KOI-USA Awards moves to Hard Rock
Friday, 7 June 2019
hard-rock-koiThe 2019 KOI-USA ceremony will be held in The Joint, within the Hard Rock Hotel complex
USA - The Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA) has announced that the 2019 ceremony and gala dinner will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas. This, the second KOI-USA, follows last year's successful inaugural event, and will again take place during the LDI Conference and Tradeshow.
The 2019 KOI-USA ceremony will be held in the 4,000-seater venue, The Joint, within the Hard Rock Hotel complex. Guests will enjoy a three-course dinner as the nominees and winners are announced in each category: Theatre, Live for Broadcast, and Concert Touring & Events.
"We are thrilled to be moving KOI-USA to such an important entertainment venue," says David Johnson, managing director of LDI and co-organiser of KOI-USA. "The Joint allows us to grow the event, offering a wider canvas on which to showcase all of the talented nominees. It doesn't hurt that Hard Rock also houses the Centre Bar, where the industry tends to congregate after hours during LDI, ensuring KOI-USA is an industry-wide celebration and further networking opportunity."
Following the high attendance and interest in the inaugural ceremony in 2018, the KOI-USA team knew it was necessary to move the ceremony to a larger venue. The Joint is a fitting location for KOI-USA, having played host to some of the biggest names in rock over its 25-year history, including Mötley Crüe, KISS, and Aerosmith.
As ever, the judging process remains key to the Awards' integrity. KOI-USA has welcomed a number of new critics and industry experts to the panels. The full list of KOI-USA judges and awards can be found at the knightofilluminationawards.com website.
In addition to the 19 design awards, the Paky Lifetime Recognition Award will be presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the entertainment technology industry, chosen by members of the KOI Committee. Last year, they unanimously decided to award pioneer of the digital revolution, Pat MacKay, with the award which is named in memory of Pasquale 'Paky' Quadri, founder of headline sponsor Claypaky.
To be eligible for submission, productions must have been performed or broadcast between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019. Submissions will close on 31 July 31. To submit a design for KOI-USA 2019, head to tinyurl.com/KOIUSAsubmit
(Jim Evans)

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