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kartfestBackup's KartFest marks Independence Day
Thursday, 25 April 2019

UK - KartFest, the annual fundraising event organised by entertainment technology charity Backup, is returning for its fifth edition on Independence Day (Thursday, 4 July).
Organisers expect over 300 industry colleagues and friends to join on Surrey's Sandown Park, where 33 teams will battle it out in a three-hour endurance race.
“So, get out your fake tan, your candy floss hair, your alien outfit, or your Mickey Mouse ears. In fact, do whatever gets you in the American mood, but book your place fast - the karts go fast,” says Backup.
Besides crowning the new KartFest champions, the day will include the ‘Unusual' Pit Stop Challenge, Medialease’s Fastest Lap, a BBQ lunch and drinks, music, entertainment, the award for the best dressed team award, the Backup Sundown bar and a raffle.
Each team can enter up to six drivers. Non-racer wristbands will also be available, with food and drinks included.
To sign up, please visit: www.tickettailor.com/events/backup/258302.
(Jim Evans)

birmingham-assessment-prac-3-PLASA to develop CSCS-related training scheme
Wednesday, 24 April 2019

UK - PLASA has revealed plans to develop a training scheme for entertainment industry professionals carrying out work on UK construction sites.
The initiative has been announced in response to changes to the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS), the leading UK skills certification scheme that ensures individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they undertake.
PLASA has warned a number of CSCS cards historically used within the entertainment technology industry are being withdrawn, including Stage Equipment Installer, Site Visitor and Related Discipline.
“Once these cards have expired, industry professionals with relevant construction training or qualifications may be able to apply for Skilled Worker CSCS cards, but many may only be able to apply for Labourer cards, which could affect their ability to work onsite without direct supervision,” says PLASA in a statement.
The Association's training scheme would be aimed at installers who need to meet CSCS requirements and do not work with electrics. It could cover disciplines such as suspension of grids, static bars, tab tracks, projection/LED screens, fixing of winches, stage equipment, control equipment and speakers, and commissioning or programming of systems.
PLASA is looking to form a working group and is urging interested individuals or companies to contact skills@plasa.org.

 
 
dreamgirls-itvcmykHarlequin Floors reports global revenue growth
Wednesday, 24 April 2019

UK - Harlequin Floors, flooring provider for dance, performing arts, entertainment and events, has reported “double-digit” revenue growth in 2018/19.
The growth has been recorded across the whole Harlequin Group, which has offices in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific.
Guy Dagger, Group CEO, comments: “Harlequin has experienced incredible global growth over the last year providing internationally renowned brands, venues and performing arts schools with quality performance floors and stages.
“We have seized the opportunity this growth brings to offer all our clients across the world the outstanding customer service that is synonymous with the Harlequin brand. The highlights have probably been the growth in demand we have seen from the top global providers in the production and events industries, building on our many years of experience as the ‘go-to’ brand in the dance, education and performing arts world.”
In the past year, Harlequin has opened a new distribution centre in Las Vegas to service the Mountain and Pacific regions of the USA and northern Mexico. The company has also opened a stage manufacturing facility in Brno, Czech Republic, and a manufacturing plant and a warehouse in Liege, Belgium.
In Australia, Harlequin has recently appointed Fiona Blackett as director, Australian Harlequin. She had previously worked in the UK and HK for J&C Joel, Blackett and is now responsible for all Harlequin operations across Australia and New Zealand.
Dagger continues: “Last year we worked with an incredibly diverse

 
Pliant expands its reach in Poland
Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Poland - Pliant Technologies is expanding its global network with the addition of Audio Plus as its new Poland distributor. Audio Plus will offer Pliant’s full range of CrewCom professional wireless intercom systems, along with its complete line of SmartBoom headsets to its customers.
Audio Plus works with MI shops, rental companies, broadcasters, integrators, theatres, cultural organisations, cinemas, clubs, educational institutions, houses of worship and other B2B clients in the region.
“Pliant Technologies is unrivalled among wireless communications systems,” says Paweł Kuhn, director of marketing at Audio Plus. “CrewCom is reliable, expandable, efficient and has many unique user features that fit perfectly with the needs of our customers. We see Pliant as an innovative company that fills a gap in our product portfolio.”
Audio Plus is one of the oldest suppliers of professional audio equipment in Poland. Its portfolio of professional audio brands includes Electro-Voice, L-Acoustics, Dynacord, Biamp and Wisycom.
“We are excited to be working with Audio Plus and to have their excellent support in Central Europe,” says Gary Rosen, vice president of global sales for Pliant Technologies. “CrewCom wireless intercom products give Audio Plus’ customers the ability to provide dependable and scalable wireless intercom coverage wherever it’s needed.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
directout-appoints-multipointDirectOut strengthens US presence
Wednesday, 24 April 2019

