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indiaIncreased ProLyft service offered in India
Thursday, 20 June 2019

India - ProLyft chain hoists are supplied with a unique life time warranty, which is upheld by all ProLyft service points. The goal of these service points is to offer a trained team of professional technicians that are capable of repairing and maintaining manual and electrical chain hoists.
All SP’s have stock in spare parts and offer quick and smooth servicing and repair. Service points use the ProLyft database to store and provide all servicing information, providing optimal service and smooth communication. Importantly, they perform annual inspection and recertification in accordance to the life time warranty of ProLyft hoists.
In order to optimize the ProLyft service in the Indian sub-continent, Prolyte Asia Pacific is has announced that, with immediate effect, Natura RigTech, based in Mumbai, will provide all ProLyft service point related services mentioned above from this moment onward.
Natura was established in 2006 and has gained, within a reasonably short period of time, a widespread reputation as a hub for high quality service within the rigging industry. With a main focus on safety while supplementing it with transparent processes and ensuring qualified personnel for execution
Avishkar Tendle, managing director of Natura comments: “Our business has not focused on this kind of service in the past, but it is certainly in line with our philosophy as a company. This is why we are very glad to be appointed as a service point for the best-selling chain hoist in India. Our main focus as a service point will be on servicing and recer

audio-concept-logoObsidian appoints distributor for Colombia
Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Colombia - Obsidian Control Systems has appointed Audio Concept as its exclusive distributor in Colombia.
The Bogota-based company, which has provided professional and high-end consumer audio, lighting and video products in the region for over 30 years, will offer support for the entire line of Obsidian hardware and software lighting control solutions.
Audio Concept has already held training sessions dedicated to the Onyx system and the latest Obsidian consoles in Bogota, with further workshops coming up in other locations in July.
Jean Paul Gaspard, president of Audio Concept, comments: “We are excited about the opportunity to offer Obsidian controllers to lighting professionals across Colombia. We believe the intuitive nature of the new Obsidian products combined with training of lighting programmers will help position Obsidian as one of the top control brands in the region.”
Gaspard adds that Audio Concept is committed to continuing to support its customer base and all M-Series users as they transition to the Obsidian ONYX platform with the support of Elation’s international sales manager for LATAM, John Lopez, and the Elation team.
“The Obsidian line has transitioned into an amazing control option for all intelligent lighting systems,” Lopez comments. “We are excited to be working with such a reputable company like Audio Concept and look forward to the first training sessions in June and July and to what the future brings.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Audience Comfort - Ambassador Theatre Group chief executive Mark Cornell has claimed theatres need to look to cinemas to improve audience comfort, arguing theatregoers are having to endure “seats designed like torture instruments”. Cornell made the comments during his first major speech to members of the industry at UK Theatre’s Theatre and Touring Symposium, which took place in London on 17 June.
He said: “[Audiences] arrive at our theatres at a time set by us, they then navigate queues, fold themselves into seats designed like torture instruments, dine on a packet of crisps or a tub of ice cream and often endure temperatures that fluctuate between Siberia and the subcontinent.
“Yet cinema chains such as the Everyman have reinvented the experience of going to the movies. They provide a wonderful, enriching experience, which everyone should really enjoy regularly at the theatre. Today we’re asking people to work really hard for the privilege [of going to the theatre]. In a world where we expect everything to be connected, seamless, easy and immediate, this is not sustainable.”
Cornell also raised the issue of ticket prices, arguing that the commercial operators shared a responsibility with the subsidised sector to keep theatre affordable. “I’m afraid there’s a huge amount of misinformation surrounding theatre pricing. One misconception is that keeping theatre affordable is the reserve of the subsidised sector. I strongly believe that we all share a responsibility in this area, whether we operate in the subsidised or commercial se

