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pls2020a-tnPL+S: ACME and Highlite join list of exhibitors to withdraw
Friday, 13 March 2020

Europe - ACME Lighting and Highlite International are the latest companies to announce that they will no longer be exhibiting at the postponed Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt this May, due to the health risks posed by Coronavirus (COVID-19).
“At this moment, the entire entertainment industry is experiencing huge challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the response to the virus,” says Marco Galli, EMEA sales director at ACME Lighting. “We take the health of our staff and customers very seriously. Well-being and containment of COVID-19 is our duty and priority, and therefore, regretfully, we are forced to cancel plans to participate in Prolight+Sound 2020.”
Meanwhile, a statement from Highlite reads: “We have decided not to participate in Prolight+Sound 2020. The new dates after the postponement of the fair do not fit within our plans and vision of the industry. It is not an easy decision because every year we are eager to talk to our customers and contacts and to show our new products. Of course, the health of visitors and our employees comes first, which is why we respect the choice of Prolight+Sound.”
Both companies remain focussed on developing new products. “We would like to reassure our friends and partners that ACME is continuing to innovate and manufacture within the current restrictions and taking into account the safety of all of our team,” Galli continues. “We will keep all of our stakeholders informed and up-to-date in the coming weeks as we respond to COVID-19.”
Highlite says: “Don't worry, with the campaign '

infocomm-tnInfoComm 2020 ‘proceeding as planned’
Thursday, 12 March 2020

USA - InfoComm’s organisers have issued a statement revealing that, at present, the show is ‘proceeding as planned, June 13-19, 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.’
The statement, posted on the show’s website, continues: “The show management of InfoComm and the executive staff of AVIXA are continuing to monitor the evolving situation around the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on a day-by-day basis, and our thoughts continue to be with those affected across the world.”
Stay up-to-date with the very latest on InfoComm's status regarding coronavirus via this page on the show’s website.

 
 
usitt-tnUSITT cancelled due to coronavirus
Thursday, 12 March 2020

USA - US-based trade show USITT has been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The event was was due to celebrate its 60th anniversary edition this 1-4 April.
A statement from the shows organisers reads: “The USITT Board of Directors, in an unanimous vote, has cancelled the 2020 Annual Conference & Stage Expo scheduled for April 1-4 in Houston.”
USITT executive director David Grindle said in a video message posted on the show’s website: “I have to let you know that we have cancelled this year’s annual Conference and Stage Expo. This is a very, very difficult decision. At USITT we talk a lot about safety and health and making sure our workplaces are safe spaces. Today, we had to make the hard decision to ensure the safety and health of our members.”
He continues: “This is unprecedented in the 60-year history of USITT, but our Board of Directors felt that they would be doing a disservice to our members and our industry by moving ahead in this time of global uncertainty. If you’ve already registered for the conference or are an exhibitor, you’ll be receiving emails over the next several days with more information. On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you for standing with USITT in this time. As we move forward, know that our members’ interest is always what guides us. Thank you.”

 
showlightShowlight 2021 announces first sponsors
Thursday, 12 March 2020

France - The first sponsors of Showlight Quadrennial (Fontainebleau, France – 22-25 May 2021) have been announced by its organisers. Joining Headline sponsor Robert Juliat, the 100-year old, family-run, French manufacturer of lighting equipment are: Platinum sponsor, Ayrton; Gold sponsors, Eyetidy, Robe and SFL Group; Silver sponsors, ABTT, ACT Lighting and White Light, and Bronze sponsor, PRG. Media Partner for Showlight 2021 is LSI, with generous support from LSA and PLASA. “We are extremely grateful to all our sponsors, partners and supporters, but this list is just the beginning,” says Showlight. "It is a little-known fact, but Showlight is organised entirely by volunteers and would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors. We are currently looking for more sponsors to make Showlight 2021 a success, so why not get involved? There are many ways to become a Showlight sponsor and be part of one of the lighting industry’s most popular networking events."
Showlight Quadrennial is one of the few international events organised specifically for lighting professionals, by lighting professionals across the performance, television, film, architectural and event worlds. Regarded as one of the best networking events in the industry, Showlight combines three days of eclectic talks with a great social programme, a sponsored student scheme and a supporting exhibition that gives unique opportunities for manufacturers and lighting designers to network in a relaxed and non-pressured environment.
”This too will pass”
A statement f