USA - German networked audio and interconnectivity specialist DirectOut Technologies has appointed MultiPoint Integrated Technologies as its new distributor in the USA.
MultiPoint will introduce both the DirectOut brand and its new Prodigy Series product platform to the non-broadcast related pro audio market segment of the industry. Meanwhile, DirectOut’s long-standing distributor Joseph Electronics remains in place serving the studio and broadcast market.
"This would not be the first time that I have taken on the challenge of introducing a ground-breaking new technology from a perceived newcomer in pro audio business and brought it to the forefront of our industry," says Tom Bensen, founder and CEO of MultiPoint Integrated Technologies. "DirectOut, however, has the strategic advantage of a ten-year record of success under its belt, along with a team of leading-edge engineers and product specialists, and a finely tuned and well-oiled administrative support mechanism already in place."
"After meeting Tom and his skilled and well-known team of seasoned pro audio professionals, we knew immediately they had the right combination of knowledge, business connections and experience necessary to bring our company and our new products to this growing market segment," says DirectOut managing director, Jan Ehrlich. "MultiPoint has a highly skilled technical staff of working sound engineers and product specialists in place and ready to go. The alignment of our two companies, in both our business philosophies and personnel complement, is basically perfect."

 
sixty82Sixty82 appoints Audiosales in Italy
Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Italy - Sixty82 has recently appointed Audiosales s.r.l. as the new representative in Italy for its full trussing and staging product line.  
Effective immediately, Sixty82's Italian customers "can rely upon the qualities of a dedicated and enthusiastic team, to meet their requirements," says the manufacturer. 
Date Jonkman, Sixty82’s executive account manager, comments: “We are delighted to be working with Audiosales. They have a well-established position in the market, and a strong team of experienced people. So we are very pleased they joined the Sixty82 family.”
Stefano Rocchi, owner of Audiosales, adds: "Sixty82 is a team composed of professionals that have contributed in a significant way to the development of the staging and trussing market in the recent decades. Their payoff “The New Original” describes in the best way who the people behind Sixty82 are. They are furthermore providing versatility, knowledge, and innovation, like the new Sixty82 RFIDtag.”

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Acoustic Shock - The Royal Opera House has lost an appeal against a viola player who was awarded damages in 2018 for hearing loss he suffered during rehearsals for Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Christopher Goldscheider is a former viola player in the orchestra at Covent Garden, who said he was no longer able to work as a musician due to “acoustic shock” he suffered during a weekend rehearsal in 2012.
Goldscheider said the noise he was exposed to was unacceptable, and a judge ruled in his favour in March. However, in October the ROH, which is being represented by law firm BLM, was granted permission to take the case to the Court of Appeal.
The Court of Appeal has now upheld Goldscheider’s case, although on narrower grounds. Specifically, it overturned the High Court finding that Control of Noise at Work Regulations meant employers were required to enforce the wearing of hearing protection for all players at all times during the course of a rehearsal or performance over a certain volume.
The ROH as well as the Association of British Orchestras, UK Theatre and the Society of London Theatre had argued that this would impose impossible restrictions on almost any live music situation.
Earth Song - An all-star animated environmental music video featuring the voices of Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande has gone viral on social media. The song In Earth, by comedian and rapper Lil Dicky, also has cameos from Katy Perry, Snoop Dogg and Miley Cyrus. Speaking to Time, Dicky - aka David Burd - said: "What started as a si

