOGIES AWARD FOR VIDEO ELECTRONIC CONTENT:
Louis Oliver and James Scott (Okulus) for Bring Me The Horizon on the That's the Spirit tour, Damian Hale and David Shepherd (The Third Company) for Sigur Ròs World Tour 2016, Liam Tomaszewski, Mark Calvert, Dave Green and Ross Chapel for Eric Prydz: Epic 5.0 tour
Chairing the Concert Touring & Events category is Productionomics consultant Jessica Allan, who worked in collaboration with a respected judging panel comprising editor of Lighting + Sound International Claire Beeson, head of lighting design at creative design agency Imagination Jonny Milmer, and editor and journalist at TPi magazine, Kelly Murray.
"We had a record amount of entries for this year's KOI, with a wonderful variety of shows, all at an incredibly high standard," says Allan. "The insights into the designs have been fantastic, be it from designers well-established in their craft, to those not long starting out. Our judging panel is truly passionate about giving all the shows equal consideration, no matter the music genre, event, size or budget. It is solely about the lighting and the video content design! It has been a tough job for the judging panel, with lots of debating long into the night, but the decisions have been made!"
Headline sponsors of the 10th Knight of Illumination Awards are OSRAM and Claypaky. Spotlight Sponsors have been announced as ADB, Altman Lighting, Avolites, d3 Technologies, ETC, GLP German Light Products, Green Hippo, Hawthorn, HSL, Light Initiative, MA Lighting, Philips Vari-Lite, PRG XL Video, Robert Juliat and SLX. Hawthorn return as technical supplier for KOI 2017.
The glittering 10th Anniversary ceremony will take place on 17th September at the famous Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, where the KOI 2017 winners will be announced.
16th August 2017
Safety First Seminar to be presented by Helen Goddard FInstSCE at PLASA 2017
UK – A comprehensive seminar programme at the forthcoming PLASA 2017 exhibition at London Olympia, 17th to 19th September 2017 includes a presentation on Safety First by Helen Goddard, fellow member and vice president of The Institute of Sound & Communications Engineers (ISCE).
On Monday 18th September, 11:00am-11:30am in the Fast Track Theatre at the exhibition, Helen will present a ‘Safety First’ seminar outlining the ECS Certification Scheme and how it affects audio engineers working on sites and in venues. She will also outline how sound engineers can become accredited for this growing Health & Safety and core competencies standard within the construction industry.
A recognised ECS trade card is increasingly requested by clients and main contractors in order for operatives to gain access to sites and venues for equipment upgrades and routine maintenance. The ISCE is the only dedicated provider of ECS cards to sound industry professionals.
The 30 minute seminar will be presented in two halves, to allow attendees to opt to attend only the portion of the session that is applicable, as follows:
1. What is the ECS Certification Scheme and how does it affect me?
2. The mechanism for certification through the Institute of Sound and Communication Engineers.
To register in advance, go to http://www.plasashow.com/SeminarsReg17.aspx?semID=10018
In addition to Helen Goddard’s seminar, the ISCE is exhibiting at PLASA 2017 for the duration of the exhibition and can be found on Stand no. Y-5 for anyone wishing to discuss the ISCE Sound Engineer ECS card further.
16th August 2017
Pigs at PLASA
UK – To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Wholehog lighting control desk, the Flying Pig Systems team, along with an original Wholehog console, will reunite at the PLASA Show in September.
In 1992, three young, 20-something men – Nick Archdale, Tom Thorne and Nils Thorjussen – exhibited a new control system for live entertainment lighting at the PLASA Show in London. Called Wholehog, it had been conceived, developed, road-tested and launched in less than a year. Its disruptive power and features drew huge interest from the market, while its impact was recognised by the PLASA Show's Awards judges who unanimously named it Lighting Product of the Year.
Wholehog was a landmark in the history of entertainment lighting control. For the three founders whose blood, sweat, tears and (no doubt) more tears had led them to this point, it was an extraordinary achievement against the odds. That they had known it wouldn't be easy was acknowledged by the very name they had chosen for the company they had founded in October 1991: Flying Pig Systems.
The three founders were destined to be high-flyers long before they became Flying Pigs. Archdale was a British lighting operator and engineering whizz-kid, an Imperial College drop-out whose experience of controlling the new breed of automated lights on the rave scene had led him to the concept for Wholehog. Thorne, a brilliant software engineer and Cambridge graduate, had collaborated with Archdale on a previous lighting control desk, the DLD6502, and was redrafted for the Wholehog project. Thorjussen, a graduate of the University of Austin, Texas, who had subsequently met Thorne at Stanford University Business School, brought his pin-sharp business brain to the mix.
Partly funded by Peter Miles and Tim Baylis of The Spot Company, with whom they would share a home at 53 Northfield Road, London W13, the trio embarked on a whirlwind year of productivity. The control system they eventually created would be a genuine leap forward in lighting control. While Wholehog could, naturally, handle all the usual conventional dimmer channels and scrollers, its raison d'être was its simplification of the control of multi-parameter automated lights.
With its 'Fixture Library' and 'LTP+' priority system, it brought a new level of speed and versatility to the lighting programmer and operator. Among its other innovations were the introduction of LCD labelling of palettes and playbacks, graphical patch, MIDI and timecode control, macros and the quick-and-easy creation of dynamic lighting looks with its 'Stack Synthesizer'. And its capacity was something else: over 6,000 channels of DMX control.
Over the next three years, the Wholehog would conquer the concert touring production market, specified for The Grateful Dead, Peter Gabriel, Lenny Kravitz, Simple Minds, Prince, The Rolling Stones, Sting and Pink Floyd, among many others. In 1995 it was superseded by the Wholehog II, which would go on to even greater accomplishments and cement the name of Wholehog forever in the pages of entertainment technology history.
This year at the PLASA Show, the three original Flying Pigs, together with Peter, Tim and Simon England (DLD co-founder), will land at Olympia to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their achievement on a not-quite faithful recreation of their 1992 PLASA stand, complete with dodgy signage, potted plants and the Wholehog desk itself, alongside its forerunner, the DLD 6502.
The three founders look forward to welcoming all those who played a part in the story of Flying Pig Systems and Wholehog to stand T61, which will be knee-deep in limited edition swag and nostalgia. Equally welcome are all those who would like to take a first-hand look at a piece of genuine entertainment lighting history, and to meet the men who created it.
