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hedgehogBlack Light appointed Hog 4 master dealer
Thursday, 4 October 2018

UK - Edinburgh-based lighting, sound and AV company Black Light is the latest dealer join the group of High End System’s Hog 4 master dealers in the UK.
Black Light has worked with ETC for 25 years as a respected sales and project company. With an active hire department, this relationship continues to grow with the High End Systems brand adding Sola Frame 750 moving heads to their hire inventory along with a number of Hog 4 consoles.
The appointment confirms the company’s key role in the distribution of Hog consoles around the UK.
Calder Sibbald, director at Black Light, comments: “I am delighted that Black Light has been appointed as a master dealer for High End Systems. It is currently a very exciting time for ETC and High End Systems and I am really looking forward to Black Light being part of the evolution of the brand and product. Being appointed, truly demonstrates our reciprocal relationship with ETC and allows us to offer a wider range of their portfolio to our clients.”
The Hog 4 range is known for its moving light control, speed and ease of use coupled with its ability to control the largest of rigs. Black Light uses Hog 4’s for a wide variety of clients.
Jeremy Roberts, ETC associate regional sales manager, comments: “When the acquisition of High End was announced, the first call I received was from Calder at Black Light declaring: ‘We want to be part of this journey’. I am very happy they are, this takes our relationship to the next level.”
Black Light is supplying the full range of products including

developmentPLASA's new development training events
Thursday, 4 October 2018

UK - PLASA has announced three new professional development training events aimed at industry professionals looking to broaden their skillset.
The events, taking place in November and February, will cover creative branding, problem-solving solutions and the latest electrical and wiring regulations, coming into force from January.
The branding, communications and strategy workshop is taking place on 21 November at Leisuretec’s HQ in Leighton Buzzard. It will be led by PR specialist Lauren Rogers of Burnt Orange (the Big Chill Festival; FIFA Club World Cup Abu Dhabi) and explore the importance of unique branding and how to differentiate in an authentic way. Businesses of all types and sizes are encouraged to attend.
On 22 November, LSi columnist and electrical consultant James Eade will provide updates to the 18th edition Wiring Regulations in a seminar and workshop at the London premises of drapes and rigging supplier, Blackout. Eade has authored IET guidance on temporary electrical systems and represents the industry on the British Standards Committee for IET Wiring Regulations. Designed for manufacturers, distributors, venue owners and end-users, this technical day will help delegates to understand their legal obligations of ensuring electrical safety in the workplace, be that on a factory floor or festival field.
On 14 February 2019, Caroline Russell from the Ideas Centre will present a session on creative problem-solving at Stage Electrics’ premises in Bristol.
Russell, who also spoke at PLASA’s Annual General Meeting in May

laddersLadder Association launches training initiative
Wednesday, 3 October 2018

UK - The Ladder Association, a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting work at height safety practices, is stepping up ladder safety through training with its Get a Grip on ladder safety campaign.
With falls from height still one of the leading causes of workplace fatalities and injuries - accounting for 35 fatalities in 2017/2018, according to the organisation - and with businesses facing record fines for failing to keep workers safe, the campaign sets out to ensure that everyone using a ladder is fully trained and competent to do so.
Steve Booker, chair of the association’s training committee, comments: “Safety and competence in the workplace begins with thorough and consistent training. The saying ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ is all too familiar where ladders are concerned. It’s an attitude that encourages a complacent, over-confident and potentially dangerous mentality.
“The Work at Height Regulations require that everyone involved in the work is competent, so successfully completing a Ladder Association training course – and getting a LadderCard – is one way of helping to demonstrate that competence.”
The association has created a free Ladder Safety Pack providing information on the recent changes to European ladder standard EN131. It details the correct way to use and inspect ladders and, most importantly, the route to obtaining a LadderCard through official Ladder Association training.
(Jim Evans)

green-hippo-wGreen Hippo acquired by Spitfire Creative Technologies
Wednesday, 3 October 2018

