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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.”

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

 
 
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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

 

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

 
 

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 www.behindthescenescharity.org/btshh.
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 www.esta.org or by emailing btshh@esta.org.
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)

 
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11th Hour powers Cardiff flower show

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

The RHS's Flower Show in Cardiff is the season-opener for the society's large public events and although smaller than its Chelsea and Hampton Court equivalents, it annually attracts in the region of 30,000 visitors. The 2017 edition, the 13th staging of the event, took place in April at Bute Park and Arboretum, in the shadow of Cardiff Castle and once again proved to be a record-breaking spectacular.
Themed around myths and legends, several of the show gardens took their inspiration from tales of magic and folklore and the sheer variety on offer at the show marked it as a special weekend in Cardiff's cultural calendar. Fifty specialist growers were present, educational workshops were held and the focus was firmly on visitors enjoying a relaxed atmosphere in which they could fully appreciate the variety on offer. The Floral Marquees and Plant Village were bursting with demonstrations and fresh planting ideas and the season's curtain-raiser was deemed an unqualified success by organisers and visitors.
Cardiff-based event and project management specialist, 11th Hour, was instrumental in powering the event, taking care of every electrical requirement, including those of the marquees, presentation stages and catering. Five members of 11th Hour's team worked on the site over a three-week period, installing more than five miles of electrical cabling, as well as supplying three 100KVA generators as a back-up power supply. Eighty-five daylight lighting fixtures were installed in the floral marquees. During the course of the weekend itself, 11th Hour staff were on standby

 
 
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PLASA 2017 seminar programme steps up a gear

Thursday, 6 July 2017

UK - The PLASA Show seminar programme is one of its most important and popular features, each year hosting industry experts from around the world who share their knowledge, skills and experience. This year, the new, enhanced programme is set to deliver even more content than before and will feature a diverse range of subjects that will look at topical issues, ground-breaking concepts and deliver real insight into the world of entertainment technology.
The first sessions to be announced take place in the Audio & AV Theatre and include sound designers Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin talking about their incredible work to build a shifting world of sound on The Encounter, Simon McBurney’s solo performance, which traces National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre's journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest; the welcome return of veteran industry journalist Phil Ward, who hosts two panel sessions entitled 360 Degrees of Sound, which will take a look at 3D audio, and dealing with architects and consultants, as well as the intriguingly entitled Was Le Corbusier Deaf or What?; Jon Burton will impart his 10 Top Tips for Touring Engineers; whilst the IPS will take a look at The Ins and Outs of Microphones.
In the Lighting, Staging and Rigging Theatre Richard Pilbrow’s Theatre Projects at 60 - Session: Women Backstage... A New Theatre?, will feature an impressive panel line-up that will look at the rise in women’s contribution to the world of theatre; during Video As Light, award winning video designer Nina Du

 
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Capital Sound MLA tames the elements at Wild Life

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

UK - Now in its third year on the wide-open spaces of Brighton City Airport, the Wild Life Festival, jointly founded by Disclosure and Rudimental, once again brought the best out of Martin Audio’s MLA PA and the Capital Sound crew charged with optimising it.
As with the inaugural event in 2015, gusting 30mph winds on build-up day threatened to play havoc with the sound control but this had largely abated by the time the two-day event got underway (this time moving to a Friday-Saturday slot to avoid interfering with Sunday services at the nearby church).
Said Capital crew chief Robin Conway, “I personally believe the MLA system handles the crosswinds much better than other PA’s.” He also praised the latest DISPLAY software, describing it as “brilliant”. In fact, it has extended the low frequency control beneath the previous 300Hz - and this is essential for a DJ focused event. Conway also added that while there were no delays on main stage this year “we were still able to achieve excellent results.”
The tight multi-cellular control of the MLA elements meant that noise monitoring duties by consultants Vanguardia were fairly straightforward, with offsite thresholds being maintained at the required 75dB while at the same time allowing the main stage bowl sound to exceed 100dB until the sensitive cut-off time of 11pm (and an impressive 96dB in the early hours, when Fatboy Slim performed on the Terminal stage).
The Martin Audio MLA populated the main three of the five stages covered by Capital Sound, including the Wild Life main out