15th August 2017
TDC Opens Its Doors
Australia – TDC (Technical Direction Company) is recognised worldwide, gaining attention by being first to supply innovative video technologies to high profile live events, light festivals, TV productions and live performance.
The exclusive TDC Open House held at TDC’s Alexandria Headquarters on 2nd to 4th August enabled production professionals to actually get their hands on ground-breaking technologies, talk to expert TDC teams about how these new tools can be used in future projects, and to peek at the latest tools and technologies coming out of worldwide R&D labs.
“While we’ve always been known for using the latest video technologies in innovative ways to realise our clients’ projects, we’re now getting ahead of the game by developing and deploying technology such as automation, motion tracking and real time content generation that will be the future of live entertainment,” said Michael Hassett, managing director at TDC. “Throughout the Open House event, our clients rebooked for double appointments and brought their important clients with them. The audience included many of Australia’s leading production people from TV, corporate, theatre, artistic groups, graphics houses along with eager students from NIDA and the Australian Film and television institute.”
These VIP guests had the opportunity to see some of the world’s latest and best video technologies. TDC has expanded its capabilities to include show pre-visualisation, motion tracking, automation with technology demoed by TDC experts using d3, Notch, Blacktrax, the latest UDX projectors from Barco, along with TDC’s broadcast OB capability, and high resolution creative LED offerings.
The showcase concluded with a resident technical DJ and party!
11th August 2017
HOG Factor National Collegiate Lighting Show Programming Competition
USA - High End Systems has announced the finalists for the 2017 HOG Factor National Collegiate Lighting Show Programming Competition. The competition finals will be held on High End Systems' booth at the 2017 LDI trade show. The finalist teams will be flown to Las Vegas to perform their pieces live at LDI 2017, based on the High End Systems 2017 LDI Booth Design.
The Finalist teams are:
- Long Beach Three from California State University. Long Beach
- SolaSwine from Carnegie Mellon University
- Backstaged from University of Cincinnati – CCM
High End Systems' Paul Hancock commented: "On behalf of everyone from HES, we want to congratulate all teams for their participation in our third annual HOG Factor Competition. The participation was overwhelming this year; to say it was incredibly difficult for our panel of judges this year would be an understatement. After three years of the Hog Factor competitions, the submissions we are receiving improve every year."
HES console senior software engineer Jonathan Kemble added: "We're excited to be hosting the HOG Factor once again, and are thrilled to see the enthusiasm and interest in HOG from such a variety of young designers. It's great to see how well the HOG 4 console range extends to all levels of experience. We couldn't be happier to provide our powerful feature set to a fresh new crowd and give them some well-deserved exposure."
HES general manager Becky Koester commented: "The HOG Factor competition has grown each year, not just in the number of participants, but mainly in the content and complexity we see in the work and output of the student teams. Each year becomes a bit more challenging in the overall judging and selection process. We're very anxious to meet the three teams selected to join us at LDI. This next generation of LDs are very gifted and bring a new dimension to their work."
9th August 2017
AV Stumpfl to present the latest RAW server 8K developments at IBC 2017
The Netherlands – The Austrian AV technology manufacturer AV Stumpfl will present its uncompressed 8K and 4K RAW server systems at this year’s IBC exhibition in Amsterdam.
The powerful Wings Engine RAW media server is the only server of its type capable of playing out four simultaneous streams of uncompressed 4K (4:4:4) content at 60fps, which has made it a household name in different branches of the AV industry in record time.
RAW servers can also display video content using a full 12-bit colour depth, delivering more colour information than the current media server standard, which is particularly interesting for broadcast studio set-ups using the latest generation of LED displays.
The render engine allows for the use of high frame rate footage of up to 120fps and makes it possible to create seamless 8K soft edge blending panoramas.
Native image sequences like TGA, DPX or TIFF can be used without any need for converting them into an intermediate codec format.
RAW servers can be equipped with two, four or eight channel 3G-SDI input cards that support formats from SD (PAL, NTSC) to 3G-SDI (1080p) per channel.
The individual channels can be combined for capturing 4K at up to 60p either using the square division or the two-sample interleave method.
The new input card options make it a lot easier to integrate RAW media servers into existing 4K broadcast workflows.
Global business development manager Helmut Protte comments on the growing significance of 4K and 8K playback solutions: "When it comes to the development of next-gen broadcast workflow components, we are really living in an exciting time.
"On one hand, many traditional networks are still thinking in terms of HD, but the demand for media server systems capable of playing out uncompressed 8K is already here right now.
"As we get closer to 2020, we will see more and more setups that will require systems like our RAW server for processing uncompressed video at high frame rates and with a colour depth beyond 8bit."
Image: AV Stumpfl
9th August 2017
Theatres Trust reveals additions to impressive contributor line up for Conference 17
UK – Details of an impressive array of contributors for the Theatres Trust Theatres & Placemaking conference have started to emerge, as delegate bookings for this one-day conference rise. Taking place at Lyric Hammersmith on Tuesday 17 October, Conference 17 will discuss why and how theatres can engage with the placemaking agenda.
New contributors include:
Paul Callaghan, chair of Live Theatre and Trustee of Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture Trust, will explore the role of culture within regeneration as part of the MACQ (Music, Arts and Cultural Quarter) project in Sunderland, whose vision will see the restoration of an important area of Sunderland, re-establishing the area’s previous importance as the Edwardian heart and soul of the city.
Graham Lister, project director for Storyhouse Chester and Cllr Louise Gittins, deputy leader of Cheshire West and Cheshire Council will jointly discuss the recently opened Storyhouse in Chester and the important role local authorities play in supporting theatre and placemaking.
Daniel Rose, executive director, Mechanics’ Institution Trust will introduce the work of his organisation, a social enterprise and building preservation and development trust, and their motivation to bring the Swindon Mechanics’ Institution back to life and to nurture it as a community run organisation in a Grade II* listed building ready for the 21st century.
Hannah Garrow, fundraising and community engagement director, Leith Theatres Trust, will talk about their success in the re-opening and animating of Leith Theatre in Edinburgh, and the inclusive role it is playing in providing a versatile space to encourage a vibrant creative hub as part of the regeneration of the Leith area and the community it serves.
