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lighting-for-radioVersion 2 launches Lighting for Radio podcasts
Monday, 9 August 2021

UK - TV lighting specialist Version 2 has launched a new Lighting for Radio podcast series that offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of some of the UK's leading TV & film lighting professionals.
Each episode will talk to some of the industry's leading lighting experts as they share first-hand experiences and lessons on how they reached the top of their profession.
Nick Edwards, managing director of Version 2 explains the concept of the podcast. "Born out of a lockdown idea, this behind the scenes podcast series will give listeners and I hope In particular students’ ideas for their future career paths,” he says.
Hosting every conversation is broadcaster Nia Visser, whose career credits include work as a radio presenter with the BBC and currently Jazz FM.
The first episode, which is available now on all popular podcast apps, talks to Nick Edwards himself about his 25 years of dedicated television lighting experience, having held technical, commercial and management positions at some of the industry's biggest and well-known companies PRG, Panalux and Aurora, after his training at the flagship training facility in BBC Wood Norton, all before founding Version 2 back in 2016.
Nick talks through the whole journey, starting from where it began at St Clement Danes School and why Nick has subsequently gone back to be a governor of the school. To working as a technician across the UK, Europe, and the Middle East with show credits including The X-Factor, The Brit Awards, Live Earth, The Royal Variety Performance, MTV Europe Awards, Th

clear-oneClearOne solution for NYC’s Utica College
Friday, 6 August 2021

USA - Having worked with AV technology for most of his professional career, Mike Roberts, director of technology at Utica College, recognised the necessity for a first-rate microphone upgrade in the institution’s Donahue Auditorium lecture hall which would provide complete audio coverage for both instructors and students alike. Roberts turned to ClearOne for the solution that would meet his needs.
Located in the heart of Central New York, Utica College is a comprehensive, independent, private institution that offers many of the advantages of a large university, such as undergraduate and graduate degree options, excellent academic programs, and outstanding faculty, but with an intimacy and a high degree of personal attention more closely associated with smaller private colleges.
The Utica College Donahue Auditorium is primarily used for lectures and seminars, including the famous Asa Gray Seminar Series, the longest-running seminar series at Utica College through which scientists are invited from all around the U.S. to present seminars regarding their ongoing research.
According to Roberts; “We were getting some complaints from students about not being heard from the back of the classroom. We wanted to improve the learning experience for these students, and allow their voices to be heard, regardless of where they were in the room.”
In addition to his positive experiences using the ClearOne Converge Pro 2 professional-voice DSP platform on the campus, Roberts was confident that ClearOne could provide a solution that would meet their demand

 
 
etcWycombe High School invests in ETC LED
Friday, 6 August 2021

UK - Wycombe High School (WHS) is an Academy Grammar school for girls, located in the Buckinghamshire town of High Wycombe. The school takes a progressive view on the use of technology, both in terms of educating its students and engaging with the wider community. One of WHS’s recent eye-catching initiatives has been to create its own YouTube TV channel under the guidance of its marketing and communications manager, Bob Massie.
Before joining the school in his current role, Bob enjoyed a career as a media executive, occupying key roles at ITV, IMG and XIX Entertainment amongst others. The knowledge and insight he brings to WHS has proved invaluable. With a brief to develop creative methods of marketing the school to prospective students and their parents, as well as to teachers and other potential staff members, Bob turned to the power of television.
Harnessing every resource available to him, not least the latent talents of the school’s student population, Bob took over some empty office space and made a start. His aim was to create as professional a studio set-up as was possible. Headteacher Sharon Cromie was supportive of the project from the beginning, realising that the dynamics of TV content could go far beyond the constraints of traditional marketing materials. Essentially, Wycombe High TV (WHTV) would be both marketing tool and educational experience rolled into one - a channel for the school, by the school.
A key element in the very early stage of the project was to create an effective green screen for the embryonic studio space. WHS’

