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AED Display and AV Stumpfl schedule bootcamp

Friday, 21 July 2017

Belgium - AED Display and AV Stumpfl have organized a Wings Certified Operator Bootcamp from Monday 28 August until Friday 1 September 2017 at AED Studios, Lint (Belgium). The trainer will be Rainer Brandstätter, project manager & trainer AV Stumpfl.
Says Rainer, “On the first day of this five-day bootcamp we will tackle every aspect of setting up your show, starting with the physical installation and the troubleshooting of the system. On the second day we will learn more about the different modules (Wings / Vioso / Avio / Touch) and their capabilities.
“One by one we will introduce you to them and show you the basics which will allow you to explore them further on your own pace. This part will be mainly focused on the Wings software. Days three and four will include more advanced use of Wings and Avio. At this point you will dive into the Avio software and learn how to connect all the previously mentioned modules and add intelligence, logic and interaction to your show.
“On the last day of the bootcamp, our focus will be with Vioso. We will teach you how to camera calibrate your projections and all the do’s and don’ts on this matter. Registration is via
(Jim Evans)

DNJ Pro establishes West Coast office

Friday, 21 July 2017

USA - With just under a month of setup, DNJ Pro’s west coast office is now complete.
“I am very excited to now have an office in California,” said Doug Brown, CEO of DNJ Pro. “Initially with only one office in Baltimore, I was concerned clients thought we were partial to the East Coast, which was not the case at all, but now everyone can see that we are dedicated to the entirety of the United States.”
DNJ Pro’s west coast office is based in Glendale, California, about 20 minutes from Los Angeles and features a larges showroom and demo space with all of the products that the company represents. “I am also excited to announce that we now have a dedicated west coast outside sales team,” Brown said, “This is going to be great for us and our clients and I am very much looking forward to the future.”
(Jim Evans)


Israel's Kolot Ramim adds Adamson E-Series

Friday, 21 July 2017

Israel - Kolot Ramim Sound & Light has made a significant investment in a new E-Series loudspeaker system from Adamson Systems Engineering, continuing a long and successful partnership between the two companies.
“We decided to invest in the E-Series package to follow our long-time clients to bigger venues while also supporting larger festivals and major international tours,” comments Yossi Bar, the founder of Kolot Ramim and a partner of Break Systems, Adamson’s Israeli distributor. “Adamson’s rider acceptance has grown significantly and promoters in our market are looking for seasoned companies offering Adamson loudspeaker systems.”
Kolot Ramim was established in 1987 and has since become one of Israel’s top production technologies providers, catering to a high-calibre domestic and international client list. The company first invested in Adamson in 2007 with the purchase of a Spektrix line array package and has since been an early adopter of Adamson innovations, including Metrix, Y-Axis, M-Series, and Point Series products.
In 2016, Kolot Ramim added a significant complement of S10 compact two-way, true line source cabinets and accompanying S119 subwoofers, which Bar notes have been the ideal solution for the vast majority of Kolot Ramim’s applications. Based on the overwhelmingly positive response, the company has now invested in an E-Series package that includes 24 E15 three-way, true line source enclosures and 32 E119 subwoofers.
“We have great relationships that span from 10 to 25 years with many of our artists, and


Atlona appoints Prase as Italian distributor

Friday, 21 July 2017

USA/Italy - Atlona has appointed Prase Media Technologies as its new distributor in Italy, effective immediately. Headquartered just outside Venice, Prase will leverage more than 20 years of proven experience in Italy’s AV market to bolster Atlona’s presence throughout the country.
“We are witnessing the progressive and unstoppable convergence of AV technologies with the IT industry, which is creating new business opportunities for those AV systems integrators who invest in new IT skills and solutions,” said Ennio Prase, CEO, Prase Media Technologies.
“Atlona is at the forefront of this evolution, with innovations such as the OmniStream AV over IP platform delivering a complete range of features that the market will soon consider essential. Atlona expertly combines these AV capabilities with the requirements of the IT sector - ensuring secure AV communications, enabling remote monitoring of entire systems, and offering redundancy to prevent network failures.”
“Prase’s rich experience, high service standards, technical expertise and ability to anticipate the needs of their market sectors have earned them tremendous respect from their partners and customers,” said Ronni Guggenheim, Atlona’s general manager. “These attributes will be invaluable in bringing the benefits of Atlona innovations to their clients, and we look forward to working with Prase to expand our presence and awareness across Italy.”
(Jim Evans)


