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eventbritebanner-ecodesignEcodesign industry task force ‘positive’ as EU submits revised draft
Friday, 22 June 2018

Europe - As the professional entertainment lighting industry continues to seek an exemption for specialist lighting from the European Union’s Ecodesign regulation, an industry task force has said the situation is “far more positive” and “greatly improved” following the latest round of talks with the EU.
The EU DG Energy has now passed a revised draft of the regulation, with its content expected to be revealed in a few weeks as it progresses through the committee stages of the process.
The Professional Entertainment Lighting Products Ecodesign task group – the body representing the industry during the public consultation – has confirmed there will be a ‘comprehensive’ list of exempted lamp base types, but some specialist lamps used for non-entertainment purposes may not be included.
The full content of the regulation will be publicly available from November and the directive is set to become law in September 2020. A further update on Ecodesign will be given during the PLASA Show taking place at London Olympia on 16-18 September.
The industry task group comprises Adam Bennette (PLASA), Christian Allabauer (OETHG), Randell Greenlee (VPLT) & Silke Lalvani (PEARLE). It released the following statement:
“On 20 June 2018, the period of public consultation for the proposed Ecodesign regulation – that will affect lighting products of all types – expired. The EU DG Energy department has passed on a revised draft to the next st

james-wood-arena-events-solutionsArena Events Group acquires Events Solution
Friday, 22 June 2018

UK - Arena Events Group has acquired specialist barrier and fencing company Events Solution.
The acquisition, worth £2.5 million, will see the Worksop-based company integrated into Arena’s current UK business.
Events Solution founder Richard Herberts is stepping away from the business, with James Wood set to continue as MD.
Arena UK & Europe CEO, Grahame Muir, comments: “Our business strategy is to provide a comprehensive suite of services to event organisers. Events Solution is a very well run and invested business and one we believe has significant growth opportunities. Having a new northern base works strategically very well and we aim to replicate this at our Cambridgeshire hub next year.
“Building on this years’ recent acquisition of furniture specialist hire companies, GLD and portable refrigeration supplier Ice House Rentals, the addition of Events Solution adds yet another in-house capability to Arena Events Group. This diversification adds expertise, extending our offering to existing clients as well as attracting new clients to Arena’s services.”
Events Solution MD, James Wood, adds: “Since being established in 2010, Events Solution Ltd has established a phenomenal array of clients ranging from film premieres in Leicester Square to mass participation events to national music tours and festivals. Joining the Arena Group will give us the resources and extended client network to continue growing our client portfolio in line with our ambitions. Myself and the team are very excited about a strong future as part

 
 
absenAbsen announces Europe showcase events
Friday, 22 June 2018

Europe - Absen Europe’s latest LED display technologies will be presented during its Stronger Together showcase events, taking place across 30 European cities this summer. The events kicked off this week in Madrid and Barcelona (19 and 21 June respectively) and will be followed by open days in Italy, France, UK, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands and Turkey. 
The events are open to prospective clients as well as rental stagers, integrators and distributors alike, and will feature key products in Absen’s range, including the new rental and staging Polaris Series, the award-winning fixed install Acclaim Series, as well as an introduction to Absen’s control room dedicated CR Series. 
Each event is taking place over one day and will be attended by Borja Janariz Sanchez, Absen Europe’s corporate and retail industry director, alongside Absen Europe regional managers.
The schedule so far includes:
26 June: Milan, Italy
28 June: Paris, France
29 June: Padova, Italy
29 June: UK (venue TBC)
02 July: Brussels, Belgium
03 July: Frankfurt, Germany
05 July: Ireland (venue TBC)
06 July: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
25 July: Istanbul, Turkey
Dates for Portugal, Poland and Sweden will be announced soon.
To register for the above events, and for the latest list of events planned, visit www.absen-europe.com or contact the appropriate regional manager.
Borja Janariz Sanchez, A

 
londonlaunch-pressreleasePLASA Show proves its staying power
Friday, 22 June 2018