 
ayrton-matrixAyrton appoints Matrix as distributor
Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Denmark - Ayrton has appointed Matrix as its new exclusive distributor for Denmark with immediate effect.
Matrix has quickly established itself as one of the leading sales and distribution companies for the entertainment industry in Denmark and enjoys strong relationships with customers and suppliers.
“Ayrton was the obvious choice for us, as we needed a high profile moving light brand to complete our lighting program,” says Jakob Hansen, sales manager for lighting and staging at Matrix. “The arrival of Ayrton’s new line of profiles, spots and wash fixtures was the deciding factor for us - they fit perfectly into our range of professional sound, light, stage equipment and audio-visual products.”
Matrix will focus on bringing the full Ayrton range of LED lighting products to the Danish market and the sales team are already out on the road with the new range of fixtures. “The Ayrton product range is strong and we are obviously excited about our role as Ayrton distributor,” continues Hansen. “Our expectations for the brand development are high - and very interesting when we look at everything that is currently on the international moving light market.”
“We are very proud to be represented by Matrix in Denmark,” says Linnea Ljungmark, international sales for Ayrton. “The company is known for its ability to find high quality brands and present them to the market with skill and dedication. We are extremely excited to be working with them.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
berlinCurtain up on Stage|Set|Scenery
Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Germany - Over 300 exhibitors will be presenting their latest products and services for theatre, film and event technology at Stage|Set|Scenery, taking place at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds from 18 to 20 June. 
The expo is co-organised by Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG) and Messe Berlin.
Dr. Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin, comments: “With over 50 theatres, three opera houses, Europe's biggest museum complex and numerous exhibition venues, as well as some 1,000 companies representing the film industry, culture is a major economic factor in Berlin. By hosting Stage|Set|Scenery we are aiming to give the city's large cultural sector a platform for an interdisciplinary dialogue, opportunities for training and an inspirational event.”
Wesko Rohde, chairman of the board and managing director of DTHG, adds: “Creativity drives this industry. Together with many of its innovative partners we have organised a wide-ranging programme of conference events this year, with a clear focus on a dialogue involving practical issues. Be it at the RoundTables or on the special display areas - the fact that visitors can engage with creatives and experts and directly exchange views on the latest topics about modern and innovative events sets Stage|Set|Scenery apart.”
The RoundTables and special display areas have been integrated directly into the halls to ensure their proximity to the exhibitors, many of whom have actively contributed to the programme and setting up the special display areas. The LightLab curated by Manfred ‘Ollie’ Ol

 
webinarHoloplot stages immersive sound webinar
Monday, 17 June 2019

Europe - Audio technology innovator Holoplot has confirmed details of a webinar that will introduce its 3D beamforming and wave field synthesis technologies.
Taking place on 3 July at 16:00 CEST, the webinar is free but requires registration, which can be made on Holoplot’s website.
With high-profile installations in museums, concert halls, and many other public venues, immersive audio has become a significant global trend during the last few years. But it is often the case that immersive sound installations are time-and cost-intensive exercises involving complex audio design work and multiple loudspeaker positions.
Into this emerging market, Holoplot has launched a solution with its technology that offers a simpler and more effective method of delivering immersive sound experiences. In this special seminar, Holoplot will introduce this technology and explain how it can be applied to a wide variety of installations and applications.
Based in Berlin, Holoplot is pioneer in wavefield synthesis and 3D beamforming. Its technology has been applied to immersive audio projects in venues around the world. The current product range is based around the Io audio module, the Eta processing core and the Orbit software interface.
During the webinar, Holoplot will provide an overview of its 3D beamforming capabilities and explore the possibilities of sonic immersion and wave field synthesis. Specific topics t

 
 
bradford-liveNEC Group previews Bradford Live venue
Monday, 17 June 2019

UK - Birmingham-based NEC Group gave a presentation of what’s to come in the new Bradford Live venue, during an event at the National Museum of Science and Media.
Formally the Bradford Odeon, the demolition work inside the building is now well under way, with many of the original art deco features revealed for the first time in over 40 years, as the concrete from the 1960s cinema structure is stripped out. The next stage of development will be the start of the renovation and restoration works, paving the way for a re-opening in the 2020/21 season.
The venue will boast the renaissance of the 1930s ballroom, which will become a 750-person capacity space, for conferencing and banqueting, whilst the double height main auditorium will be reinstated as a 4,000-capacity live events venue.
Phil Mead, NEC group chairman for the group’s arenas and ticketing company, says: “We really want to put Bradford back on the map for major touring artists. The venue has seen legends play there, such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and I’ve no doubt that we’ll see legends play there again. We are in preliminary talks with a number of promoters and event organisers to discuss the opening season and will announce this as our plans progress next year and construction dates are finalised.
“As well as creating the full time equivalent of around 50 new jobs, the venue will play an important part in the ongoing regeneration of the city led by Bradford Council and a range of partners. It will help to boost the night time economy of Bradford, increasing

 
verge-thorjussenNils Thorjussen "building Dronehog" with Verge Aero
Monday, 17 June 2019

