USA - The AES139 Convention at the Jacob Javits Centrein New York City (29 October - 1 November 2015), is slated to host "the most in-depth technical programme of the year for audio professionals". The event offers attendees four full days of comprehensive Technical Programme presentations including Workshops, Tutorials, Paper Sessions, Student & Career Development Events, Special Events and more.

Paper topics this year include timely subjects ranging from Audio Education and Forensic Audio, to Cinema Sound, Sound Reinforcement, Spatial Audio and more. Tutorial topics are slated to include Interactive Music: Past, Present and Future, Main Microphone Techniques for 2.0 and 5.1, Listening Tests - Understanding the Basic Concepts and other in-depth topics of interest. Additional topics in the Workshop series will include Low Frequency Behaviour in

South Africa - Reflecting the growing focus on broadcast and entertainment technology across the continent, Mediatech Africa 2015 increased its visitor numbers by around 7% over 2013.

This year, the event attracted over 7400 key players from 20 African countries, with over 50% of respondents to visitor surveys at the event reporting they make buying decisions for their organisations, and over 26% saying they influence buying decisions. Crucially, nearly 1,000 of the organisations represented have a technology spend of over R1 million a year, and 94 of them have a spend exceeding R50 million annually, say the organisers.

"Mediatech Africa presents the only opportunity for major players in these niche sectors to view and assess the latest broadcast and entertainment technologies on home ground," says Simon Robinson, publisher and managing editor at Mediatech Africa eve

UK - Matthew Griffiths is to step down as PLASA CEO. A statement from PLASA reads: Over the past few months it has become clear to the boards and executive management of PLASA that a fundamental redesign of our business model and structures are necessary due to the increasingly difficult trading conditions currently being experienced. For the organisation to remain of service & benefit to the membership we represent, it is imperative that our expenditure can be funded by an affordable and sustainable income. To that end, the PLASA Governing Body has decided that there needs to be complete review of its businesses.

In light of the above and after 17 years as PLASA's chief executive officer, Matthew Griffiths has decided that now is the right time to step aside which would help kick start and facilitate a fresh set of ideas and approaches needed for the next chapter in PLASA's dev

UAE - The Association of Professional Wireless Production Technologies (APWPT) will host a Programme Making and Special Event (PMSE) user meeting on 30 August, 2015 at the Meydan Hotel in Dubai to discuss the all-important subject of spectrum allocation and management for wireless PMSE devices and enter into meaningful and productive conversations with the national government and local PMSE users in the UAE.

APWPT is an international not-for-profit organisation that represents users and manufacturers of wireless production tools, so called SAB/SAP or PMSE - wireless microphones, cameras and effect control. Sennheiser Group is a founding member of APWPT and supports the organization in its worldwide engagement.

PMSE is the generic term which covers an extensive range of wireless production tools used for art, culture, conferences, trade fairs, entertainment applications, educat

UK - Rigging Team are once again supporting the Technical Theatre Awards and for the second year running we are proud sponsors of The "Rigging Team" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Automation.

This award is to highlight an individual within any role of the Automation Department. The individuals nominated for this award are people that have made an outstanding contribution and effort to a show/event or in general over the years. This person should be renowned for their dedication and effort to this discipline and respected among the technical theatre community. The nominees for 2015 are David Greatex, The Twins FX, Richard Willcox and Musa Halimeh.

"We are delighted to be sponsoring the award again this year." says Rigging Team director, Adam Searle. "Everyone behind the scenes works tirelessly to realise the ideas of the 'creatives' and in the pas

USA - PLASA is producing a special event at LDI2015 on 22 October called Demystifying the Sales Channel: Explaining the Relationship Between Dealers, Reps and Manufacturers.

Every day dealers, manufacturers, specifiers and end-users need to work through this channel to acquire products in systems integration and theatrical systems. Often times this channel is overwhelming and confusing. Our panel of experts will break down the pieces and explain how the system can successfully work together for all participants in the channel.

The panel is made up of industry veterans from all points in the channel. Bill Groener, general manager of systems at 4Wall Entertainment will serve as moderator. Dealers will be represented by Bill Price, director of systems at Barbizon Lighting Company and Paul Vincent, founder and president of Vincent Lighting Systems. Brian Coddington, control

UK - The judging panel of the Knight of Illumination Awards 2015 Concert Touring and Events category has announced its shortlisted designers for the prestigious ceremony this autumn.

The Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of lighting and, as of last year, video designers working on shows in the UK.

The Concert Touring and Events judging panel, who were joined this year by new recruits Financial Times arts pages journalist David Cheal and editor of live event technology publication Total Production International Kelly Murray, deliberated over what they described as an 'incredibly high standard' of entries this year before reaching a decision.

The Concert Touring and Events shortlist is as follows:

Arena - Jamie Thompson for The Script, LeRoy Bennett for Lady Gaga and Rob Sinclair for Kylie Minogue

Club - Liam Tully for James Bay, S

UK - 31st August is the last day that visitors can pre-register for free entry to PLASA Show 2015, the UK's premier business event for the live entertainment technology industry. International pre-registrations are at their highest level since the show moved to ExCel in 2013, with registrations coming from over 90 countries so far. Visitors who haven't already registered are urged to take advantage of the last few days of the free registration period.

PLASA Show 2015 takes place at London's ExCel from 4th - 6th October. From 1st September to 3rd October visitors can pre-register for £10, meaning doing so before the end of the free period can make a significant saving. On site entry will cost £25.

"The show will feature over 300 brands, covering all production di

The Netherlands - ETC is preparing for the next trade show in their busy calendar, with Amsterdam's IBC on 11-15 September, coming up soon.

The company's main draw for the show, which is geared towards professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and news content, are set to be the Source Four LED Series 2 Tungsten HD and Daylight HD fixtures. Specially designed to produce the best quality white light in cool (4000-6500K) or warm (2700-4500K) ranges, each is tuned for high definition use, eliminating any on-camera flicker. They have already been installed at a range of studios worldwide, including Israel's Channel 1 news studio in Jerusalem, where the technical staff and presenters were impressed by the flicker-free performance, low heat and impressive light output.

Alongside the two white light engines on the stand, the full-colour, high pow

UK - At their joint booth at BPM 2015 (booth G109), Electro-Voice and Dynacord will be presenting the latest additions to their portfolios of loudspeakers, amplifiers, digital sound processing and mixing consoles.

Electro-Voice will celebrate the BPM premiere of its EKX loudspeaker family, which be displayed alongside the Electro-Voice ETX Powered Loudspeaker family as well as ZxA1, ZLX and ELX loudspeakers. Dynacord will present the Xa2-PRO system in Birmingham for the first time. Also showcased will be the brand's Vertical Array system, AXM 12A monitor as well as the PM502, PowerMate and CMS mixers.

The EKX series is the newest member of the Electro-Voice portable loudspeaker family, and combines legendary EV sound quality and reliability with the latest technology - all in a lightweight, compact package suitable for a wide range of sound reinforcement scenarios, including m

UK - With just under a month to go until PLASA Show 2015, pre-registrations are up 10% compared to 2013 and 2014, making this year's show already the most successful since the move to ExCeL in London's Docklands.

Featuring over 300 brands, with many showing new products and services, a major new initiative for this year sees PLASA Show adopting the successful 'Focus' model of a sector-specific, zoned layout, which will facilitate easier networking and make navigation around the show much easier than in previous years.

By the beginning of September, pre-registration data for PLASA Show 2015 was tracking at 10% up year on year over the past two shows, with 62% of those registered being either final decision makers or equipment specifiers. In addition visitors from 94 countries have pre-registered, against those from 74 countries who attended in 2014.

"When PLASA Show move

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies is exhibiting for the first time at the PRO Show - NEC, Birmingham.

On display are a selection of products from their wide portfolio of leading technology brands, including the extensive ProLights lighting and LED video screen ranges; the award-winning Jands lighting control solutions; Green Hippo Hippotizer V4 media servers; Allen & Heath audio consoles; and Dynamic Audio Device, Nexo and RCF loudspeakers.

Staff from each of the company's specialist product divisions are on hand to discuss the requirements and to provide demonstrations and advice.

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The Netherlands - The compact M-5000C offers all the flexibility and power of the larger M-5000 console but in a smaller footprint. Utilising the same O.H.R.C.A (Open High Resolution Configurable Architecture) platform, the M-5000C delivers 128 freely definable audio paths, expandable protocols and multi-format I/O choices combined with a flexible user interface and workflow, all with 24-bit / 96kHz sound quality. This open audio architecture supports Dante, MADI, Waves Sound Grid, and REAC audio protocols, as well as audio delivery over video using SDI, DVI and SFP cabling.

