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Team GB's Elise Glynn Sports Partnership
Version 2 has announced a new sports partnership with Team GB’s Elise Glynn.
Elise, a young amateur boxer boasts an illustrious junior and amateur career securing a multitude of European and National Championships. Her impressive rise through the 57kg weight division has recently been recognised by GB Boxing, awarding her a place on their podium squad.
Starting boxing at the age of 13, Elise spotted a poster advertising a local boxing club and asked her Dad if she could give it a try. Elise’s father Pete, is a major part of her story and when Elise found boxing, Pete did too. Pete learned his craft gaining his coaching badges and trained his daughter himself.
To help fund her passion Glynn holds down multiple jobs whilst training full-time and studying for a degree with the Open University in business management and marketing. Fresh funding from Version 2 provides a much welcomed addition to her training camp.
The Partnership with Elise represents Version 2’s third format partnership in sport after becoming the official partner of BOXXER, Savannah Marshall and Sky Sports Boxing in October 2021 and most recently Saracens Rugby Club in January 2022.
Version 2, a lighting rental specialist for the television, broadcast and event industries has supplied lighting to the likes of Strictly Come Dancing, The Jonathan Ross Show and are also active in the sports broadcast market supplying lighting to both the BBC and ITV for their studios at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The future of women’s boxing is bright, and shows no sign of slowing down. Over 2m sports fans tuned in to a historic night of women’s boxing back in October when Savannah Marshall fought Claressa Shields at the 02 Arena creating the biggest TV audience for a live women’s sports event ever on Sky.
The importance of Pete Glynn should never be forgotten in his daughter’s story. Sadly, Pete a single parent is suffering with incurable bone cancer, but Elise cites her father as the reason she gets up in the morning, and boxing gives her father a purpose.
Olympic hopeful Elise Glynn, is delighted to be supported by Version 2.
“A massive thank you to Nick Edwards and Version 2 for their support going forward as my main sponsor. I’m immensely grateful to have Version 2 on board to take the financial pressure off myself, with the aim to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.”
“Version 2 also sponsor professional boxer Savannah Marshall who is my role model, so to get the support from the same company is amazing!”
Nick Edwards, managing director at Version 2 commented on the partnership: “We’re immensely proud to be supporting Elise and her Paris 2024 dream!
“The future is bright for Elise, a serious talent and at just 21, we feel is only just getting started. We’re excited to be supporting Elise on her journey.”
2nd December 2022
Follow-Me and Molpass in new partnership for distribution in Italy
Italy - Follow-Me BV has announced the start of a new partnership with Italian distribution company Molpass S.L.R, for stocking, sales, marketing, training and support of the Follow-Me remote followspot and performer tracking system on the Italian market.
Active since 1995, Molpass has always been committed to finding new effective solutions for the needs of its customers, combining passion, efficiency and quality. Paolo Albani, commercial director of Molpass, can't wait to start working with this new team: "We have already been collaborating with great quality brands for some time and, adding Follow-Me among these, is a big step and a great opportunity to offer to our customers a single solution to their projects.”
The Follow-Me business is a truly international family with partners and users around the world. The wide array of applications that Follow-Me is currently used on range from international tours with artists such as Genesis, Ed Sheeran and the Rolling Stones to TV shows like The Masked Singer, Dancing with the Stars, theatrical productions, EXPO 2020 Dubai, theme parks, cruise ships and many other beautiful applications where the use of Follow-Me remote followspot and performer tracking systems enhance customers projects.
General manager for Follow-Me, Marc van der Wel, stated: “We are happy to entrust our distribution to a serious and growing company like Molpass, we expect great steps in the Italian market and I am sure that this team is able to fully satisfy our needs.”
Follow-Me BV is a Dutch manufacturer of independent, flexible and scalable remote followspot and performer tracking systems. The Follow-Me 3D (TWO & SIX) systems are scalable, allowing remote manual followspot operation from one to six performers; from 12 fixtures to unlimited fixtures within one modular system. Further to this performer and fixture scaleability, Follow-Me 3D SIX systems are extensible, designed to allow the addition of the Follow-Me auto tracking module, Follow-Me Track-iT, with its range of capabilities and functionality.
Follow-Me Track-iT is the next generation of ultra wideband auto tracking. It is fixture independent and flexible, as an add on to Follow-Me 3D SIX, Follow-Me Track-iT allows operators to switch seamlessly between manual and auto tracking. With Follow-Me Track-iT both manual and auto tracking can be used autonomously, simultaneously and as redundancy within the one system. Follow-Me Track-iT is also scaleable. For unlimited multiple performers just add more tags, to extend the performance area just add more anchors. The performance area can be increased in size with no real limit to the trackable performance area.
Paolo and his technical team at Molpass have already installed a Follow-Me 3D system in the Molpass Showroom and invite customers to contact them directly for a demonstration.
Concurring with Marc, Paolo concludes: “I think this could be an ideal partnership that time will decree a winner.”
In picture: Michele Allegramente (product specialist Molpass) Erik Berends (co-founder Follow-Me) Marc van der Wel (general manager Follow-Me) Paolo Albani (commercial director Molpass) Zoë Castle (marketing and account manager Follow-Me) and Gary Yates (co-founder Follow-Me).
1st December 2022
Absen to Sponsor New Esports Industry Conference
UK – Absen, one of the world's leading LED display brands, has announced that it is sponsoring Discover:Esports which is taking place in Central Newcastle on 29 and 30 November. A unique two-day event, it is a great opportunity for individuals, businesses and brands to learn about the fundamentals of esports. The event will feature a variety of speakers and panel discussions, including Ross Burling, Absen’s industry development director for OOH and sports.
Esports is a fast-growing global market, developing an entire culture of its own from the live streaming of games through to global in-person tournaments. High-quality LED screens are crucial to deliver the quality visuals required for large-scale gaming events.
Ross Burling says: “I’m delighted that Absen is sponsoring Discover:Esports, it’s such an exciting, fast-moving industry and new opportunities continue to emerge for large format LED displays. It should be a great event and I’m also looking forward to participating in a lively and interesting panel discussion.”
The two-day conference will include expert representatives from a wide variety of sectors, including those working, playing, competing, and performing in Esports. The event takes place at the Boiler Shop, Newcastle-on-Tyne on 29 and 30 November 2022. Use discount code Absen20 to access 20% off the ticket price!
Book a place here: https://www.discoveresports.gg
22nd November 2022
Protec Launches New Brand Identity with Extensive Rebrand and Restructure
UAE – Protec has refreshed its brand with a new logo, richer brand colours, and a fresh new user-friendly website. Far from being a superficial change, this rebrand is the culmination of almost two years of reflection, research and carefully thought-out changes in structure, management, and processes. With the client experience driving the change, Protec is excited to finally present its new identity and is confident its modern, minimalist look and feel will resonate with its clients.
