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upcoming-bts-webinarsBTS hosts free webinars this month
Monday, 10 October 2022

USA - Behind the Scenes has two upcoming webinars: Bystander Intervention in the Entertainment Workplace on 16 October at 4pm Eastern and Understanding Substance Use and Abuse in the Entertainment Industry on 17 October at 7pm Eastern. Both webinars are free, but require advance registration to be sent the login link.
A BTS survey strongly indicated that bullying, harassment and intimidation is a common workplace stressor throughout all sectors of the entertainment industry. Do you know how to safely intervene if you see a co-worker being bullied or intimidated? Did you know there are different ways to intervene to match your comfort level? In just 90 minutes you will learn five easily accessible tools and get real life examples to use in any workplace to safely intervene without worrying about retaliation.
The Bystander Intervention webinar, presented by Dax Valdes of Right To Be, will be offered once a quarter over the next year with the first one on Sunday, 16 October. Visit to register for the webinar of your choice.
Most of us know someone who is affected by substance use and abuse. This can include concerns about our own use – or that of a co-worker, family member or friend. This webinar introduces new resources for recognizing and discussing substance use and abuse in the workplace and beyond. Taking just one hour to learn more can save lives by allowing you to say the right thing – or point someone to the right resources. Advance registration is required to receive the link to the webinar.

absenAbsen to host Virtual Production forum
Friday, 7 October 2022

Europe - Absen is collaborating with tech-forward film studio Garden Studios and cinematography hire house Pro Cam Take 2, to host the Virtual Production Forum on 20 October.
Virtual Production allows filmmakers to shoot live-action footage within a pre-visualised virtual world, using 3D CGI modelling, high quality LED displays and precision camera tracking to make it all look as real as possible. The VP Forum promises fascinating insights into the world of virtual production, with an agenda covering a series of tech talks and panel discussions giving practical insights such as ‘Managing workflows and pipeline’ to ‘Changing the way we think about filmmaking: collaborative on-set experiences that allow filmmakers to think and work differently’. This one-day event has been created to showcase the potential that VP offers everyone in the content creation and film production industries, as well as studios and venues looking to enhance their facilities.
A highlight of the day will be the LIVE VP Experience: Pushing the boundaries of creativity: This case study from the VFX artists and technicians at Garden Studios, headed by Mark Pilborough-Skinner head of virtual production, will take attendees behind the scenes of a real production to explore the vision, how it progressed, the challenges and then experience the result.
Jess Golding, European brand and marketing director at Absen, explains: “Collaborating with Garden Studios and Pro Cam Take 2 has meant that we have been able to create an event that delivers the WOW factor that virtual prod

genelecstockholmGenelec extends Experience Centre network
Friday, 7 October 2022

Finland - Genelec has added Stockholm and Helsinki to its global network of Experience Centres. By visiting these new facilities, customers will receive expert personal advice on Genelec loudspeaker solutions, and enjoy a high-quality critical listening environment, from stereo to immersive. The new Nordic locations join existing Genelec Experience Centres in Europe, America and Asia - all of which share the same mission of helping customers to understand and experience the finest in sound reproduction.
Genelec has long and close connections with both Stockholm and Helsinki, each of which is a thriving cultural hub with a strong identity and sophisticated audio community. The company has developed its own teams in both cities over many years – and the two new Experience Centres further heighten Genelec’s commitment to social responsibility, by supporting each city’s cultural heritage.
Hosted by Erik Skanderbeck and Patrick Lundin from Genelec’s Swedish team, the Stockholm Experience Centre is based near the city centre on the former site of the legendary Park Studios complex. Skanderbeck and Lundin oversaw the upgrading of the infrastructure and the modernisation of the IT/AV technology throughout, plus the installation of energy-saving Smart building technology to deliver sustainability and flexibility in planning.
The Stockholm location is divided into five distinct zones, including the flagship 7.1.4 immersive Boman Room, the stereo environments of the Saltgruvan and Berg Rooms, the large Live Room, and the Lobby Area for AV system demons

xtylos-mini-hpeBandit Lites goes large with Claypaky purchase
Friday, 7 October 2022

