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PLASA 2016: Coffee and Cake with Team Hawthorn

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

UK - It's always nice to meet up with Martin Hawthorn, Managing Director of recently re-branded Hawthorn as it usually means an informal chat over a cup of coffee and some of his wife Lynn's excellent baking. This time was no different and gave us an opportunity to talk about recent developments within the business.

A recent re-brand was part of a consolidation of Hawthorn's business interests following the purchase of Anagram Production Services and Rex Howard Drapes, both now firmly under the new banner of Hawthorn and has allowed them to simplify the company structure ahead of their 30th anniversary in the events industry, in February of 2017.

"PLASA is a good show for us to reach a multitude of different sectors and we catch up with an amazing number of people over the 3 days of the show," says Martin. "Our approach to exhibiting is a little different. We don't have an actual product to sell so our focus is on building and maintaining relationships and PLASA is a good place to this."

"My benchmark is fairly simple," he continues, "If I put £100 in a jar for each customer I see - this is generally the cost of going meet someone at their work. Then if the value of the jar is more that the cost of my show stand, I've had a successful show"

Hawthorn have had a great year, winning some top contracts including the installation of the Stanford Hall Theatre, at the British army's base for injury rehabilitation and a two year deal to provide the installation of the annual Adobe Conference.

As award-winning, creative technical event experts and na

PLASA 2016: Momentum Circuits brings new facet to PLASA Show

PLASA 2016: Momentum Circuits brings new facet to PLASA Show

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

UK - For the first time, Momentum Circuits have introduced audio & lighting application circuit board manufacturing to the PLASA Show to reflect their expertise and experience gained within these sectors.

Managing director, Keith Wrigley told LSi: "LED lighting PCB applications represents over 70% of our business turnover and the experience we have with thermal management of high power LED devices and specialist materials is directly applicable to the PLASA audience and co-exhibitors."

Audio application circuit board d K6s also require the very highest quality, connectivity and aesthetic appearance to match the aspirational nature of high-end equipment, and Momentum have a growing number of pro-audio and control system customers including other PLASA exhibitors who encouraged Momentum to attend the show.

"The results so far have been hugely encouraging and we have already committed to next year's event in the hope that 'manufacturing' and engineering based cost reduction becomes a regular feature of the PLASA event," says Keith.

Momentum Circuits Ltd. Stand K6

(LSi Online)

 
 
PLASA 2016: Anne Valentino wins prestigious Gottelier Award

PLASA 2016: Anne Valentino wins prestigious Gottelier Award

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

UK - This year's prestigious Gottelier Award was won by Anne Valentino, Senior Controls Product Manager at ETC.

Named in memory of Tony Gottelier, the renowned industry innovator and commentator who passed away in 2006, the annual Gottelier Award aims to recognise those product developers who have made significant long-term contributions to the advancement of entertainment, presentation or installation technology - whether in audio, lighting, rigging, staging, or any other related field.

The competition was tough, with this year's nominees being Chris Cronin, founder of Total Solutions Group (TSG), Artistic Licence founder Wayne Howell, Dr Christian Heil founder of L-Acoustics, Masaaki 'Mick' Okabayashi, head of Yamaha's digital mixing console development team, Yvan Péard, co-founder of Ayrton, The Strand Lighting R&D team, 1960s-1980s, led by Marin Moore and later by David Bertenshaw and winner Anne Valentino.

Anne has spent most of her working life contributing to the creation of lighting control consoles. Starting as a technical director at a Houston performing arts centre, she worked for lighting manufacturer Kliegl before moving on to Strand Lighting. Here she began her work with lighting control products which would define the industry, from later versions of the Strand Light Palette, through ETC's Obsession and Expression consoles, to Vari-Lite's iconic Virtuoso and back again to ETC where she developed the Eos, Ion and Gio consoles.

