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dbaudiod&b audiotechnik wins innovation award
Monday, 25 April 2022

Germany - d&b audiotechnik has been honoured as one of the top 100 most innovative, medium-sized companies in Germany. The TOP 100 award recognises innovative output and the innovation potential that lies within the company.
The assessment process judges small- and medium-sized enterprises for: innovation-friendly senior management, climate of innovation, innovative processes/organization, outward looking/open innovation, successful innovations and entrepreneurial response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
"To what extent is a company focused on innovation? How consistently do its structures follow this goal? With TOP 100, we examine this," explains Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke, the scientific director of TOP 100. "The most innovative medium-sized companies receive the seal. It shows that they are excellently equipped to meet future challenges."
d&b, which employees over 700 people worldwide, has long understood the importance of innovative practices, not just in products but within each branch of the company including R&D, HR, and from product development, training methods to management decision-making.
“We are extremely proud to receive his year's TOP 100 seal; the last few years has marked a major evolution for us, from a loudspeaker system company to becoming an event technology company,” commented Amnon Harman, CEO, d&b audiotechnik. “This evolution has been driven by our innovative thinking and our drive to deliver exceptional experiences for all audiences. It was a challenge to innovate during a time of deep uncertainty, but

Pixotope Technologies acquires TrackMen
Friday, 22 April 2022

Europe - Pixotope Technologies AS has acquired TrackMen, a provider of turnkey solutions and products in the field of 3D camera and object tracking.
Over the next several months, TrackMen solutions will be rebranded to become Pixotope Tracking whilst the whole TrackMen team will be integrated into the global Pixotope organisation, with Thorsten Mika and Hendrik Fehlis leading the team in Cologne where the acquired company is based.
“We are incredibly proud to announce the integration of TrackMen solutions into the Pixotope product portfolio,” says Marcus Brodersen, Pixotope CEO. “Camera tracking is reported as one of the major barriers to the adoption of virtual production. The native integration of TrackMen's powerful tracking into Pixotope's end-to-end VP solution will make Virtual Production accessible to more users by leveraging the technical expertise of TrackMen alongside the usability for which Pixotope is known to create a true turnkey solution for virtual production. By integrating camera tracking into our graphic tools, we are taking a quantum leap forward in making Virtual Production more accessible to media creators.”
“At TrackMen our passion has always been innovating and engineering the best possible tracking solutions,” comments Thorsten Mika, managing partner of TrackMen. “In joining the Pixotope team, we’re able to devote our collective resources and areas of expertise to the continued evolution of Virtual Production tools with educational programs and services that enable media professionals to successfully embrace

 
 
queens-award-news-storyherodisguisedisguise wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise
Friday, 22 April 2022

UK - disguise has been awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise Innovation for its excellence in extended reality (xR) and virtual production innovation.
disguise xR provided technology that allowed its user and partner community to continue delivering spectacular productions in a virtual setting.
First established in 1965, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the UK. The awards celebrate the success of exciting and innovative businesses which are leading the way with pioneering products or services.
The award comes two years after disguise xR’s first major application by disguise partner and xR pioneers XR Studios, for Katy Perry’s memorable performance at the American Idol 2020 finale. Since then, the demand and potential of xR has ‘skyrocketed’, in response disguise have accelerated their business towards new markets such as virtual production, broadcast and immersive entertainment, whilst unlocking new applications in existing markets like live performance, corporate presentations and brand activations.
During this time, extended reality has become a global phenomenon and disguise have powered over 450 productions around the world. The company gained a majority financial backing from The Carlyle Group and increased their partnership with Epic Games, a minority stakeholder in the company by securing one of their MegaGrants. Meanwhile, more than 300 stages powered by disguise xR have been built across 35 countries to meet the growing global demand for this groundbreaking technology.

 
entedi-follow-meFollow-Me appoints Entedi UK & Ireland distributor
Friday, 22 April 2022