 
rat-soundRat Sound deploys Newton in the desert
Tuesday, 23 April 2019

USA - Rat Sound Systems is marking its 19th year of providing sound reinforcement at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival. The Camarillo-based company debuted Outline’s Newton 16+8 audio processing units as its processor of choice.
Newton is Rat’s front of house hub through which each mixing console is connected and then capable of addressing the myriad of connectivity options. Final mixes from FOH and Newton are delivered directly to each of the stage’s PA’s or out to the delay tower systems that populate each of the seven stage locations.
“The Newton 16+8 coupled with our Dashboard software is a dream come true in technical innovation and flexibility,” states Jason Farah, J2/Outline US, North American sales. “Newton offers smart, real-time technical solutions to many of the on-going problems Rat Sound technicians experience, and the industry as a whole, for that matter,” Farah explains. “A festival the size and scope of Coachella requires FOH agility with each artist’s mixing console technical needs. Now Rat Sound can simply ask how they would like their signal sent.”
Jon Monson, head of touring for Rat Sound, comments: “This is the solution that we have been waiting quite some time for, the innovative technology coupled with dependability is unparalleled in the industry and it is now used in each of our standard drive racks because of its flexibility.”
Rat Sound’s own Dave Rat adds: “We’re extremely happy with the capabilities of Newton now, and we have been contributing ideas, requests for future capabili

 
 
backstage-ac-and-roe-visual-at-iseROE Visual supports Backstage Academy
Tuesday, 23 April 2019

UK - ROE Visual and Backstage Academy have kicked of their partnership with the delivery of a batch of LED panels from the LED solutions manufacturer and two days of intensive training.
ROE Visual will sponsor Backstage Academy with several types of its LED panels, thereby providing these industry-renowned products for training purposes.
“ROE Visual has always been keen to support the industry with in-depth knowledge on LED technology in general and the use of its LED panels,” states Marina Prak, marketing manager for ROE Visual. “That’s why we offer the ROE Academy on several locations or as in-house training. The importance of knowledge transfer can’t be over-estimated. Knowing Miles for quite some years it was not difficult to start a partnership when Backstage Academy contacted us with a request for sponsoring.”
“We are pleased to be supporting Backstage Academy with ROE Visual products and look forward to host the ROE Academy at Production Park. Access to these excellent facilities is a nice add-on, it will allow us to support our UK clients and users with training activities closer to home,” comments Auke Meijer, sales director.
Providing some of the most frequently used LED panels for current events and tours will bring the students LED knowledge up-to-date with the industry standard products. ROE Visual will provide the Carbon series CB5 as well as the Black Pearl BP3 LED panels, including a complete set of hanging, stacking accessories and processors.
“With this partnership Backstage Academy continues its stra

 
adamson-pianozero-apr19-hrPianozero joins Adamson network with SD7
Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Italy - Adamson Systems Engineering formally introduced its ultra-compact S7 line array enclosures among other additions to the tour-proven S-Series at Prolight + Sound 2019. Italian live event and production company Pianozero joined the Adamson Network with an investment in a versatile new S7 system ahead of its public launch.
“The Adamson S7 is the product dedicated to those looking for a high-quality, versatile, and ultra-compact audio solution from a proven brand,” says Stefano Rocchi, owner of Audiosales, Adamson’s exclusive Italian distributor. “Thanks to its growing profile in the Italian market, Adamson continues to be in high demand not only for major tours and festivals, but also luxury events, conventions, and other applications where the S7 is now an optimal solution due to its compact size and world-renowned performance.”
Pianozero’s new Adamson package is comprised of 16 S7 two-way, full-range line array enclosures and 12 complementary S118 subwoofers.
“As a multi-service company, Pianozero is constantly seeking the best possible solutions for our customers’ needs, from lighting to audio to video and beyond,” begins Pianozero owner Michele Rebesco. “Our customers always ask for state-of-the-art audio solutions, and we required a compact, high-performance PA system with simple rigging that would properly serve everything from big live shows to theatre applications to conferences.
“The only solution we found that met every one of our needs came from Adamson. We’re very happy to be one of the first companies