 
 
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2017 PLASA AGM reflects on a remarkable year

Friday, 30 June 2017

UK - The PLASA AGM and Members Lunch returned to Hatfield House on 22 June to celebrate a year of stability, new initiatives and the promise of future growth.
Members enjoyed a productive day where the AGM was followed by an interactive Open Forum with opportunities to participate and ask questions of the board. Drinks in the gardens and a three-course lunch was further enlivened through a high-energy presentation by award-winning speaker and company turnaround expert, Nigel Risner.
The AGM saw presentations from PLASA's chairman Ed Pagett, who touched on the key developments of the last year, including an unprecedented financial turnaround, a much-welcomed move to Olympia for the PLASA Show, a 28% revenue increase for PLASA Media UK and positive outcomes following meetings with Jules Lauve, President of the ESTA Board of Directors.
Pagett mentioned PLASA’s film production rental and studio members, known as ASPEC, who were highly productive in working together to improve and protect their sector of the industry. This bringing together of special interest groups had also been effective in revitalising pro audio support for the PLASA Show and the development of PLASA’s certification programme. This would be rolled out across other areas of PLASA wherever a need was identified.
"We are delighted to be able to present really meaningful progress across so many areas," said Pagett, in closing, taking the opportunity to thank members for their ongoing support for PLASA.
The conclusion of the formal part of the AGM was followed by senio

 
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Two new members for the ISE board

Thursday, 29 June 2017

The Netherlands - Integrated Systems Events, the producers of the Integrated Systems Europe trade exhibition, has announced that Stefanie Corinth, senior VP marketing and business development NEC Display Solutions Europe and Piet Candeel, Senior VP EMEA, Barco, have joined the ISE Board of Directors as of 1 July 2017.
They will replace outgoing ISE board members Wolfgang Lenz from Comm-Tech and Ollie French from Future Automation.
Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Events commented: “I’d like to welcome our new members and at the same time thank the outgoing ones. It’s vital that the ISE board regularly welcomes new members from our extensive exhibitor base so that we are exposed to fresh ideas and experiences.
“Stefanie and Piet will bring valuable market intelligence and insight on the sectors in which they operate. Additionally, they will offer first-hand feedback on how ISE as a trade show works as a vehicle for their products, services and customers.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
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New format for PLASA Rigging Conference

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

UK - The eighth Rigging Conference, being held again during PLASA 2017 at Olympia, London, on Monday 18 September, sees a change in its format and the focus of its content as it moves away from more traditional presentations allowing more time for discussion with delegates and panels of experts.
With a keynote presentation delivered by Morris Lyda, former tour truck driver, roadie, latterly prodigious production manager and owner of the Morris Lyda Organisation, the Conference targets a broader audience, focusing not only on rigging topics but on production and safety issues as well.
Content will be themed around questions raised by the rigging and production communities over the past 12 months and will continue to be developed as additional, pertinent issues are highlighted and will be very much a ‘talking shop’.
“In previous years, we’ve had traditional style presentations with question and answer sessions,” says content curator Chris Higgs. “This year, we’re giving the floor to those attending, whilst still providing informed and current opinion from panellists.
“Guided by the views of the rigging community, the intention is to widen our audience to include anyone involved in production that has a connection with rigging, to keep pace with the growth of media content requiring screens or projection, the advances in audio technology and ever more elaborate sets and props. We’ll have panellists representing producers, production and venue safety, manufacturers and standards writers and of course, riggers.
“We’re d

 
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Knight of Illumination Awards Spotlight Sponsors