UK - Remote followspot and performer tracking solutions manufacturer Follow-Me has announced a new partnership with entertainment technology distribution company, Entedi.
Stocking the complete range of Follow-Me products, Entedi will provide stock, demo systems, technical knowledge and sales experience for the UK and Republic of Ireland. Meanwhile, London-based Collaborative Creations will continue to provide business development, technical support and training for Follow-Me within the new structure with Entedi.
Marc van der Wel, Follow-Me general manager, explains: “With Entedi we add to our network a strong and proactive partner with a proven track record, further developing the crucial UK and Irish markets for us.”
Entedi MD, Cally Bacchus, adds: “Clients are looking for a remote control system which provides the reliability of a manual setup, with no limitations on what they can use as their follow-spot. Follow-Me is intuitive to set up and provides a cost-saving element versus traditional systems. You can also use their auto tracking system that enables you to combine manual follow-spot and auto tracking from one system. This is very smart indeed.”
Collaborative Creations MD, Tom Wilkes, comments: “Having worked with Follow-Me for the past two years, we’re delighted that they have now partnered with technical distribution company Entedi in the UK. It’s great to be working with Entedi to continue expanding the reach of this fantastic system.”
Follow-Me account manager Zoë Castle, adds: “Follow-Me has an interna

 
 
ampetronicAmpetronic wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2022
Thursday, 21 April 2022

UK - Hearing accessibility systems specialist Ampetronic has received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of the company’s sustained growth in international trade.
Employing 50 people, Ampetronic is based in Newark, Nottinghamshire, and has been trading since 1987. Its mission is to bring intelligible sound back into the lives of people with hearing loss by improving the quality of installed hearing access equipment. The company produces a wide range of electronic products for hearing accessibility, primarily audio induction loop systems that can deliver sound direct to hearing aid users.
Julian Pieters, MD of Ampetronic, comments: “I am delighted Ampetronic has been recognised again with this important award. Particularly with the challenges of the last couple of years, we are proud to have sustained long-term strong growth in our export markets. It is particularly rewarding to be recognised for bringing much needed accessibility solutions to more and more people every year. Our success is testament to the passionate and dedicated team here at Ampetronic, and to our many partners who work so hard to represent us around the world.”

 
hideo-matsushitaAudio-Technica celebrates 60 years
Wednesday, 20 April 2022

World - Japanese transducer manufacturer Audio-Technica will mark its 60th anniversary this year with a series of events that will celebrate A-T’s commitment to analogue sound.
Company founder Hideo Matsushita developed the first AT-1 cartridge on 17 April 1962 with the aim to bring the warmth of analogue listening to a wider audience. He was inspired by the depth of emotion he witnessed at vinyl listening sessions organised during his tenure at the Bridgestone Museum of Arts in Tokyo.
The success of the AT-1 and the AT-3 enabled him to expand the business, opening an HQ in Machida, where the company continues to operate today.
In 1974, Audio-Technica started producing headphones, adding microphones in 1978. When Kazuo Matsushita, son of Hideo, became president in 1993, the business continued to expand, opening offices throughout the world and developing products such as the modern VM series of cartridges, the ATH-M50x headphones and the AT2020 microphone.
Kazuo Matsushita comments: “It is an honour to provide a quality audio experience to millions of people throughout the world. What begins as a simple vibration - a subtle movement - results in an emotional connection, whether that be when listening deeply to an album or sharing your voice with the world.”