 
cropredyGovernment-backed insurance boosts events industry
Friday, 6 August 2021

UK - The live events sector is set to get a boost with a government-backed insurance scheme worth over £750m, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced yesterday (5 August).
The news comes after many months of campaigning by the events sector and the wider music industry for the introduction of such a scheme. However, it comes too late for many, with over fifty per cent of scheduled festivals – both large and small – cancelled or postponed.
The government has partnered with Lloyd’s to deliver the Live Events Reinsurance Scheme as part of the Plan for Jobs. The scheme will see the government act as a ‘reinsurer’ – stepping in with a guarantee to make sure insurers can offer the products events companies need.
This scheme will support live events across the UK that are open to the general public - such as music festivals and business events. It will cover costs incurred in the event of cancellation due to the event being legally unable to happen due to Government Covid restrictions.
A number of prominent insurers in the Lloyd’s market, including Arch, Beazley, Dale, Hiscox and Munich Re are supporting the scheme which will provide events companies with the option of purchasing cover from next month, alongside standard commercial events insurance.
Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak said: “The events sector supports hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country, and I know organisers are raring to go now that restrictions have been lifted. But the lack of the right kind of insurance is proving a problem, so as the econo

 
 
tsl-productstj-sports2TSL helps produce complex eSports events
Thursday, 5 August 2021

China - Resulting from the heightened popularity and massive growth within the eSports industry, Tencent China and Riot Games recently joined forces to create TJ Sports, Asia’s first large-scale eSports remote production centre. As the eSports industry continues to expand across the globe, production companies are looking to streamline operator workflow.
Providing a technologically advanced, yet simple-to-operate control solution, TJ Sports selected TSL Products’ TallyMan Advanced Broadcast Control System to accomplish the management of large-scale video switchers, audio mixers and the AV matrix for its events.
“TSL enables us to produce more events that are more intensive and complex,” says Zhang Xuming, head of broadcast technology planning at TJ Sports. “The TSL TallyMan controller greatly reduces execution risk during production while improving the overall operator experience, and its price to performance ratio is extremely attractive. With TSL’s TallyMan, we have successfully accomplished off-site control of remote network production for major international events.”
With more teams, venues and cities involved in eSports, as well as an increase in overseas competitions, TJ Sports requires an advanced, centralized control system to carry out high-quality, telecast productions across multiple venues. With this multi-venue production workflow, flexibility of resource allocation and access to control are among TJ Sports’ top priorities when it comes to product selection.
With TSL’s TallyMan, TJ Sports can host centralised sc

 
worship-forever1Chauvet lights Worship Forever arena show
Thursday, 5 August 2021

USA - Trading off the needs of one audience for another is sometimes unavoidable – but not always. Chad Landers demonstrated that on 12 July when he lit Worship Forever, a 20th anniversary celebration of Michael W. Smith’s landmark Worship album, with a rig supplied by CTS and 4Wall Entertainment.
Held before a live audience at the Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University, the show, which featured Smith and special guests like Amy Grant backed by a full orchestra, was videoed for later release and broadcast on the TBN Network.
Landers was seeking a way to engage the audience with a direct wash from his downstage position without being distractive on camera. He found it with help from a collection of 25 Chauvet Professional COLORado Solo Batten fixtures.
“My challenge was to turn what is basically a basketball arena into an elegant modern orchestral concert setting,” said Landers. “The COLORados were instrumental in helping me do this by allowing me to create a single homogenised wash without the pixelated look that doesn’t come off well on camera. I also used them for colourful scenic uplighting.”
Landers arranged most of the RGBAW batten units vertically across the front of the stage. From this position, the fixtures created a panorama of bright single bars of light that not only reached the audience with smooth washes, but also presented engaging visuals for human eyes, whether they were watching live or via a video screen.
“They were fantastic,” Landers said of the COLORado units. “I was able