 
 
mdgMDG postpones anniversary celebrations
Thursday, 5 March 2020

Germany - Following the announcement of Prolight+Sound 2020’s postponement until late May, MDG has moved its planned anniversary celebrations to next year.
MDG president and CEO Martin Michaud comments: “We are sorry to announce that, in view of the current situation regarding the coronavirus, (Covid-19), we have taken the decision to postpone MDG’s 40th anniversary celebration at the Union Halle in Frankfurt.
“We have given this careful consideration and strongly believe that the safety and security of our MDG Family comes first. Seeing the increasing measures being taken on an international scale to contain its spread, we feel a social responsibility to play our part in reducing the chances of transmission, and feel it is a prudent move to postpone the gathering.
“We are, of course, very disappointed but have no doubt this is the right decision for everyone’s sake. However, it is only a postponement, and we look forward to welcoming you all next year for a big 40th+1 celebration!”

 
pls2020-mainProlight+Sound 2020 postponed until May
Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Germany - Prolight+Sound 2020 has been postponed due to coronavirus (Covid-19) concerns, Messe Frankfurt has announced.
The annual entertainment technology tradeshow was initially scheduled for 31 March - 3 April, but organisers have now said it will take place on 26-29 May. Musikmesse, the music industry show that runs alongside Prolight+Sound, has also been postponed, with new dates yet to be released.
Messe Frankfurt said in a statement: "The ongoing spread of Covid-19 in Europe called for a reassessment of the situation in close cooperation with the public-health authorities in Frankfurt who require that steps be taken to prevent event participants from high-risk regions coming to Frankfurt and visiting the fair when ill.
"Given that these participants could also be infected by Covid-19, it is necessary to conduct a health check to prevent the infection spreading even further. Messe Frankfurt is not able to implement such measures. Additional factors behind the decision include the growing number of travel restrictions, which will make it difficult for many potential visitors and exhibitors to get to Frankfurt."
Detlef Braun, member of the executive board of Messe Frankfurt, comments: “The current situation represents a major challenge for fair and exhibition companies from all over the world. We regret that the 25th anniversary edition of Prolight + Sound cannot take place as planned. At the same time, we are delighted that numerous companies from the industry have emphasized the importance of holding the show as soon as possible so t

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Security Measures - A new law proposed by the UK government will require venues to put measures in place to protect the public from a terrorist attack. Security minister James Brokenshire has announced plans for the new Protect Duty, following a manifesto commitment to improve the security of public spaces. The new law, which is to be consulted on this spring, would require owners and operators of venues and public spaces to consider the risk of a terrorist attack and take “reasonable measures” to protect the public from such an incident. Venues can include concert halls, stadiums and conference centres.
Measures could include increasing physical security, staff training and incident response plans in case of an attack. According to the Home Office, the Protect Duty “reflects lessons learned following the terrorist attacks in 2017, as well as more recent attacks”. Brokenshire said: “Our first priority is keeping the public safe and preventing more families from suffering the heartbreak of losing a loved one. The devastating attacks in 2017, and more recently at Fishmongers’ Hall and Streatham, are stark reminders of the current threat we face.
“We are in complete agreement with campaigners such as Figen Murray [whose son was killed in the 2017 Manchester Arena attack] on the importance of venues and public spaces having effective and proportionate protective security and preparedness measures to keep people safe. Of course, it is important that this new law is proportionate. This public consultation will ensure we put in place a law that wil

 
bbcstudiosshowcase2020a-perfect-planet-2Hawthorn puts BBC programmes centre-stage
Tuesday, 3 March 2020