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 19 April 2022

Mandela Musical - A new musical about Nelson Mandela has been announced as part of the Young Vic’s summer to autumn season. The London theatre has also announced a series of events called Taking Part 25 in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the theatre’s engagement programme.
Mandela, which tells the story of the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, will run from 28 November to 4 February. It has a book by Laiona Michelle, music and lyrics by Greg Dean Borowsky and Shaun Borowsky, and is directed by Schele Williams with choreography by Gregory Maqoma. The musical has been developed in partnership with Nandi Mandela, Luvuyo Madasa and the Mandela family.
Family Matters - The final four dates of The Addams Family UK tour have been cancelled, with producers blaming the ongoing impact of Covid-19. The musical is still due to visit Manchester Opera house this week and Norwich Theatre Royal from 26-30 April. However, the final four dates of the tour at Eastbourne Congress Theatre, Oxford’s New Theatre, His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen and Edinburgh Festival Theatre are no longer on sale online.
A statement from the show’s producers, posted online by Edinburgh Festival Theatre, said: "Due to the continued impact of the effects of COVID on our audiences and their willingness to return to the theatres, we have unfortunately had to take the decision to close the tour of The Addams Family earlier than planned. We apologise for any disappointment and inconvenience this might cause."
Fringe Warni

 
atomic-boldTSL switches to Martin VDO Atomic Bold
Tuesday, 19 April 2022

UK Lighting and rigging supplier TSL has added 32 of Martin’s new VDO Atomic Bold hybrid creative LED fixtures to their rental inventory. TSL is the first rental house in the UK to do so, according to the manufacturer’s UK distributor, Sound Technology.
The Martin VDO Atomic Bold is a versatile creative LED hybrid fixture and the newest addition to the VDO Atomic family. It includes a wide range of functionality to support a myriad of applications and can be used as an audience blinder, strobe light, creative LED pixel-mapping surface, eye-candy effect light and stage wash - all in a single, compact fixture.
Including many of the benefits that made its sibling, the VDO Atomic Dot a popular hybrid fixture, the VDO Atomic Bold retains the same interlocking mechanics, same cabling and a similar look but is a larger fixture with higher, full colour output to offer lighting designers even more creative potential.
Dom Sheerman, account director, comments: “We realised that we needed a versatile creative and bright LED fixture in our inventory to complement our stock of Sceptron, and the Atomic Bold ticked all the boxes. It's versatile allowing it to be used in multiple different configurations and can be run from our stock of Martin P3 controllers as well as through DMX. Being IP65 rated it also meant we can use it for outdoor situations as well." TSL’s full inventory has been immediately deployed.

 
 
jblAdlib extends JBL VTX inventory
Tuesday, 19 April 2022

UK - In preparation for the upcoming summer season, Adlib has increased its rental inventory of Harman's JBL Professional VTX A Series line array system, with an additional investment in more VTX A12 line array elements, together with B28 subwoofers and Crown V-Rack power. All have been supplied by Harman’s UK distributor, Sound Technology.
Specifically, an additional 16 x VTX A12 dual 12” line array elements takes Adlib's A12 inventory to 64 boxes, with 24 of the new B28 dual 18” subs. The investment also includes additional Crown VRacks comprising Crown iTechHD 3x3500HD power amplifiers.
Adlib's original investment in JBL VTX A Series came in early 2020 - shortly before the pandemic struck the UK. Speaking at the time of that original decision, Adlib's Dave Jones comments: “The (JBL) platform has moved forward considerably in terms of the mechanical aspect, while the entire rigging system is far advanced from where it was previously, and the software has come on in leaps and bounds. On top of that, it is a compact and light weight system, and there is very little you need to do with it out of the box.”
Speaking of the decision to invest further in JBL in 2022, Dave Jones adds: “With an increase in demand in the upcoming months, it was natural for us to increase our JBL stock to fulfil requirements. We’re expecting the JBL system be busy on many events throughout the summer and we are looking forward to getting feedback from the engineers that are already specifying it on their touring riders.”

