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lovejoychurchlightingLove Joy Church upgrades audio with Danley
Monday, 10 August 2020

USA - Love Joy Church has been serving the spiritual needs of its Buffalo, New York congregants since the early 1980s. It has grown considerably from its modest living-room-based, Bible-Study roots and today occupies a 600-person sanctuary in Lancaster, a suburb of Buffalo.
Love Joy’s upbeat services and talented praise band are the heart and soul of its diverse ministerial activities. However, until recently, Love Joy’s congregants regularly complained that speech and lyrics were difficult or impossible to understand. Local AV design and integration firm TSH Audio fixed the problem with new Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers that leverage Tom Danley’s patented designs to deliver speech and music that is clear and impactful.
“The existing sound system at Love Joy Church was dated and the design didn’t work for the space from the start,” explained Timothy Harris, the principle and design engineer for TSH AV. “The coverage was minimal, and there were a lot of boxes at the front of the stage to compensate. But as often happens, more was less. Many people couldn’t hear the message, but if they turned the system louder, other people complained that it was painful.”
Harris modelled Love Joy’s rectangular sanctuary using Danley’s Direct modelling software. “Danley Direct allowed me to identify any potential overlaps or phasing issues,” he said. “Love Joy’s situation was pretty straightforward, however. They mainly needed clean, point-source audio to every seat for intelligibility of vocals and spoken word. For most

fit-theatre3Gleason Performing Arts Centre transformed with Chauvet
Monday, 10 August 2020

USA - Located adjacent to Florida Institute of Technology’s Joy and Gordon Patterson Botanical Garden, the Gleason Performing Arts Centre in Melbourne is among the first places students go during orientation. As the site of graduation ceremonies, it is also one of their last touchpoints with the school before heading out into the world.
In between, students will visit the modern, 483-seat facility numerous times for classes, guest lectures, and recitals, as well as productions by Florida Tech’s theatre department and outside performers. Not surprisingly, given the many ways that the facility serves the Florida Tech community, “versatility” was a watchword when the school upgraded its lighting to an all LED Chauvet Professional system in early 2020.
“We placed a premium on selecting fixtures that could do a lot of different things, because of the wide range of roles we play,” said Jeffrey Richardson, manager at the centre. “Being a totally student-run facility, we also wanted a lighting system that would be safe and user-friendly, while still able to provide the flexibility we needed.”
The Gleason Performing Arts Centre team found what they were looking for with an all-Chauvet Professional rig featuring 120 LED fixtures run on a ChamSys MagicQ MQ 80 console. “Prior to this upgrade, all we had were traditional incandescents, with no moving fixtures and no real ability to change lighting positions,” said Richardson. “We ran our entire system off a 400-amp dimmer pack. That system greatly limited what we were able to accomplish.”

 
 
tbn-2Trinity Broadcasting Network turns to Bandit
Monday, 10 August 2020

USA - Producing fresh content this summer has proved to be a challenge for some networks, but Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) the world’s largest Christian television network and America’s most-watched faith-and-family channel had faith it could be done.
TBN lighting designer Brad Hill supplemented the studio lighting with a rental package from Bandit Lites. The goal was to accomplish five different shoots over five days, including the Independence Day Music Special hosted by Mike Huckabee featuring guests Lee Greenwood and the Oak Ridge Boys, and Huckabee, a weekly variety show boasting a trapeze act, live audience and Todd Tilghman, winner of NBC’s The Voice.
The main challenge was to ensure each show was shot in a different configuration, meaning versatility was going to be key in the rental lighting package. “We didn’t want all the shows over the week to look identical, so we had to get creative with our designs with very limited reset time,” explained Hill. “The theatre is designed for a weekly talk show and our lighting setup is very specific to that show. Most of our key lighting consists of LED Lekos.”
“When Brad reached out to us, he was looking for something old school to highlight the background with vivid intensity,” said Bandit Lites Client representative, Shawn Lear. “The Mega-lite Circa Scoop worked out perfectly for the desired look needed. Next, we went through many of our LED profiles and the Ayrton Khamsin checked all the boxes.”
“The Khamsin put out a beautiful light,” sai