 
 
art174002Colour Sound supplies eLumen8s at Tate Britain
Thursday, 5 August 2021

UK - Tate Britain today has unveiled Rupture No l: blowtorching the bitten peach, a new work by Heather Phillipson. Lighting, alongside sound and motion, played a key part in her spaces, with vibrant hues being created via two light sources from the eLumen8 and LEDJ brands.
Phillipson’s three interconnected illuminated spaces are populated with the remains of scrap goods repurposed to form creatures. These structures, coupled with media, audio and projected light, create the scenes you see in the images from the commission.
The whole installation utilises 40 of the eLumen8 Endura 1Q120 RGBW COB Zoom exterior fixtures and 42 LEDJ Performer 200 Quads, all supplied by Colour Sound Experiment. They were chosen for their high outputs, smooth colour mixing and robust built quality; and came highly recommended by Colour Sound Experiment as the features they had to offer made them an ideal fit for this type of installation.
This heavy-duty, rental ready IP rated Endura zoom par is made for the most demanding of applications. It is loaded with a 120W quad-colour COB LED (RGBW) and provides a variety of colour macro, change, fade and strobe functions with 4 selectable dimmer curves. The added motorised zoom feature allows the user to adjust the beam angle from 13° to 38°, whilst the included 50mm snoot further directs light output by stopping light spill. Its flicker-free operation and temperature-controlled fan, for whisper quiet operation, make it suited for use in this type of installation as well as for concert, TV and many other indoor or ou

 
nymrod-logoNymrod Comms adds Pliant intercoms
Thursday, 5 August 2021

UK - Pliant Technologies recently expanded its reach in the UK with new distributor, Sussex-based Nymrod Comms. Founded in 2015, Nymrod Comms was established to provide the U.K. and European markets with full-duplex communication systems. Adding to its product line-up, Nymrod now offers Pliant’s CrewCom and MicroCom wireless intercom systems.
“We are honoured that Pliant Technologies has joined our portfolio of broadcast communication systems,” says Paul Rapley, co-founder at Nymrod Comms. “Our strength in providing the market with professional equipment and high-quality customer service has led Nymrod Comms to grow year-after-year over the past six years. With our customers requiring an advanced wireless system, we recognize Pliant’s wireless intercoms as leading solutions.”
Nymrod’s primary client base includes industries that are traditionally limited to handheld radios, covering various applications such as sports, medical, crane operators, tours, hospitality, TV and film production, marine, houses of worship, and more. The distributor was specifically drawn to Pliant’s range of wireless intercom products for the flexibility and expandability that they offer. With Nymrod’s customer base working on large-scale productions, live events, and various broadcasting applications, it needed a flexible system to meet its requirements.
“Over the past year, we have been looking to improve our wireless communication offerings in the U.K. market,” says Max Hawkes, co-founder at Nymrod Comms. “During our research, we saw that Pliant

 
 
eaw-mix3-at-joia-beach2EAW Anna joins Independence Beach party
Thursday, 5 August 2021

USA - When Miami’s Joia Beach Club and Rapture Festival hosted Independence Beach during the 4th July weekend, Eastern Acoustic Works’ (EAW) Anna ADAPTive loudspeaker system kept the party going at the beachside setting.
Prior to the event, the venue’s management called upon Jorge Tapia from Mix3 Sound, a full-service production company based in south Florida, to design a PA system capable of producing higher SPL in the venue without disturbing the neighbours across the bay. Mix3 Sound provided eight EAW Anna loudspeakers, four EAW SBX218 powered subwoofers and two EAW RL12 speakers for the event.
“We knew how amazing EAW’s Anna system was and how it could be a game changer for the Independence Beach event, so we presented it to them as an option,” says Tapia. “The folks at the venue were sceptical at first, but promoter Yusf from Rapture Festival believed in the tech and in us and gave the Anna system a chance. Once the event was running and in full swing, all skeptics became believers.”
Independence Beach was headlined by Canary’s vigorous Pablo Fierro and the Burning Man favourite duo Sabo & Goldcap and also featured Miami talents Yusf Osiris and Enzo GD.
“The sound and the versatility of the EAW Anna’s were simply fantastic,” adds Tapia. “The venue usually has multiple complaints nightly from neighbors about the sound. The EAW Anna system changes everything, and this speaks volumes for how controlled it really is.”