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

UK - All Spotlight and Headline Sponsors have been confirmed for the 10th anniversary edition of The Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards, which will be held once again at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London on 17 September.
One of the biggest nights in the Entertainment Technology industry calendar, the KOI Awards celebrate the exceptional creative talents of international lighting and digital content designers working in the UK across the sectors of television, theatre and concert touring & events. Awards in each of these sectors are sponsored by individual industry organisations known as the Spotlight Sponsors.
Coming on board for the first time as Spotlight Sponsors this year are ADB sponsoring the Theatre Award for Plays, Altman Lighting sponsoring the Television Award for Small Studio, Avolites sponsoring the Concert Touring & Events Award for Stage, GLP German Lighting Products sponsoring the Concert Touring & Events Award for Arena, Green Hippo sponsoring the Television Award for Video Graphic Display, and SLX sponsoring the Television Award for Light Entertainment.
They will be joining the 2016 returning Spotlight Sponsors - ETC, d3 Technologies, Hawthorn, HSL, Light Initiative, PRG XL Video, Robert Juliat, MA Lighting and Philips Vari-Lite.
Koy Neminathan, sales director for British lighting and video console manufacturer, Avolites, says: "We have attended every KOI awards since the beginning and we enjoy meeting designers current and new. The event has always offered us the opportunity to network with a large numbe

 
 
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Symphotech helps Retro Festival rock

Friday, 16 June 2017

UK - Symphotech has been entrusted to oversee health and safety and sound monitoring at Let's Rock - The Retro Festival as it heads to eight locations throughout the summer, June 2017.
Famed for its retro throwbacks and vintage fun, The Let’s Rock concert has already visited Cookham, Shrewsbury, Bristol and Leeds, heading onto Norwich, Exeter, Southampton and London. Organisers, UK Live, keen to take their responsibility seriously, brought in Symphotech to ensure the highest level of health and safety services and to make certain noise levels didn’t affect local residents.
UK Live first contracted Symphotech to oversee health and safety last year and following a successful run of the events, UK Live has continued this relationship and also brought in Symphotech’s noise monitoring team to ensure minimum disruption to the local area.
Symphotech’s legal and safety consultant Eddy Grant comments: “As event organisers, UK Live are qualified in event safety, however they have contracted us to ensure quality assurance. We work closely with their team to quality assure the safety documents, liaise onsite with crew and suppliers and ensure the local authorities are kept up to speed. We act like a principle contractor, managing the event on-site to ensure safety regulations are met.
“The UK Live team are great to work with and we have the confidence in them that what’s being done meets with good practice, however we’re there to respond if any incidents do occur or if safety plans need adapting. The event visits eight locations througho

 
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Successful Showlight takes Florence by storm

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Italy - A successful and enjoyable Showlight 2017 took place in May at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Florence, Italy. This much-loved, nomadic lighting quadrennial – the tenth of its kind – was attended by a record number of international delegates with 25 countries represented amongst over 400 attendees. The audience was treated to a broad and varied programme of papers and discussion panels delivered by 27 international designers and artists from many lighting disciplines across theatre, opera, film and television, architecture, live events – and everything in between.
Speakers for 2017 included Durham Marenghi, Phil Méheux, Roger Simonsz, Mikki Kunttu, Al Gurdon, Amy Mae-Smith, Isabel Nielen, Jeff Ravitz and many more. Italian lighting designers from the host country included Marco Filibeck, Vinicio Cheli and Aldo Visentin.
Alongside the small exhibition that surrounded the auditorium, there was plenty of time for socialising at company dinners, the Gala dinner and during the cultural visits to theatres and artisan workshops in and around Florence - all of which were based around the central programme of papers delivered by practitioners of their art. The three days were informal, friendly, informative and entertaining - and a much-anticipated event in the lighting world.
Student participation is always high on the agenda for Showlight and Showlight 2017’s exhibitors sponsored over 40 students, each of whom was assigned to a manufacturer for the duration of the event. Part of the student remit is to help the exhibitors set up and break

 
 
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TSG called in to police Dorset Steam Fair