HHB is also debuting the Roland V-1200HD 2 M/E video switcher. Featuring a new hybrid engine that combines a 4:2:2 / 2 M/E switcher with a 4:4:4/10-bit multi-format processor presentation switcher, V-1200HD offers multi-format flexibility with a choice of additional audio and video options using the Roland X

UK - SSE Audio and Wigwam Acoustics will once again be exhibiting at PLASA 2015. Directors and staff will be on hand to meet and chat with visitors to the exhibition. For the third year the show is being held at ExCel in London's Docklands on 4-6 October 2015. SSE Audio Group and Wigwam Acoustics are on Stand L10 at ExCel.

"This year, we have invited some of our key equipment suppliers to join us on the stand and I'm delighted to announce that Avid, d&b audiotechnik, DiGiCo and L-Acoustics have all agreed to display some of their latest products with us," commented SSE Sales Director, Alex Penn.

Avid will feature the VENUE S6L; d&b audiotechnik will have some of their new install and touring amplifier products; DiGiCo will be demonstrating the S21; and L-Acoustics will feature the X Series.

In addition, microphone and wireless specialist Sennheiser will be represen

UK - Wireless LED lighting manufacturer CORE Lighting are at the 2015 PLASA London expo at the ExCeL Centre on Stand C24, which is also part of UK distributor White Light's 'Village' and where they will be displaying a range of their latest innovations.

CORE products are known for the high quality and excellent engineering that comes with the 'Made in the UK' marque. As an independent company, CORE can also react quickly and decisively to market demands and ensure its products stay at the forefront of the fast-moving live events industry.

Featured products at PLASA will include CORE's new StripPoint which will be prominent on the stand display together with the flagship ColourPoint, which has become an industry standard product for the live event industry. The tiny PinPoint will have a major presence with an array of PinPoints controlled by CORE's new LightDesk phone App, and

UK - Lighting controls expert, Artistic Licence, will be launching moody, its new programmable LED controller, at 100% Design at London's Olympia, 23-26 September. The show, which runs for four days, is the UK's largest design trade event, attracting architects, specifiers and designers from across the globe.

Artistic Licence, a well-known name in the architectural and entertainment lighting sectors, is using the show as a launch platform for moody - a product that the company anticipates will appeal to a particularly wide market.

moody is a wall controller & programmable scene-setter for LED. It has a simple rotary dial, just like a conventional dimmer, except that it is lit up by a colour LED at the centre. This is not just for show - the LED indicates the colour and intensity of zones of light that can be programmed and controlled by moody.

The USP of the product is its a

UK - This year has seen complete production solution specialist White Light further develop its wide range of services. Over the past nine months, the company has not only forged its own dedicated audio department but also acquired Shock Solutions, a forerunner in the fields of LED lighting and audio-visual equipment solutions. Similarly, the company has invested heavily in the very latest technology and provided the production support on a whole range of events from concert touring, to corporate events, to theatre shows, to venue launches. This vast array of newly acquired skills and state-of-the-art equipment will be on display at one of the biggest entertainment technology events of the year: the PLASA Show 2015.

WL will be exhibiting at stand C30 and showcasing the very latest in lighting, audio, effects and AV solutions.

The equipment on show includes the ArKaos MediaMast

UK - PLASA, London 2015 marks the UK debut of the d&b audiotechnik V-Series point source loudspeakers. Launched earlier this month V7P, V10P and V-GSUB will be on the d&b stand J50 alongside other mobile and installation products, and on d&b psales partners' SSE / Wigwam stand L10.

"PLASA London is a significant show for d&b this year," says Gianni Abruzzese, d&b GB commercial manager. "We're really pleased to be showing the V-Series point sources, which we think are pretty special. The design of the mid range horn means that the vocal performance is in a league of its own. I think the market has been waiting for a point source with this level of performance for a while now."

Adam Hockley and Steve Jones of d&b GB Education and Application Support will be contributing to the line up of pro audio seminars, as part of the PLASA Professional Development Progra

UK - The Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI) TV judging panel has announced its eagerly anticipated shortlist for this year's ceremony, which will take place at London's glamorous Troxy club on Sunday 4th October.

