Night Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight has accepted an invitation to perform the Star Spangled Banner at this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show, which is being held in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia on 3 February. It was confirmed this week that the halftime show will be performed by Maroon 5, with rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi supporting.
There has been criticism directed at some black artists for failing to show solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kapaernick, who has been without a club since 2016 after “taking a knee” during the performance of the anthem in protest against racial injustices. Artists including Rihanna and Cardi B reportedly turned down the show, traditionally seen as a massive opportunity for artists to be seen by a TV audience of hundreds of millions.
Gladys is now facing similar criticism but, in a statement to Variety she said she intends to "give the anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life."
- Five areas in England will benefit from a new £20m Cultural Development Fund. Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright, who announced the winning areas, said the fund would help people build careers in the arts and culture locally but "also boost wider investment and diversify the creative economy". He said: "Creativity, arts and heritage make our towns and cities unique and our communities better places to live. The five areas are:
UK - Sister companies Shooting Partners and Anna Valley have merged under the Anna Valley brand, which has been redesigned to represent a broader service offering and modern style. A new, responsive website has also been created to support the new brand.
The two companies were subsidiaries of the Shooting Partners Group, which launched in 1989 as a camera-hire business and expanded to include AV technology, with the acquisition of Anna Valley in 2000. This announcement comes three years after the Shooting Partners Group underwent a management buyout and follows considerable business growth in existing and new markets. As well as establishing a new AV integration business unit and significantly increasing their rental business year-on-year, in 2017 the group also purchased live event specialists, Matrix UK Solutions which remains unaffected by this re-brand.
The decision to bring Shooting Partners into the Anna Valley stable is motivated by a number of factors, including the convergence of the audio-visual and broadcast sectors and the increasing use of professional camera equipment in the events and corporate markets.
Anna Valley will now offer an end-to-end, production-to-presentation service, providing the expertise and technology for innovative video projects.
“2019 marks our 30th year of operation in the video production and AV sectors,” says Anna Valley managing director Steve Jones. “The company has grown significantly over the last three decades and it’s appropriate for the brand to be updated to reflect our current state, f
Canada/USA - Christie Lites has made a major commitment to Kinesys automation with the purchase of Elevation Liftket 500kg chain hoists as their flagship automation products going forward – both 200V and 400V systems - for North America and Europe.
The initial investment has also included Kinesys LibraCELL load monitoring and Mentor 4 E-Stop aggregators to provide a full Kinesys safety architecture as well as the powerful and flexible Kinesys Vector control.
This will be available to clients worldwide throughout all of Christie’s 13 shops.
The move coincides with the appointment of Mark ‘The Drifter’ Desloges to head up Christie’s new Automated Motion Control & Rigging division, established to co-ordinate this specialist area of technical production.
Extensive specialist Kinesys training will be implemented for all Christie crew working on the systems.
Drifter will be based in Toronto, Canada, and will spend his time between Christie’s facility there and, primarily, their Orlando hub, the home of Christie Lites Enterprises and where much of the Kinesys kit will be stationed when not on the road.
David Bond of Kinesys USA commented, “Huntly Christie is very discerning when it comes to choosing the brands and product types his company carries. We are very proud to be his chosen automation manufacturer and envisage a prosperous relationship with his company. Drifter’s energy and experience, along with the Christie Lites sales team, will help drive our products to the current Christie Lites market and beyond, furthe
USA - Panduit Corp has acquired global AV manufacturer Atlona.
As part of the acquisition, the Atlona team will join Panduit’s Enterprise business group. Atlona will continue to serve its customers from its global headquarters in San Jose, California for all sales, customer support, and training related inquiries.
“Atlona has been at the forefront in developing cutting-edge AV technology that embraces the full potential of the convergence of AV and network infrastructure,” explains Dennis Renaud, president and CEO of Panduit. “Their industry-leading solutions complement Panduit’s extensive physical infrastructure portfolio, which will allow us to offer customers a quality end-to-end solution as they move to increasingly complex network infrastructure systems.”
