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chainmasters-benjamin-goeldner-and-adam-beaumont-centre-with-duncan-riley-and-robert-izzett-from-dwr-distributionChainmaster partners with DWR in South Africa
Tuesday, 22 November 2022

South Africa - Chainmaster has announced that in future their global presence in the South African market will be strengthened with DWR Distribution as their trading partner.
Chainmaster’s Benjamin Göldner and Adam Beaumont recently visited South Africa and accompanied by DWR’s Robert Izzett, called on numerous local rental technical suppliers. “While Chainmaster is well established throughout the world, it’s the first time that the brand will be represented in South Africa and we look forward to a long-term relationship with DWR,” comments Benjamin Göldner, CEO at Chainmaster GmbH.
“We are part of Liftket Hoffmann, the parent company that took ownership of Chainmaster in 2018 and are proud to produce and assemble first-rate hoists and controllers to the entertainment industry, from basic units to controllers with frequency, inverters, positioning and load measuring.”
Founded in 1994, Chainmaster offers a range of products that enable complex scene changes in theatres and provide solutions for television studios, multi-functional venues and the touring sector. Over 125,000 electric chain hoists have been used around the globe to date and the company's references include projects such as the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Louvre in Lens and the Stockholm Opera House.
Global brand manager, Adam Beaumont adds, “The Chainmaster brand is our specific hoist design for the entertainment market and the exciting development and relaunch of the product has occurred in connection with the changed corporate structure. John Jones, dire

showlightShowlight 2023 postponed
Monday, 21 November 2022

France - With great sadness, the Showlight Committee has announced the postponement of Showlight 2023. The popular quadrennial networking event was due to take place in Fontainebleau, France from 20th – 23rd May 2023.
In a statement from Showlight, chairman John Allen explains the reasons behind this decision: “It is after lengthy consideration and with much deliberation that we have decided to postpone Showlight 2023. The plans and preparations for Showlight in Fontainebleau have been underway since 2018 and although the Covid lockdown took two years out of our work, it was always our intention to hold Showlight in 2023 following the lifting of Covid restrictions.
“Fontainebleau is a beautiful town with an intimate theatre and a wonderful chateau as well and it is an ideal place for our quadrennial event. Plans progressed with this aim in mind. However, developments over recent weeks have raised concerns about the viability of holding Showlight next year. The major problem is that of costs for the event which have risen considerably at a time when inflation in the UK and across Europe is rising.
“When we first budgeted for Showlight in Fontainebleau, in 2018, the future looked good, but the combination of Covid, the current political and economic state in Europe, and more recently, uncertain final costs for the event, have put Showlight in severe jeopardy of failure, both with the standard of our unique event and also in its cost.
“As a result, the directors of Showlight Ltd have decided that we need to postpone next May’s event.

 
 
vdcSterling Event Group chooses Van Damme
Thursday, 17 November 2022

UK - Technical event production and hire companies Sterling Event Group, one of the UK's leading, uses Van Damme TourCat cables as part of its infrastructure to deliver live events for clients daily.
Supplying sound, lighting and video equipment to multiple industries, Sterling Event Group has expanded rapidly since the end of the COVID pandemic. With work split across the whole spectrum of sectors including corporate, private, public, sporting, and live music, it is vital that all equipment is both reliable and durable.
Joseph Timmons, head of vision at Sterling Event Group, comments: “As our fleet of equipment grows the infrastructure behind it also needs to grow with it. Specifically within the vision department the Van Damme Tourcat cable links our screen management systems with our projectors, displays and LED screens. We work on multiple projects in different locations so the cable must survive life on the road and never let us down.”
David Barnard, customer services manager at VDC Trading says: “We’ve been working extensively with everyone at Sterling Event Group and are involved with many aspects including the manufacture of audio lines to lighting and RF systems. The team is always a pleasure to work with and knows exactly what it wants, and how it wants it. We’re delighted that Van Damme is delivering excellence exactly where it’s needed.”

