In the United States, ABC TV has taken on the highly successful UK game show 'Who wants to be a Millionaire?' and, as with the UK version of the show, much of the dramatic lighting comes from a rig of Vari*Lite VL5 wash luminaires and VL6B spot luminaires.The VL equipment was supplied the Dallas VLPS office, and put together by lighting designer Deke Hazirjian, president of New York City Lites. Hazirjian employed 32 VL5 washlights and 12 VL6B spots around the 360 degree mirrored-floor stage, where higher stakes are accented with increasingly complex lighting effects.In contrast to the UK version, the top prize ($1million ) has already been won – by Internal Revenue Service tax agent John Carpenter.
Total Audio Solutions has relocated to new premises in Bromsgrove, near Birmingham. The new 6,000 sq ft TAS premises were opened at the beginning of November by Mr. Kantaro Tadaka from Sony, who is responsible for Pro Audio product development in Japan. Total Audio Solutions' relocation now places the company adjacent to the M5/M42/M40 Midlands motorway hub, as part of the company's drive to maintain and improve technical support for its growing list of rental and sales clients.Total Audio has recently informed us that it has supplied the largest single installation of Sony MDS-E11 1U MiniDisc players, specified for a prestigious exhibition in Lisbon, Portugal. The 24 MDS-E11 units were supplied pre-mounted in a 19" flightcase, saving up to half the space that would normally have been required.
AC Lighting has reported a strong response following the launch of the new Jands Event 4 lighting control consoles at the recent PLASA show. The first shipment of consoles, which arrived at AC's HQ recently, were distributed to European dealers within a very short time. This new range combines the familiar layout of a two preset lighting console with an added section capable of controlling up to 20 moving lights and 80 colour changers.
A triamped Martin Audio THX system has been specified for the feature cinema in the new three-screen York City Screen. South London-based Future Projections has been working with the owners, art-house specialists City Screen Ltd, for around 11 years. Martin Audio's first THX system is accompanied by the new THX SG01 digital crossover. The 220-seat feature space contains two projectors and recognises all proprietary film formats. Arranged in an L/C/R configuration, Martin's three-way system comprises three Screen 5s and a pair of Screen Sub 2s, with 16 Effect 5s acting as the surround sound.
Established in 1981, when the first event took place at London's Barbican, Showlight exists specifically to give lighting people time to talk, to discuss ideas and to mix with some of the best known names in the industry. Organised by lighting professionals for lighting professionals, the sixth Showlight will take place in 2001 in Edinburgh on May 21, 22 and 23. Over the three days you will have the opportunity to meet some of the world's top names from theatre, television, film and even architectural and themed lighting. If you would like further details on how to register for Showlight 2001, or would like to be kept informed of speakers and exhibitors as they are announced, contact Ruth Rossington, Showlight 2001, telephone +44 (0) 1323 642639.
In the busy run-up to Christmas, Lighting Technology was called in by the Homebase DIY chain to help them highlight the Christmas tree sales areas outside their stores. The scheme was designed by Mark Taylor of Homebase with technical support from Philip Norfolk of Lighting Technology Group. Green HQI lamps were fitted to the existing overhead fittings to give a green glow to the plants underneath. This lamp type (first used by Lighting Technology Group on the Hoover Building on London's Western Avenue) creates a vibrant glowing green when shone onto foliage. In addition, a three-circuit chasing rope light was supplied to fit around the external canopy to create an animated lighting effect, and draw the attention of external shoppers to the outside tree area.
FX is marking the start of the New Year with a brand new image designed to identify and promote all areas of its business. The changes are highlighted by the company's logo that now features the FX brand name followed by the name of each of its separate divisions. These include FX Rentals, which handles all rental business; FX Copyroom, which handles transfers to and from any format - analogue and digital; FX Music Control, the company's sales arm; FX Spain, which represents its International dimension and the recently added FX Cimple Solutions, a servicing and repairs division.
Ontario-based visual communications specialist Electrohome has sold its Projection Systems Division to Christie Inc of Cypress, California, for C$38m. The company is now known as Christie Digital Systems. Christie is a world-leading manufacturer of film projection systems for the cinema market and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio America Inc.Jack Kline, executive VP and COO of Christie Inc promised a massive R&D commitment for the new company, commenting: "The acquisition and renaming of Electrohome Projection Systems allows us to build on our existing brand strength and technological leadership in the high performance projection market. It also positions us at the forefront of electronic digital cinema."
Logic System Pro Audio, the Lincolnshire-based loudspeaker manufacturer, has announced the appointment of a new distributor for Germany. The deal was struck following discussions at the PLASA Show in September. Stuttgart-based Laauser & Vohl already distribute audio brands such as Sennheiser, d&b audiotechnik, Baldwin Boxall, MC2 and White Instruments.Logic has also announced a new distributor in Hong Kong – Tsang Fook Piano Company is now responsible for developing sales within the Hong Kong and China markets.
