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Nominations open for the landmark 10th Knight of Illumination Awards

Monday, 27 February 2017


UK – Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards is powering up in preparation for its luminous tenth anniversary event this September. Billed as the ultimate showcase of lighting and video design achievement in the UK, the Awards is already receiving outstanding nominations in lighting and video design as international creatives and industry supporters push to see their favourite works of 2016/17 take home a KOI sword this landmark year.
Work performed or broadcast between the 1st August 2016 and 31st June 2017 in the UK in the Awards’ Television and Concert Touring & Events categories is now eligible for nomination via the official KOI website www.knight-of-illumination.com. Anyone is eligible to submit a show they feel worthy of recognition and lighting and video designers, including international designers who have worked on shows in the UK, are encouraged to self-nominate.
As with previous years, nominations for the Theatre category can only be submitted by the KOI judging panel. The Awards’ shortlists will be announced in August.
Lighting designer Tobias Rylander, who won a 2016 award for his design for The 1975, said: “Winning a KOI award gave me a huge feeling of accomplishment and provided me with invaluable recognition across the industry. As well as recognising designers, the Awards create a space where creatives can open conver

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Promo Logistika invests in DiGiCo SD7

Monday, 27 February 2017

Croatia - Established in 2006, Croatian audio rental company Promo Logistika offers a full service, from event production and merchandising to equipment rental. Their slogan is ‘Everything is possible’ and their aim is to have the very best equipment in their inventory. To that end, at the beginning of the year, they invested in one of DiGiCo’s flagship SD7 digital mixing consoles, purchased through DiGiCo’s Croatian distributor, MK Light & Sound.
“We wanted to have an SD7 because there wasn’t one in the region,” says Promo Logistika’s Zoran Biškupić. “Although we already have a digital mixing console in our inventory, we wanted to be able to offer the very best and that’s the SD7.”
The console was deployed on the RSVP Festival in Zagreb at the beginning of February, where MK Light & Sound also exhibited DiGiCo’s new SD12, an S21, S31 and SD11i consoles. The consoles will be used across the company’s entire range of projects, from corporate events and concerts, to television shows and theatre productions.
“We know the SD7 will be very well received because it’s more than capable of handling every type of production we work on,” continues Zoran Biškupić. “It’s also extremely user friendly. Our team has already got to grips with it and are really enjoying using it. We’re also very happy with the service we

 
 
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Avolites takes control at Passion 2017

Monday, 27 February 2017

USA - Atlanta-based design company, Visional Productions, used three custom-built media servers running Avolites Ai V9.1 software and an Avolites Quartz console to control and live edit a mix of pre-recorded content and live-streamed video at an annual three-day Christian youth conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
Passion 2017 drew in audiences of 50,000 young adults from around the globe to Georgia's Atlanta Dome to discuss the Christian faith, fight modern day slavery and sponsor 7,000 children living in poverty.
The job of designing the dynamic media display system for Passion's audience of tech-savvy 18-25 year olds fell to co-founder of Visional, Kyle Means. Means has been involved with Passion Conferences since 2013 through London-based production management company Black and White Live.
Turning to the latest Ai V9.1 software, and Notch, a real-time effects generator, Means was able to turn the event's 48-segment automated LED wall into a huge, continuously morphing live video element.
"As Passion Conference had an organically developing format, they required the ability to be flexible in their delivery, moving songs and programming elements around - sometimes just minutes before a session would start," says Means. "It was important that we could seamlessly move from look to look; with Ai's extensive Art-Net control, we were able to change any no

 
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Fanta 4 hit the road again with Robe

Monday, 27 February 2017

Germany - Die Fantastischen Vier - AKA iconic German rappers Fanta 4 - hit the road again on Vier und Jetzt, their biennial tour campaign for 2016-17, reaching out to an ever-loyal fan base which spans several generations and stretches across every corner of the country. Once again, the lighting, set and visual design was created by Gunther Hecker working in close collaboration with Marc Lorenz..
Gunther and Marc are a well-known FOH duo recognized for their fresh, often radical, boundary-pushing ideas and different approach. Their lighting rigs frequently contain Robe fixtures and this one followed that very trend with 60 Pointes that were integral to the epic yet raw show aesthetic developed by Gunther.
Marc, from Cue Design, took on the role of lighting director plus overall visual technology and control guru, compiling and co-ordinating the lighting and video specifications according to Gunther’s wish list. The pair were joined on the creative production team by visuals / content producer Franz Schlechter and band member AndY (And.Ypsilon – Andreas Rieke) who created some of the video and programmed custom Quartz Composer patches which were integrated into the Resolume video playback system that Marc chose to run the show visuals.
Gunther and Marc have used Robe products in their work for some time and are big advocates of the brand for the flex