 
good-guysGood Guys invest in ADJ LED video panels
Monday, 10 August 2020

USA - At the beginning of the summer, long-established entertainment and event technology supplier Good Guy Productions invested in a significant number of ADJ’s AV4IP LED video panels. Part of a long-term plan, and the next step in the company’s growth strategy, the system has already been put to use delivering live video playback of socially-distanced graduation ceremonies.
Part of a long-term plan, and the next step in the company’s growth strategy, the system has already been put to use delivering live video playback of socially-distanced graduation ceremonies.
Based in the Lake Placid area of New York state, Good Guy Productions provides audio and lighting rental, as well as DJ and other entertainment services, for a wide range of private and corporate clients. The company is owned and managed by Eric Wilson, who has spent his entire life working as part of the entertainment industry in some form.
Over the past 25 years Good Guy Productions has grown to offer a wide range of services. While still providing lighting and DJ services for smaller private events and school dances, Eric and his team are regularly involved in large scale events, both in their local area and across the North East, including concerts and high profile sporting events. That was why the next logical step in the company’s growth was to expand into the world of LED video and, having built up an extensive inventory of ADJ lighting equipment, they had trust in the brand which made it the logical choice for this latest significant investment.
Having researched all

 
 
castleProlights on the ramparts for Peter and the Wolf
Monday, 10 August 2020

Italy - On the night of 23 July, the stunning Castle of Arco, in Trentino (Northern Italy), was the setting for a performance by Elio, lead singer of the band Elio e le storie tese.
The event, that was part of the festival called Il castello delle meraviglie (The castle of wonders), saw the artist tell the audience Sergej Prokofiev's world-renowned story Peter and the Wolf, accompanied by the music of the Carlo Coccia symphony orchestra.
To make the location even more spectacular, the castle's tower was lit up using 16 Prolights Lumipar 18QIP. Iiriti, a company based in Riva del Garda, worked on the lighting installation.
Leonardo Gerola, sales assistant for Iiriti said: “Peter and the Wolf is one of those stories that people always remember, even as adults. We wanted the lights to emphasise both the music and Elio's performance. That's why we decided to make use of Prolights Lumipar 18QIP, positioned at the foot of the castle's tower in order to provide the best visual impact.
“We used these projectors because they're extremely versatile. Both output and colour rendering are impressively powerful and I think they were perfect for this kind of installation. The final results exceeded expectations, making the lights an integral part of the show.”

 
summer-webinarMeyer wraps webinars with Grateful Dead
Monday, 10 August 2020

USA - Meyer Sound’s Summer Webinar Programme wrapped with a final Festival Friday roundtable session featuring the decades-long sonic explorations of Meyer Sound with the Grateful Dead and their related bands. The roundtable included special guest Derek Featherstone, UltraSound CEO and FOH mixing engineer for Dead and Company, Meyer Sound president & CEO John Meyer, and Bob McCarthy, Meyer Sound director of system optimization.
The Friday, 7 August webinar explored the long strange trip with the Grateful Dead going back to the infamous ‘Wall of Sound’ days, and the related iterations of the band since the passing of founding member and lead guitarist Jerry Garcia 25 years ago.
“The Grateful Dead were live sound pioneers and John Meyer’s involvement goes back to the Wall of Sound era, even before Meyer Sound was formed,” says McCarthy. “The Dead and the dedicated engineers at UltraSound provided a continuous living lab for us and we pushed the boundaries together, leading to many innovations. The Dead and UltraSound are very much part of our DNA.”
The Grateful Dead toured with Meyer Sound for many years. After band leader Jerry Garcia’s passing in 1995, the various iterations of the founding members, including Dead and Company, also tour with Meyer Sound systems.
This special Meyer Sound roundtable concluded the summer webinar season. “We launched our daily webinar programme in March and now have a robust catalogue of more than 75 webinars archived on our YouTube page and website,” says Meyer Sound senior technical sup