High End Systems debuts new website

Thursday, 20 July 2017

USA - High End Systems enters the next phase of its growth with a new website. The upgraded has been completely redesigned to offer a more engaging user experience with improved navigation and functionality.
“We wanted to continue the excitement of the company’s new direction with a website that reflected the energy of our products and better addresses the needs of our users,” says HES general manager Becky Koester. “Our new site offers a refreshed, dynamic way to get all the information about any High End Systems products, hear the latest news, find technical support, and share war stories and successes in the forums.”
The new design makes it fast to learn all about High End, with clear direction and links to all High End products, including their award-winning SolaSpot line of fixtures and the Hog family of consoles. Mobile users and desktop surfers will equally enjoy the slick new site thanks to its mobile responsive design. The site will automatically configure itself to offer the best view for any screen size, ensuring users can find what they need no matter how they visit.
The popular user forums remain an integral part of the site, letting users help each other and share their latest triumphs. Other success stories have a higher profile on the site too, with an added focus on the latest designs, shows, studios and stages that showcase High End gear.
(Jim Evans)


Atendi to distribute Powersoft in Denmark

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Denmark - Powersoft has strengthened its market position in the Nordic countries with the appointment of Atendi A/S as its new distributor for Denmark.
Atendi is the result of a cooperation between Elektrik Solutions AS (Norway) and Bico Professionel A/S (Denmark). The company’s origins date back to 1898 when it was known as Belgium Import Company (later Bico Professionel A/S). For many years it was well-known in Denmark as a pro dealer for leading movie and TV lighting brands, before later moving into general show lighting.
In 2015, the company diversified into pro audio, taking on Martin Audio in cooperation with the Norwegian-based Elektrik Solutions. The following year the two companies changed their names to form part of Atendi, and at the same time the first Swedish office opened in Gothenburg.
“With Martin Audio in our portfolio of course we were interested in representing Powersoft,” noted Atendi A/S pro audio sales & support, Michael Engman Rønnow. “As they move more towards passive speakers - from the CDD Live! series to ceiling speakers - these match perfectly with the Powersoft products,” he said.
“Since we do business as a reseller, as well as participating in the design and delivery of complete installs for music events, theatres, museums etc., we will also extend the support and sale of Powersoft to companies with different speaker brands as well.”
Atendi’s first priority in supporting its new brand acquisition will be to demonstrate the opportunities for both the rental and install markets. “In Den


Sensaphonics names PC Werth as UK distributor

Thursday, 20 July 2017

USA/UK - Sensaphonics has announced an agreement with PC Werth, making them the exclusive source for Sensaphonics IEMs in the UK. PC Werth will now offer the full range of Sensaphonics in-ear monitors (IEMs), including all custom-fit models and the new 3D-U AARO System with patented Active Ambient technology.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with a respected firm like PC Werth to make Sensaphonics products more accessible to our UK customers,” says Sensaphonics founder and president, Dr. Michael Santucci. “Music industry clients like Radiohead and Coldplay have long known the outstanding comfort, fit, and isolation our products provide. This association will make it easier for more UK customers to protect their hearing without sacrificing the reference sound quality that musicians and sound engineers require.”
PC Werth managing director Delain Wright is similarly enthusiastic. “With our 70-year history of audiology expertise, we see Sensaphonics IEMs as the ideal choice for musicians and music fans who want outstanding sound quality without undue risk of hearing injury,” he says. “We are excited to add this outstanding brand to our portfolio of hearing wellness technologies and products.”
The partnership between PC Werth and Sensaphonics is effective immediately. The UK’s largest supplier of audiology supplies to hearing healthcare professionals, London-based PC Werth is a wholly owned subsidiary of IntriCon Corporation. Sensaphonics is a privately held U.S. corporation based in Chicago, Illinois.
(Jim Evans)