 
claypakyosahopechurch1OSA International invests in Claypaky Xtylos
Thursday, 5 August 2021

USA - OSA International which delivers entertainment technology, event production and systems integration, based in Chicago, Las Vegas, and Nashville, has added a large complement of Claypaky Xtylos fixtures to its rental inventory.
“Our lighting division was launched in November 2019, so everything we have is the newest and highest technology,” says Mark Fetto, OSA’s vice president, lighting. “Acquiring the Xtylos was the perfect way to build our inventory with the latest and greatest.” OSA had previously purchased Claypaky Mini-B fixtures for the new division.
Fetto believes that, as a beam light, the Xtylos will be not only in demand for the touring market but also for special events and entertainment shows at big corporate gatherings.
“We really like how vibrant and punchy the Xytlos is when you add colour – that’s where it’s really strong,” Fetto notes. Unlike subtractive mixing used with discharge lamps, the powerful laser engine delivers coloured light beams as bright as a white light beam.
The first customer for OSA’s Xtylos was Hope Church in Las Vegas, which needed flashy beam lights for its summer youth event, Revive 2021. OSA’s resident lighting designer, Duke Carlisle, designed the lighting package and specified the fixtures. OSA supplied the entire lighting rig for the show with the Xtylos as centrepiece fixtures placed on the floor upstage.
Since then, the Xtylos has also been requested by metal band Korn’s Lighting Designer Thomas Christmann. He asked for 20 Xtylos for the band’s rig at back-t

 
 
gregalisonOptimal Audio appoints Audiosure as SA distributor
Thursday, 5 August 2021

South Africa - Recently launched UK manufacturer Optimal Audio has announced the appointment of Audiosure as its sole distributor for Southern Africa.
Optimal Audio, part of the Focusrite Group, manufactures a one-stop solution of control, amplification and loudspeakers for small to medium sized commercial installations, with a focus on supporting multi-zoned venues.
Audiosure, part of the First Technology group of companies, has been a leading distributor in the South African market for more than 20 years, and represents a portfolio of top international audio, lighting and AV brands. The company is headquartered in Johannesburg, with branches in Cape Town, Durban and Bloemfontein which enable it to efficiently service the needs of its wide-ranging network of specialist dealers.
Sales director of Audiosure, Greg Payne comments: “We are pleased and proud to have been appointed as Optimal Audio’s sole distributor in Southern Africa. We’ve been seeking a commercial audio brand for some time that combines ease of installation and operation without compromising on quality. In our view Optimal Audio represents exactly that and will occupy a very important space in our brand portfolio. Audiosure is excited by the prospect of introducing such a brilliantly conceived package at such an affordable price. We’re confident that Optimal Audio will gain market-share quickly.”
Dom Harter, managing director, Optimal Audio adds, "We're delighted to be partnering with Audiosure in South Africa. Greg, Alison and their team have built a strong reputatio

 
mgxstudio1Brompton boosts Turkey’s first virtual production studio
Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Turkey - Turkey’s first virtual production house, MGX Studio, owned by MGX Film, is a revolutionary virtual production (VP) facility based in Istanbul. By bringing together both conventional and pioneering technologies used by cinematographers globally, MGX offers a next-generation LED stage with industry-leading Brompton Technology processing, advanced camera tracking solutions, in-camera VFX, plus a host of pre- and post-production tools, allowing directors and filmmakers to create enriched interactive environments.
The story of MGX Studio began during the pandemic. “We decided to use the time when we were confined to our homes wisely, researching and looking for the latest technologies in VP,” says Halit Gülmez, technical director at MGX. “MGX Film’s owner, Müşvik Guluzade, was a great inspiration to all of us as he was the first to recognise the power of virtual production and its influence on the global cinematography industry. He was the first to fully embrace the technology and bring it back to Turkey, establishing the country’s very first virtual production facility, MGX Studio.”
With Guluzade at the helm, the MGX team took its first steps to not only achieving the 'know-how' of the new technology, but also being a VP facility that guides the technology rather than follows it.
The team completed studio installation within five months, with MGX CTO and studio manager, Fatih Eke, being instrumental in choosing the right equipment. “After spending three months doing research and looking at other facilities like the ILM Stag

