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joecoBoujikian Bros to represent JoeCo in Lebanon
Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Lebanon - JoeCo has expanded its reach in the Middle East by signing a new distribution agreement with Boujikian Bros. The Beirut-based company will now represent the manufacturer in Lebanon, targeting TV production houses and live event clients.
“We have been searching for JoeCo partners in the Middle East for some time and Boujikian Bros’ name came up a number of times,” explained Graham Murray, business development at JoeCo. “Their experience and technical expertise make them a complimentary fit with JoeCo’s philosophy of providing high quality solutions for audio professionals.”
“We already distribute a number of top pro audio brands in Lebanon, but we had a gap in our range for reliable multitrack players/recorders and audio interfaces,” added Gary Boujikian, general manager at Boujikian Bros. “We knew how JoeCo systems were being used in TV, concert and installed sound applications around the world and believed that it could bring added value to our existing offerings.”
With the agreement in place, Boujikian Bros will specifically target the local broadcast and live markets. “Boujikian Bros are well known in the pro audio markets in the region, across a number of applications including studios for TV broadcast, live events and concerts. All of which are appropriate for JoeCo products,” noted Murray. “Working with Gary and his team gives us an opportunity to address these core market sectors and provides a wider and more direct exposure of JoeCo’s products in the region.”
“Most of our clients are TV product

polandAV Stumpfl names LTT as Polish distributor
Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Poland - AV Stumpfl, the Austrian AV technology manufacturer, has announced LTT as its new distributor for both projection screens and PIXERA media server systems in Poland.
LTT is a Warsaw-based company, distributing and servicing high-end lighting and stage equipment, in addition to offering stage technology design and implementation services. The company also regularly hosts popular training sessions and workshops aimed at industry professionals.
AV Stumpfl global business development manager Harry Gladow comments: "LTT has a great reputation when it comes to distributing world-class technology and are known for their ability to offer customer support as well as equipment servicing and maintenance services at the highest level. What makes this partnership really exciting for us as a manufacturer is the fact that, while LTT initially focused on theatrical lighting, they gradually expanded to include other markets that include TV studios, clubs and live events."
LTT sales director Pawel Mroziński comments: “Since we and our customers have been using AV Stumpfl screens for a very long time, we have a very positive opinion about the general product quality and are very excited to be the official distributor for Poland. We were also very impressed with the new GUI concept and usability approach of the PIXERA media-server systems, which is why we strongly believe that our cooperation will be very fruitful for both sides.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
winners2019 Knight of Illumination Awards winners
Tuesday, 17 September 2019

UK - More than 500 entertainment industry professionals celebrated the best in lighting and video design on Sunday night as The Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards announced this year's winners at a glittering ceremony at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.
The annual industry awards honour the achievements of lighting and video designers working across the sectors of Theatre, Television, and Concert Touring & Events, and are chosen by a panel of independent judges.
The 2019 KOI Award winners are:
Theatre
The PRG Award for Projection Design: Jack Phelan for The Second Violinist, Landmark Productions & Irish National Opera
The ADB Award for Plays: Jessica Hung Han Yun for Equus, English Touring Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford
The Robert Juliat Award for Opera: Mark Jonathan for Vanessa, Glyndebourne
The ETC Award for Dance: Clifton Taylor for Four Quartets, Barbican
The Hawthorn Award for Musicals: Neil Austin for Company, Gielgud Theatre
Television
The DTS Award for Events: Tim Routledge for Stormzy at Glastonbury
The Altman Lighting Award for Small Production: Martin Kempton for Inside No. 9 - Dead Line
The Green Hippo Award for Video Design & Graphic Display: 59 Productions for Five Telegrams, BBC Proms 2019, Royal Albert Hall & Edinburgh Festival
The JLLighting Award for Light Entertainment: Nigel Catmur for Young Dancer of the Year
The Ayrton Award for Drama: Anna Valdez-Hanks for

 
plasa-day1Crowds return for day two of PLASA Show 2019
Monday, 16 September 2019

The doors have opened for day two of PLASA Show 2019 at London Olympia, with Platinum Sponsor Robe, Silver Sponsor d&b audiotechnik and Technical Sponsor Hawthorn. The show floor is already brimming with business as visitors explore the latest products and solutions from 220+ brands from across audio, AV, lighting, rigging and staging.