USA - Bandit Lites has made a substantial investment in new gear with a recent purchase of hundreds of Claypaky fixtures. Fixtures added to Bandit's touring inventory include: the Xtylos Mini HPS, the Xtylos and the Volero Wave.
The Xtylos is a compact beam moving light with unique optical and chromatic characteristics, making use of a tailor-made RGB laser source that lasts for 20,000 hours. The Mini Xtylos HPS a smaller compact version, while still boasting the same saturated, deep colours. The Volero Wave is making its debut with Bandit.
“Being the first in the world to offer the new and unreleased Claypaky Volero Wave is an honour,” said Jake Tickle, Bandit Lites vice-president of business and innovation.
These fixtures will initially be seen on Nick Whitehouse’s design for Carrie Underwood’s Denim & Rhinestones Tour.
“New tech and new offerings can be a gamble in our industry, but these offerings coming out of Claypaky are a homerun,” added Tickle. “We had nothing but top-notch support from the entire Claypaky team. Special thanks for George Masek, Filippo Frigeri and Julie Smith for making everything happen in our very tight timeline. I’m looking forward to seeing these units on our productions for years to come.”
“Julie Smith is absolutely amazing,” said Bandit Lites chair Michael T. Strickland. “You could not ask for a better person or better supplier. Julie always goes above and beyond, and we will always love her for her amazing performance. Claypaky could not have a better representative.”

prolyteProlyte appoints Prostage distributor for Norway
Friday, 7 October 2022

Europe - Prolyte has announced its expansion in Norway with the appointment of Prostage as its new distributor in the country.
Prostage AS was established in 2008 in Oslo by CEO Gunnar Waldemar Naas. Since then, the company’s main goal has been to offer high-quality professional lighting, sound, and stage products at an affordable price.
“I am thrilled to work closely with Prolyte and their technical team in a distributor capacity, having worked with their products in a wide variety of projects for more than 20 years. The quality of their products, combined with their well-known level of know-how and service makes Prolyte a solid partner, and the collaboration will further strengthen our position in the Norwegian market”, said Kai Vidar Bech, technical manager, of rigging & stage machinery.
Prostage is the exclusive distribution partner in Norway for several market-leading brands and has a wide product portfolio catering to a large array of business areas in our industry. Its main offices are equipped with a full showroom, sales offices, warehouse, and product repair workshop.
Awarded with the Gaselle prize six times in the last eight years, a prize given to companies based on criteria such as increased turnover and profitability, Prostage has established itself as one of the leading players in the industry.
William Voskuil, sales director of Prolyte, added: “We are proud to introduce Prostage as an official Prolyte distributor in Norway. It is a great step in providing the Norwegian market a professional point of contact.

alteamEAV Group acquires Audiologic
Friday, 7 October 2022

UK/Germany - Audiologic has been acquired by EAV Group, an alliance of distributors of professional AV products and services, headquartered in Germany. Effective 3 October, the acquisition looks to ‘invest and build on an already successful UK operation’.
Founded in 2004, Audiologic has seen consistent growth since its inception. Recently celebrating its 18th anniversary, the brand has expanded both its brand partners and employees, continuing to strengthen its position in the UK AV market. Over those 18 years, Audiologic has built a reputation with its customers, in not only distributing AV products, but supplying every aspect of a project: delivering design, product selection, commissioning, service, support, and after sales.
EAV Group, serving until recently the Benelux and DACH territories exclusively, specialises in the distribution of professional AV products. EAV Group, like Audiologic, also offers dedicated training academies, marketing expertise and excellent relationship management with manufacturers, integrators, and dealers.
Andy Lewis, managing director, Audiologic comments: “Leading our businesses on the same values and approach to the marketplace means the acquisition of Audiologic by EAV Group is an exciting and natural next step that strengthens our ability to develop and grow. Audiologic is a company that has worked hard to develop a family ethos, and that will remain through the acquisition process and beyond, as we welcome EAV Group to our business, and enter a new and exciting chapter. What Matt and Simon have achieved t

creative-technology-festival-image-featuredCT UK enjoys busy summer festival season
Thursday, 6 October 2022

