UK - The 2019 PLASA Show was “the busiest in years” thanks to a six per cent increase in attendance, PLASA has reported. The event’s global status was also strengthened, with delegates from over 63 countries flocking to the London-based tradeshow.
This was the last edition of the event that was held at Olympia’s National Hall, with the 2020 PLASA Show set to move to London Olympia’s Grand Hall to accommodate a greater number of stands and show features.
“PLASA Show has clearly been improving year on year with 2019 being the best one yet,” comments Johan Gunsing, international sales manager for Adam Hall Group. “We have started to see a wider geographic audience attend the show which brings with it new opportunities, new business and increased brand awareness.”
“Once again PLASA did not disappoint,” comments Gareth Collyer, Nexo’s UK sales manager. “We were very pleased with the overall number and quality of the visitors that visited our booth and we look forward to seeing the show grow again next year when it moves to the Grand Hall.”
Grant Bales-Smith, sales manager EMEA for Vari-Lite & Strand, adds: “The show has really re-built itself which is a great thing to see. We’ve met with international customers from France, Spain, Germany and Scandinavia, representing the whole industry from theatre to concert touring.”
Coda Audio’s director of global marketing, David 'Webby' Webster, comments on the company’s debut appearance: “Because we’re relatively new to the market, it’s been great for us t
Gendered Awards - The Brit Awards say they will review the way they distribute prizes, with one option being the abolition of separate male and female categories. But reports that gendered awards have already been axed are "based on rumour and speculation", organisers said. "We can 100% confirm that there will be male and female awards in the UK and international categories in February 2020," they told the BBC.
The statement was issued after a story in The Sunday Times at the weekend claimed organisers wanted to accommodate non-binary artists - who identify as neither male nor female - and that scrapping gender-specific categories was the likely outcome. The report came a week after pop star Sam Smith asked fans to call them by the pronouns "they/them", not "he/him". "After a lifetime of being at war with my gender I've decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out," they wrote on Instagram.
Rumours of the Brit Awards shake-up prompted an outburst from Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan, who accused organisers of "wrecking" their reputation.
Live in Birmingham - Wizkid has been announced as the headline act for this year's BBC Radio 1Xtra Live music event. The Nigerian singer will join the likes of French Montana, Ms Banks, Aitch and DaniLeigh at Arena Birmingham on 5 October. Other acts performing at the event include Headie One, Miraa May, Stylo G, and Lil Tecca.
Joseph Returns - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is set to return to the London Palladium next year for a second summer run. Th
UAE - SLS has recently made a substantial investment in Robe lighting fixtures. This included an initial purchase of 50 MegaPointes last year followed by 86 Spiider LED wash beams earlier this year, then 24 Pointes and a pair of DL4S Profiles.
Martin Luiz founded SLS 22 years ago in Dubai to provide full technical production management and design services - combined or individually as required - to a range of different events. He has built his business steadily based on being imaginative and delivering high quality results with outstanding technical expertise.
SLS provides equipment for all major disciplines - lighting, sound, video rigging and staging - and there are currently around 130 full-time employees, all dedicated to working, mainly on a mix of corporate and industrial shows across the UAE and in neighbouring GCC countries like KSA, Oman, Kuwait and others.
Serious expansion in the last couple of years has led to an imminent major relocation of all the current warehouse facilities and the main office into one central hub, a brand-new all-encompassing business premises in the DIP (Dubai Investments Park) area.
The Robe investment was triggered by the frequency of Robe now being requested on artists and band riders and / or LD’s specifications. “There is a clear trend for using a range of Robe moving lights and we need to be on top of this,” says Luiz.
In addition to the demand for Robe, he has always enjoyed a good relationship with Robe Middle East’s GM Elie Battah.
“Efficient and personable service with attentio
UK - Norfolk-based LED lighting and control specialist TLS Pixelite has rebranded to TLS Lighting.
The company was founded by Alan Reeves in 2007 and offers control systems for LED lighting as well as bespoke lighting solutions manufacturing and design services.
