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Chauvet Professional Holds Fourth Annual Student Lighting Showcase

Chauvet Professional Holds Fourth Annual Student Lighting Showcase

USA – The historic Ricardo Montalban Theatre glowed with the latest in lighting technology and new design ideas on 1st April when it hosted the fourth annual Chauvet Professional Student Lighting Showcase. An interactive educational event, the showcase has students from college theatre programmes collaborate on lighting projects, then have their work evaluated by noted lighting designers.

“We built this event on the idea of learning by doing,” said DeAnna Padgett, national sales manager of Chauvet Professional. “The students enjoyed working on their projects, which involved lighting scenic elements on the Montalban stage and then having some constructive feedback from designers they know and respect. It’s a unique opportunity for them. We’re grateful for the LDs who came here to lend their wisdom and encouragement to the students.”

Jeff Ravitz, Jim Moody, Matt Ford, Dan Hadley, and Brian Hartley were among some of the top LDs in our industry who participated in the event. Noted programmer Eric Barth volunteered his services to run the board for the students’ designs.

At this year’s event guests received performance ballots to vote on the student designs based on factors like overall creativity, timing and musicality, technical execution, system integration and storytelling. The winner, in a close contest, was the University of Southern California. The USC students were Justus Bradshaw and Derek Christiansen who were taught by assistant professor Tom Ontiveros, MFA, director of BA design/production students at the university’s School of Dramatic Arts.

Students got to work with a wide assortment of Chauvet Professional fixtures representing the latest in lighting technology. This collection of gear included: Maverick MK2 Washes, MK1 Spots and MK3 Washes, Rogue R2 Beams, RH1 Hybrids and R1-FXBs,

Amhaze II haze machines, and PVP F4 LED video tiles.

There was a touching moment before intermission of the event when JT Tautkus was memorialised. A gifted student from Los Angeles City College who participated in the first two Chauvet Professional Student Lighting Showcases, Tautkus lost his life in a motorcycle accident shortly after his graduation.

“JT embodied what this event is all about,” said Padgett. “He was young and gifted, a shining star of the future before he was tragically taken away. But the spirit of what he represented is still here. We are growing the lighting industry by encouraging talented young people to express their creativity.”

10th May 2017

ESTA Publishes Rigging System Inspection Standard

Rigging system inspections are recommended as a component of theatrical workplace safety programmes, but there are currently no industry-accepted guidelines for inspection frequency, who conducts the inspection, how the inspection is conducted, and what should be included in reports. The lack of industry-accepted guidelines exists both for owner-conducted and third-party inspections.

In 2012, ESTA began working on a standard for rigging system inspections. ANSI E1.47 - 2017, Entertainment Technology – Recommended Guidelines for Entertainment Rigging System Inspections, is now approved as an American National Standard and available for free download at, courtesy of ProSight Specialty Insurance. It offers guidance on inspecting entertainment rigging systems – which are systems used to lift and support scenery, luminaires, and other equipment overhead in entertainment venues, such as theatres, video/film studios, amphitheatres, and arenas used for live performances or special events – including recommended inspector qualifications and responsibilities, scope and frequency of inspections, content of the rigging inspection report, and related information concerning the inspection process. The standard may be of use to rigging system inspectors, rigging system owners, stagehands and performers, insurance companies, and occupational health and safety authorities.

For more information on ESTA's Technical Standards Program, including joining a working group, commenting on a draft standard in public review, or to request that a new standard be developed by one of the working groups, please visit

9th May 2017

ABTT Collaborative Doctoral Project Deadline

UK – The application deadline for the new and important Collaborative Doctoral Award, an exciting initiative between the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD), is fast approaching.

The Award, which offers a postgraduate student the opportunity to pursue a fully funded PhD at a leading centre for research in theatre and performance, together with the ABTT – one of the earliest organisations to represent the interests and needs of theatre designers and technical practitioners – has attracted much interest and praise for the legacy the resulting body of work will have for the industry.

The purpose of the Award is to enable a researcher to examine the historical context of the establishment and development of the ABTT, as well as its impact on the evolution of theatre design and standards of architectural, engineering and stage arrangements for places of entertainment. For clarification, the term “theatre design” is used in this context to describe the design of premises to accommodate the presentation of live performance.

Full Project Description information is available on the RCSSD's website, as well as the ABTT’s website under its News section, alongside details of how to apply.

The deadline for completed applications is Friday, 5th May 2017, with calls to interview scheduled for week commencing Monday, 15th May 2017.

Applications should be submitted direct to RCSSD and should any applicant wish to have a preliminary discussion before submitting their application, please contact Daniel Hetherington at:


28th April 2017

BSR E1.58: First Public Review

USA – The National Electrical Code (NFPA70) has a general requirement for all electrical equipment to be listed and used in accordance with its listing. This normally restricts or prohibits the outdoor use of equipment not identified for outdoor use, but, the Code contains an exception for Theatrical and Motion Picture Special Occupancies that permits this use provided the installation is supervised by qualified personnel. It offers no further guidance on this condition. The Electrical Power Working Group of ESTA's Technical Standards Program has written BSR E1.58 – 201X, Electrical Safety Standard for Portable Stage and Studio Equipment Used Outdoors, a new draft standard, in an effort to offer that guidance. It is being offered for public comment through 19th June 2017.