"I was deeply honoured by this. Tony Gottelier was one of my favourite people in the industry and being a

 

PLASA 2016: Interactive installation a huge hit

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

UK - Developed by Soulsound, PLASA's first foray into the world of interactive visualisation has been an immersive experience for everyone who has gone along to the installation on the upper gallery at London Olympia. Headline sponsor NRG Lighting Community (Next Robe Generation) with participation from: Funktion-One, University of Derby, d&b, KLANG, preeVue, Limbic Productions and Barco; additional sponsors: ZEROdb Live, Genius Bros, J&C Joel, Sound Directions and tvONE.

The interactive zone features a maze of exciting and thought-provoking experiments in audio, lighting and visual wonders. Simple, entertaining and educational each experiment proves a concept, or demonstrates a principle to wow the user with a little bit of science.

There's virtual reality and prisms, experiments on perception and even a 'Brain Transfer Machine'!

The experiments end with 'Lens through a Stereogram' - an interactive art installation that explores the notion of visual and sound perception, in particular in relation to dementia.

The installation is being developed as part of a wider project, in which a series of interactive arts installations investigate how the sense of perception, sense of the self and forms of expression may change in people affected by dementia.

Check out this exciting installation at PLASA Show on the Gallery level!

(LSi Online)

 
 

PLASA 2016: Chauvet launches latest innovations

Monday, 19 September 2016

UK - PLASA Gold Sponsor, Chauvet Professional, has chosen PLASA 2016 launch its new Ovation E-260WW IP ellipsoidal, which has taken the 750W HPL output of the Ovation E-260WW (which is currently the brightest LED ellipsoidal on the market) and has housed it in an IP65 rated housing.

The company is also featuring one of its most versatile fixtures, the Rogue R1 FX-B, which has five individually controllably heads, each with infinite rotation of both pan and tilt, and its new Maverick series which launched in April of this year. Maverick is Chauvet Professional's latest power-packed series of tour grade moving head fixtures featuring the MK2 Wash, MK2 Spot, and MK1 Hybrid.

"We are thrilled to be returning to PLASA as a Gold Sponsor this year," said Michael Brooksbank General Manager of Chauvet Europe. "The response to a number of our latest fixtures, including the Maverick series, Strike 1, and the Rogue R1 FX-B has been extremely positive, as well as the feedback we've received from the theatre community regarding the popular Ovation E-910FC and our new Ovation E-260WW IP launched at the show earlier today."

(LSi Online)

 

PLASA 2016: Ayrton shows swathe of new products

Monday, 19 September 2016

UK - Ayrton has built a deserved reputation as a maker of original, eye-catching and well-engineered lighting effects - and has introduced a multitude of new products in 2016, many of which can be seen for the first time in London at PLASA. You can see them on stand L30, where the French innovator can be found alongside UK distributor Ambersphere Solutions.

Drawing attention are MagicPanel-FX - an exciting new multi-function luminaire with 5 x 5 array of squared lenses on its front face producing a variety of 2D and 3D effects, which builds on the creative potential of its predecessors in the MagicPanel family - and MagicBurst, which is not only Ayrton's first strobe but the industry's first high-power graphic LED strobe, offering continuous rotation on both axes. Its 384 x 384mm squared face has 3,840 high-output white LEDs grouped into an 8 x 8 matrix - great for arrays. With its new ultra-compact 1,300W power supply, MagicBurst can deliver peak light output of over 240,000 lumens (at 5600K) - for several seconds.

Inspired by fixtures from the '70s and '80s, AlienPix-RS uses modern technology, optics and LED sources to create a multi-rotational fixture with eight axes of continuous rotation and six individually controllable beams.

Also on show will be the WildSun-S25, the colour-mixing cousin of the WildSunK25 washlight, with 217 highly efficient RGBW LED emitters into a compact moving head and punching out 60,000 lumens, equivalent to a 4K HMI - as well as familiar favourites including the MagicDot-R, MagicBlade-R and the Nandobeam range.

Stand:

 
 
PLASA 2016: d&b audiotechnik all over Olympia

PLASA 2016: d&b audiotechnik all over Olympia

Monday, 19 September 2016

UK - d&b audiotechnik will be hard to miss at PLASA 2016, with plenty of opportunity for visitors to view the company's latest sound innovations, and to meet and chat with experts from the d&b GB team.