New contributors for 2017 PLASA Rigging Conference

Thursday, 20 July 2017

UK - Preparations for the 2017 PLASA Rigging Conference, which takes place on Monday 18 September during the PLASA Show, are well under way. This year’s conference is in a new mould, targeting a broader audience through the addition of topics on both production and safety issues and encourages discussion from a wider range of contributors than before. New additions to the line-up include head of technical operations for the Ambassador Theatre Group Stuart Graham and John Green, European health and safety director for Laing O’Rourke.
Stuart has supported the conference since it began in 2009 and was keen to be a part of this year’s expanded offering.
“I felt that discussing the contracting process of shows would be of great value,” says Stuart. “Establishing a venue’s responsibilities against the show’s responsibilities with regard to rigging and safety in general will be a valuable discussion.”
Meanwhile, John’s enlightening contribution will look at his Safety Differently mission; a challenge to most industry sectors requiring an acceptance of accidents as part of working life and to concentrate on severe and potentially fatal risks.
“Following themes suggested by our opening speaker, the legendary Morris Lyda, the ensuing debate should be of real interest to safety professionals, venues and technical management alike,” says Chris Higgs, content curator for the conference. “We really want to examine the issues surrounding effective risk management, particularly in the way it affects the rigging community.”


Cabletime brings digital signage solutions to MediaTech

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

South Africa - Interactive IPTV and digital signage are on the menu for Cabletime when it shares a stand with distributor, Mindstec at this week’s MediaTech show. Visitors to stand C39 will be able to see new features now available for the MediaStar Media Players and the team will also be demonstrating all the benefits of Cabletime’s powerful digital signage content creation software, Creator.
The MediaStar 782 AV-DS Media Players work seamlessly with Cabletime’s recently introduced digital signage content creation software, Creator, and the tools that enable it to deliver rich HTML support, live IPTV streams and video playout. Visitors will be able to see interactive HTML pages that show off the full capability of the 782 Media Player, controlled using Cabletime’s new wand-style remote controls. Also being demonstrated will be DCC (Dynamic Content Creation), which allows web clips and live RSS feeds to be inserted into the digital signage pages created in the new software.
Mark Stanborough, sales manager, EMEA & APAC at Cabletime, said: “MediaTech Africa is one of the most important events in the international exhibition calendar and gives us a great forum for showing our solutions. It delivers an influential opportunity to demonstrate the breadth and depth of the MediaStar IPTV and digital signage technology and the benefits that it can bring to any business. Visitors can come to the stand to see me and my colleagues from our African partner, Mindstec Distribution, to find out more.”
The MediaStar range provides TV/AV and multime


Penn Elcom invests in Washington facility

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

UK - Flight case hardware and 19-inch racking manufacturer Penn Elcom continues to invest in all its facilities to ensure the production process stays efficient, and meeting the increased demands following the launch of global online sales portal, in January 2016.
A range of new engineering equipment has been installed at the Washington, Tyne & Wear HQ over the last 18 months, including new metal brake presses, plastic injection moulding machines, riveting assembly lines and machinery to enhance processes like wood laminating, PVC / HPL, zinc plating and powder coating.
There have also been upgrades to the warehousing and distribution departments.
Consolidating all these key manufacturing processes under one roof and minimising sub-contracting enables Penn Elcom to have a high degree of control over its products, which guarantees meticulous quality control and the high standards for which the brand is renowned.
“It also makes the company versatile, agile and responsive to client needs,” explained David Brown, MD of Penn Elcom UK.
The 105,000sq.ft Washington plant is divided between manufacturing and warehousing and currently employs 133 full time staff, out of a total of 194 in the UK. The others are based at the Hastings facility in East Sussex, giving Penn excellent coverage and fast deliveries all over the UK and beyond.
The company also has major manufacturing bases and distribution centres in Mexico and China. These four facilities are the bedrock of a highly successful worldwide trade operation.


