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mimik-deventer10Infinity Signature series installed in MIMIK
Tuesday, 30 March 2021

The Netherlands - The new MIMIK cultural centre situated next to the IJssel river in Deventer has been outfitted with a number of Infinity’s professional theatre lighting fixtures. TS-260C7 Profile Engines equipped with TLT-1230 Zoom lenses and Irises, TF-260C7 Fresnels with barndoors and TCYC-7 Cycloramas were used by Rolight to provide the desired illumination.
In the MIMIK, a theatre, four movie theatres, and a grand café are merged into a cultural experience. Open all day and easily accessible, its programme aims to surprise visitors time and time again. MIMIK follows up on the success of film house De Keizer (the emperor) and Theater Bouwkunde (Building Science theatre). Combining both with hospitable catering creates a vivid meeting place that ticks all the boxes for current and future generations.
The theatre is fitted with a retractable grandstand and can be transformed into a 162m² (1740ft²) festivity hall with the push of a button. Situated along the river IJssel, the foyer and bar on the first floor offer a great view on the surroundings.
To implement the appropriate internal lighting in the cinema rooms and theatre, Rolight have been asked to advise, supply, and install the necessary equipment. They have chosen the Infinity Signature Series TS-260C7 Profile Engine and TF-260C7 Fresnel fixtures to accommodate the professional environment of MIMIK. In total, 50 TS-260C7 Profile engines were combined with 50 Infinity TLT-1230 15-35°Zoom lenses and 50 Infinity Irises to provide lighting in the spaces.
They were augmented by 22 TF

cape-audioThumbs up for DWR’s Cape Town training
Tuesday, 30 March 2021

South Africa - When DWR Distribution needed a venue to host the Basic Rigging Training Course in Cape Town, the Cape Audio College in Observatory quickly raised their hand and offered their lecture hall for 15-16 March. This proved a good time to catch up, meet new faces and share knowledge.
"I have been in the industry since 1994, in various guises, and I can say that I wish Robert Izzett and DWR were offering their rigging course back then,” comments Ian Watson, head of live sound at Cape Audio College. “I found it super informative and useful. I will think twice before I set up any piece of gear. I now know that there is a limit to my knowledge, and that limit could be the difference between a successful show and an epic fail. Thanks to Robert and DWR for taking the time to make our industry a safer place. I cannot wait for the next offer."
In the South African live events industry, it’s common for work roles to overlap, and while technicians may find themselves programming behind a console, they may also be involved with the set-up and rigging of a show.
The Basic Rigging Training Course was presented by Robert Izzett and delved into the rigging laws applicable to South Africa while covering the basic rigging hardware and calculations according to SANS 10366. Practical training included the handling and use of rigging hardware, shackles, steel wire ropes, trussing, endless rounds and chains.
“It’s always special for me to impart knowledge to young people within the industry and to guide them to get things right from early in the

 
 
nwrs-logo-2021New World Rigging Symposium registration open
Tuesday, 30 March 2021

USA - Registration is still open for the New World Rigging Symposium (NWRS), produced by ESTA and USITT, which takes place online 6-8 April. The cost is $99 and the symposium carries up to nine ETCP education renewal credits for re-certification.
The event brings together a wide group of industry experts for a series of panel discussions and live Q&As on video wall rigging, automation and motorisation, performer flying and rescue, and types of ropes.
In addition, a case study will look into how the installation of a tension grid is working in a major facility, a group of structural engineers will answer your questions, rigging pros from the world of motion pictures will talk about some of their toughest challenges, and mental health professionals and advocates will discuss how to be aware of and address the mental health impact of the pandemic. Visit www.esta.org/nwrs to see a complete schedule and session descriptions.
The keynote speaker will be Jeanette Farmer who specialises in theatre infrastructure design, project management and construction supervision for intimate entertainment and educational facilities as well as technologically advanced purpose-built live performance venues.
A Rigging Cornucopia Happy Hour will close each day’s sessions. During the 6 April Happy Hour, Roy Bickel will receive the ESTA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award which will be presented by Rocky Paulson and Chris Schmidt.
Event sponsors are Stage Rigging,