These join already announced contributors: Richard Blyth from Royal Town Planning Institute, David Byrne from New Diorama Theatre, Damian Cruden from York Theatre Royal, Anna Devlet from British Land and Angus Morrogh-Ryan from De Matos Ryan Architects.
Jon Morgan, director of Theatres Trust says: “We are delighted to have such an impressive line-up of contributors confirmed so soon. Each of our speakers will bring a different dimension to the debate during the day, with some excellent case study material as well as valuable insight into the placemaking agenda, and how the wider theatre industry can engage with it."
He continues: “With a new structure to the day, involving plenary as well as parallel sessions, there will be ample opportunity for all the delegates to engage with the topic and debate the issues with the diverse group of contributors. The number of ticket sales already suggest that the topic is one of interest to many key decision makers and influencers in the theatre sector. We would encourage those interested in attending to book now to ensure they join the debate at the best rate possible.”
Conference 17 is generously sponsored by theatre organisations, consultancies and manufacturers including: ABTT, Aedas Arts Team, Allies and Morrison, Audio Light Systems, BuroHappold, Charcoalblue, Chauvet Professional, EM Acoustics, ETC, GDS, GoboPlus, Harlequin Floors, Haworth Tompkins, Hawthorn, J&C Joel, LSI Magazine, Lyric Hammersmith, New Stages Ltd, Northern Light, Page\Park, Philips Entertainment Lighting, Plann, Really Useful Theatres Group, Stage Electrics, The Stage, Theatre Projects, Triple E and Unusual.
Delegate bookings are now open, and there are generous early bird discounts for delegates booking before Monday 28th August.
For more information on booking tickets please visit: theatrestrust.org.uk/latest/events/232-theatres-trust-conference-17-theatres-placemaking
8th August 2017
25 Years of the ETC Source Four fixture
USA – This November marks the 25th anniversary of the Source Four fixture at ETC. Between now and this year’s LDI trade show, ETC is taking a look back at this product that has become such a major part of the company's story, the fixture that has made a long-lasting impact on the industry, and the product that has inspired many additional ETC fixtures.
When asked what he remembers about the first time he saw the Source Four, ETC CEO Fred Foster says “When I first saw the Source Four it was just an HPL lamp, glass reflector, and a lens on an optical rail in Dave Cunningham's lab. But it was 40% brighter than a 1000W FEL and used only 575W of power. I was awestruck. It was even more fun to watch the looks on the faces of the LDI attendees when we launched the product a year later.”
Ellen White, outreach and training specialist at ETC, was working in ETC’s booth in 1992 when Source Four was first revealed. “We launched three products at that trade show and we really thought the talk was going to focus on the Sensor dimmers and the Obsession console. But Source Four started a small buzz that morning and became the topic of conversation at many dinners that evening.”
Since launching at LDI in 1992, ETC has shipped nearly 3.8 million Source Four fixtures. That gives ETC plenty of reasons to celebrate this milestone.
As part of the anniversary celebration, ETC is creating a video showcasing the longevity of the Source Four fixture. The company wants to see as many of those millions of Source Four and Source Four LED fixtures as possible. As part of this crowd-sourced video project, send photos of Source Four and Source Four LED fixtures hanging in theatres, churches, schools, and community centres.
Specific instructions and photo submission procedures are here: www.etcconnect.com/sourcefouris25.
Between now and 1st October, please submit photos through this online form in exchange for a limited edition Source Four 25th Anniversary t-shirt (while supplies last) and the chance to win one of ten Source Four Mini LEDs.
The last 25 years with Source Four have been an inspiration. Here’s to the next 25!
8th August 2017
PLASA Show promises a leading line up for 2017 seminar programme
UK – Each year the PLASA Show seminar programme goes from strength to strength, promising unique insights, specialist know-how and the latest innovations direct from the industry. The free-to-attend sessions, including the new Fast Track Theatre’s bitesize talks, feature an international line up of leading experts ready to discuss the latest topics and developments in their field.
At the Audio & AV Theatre, d&b audiotechnik’s Oran Burns and Bill Brooks’ session Are You listening? takes a fresh view on the much-debated idea of an ideal frequency response for a live sound system, considering factors like hearing sensitivity, creative preferences and cultural trends.
Preparing for the loss of 700MHz – What you need to know, by Shure’s Tuomo Tolonen, examines Ofcom’s 2014 announcement to reallocate UHF frequencies 694-790MHz (the 700MHz band) to the mobile sector. With clearance scheduled for May 2020, the session looks at the wider implications for the industry and how best to meet ongoing challenges.
In the first of two panel discussions hosted by LSi journalist Phil Ward, the curiously entitled Was Le Corbusier Deaf or What? uncovers the infamously tricky relationship between audio and architecture. The impressive line-up including Sam Wise Venue Strategies, David Claringbold d&b audiotechnik and Neil Voce, ASL Control will reveal how to make negotiations go smoothly, while secretly getting your own way…
In 360 Degrees of Sound prominent voices are in the chair to discuss new formats blazing a trail for 3D audio within immersive experiences, from theme parks to art galleries. Discover more about the sound revolution straight from the experts on the ground including Sherif El Barbari L-Acoustics, Scott Willsallen Remarkable Projects and Dave Haydon, Outboard.
“We’ve gathered the big guns to take on these two equally fascinating topics,” says Phil. “These are issues driving the technology solutions of the future. The insight - and debate - promises to be the most informed and interesting you’ll find.”
At the Lighting, Staging and Rigging Theatre, James Simpson lighting visualiser at the Royal Opera House, presents 2057AD: what will theatre be like in 40 years’ time? This session takes place in 2057, looking back to 2017 and the 40 intervening years, its technology, and how it changed the way theatre is made.
In Playing with the Edge of the Light: Bringing puppetry to life at Little Angel Theatre the venue’s head of production David Duffy discusses the challenges and rewards of lighting puppetry to create rich and complex theatre, while sharing some of the tools and tricks behind this visual storytelling art.
Meanwhile in the Product Training Theatre, lighting consoles take the spotlight. Avolites Titan v10.1 will cover product features and more, while MA Lighting offers 75 minutes of hands-on dot2 training. ChamSys will be introducing MagicQ including the latest software features, ChamSys MagicVis visualisation and MagicHD media player. Plus, Eaton will be offering FLX lighting console training at its drop-in events.