 
ildivo20221017128-il-divo-perform-hallelujah-in-honour-of-carlos-marin--jakub-janeckiMDG generator adds atmosphere to Il Divo tribute
Thursday, 10 November 2022

UK - MDG’s Ice Fog Q HP low fog generator has been chosen by Philip Marfleet of Marfleet Events to tour with Il Divo and provide the atmosphere for a very special moment during the show.
Il Divo, the multi-national vocal quartet, had the same line up for the past 18 years until, sadly, founder member, Carlos Marín, passed away from COVID-19 last December. The group had been part-way through their Motown-themed tour, For Once in My Life, and, after much heart-searching and encouragement from their fans, decided to continue the tour and rearrange it to honour their long-term friend.
The reconfigured tour, renamed Greatest Hits Tour, began in February and will continue until December – a total of 105 international dates in 2022 - with more to come in 2023.
In tribute to their friend, the group dedicates a song Hallelujah each night to Marín, during which time the remaining members sing ‘with’ him, and the stage is filled with a generous amount of low fog supplied by the Ice Fog Q HP.
“The moment when Il Divo sing with Carlos one last time is such an instrumental part of the show that it is important we can guarantee a good result with that effect every night,” says tour and production manager, Philip Marfleet. “We chose the Ice Fog Q HP after the US leg of the tour where we had used a variety of rental machines from different manufacturers according to equipment availability. But these gave variable performances and the majority of generators couldn’t give us a consistent, satisfactory result in the way the Ice Fog Q HP c

 
 
bts-logoBTS promotes mental health resources at LDI 2022
Wednesday, 9 November 2022

USA - At LDI 2022, Behind the Scenes’ booth (#2551) will promote all the tools and resources available through BTS’ Mental Health Initiative alongside industry-themed holiday cards and decorations.
Visitors can also order signed copies of Queen: The Neal Preston Photographs with a show special of free shipping in the US. All proceeds go to support your colleagues in need who are seriously ill or injured and the Mental health Initiative.
On Saturday at 3:30 on the LDI Stage in the Circle Bar and Lounge join Steven Michelman, Founder of EPS, and Lori Rubinstein, executive director of Behind the Scenes, for an in depth look into mental health challenges and the available support in our industry. Steven will be speaking publicly for the first time about his own mental health journey and about trying to provide a psychologically safe workplace for his employees.
Lori will speak about the Behind the Scenes Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative and how it can benefit you, your family, and your colleagues. The presentation will provide an overview of the tool and resources developed specifically to support entertainment industry workers and promote mental health and psychological safety.

 
showmans-showShowman’s Show records increased attendance
Tuesday, 8 November 2022

UK - With more than 100 new exhibitors, a number of product launches and a 25 per cent increase in visitor numbers year on year, Newbury Showground was ‘abuzz with all things event related’ when The Showman’s Show 2022 headed there from 19 – 20 October.
Visitors to the show this year included End of The Road Festival, IMG, Royal International Air Tattoo, Festival Republic, Wimbledon, Goodwood Motorsports, London Marathon, EnTEEtainment, Live Nation and VIP Nation, Formula E, National Eisteddfod of Wales and Cheltenham Festivals.
Event director Jeremy Lance comments, “We knew in the lead up to The Showman’s Show 2022 that there was a real desire for the industry to come together. For many it was important to discuss the events of the summer; the challenges faced within the supply chain, rising costs, staff shortages etc. but also to look forward and begin putting plans in place for 2023.”
This viewpoint is supported by many of the show exhibitors. Ozan Pakyz of Simpliwifi said: “We had an absolute corker of a show with over 250 stand visits and we have secured a number of deals already directly as a result of the show.”
“What a huge success it was showcasing our products at The Showman’s Show. Our newest addition, The Nest drew quite the crowd,” adds Lauren Halstead of Zoo Events
Shaun Pearce of Pearce Hire was impressed with the focus on sustainability at The Showman’s Show 2022, saying: “There's no denying that this year's event put sustainability where it should be; at the forefront. It's clear that the mi