UK - This summer, Creative Technology worked on a multitude of the UK’s largest and most popular major outdoor music events and festivals.
May marked the start of festival season for Creative Technology’s audio team with the return of The Great Escape Festival, followed by BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Coventry, delivering LED main screens along with LED columns and a DJ Riser.
June’s highlights included Liam Gallagher - Knebworth Park, where CT provided large I-mag screens and a control package for the singer’s largest solo gig to date – twenty-six years on from his show as part of Oasis back in 1996 where CT supplied LED screens, OB vans and cameras.
The audio team headed to Red Rooster Festival in the heart of Suffolk, while the video team prepared for the British-created rock festival, Download, where I-mags and FOH screens were supplied – shortly followed by the long-awaited return of Glastonbury. Creative Technology supported three of the famed festival’s main stages including the Pyramid Stage. On top of this, CT also supplied 30k laser projectors and media servers for the IICON Stage, creating a visual spectacular that successfully entertained the large crowds that gathered there night after night.
Shortly after, CT headed to Marlay Park in Dublin to deliver three gigs; Green Day, Guns N' Roses, and Red Hot Chili Peppers – providing curved LED screens, playback and camera package to the sold-out shows that had been on hold for three years, with eager fans elated to be back enjoying live music once again.
July st

danteUniversity of Strathclyde switches to Dante
Thursday, 6 October 2022

UK - A project of more than four years in the making, the University of Strathclyde has recently migrated from a collection of all-analogue-based, stand-alone sound systems to a new Dante audio network, bringing much needed flexibility and efficiency
Campbell Jamieson, the learning support manager for the university, explained that over the last several years the university has been ambitiously transforming and upgrading its campus. Serious about creating and maintaining a world-class environment, investment for the transformation is set to reach £1bn by 2025.
In 2018, Jamieson and his team were looking for a way to bring a unified audio experience to the campus and to make the system easier and faster to set up and use. Luckily for them, a Dante audio network platform was able to bring everything together and as soon as the pandemic hit in 2020, it took on even greater practical importance when the necessity for hybrid and remote learning significantly accelerated the use of their Dante network across the campus.
“Originally, we started migrating to a Dante network to speed up our workflow and make our team more efficient; some of our large lecture theatres had AV systems pre-installed with analogue cabling, but they were isolated,” said Jamieson. “And we had smaller lecture spaces that didn’t have installed systems or AV cabling, so we had to spend at least a day setting those systems up and then another day tearing them down - making the spaces unusable during the transitions. Fortunately, all of these spaces have network ports that we

halestorm-martin-pro1Halestorm Back From the Dead with Martin Pro
Thursday, 6 October 2022

USA - To provide Grammy-winning hard rock band Halestorm with simple but impactful lighting for their 2022 US tour, Bandit Lites deployed a dynamic rig using Martin Professional lighting solutions.
Formed in 1997 by siblings Arejay and Lzzy Hale, Halestorm is considered one of the premier torch-bearers for hard rock and metal touring today. In support of their latest album Back From the Dead, Halestorm embarked on a summer US tour alongside The Pretty Reckless, The Warning and Lilith Czar.
With budget and gear constraints still affecting the live music industry following the COVID-19 pandemic, the band wanted a lighting rig that heightened their classic-meets-modern rock sound and provided maximum impact for their fans despite the logistical limitations. To meet these goals, lighting designer Craig Richter worked with Bandit Lites and Scott Anderson from Martin to design a rig featuring Martin VDO Atomic Bold, Atomic 3000 LED and MAC Viper Profiles.
“Coming out of the COVID situation and the entire world being on tour right now, we really had to figure out something that was impactful, different and still fit within the limitations that we had truck and budget wise,” said Richter. “I've always wanted to go back to an old-school PAR can style system, but obviously I don't want to carry around 180 actual PAR cans because that would be a nightmare. So, I had been looking around for the past couple of years for a light that could pull off that look for when the band needed a full production system.”
With a wide range of functions

