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stagehand-logoPPL bolsters Stagehand COVID-19 relief fund
Friday, 16 April 2021

UK - PPL, the UK’s music licensing company for over 120,000 performers and recording rights holders, has again chosen to support touring crews and event production workers during the live industry’s ongoing unemployment crisis, with a donation of £75,000.
PPL previously made a significant donation to Stagehand’s COVID-19 Crew Relief Fund earlier in the pandemic. Further strengthening its commitment to the future of live entertainment and the value placed upon its workers, PPL has stepped in to support the ecosystem surrounding the wider music industry.
As the roadmap to easing lockdown in the UK gets underway, Britain’s event and concert touring personnel remain unable to return to work in any meaningful capacity. While restrictions on audience gatherings remain in place, skilled crews are left without the opportunity to earn a consistent income. Funding from the recording sector has been invaluable.
To date, Stagehand charity, which was founded by the PSA, has been able to provide some of the 20% of people who have fallen through the gaps in governmental support with grants of up to £500 for food and housing bills.
Since its launch in September 2020, the Stagehand COVID-19 Crew Relief Fund has helped over 1,500 workers. The Fund has opened a fifth round of applications, made possible with PPL’s generous donation.
Mike Lowe, Stagehand chair of trustees states: “PPL and live event production workers are at opposite ends of the music business. It is so heartening that PPL regard the entire business as one ecosystem and at

esc2021v3Ampco Flashlight selected as Eurovision tech supplier
Tuesday, 13 April 2021

The Netherlands - Emerging victorious after an extensive tender period, Dutch supplier Ampco Flashlight has been selected to supply audio, lights and rigging for the 65th Eurovision Song Contest to be held in the Rotterdam Ahoy Arena in May 2021. After being postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19, preparations are already in full swing for the live 2021 broadcast.
Dick van Berkum, CEO Ampco Flashlight comments: “We are extremely pleased and proud to be able to cooperate -after a one-year delay- on this unique worldwide event, organised and supplied by Dutch professionals. It is an honour that after ESC Lisbon 2018, where we supplied lights and rigging, we have now been selected as supplier in Rotterdam, adding audio to the portfolio.”
Ampco Flashlight, based in Utrecht, has been a leader in professional lighting, sound, rigging and motion for almost five decades. Besides the Eurovision Song Contest, the company works for the North Sea Jazz Festival, Lowlands Festival, The Voice of Holland, A State of Trance and many other festivals, shows, tours, television shows and corporate events.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 takes place in Rotterdam with 41 contestants. Semifinals are scheduled on May 18 and 20, with the final broadcast on May 22.
More than 180 million live television viewers combined with state-of-the-art show technology make ESC one of the biggest and most widely covered TV shows in the world. Dutch organisers NPO, NOS and AVROTROS cooperate with European Broadcaster EBU.
Van Berkum adds: “There is no doubt that the Eurov

the-elation-coffee-breakElation Coffee Break focuses on static light
Tuesday, 13 April 2021

The Netherlands - Elation continues its informative and entertaining Coffee Break presentation series on 15 April with a thorough look at the two latest luminaires in the company’s popular Key Light (KL) Series: the KL Fresnel 8 FC and the KL Par FC, both theatrical and broadcast grade luminaires.
The KL Fresnel 8 FC and KL Par FC high-quality wash luminaires offer full-spectrum LED engines for a wide array of soft field saturates and pastels, including tunable white light. “Ideal for broadcast environments, film, theatre or any production requiring outstanding colour quality, they offer colour rendering of the highest quality and meet the strict standards of performance venues that are light critical and noise sensitive,” says Elation.
Join Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif live on Thursday, 15 April at 11:00am CEST. Tune in at
The Elation Coffee Break is an online presentation series from Elation’s European office in Kerkrade, the Netherlands that takes an up-close look at some of the company’s most popular product series. To view previous Elation Coffee Break webinars, please visit

