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blitz-a-ges-company-announces-strategic-alliance-with-glisserBlitz and Glisser in strategic alliance
Wednesday, 19 September 2018

UK - Blitz, the technical event production arm of global events company GES, has announced a strategic alliance with audience engagement and event analytics platform Glisser.
This agreement will see Glisser’s audience engagement and analytics solution delivered and managed by Blitz’s in-house team of technical experts. Blitz has a longstanding reputation for technical innovation and has already successfully deployed Glisser’s complete audience participation platform - including live slide sharing, integrated live polling, audience Q&A, and social media walls - for a number of high profile customers. 
Mike Piddock, Glisser’s founder and CEO, comments: “We’ve worked with the Blitz team at numerous events since we launched three years ago, and have always been impressed with both their professionalism and appreciation of the role of technology. It’s great to be able to cement those working relationships into something bigger and more strategic.”
Graham Pope, group commercial director, Blitz, adds: “Our technical production experts are true ‘event tech’ pioneers and we are delighted to add Glisser’s impressive capabilities to our customer offer. Driving audience engagement is central to the ambitions of our clients and we are excited to work with a partner that will help us bring even more dynamism to the live event experience.”
(Jim Evans)

vectorworks-trainig-at-dwr-in-september-2018DWR appointed Vectorworks distributor
Wednesday, 19 September 2018

South Africa - Global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks has announced that DWR Distribution has been appointed an official distributor for Vectorworks Spotlight, Braceworks and Vision software in South Africa.
The agreement will also facilitate greater technical and sales support with direct access to the team at Vectorworks.
Tara Grant, director of channel operations at Vectorworks, comments: “DWR has demonstrated a strong commitment to Vectorworks and has deep roots in the entertainment industry, and it was a natural progression to have them officially join the Vectorworks family as a distributor. As the demand for our solutions grows and Vectorworks continues to expand, we are looking for strong distribution partners like DWR to provide local support in markets around the world.”
Duncan Riley, owner of DWR Distribution, adds: “It’s an honour to be able to distribute a brand like Vectorworks, and we are very excited about the partnership. We see Vectorworks as a 360° entertainment design solution for the country, providing professionals and students with a tool that will make their lives easier.”
DWR’s Dylan Jones, who will manage all Vectorworks sales and support, says: “It’s exciting to be working directly with the Vectorworks team. We are looking forward to providing educational and network licenses to the industry. The training Vectorworks provides their distributors has already helped us improve the quality of our technical support, and with direct access to their order process, we are now able t

award-image-to-useWinners of 2018 PLASA Awards for Innovation revealed
Tuesday, 18 September 2018

UK - The PLASA Awards for Innovation, organised in collaboration with LSi magazine, took place at the end of a buzzing Monday at this year’s PLASA Show. The Awards recognise and reward pioneering product designs and the people behind them, and are highly regarded as they are independently judged by a team of industry experts.
This year saw 47 entries vying for the respected Awards, with the judges selecting eight winners and one Gold Award winner. 
The winners, along with the judges comments, are:
TMB for ProPlex IQ Tester
“The ProPlex is a data tool-kit that every technician should have, supported by a clear roadmap for future development and a really good price.”
Bose for EdgeMax
“The EdgeMax is a product which edges out the competition to flood the room with sound. The HF waveguide was particularly innovative, and the product will have a significant impact on the design of audio systems in buildings.”
ETC for Relevé Spot
“The Relevé is a moving LED light with some professional features at an attractive price. It was commended for its fast calibration and resetting as well as the modular nature of the electronics making it easy for non-technical people to maintain the fixture.”
Robert Juliat for SPOTME
“The approach Robert Juliat have taken to followspot tracking using an open protocol to provide position data to not just lighting but also audio or video systems. Being a bolt-on unit rather than a replacement device was also notable.”
Artistic Li

ma-trainingDWR schedules grandMA2 training
Tuesday, 18 September 2018

South Africa - DWR Distribution has announced the grandMA2 Beginner to Intermediate Training, an intensive three-day course to be hosted from 10 to 12 October 2018.
Presented by Jannie de Jager, a range of topics will be discussed from patching and fixture editing to tracking and cue list management.
Delegates are requested to supply their own grandMA2 console and laptop for the MA 3D Visualizer.
The cost is R2 550 and includes refreshments and lunch. The course will be hosted at DWR Distribution, Block C, Unit 1, Kimbult Industrial Park, 9 Zeiss Street, Laserpark, Honeydew.
Bookings should be made on-line at
(Jim Evans)

bass-mechanicsBass Mechanics extends L-Acoustics systems
Tuesday, 18 September 2018