 
 
city-folk-3City Folk Festival relies on Broadweigh
Monday, 10 August 2020

Canada - Broadweigh is once again the load monitoring system of choice for City Folk Festival 2020. The event is currently scheduled to take place on The Great Lawn at Landsdowne Park in Ottawa between the 17-20 September, but the situation is being evaluated in line with the continuing COVID-19 crisis.
This multi-day celebration of music, dance and community, features an eclectic mix of musical performances on various stages. Over the years, the event has played host to the likes of Robert Plant, Hozier, David Byrne, Jack Johnson, Van Morrison and Lorde and also features an offshoot event called Marvest – free concerts featuring emerging talent, held in local businesses.
Paradigm Rigging has worked on the event since 2018 and Michael Sorowka, MD of Paradigm explains: “I was brought on board by Scott Pollard, technical director with City Folk Festival. We’ve worked together on various projects since 2012. For City Folk we’ve been contracted to provide load monitoring on all hung points within the festival, between the Stageline main stage as well as a B Stage inside Aberdeen Pavilion (a historical exposition hall adjacent to the main stage). Windspeed monitoring has also been requested on the outdoor main stage to allow continuous read outs inside the production office located directly behind the main stage.”
Sorowka continues: “Outdoor stages always pose a heightened risk towards high winds. The biggest challenge is that, as with any outdoor festival, there are many moving parts to co-ordinate, including making sure weights hung within

 
dodgersL-Acoustics K2 hits home for Dodger Stadium
Monday, 10 August 2020

USA - Recently wrapping up a multi-faceted renovation - its most significant project since 2013 - Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles now boasts an L-Acoustics K2 line source array sound system installed this summer, covering the stadium seating, and L-Acoustics A15i and X8 speakers covering the new Centerfield Plaza and existing Outfield Pavilion areas.
Constructed in 1962, Dodger Stadium harkens back to an era when ballparks were designed and built solely to host baseball games. As many of these original venues have been replaced with new-build stadiums that are intended from the drawing board to be multi-use spaces for concerts, special events and other mass gatherings, Dodger Stadium remains one of the few ballparks to retain its original architecture and feel.
With the addition of an L-Acoustics K2 system, Dodger Stadium keeps its original look, while updating its feel with a modern, powerful sound system capable of handling any event. The installation marks the first MLB project for L-Acoustics and one of the most important installations of the manufacturer’s systems in the global sports market.
“Our goal was to have a state-of-the-art sound system at the stadium,” says Derek O’Hara, director, planning & development for the Los Angeles Dodgers. “Dodger Stadium is designed the way ballparks were at the time it was built, with point-source sound systems that need to throw long distances. We wanted to modernise the stadium’s sound, allowing it to host many different types of events besides baseball, while keeping the park’s architec

 
 
wemakeeventsredalertrgbUK industry unites in ‘Throw us a Line’ campaign
Monday, 10 August 2020

UK - Tomorrow, Tuesday 11 August, the live events industry across the UK will come together in solidarity to host a series of protests to help save the live events and entertainment sector, which is on the verge of collapsing without financial support from the government.
Encouraged by the #WeMakeEvents and #LightItInRed campaigns, hundreds of venues are expected to light up red, along with other creative activities being staged in over 20 cities across the UK to symbolise the industry going into red alert, and a final call to action titled ‘throw us a line’ will be taking centre stage on London’s South Bank.
The capital’s finale will begin on a boat at 20:20, as it makes it way down the Thames - passing Royal Festival Hall, the National Theatre and the Tate, and more all illuminated in emergency red. As the boat reaches key locations, such as Westminster Bridge and Jubilee Bridge, hundreds of volunteers will symbolise the ‘throw us a line’ theme creatively.
The call to action hopes to raise awareness for over a million professionals at risk of losing their jobs, 600,000 of whom deliver outdoor events. With around 70% of the workforce being freelance, the imminent closure of the self-employed income support scheme at the end of the month threatens their livelihood.
Unlike other industries, events, festivals, and performances have been unable to safely reopen due to social distancing guidance and may not reopen until early 2021 – and opening times keep being pushed back. With no government support on the horizon for the event supp

 
elation-learning-centerElation Learning Centre launches online
Friday, 7 August 2020