Brand new for 2017, the Fast Track Sessions, hosted by industry associations, experts, and trade unions, are aimed at improving business skills. The inaugural programme features The ABTT with an update on their ‘Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment’; they’ll also be considering ‘New Guidelines from the National Counter-Terrorism Security Office on Crowded Places’.
In Safety First, Helen Goddard from the Institute of Sound and Communication Engineers (ISCE) discusses the increasing demand for proof of operative compliance and competence. As an accredited issuer of ECS Sound Engineer cards ISCE is the only dedicated provider of cards that recognise your profession and status within the industry.
And if you’ve ever battled the sole trader vs limited company conundrum, BECTU’s Tony Lennon will be on hand to guide you through this and other taxation mysteries in Tax Essentials for Freelancers.
PLASA Show returns to London Olympia on 17-19 September. For more information and to sign up for a session please visit www.plasashow.com/seminars
8th August 2017
Television judging panel for KOI 2017 announce shortlist
UK – The 2017 Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards has announced this year’s shortlist of lighting and video designers recognised for their creative work in television. The winners will be announced at the 10th anniversary KOI Awards ceremony, to be held at London’s Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, on 17th September.
The KOI Awards was established to publicly celebrate the achievements of lighting and video designers whose work in the sectors of Television, Theatre and Concert Touring & Events has been showcased in the UK in the past 12 months. The event is now one of the most celebrated nights in the live entertainment design industry calendar, with more than 500 leading creatives and professionals in attendance at last year’s celebrations.
The Television shortlist is the second of this year’s three category shortlists to be announced. The nominees are as follows:
THE LIGHT INITIATIVE TELEVISION AWARD FOR EVENTS:
Philip Brines for Proms in the Park, Ben Cracknell for the Olivier Awards broadcast on ITV, and Bernie Davis for BBC1’s Festival of Remembrance
THE PHILIPS VARI-LITE TELEVISION AWARD FOR DRAMA:
Chris Ramage for ITV’s Emmerdale, Larry Smith for ITV’s Dark Angel, and Dominique Clements for CBBC’s Hetty Feather
THE SLX TELEVISION AWARD FOR LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT:
Gurdip Mahal, Rob Bradley and David Bishop for Sky1’s The Late Late Show with James Corden, Martin Kempton for BBC1’s Peter Pan Goes Wrong, and Tim Routledge for Ball & Boe One Night Only broadcast on ITV
THE GREEN HIPPO TELEVISION AWARD FOR VIDEO GRAPHIC DISPLAY: Nicholas Reyniers for Tonight at the London Palladium as shown on ITV, Alberta Torres for the BBC’s Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief, and David Newton for Strictly Come Dancing broadcast on BBC1
THE ALTMAN LIGHTING TELEVISION AWARD FOR SMALL PRODUCTION: John Gallagher for Top Table as seen on BBC1 Northern Ireland, Richard Bowles for Sky News and Channel 4’s Battle for Number 10, Chris Hollier and Andy Cottey for ITV Euros 2016
Chairing the Television category is STLD chair Stuart Gain. He was joined by a judging committee comprising Stephen Neal, BBC Staff Television Director, lighting designer and STLD Secretary John O’Brien and Jane Shepherd, freelance television set designer.
“The STLD is, as always, delighted to be involved with KOI,” comments Gain. “I’ve been involved with the Awards from 2008, and for me these are the only awards considered and awarded by lighting professionals for lighting professionals. The ceremony is a fantastic occasion and for me, having the job of announcing the winners is a great honour. The KOI Awards has grown enormously over the last ten years and I’m certain it will continue to do so in years to come.”
The prestigious ceremony will take place on 17th September at the iconic Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, where the KOI 2017 winners’ creative work will be celebrated and recognised in the presence of their colleagues and peers.
Headline sponsors of the 10th Knight of Illumination Awards are OSRAM and Claypaky. Spotlight Sponsors have been announced as ADB, Altman Lighting, Avolites, d3 Technologies, ETC, GLP German Light Products, Green Hippo, Hawthorn, HSL, Light Initiative, MA Lighting, Philips Vari-Lite, PRG XL Video, Robert Juliat and SLX. Hawthorn is once again returning as technical supplier for KOI 2017.
7th August 2017
Sennheiser and Neumann at IBC: Camera Souud Meets Studio Audio
The Netherlands – At this year’s IBC in Amsterdam (15 – 19 September), Sennheiser and Neumann will be presenting audio solutions for all levels of media production. “Good audio technology is the basis for a successful production. This is true whether it’s being created on a computer in a home studio or at a mixing console in a professional sound studio, and equally true whether a smartphone or a broadcast camera is being used,” explains Achim Gleissner, commercial manager broadcast and media at Sennheiser. For that reason, Sennheiser has chosen the motto “We serve any camera” for its presence at IBC in Hall 8, Stand D50.
“The media base has significantly broadened, and streaming services and YouTube are now on an equal footing with conventional television,” Gleissner observes. “For manufacturers that are close to their customers, it is absolutely essential to serve all platforms with the best possible solutions and to support innovative formats with equally creative products.”
Differently themed areas of the stand reflect the bandwidth of today’s media production. Alongside the MKE 2 elements – the first waterproof microphone for the GoPro HERO4 which paired with the action cam creates spectacular YouTube videos – the highlights on show range from interview microphones for mobile journalism, such as the HANDMIC DIGITAL and the wireless AVX, to the fully professional EK 6042 two-channel receiver for broadcast cameras.
The MK 4 digital is the microphone of choice for dubbing and podcast applications, while the ClipMic digital and MKE 2 digital clip-on microphones for iPhones and iPads ensure great sound for self-produced videos. The portfolio of products on display is rounded off by shotgun microphones from the MKH series for film production, as well as wireless microphones from the Digital 9000, Digital 6000, 2000 and evolution wireless series, which are used for ENG and broadcasting.
A particularly eye-catching highlight at the booth is the MKE 2 elements for the GoPro HERO4, the performance of which will be impressively illustrated by footage from the Mercedes-Benz Kitesurf World Cup. One of the biggest lifestyle water sports events in the world, the tournament takes place prior to IBC in August. “Kite surfing is the ideal sport for demonstrating how you can produce great footage even when you’re exposed to wind and water. We are expecting videos with a sound quality that has never been possible before,” says Gleissner.