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

UK - The Great Dorset Steam Fair (GDSF) has commissioned enforcement specialist TSG to patrol and protect its primary areas this summer, working alongside existing security arrangements.
Organisers moved Great Dorset Steam Fair back a week last year, to run across the August Bank Holiday, and it attracts more than 200,000 people over five days, many families among them.
To ensure their safety, operations director Julian Hubbuck has split the site into zones for 2017 and switched from a single security supplier to a number of companies, each playing to its particular strengths.
TSG, which managed a successful deployment at GDSF 2015, returns to the 600-acre site with greater numbers to look after the event’s entertainment areas, including the main music stage, a large fairground and multiple bars.
The agency’s uniformed officers will engage with the public, provide reassurance and address any incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour.
Julian Hubbuck comments: “We missed TSG’s high-profile presence in 2016. The company’s enhanced level of training and experience is a perfect fit for the main licensed area.
“Like any organiser we’re always looking for ways to improve the experience for visitors and exhibitors and a multi-agency approach to their safety is absolutely the right response.”
TSG’s managing director, David Boswell, says: “Team TSG is talking to the other security companies involved and we are focused on the task in hand. Our officers are looking forward to being a part of the solution to ensur

 
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RTS opens entries for Craft & Design Awards

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

UK - The Royal Television Society (RTS), Britain's leading forum for television and related media, has launched the RTS Craft & Design Awards 2017. The Awards celebrate excellence in broadcast television and aim to recognise the huge variety of skills and processes involved in programme production.
Awards are presented in 11 categories including: Design, Make Up Design, Costume Design, Production Design, Effects, Directors, Photography, Lighting and Multicamera, Sound, Editing and Music. In addition, there are three awards given at the discretion of the Judges: Design & Craft Innovation, Judges’ and Lifetime Achievement Awards. Entries are not accepted for these categories but the RTS welcomes suggestions.
This year will see Lee Connolly, creative director at ITV Studios, take over as chair of the awards from former chair, Cheryl Taylor. He says: “The RTS Craft & Design Awards are an excellent way of recognising the extraordinary breadth of talent and depth of expertise we have throughout the creative content industry and I am delighted to be the new Chair.”
All entries must be submitted using the RTS Online Awards Entry System https://awardsentry.rts.org.uk/entrant/index.php by Friday, 1 September 2017. All entries must have been first transmitted between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 and may be submitted by companies or individuals. The Awards will be presented on Monday 27 November 2017 at the London Hilton on Park Lane.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
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Claypaky hosts successful Showlight 2017

Friday, 2 June 2017

Italy - Leading Italian lighting manufacturer Claypaky is proud to have been the Headline Sponsor and host of the Showlight 2017 conference, which closed on 23 May after three extremely successful days in Florence. Over a three-year period, the Claypaky team has worked closely with the Showlight committee to help produce this extraordinary event.
Showlight combines a unique mix of elements - a world-class conference, an exhibition of manufacturers and service providers, and a rich and varied social and cultural programme designed to maximize networking opportunities among delegates, manufacturers, lighting designers and students. Attracting a broad range of the world's leading lighting designers and practitioners, Showlight happens just once every four years, and has long been a favourite event on the professional show lighting industry's calendar.
Staged in the beautiful Tuscan city of Florence, Showlight 2017 saw the highest attendance in the event's history. Around 450 delegates, including some of the best-known figures from the world of show lighting, plus exhibitors and sponsored students, spent three days together watching a total of 29 presentations in the stunning setting of the Palazzo dei Congressi, which includes the grand 19th-century Villa Vittoria and a modern, 1000-capacity conference theatre.
Speakers included Al Gurdon, discussing the lighting of Grease Live! broadcast for the Fox network; Jeff Ravitz on his 33 years of lighting Bruce Springsteen's concerts; Durham Marenghi, who gave a fascinating account of lighting the clos

 
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PLASA Show is back to celebrate its 40th Anniversary

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

UK - PLASA Show will mark its 40th anniversary this September 17-19, with a show that celebrates the evolution of the entertainment technology industry, and an exciting future for the PLASA Show, following last year’s successful move to London Olympia. This year’s show has the support of top industry brands including Platinum Sponsor Robe, Gold Sponsor Chauvet Professional and Silver Sponsor Infinity. Anyone involved in the industry is now invited to sign-up for the show, with free registration open online.
PLASA was originally conceived in 1976 as The British Association of Discotheque Equipment Manufacturers (BADEM) with the mandate to run an annual trade show, and has grown to represent all aspects of professional audio, AV, lighting, staging, rigging and related technologies.
The last four decades has seen staggering developments in technology, and the industry around it, and PLASA Show has grown and adapted with it. Last year saw the show move to a new location at London Olympia and returning to a September date, and with this a fresh enthusiasm from the audience which will take it through to 2017 and beyond.
Mick Hannaford, Manager Director, Robe UK comments, “We have seen the evolution of PLASA Show for many years and are pleased to support the fresh, re-energised approach and new features the PLASA Team have for the show. London is the heart of the creative industry and the perfect place to launch new products and bring to life the very latest Robe technology in an impactful and creative showcase. We are looking forward to t

