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anolis-plasa-2022-3Anolis enjoys successful PLASA Show 2022
Friday, 23 September 2022

UK - Architectural and entertainment LED lighting brand Anolis enjoyed a busy and successful PLASA Show in the Grand Hall of Olympia London earlier this month, where Anolis showed its new Calumma product series for the first time at a UK expo, also highlighting its Eminere and Ambiane products.
Being located on Stand E15, right at the entrance to the busy Robe lighting booth, proved a prominent and highly visible position, ideal for getting attention from those who amassed to watch the daily Robe live performance shows, and also easy for its own visitors to find.
Anolis’s business development manager for London and the South East, Ashley Popple commented, “The show generally was very good, and the Calumma range in particular received lots of interest, with some people specifically coming to see it. They were impressed with the features and benefits of Calumma, and once on the stand were able to view Eminere and Ambiane.”
Calumma’s optical design has been carefully crafted and utilises high efficacy single-chip and multi-chip LEDs. The fixtures are available with optional LED colour variants and various beam angles.
A luminaire like the medium-sized Calumma M SC – for example – creates a powerful and rich light output that is perfect for use as a spot as well as for accent and flood lighting solutions. As with all Anolis luminaires, the unit is robust and durable to withstand exterior conditions. A special finish is available for extra harsh environments and marine applications, which still benefits from the elegant design.
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act-ultimate-support-logoACT Entertainment acquires Ultimate Support Systems
Friday, 23 September 2022

USA - ACT Entertainment, manufacturer and distributor of live performance equipment, has acquired Ultimate Support Systems, manufacturer of support solutions widely used throughout the music and live performance industries. The official announcement was made in Windsor, Colorado at the home office of Ultimate Support Systems on 15 September.
“We are very excited to add the Ultimate Support Systems product line and their team to the ACT Entertainment family,” says Ben Saltzman, CEO of ACT Entertainment. “Like ACT, Ultimate has a passion for innovation at its core. The ability to design, develop and engineer state-of-the-art products while providing value and quality is unique in the category. The more I got to know Mike and the amazing team at Ultimate, the more excited I became at the opportunity to work together.”
By purchasing Ultimate Support Systems, ACT now provides yet another of the industry’s most respected brands and products to all the end markets it serves. With the ACT team now behind the brand, Ultimate will continue to grow its product line and create quality support solutions for performers and technicians.
“I’m very thankful for the dealer and customer relationships and support developed over the nearly 16 years of owning and operating Ultimate. Moving on to the next chapter, we are very excited to be a part of the ACT Entertainment family,” says Mike Belitz, CEO of Ultimate Support Systems. “The new ownership will provide the resources for further growth and innovation that the brand deserves.”

 
 
adagiopro-new-elation-distributor-in-spainAdagioPRO appointed Elation distributor in Spain
Friday, 23 September 2022

Spain - Elation Professional has announced that AdagioPRO, a division of Holmusic, has been appointed the exclusive distributor for Elation Professional products in Spain. The distribution partnership goes into immediate effect and covers the distribution of Elation Lighting, Obsidian Control Systems and Magmatic atmospheric effects products.
Holmusic is a family-run business with more than 50 years of experience distributing musical instruments and professional audio and lighting systems in Spain and other European countries. AdagioPRO serves as Holmusic’s professional sound and lighting division and distributes professional stage lighting systems to a broad range of market sectors including concerts, rental, touring, installations and broadcasting. The lighting division is based at the Holmusic Group corporate headquarters and warehouse facility in Barcelona.
After decades as one of the top professional audio distributors in Spain, since 2019 AdagioPRO has been committed to providing professional lighting systems. “The new partnership with Elation consolidates this project and enhances our presence in the professional lighting market,” stated AdagioPRO director Víctor Pérez. “We feel absolutely confident that Elation products will deepen our presence in touring and installation while helping us grow in the broadcasting market.
“Customers will be able to count on the advantages that come from having a strong national distributor, such as training courses, a wide range of demo equipment, technical assistance services in key geographica