 
 
toluca-philharmonic1Chauvet lights Toluca Renaissance concert
Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Mexico - Renaissance is a beautiful word, believes Gerardo Urbán y Fernández, not just for the promising future it represents, but also for the struggles that preceded it. The director of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Toluca (Toluca Philharmonic), states, “Rebirth means to die first, and that was a bit what happened last year. Somehow, we all suffered not only losses but we had this need to see many things from our past. Now is the time to start over, to do better, bigger, and more beautiful things, because the experience we lived through has made us mature.”
This spirit was reflected in Renaissance, a concert performed by Orquesta Filarmónica de Toluca at the iMorelos Theatre before a live and livestreamed audience to mark International Music Day. For many involved in the performance, it was a rebirth as it represented the first time they were able to perform together in public since the onset of COVID-19.
Reflecting the hopeful and contemplative spirit of the Renaissance concert was a lighting design that blended vibrant celebratory looks with complex subtleties. Overseen by Mario Márquez, head of the Morelos Theatre Forum, the multi-faceted show relied on a collection of powerful, yet flexible, Chauvet Professional Maverick fixtures.
"The Maverick fixtures provide a quick response and the necessary power for any presentation in high-performance live shows,” said Márquez. “They are very quiet fixtures. Another great point in their favour, in terms of panning and tilting, they provide great versatility. Add to this the var

 
dpabirdsDPA delivers for Birds in the Moon
Wednesday, 4 August 2021

USA - Facing lockdowns and shuttered theatres in the wake of the pandemic, composer Mark Grey, along with a creative team of visual artists, sought to create a travelling chamber opera that would bring back live theatre. While developing Birds in the Moon, Grey knew he would need a durable microphone with superior sound quality capable of handling the unique conditions of the production’s stage setup. He found the solution he was looking for with DPA Microphones’ 6061 Core Omnidirectional Subminiature and 4099 Instrument Microphones.
Birds in the Moon is a travelling chamber opera built into a shipping container capable of bringing performing arts to locations where theatrical experiences are often sparse or unavailable. The container is designed as a multi-use performance space, suitable for showing films, presentations, visual exhibits, small theatrical works, concerts and chamber operas. The entire container can be utilised, with the side dropping down to create a stage extension and the roof accessible for performers.
For Birds in the Moon, Grey employs two 6061 Core mics and four 4099 instrument mics. “The actor is a spoken role, the soprano is a sung role and those are both using 6061s,” he says. “The string quartet, which is the live music that supports the cast, uses the 4099s with the respective instrument clips for two violins, one viola and a cello. The DPA microphones that we are using not only sound amazing, but they hold up incredibly well to the outdoor conditions they are subjected to. They are far superior to anything else out t

 
 
5g5G Festival comes to life with venue trials
Wednesday, 4 August 2021

UK - The partners behind 5G Festival have successfully completed the second set of trials to test critical aspects of the technology that will be used to deliver a music collaboration toolset and experience for artists, audiences and venues. The results will deliver the world’s first 5G powered hybrid immersive festival experience early next year.
The social and economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the live music industry has been severe. 5G Festival is part of efforts across the sector to create innovative platforms for musicians and artists to write, rehearse and produce music despite geographical barriers, and deliver new, engaging ways for audiences to interact with live performances.
5G Festival will showcase creative talent blended with the power of advanced digital technologies, broadcast live directly to audiences at remote locations from world-leading venues, and producing novel immersive in-venue experiences. The recent trials built on the practical testing and research established during the first stage trials held in March 2021 with the aim of having artists collaborate from different locations to see how an immersive festival experience would work both in a venue and at home.
A new group called The Remotes - the most data divided band in the UK - was put together especially for the trials, led by musical director Kojo Samuel, who has worked with Stormzy, Jess Glynne and Dave. A collaboration of experienced session musicians, The Remotes rehearsed and performed from physically separate locations. A vocalist and drummer wer