UK - On a high from last year’s 40th anniversary celebration, PLASA Show returns to London Olympia on 16-18 September, providing a stage for the world of live entertainment technology. The show continues to explore the cutting-edge of innovation and creativity and brings the biggest brands to thousands of visitors.
Audio heavyweights L-Acoustics, Peavey and Adamson, and lighting pioneers Robe, DTS, ETC and Philips are among the 200+ brands exhibiting at the show. And, with last year’s showfloor selling out, extra stands have been released for smaller companies representing all sectors of the industry, from DJ and club, to worship and education.
The show provides invaluable opportunities for those with an interest in working with lighting consoles and loudspeaker systems by providing dedicated training sessions and demos. There will also be more hands-on experiences than ever before, where visitors can sharpen their skills on the latest products guided by expert brand representatives.
New features include a showfloor seminar theatre that will serve as an epicentre for production specialists and riggers looking to elevate their knowledge. This is in addition to the lighting, pro audio and AV, and Fast Track theatres on the Gallery level, delivering continuous next-level content throughout the show.
The Gallery will include an enhanced bar area, a PLASA Members Zone, and a photography display of the Lightpower Collection which shines a light on live rock 'n' roll performance.
PLASA’s internationally recognised Awards for Innovation

 
 
hpl-hqAvolites appoints HPL as Brazilian distributor
Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Brazil - Avolites has struck a new partnership with HPL Light Company, who will represent the British brand's Titan products in Brazil.
Sāo Paulo-based HPL has a 15-year history as a distributor of entertainment lighting and sound products in the country. The company has announced it will be holding a series of workshops on the Titan range for its customers.
Andrea Nascimento, CEO of HPL, comments: "Avolites is a renowned company with lots of market and industry know-how. Partnering with them brings value to both our company and to our clients in many ways. We hope that this partnership will strengthen ties with the market, increase the demand and supply of Avolites in Brazil and bring many benefits to us all."
Larissa Gaeta, marketing director for HPL, adds: "HPL offers the Brazilian market a lot in the way of professional lighting solutions, but until now we have not stocked a premier lighting console brand. This new partnership with Avolites means that we can offer a complete high-end lighting solution to our customers."
Javier Pastor Moreno, LATAM area manager at Avolites, adds: "HPL is one of the most important distributors in Brazil, not only because they have one of the best technical teams, but also because of their incredible reputation and position in the market."
(Jim Evans)

 
adam-hallAdam Hall Group opens Experience Centre
Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Germany - A gathering of customers, industry partners and employees heralded the official opening of the new Experience Centre at the Adam Hall Group headquarters located in Neu-Anspach near Frankfurt.
Using the theme Come Together, the benchmark was set from the onset by a sound-and-light show with pyrotechnics. Special guests and famous music acts provided the entertainment. Speeches by company founder David Kirby and managing directors Alexander Pietschmann and Markus Jahnel rounded out the house-warming party.
More than 20m euros has been invested in the construction of two new building complexes, the Experience Centre and the expanded Logistics Park.
The Experience Centre has been specially designed for business customers, partners, organisations and employees and, as an architectural hallmark of the Adam Hall Group, includes a fully-equipped product showroom, a large theatre auditorium for live shows and demonstrations.
It also houses educational facilities for the newly-founded Adam Hall Academy, which as of 18 June, offers a full seminar programme for the industry in conjunction with DEAplus, the German Event Academy organisation and the company restaurant coined. The integrated R&D and engineering department in the other half of the Experience Centre houses an anechoic measuring room, various endurance and climatic test rigs, a photometric laboratory and ample space for modelling and 3D prototyping.
“The dynamic markets of our time require courage, mobility, innovation and high customer orientation,” says CEO Ale