 
miguel4469Optocore appoints RMS Proaudio as Spanish distributor
Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Spain - Optocore has appointed RMS Proaudio as its new Spanish distributor.
Miguel Ángel Jiménez, CEO of the Seville-based company, comments: “We have known Optocore particularly from the relationship with DiGiCo, which we have distributed for more than 15 years, and we consider their technology to be excellent. For that reason we approached them, and it is an honour to now be able to provide solutions based around their advanced technology in our Spanish market. We know their products to be extremely reliable, and offer flexible audio communication solutions.”
Optocore sales distribution manager, Dawid Somló, is equally upbeat. “It is gratifying that such a serious and experienced company as RMS Proaudio has entered into this cooperation with us, and an honour for us to be an important part of their high level portfolio,” he says. “With Optocore solutions in such good hands Spanish sound engineers and technical directors will soon have exposure to the true value of our advanced solutions. I am confident of significant growth in brand recognition in Spain, especially in the installation segment.”
RMS Proaudio, which also has a 20-year-plus distribution agreement with Meyer Sound, has been facing the same COVID-enforced difficulties in the live sector as everyone else constrained by the pandemic. “For this reason, we believe that this is the perfect time to prepare and strengthen for the future. The touring and installation sectors will soon return, and our clients will need the best, and most profitable solutions. For example, Opto

 
 
filo-2021Spacemap Go road show kicks off in Chicago
Monday, 29 March 2021

USA - Meyer Sound will be offering hands-on, interactive demos of its Spacemap Go spatial sound design and live mixing tool at FILO Chicago, a hybrid in-person and live-streamed event for technical artists serving local churches on 11-12 May. The demo sessions will take place between breakout sessions in the spacious lobby area at the host venue, Willow Creek Community Church in the Chicago suburb of South Barrington, Illinois.
“Spacemap Go is the perfect spatial and immersive sound solution for churches,” says Meyer Sound sales manager, west Daniel Rivera. “It is adaptable and flexible and it’s highly intuitive with a short learning curve. It’s also extremely cost-effective, particularly for churches with newer Meyer Sound systems as it leverages the power of their existing Galaxy processors. All they need is an iPad loaded with the Spacemap Go app.”
FILO Chicago 2021 will be primarily a live-streamed event, but a limited number of attendees will be able to view the presentations in person and also circulate among the exhibit booths. Meyer Sound is participating as a breakout and premier sponsor.
“We will have two separated booth spaces on opposite sides of the lobby, with small systems in each,” explains Rivera. “They will be networked together into one system, so you can use Spacemap Go to ping-pong back and forth or map trajectories in between. We will have a variety of worship-oriented content available, and attendees will be able to apply the power of Spacemap Go with only a minute or two of coaching.”
Multiple iPads

 
newleisureteclogo1Leisuretec reveals new brand identity
Friday, 26 March 2021

UK - Leisuretec, distributor of professional and commercial audio, lighting and video equipment, has unveiled a new corporate brand identity that consists of a new logo, website and style.
The new logo is at the core of the transformation, the company opting for one with a modern look and feel to replace the old emblem. The logo device represents the ‘L’ from Leisuretec, with the levels and waves within it reflecting the company’s passion for audio, lighting and video technology. Meanwhile, the four bars stand for the company’s core values of experience, choice, value and service.
“We are very excited to launch our new logo and corporate brand identity, which consists of a refreshed style, website and refined summary of our company vision, mission and value proposition,” comments Charlie Henden, marketing manager at Leisuretec. “Our previous logo was our company’s face for many years and whilst we are very proud of its heritage in our market place, it definitely feels like the right time to bring our identity up to date with the times; the products we sell and our passion for our industry.”
Mike Henden, MD and founder of Leisuretec, adds: “As we embark on our 32nd year, I am immensely proud that we have emerged even fitter from each challenge Leisuretec has faced in the past, and growing out of the coronavirus crisis is no exception. Our new branding and website mark the next chapter in our evolution, to further develop our value proposition to both our existing and next generation of customers.”

