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seminar-lsi-pressreleasePLASA Show reveals updated programme
Tuesday, 14 August 2018

UK - PLASA Show, the worldwide event for entertainment technology, is returning to London Olympia on 16-18 September with a whole host of industry leaders and influential brands primed to deliver popular products, inspirational talks and expert training.
The exhibitor list has been rapidly growing with international brands spanning lighting, audio, AV, rigging and staging, and the programme is filling up fast with critical updates, exclusive panels and the latest projects.
In association with LSi, respected lighting designer Rob Halliday and entertainment architects Stufish will present Giudizio Universale - Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel, revealing the technical secrets of this stunning €9m immersive stage show created by Marco Balich, now at the Auditorium Conciliazione in Rome. Having worked on the show, Rob Halliday will discuss the richly pigmented, high-contrast lighting design drew on the style, colour and mood of the iconic paintings.
Another seminar comes in the form of Creating the Tempest. It will see Sarah Ellis from the Royal Shakespeare Company discuss the highly innovative digital technologies used in their recent production which could change the face of theatre.
Holoplot are hosting a session exploring wave field synthesis for 3D sound applications and challenging acoustic environments. Attendees will learn about how this technology can go beyond theory to produce real products and scalable solutions that can cope with harsh acoustic environments.
Back by popular demand is

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Secondary Ticketing - Ticketmaster is closing its secondary ticketing websites Seatwave and Get Me In in a bid to combat touts. The sites, which allow you to offload unwanted tickets, have frequently been exploited by so-called professional sellers who hike up the prices. "We know that fans are tired of seeing others snap up tickets just to resell for a profit on secondary websites, so we have taken action," said Andrew Parsons, head of Ticketmaster UK.
In their place, people will be allowed to sell tickets directly on Ticketmaster, where a simple click will release tickets back into the market. Unlike the current system, users will only be allowed to charge the original price or less - though there will be a 15% surcharge on every ticket to cover booking fees paid by the seller (£7.50 for a ticket that costs £50).
Ticketmaster has also vowed to be transparent about the difference between "new" and resold tickets. When selecting seats for a concert, theatre or sporting event, the seat map will show standard tickets in blue and second-hand tickets in pink.
The decision to shut down Seatwave and Get Me In comes a month after the Irish government backed a bill that would ban the resale of tickets for more than face value. At the same time, the UK's Competition and Markets Authority is conducting an investigation into the secondary market and has said it is considering legal action against the Swiss-based firm Viagogo.
Fresh Claims - The collapsed operator of Peterborough’s Broadway Theatre has been hit with fresh claims that it owes t

digi-saBlue Array adds third DiGiCo desk
Tuesday, 14 August 2018

South Africa - Audio rental company Blue Array Productions has invested in its third DiGiCo console - an SD12.
Blue Array first purchased an SD5 to a ‘great reception’ from the local market. The company then decided to invest in a smaller platform console, purchasing an S31, before recently taking ownership of the SD12.
“Blue Array’s Kobus van Rensburg and Marinus Visser have been wanting an SD12 since the console was launched in 2017,” says Kyle Robson from DWR Distribution, DiGiCo’s distributor for Africa. “We worked with them on costings and they finally decided to push the green button.”
Audio engineer Marinus is a big fan of the DiGiCo platform and needed an SD console that would cater for all his requirements in a lightweight package that would be easy to move around. “Once he had played with the SD12, he was sold,” Robson says. “It does everything he needs it to do and gives him the same audio quality and functionality as the SD5, just lighter.”
Various audio engineers at the company have already put the SD12 to the test. It has been used on a several shows including Seether, a rock band who played at Marks Park in Johannesburg.
“The operation of the SD12 is identical to the SD5, and because Marinus knows the SD5 very well, the new console is a walk in the park for him,” adds Robson. “The footprint of the console is small, and its two screens are a big plus. The build quality is fantastic and the whole feel of the desk is very easy to manoeuvre around.”
(Jim Evans)

screen-shot-2018-08-13-at-120458-pmGuquko launches new website
Tuesday, 14 August 2018

