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casteleinpersonnelMexico City’s Castelein adds Bose DeltaQ
Monday, 2 September 2019

Mexico - Castelein Audiovisual Services of Mexico City has upgraded its audio equipment with the Bose Professional ShowMatch DeltaQ Array system.
Castelein has more than 15 years’ experience in renting audio, video and lighting equipment to corporate events and live shows. The company’s clients range from top event planners, PR and promotion agencies, production companies to AV rental companies; it services small conferences as well as live shows in 1000-seat venues.
The Bose system recently acquired by Castelein includes 16 ShowMatch line array modules, eight SMS118 subwoofers, suspension accessories, and four compatible Powersoft X4 amplifiers. With this ShowMatch DeltaQ system, Castelein can deliver the intelligibility and coverage that the voice of a presenter needs to get a message through, the audio clarity required to enhance the experience from a corporate video, and all of the full-bandwidth power needed for a live concert performance.
Castelein’s relationship with Bose Professional began in 2009 when it first added the L1 portable line array loudspeakers as part of its rental inventory. This experience became one of the aspects that Aymeric Castelein, director of Castelein Audiovisual Services, took into consideration when contemplating the company’s investment in a new ShowMatch system.
“I like to see our suppliers as allies, because we can help each other and grow together. With Bose Professional we have assumed the challenge of positioning the ShowMatch DeltaQ system among different production and rental companies and s

duncan-riley-and-stuart-andrewsDWR hosts Johannesburg L-ISA demo
Monday, 2 September 2019

South Africa - DWR Distribution presented an exclusive demo of L-Acoustics’ L-ISA sound technology to over 100 representatives from rental companies and TV studios in Johannesburg.
The system, which was used in South Africa for the first time during the live edition of The Voice South Africa 2019, was demo’d at the Mosaïek Teatro in Fairlands, where the TV show took place.
The demo was presented by Tim McCall, regional sales manager and Tony Szabo, head of touring applications at L-Acoustics, along with Chris Pugh, technical support at DWR Distribution and Adriaan van der Walt, audio engineer at Multi-Media who specified L-ISA technology for The Voice.
“I think it’s awesome that L-Acoustics have invested so much into South Africa,” comments Duncan Riley of DWR. “We are one of their smaller markets, yet they treat us no differently to the larger players. Their passion is contagious, and it really does feel like a family. We received an overwhelming response at the demo from the entertainment industry and I would like to thank everyone for being there.”
“Over six million spectators have enjoyed over two thousand performances in L-ISA so far, and we have sent out people to gather information from the audience to see if they enjoyed the production and noticed a difference,” said Tony Szabo. “The feedback has been overwhelming, from people commenting that they felt closer to the performance, to artists saying that they receive a greater response from the audience.”
Chris de Lancey, director at Multi-Media

 
 
tslTSL investment fuels busy festival season
Friday, 30 August 2019

UK - TSL Lighting’s major spring investment in fixtures and consoles has resulted in a busy summer festival season, with the new kit being used at Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds and the biggest European festival stages.
A recent delivery of grandMA3 full-size and light consoles meant that no-compromise control could be supplied for British DJ and production duo CamelPhat at Reading & Leeds festivals at the end of August.
“The MA3 is a new investment for us but one which we’re sure will become a real workhorse for the future,” says TSL senior project manager, James Davies. “We’ve set up our systems and networking infrastructure so that our lighting designers and operators can get used to the new control surfaces ready for the launch of the version 3 software. The Reading & Leeds shows looked great. Designer Sam Tozer and Operator Patrick Krause did a fantastic job, as always.”
TSL recently doubled their stock of Martin VDO Sceptron 10 units, which were put to good use by lighting designer Matt Kemp to create a floor package for Jorja Smith’s 2019 festival tour, supplementing a rig of MAC Viper Profiles and SGM Q-7s. The Sceptron units were also used on Clean Bandit’s summer festival tour for lighting designer Liam Griffiths. For both packages, TSL also designed, built and supplied custom frames and rolling skids for the rigs to move on and off the stage seamlessly.
July also saw an increase in TSL’s stock of Chroma-Q Colorforce II 12 and 48 LED battens, improving the flexibility of its existing Colorforce II syst