 
 
absen-virtual-production-forum-2022-absen-pl2VP Forum records successful London launch
Thursday, 3 November 2022

UK - Absen partnered with PSCo, Garden Studios and cinematography hire house Procam Take 2, to host the inaugural edition of its Virtual Production Forum on 20 October. Held in Garden Studios’ dedicated VP production facility, the event combined talks, panel discussions and educational content, alongside a scripted live action VP short Going Home, complete with acting, direction, and editing, all played out in real time.
Introducing the day, Brian Macauto, VP industry development director for Absen said: “We are increasingly seeing the impact of LED in filmmaking, and we are pleased to be supporting the virtual production trend with this event. We have put together an event today which helps to explain the latest innovative tech and to highlight the possibilities - we see this vibrant market as full of potential and we want to continue to collaborate with exciting partners in this industry to keep pushing the boundaries of what we can achieve together.”
The team created a film theatre environment in the VP Studio, using the Absen PL2.5 Pro V10 as the backdrop. The Virtual Production Forum began with a VP, where are we now? talk and went on to include sessions covering VP build, workflows, and pipelines, as well as panel discussions that saw industry professionals share their experiences of working in VP, and amongst other insights, offer advice on how to upskill to take advantage of the new opportunities opening up thanks to the explosion of interest in VP.
Film industry technologist and Absen’s newly appointed VP consultant,

 
live-at-the-marquee-corkPower Logistics to open permanent base in Cork
Thursday, 3 November 2022

Europe - Sustainable event power specialist, Power Logistics, has announced plans for its expansion into Europe. The first stage of this development programme is the establishment of a permanent base in Cork, Ireland. To better serve the needs of its Irish client base, Power Logistics has identified that having both an experienced team as well as equipment permanently based there will allow the company to deliver temporary power solutions efficiently and cost-effectively to the events and entertainment industry.
Power Logistics has been supporting Ireland’s premier outdoor events and concerts for over 15 years. This summer has seen the company deliver temporary power solutions for the numerous shows held within Live at the Marquee, Cork, and Iveagh Gardens, Dublin, alongside high-profile acts such as Garth Brooks and Elton John.
Commenting on this recent development, Power Logistics’ director, Pete Wills, stated “We have been operating successfully and delivering temporary power solutions to some of Ireland’s most prestigious events for more than 15 years now and, post-pandemic, we only see this expanding further. There is a real opportunity for growth and, whilst having equipment and personnel permanently based in Ireland, we can ensure we remain competitive. This also supports our ability to deliver sustainable solutions which remains a key focus for the business.”
Further announcements regarding Power Logistics’ expansion programme across Europe will follow in the coming months.

 
 
tentsStructures International offers broad mix
Wednesday, 2 November 2022

Germany - Structures International – which is to be held at Messe Dortmund between 8 and 10 November – is set to cover ‘every aspect of the tent and marquee sector’. Europe's new trade show for temporary space solutions is to offer a one-stop-shop experience, focusing not just on temporary structures, portable buildings and tents of all varieties, but also on a wide range of accessories, decorative and functional equipment plus a host of service offerings.
The show will be supported by a packed supporting programme featuring a host of subject-matter highlights.
As well as established names in marquees and tentage, portable buildings and roofing such as Röder Zelt und Veranstaltungsservice, HTS Tentique, HR-Structure, Oostdam Flexzelt International, Eurostrechtents Deutschland, Skyliner and Stadur Productions GmbH, the exhibition will also showcase specialist businesses offering equipment for function and convenience.