South Africa - Dry hire company Guquko Technical Rider has launched a new website,
The company was established by Phumzile Sibanyoni at the end of 2017 and holds stock of 12 Robe Spiiders, 24 Longman 4 Ups, Prolyte stage decks and other accessories such as cabling.
Sibanyoni comments: “The equipment has been working very hard for us. We were very pleased that our Robe Spiiders and Longman units were used at the Nelson Mandela Annual lecture hosted at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on 17 July. The gear is out most of the weeks and is not gathering dust. That said, it would be great for larger companies to recognize and rent from us to help give us the necessary exposure.”
All gear is also frequently serviced by the local distributor DWR Distribution, including the replacing of globes.
(Jim Evans)

tsl-lighting-invests-in-chroma-q-and-luminexTSL Lighting invests in Chroma-Q and Luminex
Tuesday, 14 August 2018

UK - TSL Lighting has invested in a large number of Chroma-Q LED fixtures and Luminex DMX hubs, supplied by the brands' UK & Eire dealer A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET).
The investment comes less than a month after TSL announced it had finalised the acquisition of corporate and event lighting specialist Blinding Light.
TSL has added to its inventory a large quantity of Chroma-Q Color Force II 72 and Chroma-Q Space Force LED fixtures. AC-ET also supplied TSL with 50 Luminex LumiSplit 2.10 DMX hubs.
Sam Tamplin, managing director of TSL Lighting, comments: “With the recent acquisition of Blinding Light, we needed to make sure we had the right inventory to meet the needs of our customers. The addition of these industry leading fixtures and infrastructure options, will ensure we continue to provide our clients with what we consider to be the best quality equipment available.”
(Jim Evans)

matrix-visitors-aSGM appoints Matrix as Denmark distributor
Tuesday, 14 August 2018

UK - SGM Light has named Matrix as its new distributor for Denmark.
The news follows the recent appointment of Architainment Lighting as the brand’s architectural distributor in the UK.
Peter Johansen, CEO, SGM Light comments: “With Matrix as our new distributor here in Denmark, our customers will experience easier access to SGM’s products, and in general get all the benefits of Matrix’s service package. Our day-to-day focus is definitely targeted the big export markets. However, we also want to accommodate our home market, which will now be able to enjoy SGM demonstrations on several occasions.”
Thomas Christensen, CEO of Matrix, adds: “With the water and dust-resistant products, SGM has a unique market placement, and we are thrilled to be able to add them to our product range. It is also an added bonus to be able to represent a brand that is both Danish and a technological frontrunner.”
(Jim Evans)

giacomo--luigi172202GLP appoints Mods Art as Italian distributor
Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Italy - GLP has appointed Mods Art as its new Italian distributor. The move has been announced by GLP sales executive Sven Heindl and the Italian company’s chairman Dr. Giacomo Laria.
Mods Art’s Alessandro Righi will be a technical representative for the German brand.
Heindl comments: “Mods Art is a dynamic and positive young company and I could see the mood and ambition from the number of visitors attending the booth at MIR. “We look forward to a long and successful future working together with them.”
Laria adds: “We are working to introduce GLP at the top level, which is quite a challenge with so many high-profile lighting manufacturers in Italy.”
Initial reaction, following open days and a presence Music Inside Rimini has been 100% positive, he adds: “The feedback has been excellent and we are highly optimistic.”
Mods Art recently supplied a quantity of X4 Bars to major Italian rental company Agorà for use on the Jovanotti tour, and have several other projects pending.
The Italian company was initially conceived as an audio company in 2010 but has since branched out into the distribution of video and lighting solutions as well as audio. The business is owned and managed by Dr. Larìa and technical director and CEO Luigi Lombardi from its base in Vasto near the Adriatic coast.
(Jim Evans)

nickolas-chapmanGearhouse Group introduces Showcom
Monday, 13 August 2018

South Africa - The Gearhouse Group, a network of companies, branches and divisions that service the event industries, has recently added Showcom to its ranks.
Johannesburg-based Showcom (Pty) Ltd is headed up by Nickolas Chapman and specialises in supplying communication solutions to the events industry, offering a range of wireless, wired or two-way radio communication systems.
The company’s official launch was marked on 1 August. Showcom is based at 18 Lang Street, Bezuidenhout Valley.
(Jim Evans)