USA - Spitfire Creative Technologies has completed the acquisition of Green Hippo.
Spitfire also owns tvONE and Magenta Research, manufacturers of premium video processing and signal distribution products.
Green Hippo will continue to go to market with sales, branding, and distribution independently as further growth synergies materialize over the next few quarters, says a statement.
Emma Marlow, CEO of Green Hippo, comments: “For 18 years Green Hippo and Hippotizer have been part of live events around the world. We have grown well and want to continue growing. Becoming a member of the Spitfire family allows Green Hippo to focus on growing further and faster. We look forward to their strong organisational support so we can do more to help our customers and users around the world deliver the best live video experiences.”
Denise Nemchev, president and CEO of tvONE, adds: "Green Hippo and tvONE each have core competencies in technology and customer focus that, when combined, provide superior solutions for both fixed installation and live events customers. Most important is the comprehensive value we bring our customers across the combined platform.”
(Jim Evans)

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Here We Go Again - Comedian and Great British Bake Off host Sandi Toksvig will adapt the story for the Mamma Mia! spin-off show when it opens at the O2 in London next August. The writer and broadcaster will adapt Calle Norlen, Roine Soderlundh and Bjorn Ulvaeus’ original story into English for the immersive theatrical and dining experience, Mamma Mia! The Party.
Set in a Greek taverna, Mamma Mia! The Party will take place in a venue within the O2. It will seat 500 audience members, who will experience the show alongside a Mediterranean meal. The show has been created by Abba’s Ulvaeus, with producer Ingrid Sutej, and features music and lyrics by Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. It will be directed by Soderlundh, with set by Bengt Froderberg, costumes by Annsofi Nyberg, lighting by Patrick Woodroffe and sound by Gareth Owen.
Welcome News - Theatre by the Lake in Keswick and Belfast’s Grand Opera House are among the 12 regional winners of the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre Award 2018. The prize, which is run by theatre membership organisation UK Theatre, is judged by members of the public who vote to celebrate their local theatre. Other regional winners included the Mill at Sonning in the South East, which won the overall prize in 2017, and Swindon’s Arts Centre in the South West category.
Cassie Chadderton, head of UK Theatre, said: “This award is a chance to recognise the importance of theatres as valuable cultural hubs, and the loyalty they can inspire by creating a fantastic audience experience - from friendly fron

dpa-microphoneshow-tourDPA embarks on house of worship tour
Tuesday, 2 October 2018

USA - DPA microphones is embarking on a ‘house of worship tour’ to share practical tips on how to achieve good sound in any sanctuary.
Company representatives will visit Washington (9 October) and Charlotte (23 October) in a bid to educate attendees on the best practices on mic’ing drums and vocals, and teach them how to solve any microphone challenge. DPA’s entire line of microphones, including its sub-miniature line of d:screet and d:fine lavalier and headset microphones, will also be on display.
Christopher Spahr, VP of sales and marketing, comments: “DPA is an ideal solution for mic’ing worship leaders, speakers, singers and instrumentalists as well as live streaming or broadcasting sermons. The first leg of the tour allows us to travel to regional churches to educate how professionals about our solutions and how our mics can help worship services deliver the best sound for any meaningful message.”
The first event is taking place on 9 October at the National Community Church in Washington.
This will be followed by an event in Charlotte, NC, on 23 October at Queen City Church.
(Jim Evans)

harman-primary-corporate-logo-cmykHarman extends partnership with Fairlight
Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Europe - Harman Professional Solutions is extending its distribution agreement with Fairlight to include tour audio solutions in Benelux.
Fairlight was initially appointed to distribute lighting brand Martin by Harman in the region. Under the new agreement, the Dutch company will also distribute Harman’s full range of tour audio products, including JBL, Crown, Soundcraft, dbx and BSS.
Scott Aslett, regional director at Harman Professional Solutions (Northwest Europe), comments: “We are delighted to extend Fairlight’s distribution rights to Harman audio brands. We already have a strong established partnership with Fairlight, and given their prominence in the touring industry, this expansion of our partnership will support the great demand for Harman solutions and yield improved service to our customers in the Benelux region.”
Michael Arntz, general manager at Fairlight, adds: “We are excited about this extension of our distribution rights. The inclusion of renowned Harman audio brands means we are now able to offer a complete package, which is something our customers in the touring market have previously asked us to supply. We understand our customers’ needs and we’re happy to offer an all-in-one solution.”
(Jim Evans)