 
 
robe-cgs-fortes-img7014CGS Dry Hire invests in Robe Forte
Friday, 26 March 2021

Germany - Rental company CGS Dry Hire has invested in a large number of Robe’s recently-launched Forte LED moving lights, delivered via Robe Germany. These are now available for dry hire at CGS.
These are the first Fortes to be received in Germany and have been purchased for general lighting rental stock - with CGS’ Christian Geyer looking ahead to when the industry restarts, and for a couple of specific jobs that require a high-powered, multifunctional LED fixture.
Geyer, who founded CGS in 1999 whilst still a technology-obsessed teenager and a keen DJ, commented: “Investing in premium brands and solid technology has always been a CGS trademark. It has helped enable us to build the company’s reputation for excellence, and we see Forte as a smart option for rental stock that will help expand our market position both now and for years to come.”
He and his colleagues, including CGS department manager Josef Reichenstetter, noticed a groundswell of interest in the Forte from lighting designers and the lighting community generally even before it was launched by Robe last month, and this encouraged them to organise a demo as soon as units were available.
CGS has been investing heavily in Robe products throughout the last few years. “We’re adding more Robe fixtures to our inventory step by step since Robe products are not only demanded in high quantities, but also almost always accepted as an alternative to any other brand,” explains Geyer.

 
ABTT and ALD present in the round seminar
Thursday, 25 March 2021

UK - The ABTT is joining forces with the Association of Lighting Designers to present a seminar, Lighting-in-the-Round on 26 March (Friday) from 2.00pm.
The seminar will feature a number of lighting designers who have worked extensively in-the-round. They will talk about the challenges faced when creating lighting in this staging configuration, some unique opportunities created by theatre-in-the-round and about some of the productions they have worked on during their careers to date.
This webinar is the second of six and will be hosted by Dave Wybrow (director, The Cockpit).
Wybrow will be joined by lighting designers Johanna Town, Elliot Griggs, Daniella Beattie and Tigger Johnson. This webinar is followed by a Q&A session where you will be able to pose your own questions to the panellists.
Tickets for the event are available at www.abtt.org.uk/events/abtt-seminar-lighting-in-the-round.

 
 
griven3LR Lighting to represent Griven in UK
Thursday, 25 March 2021

UK - 3LR Lighting has confirmed that it is now the sole UK manufacturer’s representative for Griven. The Italian manufacturer, founded in 1990, produces a range of exterior architectural lighting.
3LR will work closely with Allison Rose, Griven’s UK business development manager, to increase brand awareness and drive new specifications across the region. Particularly renowned for its coloured light solutions, Griven’s range complements 3LRs existing brand portfolio, dovetailing with its interior lighting and control products from ETC and Rosco.
Matthew Lloyd, managing director of 3LR comments, “We were attracted to Griven by its reputation for fixture quality, exceptional optics, and the highest level of colour consistency and uniformity over time. The products are designed and manufactured in the company’s factory in Italy, and exhibit the innovation, flair and emotional link to lighting that we value highly at 3LR.
“Griven shares our determination to deliver exceptional customer service and are able to offer customisation across and beyond their product range. We look forward to working closely with Allison to enhance the brand’s visibility in the UK”
Griven CEO, Luca M. Meinardi comments: “We are very happy with this agreement and are confident that the development of this partnership, with such a renowned and professional company, relying upon the close presence and direct support of Allison Rose, will allow us to further consolidate our business in the UK.”

 
avolites-learning-platform2Avolites launches UK online learning hub
Thursday, 25 March 2021

UK - Avolites has announced the UK release of its new online learning hub for holistic training on its Titan and Ai software platforms.
The online courses are designed to teach or re-enforce the theory behind using Titan and Ai. The platform offers seven courses to work on from home, with more in-depth, hands on training courses available at one of Avolites in-person Academy sites. The courses are designed so that users can start applying their knowledge directly to a real life example they may be tasked with in a real world environment, as well as build on their current level of proficiency.
Plans are in place to release the leaning hub across other geographies later in the year, when translation of the courses is completed. In this initial phase, the hub is only accessible to UK residents.
The courses allow users to pick their own path to further their knowledge, with support whenever required. The learning experience on all of the courses is intuitive with tasks, quizzes and exercises backing up each lesson. Once they are a proficient user, users can also access specialist courses covering topics such as Networking, Syntax, Synergy, Pioneer Pro DJ Bridge Link Integration and Web API. Avolites will provide the core skills required to take total creative visual control of users future shows. The courses will be available to access any time over a three month period.
Gordon Clarke, training manager at Avolites, comments: “No matter your age or experience, Avolites Academy is there to support you. To begin any educational journey, you need a