 
plugfestPlugFest returns to France in March 2023
Friday, 23 September 2022

Europe - PlugFest, the technical event for entertainment lighting interoperability, returns to Lille in France from 7-9 March 2023. The popular event welcomes manufacturers, developers and technicians from across Europe to test their products and learn about the latest protocols.
PlugFest is an opportunity for participants to collectively test and demonstrate device and system interoperability with the aim of improving reliability, resolving compatibility issues and ultimately improving connectivity between all entertainment lighting and related technologies.
The event’s hosts, Hamish Dumbreck (JESE), Peter Willis (Howard Eaton Lighting) and Wayne Howell (Artistic Licence) are experts in entertainment lighting control protocols. They will host a full educational programme, diving deep into interoperability challenges affecting the live events industry. Plus, they will be on hand to provide individual support and guidance.
Previous editions of PlugFest have sold out well in advance, welcoming attendees from leading manufacturers such as GLP, Luminex, Highlite International, Robert Juliat, TMB, Claypaky, ChamSys, ETC, Chauvet and Eaton. Those interested in attending in PlugFest 2023 are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment.
PlugFest takes place in the city of Lille, France which is directly connected to London with the Eurostar and all major European cities via a mainline train station. Furthermore, attendees can take advantage of specially discounted rooms in the hotel that PlugFest takes place in.
PlugFest is organised

 
 
arkaosArKaos partners with DWR Distribution
Thursday, 22 September 2022

South Africa - ArKaos, the real-time visual processing technology provider for live performance, architectural installations, LED applications and broadcast, has appointed DWR Distribution as a reseller in the South African market.
In October 2020, InMusic announced the acquisition of ArKaos - a company founded in 1996 - and has continued to focus on engineering advancements, design and technology. With an emphasis on customer expectations, DWR Distribution’s appointment includes sales, service and support. After 20 years, the ArKaos development team consists of the same people.
“When ArKaos changed management, it opened the doors for communication, and we are very excited to reinstate DWR as the official distributor in South Africa, said Nils de Laeter, brand manager at ArKaos. “DWR is a strong and well-respected distributor, is familiar with our products, and we look forward to supporting them with training, tradeshows and projects.”
“With the new ownership and some new faces, we are excited to be able to promote a product that offers new functionality and features,” said Duncan Riley of DWR. “ArKaos is respected right around the world and fills a gap in our market, allowing us to offer quality, functionality and affordability.”
Robert Izzett from DWR agrees, “We are very excited to be back on board with ArKaos and look forward to many wonderful years together.”

 
panacousticsopendayPan Acoustics marks 20th anniversary with Open Day
Thursday, 22 September 2022

Germany - Around 100 guests, including a large number of distribution partners from all over the world as well as business friends, network partners and suppliers from the region, came together to congratulate the founder of Pan Acoustics, Udo Borgmann and his team.
Well-known presenters, including guest speakers from the manufacturers Audinate, AFMG and Mundorf, informed the interested professional audience about current trends in AV technology. In practical presentations, audio engineers and acoustic consultants passed on valuable know-how to the audience on topics such as sound design or sound reinforcement solutions for challenging acoustic environments. The seminar programme climaxed in a string concert during an impressive demonstration of the ACS Acoustic Control System installed on site, for electronic adjustment of room acoustics.
"In order to successfully exist on the market as a company in a technical field for 20 years, you are of course allowed to reminisce, but you must also always keep your eyes on the future," reports Udo Borgmann, who founded Pan Acoustics in Braunschweig in 2002 and describes himself and his employees as innovation-driven. "That's why we chose the combination format of learning, networking and celebrating."
In 2020, Borgmann realised his dream and ventured the new construction of the current company headquarters on the outskirts of Wolfenbüttel with a view from the roof terrace over fields and forests to the Brocken as the highest mountain in the low mountain range Harz.
The modern company building offers t

 
 
theatre-projectsTheatre Projects celebrates 65th anniversary
Wednesday, 21 September 2022