 
 
mandlMusic & Lights appoints Singapore distributor
Thursday, 18 April 2019

Singapore - Professional entertainment solutions company Music & Lights has appointed Lighting & Sound Distribution as its exclusive distributor of Prolights, Tribe and dedicated architectural lighting brand ArchWork, for Singapore.
With over 18 years of proven track record, Lighting & Sound Distribution has earned a strong position in the show and entertainment market sector, providing quality European professional sound and lighting, architectural LEDs, trussing, media servers and special effects equipment in the Southeast Asia region.
Louis Teo of Lighting & Sound Distribution explains, “Our professional values and commitment towards product quality is what attracted us toward the Prolights, Tribe and ArchWork brands from Music & Lights. We want to ensure that we and our clients share a rewarding relationship and continued product satisfaction that lasts; and the core values at the heart of Music & Lights and each of its brands really convey and reiterate this message.”
(Jim Evans)

 
koiSubmissions open for KOI-USA
Thursday, 18 April 2019

USA - Submissions are now open for the 2019 edition of the Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA).
The event, which is the USA edition of the UK's respected Knight of Illumination Awards, first took place in 2018 to celebrate the talents and work of lighting and video designers across the sectors of Live for Broadcast, Theatre and Concert Touring & Events in the United States.
This year's competition features two new categories – Opera and Corporate Events – and the award ceremony and gala dinner is taking place in Las Vegas on 22 November (Friday) alongside the LDI trade show.

The categories are:
Theatre:
Plays - large venue
Plays - small venue
Opera
Musicals - large venue
Musicals - small venue
Live for Broadcast:
Awards Shows
Digital Content
Unscripted Series
Live Performance Special - Music
Live Performance Special - Non Music
Concert Touring & Events:
Club Tour Lighting
Concert Video Content
Stage Tour Lighting
Arena Tour Lighting
Festival/One-Off Lighting
Corporate Events
Corporate Events - Video Content

Deadline for submissions is 31 July. Productions must have been performed or broadcast between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019 to be eligible for inclusion – find out more about entering the competition here

 
 
kinesys-4wall-investment-img02304Wall Entertainment invests in Kinesys
Wednesday, 17 April 2019

USA - Lighting and video rental specialist 4Wall Entertainment has invested in new Kinesys automation equipment with the purchase of 36 x Elevation vari-speed chain hoists, 36 x LibraCELL load monitoring shackles, two K2 control consoles and numerous Kinesys Vector control systems.
This substantial purchase is for general stock and reflects the growing trend and demand for automation systems as part of shows, events, touring lighting and video systems as well as set element motion.
The decision to go with Kinesys was made by Brett Puwalski, vice president of operations, a key catalyst in this move to boost the automation resources available for 4Wall’s diverse roster of clients.
Kinesys was selected because the brand has a “great track record for reliability and service, and due to its longevity in this specialist area. Kinesys has proved time and again that it is rock solid,” states Brett.
“The current generation of visual and production designers use automation to move both lighting and video elements to WOW audiences and create amazing drama and stunning stage environments” he added, highlighting how video, in particular, has become a huge part of so many production designs in the last decade.
4Wall’s crew received training at Kinesys’ Atlanta facility at the end of last year and again in 2019, and their general feedback has been that the kit is safe, dependable, easy to install, programme and use - all aspects that are key to a smooth tour.
The first project for the new 4Wall Kinesys kit was an iHeartRadio ALTer E

 
rm-productions-makes-huge-investment-in-mac-viper-profilesR&M Productions adds MAC Viper Profiles
Wednesday, 17 April 2019

UK - North Yorkshire-based lighting rental company R&M Productions has acquired a large stock of Martin by Harman’s MAC Viper Profiles.
Peter Shorten of R&M Productions says: “The MAC Viper Profile is regarded by many as the industry standard in large format spots. We’ve been supplying them to meet riders for the last couple of years and have had client demand for them, so it seemed like the natural progression to make them our next major investment.”
The Vipers were purchased through production equipment sales company A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET), who delivered them in a matter of days to get them straight onto a run of R&M shows. R&M Productions has a long-standing working relationship with AC-ET.
Shorten says of Ben Steppenbeck, northern sales lighting manager for AC-ET: “Ben's a great asset to A.C., we’ve worked with AC-ET for a long time as they've got a proven track record of good service.”
Robbie Baxter of R&M Productions says: “They’ve got a range of gobos and an impressive zoom, as well as exceptional light output and optics. We’ll be using the Vipers on a range of projects over the summer and into autumn, including outdoor events, festivals and tours. They’re the go-to choice for most of the touring LDs we work with.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
leedsseminarStormzy’s FOH engineer at PLASA Focus Leeds
Tuesday, 16 April 2019