green-455-wCast to distribute Green Hippo in Germany
Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Germany - Green Hippo has named technology supplier Cast as its distribution partner in Germany.
Effective 1 October, Hagen-based Cast will manage the exclusive distribution of the Green Hippo’s product line throughout the country.
Heinz Siller, CEO of Cast, comments: “Green Hippo is going to be a perfect round up to our mission to offer professional products to the creative cloud in our markets.”
James Roth, head of sales and marketing at Green Hippo, adds: "The rate of growth that the company is experiencing as a whole, but particularly in Germany, necessitates our appointing the very best commercial partner in the territory, Cast. Hippotizer is being specified on so many new shows and events and we look forward to working with Cast to maximise the opportunities that are being placed before us."
(Jim Evans)

current-rms-5000x2625-plasa-london-pr-rbgCurrent RMS acquired by Kerridge CS
Monday, 1 October 2018

UK - Equipment hire software companies Current RMS and InspHire have been acquired by integrated ERP solutions provider Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS).
The deals will allow KCS to strengthen its presence within the rental industry. InspHire and Current RMS will operate as independent business units within KCS, under their existing management teams.
Current RMS will remain tailored to the needs of the AV, production and events industries. InspHire, which supplies software to companies that rent heavy plant and construction vehicles, will be backed to expand into the US market. 
Chris Branson, managing director of Current RMS, comments: “I’m delighted that a company as prestigious and well regarded as KCS Group has chosen to invest in Current RMS. We’ve achieved so much in the four years since we launched and through this acquisition we’ve now got the backing and scale to accelerate product development and global reach, whilst remaining the Current RMS our users love.”
Ian Bendelow, CEO of KCS adds: “The acquisitions of InspHire and Current-RMS deliver a great opportunity for us to strengthen our presence in the hire software market in the UK, as well as developing further global opportunities in this sector. They are both very high quality businesses with offerings that are complementary to our own. We’re looking forward to working with their employees and to welcoming them to the KCS family.”
(Jim Evans)

dancers-contemporary-workshop-with-byron-classen-SOS supports Inspired Stages bootcamp
Friday, 28 September 2018

South Africa - The SOS Charity Fund, an initiative by DWR Distribution, supported the two-day Inspired2Unite Mega Masterclass Bootcamp hosted at the GrandWest casino on 2-3 July.
Over 350 young people were mentored and attended a programme, which was a combination of life coaching sessions alongside performance masterclass workshops in music, vocals and dance.
A counselling and mentorship project saw people over the age of 19 who had been through the Inspired Stages programme demonstrate leadership and role model qualities to those attending the bootcamp. SOS donated R10 000 to these volunteers.
Workshops were presented by special guests and artists in South Africa including Rudi Smit, international jazz funk / hip hop choreographer and dancer from Cape Town, talented pianist Garth Tavares, performer Sophia Vorster, Cape Flats saxophonist, Donveno Prins, life coach Tarryn Tomlinson, Signature SA and many others.
Karen Burt of Planet Productions and Gavin Taylor, group technical events and entertainment manager of GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, founded Inspired Stages in 2014.
Burt comments: “The jam-packed days ultimately worked on building self-esteem, self-belief and self-worth to survive both on and off stage.”
Duncan Riley of DWR, adds: “Thank you to Karen and Gavin for involving us and enabling us to give back.”
(Jim Evans)

matchevent-teamMATCHevent adds ROE Visual Black Pearls
Friday, 28 September 2018

France - Paris-based AV supplier MATCHevent has extended its stock of ROE Visual LED panels by adding over 400 Black Pearl BP2 LED panels.
The new panels will be used fir a number of events this autumn, says the French company.
Jean-François Lienard, founding partner of MATCHevent, comments: “The Black Pearl LED panels have a great track record in the rental market and are regarded as the best product in the market. That alone would be a reason to select ROE Visual as LED supplier. On top of that, the quality and unmatched service we get from ROE Visual makes the investment worth it.
“ROE Visual serves us both with technical support when needed and swift delivery. [The company] stocks its products in vast quantities in Europe, so we can always trust we’re served for last-minute projects.”
MATCHevent offers AV technical services for various events including conventions, conferences, product launches, festivals and fashion shows and general assemblies. The company recently worked on the premiere of the movie Mission Impossible - the Fallout.
(Jim Evans)