Ilya Khayn, Atlona CEO adds, “There are strong synergies between our companies including a culture of providing innovative, high-quality, customer-driven products, along with outstanding customer support capabilities. This partnership will ultimately provide our market channels with a single-source solution and expand our footprint globally.”
Panduit Corp. develops physical infrastructure management solutions. The company serves education, computing, network, operations, storage, healthcare, government, energy, machine building, and shipbuilding industries through a network of electrical, electronic, network, and industrial automation distributors worldwide. Panduit Corp. has strategic alliances with Cisco Systems, EMC, IBM, and Rockwell Automation. The company was foun
UK - Chroma-Q will celebrate its 15th year as a producer of premium performance LED lighting products by showing several new innovations for the first time at BSC Expo 2019, Battersea Evolution, London, 1-2 February.
Chroma-Q has been a pioneer in the development of LED lighting for entertainment applications since launching the Color Block DB4 in 2004. The brand's latest generation of film & broadcast lighting solutions utilises Chroma-Q's proprietary homogenised optics, colour management and dimming technologies - drawing upon 15 years of LED expertise - to deliver a superior quality of light output and colour consistency.
The Brute Force powerful new, LED alternative to traditional light sources such as a quarter ‘Wendy Light’, will be making a big impact this year. Capable of delivering up to 140,000 lumens and drawing just 15 amps @ 240V, the larger Brute Force 6 is a versatile, controllable fixture that could change users' approach to lighting.
Making its BSC debut, the new Studio Force II high intensity, tuneable white LED wash batten delivers variable colour temperature, plus/minus green shift control, and can produce deep saturated colours when needed.
Widely adopted by major film and television companies, the award-winning Space Force LED space/soft light combines a powerful output with tuneable white control in a lightweight, internally ballasted design featuring low heat convection cooling.
Also showing at BSC for the first time, the Vista 3 by Chroma-Q lighting & media control system provides simple, visually-ba
UK - Question Session will return with a full programme across two Glasgow city centre venues on 8 February. The Lighthouse on Mitchell Lane will host this year’s daytime conference, followed by a live music event at The Old Hairdressers on Renfield Lane.
Now in its fourth year, this free conference offers a comprehensive, tailored programme of workshops, seminars and panels featuring prominent professionals from all areas of the music industry.
Focused on innovation, education and exploring current issues, Question Session 2019 is organised by music business students of New College Lanarkshire to enable delegates to connect, share knowledge and create new opportunities with established industry practitioners; initiating discussion, and exposing new talent.
Topics for Question Session 2019 panels and seminars will include the following: Releasing your music; Nurturing new talent; Working as a recording engineer; Promoting your event; Mental health in music.
The first series of intimate workshops will include hands-on experience in: Introduction to modular synthesis with Rub-a-Dub; Promoting your music successfully; Resolving legal issues pertaining to the music industry.
The following participants will be in attendance, plus many more prominent names: Ableton; Sub Pop Records; DF Concerts – Chris Beltran; Help Musicians UK; Pledge Music; Scottish Music Industry Association; Creative Scotland.
“Question Session is a superb networking event and platform for anyone interested in a career in the music industry,” s
Europe - Eurotruss is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month. Martin Kuyper, company founder, states; “I am extremely proud and grateful for all the love and support I received from great people, partners, and users during this incredible Eurotruss journey. Together with all of them, we have built a world leading brand representing not only high-quality truss and stages but also an amazing team of dynamic people who, on a daily base, do great work for our users and partners.
“It all started in a small barn in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. Today our truss finds its way into 97 countries, represented by 40 distributors, three Eurotruss sales offices and three factories including Total Structures, leading brand in the USA. A lot happened since that 17th of January 1994, but it flew by and the journey has been full of energy, joy, and happiness. I feel blessed.