wharfedale-pro-tech-top-prWharfedale Pro partners with Tech Top in Tel Aviv
Thursday, 6 October 2022

Israel - Wharfedale Pro has reinforced their position in the Israeli market with the announcement of their partnership with Tel Aviv-based distributor, Tech Top which is now the sole official distributor of Wharfedale Pro products in the country.
Established in 1994, Tech Top has since grown to become the largest importer of sound, lighting and multimedia products in Israel, serving a wide client base which encompasses AV installers, system integrators and audio contractors.
“We are delighted to welcome Tech Top to our business network,” comments Simon Godfrey, sales director at Wharfedale Pro. “With their impressive distribution channels and skilled customer-focused service teams, this new partnership fits well with the product direction, strategy and enthusiastic energy here at Wharfedale Pro.”
Tech Top CEO, Kobi Shofan adds, “The Wharfedale Pro product portfolio fits extremely well with our business activities and will complement our offering to the expanding professional market in Israel. We are excited and energised to become a partner, accelerating business for the current Wharfedale Pro product line-up and working closely to introduce many new products into Israel.”

lit-awardsStellar stage LDs join LIT Lighting Design Awards judging panel
Wednesday, 5 October 2022

Switzerland - The LIT Lighting Design Awards has added several leading lighting designers from the entertainment lighting industry to its judging team. Highly respected by their peers in the industry, the judges are tasked with recognising creativity and innovation in the fields of stage and concert lighting, live art and theatre lighting. They include: LeRoy Bennett, Roland Greil, Peter Morse and Charles B ‘Cosmo’ Wilson.
"For the sixth consecutive year, the programme is honouring the efforts of the talented international lighting product designers and lighting implementers. With fast-growing interest, and an increase of projects submitted from the entertainment lighting industry, LIT has invited new jury members to join the LIT Lighting Design Awards," says a statement from LIT. “Their technical knowledge, extensive experience, eye for detail and their creative minds will be key to recognising the professional designers pushing boundaries and identifying emerging talents, who are bringing new ideas to the entertainment lighting industry.” 
With decades of experience creating some of the biggest concert productions, LeRoy Bennett is a lighting and stage director who began his career designing stage productions for Prince. The success of Prince’s Dirty Mind tour led to a 14-year collaborative relationship and established LeRoy as the vanguard of his field. “Living in Los Angeles, LeRoy Bennett is recognised worldwide as one of the most iconic innovators in cutting-edge production, lighting, and stage design,” says LIT. His resum

tsp-logoDraft standards open for review on ESTA website
Wednesday, 5 October 2022

USA - Four draft standards are available for public review and comment on the ESTA website at The downloads are free. The documents in public review are:
BSR E1.20, Entertainment Technology -- Remote Device Management Over USITT DMX512 Networks. The existing E1.20 - 2010, Entertainment Technology - Remote Device Management over USITT DMX512 Networks, is being revised to clarify ambiguities, fix bugs, and incorporate some additional features. E1.20 is an extension to USITT DMX512 and ANSI E1.11 that allows for bi-directional communication on the primary data link. This allows a controller to discover RDM-enabled devices on the link, to set starting addresses and other configuration settings, and to request status messages. The project also is to reinstate E1.20 as an American National Standard. It has lost that status due to being over-age. Comments are due no later than 28 November.
BSR E1.37-5, General Purpose Messages for E1.20, RDM, is to provide additional Get/Set parameter messages (PIDs) for use with the E1.20 Remote Device Management protocol. The public review package is a ZIP file with folders of 128 JSON examples. The standard is E1-37-5 General Purpose PIDs r30 2022-09-01.pdf. Comments on any of the files are welcome, but only comments on E1-37-5 General Purpose PIDs r30 2022-09-01.pdf will be formally considered and resolved. Comments are due no later than 28 November.
BSR E1.59, Entertainment Technology--Object Transform Protocol (OTP), describes a mechanism to transfer object transform inform

clearone-certifiedClearOne University hosts October webinars
Wednesday, 5 October 2022