 
 
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Claypaky dazzles at SAPOA Annual Convention

Monday, 27 February 2017

South Africa - MGG were called upon to supply the full technical for the SAPOA Annual Convention, which celebrated its fiftieth anniversary at the Sandton Convention Centre’s Pavilion Venue in Johannesburg. For this top-notch occasion, MGG asked lighting designer Francois van der Merwe from Wizardry Group to design both the conference and banquet styled show.
The South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) is the representative body and official voice of the commercial and industrial property industry in South Africa. As they wanted something extraordinary for their golden celebration, MGG incorporated the largest VuePix configuration they had ever built comprising of some 200 x Q3 3.91mm panels. The show included Clay Paky Sharpys and Mythos and control on a grandMA2 full size.
The event kicked off in the conference room where a 28m x 4.5m VuePix L6 Series 6.67ml Blend screen was erected. “I designed this site but Rianda van Burick from MGG ran the actual show on a grandMA2 light,” said Francois. Francois used 11 Clay Paky Alpha Spots for front light and 16 Clay Paky Sharpys. “The Sharpys were awesome, I think I got quite a bit out of them, they’re fast with a nice aerial beam effect and that’s what I used them for.”
For the actual show, a themed event took the audience through a journey starting off in the 1960s with four singers

 

Dream Theater tours Europe with Solaris Flares

Monday, 27 February 2017

Europe - Dream Theater is once again bringing their progressive metal sound to Europe. The first leg of their Images, Words & Beyond tour closes in Helsinki this month. They will resume in April in the UK and close in Vienna in May. Keeping pace with the fiery brilliance of the band’s veteran metal shredders are eight blazing Solaris Flares.
“On this tour, we’re using the Flares for overhead wash and strobe effects,” says tour lighting designer and director, Steve Baird. “What I really like about Flares is their awesome power! They’re extremely bright and their multiple functions make them ultra-versatile. We’re using the Flares in full advanced mode and they’ve been rock solid performers. We haven’t had to replace a single unit thus far.”
Baird adds, “Jon Greaves and Andy Scott at Lite Alt recommended the Flares to us last year and we were more than pleased. This year we knew what we were getting and we plan to use them again and again.”
At Steve’s side on the Dream Theater lighting team are Roger Taillefer and Kris Lundberg. Lite Alternative is the lighting supplier for the European segment. Later this year Dream Theater will be touring in Asia and America.
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TSL Elation Lighting on Toyota Booth at CES

Monday, 27 February 2017

USA - In January, Toyota unveiled its futuristic Concept-i vehicle at the CES consumer electronics show at an award-winning booth lit using Elation Professional Platinum FLX hybrid moving heads and Colour Chorus series LED battens. Lighting and rigging was provided by TLS Productions. who also created the lighting design for the booth.
Held January 5-8 in Las Vegas, CES is the place to see what’s next in tech and has always attracted the latest in automobile technology. Toyota used the occasion to show its Concept-i car, an intelligent car of the future with built-in artificial intelligence called Yui. The futuristically designed car with an aerodynamic shape is designed to “learn from and grow with the driver” with Yui embedded into the vehicle’s architecture.
The Toyota booth at this year’s show featured two parts, explains Robert Glowacki, lighting designer and production manager at TLS Productions. There was the actual booth, which included a header, exhibit properties and exhibit graphics, and a stage presentation area that focused on the Yui concept.
“The client has utilized this header concept for the last few years,” Glowacki said. “Only last year did we change to using LED strips when it shifted from a white header to the new black with graphics that had an organic feel in nature. The main purpose of the six-foot long Elation

 
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AED expands its AV Stumpfl rental portfolio