ampere1Community and Ampere mark 25th anniversary
Friday, 28 September 2018

Mexico - Community Professional Loudspeakers and its Mexican distributor Ampere Manufacturas Electrónicas sa de CV held a product training event and evening party to celebrate 25 years of business partnership.
Attended by dealers from across the country, the event was also the official launch of Community’s IV6 modular vertical array in Mexico and was attended by the company’s president and founder Bruce Howze, Christine Howze, CEO Steve Johnson, director of technical services Dave Howden and Latin America sales manager Steve Goodwin.
Jaime Celis, director general, Ampere Manufacturas Electrónicas, comments: “We are very proud to represent Community in Mexico, a brand that combines genuine engineering and innovation. Community continuously sets new standards in loudspeaker technology and the reliability of their products is outstanding. We have thoroughly enjoyed the last 25 years and look forward to partnering with Community for the next 25 years with equal passion.”
Bruce Howze adds: “It’s very gratifying to see the distribution we started 25 years ago with Ampere develop over the years into the enduring partnership we have today. They’ve always given their total commitment to our brand and products and are a valued part of our global team.
“Ampere is a fantastic company to partner with,” added Steve Goodwin. “With 25 years’ experience, they know our products inside out, yet maintain fresh enthusiasm with every sale and project. As sales manager for the region, I couldn’t wish to work with a nicer, more experienced

paul-guitarBenefit concert for Paul MacCallum
Thursday, 27 September 2018

UK - A special benefit concert is being held for musician and loudspeaker manufacturer, Paul MacCallum at the O2 Academy Islington, on October 29th.
The popular bass player, who was diagnosed with an advanced form of Multiple System Atrophy some years ago, was not only the brainchild behind PLASA member company Wembley Loudspeaker, but also bass player with Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band, and other major names.
In addition to playing their own set, Zoot will provide the rhythm section for guest musicians who will appear on the night.
Affectionately known as ‘The Womble’ from his days as Uncle Bulgaria in Mike Batt’s original Wombles, MacCallum has also played in many bands during his career including those of Helen Shapiro and Billy Fury.
Sadly, Paul MacCallum is now confined to a hospice, and all proceeds from the event will go towards funding his medical expenses.
Admission is £20 and tickets can be purchased in advance from Rick Wilson online via Eventsbrite.
(LSi Online)

vectorworks-canadaVectorworks acquires Resolve, opens Vancouver office
Thursday, 27 September 2018

Canada - To support and grow its rapidly expanding user base, global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks has opened a new corporate office in Canada.
To facilitate this new office, Vectorworks has acquired Resolve Software Solutions and the assets of Paxar Technologies Corp, both long-time distributors of Vectorworks software. The Vectorworks Canada office is located in Vancouver and led by Geoff McBeath, former director of Resolve Software Solutions, who has more than 20 years of experience in Vectorworks support, training and sales.
“The opening of a Vectorworks office in Canada will allow us to better serve our growing community of users in North America, offering improved resources and a direct connection with our product development team,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “Geoff McBeath has provided significant contributions to the growth of this market over the past two decades, and he and his team will continue to offer training and support to designers in the AEC, landscape and entertainment design industries.”
“I am very pleased to be joining Vectorworks, a company with which we’ve had a close relationship over many years,” said McBeath. “For Canadian customers, I think this an excellent development, it says that Vectorworks considers Canada an important market that has strong potential for growth, and that it needs to be served by a Canadian team that understands local concerns. With a larger staff and the resources of Vectorworks headquarters behind us, we are poised for strong growth in the comi