Reeves reveals that he initiated the re-brand for the purpose of consolidation and simplification, “to create a stronger brand for our customers to identify with, drawing upon the solidity upon which TLS was built”.
The TLS Lighting website now boasts a new portal (www.tlslighting.co.uk) from which visitors are invited to view the company’s projects, its premium lighting and control system products, and learn more about lighting control in its technical knowledge section.
“Taking the time to clarify what TLS Lighting stands for and what it represents to its customers is a very important step that makes an important impression at this stage of the company’s journey,” adds Reeves. “It was important for me to keep the letters in the name and logo as a permanent reminder of the strength and integrity that we built upon and continue to take forward with us.”
TLS Lighting is a specialist dealer for Chauvet Lighting, Chromateq, PixNet, LED Strip Studio and Luxibel.
UK/Germany - Following on from a successful PLASA Show, Artistic Licence has confirmed Frankfurt-based AES Technik as a value-added reseller for its products in Germany.
As technical services provider and project integrator working with many leading brands, AES is known for its high level solutions across a broad sector including conferences, trade fairs, award presentations and concerts.
Artistic Licence CEO Wayne Howell comments: "As a UK-based manufacturer facing Brexit uncertainties, it's very important for us to maintain a strong international profile and ensure a business-as-usual approach. We have some incredible new products - our trailing edge mains dimmer, sunDial, won the Gold Innovation Award at the show last week - and I think many people will be surprised at just how keen our pricing is these days.
“Growing our European distributor base is an obvious move, and we are excited to be increasing our visibility in Germany through this new initiative with AES Technik.”
Mexico - Grupo Morfo has been named Outline’s exclusive distributor for Mexico. Effective immediately, Grupo Morfo will be responsible for sales, technical support and service of Outline products across all markets, including touring, AV rental, live bands, performing arts venues, hospitality, restaurants, clubs, portable, cinema and stadiums.
“In Grupo Morfo we have found an ideal partnership to strengthen, publicise and launch the Outline name in Mexico,” says Giorgio Biffi, Outline president & CEO. “Grupo Morfo has a solid, strategic approach in the product lines they have represented, as well as a proven track record of responsive service and support. The company principals have a close collaborative relationship with the integrator community, which aligns with Outline’s growing emphasis on commercial installation. At the same time their personal experience in live performance and touring will connect with that key market.”
For Antonio Maceda, founder and director of Grupo Morfo, the appointment represents a significant step forward for the company.
“With this appointment, Outline has recognised our company’s passion for audio and our demonstrated success with other product lines,” says Maceda. “We certainly share Outline’s commitment to product quality and customer support, and we have everything in place to take Outline to a wider audience in Mexico. We like to sell solutions, not boxes. Customers know they can rely on us from initial design proposals through ongoing technical support after the sale.”
Europe - The 2020 Hog Factor Europe competition is now open, High End Systems has announced.
The company is inviting applications from students, apprentices and other aspiring lighting professionals under the age of 25 from across Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Africa and the Middle East.
Individuals or teams of two people are asked to submit a performance lighting piece programmed on a Hog or on Hog 4 PC, which can be downloaded for free with a special demo version of Capture visualisation. The deadline for submissions is 15 January 2020.
The top three entries will be selected and the contestants asked to programme another performance lighting piece based on High End Systems’ 2020 Prolight+Sound stand design. These finalists will be invited to the event in Frankfurt, Germany (31 March – 3 April) to demonstrate their programming skills live in front of a panel of industry experts and an international trade show audience.
The finalists will receive free travel and accommodation to PL+S. while the overall winner(s) will be awarded a trip to the LDI tradeshow in Las Vegas.
“Since its introduction in 2014, Hog Factor has become an internationally renowned competition and has helped launch a number of careers,” comments High End Systems brand manager, Tania Lesage. “We can’t wait to meet the next Hog Factor hopefuls and the talent of tomorrow.”