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Back Home - An arts venue in Manchester is to open a new 400-seat socially distanced outdoor theatre space. Home said the temporary venue would provide shows, music, cabaret and comedy for people "looking for a safe and fun night out as lockdown eases". Named Homeground, it will open on 28 May on a future development site in the city's First Street.
The project will create 450 new jobs for freelance artists and creatives, the venue said. Over the summer the venue plans to stage musical versions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Alice in Wonderland. It will also host work by partners including Frog & Bucket, Contact and Trans Creative.
Park Life - Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre will reopen in the summer with an extended season and has announced a new co-production with London’s Unicorn Theatre. The previously announced production of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Kimberley Sykes, will run from 17 June to 24 July. This will be followed by Carousel, directed by Timothy Sheader, from 31 July to 25 September. Dragons and Mythical Beasts will open in August.
A series of MOREoutdoor events will include comedy performances from Aisling Bea, Jimmy Carr, and Luisa Omielan, and Canned Laughter will present a comedy fundraiser in support of the Trussell Trust featuring Lolly Adefope, Rosie Jones, Rose Matafeo and Suzi Ruffell. Covid safety procedures will remain in place in line with government restrictions, including an initial 50% reduction in seating capacity.
Fringe Matters - Brighton Fringe has unveiled

mgg-tamsyn-strydomMGG supports TUT’s alternative programme
Tuesday, 13 April 2021

South Africa - It’s a new season for the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in Pretoria who rode the Covid-19 wave and have turned their Performing Arts Diploma curriculum upside down with a different approach. The students are currently working alongside technical supply company MGG, to host a virtual stage, which will also be recorded for external examiners.
“We are very excited to announce that all previous departments that worked within the Performing Arts have now merged into one Department of Performing Arts (DPA),” comments Janine Lewis, professor and HOD at TUT. “The six programmes we had before are being phased out while first-year students will now follow the new multi-disciplinary Diploma in Performing Arts and then go into a discipline stream of speciality where they can focus on Dance, TAD (Theatre, Art & Design which includes performance and technical), or Music incorporating opera and jazz.”
While students may know what they want to specialise in, the first year sees them all participating in the same classes. While technicians learn what it’s like to be a performer, performers gain an understanding of lighting and know where to stand on a stage, and how to sew on a button if need be! More importantly, the various departments now collaborate and work together instead of running as separate entities.
Part of the shift was initiated by the Covid-19 pandemic. “2020 was the best year and also the worst year,” says Hardus Koekemoer, a technical lecturer. “It was the best year as we discovered all the technologies

atomic-beerMartin Audio turns Atomic in Sydney
Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Australia - The Atomic Beer Project is a new microbrewery concept that debuted recently in the inner-Sydney suburb of Redfern. Its hoppy beers provide a complement to the pan-Asian cuisine that the operation specialises in.
Although owners, Gage Roads Brew Co., hail from Western Australia, this is their first bricks and mortar incarnation. In addition to the Craft beers, also helping to draw in patrons - and keep them there - is a potent sound system from Martin Audio.
Music is a core part of the concept, according to Atomic Brand lead, Clint O’Hanlon. “We have started sponsoring FBI radio, which is a youth radio network just down the street from us, and we’ll be hosting their DJs here,” he promises.
One thing the Atomic team were unequivocal about was that there would be no compromise on sound. They chose Martin Audio loudspeakers, having had “excellent experiences” with the brand on other projects. These were installed by Sydney-based Beyond Audio Visual.
The distributed audio system relies on a plethora of smaller loudspeakers and companion subwoofers to deliver an all-encompassing music experience, which never impinges on customer comfort, but simply adds to the experience. This is a real accomplishment in a venue with so many hard, reflective surfaces.
All this has been achieved by deploying eight Martin Audio Blackline X8 (8-inch 2-way) enclosures, complemented by 10 Martin Audio SX110 (1 x 10-inch) for the low frequencies, and 18 Martin Audio Adorn A55 for in-fills and ancillary areas.
“The importance of ambie