brahlerBrähler ICS UK rebrands as BUK Solutions
Monday, 13 August 2018

UK - Cambridge-based conference technology provider Brähler ICS UK has rebranded as BUK Solutions.
The change comes as the company marks 30 years of trading and enters a new phase that incorporates new distribution partnerships and a more diverse range of suppliers. The company is also offering enhanced complementary event services as part of its rental portfolio including consultancy, interpretation and translation. Launched in the late 1980s, Brähler ICS UK operated alongside German parent company Brähler ICS Konferenztechnik AG until 2012. It then became independent but remained a member of the global Brähler ICS Network until recently.
Simon Sainsbury, managing director of BUK Solutions, comments: “The success of our expanded portfolio, which now includes several new non-Brähler products and services, prompted us to redefine our identity in the marketplace and spread the word of our expanded capability in delivering custom solutions for the events and conferences market. With a wide range of event experience, from inter-governmental and global corporate conferences to elite premier league football clubs, BUK Solutions delivers both in the UK and internationally.”
He adds: “It felt appropriate to launch our new name and logo in our 30th year, giving us the opportunity to celebrate our heritage and achievements. Naturally, we will continue to provide the first-rate services that our clients have come to expect from our dedicated team of professionals.”
BUK Solutions has successfully provided AV technology for numerous majo

uknew-distribarchitainmentSGM UK names architectural distributor
Monday, 13 August 2018

UK - SGM Light has bolstered its relationship with Architainment Lighting by making the High Wycombe company the official architectural distributor for the Danish brand in the UK.
The deal means Architeinment Lighting will represent SGM Light's IP66-rated POI (Permanent Outdoor Installations) luminaires.
Ian Kirby, MD at SGM UK, comments: “SGM is a forerunner in launching new technology in Entertainment lighting and is focused on high-quality IP65/66-rated LED luminaires. SGM have also been developing an Architectural version of its luminaire range and we have been in discussion with Architainment for some time with a view to Nic and his team including the architectural range in their portfolio.”
Peter Johansen, CEO, SGM Light, adds: “I am pleased to announce that our discussions have been successful and Architainment have now been appointed our exclusive distributor for the SGM architectural range of products in the UK. We are confident this partnership will further establish the architectural product range that SGM offer in the UK marketplace.”
Architainment Lighting MD Nic Tolkien, says: “Architainment Lighting is proud to be the architectural distributor for the SGM brand in the UK. SGM provides a unique entertainment focused product range, perfectly suitable for architectural applications, which means we can offer our clients the best of both worlds.”
Architainment Lighting will be manning the SGM booth at the upcoming Darc Room expo in London on 19-20 September.

steven-hancock-coo--co-founder-of-melodyvr-and-ian-congdon-head-of-aren-1NEC Group offers virtual access to live events
Friday, 10 August 2018

UK - Virtual reality (VR) specialist MelodyVR is working with the NEC Group Arenas to offer virtual access to live events in its venues.
Concertgoers will be able to access a selection of live events held at the Genting Arena and Arena Birmingham venues, using the power of virtual reality technology, including performances from chart toppers Royal Blood, The Script and UB40 Feat. Ali, Astro & Mickey.
Over the coming months, MelodyVR will also live stream real-time concerts via VR and offer virtual tickets to sold-out shows with the biggest artists, enabling an unlimited number of fans to attend in-demand concerts around the globe.
The concerts, as well as virtual tickets, will be available to purchase via the MelodyVR app, on Oculus Go or Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headsets (with more platforms coming soon). Information on upcoming shows will also be promoted on selected event pages on The Ticket Factory website - the official box office for the NEC Group Arenas.
Those who are unable to attend arena events in person, can transport themselves to the heart of the action through the power of VR and the MelodyVR app, says the company. By selecting different ‘Jump Spots’, MelodyVR users can choose to be in the front row, deep in the crowd, or up-close-and-personal with the band on stage.
Ian Congdon, head of NEC Group arena sales, comments: “VR is transforming the concert experience and shifting how fans can consume music, so it’s fantastic to partner with MelodyVR as pioneers in this field. Their usage of exciting featur