The field of 3D audio is an innovative media format that is growing in importance. It is the key to immersing listeners into new audio worlds and to completing the perfect illusion in virtual reality applications. When it comes to 3D productions, the talents of the AMBEO VR Mic from Sennheiser and the binaural KU 100 dummy head from Neumann truly shine. Visitors to the IBC Future Zone have an additional opportunity to try out the AMBEO VR Mic, which will feature in workshops on the subject of virtual reality recordings and post-production.
The studio area of the stand also reflects the huge diversity of today’s production possibilities. Products such as the Sennheiser MK 4 digital and the Neumann TLM 102 for professionally equipped home studios are on display, as is the extremely versatile Neumann TLM 107 for project studio applications. On show for professional studios are Neumann legends including the U 87, as well as two much-loved workhorses for radio studios, the BCM 104 and BCM 705.
The Neumann range of studio monitors was recently expanded with the launch of the KH 80 DSP. It’s the ideal product for smaller studios that do not want to miss out on great Neumann sound and visitors will be able to experience the impressive sound of this new model as well as a wide range of other Neumann monitors.
4th August 2017
ETC combines summer camp and professional development
USA – On Thursday 20th July, nearly 250 ETC end users arrived in Madison, Wisconsin, for the fourth CUE conference. CUE, short for Create Understand Experience, is a professional development conference hosted by ETC every other summer.
This year’s classes were organised into one- and two-day-long tracks so attendees would have a more immersive, educational experience. Tracks focused on technicians, educators, general system networking, designing a better theatre, and Eos console programming. The typical daily class schedule was enhanced this summer with optional Saturday evening classes. With so many opportunities for hands-on learning, it’s no wonder that reviews have been overwhelmingly positive.
When asked to describe one main takeaway from the event, a CUE attendee says: “This should be required for technicians everywhere. There are too many benefits to list.”
Several of the courses throughout the weekend required prerequisite console training and quiz completion, making for a more advanced option to the conference than in the past. Many other courses offered ETCP continuing education credit upon completion.
If you were unable to make the trip to Wisconsin, or want to replay some of your favorite moments, check out the CUE website. Classes on both Friday and Saturday, and Friday morning’s keynote address by David Lincecum, vice president of Marketing, were recorded live and can be found at www.etcconnect.com/CUE/Videos/.
While it may seem like a lot of work, there was also plenty of time to play. The entire CUE event took on a Summer Camp theme which brought with it some uncharacteristic event details. There were badges to collect for completed tasks throughout the weekend, impromptu Camp CUE sing-alongs at the registration desk, and s’mores roasting at the Friday evening picnic event.
4th August 2017
Tenth Knight of Illumination Awards Theatre Shortlist is Announced
UK – After much deliberation, the Theatre judging panel for the 2017 Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards has announced this year's shortlist of lighting and video designers, recognised for their creative work in Theatre. The winners will be announced at the tenth anniversary KOI Awards ceremony, to be held at London's Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, on 17th September.
The KOI Awards was established to publicly celebrate the artistic achievements of lighting and video designers whose work has been showcased in the UK in the past 12 months in the sectors of Television, Theatre and Concert Touring & Events. Now one of the most celebrated nights in the live entertainment design industry calendar, KOI attracted more than 500 industry creatives and professionals to last year's celebrations.
The first of KOI's three shortlists to be announced, the Theatre judging panel's shortlist is as follows:
THE ADB THEATRE AWARD FOR PLAYS:
Jon Clark for Amadeus at the National Theatre, Richard Howell for Guards at the Taj at The Bush, and Peter Mumford for The Children at the Royal Court
THE ETC THEATRE AWARD FOR DANCE:
Fabiana Piccioli for Echoes by the Aakash Odedra Company at Curve, Tom Visser for The Royal Ballet's Flight Pattern at The Royal Opera House, and Alastair West for Northern Ballet's Casanova at Leeds Grand Theatre
THE PRG XL VIDEO THEATRE AWARD FOR MUSICALS:
Lee Curran for Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, David Hersey for Fiddler on the Roof at Chichester Festival Theatre, and Joshua Pharo for Removal Men at The Yard
THE HAWTHORN THEATRE AWARD FOR PROJECTION DESIGN:
Lysander Ashton for City of Glass at The Lyric Hammersmith, Ian William Galloway for Hansel and Gretel at Leeds Grand Theatre, and Tal Rosner for 8 Minutes at Sadler's Wells
THE ROBERT JULIAT THEATRE AWARD FOR OPERA:
Jon Clark for Hamlet at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Simon Corder for The Queen of Spades at Opera Holland Park, and Bernd Purkrabek for Cosí fan tutte at The Royal Opera House
Chairing the Theatre category is culture critic and broadcaster, David Benedict. "The KOI Awards is wonderful in that it rewards those in the earlier stages of their career, as well as the more experienced designers," says Benedict. "Judging the shortlist is particularly satisfying because unlike most other awards, KOI comes with no outside interference. There are no producers or organisers demanding celebrity winners. Our decisions are based entirely on merit. This year's deliberations were memorably difficult, with fierce argument about nominees because the achievements of designers' work across the country are so high."
This year's Theatre judging panel, who debated tirelessly to whittle down their deserving nominations to the final 15, comprised leading UK arts critics: Alexandra Coghlan, opera critic of The Spectator; Jonathan Gray, editor of the Dancing Times; Neil Norman, dance critic of the Daily Express; Natasha Tripney, reviews editor of The Stage; Matt Trueman, theatre critic of Variety and Whatsonstage and Mark Valencia, Whatsonstage opera critic.
Benedict and his fellow judges assessed and debated hundreds of designs seen in the past year, in order to reach their final list of fifteen nominees.
The prestigious ceremony will take place on 17th September at the iconic Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, where the KOI 2017 winners' creative work will be celebrated and recognised in the presence of their colleagues and peers.
Headline sponsors of the 10th Knight of Illumination Awards are OSRAM and Claypaky. Spotlight Sponsors have been announced as ADB, Altman Lighting, Avolites, d3 Technologies, ETC, GLP German Light Products, Green Hippo, Hawthorn, HSL, Light Initiative, MA Lighting, Philips Vari-Lite, PRG XL Video, Robert Juliat and SLX. Hawthorn is once again returning as technical partner for KOI 2017.
2nd August 2017
Shure Receives Top Honours from Global Presence Alliance
Germany − Shure has again been recognised by the Global Presence Alliance (GPA) as a recipient of the 2017 Vendor Excellence Award. This year Shure scored among the very highest within categories that are stringently reviewed and voted on by more than 28 companies in 40 countries.