k-arrayISD India joins K-array network
Thursday, 27 September 2018

India - K-array has confirmed the newest member of the K-family, ISD India. The newly-formed network partner will be responsible for the sales and service of the K-array brand throughout the entire country.
ISD (Italian Sound Design) is a specialised distribution chain of K-array and has been conceived with the aim of servicing major markets through an independent sales development approach. The launch of ISD India follows this new strategy that was put into motion earlier this year with the establishment of K-array China and ISD Japan.
ISD India is run by Sawan Nichani, Sameer Nichani and Sidharth Dham and their team and offers easy access to K-array products and services to the pro audio industry. The newly-formed, but experienced group will aim to bring the K-array brand to the forefront in India.
K-array has high expectations for their partner in this large, yet complex market. “I believe ISD India will quickly escalate K-array in the country as I can already feel the sector's enthusiasm and appetite for the high-end, unique audio solutions we provide,” says Marc Vincent, K-array’s director of sales - APAC.
The team has already set out to meet their goals and launch the brand by hosting an informative K-day on 13 July at Lutyens Resort Delhi where over 60 industry professionals gathered to learn about K-array. The day featured a K-academy workshop, Installed Sound Overview and Applications, presented by product specialist Daniele Mochi from K-array Global in Italy.
The event was also the opportunity to present the Ita

ei-liveEI! Live show gets new home, new sectors
Wednesday, 26 September 2018

UK - EI Live!, the trade show for the AV and automation industry, is spreading its wings and moving to a new venue in 2019, as well as embracing new industry sectors in an expanded format.
In 2019 EI Live! will expand to incorporate the commercial AV and automation, and electrical contracting sectors.
The show will also move to the Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre, a new venue in the South East of England.
The Residential, Commercial and Electrical zones will have “something for everyone working in the industry; whether they’re directly installing smart building technology, or working in related fields such as architects, interior designers, developers or specifiers”.
New for 2019: The commercial AV and automation sectors will play a major part in the newly-updated EI Live! trade show. For the first time, technologies covering the corporate, education and health sectors will be available to view. This will be in addition to technologies ranging from digital signage to integrated speaker systems.
For the first time, EI Live! will feature a dedicated electrical contracting zone. This zone will “give electrical contractors everything they need to get the most out of the smart building industry”.
The Learning Zone will be back again, with details of the schedule to follow in the near future.
EI Live! 2019 will take place at the Farnborough International Exhibitors & Conference Centre on 30 April and 1 May, 2019.
(Jim Evans)

ESTA publishes new standard for raked stages
Wednesday, 26 September 2018

USA - ANSI E1.60 – 2018, Guidelines for the Use of Raked Stages in Live Performance Environments, was approved by ANSI's Board of Standards Review on Friday, 21 September, and published on Monday, 24 September. It can be downloaded at no cost from the ESTA TSP website at
The no-cost download is made possible by the sponsorship of ProSight Specialty Insurance. It may be purchased for $40 from ANSI and IHS at and respectively.
ANSI E1.60 offers guidance for the use of raked stages in live performance environments to mitigate the risks for the protection of actors and technicians. The guidance offered is fundamentally a risk assessment/risk reduction approach, with a process outlined and suggestions offered on what must, should, or might be done to control the risk.
(Jim Evans)

showstopperShowstopper invests in ADJ LED panel system
Wednesday, 26 September 2018

USA - Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018, Showstopper is America’s largest and longest-running dance competition. Taking place across regional events in almost every state, and culminating in a series of large national finals, it provides dancers of all ages the opportunity to experience big stage competition with full on professional production.
And, for the event’s anniversary year, this production has been taken to another level thanks to an investment in 136 ADJ AV6X LED video panels that made their debut at the recent series of national finals.
Showstopper was founded in 1978 and has grown into a vast national competition that attracts teams and individuals of all ages from dance studios right across the US. Throughout the year over 100,000 dancers compete in front of professional judges at 45 regionals – taking place across the country from February thru May – which lead to six national finals in June and July.
It was at one of the biggest of these finals, which took place at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA that ADJ met up with Showstopper’s technical director Andrew Harris to find out about the company’s large investment in AV6X panels.
As the company organises so many events each year, it runs all of its AV production in-house from a 25,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Myrtle Beach, SC. Having previously used Elation Professional video panels to provide a backdrop for stage sets, when it became time to upgrade their LED video system Andrew and his team selected ADJ’s AV6X product. The panels were supplied

martin-audio-open-dayMartin Audio open days a 'major success'
Wednesday, 26 September 2018