Newly appointed d&b sales partner SFL Group can be found on stand V60, where d&b's DS10 Audio network bridge will be shown, alongside other points of interest from the company's portfolio. Also exhibiting is d&b sales partner SSE/Wigwam, at stand J20, where visitors can find hands-on introductions to d&b's NoizCalc, the far field noise immission modelling software and the new QSC plug-in Q-SYS. NoizCalc is also up for a PLASA Award for Innovation (and don't forget you can see all this year's nominated product upstairs at the Innovation Gallery).

d&b GB is also playing key roles in a number of new PLASA Show attractions this year. For those thirsting for audio networking technology knowledge, the DS10 will be a focus of attention during the Dante Event - a day of discovery and discussion around the Dante protocol - which takes place on Tuesday 20 September from 10:00.

Visitors can also take a trip through The Exploratorium, an interactive mini-maze of experimental spaces brought to you by SoulSound, and encounter Head Space by d&b's Bill Brooks. "Acoustic experiments have proved to be a very effective and inspirational way of educating the industry," says Brooks, "and The Exploratorium is the ideal platform to demonstrate this."

Meanwhile, d&b's Oran Burns will enrich the seminar schedule with Democracy for Listeners, the next level on Mond

 
PLASA 2016: Hall Stage presents LivePipe

PLASA 2016: Hall Stage presents LivePipe

Monday, 19 September 2016

UK - Hoffend LivePipe hoists - Engineering Product of the Year at the 2016 ABTT Trade Show - are on the Hall Stage PLASA stand N40.

The innovative approach taken to design and operation has led to a faultless installation in Tennessee, completed by BellaTEX Inc. & Ty Prewitt sent this independent report:

"I have nothing but good things to say about the LivePipe product. It offers significant and unique advantages - & showed us it will work in very difficult situations.

"LivePipe was not only the best solution in this case, but its cost was on par or lower than other options. I believe it's appeal will be broad. It can be exceptionally quick to install. Since it doesn't include hoisting a 150Kg motor, 'quick' actually has some validity.

"The assembly and installation process is significantly simpler than any other products I've encountered. The heaviest section was easily carried and into the building by two people.

"The double helix cable management is functional and even...attractive...if one can say that about cable(!) This is a very exciting new product with some remarkable innovations. I encourage everyone to look closely at it for any new or existing projects you're working on."

Stand: N40

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(LSi Online)

 
 
PLASA 2016: Elation's biggest line-up for PLASA Show

PLASA 2016: Elation's biggest line-up for PLASA Show

Monday, 19 September 2016

UK - Announcing an unprecedented line-up of new, cutting-edge, entertainment lighting innovations at the PLASA Show this year, Elation Professional can be found on Stand C40. The company's bumper line-up includes the new Fuze Series of dynamic LED wash lights, the ZCL Series of high-output LED effects, and the DTW Series of variable white LED lights.

Visitors can also find the new seven-colour Platinum Seven LED wash luminaire, plus the TVL CYC RGBW cyc wash fixture, the Sniper Pro (an upgrade of the PLASA Award-winning Sniper 2R with three times the power) and the Protron 3K Color, a high-power 40,000 lumen LED colour strobe.

Elation's line of creative high-res LED display panels, the EVHD Series, comes in three pixel pitches (2.8mm, 3.9mm and 5.9mm). EVHD modules are curveable, to meet a wider range of creative applications and feature a fanless design with complete front and rear service access.

Plus - don't miss your chance to see the popular X-Series of award-winning hybrid fixtures . . .

Stand: C40

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(LSi Online)

 
PLASA 2016: Silver sponsor Infinity shows latest innovations

PLASA 2016: Silver sponsor Infinity shows latest innovations

Monday, 19 September 2016

UK - Netherlands-based Highlite International was founded in the 1990s and has since grown to be one of Europe's leading suppliers of show equipment and a worldwide distributor of light and sound equipment. What started as one container of show equipment has grown into a company that supplies products to over 70 countries and employs a workforce of over 150. Its brands are Showtec light, DAP audio, Infinity light, DMT LED-screens and Artecta architectural lighting.