tube Invests in new Sennheiser D6000 System

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

UK - Audio specialist tube uk has invested in a new Sennheiser D6000 radio mic system which debuted on the world premiere of Israeli artist Yael Bartana’s compelling live performance experimentWhat if Women Ruled the World? As this incisive and insightful work was also multi-track recorded each night, potentially for a future film project, tube’s Melvyn Coote decided the time was right to purchase the new radio technology from Sennheiser. Sound for the piece was designed by Tel Aviv based Daniel Meir.
As the set-up evolved in discussions with Daniel, well known for his work in the world of films and sonic art and performance, Melvyn ordered the 12 beltpack transmitters and six D6000 dual receivers complete with all their infrastructure which he describes as “revolutionary” in terms of technology.
They were used on this production in conjunction with DPA4061 mic heads which were attached to the 10 performers. tube’s radio mic and RF tech for the show was Liam McShane.
“Intermods and intermod spacing have long been issues in all types of live audio scenarios” explained Melvyn, “so this really is a ground-breaking development for Sennheiser to make this available in their 6000 range. Transmitters can be placed exactly where they are needed, and we can now fit 21 transmitters into the same TV channel frequency space, that would previously only support 10 or 12”.”
Converting the signal immediately to digital in the transmitter also enhances the overall quality and texture of the sound – particularly noticeable in spoken wo


Jands appointed Robe distributor for Australia

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Australia - Robe has confirmed the appointment of Jands as the Australian and New Zealand distributor for Robe and Anolis lighting brands.
Jands is an Australian owned company founded in 1970 that manufactures and distributes some the world’s most recognised lighting, audio and staging products primarily for the entertainment and exhibition industry.
With headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Sydney, a factory in Melbourne and offices in Brisbane and Perth, Jands employs over 120 people across Australia and is ideally located to deliver the superlative service for which they are renowned.
Jands also has an international reputation and worldwide industry recognition for its award-winning range of lighting consoles, among other products.
(Jim Evans)


SD Sistemi to distribute Martin Audio in Bosnia

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Martin Audio has appointed SD Sistemi as its new distributor for Bosnia and Herzegovina. The agreement was borne out of several meetings at trade shows this year.
The Bosnian specialists had first approached Martin Audio with a view to cooperation at ISE in Amsterdam. “During that show we attended the presentation of their new products which were really amazing - and we decided there and then that we wanted these products in our portfolio,” stated SD Sistemi CEO, Dragan Šukalo.
Bradley Watson, Martin Audio’s EMEA sales manager, confirmed this. “When I met the SD Sistemi team at ISE, it was clear they were keen to work with us and following another meeting at Prolight+Sound, where we spent more time with their team in the demo room, the natural step was to formally confirm them as Martin Audio distribution partner in Bosnia and Herzegovina.”
Based in Banja Luka, the company originally set up in 2007 and although they didn't operate in the lighting and sound industry at the beginning, they have subsequently built up a portfolio of world leading brands. And this now includes Martin Audio. “We had received offers from other prestigious brands but decided on cooperation with Martin Audio because of their reputation, the quality of their products and popularity of the brand around the world,” Šukalo continued.
He said that the company’s mission was to drag a country that is lagging behind when it comes to technology into the modern age. “We have noticed that the market is now starting to offer huge poten


The Week in Light & Sound

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Bohemian Rhapsody - The long-in-the-works Queen biopic is “finally happening,” according to a post on the band’s official website. The project has been around in some form or another for over 10 years now, and late last year, after first Sacha Baron Cohen and then Ben Whishaw departed the film due to creative differences, Mr. Robot star Rami Malek was cast as Freddie Mercury.
According to Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian May, who are serving as executive music producers, “Rami has great presence and he’s utterly dedicated to the project. He’s completely living and breathing Freddie already, which is wonderful.” Bryan Singer is directing, and the film is “as-close-as-that” to the start of shooting, with pre-production beginning this week to prepare for principal photography in London as soon as mid-September.
City Break - Coventry, Paisley, Sunderland, Swansea and Stoke-on-Trent will compete to host a year-long celebration of art and performance as UK City of Culture 2021.The five locations are on a shortlist for the title, but six other bidding towns and cities missed out. The five left in the race will hope to emulate the success of Hull, which is UK City of Culture this year.
Unmasked - Andrew Lloyd Webber is writing a memoir looking back over his life and career. The autobiography, entitled Unmasked, will be published by HarperCollins in March 2018. Lloyd Webber will give insight into his family life, the musicals he wrote as a child and his decision to leave school to pursue a musical career. A description