“I want to thank all of you supporting the product and the brand. I cannot wait for the next 25 years to come as our future looks bright and we still enjoy every day the rush of making awesome products and providing you with the best support and solutions.”
Thailand - Allen & Heath has announced the appointment of Sonos Libra as its exclusive distributor in Thailand.
Sonos Libra has a strong presence as a pro audio distributor in SE Asia and already represents the Allen & Heath brand in Vietnam. With an experienced team they have quickly garnered a reputation for first-class service and customer support. Allen & Heath’s comprehensive product portfolio allows Sonos Libra to fully address a broad range of market segments, from audio installations through to the most demanding touring applications.
Markus Sinsel, sales director at Allen & Heath, says: “We are very pleased to be working with the Sonos Libra team in Thailand. They are a young, dynamic company who have rapidly built an impressive standing in the region. We are looking forward to continuing to work together to further strengthen the brand.”
Alfonso Martín, Sonos Libra’s CEO, adds: “Allen & Heath was a ‘must-have’ brand for us in Thailand. We know how much Thai customers like Allen & Heath products, particularly in compact digital and touring formats and we’re extremely excited to be able to bring the full range to the market.”
The partnership takes immediate effect with plans for regular training, product support, stock availability and product presentations.
Turkey - Harman Professional Solutions has announced a new distributor partnership with Ertekin Elektronik in Turkey.
The distribution agreement entitles Ertekin Elektronik the right to distribute the full range of products offered by Harman Professional Solutions. The agreement covers the JBL Professional, AMX, Martin, Soundcraft, AKG, Crown, dbx, BSS, Lexicon, and Studer brands, providing a 360-degree solution to customers requiring audio, video, lighting and control solutions.
“We are excited to partner with Ertekin Elektronik in this very important region,” said Mark Coombes, regional director, MEA at Harman Professional Solutions. “We are looking forward to our collaboration with Ertekin Elektronik to lead our iconic brands towards the future. We are confident their experience and in-depth knowledge of the Turkish market to support our customers’ needs on an ongoing basis.”
“We are delighted to be distributing the complete Harman Professional Solutions range in Turkey,” said Yurder Ertekin, sales and marketing manager of Ertekin Elektronik, “HARMAN offers a great portfolio of quality brands, which are completely aligned with our customers’ needs. With our expertise and the brands that Harman Professional Solutions offer we will be able to offer a complete solution.”
USA - Wireless touring professional Ike Zimbel will provide introduction and training for both Professional Wireless IAS software and the Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom system during AES@NAMM. The one-hour training sessions will be held at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel’s NAMM U Education Centre, adjacent to a brand-new pro-audio exhibit space. The RAD and IAS sessions will take place on Thursday 24 January and Saturday 26 January at the Anaheim Hilton.
Professional Wireless’ Intermodulation Analysis System (IAS) software is the industry standard frequency coordination software that has been used on every major sporting and broadcast event since its inception. Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom system operates primarily in the VHF band clearing valuable UHF bandwidth for other systems.
Zimbel will demonstrate the system from base station to belt pack. Topics covered will include Analog RF transmission scheme, best practices for set-up and deployment, using the GUI to program bases and belts, "Scene" memory in belt packs and why the UV-1G makes the most sense for your intercom inventory.
“Available UHF bandwidth is being reduced to just (at most) 150MHz making spectral efficiency of paramount importance,” adds Zimbel. “With the very small footprint of the UV-1G UHF transmit frequencies and the fact that the belt packs operate in the relatively open VHF band (also with a very small RF footprint), the UV-1G is the best choice for large intercom intensive events, small "dry hire" rentals and everything in between.”
USA - QSC has announced the expanded role of Brands on Stage as its Latin American distribution partner for the company’s Live Sound division. Brands on Stage will now manage the QSC live sound portfolio throughout Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, and Paraguay, enabling new QSC brand-growth opportunities with Latin American channel partners and their customers.