The show’s platinum sponsor Robe have unveiled an expansive theatrical stand based on the classic 80s movie, Back To The Future. Live performances run every 90 minutes, with a viewing area on the show’s gallery level for visitors to watch from above. The creative duo behind the stand, Nathan Wan and Andy Webb, comment:

“Robe’s stand this year features a fully time coded show called ‘Return to the Future’ which is centred around a time travelling DeLorean car. During the show we smash through over 550 cues in eight minutes. It’s all about showcasing the new Esprite which is future-proofing LED moving heads as you can take the source out and simply replace it. This has absolutely been the most ambitious production that we’ve done to date, and it’s great to see on social media that many visitors come to PLASA Show just to see what we’ve come up with. We’ve been working on ‘Return to the Future’ for three months and it has been an absolute delight to see it all come together.”

Other lighting highlights include, Claypaky demonstrating their new Xtylos fixtures in an immersive enclosure, Ambersphere presenting the SpotM

 
 
bts-cardsDeadline to order Behind the Scenes holiday cards
Monday, 16 September 2019

USA - The deadline for ordering 2019 Behind the Scenes Holiday Cards is just two weeks away. These cards were created especially for Behind the Scenes and are a great way to spread holiday cheer while bringing help and hope to your colleagues in need. The order deadline is 30 September. Orders may be placed at behindthescenescharity.org/holidaycards.
Three card ordering options are offered: card packs of 10 with a standard greeting, personalized cards with a company logo and custom message (minimum order 250 cards), and electronic versions for delivery by email. All proceeds benefit the Behind the Scenes charity which provides financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured. Six new designs are featured this year.
All proceeds benefit the Behind the Scenes charity which provides financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured. For more information about Behind the Scenes, to donate, or to apply for a grant, visit www.behindthescenedscharity.org.
(Jim Evans)

 
sensaphonics-gold-circleAudiologists earn Sensaphonics certification
Monday, 16 September 2019

USA - Sensaphonics recently educated three audiologists in the art of working with musicians at a Gold Circle Seminar in Chicago. This two-day event covers a wide range of insights on the specific needs of musicians, whose workplace requires ongoing exposure to damaging levels of loud sound. Sensaphonics president, Dr. Michael Santucci, designed the seminar to teach audiologists the realities of today’s music industry, with a focus on the proper use of in-ear monitors and hearing protection.
“When it comes to in-ears, most musicians do not know how to protect their hearing, and most audiologists have no idea what stage monitoring is like,” notes Dr. Santucci. “The Gold Circle seminar is designed to share the knowledge that both groups require in order to create a great performance experience for musicians while still protecting their hearing.”
Three audiologists earned their Gold Circle certification: Dr. Margaret Richards of The Hearing Centrein Pensacola, FL; Dr. Natalie Crossland of Holland Doctors of Audiology in Holland, MI; and Dr. Shawna Jackson of the Callier Centre at U. of Texas-Dallas.
Gold Circle audiologists are taught the proper method for taking ear impressions, but the seminar goes far beyond such basics. Through classroom sessions at Sensaphonics offices and a hands-on live rehearsal session with a live band, the audiologists learn specifics on how to recommend the best products for each musician’s listening situation, how sound systems work, the innate challenges of stage monitoring, plus backstage etiquette and marke

 
 
blackoutBlackout Immersive to undertake research at PLASA 2019
Monday, 16 September 2019

UK - The team behind the six-minute immersive mental health installation Blackout will be running a pioneering industry evaluation alongside their exhibition experience at this year’s PLASA Show at London Olympia from 15-17 September 2019.
Bringing academic analysis to the exhibition, research director in clinical psychology at the University of Surrey Dr Paul Hanna has devised a questionnaire to undertake the first evaluation on mental health awareness specifically within the UK technical backstage entertainment industry. Dr Hanna has worked closely with the Blackout creative team since the project launched at Guildford School of Acting (GSA) in May.
Mig Burgess, GSA tutor and creator of Blackout, said: “This is an extremely important first step to address mental health awareness in the UK technical backstage entertainment industry and we are delighted that Paul’s expertise will provide valuable insight into mental health issues in the sector. By evaluating visitors’ experiences of Blackout at the PLASA Show we will be able to quantify our industry’s overall awareness of mental health, and to gain an insight into how many people suffer with mental health related issues.
“I am thrilled that Blackout has brought about this exciting research into mental health within our backstage industry and I am excited to collaborate with key trade associations to work together to evoke positive change.”
The evaluation has been funded by leading industry associations PLASA, ALD, ASD ABTT, PSA, all of whom recognise the importance of su

 
aveo-systems-press-release-graphicAveo Systems appoints Jands as distributor
Friday, 13 September 2019