Monday, 27 February 2017

Belgium - AED, the Belgian AV solutions provider, recently expanded its rental product portfolio by investing in six new Wings Engine Stage media servers and two Wings Engine Pro Quad servers, as well as 10 UHD Player units.
In addition to media server and media playout hardware, AED also purchased a number of AV Stumpfl VarioClip projection screens.
VarioClip screens offer a full clean profile without studs and press snaps. The projection screen surface tension can be adjusted to ambient temperature with a great frame stability and accuracy.
AV Stumpfl CEO Tobias Stumpfl comments, "AED has been one of our closest partners in Europe for quite a few years now. It makes us particularly happy to see that both our projection screens and media server related product ranges continue to be important parts of the AED family's rental product portfolio. We know the AED team is highly professional from first-hand experience, because we have cooperated with them on many occasions in the past and are looking forward to supporting them in the future."
Both companies officially announced the product order at this year's Integrated Systems Europe trade fair in Amsterdam.
AED Display managing director Thierry Heldenbergh commented on the substantial investment, “We have been working with AV Stumpfl for some years now and have always been very satisfied wi

 
 
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CUK and Symetrix deliver Involving experience

Monday, 27 February 2017

UK - Involve, one of the UK’s leading systems integrators specialising in the design, implementation and support of visual collaboration solutions, has recently delivered a two-room meeting space solution based on Symetrix Radius AEC technology to British commercial television studio, ITV Central.
ITV required a solution to make their meeting spaces more flexible and productive whilst maintaining an easy-to-use front end. “We have a regular need for remote comms,” explained ITV’s Ian Glen. “We put two programmes out every day with reporters based in multiple locations. At the end of the day we hold a debrief conversation from those same multiple locations and we were finding that the phone system we were using was unreliable and we had great difficulty in hearing those at the remote end.
“Our head of news instructed me to look into a solution and that led me to Involve. Initially we were only looking at kitting out a single room, but the solution fitted our needs so well that we decided to go for two rooms.”
Involve provided a solution based on a Symetrix Radius AEC (acoustic echo cancellation) system supplied by Symetrix’s UK distributor, CUK Audio, who worked closely with Involve throughout the design process. “ITV required a solution that would enable those in the meeting space to communicate intelligibly via a range of VoIP service

 
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Pete Heffernan joins Christie Lites Rentals

Monday, 27 February 2017

USA - Longtime industry veteran Pete Heffernan has joined Christie Lites. Heffernan was president of Bandit Lites for eight years prior to joining Christie Lites and his career spans more than three decades including as promoter of an Elvis Presley concert, lighting designer, production manager and finally as corporate executive.
Heffernan said, “Christie Lites is a company that puts the client first and has a methodology that in my opinion is tops in the industry. I have always placed the client’s needs first and then provided the support to make the production a success. Christie Lites is the perfect place for me to take this approach to the next level.”
Heffernan has relocated to Nashville and will focus on customer relations and market development for Christie Lites, whose scope includes concert tours, special events, corporate/industrial presentations, theatre, and television & film.
Heffernan has already been introduced to the Christie Lites business model which calls for all offices in the Christie Lites rental network to work together for support - a model he admires, he said. “I am totally knocked out by the warehouse structure of Christie Lites. I have been in two and they are strikingly similar in setup, which allows the consistency of service from one shop to the next. With the many locations of Christie Lites, a job can be pre

 
 
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Shure partners with McCartney & The Who for charity auction

Friday, 24 February 2017

USA / UK - The Shure SM58 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone has been used faithfully by the world’s most influential musicians since 1966. To celebrate and honour the strong connection of the SM58 to legendary musical artists, Shure has partnered with both Paul McCartney and The Who to make available at auction a one-time production of 600 serialized graphic painted SM58s.
All of the proceeds generated from the campaign will go directly toward foundations for which both artists are deeply vested, including Paul McCartney’s Meat Free Monday and The Who’s Teen Cancer America. The serialized microphones will come with graphics specific to each artist. The Paul McCartney Special Edition 50th Anniversary SM58 will feature cover art from the album Kisses on the Bottom, photographed by Mary McCartney, and The Who Special Edition will feature original artwork from graphic designer Richard Evans, who has been designing The Who’s album covers and promotional visuals since 1976.
Each artist will have 300 SM58 microphones produced for the auction, with serial numbers 11-300 listed for sale at a fixed price. Additionally, Shure will be auctioning off serial numbers 1-10, which feature hand-signed autographs on the microphone handles.
The limited edition microphones will be available at auction through eBay for Charity, with 100% of proceeds going directly to each

 
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Outback names Ed Pagett as commercial director