UK - Martin Audio capitalised on its successful marketing formula by hosting three open days (split into five two-hour presentation sessions) at their HQ in High Wycombe, to coincide with this year’s PLASA Show in London.
“The timing was perfect,” said MD Dom Harter. “Not only were many of our partners and customers already in town but it gave us the perfect opportunity to showcase, and in some cases give world premieres to nine new products.”
Harter himself kicked off proceedings, introducing all four models in the new high-performance VIA amplifier range - designed to partner all Martin Audio systems beneath the Wavefront Precision line arrays, and in particular the new ADORN series as well as CDD and O-Line.
Attendees didn't have long to wait before sampling Martin Audio’s signature sound, in the shape of the ADORN on-wall speakers. “The market for commercial speakers is growing and is often served by poor sound,” Harter explained. “We thought it was time to enter this growing market, and offer a no compromise solution of affordability and audio quality.”
Martin Audio product support engineer, Robin Dibble, then took over, presenting CDD and CDD-LIVE. “With quarter of a million CDD enclosures now out in the field this is our most successful install range ever,” Dibble stated.
Dibble then turned to the CDD-LIVE variant, explaining that the series came in tour grade enclosures, containing DSP and 2-channel power amps with VU-Net / Dante compatibility, making them networkable.
Next, visitors experienced t

thailandMedia Vision looks to the future with K1
Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Thailand - Rental house Media Vision Co has recently taken delivery of the region’s first L-Acoustics K1 KX Standard system, which includes the recently shipped P1 processor, KS28, and LA-RAK II. Managing director Thanaruch Hongskule, aka Joe, cites the acquisition as the best choice for long-term investment for the company.
“Media Vision already holds an extensive range of loudspeakers, but with business increasing it needed to expand on this,” explains Tanapat ‘Tony’ Mongkolkosol from Vision One, L-Acoustics’ certified provider distributor for the region. “To maintain its position as the number one rental provider for the region, a solution that matches international artists’ riders and can meet the demands of Thailand’s burgeoning EDM market was required. K1 fulfils both these requirements and would allow Media Vision to service the shows that comes through the region.”
In spring 2018, Media Vision took delivery of a system comprising 48 K1 and 16 K1-SB, along with 24 K2, 12 Kara, 42 KS28, 24 X15 HiQ and 20 LA-RAK II, to add to its existing stock of Kara.
Almost immediately thereafter, partnering with associate company Lightsource, Media Vision held the Joe-Joe Showcase, so named after Joe from Lightsource and Joe from Media Vision. Taking place in the Banquet Hall of Nathong in Bangkok, the showcase allowed Media Vision to highlight the benefits of its new K1 system to more than 900 of Thailand’s industry professionals.
The event featured a Thai female artiste giving a rendition of Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothi

koiKOI Awards USA shortlisted designers announced
Wednesday, 26 September 2018

USA - As show lighting and video professionals prepare for the inaugural Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA), to be held in Las Vegas on Saturday, 20 October, 2018, the organisers have revealed the shortlist.
Following the launch of KOI-USA back in April, nominations were received from across the US and around the world. Nominations fall into three categories - Theatre, Live for Broadcast, and Concert Touring & Events - and the shortlist includes some of the world's best-known names in lighting and video design:
Concert Touring & Events: LeRoy Bennett, Bob Bonniol, Gabriel Coutu-Dumont, Ben Dalgleish, Patrick Dierson, Cory FitzGerald, Bryan Hartley, Sarah Landau, Francis Laporte, Matthieu Larivée, Robert Long, Nico Riot, Sooner Routhier, Rob Sinclair, Tom Sutherland, Jim Tetlow, and Andi Watson.
Live for Broadcast: Yves Bélanger, Steve Brill, Jake DeGroot, Robert Dickinson, P.J. Dillon, Oscar Dominguez, Michael Figge, Drew Findley, Niel Galen, Al Gurdon, Travis Hagenbuch, Raj Kapoor, Noah Mitz, Ronald Plante, Dan Stoloff, Kley Tarcitano, and Jamie Thompson.
Theatre: Neil Austin, Al Crawford, Peggy Eisenhauer, Josh Epstein, Jules Fisher, Andrzej Goulding, Thomas C. Hase, Mikku Kunttu, Cindy Limauro, Joe Levasseur, Tyler Micoleau, Sherrice Mojgani, Kaitlyn Pietras, Finn Ross, Jason H. Thompson, Tom Visser, and Adam Young.
In Theatre, shortlisted shows include Mean Girls, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and The Scottsboro Boys. In Live for Broadcast, the Grammys, Oscars, and Bi