UK - PLASA has announced the latest additions to the seminar programme of the upcoming PLASA Focus Leeds trade show, taking place on 14-15 May at the Royal Armouries.
In preparation for Stormzy’s upcoming headline appearance at Glastonbury Festival, and in association with Soundcraft, FOH engineer Raphael Williams will explain how he achieve the perfect sound for grime’s leading star. Williams will also give a comprehensive overview of his approach to audio mixing.
In a session dedicated to the Ecodesign regulations, ETC’s technical director Adam Bennette will deliver a seminar unpacking the complex EU legislation. By explaining what has happened so far and what’s next, this seminar is unmissable for lighting professionals.
An introduction to National Event Lifting Training (NELT) will be presented by PLASA during the show in preparation for its launch in the autumn. The course has been crafted to the needs of lifting equipment users and also contains advice for employers. All production professionals who are involved in the delivery of technical production services are invited to attend.
Health and safety consultant Tom Goode will deliver a session on Construction (Design and Management) Regulations, addressing how the regulations apply to various roles across the entertainment industry.
As part of a series on mental health awareness, PLASA will chair a panel of industry leaders to discuss recent outcomes of their respective mental healt

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Respect - The Queen of Soul is now a Pulitzer Prize winner. Aretha Franklin has been awarded a special citation honouring "her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades". She becomes the 12th musician, and first female performer, to be given the citation - joining the likes of Bob Dylan, Scott Joplin and John Coltrane.
Franklin died last August, aged 76. During her career, the singer won 18 Grammys, had 17 top 10 US chart hits and became the first woman admitted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone magazine rated her as the greatest singer of all time, thanks to songs like Respect, Chain Of Fools and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.
Record Breaker - Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody - already the highest-grossing music biopic of all-time - surpassed $900m (£686m) in worldwide ticket sales on Sunday. The Oscar-winning film has now made $830m (£633m) internationally and $71m (£55m) from domestic UK audiences. Its latest surge follows unexpected levels of popularity among Japanese audiences - grossing $144m (£110m).
The film cost distributor Fox a relatively meagre $50m (£30m) to make. It is now Fox's fourth-biggest title behind Avatar, Titanic, and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.
Festival Investment - Pleasance Theatre Trust has announced 20 productions that will share an investment of over £140,000 as part of its Pleasance Futures development programme. The trust will be supporting a record amount of ar

 
 
henley-parkGrowth spurs Technical Department move
Tuesday, 16 April 2019

UK - Specialist electrical contractor and power supplier to global events, The Technical Department has now moved from its Pines Business Park office base where it has been situated since 2013 to new offices just a short distance away at Henley Business Park, Guildford.
The relocation comes as a result of the company outgrowing its existing premises and its gradual growth and increase in turnover over the past few years.
The company, which was established in 1987, has grown to become one of the most trusted specialist electrical contractors in the events industry.
Switching its expanding operation to new offices and larger warehousing facilities means the company can now progress with its positive business plans for further growth and development.
Founder and owner Jerry Singleton comments: "The relocation of our operation to Henley Business Park is the culmination of an exciting number of years for us. The Technical Department continues to go from strength to strength and the move is down to many factors but increasingly we've outgrown our existing premises and this move is an exciting new progressive development for us.
"The diversity of our services is a real strength for The Technical Department in the current business climate and our new office base will enable us to provide even higher levels of service excellence for our clients and also gives us room for even further expansion with increases in staff levels.
"This move is the latest in the ongoing re-shaping of our business. We have already invested in new computer tech

 
yamahaStage Electrics appointed Yamaha partner
Tuesday, 16 April 2019

UK - Stage Electrics has been appointed as an authorised reseller for Yamaha commercial audio premium-systems. Alongside CL and QL Series products, Stage Electrics can now offer the flagship Rivage PM console range.
“We are delighted to have been selected to be a premium partner for Yamaha” comments Stage Electrics sales director, Anna Western. “We’ve been a Yamaha dealer for over 30 years and in that time, we’ve sold the full range of digital and analogue consoles, amps and speakers. In the past few years we have seen growth in our audio solutions business, so the premium partner status was the natural progression for our relationship with Yamaha.”
Having invested in the PM range for demo stock, Stage Electrics is now offering customer demonstrations nationwide, delivered by Neal Tomlinson, who has been appointed as product champion for the Yamaha product range. “Neal has experience as a product manager for audio systems, so he was the obvious choice to represent Yamaha on our behalf,” adds Western. “After in-depth training, he is now fully equipped to provide advice and support to our customers regarding the Yamaha professional audio ranges.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
ben-phillipsUniversal Live invests in latest LED
Monday, 15 April 2019