USA - ClearOne University has announced a full schedule of October webinars.
Conferencing, collaboration, and network streaming solutions and five certifications for AVIXA RUs are covered in the comprehensive schedule, for which registration is now live.
Those interested in participating can sign up for a wide range of classes that cover the latest technological developments at ClearOne, in addition to industry-favourite solutions including the Convergence AV Manager Certification, UNITE 200 Pro Camera Training, AV Conferencing Certification, Advanced Pro Audio Conferencing Certification, Design Library Training, Console AI Software Configuration Certification, and Pro Audio Conferencing Certification.

pixotapeAE Live and Pixotope to deliver turnkey service
Wednesday, 5 October 2022

UK - AE Live, provider of graphics and data solutions, and Pixotope are partnering to deliver a turnkey virtual production solution for broadcast, sports and live entertainment.
The integrated system combines AE Live’s expertise in on-screen graphics, data and augmented reality with Pixotope Camera Tracking technology.
“This end-to-end solution removes many of the challenges of traditional production,” said David Dowling, chief revenue officer at Pixotope. “It provides a full-service platform for delivering unique and immersive viewing experiences that are a perfect fit for the way audiences consume data and entertainment today.”
The joint AE Live and Pixotope technology solution has been deployed successfully on several events across Europe including football, horse racing and rugby, with plans to expand its use on sports and events in the United States.
The Pixotope real-time 3D tracking technology is an essential element of the company’s virtual production platform that incorporates graphics with camera tracking and talent tracking. The system is unique for its ability to combine all types of tracking methods, including mechanical, marker-based and through the lens (TTL) in a single software product.
AE Live delivers a full range of production technologies and services, from traditional broadcast graphics to augmented and virtual reality solutions designed to resonate with global audiences. The company’s graphics and data packages can also seamlessly integrate sponsorship opportunities to create additional revenue str

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 4 October 2022

Freelance Survey - More than half of theatre freelancers feel insecure about their jobs as a result of the pandemic and cost-of-living crisis, a major survey has found. According to the Big Freelancer Survey, almost a third (27%) of respondents also said their debt levels had increased since the pandemic. In addition, it found that in the past 12 months, half of all respondents had witnessed at least one form of harassment and/or discrimination – totalling 1,701 incidents.
The survey of 1,497 freelancers was conducted in February 2022. It is the second in a planned series of five Big Freelancer Surveys until 2025, following the publication of the results of the first survey in 2020 of more than 8,000 participants. In its second iteration, the survey aims to provide insight into the impact of the pandemic and ongoing pre-pandemic issues on freelancers, alongside the insecurity of the landscape they are currently operating in during the cost-of-living crisis.
During the lockdowns, freelancers warned that they were missing out on vital financial support, often falling through the cracks of schemes designed to help organisations and workers. The survey found that 55% of respondents said they felt "quite" or "very" insecure about their jobs in the sector.
The report from campaign organisation Freelancers Make Theatre Work, entitled Open to All, But Not Open All Hours: Hopes and Fears for the Future of the UK’s Entertainment Industries, also includes a series of recommendations for the industry to support freelancers better. These include mo

mid-teamMID appointed HH Electronics distributor for France
Tuesday, 4 October 2022