 
barnStabal Media launches carbon neutral complex
Tuesday, 19 April 2022

UK - Digital specialist Stabal Media has launched a new film recording studio and performance venue in London that the company says is carbon neutral.
The Stabal Studio is based in converted 250 year-old barns that have been re-purposed with music and sustainability in mind, reusing all of the original building material and structure in the process.
Eco-friendly strategies help the studios to be carbon neutral. The heating system works sustainably with geothermal energy and electricity which is generated by ground and air source heat. Productions being made in the studio complex are adopting the concept of sustainability. Stabal Studio has invested in its own kitchen garden and offers carbon calculator reports for all recordings and events.
The facility forms part of Stabal Media’s wider vision to promote sustainability within the entertainment industry. In 2021, Stabal TV partnered with UMA Entertainment to produce and broadcast the COP26 special music event on Stabal’s online streaming platform, raising money for Brian Eno’s EarthPercent with performances and interviews from Aurora, Sam Fischer, Nick Mulvey, Music Declares Emergency, Beggars Group, Julie’s Bicycle, and many more.
Stabal is also campaigning to raise awareness among producers about the long-term importance of sustainable resource management. The company is working with like-minded suppliers to apply carbon monitoring and offsetting where needed.
Steve Odart, chairman and founder of Stabal, comments: “Stabal has a strong vision to partner with artists and indu

 
 
kooksSyan invests in more Martin LED stock
Thursday, 14 April 2022

UK - Leading lighting design and rental house Siyan has invested in additional rental stock of Martin by Harman’s creative LED family of products, supplied by Martin's UK distributor Sound Technology.
With an existing large rental inventory of Martin VDO Atomic Dots and VDO Sceptron, Siyan’s stock has been expanded with the addition of a large quantity of Martin’s VDO Fatron fixtures plus 50 new MAC Aura PXL moving heads.
Tom Grant, business director, Siyan, commented, “With its large face, high output and selection of versatile internal FX, the MAC Aura PXL fixture fits perfectly into our inventory alongside our stock of other LED wash fixtures and suits a wide range of applications across our core markets - concert touring, festivals and events.”
The MAC Aura PXLs have already been in action with Siyan supplying The Kooks UK Tour 2022, where the PXLs have been an integral part of the lighting design by Jordon Cooper at Moths Lights.
The Martin MAC Aura PXL is bigger and brighter than the MAC Aura, and the first wash light to feature individual pixel control for its 19 main beam pixels and 141 Aura backlight pixels.
The VDO Sceptron and VDO Fatron Series provide the opportunity for spectacular 3D stage designs, while the VDO Atomic Dot and VDO Atomic Bold are versatile fixtures capable of wash, strobe, blinder and pixel effects. Controlled by DMX, Art-Net, sACN and Martin's proprietary P3 system, these video products can be combined with the growing range of Martin P3-equipped MAC Series moving heads including the MAC Aura PXL

 
canadaToronto research centre adds Brompton Tessera
Wednesday, 13 April 2022

Canada - The Screen Industries Research and Training (SIRT) Centre at Sheridan College is one of Canada’s leading Technology Access Centres (TAC), dedicated to research, applied learning, and innovation in the screen industries. Located at Pinewood Toronto Studios in the heart of the city’s entertainment district, SIRT is a premier destination for film, television, and gaming professionals to test and validate emerging technologies and new workflows.
One of SIRT’s main roles in the industry is to explore emerging trends to encourage innovation and technological advancement. For the past several years, SIRT has been prioritizing virtual production for film and television, working with some of the country’s top studios including Pixomondo and Spin VFX on research and validation. A key area of focus is on in-camera visual effects for productions filmed in LED volumes.
SIRT channelled its efforts in this area into an official Virtual Production Innovation Hub which opened in April 2021. Through a partnership with APG Media, SIRT has had the opportunity to test multiple different products and configurations for virtual production, and recently opted to purchase four of Brompton’s Tessera S8 LED video processors to power its main LED volume, which measures 2,800sq.ft and is comprised of 77 Hyper Pixel LED panels.
Validating Brompton’s innovative features such as 3D LUT and Frame Remapping are a high priority for the team at SIRT. 3D LUT lets users import their look up tables directly into the LED processor to instantly apply them to content on