“We wanted to create a brand that expresses our clean sense of aesthetics, showcases our commitment to quality, and instils confidence in our clients that we ‘get it’. Our detail-oriented approach has not changed. We have built a great reputation for consistency and reliability, particularly on high-profile events and our obsession with that perfection remains true. We wanted to modernise and refresh our image to reflect our vision for the future and the positive operational changes we have introduced. These changes are to be ongoing and committed to continuous improvement and reflection as we enter a new season. I firmly believe in a client-centred approach, and I let the clients’ journey, pain points, and feedback guide the process, from choosing the brand aesthetic and designing the website user experience to speeding up enquiry response times. Our goal is to build and develop existing client relationships and develop a brand that resonates with and attracts new clients. We have ample resources and expertise to deliver the most creative briefs with precision and finesse. On that note, we wanted a short tagline to communicate how we put our clients front and centre, listen carefully to their briefs, and offer inspiring solutions based on our knowledge and experience. We feel ‘Your vision, our expertise’ communicates that succinctly. We have worked hard across all departments to make substantial changes and we believe now is the right time to introduce the new Protec to our clients, just as the season kicks off,” stated Eimear O’Brien, marketing manager.
Behind the scenes, Protec’s Middle East team of 70 has been optimising its processes and procedures including the introduction of new SOPs and resource planning and rental software. In April they had their ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018 accreditation inspected and reissued affirming their ongoing commitment to quality, safety and minimising environmental impact. There have been new additions to the organisation including a new general manager, Matt Allen. Matt has extensive industry and managerial experience in the region and has a fresh, optimistic approach to the role of general manager.
“Protec has 96,000ft2 of warehouse space stocking an incredible inventory of industry preferred kit allowing us to deliver major events self-sufficiently without relying on market supply. Particularly now, in a time with massive supply chain issues and kit shortages, Protec is in a great position heading into the new season to meet our clients’ needs at short notice especially when access to resources has become a prevailing factor in the current market. Our autonomy helps us keep our pricing competitive. Having made significant investments in lighting and video in 2020 and with a dedicated team and facility in place, we offer our clients a comprehensive solutions package, from technical production to custom set and scenic pieces. We can do it all under one roof making life that bit easier for our clients. I have worked hard with the operations team to improve procedures and processes to ensure we surpass our client’s expectations and operationally, we run as smoothly as possible. I have every confidence in my team and what we have to offer. We have plans to build on our existing operation in KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) and we hope to have a team on the ground soon. We have collectively put a huge effort into making real changes and I look forward to seeing them pay off this season,” added Matt Allen, general manager
Protec has leaned on its in-house resources during this overhaul, particularly its scenic workshop which includes a CNC machine and spray booth. Using repurposed and in-stock materials, the team has refreshed the reception area and updated the interior and exterior branding. One of the most impressive additions to Protec’s facilities is the pre-visualisation suite. This sound-treated dark room with a separate recording booth offers employees and clients an immersive viewing experience to help in the planning and visualisation of events. With a separate recording booth, Protec offers an opportunity for content or voice recording and much more.
This new brand extends across the entire group with the UK branch also getting on board with the new brand identity. Protec has a legacy stretching over 20 years delivering world-class major events including the spectacular live action opening ceremonies for IDEX 2013 -2019, UN-Habitat World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi, UNITE with Tomorrowland, World Defense Show 2022 Opening Ceremony and Command Centre, the launch of the Qiddiya entertainment project, the launch of Saudi’s E-Visa, Special Olympics MENA Games Opening Ceremony, Pope Francis’ Visit to Abu Dhabi and the opening ceremony of Dubai Water Canal to name but a few.
22nd November 2022
Taylex Group Unveils Expansion as UK Events Economy Flourishes
UK – Birmingham-based, event services partner Taylex Group unveils its new look to mark significant post-pandemic growth and expansion of its event and exhibition services.
During 15 years of continued expansion, Taylex Groups’ team of passionate problem-solvers have been synonymous with the delivery of exceptional exhibitions and event builds for the likes of Kawasaki, Raleigh, Commonwealth Games 2022 and BST in Hyde Park. Following post-COVID reflection, the business is now primed to enter 2023 with an evolved, expanded range of services and solutions.
The all-new Taylex Group offers full in-house CAD and technical expertise, production and fabrication of state-of-the-art special projects, events, interiors, environments, design and exhibitions.
A supportive and collaborative approach is taken with all clients, reflected by the launch of Taylex located at the NEC, providing modular solutions for exhibiting brands, Expo Supplies strategically located on site to help any business overcome last-minute show hurdles, plus two Londis Store fit-outs to assist with retail requirements.
Karl Clark, Taylex Group Managing Director, explains: “I am immensely proud Taylex Group has emerged from testing economic times in its strongest position to date, ready to support a wealth of global brands returning to a once-again flourishing European event market. Working not just as a contractor but as an integrated project partner, our client-first mentality is whole-heartedly adopted by our talented, fast-growing team. As we all look to the year ahead, we’ll be championing new educational and employment opportunities for young individuals from the West Midlands, an amazing UK regional hub that Taylex Group is delighted to invest in for future generations.”
Such investments have already included the expansion of senior staff to meet increased client demand, a new site office and workshop technology to facilitate large projects plus upgrading storage facilities by a further 10,000sq ft.
Taylex Group will be present at Motorcycle Live at Birmingham’s NEC from 19-27th November; to meet the team, see three separate ground-breaking exhibition builds and enjoy a ‘Taylex at the NEC’ show-round, contact email@example.com or call (0) 1562 711171.
21st November 2022
Claypaky Achieves Key Milestone in its “CP Green” Sustainability Project
Italy – Claypaky Achieves Key Milestone in its “CP Green” Sustainability Project by Gaining ISO 14064-1:2018 Certification as the First Entertainment Lighting Company being certified in the Carbon Inventory Management System.
In March 2022, Claypaky launched its “CP Green – Spotlight on Sustainability” initiative for environmental sustainability. The project was undertaken in co-operation with Spinlife, spin-off of the University of Padova. The Spinlife team provides public and private organisations of all sizes with tailored consulting plans regarding strategic environmental management and sustainability management techniques.
Believing that what is not measured cannot be improved, Claypaky took the first step of understanding, quantifying and analysing its current carbon footprint using the ISO 14064-1:2018 norm and achieving certification via a third-party auditing process. Developed by the International Standards Organization, a non-governmental organisation in Geneva, Switzerland, ISO 14064 offers policy makers and organisations a ready foundation of best practices upon which to build a GHG (Greenhouse Gases) reduction programme to address the global environmental challenge of climate change.
Claypaky successfully completed this first part of its initiative and is proud to have become the first company in the entertainment lighting industry to receive certification in the carbon inventory management system.
Simultaneous with achieving this milestone, Claypaky has defined and implemented several projects to reduce the environmental impact of its business activities. They includeplastic-free packaging, implementation of the Kanban control system into the manufacturing process to increase efficiencies and reduce waste, investment into green energy and offsetting air travel. These steps demonstrate Claypaky’s reputation for innovation and trendsetting not only in the product and technology field but also beyond by taking the company and its entire operations into consideration toward its sustainability goals.
“After intense investigations over the last nine months, guided by sustainability experts, we now know precisely what our CO2 emission footprint looks like,” says Andreas Huber, (sustainability manager Claypaky). “According to our company philosophy of climate protection and the development of a circular economy, we are committed to an energy-efficient and resource-conserving way of doing business and strive to develop innovative, environmentally-friendly products. We are pressing ahead with the development of a comprehensive sustainability strategy and setting ourselves specific targets with the goal of making our own operations carbon neutral latest by 2030.”