South Africa - As the technical supplier to most international Bollywood productions performing in South Africa, rental company Bass Mechanics have invested in additional L-Acoustics equipment to complement their existing systems. Besides new LA8 and LA12X amplified controllers, they have also purchased KS28, ARCS Wide and ARCS Focus from local distributor DWR Distribution.
What started off as a mobile disco company run by 16-year-old Sushil Patidar in 1997, has grown as he has persistently invested back into his company to offer professional gear and service to the entertainment industry.
“I was in standard seven (grade 9) when I started,” Sushil recalls. “We were all turning 16, so my friends were having birthday parties.” Before long he was doing his friends’ 18th birthday parties, 21sts and so it continued with him making a name in Lenasia, the neighbourhood where he grew up.
Word of mouth had Sushil keeping crowds on the dance floor, and he completed an Audio Engineering Course and worked a stint at another rental company. His real break into the corporate realm came in 2004 when he was asked to be the service provider at a Bridal Fair in Lenasia, by his now wife Dimple Patidar. “That’s when we took the step to invest a decent amount of money into professional equipment and from there on it grew.”
At the time, Duncan Riley from DWR Distribution worked at Electrosonic, and Sushil purchased Martin moving head spots from him. JBL SRX 700s were supplied by Wild and Marr.
Today, Bass Mechanics do ninety percent of interna

clarie-middletonFirst Rose Bruford College degrees awarded
Monday, 17 September 2018

UK - History was made when the first ever Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance degrees were awarded at a graduation ceremony in The Rose Theatre, Sidcup on Friday 14 September 2018.
The College, whose alumni include Gary Oldman, David Ajao and Hayley Squires, can award their own degrees following the granting of Taught Degree Awarding Powers by Her Majesty’s Privy Council in January 2017.
Addressing graduating students and guests, including the Rt. Hon. James Brokenshire, MP and the Mayor of Bexley, Cllr. Brian Bishop, Rose Bruford College Principal Clarie Middleton said:
“I would like to offer my congratulations to all our graduating students on this historic occasion. It marks the first steps of a strategic development plan, which will enhance our position as a leader in the theatre, event and performance higher education and training sector. Part of this planning is for the College to achieve full university status within the next few years.”
The honour of receiving the first degree was bestowed upon BA (Hons) Costume Production student Rebekah Greenwood, who designed the College’s jacquard motif following consultation with students, staff and alumni.
The design, which includes references to the College’s founder Rose Bruford, and the College’s association with Lamorbey House since 1950, was embroidered into the hood of the jacquard.
The academic dress colours of green and violet reflect the colours of the suffragette movement, which had strong links to Sidcup, particularly through Dame Ethel Smyth.

cuc-masterclassMartin Audio reinforces CUC masterclass
Monday, 17 September 2018

China - Budee’s recent sponsorship of the 15th annual Communication University of China Sound School (CUC) Recording Masterclass was a major success.
The event has grown to become one of the biggest in China for those in the recording industry and Martin Audio’s Chinese distributor, who were sponsoring it for the first time, ensured the British manufacturer had a good presence at the event, fielding stacked pairs of DD12 and PRX subwoofers on either side of the stage in the CUC auditorium on the opening day. Proceedings then relocated to the live house/performance space on the university campus in Beijing.
CUC has a reputation as one of the top institutions in the field of information communication and has a pivotal position in the Chinese recording art education sector. Its Masterclass event started in 2001 as an informal gathering of foreign experts with Chinese professors and leaders in the recording industry, eager to build knowledge through lectures and workshops. Annually it has become the most influential and important event of its kind in the Chinese recording industry.
In fielding industry-leading pro audio recording and playback tools, Budee favoured the Martin Audio Differential Dispersion technology. “We chose DD12 for the auditorium because we found it needed a little more fill to cover the entire venue and it served as a very easy, very quick solution that we could implement right away and then remove after the first day,” stated Budee’s manager, business communications & development dept, Brandon Chemers.