 
 
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Unusual Rigging supports Green Day at ABTT

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

UK - Unusual Rigging is supporting SiPA at this year's ABTT with a Green Day workshop. On 7 June, Unusual, along with ATG, the National Theatre, Sadler's Wells and others, will run the three hour workshop that centres around how the framework of a circular economy can optimise and drive further value within the live production industry; examples of circular innovations that have captured and delivered further value; and cross industry collaboration on sustainability goals, based on the nine goals of SiPA.org.uk, in order to write an organisational policy.
Tom Harper, Unusual Rigging's sustainability co-ordinator, said: "We are thrilled that the organisers of ABTT have committed to presenting an annual Green Day workshop. The purpose of this is to drive forward the SiPA agenda of igniting sustainable culture change within our industry."
The series of workshops, which will run from midday on 7 June, have been developed to share some of the many sustainability solutions being applied by a selection of the organisations within the 70-strong SiPA alliance. Unusual will be presenting some of the circular business model innovations it has applied, for which it has won high praise from the World Economic Forum two years running.
Tom concluded: "The day promises to provide a series of exciting and thought provoking solutions to how the live production industry can accelerate the transition towards an economy that is robust, resilient and more ecologically restorative by design. We hope those who attend will leave energised, with lots of ideas that they can p

 
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PSA and PLASA collaborate on mental health

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

UK- Mental Health has become a topical subject and has been launched into the limelight with the Royals’ ‘Heads Together’ campaign, promoting conversation to shatter the stigma surrounding the subject. PLASA Focus Leeds 2017 coincided with Mental Health Awareness Week and prompted a collaboration between the Production Services Association (PSA) and the Professional Lighting and Sound Association (PLASA) supported by Back-up Charity.
The live entertainment industry is a fast paced, high pressured industry pushing creativity and technology to the limits with long periods of time away from home and post tour depression just one example of how mental health affects many people in the industry.
The Talk2Me seminar session — introduced by Steve Banks, chairman at PSA and hosting Robert Heath, music Therapist; Chris Madden, student welfare officer at Backstage Academy; Peter Heath, MD at PLASA and Andy Lenthall, GM at PSA — focused on highlighting the emotional and psychological issues faced by so many in the entertainment and creative industries as part of their working lives.
Panellist Chris Madden was the counsellor sent by Production Park to support the Avenged Sevenfold crew earlier this year.
The session referred to the Mental Health Foundation survey quoting only 13% of people report living with high levels of good mental health so therefore most people are suffering or have suffered from a mental health issue at least once in their lifetime.
Robert who has a particular interest in the use of creative songwriting as therapy a

 
 
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Ola Melzig to host Knight of Illumination Awards

Friday, 19 May 2017

UK - Internationally renowned production manager Ola Melzig - head of production for Eurovision 2017 - is set to host the glamorous tenth anniversary edition of the Knight of Illumination Awards. The prestigious ceremony will be held on 17 September at London's Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith.
Throughout his career, Melzig has coordinated innumerable high-profile shows around the globe, including the Commonwealth Games, the Nobel Prize Banquet, and now no fewer than 12 Eurovision productions - all of which are a long way from his first role in the industry, working as a stagehand in 1989. At the 2017 TPI Awards, Melzig was announced 'Production Manager of the Year' as voted for by the public and his peers.
"The Knight of Illumination Awards has become a 'must attend' event in our industry," says Melzig. "Not only does it offer an entertaining evening among notable lighting designers, it's also a flat out great party!"
The Knight of Illumination Awards is the largest UK-based awards ceremony designed to recognise and celebrate the phenomenal talents of international lighting and digital content designers for their spectacular work across the United Kingdom. Melzig adds: "The only thing that could possibly make it better, is if I could win a sword!"
Nominations can be made for the Television and Concert Touring & Events categories at the Knight of Illumination website.
The Headline Sponsors for KOI 2017 are Claypaky and OSRAM. KOI 2017 is also generously sponsored by Spotlight Sponsors ADB, Avolites, d3 Technologies, ETC, GLP German Ligh