As its next step, Claypaky is working on the development of a comprehensive carbon management plan with concrete measures regarding how to reach carbon neutrality within its operations by 2030. This will include both the purchase of carbon credits and reduction measures aimed at more sustainable management of various activities linked to operations and product innovation, such as installation of a self-catering photovoltaic system or innovation roadmap for low energy consuming products.
17th November 2022
Charlie Simpson Reveals hyis Recording Process in an Audient Interview
UK – Audient has released an interview video with multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Charlie Simpson (Busted, Fightstar), which was filmed at his Surrey-based studio. In it he reveals his recording process, whilst outlining what he’s learnt since he set up his own studio space.
“I’d always wanted to build a studio. It was one of those things I’d kept dreaming of in the future,” he said when Audient visited earlier this year. “When lockdown happened, I just thought [...] I’d use it as a vehicle to make my own record.”
So that’s exactly what he did. He took full advantage of lockdown and built Komorebi Studios from scratch, as well as learning as much as he could about sound engineering along the way.
His last album, Hope Is A Drug was the result of over two years’ work and the first time he has taken the lead in production. It was recorded entirely using his Audient ASP4816, and, according to Charlie, “the most vulnerable record I’ve released.”
In this behind-the-scenes chat with Audient, Charlie describes how he builds a track instrumentally. He says that he will always start with the drums. Interestingly, he uses the ASP4816 to help shape the sound. “Because the room isn’t particularly big, I actually use the aux sends on the desk to send the drums to reverb emulations to create room sound,” he explains. “When you solo the emulated room sound, it sounds really good.”
Although he can be prone to get quite technical whilst working on the individual parts of a song during recording, Charlie is clear where the ultimate priority lies. “I’m always keeping in mind that the vocal is the most important thing,” he says. “You’ve got to check yourself sometimes and pull yourself back. You can spend so long doing things that in the grand scheme of things won’t make a big difference!”
15th November 2022
Procom Middle East to distribute Ayrton in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and the GCC
UAE – Ayrton and Procom Middle East have entered into a distribution agreement for the Middle East region. Procom will take the responsibility for the marketing, sales, technical support and development for the Ayrton product catalogue in the GCC including UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Ayrton is one of the world’s most recognised manufacturers of entertainment and architainment LED moving lights. Ayrton’s products are a mainstay in world tours as well as the most prestigious venues around the world. From the moment of its launch, Ayrton became the main choice for lighting designers in television production, theatre, and high-profile events.
Procom is one of the most trusted names in the AV distribution industry in the Middle East. It is well known among rental and production companies, integrators, music venues, and the hospitality sector. Procom has a strong portfolio of professional lighting and stage equipment that goes hand-in-hand with Ayrton. Procom offers customers project and product support services across the region. It services the market from its state-of-the-art showroom and demo-space in Dubai, as well as a service centre that will extend Ayrton’s factory warranty.
“As the region welcomes increasingly high-profile lighting shows, the demand for performance luminaires at the cutting edge of technology is increasing, and hence the demand for Ayrton products,” says Rami Harfouch, business development manager at Procom. “Ayrton and Procom complement each other in the region, bringing together product recognition and local service and support.”
Procom will be carrying inventory from the Ayrton catalogue and will offer an extensive demo experience in Procom’s showroom in Dubai. Procom will work hand in hand with industry professionals to make the product accessible on all levels.
“We are excited to welcome Procom as our new distributor and to see the brand growing further in the future,” comments Michael Althaus, global sales director of Ayrton. “Appointing a distributor is never easy, but Procom ticks just all the boxes and their passion for distribution and stage lighting is second to none. Hard to find elsewhere in the region.”
Ayrton’s products can be seen on demo and purchased from Procom starting from the 1st of November 2022.
10th November 2022
Green-GO celebrates golden milestone for WBPX
The Netherlands – Award-winning event and broadcast comms specialist Green-GO is celebrating sales of its Wireless Belt-Pack X (WBPX) reaching the golden number of 10,000, just as its wired counterpart, the BPX, had already done. To mark this milestone, the manufacturer, ELC, kept aside the WBPX unit with serial number 10000, had it gold-plated, just as it had done with the 10,000th BPX and presented it to ELC founder and Green-GO inventor, Joost van Eenbergen.
The WBPX units with serial numbers either side of 10000 were dispatched as usual to Green-GO’s global customer network. As chance would have it, the shipment went about as far as it could go, to Green-GO’s distributor for Australia and New Zealand, Sydney-based Event Communications Australia.
Opening the package was sales and marketing manager Rod McKinnon. “With that particular shipment,” he recalls, “We had a backorder, so I feverishly started looking for the WBPX because I wanted to get them out to customers as quickly as possible. As I ripped into the boxes, I saw the ‘9’ serial numbers and then ‘10’, so I think ‘I'm gonna have 10,000 in there somewhere!’ And then I thought, ‘Hang on a minute, if I was in the factory shipping those numbers, I wouldn’t have let it go in the box’!”
Event Communications sells Green-GO systems to a broad range of markets, as McKinnon explains. “We’re all about infrastructure and safety, without good communication, you have an unsafe environment. So it’s a broad spectrum, everyone needs to talk. We cover every need from audio, lighting, front of house, box office, house of worship, schools and high schools and, increasingly, security.”
McKinnon is full of praise for the product itself. He believes it is so successful because it offers an unbeatable price-performance ratio. “It’s easy to use, versatile, and cost-effective,” he says. “They’re the three main selling points for our customers.”
On its launch in 2011, the Green-GO digital comms system won a prestigious PLASA Award for Innovation, the impressed judges commenting, “The ELC Green-GO digital show communications system brings affordable show communications into the digital realm.”
The arrival of Green-GO was welcomed because it took a new, innovative approach to crew communications. The Ethernet network-based digital intercom system has the advantage of having no single point of failure, because it is not dependant on a central matrix. In fact, the matrix and the configuration file is stored in each unit processor – whether wired or wireless beltpack, outstation or multi-channel desk – all of which are powered via PoE (Power over Ethernet). What’s more, as we have seen, it delivers these advantages at a price-point that makes it attractive to users worldwide.
McKinnon, however, is far from annoyed at missing out on the 10,000th WBPX: “I'm really grateful to be involved,” he says with a smile. “The Green-GO guys have supported us really well, and in times of great stress. Even with what I call the ‘chip fight’, which affected the whole world, Green-GO redesigned the product with new chips. The speed at which they turned that around was amazing. I don't think any other manufacturer was able to move as quickly. And their Control 5 software is outstanding. To do that at the same time – it’s talent-plus from a manufacturer!”
He adds: “And without Green-GO being able to do that and continue shipping product, it would have been very difficult for Event Communications. I'm very grateful for the relationship that we’ve got.”
ELC and Green-GO’s Silvio Cibien says: “It’s a very special achievement, reaching these figures. Since day one, we were quite confident we would get there! I think about the users: there are over 10,000 Green-GO wired beltpack and 10,000 wireless beltpack users in the world, even more if we count the numerous rental company customers, yet we have such a low rate of demand for service. Green-GO has a real footprint in the comms market and our R&D team is working hard for the next step.”