Of particular interest on its stand this year are the Showtec LED Sunstrip Lamp GU10, Infinity Chimp 300 and Infinity iS-400 440W LED-spot with CMY.

More than 60,000 Showtec LED Sunstrip Lamp GU10 have been sold since the Sunstrip Active was launched - the equivalent of 600,000 halogen lamps.

"As LED technology becomes more advanced, it's now possible to replace the Sunstrip halogen lamps with an LED variant," says Tim Dautzenberg, who handles the company's marketing. "What's more, this can be done without having to modify the existing electronics!"

The Infinity Chimp 300, meanwhile, is a truly cost effective solution for lighting control needs. Designed to use an industry standard programing syntax via encoders and hard keys, the Chimp 300 houses a 22" full HD touch screen which allows connection to one extra, external touch screen. This provides familiar, easy-to-use screens that can be programmed in minutes. The Chimps use proven European software with a robust design all backed by a two-year warranty.

Finally, Infinity iS-400 440W LED-spot with CMY is a 440W LED spot moving head, wh

 
 
PLASA 2016: Essential Dante Training Seminar

PLASA 2016: Essential Dante Training Seminar

Monday, 19 September 2016

UK - Taking place at PLASA Show, the Essential Dante Training seminar, sponsored by a number of leading audio technology companies, including Audinate, Focusrite, Solid State Logic, Roland, Yamaha and XTA, has been designed to give a great opportunity to gain a greater insight into Dante Audio Networking Technology, which has become the de-facto standard in connecting uncompressed, highly synchronous, low-latency audio network devices.

Introduced by PLASA's managing director Peter Heath, the seminar will include Dante Level 1 and 2 training from Audinate's Kieran Walsh, live table-top displays and a session on deploying Dante networks in live events from Liam Halpin.

"Audinate is pleased to co-present this day of seminars in cooperation with PLASA," says Kieran. "Attendees will receive training that will help in taking the Dante Certified exams, discover how some of the largest live productions have used Dante to deliver audio, in combination with rich control all over a standards-based IP network, get hands on with Dante enabled equipment provided by our sponsor manufacturers, ask questions, and experiment with setups at our table top demo sessions."

The seminar runs from 10.00-15.30 on Tuesday 20th September in the Apex Room.

To get your ticket for the PLASA Show, click here!

(LSi Online)

 
PLASA 2016: Audio - it's back in the game

PLASA 2016: Audio - it's back in the game

Monday, 19 September 2016

UK - Audio is higher on the agenda at this year's PLASA Show. There is an increase in representation from manufacturers, whether exhibiting in their own right, or in partnership with their dealers and distributors; within the seminar programme with sessions such as Pin the Mic on the Actor, AV Installation Strategy for Venue Owners and Beyond Surround - immersive sound techniques; and educational events like Audinate's Dante Training Programme and

Merlijn Van Veen's Low Frequency Control primer, proving particularly popular.

With the first day of the show completed, there is a definite air of optimism around Olympia, particularly from the audio fraternity. We talked to some returning exhibitors and some first timers to see exactly what it is that is making this such a positive experience for them.

"PLASA needs people from the audio industry to get behind it," says SFL managing director Tom Jeffery, a first time exhibitor at PLASA and their presence has been prompted by their appointment as a d&b audiotechnik sales partner. "We're going through a change in our industry. PLASA needed to adapt and I think that process has started. We've known PLASA's new managing director Peter Heath for a long time through Roland and it's great to have that fresh blood coming in.

"I think the venue change is great. I like the fact that it has natural daylight and I like being upstairs. We came away from yesterday having had some great conversations with existing customers and with people we didn't already know.