 
 
danteDante now supported in over 3,000 devices
Thursday, 25 March 2021

USA - Audinate’s Dante recently reached an impressive milestone with more than 3,000 different products now incorporating Dante for audio-over-IP connectivity. According to research from RH Consulting, 3,034 Dante-enabled devices are available from 361 different manufacturers as of January 2021. The data from RH Consulting indicates Dante is the protocol of choice in more than 91 percent of the networked audio products currently on the market.
Audinate announced in January that the total number of OEM brands now working with Dante has reached 518, with 133 OEMs currently developing their first Dante-enabled product.
“It’s inspiring to see how many manufacturers and product lines have aligned around Dante,” says Joshua Rush, SVP of marketing at Audinate. “And with 133 OEMs working on their first Dante-enabled product, it’s exciting to think about how much more the number will grow. This milestone shows how important Dante has become in creating an interoperable audio ecosystem.”

 
riggingRigging Team celebrates 10th anniversary
Thursday, 25 March 2021

UK - Rigging Team is celebrating its 10th anniversary in the delivery of specialist rigging and technical training services to the entertainment production industry.
Over the past decade, the company has enjoyed steady growth to become recognised a respected provider of rigging equipment and support services. Working across the full spectrum of entertainment production, including theatre, TV, film and live events, Rigging Team has built a reputation for creating “safe, bespoke solutions to projects which others may consider impossible”.
Commenting on the milestone, Rigging Team managing director Adam Searle comments: “We are immensely proud of our achievements over the last ten years. From humble beginnings, we have created a significant resource which supports productions of all size and genre, all around the world.”
Formed in December 2010 as Adam Searle Ltd, the company originally operated from what Searle describes as “a 35sq.ft cupboard”. In 2013, it rebranded as Rigging Team and has since grown to a 10-strong full-time workforce, occupying a 15,000 sq.ft custom warehouse facility.
Having relocated to a new premises during 2020, Rigging Team is currently busy modifying the space to incorporate a 2,500sq.ft dedicated training facility complete with classrooms and a multi-level structure for practical courses in rigging, work at height/rescue and rope access.
Along with the delivery of rigging and automation solutions, the company maintains a particular focus on safety and the provision of industry specific training. Seni

 
 
obsidian-video-training-seriesObsidian launches training videos for NX4
Wednesday, 24 March 2021

USA - Obsidian Control Systems’ practice of providing valuable educational resources to lighting designers and programmers continues with the release of a series of 13 training videos covering the NX4 lighting console and Onyx lighting control platform. A training video series covering the compact NX2 lighting controller will be available soon.
The NX4 training series, hosted by David Henry of Learn Stage Lighting, condenses over two hours of content into short, segmented videos to watch at your own pace. Console trainings usually come with a hefty fee, making these complimentary videos consieable value.
The NX4 training series is available at https://obsidiancontrol.com/training_videos. Topics covered include: Introduction to NX4, Patching Fixtures, Setting Up Groups, Working in the 2D Plan, Controlling Lights, Creating Presets, Recording Cues, Using Pixel Mapped Video in Dylos, Cue Editing and Updating, Copying and Cloning, Working with Art-Net and sACN and Working with RDM.
All Obsidian lighting controllers run the uncomplicated lighting control software Onyx, available for free download from obsidiancontrol.com.

 
iscvex-2022-logo-rgb-150dpiISCVEx rescheduled to March 2022
Wednesday, 24 March 2021

UK - The Institute of Sound, Communications and Visual Engineers (ISCVE) is re-scheduling its annual exhibition and seminar programme to March 2022, the ISCVEx committee has announced at its recent AGM and Members’ Day.
The new dates for ISCVEx2022 are 22-23 March 2022.
Helen Goddard, president of ISCVE, comments: “With the level of uncertainty surrounding the timescale of vaccinations combined with mixed confidence and appetite for attending events, we feel the pragmatic approach is to take ISCVEx off the calendar for 2021 and reschedule for March 2022. This allows visitors and exhibitors to plan ahead in order to attend, what we are confident will be, the best ever ISCVEx event, with our expanding AV presence as well as our core sound roots.”
ISCVEx will mark its 20th anniversary in 2022 and will offer visitors an engaging schedule of events occurring over two days including a programme of seminars from industry leading figures, an exhibition of more than thirty of the i leading manufacturers and distributors and an informal networking dinner.
Registration details for visitors and exhibitors will be announced soon.