elitlogoElit to distribute Clair Brothers in Turkey
Thursday, 9 August 2018

Turkey - Clair Brothers has named Elit Light / Sound Technologies as its distributor in Turkey.
The Istanbul company will sell and distribute the kiTCurve and C-Series loudspeakers as well as other Clair Brothers products such as the 1AM and 1.5AM Series stage monitors, the stackable S2 PA System, and more.
Elit MD Emre Defne comments: “We’re so proud to now be the Turkish partner of Clair Brothers because they give us a renewed ability to build on our mission to be the best live event brand in Turkey.”
Josh Sadd, Clair Brothers chief engineer, adds: “We are happy to have Elit on board with us and look forward to making more contributions to Turkey’s vibrant culture of interesting venues and events. The Elit team brings experience and enthusiasm that will certainly make the future of Clair Brothers in Turkey bright.”
Defne continues: “With Clair Brothers unique waveguide technology, we can offer customised products for tailor-made solutions for arenas and concert halls. Because of the waveguides, we’re able to find a custom solution with one speaker for a single project. It’s quite amazing. And with different cabinet colour and front grille options, tailoring to a specific project can be even more special.”
Besides Clair Brothers, Elit’s distribution portfolio includes the likes of Alcons Audio, DPA Microphones, Waves and AVID.
(Jim Evans)

magicGLP lights magicians’ showdown
Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Germany - The Ehrlich Brothers have become among the best-known magicians and illusionists in the world. Their trademarks include trucks weighing several tons emerging from nowhere, trees growing in a matter of seconds, and almost everything disappearing from the stage during the course of a show - and then reappearing, as if by magic.
In mid-July, the two brothers added further superlatives when they guested for three days in the Stuttgart Porsche Arena. First of all, there was the Showdown of the World's Best Magicians, with selected guests appearing on the first two evenings, presented by RTL. Finally, on the third evening, the Ehrlich Brothers presented their new show Magic Worlds.
Working alongside Ehrlich Entertainment GmbH, were the Production Resource Group (PRG), who provided rigging, lighting, video and media technology, Schiffer & Faber for decoration construction, TopVision for image technology, PMT for camera systems and mo2 design were also on board. Their team, led by lighting designer Manfred 'Ollie' Olma and project manager Matthias Allhoff, took care of the adaptation of the tour production for television, taking over all tenders and planning, as well as the creation of media content and media and lighting design.
The Ehrlich Brothers’ already gigantic tour set-up was increased again in Stuttgart.
On the lighting side, the mo2 team planned their design around 1,190 GLP fixtures, including 826 GLP impression X4 Bars, 108 GLP impression X4 wash lights and 66 GLP GT-1 hybrid moving lights alone, plus 32 more

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Spatial Audio - The Audio Engineering Society (AES) is set to stage the second International Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality on 20-22 August at the DigiPen Institute of Technology, Redmond, WA. The conference and exhibition will bring together a community of influential research scientists, engineers, VR and AR developers, and content creators.
The three-day conference and expo will focus on the dissemination of top-level research in the field of spatial audio for virtual and augmented reality, with demonstrations and discussions focused on technical solutions and recommended practices. Leading researchers, practitioners and industry luminaries will offer panel discussions, tutorials, and workshops on new and forthcoming technologies.
The keynote presenters are Jean-Marc Jot, distinguished fellow, Magic Leap; Ivan Tashev, partner architect, Microsoft Research Labs Redmond; and Ravish Mehra, lead research scientist, Facebook Reality Labs. Tashev comments: “Audio and video are integral components of AR/VR devices. Spatial audio is an area still under development; we need better capture, representation and rendering technologies. To make it mainstream, we have to catch up with authoring and editing tools as well.”
All Summer Long - California comes to Cropredy. Headlining Fairport Convention’s Cropredy Festival this week will be Beach Boy Brian Wilson who will perform the albumPet Sounds in its entirety. Rolling Stone called Pet Sounds: 50th Anniversary Tour one of the “greatest” tours of 2