 
absenAbsen MiniLED in high demand
Friday, 30 August 2019

UK - The initial batch of 500 Aries AX1.5 - Absen’s newest mini-LED display - has sold out instantly, confirming the strong demand for 1.5mm fine pitch LED within the rental market. UK-based AV distributor PSCo was the first in Europe to invest in the product, with UK rental companies DB Pixelhouse, Onyx and Catalyst amongst the first to add the new product to their rental fleets.
Absen’s Aries LED display series is aimed at professional rental companies for high-end corporate events, conferences, auto shows, e-gaming competitions and broadcast applications, and is the first such product to combine a 4-in-1 integrated pixel design and Common Cathode technology.
Alex Couzins, head of brand and marketing for Absen Europe, comments: “We have really seen the demand for a 1.5mm fine pitch LED within the rental market kick off this year and we’re excited that PSCo is among the first companies in the world to offer customers the new Aries 1.5mm.
“Absen has dedicated two years of development to the Aries project; a decision that’s yielded a number of technological innovations and mechanical advances. This commitment has ensured that the product’s exceptional visual performance will not be hindered by the physical demands of the rental staging market.”
PSCo’s head of LED, Liam Winter, adds: “Absen’s new 4-in-1 mini-LED is an evolution and, ultimately, an upgrade to the traditional SMD LED technology, which sets the standard for LED performance today.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
hrt-one-family-hrHuddle Room Technology partners with Jands
Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Australia - Huddle Room Technology (HRT) has appointed Jands Australia as its new distribution partner for the Australian AV and ICT markets.
HRT is the maker of Huddle Hub One, a multi-session wireless presentation system that supports up to seven concurrent sessions on the same hardware. Jands is showcasing the Huddle Hub One and One Plus at Integrate Show in Melbourne this week (27-29 August, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre).
“Having a partner like Jands with their extensive experience in the Australian market is a big win for HRT,” comments Stefano Spattini, CEO for HRT. “We are greatly looking forward to working with such a respected and professional distribution partner.”
“HRT's Huddle Hub is an impressive innovation that further complements our existing AV conferencing product portfolio,” adds Phil Muffet, national sales manager at Jands.
(Jim Evans)

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Motown Gold - Stevie Wonder's Superstition has topped the chart of the most popular Motown tracks of all time in the UK. The 1972 single beat classics by the Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell and the Temptations. The list of the top 100 Motown tracks was compiled by the Official Chart Company based on all time downloads and streams.
"I am proud to have been chosen at the top of such an incredibly talented group of artists," said Wonder. Overall the singer-songwriter legend had the most songs on the list with 20. His next most popular track was Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours), which came in at five.
The Empire Strikes Back - A new campaign group has been set up to bring the at risk Garston Empire in Liverpool back into use as an entertainment venue. The building has been disused for 10 years and was placed on the Theatres Trust Theatres at Risk Register in 2009 due to threat of demolition. Having opened in 1915, the Garston Empire operated as a theatre for three years before becoming a cinema. Its last use was as a bingo hall, which ended when it closed in 2009.
Now, a group of local residents, led by businessman Tony Murray, hope to see the building “returned to its glory days” as a theatre and multi-use entertainment venue. The venue has an estimated capacity of 1,000. Murray, who has previously worked as a bingo-caller at Hackney Empire in London, said: “The idea just came to me in a flash one day. I know that they have turned the Hackney Empire into a roaring success and I thought we could do the same thing

 
 
test-set-up-roe-products-at-aed-hqAED Display boosts ROE inventory
Tuesday, 27 August 2019

The Netherlands - AED Display has recently enlarged its stock of ROE Visual LED products with further investment. Investing in a series of new products released by ROE Visual will ensure AED’s rental fleet is completely up-to-date to respond to market developments.
“We constantly have to respond to changing market demands. Keeping up with new product releases is one of the strong features of AED Display, we scout developments and product releases of our suppliers on a regular base. When products make a successful entry in the market, we will see an increase in demand for these products at AED Display immediately,” comments Thierry Heldenbergh, managing director for AED Display.
The total investment in ROE Visual products encompasses Black Marble BM4 LED floor, Diamond DM2.6 and Vanish V8. With this investment AED can boast to have the largest rental stock in Europe, enabling AED to support companies that have invested in similar products.
“This investment will give our customers access to the latest LED products that are in high demand for live events as well as corporate shows”, states Heldenbergh.
“The ability to rent or cross-rent gives a boost to rental companies, that like to own their own LED equipment, but might run out of stock for larger shows. The great thing is we can trust ROE Visual to take that fact into account and reserve products from the same batch for a certain region.”
“We have a long and close relation with AED Display, they have been instrumental in growing our brand in Europe,” comments Roelof B