UK - Hundreds of television buyers from across the globe headed to ACC Liverpool on 9-11 February for BBC Studios Showcase 2020 international television market. For the 14th year running, creative technical event production company Hawthorn supported the distributor to showcase its premium programmes, delivering two evening events.
The events previewed some of the BBC’s top programmes including Doctor Who, A Perfect Planet and The Watch. Led by the BBC Studios team, Hawthorn’s head of creative technical Peter Harding helped to produce and deliver a production design for the two evenings.
This year’s format saw a considerable shake-up with the construction of a curve-fronted 1000sqm 5m-high platform over a section of the arena’s tiered seating and floor. Hawthorn worked with specialists Acorn Event Structures and Steeldeck to create the structure which took 36 hours to complete. Created in two pieces, Acorn Event Structures built the semi-circular platform on the arena floor whilst Steeldeck created the structure that connected this to the higher concourse level. Providing a completely level walk through for guests, the infill section met seamlessly with the platform and as no seats had to be removed, it caused minimal disruption to the venue or overall build.
Night One kicked off with a drinks reception celebrating Doctor Who. Guests entered the event via the platform, located at concourse level, and were transported to the interior of the latest reincarnation of the TARDIS, with Oods, Judoons and Cyberman keepin

 
 
riggersThe north is heard at Rigger’s Voice 2020
Thursday, 27 February 2020

Czech Republic - The 2020 edition of Rigger’s Voice turned its ear to voices from the north of Europe, as experienced riggers and production professionals from Scandinavia travelled to Area Four Industries headquarters in Roudnice nad Labem for this annual conference.
Arriving from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark, attendees took part in high-level rigging and support structure discussions that were led by Area Four Industries technical director Norbert Tripp from 11-12 February. Many questions were asked, various rigging, truss and support structure discussions held, and even truss stress tests conducted during the two jam packed days. Participants were also treated to a grand tour of the Milos factory.
Ideas and recommendations from these experienced professionals, for helping steer future product development by Area Four Industries brands, were also provided during the conference. This information is highly valued by each brand and is an important part of every Rigger’s Voice.
The two full days of the Rigger’s Voice conference were separated by a fun and exciting evening in the capital city of Prague. Attendees enjoyed a scenic boat ride on the Vltava River, with dinner and drinks at a traditional Czech restaurant.
(Jim Evans)

 
worship-experienceChauvet shines on Worship Experience 2020
Thursday, 27 February 2020

Zimbabwe - This year’s edition of the annual Worship Experience 2020 gathering at the aptly named Rainbow Towers in Harare was ‘an ecstatic, full throttled celebration of hope’.
This was evident in the musical segment of the event, which was organised by Kayse Connect, to showcase new talent, with a special emphasis on Zimbabwe’s abundance of emerging women artists. Adding to the occasion was a bright, bold, and fast-moving five-universe lightshow designed by Blessing Bero and programmed by Tatenda Gaylord Rushwaya of Events Evolution that featured Maverick and Rogue fixtures from Chauvet Professional.
Relying on the intense output of the Maverick MK2 Spot, Rogue R2 Beam, and Rogue R1 Beam, Bero and Rushwaya sent multi-coloured and white aerial effects in every direction, symbolically raising the visual voice of the stage in concert with the uplifting music. They also added depth to the stage by crossing beam patterns and playing light off against the video panels that were flown overhead.
To complement the aerial effects, the Events Evolution team rounded out the lightshow by creating texture on stage with gobo patterns. They also personalised the show by spotlighting the performers.
“There was a total of 11 Maverick MK2 Spots in our rig,” says Rushwaya. “We positioned three of them on FOH truss, and remote controlled them to work as follow spots, in addition to spotting the DJ. The rest of the MK2 Spots were placed four on each upstage and mid-stage truss for gobo effects on the stage. Thanks to the throw distance of these fixt

 
 
martin-audio-uk-open-days-2020Martin Audio open days set for March
Thursday, 27 February 2020

UK - Martin Audio will unveil new products and demo its most recent offerings during a series of open days to be held at its High Wycombe HQ in March.
Over three days and five sessions spanning 17-19 March, much interest will be focused on the new Adorn on-wall and ceiling speaker range, which was formally launched at the recent ISE 2020 show in Amsterdam.
During the course of the presentations, delegates will have the opportunity to sample all four of Martin Audio’s new Wavefront Precision Series, namely the WPM, WPS, WPC and WPL, offering comparative listening across all four arrays.
There will also be a wide range of subwoofers on show, including the new cardioid SXC118, as well as the new BlacklineX Powered portable series.
Finally, all the CDD-LIVE will be on demo, offering visitors the chance to experience the company’s proprietary Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology.
Following the sessions, delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions and mingle with sales and technical staff over snacks and refreshments, as well as take home some fun new swag in the form of Martin Audio’s version of the popular card game, Top Trumps.
(Jim Evans)