UK/USA - This month, Theatre Projects celebrates 65 years in business. All month long, Theatre Projects will be sharing memories on social channels and inviting followers to contribute their own stories and photos via an online memory book.
Now an international mainstay in performance design, Theatre Projects came from much humbler origins. The firm began as a lighting rental company in late-‘50s London. Richard Pilbrow and Bryan Kendall started the company by buying up a small bundle of lighting stock for £150, a loan from Richard’s father. Over time, seating and space design, stage and rigging design, AV system design, strategic planning, and other services became part of the Theatre Projects scope, and today the six global offices are all composed of multiple, dynamic teams that love to engage with almost any venue-related issue.
“In the last 65 years, we have made quite an impact on the ‘built environment,’ from the simplest of rooms to the most complex facilities in the performing arts,” notes Michael Nishball, Theatre Projects principal and one of the industry’s top equipment designers. “Our impact on the contemporary history of the live entertainment audience-to-performer relationship has been our hallmark and one of our guiding principles.”
Theatre Projects has been attached to over 1,500 projects in 80+ countries since 1957, each different and challenging in its own right. Each consultant at Theatre Projects has their own favourites, but landmark venues include the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (setting a new pr

 
avnu-allianceAvnu Alliance expands TSN Test Tool ecosystem
Wednesday, 21 September 2022

USA/Europe - Avnu Alliance has announced expansion of its time sensitive networking (TSN) Test Tool programme by opening the test tool ecosystem to new vendors. As part of this expansion, third party vendor test tools can be verified and validated through Avnu’s rigorous process, which is designed and maintained by experienced certification management professionals and TSN subject matter experts to ensure that it meets the interoperability standards of Avnu’s Global Certification Programme.
During the eighth annual TSN/A Conference, which takes place September 28-29, 2022, in Stuttgart, Germany, Avnu will host demonstrations in its booth of wired and wireless TSN tests for 802.1AS and 802.1Qbv based on test plans from the Avnu Express Testing Suite. These tests will be run on both the Avnu Express Test Tool and Keysight’s new TSN Test Tool, which has now met the requirements to start the Avnu Global Certification Programme validation and verification process to become an Avnu endorsed Test Tool. When approved by Avnu, Keysight’s TSN Test Tool will be available to members for both debugging and quick test certification.
“Adding new test tools, such as Keysight’s TSN Test Tool to the testing ecosystem, significantly expands the certification program providing more choice and a wider variety of test types to members,” says Ed Agis, Avnu Alliance certification work group co-chair overseeing the TSN Test Tool program and verification and validation process. “Test tools significantly lower the barrier for certification and allow members to ent

 
 
dataData Strategy QC-Check stands out at PLASA Show
Wednesday, 21 September 2022

UK - Data Strategy welcomed the many conversations from new and returning customers at this year’s PLASA Show where the company demonstrated the QC-Check workstation, as well as some of the QC-Check’s most popular add-on modules, including VeriCal, Power-Check LOLER inspection and SimplyPATS integration software.
Data Strategy MD, Iain Roche, commented, “What really stood out this year was the number of enquiries about cable and RCD testing with the assumption that the provision of electrical (PAT) testing was a given. The knowledge that a simple solution exists to the time-consuming and impractical task of RCD inspections and cable testing has really captured the imagination of temporary power suppliers, in addition to production rental houses. The stand was consistently busy, QC-Check received a great deal of interest as ever and we had many high-quality conversations that we should see realised in the following year.”
Roche added, “The other area of specific interest was bi-directional integration of QC-Check with the company’s hire software. The concept of a seamless exchange of data that avoided any entry duplication was very attractive from a logistical criterion. We recently completed integration with IntelliEvent for two existing customers and this led to the introduction to a new client at PLASA.”
Data Strategy’s QC-Check provides practical safety inspection solutions that allow hire companies, venues, and temporary power suppliers to simply fulfil statutory requirements. Embedded as part of the warehouse process – with in

 
bikefestBikeFest 2022 raises nearly £2,000 for industry charities
Wednesday, 21 September 2022