 
 
50th-horizontalLectrosonics celebrates 50th anniversary
Wednesday, 24 March 2021

USA - Wireless microphone systems and audio processing specialist Lectrosonics is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month.
Founded in March 1971 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lectrosonics products are used in broadcast, television, theatre, film, live performance and music productions worldwide.
The company’s first product was the Voice Projector series of portable PA systems and lecterns whilst in 1975, the first wireless microphone was added to the product line. Shortly thereafter, these products were marketed under the Freedomike trademark.
By the 1980s, Lectrosonics found success in the broadcast market with its plug-on transmitter and compact receiver for electronic news gathering and documentary production. Around this same time, the company’s engineering team had begun working on audio processing equipment targeted at the installed sound market. The first product was the MAP or Modular Audio Processor system, consisting of a card cage design with a variety of automatic mixing, signal processing and logic control modules. The current ASPEN Series audio processors have been installed all over the world in courtrooms, boardrooms, and other AV installations.
The wireless IFB (or interruptible foldback) system was introduced in the late 90s and became a workhorse product in broadcast and film production. In 2020, after 19 years on the market, the legacy IFBR1a was replaced with the smaller and more modern IFBR1b, offering dock charging, 10 presets and “talent friendly” size and weight.
By 2002, the company’s acclaimed Lec

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Glastonbury - Proposals have been submitted for a concert at the Glastonbury festival site this autumn. The news comes after it was announced in January that the festival had been cancelled for a second year in a row because of the coronavirus pandemic. But festival organiser Emily Eavis said in a post on Instagram that an application has been made to stage a concert at Worthy Farm in September instead.
She wrote: "For those asking for an update on our plans later this year, we have put an application in for a licence for a concert at the farm in September (around the time we'd usually do Pilton Party). Of course, we've no idea yet whether we'll able to do that, but we wanted to get the application in to be in with a chance. Unlikely we'll have any news for a couple of months - but will let you know right here when we do."
On The Strip - Former West End strip club the Windmill is in line to reopen as a theatre with a 250-seat auditorium featuring the “biggest names in entertainment”. A licensing application is currently being considered by Westminster City Council. The venue lost its sexual entertainment licence in January 2018 and has since been purchased by Immerse London, which has spent £7m restoring the building.
If the conditions are approved, the venue will accommodate up to 250 in the main theatre auditorium and refurbished Royal Box and Palais De Luxe Mezzanine Floor, with performances throughout the afternoon and night. Additionally, there will be a theatre lounge called Hendersons located in the basement of the building, which

 
 
aceVideo Design benefits from ACE support
Tuesday, 23 March 2021

UK - The financial support Video Design has received from the Cultural Recovery Fund, administered by Arts Council England (ACE), has proved to be very beneficial.
Company CEO Alex Leinster explained, “We bid for funding to support the business as we experienced the sudden and near total cessation of all work. The services we provide are a fundamental part of the live music business, a significant multinational and culturally important industry. The ACE funding has enabled us to improve our resilience and preparedness for the end of lockdown by developing and extending our skills and expertise. We have used the time to ensure we are fit and ready for the future.”
Video Design’s grant application was based on their extensive catalogue of past projects including many which involved new and innovative approaches that broke new ground and advanced the industry.
Their submission included two recent examples, the video sphere for Take That and the inventive application of video media for Stormzy’s sensational show at Glastonbury, both in 2019. The live shows in the Take That tour were seen by more than half a million people whilst, in addition to those who saw the Stormzy show live, it has had over 1.5m views online. Neither show would have happened in the way it did without Video Design’s input to realising the outstanding ideas of Stufish and Mark Owen of Take That and Bronski for Stormzy.
“We are able to take other people’s ideas, and through our own set of skills and our ability to work cooperatively with others, we can turn them i