vitecgrouplogoVitec Group acquires Quasar Science
Tuesday, 13 April 2021

UK - The Vitec Group has announced the acquisition of LED lighting technology provider Quasar Science. The business will become part of the group’s Production Solutions Division alongside Litepanels, the supplier of LED lighting panels for television lighting and cinematography acquired by the group in 2008.
“This acquisition is in line with Vitec’s strategy to drive growth by increasing our addressable markets and expanding our higher technology capabilities”. Said Vitec Group CEO, Stephen Bird, “Having the well-respected Quasar team within our portfolio, with their flair for new product development, on-set experience, and industry networks, will enhance our position as a leading player in the growing LED lighting for broadcast and cine market.”
Quasar Science products are used in professional large-scale film and television production as well as small scale new media markets. Popular with professional cinematographers, videographers and photographers, the brand has grown rapidly due to affordability, superior quality and design as well as renowned customer support.
“Quasar Science products are highly complementary to our Litepanels brand,” said Nicola Dal Toso, chief executive, Vitec Production Solutions. “There are growth opportunities to sell Quasar Science products through our global sales and distribution network, and to utilise their expertise and network to grow our Litepanels business in the cine market. Quasar Science will also benefit from Vitec’s marketing, manufacturing, and supply chain capabilities.”

aedaudiosamvincent-loCC in sales team partnership with AED Audio
Tuesday, 13 April 2021

UK - Collaborative Creations (CC) has announced its sales team partnership with AED Audio in the UK.
CC founder and director, West End associate sound designer, Sam Vincent, confirms, “AED Audio has come up with a brilliant product offering in the Flex and Solid Series speakers. Incredibly versatile, they suit a wide range of applications and the 15" Front Loaded Solid15 sub has an impressive low range for a sub of its size.
“It’s the accessories for the range, however, that represent the biggest step forward I have seen in a long time. As a system it’s very user friendly at every level, whether for a single install or for multi-application use, for example, in a multipurpose or multi-format venue, or for a hire company.”
A division of the AED group, the AED Audio product range is inspired directly by the needs of AV production hire companies with which it works closely on an everyday basis.
AED Audio’s all-in-one range comprises the Flex Series of full range cabinets and the Solid Series of sub bass units. The two series combine as a point source system, can be arranged as a compact line array flown with up to 16 boxes, and even used as a column array.

ssl-at-algam-entreprisesrgAlgam appointed SSL distributor for France
Tuesday, 13 April 2021

France - Solid State Logic has appointed Algam, distributor of professional audio products in France and Maghreb regions, as their sole distributor for sales and support across all four of SSL’s vertical markets of broadcast, live, studio and audio creation.
For over 30 years Solid State Logic has provided sales and support services via their own subsidiary, SSL France, under the leadership of, Philippe Guerinet. SSL France has been responsible for the growth of SSL Live, System T broadcast and large-format studio consoles in the region and in recent years, the increasing range of ‘ACP’ audio creation products, including USB recording interfaces, high-performance small-scale mixers and hybrid production tools; Fusion and UF8.
Philippe Guerinet, director of international sales comments: “We were looking for a new structure capable of supporting further growth in ACP whilst continuing the success of SSL’s large-format consoles. We had to find a solution where new and existing customers would get the best support possible, for all our verticals. Partnering with Algam, who have both their Audia and Algam Entreprises arms of the business is a fantastic opportunity.”
Algam Entreprises, headed by Didier Perez, offers extensive experience in supporting professional audio products, and under the new agreement will present customers with integrated solutions utilising SSL’s AoIP technologies and interoperability between live and broadcast platforms.
Didier Perez, director commercial, Algam Entreprises states: “We are delighted to take S

renkus-heinzRenkus Heinz partners with Prase
Monday, 12 April 2021

Italy - Renkus-Heinz is partnering with Italian AV distributor Prase Media Technologies to bring its loudspeaker solutions to the Italian market.
“The mission at Renkus-Heinz is to make every location sound better,” said Michal Poplawski, European technical sales manager at Renkus-Heinz. “That requires more than just having product available in a certain area. You need to have a partnership in place with a team that is passionate, knowledgeable, and excited about the solutions you create. We are fortunate to have those qualities in our partnership with Prase Media Technologies.”
Prase Media Technologies, headquartered in Venice, has decades of experience as a distributor focused on AV integration for theatres, conference rooms, retail stores, museums, hospitality, cruise lines, railway stations, and the broader entertainment industry.
“The markets that Renkus-Heinz serves with quality sound aligns perfectly with our customer base,” said Ennio Prase, managing director at Prase Media Technologies. “We are incredibly excited to offer premium solutions backed by the exciting innovation synonymous with Renkus-Heinz.”
*Pix(2) Renkus, Prase
Caption: Addressing the Italian market – Prase and Renkus-Heinz

tobiasinterliteInterlite appointed ChamSys Swedish distributor
Monday, 12 April 2021