PLASA Publishing has learnt that London-based staging specialist Maltbury has sold its hire division to Gallowglass of West London. With sales accounting for more than 70% of the company's turnover, it was felt the time was right to concentrate on the core market, say Maltbury. MD Philip Sparkes told us: "The hiring of staging is labour intensive and Gallowglass is a specialist crewing company, so it's an extremely logical deal." The two companies will continue to work together on various projects to provide the most effective solutions for clients.
Barco has announced its involvement as 'Preferred Solutions Provider' for projection and large format display technology to the Millennium Dome. The contract includes the two giant DLite LED-based daylight display screens and more than 60 advanced LCD and DLP projection systems, including the Barco 6000 series and ELM series. Both the LED screens, hired via Show Presentation Services, will feature in the central arena at the Dome Opening Ceremony and throughout the Dome's year of operation.The DLite LED screens include proprietary technologies to ensure optimal flexibility and seamless pictures over the entire display regardless of size, shape or resolution. The modular system includes built-in intelligence for auto-configuration and allows hot-swapping of the tiles. The ELM (Extreme Light Machine) series of DLP projection systems utilise Texas Instruments' three-chip DLP digital micro-mirror technology, combined with Barco's state-of-the art optical systems. Two models, the ELM G10 and ELM R12 deliver 10,000 and 12,000 ANSI lumens respectively, and are available with a range of high quality zoom lenses.
The 1999 International Apparel Festival recently took place in the 7000 capacity Wu Tai Shan sports arena in Nanjing, the capital of China's Jiangsu Province. The fashion show was combined with live performances from top Chinese stars. After a tough tendering process, the contract was awarded to EVI Audio (Hong Kong) Ltd. Naturally EVI specified an Electro-Voice system powered by EV P Series amplifiers, and control was from a DDA CS8 mixing console, selected for its trademark clear vocal reinforcement qualities. The system was built by the Jiangsu Wen Hua Performing Equipment company, while all equipment was jointly supplied by EVI Audio (HK) Ltd and its main dealer, Beijing Star Electronic Equipment Company.
The elections for places on PLASA's Executive Committee closed on Wednesday 1 December, with three existing members re-elected and two new members welcomed to the committee. Eight candidates had stood for the five places available and collectively attracted 104 ballot papers. Re-elected were Paul Adams of PA Installations, who has just completed his final year as Chairman of the Association, Nikki Scott of Stage Technologies and Sammy DeHavilland of Deco Leisure. New to the committee are Paul de Ville of Lighting Technology and Diane Grant of DHA Lighting. Matthew Griffiths, MD of PLASA, commented that the continuing high level of participation, in both numbers of candidates and voters, was indicative of the great interest shown in the association and its work on behalf of the industry. He added: "It's good to welcome two such well-known individuals who will undoubtedly provide fresh ideas and views to add to the skill and experience of the existing committee members."One of the vacant places on the committee arose due to the recent resignation of long-term committee member Matthew Tonks, following the demise of Glantre Engineering earlier in the year. Paul Adams commented: "I would like to thank all the members of the executive committee for their support during the four years I have spent as PLASA Chairman. I would especially like to mention Matthew Tonks, who has worked very hard for the Association during the five years that he has served on the committee. His input, particularly in the area of Technical Standards, has been invaluable."The new Chairm
A free briefcase is on offer to one lucky web surfer every month during the year 2000. Visitors to Amptown Cases UK's new web site can enter the competition on-line and a winner will be selected at random each month. The site also has a free links directory aimed at the entertainments industry where you can add a link to your own web site, along with up to 100 words describing your business.
Event Expo will take place at the London Arena on the 18-20 January 2000. The exhibition draws together a large number of companies ranging from stand contractors to AV specialists. Running alongside the exhibition will be a programme of seminars addressing current issues which will cover everything from the way in which the internet is affecting events, to the kind of involvement hoped for from the government.
Neumann and Neutrik microphones were chosen by Edinburgh-based dealer/installer GB Audio, who recently completed a major rewiring at corporate recording studio, Red Facilities. Neutrik cable and connectors were used extensively in both the main studio and ISDN suite, while a Neumann U87Ai was added to Red's inventory, following a tough 'shoot out' with six other brands.
The Concert Touring Division of Presentation Services Ltd (PSL) will announce a record month's trading in December, following a number of tours by girl-bands and boy-bands, dance tours and one-off spectaculars. More than 15 acts have been serviced by PSL during December -– from Steps and The Spice Girls to Black Sabbath and The Fun Loving Criminals. Des Fallon said the preparations for the month have been very challenging, designing and producing more than a dozen simultaneous top line shows, and moving seven video directors and up to 50 crew around the UK's arenas and concert halls.