8th November 2022
Funktion-One supports acoustics research at the University of Salford
UK - Funktion-One has supplied a set of prototype high intensity acoustic testing (HIAT) loudspeakers for a pilot study on commercial HIAT capability for satellite and aerospace components at the University of Salford Acoustic Laboratories. This testing aims to recreate the extreme acoustic conditions of a rocket launch in a controlled way in the laboratory, to demonstrate that a satellite – or one or more of its components – can endure this and complete its journey to orbit without damage.
Acoustic testing is important for understanding durability, but is extremely challenging to deliver because of the very high sound pressure levels (SPLs) involved. These are typically in the range of 140-150dB, are bass-heavy and must be maintained continuously. This places far higher strain on the loudspeaker and amplifier system than standard concert sound usage does. Commercially available loudspeakers designed for music use are, therefore, not typically suitable for this kind of testing, which led Funktion-One to design a loudspeaker optimised for this application.
For this first campaign of tests, Funktion-One technical design engineer James Hipperson joined Pete Rollinson of Audioserv (supplying F124 bass loudspeakers), Dr Danny Wong-McSweeney (Acoustic Test Laboratories manager) Mike Lotinga (PhD student) and Dr Jonathan Hargreaves (lecturer in acoustical & audio engineering).
The system comprised six unmodified Funktion-One F124s and three prototype HIAT610 loudspeakers. Initial results were promising, achieving 147dB OASPL (overall SPL) and an instantaneous peak of an astonishing 160dB.
Dr Hargreaves comments: “To achieve these kinds of SPLs, a system needs to prioritise efficient conversion of electrical power into sound. If you’re not doing that then you are simply dumping more electrical power into the voice coil than you need to, which will likely lead to overheating and ultimately thermal failure, making such a system unreliable.
“Horn-loading is the effective way of maximising broadband loudspeaker efficiency, giving higher SPLs with reduced electrical input power and lower risk of overheating. This feature makes Funktion-One’s loudspeaker technology especially suitable for High Intensity Acoustic Testing applications.”
The HIAT610 has a frequency range of 200Hz to 10kHz, weighs 87kg, and measures 840mm x 549mm x 591mm (including wheelboard). The array of three HIAT610s – without additional low frequency loudspeakers – produced 141dB RMS and 155dB peak.
Hipperson concludes: “As well as being an interesting engineering challenge and an important area of research, these tests are also a powerful demonstrator of the energy efficiency of our loudspeakers. Each cabinet was supplied with only 600 Watts but produced continuous (RMS) sound pressure levels up to 147dB.”
3rd November 2022
Power Logistics to open permanent base in Cork
Ireland – Sustainable event power specialist, Power Logistics, has announced plans for its expansion into Europe. The first stage of this development programme is the establishment of a permanent base in Cork, Ireland. In order to serve the needs of its Irish client base better, Power Logistics has identified that having both an experienced team as well as equipment permanently based there will allow the company to deliver temporary power solutions efficiently and cost-effectively to the events and entertainment industry.
Power Logistics has been supporting Ireland’s premier outdoor events and concerts for over 15 years. This summer has seen the company deliver temporary power solutions for the numerous shows held within Live at the Marquee, Cork (pictured) and Iveagh Gardens, Dublin, alongside high-profile acts such as Garth Brooks and Elton John.
Commenting on this recent development, Power Logistics’ director, Pete Wills, stated: “We have been operating successfully and delivering temporary power solutions to some of Ireland’s most prestigious events for more than 15 years now and, post-pandemic, we only see this expanding further. There is a real opportunity for growth and, whilst having equipment and personnel permanently based in Ireland, we can ensure we remain competitive. This also supports our ability to deliver sustainable solutions which remains a key focus for the business.”
Further announcements regarding Power Logistics’ expansion programme across Europe will follow in the coming months.
2nd November 2022
Out Board Appoints ESS Audio as distributor for Poland
Poland – UK TiMax spatial audio and show control manufacturer, Out Board, has announced a strategic relocation of its distribution partnership through Poland, in alliance with the strategic growth plan of its long-standing distributor, Polsound.
Following many successful years with Polsound which has supported and developed the market in Poland, the TiMax range of products including TiMax SoundHub and TiMax Tracker will be managed through ESS Audio.
The strategic co-ordination leverages the additional solutions-based project resources within ESS Audio, which operates across the full spectrum of TiMax's core live event and theatre markets, as well as the rapidly-growing presentation and experiential sectors where the unique immersive audio technology adds notable benefit and value.
Out Board director, Dave Haydon, commented: “We have always had tremendous synergy with the Polsound Group and applaud the future-focused strategy decisions made for the benefit of the TiMax product range. We look forward to working with Witold and his highly technical and motivated team.”
ESS Audio VP, Witold Karalow, adds: “We are delighted to have taken over the distribution of TiMax SoundHub and show control products. Existing projects have seamlessly been integrated into our workflow and the excellent training delivered by the Out Board team has already opened several new opportunities. We look forward to pushing TiMax even further through Poland.”
1st November 2022
PLASA and #WeMakeEvents launch follow-up impact survey
UK - Following the extensive report released by PLASA and #WeMakeEvents last winter, they have just released a follow-up survey, investigating the ongoing recovery of the supply chain to the live events, entertainment and installation industries. Companies and individuals from are invited to complete the survey, which closes at midnight on Sunday 20 November.
This new survey will build upon last year’s findings which were sourced from nearly 2,000 industry professionals in over 40 countries. The subsequent 2021 report revealed huge challenges: 45% of companies took on additional debt to survive the lockdowns, 94% of manufacturers experienced delays in components, 69% of companies faced skills shortages, and full-time freelancers in the industry dropped by 52%.
With last year’s survey serving as a solid benchmark, the new follow-up survey will accurately measure the progress made and clarify outstanding challenges, including emerging issues such as spiralling living costs and the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
The resulting data will strengthen the position of the industry at government-level and will provide key insights for business leaders to plan for the future. Once the data is analysed, the full report will be available to download for free on PLASA and #WeMakeEvents’ respective websites.
Nicky Greet, PLASA director for membership, skills and technical, and member of the #WeMakeEvents Steering Group, comments: “The results of the 2021 report were striking, demonstrating the huge – and ongoing – impact of recent years. We now need to update these findings, so I invite everyone to contribute to this follow-up survey. Answers are anonymous and will inform us of any signs of economic growth or downturns and where there are challenges across the supply chain to entertainment and live events. This will provide valuable data to evidence our situation with Government and finance institutions.”
Adam Blaxill, stage PLASA chair and operations director for Stage Electrics adds: “A lot has happened since the return of live events and entertainment, and the challenges seem relentless. With this comprehensive survey, PLASA and #WeMakeEvents can truly understand the industry that they serve and confirm our industry’s need for ongoing recognition and support. I encourage all companies, employees and freelancers to take a few minutes to contribute and get their voice heard.”