UK - On Saturday 3 September, a team of entertainment technology industry professionals cycled from SFL in Reading to the Royal Albert Hall in time for PLASA Show in London. The annual BikeFest event raises money for industry charities, while nurturing cross-industry camaraderie in a fun and challenging way.
PLASA’s managing director Peter Heath, comments, “BikeFest is all about the people in our industry, many of which have suffered terribly over the last couple of years – but who are still absolutely committed to the entertainment technology industry. Through BikeFest, we not only raise funds for an increasingly important cause, we build bridges across the industry, which in turn strengthen the entire live sector.”
A team of approximately 20 cyclists braved the journey this time, representing some of the biggest names in the entertainment technology industry. The team of ‘racing snakes’ covered 80+ miles over the strenuous Surrey Hills. While the affectionately named ‘slugs’ team cycled 40 miles to London, traversing roads, gravel paths and the occasional field. Unexpected torrential rain added an extra challenge for both teams. Several others joined in for the last leg from Richmond Park. Together they raised nearly £2,000 for the #WeMakeEvents-supported charities, including Backup Tech, with donations still rolling in.
BikeFest London 2022 follows several industry bike rides in recent years coinciding with PLASA Show, which have all raised funds while promoting mental health awareness. Furthermore, the first Bikefest undertaken

 
 
renkusHall County School District enrols Renkus-Heinz
Tuesday, 20 September 2022

USA - Northeast of Gainesville, Georgia, lies Hall County School District, home to 37 public schools providing education for nearly 28,000 students. As education facilities of all sizes have faced a tough few years, technical renovations, specifically audio upgrades, are important to enable students to have positive learning outcomes. To aid this smooth transition into a new era of education, the entirety of Hall County School District is currently undergoing a multi-year, multi-location technical renovation, including installing Renkus-Heinz sound solutions across each campus.
Working with Nisewonger AV, a Lawrenceville-based education-focused AV integration firm, Hall County School District’s solutions architect, Josh Morton, set out to ensure students and teachers alike have high-quality audio on campus.
As part of the renovation, Chicopee Woods Elementary School (CWES) began an audio upgrade in its gymnasium to further its mission of “connecting learners through caring conversations and energizing experiences in a safe environment.”
“Gymnasiums by design are loud, chaotic spaces where there are often 50-plus kids running around and teachers trying to get their attention. The old CWES gymnasium was having acoustic challenges and we needed a solution that would provide clear audio in a noisy space while standing the test of time in a busy gym,” said Josh Albertson, AV consultant at Nisewonger AV. “Ultimately, the CX121 from Renkus-Heinz was the right choice as it is compact yet provides consistent directivity and great sonic performa

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Solidarity - One of Russia's most popular singers, Alla Pugacheva, has called on the Russian authorities to declare her a "foreign agent", in solidarity with her strongly anti-war husband Maxim Galkin. A showbiz star too, he was labelled a "foreign agent" on Friday after condemning Russia's attack on Ukraine.
On social media, Pugacheva called her husband "a true incorruptible Russian patriot, who wants... an end to our lads dying for illusory aims". She said the Kremlin's "illusory aims" in Ukraine "make our country a pariah and the lives of our citizens extremely difficult". Galkin, a comedian, TV presenter and singer, wanted "prosperity for his motherland, peace, free speech", she added.
In The Courts - Evolution Productions is suing St Albans council for £600,000 after its pantomime at the Alban Arena was cancelled when asbestos was found in the venue. The theatre company, which was producing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as Alban Arena’s 2021/22 pantomime, also claims the show’s set was destroyed. The production was halted 12 performances into its run on 16 December, 2021, when the council, which owns the venue, took back control of the building from operators 1Life. It had been due to play until 2 January.
According to Evolution Productions, the pantomime had to be cancelled, ticket money refunded and the actors were sent home without further pay. The company added: "We were left with huge losses from the cancelled production. In addition, we were informed that most of our set had been destroyed and the same had happened to