France - HH Electronics, UK-based manufacturer of audio systems for the pro, MI and installed markets, has announced the appointment of Musique Industrie Développement (MID) as its exclusive distributor for France. A presence in the French market for many years, MID represents a broad range of industry-leading brands, and has built its success on a combination of close customer relationships and the expertise and passion of its highly successful team.
James Baker, business development manager, UK and Europe, for HH Electronics, comments: "We're delighted to be partnering with MID in what is a very important market. They run an extremely well-organised and dynamic operation, placing great emphasis on meeting the precise needs of their customers by ensuring that their team is carefully trained on every product and system they represent. I recently conducted some HH training sessions at one of their ‘MIDay’ events and was seriously impressed by their obvious commitment to gaining a thorough understanding of what HH has to offer. We have great confidence in MID’s ability to significantly grow the HH Electronics brand in France.”
Peggy Fleutot, CEO at MID adds: “We’re very excited to partner with HH Electronics. The company has a rich, pioneering history in the audio world, and its name is synonymous with consistently high-quality audio. HH’s extensive portfolio of well-designed and robust products caters for a wide range of applications across the live and installed sectors, and its cost-effective solutions supported by a five-year guarantee a

pumpkinThe Backup Pumpkin Challenge is back!
Tuesday, 4 October 2022

UK - Get your carving kits out and let your Halloween creativity run wild in the Backup Pumpkin Challenge, which is back for some spooky fun and fundraising this October.
Supported by Collaborative Creations, and now in its fourth year, the competition is open to anyone from the technical entertainment and creative industries. Entrants can use their in-house skills and equipment to enhance their carved pumpkin.
"We’re delighted the industry has got behind it every year.” says Tom Wilkes of Collaborative Creations “We’ve been amazed at what people have come up with over the years and it’s a great way for the industry to raise money for a fantastic charity."
The pumpkins will be judged in the following four categories: Best Overall Design (judged by panel), Best Use of Tech (judged by panel) Most Overall Likes (on Instagram).
Entries have to be posted on Instagram with the hashtag #BackupPumpkinChallenge by 31st October to be eligible. The winners will be announced on 5 November. For those looking to help fundraise with their entries you can send your #BackupPumpkinChallenge donations to Backup via our website page here.
Long-time Backup supporter Lightpower Collection have generously donated a prize of one of their photographic books to the winner of the Best Overall Design.
All money raised from fundraising will go to Backup, which provides financial support to industry technical professionals working in live events, theatre, TV and film who are seriously ill or who were involved in an accident.
The Backup Pumpkin C

wilAyrton hosts WIL Entertainment Lighting Sessions
Monday, 3 October 2022

France - Ayrton is hosting the first in-person Entertainment Lighting Sessions for Women in Lighting at the Ayrton head offices in Paris on 20 October 2022. The full-day event promises to be one of inspiration, motivation, networking, personal and professional development and community for women.
Ayrton is an active sponsor of the Women In Lighting (WIL) project which aims to promote the work of women lighting designers, and all women who work in lighting, across the entertainment industry by showcasing the skills and capabilities of these talented women, celebrating their achievements and encouraging others to become involved.
Ayrton invites you to come along and enjoy the company of this growing community of women who are all about connecting, collaborating and empowering each other.
As part of a wide-ranging programme, four keynote speakers from France, UK, Belgium and Ukraine, will be sharing their stories:
Ukrainian Yanina Kovalevska founded rental company PR Music in 2005 which has since developed to include several other companies and projects such as AVEcON - a conference of AV&Entertainment companies, EdIsOn Camp - an informal polytechnic education campus, and Stagemart - a distributor and provider of technological solutions for show business. Further expansion came with the formation of a new company in Poland in 2021. Yanina will share the skills that are key to the success of her business.
UK-based Briony Berning spent her formative years in France before returning to the UK to study at the University of Glasgow. She wa