A previous winner of the competition, Austria-based Nina Mesitz of team Status Cue, praises her experience and encourages others to enter: “You learn so much an
UK - Following on from last year’s successful event, Christie is once again opening the doors of its Wokingham office to visitors from the UK and further afield. Held over two days, Christie Connect UK will showcase new projectors for enterprise and cinema, LED displays, as well as content management and processing equipment, all of which highlight the powerful end-to-end nature of the Christie offering. The event coincides with Christie’s 90th anniversary and offers a special seminar programme designed to demonstrate Christie thought leadership on current and future technology developments.
One of the event’s main attractions will be the award-winning Christie MicroTiles LED. For many this will be the first opportunity since its launch at ISE 2019 to see a live demo of the MicroTiles LED. Another attraction will be the Christie D4K40-RGB pure laser projector which will feature in a working display where visitors can see for themselves how this award-winning product raises the bar in projector design, image quality, built-in processing, and connectivity.
“We are very much looking forward to this year’s Connect event,” comments David Griffiths, senior director EMEA at Christie. “Last year we had a great turnout over two full days and this year with MicroTiles and other award-winning products on display we’re expecting another full house. Connect is always a first-class networking opportunity for industry professionals so I’d recommend registering early so as not to miss out and help us toast Christie’s 90 years in business.”
Canada - ACT Lighting has been appointed the exclusive distributor for Ayrton in Canada, effective 1 October.
“We are excited to further our partnership with Ayrton to now service the entire North American market,” states Ben Saltzman, CEO of ACT Lighting. “Ayrton is the industry’s most innovative brand and market-leading manufacturer of professional digital lighting with unmatched quality and design. Ayrton’s product portfolio and development strategy are the perfect match for the ACT Lighting team.”
“As Ayrton continues to look forward, it makes sense to consolidate our North American distribution strategy,” says Chris Ferrante, Ayrton CEO. “ACT Lighting is the perfect partner, being the best placed company across the region, especially considering the incredible growth we have experienced together in the US market. We are looking forward to the broader partnership the Canadian connection will bring.”
“ACT Canada is very excited to be able to offer this industry leading brand through our full-service Canadian warehouse in Mississauga, Ontario,” adds Andrew Beck, senior vice-president of ACT Canada. “As in the US, Ayrton will strengthen and complement our existing product lines.”
UK - July saw over 100 delegates assemble at the Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre, (one of three theatres within the central London campus of RADA, The Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art), for a review of DiGiCo’s new Quantum Engine and designed-for-theatre T software.
Hosted by DiGiCo and Autograph Sound, the day opened with Autograph’s co-founder Andrew Bruce telling his story from the early 70’s to the present day. This section effectively charted the development of modern theatre sound, using anecdotes and images of legendary West End shows including Starlight Express, Cats, Miss Saigon and many others.
Ably assisted by Autograph sound designers Avgoustos Psillas and Gareth Tucker, plus Tom Williams and Dan Page from DiGiCo, Andrew then spent the remainder of the day walking delegates through the functionality of the T software.
One of the delegates was Jeremy George, head of sound at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, who commented: “I really enjoyed learning about the origins and deeper functions of software that I use daily, not to mention [it was] very useful in terms of tips and ideas to try next time I’m programming a show’ - which, as it happened, was a few hours after the Quantum Synergy day had finished. T Software makes my life easier on a daily-basis. It’s definitely the best way to programme and operate theatre sound.”
UK - At the PLASA Show, Shure UK announced Autograph as the recipient of its 2019 Pro Audio Partner of the Year award.
The award was presented at the show by Stuart Moots, associate director, UK Pro Audio Group, as part of their annual programme to acknowledge the exceptional work carried out by Shure partners each year.
This year’s award was presented to Autograph Sound Recording for their exceptional dedication and commitment to wireless best practice that delivers results at the highest level.
“Autograph were an early adopter of Axient Digital and have been a great ambassador for digital wireless technology,” says Stuart Moots, UK Pro Audio director. “They’ve shown unwavering commitment to delivering first-class results at a time when the RF landscape remains challenging - particularly in highly congested spaces like London’s West-End. Autograph deliver everything we expect from a Shure partner, and more; it’s easy to see why so many theatre productions call on them to deliver. They are a great team to work with and we look forward to building on this year’s success.”