 
 
pasmaTV studio sentenced for worker’s death
Wednesday, 20 June 2018

UK - Folkstone’s Magistrates Court sentenced Maidstone Studios Limited to pay a £30,000 fine and £6,487.76 worth of damages after a worker fell to his death.
Justin Newitt fell five metres through an opening on the roof at the TV studio on 23 September 2015 after using an unsafe mobile access tower to climb to the roof.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) identified a lack of planning with regards to the condition the tower, which had ladder sections the wrong way round, damaged bracing and inadequate guardrails. No formal planning had been recorded and there had been no supervision on how the work was being carried out.
HSE also highlighted that Mr Newitt had not been trained to erect the tower safely.
HSE inspector Stephen Green comments: “Had the work been properly planned with suitable access equipment, correctly placed and erected, by those with adequate training, the work could have been done safely and this tragedy could have been averted. Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work related fatalities in this country and the risks associated with working at height are well known.”
PASMA, the Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association, has said the case had been “a particularly distressing incident, as the Association goes to great lengths to promote the safe use of mobile access towers”.
PASMA chair, Gillian Rutter, comments: “This

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 19 June 2018

EU Lighting Proposals - MP Will Quince has called on the government to “do all it can” to protect theatres from EU lighting proposals. He said the proposals would have a “serious negative impact” on the sector both artistically and financially.
MP for Colchester, Quince raised the issue in the House of Commons last week. He said: “Some may ask: Why shouldn’t theatres and other performance venues play their part in saving the environment? Well, the theatre and entertainment industry do want to play their part, they fully support the sustainability agenda and are taking steps day by day to improve their environmental standards, however introducing these regulations without having an exemption in place will have a serious negative impact across European entertainment industries. This would far outweigh the positive intention behind these proposals.”
Quince told MPs that the total cost of replacing lighting fixtures, if the regulations were introduced, would be an estimated £1.2 billion to the UK theatre industry. He added: “The introduction of these proposals would stifle innovation and as a result we would be left with little more than harsh, unflattering floodlights with which to light our productions. The technical problems with LED lighting would severely affect the artistic quality of the performances. The richness in lighting for a live event lies in the diversity of light sources, colours and intensity. Without it our world-famous productions would be left flat.”
School Building - Arts Educational Schools in London has

 
 
stage-setStage|Set|Scenery offers start-ups a platform
Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Germany - At Stage|Set|Scenery, which will take place from 18 to 20 June 2019 in Berlin, event industry start-ups can present their products to expert international audiences, establish important business contacts and secure new markets. They will benefit from attractive rates, say the organisers.
At Stage|Set|Scenery 2019 companies which have been on the market for up to three years will pay a net flat rate of 1,250 euros. Services covered by this fee include a stand occupying 7.5sq.m, construction of the stand, furniture, carpeting, electricity, exhibitor IDs, AUMA fees and a media package.
Stage|Set|Scenery takes place every two years on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. Last year, some promising start-ups were already in attendance. FRAMED immersive projects GmbH & Co. KG, for example, which gave a live presentation of the usomo sound installation at the SoundLab. The system creates a 3D listening experience and turns rooms into a walk-in, interactive sound landscape.
”The audience members immersed themselves in the usomo sound landscape which they could individually explore by moving freely around the SoundLab“, said managing director Steffen Armbruster. “Stage|Set|Scenery was an excellent platform that let us showcase usomo at a professional fair.”
Other exhibitors included the start-up Riverside Solutions which displayed its Misto APS software, a web-based scheduling and administration system for theatres which was designed in close collaboration with several Finnish theatres.
(Jim Evans)

 
production-parkProduction Park pledges Backstage funding
Tuesday, 19 June 2018

UK - Production Park, a cluster of live event-based companies in Wakefield, has announced that it will fund university places at its industry leading training centre, Backstage Academy, making an initial pledge of £20,000 per academic year.
The Backstage Academy Bursary Fund will provide a fully funded three-year place on one of the Academy's BA courses to an outstanding candidate for whom university would not otherwise have been an option. Funds will also be available for part-funded places and support for accommodation costs.
In addition, a percentage of the fund will be allocated to provide assisted places on Backstage Academy's outreach programmes, delivered in local communities to educate and inspire those currently disengaged with traditional education, or in need of rehabilitation into a workplace environment.
Production Park says the investment is just the beginning of its long-term social mobility strategy designed to support disadvantaged people with education and help them to pursue a career in the live events industry.
Alongside study, successful Bursary applicants will take part in a work placement and mentoring scheme, incorporating all Production Park's companies - Brilliant Stages, Litestructures, Perry Scenic, LS-Live and Cato Music. Students will gain essential skills in set design and build, scenic décor, sound, lighting and visuals, alongside an array of industry recognised accreditations.
Production Park co-founder Lee Brooks says: "We feel a collective responsibility to reach underprivileged people in society who