The purpose of the standard is to identify hazards associated with the outdoor use of portable stage and studio lighting equipment and portable power distribution equipment that is not identified (listed) for outdoor use, and to recommend practices for qualified personnel to mitigate such hazards at outdoor entertainment events and media production sites in the United States. Materially affected parties include entertainment technology industry manufacturers, end users, management, performers, and technicians who work outside. The draft standard, a public review form, and public review instructions are available to download from For more information, or to submit a review form, write to 

25th April 2017

Atlona Launches New Programme for Education Market

Atlona Launches New Programme for Education Market

USA – Atlona is strengthening its support and partnership initiatives in the education market through its new Atlona Education Programme (AEP), which will simplify how K-12 and higher education institutions acquire, implement, manage and maintain AV technology solutions on campus.

To build Atlona’s partnerships in the education market and nurture the program, Atlona has promoted its former south-east regional sales manager, Joel Carroll (pictured), to the newly created position of business development manager, education markets.

The AEP was created to partner with education technology managers, instructors and administrators, and give them the inside edge they have seek on Atlona technology and services. AEP partners will take advantage of many exclusive benefits, including dedicated training, design, and support. Through this, Altona will be the go-to resource to help them navigate the ever-evolving AV solutions that benefit campus-wide classroom instruction, collaboration, and support.

“We are dedicated to providing solutions and support to the education market, and know that K-12 schools, colleges, and universities are increasingly looking to adopt new technologies and concepts to create collaborative teaching environments,” said Carroll. “Atlona’s recent innovations for the education market were born from listening to our customers and their needs. This includes the introduction of our HDVS product line, and more recently our Velocity cloud-based control system and UHD-SW-510W BYOD solution,” said Carroll. “The Atlona Education Programme was built to establish strong relationships with educational institutions and provide them industry leading support.”

Carroll will focus on bringing new education customers into the programme, and work closely with them to navigate the trends and opportunities taking shape in K-12 and higher education learning environments. In addition to proactively bringing customers into the AEP, Carroll will directly communicate with customers who sign up for the programme at

Other AEP member benefits include a dedicated AEP hotline, preferred pricing, and an opportunity to earn “EduPoints” redeemable for evaluation products and personalised training at Atlona’s headquarters.

“We are excited to launch the AEP programme at a time when disruptive technologies are changing the way that students, instructors and administrators communicate across learning environments,” said Ilya Khayn, Atlona CEO and co-founder. “Atlona’s continuing AV innovations, and strong dedication to training and customer service, will provide our growing customer base in education with the tools and knowledge they need to enhance instruction and collaboration.”

7th April 2017

Two ESTA Standards in Public Review

Two ESTA draft standards have been posted for public review at Descriptions and deadlines for comments are as follows:

BSR E1.14 – 2001 (R201x), Entertainment Technology – Recommendations for Inclusions in Fog Equipment Manuals, applies to the instruction manuals for fog-making equipment manufactured for use in the entertainment industry. In order to use fog safely and effectively, the user must have some general knowledge of the technology, have a clear understanding of how to operate the fog making system, and be aware of the potential hazards related to the use of fog, and particularly the system that he is using. This standard is designed to establish guidelines for manufacturers to provide to the user the necessary information required for the safe and responsible use of fog equipment. Last reaffirmed in 2013, the 2001 version is again being considered for reaffirmation by the Fog & Smoke Working Group. The public review ends at the end of the day on 15 May 2017.

BSR E1.31 – 201x, Entertainment Technology – Lightweight streaming protocol for transport of DMX512 using ACN, provides a very simple protocol that offers functionality comparable to proprietary DMX512 over Ethernet protocols while being compatible with the E1.17 suite of protocols. The standard is being revised, limited to the addition of IPv6 compatibility and the correction of errors. Input on additional features is not being sought at this time. A future revision of the standard is planned to incorporate any changes outside of this scope. That future revision will be developed following the IPv6 update. To aid reviewers in discerning which sections of the draft standard include changes, a copy of the draft showing tracked changes is included in the public review package. The public review ends at the end of the day on 8 May 2017.

The review documentation including the draft standards, review forms, review explanations, and review instructions is available to download from Email review forms to before the date listed on the public review documents page.

29th March 2017

Applications now available for 2017 ETC LDI Student Sponsorship

Applications now available for 2017 ETC LDI Student Sponsorship

USA – For nearly two decades, ETC’s LDI Student Sponsorship has given students a unique way to gain experience, make connections and launch a career, and to attend the LDI trade show with all expenses paid. Applications for this year’s Sponsorship are now available at, and due by 9th June 2017.