Will McGonagle, hire manager, Autograph comments: “We are delighted to be named Shure’s Rental Partner of the Year for 2019. Axient Digital, and in particular, the ADX1M transmitters have very quickly become a crucial part of our inventory. Along with the PSM1000 IEMs and countless microphones you will find now Shure in every theatre you find Autograph.”
South Africa - Fanie Pieterse of CPS Audio recently acquired an Audix Studio Elite set of microphones which he has used on a variety of events including Classics is Groot 2019, Rand Merchant Bank Sales Conference, FNB Starlight Pops Opera and Band for Bricks.
Already owning a D4 and ADX60, Fanie’s new Audix Studio Elite set, supplied by DWR Distribution, includes D6, i5, D2, D4, SCX1 and SCX25A models.
“I have used Audix Microphones for the better part of a decade now and have fallen head over heels,” explains Pieterse. “The D-series, in my opinion, is the most versatile and natural sounding microphone that I have ever used on a drum kit. The D6 is my staple kick drum microphone with its thunderous low end and punch that can’t be matched. The ADX60 has really impressed me over the past few months. The D2 and D4 have proven to be the most impressive and consistent microphones I have ever used to mic up toms. The noise rejection you get to the back and sides are fantastic and it delivers an amazing natural tone that I find unrivalled.”
When it comes to overheads, the SCX25A has become his ‘go-to’ microphone. “They had big shoes to fill as I was used to using a set of microphones regarded as the best overhead mics in the world. What sets the SCX25A apart is the incredible spatial characteristic it gives with amazing detail that I was not used to, even when using really high-end microphones. The i5 and SCX1 have proven a winner for me as a snare drum combo, especially for an extremely dynamic drummer playing varying styles. The i5 deli
Switzerland - Cast Swiss Light Consulting, an Elation partner in Switzerland since 2015, has recently become the exclusive distributor for the lighting brand in the country.
With the new partnership, Cast expands its professional portfolio to include Elation’s complete range of innovative lighting products, allowing the company to offer its customers more complete solutions.
“As one of the bigger lighting companies in the industry, Elation is a fast-growing brand in Europe with a reputation for high quality and top level service,” comments Cast CEO Silvio Cibien. “This is exactly what we look for in a partner, a company that strives to be the best. We delight in demonstrating to customers the added value of investing in Elation products. The product range is very extensive with solutions to fit all sizes of projects and all types of demand.”
Sales and marketing manager at Elation Europe, Marc Librecht, adds: “Cast has just what we were searching for in a reliable partner; an experienced, knowledgeable and personal team with a proven track record of performance. They are adept at meeting customer requirements and finding creative solutions and, importantly, are committed to providing exceptional customer service. We look forward to continue working with them, now as our exclusive distributor.”
Founded in 1986 and located in the town of Villeneuve in southwest Switzerland, Cast manages a portfolio of top entertainment technology manufacturers, focusing on the distribution of stage and lighting equipment to stage lighting and produc
India - 7thSense Design and Medialon have appointed Image Engineering as a distributor for 7thSense’s range of products including Delta Media Server and Juggler, the pixel processor, as well as the suite of Medialon show control solutions.
Founded in Mumbai in 1989, Image Engineering provides a wide range of AV services and solutions for applications including cinemas, post-production and recording studio installations, theme parks, attractions and museums.
“We are excited to add 7thSense and Medialon to our portfolio of professional technology brands for India,” comments Nainesh Vora, founder and owner of Image Engineering. “Our network of global partners and manufacturers work with us to offer exceptional, premium technology solutions for attraction, digital cinema, theme park and immersive installations - we are very much looking forward to bringing 7thSense media server solutions and Medialon show control solutions to the region.”
Richard Brown, technical director, 7thSense Design, adds: “At 7thSense we’re always looking for new ways to expand on how we reach international projects with the innovative products and exceptional service for which we are known. Image Engineering shares the same the values as us and delivers great projects – we welcome them to the team.”