BroadWeigh gets the LEEA seal of approval

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

UK - Wireless load monitoring brand BroadWeigh is now an associate member of the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA), the leading representative body for all those involved in the lifting industry worldwide. The membership is the latest step taken by BroadWeigh as it strives to be the best – not only in the quality of products that it offers, but in the example the company sets within the entertainment industry.
Jonathan Purdue, business development manager at BroadWeigh said: "Becoming members of LEEA is something we are very proud of. We started the ball rolling several months ago, then in May, a representative from the LEEA came to our premises in Exeter for the day and audited all our BroadWeigh processes and calibration machines.
“Applying for membership isn’t something we are obligated to do, but we felt it was the right thing to do – both for ourselves as we continue to promote BroadWeigh as the leading name for wireless load cells, and also for our clients who get the peace of mind that comes with knowing that we are keen to demonstrate our compliance with standards set for the lifting industry across the world."
He continued: "LEEA has played a key role in this very specialised field for over 70 years, from training and standards setting, through to health and safety, the provision of technical and legal advice and the development of examination and licensing systems. As BroadWeigh becomes the brand people turn to in order to comply with health and safety and to demonstrate due diligence on their projects, this membership


Telemedia chooses FileCatalyst for internal operations

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

South Africa - FileCatalyst, an Emmy award-winning pioneer in managed file transfers and a world leading accelerated file transfer solution, is pleased to announce that Telemedia is now using FileCatalyst as a solution for their internal operations.
Telemedia (PTY) is a leading provider of dynamic media broadcasting services, and they have a strong proven track record for supplying tailor made quality solutions. Telemedia is located in South Africa with their head office being in Rivonia, Johannesburg. They have also expanded beyond the African marketplace to serve clients in markets worldwide.
The FileCatalyst product they have chosen to use internally is FileCatalyst Direct, which is a suite of server and client applications that accelerates point-to-point file transfers at speeds of up to 10Gbps. FileCatalyst utilizes a patented UDP-based file transfer technology that overcomes the issues of slow file transfers caused by network impairments such as latency and packet loss. They have also implemented the client applications HotFolder and TransferAgent to their internal infrastructure. TransferAgent allows users to send large files via a web browser to any email address and HotFolder is used for scheduling and automating file transfers.
“FileCatalyst is incorporated with company proprietary information on our corporate infrastructure and operates as expected and we’re very happy with its performance,” says Charles Bates, Network Administrator at Telemedia (PTY). “We are very impressed with how FileCatalyst Direct, and the clients HotFolder


Audient launches Tutorial Hub to complement ARC

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

UK - “No matter what your experience, there is always something new to learn, especially from the likes of top music producers Cenzo Townshend and Ulrich Wild, or pro musicians Ash Soan and Cody Stewart,” says marketing manager Andy Allen, who is spearheading the launch of Audient’s online Tutorial Hub today. Audient has gathered together videos, professional tutorials and user tips onto one easy-access platform to create a free learning centre for all visitors to its website.
To complement the recent unveiling of ARC Creative Hub, which gives new and existing customers access to a comprehensive range of free software, the Tutorial Hub contains general advice on recording, mixing, mastering and technology in different music genres, and helpful tips for users of specific Audient products.
Andy continues, “Anyone can benefit - even if you aren’t (yet) an Audient customer. If you’re looking to brush up on your mixing skills, get to know what your iD4 can do, learn more about tracking guitars or if you simply want an insight into other professionals’ recording process, it’s all there - completely free - on the Tutorial Hub.
“With regular updates planned and a handy search facility to browse by category and/or product, we suggest you grab a cup of tea, head over to the Audient website and have a look around.”
(Jim Evans)