USA - Although the COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic effect on peoples’ lives and the industry, lighting professionals are taking the downtime as an opportunity to educate themselves and prepare for the eventual reopening.
Elation Professional is offering just such an opportunity with launch of a new online Learning Centre available on the www.elationlighting.com website. Designed to provide lighting professionals with easy-to-access learning options, the new resource site is full of free educational and training material.
Available training videos include Obsidian Control Systems covering the Onyx platform, Dylos pixel composer, Capture Visualization software, and more; Elation Educational Experience (E3) training videos are presented by one of the industry’s top technical educationists, ETCP recognized trainer Richard Cadena. Other resources like White Papers and How-to Articles covering a host of topics relevant to lighting professionals are also available.
The entire Elation Hour and Innovation Hour webinar series is available to view. Elation’s popular virtual presentation series addresses the technology and process behind the company’s most popular product series and includes discussions with some of our industry’s most noted designers.
Elation’s Virtual at Home Demos is a video series that sees Elation’s sales team and product specialists demoing some of Elation’s newest lighting products from the comfort and

 
 
sc2000x1000TIG to represent SiliconCore technology in EMEA
Friday, 7 August 2020

Europe - Technological Innovations Group (TIG) has announced a strategic partnership with SiliconCore Technology, developer of energy efficient LED displays.
The partnership will allow TIG to offer complete solutions for creating smart spaces, including LED displays, control and automation solutions, touch panels, distribution and monitoring solutions, AV furniture and collaboration and management software.
“As this exciting new partnership demonstrates, we’re fully committed to offering our customers the most advanced solutions available,” said Robin van Meeuwen, CEO of TIG.
“With already the best in AV/UC technology in the house, adding a brand such as SiliconCore makes our offering complete. We have been looking for a long time to add LED displays to our portfolio and with SiliconCore we feel we have found the perfect partner. Their vision of offering the highest quality and most energy efficient LED display technology, fits with the TIG vision of being the premium provider of AV and UC technology.”
Paul Brown, vice president sales UK at Silicon-Core Technology, comments: “The partnership between SiliconCore and TIG is a true testament to the future of the market. Although the global pandemic has had a detrimental impact on project installations, the partnership signifies a positive move towards a stronger future.
“SiliconCore consistently researches and develops its LED technology, driven to provide the most reliable and sustainable display technology on the market. By joining forces with TIG we’re able to widen our r

 
wemakeeventsredalertrgbRegistration opens for #WeMakeEvents day of action
Friday, 7 August 2020

UK - Registration details of the #WeMakeEvents campaign’s upcoming protest day have been made available for those wishing to take part in the day of action on 11 August (Tuesday).
#WeMakeEvents is raising the alarm for the live events and entertainment sector affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a series of events taking place in London and other UK cities next week.
With demonstrations on the river Thames and its banks, campaigners will urge the UK government to ‘throw us a line’ before the talent and expertise that makes the UK’s live events and entertainment industry world-leading is lost.
Journalists and politicians have been invited to board a boat at Westminster Pier, from where they will sail through a series of ‘arenas’ which will feature many of the capital’s iconic landmarks lit up in red. Industry members wishing to take part in the action are being asked to line up, socially-distanced, on river banks and bridges to create a Red Alert route. In key locations, supporters will lower down red rope lights to the boat as it passes, to symbolise the throwing of a line.
Those wishing to join the route must wear face coverings during the event and must pre-register via EventBrite, where they can also select their preferred location to join the action. Participants are asked to wear red and download the MyLight - Flashlight mobile app to turn their phone’s flashlight red.
Andy Dockerty, managing director of Adlib, comments:

 
 
ESTA draft standards now in public review
Thursday, 6 August 2020

USA - Two more ESTA draft standards are now available for public review until 21 September 2020.
BSR ES1.7 - 202x, Event Safety - Weather Preparedness addresses the considerations, development, and use of event planning strategies that mitigate weather-related risks associated with live events, and with the temporary structures used for these events.
BSR E1.4-2, Entertainment Technology - Statically Suspended Rigging Systems establishes minimum performance requirements, recommendations, and guidelines that can be used for installation, use, maintenance and inspection of statically suspended rigging systems, permanently installed in venues used for entertainment purposes.
Both of these draft standards, along with their respective public review forms and instructions, can be downloaded at https://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php.
On 6 July, ANSI's Board of Standards Review approved another ESTA standard: ANSI ES1.9 - 2020, Crowd Management. This standard - the second to be published in a series of event safety guidance standards currently in development - helps the user understand the basic principles of crowd management theory and vocabulary, so they can be appropriately applied to certain reasonably foreseeable risks that arise during live events. It is available for free download from the TSP website at tsp.esta.org/freestandards. It is also available for sale from ANSI and IHS.