Eric Cantrell, VP business operations, Medialon, comments, “Medialon show control solutions are already in operation at a number of installation sites across India. Alongside our sister company, 7thSense, we are thrilled to have a dedicated sales and servic
Poland - Elation Professional has announced that specialty stage technology company Przedsiebiorstwo Specjalistyczne TEATR has been named the new distributor for Elation products in Poland. Based near Warsaw in the town of Piaseczno, TEATR is one of Poland’s oldest and most respected entertainment technology companies.
“We’re excited to be partnering with such an experienced company in one of Europe’s fast developing and important growth markets,” states Marc Librecht, head of sales and marketing for Elation in Europe. “The Polish market is distinct and offers unique opportunities. Our cooperation with TEATR will be a key step in expanding the Elation brand there and we look forward to working closely with their team.”
TEATR has been involved in the implementation of state-of-the-art stage technology solutions for many of Poland’s top theatres, concert halls and other cultural venues since its establishment in 1971. After nearly five decades of experience, the company continues to expand with a new headquarter building ready for occupancy in October.
“Our scale, years of experience and team of designers, consultants and technicians have allowed us to develop a broad client base that includes theatres, philharmonics, community centres and TV stations, as well as the biggest Polish rental companies,” states TEATR CEO Michal Frackowiak. “To us, the most important goal is our clients’ satisfaction. We look at each project individually, offering the highest quality products to match their needs. We find Elation to be a very forw
UK - Inspired by the launch of its new PLASA Innovation Award-winning Esprite moving light with fully replaceable LED engine and a host of other features and the Back to The Future movie franchise, Robe presented the first in a new trilogy of expo live performance concepts at the PLASA 2019 expo in London.
The show #ReturnToTheFuture was created to highlight Robe’s newest technologies in the context for which they were designed.
With an original DeLorean MMC12 as the set centrepiece, six dancers – and around 200 Robe lights - including Esprites, Tetras, T1s, SilverScans, MegaPointes, Spiiders, Tarrantulas and LEDBeam 150s – rigged in the roof and all around the sides of the booth, plus stunning special effects and a pool of water containing Robe IP rated iPointes - the eight-minute 428-cue (that’s one every 1.12 seconds) show was performed to a special soundtrack and kept all the visual surprises flowing.
It drew massive crowds to the Robe booth which was packed throughout the three days of the show.
“We loved being back in London and were very proud to present the show in a city that’s renowned for world-class entertainment, and to touch base with so many industry friends and contacts,” stated Robe CEO Josef Valchar, adding that they generally received a great response to the new products.
Winning a PLASA innovation award for the Esprite was the “icing on the cake” of a fantastic show, he continued. The judges’ comments on this new product were that it “advances technical practice by increasing the p
UK - The PLASA Awards for Innovation, organised in collaboration with LSi magazine, took place at the end of a vibrant Monday at the PLASA Show 2019. The Awards recognise and reward pioneering product designs and the people behind them and are widely respected as they are independently judged by a team of industry experts with a variety of specialist backgrounds.
This year saw 36 entries for the Awards, with the judges selecting seven winners and one Gold Award winner.
The winners, along with the judges comments, are:
Nexo for the P12 Point-source loudspeaker
“This is the ‘loudspeaker version of a source 4’ having interchangeable horns with tool-less interchangeability.”
Robe for Esprite
“This advances technical practice by increasing the potential lifespan of LED fixtures, hopefully setting the model for other manufacturers to follow.”
Theatrixx for its 8-bay Reversible Rackmount Converter
“A simple solution to the wired mess that media conversion can entail which is robust and effective.”
SSE for The Azimuth
“This will really help audio companies bring accurate panning to the angle of the dangle in immersive audio applications – it’s simple, effective and well-engineered.”
ETC for Augment3d
“This will change the way lighting design and operation works by increasing speed in the lighting workflow and making the process of design to conception easier to manage.”
Lebanon - JoeCo has expanded its reach in the Middle East by signing a new distribution agreement with Boujikian Bros. The Beirut-based company will now represent the manufacturer in Lebanon, targeting TV production houses and live event clients.