 
 
limelite-lighting-take-stock-of-claypaky-tamboraLimelite takes stock of Claypaky Tambora
Wednesday, 13 April 2022

UK - Lighting rental and production management company, Limelite Lighting has become one of the first in the UK to take stock of Claypaky’s new Tambora batten.
Matthew Mountier, director at Limelite Lighting comments, “We have recently purchased the new Claypaky Tambora Batten to replace our outgoing LED battens. As a dry hire and production supplier for TV, events and theatre, we needed a product that was adaptable for a range of applications and that offered creative possibilities.
“We knew we wanted an LED batten that had dynamic pixel mapping and motorised movement. Having extensively researched various batten products by comparing the specs, costs, and availability, we decided the Claypaky Tambora Batten was the most attractive option for us.
“So far we are delighted with our decision, and we are already receiving positive feedback from lighting designers and technicians.”
Limelite has already supplied the fixtures for a number of projects, where they have received positive feedback.
Gus Domingues, an international lighting director from LA and the first Limelite client to use the fixture on set, comments, “I was pleasantly surprised to receive the Tambora Battens from Limelite. I was extremely impressed with the output levels and pixel mapping options. From now on they will be my go-to unit for linear visual effects, while maintaining a powerful wash ability.”
The fixtures were supplied to Limelite Lighting by Claypaky’s UK exclusive distributor, A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET).
Ben Steppenbec

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 12 April 2022

Olivier Awards - A stage adaptation of Life of Pi and a revival of the musical Cabaret were the big winners at last Sunday's Olivier Awards. It was a celebratory night for theatre at the Royal Albert Hall as the stage industry celebrated a year in which performances resumed after lockdown.
Cabaret stars Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley won acting prizes while the show was named best musical revival. Life of Pi, based on the Booker Prize-winning novel, was named best new play and scooped several technical prizes. Cabaret's success at the first Olivier ceremony since 2020 follows a sell-out run for the show which saw London's Playhouse Theatre transformed into the Kit Kat Club.
Best set design went to Tim Hatley for Design and Nick Barnes & Finn Caldwell for the puppets for Life of Pi; Best lighting design was awarded to Tim Lutkin and Andrzej Goulding for Life of Pi and Nick Lidster Best took sound design for Cabaret.
Global Rankings - The Royal College of Music has been ranked the top institution in the world for performing arts, according to a new listing that includes four British colleges in the top 10. London’s Royal College of Music was placed second in the QS World University Rankings last year, with New York’s Juilliard School taking the top spot for performing arts. It has now risen to number one, which it described as a measure of the strength and quality of its teaching and its international reputation.
The college’s director, Colin Lawson, said: "To be ranked

 
 
neg-earthNeg Earth Lights invests in MAC Aura PXL
Tuesday, 12 April 2022

UK Leading lighting supplier Neg Earth Lights havs made a significant investment in Martin’s new MAC Aura PXL multi-source LED wash with the addition of 100 units to their rental inventory, supplied by Martin UK distributor Sound Technology.
The Martin MAC Aura PXL is a workhorse LED wash light capable of multiple source pixel-mapping. Its 141 Aura backlight pixels and 19 main beam pixels are all independently controllable. In addition to DMX, Art-Net and sACN, the fixture can be controlled by Martin´s P3 protocol for setup and programming and allows a rig of fixtures to deliver cohesive content that blends together with video content on panels or creative LED products. You can blend seamlessly between console and media input sources via the P3 mix channel.
The MAC Aura PXL's new attractive facia and an increased output of the Aura backlight allows the PXL to create ‘stunning facia and wash effects on a much larger scale compared to the MAC Aura XB’. The MAC Aura PXL has an output of 10,500 lumens in wide beam, 8,500 in narrow beam, while its RGBW colour-mixing light engine is capable of very bright and vibrant saturated colours, as well as beautiful pastels and white tones.
Joao Magalhaes, technical solutions manager, Neg Earth Lights, comments: “The Martin MAC Aura PXL is a great addition to our stock, modernising our portfolio of technology boasting multi-lens with backlight capabilities. It's 10,500 lumens of RGBW light output and 1:8 zoom range enables the fixture to deliver on productions of various sizes. The option for integration

 
prolightrobolightsProlight Concepts to distribute Robolights IWB
Tuesday, 12 April 2022