 
steve-n-steveMetaFests and Vatom release Digital Lanyard
Monday, 31 October 2022

UK/USA - MetaFests, the UK-based Web3 specialist for festivals, has partnered with US-based Web3 technology platform Vatom, to launch Digital Lanyard. The collaboration gives organisers “instant, year-long fan engagement and enhanced monetisation powers.”
Digital Lanyard is a blockchain-powered toolkit, fast-tracking festivals’ access to the multiple benefits of Web3, via Vatom’s powerful digital platform. The web3 technology has been proven at scale for global events, such as elrow events across Europe, including their summer season in Ibiza, Monegros Desert Festival in Spain, and iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas. The first UK festival confirmed to be using Digital Lanyard is Lakefest, previously announced to be the UK’s first music festival to position NFT technology at the heart of the experience for all 20,000 visitors in 2023.
Based on the Vatom Universal Wallet technology, Digital Lanyard offers a familiar app-style experience that makes it simple for fans to receive essential event information and pre-event branded activities, earn on-site rewards, and post event communications
Steve Machin, Vatom’s global director of entertainment comments: “The power of Web3 applied to live events means that the types of authentic audience connections we have been wanting to deliver are possible in a fun and fan-friendly way. We are thrilled to be working with MetaFests, who are bringing all their festival expertise to this ground-breaking product. We’re already excited to see the reaction to the Digital Lanyard on the event side, a

 
 
participantsSAW and d&b host church production workshops
Wednesday, 26 October 2022

South Africa - Stage Audio Works reports that the live workshops run by MxU on 12-13 October were a resounding success. Over 200 attendees from various ministries congregated at 3Ci Church in Pretoria for a masterclass in live production for worship. The event was led by MxU co-founders Jeff Sandstrom and Lee Fields, who travelled from the USA. Stage Audio Works and co-hosts d&b audiotechnik were on hand to provide technical assistance and any additional support required.
“We were thrilled to be partnering with 3Ci Church and Stage Audio Works,” says Sandstrom. “Lee and I spent a portion of the day challenging each other with best practices, sharing tips and tricks to try and find out how we can improve our process, to make the tracks we mix sound better. Our hope is that everyone present had the opportunity to eavesdrop on this conversation and apply some of these tips and tricks to their own context.”
Participants were actively encouraged to ask questions as well as share their own insights and experience during the workshop, which had plenty of hands-on opportunities as well as panel discussions and demonstrations. There was also time to relax, mingle and chat more informally over refreshments.
“We really try to focus on how we can all get better, irrespective of the console or the gear in use. In fact, we deliberately focus on approaches that are applicable to many consoles.” Sandstrom continues: “Whether you are part of a small or large church, our hope is that everyone who attended can improve on their craft, even as soon as

 
licenceArtistic Licence competition winner announced
Tuesday, 25 October 2022

UK - Artistic Licence ran a competition at this year's PLASA Show in London to advertise one of its new products, an upgrade kit for the Micro-Scope DMX tester, which went on to win the Sustainability Award.
The Micro-Scope upgrade kit is a microprocessor that can be retrofitted (by the customer) to any previous generation Artistic Licence Micro-Scope product.
Micro-Scope is a rugged DMX512 tester that has been on sale for nearly 30 years. Many thousands of products have been sold, but they do not support RDM as that protocol did not exist when Micro-Scope was invented.
The kit enables any functioning Micro-Scope unit to be brought completely up to date with a full suite of DMX512 and, most significantly, RDM test functionality – at a low cost and without the need to recycle or discard the existing product.
As Micro-Scope has been on sale for so long, its inventor (Artistic Licence founder, Wayne Howell) thought it would be amusing to see who could bring the oldest unit to the show. Naturally, the prize for the most ancient, battered unit would be a new upgrade kit!
Freelance technician, Ed Jackson of Techno Tarts, was the lucky winner. His Micro-Scope tester, serial number 782, first saw the light of day in 1998.
Delighted with his win, Ed was keen to explain the benefits: "With the new RDM upgrade to my trusty Micro-Scope 3, I can now easily determine if I’m connected to a responsive device, or a piece of wet string. There’s also a new sticker for the front plus new sticky feet for use when navigating choppy waters."