 
sea-worldSeaWorld concerts in the swim with L-Acoustics
Wednesday, 4 August 2021

USA - With summer in full swing and theme parks finally welcoming visitors in large numbers again, SeaWorld San Antonio is celebrating by offering guests its two-month Electric Ocean Concert Series as an extra ‘free’ perk to the park’s standard admission price on show days.
Boasting a diverse roster of popular acts - Everclear, Little River Band, Josh Abbott, En Vogue, Newsboys, Chris Jansen, Vanilla Ice, Jesse McCartney, 38 Special, Matthew West, Shelly Lares, Air Supply, Blue Oyster Cult, and others - shows are staged at the 3,000-seat Nautilus Amphitheatre, which recently got a powerful sonic boost, just in time for the new concert series.
LD Systems designed and installed a new L-Acoustics A Series-based loudspeaker system in record time that allows the concert pavilion to host more guests now that the sound finally covers every seat in the house.
According to SeaWorld San Antonio theatrical services manager Douglas Ferguson, the park already had a good track record with another L-Acoustics system that another certified provider supplied three years earlier. “SeaWorld owns an ARCS WiFo system that was originally flown at our Bayside Stadium in 2018 for the summertime HydroPower Extreme FX Ski Show,” he says. “Since the Nautilus Amphitheatre did not have its own dedicated system, we would occasionally bring Bayside’s WiFo rig over as needed for events and shows, but it wasn’t truly sufficient to cover the larger seating area.
“When planning for our Electric Ocean Concert Series, we knew that we wanted to install a rider-f

 
 
shure-tnShure UK pro audio roadshow dates announced
Wednesday, 4 August 2021

UK - Shure has announced details of its 2021 pro audio roadshow. The company previously committed to free training and continued education for the live performance, production, AV rental, film and location sound professionals, as the industry gets back on its feet.
The pro audio roadshow is an extension of support to the industry after a challenging past 18 months. The team will be visiting several different locations across the country to offer some hands-on experience with Shure systems and face to face time with the Shure experts. The roadshow will offer refresher training on RF, answer any questions about equipment or wireless training and a general overview of the new product launches over the last 18 months, including new additions to the Axient Digital family and Wavetool software.
Stuart Moots, director pro audio comments: “The team are all looking forward to getting out and meeting our friends, old and new, who we’ve missed over the past year – it’s a chance to come and say hello and see what Shure have been doing in the background during the shutdown of the Events Industry. We’ll be on hand to take you through some of the new product line up and answer any questions you may have on our wireless systems and what happened to the RF landscape last year.”
The roadshow schedule is:
17 August - Adlib, Liverpool. Knowsley Business Park, Adlib House, Kitling Rd, Knowsley, L34 9JS
18 August - Wigwam, Heywood. Unit 402, Phoenix Park Industrial Estate, Phoenix Close, Heywood, OL10 2JG
19 August - Pro Audio Systems, Bra

 
cookbookRoadies create cookbook to fund mental health first aid on tour
Tuesday, 3 August 2021