Sweden - Interlite AB has been appointed the exclusive Swedish distributor of ChamSys products, including the MagicQ and QuickQ series.
“We are big believers in product training and demonstrations, “said Tobias Johansson, a 20-year industry veteran and brand manager of ChamSys for Interlite AB. “The commitment ChamSys has to service fits perfectly with our own philosophy.
“ChamSys products excel from the mid to the top range of the console market. Their powerful and user-friendly features have earned them a great reputation.”
“Interest in our MagicQ and QuickQ consoles has been expanding rapidly in Sweden,” said Aziz Adilkhodjaev, international sales and business development manager for ChamSys. “Having a company with the core values of Interlite AB represent us in that market will ensure that we are able to maintain the highest standards of service in Sweden as our business there grows. Great possibilities lay ahead in Sweden and we’re all very excited.”

meyerMeyer Sound realigns international sales management
Monday, 12 April 2021

Europe - Meyer Sound has announced a strategic realignment of all top-level sales management responsibilities outside of the Americas. Meyer Sound Germany has been renamed Meyer Sound Europe and, under the leadership of managing director Wolfgang Leute, will assume direct responsibility for sales and support activities throughout Europe as well as across the Middle East and Africa. Concurrently, director of international sales Scott Gledhill will focus exclusively on continuing Meyer Sound’s sales momentum in the Asia Pacific region.
“During the pandemic we learned the importance of timely, direct and personal communication with our distributors, dealers and customers,” says Meyer Sound senior vice president John McMahon. “Zoom and similar technologies changed the way we communicated, but time zone differentials remained a hinderance. This regional realignment will make sales communications more immediate and direct, cutting response times, improving efficiency and building personal relationships.”
Meyer Sound Germany has been renamed Meyer Sound Europe (MSE) and, effective 1 April, manages all company sales in Europe, extending to the Commonwealth of Independent States, as well as the Middle East and Africa.
MSE will continue as the exclusive distributor for Germany and most of Scandinavia, and elsewhere it will work directly with the company’s existing network of national distributors. MSE will maintain a broad product inventory at its Montabaur headquarters while also offering product servicing, parts, technical support and design ser

astera-pytchPytch extends Titan Tubes inventory
Friday, 9 April 2021

UK - Bristol-based event production design and delivery specialist Pytch has invested in 72 new Astera Titan Tubes – adding to their existing 32 Astera AX3 LightDrops.
The LightDrops were originally purchased for creating table centres for events and gala dinners and Pytch have produced some custom covers that refract and treat the AX3 light in different ways.
Recently Pytch ran a PytchLab session - an experimental event where different ideas and concepts can be tried and tested for effectivity and practicality - using the AX3s and the Titan Tubes to illuminate the underside of the plane in numerous striking ways.
However, the Titan Tubes were specifically an investment for the three virtual studios that Pytch has been running since the start of the pandemic, which have steadily been getting busier, utilised for a range of corporate presentations, meetings and business events plus livestreams concerts, fashion shows and other broadcasts.
The initial 24 x Titan Tubes went into the first studio and were such a success that it was decided to replicate the look in the other two spaces so all were identical, explained Pytch’s head of lighting, Dan Giddings.
Recently, Dan designed lighting for a multiple artist recording session at Pytch for a collection of musical talent - vocalist Ruth Royall, the Paper Dragon collective, d ‘n’ b producers Grafix and Toronto Is Broken, dubstep bassmaster Axel Boy and fluid d ‘n’ b impresario Somatic – all for the Our Space record label.
The goal was to record the footage for music vide