USA - Entertainment technology industry veteran Nils Thorjussen has helped develop key lighting control solutions, including the Flying Pigs’ Wholehog lighting console and Elements Lab’s VersaTube LED tube. Now, he’s back as the CEO of drone show company Verge Aero.
Thorjussen comments: “A lot of beautiful and outstanding work has already been done with drones in entertainment, but what’s lacking is a fully integrated system making it easy for designers to create and deploy their creative vision via hundreds of drones. For the past two years, I’ve been working with a team of former aerospace engineers to create a comprehensive control system with a straightforward programming interface, effects generation algorithms, full 3D visualisation, and automatic flight path calculation.
“When my lighting friends ask me what I’m up to, I say I’m building Dronehog.” We believe there’s large untapped creative potential for drone technology in the entertainment industry. Drones are a dynamic, three-dimensional platform that allow light pixels or other artistic elements to reconfigure themselves endlessly. The sky’s quite literally the limit!” To give a taste of what’s possible, the team, together with rental partner A&O Drones, recently created a drone light tunnel and raced a Jeep through it.
He continues: “Our software makes it so fast to create a show. No coding or third-party animation software is needed. From scratch, we programmed, tested, deployed, and flew the light tunnel in a couple of hours. This kind of streamlined

 
 
special-olympicsCT Middle East joins disguise network
Friday, 14 June 2019

UAE - disguise has announced Creative Technology Middle East has joined its certified solution provider (CSP) worldwide network.
The disguise CSP programme is designed for systems integration partners to resell disguise products and services to end customers as part of their differentiated solution. Under this programme, CSPs manage, service and support end customers directly.
CT is a long-time disguise user, and CT Middle East (CTME) has been using disguise for more than three years.
“CT is always looking at new ways to raise the bar within the industry, and this CSP accreditation is the perfect addition as it enables us to continue to be a vital driving force within the region,” says Andy Reardon, managing director of CTME.
“We are pleased to be a part of the disguise CSP programme, allowing us to expand our offering within the industry and move CTME closer to the disguise business and user community,” he notes. “It provides us with a better understanding of the business and product pipeline and gives us a direct line to the development and engineering teams. CSP accreditation allows us to be a preferred solutions provider within the region which will inevitably connect us with a larger share of the integrations market.”
CTME utilised disguise for the Special Olympics World Games opening ceremony 2019, held in Abu Dhabi where two 4x4pro’s were used as the main machines and a further two were used as understudies. Two 2x2plus’ were also utilised for the main production with one machine serving as the main and one as unde

 
neutrik-logoNeutrik appoints FBT Audio (UK) as distributor
Friday, 14 June 2019

UK - Neutrik has appointed FBT Audio (UK) as an authorised distributor, effective 1 June.
The agreement has been hailed by Neutrik UK managing director Mark Perrins as “the culmination of a long search for the right partner”.
“We are intent on bringing the highest quality product to this very important market, and we have been assessing a strong partner in the UK who can help us to achieve that goal,” explains Perrins. “We are delighted to have appointed FBT Audio (UK), serving a range of MI and pro audio-based dealers and distributors. Coupled with high quality product from FBT, Neutrik has also been impressed with the quality of customer service and extensive additional market coverage that FBT Audio (UK) can offer. We are looking forward to a long and enjoyable relationship as we explore new markets and meet new customers.”
“Some brands are rightly considered the gold standard in their field - a description that absolutely applies to Neutrik,” comments FBT Audio (UK) managing director Mark Parkhouse. “This agreement strengthens our position within the UK and opens exciting new opportunities. I’m proud to represent such a highly respected range of products and I’m looking forward to helping Neutrik reach new heights in the UK.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
astera-john--jane-brussels-airlines-event-122325-photo-jurgendewitteJohn & Jane invests in Astera
Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Belgium - Last summer, event design and production company John & Jane made its first investment in Astera AX1 Pixel Tubes.
At the time, the company was designing a lighting scheme and providing production for a Brussels Airlines event being staged in an old townhouse, and specifically sought a light source which could be used abstractly to highlight areas of the building. Initially, they purchased AX1s for illuminating a staircase, but ended up buying more from Benelux distributor Controllux, which were used on the floor - in the style of plane emergency lighting.
The long battery life, consistent brightness and easy set-up and use are all reasons attracting them to Astera.
The Pixel Tubes are now working constantly, claims the company. The fixtures are used to light gardens, fountains buildings - interiors and exteriors - main event rooms and spaces, corridors, stairways, stairwells, galleries and any number of ‘nooks and crannies’ that can benefit from being illuminated in a funky, interesting location.
They also proved ideal for lighting the VIP areas at a series of summer beach festivals where John & Jane provided the full technical production packages, and will be used again in the same context this year, including at WECANDANCE, a food and fashion extravaganza staged across four music stages on the beach at Zeebrugge.
Nico Laniere of John & Jane comments: “The Tubes are hugely creative and our customers all love them. [They are] decorative and attractive to look at in themselves.”
(Jim Evans)