UK - The Roadie Cookbook: Toured There, Ate That is a new charity publication created by live music crew members with the mission of funding Mental Health First Aid training for every tour bus in the UK.
Borne out of an idea by production manager Nick Gosling (Nile Rodgers & Chic) in April 2020, the project was curated with friends production coordinator Julie Cotton (Massive Attack), production assistant Athena Caramitsos and backline tech Rich House (Elbow). The team set out to help their peers re-engage in the much-missed mealtime connection of crew catering by sharing recipes over social media and Zoom.
When the devastation of Covid-19 hit, live music stopped overnight, and tour buses stood still. While almost every venue in the world closed, home kitchens became the new catering hub for unemployed music workers. As stories of memorable meals and secret ingredients in roadie comfort food took hold, so did the stark reality that isolation and mental ill-health was becoming commonplace within the touring business. The team met through the Manchester music scene and recognised first-hand how food can bring people together when touring the world. The idea of an industry cookbook was formed and soon turned into a fundraising initiative tasked with generating enough sales to secure crisis prevention training for those travelling on the road.
Carefully crafted by backstage professionals, the book showcases a collection of 50 recipes, anecdotes and advice for staying healthy on tour. Recipes include The Killer Sandwich (you'll have to buy

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Vaccination Proof - Delfont Mackintosh Theatres has become the second major theatre group to require audience members to show proof of vaccination before seeing a show. The company follows Ambassador Theatre Group in introducing the requirement, after all social-distancing measures were lifted.
DMT owns eight West End theatres, including the Novello, the Noël Coward, the Sondheim and the Prince Edward Theatre. The company states on its website: “As capacity restrictions are lifted, we ask that all audience members bring with them proof of double vaccination, a recent negative lateral flow test or natural immunity.”
Audience members providing “proof of full vaccination” can do so through the NHS App. Those without both vaccinations are able to “present proof of a negative lateral flow test”, either via the NHS App or from a text message, and this test must have been taken within 48 hours of seeing the chosen show. Attendees under the age of 18 will be asked for verbal confirmation (by them or by a parent or guardian on their behalf) that they have not received a positive test for Covid-19 and are not displaying symptoms of Covid-19.
The theatre company is also requesting audiences continue to wear masks when they watch a show.
Hollywood Dream - Plans for a £700m "world-class" film and TV studios facility in the UK have been announced by a Hollywood studio. The owners of Sunset Studios in Los Angeles and an investment firm have bought a 91-acre site in Hertfordshire for £120m. Subject to planning permission, the production

 
sesSES move allows for expansion
Tuesday, 3 August 2021

UK - SES is moving from its Datchet base to a new facility in Colnbrook. Having continuously expanded over the last few years, SES has taken the decision to move to much larger facilities which will enable the company to expand further over the next few years.
“Our new home enables us to have all our manufacturing, design and production under one roof,” says group director Gordon Cooper, “and allows us to continue to develop industry leading products and facilitate customers’ requirements in a more efficient manner.
“The space that we will have will allow us to purchase our third CNC router, increase the number of production staff and increase stock holding of raw and finished goods. We will also have a separate R&D workshop, which allows us to increase the capacity of our already large test and inspect facility.”
SES is planning open house days customers and suppliers will be shown around the new building and introduced to the team.
The new address is: SES (Entertainment Services) Ltd, Unit 5 Air Hub, Arkwright Road, Poyle trading Estate, Colnbrook, SL3 0AA. Tel: +44 (0)17 5358 5050.

 
 
gravity-mediaGravity Media increases Clear-Com inventory
Monday, 2 August 2021

UK - Gravity Media, provider of live broadcast facilities and production services to content owners, creators and distributors – has made further significant investment into its real-time communication systems for live event broadcasts. The new equipment meets increased demand for Gravity Media’s services, particularly for live sports. It will initially support a project with long-time client, UEFA European Soccer League, before being made available to other customers worldwide.
The purchase includes 20 new V-Series Iris Panels, in addition to Gravity Media’s existing Clear-Com Eclipse HX Digital Matrix within their London facility, as well as Station-IC Virtual Desktop Client licenses. The Station-IC client will enable Gravity Media’s expert technical teams to create a completely scalable intercom user station, which includes talkback both on desktop and for working remotely; something that’s essential given ongoing global travel restrictions and decentralised live production.
Also included is a new Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) licence based on Clear-Com’s LQ Series of IP Interfaces. This marks a shift away from legacy Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) communication standards to SIP. The new investment is due to the phasing out of ISDN communications in the UK and to enhance the overall scalability, quality and control of Gravity Media’s communication systems in the IP space.
This investment builds on Gravity Media’s previous purchases of Clear-Com equipment in preparation for women’s professional soccer in 2019, whe