“We have been searching for JoeCo partners in the Middle East for some time and Boujikian Bros’ name came up a number of times,” explained Graham Murray, business development at JoeCo. “Their experience and technical expertise make them a complimentary fit with JoeCo’s philosophy of providing high quality solutions for audio professionals.”
“We already distribute a number of top pro audio brands in Lebanon, but we had a gap in our range for reliable multitrack players/recorders and audio interfaces,” added Gary Boujikian, general manager at Boujikian Bros. “We knew how JoeCo systems were being used in TV, concert and installed sound applications around the world and believed that it could bring added value to our existing offerings.”
With the agreement in place, Boujikian Bros will specifically target the local broadcast and live markets. “Boujikian Bros are well known in the pro audio markets in the region, across a number of applications including studios for TV broadcast, live events and concerts. All of which are appropriate for JoeCo products,” noted Murray. “Working with Gary and his team gives us an opportunity to address these core market sectors and provides a wider and more direct exposure of JoeCo’s products in the region.”
“Most of our clients are TV product
Poland - AV Stumpfl, the Austrian AV technology manufacturer, has announced LTT as its new distributor for both projection screens and PIXERA media server systems in Poland.
LTT is a Warsaw-based company, distributing and servicing high-end lighting and stage equipment, in addition to offering stage technology design and implementation services. The company also regularly hosts popular training sessions and workshops aimed at industry professionals.
AV Stumpfl global business development manager Harry Gladow comments: "LTT has a great reputation when it comes to distributing world-class technology and are known for their ability to offer customer support as well as equipment servicing and maintenance services at the highest level. What makes this partnership really exciting for us as a manufacturer is the fact that, while LTT initially focused on theatrical lighting, they gradually expanded to include other markets that include TV studios, clubs and live events."
LTT sales director Pawel Mroziński comments: “Since we and our customers have been using AV Stumpfl screens for a very long time, we have a very positive opinion about the general product quality and are very excited to be the official distributor for Poland. We were also very impressed with the new GUI concept and usability approach of the PIXERA media-server systems, which is why we strongly believe that our cooperation will be very fruitful for both sides.”
UK - More than 500 entertainment industry professionals celebrated the best in lighting and video design on Sunday night as The Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards announced this year's winners at a glittering ceremony at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.
The annual industry awards honour the achievements of lighting and video designers working across the sectors of Theatre, Television, and Concert Touring & Events, and are chosen by a panel of independent judges.
The 2019 KOI Award winners are:
The PRG Award for Projection Design: Jack Phelan for The Second Violinist, Landmark Productions & Irish National Opera
The ADB Award for Plays: Jessica Hung Han Yun for Equus, English Touring Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford
The Robert Juliat Award for Opera: Mark Jonathan for Vanessa, Glyndebourne
The ETC Award for Dance: Clifton Taylor for Four Quartets, Barbican
The Hawthorn Award for Musicals: Neil Austin for Company, Gielgud Theatre
The DTS Award for Events: Tim Routledge for Stormzy at Glastonbury
The Altman Lighting Award for Small Production: Martin Kempton for Inside No. 9 - Dead Line
The Green Hippo Award for Video Design & Graphic Display: 59 Productions for Five Telegrams, BBC Proms 2019, Royal Albert Hall & Edinburgh Festival
The JLLighting Award for Light Entertainment: Nigel Catmur for Young Dancer of the Year
The Ayrton Award for Drama: Anna Valdez-Hanks for
The doors have opened for day two of PLASA Show 2019 at London Olympia, with Platinum Sponsor Robe, Silver Sponsor d&b audiotechnik and Technical Sponsor Hawthorn. The show floor is already brimming with business as visitors explore the latest products and solutions from 220+ brands from across audio, AV, lighting, rigging and staging.