Europe - Prolight Concepts Group has added Robolights IWB components to its product portfolio. These modular installation solutions are now in stock and ready to ship directly from the Prolight warehouse.
The new addition “bolsters our product offering in the stage, theatre and installation sectors”, says Prolight.
Robolights’ Julian Baycock comments: “Robolights are delighted that Prolight will be distributing our products, their ethos of holding stock on the shelf for same day dispatch allows installers to access the product range without delay.”

 
 
direct-outDirectOut appoints Contact Canadian distributor
Monday, 11 April 2022

Canada - German audio network and interconnectivity specialist DirectOut Technologies has appointed Contact Distribution as its Canadian distributor.
Jan Ehrlich, CEO and sales director of DirectOu, explains the decision. “Our clients, designers and users as well as our engineers, support staff and products all strive to offer the absolute best in the audio industry,” he says. “Our global partners carry on that ideal and Contact’s 34-year history of servicing the top of the North American pro audio and broadcast industries is a perfect match. Contact’s expertise in digital audio networks and fibre-based solutions is exemplary and the ideal basis to take Prodigy and our entire portfolio to the markets they were created for.”
Bill Coons, director of Contact, adds: “DirectOut products and the people behind the brand are in the rarified air where very few manufactures exist. Their precision and quality is virtually unrivalled. The mind-blowing capabilities of Prodigy.MP processor version has now stunned the live production and integration markets in the same way the Prodigy.MC conversion units astonished the global broadcast industry. These models in conjunction with globcon control software are the long-awaited universal solution every high-level audio system any application could ever reliably require.”
Prior to this appointment, in Canada DirectOut has established a solid list of leading audio users including CBC, Cirque du Soleil, Bell Media, Solotech as well as personal use by many of the country’s leading recording producers and

 
robe-dry-hire-lighting-dhl231511030-rael-hancock--some-of-the-team-photo-by-louise-sticklandDry Hire Lighting adds RoboSpots and Spiiders
Friday, 8 April 2022

UK - Dry Hire Lighting, a rental specialist based in High Wycombe, has seen an uptick in business as the industry starts returning post pandemic, all positive news which has fuelled a recent investment in five Robe RoboSpot remote follow systems and 32 Robe Spiider LED wash beams.
The company is seeing a demand for various Robe products, reports business development director Rael Hancock, who joined the company September 2019.
“Spiiders are a ‘go-to’ fixture for so many scenarios,” comments Rael, and for the same reason, the RoboSpot investment was also seen as solid, and one of the most popular and user-friendly remote follow spotting solutions on the market.
“We’re driven by market demand and ROI. Additionally, the relationship we enjoy with Robe UK and the technical support is excellent - another major plus when considering an investment.”
The new RoboSpot BaseStations - which work with a variety of different Robe fixtures - and the Spiiders join an already large number of other Robe products available via Dry Hire Lighting.

 
 
plscameostandAdam Hall Group returns to Prolight + Sound 2022
Thursday, 7 April 2022