th-shortlist-touseKOI reveals Theatre shortlist
Tuesday, 7 August 2018

UK - The Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI), which celebrate international video and lighting designers for their creative work in the UK, has revealed the Theatre shortlist for 2018.
An expert panel of judges, all of whom have years of experience reviewing theatre, opera and dance, have watched countless productions over the last year and distilled the best of the best into the shortlist. The panel is made up of The Dancing Times critic, Zoë Anderson; The Guardian's leading theatre critic, Michael Billington; opera critic for The Stage and Opera Magazine George Hall; chief dance critic for The Stage, Neil Norman; co-founder of Exeunt, Natasha Tripney; and opera editor for Whatsonstage, Mark Valencia; led by broadcaster David Benedict, chair of the Theatre judging panel.

KOI Awards 2018 Theatre Shortlist

Projection Design, sponsored by PRG XL Video:
CHOU Tung-yen for Formosa, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Sadler's Wells
Luke Halls for The Lehman Trilogy, National Theatre
Paulina Jurzec for Mamzer Bastard, Royal Opera at Hackney Empire
Dance, sponsored by ETC:
Jean Kalman for Life is a Dream, Rambert
David Plater for The Suit, Ballet Black
Jackie Shemesh for Goat, Rambert

Plays, sponsored by ADB:
Jon Clark for The Inheritance, Young Vic
Lee Curran for Summer and Smoke, Almeida Theatre
Jack Knowles for Barber Shop Chronicles, National The

aldALD launches Michael Northen Awards 2018
Tuesday, 7 August 2018

UK - The Association of Lighting Designers’ annual Michael Northen Awards launched this week. The awards are an opportunity for students just leaving their college or university course to gain practical skills and experience in creating a portfolio which sells their design ideas.
Entry is now open, and all submissions must be received before midnight on the closing date: Wednesday 31 October.
Johanna Town, chair of the ALD, comments: “What better accolade with which to enter the industry than with a lighting design award? The Michael Northen Bursary scheme (MNB) is a great aide to developing a lighting designer’s abilities in communication. To be able to sell your ideas and passions for a design to other industry leaders, is as important a skill, maybe even more so, as the design itself. For this reason, this particular award entry is so important to a designer’s future.”
Jess Bernberg won last year’s Francis Reid Award, which is one award within the MNB scheme. She says: “The MNB is a fantastic opportunity for recognition and exposure for a collection of work. Often once a show has closed, its legacy can be slightly lost, save a few production shots and reviews, so to have a panel of top lighting designers look into your process for its creation it is highly valuable. The ability to create a portfolio is a vital skill so often overlooked or forgotten, but hugely important to the way we make theatre.”
Again this year, a total of four awards will be presented under the Michael Northen Bursary (MNB). All students with an interest

nwrs-2018-1New World Rigging Symposium 2019 dates set
Monday, 6 August 2018

USA - ESTA and USITT have announced that the second New World Rigging Symposium is taking place 19-20 March 2019 in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo 2019 in Louisville.
Symposium attendees will receive free show floor passes to the USITT Stage Expo opening on 21 March as well as a discount on the conference registration.
The event will provide an opportunity for riggers and those interested in the live entertainment rigging industry to network, discuss current issues and new technologies, and help shape the future of the industry.
In 10 sessions over two days, participants will be given a range of opportunities to further their technical knowledge, keep up to date with codes and standards, increase their understanding of structural issues, and learn about the challenges of working as a rigger in other segments of the entertainment industry. The symposium will carry ETCP education renewal credits for re-certification.
The event will also include multiple opportunities for attendees to network over morning coffee breaks, lunch, and evening cocktails.
Contact to be notified when registration opens or to enquire about sponsorship opportunities.
(Jim Evans)

martinaudiosamasound-largeMartin Audio appoints Korean distributor
Monday, 6 August 2018