 
ctCTME establishes Integrated networks team
Thursday, 6 August 2020

UAE - CTME now has a fully established Integrated Networks team who are on hand to deliver specialist event communications across its wide range of projects. The department is headed up by Rob Turner who has been working alongside Middle East managing director Andy Reardon to develop this new.
Reardon explains, "It was important we had the right people to set up and run this new division, and I am pleased to announce we now have a team of highly experienced and established Integrated Network professionals. The team consists of several key players who have a long history of working together after originally working at Delta Sound before the company was taken over last year."
The team have years of experience in event communications across various sectors such as corporate, entertainment, sporting events, virtual events and much more. Their experience across multiple events in the region has given them an excellent understanding of a number of venues in and around the GCC. Turner adds, "This knowledge is really valuable, especially when helping clients during site visits and in the planning prepping stages with the other departments."
Integrated Networks has never been considered the most exciting part of an event and can often be overlooked in the quoting stages. With ever-advancing technology, it offers clients added benefits and can facilitate a more seamless event approach.
Turner states, "With our Riedel (MediorNet) approach, all different departments can prep and interface their various disciplines with the whole event in mind, not just t

 
 
lcaLights Camera Action re-locates
Thursday, 6 August 2020

UK - Lights Camera Action (LCA) has re-located to new premises in High Wycombe and will be trading as normal from this location with its newly-built offices and demo area.
Stock levels on all the products will be maintained at their current levels so the fast turnarounds you have been used to from LCA will absolutely continue, says the company.
“If getting out to our new location is a little harder for you don't worry we have access to a greater number of delivery vans or we can happily ‘meet you halfway’ as needed.”
The new address is: Centauri House, Hillbottom Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP12 4HQ UK (+44 (0)8833 7600).

 
trinityStage Electrics wins Trinity Arts Centre tender
Thursday, 6 August 2020

UK - Stage Electrics has announced it has been successful in tendering for the supply of new LED lighting, RCF Art Series monitors and Altair wireless communication systems for the Trinity Art Centre, Gainsborough. The lighting package includes Martin ELP-CL profiles and ETC ColorSource Pars, supported with a combination of Chauvet Professional Rogue R3 Spots and R2X Washes.
A Chamsys MQ70 was specified as it offers the flexibility they need for this space, set within a Grade II listed gothic church. An Altair HD wireless communications system was selected following a successful pre-lockdown demonstration at the venue to ensure the Extreme Wireless beltpacks would provide the coverage and reliability they required.
Stage Electrics also manufactured all the cables to complete the system in their in-house cable workshop.

 
 
taiden-genevaExertis ProAV Australia to distribute Taiden
Thursday, 6 August 2020

Australia - Taiden, manufacturer of conferencing systems, has appointed Exertis ProAV Australia to serve as its value-added distribution partner in Australia.
Exertis ProAV Australia president & CEO Kevin Kelly comments: “Taiden’s successful market development of advanced conference system technologies has produced an outstanding range of solutions for every size of meeting environment, from conference rooms to auditoriums, classrooms and large-scale congresses.
“Spanning 15 different styles and more than 700 distinct product solutions, Tiaden offers a solution for every type of meeting. The addition of this vitally important line to our portfolio of branded solutions brings a new range of options to our resellers and the customers they serve.”
Exertis ProAV Australia general manager Nick Cocks adds, “Taiden solutions have been applied in some of the world’s most important and prestigious venues and events, including the United Nations headquarters in New York, the Council of Europe (COE) headquarters, the G20 Summit, APEC Summit, IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings, ASEM Summit and BRICS Summit. Taiden has emerged as one of the world’s most trusted brands in the global conferencing marketplace.”
Taiden general manager of overseas marketing department Christy Fang notes, “Exertis ProAV Australia’s extensive knowledge of the communications and conferencing needs of all customers across all of the vertical markets we serve is going to play an important role in helping us to drive our long-term sales growth in Australia. We a

 
ldiLDI 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19
Thursday, 6 August 2020