britrowBritannia Row and Clair Global add Rivage
Monday, 17 September 2018

UK/USA - The success of Yamaha’s Rivage family of digital mixing systems continues, with two of the best known names in live music production - Britannia Row Productions and Clair Global - respectively investing in pairs of Rivage PM7 and PM10 digital mixing systems.
Britannia Row has invested in two Rivage PM7s, one of which has been installed at the monitor position in London’s iconic Roundhouse venue, with the other scheduled to join it at Front of House in the coming months.
“In our view too many house systems remain the same for years, so we regularly update all aspects of the Roundhouse system. Keeping the system current keeps the venue current,” says Britannia Row’s Mike Lowe. “We know there will be bands coming in in the autumn and early 2019 who want us to supply PM7s. It also benefits the large amount of engineers that work in the Roundhouse every year to have hands-on experience with the most contemporary systems. All-in-all, this was the right time to make the investment.”
Britannia Row Productions is committed to providing artists and engineers with the best equipment, so the company has always had Yamaha digital consoles of all sizes in its inventory. It has chosen to put a PM7 on monitors in the Roundhouse because many monitor engineers are familiar with the ubiquitous Yamaha PM5D.
“The investment in Yamaha products has always been good for us and, in our opinion, Rivage PM7 and PM10 are the best sounding consoles that the company has produced to date. We have always enjoyed the legendary reliability, consistency

dmxking-showcaseLexair brings DMXking to Australia
Monday, 17 September 2018

Australia - Lexair Entertainment has become the Australian distributor for DMXking, a New Zealand company that focuses solely on DMX512 products.
Tony Lukeman, product manager at Lexair, comments: “We first used DMXking products for LED pixel control projects as a solution with Green Hippo Media Servers. The LeDMX4 Pro drivers which each have the capacity to run up to 8,160 RGB pixels or 16 universes of DMX over ArtNet or sACN are an ideal way to harness some of the hundreds of universes available per server with Hippo V4’s pixel mapper. We have been really impressed at how versatile and intuitive the DMXking network configuration software is and we’ve barely scratched the surface of what they’re capable of.”
DMXking MD Jason Kyle adds: “For many years we’ve wanted an Australian distributor but have never found the right company. I’m very pleased that Lexair approached us and I look forward to a productive relationship."

press-release-day2websafePLASA Show Day Two: On the cutting edge of tech
Monday, 17 September 2018

UK - Innovative technology and insightful seminars have been the highlights on Day One at the PLASA Show, with exhibitors wowing visitors with new technologies and stylish solutions.
After revealing its new stand concept, Platinum Sponsor Robe continues to showcase its latest lighting fixtures in a show-stopping stand production featuring a dance troupe, rain, fire and a mysterious cave, all visible from the Gallery Level. “We decided to create a ‘Lost World’ trilogy for three trade shows,” explains design duo Nathan Wan and Andy Webb. “We drew inspiration from Tomb Raider, Indiana Jones and the Goonies, creating an epic fire VS water battle. We always go big and this year sees a 22m wide rain feature.”
Stand aesthetics have led the way for Yamaha, too. Chris Irvine, Yamaha’s product manager, says: “This year we took a new approach which has had a great reaction. Rather than bringing loads of gear, we built an aesthetically-pleasing stand and chose a few key products - the legacy PM5D digital mixing console which is out of production, and the modern, cutting-edge PM7. This has allowed us to engage with visitors regarding which products they have used over the years.”
Debuting at PLASA for the first time are Epson with their PLASA Award for Innovation-nominated EB-L1755U projector, which has already proved itself as a show-stopper. Sharon Head, sales manager for Epson, says: “I’ve been delighted by our first time at PLASA Show - it has exceeded expectations. Footfall came quick and fast and we’ve met interesting new potentia