Australia - Aveo Systems has announced the appointment of Jands as its exclusive distributor in the Australia-New Zealand region.
“Mira Connect, from Aveo Systems, is an impressive innovation that further complements our existing AV conferencing product portfolio,” says Phil Muffet, national sales manager at Jands. “Jands is committed to providing the best solutions for our customers and partnering with strategic vendors who complement our integrators’ existing solutions.”
“Jands is one of the strongest AV companies in the ANZ region and is well respected by integrators and users,” comments Paul Roberts, Aveo Systems’ director of sales. “We think they will be the perfect partner for promoting Mira Connect to corporate, educational, and other users in the area.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
PRG supports Production Zync Entertainment
Friday, 13 September 2019

Europe - From The Road to the Billboard Music Awards with NBC Universal, to the Thanksgiving Parade Celebrations in New York City, and a recent show in Las Vegas, Production Zync Entertainment are cementing their partnership in the world of design and production, and PRG has supported a diverse range of productions for them across the world.
Over the last seven months PRG has been working closely with newly formed Production Zync Entertainment, on the delivery and execution of a range of television, music, sport and live projects, from studio to arena across Europe, the US, and the UK.
PRG has provided Production Zync with a fully supported ‘one stop shop’ technical production solution across multiple territories, including equipment, crew, transportation, logistics, and pre-visualisation support.
With sites in London and Los Angeles, Production Zync combines production lighting design and complete production solutions, with technical provision.
The label was jointly founded by ITV’s former head of scenic and lighting (The London Studios) Dave Stevens, and production & lighting designer / director of production Steff Jones. Dave serves as managing director, with Jones as creative director & director of production.
The label specialises in the design, management, execution and delivery of the A to Z in production from inception to execution of TV shows, to international tours and music videos, to one-off bespoke live projects and events.
Dave spent almost 30 years at ITV’s The London Studios where he headed up li

 
jeadeJames Eade launches new BS 7909 course
Friday, 13 September 2019

UK - James Eade, LSi columnist and leading consultant in electrical safety for the event production industry, has created a new course covering BS 7909 - the Code of Practice for temporary electrical systems for entertainment and related purposes.
BS 7909 Temporary Power for the Events Industry has been developed by Eade in consultation with industry experts to ensure the most up-to-date and relevant guidance for this rapidly changing discipline. Unique in the event production market, the course is only available from James Eade.
The course is up to date with the new 18th Edition of the Wiring Regulations (BS 7671:2018) and the new IET guidance on the use of generators and covers a broad range of areas including multiple sources of supply, RCDs, earthing and bonding, inspection and testing as well as the management of temporary electrical infrastructure.
Attendees will learn how and why the IET Wiring Regulations and BS 7909 apply to temporary events, why they are important, and the best route to compliance. The content includes examples of current practice, and where this differs from best practice, as well as the common dangers that exist in a typical event environment.
Initially, BS 7909 Temporary Power for the Events Industry will be accredited by Eade, but the process of gaining accreditation by a leading awarding body is underway and is expected to be completed soon.
In addition, James Eade is also offering other new and updated training courses on related subjects, including:
• Events Industry Electrical Standards Upda

 
 
olympia-way03-1PLASA Show 2020 to move to Olympia Grand
Thursday, 12 September 2019