 
elations-eric-loader-and-ulas-cuono-bivianoULA Group to distribute Elation in Australia
Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Australia - Elation Professional has announced that ULA Group is the new exclusive distributor for Elation Professional products in Australia and New Zealand. Established in 1991, ULA Group provides lentertainment, architectural and LED digital lighting solutions to an extensive portfolio of clients across the region.
“We understand the value in providing our clients with as many options and solutions as possible, therefore we sought an internationally recognized brand that was well respected and could cover a vast array of markets,” states Cuono (Con) Biviano, managing director of ULA Group. “As an acknowledged brand on international tour riders and an emerging standard in the major theatre market, Elation was a natural fit.”
Elation director of sales & marketing, Eric Loader, adds: “A partnership with ULA was a logical step for us to move forward in the Australian and New Zealand market and is an important piece of our growth strategy. With an extremely well-qualified and experienced team with well-established relationships across the industry, along with offices across Australia and New Zealand, ULA is well prepared to support our product line and grow the Elation brand.”
ULA Group serves rental companies large and small and works with major installation customers to provide clients with market-leading visual solutions and services. The growing company offers an extensive portfolio of brands and maintains offices throughout Australia and New Zealand.
“Elation offers innovative products across rental, production and theat

 
 
plasa-touseDays left for free PLASA Show registration
Tuesday, 27 August 2019

UK - Time is running out for those wishing to take advantage of the free registration period for the 2019 PLASA Show, taking place 15-17 September at London Olympia. Visitor registration is free until Friday, 30 August (£12 thereafter).
Organisers have also announced new additions to the seminar programme, which is covering various industry topics, from ground-breaking audio installations to safety and career advice, and practical training.
In 'More than a venue', Royal Albert Hall’s head of technical Ollie Jeffery and Steve Jones of d&b audiotechnik will reveal the story behind the venue’s multi-million pound audio installation and its effect on the RAH and its many visitors (see LSi April 2019).
In an exploratory session on sound for houses of worship, SFL project manager Patrick Smith will offer four proven ideas for better church audio, discussing what happens when contemporary music meets Gothic architecture and how immersive audio could change the face of worship.
Other audio sessions will discuss the future of theatre audio; how audio is affected by ambitious concert staging; and the realities of immersive audio. Meanwhile, Soulsound’s Darryn de la Soul will address the younger generation, offering insider know-how on how to craft a good CV and get wo

 
hyde-parkMartin Audio reports sales growth
Friday, 23 August 2019

UK - Martin Audio has reported sales growth following a series of product launches and an overseas expansion.
The Buckinghamshire-based business has recorded a 22% increase in sales in its financial year 2017/18, growing from £16.5m to £20.1m. The company is now forecasting a further 20% increase in sales during 2019.
Over the same period, Martin Audio has added a number of major global rental clients to its roster, including US-based Soundworks, Southard Audio and Twilight Audio which were part of efforts to consolidate the brand’s footprint in North America, where it is now established as a direct distributor. In addition, Jamaican brand Main Event Entertainment, and Dominican Republic-headquartered Group AR were also added joining the ranks of Martin Audio rental companies that manage tours, corporate events and major festivals including London’s British Summertime Festival at Hyde Park, Rock in Rio and Rock in Japan.
The brand has also launched 15 new products over the past 12 months and extended its scalable acoustic technology offering. Its new range of sound solutions has enabled the business to expand into the commercial install space, allowing it to compete successfully with major industry players.
In 2018, Martin Audio completed a management buyout from global audio specialist Loud Audio. The manufacturer was backed by LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group, which invested £12m in the company alongside its existing management team.
Following the divestiture from Loud, Martin Audio has invested in developi

 
 
blackoutsocialmediawebtwitterpost1024x512pxBlackout Immersive to run at PLASA Show 2019
Friday, 23 August 2019