Friday, 24 February 2017

UK - Outback Rigging has announced that Ed Pagett, formerly MD of Panalux Broadcast & Events has been appointment commercial director from 1February 2017.
Ed commented, “My role at Outback is to help diversify their product/service offering as well as increase market share and profile of the established core business – which traditionally has been rigging services to the events, exhibition and corporate presentation markets throughout the UK.”
He continued, “I initially took a six-month sabbatical after 11 years at Panalux to step back and evaluate where new, fresh and exciting opportunities lay. It wasn’t a complete break however because I remained (and continue to remain) heavily involved with the PLASA Board in my capacity as chairman. I have known Mark Surtees – MD of Outback Rigging for several years through PLASA and after an initial discussion, it didn’t take much persuasion for me to join Outback as part of their management team.”
With a career spanning 35 years in the entertainment and events industry Ed is a respected and recognized business leader and has developed an unusual mix of technical, creative, commercial and business skills with four leading industry brands – Strand Lighting, Vari-Lite, Panalux and PLASA.
“I have had the benefit of an incredibly broad range of experience and from that developed a thorou

 
 
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Audioextreme joins Adamson’s global family

Friday, 24 February 2017

Italy - Adamson Systems Engineering has added another high profile partner to its global network as Italian production technologies provider Audioextreme kicked off 2017 with the purchase of an Adamson S-Series rig.
“We were searching for a high-quality system that would offer us and our customers an exclusive and competitive advantage in the market,” shares Giovanni Rosati, owner of Audioextreme. “After auditioning several high-end systems, we unanimously decided that the Adamson S-Series was the clear choice and it has already proven to be exactly what we needed.”
The system, sourced through Adamson’s exclusive Italian distributor, Audiosales, is comprised of 16 S10 two-way, full-range line source cabinets and eight S119 companion subwoofers and will be put to use in a wide array of applications.
“We’re delighted to announce this new and important addition to the Adamson network,” comments Stefano Rocchi, owner of Audiosales. “It’s been almost a year that Audiosales has represented Adamson in Italy and we’ve had a great response to the brand and the S-Series in particular. Thanks to Audioextreme’s purchase, Adamson will have a presence at more and more high-profile events and its performance is sure to attract new business opportunities for all involved.”
Founded in 2010 and based in Sorbolo, Italy, Audioextreme is a fa

 
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I Am Jerusalem makes a Pointe

Friday, 24 February 2017

Israel - I Am Jerusalem is a new multimedia interactive experience designed to welcome visitors to one of the most famous cities in the world, offering a fast-moving history and snapshots explaining how cultural diversity is fundamental to the dynamics and development of life in this vibrant gateway to the Middle East.
Robe Pointes moving lights were specified by the installation division of Danor Theatre & Studio Systems as part of the entertainment lighting scheme in the movie theatre which features 270 degree wrap-around HD video and a video ceiling. The venue is located in the basement of Jerusalem’s central retail environment - Mamilla Boulevard.
During the 25-minute show, the city’s rich and colourful history is unfolded to an intimate audience of 200 complete with pitching and moving seats to ensure a roller coaster ride!
Orphan Group Creative, who delivered the ‘ride’ concept to the city of Jerusalem appointed AVS as the principal AV contractor to provide all the audio lighting and AV technology needed for the theatre. They in turn approached Danor to consult and specify the specialty entertainment lighting required.
Danor Erez Hadar takes up the story, “We looked at the brief and realised a multi-purpose moving light would be a perfect solution to create the wide range of effects and atmospheric elements needed, and w

 
 
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Nexo’s Geo M10 enters German rental market

Friday, 24 February 2017

Germany - The launch of Nexo’s new Geo M10 sound reinforcement package has been enthusiastically received by audio rental companies in Europe, with Satis & Fy narrowly winning a good-natured race to become the first rental house customer in Germany to stock the new mid-size line array.
Global director of Audio Services Martin Ramrath attended the ISE in Amsterdam to put in Satis & Fy’s order for a Geo M10 system, complete with MSub15 subbass cabinets and a comprehensive inventory of rigging accessories. This was a ‘satisfying’ moment for Ramrath, who has been involved with the M10 project since conception.
“This is a true utility product,” says Ramrath, “the M10 can service so many different events and productions, this will be the workhorse system in any rental inventory. We are particularly pleased by the practical rigging features, such as the fact that there are no loose parts. And the flange fixing system, which makes it so easy to change the horizontal dispersion from 80°to 120°, is very practical design engineering.”
Ramrath anticipates that the high-output system, featuring a 10” driver and an unprecedented ratio of LF response to cabinet size, will “mainly be used for our corporate events, especially suitable where there are after-show parties with a band. With its ability to groundstack, it is great for shows wher