“We are very excited to be part of the QSC family. Our work philosophies are 100% aligned. For many years, Brands on Stage have continually strived to keep improving ourselves and today we have our reward – the honour of carrying the flag of QSC and its representation throughout Latin America,” says Guillermo Promesti, principal of Brands on Stage.
“We have plans to offer educational seminars and product presentations throughout the region for our customers, to share QSC’s amazing portfolio of products, such as the TouchMix compact digital mixers and the K.2 Series,” Promesti adds.
“Brands on Stage has been with QSC for many years and is a collaborative partner in every sense”, adds Gina Bergmann, Sr. director of sales for Canada/Latin America/Asia Pacific, QSC Live Sound. “With their proven results, reputation for customer service and education throughout the Latin America, we’re excited to see the fruits of their efforts in this expanded regional role.”
UK - Penn Elcom, manufacturer of 19-inch racking and flight case hardware, has expanded the latch producing line its Washington, Tyne & Wear UK base, adding three new jobs, and 10 new machines as part of a £50,000 investment to update and expand its production of latching mechanisms.
Nearly everything needs a latch of some sort, and multiple types and styles of Penn latches are made here - for a range of flightcase and 19-inch racking products used in all sectors of the entertainment, professional AV and IT industries. This includes anything from technical rental company equipment flight cases to installed racking systems housing amplifiers, servers and other devices.
The investment and reorganisation of the latch line took just five months and will boost capacity by 30% to over 2m latching parts per year. It has been overseen by Penn Washington production manager Steve Langdon.
The Latches are made available worldwide via Penn Elcom’s international distribution network which covers all continents and countries.
Sixteen skilled people are now dedicated to the latch production element of Penn’s UK manufacturing operation, producing a variety of latches.
The machinery itself comprises a mix of old and new bifurcated rivet machines which include some that are pedal operated, fully guarded and yield approximately 120 finished parts per hour.
“It has been a fantastic project,” states Steve, “our goal was to create a pleasant, modern working space for employees that we could also showcase to our customers as a well-plann
USA - Rational Acoustics, developers of the Smaart acoustic test and measurement software platform, has announced the relocation and expansion of its US headquarters.
The new HQ, located at 32 Crabtree Lane in Woodstock, houses Rational’s administration, sales, product development and warehouse operations as well as a new in-house Smaart training centre. At 5,700sq.ft, the new building is nearly three times larger than Rational’s previous offices and will accommodate the company’s continuing growth in personnel, sales and training.
“This is an incredibly exciting time for Rational,” comments Karen Anderson, Rational Acoustics’ CEO & co-founder. “Over the past 10 years we have grown from a little four-person start-up to a company of 11 people. We have more than doubled our personnel, tripled the number of Smaart classes we hold each year and quadrupled our sales. Our original offices served us well, but we have simply outgrown them. We needed to find a space that would accommodate our vision for the future of Rational Acoustics.”
One of the primary features of the new building is the addition of an 1,100sq.ft Smaart training centre. This facility will host a variety of Smaart classes throughout the year, including the standard three-day Smaart Operator Fundamentals class, as well as some new, shorter advanced/special topic seminars which will be introduced in the coming months. With over two acres of land surrounding the building, attendees will be able to gain hands-on experience utilising Smaart with larger systems and in both
USA - LA-based ADJ Products has acquired Eliminator Lighting in a bid to broaden its product range. All existing Eliminator Lighting fixtures are now available from ADJ USA, whilst ADJ Mexico will distribute the brand in Mexico.
ADJ dealers will now be able to purchase Eliminator products alongside equipment from ADJ Lighting, American Audio and Avante Audio, allowing for consolidated orders to minimise shipping costs. To welcome Eliminator Lighting to its new home at ADJ Products, its to be re-branded with a sleek new logo.
Eliminator Lighting’s long-serving product manager, Albert Paredes, will stay with the company. Paredes has extensive experience in the lighting industry and is no stranger to ADJ, having worked in the company’s Service Department for many years prior to moving to Eliminator.