UK - Blackout, an immersive installation designed by Mig Burgess to raise mental health awareness, will be presented at the PLASA Show from 15-17 September at Olympia London.
After an initial run at Guildford School of Acting earlier this year (see LSi June 2019), the project, which fuses cutting-edge technology, art, theatre and education, will visit the tradeshow as it gears up for a nationwide roll-out.
Blackout aims to give visitors a rare insight into the mind of someone with bipolar II disorder by utilising light, sound, video and vibration, creating a sensory journey into the mind of a bipolar II patient who transitions through a hyper manic and manic low episode.
The experience has been created for a single viewer and lasts six minutes. Entry is free, but those wishing to attend need to choose a preferred date and time through this booking form.
Burgess, a lighting tutor at GSA and an experienced production LX, has suffered from the disorder for most of her life.
She says: “I’m a creative - it is far easier to express my feelings through art than through words. I see Blackout as much more than just a design installation. I want to provoke more discussion around the topic of mental health in this industry, and beyond. I want to encourage people to be honest a

 
chamsysChamSys moves into new headquarters
Thursday, 22 August 2019

UK - Lighting console manufacturer ChamSys is opening new headquarters in Southampton’s Brooklands Courtyard.
The facility features a multi-line manufacturing centre, which will enable the company to build its MagicQ Stadium and MagicQ Compact consoles simultaneously. Also inside are storage and dispatch warehousing area, R&D facilities, service department and customer training area along with a dedicated repair centre, two training rooms, and a pre-visualisation suite for visiting programmers.
Chamsys, which is celebrating 15 years in business this year, is officially opening the new HQ with an event on 2 September - contact the company on openhouse@chamsys.co.uk for details on how to attend.
“The new headquarters reflects our dedication to maintaining the highest quality standards as we grow,” comments Chris Kennedy, managing director of ChamSys. “We’re extremely happy with how our new facility will enable us to accelerate our product development whilst maintaining our high product quality and software excellence. ChamSys is committed to providing the best value and service to the customer.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
active-bluedbtechnologiesActive Blue invests in Vio
Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Germany - Active Blue, a Bremen-based service provider for lighting, sound and event technology, recently acquired several components of the Vio system, dBTechnologies' most powerful PA system.
The Bremen-based company is using equipment from the Italian PA manufacturer dBTechnologies for the first time. The purchase includes 20 VIO L212, 20 S218 SUB and 20 L208 modules.
Active Blue has been in operation for 30 years and since and is active Europe-wide. The company is increasingly active with corporate events and conferences, concerts, parties or cultural events. The aim of purchasing Vio components was to expand the stock of large PA systems and to respond even more flexibly to customer wishes. All equipment has to meet the highest standards. After extensive market research, they decided to take a closer look at the Vio system at the dBTechnologies stand during Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt.
"The discussions with the dBTechnologies team and the information we could gather at the show were compelling," says Andreas Beer, managing director of Active Blue. "dBTechnologies has done a tremendous job here and offers a wide range of features that are not available from competitors. The rigging and handling of the system are very simple, the networking of all modules with each other is smooth, the automatic recognition of the elements present in the system and of course the integrated RDNet are further, very useful features.”
The new components have already been used for several events, including the 850th-anniversary city festival of Melle, the Su

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Early Closing - Peter Pan, the opening production at the Troubadour White City Theatre in west London, will close nearly two months earlier than planned, producers have announced. Sally Cookson’s devised adaptation of the JM Barrie novel began performances at the theatre in July and will have played for just six of the scheduled 14 weeks when it closes on 1 September.
A statement from the producers said: “The production received acclaim from critics and a hugely positive reaction from audiences, however due to ticket sales, we have reluctantly taken the decision to close in September. We’d like to thank our wonderfully talented cast and creative team for all of their hard work, as well as the audiences who have enjoyed the production.”
The production is the first show to play at Troubadour White City, one of two new theatres that were launched last month by the team behind the King’s Cross Theatre. The White City venue is situated on part of the former BBC Media Village, while the second theatre, Troubadour Wembley Park, is located in the former Fountain television studios.
Last Christmas - An unreleased, six-minute song from the late George Michael will feature in a new movie loosely based on his music. Last Christmas, released later this year, is set to star Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding and Emma Thompson. Its director Paul Feig told BBC News: "[George Michael] was putting together his new album when he passed. And one of our tracks is one of those songs, and it's just an absolutely amazing song that I'm so exc