 
 
laurafrankLSi talks to Laura Frank of frame:work
Friday, 21 October 2022

UK - frame:work is a community organisation for creative video professionals working in live events, installations and virtual production. Here, frame:work co-founder Laura Frank tells us what to expect at the first in-person event, a two-day conference, set to take place on 3-4 November at central London’s CodeNode . . .
What led to frame:work becoming established within the professional video / entertainment technology industry? Did you feel there was a gap in the market for a sector-specific education and networking event?
Laura Frank: “Creative video professionals have spent years at conferences that speak to only part of the challenges faced in our work. My co-founders and I wanted a forum where someone who works across film, broadcast and live performance could talk about producing content and managing screens control for those very different production spaces. frame:work creates the opportunity to learn from a wide range of experiences focused on this narrow and technologically rich topic.”
As a community-led conference for creatives working in the ‘live pixel’ arena, what do you feel will really put frame:work on the map?
LF: “One of frame:work’s missions is to foster client education. To accomplish that, we first need to educate each other on the intricacies of what we each do. So many of us are self-taught, trailblazing new paths with each technical advancement in our field. A better understanding of ourselves as a community will allow us to advance as a cohesive professional body to our clients. Gathering

 
andy-bell-1Andy Bell moves to Truckingby
Tuesday, 18 October 2022

UK - Andy Bell, former operations director at KB Event, has joined Truckingby as events operations director.
Andy has over 23 years' experience in live event trucking, working with bands and artists such as Ed Sheeran, Rod Stewart, the Stereophonics and many more.
“I’m looking forward to bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge into Truckingbyand being a valuable part of their team in expanding their live events division,” says Andy.
Kevin Hopper, Truckingby managing director said Andy’s appointment to the company adds additional strength and knowledge to our live events logistics operation, we are all looking forward to working with him, and wish him all the best for the future with Truckingby.”

 
 
michael-nishballMichael Nishball named full member of ASTC
Tuesday, 18 October 2022

USA - This month, the American Society of Theatre Consultants (ASTC) welcomed Michael Nishball as its newest full member. Membership into the ASTC, follows a highly selective process that considers a candidate’s range of capability and experience, their past industry achievements, and the quality of service they provide to clients.
“I can think of no person more deserving of full membership,” offered Scott Crossfield, Theatre Projects principal and fellow with the ASTC. “Michael’s experience in equipment and systems design is unparalleled, and he is the type of person we want in the ASTC: committed to the industry, dogged about the appropriate use of technology in the design of performance spaces, and invested in safety for audience and performer as his number one priority.”
Michael is Theatre Projects’ principal theatre equipment designer and one of the industry’s leading voices on structural systems, rigging equipment, and specialty stage machinery. He makes the eighth Theatre Projects employee currently on the ASTC membership roster and brings over 40 years of experience to the elite organisation.
Theatre Projects has been Michael’s professional home since 1995. Prior to Theatre Projects, he worked with Pook Diemont & Ohl, Inc. as a rigging contractor, and earlier on, he was a stagehand, production designer, and rigger with a variety of theatre companies. He supervised lighting and rigging for the Wooster Group all over the world and worked with the Boston Shakespeare Company, the American Repertory Theater, and several mode

 
pf-winner-sarahProduction Futures award winners announced
Tuesday, 18 October 2022