 
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Kenny Rogers tours with all-Chauvet rig

Friday, 24 February 2017

USA - Back in 1991, Jeffrey Metter was board operating the band lighting console for The Grateful Dead when he got a call inviting him to Atlantic City. Country and pop superstar Kenny Rogers needed a lighting director for an upcoming concert. It was supposed to be a weekend gig, but 26 years later the South African- born lighting designer is still with the multi-platinum singer, lighting the final Kenny Rogers tour. Travelling with them as they crisscross the US is a touring package comprised entirely of Chauvet Professional fixtures.
Made up of 14 Rogue R2 Wash and eight Rogue RH1 Hybrid fixtures, as well as an assortment of 20 COLORado par units, the rig is substantially smaller than the lighting package Metter used when he began his association with Rogers. Still, the rich warm colours and tight focus of the Chauvet Professional fixtures is helping the designer create a deeply engaging atmosphere that connects the legendary artist to the fans who fill the tour’s mid-sized venues.
“Remember, when I started with Kenny, he was huge, with a capital H,” said Metter, who has served as Rogers’ lighting designer and director since that weekend over a quarter of a century ago. “The first rig I designed for Kenny had 196 moving fixtures. Now I rely on 22 moving Rogues. Although the two rigs are very different in size, my goal as a lighting designer is the

 
 
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Groove on the Grass in Dubai

Friday, 24 February 2017

UAE - Maestra Dubai is supplying full technical production – lighting, audio, video, staging, rigging, special FX and power distribution - to the 2016-17 series of Groove on The Grass dance events.
Now in its fifth edition, the five events for this season are produced by the Artists Network and being staged at the Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, each enjoyed by around 5000 dance music fans.
A sizzling line-up for the last Groove a couple of weeks ago included a host of leading international music makers like Rӧyksopp, Agents of Time, Dewalta, Marc Houle and Steve Bug …among many more who played on two stages, and kept going despite heavy rain at some points.
“We’re excited to be part of the energy and success of this great phenomenon which is known for putting production values high on the agenda,” says Maestra Dubai’s managing partner Tom Clements, adding, “It’s always good to be asked to supply a full technical design and equipment package and efficient to provide just one point-of-contact for the client.”
Maestra’s crew have to be super-quick on both the in and the out for the Groove events - a process that starts a day in advance of the show with the erection of a 20 metre wide ground supported stage and decking system to which lighting, video, PA towers and a complete sound system are added. This is set up below a saddlespan

 
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Power distribution specialist extends rental fleet

Friday, 24 February 2017

UK - Power distribution specialist ide Systems has expanded the fleet of products available through its ide Rental service with the addition of its new mains distribution unit, the MD63. The product is a power distribution unit for temporary electrical installations, such as those in the event industry, and is housed in a high density polyethylene enclosure to ensure resistance to impact and the elements.
The MD63’s polyethylene enclosure is designed to provide consistent performance and safety, with recessed socket and switchgear panels for mechanical protection and ingress protection (IP) rated sockets that protect against dust and splashes of water. Each outlet of the unit also features a red power light, allowing electrical contractors and event staff to easily identify whether an outlet is live.
The MD63 has 15 output sockets to accommodate the large number of electrical applications that are now used at events. These include six 16A three-pin sockets, six 32A three-pin and three 32A five-pin sockets, allowing event staff to power a variety of electrical equipment and installations from one unit.
“In recent years, we have seen the events sector become increasingly reliant on effective electrical infrastructure,” explained Stuart Barnett, rental manager at ide Rental. “Whether it’s because of more elaborate stage setups or the growing numb

 
 
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Cherry Hills church chooses L-Acoustics