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Here We Go Again - Bjorn Ulvaeus has said he would not rule out the possibility of a third Mamma Mia! film. In an interview for Magic Radio, Ulvaeus spoke about the possibility of a film trilogy. "If someone comes up with an idea for Mamma Mia! 3 you know I'll have a look at it," he said.
Ulvaeus also spoke about the band's new music, confirming they had finished new songs, but would not give away any details about when they might be released. "There will be a new song, a couple of new songs coming. But I've been saying this for such a long time. I'm not saying when any more. I'm just saying we have them and they will be released eventually."
Code of Practice - A code of practice has been developed for producers of touring shows and venues around the UK. It urges a more robust approach to dealing with cancelled productions and calls for swifter payments between parties. The code is included within a new handbook produced by UK Theatre and the Society of London Theatre in response to growing concern that relationships between producers and venues are becoming strained.
Discussions at a touring symposium in 2018 focused on financial pressures, and “an erosion of trust and transparency”. The new handbook aims to help the two sides “build stronger relationships to improve the long-term health of touring in the UK”. Seven key areas of concern are raised in the handbook, and covered within these are concerns about “unexplained royalty hikes by producers” and how the deal-making process fails to address tour cancellation”

 
 
shure-qlx-d-wireless-goes-tro-centre-stage-with-help-from-ac-etCentre Stage invests in Shure QLX-D
Tuesday, 11 June 2019

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has supplied 10 Shure QLXD24/SM58 digital wireless systems to Hertfordshire-based staging, lighting & AV hire company Centre Stage to meet the event production needs of high-profile clients, including West Ham United Football Club.
Established in 1990, Centre Stage is a leading supplier of technical services for the live event, conference and entertainment industry in the UK; specialising in supporting the arts, theatre, music, education, sports and corporate sectors, as well as local community groups.
With a broad, nationwide customer base which ranges from small events to large-scale festivals and multiple stages, Centre Stage’s Graham Baker was keen to invest in digital wireless technology to help with the ongoing battle of spectrum, and to offer a wider choice of brands and systems to customers.
Baker purchased 10 channels of Shure wireless QLX-D featuring a QLXD2 handheld transmitter with SM58 microphone capsule, and a QLXD4 receiver. Since adding the Shure QLX-D systems to Centre Stage’s hire stock, they have been used for pre-match entertainment, player and special guest appearances in the hospitality lounges at West Ham United Football Club during the football season.
Baker comments: “We have owned Shure systems in the past. It’s high quality equipment and it’s the right price point. It offers a rider-friendly option to our rental stock, ideal for hospitality and conferences, all the way up to the most technically demanding live music events.”
Kay Wilkinson, audio s

 
ldiLDI 2019 to ‘focus on the future’
Tuesday, 11 June 2019

USA - The LDI trade show is enhancing its offering this November with an emphasis on the next generation of design and technology, including AR/VR, drones, live for broadcast, and experiential design.
Organisers say that these  technologies and disciplines will shape the future of live events and are therefore placing LDI as the place to discover what’s hot and what’s next. More details on these new subjects will be unveiled once registration officially opens in July.
The 32nd edition of this entertainment design and technology trade show and conference runs 18-24 November 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.
“We’re excited to look to the next 30 years of LDI, developing the trade show into a multi-layered series of events where designers, programmers, technicians and other artisans can experience not only the best in live production today, but also learn about where live production is headed tomorrow,” says David Johnson, managing director of LDI and the Live Experience Group. “These new initiatives, coupled with our industry standard professional training and the coolest-looking show floor in this or any market, will make LDI the must-attend industry event for years to come.”
More than 15,000 industry professionals are expected to descend upon Las Vegas this November to check out more than 350 exhibitors showcasing technologies and services for live event production. In addition, they will have access to the conference and professional training programmes.
LDI will officially open with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 1