UK - PLASA Show 2020 is moving to London Olympia's Grand Hall, PLASA has announced. A scheduling change has also been made, with the 2020 event taking place on 6-8 September 2020.
The Grand Hall is the largest exhibition space at Olympia and the Show's move highlights its return to form since returning to west London in 2016. PLASA reports that the event has grown year-on-year both in terms of exhibitor and visitor numbers, and this latest decision has been taken to ensure the ability for future expansion of the show.
Sophie Atkinson, PLASA head of events, comments: “With the exciting redevelopment happening at Olympia over the next few years the opportunity has arisen for us to move the PLASA Show to the Grand Hall from 2020 onwards. This is a great opportunity for the show as it allows us to ensure all exhibitors are on a single floor and gives a greater number of stands more rigging height above them.”
PLASA MD, Peter Heath, adds: “Moving to the Grand Hall gives huge potential for the show to continue its growth, allowing the chance for exhibitors to take larger spaces as well as being able to welcome more new exhibitors. The reinvigoration we have seen for the show since we returned to our spiritual home of West London combined with the huge popularity of our PLASA Focus events has provided us with this opportunity. With this new location within one of the most prestigious events centres in London, we can ensure a sustainable fu

 
grandopening1ChamSys head office opening draws crowd
Thursday, 12 September 2019

UK - Good times mixed with valuable insights at the grand opening of the ChamSys UK head office in Southampton's Brooklands Courtyard.
On 2 September, over 150 lighting programmers and designers from throughout Europe attended the inauguration of the new office, training facility and product development centre. Visitors participated in informative classes, think tanks, and training sessions focused on the new MagicQ and QuickQ software from ChamSys.
Adding a light-hearted touch of drama to the proceedings was a short skit presented by company team members on the history of ChamSys. The skit recounted how company cofounder Chris Kennedy developed his first console at the age of 10. Telling the story of a young man with big dreams, it showed how Kennedy achieved something beyond even his wildest imagination years later when an award-winning ChamSys console was used by Art & Yes to control a record-breaking 64,000 parameters over 186 universes directly without processing nodes.
Also staring in the drama was the MagicQ MQ500 Stadium Console, which was featured in live demonstrations that highlighted its wide range of impressive features.
Following his “acting performance”, Kennedy treated guests to a preview of the new MagicQ MQ70, a compact and aerodynamic console with big-time scalability. Animated light shows controlled by the MagicQ MQ500 followed this introduction.
At the conclusion of the evening, Kennedy invited guests to return to the new ChamSys facility, reminding them that it would be holding multiple training sessions

 
 
at64-shiftadjustmentEvolve invests in AV Stumpfl AT64-Shift
Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Austria - The Austrian AV technology manufacturer AV Stumpfl recently announced that its US projection screen and media server distributor Evolve has invested heavily in the AT64-Shift screen system legs.
Orlando, Dallas and Las Vegas-based Evolve distributes and rents out video equipment for the live events industry and also provides industry training programmes. The company is now working to convert its entire inventory over to the AT64-Shift system by the end of the year.
"Our customers know that we are passionate about developing new ideas and products that deliver the best quality possible for their exciting projects around the world," comments AV Stumpfl Inc. MD, Todd Liedahl. "The AT64-Shift is such a truly exciting product that allows AV professionals to adjust the height of large mobile projection screens in record time, without them having to disassemble it first. We are very happy that Evolve saw the potential of this screen system innovation early on and decided to invest. Evolve have a reputation for being highly professional early adopters, so we are confident that their trusting our products will have a very positive impact on how the AT64-Shift will be received in the US in general. "
Evolve’s CEO Tyler Mayne adds: "Like Evolve, AV Stumpfl is a family-owned business that strives to offer quality products and services to its customers. After visiting the AV Stumpfl factory in Austria a few years ago it was clear that this is the type of vendor partnership that we travel the world to find. Evolve is thrilled to be distributing al

 
big-bookStampede embarks on Big Book of AV tour
Wednesday, 11 September 2019

USA - Distributor Stampede is hosting eight Big Book of AV Tour & Conference Series stops in the United States and Canada, one US national sales meeting, and three summits for its United States, Canadian and Latin American vendor partners.
The Fall 2019 Stampede Big Book of AV Tour & Conference Series will make stops in San Diego, California, 19 September; Montreal, 17 October; Chicago, 24 October; Toronto, 13 November; Houston, 21 November; Miami, 5 December and Vancouver,11 December. Complete details on the fall tour can be found at www.bigbookofavtour.com.
The United States Vendor Summit will take place on 7-8 October at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Centre in New York, following on the heels of its United States national sales meeting on 5-6 October. The Canadian Vendor Summit will take place on 12 November at the Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport, and the Latin American Vendor Summit will be held in Miami on 5 December at the Intercontinental at Doral Miami.
“The future has never looked more promising or more profitable than it does today, as the market need grows for complex and integrated solutions that deliver compelling customer experiences that are unique to every vertical market,” comments Stampede president and CEO, Kevin Kelly.
“The growing demand for solutions that generate better customer experiences and business outcomes is creating a new era of opportunity for us to move upstream and away from the mainstream of lower end, commoditized single product solutions. When it comes to profiting in today’s 21