Germany - Adam Hall Group will be present at the Messe Frankfurt exhibition centre for Prolight + Sound 2022 from 26-29 April, with separate booths for its Cameo and LD Systems brands. These booths will showcase new products from Adam Hall Group’s extensive event technology portfolio. In addition to new Cameo fixtures for stage, theatre, architecture and broadcast usage, visitors can look forward to ‘a pioneering sound reinforcement solution from LD Systems’.
LD Systems comes to Prolight + Sound with one product. Just ONE product – and yet so much more! At its booth (located at Hall 11.0 #A21), the pro audio manufacturer will present the next milestone in its brand history: a scalable system that ‘sets new standards in user-friendliness and flexibility in the professional rental market’.
With the new OTOS H5, Cameo (Hall 12.1 #B24) is directly addressing the needs of professional lighting designers and rental companies who require a fully road and rider ready beam spot wash hybrid moving head in their portfolio. In addition to its use in venues with large capacities, the OTOS H5 – with its high light output (19,000 lm) and IP65 certification – is particularly impressive in outdoor applications such as open-air concerts and festivals. This flexible 3-in-1 spotlight combines a powerful light and effect output with a low weight of only 33 kg, making the OTOS H5 currently the lightest product in its performance class.
With the P2 Series, Cameo presents its first profilers for professional theatre, TV and event applications. The series i

 
icoper-2022ESTA and PLASA release updated international rigging code
Thursday, 7 April 2022

USA/UK - ESTA and PLASA have announced the release of an updated Version 2.0 of the International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging (ICOPER), which is available as a free download at www.esta.org/icoper or www.plasa.org/icoper.
Submissions from the international rigging community were received in response to a call for comments in late 2021. The document’s authors, Nick Barnfield (New Zealand), Tiny Good (Australia), Chris Higgs (UK), Ed Kish (United States), Bill Sapsis (United States), and Roy Schilderman (The Netherlands) praised the commentors for their thoughtful consideration and the obvious expertise they brought to the task.
Chris Higgs notes, “Each comment was discussed at length in our zoom calls, which were facilitated by Lori Rubinstein from ESTA. Some comments acted as a catalyst, causing us to rethink and rewrite the language in the code, while in other cases, comments led us to closely examine and reaffirm the existing statements. In my view the industry is aware of our lead and I believe ICOPER is already influencing other codes/working practice so now is the opportunity to get it spot on.”
Tiny Good comments on the process, “Four years down the road from the creation of the original document it was great to come back to it with fresh eyes and re-evaluate the work we had done. It was enjoyable to get back together as a group again, and we quickly found the old working rhythm we developed while crafting the original document. It was nice to see that much of our original content held up over time. All of us were grate

 
 
main-light-southMain Light opens new facility in Nashville
Wednesday, 6 April 2022

USA - This week, Main Light officially opened its new facility in Nashville. The new 70,000 sq.ft. Main Light, South shop - under the direction of Main Light CEO, Randy Mullican - is located at 12630 Old Hickory Blvd, Antioch, TN. Locally, Main Light, South will be led by account executive Cathie Berbena Lloyd and operations manager Jim Gregory. This new facility is the company's third location, joining Main Light, East in Wilmington, DE and Main Light, West in Las Vegas.
Berbena Lloyd was a long-time client of Main Light over the years. On the opening, Berbena Lloyd wants Main Light’s clients to know that “we are all about customer service and that having clients taken care of as efficiently as possible is our prime directive at Main Light. We understand that our customer partners are putting their trust in us, and we always want to deliver in the best way possible.”
CEO Mullican and Michael Cannon, owner and chairman of Main Light decided in late 2021 that it was the right time to look at expanding into the Nashville market. Mullican notes: “Our opening in Nashville made a lot of sense in terms of efficiently servicing our customers - the rental and production houses in the Nashville region. There really were no dry hire options in the area and yet we knew we already had a lot of customers. So, the need was there.
“Certainly, with the three Main Light locations - East, West, and South now - we really are positioned to address our customers’ needs in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. That is our constant focus.”

 
iscvex-2022-networking-dinner-imageTwentieth anniversary success for ISCVEx 2022
Wednesday, 6 April 2022

