UK - The inaugural Profile Awards were held on Thursday 6 June at the Alexandra Palace Theatre. The event was attended by some 200 guests, of which half were reportedly lighting designers or members of their teams.

Created and coordinated by Durham and Jennie Marenghi in association with the ABTT, the ALPD and the STLD; The Profile Awards recognise lighting design excellence in theatre and television in the UK. Headline sponsor for the 2024 event was Ayrton.

The Theatre Awards were judged by UK theatre critics and were not open to nominations whereas the Television Awards were judged by broadcast professionals and could be nominated by anyone.

Winners of the Theatre Awards are as follows . . .

Outstanding Achievement in

UK - The Association of British Theatre Technicians’ Annual Awards took place on Wednesday evening, 5 June, after the first day of the ABTT Theatre Show 2024 at Alexandra Palace, London

The evening started with drinks served outside the Londesborough Room before attendees took their positions, filling all the seats leaving standing room only, to celebrate those people and products making a difference to the industry.

Ted Moore, director of Rental Services, said of the Awards: “TAIT are really proud to be here once again to sponsor the ABTT Awards, which I truly believe is one of the best award presentations anywhere in our industry. We wish all the nominees good luck and give congratulations to whoever the winners may be.”

The five highly sought after Awards for Lighting Product, Sound Product, Engineering Product, ‘Widget’ and Stan

USA - When fans of Noah Kahan come to see one of the shows on his We'll All Be Here Forever North America Tour - assuming they can get tickets to this largely sold-out trek visiting stadiums, arenas, and amphitheatres across North America between 26 March and 19 July - they’ll see six musicians on stage. What they’ll hear, though, in addition to Kahan’s folky-pop melodies and piercing lyrics, are literally dozens of instruments.

“Everyone plays like 15 instruments each,” says tour monitor engineer Clark Wright, being only slightly hyperbolic. “One person plays a fiddle, 12-string guitar, mandolin, and banjo, and everyone is just constantly swapping instruments. Aside from drums, I think the minimum that someone plays is three instruments and the most is seven or eight. This really is a band of multi-instrumentalists.”

Managing that matr

Germany - PRG was one of the first users worldwide to use the Cameo ORON H2 IP65 hybrid moving-head with phosphor-laser engine in a live production. The laser moving head provided beams and effects on the main stage of this year's OMR Festival 2024 in Hamburg.

PRG and lighting designer Ben Marquardt (QConcept) placed eight ORON H2s on the floor in front of the huge projection screen on which all the talks and presentations in the large hall were projected. The ORON H2 thus accompanied the eagerly awaited appearances of OMR top guests Kim Kardashian, Robert Habeck, Jeff Koons, Rick Rubin and many more.

"The ORON H2 is a special spotlight," says Ben Marquardt. "With its razor-sharp, narrow beams, it is perfect for prominent stage looks and fan effects at the speakers' entrances, but also as a static 'spotlight' when the focus is fully on the talks."

USA - Audinate Group has announced Dante Ready licensing for their Dante AV-A and Dante AV-H networked video solutions. Dante Ready is a licensing programme that allows original equipment manufacturer (OEM) products to ship with Dante installed but not activated, enabling the end customer to add channels of Dante audio and video to supported products in the field.

“With Dante Ready licensing, our OEM video partners can now extend the reach of Dante AV across a wider range of product SKUs without incurring additional licensing costs,” explains Wim Roose, senior product manager at Audinate. “Moreover, Dante Ready brings Dante audio and video channels to cameras, encoders, and decoders already shipping and installed in the field with a firmware update.”

Dante Ready provides a flexible way to enable and expand the connectivity and interoperabilit

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