 
 
mr-yao-with-mr-thamer-ceo-at-ibt-gmbh-mr-nebrich-mr-munck-field-engineers-from-ibt-gmbhState Automation opens Euro service centre
Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Germany - State Automation has announced that BDL-KG in Germany is now a certified service centre for State Automation Lighting equipment. All European customers (excluding Scandinavia, where Bright Norway is the point of contact) should contact the company’s Wolfgang Kunwald to request repair services. BDL KG is also the point of contact and organises handling and logistics.
Repair and maintenance will be provided by BDL KG’s partner IBT Theatres and Broadcast Technology GmbH.

 
sydneyVivid Sydney Ideas call for content
Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Australia - Expressions of Interest (EOI) are open for Vivid Sydney’s Ideas programme, encouraging innovative and thought-provoking individuals and businesses around the world to submit their ideas and concepts to be part of Vivid Sydney 2020.
Attended by over 2m people each year, Vivid Sydney is the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere. Vivid Ideas brings together leading thinkers, creators and innovators to share their insights across technology, design, entertainment and culture to explore how they are tackling some of the biggest global issues in front of a live festival audience.
Minister for Tourism, Stuart Ayres, comments: “Vivid Ideas is a truly significant part of the Vivid Sydney programme and for the creative industries, it places Sydney and New South Wales as the creative industries hub of Asia Pacific.
“Vivid Ideas offers an international platform for creative leaders across the tech, design, and culture spectrums to engage a global audience and deliver bold future-facing talks, hands-on workshops and industry-shaping forums.”
In 2019, the Vivid Ideas programme was promoted to a global audience of 55m, with over 33,000 people attending a Vivid Ideas event for professional or industry development. The programme featured 142 events with 250 speakers, including headline filmmaker Spike Lee and relationship expert Esther Perel.
Destination NSW chief executive officer and executive producer Vivid Sydney Sandra Chipchase said Vivid Ideas presents an opportunity to start conversations and

 
 
etp-touseHutton to head up ETP European division
Wednesday, 11 September 2019

UK - Entertainment Technology Partners has announced the launch of its new European division. Based out of the United Kingdom, ETP Europe will provide support throughout Europe to bring AV solutions to clients.
Industry veteran Paul Hutton will be joining as president of European operations. Paul has spent the past three decades creating and spearheading Blitz, one of the leading AV staging companies in Europe.
“We couldn’t be more excited about expanding ETP’s operations to Europe, especially with Paul coming on board to help lead the way,” said Les Goldberg, chairman and CEO of ETP. “We have been looking at a number of opportunities in Europe and expect to have more announcements of new brands joining ETP in the very near future.”
Entertainment Technology Partners was created in 2014 with the idea of like-minded owners joining together to continue to operate independently and grow their services, while utilizing ETP’s behind the scenes shared-support services such as accounting, HR, IT and purchasing.
“There are opportunities and space for high quality AV specialists in the European events market, so the timing couldn’t be better for ETP to expand,” states Paul. “I’m really looking forward to building on ETP’s success in the U.S and I know existing clients with international projects will jump at the chance to further our relationship.”
(Jim Evans)