 
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Woodroffe & Greil present SA workshop

Thursday, 18 May 2017

South Africa - Patrick Woodroffe and Roland Greil joined forces to present a Lighting Design Workshop brought to the South African entertainment industry by DWR Distribution. The workshop was held at the University of Johannesburg on 21 April 2017 and both DWR and their media partner Pro-Systems, were delighted with the good attendance and positive feedback.
“From my perspective, I think Patrick and I are likeminded in certain things as well as having some shared experiences as we have worked together on multiple projects over the past few years,” said Roland Greil, who is a freelancing lighting programmer, lighting designer and lighting director, as well as an associated partner of Patrick’s company Woodroffe Bassett Design.
“That experience and us knowing each other translated in this joint workshop. I think it is very important to give something back to our great industry and to motivate others who share the same passion and drive that we have. Knowledge is pretty much the only thing that grows when being shared, and therefore in my eyes, it is very important.”
The training session was attended by some 300 delegates from young varsity students to top lighting designers, from technicians to company owners.
“We both enjoyed our experience in South Africa,” said Patrick Woodroffe. “Not just the way that the workshop was received but the whole experience of being in South Africa and understanding the positive and united spirit in your extraordinary country. This optimism was also something that we felt very much in the theatre a

 
 
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Coda Audio USA launches at InfoComm

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

USA - The long-anticipated introduction of Germany's Coda Audio to the United States market is here. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Coda Audio International, Coda Audio USA, staffed by American industry veterans, will introduce itself officially during this year’s Orlando show.
Coda Audio USA offers “a fresh alternative to the US pro audio market. Vastly experienced and with deep roots in Europe, Asia and The Middle East, Coda Audio combines these attributes with a formidable reputation for stunning sound, underpinned by revolutionary technologies and company stability. Coda USA’s mission is to bring this proven audio quality, performance and reliability to the US”.
Luke Jenks, managing director of Coda USA comments: “A scientific approach, brilliant engineers and an ongoing investment in cutting edge R&D make Coda Audio advanced systems possible. However, it’s the real-world results and advantages of applying these systems that matters to our business partners, users and listeners.
“Coda’s approach of ensuring that things are right from the outset has yielded ground-breaking technologies that don't require a physics degree to appreciate.”
(Jim Evans)

 
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NEC Solutions Showcase comes to London

Friday, 12 May 2017

UK - NEC Display Solutions will open the doors of Victoria House, Holborn on 17-18 May to present fully-integrated, readily-deployable display solutions in collaboration with over 35 partners at the NEC Solutions Showcase 2017.
Addressing the needs of specific markets, the NEC Showcase presents the power of collaboration and partnership to perfectly meet the needs of its customers.
The Corporate Zone sees the trend towards multi-usage workspaces with huddle rooms, cloud-based working and live collaboration alongside solutions for employee outreach and motivation.
The Education Zone focuses on higher education with solutions for student-centred collaborative learning in the classroom and in the lecture theatre, alongside campus-wide IPTV signage and security.
Moving to the Transport Zone the emphasis is on innovative passenger communications at the airport, on the underground and at the bus stop, delivering entertainment and information to reduce passenger anxiety.
The centrepiece is the Command & Control Zone with an exceptional 36 screen video wall alongside LED, touch and new curved desktop displays for a truly commanding visual experience.
The Retail Zone includes four retail stores demonstrating innovative ways to engage the shopper with captivating interactive solutions supporting omni-channel campaigns.
This year’s Showcase will see a raft of new products and solutions from NEC with its Open Modular Intelligence platform featuring widely across many vertical sector zones in new V and P Series LFDs powered with em

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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