UK - Technical production specialists Universal Live continue to invest in the latest technology. Their most recent investment is Coleder’s Road Ready 2mm LED panels.
Similar to standard LED panels, the Coleder Road Ready series can build a floorless flat wall but, this product can also create a seamless, innovative convex and concave curved solution either ground stacked or hung. The connection tools between the panels and the cable-free system makes it quicker and easier to assemble and disassemble.
Universal Live has made the conscientious decision to combine the Coleder Road Ready panels with London based Brompton Technology’s Tessera R2 cards. The cards support 262K pixel capacity, system-wide genlock, free mapping and panel rotations. Universal Live has further invested in their Tessera SX40 and S4 video processors. The 4K and HD ready processors are easy to use; reliable and powerful units will enhance the quality of delivery at every event.
Universal Live’s decision to invest in this product was not taken lightly. They spent time researching and testing the best technologies on the market. Operations director Ben Phillips and hire manager, Stuart Thornton travelled to the Coleder factory in China to quality assess the panels and check every pixel to ensure that they were fit for purpose.
Back in the UK, Phillips commented: “In today’s world of LED offerings, there is such a great range to choose from. After testing more products than you would ever think is possible, we felt that the Road Ready Coleder panels combined with

 
chauvetChauvet celebrates new French subsidiary
Monday, 15 April 2019

France - Chauvet capped off the first full year of its French subsidiary’s operation with a gala celebration. Over 100 guests attended the festive event, which was held on 21 March at the company’s French headquarters in the south Paris suburb of Chilly-Mazarin. They enjoyed an evening of food and beverages, live entertainment, games and a first-hand look at the company’s latest offerings, including the new additions to its award-winning Maverick and Ovation series of LED fixtures.
“We were excited to welcome so many accomplished guests from the French entertainment lighting industry, very pleased to see their enthusiasm for our new products,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “Since it was launched in 2018, Chauvet France has established a solid following throughout this market.”
Guests at the event also got to tour Chauvet France’s impressive facility, with its two showrooms totalling more than 100m² and its 70m² service department. The spacious showrooms house an extensive array of fixtures from Chauvet Professional and Chauvet DJ. “This facility really reflects our commitment to serving the French market at the highest level, both in terms of products and service,” said Michael Brooksbank, general manager of Chauvet Europe.
Embraced by the French market, Chauvet fixtures have been used at events in high- profile venues such as The Louvre and at leading retail establishments like Pirates Cove, as well as at concerts, schools and live music venues. “This has been a very good year for us in France,” said Martin Fournier

 
 
ac-etAC-ET supplies Limelite with Vari-Lite
Friday, 12 April 2019

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has supplied Vari-Lite VL2600 Profile luminaires to lighting, sound & AV production services company, Limelite Lighting, for use on clients' theatre, concert, TV and corporate events projects in London and the South East.
Limelite Lighting is one of the region's largest providers of full lighting, sound & AV design, installation, and equipment hire services, offering a vast selection of cutting-edge equipment for productions.
After experiencing a massive increase in demand for LED Profile moving lights both for its own project productions and those of its equipment rental customers, Limelite Lighting project manager / director, Matthew Mountier decided to research the best options for fixtures with CYM and shutter capabilities.
After shortlisting several models, Matthew approached Ben Steppenbeck in AC-ET's Lighting division to discuss these options. This led to Limelite Lighting purchasing 13 Vari-Lite VL2600 Profile fixtures.
He commented: "Our decision eventually came down to the Vari-Lite unit's build quality, cost, and our experience of customer service from the manufacturer. We're really pleased with their performance."
Matthew has also been impressed by the service he's received from AC-ET. He remarked: "Our staff have have worked with Ben and AC-ET over the past five years and whilst it is a big organisation, we've been impressed by the personal level of customer service it delivers. Ben goes out of his way for us, often taking calls at the weekend to help us out when needed.