USA - Live Design International (LDI) is the latest major industry event to fall victim to the coronavirus pandemic. Questex, the parent company of LDI, has announced the event will be forced to cancel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. LDI was originally scheduled to run 23-25 October 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas.
The event has been rescheduled for 19-21 November 2021.
The organisers say in a statement: “We recognise the tremendous economic and emotional impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the global market, and we are committed to working with each stakeholder on a solution to support your business. For more than three decades, LDI has been the hub for the global live production community to learn about new technologies and applications, engage with peers and industry vendors and replenish creativity.
“This will be the first time in our 32-year history that the event has been forced to cancel. Our thoughts go out to everyone who has been affected by the current situation. Our number-one priority remains keeping our entire industry safe and helping to rebuild in the near future, in a manner that reflects our community-forward focus.
“The LDI team is working through the logistics that are involved with cancelling an event. Any paid attendance options will be automatically rolled over to the 2021 show. Exhibitors and sponsors will be contacted shortly with additional information. Thank you for your continued patience and support.”
Immediate exhibitor enquiries should be addressed to Marian Sandberg, vice-pre

 
 
powersoftPowersoft pledges support to Crew Nation fund
Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Italy - Powersoft has partnered with the Crew Nation charitable fund to help provide relief to live music crews around the globe.
Crew Nation has been created to extend a helping hand to the touring and venue crews who depend on a constant run of shows to make a living.
The fund - powered and administered by charitable 501c3 organisation, Music Forward Foundation - has been kickstarted by Live Nation, which has contributed an initial $5m and committed to match the next $5m given by artists, fans, and employees. So far superstars such as Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Metallica, John Mayer, and many more have shown their support and donated.
Having become aware of the initiative, Powersoft has pledged to donate 5% of the proceeds from all of the touring amplifier platforms sold between 27 July and 15 October, to Crew Nation. The Powersoft campaign that will follow is based on the key concept that ‘behind every show stands a great live music crew’, to underline the importance of the people behind the scenes of the shows that are so important to so many.
The campaign will be spread over several different media such as web banners, banner newsletters, social channels, and in print in the international trade media.
Powersoft’s brand, communication and trade marketing manager, Francesco Fanicchi, comments: “As with every person involved in the industry, we know how difficult the last months have been for professionals in the live event industry; in particular the touring and venue crew who are completely dependent on live shows to survive.

 
final-callFinal call for tonight’s #LightSAred
Wednesday, 5 August 2020

South Africa - Organisers of the #LightSAred initiative have issued a final call for participants to join today’s activities.
The campaign will see the South African event industry join in a widespread protest action to highlight the lack of government support for the sector, which has been severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
Today, some of the country's favourite artists and performers, including Prime Circle, John Vlismas, Kyle Cassim, Refentse Morake, will perform live, whilst an original campaign anthem featuring a range of leading South African artist will be released.
“We are calling on all South Africans to heed the call of the technical production and live entertainment industry," the organisers said. "If you look out of your window today, 5 August, between 18:00 and 20:00 you will see the city lit up in red. We will be streaming live on all our digital platforms from 10am till 9pm.”

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Rebuilding Trust - Industry leaders are developing a quality mark to be displayed in theatres and on other promotional materials, aimed at rebuilding trust among theatregoers. It is one of a number of measures being planned to regain the confidence of theatregoers when venues are able to reopen. Staggered start times for shows are also being considered, as well as plans to work with Transport for London on helping audiences get to theatres.
The plans are being drawn up by the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre, which have revealed they will be creating a quality assurance mark – which it is hoped will be an official icon – to “encourage consumers that theatregoing is safe” and to show that theatre is “ready for business”.
“This will be used in promotional materials and in venue signage alongside other health and safety messaging and campaign communications to reassure audience members and encourage consumers that theatregoing is safe,” the bodies said in a briefing to inform members of ongoing plans in light of the pandemic.
SOLT and UK Theatre added that they planned to create a safety video for theatres to use, once they are able to reopen, to demonstrate how they are following guidelines, alongside what the bodies described as “ticketing principles” to allow greater flexibility for audiences.
Job Losses - Theatre job losses have increased from 3,000 to 5,000 in a month, according to figures from entertainment union BECTU. Figures published by the union on 3 July revealed that employers had notified the union