ETC’s LDI Student Sponsorship includes a round trip airfare to the LDI trade show, which will be 17th - 19th November this year, along with hotel accommodation, all meals, a full conference pass, a student reception to meet people in the industry, and exclusive ETC swag. Students in their final year of undergraduate study, graduate students, and students from outside of North America who are studying at equivalent university levels at the time of the LDI show, and who are studying lighting design, theatre technology, stage machinery, or closely related fields, are eligible to apply.

One of the most beneficial aspects of ETC’s LDI Sponsorship is the mentorship portion. ETC matches each student with a professional who is well-established in the industry and works in a field that interests the student. The mentors provide guidance, advice and inspiration as the students finish their schooling and move into the working world. They can help with everything from giving input on designing a show, to introducing the students to important connections that could lead to a career.

Jason Read, a 2007 ETC LDI Student Sponsorship recipient describes his experience with the programme: “The success in my career is directly attributable to the LDI Sponsorship, which introduced me to inspiring leaders in the industry and to the world of architectural lighting. It also led to meeting designers at Walt Disney Imagineering, which ultimately led to my career here. The ETC LDI Sponsorship programme is far more than a trip to LDI. It can be a life-shaping experience!”

For more information on the ETC LDI Student Sponsorship and to apply, visit 

17th March 2017


USITT and ESTA Launch INNOVA for Online Learning

USITT and ESTA announce INNOVA, a platform to provide online learning to professionals in entertainment technology and design. INNOVA, launching in April, will offer on-demand training in a wide variety of disciplines and levels and will include renewal credit courses for the Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) and American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Both non-profits have been seeking to offer constituents educational opportunities that allow them to learn at their convenience. A survey of ETCP certificants received an overwhelming response with a clear preference stated for training that could be accessed from anywhere at any time. The thousands of current ETCP certificants have found gaining the required continuing education credits difficult and expensive, involving significant travel costs and lost wages.

By joining forces on INNOVA, USITT and ESTA hope to create a central online learning hub for the industry and they invite other organizations to utilie the platform to provide educational opportunities for their constituents.

INNOVA will feature a mix of offerings including sessions created by some of the industry’s best known educators, recorded panel presentations from industry conferences, and a series of short public service features. All INNOVA content will be reviewed by groups of subject matter experts (SMEs) for technical quality, content accuracy and, in the case of ETCP and AIA credits, relevance to the certifications. If you are interested in providing content to INNOVA, please contact

The public service features will include informational presentations on each of the American National Standards developed under ESTA’s Technical Standards Program. Of interest to students will be tips on writing resumes and cover letters.

INNOVA is a win-win for the entire industry. Convenient continuing education will be available to all, trainers will receive a royalty for every download, and the income received by USITT and ESTA will be reinvested back into the programs so important to the industry. Visit or contact

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.

ESTA, the Entertainment Services and Technology Association, is a non-profit trade association based in North America with members around the world. ESTA's members are responsible for creating some of the most important programs in our industry including the Technical Standards Program, Entertainment Technician Certification Program and Rental Guard.

9th March 2017

Nationwide ‘AV Integration Principles’ Training Course Launched

Nationwide ‘AV Integration Principles’ Training Course Launched

UK - CIE AV Solutions joined forces with AV distribution experts CYP to offer AV integrators and home automation professionals a unique training opportunity. The companies will be hosting a brand new, free one-day course: 'Advanced AV Integration Principles' at locations around the country. The new course will provide attendees with an detailed understanding of the latest audio visual signal transmission technologies, relevant protocols and standards, all while demystifying the latest AV acronyms. The Academy will also get hands-on to provide advanced AV system troubleshooting skills and advice.

To be held in major cities over the coming months, with the first session taking place in Shepperton on 23rd March and the second at CIE in Nottingham on 27th April 2017 with dates to follow throughout the year. Each session features well-structured presentations, interactive demonstrations, Q&As and a chance to get hands-on with the kit. Each attendee will come away knowing everything important there is to know about HDMI, UHD, HDBaseT, AV-over-IP distribution and signal control.

“We’re delighted to be partnering once again with CYP on a really valuable training initiative,” says Chris Edwards, marketing director of CIE. “With so many training initiatives around it can be difficult for the burgeoning AV and CI professional to pick the right courses to attend. Our combined experience with CYP means our courses are packed full of relevant content – and they’re free to attend – so offer a win-win all round. Last year’s events filled pretty quickly so I’d advise anyone considering attending to get their registration in as soon as possible.”

Delegates will also be treated to free lunch, refreshments throughout the day and exclusive discounts and special offers on the latest CYP AV distribution products. For more info and to register to attend click here: 

6th March 2017

Spotlight on Milos Roofs – third video released

Milos has released the third video as part of its three-month spotlight on Milos Roofs (1st January – 31st March).

In this third video of a four video series, Area Four Industries R&D director Marc Hendriks talks about ballast and how it relates to temporary demountable structures. Marc provides information about why ballast is needed, how to minimise it and some practical examples on how to connect it properly to your structure. By the end of the video, viewers will have a better idea of how to use ballast more effectively and increase the safety of temporary structures.

Click here to watch the third Milos Roofs video

28th February 2017

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