 
 
koi-judgesJudging panels announced for KOI 2018
Tuesday, 19 June 2018

UK - The Knight of Illumination Awards, which in 2018 marks its 11th year of celebrating the achievements of show lighting and video designers in Television, Theatre, and Concert Touring & Events, welcomes eight new additions to its judging panels this year.
The judging panels for each of the three disciplines consists of a range of critics and specialists with expert knowledge in their field who, once nominations have closed, will meet to select the three final shortlisted designs and one winner for each award.
David Benedict's theatre panel welcomes three new judges: Zoë Anderson, critic for Dancing Times and author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover's Companion; Michael Billington, chief theatre critic of The Guardian and author of State of the Nation: British Theatre since 1945 and The Life and Work of Harold Pinter; and opera critic George Hall who has written for The Guardian, The Stage and Opera magazine.
David Benedict comments: "I am delighted that Zoë, Michael, and George have joined the panel for this year's KOI Awards. Their extensive experience writing about each art-form across all areas of print journalism and beyond will prove invaluable in our fierce, often long-argued deliberations."
New to the Concert Touring & Events (CT&E) panel this year is Jo Beirne, video specialist from Colour Sound Experiment; Christopher Knowlton, lighting designer and director of design specialist 18 Degrees; and David Smyth, chief rock & pop critic f

 
show-technologyShow Technology hosts Ayrton open houses
Monday, 18 June 2018

Australia - Michael Althaus, Ayrton’s global sales director, led a series of Ayrton open houses with its exclusive Australian distributor Show Technology at their offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
“The visit underlined the strong partnership between Show Technology and Ayrton, and our joint commitment to our customers,” Althaus commented. “The events went very well, with nearly 200 customers in attendance, and the response was overwhelming. Show Technology have done an amazing job already in introducing Ayrton to the market. Showcasing and comparing our range of products in this manner was mind and eye-opening for our customers.”
The new Ayrton products showcased included: Ghibli, Merak, Mistral, Minipanel TC and FX and Miniburst. Customers in Australia’s three major cities were also treated to a preview of what is around the corner with a demonstration of Bora TC, Ayrton’s l new 32,000lm wash.
“I’ve always been a fan of the Ayrton products, however they’ve never been known for their workhorse fixtures,” remarked Paul Collison of Eleven Design who attended the Sydney event. “I was particularly surprised by their attention to detail with their new lines of workhorse fixtures. The quality of light and feature sets in fixtures like the Ghibli are amazing. I’m excited to get them out in the wild and have a play.”
“The entire Show Technology team is great, fully committed and passionate to grow the Ayrton brand,” concluded Michael. “It’s the perfect partnership. Great products are built on trust and with

 
 
backupSupport Backup on AmazonSmile
Friday, 15 June 2018

UK - Technical entertainment charity Backup has joined AmazonSmile.
The initiative, which was launched in the UK last November, enables the e-commerce giant to donate 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) of eligible purchases to participating charitable organisations.
To support Backup through AmazonSmile, visit www.smile.amazon.co.uk and type Backup in the ‘Pick your own charitable organisation’ window when you shop.
(Jim Evans)

 
grand-walkerhill-vistaYamaha enhances Walkerhill Hotel experience
Friday, 15 June 2018