 
 
mc-marketing-Fulcrum appoints rep for Southern California
Tuesday, 20 September 2022

USA - Fulcrum Acoustic has appointed MC Marketing as their sales representative for Southern California and Southern Nevada. Based in Las Vegas, MC Marketing will be responsible for Fulcrum Acoustic product sales and support in their region.
“The MC Marketing team is thrilled to represent Fulcrum Acoustic in Southern California and Las Vegas," says MC Marketing president, Michael Colon. "Their coaxial loudspeaker designs and well-respected sales and marketing team make them a synergistic partner for MC Marketing. I’m looking forward to collaborating with the Fulcrum Acoustic crew and see a successful future ahead.”
"MC Marketing is an ideal partner for Fulcrum Acoustic," says Fulcrum Acoustic U.S. national sales manager Scott Pizzo. "Like Fulcrum, they are customer focused with extensive knowledge of the Pro AV industry and its technologies. MC Marketing will introduce and support our innovative audio solutions in a region where there is significant opportunity for growth."

 
walter-pretorius-of-the-led-hire-companyThe LED Hire Company chooses Absen
Tuesday, 20 September 2022

South Africa - The LED Hire Company, a Johannesburg- based rental company that specialises in the hiring of LED screen solutions, content creation and creative design and renders, has invested in 100 sq.m of Absen PL2.9 lite LED panels. The panels, supplied by DWR Distribution, form part of a large shipment containing 2 080 units all of which recently arrived in South Africa.
“I’m looking forward to this,” said Walter Pretorius, general manager at The LED Hire Company. He started in the industry as a lighting technician but teases that AV chose him and has become the love of his life. “Our company offers different types of LED, but when it came to this purchase, I wanted to go with Absen as it provided the quality I was looking for.”
The LED Hire Company has positioned itself in the market to help other rental companies with the supply of extra panels when needed. “There are so many companies who have LED, but who sometimes fall short when working on larger shows,” said Walter. “It’s also great to know that there are 2 088 panels from the same batch in the country, which means that we could pull off a massive event if everyone got involved.”
Peace of mind was equated when opting for Absen. “Working with DWR Distribution was fantastic,” Walter explains. “We came to their offices a while ago for an informative AV Open day and everyone accepted us with open arms. Having backup and support for the new LED panels is why I wanted to go with DWR.”
Duncan Riley of DWR concludes, “It has been awesome dealing with The LED

 
 
dalipr025DALI Alliance puts wireless in the spotlight
Friday, 16 September 2022

Germany - The DALI Alliance will use the Light+Building trade fair (Frankfurt, 2-6 October 2022) to shine the spotlight on wireless connectivity options via its upcoming certification programmes for Wireless to DALI Gateways and DALI+ with Thread.
Wireless to DALI Gateways allow the use of existing DALI wired products in a non-DALI wireless ecosystem. Certification programmes are in development for Bluetooth mesh to DALI Gateways and for Zigbee to DALI Gateways.
A certification programme for DALI+ is also in development. DALI+ enables true wireless DALI without any need for translation between protocols. The first release will employ Thread as a networking layer. Thread is an IP-based, wireless-mesh networking protocol built using open standards.
The new certification programmes, due to commence in early 2023, will build further momentum for the ongoing evolution of DALI as a globally standardized lighting-control protocol. The number of certified DALI-2 and D4i products listed on the DALI Alliance website already exceeds 2,600 devices, and the DALI Alliance is supported by more than 320 companies from the international lighting community. Recently, the organization has launched dedicated groups to focus on the specific market requirements in China and North America.
Visitors to the DALI Alliance booth at Light+Building can discuss Gateways and DALI+ with technical experts and experience demo boards which explain DALI features such as colour control, sensors, emergency lighting, groups, scenes and building-wide control, as well as D4i and Z

 
trio-avAyrton's Diablo S proves Total Solution for Trio AV
Friday, 16 September 2022