koinew1Knight of Illumination 2018 winners announced
Monday, 17 September 2018

UK - The leading lights of the entertainment production industry descended on London's Eventim Apollo on Sunday night, where the winners of the 2018 Knight of Illumination Awards were announced.
A record number of people attended the glittering ceremony this year, which brings together entertainment technology professionals from around the world. The Knight of Illumination Awards celebrate the achievements of lighting and video designers working in the fields of theatre, television and concert touring & events.
This, the eleventh Knight of Illumination Awards, saw more nominations than ever before, with the winners in each category chosen by a wholly independent panel of judges, all experts in their respective sectors.
The winners of the 2018 Knight of Illumination Awards are as follows:


img3976PLASA Show returns to Olympia with a buzz
Sunday, 16 September 2018

UK - The 41st edition of PLASA Show - the worldwide event for live entertainment technologies (16-18 September) - opened the doors of London Olympia this morning along with Platinum Sponsor Robe, Silver Sponsor Infinity and Hawthorn as Technical Sponsor. The atmosphere is tangible as exhibitors and visitors waste no time in browsing new products and discussing industry trends.
200+ brands are present representing each sector across the live events and entertainment spectrum, and the seminar programme is brimming with expert sessions and enlivening talks. Plus, the all new Hands-on Rigging Area and Rigging Theatre are welcoming both aspirational and seasoned riggers.
“After months of hard work, the team and I are excited to see PLASA Show 2018 in action”, says PLASA managing director Peter Heath. “Many of our industry’s leading brands are here with their iconic products and fresh launches, and our programme, delivered by hand-picked professionals, will enthral a wider audience than ever before. Whatever you’re into, you’ll find it at PLASA Show 2018.”
The show has already seen several UK debuts and revealed brand new products, including the hotly anticipated SuperSpikie from Robe - the bigger, brighter, bolder version of Spikie. This versatile product, ideal for stage, set or studio, is dazzling visitors with its rich colour, powerful zoom and additional rotating gobo feature. Following on from last year’s popular ‘mirror man’ performance, Robe’s 2018 stand offers an exclusive viewing platform, creating a unique way to experie

data-strategyWL’s Data Strategy QC-Check integrated with inspHire
Friday, 14 September 2018

UK - Data Strategy has reported that the first QC-Check workstation delivered to White Light (WL), incorporating the Out Board PAT-4 tester, is now fully employed in testing distros, power cables and electrical appliances. Furthermore, integration with inspHire, WL’s comprehensive rental software, has been completed providing a live update of the hire stock’s status. The deal between White Light and Data Strategy was announced earlier this year.
Delivered in June, White Light received the first Data Strategy ‘660’ QC-Check workstation, incorporating the new configuration built for Data Strategy by long-standing partner, Datchet-based SES. The single bay ‘660’ is named for its width and provides significantly more room for test connectors whilst retaining the mobility of a 19” rack format. When Power-Check (the QC-Check distro testing module) is added to the package the 660 workstation provides the ideal solution to a hire company’s Power Department test requirements.
A second notable announcement is the availability of an update for the QC-Check application that adds a significant new feature - multiple ‘inspection sets’. This enhancement to the EUT (Equipment Under Test) test definitions allows QC-Check to intelligently schedule the testing of equipment by defining additional sets of inspection parameters. Additional inspection sets can be added to an existing test definition to provide a different set of inspection requirements with different periods of occurrence.
An EUT, for example, might require an electrical inspection on

pmbs-generatorPinewood MBS Lighting delivers location power
Friday, 14 September 2018

