PLASA announces 2010 Gottelier Award short-list
This will be the fourth Gottelier Award - named in memory of the former designer, developer and commentator Tony Gottelier (pictured), who died in 2006. The Award (sponsored by Lighting&Sound International magazine for which Tony Gottelier was a regular contributor for many years), aims to recognise those who have made a significant and sustained contribution to the development of entertainment technology. Former winners are Tony Andrews of Funktion One (2007), John Stadius of Soundtracs/DiGiCo (2008) and Alex Cooper of Klark Teknik and Midas (2009).
This year's nominees are, in no particular order:
Richard Cuthbert is director of engineering for Global Design Solutions (GDS) and prides his design of all GDS products on making a real difference to the industry and end user.
Thanks to Richard's work, GDS has introduced several industry firsts including Blues System, a maintenance free working light system; Mobal, the world's first fully automated Socapex Tester; a new cue light system allowing for the connection of a stage manger's desk via CAT5; and wireless DMX Uplighters that charge in the flight case via mains or a solar panel. These solutions are all driven by Richard and his ability to convert his ideas into actual products.
Fred Foster is Chief Executive Officer of ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc.), and one of the best known designers and developers in the industry. He started ETC in 1975 with the goal of installing the first memory lighting-control system in the New York Metropolitan Opera House. During his time he has developed a wide range of innovate products including Mega-Cue, perhaps the first console to utilise digital multiplexed data over two conductors between the desk and dimmers; the Concept console that led to the Expression/Express line of control desks; the Obsession Console and the Sensor Dimming System. He contributed to the design of the Eos, Congo and Ion desks and led the commercialisation of what became the Source Four family of spotlights. He was also a member of the USITT panel that defined what became the DMX-512 protocol.
Stephen Court has a long, innovative history in the industry. For many years he was the driving force behind Court Acoustics and his Black Box and Ramjet loudspeaker systems are known industry-wide. Now in his sixties, Stephen operates a leisure and arts centre in Taunton, but is still highly active in the design and manufacture of sound products. Some of Stephen's career highlights include creating the first off-stage mix in 1972; forming Court Acoustics, pioneering early PA systems and introducing the world's first stereo graphic equaliser and portable spectrum analyser in 1973; supplying the first line arrays to the Royal Festival Hall in '76 and introducing Black Box, the first PA to be used as line array in '78. In the nineties Stephen invented Sound Check, the world's best selling test CD.
Nominated for the fourth consecutive year, well-known industry figure Wayne's innovative products span the entertainment and architectural markets. He helped develop ESTA standards DMX512 and RDM, created Art-Net - the royalty free control protocol - and initiated the Zero Carbon Project and authored Control Freak and Rock Solid Ethernet.
Udo Kuenzler founded GLP in 1994. GLP's debut in Frankfurt featured the Patend Light, Udo's innovative fixture combining the mechanics of a moving head and a moving mirror. Recently, the Impression moving head brought the advantages of LED technology to the masses in an affordable, tourable and usable fixture. New innovations in incorporating LEDs int