UK - Production Futures exists to create opportunities for young people to learn, train, network and develop real careers in production across every area of the live event, music, touring, theatre, TV, broadcast and film industries. The organisation’s Breakthrough Awards, presented in association with TPi magazine, recognise the impact of up-and-coming talent in all areas of production, with nominations made by tutors, mentors, colleagues or peers.
This year, the six winners received their awards at the Production Futures ON TOUR event which took place in late September at Production Park in Wakefield. The event was the first of a series taking place across the UK in the coming months and saw more than six hundred young people through its doors. Thirty-five brand partners from the worlds of audio, lighting, TV, virtual events and global logistics, were on hand to offer information, insights and advice about careers in production. A number of industry associations were also represented, joining the commercial brands in presenting panels and workshops on a range of subjects designed to explain and inspire.
Hannah Eakins, CEO of Production Futures comments, “this year’s awards were presented at the conclusion of what was a fantastic day. We received a record number of nominations this year - an indication that our campaign to highlight and deliver opportunities for young people in the production sector is moving in the right direction. Our brand partners, many of them market-leading global companies, have really bought into our ideas, recognising the

 
 
houstonL-Acoustics supports Cougars and Roughnecks
Monday, 17 October 2022

USA - From 2014 to 2017, the University of Houston Cougars football team won 16 straight games on its home gridiron - the John O’Quinn Field at TDECU Stadium - marking the longest active home winning streak in the nation at the time. However, the PA system for the facility, which opened in August of 2014, didn’t share quite the same success, quickly falling victim to the area’s increasingly volatile weather and early component failures.
In response, LD Systems was recently able to step in and remedy the situation with a loudspeaker design from L-Acoustics that offered vastly better audio quality via a streamlined combination of K, A, and X Series products.
TDECU Stadium - its official name derived from the Texas Dow Employees Credit Union, the largest credit union in Houston - is built on the site of the former Robertson Stadium and also hosts the XFL's Houston Roughnecks.
Matt Rhodes, sales engineer at LD Systems, University of Houston’s long-time AV partner, commented on the stadium’s sound over the past few years: “We had been helping the school nurse its existing sound system through football seasons for the past two years, but it became clear that they needed a new, more modern audio system. We looked at a few options with them and found that L-Acoustics offered the right mix of components to create a powerful yet cost-effective system for the client.”
The stadium’s new system now comprises two hangs of 12 K2 enclosures over six Kara II per side of the scoreboard, flanked by a combination of A15i Wide and A15i Focus enclos

 
fiberfox-rotary-joint-loresNeutrik reveals new Fiberfox products
Monday, 17 October 2022

UK - The Neutrik Group exhibited at this year’s Engineering Design Show at the Coventry Building Society Arena, where it showed two new additions to its Fiberfox connector series.
During the two-day event – which took place on 12 and 13 October and is dedicated to engineering, electronics and embedded design – Neutrik unveiled the Fiberfox foxBRID and Fiberfox Rotary Joint.
The foxBRID is an expanded beam multimode hermaphroditic connector module, suited to a vast array of industrial applications, including in automation, robotics and rail transportation. The innovative design – available in two-and four-channel variants – ensures its ability for deployment in the toughest environments where constant performance and total reliability are critical. The module is designed according to the MIL-DTL-83526 standard and fits to other Fiberfox solutions.
The Rotary Joint is an expanded beam multimode solution with fits to standard optical ST connections. Offering IP56 protection, with two hermetically dust-tight chambers sealed by shaft seals, it is suitable for a wide range of engineering applications where rotation is a challenge, such as in robotics, renewable energy (e.g. wind turbines) and government (e.g. radar). The innovative design ensures maximal flexibility and high data rates in rotating systems.

 
 