Singapore - Total Solution Marketing, Ayrton’s exclusive distributor for the Singapore region, has announced the purchase of 24 Ayrton Diablo S LED profile fixtures by Trio AV.
Trio AV has a reputation for supplying exactly the right products and technical expertise for every possible event, from exhibitions, seminars, conferences and product launches, to galas, special events and parties. With offices in Singapore, Thailand, Shanghai and Vietnam, Trio AV’s services include everything from conceptualisation to full consultation and supply.
Trio AV’s John Tang explained why the company had chosen Diablo S, one of Ayrton’s most innovative, ultra-compact luminaires: “We were seeking a small size and lightweight LED moving light profile fixture with framing shutter to replace our older fixtures. We had heard a lot of positive feedback and seen the popularity of the Ayrton Diablo S on the market, so we approached local distributor Total Solution Marketing to get a demo unit for our own evaluation.
“We compared it against other similar fixtures and the Diablo really stood out from other brands. It has a great zoom range, is very bright for 300W LED engine, with smooth dimming and good shutters. It is compact and lightweight, so easy for our technicians to rig. It meets all our requirements.
“Also, we have received great service support from Total Solution Marketing for many years, so all this made our decision easy.”
In designing Diablo, Ayrton took on the challenge of making the smallest, lightest and most efficient luminaire

 
 
robe-allroundAllRound invests in Robe LEDBeams and Esprites
Friday, 16 September 2022

Denmark - AllRound Lyd + Lys (Light & Sound) is a well-established rental company based in Struer, a key railway hub and home to radio and TV manufacturer, Bang & Olufsen. The company was started by owner Laurs Pedersen originally as a music tech enterprise which then grew and diversified into lighting, sound and now LED to meet client demand.
The company now has a successful 20-year history of supplying tours, concerts, events, and productions across multiple genres from touring to theatre, and recent investments include Robe LEDBeam 350s and Esprites.
The new kit was delivered just in time to assist with the explosion of live shows and events in Denmark over the summer due to the final lifting of Covid restrictions and the strong return of the market for in-person activities of all types.
Like many, Laurs and his team including head of lighting Martin Breinholt, and head of rental Daniel Sand, spent a lot of time – whilst they had it during the pandemic – to reflect and contemplate their next investments.
They wanted new fixtures that would cover large stages for summer tours and festivals and that would fit into their existing pre rigged truss sections (previously populated with the old moving lights).
“We needed an intense wash light and generally lots of output,” commented Martin, adding that they also consulted many designers, programmers, and techs before making the final decision. “These two Robe fixtures came up time and time again,” stated Martin.
The 36 x LEDBeam 350s and 25 x Esprites were delivered

 
absenAbsen panels prove popular in South Africa
Friday, 16 September 2022

South Africa - The live events industry in SA has invested in 2080 (520sq.m) Absen PL2.9 lite LED panels, each upgraded with a NovaStar A8s-N receiver card, shipped to the country by DWR Distribution. It started when Cape Town-based Marcel Bezuidenhout, owner of Audio Engineering, wanted to find like-minded technical suppliers who would invest in the same LED panels to enable sub-hiring when needed.
Marcel previously owned Absen D2V panel and while satisfied with the product, he was an island regarding larger batches whenever he needed additional stock for larger set-ups or multiple events. More recently, he was in discussion with someone who suggested buying panels in batch which could reduce the cost of the initial investment and provide a larger hire pool. “I was after the Absen PL2.9 based on our previous D2V panels that did well for us," Marcel explains.
"There is space in the market, especially in Cape Town, for larger panel quantities and this solution would further enable us to help our partners needing this screen pitch. For me it was important to choose equipment that would be backed up by service and support. I decided to contact Duncan Riley of DWR Distribution, thinking that surely a few other rental companies would be interested to jump on board.”
DWR’s support team includes Bruce Riley, Tyler Pugin, Dylan Jones and Derek Kruger who painstakingly handles repairs. Having a facility to repair screens at the DWR premises really brings peace of mind to investors.
With live and hybrid events gaining momentum after the two-year