South Korea - Sitting on the slopes of Achasan Mountain and overlooking the Hangang River, the Walkerhill Hotel & Resort boasts one of the best views of South Korea’s capital, Seoul. The management of the hotel and its trio of high-end venues recently returned to its owners, SK Networks, which has made a significant investment in upgrading all three, including the installation of Yamaha audio equipment.
Walkerhill Hotel & Resort manages two hotels - Grand Walkerhill Seoul and Vista Walkerhill Seoul - along with Aston House, a luxurious Jacobean style mansion, which has hosted many state banquets and has been regularly used for product launches and parties for global luxury brands.
After a period being run by different franchises, SK Networks has chosen to return all three to independent status, with improved facilities. The investment has included new conference facilities at Grand Walkerhill Seoul and new audio systems at Aston House and Vista Walkerhill Seoul. The latter’s refurbishment has been designed to achieve - in the words of SK Networks - ‘a space where people, nature and the future coexist; creating a lifestyle and cultural experience with an emphasis on providing sustainable luxury’.
SPL Integrated Solutions, Korea, was entrusted with the supply and installation of new AV equipment under the guidance of owner Hwang Jun Ho. He chose Yamaha equipment as a key element of all three venues.
“I was familiar with the existing audio systems at the hotel,” he says. “When I was asked to recommend solutions for the upgra

 
 
BroaMan names Clear-Com as US distributor
Friday, 15 June 2018

USA - German fibre network specialist BroaMan has appointed Clear-Com as its new distributor in the USA.
BroaMan has rapidly found favour not only in the broadcast market, but also with production companies, sport facilities, professional AV integrators and many more applications with its bespoke solutions and range of off-the-shelf converters.
As the provider of intercom systems, Clear-Com will now expand its infrastructure expertise to include video signal distribution and routing networks.
The BroaMan portfolio includes the MUX-22 and Repeat8-NANO Series interfaces, palm-size 3G-SDI or AES10-MADI signal media converters, the larger capacity Repeat48 media converters and Route66 3G-SDI 40 x 40 non-blocking video matrix.
BroaMan MD, Tine Helmle, comments: “Clear-Com is an excellent partner to be working with - extremely professional, knowledgeable and with great staff in the US, and across the world. In fact, they have already sold a good number of BroaMan devices.”
“BroaMan is known for its masterful engineering of fibre-based media networks,” says Simon Browne, vice president of product management, Clear-Com. “With their very low and deterministic latency, ability to handle many high bandwidth video signals, and future-proofed for 4K video and beyond as well as future IP standards, Clear-Com is proud to partner with BroaMan in providing these video and audio solutions for studio and remote Broadcast production.”
(Jim Evans)

 
video-pGreen Hippo appoints Lithuanian distributor
Friday, 15 June 2018

Europe - Green Hippo has appointed Video Projektai as its exclusive Lithuanian distributor. With immediate effect, Video Projektai takes responsibility for distributing Green Hippo throughout the largest of the three Baltic nations.
Video Projektai is based in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital city, meaning it is well placed to take advantage of businesses based in the former European Capital of Culture, as well as beyond and into the rest of the country.
With over 10 years of providing solutions to Lithuania’s video creatives, Video Projektai has the necessary technical expertise, in addition to the required understanding of its home territory, to promote Green Hippo’s line of cutting-edge technology to the Lithuanian market.
James Roth, head of sales and marketing at Green Hippo, says: “Lithuania offers solid potential for Green Hippo to further cement its footholds on the eastern coast of Northern Europe. We need a partner who not only knows the market, but also knows Green Hippo. We are confident that Video Projektai can deliver on both prerequisites.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
elation-pro-service-daysElation Europe schedules PRO Service Days
Friday, 15 June 2018

The Netherlands - Elation is holding PRO Service Days on 10-11 July at its European headquarters in Kerkrade, the Netherlands.
The training days will provide in-depth technical knowledge of the company’s most popular products, with a detailed look at technological construction while covering important service guidelines. A €30 hospitality fee will be required to cover food and drinks and registration. There is only room for 15 participants each day early registration is recommended. Deadline for registration is 6 July.
Elation’s European headquarters is centrally located on the German / Belgian border and can be easily reached by road from the UK, Belgium, Germany and France. For details, questions and/or help with accommodations, please contact Elation Europe at info@elationlighting.eu.
(Jim Evans)