The 2022 survey will take approximately 10-20 minutes and is open until midnight on Sunday 20 November: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/plasa-wme-2022
1st November 2022
Radiant Post opens Radiant North to service vibrant regional production
UK – Leading broadcast post production house Radiant Post has announced the expansion of its business with the opening of a new facility based in Manchester. Radiant North will offer the region’s vibrant independent production and network TV sector dedicated picture post, finishing and audio creative services.
The new 8000 sq ft facility is hosted in a property that is being developed as part of Allied London’s Enterprise City, a media, technical and creative cluster in the heart of Manchester City.
Radiant North will provide full post production services including on site and remote offline, online and grading using Media Composer Symphony and DaVinci Resolve along with Atmos Dubbing Theatres and V/O facilities. It will also be offering production space for long and short-term hire.
The move was precipitated in 2021 when Radiant Post opened a pop-up facility in Deansgate to provide the post production on BBC One shows Fraud Squad series 4 and Moment of Proof series 2, for long-standing client, Brown Bob Productions. With the successful completion of those series and with repeat and new commissions for Brown Bob among other clients, Radiant decided to cement its presence in the city.
Ben Plumb (pictured), director and owner, Radiant Post explains: “I couldn’t be more excited about welcoming everyone to Radiant North. With the continuing push for programming in the nations and regions, more and more of our clients either already have a regional office or are looking to set-up outside of London. It is a move that we have been planning for some time and was initiated by requests from clients wanting to be served with the same quality, team approach and friendliness of Radiant Post but closer to home.”
Radiant Post has worked closely with suppliers ERA on the IT Infrastructure connecting the facility to its data centre and London facilities. The fit out will be to highest standards and with AKA for bespoke desk design. The facility is currently under construction with full opening planned at the end of 2022.
Plumb continues: “Manchester has, and still is, undergoing significant change. It is vibrant and progressive and somewhere we look forward to calling home. It’s also an exciting opportunity to design and build a new facility with remote and flexible working in mind.”
Radiant North is the sister company to both Radiant Post Production and Rapid Pictures, two distinguished and long-established brands in UK post based in Shepherds Bush.
Nicki Gottlieb, Co-founder and CEO, Brown Bob Productions, says: “We would like to be the first to wish Radiant Post a happy move to Manchester. Having worked with Ben and his team over many years and many successful projects it is an absolute pleasure to continue our relationship with its new venture in the heart of Manchester’s enterprising creative scene.”
25th October 2022
Martin Audio appoints Winther Sound Solutions as Swedish distributor
Sweden – Martin Audio has announced the appointment of Winther Sound Solutions (WSS) as its new distributor for Sweden.
Although a young company, WSS already has an impressive track record with Martin Audio products having worked as a dealer for the last two years. During this time they have transacted some impressive business deals, resulting in system deployment in some prestigious sites. One such venue is the recently upgraded Circus in Stockholm where an immersive audio system has brought this legendary theatre arena into an all-Martin Audio domain, with the addition of CDD now supplementing their existing MLA array.
WSS is headed by Mattias Winther, Pontus Svensson and Mårten Ihre, a team with an impressive heritage in the Swedish market. According to Flemming Bjerke, Martin Audio’s sales manager for the Nordic region and Germany, they have more than proven themselves ready to take on the additional challenge of distribution responsibility and grow the full line of Martin Audio products in the territory.
“With the dedication of the WSS team I am looking forward to working with Mattias, Mårten and Pontus and being part of their success,” he said. “The team’s attitude, combined with their advanced technical knowledge, will help ensure their success as our distributor.”
“This opportunity comes at just the right time for our company,” added Mattias Winther, “The audio quality of Martin Audio products provides an exceptional listening experience in a wide fan of settings from smaller background music systems to full blown concert sound for touring companies.”
Stated Martin Audio MD, Dom Harter: “We are delighted to welcome Mattias Winther and his team to the Martin Audio family. “They have proven their versatility and agility, and are ready to transition from dealer status to full blown distributor. We are confident in their ability to deliver solutions in a wide range of applications and look forward to a healthy future together.”
18th October 2022
Green Hippo reinvigorates Hippotizer Hardware Replacement and Software Assurance programme
Green Hippo is reinvigorating its Hardware Replacement and Software Assurance Programme (HRSA), highlighting that the initiative enables users to future-proof software upgrades and trade-in ageing Hippotizer media servers for newer models.
Available for all Hippotizer media servers owners, the Hardware Replacement half of the Programme enables existing Hippotizer V4 and V4+ owners to trade their systems in for brand-new Hippotizer V4+ MK2 servers at a discounted price. The Software Assurance half determines what versions of new software will install onto a Hippotizer system, providing the certainty of future software features needed to plan for product investment. Together, HRSA reduces the total cost of ownership of a Hippotizer media server, delivering a faster and better ROI.
“Our HRSA Programme isn’t new, but we are bolstering the service to re-inform Hippotizer users that they have a cost-effective upgrade path to the latest Hippotizer hardware and software, combined with our legendary Hippotizer support,” says Frithjof Becker, director of EMEA sales. “Our R&D team has been working hard to design, implement and release upgrades across the board and we know our users are hungry for the best features on the market. At a time when the AV landscape is advancing so quickly and Hippotizer users are creating the cutting edge of what’s possible, the Hippotizer HRSA Program is there to support you.”
Green Hippo is keen to highlight that V4 and V4+ systems can be Hardware Replaced to the latest Hardware Revision at any time, and each Hardware Revision system is new from the factory and includes a one-year hardware warranty. In most cases, Hardware Replacement can be carried out with only minutes of down-time, and the old system does not even need to work as long as it contains all the major components it can still be replaced.
The Software Assurance version of Hippotizer determines which software versions will install and run on specific hardware. Once installed, Hippotizer software will run indefinitely. “We find that Software Assurance removes the worry that users’ investment will not benefit from new Hippotizer software,” Becker continues. “Software Assurance states how many new Feature Versions will run on the system. Once you have a Feature Version, all improvement releases within that version are included.
“Overall, we find the HRSA Programme provides investment confidence that new hardware or software releases will not reduce the value of systems, saves users money and enables users to easily upgrade in order to power their projects and maximise their return on investment in Hippotizer.”
Green Hippo says the best way to find out more or get involved with the HRSA Programme is to fill out an inquiry at www.green-hippo.com/hardware-replacement-software-assurance-2/ or speak to a regional sales manager.
12th October 2022
Full Production and Avion TSL launch strategic partnership
UK – Full Production, the Berkshire-based specialist in the design and delivery of world-class production, has announced a new strategic partnership with Coventry-based Avion TSL. The partnership will see both companies benefit from the sharing of premises, resources and expertise, enabling the delivery of a stronger and faster service to a broader range of clients in the UK and beyond.
Founded in 2010, Full Production has worked on a variety of top-flight events in recent years, from touring exhibitions and awards shows, to television, festivals and other special events. Drawing on a network of skilled designers, project managers and crew, the company prides itself on its central ethos of ensuring the customer’s vision is realised as fully as possible.
Avion TSL, a family-run business formed in 2001, specialises in providing full-service production for, concerts, fundraising events, fairs, Christmas walks and other visitor experiences. Under the new partnership it will operate under the Full Production banner where appropriate, while continuing its own activities as Avion TSL.