"We're here to support our dealers," adds d&b's Gi

 
 
PLASA 2016: Platinum sponsor Robe lights the way

PLASA 2016: Platinum sponsor Robe lights the way

Sunday, 18 September 2016

UK - Immediately following the launch of Spiider, PLASA 2016 Platinum Sponsor, Robe, is set to show this latest, innovative product at PLASA 2016. Spiider builds on the extreme success of Robe's best-selling 'industry standard' LEDWash series with a completely new concept and optics.

"Spiider is really something special which everybody will love!" says Robe's CEO Josef Valchar. "Forty-two Spiiders will be in action on the Robe booth - which is an absolute 'must-see'!"

As well as Spiider, Robe will be showing Halo and the Viva LED.

Halo is a special bespoke new Robe LED 'pixel technology' device, which can be used to transform PAR cans and add other dimensions to stage and TV sets, whilst the Viva LED is a moving light that has driven the introduction of a CMY version of this small, punchy workhorse fixture.

"PLASA is an important show," continues Josef. "We recognise London as an entertainment industry capital of the world, which is why we are focusing on three innovative new products there."

The full Robe UK and International teams will be available on Stands D40 and F40, which will feature another new and eye-catching environment this year, with a design inspired by a typical London street scene.

Robe will also be offering its famous hospitality and, as a sponsor of The Exploratorium with Next Robe Generation, fully embracing the spirit of invention and imagination synonymous with the exhibition, as well as supporting Monday night's official PLASA party.

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PLASA 2016: Yamaha and Nexo connect

PLASA 2016: Yamaha and Nexo connect

Sunday, 18 September 2016

UK - At PLASA 2016, Yamaha Commercial Audio and Nexo are demonstrating the seamless connectivity of their products. The jointly-hosted stand J10 features a unique, zoned design which showcases a range of scaled audio solutions - from the smallest room to the biggest stadium. A significant feature is a comprehensive Dante network, allowing staff to demonstrate the ease with which Yamaha and Nexo products can be seamlessly networked to provide complete, easily managed system solutions of any size.

The stand will feature a significant new Yamaha product, alongside the flagship RIVAGE PM10 and CL/QL series digital mixers, the Commercial installation Solutions (CIS) series of processors, mixers, amplifiers and loudspeakers, plus a range of input and output options.

Key Nexo products on show will include the ID Series (ID24 and S110 sub), GEO M6 compact line array and DTD amplifiers and controller.

Technical staff from both companies will of course be on hand throughout the show to demonstrate products and answer any questions.

Stand: J10

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(LSi Online)

 
 

PLASA 2016: AC-ET Zone showcases leading brands

Sunday, 18 September 2016

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET), a leading one-stop provider of professional equipment to the entertainment industry, will showcase a selection of the very latest technology solutions available from their vast portfolio of over 200 leading brands, in their large exhibition zone (main stand E30) at PLASA 2016 - Olympia, London, UK, 18th - 20th September.

Staff from the company's dedicated Lighting sales division - which supplies any aspect of your stage, theatre, or architectural lighting system - will be present to demonstrate the latest lighting solutions from brands including Chroma-Q, Jands, ProLights, Spotlight, LumenRadio, Luminex and Tourflex Cabling, amongst others.

The company's dedicated Film & TV sales division - which offers a comprehensive one-stop inventory of lighting, control and grip solutions for film, television, studio and location applications - will showcase the latest solutions from Chroma-Q, Fiilex, Mole-Richardson, Manfrotto & Avenger, and LumenRadio.

Tourflex Cabling (stand F30), AC-ET's in-house added-value service, understands just how critical cables and connections are to the entertainment industry. Last year alone they made over 100,000 cable assemblies, including more than half a million metres of exceptional quality cabling - a command performance by any standards. They carry a vast range of cables, including data, mains, audio, video, multicore, and a choice of industry standard connectors. They keep large volumes of popular cable types in stock at their warehouses in High Wycombe and Leeds - avail

 
PLASA & Artistic Licence put Art-Net 4 in the Zone!

PLASA & Artistic Licence put Art-Net 4 in the Zone!