Members evaluate the leading audio, visual, and UC manufacturers and vendors. Shure first joined the GPA Accredited Vendor Programme in 2016 and was also awarded the Vendor Excellence Award that same year.
“Providing a consistent world-class service and support experience for integrators and end users around the globe is of the utmost importance to Shure, and a business focus where we have invested significant time and resources,” said Chris Schyvinck, president and CEO at Shure. “This prestigious industry award validates Shure’s commitment to all of our global markets, and we are proud that the Global Presence Alliance recognises our work and dedication in this area.”
The GPA, consisting of leading audiovisual, videoconferencing, and managed services solution providers across the globe, conducted an in-depth survey among executives, sales, and engineering teams at all 28 GPA member organisations. Shure was among a prestigious group of nine companies that earned the highest scores, where GPA partners were asked to rate against technical expertise, product quality, client service, global customer satisfaction, customer and solutions support, and examples of excellence in practice.
“Our promise to deliver global consistency is only realised when our vendor partners are fully aligned in this effort,” states John Bailey, VP of technology at Whitlock and a GPA board member. “Together we are delivering a high level of quality and increased value to our global customers, and Shure’s high marks from all GPA partners reflect their absolute commitment to our joint success.”
Shure accepted its Global Excellence Award at InfoComm 2017 in Orlando. This year, nearly 40 companies were evaluated in the survey process and nine were recognised at InfoComm.
26th July 2017
Clair Brothers C12 Truefit Wins Infocomm Best of Show
USA – Launched earlier this year, the Clair Brothers C12 line array is now available with a prize-winning, breakthrough innovation: Clair TrueFit Technology – the first modular, bespoke waveguide. A panel of expert judges at InfoComm 2017 recognised the C12-TrueFit’s inventive sound craft awarding it the prestigious NewBay Media’s ‘Best of Show’ honour. (Competition criteria included ease of installation and use/maintenance, performance, relevance, value/ROI, network friendliness, versatility, and reliability.)
The C12-TrueFit represents the latest double 12-inch format mid-size line array and an industry first in integration optimisation. For those seeking the pinnacle in custom horizontal configurations, Clair TrueFit waveguides are singularly configured, continuously variable waveguides designed-to-order. Modern or classic venues looking for the utmost customisation in audio design are wise to give this a serious look.
A Clair TrueFit system design reduces energy wasted on walls and effectively extends the stereo image over a greater audience area. Fewer lateral reflections create greater focus and better intelligibility. System tuning is faster and easier since the acoustical problem of geometric divergence shading is already solved with the TrueFit 3D acoustical solution.
What exactly is TrueFit Technology? For direct application, a TrueFit array is designed collaboratively with the customer, architectural consultants, and venue staff through a few simple steps. First, the array type and location is determined in a conventional sense and signed off on by the customer. Venue-specific details and other criteria are input into Clair Brothers proprietary design software culminating in the creation of a fluid form waveguide with continuously variable geometry. Explains Josh Sadd, vice president and chief engineer at Clair Brothers, “Rather than quantising speaker coverage in a stepped sequence of approximate angles, the TrueFit geometric forms are mathematically derived using our proprietary progressive azimuth technology. We use the latest in 3D CAD, and produce the custom parts with state of the art 3D CAM software.” Finished waveguides are CNC-milled in-house from Baltic Birch, the superb sounding material used on all Clair waveguides and horns.
The result is a perfectly unique, venue-specific loudspeaker array that provides naturally even coverage for audience areas and minimizes architectural reflection and anomalies. “What was once a dream is now possible,” says Mr. Sadd.
TrueFit Technology is currently on offer in the following Clair Brothers products: C12-TrueFit (double 12” line array), C8-TrueFit (double 8” line array), kiTCURVE12-TrueFit (curved live array) and kiTCURVE12-TrueFit+ (self-powered, curved line array).
The C12 and C8 continue to be offered in standard installation and portable models (C12-i, C12-M, C8-i, C8-M) featuring a new transducer technology with two noteworthy benefits: significant weight reduction and a reduction in amplifier channel requirements. Better still, there are no technical trade-offs since these features enhance the ability for the line array to be digitally beam-steered in the vertical plane with F.I.R. processing. These models are available with a range of horizontal waveguide patterns (between 60º and 140º), while standard factory waveguides are 90ºH and 120ºH. Standard symmetrical and asymmetrical coverage angles are also offered as catalogue items.
20th July 2017
New contributors announced for 2017 PLASA Rigging Conference
UK – Preparations for the 2017 PLASA Rigging Conference, which takes place on Monday 18th September during the PLASA Show, are well under way. This year’s conference is in a new mould, targeting a broader audience through the addition of topics on both production and safety issues and encourages discussion from a wider range of contributors than before. New additions to the line-up include head of technical operations for the Ambassador Theatre Group Stuart Graham and John Green, European health and safety director for Laing O’Rourke.
Stuart has supported the conference since it began in 2009 and was keen to be a part of this year’s expanded offering.
“I felt that discussing the contracting process of shows would be of great value,” says Stuart. “Establishing a venue’s responsibilities against the show’s responsibilities with regard to rigging and safety in general will be a valuable discussion.”
Meanwhile, John’s enlightening contribution will look at his ‘Safety Differently’ mission; a challenge to most industry sectors requiring an acceptance of accidents as part of working life and to concentrate on severe and potentially fatal risks.
“Following themes suggested by our opening speaker, the legendary Morris Lyda, the ensuing debate should be of real interest to safety professionals, venues and technical management alike,” says Chris Higgs, content curator for the conference. “We really want to examine the issues surrounding effective risk management, particularly in the way it affects the rigging community.”
his year’s conference is once again generously supported by Platinum sponsor Unusual Rigging and Gold sponsor Outback Rigging. As always, delegates rates exceptionally good value with an early bird rate available until the end of July.
Please visit www.plasashow.com/rigging-conference for details.
20th July 2017
Panasonic projects big things following UK rental event
UK – Panasonic took over Fazeley Studios in Birmingham on the 12th and 13th July where it installed an innovation showcase combining both broadcast and audio visual products.
Set to be the new reference in high brightness rental projection and available from November 2017, the 20,000 lumens RZ21K series offers Panasonic Solid Shine laser phosphor technology and promises bright, natural picture quality.