UK - The Institute of Sound, Communications and Visual Engineers wound up its 20th Anniversary ISCVEx event at Coombe Abbey Hotel and Country Park near Coventry on 23 March.
Held annually by the Institute of Sound, Communications and Visual Engineers, ISCVEx is open to members and non-members and is a mixed programme including a manufacturers and distributors exhibition, networking and seminars events.
The programme is preceded by ISCVE's annual general meeting and members’ day on which this year saw the appointments of Neil Voce as president and Jim Smith as vice-president of the Institute, both for a term of three years.
The members’ day this year also included a seminar from guest speakers Dr Mike Edwards and Mr Harry Coade of Sound Matters, titled Listening, for a better world: using sound, and the art of listening, to create a brighter future. The presentation was received with enthusiasm and interest from attendees after which guests headed into the evening for ISCVE’s annual networking dinner event.
Three seminars and an exhibition of 38 industry manufacturers and distributors followed on the second day starting with John Adeleke, managing director of Ampman Audio Services presenting the Hopkins-Baldwin Lecture, titled Can our industry profit from a sustainable circular economy?.
Adam Harvey, solution architect AV & digital media at the University of Hertfordshire and David Amann, audio visual & multimedia specialist at University of Cambridge presented the Warren-Barnett Memorial Lecture on Audio V

 
 
conecttvONE and Green Hippo launch competition
Wednesday, 6 April 2022

USA - tvONE and Green Hippo are inviting programmers, operators and designers who use Green Hippo’s Hippotizer range of media servers or tvONE’s CORIOmaster family of video processors to take part in the CONECT Control Competition.
Launched at tvONE’s CONECT Summit, which focused on how tvONE, Magenta and Green Hippo products can help professionals reimagine the AV landscape, the competition aims to showcase some of the best-use cases of the companies’ solutions for creative control.
Prizes of up to $1,000 will be awarded to the best entries in three categories: CORIOmaster Video Processors; Hippotizer Media Servers; and creative install using tvONE or Hippotizer products.
Submissions opened on 5 April and remain open until 14 May, with the winners announced soon after. To enter, contestants need to fill out an online submissions form and attach a file that describes their design, explaining the client brief and how tvONE or Hippotizer products were used to control APIs to the best effect. This can be submitted on a Word document or PDF. Entrants must also attach supporting documentation which could include an outline drawing, photos, video, client feedback or a configuration file for CORIOmaster or Hippotizer.
Frithjof Becker, director of EMEA sales for tvONE and Green Hippo, comments: “We have been storming ahead with new products, innovations, and upgrades throughout the pandemic, providing the industry with new technologies and ways to enhance their creativity. The CONECT events are part of our ongoing commitment to bringing the

 
greeneventdaycistockphotoProlight+Sound 2022 looks towards a sustainable future
Wednesday, 6 April 2022

Germany - Prolight+Sound 2022 will host a Green Event Day on 27 April that will offer lectures, panels and best-practice presentations on the careful use of natural resources. The programme is being developed in cooperation with the European Association of Event Centres (EVVC) and supported by the Association of Media and Event Technology (VPLT).
What impact does the EU Green Deal have on the events industry? How can sustainable event technology support the industry on its way to a greener future? What needs to be considered in terms of communication to ensure that the commitment is also noticed by visitors and partners? These and other questions will be addressed during the theme day.
Representatives from associations (EVVC, VPLT, LiveMusikKommission), companies from the entertainment technology sector (Adam Hall, Neumann & Müller, Cameo Light, DeerSoft), venues (Düsseldorfer Congress GmbH, Velomax GmbH, Markthalle Hamburg) as well as tourism boards, communication and event agencies will be present.
The keynote address will be given by futurologist and trend researcher Oliver Leisse who is the founder of the See More Future Research & Development institute and host of the podcast Zukunft, Trends & Strategien. The programme will conclude with a presentation and Q&A session by Stefan Lohmann, founder of the Sustainable Event Solutions project. Lohmann will present the 16 Steps initiative for the climate neutrality of the event industry by 2025 and explain why ecological action can also lead to economic advantages in to

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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