 
sennheiserSennheiser training courses now online
Thursday, 27 February 2020

UK - Sennheiser Sound Academy training courses for the first half of 2020 are now available to book online.
Run by Sennheiser’s Andrew Lillywhite and Joe Mahoney from the Customer Development & Application Engineer (CDAE) team, the courses are designed for RF techs, AV integrators and technicians, sound engineers, designers or consultants, live event professionals, equipment resellers and apprentices, who want to further their understanding of the specific area of each course.
A wide variety of courses are now available, including Wireless Mics Monitoring Essentials, held at Sennheiser UK offices in Marlow as well as at Arnolfini in Bristol; RF Best Practice for Production and Touring course in London; Wireless Audio for AV Integrators, held in Marlow and London; Audio For Meeting Rooms & Conferencing, taking place in London and Scotland; and, finally, Wireless Mics & Monitoring: The Master Class, held in Marlow.
Each course offers a combination of classroom training, which includes hands-on practical modules and eLearning.
The majority of courses are free and Sennheiser offers a 20% discount for those aged under 24 years. Registered members of the of the Association of Sound Designers (ASD), Institute of Professional Sound (IPS), Association of Motion Picture Sound (AMPS), Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT), Guild of TV Camera Professionals (GTC), Learning & Teaching Spaces Managers Group (LTSMG), Production Services Association (PSA) and PLASA all get 50% discount on the pai

 
 
pls2020-mainMajor exhibitors pull out of PL+S 2020
Thursday, 27 February 2020

Europe - Adam Hall, Vari-Lite and Strand have pulled out of Prolight+Sound 2020 amid growing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak sweeping across Europe.
The moves will put pressure on the organisers of the tradeshow, due to take place at Messe Frankfurt on 31 March - 3 April, to clarify whether the event will go ahead. The virus has recently spread to more European countries, causing disruptions to trade events on the continent, including the postponement of Messe Frankfurt's architecture and lighting show Light+Building until September.
“Although we were looking forward to meeting our customers and presenting our newest innovations at the fair, we must do our part to help to contain the issue,” explains Sameer Sodhi, business leader at Vari-Lite and Strand at Signify. “The health, safety and well-being of our employees, customers and partners is and remains our number one priority.”
Vari-Lite and Strand will continue to inform its stakeholders about its new products through other means, which will be communicated in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Adam Hall will present numerous innovations from its extensive event technology range in a livestream on 31 March on the company website.
Alexander Pietschmann, CEO of the Adam Hall Group, comments: “We have been an integral part of the music trade show Prolight+Sound for 38 years. Every year, we look forward to meeting our partners and customers in Frankfurt am Main and being able to present our latest innovations.
“But an entertainment tradeshow needs a certain sense of fu

 
mirMusic Inside Rimini postponed
Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Italy - MIR Tech (formerly Music Inside Rimini), the annual live entertainment technology tradeshow, has been postponed.
The Italian Exhibition Group (IEG), which organises the show, has taken the decision "in light of the critical international situation caused by the Covid-19 emergency". MIR Tech was due to take place 8-10 March at the Rimini Expo Centre.
New dates will be announced following consultations with exhibitors and the wider sector.
IEG has also moved to postpone its other March shows, including Enada Spring, the International Amusement and Gaming Show, the accompanying Rimini Amusement Show, and the spring edition of Abilmente Vicenza the Creative Idea Show.

 
 
plg2020Sold-out PlugFest 2020 gets underway
Wednesday, 26 February 2020

France - PlugFest, the technical event for entertainment lighting interoperability organised by PLASA, is now underway in Lille. The annual three-day event welcomes manufacturers, developers and technicians from across the continent to test their products and learn about the latest protocols.
For the third year running, PlugFest has sold out, with delegates from major lighting manufacturers such as Robert Juliat, Claypaky, Chauvet, Eaton, GLP, ETC, TMB, ChamSys and Highlite.
The event’s expert hosts, Hamish Dumbreck (JESE Ltd), Peter Willis (Howard Eaton Lighting) and Wayne Howell (Artistic Licence) are set to host a series of break-out sessions covering RDM, DALI, RDMnet, Art-Net, sACN and LLRP, as well as recent ESTA TSC developments.
Nicky Greet, PLASA’s membership, skills and technical director, comments: “We’re delighted to present another PlugFest event here in Lille alongside our three expert hosts. It’s fantastic to meet professionals from all around Europe who are here to collaborate and pick up the latest technical knowledge.”
(Jim Evans)

 
timax-em-acoustics-mainTiMax and EM Acoustics to hold joint demo
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