Lucy Meredith, product marketing specialist for Panasonic UK, said: “The RZ21K is perfectly positioned for the rental and staging industry. Featuring a dual-laser 3-Chip DLP light source, it has built-in redundancy and provides uninterrupted projection to ensure the show goes on should a laser diode fail. This makes it perfect for high-profile applications.”
In addition, the rental event saw a demonstration of the AK-UC3000 Live 4K camera system. Offering long distance fibre optical transmission, the studio camera supports 4K, HD and SD acquisition simultaneously, achieving high sensitivity and low noise.
A moving projection mapping utilising d3 media servers and BlackTrax also grabbed the attention of visitors to Fazeley Studios.
19th July 2017
Backup Kartfest 2017 raises massive £21,000
UK – This year’s Backup Kartfest was fast, furious, full of thrills and a few spills and, with its Hawaiian luau theme and music from house band Under Cover, which features White Light’s Roger Dean on drums, was tremendously good fun. But the best thing about the adrenalin-fuelled day was the incredible £21,000 it raised for the charity, which provides financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals, or their immediate family, who are seriously ill or injured.
Thirty-three industry teams, with six drivers per team, took part in the Le Mans-style three-hour endurance race and the pit stop challenge to become the quickest team to change the tyres on a Formula One car.
“As always, Kartfest was a fantastic, team spirited event, made all the better by everyone joining in the fun and banter whilst racing ultra-competitively for three hours in the sunshine,” says new Backup trustee, Medialease’s Paul Robson. “It took a lot of organising by the Lee Dennison, Jim Dugan from Unusual and the production team, who did an absolutely stunning job.”
First place went to the Brilliant Stages / Production Park team, who completed 202 laps of the circuit, with Really Useful Theatres in second and DiGiCo taking up third place. Fastest lap went to Ed Ward from Production Park, with DiGiCo’s Tim Shaxson awarded slowest lap after an eventful drive threw him out of his car. He was, somewhat ironically, awarded a pair of driving gloves donated by Yamaha as his consolation prize.
“I'm really pleased to see the Backup charity growing so much and to watch the industry really get behind the cause,” says Duncan Bell from first prize sponsor Autograph. “The Backup charity offers an amazing support system to the technical entertainment world, and everyone at Autograph is very proud to contribute to the cause, and to sponsor the Kartfest Autograph Cup. The Kartfest days have got better and better thanks to the hard work of Lee and his team, which is demonstrated by the amazing sum raised on the day.”
"Backup was there for me and my family after I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of high grade Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma of the central nervous system,” says lighting technician Mark Pritchard. “Although I hadn’t been too aware of Backup before, a couple of colleagues suggested I contact them and see if they could help.
“After a couple of conversations and an application we were honoured to be awarded a financial contribution since I was self-employed and my wife Helen wasn't working, as she was waiting to start her university degree. The contribution was to help us with mortgage and childcare costs for our two toddlers that we simply couldn't have met, as I haven’t been able to work since I was diagnosed in October.
“Since then, I've done my best to promote Backup and contribute back as much as I can. In April I ‘got the band back together’ to do a gig and raised £2,500 for the charity and I've supported the golf and karting days. Backup are a tremendously friendly and approachable group of people who can't do enough for those that need it."
“Kartfest was hugely enjoyable, despite my first-time duties as a co-host with the ever so professional luvvie, Lee Dennison and raising £21,000, which was made up of £18,000 from sponsorships, team donations, and raffles, plus another £3,000 from the sale of Bryan Leitch’s Ford Victor, which acted as pace car for the day, was truly amazing,” concludes Paul. “On a personal note, I’m delighted to be invited to become a trustee of Backup and am looking forward to working alongside my other experienced trustees in this role, which is quite a departure from my usual day job. I’ll be taking the role and the responsibilities it holds very seriously, and I’m looking forward to more fundraising opportunities coming up in 2017, as some good ideas were aired by enthusiastic volunteers during the day.”
One such opportunity is Comfest, an evening of stand-up comedy, which is being scheduled for this coming October, of which details will be announced shortly. To be surenot to miss them, subscribe to Backup’s newsletter at www.backuptech.uk.
Any companies who would like to work more closely with Backup should contact Lee Dennison for further information firstname.lastname@example.org
18th July 2017
Martin Audio to Open its Doors to Sound Community
UK – Martin Audio is to hold two Open Days at its High Wycombe HQ in September with a variety of sound demonstrations to show off its new and existing best-selling ranges.
Purposely timed to co-incide with days when the pro audio community is traveling to and from the PLASA Show in London, Martin Audio will throw open its doors on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th of September, with both morning and afternoon sessions.
Dom Harter, managing director, said: “This is an ideal opportunity for rental companies, system integrators, FoH and monitor engineers to understand more about our latest products including both Wavefront Precision optimised line arrays, our new iKON amplifiers, the high performance XE monitor series as well as the everyday monitoring solution of the LE Series. We’ll also have our existing best-selling ranges available including CDD, CDD-LIVE and BlacklineX.”
Martin Audio promises extensive listening time in relaxed surroundings and the open day will also include tours of the factory and refreshments.
Summing up, Harter, said: “We’re enjoying significant momentum at the moment and it’s the perfect time to showcase our extensive and exciting line-up to the sound community.”
18th July 2017
Millar Electronics Scoops Community’s Rep of the Year Award
USA - Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced that Millar Electronics is the recipient of its Rep of the Year Award for 2016. Founded in 1924, Millar Electronics focused heavily on building quality relationships through exceptional customer service, covering the south-east US states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. On 1st July, Millar Electronics becomes Mavric Incorporated, coinciding with the retirement of Millar’s beloved principal Herman Civils.
Steve Young, Community’s North America sales director, commented: “Millar was chosen as Community’s Rep of the Year due to their exceptional success in growing repeat business in the region and surpassing their overall annual goal. Their tenacity is apparent in how quickly they react to customer inquiries and opportunities.”
Herman Civils added; “Community developed into a significant key brand for Millar Electronics. It provides a range of unrivalled solutions in aesthetically sensitive, acoustically challenging or harsh environmental conditions, from small to the largest scale applications. We shared the simple ethos of providing outstanding customer service. Having represented and developed our business with Community for several years, it’s very rewarding to have our efforts recognized with this award.”