 
 
ayrton-khamsin-sDelicate Productions adds Ayrton Khamsin
Tuesday, 20 August 2019

USA - Delicate Productions of Camarillo, California has taken delivery of a large stock of Ayrton Khamsin LED profile luminaires.
“The Khamsins are our first Ayrton fixtures,” says Joe DiCarlo, director of operations at Delicate Productions. The investment came after an enquiry by the lighting director of rock band, Tool. “Lighting director, Mark ‘Junior’ Jacobson, a long-time client of ours for concert tours, was looking for an LED source profile fixture for the anticipated Tool tour. That started us on the path of exploring these types of fixtures.
“Multiple manufacturers sent us demo units and we staged a shoot-out, with Brad Nelms at ACT Lighting supplying the Khamsin fixtures.”
Khamsin stood out from the other fixtures for a number of reasons according to DiCarlo and Angelo Viacava, lighting operations at Delicate Productions. “Khamsin promised the most lumens on paper and didn’t disappoint, as it was the brightest of all of the fixtures we had for the shootout,” says Viacava. “It was able to cut through the brightness of a video wall with ease. A Tool show is normally very video heavy, and the Khamsins’ output was sure to rival the video wall’s intensity.”
He also liked Khamsin’s zoom range. “It goes from a very large wide beam to a narrow beam very rapidly,” he reports, “and its speed really got my attention. Khamsin is good for quick snaps amongst the colour wheels and gobo wheels. The gobo morphing in this fixture is exceptional.”
DiCarlo views Khamsin as a ‘very versatile fixture’ th

 
maestra-bahrain-is-launchedMaestra Bahrain opens, partners with Ritz-Carlton
Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Bahrain - Event design, technical and scenic production specialist Maestra Group has opened a base in Bahrain and announced a new partnership with the Ritz-Carlton resort and its 43,000sq.ft conference and exhibition facility.
As the resort’s exclusive event partner, Maestra will oversee all technical aspects of the new Arena facility, which offers a full set-up and capacity for large banquet receptions and global conferences.
Maestra’s Tom Clements comments: “We are extremely excited about this new venture and to be involved in such a high profile and incredibly well-designed event space. For Maestra Group, this is a logical expansion of our work in Dubai, and it will also be the first step in some strategic expansion plans for Maestra Group in the Middle East.”
“As Bahrain becomes a global destination for premiere conferences and events in the region, it’s our pleasure to partner with Maestra and unveil a new conference facility complemented with our signature Ritz-Carlton brand service we’re known for globally,” says Bernard de Villèle, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain. “With modern interiors and high-tech capabilities, The Arena stands to be one of the sought-after venues in the region and a perfect addition to the resorts already existing portfolio.”
The new venue is designed to host all types and styles of gatherings and events, including conferences, trade shows, car launches, seminars, music concerts, exhibitions and more.
Maestra Bahrain will include a core project management and technical team

 
 
adamson-hermes-aug19-hrAdamson partners with Hermes Music
Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Mexico - Adamson Systems Engineering has appointed Pro Audio Comercializadora, a division of Hermes Music, as its exclusive distributor for the Mexican market.
“Pro Audio Comercializadora has been in the professional market for several decades, and in that time, we’ve watched Adamson become a market leader in terms of innovation, product performance, and brand profile,” comments Raul Carlos Uriegas, director of Pro Audio Comercializadora. “The development of their various patented and proprietary technologies over the years makes it clear Adamson is proud and passionate about the audio industry, and that’s exactly the kind of company we want to partner with.”
Based in Mexico City, Pro Audio Comercializadora will work in close collaboration with Adamson’s Canadian headquarters to develop educational programming, provide client support, and propel further growth in the national market. Uriegas states that customer and user support will be at the core of their efforts from the outset, with plans already in place to deliver Adamson’s globally-standardized Applied Certification training in the near future.
“A very important part for us is to assist those who have trusted Adamson over the years, regardless of the origin of the sale,” he asserts. “Pro Audio and Adamson share a common bond in the way we care for our customers, and we plan to live up to both companies’ reputations with education opportunities and second-to-none service and support as part of the Adamson Network.”
Uriegas says in closing that his team is looki

 
ald-awardsforexcellence-logoALD launches Awards for Excellence
Tuesday, 20 August 2019