The show’s platinum sponsor Robe have unveiled an expansive theatrical stand based on the classic 80s movie, Back To The Future. Live performances run every 90 minutes, with a viewing area on the show’s gallery level for visitors to watch from above. The creative duo behind the stand, Nathan Wan and Andy Webb, comment:
“Robe’s stand this year features a fully time coded show called ‘Return to the Future’ which is centred around a time travelling DeLorean car. During the show we smash through over 550 cues in eight minutes. It’s all about showcasing the new Esprite which is future-proofing LED moving heads as you can take the source out and simply replace it. This has absolutely been the most ambitious production that we’ve done to date, and it’s great to see on social media that many visitors come to PLASA Show just to see what we’ve come up with. We’ve been working on ‘Return to the Future’ for three months and it has been an absolute delight to see it all come together.”
Other lighting highlights include, Claypaky demonstrating their new Xtylos fixtures in an immersive enclosure, Ambersphere presenting the SpotM
USA - The deadline for ordering 2019 Behind the Scenes Holiday Cards is just two weeks away. These cards were created especially for Behind the Scenes and are a great way to spread holiday cheer while bringing help and hope to your colleagues in need. The order deadline is 30 September. Orders may be placed at behindthescenescharity.org/holidaycards.
Three card ordering options are offered: card packs of 10 with a standard greeting, personalized cards with a company logo and custom message (minimum order 250 cards), and electronic versions for delivery by email. All proceeds benefit the Behind the Scenes charity which provides financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured. Six new designs are featured this year.
All proceeds benefit the Behind the Scenes charity which provides financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured. For more information about Behind the Scenes, to donate, or to apply for a grant, visit www.behindthescenedscharity.org.
USA - Sensaphonics recently educated three audiologists in the art of working with musicians at a Gold Circle Seminar in Chicago. This two-day event covers a wide range of insights on the specific needs of musicians, whose workplace requires ongoing exposure to damaging levels of loud sound. Sensaphonics president, Dr. Michael Santucci, designed the seminar to teach audiologists the realities of today’s music industry, with a focus on the proper use of in-ear monitors and hearing protection.
“When it comes to in-ears, most musicians do not know how to protect their hearing, and most audiologists have no idea what stage monitoring is like,” notes Dr. Santucci. “The Gold Circle seminar is designed to share the knowledge that both groups require in order to create a great performance experience for musicians while still protecting their hearing.”
Three audiologists earned their Gold Circle certification: Dr. Margaret Richards of The Hearing Centrein Pensacola, FL; Dr. Natalie Crossland of Holland Doctors of Audiology in Holland, MI; and Dr. Shawna Jackson of the Callier Centre at U. of Texas-Dallas.
Gold Circle audiologists are taught the proper method for taking ear impressions, but the seminar goes far beyond such basics. Through classroom sessions at Sensaphonics offices and a hands-on live rehearsal session with a live band, the audiologists learn specifics on how to recommend the best products for each musician’s listening situation, how sound systems work, the innate challenges of stage monitoring, plus backstage etiquette and marke
UK - The team behind the six-minute immersive mental health installation Blackout will be running a pioneering industry evaluation alongside their exhibition experience at this year’s PLASA Show at London Olympia from 15-17 September 2019.
Bringing academic analysis to the exhibition, research director in clinical psychology at the University of Surrey Dr Paul Hanna has devised a questionnaire to undertake the first evaluation on mental health awareness specifically within the UK technical backstage entertainment industry. Dr Hanna has worked closely with the Blackout creative team since the project launched at Guildford School of Acting (GSA) in May.
Mig Burgess, GSA tutor and creator of Blackout, said: “This is an extremely important first step to address mental health awareness in the UK technical backstage entertainment industry and we are delighted that Paul’s expertise will provide valuable insight into mental health issues in the sector. By evaluating visitors’ experiences of Blackout at the PLASA Show we will be able to quantify our industry’s overall awareness of mental health, and to gain an insight into how many people suffer with mental health related issues.
“I am thrilled that Blackout has brought about this exciting research into mental health within our backstage industry and I am excited to collaborate with key trade associations to work together to evoke positive change.”
The evaluation has been funded by leading industry associations PLASA, ALD, ASD ABTT, PSA, all of whom recognise the importance of su