 
irumCT celebrates 10 years in Qatar
Monday, 2 August 2021

Qatar - Creative Technology (CT) has supported its clients with AV technology across various events in Qatar for over a decade and continues to provide technical advice and show-stopping event experiences in the region.
This year marks the 10th anniversary since CT opened its first Qatar office in the heart of City West Bay in Doha.
Although CT have been delivering projects in Qatar as early as 2001 out of its UK facility, it was realised in 2011 that having a local office and warehouse would make CT’s services, skilled engineers and event technology easily accessible to clients in the region.
Irum Ashraf, CT Qatar general manager, comments, “Within the first year of opening, the success of our organic growth saw CT Qatar move from our first warehouse in Al Rayyan with three full-time employees to a 14000sqf.t space in Logistics Village with over 14 full-time staff.”
Having a locally registered company in Qatar has enabled CT to establish itself as a key audiovisual supplier in the Middle East. Over the years, CT has delivered AV services for several prestigious events, from the early delivery of the Asian Games and Qatar Foundation projects to the opening and closing ceremonies for the World Petroleum Congress, multiple National Day events and the more recent IAAF World Athletic Championships to name a few.
Ashraf continues, “Our Venue Services department expanded alongside our live events with teams housed within the St Regis Doha, Shangri La and the Westin Hotels managing the audiovisual requirements for live events, confere

 
 
sea-powerRenkus-Heinz strengthens presence in Taiwan
Monday, 2 August 2021

Taiwan - Seapower Technology has partnered with Renkus-Heinz to strengthen the company’s loudspeaker offerings in the Taiwan market.
“We are very happy about this strategic partnership with Seapower, a highly recognised company that is excited and passionate about high quality audio solutions,” said Karan Kathuria, director - sales and business development. “We are sure this collaboration will enable the best support, education, and training for end-users, integrators, and system designers across various business verticals in Taiwan.”
Based in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz has a global presence in permanent installations at auditoriums, transit centres, sports venues, houses of worship and musical performance venues as well as in the concert touring industry.
“We’re extremely excited to partner with Renkus-Heinz,” said Douglas Chang, MD at Seapower. “Renkus-Heinz’s offerings are very well aligned with our solutions portfolio in providing high quality, engineered audio solutions to resellers and integrators across the Taiwanese market. We know the product lines Renkus-Heinz offers will be very well received and will result in impressive audio installations across the region.”

 
fontainebleauShowlight confirms further postponement
Friday, 30 July 2021

Europe - In view of the ongoing COVID-19 situation worldwide, Showlight has decided to further postpone the lighting quadrennial in its traditional form. Showlight chairman, John Allen, explains the reasons behind the decision:
“The Showlight committee has been reviewing the current state of our industry and the effects of the COVID pandemic on employment in many of our theatres, conference centres, touring venues, and within our manufacturing and servicing companies. We have also considered the difficulties and unpredictability of travel bans, quarantining and the effect of Brexit, and none of our conclusions are encouraging.
“As a result, we have reluctantly decided that a traditional Showlight in 2022 at Fontainebleau is not viable in any form so a further postponement will be necessary, and we will reconsider our options for Showlight 2023 next Spring, ideally to take place in Fontainebleau as previously planned.
“Our main considerations when reaching this decision revolve around a number of major concerns. Showlight delegates come from many branches of our industry and we fully appreciate that those who are freelancers or part of teams within performance spaces may not be able to spare the time or even afford to attend if they are finally back in any kind of regular employment after long periods of inactivity.
“Others who work in studios and on film sets or in servicing and supply may also find that they cannot be spared from work places if the industry is beginning to show signs of new growth. Our sponsors and exhibitors too, on

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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