New products will continue to be added to the brand’s catalogue, continuing its focus on providing affordable lighting and special effect products to event professionals that offer unbeatable value.
President of the ADJ Group of Companies Toby Velazquez comments: “This is an exciting development for ADJ Products as Eliminator Lighting has a great range of value DJ products that fit into our diverse network of customers. It also means that the ADJ Group’s product catalogue now covers every type of application and budget; ranging from Eliminator Lighting at entry level, to ADJ covering the mid-market and Elation Professional serving top-end theatrical and touring productions.”
Singapore - Serapid Group, a supplier of lifts, quick die change and horizontal transfer systems, has announced that as part of its international growth strategy Serapid has opened a new company in Singapore, with Robert Degenkolb, formerly of J.R. Clancy, joining the organisation as managing director.
Degenkolb has 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry in project management and sales and most recently as managing director of J.R. Clancy‘s Singapore operation. He will remain based in Singapore where he has been residing since 2011. Prior to Singapore, Robert worked as a project manager for J.R. Clancy and oversaw the successful completion of numerous entertainment projects in both domestic and international markets.
As part of the opening of the Singapore office, Ivan Seigneur has transferred from Serapid France to join Robert in the role of technical manager, and Yu Rong Chen (sales manager, China) will also now report to Degenkolb.
The opening and resourcing of the office is part of Serapid’s on-going strategic growth plan and reflects the increasing volume of work that Serapid is securing within the Asian region. Iain Forbester (vice president business development) stated, “The opening of the new company in Singapore and its initial resourcing reflects Serapid’s commitment to the region and the desire to provide better service and support. This is the first step towards establishing a much stronger regional presence. As well as sales and mark
Italy - Audiolux is one of the first Italian rental companies to stock up with a large number of Axcor Profile 600s. Claypaky has recently launched this LED spot profiler on the market and it has been an immediate success among industry professionals and workers.
The Lodi-based company has purchased 100 standard version Axcor Profile 600 units, in order to add a successful reliable light to their stock for use in the numerous shows and theatrical, musical and television events it is involved in.
Ettore dell'Orti, owner of Audiolux, told us that a lot of thought went into choosing the Axcor Profile 600. He analysed and discussed it with his employees right down to the last detail. "We set up our showroom with all the most competitive models on the medium-high power LED spotlight market. After that, we invited the biggest names in Italian lighting design in the theatre, television and concert businesses to drop in over the course of two weeks, including Marco Filibeck, Aldo Solbiati, Ivan Pierri, Franco Fratus, Valerio Tiberi, Massimo Pascucci, Daniele Savi, Franco Busi, Marco De Nardi, Marco Piva, Steve Gray and many others."
"We did some very in-depth testing with each of these professionals and compared all the models offered by the various manufacturers. In the end, figures in hand, we chose the ones that turned out to provide the best compromise between performance, light quality, reliability and value for money. The Axcor Profile 600s scored very high values in all parameters. They did not really show any weaknesses at all.”
The Netherlands - Blumano, engineering consultancy for design and safety in the entertainment Industry is expanding its operation with the announcement of Blumano Netherlands. This prime west European base will work in close collaboration with the existing offices of Blumano in the UK and in Italy.
Michiel van der Zijde is joining the ever-expanding organisation, who in addition to his extensive knowledge of stage machinery, brings a background in project management to the dynamic equation. He is an industry professional and has an impressive track record in production design and product development spanning over 20 years with experience working as a technical producer with industry leading brands.
“We share the same core values - a commitment to excellence, a passion for what we do and a dedication to making our industry a safe working environment. It’s the art of finding the optimum balance between creativity and pushing the envelope in safe and practical scenarios” commented Michiel.
The team worked with Michiel on several projects including the 2018 Beyoncé and Jay-Z On the Run II tour, which is where they noticed his erudite approach to project management and substantial knowledge of technical co-ordination, calm character, and the ability to source cost-efficient engineering solutions that do not compromise on safety.