toyota4Auvicom lights Toyota experience with Chauvet
Monday, 17 October 2022

Belgium - Toyota Motor Europe has had plenty of developments to share with customers and the media of late thanks to its impressive array of recently introduced hybrid and electric vehicles. Now, with the opening of its Brand Experience Centre in Brussels, it also has a sleek and engaging new platform for highlighting these innovations.
Located in a former workshop that has been transformed into a contemporary auditorium complex, the new facility features an event space/theatre, studio, and Sky Lab meeting rooms. Auvicom, which has been a major AV supplier to Toyota Europe for over two decades, was responsible for the design and equipment installation at the new centre in consultation with the D-Side Group event agency.
The facility’s 400m2 events space is fully equipped to stage press conferences, product launches and other live happenings, including recording and live-stream broadcasts. Auvicom has ensured that these activities will all take place in a supportive and optimal setting by installing a full AV system that features a 33m LED wall, a fully functional control room, PTZ cameras, microphones, sound-and-image systems, and an advanced lighting rig, which in keeping with the environmental commitment of the company and its client, is comprised of all LED fixtures.
Featured in this lighting rig is a collection of 34 Chauvet Professional fixtures, including five Ovation F-145WW Fresnels, five Ovation E-260WW ellipsoidals, six Ovation F-265 Fresnels, and 10 Ovation CYC1 FC units, as well as eight moving fixtures, four Maverick Force S Spots, an

 
bpmBPM 2022 prepares to open its doors
Friday, 14 October 2022

UK - On Saturday 15 October, DJ technology exhibition BPM 2022 will open its doors at Solihul’s Cranmore Park Conference and Events Centre
Co-organised by Mark Parkhouse, Jack Wilson and Kris Dawber, BPM 2022 will include a busy show floor featuring ADJ, Bose, Chauvet DJ and Neutrik, FBT, RCF, HK Audio, Mackie and more.
The seminar programme – powered by ProMobile Focus and organised in association with Pro Mobile, NADJ, SEDA and the Mobile DJ Network – will cover topics as varied as how DJs can best connect with Gen Y and Z, how businesses can benefit from more digital marketing, and your remix skills can improve courtesy of a masterclass with renowned DJ and producer Paul Dakeyne.
Elsewhere, visitors will be able to compare sound systems from Bishopsound, Citronic, Bose, FBT, HH, HK Audio, Mackie, RCF and Studiomaster in a like-for-like demonstration area named the BPM Sound Experience.
“We can’t wait to open this year’s edition of BPM so our guests can discover everything that we’ve planned,” commented BPM co-organiser Mark Parkhouse. “We’re bringing more to the show than ever before, from unmissable networking opportunities to seminars and physical demonstrations. And, of course, there’s the always popular after-party.”
BPM 2022 opens its doors at 10am on Saturday 15 October at Cranmore Park Conference and Events Centre, Cranmore Ave, Shirley, Solihull B90 4LE.

 
 
iseRegistration opens for ISE 2023
Friday, 14 October 2022

Spain - Registration is now open for Integrated Systems Europe (ISE 2023). With just under four months until opening day, ISE 2023 already has over 52,000 sqm of space booked, over 30% more than the exhibitor space in 2022.
So far, over 700 companies are already committed to exhibiting, and alongside long-standing flagship exhibitors, ISE 2023 will play host to several new brands making their debut.
Mike Blackman, Integrated Systems Events managing director, stated: “We can’t wait to return to Barcelona with ISE 2023. This year’s show exceeded expectations, and we are looking forward to a bigger and even better event at the Fira Barcelona Gran Via in January 2023. We already have a great show floor packed with industry-leading brands and we’re working hard to ensure that, yet again, ISE goes above and beyond expectations.”
ISE 2023 will showcase technology innovators and solution providers which include industry-leading brands such as Absen, Blackmagic Design, Barco, Christie, Crestron, Google, KNX, Lang, LG, Logitech, Panasonic, Samsung, Shure, Sony and many more.
The ISE Conference Programme returns in 2023 with a new home. The programme of conferences and summits will take place in the modern, purpose-built conference rooms in the CC4 and CC5 areas on the upper level of the Fira Gran Via. The schedule includes an informative programme of Spanish-language content covering all aspects of the pro AV and systems integration industry as well as sessions to cover thought-provoking issues, market trends and inspirational keynote speaker

 
the-tehcnical-team-with-michae-taylor-broderik-first-row-third-from-the-leftHilton Arts Festival celebrates success
Thursday, 13 October 2022