 
dpa-sales-staff-with-new-distributorsDPA appoints distributors in Serbia and Croatia
Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Europe - DPA Microphones has appointed AVL Projekt and LAV Projekt as its distributors in Serbia and Croatia respectively. The two companies are distributors and integrators of professional audio, light and video solutions and can support customers from the initial point of contact through to the delivery and installation.
AVL and LAV address DPA market segments through a network of system integrators, installers and dealers active in the theatre, broadcast and touring.
Slobodan Veckalov, managing director of AVL Projekt, comments: “We are very excited to be representing such a great microphone brand. We have worked with DPA in the past on various projects, and we advocate for top-notch quality product in the portfolio of brands that we distribute.”
Davor Vujic, managing director of LAV Projekt, adds: “It is both a great privilege and obligation to introduce great DPA products into the Croatian market.”
Guillaume Cadiou, area sales manager for DPA Microphones, says: “DPA has been growing well in the region for several years, and we are now taking the next step by getting closer to our market by appointing local representatives in the region. I have known the team at AVL for a while, and did not need to think much when we were looking for representatives. They have already demonstrated great audio expertise and have been very active from day one.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Glastonbury Records - Kylie Minogue's decades-spanning greatest hits set has become the most-watched Glastonbury performance ever, according to BBC figures. An average audience of 3.2m people tuned in to see her play the festival's legend slot, beating previous highs set by Ed Sheeran and Adele. Viewership peaked at 3.9m during the closing minutes of Kylie's set, as she played Dancing and Spinning Around. The emotional show came 14 years after a cancer diagnosis forced the star to pull out of a planned headline slot.
This year's Glastonbury saw a significant shift in viewership, with audiences increasingly choosing to catch up with performances online. The total number of online requests, including YouTube views, iPlayer requests and live streams, reached 37.5m - an increase of 86% from 2017 (Glastonbury took a year off in 2018). However, TV viewership was down - from 23m in 2017 to 21.1m this year; although that figure is still the second-highest on record.
Rebranding Potter - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has unveiled new branding and a new logo at its London home, bringing the theatre production in line with the book and film franchise worldwide. Producers said the global expansion of the play meant that they now wanted to “coordinate the marketing of the show around the world so there was consistency across all territories”.
Written by Jack Thorne and based on a story by Thorne, director John Tiffany and Harry Potter creator JK Rowling, the play premiered in London in 2016, featuring a new story set 19 yea

 
tom-harperPLASA 2019: Unusual leads Circular debate
Tuesday, 10 September 2019

UK - Unusual Rigging's Tom Harper will lead a session hosted by SiPA at PLASA 2019 which aims to explore how 'circular' the live production industry really is.
The session which takes place on 15 September at 14.00 will look at how the industry needs to decouple 'show business' from the highly wasteful, energy intensive and inefficient consumption of finite resources.
Tom, a director at Unusual Rigging as well as the company's circular economy lead, recently completed his MBA in circular economy innovation and is passionate to drive forward system shifts to ensure an effective transition towards an economic model that is regenerative by design.
"This isn't just about what we at Unusual Rigging can do – although we are very much trying to lead by example. It's about working with the entire industry in order to radically reduce consumption levels. We are locked in a system in which everything favours the linear model of production and consumption where we 'take, make and waste'. But there are things that the live production industry can be doing to drive forward the transition to a Circular Economy – we'll use this session to identify those things and figure out how we can accelerate this transition."
Unusual's Emily Egleton will join the panel alongside Carol Scott from Tait, John Winters from the National Theatre and Dr Greg Lavery from Rype Office. Emily will be touching on the innovations preserving the 'technosphere'.
Emily commented: "It's looking at designing for disassembly, designing for durability and establishing robust reve

 
 
avengerAVenger Electronics to distribute RCF in UAE
Tuesday, 10 September 2019

UAE - Dubai-based AVenger Electronics has been appointed RCF distributor for UAE/Oman.
“Since RCF had the entire range of professional audio products in its portfolio, catering for the installation, touring, MI and Evacuation segments, we considered them as our preferred choice for servicing the markets in the UAE and Oman,” stated AVenger sales manager, Joseph Ninel Rebero. “This would range from small portable PA to large stadium installations. We knew it was well established in both the touring and MI market.”
Rebero will lead a team that will be focused on brand promotion throughout the UAE and Oman. “Our mission will be to focus more on the integration market to bring RCF up to the next level in this segment,” he says, forecasting that initial impact is likely to be created through the Live & Pro Series as well as the new business music solution products, due for release imminently.
AVenger Electronics has also set a vigorous marketing campaign, favouring roadshows and seminars over trade shows in the Middle East. “In this way we can give more interaction and product awareness with industry professionals.”
Added Luca Ombrati, RCF sales manager Europe & Middle East, “Having known Joseph Ninel Rebero for some time, when he informed me about the new company he was about to co-found with other experienced people in the industry - people who already had deep knowledge of RCF, its products and philosophy - their appointment was a no brainer.
“AVenger Electronics’ decision to keep RCF as the exclusive audio br

 
music-support-logoMusic Support raises mental health awareness
Tuesday, 10 September 2019