 
theatretrustTheatres Trust conference booking opens
Friday, 15 June 2018

UK - Theatres Trust has announced that booking is open for its 2018 conference in October.
The 2018 conference, Adapt & Thrive - new money and new models for theatre buildings will be held on Tuesday, 16 October at the Lyric Hammersmith in London.
The annual conference will feature broad-ranging debates, panel discussions with audience participation, case studies from architects, theatre operators and consultants, developers, local authorities and LEPs, and high profile speakers, including Michael Ellis MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, and producer and theatre owner Cameron Mackintosh.
Jon Morgan, director of Theatres Trust, comments: “If there is one thing the theatre industry is good at it is improvising - making the best of our resources and ensuring that at all costs the show must go on. We now need to pose important questions: How are the UK’s theatres changing their buildings and their business models so they can thrive in the 21st century? What are the future capital needs for Britain's theatres? Where are the gaps in provision and where will the finance be sourced?
“Conference 18 will look at the measures that can be taken to ensure Britain continues to invest in its theatre building infrastructure so that present and future generations can access the excitement of live performance wherever they live in the country.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
group-1Milos holds training in Czech Republic and China
Thursday, 14 June 2018

Europe/Asia - Milos held its annual product academies at its bases in Roudnice nad Labem, the Czech Republic (13-14 April), and in Guangzhou, China (10-11 May).
The two-day product academy has been designed to provide attendees with the knowledge and skills for working safer while carrying out rigging duties and constructing support structures.
The Czech Republic event brought together local attendees, but also visitors from Slovakia, Germany, England, Scotland and Australia. The product academy in China drew attendees from China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, as well as from Australia, New Zealand and Kenya.
Eric Porter, certified rigging consultant and internationally renowned rigging professional, gave rigging presentations and provided rigging consultations. Norbert Tripp, Area Four Industries technical director and structural engineer, held presentations that covered the ins and outs of static calculation theory. Both took questions from participants, going into deeper group and one-on-one discussions to provide answers and give practical advice on rigging procedures and working safely with various structures.
Michal Zykan, Milos sales coordinator, covered truss design, while brand manager Marek Zubor took workshop participants on tours of each factory. Key personnel from both factories provided attendees with a complete overview of products and carried out dedicated product demonstrations. On each evening, attendees were treated to a fun and exciting night of entertainment.
At the conclusion of each academy, attendees rec

 
dmxpixplasa20152ps-563x1000RC4 Wireless granted pixel control patent
Wednesday, 13 June 2018

USA - RC4 Wireless has patented a method of pixel control - keyframing and RC4 Custom Pixel Profiles (CPP) - which reduces the number of DMX control channels required for generation of artistic pixel patterns displayed on a large number of pixel LEDs. The patent is US9924584B2 issued by the US Patent Office.
“I’m particularly proud of this IP because of the control it provides to lighting designers and programmers,” explains James David Smith, chief product designer at RC4 Wireless. This is the firm’s second patent.
Keyframing is an integral part of three RC4 Wireless pixel-driver products: the RC4Magic DMXpix Dual Pixel String Driver in both 2.4GHz and 900MHz and the LumenDimPIX for LumenRadio CRMX; the latter operates on the Lumen Radio wireless platform.
“Unlike any other pixel control technology for reducing channel count, RC4’s technology combines pixel-by-pixel control with parametric manipulation to display truly original real-time content on hundreds or even thousands of pixels,” Smith adds.
Lighting designer Jason Lyons, of Jason Lyons Design, has used the DMXpix numerous times since its commercial release; this summer, he plans on using it on the pre-Broadway run in Boston on a new musical called Born For This. “The DMXpix allows us the ease of laying out all of the DMX control, while also allowing us to set up custom grouping to choose our resolution for ease of programming. It does all of this while keeping a very small format, so it can easily be tucked into scenery or props. It is an amazingly powerful pr

 
 