The award was presented by Steve Young and Steve Johnson, Community’s CEO, at InfoComm 2017 in Orlando.
17th July 2017
The Long Reach Long Riders complete their 14th annual Charity Ride
USA – The Long Reach Long Riders are happy to announce the success of their 14th annual charity motorcycle ride. The ride, which was dubbed The Avocado Adventure, by ride marshal Drew Wending, raised over $57,000.00 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Behind the Scenes Charity, bringing the total raised since the rides began in 2004 to over $600,000.
Drew noted: “Putting this ride together, along with fellow organisers Patrick Wallace and Christina Smith, was a great experience. Even with the challenges of excessive heat, a sink hole the size of a pick up truck and a forest fire, we had a terrific time and raised a lot of money for our two charities."
For nine days the riders enjoyed the many twisting, curving mountain roads of southern California. So many curves, in fact, that they began to take on their own personalities and attributes. Some of those were: the 'no surprise' curve – the tight curve around a rock outcropping that always had a truck coming from the opposite direction, the 'on your toes' curve – an S-curve with gravel in the first curve and a car coming from the opposite direction in the second, the 'sphincter test' curve – an outside curve along the top of a mountain pass with a 500ft cliff and no guardrail and everyone’s favourite, the 'gotcha' curve – a right hand curve into a dip with an immediate switchback to the left with a wild turkey family crossing the road!
Donations for the 2017 ride are being accepted until August 1, 2017
LRLR 2018, the Gap and Notch ride is scheduled to start in Manchester NH and wander through New England for seven days visiting places like Mt Washington, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory and Smugglers Notch. Tentative ride dates are 23rd and 30th June. Please visit <lrlr.org> for updates on the 2018 ride, to join the ride or to make a donation.
7th July 2017
Theatres Trust announces Annual Conference in October 2017 exploring role theatres can play within placemaking
UK - Theatres Trust Conference 17: Theatres & Placemaking will take place on Tuesday 17th October at the Lyric Hammersmith, London, discussing the role of theatres and wider cultural infrastructure within placemaking. The conference will examine and debate a number of issues around this vital topic, including the contribution theatre buildings can make towards the regeneration, economic growth, vibrancy and well-being of a community.
Jon Morgan, Director of Theatres Trust said: “Placemaking is a well-established concept and an important principle guiding the work across both city and town planning and increasingly within the culture sector. Conference 17 will look at how all the stakeholders including theatre operators, planners, developers, architects and local communities, can work together to embed the value of theatres in placemaking. We will explore how we can design and run our theatres as democratic, inclusive environments to foster a sense of ownership and civic pride. We will examine the role of local authorities in championing theatre buildings in their plans. And we will discuss ways to encourage and support local communities to value and protect their local theatre and to take an active role in cultural planning.”
The annual conference, now in its 11th year, attracts a high number of key decision makers and influencers and in a break from the usual format delegates will be able to participate in a range of plenary and break-out sessions whilst listening to inspiring case studies to inform their discussion and debates.
Jon Morgan continues: “Our Conference provides a useful platform to hear from voices across different sectors who might not necessarily engage with each other on a daily basis. We work with a diverse range of stakeholders throughout the year and we hope that the subject matter will encourage those with a shared interest in vibrant communities and a flourishing theatre sector to get involved."
Conference 17: Theatres & Placemaking contributors confirmed to date include Richard Blyth head of policy, Royal Town Planning Institute, David Byrne artistic and executive director New Diorama Theatre, Damian Cruden artistic director, York Theatre Royal, Anna Devlet head of community British Land and Angus Morrogh-Ryan director De Matos Ryan Architects.
Conference 17: Theatres & Placemaking is generously sponsored by a diverse group of organisations, consultancies and manufacturers including ABTT, Aedas Arts Team, Allies & Morrison, Audio Light Systems, BuroHappold, Charcoalblue, Chauvet Professional, EM Acoustics, ETC, GDS, GoboPlus, Harlequin Floors, Haworth Tompkins, Hawthorn, LSI Magazine, Lyric Hammersmith, New Stages Ltd, Northern Light, Page\Park, Philips Entertainment Lighting, Plann, Really Useful Theatres Group, Stage Electrics, Theatre Projects, Triple E and Unusual.
For more information on booking tickets please click here.
6th July 2017
First Prolyte Campus Event in the US performed during Infocomm
USA – Prolyte Group hosted its first North American Campus event on truss training in Orlando last month, just one day prior to the opening of InfoComm.
Organised in co-operation with its North American distributor A.C. Lighting Inc., the event had an impressive list of participants.
The Prolyte Campus event was accredited by both ESTA (ETCP) as well as InfoComm (CTS), offering continuing education credits and interesting and high-standing content that is recognised by industry bodies as well as those who participated.
Lecturer Ruud de Deugd performed an inspiring session on the technical aspects of using truss, from recognising the different types of loading, calculating cantilevers to slinging methods, connection types and regulations, using his practical experiences to address common and recognisable issues.
“A brilliant way to learn more about the range of trussing available from Prolyte and learn the tips and tricks that will help you take your designs to the next level” comments Matthijs Meijer, account manager North America of Prolyte Group, “There is a great demand for growing knowledge and creating both awareness and clarity within the industry. The Prolyte Campus offers this and I can safely say the first North American Prolyte Campus was a great success.”
As Patrick Ostwald, production manager of Specialized Audio Visual Inc. commented: ”This Prolyte Campus was a worthwhile experience for me. Not only was it great to be a part of the first one organised in the US, I certainly learned a lot too. It was great to not only get a refresher on rigger skills and associated practices, but also great to learn about the product offered by Prolyte and how they can be used together. I think sometimes truss doesn’t get the best wrap, because it’s something you need in order to accomplish lighting, audio, video etc., but having a good structure to start with is very important. That’s why we like Prolyte.”
“We see a growing interest for the Verto truss,” comments Fred Mikeska, V.P. of US sales and marketing of A.C. Lighting Inc., now that we have the truss in stock and out in the field we’re confident in this game-changing product. People are just amazed at the advantages the truss offers, like the tool-less, quiet assembly and the building speed. As a distributor, it’s a pleasure to work with products that can make such a difference for your customers.”
Prolyte Group and A.C. Lighting will host a next Prolyte Campus Event in November this year, during the LDI Trade Show and Conference.