UK - Taking place today, Tuesday 10 September, World Suicide Prevention Day hopes to raise awareness for the cause. Each year, death by suicide is listed in the top 20 causes of loss of life globally for people of all ages and is responsible for over 800,000 deaths. That’s a lost life every 40 seconds - and the impact can be catastrophic.
According to World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) research, “For each suicide, approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected. This amounts to 108 million people per year who are profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviour.”
People working within the music industry are three times more likely to experience a mental health problem, at a rate of approximately 36,000 people per year, putting both musicians, road crew, artist managers and multiple occupations in between at risk.
Road crew worldwide experience mental health difficulties. Entertainment Assist, an Australian-based support hub documented in 2017: “In the last 12 months, Australian entertainment industry workers experienced suicide ideation 5-7 times more than the general population and two-three times more over a lifetime. In the last 12 months, road crew members experienced suicide ideation almost nine times more than the general population. Rates of suicide ideation, planning and attempts are extremely high and indicate a need for early intervention programs tailored to the industry.”
Touring director and production manager, Jim Digby, has worked with Linkin Park for over 16 years. The loss of the band’s frontma

 
 
plasaWhat to expect from this weekend's PLASA Show
Tuesday, 10 September 2019

The doors of PLASA Show 2019 open in just a few days from 15-17 September at Olympia London, where thousands of visitors will experience the leading edge of live entertainment technology. With 220+ brands, 55+ educational sessions and a plethora of immersive features, this year’s show is ready to serve industry professionals from all sectors.
PLASA’s Managing Director Peter Heath comments: “Last year’s edition of PLASA Show was heralded for its high footfall and vibrant atmosphere. We have worked hard to build upon this by offering more brands and new features for a show that is both enjoyable and productive.
Of course, we couldn’t do it without the exhibitors and their technology which has developed at a dizzying rate over the years – PLASA is proud to provide a platform for such innovation, and we can’t wait to share what’s in store.”

Brand new products
After much hype, the Heritage-D digital console from MIDAS will be at the show, providing hands-on encounters. Coda Audio will display their N-APS, an ultra-compact 2-way arrayable point source, and d&b audiotechnik will display their flexible A-Series. The all-new TrackerD4 Precision Stagetracking from TiMax will also be here.
Robe will launch their new luminaire, Esprite, which has been designed as an LED replacement for discharge fixtures. Other notable lighting fixtures appearing at the show include the Huracán-X from Ayrton, the Maverick MK3 from Chauvet and the Synergy 5 from DTS. Artistic Licence will present their latest lighting control

 
website-launchShowlight launches new website
Monday, 9 September 2019

Europe - Showlight, the quadrennial lighting colloquium, has launched a new website (www.showlight.org).
The next event is taking place on 22-25 May 2021 in Fontainebleau, France.
The website contains useful information to help visitors plan their attendance, as well as details on how to become a speaker, a sponsor, an exhibitor or a sponsored student. Once confirmed, speaker and exhibitor listings as well as details of the programme will become available on the website.
Video clips of the last Showlight - which took place in 2017 in Florence, Italy - offer a tantalising taster of the kind of things you can expect at Showlight 2021 - this time with a little French flavour added to the favourite ingredients: an entertaining programme of conference papers and networking, mixed with plenty of socialising and opportunities to exchange ideas with fellow industry professionals.
Those willing to meet the Showlight committe or raise any questions with them can find the committee members' contact details on the website. Many of the members will be at the upcoming PLASA Show (15-17 September, London Olympia) so those wishing to set up a meeting can do so via the website
Showlight 2021’s headline sponsor is Robert Juliat, with Ayrton platinum sponsor; Eyetidy and SFL Group - gold sponsors; White Light and ACT Lighting - silver sponsors, and PRG bronze sponsor. LSi mag

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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