 
mhfa-btslogoBTS launches mental health First Aid training
Tuesday, 23 March 2021

USA - The Behind the Scenes Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative has announced online Mental Health First Aid training will now be available to entertainment industry workers in the U.S at a variety of days and times on an ongoing basis. Mental Health First Aid is a training course that gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem, or experiencing a crisis, and help connect them to the appropriate care.
Mental Health First Aid is an international training programme that was created in Australia in 2000, brought to the U.S in 2008, and is now in 24 countries around the world. Upon completing the course you will become a certified Mental Health First Aider which is valid for three years.
Mental Health First Aid takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by teaching you how to recognise the signs and symptoms that suggest a potential mental health challenge, how to listen non judgmentally and give reassurance to someone who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, and how to refer a person to appropriate professional support and services.
The course is delivered in two parts. The first is a two-four hour self-paced online course that must be completed prior to the second part which is a five-hour virtual live instructor led session. Go to btshelp.org/mhfa to learn more and to select the date and time you wish to attend the virtual live instructor led session. Dates

 
 
pk-soundPK Sound & Logic Systems forge partnership
Tuesday, 23 March 2021

USA - PK Sound has welcomed St. Louis, MO’s Logic Systems to the PK Alliance. The partnership currently finds the two companies working together and leveraging each other’s strengths to navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and position themselves for the industry’s resurgence.
“The pandemic has introduced new challenges for all of us. We need to be proactive instead of reactive, and have been strategizing and investing in ourselves to help reignite the live sound industry in a way that serves us all better,” comments Darryl Ross, senior application support for PK Sound.
“Collaborating with partners like Logic Systems has been critical throughout the process. Their industry expertise and vast professional network have been indispensable when it comes to strategizing, exploring new applications and best practices, developing our educational programming, and a lot more. We’re looking forward to building on this solid foundation together going forward.”
“It was PK Sound’s reputation for innovation that first caught our attention, but since then, we’ve realized we share a number of core values in how we do business and have built a strong, mutually rewarding partnership,” says Chip Self, founder and owner of Logic Systems. “PK’s Trinity robotic line source series is a game-changer in terms of both audio quality and real-time remote coverage control, offering unparalleled flexibility and efficiency. We’ve built our reputation by delivering exceptional live events for our clients, and PK’s technological and operational ad

 
pink-noiseEAW appoints Pink Noise distributor for India
Tuesday, 23 March 2021

India - Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has named Pink Noise Professionals as its exclusive distribution partner in India. This strategic agreement will help bring the entire EAW product catalogue to the region.
“I am delighted to welcome Pink Noise Professionals into the EAW family as our exclusive distribution partner in India,” says James Bamlett, EAW director of sales, APAC. “Pink Noise Professionals is a young, fast-growing company that is already making an impact in the pro audio industry throughout the region. We are excited to work with the team at Pink Noise Professionals and its extensive dealer network throughout the country. The company’s expertise and resources will help EAW grow its presence in what has historically been a very important market for the brand.”
Pink Noise Professionals Pvt. caters to many industries including pro audio, broadcast, live sound, studio production, public sector and hospitality, offering the latest in upmarket product range and technology.
“The addition of such a respected manufacturer as EAW to the brands we represent will help us leverage our position in the Indian market,” says Vikram Yadav, founder, Pink Noise Professionals. “Together with EAW, we are committed to providing our customers with the exceptional technical expertise and support for which Pink Noise Professionals is known, while offering innovative products and technologies that together give a natural voice to artists.”