showfloor-5PLASA 2018 'busiest' in years
Tuesday, 25 September 2018

UK - PLASA has said the 2018 edition of the PLASA Show has been ‘the busiest and most vibrant’ show since it moved to London Olympia in 2016.
PLASA 2018, which took place on 16-18 September, saw a 4% increase in visitors with a palpable atmosphere that was reminiscent of its popular Earls Court days. The show welcomed a stream of exhibitors and attendees from around the world, primed to explore the leading edge of live entertainment technology.
The expo also confirmed its importance for networking and trade, with 63% of visitors being final decision makers or specifiers, and a quarter being business owners, managers and directors.
Jonathan Walters, UK sales and purchasing director from A.C Entertainment Technologies comments: “This third year back in West London has really confirmed PLASA’s decision to relocate to Olympia, each show here has worked consistently well, but this year has been one of the best shows of PLASA’s history. Sunday was busy for us, but Monday surpassed all expectations. There have been many discussions over the past four years that trade shows do not generate hard sales success: Monday’s result proved that is a misnomer.”
Leisuretec’s marketing manager Charlie Hendon, adds: “The atmosphere’s been lively and exciting with plenty of opportunities to establish new business relationships and socialise with existing clients.”
Meanwhile, platinum sponsor Robe revealed the first of a trilogy of stand designs, its PLASA stand incorporating its latest lighting fixtures used to light its show-stopping

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Take That Back - Take That have announced a greatest hits tour to mark their 30th anniversary next year. Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen will kick off their UK arena tour in April with two shows at Sheffield's FlyDSA Arena. They will go on to play in Glasgow, their home city of Manchester, and six dates at London's O2 Arena. The tour will also see them perform in Dublin, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Southampton, Bristol City, Norwich, Middlesbrough and Huddersfield.
A new Take That album, Odyssey, is also being released on 23 November. It will feature 27 tracks spanning three decades of the band's history, as well as three new songs.
Training Opportunities - Lighting designer Paule Constable has called on theatres to provide more training opportunities for emerging designers. Constable was speaking at The Stage Debut Awards 2018, where she presented the best designer award to Khadija Raza.
Constable said: “There should be more opportunities for designers to work on a body of work and more bursaries. At the moment it’s very informal – it’s designers who take on young designers as assistants – but actually buildings need to take on young designers and give them opportunities to work all over the industry and also give us environments where we can take risks. She added: “That’s what we all desperately need, to be able to take risks. There’s nowhere near enough of that for set and costume designers, lighting designers or sound designers.”
Cry Wolf - Wolf Alice won the 2018 Hyundai Mercury Prize

stage-electricsStage Electrics installs lighting grid for BBC
Tuesday, 25 September 2018

UK - The Alan Turing Imaginarium is a flexible event space in the BBC’s Dock House at Media City, Salford. It is used for conferences, meetings and as a presentation and studio space from which to broadcast coverage on events such as the recent Winter Olympics and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Stage Electrics was contracted to install a lighting grid that would be able to meet the needs of such a multipurpose space.
“The grid and all its elements were carefully considered to make sure they were both aesthetically pleasing and in keeping with the room,” explains Stage Electrics project manager, Matthew Addison. “For the times when the room is not being used as a studio, a simple infrastructure of distributed production lighting power and DMX was installed to support event and mood lighting.”
The design had to take into account the shape of the room, which is not square, and the low ceiling height. As the space needed to be installed over the Christmas period, ahead of the Winter Olympics, Stage Electrics had to work under a tight timescale.
“We only had two weeks on site to complete the installation,” adds Matthew. “But we were able to complete the project in time for the first broadcast.”
Stage Electrics designed a bespoke aluminium grid designed to follow the shape of the room, which is set inside a bulkhead. Its lines follow the outline of the room and use a Box Truss, with ladder beams, which provided a host of lighting positions. A power control distribution unit and Swisson 5R-5R DMX distribution amplifiers are enclos


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