UK - The ALD has launched the ALD Awards for Excellence, a scheme aimed at students and recent graduates that replaces the annual Michael Northern Awards.
The ALD says the new format “better reflects” the association’s growing representation and introduces a restructured prize fund, with three categories instead of four.
Rory Beaton, head of the ALD’s Working Group for Awards, comments: “The awards have grown in stature and, like most things, need a firm foundation from which to grow further. With the consolidation of naming and prize structure, The ALD Awards for Excellence have a strong and flexible framework to shape them for the future.”
The awards are now open for submissions to current students studying in the UK, recent graduates (2017-present), or to corresponding affiliate members of the ALD. The deadline is set for midnight on 31 October and the winners will be announced during the ALD’s annual Lighting Lunch in December.
The categories are as follows:
The Michael Northen Award for Excellence in Lighting Design (sponsored by the Mousetrap Foundation) - £500 cash prize, a 512 ETCnomad package, a six-month mentoring scheme with a team of industry professionals to run alongside the initial stage of their career, a copy of Michael Northen’s book, Northen Lights.
The Fred Foster Award for Excellence in Production Electrics (sponsored by ETC) - £500 cash prize, a 512 ETCnomad package, a on

 
 
robe-protec-dubai-aaron-russ-with-elie-battah-robe-mepro221134491Protec Dubai invests in Robe
Monday, 19 August 2019

UAE - The Protec Group’s Dubai branch has started investing in Robe moving lights, including BMFLs, Pointes, MegaPointes, Spikies and RoboSpot systems.
The purchases have been spearheaded by Protec’s head of lighting, Aaron Russ.
The company delivers full technical production solutions across entertainment, leisure and commercial sectors - from corporate presentations to music festivals - throughout the UAE, Middle East and UK / Europe.
Russ explains that it was a case of the right product at the right time with Robe. Obviously, they had other moving lights in stock up until this point, but the first batch of 96 Pointes were sourced to replace a competitor beam light product, together with 48 Spikies on the same order.
Then in 2018, for opening ceremony of the Qiddiya Theme Park in Riyadh, KSA with a design by US-based LD John Featherstone of Lightswitch, they needed a powerful wash light and purchased 24 BMFL XF Washes with the barn door module. “Every design we receive from John specifies a lot of Robe,” comments Russ.
Also delivered by Robe Middle East with this second batch of luminaires were another 24 Pointes and 12 MegaPointes.
The next purchase was two RoboSpot base stations with two BMFL Blades luminaires and separate motions cameras specifically to be used as remote-controlled follow spots.
Russ cites the opening and closing ceremonies of the Presidents Cup Football in the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain as a good example, where he positioned 24 BMFLs on one of the balcony handrails at the top of the seating

 
luces-y-sistemasObsidian appoints distributor for Costa Rica
Monday, 19 August 2019

Costa Rica - Obsidian Control Systems has appointed Luces y Sistemas as its exclusive distributor in Costa Rica. Under the terms of the agreement, Luces y Sistemas will provide full support for the entire Obsidian line of hardware and software lighting control solutions.
To introduce the brand to its customers, the San Jose-based company is holding a two-day Onyx training event on 20-21 August at its facility in Tibas, providing a basic and advanced look at hardware and software. Those interested in attending should contact info@lucesysistemas.com for more information.
“Our goal is to provide our regional market with a diverse range of popular control and programming products under the DMX protocol, a project that we have been working on for years,” comments Luis Ricardo Sanchéz, president of Luces y Sistemas. “The decision to support our clients by distributing Obsidian Control Systems allows us to fulfil that goal.”
“The opportunities that we provide to our clients are a reflection and consequence of the win-win relationship between supplier, local distributor and end user,” Sanchéz says. “Not only do we provide knowledge and training, adequate technical support and availability of parts, we provide facilities so that our users can ascend to better, newer and more sophisticated controllers.”
“Obsidian controllers are already recognised by lighting system programmers as an extremely friendly and easy-to-use tool with a very high level of reliability,” says Luces y Sistemas general manager Carlos Vargas, who work

 
 
theatres-trustTheatres Trust Conference programme announced
Friday, 16 August 2019