Sunday, 18 September 2016

UK - As the most widely supported ethernet lighting protocol in the industry, Art-Net has arguably come of age with the release of version 4, which is timed to coincide with the PLASA show.

Artistic Licence is well known as the inventor of Art-Net and a leading expert in lighting control, and as such is the perfect host for PLASA 2016's dedicated Art-Net Zone. This exciting new initiative - on Stand R71, on the show's upper level - is supported by PLASA and LSi magazine and aims to provide expert education and training on the use of Art-Net and related protocols.

The Art-Net Zone promises to be a hub of activity, with many of the industry's most knowledgeable experts in ethernet and DMX/RDM lighting control on hand to provide one-on-one training, mini-seminars and practical product advice in an 'Art-Fest' session. Visitors will find Wayne Howell & Fraser Connolly (Artistic Licence), Hamish Dumbreck (JESE), Peter Willis (Howard Eaton Lighting), Bob Goddard (Goddard Design Co.), Jon Hole (Eaton - Zero 88 Series), Geoff Archenhold (ISTL), Iain Ruxton (Speirs and Major), Tapio Rosenius & Gorka Cortazar (LDC). AV support is to be provided by TSL Lighting.

Art-Net 4 provides a significant advance in lighting control because it incorporates management of the gateway data source; this allows users to choose Art-Net as the discovery, management and RDM tool, while using sACN for the live control data. Flexibility is further enhanced by the elimination of 'multi-homing', which means that Art-Net 4 does not require multiple ports to have different IP addresses.

 
 

PLASA 2016: Don't miss 'The Story of the National Theatre's Lightboard'

Sunday, 18 September 2016

UK - Forty years ago this October, the new National Theatre building opened on London's South Bank. It housed three theatres, production workshops, rehearsal rooms and all the state-of-the art technology you'd expect in a new world-class venue. It was also home to a new kind of lighting control capable of dealing with the National's 800 plus dimmers, moving lights, colour changers, projectors and more. Specified by theatre consultant Richard Pilbrow and partner Dick Brett, Lightboard offered a wealth of powerful tools for mixing and balancing lighting, creating cues with complex timing and overlapping fades. At best it was considered only borderline possible with the technology of the day - but with a mix of clever planning and cunning engineering by Rank Strand's development team, the project was realised.

The recent recovery of an original Lightboard by the Backstage Heritage Collection, and the development team's 2016 Gottelier Award Nomination, prompted this year's PLASA Show to host "Inventing The Future: The Story of the National Theatre's Lightboard," presented by Rob Halliday, lighting designer, programmer, author of LSi's Classic Gear column and founder member of the Backstage Heritage Collection. Taking place in the PLASA Lighting Theatre at 2:00pm on the 19th September it's your opportunity to spend a riveting hour and a half with Rob as he tells the story of the birth, life, death and subsequent renovation of this seminal piece of lighting history.

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PLASA 2016: Pin the Mic on the Actor seminar

Sunday, 18 September 2016

UK - Today at PLASA, Zoe Milton from the Association of Sound Designers (ASD) presents Pin The Mic On The Actor, a session that has previously featured in the PLASA Show Seminar Programme and received such a good response that she has been asked to run it again.

During the session, Zoe will give a practical demonstration of wireless mic dressing - how to hide them, dress them, colour them, make them work with long hair, short hair, glasses, hats, wigs, or on someone who is completely nude. Putting the over the ear, under the ear, in the hair, on the cheek, hip, groin, small of the back. Whether the mic is micropore, Transpor, Tegaderm, Hapla band or Zinc Oxide, this seminar will look at the many different options for mounting a mic and transmitter on an actor.

The session takes place in the Audio and AV Theatre on Sunday 18th September from 15:15 - 16:00

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(LSi Online)

 
 

PLASA 2016: AV Installation Strategy for Venue Owners

Sunday, 18 September 2016

UK - Today at PLASA, James Gosney, Head of Installed Sound at Stage Electrics and Emma Bigg, AV Architect at Octavius RE will look at the important questions to ask when designing an Audio Visual Installation.