 
 
digicoCT’s DiGiCo SD12 investment pays dividends
Thursday, 15 September 2022

UK - Creative Technology (CT) has invested in multiple DiGiCo SD12s in recent years, with the two it has in its hire stock now including the theatre-specific T software. “Theatre and CT is evolving rapidly and we’re very busy with it and were keen to invest in the T software as soon as it was released,” says CT’s Andy Johnson. “It was the right decision as the SD12T give us the ideal surface in theatre world, allowing a designer and operator to work on it simultaneously. It also gives us a very capable console for monitors, festival FOH and any corporate live sound FOH. In fact, it ticks all the boxes in all our markets.”
CT has a long association with the theatre market, with Johnson adding his extensive experience to the team in 2014. Since then, it has seen a continual increase in business, and particularly rapidly over the past two years, with an SD7 also added to its theatre inventory. “The SD7 is an industry flagship console,” says Jonson. “There is nothing is as versatile as the SD7, and we have plans to upgrade it with the latest Quantum engine in the future.”
Both the SD12s and SD7 have been in high demand with National Youth Music Theatre shows, including the Hunchback of Notre Damme, Lee Meads 40th birthday DVD recording at the London Palladium, as well as on a Gareth Owen Sound pantomime in Southampton.
As well as being popular with their customers, CT’s SD12s are flavour of the year within Johnson’s department. “Our SD9s and SD10s are also busy,” he notes. “It’s a real advantage for us to have an entire

 
btsholidaycardsBTS Holiday Cards order deadline nears
Wednesday, 14 September 2022

USA - There is less than two weeks left to order 2022 Behind the Scenes Holiday Cards at btshelp.org/holidaycards. Orders for card packs and personalised cards are due by 27 September. This year’s collection features a mix of seven different designs created especially for the charity by Phil Foster, Jennifer Gillette, Robert Mendoza, Nancy Orr, Todd Potter and Lauren
Cards are available in a variety of options: card packs of 10 with a standard greeting, personalised cards with a company logo and custom message, and electronic cards in multiple file formats and an array of price points starting at $20.
Sending a BTS holiday card helps spread the word about the charity and lets your recipients know you are supporting industry colleagues who are ill or injured and the BTS Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative.
It’s important to let family, friends and colleagues know you are thinking of them and these unique holiday cards say it perfectly. They are also a personal and inexpensive way for a company to keep in touch with its customers and let them know “We are here and you are important to us.”
Orders for printed cards will be taken until 27 September, 2022 to arrive by late November. Electronic card orders will be taken until 16 December 1. View and order cards at www.behindthescenescharity.org/holidaycards.
For more information about Behind the Scenes, to donate, apply for a grant, or see the mental health tools

 
 
daliDALI Lighting Awards 2022 open for entries
Wednesday, 14 September 2022

USA - Open to all commercial lighting projects that benefit from the use of DALI technology, the DALI Lighting Awards 2022 is now accepting entries, with a closing date of 2 December, 2022.
The DALI Lighting Awards 2022 will highlight and recognize the best use of DALI control applications and solutions in lighting projects across the world.
The DALI Lighting Awards 2022 will accept entries for all projects linked with DALI technology in the following categories: Architectural & Entertainment, Healthcare & Education, Industrial, Infrastructure, Outdoor, Residential, Retail & Hospitality and Workspaces.
“The DALI Lighting Awards 2021 attracted a wealth of excellent DALI-based projects from around the world, with a diverse range of applications,” said Paul Drosihn, DALI Alliance general manager. “As DALI continues to evolve and add new features, we anticipate an even broader range of projects for this year’s Awards.” Winners of the DALI Lighting Awards 2021 can be viewed here.
The awards aim to promote the benefits and features of DALI, the internationally standardized protocol for digital communication between lighting-control devices.
There is no entry fee for the Awards, and submissions are welcomed from all geographical regions. Entrants can nominate multiple projects, one per category, on an individual basis or as part of a team.
Entries can be submitted from any section of the supply chain (including lighting designers, electrical consultants, architects, installers and commissioning engineers among ot

 
claypakyClaypaky attracts international audience at PLASA Show
Wednesday, 14 September 2022