Korea - Martin Audio has appointed Seoul-based Sama Sound as its new Korean distributor.
Established in 1969, Sama Sound represents many major pro audio brands in the region, including Allen & Heath, Genelec, HK Audio and Shure.
Sama Sound president, Jason Inn, comments: “Having looked carefully for opportunities to expand our product portfolio, we believe that with the addition of Martin Audio, we can now comprehensively service the market and grow together, increasing market share by developing synergy with our current partners. We are extremely excited about the new journey.”
Martin Audio’s APAC account manager, Andy Duffield, adds: “Sama Sound has enjoyed great success over many years in the Korean market, both in rental / touring and the wider installation market. With Martin Audio’s proactive product strategy generating above industry growth in APAC both in 2017 and year-to-date, we felt the time was right for a change in our distribution to ensure success across all vertical markets.
“We were impressed by the professionalism, attention to detail and commitment to the brand shown by the team at Sama Sound. This, plus their highly proactive and connected approach to the market, made the choice easy for us. We are thrilled at the prospects of working with Sama Sound in the years ahead.”
To promote the brand, Sama Sound is planning a series of marketing events, ‘Experiencing Martin Audio’. The first event will be held on 21 August at the Seoul Olympic Park, Olympic Hall, where the MLA loudsp

cielo-evolucaoMaxi adds first DiGiCo SD12 in Brazil
Friday, 3 August 2018

Brazil - Brazilian AV company Maxi has purchased DiGiCo's SD12 desk. The company’s association with the digital mixing desk manufacturer dates back to 2012 and the purchase of the SD10.
“In 2012, DiGiCo was already dominant in the world market, but still had very few users in Brazil,” says Maxi’s executive director, José Augusto Martins. “We believed the brand had the same innovative and modern appeal that we have and intend to maintain, which is why we made the original investment. We’ve now added the SD12 because it’s a console that has all the great features from the previous DiGiCo consoles, but in a more compact package. I thought this was a brilliant combination.”
And for Maxi, size definitely matters. “We can use the SD12 anywhere from corporate events to concerts, you name it,” José continues. The quality is excellent, it’s quick and easy to use and the two screens make it an ideal monitor console. The new LED meters guarantee faster operation, and the built-in recording interface makes life easier during sound-checks. And, most importantly, our clients love it.”
Providing training is part of Maxi’s ongoing commitment to its staff and customers, with the company able to provide a dedicated training area in its warehouse, where manufactures can offer free courses, not just for the Maxi team, but for freelance technicians.
“We really believe in enabling and developing people,” says José. “The more trained technicians we have that can operate the DiGiCo consoles, the better it is.”
With 25 yea

backupkartfestwinnersBackup’s Kart-Fest 2018 raises £23,500
Thursday, 2 August 2018

UK - Technical entertainment charity Backup collected a record amount of donations at its annual karting challenge held in July.
Kart-Fest 2018 raised £23,500 in donations - the biggest total for any Backup fund-raising event yet, and £2,500 more than in 2017.
Held during the first Wimbledon fortnight, Kart-Fest 2018 was themed around the tennis tournament and saw racers from 33 teams don big hair, sweatbands, tennis skirts and dubious prosthetics.
Backup trustee and event organiser Lee Dennison says: "It can be hard getting everyone together in this industry, as we’re all so constantly busy. But on the day, it felt effortless, and we were so pleased that 33 teams representing all areas participated. Rivalries stayed on the track and a common shared 'want' to support our charity and help our family out became the focus of the day."
In first place were The Really Useful Group and their team Phantom Racers 2, in second place were 2017 winners Production Park and in third place, were team DiGiCo. Winners of the Pit Stop Challenge were team Imagination, Media Lease’s ‘Fastest Lap’ went to ‘Flareton Senna’s’ Graham Combes, the dubious honour of winning headline sponsor Chauvet’s Slowest Lap went to the Royal Albert Hall’s Ollie Jeffrey and winner of the Chauvet Surf’s Up Challenge for who could stay on a mechanical surfboard the longest was Jed Bason of Unusual Rigging.
Dennison adds: “A massive thank you to everyone that came to Kart-Fest and to our sponsors Chauvet Professional, Unusual, Creative Technolog