"A good, well-designed and installed audio system should last a venue at least 20 years," says James. "However, there are too many times where I'm called in to design a new audio system for a venue, simply because the original one wasn't designed and installed properly. The aim of this session is to save you, time, money and heartache."

James and Emma will take you through the necessary steps to ensure your system design and installation exceeds your customer's expectations and highlight the potential pitfalls along the way. Based on a wide variety of real life experiences, with examples of good and bad practice this seminar will give you the tools to ensure the best results every time.

The session takes place in the Audio and AV Theatre on Sunday 18th September from 16.15 - 17.15

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(LSi Online)

 

PLASA 2016: Don't miss the global event for the Rigging community

Sunday, 18 September 2016

UK - The 2016 PLASA Rigging conference, sponsored by Unusual Rigging, Outback Rigging and PRG XL Video, kicks off on Monday under the watchful eye and steadying hand of Total Solutions' Chris Higgs. Now in its seventh year this annual industry assembly opens with a keynote address from the father of the modern rigging industry and founder of Stage Rigging Inc., Rocky Paulson.

During his presentation, Rocky will talk about his career as a rigger and the influences that shaped it. "I feel very lucky indeed to have been invited to speak at this year's conference," he says. "I'm very much looking forward to being there, not least to renew old acquaintances and make new ones."

Chris should have his work cut out during the day's other sessions as we look forward to hearing from industry heavyweights the likes of; Chris Skeith, The AEO, Mark Surtees, Outback Rigging, Tom Goode, Goode Projects, Adam Searle, Rigging Team, Mark Ager, Stage Technologies and many more, as they tackle this year's hot topics - including Chain of Command, a session exploring the relationships that exist between the different stakeholders employed in a show; news and updates from PLASA on the NELC, NRC and trainee rigger scheme, a report from Ron Bonner on the progress of making CWA 15902 into an EN; and a look at the world of flying PA systems, as well as the complex discipline of performer flying.

Just added to the programme; the final session - an update on ICoPER by Bill Sapsis, Sapsis Rigging and Nick Barnfield, before the day wraps up with a round of post conference aperitifs!

 
 

PLASA 2016 back in the thick of it

Sunday, 18 September 2016

UK - PLASA opened the doors of Olympia this morning with a sense of anticipation. And it wasn't disappointed. It seems that answering the industry call to relocate back to the PLASA Show's original turf has payed dividends.

"It was encouraging to see so many people arrive for the very beginning of the show," says PLASA managing director Peter Heath. "PLASA's emphasis is where it should be, creating opportunities that will lead to sustained growth for our commercial divisions, leading back into the membership through increased activities and initiatives. The relocation to West London, and the move to a September date, as well as an enhanced seminar programme, more interactive showcases and technical workshops are all part of this, and were very much driven by member feedback. Early indications are that it's working."

So what is in store for day one? As well as a host of innovative products to see from the 200+ brands, there are PLASA's free-to-attend seminars, which have always been a key attraction of the show.

Always a favourite is the annual Rigging Conference and Forum, but there are also seminars covering the hot topics in audio, lighting, AV, staging and those all-important business skills.

With two seminar theatres, product demo areas and interactive showcases situated on Olympia's Gallery floor, highlights for day one include, Pin The Mic On The Actor presented by Zoe Milton from the Association of Sound Designers (ASD); Stage Electrics' Jamie Gosney and Emma Bigg from Octavius RE talking about AV Installation Strategy for Venue Owners; and Inv

 
PLASA 2016: Clay Paky shows broad portfolio

PLASA 2016: Clay Paky shows broad portfolio

Friday, 16 September 2016

UK - Clay Paky is thrilled to be celebrating its 40-year milestone at PLASA 2016 (Stand N42-K42) and welcomes visitors to the Clay Paky Universe, inside the Ambersphere Solutions area, inviting you to get up close and personal with its broad portfolio of trailblazing creative tools.