Blumano is specialised in atypical technical frameworks - all of the areas that standard engineering companies might choose not to handle. This often includes dealing with performer flying, moving elements above aud
UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) has been selected to provide distribution for the Valencia-based Work Pro Audio brand's range of solutions for the installations market.
AC-ET was selected by Tim Riley of Work Pro UK master distributor, Polar Audio. Under the agreement, AC-ET will supply dealers, system integrators and venues with Work Pro's range of portable PA systems & installation speakers, amplifiers & rack-mount mixers, and media players.
Steve Eaton, senior sales executive in AC-ET's audio team, comments: “We are very happy to be selected as a distributor for Work Pro, and to add yet another high quality audio brand to our portfolio. Work Pro offers a very extensive range of installation and professional audio products, meaning we can offer solutions from the brand to cover a whole host of requirements, all of which are very high quality and cost effective. We expect a lot of interest in the product range.”
Riley adds: “I appointed AC-ET as I knew their audio team would be more than qualified to specify the Work Pro products owing to their high level of technical expertise and experience supplying to these markets. In addition, I needed a company that was able to fully support the brand by offering stock on the shelf of popular lines, competitive pricing, and first class customer support at every stage from pre-sale to post-installation.”
USA - Bose has acquired ZiipRoom, a developer of productivity and connectivity software for meeting rooms, conferences and devices.
ZiipRoom will integrate into Bose Professional, the dedicated group within the company that focuses on the needs of professional audio designers, consultants and system integrators.
ZiipRoom CEO and co-founder Martin Bodley (former CEO of RevoLabs) will be leading the enterprise conferencing category for Bose Professional at its headquarters in Framingham.
“We are thrilled to bring ZiipRoom technology to Bose Professional,” states Martin Bodley. “Bose is heavily investing in developing the next generation of communications tools, and we share their values. We look forward to combining forces to offer market-driven solutions and engaging, user-friendly experiences.”
Canada - HHB Communications Canada has announced their appointment as the exclusive Canadian distributor of sE Electronics.
sE are a Shanghai-based manufacturer that produces microphones and accessories. Their design, engineering and the vast majority of their manufacturing takes place in sE’s own factory.
In 2006, sE released the original Reflexion Filter. Since then, over 120,000 sE Reflexion Filters have found homes all over the world.
sE’s global sales and marketing director Toni Scherrenberg says: “Over the last few years, we have launched very successful products that have found their way into the hands of some of the finest artists on the planet, and we're just getting started. I am very pleased to announce that HHB will take on sE Electronics distribution for Canada - HHB are truly Canada's leader in professional audio and music production technology, and with their expertise and infrastructure I am confident that they will succeed in taking our business to the next level.”
Dave Dysart, HHB Canada’s president, states: “I have always been very impressed with the quality, unique designs and value for money that sE products offer. We look forward to expanding their presence in the Canadian market.”
UK - The future of DJ exhibition BPM has been secured with the launch of a new limited company, BPM Shows Ltd.
The show, previously organised by Marked Events as BPM | PRO, was initially cancelled following Marked Events' liquidation in the summer of 2018.
But a joint effort led by some of the affected companies who worked closely with Pete Williams of Mobile DJ Network (MDJN) ensured BPM 2018 took place last October in a less costly, more business-friendly environment at Cranmore Park, Solihull.
BPM Shows Ltd is led by show directors Steven Boys, an experienced mobile DJ/sound and lighting engineer with a background in weddings and events organising, and Jack Wilson (Kent Media Group). They will be supported by a team of well-known industry figures including Mark Parkhouse (FBT Audio) and Kris Dawber.
Wilson comments: “We are very proud to officially announce the return of BPM, not as a last-minute rescue plan but as an exhibition with a future and a strategy for supporting the industry.
“Our plan is rooted in the success of 2018 - an affordable annual event that offers true return on investment and which grows at the rate the industry needs. I’m delighted to say that the 2019 show is already almost entirely sold out. That’s a huge vote of confidence and we take that support very seriously.”