“Avion TSL focuses on a largely different niche, but is very much a like-minded company,” says Full Production’s managing director, Steve Richardson. “We worked alongside them last year, and we saw that they shared our customer-driven approach to the events market, always taking great pride in bringing an event to life, always enthusiastic and professional. I believe we will complement each other very well.”
“We’re both companies that like to say ‘yes’ when clients ask if we can do something, or if we have previous experience of a type of project,” says Avion TSL’s events manager, Mat Spencer. “This partnership makes us all part of a bigger team, with a bigger store of skills and experience to draw on, it gives us more opportunity to say ‘yes’.”
The partnership promises to bring benefits to both companies. These include greater resources in stock and expertise, increased capacity, geographical reach and market share, as well as benefiting customers with economies of scale and faster response times.
“Sharing the Coventry warehouse space and offices is a big plus,” says Richardson. “Having that stock of equipment reduces the transportation required, cutting delays and the time taken between sites. And we have expertise to hand. An example is the Treetop Adventure Golf sites in Birmingham and Leicester: having access to people and resources virtually on the doorstep of those sites is a huge advantage.”
On the importance of personnel, Richardson says: “It’s no secret that recruitment is a struggle at the moment. We’re in the very fortunate position of having no shortage of work and we’re not going to start letting customers down by turning work away. This partnership gives us increased access to more skilled, full-time people, as well as to an even bigger pool of reliable, experienced freelance crew. It makes it easier for us all to meet our servicing and maintenance commitments to installations across the country.”
“We’re getting an absolute wealth of information and support from this partnership,” Spencer agrees. “We’re excited to see what develops and grows from this over the next couple of years. It’s going to be an interesting journey!”
In picture: Steve Richardson of Full Production with Mat Spencer of Avion TSL.
11th October 2022
The Neutrik Group adds new Fiberfox production lines, facilitating improved lead times and new production concepts
Germany – The Neutrik Group has announced it has completed two new Fiberfox production lines, now in operation, at the group’s Connex Oldenburg plant in Germany.
As a result, market demand for Neutrik Fiberfox products will be significantly better served going forward, with one third reduction in standard delivery times.
Dietmar Rottinghaus, managing director of Connex, says. “Since joining the Neutrik Group in 2021 our sales have gone from strength to strength. The completion of these production lines supports that success and invests in our continuing growth, with new products for the AV and Industrial sectors planned for announcement in 2022”.
Fiberfox’s hermaphroditic coupling – the connector capable of both front and rear mounting – eliminates the need for adaptors and female and male mating halves. Available in two channel and four channel variants, with either configuration compatible with the other, and other MIL-DTL-83526 specified systems, it dramatically improving mating ability. These are available as both pre-assembled network cables, in standardized lengths, and as the Fiberfox bridge chassis connector, which fits into the ubiquitous Neutrik D-shape cutout. The unique Fiberfox bridge chassis connector is the first of its kind to convert standard LC patch cables in to an expanded beam solution. Acting as a ‘feed-through’ and fitting in to an industry standard D-size shell.
Fiberfox offers considerable technical and market advantage across a vast array of applications including AV networking, lighting, touring sound and event production, video, broadcast and in wider industrial and strategic sectors including government communications, security, transportation and energy.
6th October 2022
Procom Middle East to distribute Adamson in the UAE and Saudi Arabia
UAE – Adamson Systems Engineering, manufacturer of premium professional loudspeaker technology, has appointed Procom Middle East as its distributor in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
As part of this agreement, Procom takes responsibility of marketing, sales, and support of Adamson’s products in the region. In its inventory, Procom will carry the complete range of products, including all line array, subwoofer, and point source cabinets, as well as Adamson’s I/O distribution units. Procom will have multiple demo systems in Dubai, including an immersive audio installation featuring the new Adamson Fletcher Machine.
Adamson Systems Engineering is one of the world’s most recognised manufacturers of loudspeaker technology and have been a mainstay in global tours and festivals for decades. Additionally, Adamson has systems installed in some of the most prestigious venues around the world.
Procom is a leading GCC & Middle East distributor of professional audio and lighting equipment. It is one of the most trusted names among the region’s AV professionals including rental companies, integrators, music venues and in the hospitality sector. Procom offers customers project and product support resources across the region from its state-of-the-art showroom and demo-space in Dubai, and has a service centre that will help administer Adamson’s factory warranty.
“Adamson has strong brand recognition among audio professionals in the region. This potential can be unlocked with hands-on product demonstration, support, training, and, last but not least, product availability. We intend to deliver exactly that,” says Rami Harfouch, business development manager at Procom.
“In Procom we found the ideal partner for Adamson,” says Jasper Ravesteijn, Adamson's EMEA sales director. “Initially, we began working with Procom for Saudi Arabia. Their professional attitude and limitless enthusiasm made us expand the partnership to include the UAE as well. We at Adamson are all excited to work with Procom and expand our network of satisfied users in the region.”
Adamson has been focused on innovation for more than 30 years with an insistence on building all components in their factory in Canada, allowing for the development and rigorous testing of new technology. Adamson’s key developments include Controlled Summation Technology, highly engineered cone designs, manufacturing with Kevlar, a highly innovative co-linear drive module, and a truly unique rigging system that combines ease-of-use and controllability. As a result, Adamson loudspeakers can be driven at the highest possible output while maintaining pristine clarity and can be used for decades without reduction in performance.
Kiran Tauro, Adamson education and applications engineer for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey will be working closely with Procom on training, design, and system implementation.
In 2020, Adamson launched the CS series which combines the performance of Adamson’s sub-compact S-Series loudspeakers with onboard amplification and DSP, plus Milan-certified AVB connectivity. The CS series has been described as the “future of intelligent loudspeaker design”. Earlier this year, Adamson launched the Adamson Fletcher Machine, an immersive audio tool that is considered one of the most advanced and versatile in the industry, relying on both amplitude and time localisation so objects are clearly perceived in their intended position.
The meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail, together with compelling and cutting-edge technology, have made Adamson a brand synonymous with audio excellence and distinction on the world scene. It is time for the Middle East to experience this.
5th October 2022
ROE Visual sets Foot Aground in the United Kingdom Announcing New Staff and Opening a UK-based Office
UK – ROE Visual has announced the establishment of ROE Visual UK and the appointment of Nick Shaw as business development director for the UK. ROE Visual aims to strengthen its marketing position with this move to open a base for operations at Production Park and hire new staff. The subsidiary ROE Visual UK sales office will offer direct support and service in the local market, in order to enhance and grow ROE Visual's sales opportunities in the UK.
The adverse effects of Brexit and steady growth of sales in the UK make the existence of an independent office for this region both desirable and feasible.
Where ROE Visual Europe currently handles all sales activities in the UK, the transition from ROE Visual EU towards a fully independent UK office will be phased gradually.
Having established offices in China, Europe, the United States and Japan, ROE Visual has deliberately chosen to launch its UK office and demo space at the live production hub Production Park. This choice marks ROE Visual's leading position in the live event industry and its existing relationship with both industry-integrated higher education institution Backstage Academy, the XPLOR centre, the world's first research and innovation centre for entertainment technology and production, as well as other prominent Production Park tenants, such as 4Wall and TAIT.