On debut is the Scenius, the new beam shaper at the top of the Clay Paky moving head range. Its advanced optical unit and the 1400W OSRAM discharge lamp provide very high light output and an excellent CRI. Its framing system consists of four independent overlapping blades which create shapes of all sizes and proportions by working simultaneously on four different focal planes

The Hepikos is a 700W washlight that combines low power consumption with color quality, without compromise. Thanks to its PC front lens (° 185mm) and narrow 5° beam angle, the fixture can also produce a sharp, thick beam, which can be used for striking, coloured aerial effects.

The Shar-Bar is an advanced moving LED bar with features that transform it into a brand new multi-beam effect light. It fits six 30W powerful new Osram Ostar RGBW LEDs. The optical unit coupled to each LED consists of a motorized system with double mirror: this means each light beam can be pointed independently of the others or locked within a 60° (+/-30°) cone. Thanks to this ingenious, original optical unit, the SHAR-BAR can produce an effect similar to six separate lights working synchronously or asynchronously.

Odeon is a series of pure architectural lights (IP66), which are designed for architects on the ba

 
 
KOI Awards 2016 launches event app

KOI Awards 2016 launches event app

Thursday, 15 September 2016

UK - Prestigious lighting and video content design awards ceremony the Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI) has launched a new interactive event app for the 2016 edition.

The app serves as a one-stop hub for KOI Awards' shortlisted designers, guests, sponsors and interested parties to engage with the event and its celebration of lighting and video content design across theatre, television and concert touring and events.

With a clean, intuitive interface and branding for the Awards' valued Headline, Spotlight and Table sponsors, the free-to-download app offers users all the information about the event they could need in the palm of their hand, from shortlists to social media links.

Content creation, communications and events agency The Fifth Estate, that produces the event, worked alongside developer eStage Digital to introduce the new digital tool. The app is available on both iOS and Android.

"This is our second year producing the KOI Awards and we knew we wanted to bring the event further into the digital age," says The Fifth Estate's creative director and KOI event director Sarah Rushton-Read. "The app is essentially a virtual event programme, which includes useful information such as an interactive map to the venue plus the latest KOI news. What's great about it is we can keep developing it for years to come - we already have exciting ideas on how to build on it for the KOI Awards 10th anniversary in 2017."

The KOI Awards ceremony and awards dinner will take place on Sunday 18 September at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith. The Awards was origina

 
PLASA 2016: City Theatrical showcases new technology

PLASA 2016: City Theatrical showcases new technology

Thursday, 15 September 2016

UK - At PLASA 2016, City Theatrical will be demonstrating their new technology on stand H50 at Olympia London, including new B-Series Dimmers for LED tape, RGBI QolorFLEX LED Tape, new products from Pathway Connectivity, and the newly released Lightwright 6.

Andrew Voller will be also be on the stand demonstrating Moving Light Assistant Software.

City Theatrical is launching a new group of uniquely featured, high quality, constant voltage B-Series Dimmers in a variety of capacities and configurations. All partner perfectly with City Theatrical QolorFlex professional quality LED tapes.

The B5 Dimmer is a five-channel x 8A constant voltage dimmer in a rugged steel case. The five outputs give users the ability to run a full 40A of load such as RGB (three channels) plus bicolour tape (two channels), or RGBA (four channels) plus WW (one channel).

Three types of DMX connections are included (5 pin XLR, RJ45, and terminals), as well as a four button user interface to make address and parameter selections.

The B4 x 5A RDM Dimmer is a sleek and tiny constant voltage dimmer that can control 20A of LED tape load. Its connections are all on terminals.

B4 x 5A RDM DINrail Dimmer is a DIN rail version of the B4 x 5A RDM Dimmer with all the same features, for users who prefer a DIN rail approach to installation. All connections are terminals.

The B4 x 5A RDM DINrail RJ45 Dimmer is a DIN rail version of the B4 x 5A RDM Dimmer with all the same features except the DMX connections are by RJ45 connectors for fast setups. Power in and output connections are o

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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