UK - Out Board and EM Acoustics have joined forces to present a combined series of demonstrations offering offer a unique opportunity to experience TiMax spatial mixing, immersive 3D effects animation and vocal localisation with live stage-tracking using TiMax SoundHub and TrackerD4 on a multichannel immersive EM Acoustics system. Mark your diaries for Tuesday 3rd-Thursday 5th March 2020 as this amiable event will take place at SARM Music Bank Studios.
Out Board’s Dave Haydon and Robin Whittaker will be running sessions that cover: 
• TiMax SoundHub new HARDCore FPGA processing, PanSpace auto-calc spatial rendering and TimeLine showcontrol workflows.
• TiMax TrackerD4 all new Precision Stagetracking for live performer vocal localisation and fx panning.

EM Acoustics will formally demonstrate the Reference Series R10 flagship point source loudspeaker, along with the HALO-B medium format line array system. EM Acoustics technical director Ed Kinsella and other EM Acoustics team members will be on hand to answer any questions throughout the events.

Sessions will be available at the following times:
• Tuesday, 3 March b 2.45pm
• Wednesday, 4 March b 10am, 12.15pm, 2.45pm
• Thursday, 5 March b 10am, 12.15pm, 2.45pm

Each session is expected to last 1 hour and 45 minutes, including a short refreshment break, and there will be ample time to quiz the team from both EM and TiMax both during and after the session.
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sundial-with-lampsArtistic Licence gears up for Frankfurt shows
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Germany Artistic Licence will be showing sunDial quad, winner of the 2019 PLASA Gold Award for Innovation, at both Light+building (8-13 March) and Prolight + Sound (31 March - 3 April) in Frankfurt.
The product - a DMX/RDM/Xicato controlled trailing edge mains dimmer - offers ‘outstanding dimming performance and advanced safety features’. It works 'out of the box' with all dimmable replacement LED bulbs (also halogen and CFL). Performance is further optimized through the selection (via RDM) of one of four editable dimming curves on a per-channel basis.
Also new for 2020, Commissioner dali is a hand-held, battery powered tool for commissioning, testing and configuring DALI installations. The bright, 40 character LCD is easy to read and provides a wealth of information. Commissioner dali has numerous intensity control functions including direct control over DT8 colour changers. A DMX/RDM version of Commissioner is scheduled for launch later this year.
For data distribution, rackSplit octo (an 8-way DMX/RDM optosplitter) and rackLynx octo (an 8-universe Art-Net/sACN gateway) pack many features into an impressively compact form factor. Heralding the new, budget conscious ‘skinny rack’ range, the products are only 50mm deep, allowing them to be doubled up in a standard 19” rack or installed in tight spaces.
(Jim Evans)

 
hospitalISE community supports children’s hospital
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Europe - Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) has engaged support from its global community in a charitable project for the Emma Children’s Hospital in collaboration with the Amsterdam University Medical Centre. Multiple AV brands and a CEDIA Award-winning installer, Woelf, are working together to create an entertainment room at Het Jeroen Pit Huis, a new transitional care unit for chronically ill children and their families in the grounds of Amsterdam University Medical Centre.
“We are pleased that we can use our industry connections, and those of our co-owners, CEDIA and AVIXA, to bring together the very best products, design and installation expertise to support this project and build something wonderful for a very worthy cause,” comments Mike Blackman, MD of Integrated Systems Events. “This space will be a source of enjoyment, excitement and escape for all those staying at Het Jeroen Pit Huis. It’s a great project and will be a fitting, lasting legacy from the ISE community for the people of Amsterdam.”
“Children are our future, including those who are sick and in need of our support,” adds Prof. Dr. Hans van Goudoever, head of the Emma Children’s Hospital. “At Emma Children’s Hospital, we aim to maximise the possibilities of all chronically ill children to participate in our society.”
“RAI Amsterdam is proud to be part of ISE’s legacy to the city of Amsterdam,” says Paul Riemens, CEO of RAI Amsterdam. “Over the past 15 years, the RAI and ISE have created a partnership which has brought visitors, prosperity and enjo