yamahaYamaha appoints UK distributors for Adecia
Friday, 9 April 2021

UK - Yamaha Unified Communications (UC) has appointed three specialist UK distribution partners for its new Adecia intelligent conferencing solution.
Adecia applies automated room tuning and dynamic voice tracking to the challenges of conference environments, providing a complete, customizable audio solution for remote conferencing and collaboration. Based on the dedicated RM-CR conference processor, VXL1-16P line array speakers and optimised SWR2311P-10G PoE+ switch, Adecia systems are easy to set up and can be used in a wide variety of locations and situations. Yamaha will be developing the range, offering Adecia solutions which provide a comfortable and effortless remote conferencing experience in all kinds of spaces.
For UK resellers and their customers, Yamaha has appointed Audiologic, Habitech and Tempura Communications as distribution partners.
“Specialist distributors have the knowledge needed for entire networked audio and video systems, with active post-sales support and ongoing advice as end user requirements change,” says Reece Stead, UK business development manager for Yamaha Unified Communications.
“We are very pleased to work with Audiologic, Habitech and Tempura to bring Adecia to UK resellers, which we believe will enhance the audio conferencing experience for a wide range of users. This is particularly important, as demand for remote and more flexible conferencing solutions has grown quickly over the past year.”
Ben Spurgeon, Audiologic senior application engineer says, “We pride ourselves on being a technica

cloudThe Future Group develops VP cloud service
Thursday, 8 April 2021

Norway - The Future Group, maker of virtual production tool Pixotope, the technology behind award-winning productions such as TWC Surge Flood and Riot’s Pop Stars, has received development grants from the Epic Games MegaGrants fund and Innovation Norway.
The grants will allow The Future Group to develop Pixotope Live Cloud that "will enable companies to connect to the power of live virtual production through a ‘pay as you go’ and always available cloud service".
Marcus B.Brodersen, CEO of The Future Group, explains: “We are making virtual production more accessible and giving streaming and broadcast production companies more flexibility in how they tell engaging stories.”
Built on the production-proven Pixotope virtual production technology, Pixotope Live Cloud adds a number of new features.
Brodersen summarises: “Unreal Engine is the perfect vehicle to drive innovation in media production, and Pixotope is all about making that power available to as many media producers and creators as possible. We couldn’t ask for better collaborators than Epic Games and Innovation Norway to give even more content creators access to these storytelling tools through Pixotope Live Cloud.''

ise-issues-clarification-on-av-integrated-systems-india-expo-tnISE 2021 Live & Online programme announced
Thursday, 8 April 2021

Germany - Integrated Systems Events has released more details about its ISE Live & Online programme, which will run throughout June.
ISE Digital is a two-day web event of live and on-demand content powered by CISCO technology. ISE Digital will be launched to run concurrently with the Barcelona event on 1-2 June and will be available on demand in the weeks that follow, reactivated with live updates from the Munich, Amsterdam and London events. Registration for any of the four regional events provides access to this content from launch; online-only registration is also available.
Exploring The Future of AV, ISE Digital will highlight business growth and opportunities, while showcasing solutions, in the context of the industry emerging from the confines of the pandemic.
Mike Blackman, Integrated Systems Events managing director explains: “We are proud to be partnering with CISCO on ISE Digital. Working with the industry in this way, we will be providing significant opportunities for teams and individuals to meet their customers, for people to experience product innovations, and of course, for networking.”
Live content from the Main Stage, and focused Tech Tracks with insight from key technology sectors, aim ‘to inspire and spark lively conversations with an opportunity for attendees to interact, share ideas and ask questions’. Topic covered include Digital Signage, Live Events & Audio, Workspace Evolution, Digital Learning, Smart Building and XR in Today’s Reality.

pn7Pixel Nation builds studio on StreamWorks base
Wednesday, 7 April 2021

South Africa - Pixel Nation has recently inaugurated a new virtual production studio in the heart of Johannesburg’s vibrant Rosebank district with content delivery based on StreamWorks infrastructure from Stage Audio Works. StreamWorks is a new initiative from SAW that provides full end-to-end streaming services comprising hardware and software, as well as support and expertise.
Pixel Nation was created by a team of AV professionals who have always operated in the live event space, particularly in the corporate market. As the COVID-19 pandemic has forced in-person events off the agenda for the time being, Pixel Nation was formed in order to be able to deliver events virtually, and not just as a pre-recorded show, but as fully interactive, live events with participants from all over the world.
“In creating Pixel Nation, we’re leveraging our expertise in AV event content creation, production and delivery and transferring it to a virtual environment,” explains Pixel Nation director, Mike Fynn. “We’re still creating amazing events, but participants are now located all over the world instead of under the same roof.”
Already long-standing clients of SAW in the live events market, when it became clear that the business model would need to change, Mike Fynn and fellow director Bradley Hilton, turned to SAW for help with the live streaming element, an area in which they had little experience. “We knew what we wanted to do - we just didn’t know how we were going to do it! Fortunately, Nathan [Ihlenfeldt] and the guys at SAW were already work

sos-stage-central-cto-gel-lens-flaireLighthouse unveils new cinema experience
Wednesday, 7 April 2021