Backup Kartfest 2017 raises massive £21,000

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

UK - This year’s Backup Kartfest was fast, furious, full of thrills and a few spills and, with its Hawaiian luau theme and music from house band Under Cover, which features White Light’s Roger Dean on drums, was tremendously good fun. But the best thing about the adrenaline fuelled day was the incredible £21,000 it raised for the charity, which provides financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals, or their immediate family, who are seriously ill or injured.
Thirty-three industry teams, with six drivers per team, took part in the Le Mans-style three-hour endurance race and the pit stop challenge to become the quickest team to change the tyres on a Formula One car.
“As always, Kartfest was a fantastic, team spirited event, made all the better by everyone joining in the fun and banter whilst racing ultra-competitively for three hours in the sunshine,” says new Backup trustee, Medialease’s Paul Robson. “It took a lot of organising by Lee Dennison, Jim Dugan from Unusual and the production team, who did an absolutely stunning job.”
First place went to the Brilliant Stages / Production Park team, who completed 202 laps of the circuit, with Really Useful Theatres in second and DiGiCo taking up third place. Fastest lap went to Ed Ward from Production Park, with DiGiCo’s Tim Shaxson awarded slowest lap after an eventful drive threw him out of his car. He was, somewhat ironically, awarded a pair of driving gloves donated by Yamaha as his consolation prize.
“I'm really pleased to see the Backup charity growing so muc


Millar Electronics is Community's Rep of the Year

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

USA - Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced that Millar Electronics is the recipient of its Rep of the Year Award for 2016. Founded in 1924, Millar Electronics focused heavily on building quality relationships through exceptional customer service, covering the Southeast U.S. states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. On 1 July, Millar Electronics becomes Mavric Incorporated, coinciding with the retirement of Millar’s principal Herman Civils.
Steve Young, Community’s North America sales director, commented: “Millar was chosen as Community’s Rep of the Year due to their exceptional success in growing repeat business in the region and surpassing their overall annual goal. Their tenacity is apparent in how quickly they react to customer inquiries and opportunities.”
Herman Civils added: “Community developed into a significant key brand for Millar Electronics. It provides a range of unrivalled solutions in aesthetically sensitive, acoustically challenging or harsh environmental conditions, from small to the largest scale applications. We shared the simple ethos of providing outstanding customer service. Having represented and developed our business with Community for several years, it’s very rewarding to have our efforts recognised with this award.”
The award was presented by Steve Young and Steve Johnson, Community’s CEO, at InfoComm 2017 in Orlando.
(Jim Evans)


Martin Audio to open its doors to sound community

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

UK - Martin Audio is to hold two open days at its High Wycombe HQ in September with a variety of sound demos to show off its new and existing ranges.
Purposely timed to coincide with days when the pro audio community is travelling to and from the PLASA Show in London, Martin Audio will throw open its doors on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 of September, with both morning and afternoon sessions.
Dom Harter, managing director, said, “This is an ideal opportunity for rental companies, system integrators, FOH and monitor engineers to understand more about our latest products including both Wavefront Precision optimised line arrays, our new iKON amplifiers, the high performance XE monitor series as well as the everyday monitoring solution of the LE Series. We’ll also have our existing best-selling ranges available including CDD, CDD-LIVE and BlacklineX.”
Summing up, Harter, said, “We’re enjoying significant momentum at the moment and it’s the perfect time to showcase our extensive and exciting line-up to the sound community.”
(Jim Evans)


World Rigging Symposium 2018 confirmed

Monday, 17 July 2017

USA - ESTA and USITT have announce the New World Rigging Symposium, taking place 13-14 March 2018 in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo 2018 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The Symposium will provide an opportunity for riggers and those interested in the live entertainment rigging industry to network, discuss current issues and new technologies, and help shape the future of the industry.
In 10 sessions over two days, participants will be given a wide range of opportunities to further their technical knowledge, keep up to date with codes and standards, and learn what it’s like to work as a rigger in other segments of the entertainment industry. Attendees will also hear from experts in related fields such as structural engineering and risk management. The Symposium will carry ETCP education renewal credits for re-certification.
The New World Rigging Symposium will include multiple opportunities for attendees to network over morning coffee, breaks, lunch, and evening cocktails. The final session on Day Two will offer an opportunity for USITT conference attendees interested in careers in rigging to meet and talk with professional riggers, followed by the USITT Opening Night Party. Symposium attendees will receive free show floor passes to the USITT Stage Expo opening on 15 March as well as a discount on the conference registration.
Bill Sapsis and Eddie Raymond are working with ESTA to help identify topics and panellists over the next few months and will moderate the New World Rigging Symposium. Both bring a wealth of industry knowle