 
 
abtttheatre-awardslightingdave-whitehouseRobe & Sennheiser head ABTT annual awards
Tuesday, 11 June 2019

UK - The Association of British Theatre Technicians’ Annual Theatre Awards took place after the first day of the 2019 ABTT Theatre Show at Alexandra Palace, London.
The five awards for lighting, sound and engineering products of the year, widget and stand of the year, were complemented by the announcement of the ABTT’s technician of the year for 2019.
The lighting product of the year went to the Robe T1 Profile. The judges said: “This is a new moving light that has clearly had a great deal of thought put into its development. Robe’s new T1 fixture delivers an immensely useable theatre lantern. It is light weight, quiet and extremely well featured. Of particular note, the scrim function and the brown/blue focus tweak on the hard edge on the PC lens version is a welcome addition to the lighting designer’s pallet.”
Mick Hannaford, managing director, Robe UK, comments: “We are so pleased to win this award, especially as it is from the very people that influenced its conception and who really know their craft. Once again, the ABTT Theatre Show presents us with the best opportunity to address the technical theatre market.”
Sound product of the year went to Sennheiser’s Digital 6000 SK 6212 (see an in-depth technical review of the whole wireless system in LSi June).
The judges said: “Having a discreet belt pack transmitter for radio microphone systems is a g

 
medialon-logo-web7thSense Design to acquire Medialon from Barco
Tuesday, 11 June 2019

USA - Barco has agreed in principle to sell the Medialon brand and Show Control activities to 7thSense Design.
The team behind 7thSense Design has led the acquisition to form a new company, Medialon Ltd., which will acquire the Medialon brand and Show Control activities from Barco. The sale is set to be completed by 1 July.
The transfer does not include the Overture product suite, which will continue to be owned by Barco.
Eric Cantrell, product manager for Medialon within Barco, will lead the new Medialon business as vice-president of business operations. He comments: “The decision by Barco to transfer the Medialon show control activity is driven by Barco’s continuous effort to focus on core activities, comprising of display and image processing technology, in conjunction with strengthened partnerships across the value chain in the entertainment market.
“This transfer will allow Medialon greater agility to further enhance its product offering and expand its scale - we are excited to bring a highly focused range of solutions and services to attractions and theme parks as part of the 7thSense Design family.”
Matt Barton, CEO of Medialon Ltd. and 7thSense Design, adds: “7thSense Design’s products and technologies are often integrated into theme park and attraction installations alongside Medialon show control products.
“Medialon Ltd.’s acquisition of the Medialon show control product, and new place in the 7thSense Design family, allows the two businesses to offer complementary media serving and show control solutions

 
 
modulesL-Acoustics adds more training modules
Monday, 10 June 2019

USA - L-Acoustics has expanded its AVIXA Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) Renewal Unit (RU) provider status to include two new training modules.
Engineers participating in the company’s Variable Curvature Line Source (3.5 RU) or Loudspeaker System Calibration (3.5 RU) training modules - either at an L-Acoustics location or via a certified provider - will now also be able to receive CTS Renewal Units.
Etienne Corteel, director of scientific outreach at L-Acoustics, comments: “Across the globe, our L-Acoustics training programs are on track to deliver over 6,000 certifications in 2019. Expanding the AVIXA CTS offering to two of our strategic trainings is a mark of quality for the engineers who look to L-Acoustics to provide not only the highest standard in equipment, but also the highest standard in education for the professionals who design, implement and calibrate our systems around the globe.”
Variable Curvature Line Source training teaches systems engineers and designers how to optimise a line source for coverage, SPL and frequency response. It highlights key design parameters for the physical deployment and the electronic settings of a variable curvature line source. This course offers an overview of rational design methodology using Soundvision modelling and simulation software, including an introduction to the new Autosolver tools.
The newly introduced Loudspeaker System Calibration training teaches system engineers how to calibrate a loudspeaker system in a touring, rental or fixed installation project. The course covers bo