UK - A new cinema experience at Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, is set to bring cultural events by some of the country’s leading arts companies even closer to home for local audiences.
Presented in the familiar Theatre space at Lighthouse, Screen On Stage will show content in high definition on the largest roller screen on the market, with a newly installed hi-tech surround sound system and digital projector.
"We’re really excited about Screen On Stage - it represents offers a fantastic new experience for our audiences,” says Lighthouse chief executive Elspeth McBain. “We took the decision to dramatically expand our digital capabilities in lockdown and are enormously grateful to have received the funding that has enabled us to create this programme as one of a number of new developments.”
On sale from next week, the Screen On Stage programme includes showings of the 1967 Mel Brooks classic The Producers, Bob Fosse’s 1979 autobiography All That Jazz, Bette Davis All About Eve. Also scheduled for July is a screening of the fantasy Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Apart.
The Screen On Stage screenings are projected on a 7m x 5.25m Screen Int MajorC pro black case roller screen that can be unrolled by any amount to suit any picture ratio.
The sound processor is a Dolby 950 Digital sound processor and there are 16 JBL 8320 surround speakers - six on each side of the Theatre and four at the back - powered by three Crown XLS amplifiers. The centre, left, right and sub channels utilise the existing

rh-websiteRenkus-Heinz streamlines website
Wednesday, 7 April 2021

USA - Renkus-Heinz has launched a new website focused on providing partners with increased support options, expansive product details, and multiple installation examples across key verticals. Additional technical documentation, including Bim/Revit data, is also available. The site is live at
“Over the past few years, Renkus-Heinz has made a point of helping our partners put sound where they want it most,” said Jim Mobley, vice president of operations at Renkus-Heinz. “The redesign of the Renkus-Heinz website continues that mission by offering tools that help professional sound experts place sound with precision on an audience.”
The site now offers additional documentation and data for nearly 250 different Renkus-Heinz products, including beam steerable solutions, point source loudspeakers, line arrays, floor monitors, subs, amps, software offerings, and most legacy products.
An improved loudspeaker recommendation form is also available, which accepts document upload and provides systems designers with EASE modelling, system drawings, floor plans, long and cross sections, and other system recommendations.
Renkus-Heinz is also soliciting submissions for completed projects that will be featured on the new website.

incordInCord backs Behind the Scenes
Wednesday, 7 April 2021

USA - InCord has made its 2021 donation to the Behind the Scenes Pledge-of-Support Programme reflecting a percentage of profits from sales of their Theatrical Safety Netting Systems. The systems are hand-crafted in the USA, safety tested to exceed all applicable industry standards, and are custom designed by professional engineers.
Joe Menhart, InCord’s Theatre Division sales manager, comments: “We are forever grateful to BTS for all they do, especially when so many have been in need for so long due to the global pandemic. We are very proud of our support for BTS. Our hearts go out to all those who benefit from the grants and resources provided by BTS.”
Rick Rudolph, the chair of Behind the Scenes, adds: “InCord’s steadfast commitment to our Pledge-of-Support Programme is so heartening. It lets our industry know that no matter how tough times are it’s important to continue to care for those who are less fortunate.”

prolightsChameleon extends Prolights inventory
Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Australia - The weather in Australia can be unpredictable, from searing temperatures to dust storms and intense rain. With so many outdoor events held every year in the country, production suppliers require sturdy, IP65-rated lighting fixtures that will perform no matter what weather event is thrown at them.
Lighting production company Chameleon Touring Systems has it figured out, relying on Prolights IP-rated gear. That strategy led them to purchase another 24 PanoramaIP AirBeam fixtures to add to the considerable stock they already have in their inventory.
As well as being weatherproof, the PanoramaIP AirBeam is a powerful beam and searchlight, featuring CMY colour mixing and multiple prisms.
“Our PanoramaIP AirBeams have been popular and this year they have been on several key events already,” comments Tony Davies, managing director of Chameleon. “Their massive output is very impressive and they deliver some great outdoor searchlight and big air looks.”
So far this year, Chameleon has deployed them on Halo Townsville, Australia Day at Sydney's Circular Quay, Australian Ninja Warrior, The Royal Easter Show and Bluesfest.
“These are all high-profile events and it's important to have a fixture that is reliable - especially when you're live to air,” added Davies. “Our crew love them because they're small and easy to rig and maintenance-free. Plus, we have the excellent support of distributor Show Technology.”