UK - Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, has confirmed programme details of its 2019 conference - Centre Stage - artist and audience at the heart of theatres to be held on Tuesday, 15 October at the Battersea Arts Centre in London.
Conference 19: Centre Stage will look at theatres from the perspective of the people they are there to serve. It will ask how to ensure that the needs of artists and audiences sits at the centre of theatre buildings.
Plenary speakers include celebrated sociologist and urbanist Professor Richard Sennett, who chairs Theatrum Mundi, a network of artists, critics and scholars who explore the relations between stage and street, Rebecca Holt, Battersea Arts Centre and the architect who worked on its recent restoration, Martin Lydon, Haworth Tompkins. David Micklem, 64 Million Artists, Hannah Fox, Derby Museums and Matt Fenton, Contact, Manchester along with members of the Con:Struct young people’s capital project team will offer their thoughts and experience of democratic design.
Taking part in an Artists’ Panel Discussion are: Nadia Fall, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Tarek Iskander, Battersea Arts Centre, Joe Douglas, Live Theatre, Newcastle and Bryony Shanahan, Royal Exchange Manchester. Punchdrunk, Theatre Absolute, Theatre Deli and Troubadour Theatres.
Devonshire Park Theatres, Polka and Theatre Royal Wakefield will talk about how to adapt and use theatres to make them truly accessible, inclusive and welcoming to all audiences.
A lightening round will give conference atte

 
ayrtonmenzitogether-smlAyrton appoints Swiss distributor
Friday, 16 August 2019

Switzerland - Ayrton has appointed menzi ebz of Horgen to its international distributor network.
From 15 September, menzi ebz will exclusively distribute and support the full Ayrton range of LED lighting fixtures across all three language areas of Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein. Clients can still contact Ayrton’s current distributor, cast Switzerland AG, until the end of 2019.
To introduce the French lighting brand to its customers, menzi ebz is holding an open day at its head offices on Tuesday, 17 September, with members of the Ayrton team also attending.
Marco Menzi, CEO of menzi ebz, comments: “We aim to have the industry’s leading brands in our portfolio and pride ourselves on working closely with our customers with a focus on service and support. For this reason, we consider the partnership with Ayrton a perfect match. Ayrton is a perfect addition to our portfolio which completely rounds off our sales programme. Ayrton offers a comprehensive range with their combination of high-output LED moving heads, which are available in all performance classes, and unique, innovative effect fixtures.”
Ayrton global sales director, Michael Althaus, adds: “We are very excited to have menzi ebz on board as our latest distributor and look forward to meeting many of their customers face to face at the open day. This marks the beginning of a great partnership with a company whom we have known and respected for many years.”
Specialising in the distribution of scenic lighting and control, menzi ebz was founded in 2010 b

 
 
ruan-nel-and-brendan-kaizer-from-stage-effects-take-delivery-of-24-robin-600-ledwash-fixturesStage Effects acquires Robe Robins
Thursday, 15 August 2019

South Africa - Technical equipment supplier Stage Effects has acquired 24 Robin 600+ LEDWash fixtures from DWR Distribution.
Theo Papenfus, the owner of Stage Effects, explains that when he was contracted for two long-running events it made more sense to purchase new gear than to hire in additional equipment.
“We were hunting for a mid-range fixture and thought that the Robin 600+ would be a good investment,” he says. “When shopping around we found that cross rentals would be much easier if we went for the LEDWash 600 or the 600+. International riders are very demanding when it comes to quantities and lighting designers regularly specify the medium range washes.”
“The Robin 600+ is small, compact, powerful and lightweight saving on truck space due to four units fitting into one small flight case.”
(Jim Evans)

 
koi-tvKOI 2019 Television shortlist announced
Thursday, 15 August 2019

UK - The Television judging panel for The Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards has revealed the 2019 shortlist for the Television category.
The judges were television editor for The Times James Jackson, critic for FT Weekend Susie Feay, art director and production designer Fleur Whitlock, lighting director John O'Brien, lighting designer and programmer Ross Williams, and television critic for The Guardian, Lucy Mangan. The meeting was led by lighting designer and longstanding KOI chair, Stuart Gain of the Society of Television Lighting and Design (STLD).

The shortlist is as follows:
The DTS Award for Events
Philip Brines for Proms in the Park Belfast 2018
David Gibson for BBC Football World Cup 2018, Russia
Tim Routledge for Stormzy at Glastonbury 2019

The Altman Lighting Award for Small Production
David Bishop for Made in Chelsea Big Christmas Quiz
Duncan Elsam for Jeremy Vine
Martin Kempton for Inside No. 9 - 'Dead Line'

The Green Hippo Award for Video Design & Graphic Display
59 Productions for Five Telegrams at BBC Proms Royal Albert Hall & Edinburgh Festival
David Newton for Strictly Come Dancing 2018
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Chris Kempton for Comic Relief
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