 
 
koi-judgesKOI names five new judges for 2020
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

UK - The Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards has announced the appointment of five new judges across its three categories for the 2020 Awards.
The KOI Awards invites critics, journalists and industry professionals to form its three independent judging panels for the categories of Concert & Event, Television and Theatre.
Critic, broadcaster, and chair of the Theatre judging panel David Benedict is joined by three new judges: Mark Pullinger, an experienced opera critic and editor of classical music magazine Bachtrack; Sarah Crompton, dance critic for The Observer and theatre reviewer for Whatsonstage; and Susannah Clapp, theatre critic for The Observer. Each will serve a two-year term on the Theatre panel, where they join existing judges Louise Levene of the Financial Times, deputy arts editor and music critic of The Times Neil Fisher, and joint lead critic of The Stage, Tim Bano.
Welcoming the new appointments, Benedict comments: “All six judges see lighting in artforms beyond their own particular discipline, so I look forward to highly informed, engaged and opinionated discussion in all five theatre categories at this year's judging session.”
Meanwhile, the Concert & Event judging panel welcomed Total Production International (TPi) editor Stew Hume as its new judge. Hume joins LSi editor Claire Beeson; lighting director of 18 Degrees Christopher Knowlton; music business and events consultant Ronnie Gurr; and head of lighting design at Imagination Johnny Milmer.
KOI has a

 
ise-2020-42ISE delivers despite challenging backdrop
Monday, 24 February 2020

The Netherlands - AV technology tradeshow Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2020 completed a 15-year residency at the Amsterdam RAI expo centre with a special event held on the show’s last day, 14 February (Friday).
Politicians and executives saluted the venue and the city of Amsterdam while looking ahead to the future, with the tradeshow set to move to the Fira de Barcelona for its 2021 edition.
Despite health concerns brought about by the coronavirus outbreak and major travel disruption caused by Storm Ciara, ISE 2020 took place as planned, but with markedly lower attendance of 52,128 unique visitors compared to 81,268 in 2019.
Mike Blackman, MD of Integrated Systems Events, comments: “This year’s show demonstrated to us just how determined our attendees were to come to ISE. Many of our exhibitors exceeded their targets for customer engagement and lead generation. The show has delivered on all fronts: as the global industry’s biggest annual forum, as a launchpad for new solutions, as a place to do business, and as a source of professional development and education.”
On the Main Stage, jointly organised by ISE, AVIXA, CEDIA and AV Magazine, expert speakers offered thought leadership on a wide range of topics. The largest AV Career Day ever also took place at the show, with over 170 students and faculty from 12 different universities across five countries taking part in the event, organised by AVIXA and CEDIA. Presentations, discussions and show floor visits gave participants a real flavour of the wide variety of career paths that th

 
 
lauren-kelletJ&C Joel appoints new CFO
Friday, 21 February 2020

UK - Stage and theatre drapes manufacturer J&C Joel has appointed Lauren Kellett as its new chief financial officer (CFO), replacing Nick Warton, who will leave the business in December after almost four years of service.
Kellett will helm J&C Joel’s Finance and IT department, assuming full responsibility for the company’s finances including planning, reporting and auditing. Working closely alongside the rest of the senior management team, she will support business growth across the world.
James Wheelwright, CEO of J&C Joel added: “On behalf of the company, I would like to welcome Lauren to J&C Joel. Her experience in the finance industry, as well as her knowledge of fabrics is very valuable to our team here at J&C Joel and I have every confidence she will be a great addition to our senior management team. We have expanded significantly in recent years and are currently working on a brand-new catalogue to showcase our innovative products and services to our clients around the world.”
Kellett brings 13 years of experience to the organisation, having worked for some of the biggest names in finance, most recently as director of finance at West Yorkshire-based textiles firm, Camira Fabrics. She was also finance manager for Colliers International (UK) and spent two years within the London Audit team at BDO, a major accounting firm with a global presence.
She comments: “I am delighted to join the team at J&C Joel, the company has such a rich heritage and is well respected within the events industry. The team has

 
penn-elcom-rgb-graphic-1RGB to distribute Penn Elcom AV racking
Wednesday, 19 February 2020