 
 
tommex-logoTommex appointed ARX distributor for Poland
Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Poland - ARX Systems has announced that they have appointed Tommex as the exclusive distributor for the full range of ARX professional USB audio interfaces and signal processing solutions in Poland.
An established distributor with over 30 years of experience in the design, supply and installation of professional audio systems for various types of buildings, sports venues and cultural facilities, Tommex adds ARX to a growing portfolio of brands that include Coda Audio, RCF and Yamaha.
ARX managing director Colin Park says, ‘It’s great to formalise our partnership with Tommex in Poland. Having worked with the team there over the past few years, we feel that Tommex taking on the distribution exclusively is the logical next step and we look forward to growing our business in this region.”

 
invitationCalibre UK presents LEDFusionPro webinar
Tuesday, 23 March 2021

UK - Calibre UK is giving integration and audio-visual professionals an intensive online preview of the soon-to-be announced Calibre LEDFusionPro, billed as ‘a flagship All-in-One direct-view LED display solution’. LEDFusionPro will be officially launched in May 2021 in the Asia-Pacific region and offers ‘an entirely new way to design, prepare and deliver content within hours’.
The webinar will take place on Tuesday, 30 March 2021 at 09:00am GMT. It will give participants: an overview of the direct-view international LED market and opportunities; detailed information about the All-in-One direct-view LED concept; and, a preview of the LEDFusionPro advanced features and benefits.
“As a leading display and image processing technology creator, Calibre UK continually invests in future-forward technologies for high display quality and optimum performance,” said Willy Tsai, managing director at Calibre UK.
LEDFusionPro is the next evolution in the All-in-One direct-view LED product line with a host of new performance features. LEDFusionPro will be available in two sizes: 130-inch 1080p (1.5 pixel pitch) and 163-inch 4K (0.9375 pixel pitch) and a host of advanced features. There will be built-in display modes for clever splicing of content across two LEDFusionPro screens (dual screen, centre and full-screen). More detailed product information will be available after the webinar.

 
 
solotech-morrisSolotech strengthens US presence with Morris acquisition
Tuesday, 23 March 2021

USA - Solotech has announced the completion of the acquisition of Nashville-based Morris Light & Sound.
Martin Tremblay, president and CEO, Solotech, comments, “Our joint capabilities enable us to significantly strengthen our footprint in the US, and much more in Nashville, to the benefit of all our clients. It also provides assurance of our unrivalled readiness to our clients in the live productions industry, signals our enhanced ability to offer compelling innovative services and solutions when activities resume after the global crisis ends. We continue to grow based on long-term relationships and delivery excellence to propel our footprint locally, nationally and globally.”
Solotech will leverage its current systems integration experts and resources in the area and all over the United States, as they already design, develop and integrate some of the most advanced systems in a variety of venues, in numerous verticals.
Mickey Curbishley, president, Live Productions Division, US and UK, Solotech, and Philip Giffard, president, global sales and systems Integration Division, Solotech, will oversee a strong leadership in place in Nashville to manage all operational aspects and ensure a smooth and efficient transition. “The Morris teams are dynamic, they hold an innovative vision and together we will successfully put forward our best practices, ideas and service offerings, namely with InteRise in the houses of worship market where they have extensive reach already,” says Rod Sintow, president, Sales and Systems Integration Division, US, Sol

 
backupIndustry collectives mount Backup initiatives
Tuesday, 23 March 2021

UK - This month, two industry collectives have mounted new initiatives to raise awareness of the live industry’s ongoing battle to stay afloat and to raise much needed funds to allow industry charity Backup to continue in its mission to help those in need.
For the whole of the month of March, #WeNeedCrew’s new initiative #moveforcrew is challenging people to walk or run 31 miles in their local area. This is the equivalent of 50 times around the perimeter of Wembley Stadium, which it has chosen as the focal point for the challenge to symbolise how much we are all missing live events and music.
#WeNeedCrew, which was started by Karen Ringland and Alice Martin, knows that treating mental health issues should be even more of a priority now. #moveforcrew’s aim is to raise vital funds to pay for therapy sessions for those in need and connect our community with certified practitioners who understand our industry.
“The #WeNeedCrew campaign has successfully galvanised the music touring industry to raise funds for the UK crews. The campaign has made a real difference to people’s lives giving hope and helping to alleviate real financial hardship,” says Backup vice chairman, Piers Shepperd. “Backup quickly identified that some people needed more than financial support and we therefore warmly welcome the new initiative #moveforcrew. This new campaign will raise funds to provide mental health support for our colleagues who work across music, theatre, TV and film.”
#WeMakeEvents, meanwhile, launched a powerful new video campaign last week to

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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