 
blue5LEA Professional partners with Blue5 for EMEA
Tuesday, 4 August 2020

UK - LEA Professional, manufacturer of pro-audio amplifiers with cloud- and IoT-based technologies, has announced a partnership with Blue5 Technology to serve their growing presence in the EMEA region.
Blue5 Technology was founded recently by David Budge, who has over 20 years’ experience in the pro audio industry with previous roles at Harman and Bose, working in the European, Middle East and African markets.
“AV customers across all verticals are seeking specialized solutions and are moving away from institutionalised corporations towards entrepreneurial, dynamic partners with market-proven depth. LEA Professional is a global player in AV but retains the entrepreneurial culture and customer focus. It is exactly the right partnership AV customers need in these times of change,” said David Budge. “LEA Professional has the ability to be agile and they’re not held back by the restrictions that come with a large organization. Instead they can work closely with customers and ensure they are giving them exactly what they need.”
Blue5 Technology will represent the full suite of LEA Professional products, including the newly-launched Cloud Platform. The LEA Cloud Platform allows for remote control and monitoring as well as providing a unique opportunity for recurring revenue streams for integrators to add to their service contracts. For Blue5 Technology the cloud platform was one of the main draws towards LEA Professional.
“LEA Professional is embracing new technologies; which we are not seeing from others in the industry. Progressive i

 
 
iscveISCE rebrands as ISCVE
Tuesday, 4 August 2020

UK - ISCE has renamed and rebranded as ISCVE Ltd - The Institute of Sound, Communications and Visual Engineers.
Says the organisation: “Recognising the diversity of our members and the markets they operate in, along with the convergence of technologies, the Institute has undertaken this identity and name change to embrace the wider scope, skills and sectors of our members and supporting members.”
ISCVE president, Helen Goddard states, “We recognise that audio without visual, in today’s markets, is a little like tea without biscuits, you rarely see one without the other.
“So while it is important for us to continue to embrace members and market sectors of our origins, we also welcome with open arms, members who are working within additional disciplines, skill sets and technologies and our brand identity has been changed to reflect that.
“Training programmes offered by ISCVE already include acoustics, assistive hearing, PA & sound reinforcement systems, voice alarm and audio-visual technologies, so this is a very natural progression, and of course, ISCVE training programmes continue to be fully CPD accredited.
“CPD accreditation is important for our members, particularly in the UK, as it continues to be the most recognised standard of training, by government, public and private sector bodies, for our markets.”
ISCVE training courses include programmes presented by leading consultants, engineers and practitioners and are open to members and non-members. A full schedule of courses can be found on the recently rebran

 
lightitinredLightItInRed supports #WeMakeEvents
Tuesday, 4 August 2020

UK - Grassroots campaign initiative #LightItInRed is part of the 11 August ‘Red Alert’ day of action being organised and coordinated by #WeMakeEvents and PLASA.
Red Alert is also being supported by numerous companies, professionals, organisations and other individuals and practitioners working in the entertainment technology industry and performing arts sector.
The Red Alert campaign’s goal is to get the live entertainment and technical production sector in front of politicians, specifically those in the exchequer and at the DCMS (Department of Culture Media & Sport), the latter as the industry’s representatives at parliamentary level.
The reason is to demand urgent financial help for the sector and its substantial support infrastructure … until mass gatherings can return.
The industry is on the brink of collapse following no work or cashflow for five months, and no timetable for a re-start.
This is further exacerbated by recent changes to the coronavirus jobs retention scheme (JRS) meaning that already cash-strapped companies will be under further pressure to make redundancies.
On 6 July, #LightItInRed initiated a lighting action that saw nearly 700 buildings, monuments, landmarks, and spaces all over the UK lit in ‘emergency red’ to raise awareness of this dire situation.
#WeMakeEvents Red Alert is the next step.
“The call is even more urgent now – so we are again asking everyone if they can get actively involved and light something red for the 11 August,” says #LightItInRed co-founder Steven

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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