UK - Penn Elcom has announced that RGB Communications will be distributing its full range of 19-inch racking enclosures and associated accessories.
The move is in line with RGB’s goal of being a one-stop shop for AV racking solutions. In addition Penn Elcom’s various products for the AV market, along with its 19” ranges, complement, RGB’s existing product portfolios in the residential and commercial sectors.
Caroline Britt, RGB Communications MD, comments: “As a high-quality UK-based manufacturer with great support and a reputation for quick turnarounds on bespoke projects, as well as its practical off-the-shelf ranges, we are a good match.”
Penn’s sales director Rob Platt, adds: “We look forward to a busy and proactive working relationship with RGB. With 29 years’ experience in the pro AV industry built on understanding the products they distribute, we think RGB will be great Penn Elcom brand ambassadors and a solid partner for the continuous development of our various 19-inch ranges.”
Highlights from Penn Elcom’s range of 19” rack enclosures and accessories include free-standing and wall racks, rack panels with assorted CNC machined magnetic faceplates, and wall-mounted media device brackets, ideal for home audio and cinema installations.
In the last 12 months, new Penn 19” racking innovations have included the R6400-RHF Double Hinged Wall Mount Rack enclosure and several new 19” products, scheduled for launch in the coming months.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
sb8f5set2frontISE: Funktion-One launches smallest models
Tuesday, 18 February 2020

The Netherlands - Funktion-One has launched two compact loudspeaker models – the F5 speaker and the SB8 bass unit.
The Funktion-One F5 offers a balanced and natural sound quality that’s not often found in loudspeakers of its size, says the company. The F5’s ultra compact dimensions and high output mean it is suited to a wide range of applications, including distributed public address systems, bars and restaurants, as well as domestic applications, such as home cinemas, desktop monitoring and home music systems.
The F5 features a Funktion-One bespoke wide-range, high-sensitivity 5” driver, an integrated high pass filter for low frequency protection, angled cabinet design for desktop use and a 3/8” microphone stand mount.
The Funktion-One SB8 is a compact, yet powerful and convincing bass unit. It is suitable for applications where a conventionally sized subwoofer is too large or obtrusive, such as in bars, restaurants, retail and galleries, as well as domestic applications.
The dynamic and musical SB8 features a high-sensitivity 8” bass driver and requires no EQ or controller, only crossover filters. A self-powered version will be available soon.
Funktion-One founder Tony Andrews said: “We’re very happy to introduce the F5 and SB8 at ISE 2020. Though they are small in size, they are capable of the high-performance standards that we demand from all of our loudspeaker innovations.”

 
renkus-heinzISE: Renkus-Heinz sets sights on integrators
Tuesday, 18 February 2020

The Netherlands - Renkus-Heinz highlighted the premium quality audio offered by beam steering technology – effectively positioning more integrators and end users for performance in their businesses. Through key offerings in the Renkus-Heinz line, steerable solutions are now feasible integration options in more locations and more types of facilities.
“We’re showcasing the enabling technologies that allow integrators to introduce cutting-edge audio performance into additional locations,” said Matt Czyzewski, president of Renkus-Heinz. “We’ve engineered our offerings to provide effective and efficient installation, as well as intuitive setup and configuration. We aim to make digitally steerable audio accessible to all types of integrations – no matter the size, shape, or location construction.”
With the DC12/2 and ICLive X series – and the supporting technologies and services provided by Renkus-Heinz – office spaces, small-to-medium sized performance spaces, retail and hospitality, athletic facilities, education spaces, houses of worship, and more can now harness the power of beam steering in their facilities.
Key to improving the access to steerable solutions is the DC12/2 ultra-compact, steerable self-powered column array. The DC12/2 brings clarity, intelligibility, and control synonymous with Renkus-Heinz’ legendary digitally steered line arrays to smaller, but equally challenging, spaces.
An impressive supporting technology built for the DC12/2 is the capability to setup the speaker via smartphone or tablet. This allow

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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