UK - As part of an on-going company-wide investment programme, Pinewood MBS Lighting has expanded its range of location services with delivery of a collection of new mobile generator units.
Forming part of the company’s transport fleet expansion, the super silent units use the very latest acoustic design and technology making them the quietest generators in the market.
This first consignment of 250kW sets are mounted on the latest Euro 6 emission compliant chassis, custom built to feature substantial equipment compartments, compatibility with PMBS customisable rolling equipment racks and 1500kg capacity 1.8m tail lifts.
The 250kW output is easily switchable between three and single phase. For added flexibility, each generator set can be fully synchronised, allowing for load sharing or instant seamless power change over for back up. Distribution via Powerlock two 400A 3ph, three 400A 1ph outlets with RCD protection ensures safe, reliable operation, whilst convenient remote monitoring and control is available using the latest ComAp InteliGen controllers.
The 1,200 litre fuel capacity delivers operational benefits through improved running times with reduced fuelling costs. For extra convenience, on-board tracking provides live updates for precision control over vehicle movement and scheduling.
Commenting on the delivery, Pinewood MBS managing director Darren Smith says: “This initial delivery is the first in our new line of custom built, intelligent generator sets. Mobile power is an essential part of our location service and these n

hog4White Light named master dealer for Hog 4
Friday, 14 September 2018

UK - White Light has been appointed as one of a group of ‘master dealers’ in the UK for the High End Systems’ Hog 4 family of products.
The full range includes Hog 4, Full Boar 4 and Road Hog 4, and smaller lightweight consoles,Hoglet 4 and HedgeHog 4. All products comprise of matching intuitive and powerful operating system software for seamless compatibility and control.
WL’s Stuart Porter, comments: “Having worked as a freelance programmer in the entertainment industry for many years, I am impressed by how the Hog 4 Family Software has continued to move forward. This is a great time for me to join WL as their dedicated Hog Product Manager and reinforce WL’s dedication to this product.”
Associate regional sales manager Jeremy Roberts, states: “It is great to have WL as a ‘master dealer’ for the Hog4 Console line and particularly to have such a well-respected programmer as Stuart joining the team. We are looking forward to sharing the features and benefits of the Hog 4 console line with the many new users lining up to use the range.”
WL and ETC will be hosting a series of training days which will provide a hands-on approach guiding users on how to use the products to their full potential. Specialists will be on hand to share the latest technical information and tips for users.
The training days will take place on 26 & 27 September, 24 & 25 October and 12 & 13 November 2018 - all at ETC Park Royal.
To register visit:

paul-bates-founder-bates-boxBates Box celebrates first six months
Wednesday, 12 September 2018

UK - Burnley-based portable power distribution equipment supplier Bates Box is marking the first six months of trading and its latest order for one of its bespoke and innovative power distribution boxes.
Entertainment industry specialists Nitelites ordered a tailor-made power distribution box to be used for a variety of indoor and outdoor applications.
Bates Box offers a lightweight and efficient power distribution solution for a variety of applications across many sectors, including TV & film, catering, theatre and construction. Their weather resistant and stackable boxes can provide a multitude of outlets in a single unit, made from recycled material.
Paul Bates, Bates Box founder, comments: “It’s been a fantastic six months for the business and we’re seeing great demand for Bates Boxes in a variety of sectors including, events, automotive, TV & film, catering and construction.
“As we grow, we will continue our focus on R&D and look forward to introducing a new product to our line-up, a more compact and transportable Bates Box.”
(Jim Evans)

k-arrayK-array China opens for business
Wednesday, 12 September 2018

China - Italian pro audio specialist K-array officially announced the formation of K-array China (K-array.CN Limited). The Chinese subsidiary is headquartered in Hong Kong, with a sales and service centre in Beijing.
The announcement was marked with a ceremony in Beijing attended by K-array co-founders Alessandro Tatini and Massimo Ferretti, and project specialist Daniele Mochi provided a presentation to familiarise new acquaintances with brand.
Marc Vincent, CEO of K-array China, comments: “Today is a milestone that sees us create the first subsidiary of K-array outside Italy. The reason we chose China is because it’s the biggest market in the world. The role of K-array China is to provide products, consultancy and after sales service to our customers.”
The K-array China team includes Roger Qi, who is in charge of sales and marketing in China. The team also comprises members from Beijing, Hong Kong and Guangzhou, providing sales, marketing, financial and technical support for the Greater China area, including mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
“China is a very fast-growing market,” adds Vincent. “We feel this is where we have to expand and the best way to do this is leading the initiative ourselves, because we believe in our brand, our products and our technology and obviously we are the most qualified to make it a success.”
K-array China’s first act after the launch was to give authorisation certificates to the six dealers responsible for North China, East China, South China, the Henan Province and the Fujian

plasapreviewPLASA 2018 to open doors this weekend
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