Boys adds: “We also want our visitors and the wider industry to let us know what they want from BPM. Those opinions are at the heart of making BPM a success and we would love to hear from you.”
BPM 2019 will take place at
UK - Alexander Production Services (APS) has strengthened its in-house stock of entertainment technology through delivery of Elation’s all-weather Proteus Hybrid moving head and multi-functional Smarty Hybrid moving head.
Located near Reading, with roots in the entertainment technology industry that go back to 1996, APS focuses on event management and power, lighting and sound supply for private and corporate customers, as well as architectural lighting.
“Because we do a lot of lighting work outside and within marquees, having high quality IP-rated lights is key to our success in delivering these types of installations,” says APS’s Richard Alexander. “With its exceptional power, IP rating and flexibility, the Proteus Hybrid will be invaluable for architectural and entertainment lighting, and we believe these fixtures will be attractive as part of our dry-hire stock to high-end third-party event companies for large entertainment venues.
“For example, we are often asked to light up buildings/objects where there is no immediately available power. The Proteus will allow us to illuminate these features from a considerable distance.” Alexander adds that they will also have application when supporting firework displays with other lighting effects.
Also added to APS inventory is the Smarty Hybrid, Elation’s compact and efficient CMY colour mixing hybrid moving head that APS plans to employ on high-end events and dry-hire projects, as well as architectural and even retail applications. “It is brand new, high-end and extremely versat
Europe - High End Systems has announced that entries are now open for Hog Factor 2019, taking place at Prolight + Sound on 3 April in Frankfurt.
Open to all aspiring lighting practitioners, university students and apprentices, the competition is back on a bigger scale than ever before, welcoming entrants from across Europe, Africa and the Middle East regions.
Hog Factor was first held in the US (2015) and has grown its reputation in the industry for being the chief lighting programming competition across the globe. In the first phase of the competition, entrants are invited to program a light show on a Hog console to a specified song via a visualisation file. The deadline for submissions is 26 February 2019. Following this, judges will select three shortlisted teams who will receive free travel and accommodation for Prolight + Sound 2019 (2-5 April).
The teams will compete against one another with a performance of their lighting show on the High End Systems booth at the exhibition. This will be in front of a live audience of industry experts and a panel of judges who will then announce the winners.
Nina Mesitz, a member of last year’s winning team Status Cue, commented positively about her experience of the competition: “The hands-on approach and interaction with industry professionals is invaluable. There is much to learn and vital key contacts to make for the future. It is an opportunity not to be missed for anyone with a passion for a lighting career.”
ETC vice president of marketing David Lincecum added, “Hog Factor is excit
Philippines - DPA Microphones has announced the appointment of Music & Audio Solutions & Services as its new distributor in the Philippines.
The agreement is effective immediately and covers all markets, including live sound, house of worship, broadcast, pro audio, film and theatre.
Founded in 2007, Music & Audio distributes products for a wide range of manufacturers involved in the sound reinforcement and musical instrument industries. Brands such as Korg, VOX, Smarvo and Lava Cable are included in the company’s roster. Thanks to a strategic partnership with Audiophile Components Inc. - the largest pro audio distributor in the Philippines with a total of 70 dealers/contractors nationwide – DPA products will now be available through 12 Audiophile branches in and around Manila.
Commenting on the appointment, Dominic Tsang, DPA’s APAC area sales manager, says: “We are pleased to have found an experienced partner in the Philippines and I am confident that with its solid knowledge and local expertise, Music & Audio will be able to serve our current and future customers promptly, efficiently and in the best way possible. By having Music & Audio as a partner, we are ready to expand our sales network to different market segments and capture the full potential of the Philippines.”
Jun Fernandez, managing director of Music & Audio, adds: “DPA is a technology leader in the pro audio market and a company with a strong product development team. In recent years they have launched numerous cutting-edge products to differ