Friday, 24 February 2017

USA - Recently named as the fastest growing church in the United States, Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch, Colorado found itself in need of an audio system that could adequately keep up with its spectacular growth.
After turning to the team at Franklin, Tennessee-based Mankin Media Systems to design and supply a new system, the Christian church is now enjoying a new house loudspeaker system based on L-Acoustics Kara elements.
“It was one of the more complex projects we’ve ever been involved with,” says Mankin’s Tim Corder “The entire leadership of the church had changed since the last system was installed about eight years ago and the new team really wanted a system worthy of their reputation as a growing, dynamic congregation.”
That was no easy feat. Corder described the room and the previous install as “the most polarizing audio experience I’ve ever had,” he says. “Cherry Hills had reached the point where the leadership felt that their worship experience was being compromised by the quality of the audio, which is a tough place to be for a church that is so outreach-focused, and the stakes were high.
“You know how people will talk about the hardest room they have ever worked in? Well, it’s no exaggeration to say that everyone who came in said some variation of that. The audio quality didn’t just change in

 
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DJ Bobo journeys through time with GLP GT-1

Friday, 24 February 2017

Europe - Swiss artist DJ BoBo is celebrating his 25th anniversary on stage by touring the grand new show, Mystorial.
From April 2017 it will visit Switzerland, Austria and other parts of Europe, including 24 arenas in Germany before heading down to South America.
But it has already received its world premiere during a two-week opener at the vast Europa-Park amusement park in south-west Germany, where a new arena has been built specially to host the production.
Mystorial takes fans on a fascinating journey through time, mixing well-known hits with new songs, supported by a five-piece band, backing singers and 60 dancers.
TV and industrial lighting specialist, Thomas Gerdon of GERDON design, was responsible for the lighting in conjunction with his partner Thomas Dietze, who has worked with the artist for nearly 25 years as his touring LD. Together they chose 65 of GLP’s true hybrid GT-1 fixtures as their workhorse - and they had many reasons for doing so.
Gerdon explained, “We wanted to do something really special and talked at length about fixtures. We wanted something small and light, with high output for keylighting and with the versatility to perform the role of Beam, Wash and Spot. So we opted for the GT-1 knowing the incredible 22:1 zoom ratio [from 3.5° to 58°].”
He was already familiar with the fixture having seen a demo

 
 
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Andy Mahaffey re-joins AC-ET

Friday, 24 February 2017

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) has announced that Andy Mahaffey has re-joined the company in a key external UK sales role.
Andy brings a wealth of all-round lighting technical knowledge and experience to the position, having worked in customer-facing roles on both the sales and event production sides of the industry.
Most recently he worked at Blitz|GES (formerly known as Blitz Communications) for four years as head of lighting. Whilst in this role, Andy was responsible for building the company's Lighting department, which provides full service production for large-scale corporate and other live events. In addition, he provided lighting design and project management solutions to a wide range of events.
Andy also got first-hand experience utilising products from AC-ET's portfolio of popular and leading lighting brands - including Chroma-Q LED fixtures and Jands lighting & media control systems - and the chance to see how they compare with other technologies on the market.
Prior to this, his roles included working for over a decade in AC-ET's Lighting Technical Sales & Support department, giving him an in-depth technical knowledge of these and many other popular brands available from the company.
Andy commented, “I've been both an employee of AC-ET and one of its many clients working in the busy event productions

 
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Claypaky Mythos and Sharpys light Lady Gaga

Friday, 24 February 2017

USA – Lighting designer Bob Barnhart, who has lent his talents to 19 Super Bowl Halftime Shows, chose Claypaky Mythos and Sharpy fixtures to help illuminate Lady Gaga in her solo turn at Super Bowl LI at Houston’s NRG Stadium.
Lady Gaga began the Halftime Show with a tribute to America singing God Bless America and This Land is Your Land on the roof of the stadium. She performed some dizzying flying effects, crooned a medley of her hits, led high-energy dance routines and closed with a rendition of Bad Romance in an action-packed, 12-minute show.
Barnhart first used Claypaky Mythos fixtures on a Super Bowl Halftime Show two years ago with Katy Perry. This year he employed 56 Mythos on field truss set against the upstage wall below the first row of seats. The lights were positioned on 2.5-foot spacings from the centre of the field out to the 20 yard lines.
“I’ve used Mythos many times since Super Bowl XLIX, including two VMA shows,” says Barnhart. “They’re a useful tool beyond being a great light; their ability to zoom in and out gives me a lot to work with. For Lady Gaga we used Mythos with colors, gobos, zooms – I think we used all of its features in 12 minutes.”
The Mythos fixtures were clearly visible in broadcast coverage of the Halftime Show. They appeared in the background in close ups of Lady Gaga and

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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