 
radio-activeRadio Active Designs hosts RF sessions
Monday, 10 June 2019

USA - Wireless intercom solutions manufacturer Radio Active Designs will host a daily Radio Spectrum Update & RF Best Practices presentation during this week’s InfoComm 2019.
Taking place at 11am on stand 6161, the event will be presented by the company CTO James Stoffo.
He comments: “As the TV repack and T-Mobile activation begins to wrap up, wireless microphone and intercom operators across the country are finding it particularly challenging to get their jobs done. The radio spectrum shuffle affects all aspects of American culture including live broadcasts, sporting events, houses of worship services and arts and entertainment productions.”
Stoffo will also be presenting an hour-long seminar offered by InfoComm at 8:00am on Thursday, 13 June. This will cover wireless microphone use as well as a spectrum update and best practices.
Radio Active Designs manufacturers the UV-1G wireless analogue intercom. With bodypacks that operate in VHF and a receiver that utilises a mere sliver of UHF, the analogue UV-1G provides the reliability and ease-of-use wireless operators demand.
“We also made sure to design the beltpacks with a rebroadcast side tone to ensure that everyone on the system hears your voice - vital for life safety,” Stoffo adds. “We knew the 600 MHz auction and resulting TV repack was going to prove challenging to wireless operators across the country. Our goal was to provide an intercom system with the same reliability and ease-of-use professionals were accustomed to in a package that would operate outside

 
 
nexoNexo and Yamaha stage Experience Days
Friday, 7 June 2019

UK - Nexo will present the Geo M12 mid-size line array in a real-world production environment as part of two roadshow events held in partnership with Yamaha this summer.
Visitors will have the chance to get hands-on with the three-line array systems in the Geo M family: the new Geo 12, the Geo M10 mid-size line array, and the compact Geo M6.The Nexo system set-up will include the PM7 and PM10 Rivage digital consoles, running the Dante audio network.
On 26 June, sound engineers, rental providers and audio installation professionals will get the chance to audition the full range of Geo M high-output line arrays in Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena.
On 3 July, the location is The Mill Rehearsal Studio in Wimbledon, London. This purpose-built production studio has more than 400sq.m. of space, with a trim height of 6m for the line arrays.
Nexo and Yamaha system experts will be demonstrating the systems, and discussing a range of topics including Dante networking, system monitoring with Nexo’s proprietary NeMo tools, and integrating Yamaha consoles with NXAMP powered controllers.
To find out more about the two events and to register, please visit: nexo-sa.com/geo-m12-experience-days
Further Experience Days are currently being planned. These are set to take place in Leeds, Edinburgh and Dublin.
(Jim Evans)

 
hard-rock-koiKOI-USA Awards moves to Hard Rock
Friday, 7 June 2019

USA - The Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA) has announced that the 2019 ceremony and gala dinner will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas. This, the second KOI-USA, follows last year's successful inaugural event, and will again take place during the LDI Conference and Tradeshow.
The 2019 KOI-USA ceremony will be held in the 4,000-seater venue, The Joint, within the Hard Rock Hotel complex. Guests will enjoy a three-course dinner as the nominees and winners are announced in each category: Theatre, Live for Broadcast, and Concert Touring & Events.
"We are thrilled to be moving KOI-USA to such an important entertainment venue," says David Johnson, managing director of LDI and co-organiser of KOI-USA. "The Joint allows us to grow the event, offering a wider canvas on which to showcase all of the talented nominees. It doesn't hurt that Hard Rock also houses the Centre Bar, where the industry tends to congregate after hours during LDI, ensuring KOI-USA is an industry-wide celebration and further networking opportunity."
Following the high attendance and interest in the inaugural ceremony in 2018, the KOI-USA team knew it was necessary to move the ceremony to a larger venue. The Joint is a fitting location for KOI-USA, having played host to some of the biggest names in rock over its 25-year history, including Mötley Crüe, KISS, and Aerosmith.
As ever, the judging process remains key to the Awards' integrity. KOI-USA has welcomed a number of new critics and industry experts to the panels. The full list of KOI-USA judge