Production Park's co-founder and CEO, Lee Brooks, comments: "We are delighted to welcome ROE Visual to our existing line-up of remarkable tenants. ROE Visual's decision is not only a positive inward investment in Yorkshire but also serves as proof of the drawing power of Production Park. We look forward to building on our existing partnership with the ROE Visual team."
Nick Shaw, appointed as business development director for the UK, brings nearly 20 years of experience from both the system integrators and manufacturers' side of the audiovisual space and is well-suited to serve and understand ROE Visual's client base from both perspectives. Nick operated in the broader EMEA marketplace in his previous roles within Samsung, NEC, and Nanolumens. He is familiar with product-to-market implementation processes and has performed in vertical markets, ranging from corporate to retail, broadcast, and DOOH.
Based on his extensive experience in these markets and equipped with both a methodological work ethos and a positive and enthusiastic approach, Nick is always keen to succeed. "I thrive in teams that share the same motivation and work together to achieve their goals," says Nick. "Recognising ROE Visual as a high-quality brand that stands out with its quality products and loyal customer base, I'm thrilled to start this journey."
By extending its reach globally, ROE Visual is better positioned to provide support for companies that operate internationally and have business divisions in the UK. ROE Visual UK operates under direct supervision from ROE Visual's head quarters, with a close alliance with ROE Visual EU; the mutual aim is to optimize client support and make the UK office successful.
"Strengthening our position in such an important market as the UK marks the growth of ROE Visual as a global company. It's a fantastic milestone for the global teams. By opening our UK office, we live up to our philosophy to be close to our clients, continuing our high levels of service and support and securing these for the future," states Grace Kuo.
23rd September 2022
Britannia Row Productions Acquires Skan
UK – Britannia Row Productions, a Clair Global company, has announced the acquisition of fellow UK-based sound reinforcement provider, Skan, to offer an even more comprehensive level of service and support to both firms’ existing and future clients. The transaction was finalised this month.
“Since its inception, Skan has evolved to become recognised internationally for its passion for providing the very best service, equipment, packaging, and people to its clients,” states Nicola Amoruso, managing director at Britannia Row. “Skan and Britannia Row have maintained a relationship of friendly competition and mutual respect throughout this time and both parties see this partnership as a logical step forward.”
Founded in the 70s, Skan is based in Newbury in the south of England and offers sound reinforcement services for tours, festivals and large-scale events with an impressive roster of clients worldwide including Muse, Liam Gallagher, and ELO. The firm’s present leadership will remain in place.
Chris Fitch, director and co-owner at Skan said: “We were flattered to be asked to join the pre-eminent global audio rental company. There is no other offer we would have considered, and we expect this new arrangement to provide benefits to our existing and future customers.
Over the last 25 years, we have provided a global service from our base in the UK but being part of a global organisation allows more options to supply services and provide support from other locations.
“Working with Abby Llewellyn, director and co-owner, and a core of dedicated and incredibly talented staff, Skan has always punched above our weight, but joining Britannia Row and Clair Global further increases our capabilities.”
Skan will maintain its name and will become a part of the larger Clair Global brand family along with Britannia Row. Joining the Clair Global network will give Skan the ability to offer its clients a truly worldwide level of service while keeping freight costs and environmental impacts to a minimum.
Clair Global President and CEO, Troy Clair, concludes: “We’re thrilled for Skan to be joining our organisation. The people at Skan share the same values we pride ourselves in upholding at Clair: service, quality and integrity. The bottom line is, when they do something, they do it extremely well, and we are confident that this new partnership will result in the opportunity to better service all of our clients.”
23rd September 2022
disguise Launches Cloud Solution for the Media and Entertainment Industry
UK – disguise has announced the launch of disguise Cloud, a new suite of cloud-ready applications for the media and entertainment industry. Available on a free starter plan, disguise Cloud is built to enable end-to-end remote collaboration across any M&E production. Whether it's for simple video playback or a complex project with 3D files, disguise Cloud will make collaboration easy by seamlessly connecting remote clients to technical operators and directors on set.
“Our goal is to simplify the creative process and allow artists to tell inspiring stories,” begins Niall Thompson, head of cloud solutions at disguise. “After years of helping creatives leverage real-time concert visuals for artists like J Balvin and Guns N’ Roses; LED volumes for the biggest film and VFX studios; and live broadcast graphics on Eurosport, MTV, and ITV; we know that ambitious productions aren’t possible without remote teams who can work together.”
The problem that many remote teams face is they have no choice but to jump between cloud-based tools from different companies. The result is often duplicate files, multiple monthly subscriptions and a disjointed workflow. With disguise Cloud, this process is greatly simplified by providing all the apps a team may need to store, preview and review high-resolution media, tag content and leave comments on projects in the cloud, all on one platform.
As well as easy collaboration across time zones, disguise Cloud will soon also ensure media files can be shared more securely with support for built-in passphrase protection, multi-factor authentication, expiration links and watermarking. For creatives, that means less time worrying about potential IP data leaks and more time to focus on iterating creative ideas.
The Cloud platform will offer a unified disguise login, enabling one-click access to all of disguise’s cloud services as well as disguise Designer software, the ultimate software to visualise, design and sequence projects from concept to showtime. Cloud Login offers multi-factor authentication as standard for added security and lets users access the disguise Cloud using their existing social login credentials.
Another major application available on release is disguise Drive, a web-based storage space which allows teams to upload and review all their project media securely. disguise Drive supports images, video and 3D file formats including .fbx, glTF and .obj and has Smart Folders to organise files by type, recently added, or any other custom parameter in just a few clicks.
“I’m incredibly proud to open this new chapter in the evolution of disguise. Seeing the integration of the next generation of tools enabling our community to work together from anywhere while also expanding the reach of disguise to new stakeholders, enables us to open up the future of collaboration for the M&E industry. The range of tools we're introducing in our Cloud strategy demonstrates the maturity of disguise as an integrated platform,” says disguise CEO Fernando Küfer.
“The greatest value of disguise Cloud for me is the ability to view and collaborate on content with remote teams. The capability to display a wide variety of file formats and codecs without having to download and convert has been a big time saver. This tool has the potential to become a 'Rosetta Stone' for various forms of content. The team that disguise has assembled for this product has the vision and experience to build the tools that will extend our creative capabilities,” stated Troy Fujimura, head of design and technology at Centerstage.
"disguise Cloud presents the future of collaboration and innovation. Being able to access an asynchronous cloud-based platform is the future of how we visually work and communicate," added Nick Rivero, co-founder of Meptik.
22nd September 2022
Theatre Projects celebrates its 65th anniversary all September long
USA – This month, Theatre Projects celebrates 65 years in business; that’s 65 years shaping performance spaces, innovating in all areas of entertainment design and collaborating with creative communities across the globe to reimagine the way we tell stories. All month long, Theatre Projects will be sharing memories on social channels and inviting followers to contribute their own stories and photos via an online memory book.