arriARRI honoured with Engineering Emmy
Friday, 30 September 2022

USA - At the 74th Engineering, Science & Technology Emmy Awards ceremony on 28 September in Los Angeles, ARRI was honoured with the Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Award.
With this prestigious accolade, the Television Academy recognises the company for its more than a century of designing and manufacturing camera and lighting systems as well as its development of systemic technological solutions and service networks for a worldwide complex of film, broadcast, and media industries.
Accepting this prize, named after the American inventor and television technician Philo Farnsworth and presented since 2003, was Dr. Matthias Erb, chairman of the ARRI Executive Board. “On behalf of all ARRI employees, I thank the Television Academy for this tremendous honour,” said Erb. “The Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Award is a very special accolade since it recognises the entire history of our company. Since its inception, ARRI has been dedicated to creating the very best tools and solutions for the global production community. This award spurs us on to continue actively shaping the future of television.”
his year’s Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Award winner was decided by a jury from the Television Academy consisting of television engineers. “Industry professionals have long relied on the stability and versatility of ARRI equipment in a portfolio that includes digital cameras, lenses, camera accessories, archive technologies, lamp heads, and lighting accessories. Along with offering exclusive technologies, ARRI Rent

frangipani-one-love-shirtFrangipani and Funktion-One aid Music Support
Thursday, 29 September 2022

UK - Shirtmaker Frangipani and loudspeaker manufacturer Funktion-One have joined forces to launch a limited-edition collection of shirts, with all profits going to Music Support, the charity that helps those who work in music and live events affected by mental ill-health and/or addiction. The shirts, which are available in two colourways, feature a design based on a 3D blueprint of Funktion-One Evolution loudspeakers.
Frangipani co-founders Clem and Ben Wilmot have been long admirers and friends of Funktion-One, having spent a lot of time in fields and clubs dancing to Funktion-One sound systems.
Ben explains: “Nothing beats being in front of a stack of Funktion-One speakers with like-minded individuals, having the times of our lives and dancing the night away. Our ethos at Frangipani is to make shirts that people want to live in and to bring some colour and happiness to the world and we think this is a perfect partnership with Funktion-One who do the same as us but through sound. A couple of years ago, we asked if we could make a Funktion-One inspired print and were over the moon when they said yes.”
With the foundation of the collaboration in place, Frangipani and Funktion-One turned their attention to a charity partner. “The idea to work with Music Support came from Funktion-One,” recalls Ben. “We immediately knew this was a project that we wanted to get involved with and a charity that we wanted to support. This was during the ‘lockdown era’ and so many of our friends who work in the music industry were stuck at home with no furlo

amxYealink and AMX by Harman forge partnership
Thursday, 29 September 2022

China - Unified communications (UC) solution provider Yealink and Harman Professional Solutions have announced the integration of Yealink and AMX by Harman control systems that brings a convenient connection and simple control when users are meeting and presenting in meeting rooms.
With the combination of Yealink’s Microsoft Teams Rooms system and AMX’s devices including central controllers, video switchers and HydraPort connectivity solutions, meeting attendees can enjoy a simple switch between table inputs to determine which laptop will be shared in the Teams meetings. Additionally, the integration of Yealink and AMX allows users to control not only the camera on the Yealink MTouch II, but also the lighting and room temperature.
“The partnership between Yealink and AMX brings users a simpler and more friendly meeting experience,” said Alvin Liao, vice president of product at Yealink. “The integration enables meeting participants to focus on engaging with each other, not adjusting the devices.”
“Solving for the complexities of room control is a shared goal of AMX and Yealink’s, so integrating our respective technologies make for the perfect collaboration to give users an easier way to interface in the meeting room environment,” said Jamie Trader, vice president, video and control, Harman Professional Solutions. “We are excited by the opportunity to continue bringing together AMX control systems and Yealink's user-friendly Teams Rooms devices for a new level of capability to a Teams Rooms solution without adding unnecessary compl

digico-roadshowDiGiCo roadshow rolls into South Africa
Wednesday, 28 September 2022