vfbfleetTouring transport sector calls for government support
Wednesday, 7 April 2021

UK - Industry collective #WeMakeEvents, joined by over 150 industry players, has called for crucial government support for the specialist transport vehicles - carrying artists, crew, and equipment involved in touring productions - which have been rendered inoperable post-Brexit.
An essential component to music, film, and TV tours, passenger transportation relies on operating freely in the EU. Under the current post-Brexit EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) hauliers are restricted, stopping the 30 companies in the sector from returning and UK artists from being able to tour. This is instead opening up opportunities for trucking companies to be set up in the EU and sacrificing specialist jobs. The industry is now writing to the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, urging the government to negotiate exemptions or waivers to the TCA and/or provide short-term workarounds.
Without freedom of movement to work across the EU, the demise of sleeper bus and splitter van businesses will threaten the UK’s entire creative export ecosystem and position as a recognised global leader in live events, say the campaigners. Unless the TCA is negotiated to provide an exception to the cabotage hauliers, the industry faces “another competitive disadvantage against EU-based competitors.”
To raise awareness, over 50 musicians have co-signed the letter including Frank Turner, Two Door Cinema Club, Maximo Park, Blossoms, Ghostpoet, Public Service Broadcasting, Melanie C and Jamiroquai. Also supporting are the producers and crew involved in music, film, and TV prod

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Cultural Recovery - Music festivals, West End theatres, comedy clubs and Canterbury Cathedral will get a share of £400m emergency government culture funding. A total of 2,700 English culture and heritage venues will share the latest round of the Culture Recovery Fund.
Canterbury Cathedral has the biggest grant with £2m, while the Serpentine Galleries in London has been awarded £1.9m and Camden Roundhouse has £1.5m. West End chain Nimax Theatres and Glastonbury will receive £900,000 each.
Glastonbury Festival organisers Emily and Michael Eavis said the money would "make a huge difference in helping to secure our future". Emily told told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the event had "suffered huge losses" in the past year. This is the last major tranche of money to be awarded from the £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund that was announced last July. In his Budget in March, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a further £300m for the fund, which is yet to be allocated.
Fairport’s Cropredy Convention has received a grant of £100k. “We are extremely grateful for this award,” says festival organiser Gareth Williams. “The money from the CRF Round 1 has already filtered out in the form of deposits to our terrific support companies, without whom there would be no festival and the Round 2 grant will continue to ensure that we are all in place to open the gates once again this August.”
Back On Song - The Eurovision Song Contest has been given permission to let 3,500 fans watch in person as part of a trial by the Dutch government.

chamsysChamSys reorganises distribution in Hungary
Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Hungary - ChamSys has appointed Chromasound as the exclusive Hungarian distributor of the QuickQ series of consoles and QuickQ software. Wannabe Studios, the current ChamSys distributor in Hungary, will focus on the company’s flagship MagicQ range of products. Both companies will distribute the ChamSys SnakeSys line.
“We are focusing our distribution to better serve all levels of the market in Hungary,” comments Aziz Adilkhodjaev, international sales and business development manager for ChamSys. “Wannabe Studios is a strong partner, and now having Chromasound on board expands our capabilities even further.”
Based on Chromasound’s extensive 20-year experience in the market, ChamSys is confident that the company will be able develop the QuickQ customer base even further, according to Adilkhodjaev. “Chromasound’s understanding of this market makes them ideally suited to represent the QuickQ series in Hungary,” he says. “We look forward to working with them.”
For his part, Imre Makkay, CEO of Chromasound, states: “We are very eager to be involved with a series of products that offers forward thinking solutions. The QuickQ family empowers customers to accomplish more with lighting. It represents a very contemporary approach to lighting control at events and installations. This is a great opportunity for us - and our entire customer base.”


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