UK - The PLASA Show will open its doors this weekend (16-18 September) at London Olympia. The trade show will feature hundreds of brands across the show floor as it prepares to welcome thousands of entertainment technology professionals.
Audio heavyweights L-Acoustics, Bose and Yamaha, and lighting pioneers Robe, DTS, ETC and Philips will all be present on the show floor and the seminar programme promises to deliver in-depth sessions across a wide range of topics.
Product highlights
Elation will be showcasing the Smarty Hybrid, their new LED lighting fixture. MA Lighting is showcasing its grandMA3 lighting console. Robe is launching a new product as well as showing its RoboSpot Multi Device Control. Robert Juliat will reveal new additions to its Dalis range. Prolight Concepts is bringing the all-weather Endura and Evora series from elumen8, and ignify (formerly Philips Entertainment Lighting) is lighting up their stand with their LED VL800 Beamline.
L-Acoustics and d&b audiotechnik will focus on immersive audio, demoing L-ISA and Soundscape respectivelty. Peavey Commercial Audio is bringing along the Crest Audio Versarray PRO VR112 line array, and RCF Spa will unleash the latest members of the TT family.
Green Hippo is releasing Hippotizer 4.4 software; Laserworld is showcasing the revised DS-1000RGB Diode series; Epson is bringing along their powerful EB-1755U laser projector; Artistic Licence is launching daliGate Quad for lighting controls, and BroadWeigh are unveiling their Advanced Handheld device.

ampcoAmpco Flashlight Rentals invests in Ayrton
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Dutch rental company Ampco Flashlight Rentals has invested in Ayrton Ghibli and Ayrton MagicPanelFX fixtures for its rental stock to meet the rising demands of its customers. This is the first time the company has purchased Ayrton fixtures for its inventory.
“Ampco Flashlight works in the live performance, theatre, broadcast and corporate markets and these Ayrton fixtures fit well into any of these environments,” says Ampco Flashlight CEO & CCO, Dennis van der Haagen. “Their versatile features and adaptability mean they also complement our existing rental portfolio well.”
Ghibli is Ayrton’s first factory-equipped fixture with a 100% framing system, and an impressive 23,000 lumen output from a 600W source, with an incredible 80% efficiency that makes it powerful enough for large scale arenas. It has a full feature set and an 8:1 zoom delivering a 7°-56° beam spread, and is the smallest, lightest fixture - with the best performance to size ratio of any hard-edge LED or metal halide product - in its class.
MagicPanel-FX is a 5x5 LED matrix fixture with Ayrton’s revolutionary optical zoom system producing a 3.5°- 53° beam spread, and continuous pan and tilt capability. Its square lenses offer exciting design possibilities from interaction with beam shape and colour blending to create unique 2D graphic and 3D volumetric effects.
Ampco and Flashlight originated as two separate companies in the late 1970s as house suppliers for artists in concert and theatres, both ex

ESTA posts two documents for public review
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

USA - E1.33 - 201x, Entertainment Technology -- (RDMnet) -- Message Transport and Device Management of ANSI E1.20 (RDM) over IP Networks: This standard defines a method for carrying E1.20 (RDM) messages over IP networks. It also defines a scalable architecture for RDM message transmission that allows multi-controller environments with tens of thousands of RDM Responders. Additionally, a minimal protocol is defined for carrying non-RDM data over the same architecture.
BSR E1.37-7, Additional Message Sets for ANSI E1.20 (RDM) - Gateway & Splitter Messages: This document provides additional Get/Set Parameter Messages for use with the ANSI E1.20 Remote Device Management protocol. This document contains messages relating to configuring managed splitters, proxy devices, and RDMnet Devices.
These standards will be in public review until 5 November. Those that might be materially affected by any of these projects are invited to participate in the work, either by joining the appropriate working group or by commenting on the public review documents, which can be found by following this link to the TSP's public review documents web page.
(Jim Evans)

martin-audio-open-dayLast call for Martin Audio open days
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