At the end of a busy year, Gearhouse South Africa has expanded its Turbosound stock to keep up with a continuing busy touring schedule. The Johannesburg branch of the company has purchased a large Floodlight system, along with Turbo' MC-1250 power amplifiers and LMS-D6 digital systems processors.Another Floodlight system has been purchased by Production Technology LLC of Dubai. The order includes 14 stacks each of TFL-760H and TSW-718 enclosures, with THL-4s for drum fills and TFM-230 and TFM-330 floor monitors. The company also purchased two Midas Heritage 3000 consoles and eight Allen & Heath GL4000s.Meanwhile, Moscow's newest nightclub, Slava, has installed an extensive Turbosound Floodlight/HiLight loudspeaker system specified and supplied by Turbo's Russian distributor, Sergei Korovin, for its main dance floor. System control is via two BSS Audio FDS-388 Omnidrives, and amplification is from Crown. Further Turbosound speakers - Impact 80s and TSW-124 subs, feature in the club's chill-out area.
Pacific Audio, ARX's distributor for Hong Kong and China, has carried out a major sale and installation of ARX power amplifiers, including two SX-3000, 12 ARX SX-1500s, 10 ARX ZR-850s and an ARX ZR-350, along with a range of ARX signal processing equipment, to Shanghai's Stage Play Art Centre (Black Box Act Hall). Sales and installations of the new ARX Climate Series of weather resistant loudspeakers, meanwhile, have been very good since their release at London's PLASA Exhibition in September, ARX report. Guy Cambell from UK-based installation contractor Feltech Ltd, has installed 14 Climate 6 loudspeakers into the outdoor area of the 'New Millennium Experience' section of London's Millennium Dome.
A brand new venue being built in the city of Chang Won in South Korea is to have 96 Chroma-Q M1 colour changers installed as part of its lighting system. The industrial city of Chang Won is located in the Southern part of Korea, and when completed, the Chang Won Cultural Hall will be the largest theatre in the area, with 1,200 seats. M. Lightech, who are the general contractors for the venue, are installing the Chroma-Q units, which were initially supplied by AC Lighting Ltd. After reviewing a number of different units, the Chroma-Q M1 was chosen for its feature specification and competitive pricing. Once installed, the colour changers will be used in conjunction with a number of fixtures, primarily Strand Optique and Toccata lanterns. The Chang Won Cultural Hall is due to open in April 2000, when it will house plays, musical and opera performances.
TMB Associates' ProPlex CAT5 patch cables, which were introduced at PLASA 99 as 'The World's Most Durable Ethernet Cables', are already being specified in critical entertainment control applications, including the control system for the moving stages and scenery in London's Millennium Dome. ProPlex distributor Direct Cables Ltd supplied the Dome with ProPlex CAT5 patch cables totalling more than 7,500m in length.TMB's Colin Waters stated: "The Millennium Dome is exactly the type of application for which we created ProPlex CAT5 Cables. Developing cables that could survive the level of abuse typical of entertainment applications, while passing all CAT5 tests and providing a 100% reliable control network, was a significant challenge."
With the aid of a £5.7m Arts Council grant, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre has undergone one of the most ambitious theatre refurbishments of the year. Northern Light were called in to undertake the full sound and lighting installation, to a specification written by Theatre Projects Consultants. Five BSS 9088 Soundweb digital signal processing units play a major role (four networked for the main system, with another for monitors), with speaker systems from d&b audiotechnik (vocals), Tannoy (music) and Martin Audio (auditorium surround). The Rep also features the first UK theatre installation of a Midas XL4 front-of-house console, and the entire audio system is controlled by Out Board Electronics' TiMax system. Full details of the audio installation will appear in the November/December issue of Sound + Communications Systems International magazine.
PSL, Gearhouse and Action International (France), all members of the Gearhouse Group, have invested in £1.9m worth of state-of-the-art projection equipment from Digital Projection.PSL will extend their rental inventory with a further eight Power 8gvs and 16 Lightning 15sx projectors. Supporting Texas Instruments' DLP Technology, the Lightning 15sx is capable of outputting 12,000 ANSI lumens and claims to be the brightest DLP-based projector available.
Martin Audio has changed its distribution arrangements in Germany, appointing Atlantic Audio as its new exclusive representatives. Under managing director, Wolfgang Garcon, Atlantic Audio was formed in September this year with backing from NOB, the Netherlands National Broadcast Organisation.
The appointment took effect on November 1, whereupon Atlantic ordered a Wavefront system comprising 16 W8Cs, six W8Cs flying bass systems and eight WSX subs (including a MAN flybar), to give them a five-way demonstration rig. It immediately went out on a nationwide tour with popular German band BAP. The rental company servicing the tour, Frankfurt-based Sirius, will be evaluating the system with a view to a new millennium acquisition.