South Africa - It was with slight trepidation that the organisers of the Hilton Arts Festival opened the event on Friday, 23 September in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. After a two-year COVID-19 gap, the depressed economy, the hazardous N3 highway between Durban and Hilton and severely reduced sponsorship, it was a risky decision to take. However, driven by the sure knowledge that the arts are one of the most vital parts of a balanced society and a happy people, they forged ahead.
“With the weather playing ball (no wind, no rain) crafters and visual artists had a steady flow of visitors all weekend,” said Sue Clarence, the founder of Hilton Arts Festival. “All productions were well supported, with several selling out. The community of performers, visual artists and crafters who, over the years, have become a firm part of the success of the festival, were overwhelming in their praise, excited to be back.”
Shows and exhibitions included Firefly and Mandela A Life’s Journey, Urban Circus. The new Music Auditorium raised the bar for music with its acoustic design. “This is what art is meant to do,” Sue adds. “Thanks to our sponsors, we were able to up our game technically which made a huge impression on the visiting production companies.”
This was the 28th year that technical director, Michael Taylor-Broderick from DWR Distribution, was involved in the festival. “Thank you Sue Clarence and Evan Roberts for your unfailing dedication to keeping the festival alive,” said Michael. “You took a huge risk and provid

 
 
frameworklondon-nameframe:work set to unite real-time content creators in London
Wednesday, 12 October 2022

UK frame:work is a brand-new community event series conceptualised by four key live entertainment production experts: Laura Frank, Luke Malcolm, Soren West and Elliott Dunwody, who have a collective career experience spanning decades across multiple sectors.
The first event will take place at central London’s multipurpose tech venue, CodeNode on 3 - 4 November. For frame:work:london, the team has partnered with Bild Studios, a creative house of media technologists who are pioneering the next generation of visual experiences, in order to present the two-day conference to the industry.
The event will host conversations around the unique challenges of creating video for physical spaces, live performance and virtual worlds.
Laura Frank, frame:work co-founder, who began her own career as a touring lighting programmer for Madonna and David Bowie before moving into the XR space, states: “If you work in real-time content creation, screen content for live entertainment, or interactive content, frame:work is your new home. Together, we aim to build a transparent and peer-supported future for the creative video community of ‘live pixel people’.”
She continues: “From theatre to film, television broadcast, concert touring, conferences, installations and online events, the more we learn from each other about process, the more we’ll improve our relationships across different production communities. Our end goal is to create an authentic community and share valuable insights into the practice of these specialised fields of work.”
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upcoming-bts-webinarsBTS hosts free webinars this month
Monday, 10 October 2022

USA - Behind the Scenes has two upcoming webinars: Bystander Intervention in the Entertainment Workplace on 16 October at 4pm Eastern and Understanding Substance Use and Abuse in the Entertainment Industry on 17 October at 7pm Eastern. Both webinars are free, but require advance registration to be sent the login link.
A BTS survey strongly indicated that bullying, harassment and intimidation is a common workplace stressor throughout all sectors of the entertainment industry. Do you know how to safely intervene if you see a co-worker being bullied or intimidated? Did you know there are different ways to intervene to match your comfort level? In just 90 minutes you will learn five easily accessible tools and get real life examples to use in any workplace to safely intervene without worrying about retaliation.
The Bystander Intervention webinar, presented by Dax Valdes of Right To Be, will be offered once a quarter over the next year with the first one on Sunday, 16 October. Visit btshelp.org/bystander to register for the webinar of your choice.
Most of us know someone who is affected by substance use and abuse. This can include concerns about our own use – or that of a co-worker, family member or friend. This webinar introduces new resources for recognizing and discussing substance use and abuse in the workplace and beyond. Taking just one hour to learn more can save lives by allowing you to say the right thing – or point someone to the right resources. Advance registration is required to receive the link to the webinar.
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