Exton confirmed as dealer for J&C Joel

Friday, 14 July 2017

Iceland - J&C Joel has confirmed a new partnership with Exton who are now their bronze dealer in Iceland.
Exton was established in 1992 and is the market leader in A/V rentals and sales in Iceland; providing rental of audio, lighting, video, stage and rigging equipment from simple systems up to full production packages.
As well as being the premiere rental company in the region Exton also sells audio, video and lighting equipment and offers an integration service which provides design and installation for any kind of broadcast, audio, video or lighting project.
They will offer J&C Joel’s fabrics, drapery and stage engineering solutions along with their bespoke design, manufacturing and installation services as a complimentary solution to their already established products and services.
Exton’s director, Sigurjón Sigurðsson, said: “We look forward to future cooperation as we see many new opportunities in Icelandic market with J&C Joel.”
Roland Rizk, J&C Joel’s Europe and Russia Regional Manager, said: “Exton are a great company with a lot of knowledge and experience in key areas which complement the products and services we provide. We are looking forward to supporting Exton for a long-term partnership in the Icelandic market.”
(Jim Evans)


ESTA’s Happy Hour returns to Vegas for fourth year

Thursday, 13 July 2017

USA - ESTA’s Happy Hour to benefit Behind the Scenes returns for its fourth year as one of the biggest parties of the year and will take place on Thursday, 16 November 1from 6pm-8pm at the Havana Room located in the Tropicana Hotel. Tickets are $65 in advance and are on sale now at
The Happy Hour features an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and music with all ticket sales going to benefit Behind the Scenes, our industry’s only charity specifically for entertainment technology professionals in need due to illness or injury. Since its inception in 2014, ESTA’s Happy Hour for Behind the Scenes has raised over $160,000 in sponsorships and ticket sales.
Sponsorships are available at all levels. Information on how to become a sponsor is available online at or by emailing
Current sponsors for the 2017 Happy Hour for Behind the Scenes include: Executive: Altman Lighting; Platinum: Ultratec, Gold: Barbizon Lighting, Robe, Sapsis Rigging, Inc., Stage Rigging; Silver: CommuniLux, iWeiss Theatrical, OSRAM, Stan Pressner, Taylor & Taylor Associates; Bronze: ENTTEC Americas; Event Lighting: A.C. Lighting, Inc.; Media sponsors: Protocol, Lighting&Sound America.
(Jim Evans)


Novatech Introduces L-Acoustics Syva to Australia

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Australia - Novatech Creative Event Technology is the first rental company in Australia to take delivery of L-Acoustics new SYVA Colinear audio system. Building on L-Acoustics line source heritage, SYVA is a wide dispersion audio system “with exceptional throw in a streamlined designed plug and play package”.
SYVA made its debut on the high-profile Telstra Business Awards at the Adelaide Oval’s Magarey Room on 11 July 2017. With a dramatic stage set consisting of stage wide scenic imagery and backdrop, SYVA discretely nestled into the side of stage with minimum presence and impact on the look of the room.
Nick Gates, audio engineer for Novatech Creative Event Technology commented: “The L-Acoustics SYVA absolutely excelled for this application. Its wide dispersion angle and consistent off-axis response eliminated the need for nearfield elements on stage lips and wide seating. The tiny footprint of the PA coupled with L-Acoustics' sonic signature delivers one very impressive system.”
Stéphane Ecalle, marketing director at L-Acoustics comments: “The introduction of SYVA is a landmark for L-Acoustics. SYVA is a new breed of sound system combining the benefits of line source technology with a plug-and-play approach, in a sleek design, tailor-made for places where elegance and discretion are paramount.”
(Jim Evans)


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