 
hk-audioMusic & Sales and JHS celebrate 30 years
Friday, 12 April 2019

Europe - Music & Sales and JHS are celebrating 30 years in business together, with the German company presenting their English distributors with a special award to commemorate three decades of success.
Beginning in 1989, the partnership between Music & Sales and JHS introduced German amplification brand Hughes & Kettner to the UK and ROI. In recent years HK Audio, professional sound solutions made in Germany, has also been distributed throughout the UK and ROI from JHS's Leeds headquarters.
Hans Stamer, HK Audio’s founder and Music & Sales CEO, said: “Over the past 30 years, we have developed an incredibly strong and successful relationship with our friends at John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd. As one of our most important partners in business, JHS has represented HK Audio and Hughes & Kettner in an exemplary way, from guitar amps and singer-songwriter PAs to install solutions and line arrays. We’re looking forward to another 30 years of success with them!”
Speaking on behalf of JHS, managing director Dennis Drumm said, “Our partnership with Music & Sales is a long-lasting and hugely rewarding one. In our 30 years together we have changed the landscape repeatedly. In three decades, beginning with Hughes & Kettner and latterly with HK Audio, we have introduced a wealth of revolutionary amplification and pro audio products to the UK and ROI marketplaces. We're very grateful to receive this award - here's to another 30 years of sound design revolution and successful business.”
HK Audio has recently unveiled

 
 
claypakylogoClaypaky opens US sales and operation centre
Friday, 12 April 2019

USA - Claypaky has announced the opening of its US sales and operation centre. The company will now have a local team of American lighting experts providing a high level of customer service for Claypaky products.
Leading the new team are lighting industry veteran George Masek and Dennis Knopf, former senior sales manager at Osram, the parent company of Claypaky.
“Finally, our American customers can enjoy all the benefits of our direct presence in the United States,” says Pio Nahum, CEO at Claypaky. “We are going to offer them attractive sales options as well as US-based technical support after their purchase. We want to ensure that customers enjoy an exceptional return on their investment through the highest functionality of their equipment.”
“The multi-decade experience of our American team, combined with the ability to innovate - for which our brand is famous, will all be directly available to users there, followed by opening an advanced technical assistance centre, these new developments will enable Claypaky to immediately serve our customers in the best way possible,” Francesco Romagnoli, North America sales manager explains.
“I’m so impressed with the technological leaps that Claypaky is making – they are doing some truly revolutionary things. It is a great pleasure to have the opportunity to share these directly with the dealers, artists, and technicians that we know in the US,” adds George Masek.
“I am thrilled by this new professional opportunity, “says Dennis Knopf, “It will allow me to bring the solid

 
hsl4Wall agrees in principle to purchase assets of HSL Group
Thursday, 11 April 2019


UK - 4Wall Entertainment, a US-based provider of lighting and video rentals, sales, and services, has reached an agreement in principle to acquire the assets of HSL Group Holdings Ltd. of Blackburn, UK.
As part of the agreement, the majority of HSL's staff would remain on-board and the facility and location would be rebranded as 4Wall UK, creating the first international presence for 4Wall. The company currently has 10 locations in the US.
Under the agreement current HSL MD Simon Stuart would lead the sales team of the UK branch, assuming the role of VP of Business Development for 4Wall UK. The entirety of the HSL sales team is expected to move forward with the 4Wall branch as well, continuing to serve their current customer bases while also pursuing new business.
Simon Stuart comments: "I've been very public about the financial stress HSL had found itself in recently. By joining 4Wall, we have found a family who appreciates our people as much as our equipment and our facility. This new family ensures the long-term stability of our location, while also giving us the ability to grow faster than we could have ever imagined under the HSL banner."
4Wall and HSL had previously worked together on concert touring acts traveling between the two countries, creating a natural partnership between key employees and even customers that will be strengthened moving forward.
4Wall COO Wes Bailey adds: "We've worked with the HSL team over the past few years and we know that they hold the same values as us when it comes to quality gear and amazing

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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