Verity plans expansion in live events sector
Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Switzerland - Verity Studios AG, an indoor drone technology specialist, has announced that it has raised $18m in a Series A funding round. Fontinalis Partners, a venture capital firm focused on next-generation mobility technologies, led the round. Other investors include Airbus Ventures, Sony Innovation Fund, and Kitty Hawk. Verity plans to use this funding to expand its live events business, with a heavy focus on US growth, as well as to expand into other commercial verticals.
“Verity has assembled an exceptional team, with credibility, valuable IP, and extensive technical know-how, all while building a fast-growing business in the live events market,” says Chris Cheever, co-founder and partner at Fontinalis. “Our firm was founded to invest in and help scale the world’s best mobility technologies, and what Verity has developed has broad applicability beyond entertainment, in the drone industry and in many commercial contexts.” As part of the financing, Chris Cheever will be joining Verity’s board of directors to support its expansion.
Founded in 2014, Verity was the first company to bring autonomous indoor drones to live events. Founder Raffaello D’Andrea, a leading robotics and AI expert, was a co-founder of Kiva Systems, which was acquired by Amazon in 2012 and is now operating as Amazon Robotics. “We worked hard to identify the right investors who share our vision for Verity. We are thrilled to work with our new investment team to accelerate our growth and expand operations,” says D’Andrea. “We will continue to deliver cutting-ed

 
plugfest2018mESTA Plugfest announces RDMnet prototypes
Wednesday, 13 June 2018

USA - The organisers of the ESTA Plugfest have announced that RDMnet prototypes constructed to the most current version of draft standard E1.33, Transport of ANSI E1.20 (RDM) in an E1.31 environment, will be available for participants in Plugfest 2018.
Wayne Howell of Artistic License and Sam Kearney of Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC) are both providing RDMnet prototypes for attendee use and testing during the July Plugfest. Both Wayne and Sam noted that this is an excellent opportunity for early adopters to test manufacturer interoperability ahead of the publication of the final RDMnet standard.
The Artistic License prototype will provide a version of their new dataLynx II gateway which has per port selection of sACN, RDMnet, Art-Net and RDM over Art-Net.
The ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest, where manufacturers and developers test their lighting products for network interoperability, is scheduled to take place from 20 July 20 to 23 July at the D/FW Marriott Solana in Westlake, Texas. Both ESTA and non-ESTA members are welcome to attend the 16th version of this event.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
atlonajaipurworkshopAtlona launches workshop series in India
Wednesday, 13 June 2018

India - Atlona is amplifying its global On-Tour Roadshow Series with focused two-day events that focus on live hands-on demonstrations for dealers, consultants and end users. The first of these enhanced Zero to 60 Hz events recently wrapped in Jaipur, India, with 35 attendees enjoying detailed demos and intimate Q&A’s across dedicated time slots.
Co-sponsored with Telso Networks at their office in the G-3 Regal Residency in Jaipur, the idea was born out of partner requests for technical workshops that go deeper into product use and system architecture than larger Atlona Academy training and education events.
“As our partners and end customers move away from circuit-based systems and to the network, there is a greater desire and urgency to put their hands on this latest generation of products in advance of purchase of installation,” says Sanket Sawant, Atlona’s director of business development, Middle East, India and Southeast Asia.
“This event ensured every attendee could see, feel and test each product individually across a series of dedicated live stations, anchored through a working demonstration of our All-IP Meeting Space concept.”
(Jim Evans)

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Immersive Incentive - Performing arts organisations have been invited to bid for a £4m fund to create “game-changing” new experiences using immersive technologies. Public body Innovate UK is awarding a total of £16m in government funding as part of its Audiences of the Future programme.
This will be split between four projects, each in a different industry which has been identified as having “maximum opportunity” for innovation. The four chosen industries are performance, moving image, sport entertainment and visitor experience.
The programme aims to ensure the UK becomes a world leader in immersive technologies such as virtual reality, which is when an entire image or environment is created digitally, and augmented reality, where a computer-generated image is superimposed on to a user’s real view of the world.
At a press briefing for the programme at BAFTA in London, interim director for Audiences of the Future, Andrew Chitty, described immersive technologies as the “most significant and potentially disruptive technologies to impact the creative industries since the web in the mid-1990s”.
Tony Awards - British theatre triumphed at the Tony Awards on Sunday night, with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child picking up six awards, including best play and best direction, at the New York ceremony. The original production ran at the National Theatre in London last year.
The biggest winner of the night was a musical about an Egyptian band visiting an Israeli desert town - The Band's Visit picked u

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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