Now an international mainstay in performance design, Theatre Projects came from much humbler origins. The firm began as a scrappy lighting rental company in late 50s London. Richard Pilbrow and Bryan Kendall started the company by buying up a small bundle of lighting stock for £150, a loan from Richard’s father. Over time, seating and space design, stage and rigging design, AV system design, strategic planning and other services became part of the Theatre Projects scope, and today the six global offices are all composed of multiple dynamic teams that love to engage with almost any venue-related issue.
“In the last 65 years, we have made quite an impact on the ‘built environment,’ from the simplest of rooms to the most complex facilities in the performing arts,” notes Michael Nishball, Theatre Projects principal and one of the industry’s top equipment designers. “Our impact on the contemporary history of the live entertainment audience-to-performer relationship has been our hallmark and one of our guiding principles.”
Theatre Projects has been attached to over 1,500 projects in 80+ countries since 1957, each unique and challenging in its own right. Each consultant at Theatre Projects has their own favourites, but landmark venues include the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (setting a new precedent for reconfigurable performing arts centres), the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Derngate Auditorium, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (Richard’s swan song venue), the Esplanade (critical in helping Singapore emerge as a cultural destination), the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, the Dolby Theatre, the National Theatre of London, the New Amsterdam Theatre (a key component of the 42nd Street Renaissance in NYC), the New World Center, the Oslo Opera House, Overture Center for the Arts, Tanglewood, Theatre for a New Audience at Polonsky Shakespeare Center, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall (one of the few acoustically successful vineyard-style concert halls and a feature of the dramatic LA skyline).
“The artists who operate in our venues continue to amaze us, even after our six decades of experience. They find creative uses for the spaces and systems we design that exceed what we imagined. That is a sign of success for us, when their artistry exceeds our dreams, and a testament to our mission of crafting sustainable, timeless platforms where creativity thrives,” says Daniel Ordower, Theatre Projects general manager. “We see so many opportunities, both inside and outside of our venues, for artists, administrators, and all users to rethink the role of the creative space and to contribute to lasting change in diverse communities. Imaginative, inclusive thinking is key to the future of arts and entertainment, and we will continue providing our expertise to those efforts.”
More than the show-piece venues and awards, Theatre Projects values the community it has built in the past six and a half decades: thousands of clients and co-creators, millions of audience members and artists, and of course, all of the amazing people who make up Theatre Projects. The company is grateful to all collaborators from the past 65 years and looks forward to working together across many, many more.
21st September 2022
LiteNordic new Elation distributor for Sweden, Norway and Denmark
Scandinavia – Elation Professional has announced that Scandinavia’s leading distribution company for dynamic lighting, LiteNordic, will take over distribution of Elation Professional and Obsidian Control Systems products in Sweden, Norway and Denmark effective 15 September 2022.
LiteNordic is the foremost entertainment lighting provider in Scandinavia with an exceptional reputation for quality and service. The company maintains outstanding local representation in each country with a proven customer partnership strategy that works and skilled personnel with years of industry experience. The company’s pan-Nordic approach and alignment across borders provides a host of co-operative benefits and efficiencies, resulting in an overall higher level of customer service.
“This is another big step forward for Elation and we are extremely excited that LiteNordic will be representing Elation and Obsidian in this important growth region,” stated Frederik Afif, international sales manager at Elation and company representative for Scandinavia. “LiteNordic has the qualified personnel to cover Elation’s wide product range and the capacity and ability to handle the growth in demand for our products on both the lighting and control side. This is about expanding the possibilities for the customer and fulfilling their needs and LiteNordic’s customer reach and service is second to none. We are thrilled to be teaming up with them.”
LiteNordic has served as a distributor of lighting products since 2018 with a team of industry veterans that goes back many years. On the lighting control side, LiteNordic personnel’s years of experience with the former Martin M-Series, now Obsidian Control Systems, opens up for a great deal of opportunity and continued success with the platform.
Espen Bechmann, LiteNordic sales director, stated: “We are excited to have Elation onboard and are confident that the Elation and Obsidian brands will be a great complement to our portfolio. Elation’s extensive product line allows us to broaden our portfolio and offer our customers a one-stop shop when it comes to dynamic lighting and control. The complementary strategy is a real win-win and we are convinced that this partnership will grow our business significantly.”
LiteNordic and Elation both maintain an approach to the market in which customers are partners and colleagues treated more like family. “We like the family aspect we feel with Elation,” Espen continues. “It’s a personal approach where there’s also an element of fun in doing business, and that matches our own style well. We really take care of our customers and that fits with Elation’s spirit of customer service.”
Also instrumental in shaping the new relationship with LiteNordic was Elation international sales manager Jonas Stenvinkel, a veteran of both the Scandinavian and wider global lighting market. He has had a relationship with LiteNordic personnel that goes back many years and his familiarity with LiteNordic and experience and connections in the region will benefit the partnership greatly. “LiteNordic has hired the best and most experienced people in our industry in each country and their reputations are outstanding,” he states. “Teaming up with them presents a great opportunity for us in a growing and mature market and will be a key step in expanding the Elation brand in the region.”
The distribution agreement with LiteNordic supplants any other Elation distribution agreements in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Elation has worked under full transparency with its distributors and thanks them for their dedication and promotion of the Elation brand in the region.
In picture: Johan Colmeus, Frederik Afif and Espen Bechmann.
13th September 2022
Vari-Lite brings industry-standard GDTF support to full luminaire and console product line
USA – Vari-Lite, the originators of the modern moving head and a Signify entertainment lighting brand, has announced support for the General Device Type Format (GDTF) in all currently shipping fixtures and consoles, including production luminaires such as the recently launched VL3600 Profile IP, theatrical fixtures like the Acclaim LED Series, and consoles running Neo or ZerOS software.
GDTF, jointly developed by the GDTF Group, is an industry standard for entertainment fixture profiles, intended as a unified definition for the exchange of data for the operation of intelligent luminaires. GDTF profiles are available for all current luminaires. GDTF support is included in the recently announced ZerOS 7.13 and will also be included in the Neo 4.0 software update, bringing support for the standard to existing FLX, FLX S, and Neo controllers, along with future Vari-Lite consoles. Customers can use the GDTF builder online tool to build profiles for any third-party fixtures, and both Neo and ZerOS consoles will continue to get regular fixture library updates as well.
“Whether it’s a production company, concert venue, touring theatre destination, or a lighting designer with their own console, many Vari-Lite users need a way to ensure they have a profile for every fixture every time despite varying rigs,” explains Jon Hole, global product manager, Vari-Lite Controls and Systems at Signify. “Designers want to ‘just get it done,’ with less worry and preplanning, and no need to build – or request – a fixture profile. And they want any console they choose to work great with every luminaire in their rig without being locked into a single manufacturer to get the functionality they want.”
“Our customers know that lighting systems aren’t a one-time purchase but a lifecycle of service, and they want the peace of mind to know that their system will continue to operate brilliantly, even when a new console or luminaire is introduced,” adds Martin Palmer, senior product manager, Vari-Lite Luminaires at Signify. “Adding fixtures should be fast, visualisation should be simple and accurate, and creating new fixture profiles when it needs to happen should be intuitive and stress free.”
GDTF profiles are available for download from GDTF Share.