South Africa - DWR Distribution is welcoming Ian Staddon, vice president of sales for DiGiCo, back to South Africa for a roadshow taking place in Johannesburg (6 October), Durban (10 October) and Cape Town (12 October). This is an opportunity to meet with friends and get acquainted with the DiGiCo Quantum mixing console.
“I’m looking forward to the roadshow and the launch of the Quantum series,” said Ian Staddon. “It has been way too long since I’ve been down and I’m looking forward to visiting everyone and seeing the backend of Covid-19 with a much busier industry.”
The DWR team are as happy to be out on the road again. “From my side, it’s actually so nice to have Ian back in the country,” said Kyle Robson, DiGiCo brand manager at DWR. “The last time he was with us was pre-Covid and it will be good for him to meet up with the people again. We will also be showing off the Quantum console and I’m truly excited.”
Everyone is welcome. There are no charges or booking requirements. Dates and venues are as follows:
Johannesburg, 6 October from 10 am to 5 pm - DWR Distribution, Block C, Unit 1, Kimbult Industrial Park, 9 Zeiss Road, Laserpark, Honeydew.
Durban, 10 October from 12 pm to 4pm - The Olive Tree Church, 113 Florida Road, Windermere, Durban.
Cape Town, 12 October from 12 pm to 4pm - GrandWest Grand Arena, 1 Jakes Gerwel Drive, Acacia Park, Cape Town.

schalke-arenaHOF celebrates 25th anniversary as expansion continues
Wednesday, 28 September 2022

Germany - This year, HOF celebrates its 25th anniversary. What began in 1997 with five employees has grown over the past 25 years into a team of over 50 people.
The areas of special construction made of aluminium and steel as well as trusses for event technology still represent HOF's core business. In parallel, HOF has established itself over the past two and a half decades as a reliable partner for industry clients from the food, automotive and agricultural sectors when it comes to special constructions and contract welding work.
From day one, the motto of company founder Hans-Wilhelm Flegel has been: "The crazier the idea, the better. There is no idea that cannot be implemented." HOF has remained true to this motto over all these years and still lives by it: "We don't do things by halves. What we do, we do it right!"
One of HOF's first major projects was the tour of German musician Marius Müller-Westernhagen in 1999, which relied on a sophisticated stage design – by the standards of that time. HOF gradually developed into a full-service provider and, in addition to sales, covers the areas of construction, structural engineering and production with a complete in-house team, which guarantees customers fast development and execution of projects and great flexibility.
At the customer's request, HOF also carries out the assembly work on a turnkey basis. In the field of special constructions, HOF developed, designed, manufactured and installed, for example, the substructures for a new video wall in the stadium of Bayern Munich and for Europe's

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 27 September 2022

Budget Reaction - The theatre sector’s challenges, including the impact of increased energy bills, have not been addressed by the government’s ‘mini-budget’, industry bodies have warned. The mini-budget was the first delivered with Liz Truss as prime minister and Kwasi Kwarteng as chancellor of the exchequer. Points outlined in brief included an energy package costing £60bn for the six months from October this year, VAT-free shopping for tourists, and duty rates for beer, cider, wine, and spirits axed.
The theatre sector had been hoping that the current rates of Theatre Tax Relief - 50% for touring productions and 45% for non-touring shows - would be maintained for at least another year. However, an official statement from the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre said it was concerned that "specific challenges" had been overlooked.
It said: "The UK’s world-leading creative and cultural sector, of which theatre is a significant part, grew four times the rate of the UK economy before Covid-19. SOLT and UK Theatre are concerned that the specific challenges faced by the sector were not addressed during the chancellor’s statement, and the opportunity to commit to supply-side incentives, such as maintaining the higher rate of Theatre Tax Relief, was missed.
"Independent economic modelling undertaken in 2021 revealed that, with the right fiscal incentives, by 2025, the UK’s creative and cultural industries could contribute £132.1 billion in gross value added – more than the financial services, insurance and pension industries combined


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