 
 
guy--lee-1-copyAudio Evolution joins the rental sector
Friday, 7 June 2019

UK - A new pro audio company focused on the corporate and special events markets has been launched.
Audio Evolution is the brainchild of the leadership team at live events video specialist Pixl Evolution and will operate as a sister company from the latter’s Hertfordshire HQ.
The pro audio arm has been set up as a response to regular requests from Pixl Evolution’s clients for bespoke audio to accompany video provision. Prompted by this demand, further scoping of the market revealed a clear space for a high-quality audio provider specifically aligned towards the corporate sector.
A £1.1m investment in d&b, Yamaha, Shure and Denon equipment is supported a team of four, able to meet the needs of worldwide corporate events “on any scale”.
Lee Spencer, commercial director at Audio Evolution comments: “Audio Evolution came into being as a direct consequence of market demand and we’ve made a calculated and significant investment based upon a clearly identified need. The touring market is heavily subscribed with rental companies delivering exceptional service but Pixl’s corporate customers have consistently expressed a desire to work with a dedicated high-end audio provider. Audio Evolution is the logical answer to questions raised by the sector.“
Audio Evolution has wasted no time in finding its way to the thick of the action, having recently supplied a leading beauty brand with a system for its immersive event at Brick Lane’s Old Truman Brewery, before heading a short distance east to the ExCel centre to deliver multi

 
sixty82-tower-theatre-pic1-pressSixty82 is right fit for Tower Theatre Company
Thursday, 6 June 2019

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has supplied a Sixty82 custom truss solution for the Tower Theatre Company, one of the busiest amateur theatre groups in Inner London.
A major presence in the Capital’s non-professional theatre scene for 87 years, with acting alumni including Tom Courtenay and Michael Gambon among others, through 2019 the Tower Theatre will present up to 20 full-scale productions to a broad public audience at its permanent new home in Stoke Newington.
Featuring a domed roof and interesting hexagonal shape, the theatre company’s new building offers it a level of flexibility that previous performance spaces have lacked. As part of ongoing renovations to make the former leisure centre suitable for the performers, staff and audiences’ requirements, a new studio space has been created in addition to the main auditorium to be used for rehearsals, readings & smaller performances.
Having provided support with various elements of the main theatre fit-out, the Theatre team approached production specialists, Light Fantastic Production Services to provide a flexible rigging solution for the studio space. Limited ceiling height, unusual angles and a lack of any rigging capacity in the ceiling meant that a custom-designed truss structure was needed to meet the only available anchor points on structural piers around the perimeter of the space.
Light Fantastic contacted Matthew Millward, sales manager for AC-ET’s rigging sales division, to supply a solution to meet the brief. AC-ET then worked closely with Sixty82 to c

 
 
theatre-lightingDWR presents theatre lighting workshop
Wednesday, 5 June 2019

South Africa - In response to popular demand, lighting designer Michael Taylor Broderick will once again present a two-day theatre lighting workshop on 19 and 20 June at DWR Distribution, Johannesburg.
Michael instils a sense of passion to those working in a theatre environment and topics include stage lighting, controllable properties of light, lighting positions and angles, light and colour, elements of design and lighting instruments.
The workshop will be held at DWR, Block C, Unit 1, Kimbult Industrial Office Park, 9 Zeiss Street, Laserpark, Honeydew. The cost is R1 700 for both days and includes lunch and refreshments. Kindly let us know if you have any dietary requirements.
Bookings can be made online.
(Jim Evans)

 
fireflyFirefly to distribute TMB in Australia
Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Australia - TMB has announced that Firefly Lighting has been appointed as TMB’s regional distribution partner for Australia. Offering signature TMB brands, including Solaris, ProPlex, IMS, and more, Firefly will provide sales, support, service, and stocking inventory to the Australian professional market.
“Local commerce is beneficial for all. Australian customers will now enjoy all the benefits of having a distributor close at hand with the full confidence of TMB,” says TMB sales manager, Tim Obermann. “We are confident that the benefits of an intermediate distribution channel with local associations and personal relationships will become immediately apparent. We couldn’t ask for a better partner than Firefly.”
“Our association with TMB goes back many years,” explains Firefly manager James Whittall, “and we’re very pleased to be exclusive distributor for TMB in Australia. TMB’s wide range of professional touring and installation fixtures, cables, data distribution, and other tools perfectly complement our Firefly products. Access to such high-value and dependable gear, plus Firefly’s full stocking facility, will certainly benefit Australian customers.”
Firefly’s director, Heath Williamson, adds, “TMB is my home away from home, my headquarters when in the US and Europe. They are truly like family, and I’m extremely excited to be taking our longstanding relationship to the next level.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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