Organised by the ALD, STLD, The Fifth Estate Ltd and Clay Paky and now in its 8th year, the KOI Awards is a celebration of the creative talents of international lighting and digital content designers working in the UK across TV, Theatre and Concert Touring and Events.

The sub-categories for Television are: Drama; Light Entertainment; Small Studio; Events; and Video Graphic Display.

The TV shortlist judging panel comprised: Stuart Gain (Chairman) - Rob Horne (Small Studio) - John O'Brien (Drama) - Stuart Gain (Light Entertainment) - John King (Events) and Mike LeFevre (Graphics).

The shortlist is as follows:

DRAMA - Gavin Finney for Wolf Hall; John

USA - All three ETCP examinations will be offered at LDI in Las Vegas, NV on the morning of Saturday, 24 October, 2015. Interested applicants must submit their application, along with supporting materials and fee, to the ETCP office no later than 30 September, 2015. The ETCP office is located at 630 9th Ave, Suite 609, New York, New York, 10036.

Candidate information, including eligibility requirements and applications, is available on the ETCP website ( Materials can also be mailed by contacting Meredith Moseley-Bennett, ETCP Certification Manager, at 212-244-1505 or

The ETCP Council members are key leaders drawn from entertainment business, labour, facilities, associations, and academia representing the diversity of the entertainment industry. Membership includes PLASA, Actsafe, AMPTP, Cirque du Soleil/MGM MIRAGE, CITT, Dis

UK - ETC is getting ready to show at this year's PLASA London, which takes place from Sunday 4 to Tuesday 6 October, at ExCeL. For the first time at PLASA, the company will be using a second stand hosting their rigging products, which are new to Europe, in combination with their now famous upside down stand, where two fencers battle on the ceiling.

On stand B40, the company's award winning range of Source Four LED fixtures will be joined by the new, budget-friendly ColorSource line. Source Four LED fixtures are available in full colour, and both cool and warm whites; with their exceptional colour rendering and flicker-free output, they are quickly becoming the luminaire of choice for TV studios and theatres alike.

Meanwhile, the ColorSource range is ideal for venues which need good quality basic colour, but whose finances may already be stretched to their limit. The fixtures t

Middle East - As the Middle East prepares for a busy event season Showforce has announced the addition of two new services to their portfolio of event support services. From this September the company will provide female event crew and technical support staff alongside their stage crew, technicians, production staff and promotional personnel.

With many events in the Middle East attended only by women, there is a need for can-do ladies who provide an extra pair of hands and ensure their successful delivery. Showforce's newly launched female event crew offer a team of experienced, friendly and resourceful all female event crew. Launched primarily to cater for private events, weddings and galas they can assist with set-up, decoration, operate lighting and sound desks, follow spots and other technical elements.

Ian Spendlove, Showforce's founder and chief executive comments, "

UK - PLASA Show organiser PLASA Events has outlined the pro audio highlights awaiting visitors to the show this year, taking place at The ExCeL exhibition centre in London's Docklands on 4-6 October.

"We are seeing a definite shift from audio manufacturers and distributors towards PLASA as a viable event to launch a variety of new products, with the PLASA Awards for Innovation being a great place to showcase new technology," says Christopher Toulmin, Director of PLASA Events. "This year we have over 50 leading brands joining us from the pro audio sector with many new names joining that list."

Pro audio products and features at this year's show include:

A.C. Entertainment, AC-ET's Audio division, will provide hands-on demonstrations of the latest cutting-edge digital mixing consoles from a wide portfolio of leading brands, with exclusive demonstrat

UK - Elation Professional has added new innovative products to its list of world premiere product launches scheduled for the upcoming PLASA show 4-6 October London at Stand A40.

Joining the world premiere of the Satura Profile LED-based colour-changing moving head will be the world premiere of the ACL 360 Roller, a unique moving head luminaire in Elation's ACL Series of high-output narrow-beam LED effects; and the world premiere of the Platinum HFX, a new mid-sized addition to Elation's hybrid family of beam, spot and wash luminaires.

Also showing at the ExCel exhibition center will be the European debut of the Emotion moving head digital luminaire; Elation's powerful Platinum FLX hybrid moving head; and the high-output ACL Series of narrow-beam LED effect lights.

The new ACL 360 Roller is a unique moving head luminaire in Elation's ACL Series of high-output narrow-beam LED

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