ma-adv-01DWR to host advanced grandMA2 training
Wednesday, 1 August 2018

South Africa - DWR Distribution will host a grandMA2 training course this month.
Presented by Jannie de Jager from DWR Distribution, the grandMA2 Advanced Training will be held on 16-17 August from 9am to 5pm in DWR’s Johannesburg office. The cost is R2,550 per person and includes lunch and refreshments. Delegates are requested to supply their own grandMA2 console and laptop for the MA 3D Visualiser.
After completing the training, participants should be able to programme and operate mid to large-scale productions using advanced techniques including building macros, timecode programming, advanced effects, XYZ programming, moving data between shows and building custom fixtures.
The training takes place at DWR Distribution, Block C, Unit 1, Kimbult Industrial Park, 9 Zeiss Road, LaserPark, Honeydew.
To book your place, please visit the DWR Distribution website.
(Jim Evans)

bt-dancer-1BlackTrax appoints distributor for South East Asia
Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Malaysia - CAST BlackTrax has appointed Acoustic & Lighting System (A&L) as its South East Asia distributor.
A&L serves the local market as well as Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand through a network of nine offices and 200+ staff. It already represents Avolites, Claypaky, disguise and Luminex among others.
Andrew Gordon, BlackTrax director of business development, comments: “BlackTrax has already executed over 9,000 events around the world, but we continue to look for strategic opportunities to grow the business, and the South East Asia market represents a considerable market potential. A&L is the ideal team to help us establish a strong presence in the region. Their extensive experience, technical expertise and commitment to customer support represent what we strive for in a partnership.”
Eugene Yeo, general manager of Acoustic & Lighting, adds: “We work extensively in creating lighting and video for major live events, and it has become clear to us that BlackTrax will be a very valuable complement to what we can offer our customers, helping us provide them with a more complete solution. BlackTrax has become famous for its ability to support the creation of truly amazing shows - such as new product launches, spectaculars, visitor attractions, grand openings and so on – and that’s what our customers are looking for.”
A&L has already taken delivery of BlackTrax demonstration equipment and is receiving training from a BlackTrax local support team.
(Jim Evans)

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Off Air - The broadcasting regulator Ofcom has scrapped the roll-out of further local TV channels across the UK. More than 30 local TV stations have been set up since 2013, but some have faced financial difficulties and have struggled to attract an audience. Ofcom has now halted plans to seek people to run new channels in 13 areas.
The regulator said it had taken the decision in light of "the significant financial challenges that the local TV sector is facing". Continuing with the plans for the new channels would, Ofcom says, "have an adverse impact on the economic viability of the local TV sector."
Licences will now not be advertised for Bangor (Wales), Barnstaple, Bromsgrove, Derry Londonderry, Forth Valley, Gloucester, Inverness, Kidderminster, Limavady, Luton, Plymouth, Stoke-on-Trent and Stratford-upon-Avon. Local TV was launched in the UK under a plan laid out in 2011 by then culture secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Fringe Payments - Edinburgh venue Summerhall has abolished zero-hour contracts for all its full-time workers, after signing a voluntary agreement with trade union Unite. Unite will also run weekly Know Your Rights drop in sessions at Summerhall’s Courtyard, where all workers at the fringe or other Edinburgh festivals can seek advice on their employment rights. The agreement with Unite will see all hourly paid full-time fringe staff given minimum contracts of 30 hours per week. Bespoke minimum hours contracts for all staff will follow.
Summerhall general manager Sam Gough says: “We are delighted to be recognised for th

vectorworksVectorworks training in Johannesburg
Tuesday, 31 July 2018

South Africa - DWR Distribution has announced details for its annual Vectorworks Training presented by Francois van der Merwe in September at DWR Distribution in Johannesburg.
Basic training will be held on 17 September and will cover the fundamentals of Vectorworks, Layouts, Palettes, Basic Tools, Classes and Layers. The cost for this one-day training session is R850.
Intermediate Training will be held on 18 & 19 September, with a focus Preferences, Basic Spotlight, Basic Renderworks and Intermediate Tools. The cost is R1 700.00.
Advanced Users are invited for training on the 20-21 September. The course will cover Working Planes, Advanced Modelling and Advanced Renderworks. The cost is R1 700.
Training will be held every day from 9am to 5pm and will be hosted at DWR Distribution, Block C, Unit1, Kimbult Industrial Park, 9 Zeiss Road, Laserpark, Honeydew.
Bookings can be made online on DWR Distribution’s website.
(Jim Evans)


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