UK - Martin Audio will once again throw open its UK HQ for a series of demonstrations and presentations on its latest audio offerings, including many new products to be showcased for the very first time.
Taking place between 18-20 September, this is an opportunity for rental companies, sound engineers, system integrators and installation specialists to get in-depth understanding and lots of listening time in relaxed surroundings. Factory tours and refreshments are also part of the experience making for a memorable morning or afternoon.
The demonstrations will include Sound Adventures - a 3D immersive audio experience - with its partner, Astro Spatial Audio; optimised line arrays including O-Line and Wavefront Precision; its new high-power performance TH Series; and the newly announced ADORN on-wall commercial loudspeaker series.
James King, marketing director, comments: “This is our third set of very popular open days, and is our most ambitious project yet with a fully immersive 3D audio demonstration including stage tracking, new products galore as well as firm favourites such our optimised line arrays, Wavefront Precision. We’re close to selling out, but we have a few spaces left.”
(Jim Evans)

maestra-scenic-is-launched-13Maestra Scenic launches in Dubai
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

UAE - Event design and technical production specialist Maestra has launched a new scenic department in Dubai. It will operate from a dedicated facility close to their HQ in Investment Park.
Maestra has been providing its clients with creative scenic services for the past few years in both London and Dubai, so this consolidates the business model, and brings a key division of the contractor services portfolio in-house.
Already delivering lighting, audio, video, rigging as well as scenic elements including the fabrication of set and staging, it was a “totally logical step” confirmed Maestra Dubai’s managing director Tom Clements.
The new department will be headed up by Jurgens Potgieter, who brings over 10 years of practical experience in the region, working for several leading fabrication contractors. Before then, he cut his ‘production teeth’ in the same industry in South Africa.
Jurgens has been deployed on many demanding and high profile shows and events, and “his wealth of talent, energy and positive personality fits perfectly with our team” says Tom.
A new warehouse has been designed and kitted out for the exclusive use of Maestra Scenic, all geared towards providing a flexible workspace with maximum efficiency.
An initial investment in new tooling and machinery will assist with custom set and scenic requirements, and while it is envisaged that this will be a big part of the activity, there will also be a comprehensive range of standard rental items available from stock.
(Jim Evans)

prolyteProlyte Group opens international training centre
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Germany - Prolyte Group has announced the opening of their new International Training Centre (ITC) at Rheiner Strasse 125, D 48282 in Emsdetten, Germany. The new ITC state-of-art facility will provide a venue for Prolyte events and Prolyte partners to introduce Prolyte products to customers and prospective clients.
The training centre includes 500 sq.m of meeting space and is comprised of a main conference area that can host up to 100 guests and five additional breakout rooms. The building was originally constructed pre-war as a textile manufacturing warehouse.
ITC’s facilities will include a lounge and bistro area, arrange of high-end technical equipment including a digital projector and screen, video conferencing equipment, and a wide screen television.
“It’s important that we provide the right tools and environment to help our partners experience the Prolyte brand. The new facility allows a hands-on training experience where they can build structures in the field in real time,” says Lambert Bouwmeester, Prolyte’s chief executive officer.
(Jim Evans)

ecodesign2Latest updates to Ecodesign draft regulation
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Europe - A document has been published explaining what the latest draft of the Ecodesign regulations released by the European Commission could mean for the entertainment technology industry.
Written by PLASA's Ecodesign task group representative Adam Bennette of ETC, the eight-page document (available in full here - PDF) lays out his views and interpretations of the contents of the second draft.
The Professional Entertainment Lighting Products Ecodesign task group - the body that represented the industry during the public consultation - said the situation was "far more positive" following the Commission's first draft in June, which confirmed a list of exempted lamp base types would be included in the legislation.
The second draft carries that list and in his guide, Bennette has added examples of fixtures corresponding to the relevant base types to aid understanding.
There are also notes on how the Commission plans to regulate professional colour-changing luminaires by creating a definition for a 'colour tuneable' light source, and what anything not exempted must comply with.
PLASA is hosting a seminar at the PLASA Show in London on 18 September to discuss the latest draft and the potential technical implications - test


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