UK - Claypaky welcomed a large number of industry professionals and practitioners from all over the world to its booth and in the spacious rooms set up in the Henley Suite at PLASA Show 2022.
Alberico D’Amato, Claypaky sales director, said: “PLASA was, as ever, a 'must-attend' event for the British market, which has always been one of the most dynamic and proactive in our industry. However, we were positively surprised by the number of customers from other European countries, and even from Asia, Australia, America and the Middle East. It is a show with an international dimension.”
Claypaky presented all the products it has recently launched on the market, which stand out for their variety, versatility and features. The growing award-winning Xtylos family of laser-source moving heads now includes the Xtylos Aqua, featuring marine-grade C5-M protection, and the Mini Xtylos HPE, which is more energy-efficient than any other beam units made up to now. Claypaky is the only company today able to offer an entire family of laser-engine-based fixtures.
The Volero Batten Aqua is a high-performance IP66 LED moving batten. The Tambora Linear is an advanced line of static LED pixel mapping bars designed for versatile lighting effects and artistic set decoration. The Tambora Flash is the only IP66 hybrid fixture on the market that can act simultaneously as a strobe, wash light and blinder, specifically designed with a modular approach for use in a linear array.
The Sinfonya Profile 600 is a low-noise LED-based unit, conceived and developed exclusively

 
 
production-futuresProduction Futures’ tour opener goes hybrid
Wednesday, 14 September 2022

UK - Having delivered a series of successful live events from 2016 to 2019, Production Futures produced several equally popular online events during the pandemic, and is now set to return to the road in company with industry experts and brand partners, to open more doors of opportunity by engaging directly with young people.
The first Production Futures On Tour event will take place at Production Park, Wakefield on 29 September, and will be live-streamed as part of the Leeds Digital Festival 2022.
Festival director Stuart Clarke comments: “The Leeds Digital Festival was set up to celebrate all things digital and we’re delighted to be working with Production Futures during this year’s event. The Leeds City Region has a fast-growing digital and creative sector which can directly benefit from Production Future’s approach to providing access and opportunity for young people in the events, music, broadcast, film and TV sectors.”
Hannah Eakins, CEO of Production Futures adds: “We are thrilled to be a part of the line-up for Leeds Digital Festival and to have one of our physical events live-streamed for the very first time. It’s the perfect launchpad for us as we begin our autumn tour around the UK, enabling us to share the experience, knowledge and insights of our expert industry partners with the widest possible audience of young people. We look forward to delivering all of our shows as hybrid events in the future.”

 
timaxplasastand-daveandrobinOut Board reports positive PLASA Show
Tuesday, 13 September 2022

UK - Out Board reported a busy PLASA Show (Olympia – 4-6 September 2022), with interest echoing that which its innovative and award-winning spatial audio and stage tracking products have been receiving throughout the year. The company unveiled several significant developments to existing products at PLASA this year, including the new TiMax 600-Series Mac and PC software, with significant augmentation to TimeLine and PanSpace object-based spatialisation functionality, as well as workflow UX enhancements.
With stagetracking now such a vital addition to the spatial audio process, visitors to the stand showed significant interest in the enhancements to TiMax TrackerD4, which has steadfastly become the leading live control system for real-time immersive audio spatialisation on premium live shows and events. New features for refined error correction filtering, which not only enhance the agility and robustness of the system to meet the growing show control demands for spatial audio, but also for lighting and media control, garnered a great deal of interest, capturing the imagination of visitors.
Out Board’s new smart plug-in for the award-winning TiMax Tracker D4 precision stagetracking system, still in its beta testing phase, was also a hit on stand. The plug-in intelligently directs and focuses groups of moving-head light fixtures, and also executes smooth and synchronised handovers between groups of fixtures across multiple tracked objects.
Out Board director, Dave Haydon, comments: "The quality of conversations we’ve had and the inter

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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