UK - The recipient of this year's Gottelier Award, given during the 2014 PLASA Awards ceremony, was founder and managing director of Clay Paky, Pasquale 'Paky' Quadri. The Award, which recognises members of the industry who have made significant and sustained contributions to the advancement of event, entertainment or installation technology, was given posthumously as very sadly Paky passed away on September 6th.

Following his death and as a testament to the huge respect 'Paky' had garnered over the years, the remaining Gottelier Award nominees, Richard Belliveau, David Cunningham and Dr Christian Heil, unanimously agreed to withdraw from the running.

Coming from humble origins the young entrepreneur Pasquale Quadri grew up in an extremely creative environment. The son of a magician he was raised in a small provincial Italian town. 'Paky' established Clay Paky in 1976 and in j

UK - AED Rent UK and AED Distribution who designed their 110sq.m sized stand around a shared lounge area for networking, report a positive experience at PLASA London 2014. "PLASA was a good show where we were able to spend quality time with many LD's, Operators, integrators and rental companies from across the UK," comments David March, managing director at AED Distribution UK.

"It was another key opportunity to communicate and explain the strong solutions that AED can offer to AV Professionals, going from Rent and Distribution, through Lease, Second Hand, Store and even the AED Studios. As Master Distributor for respected brands, we were able to discuss how we provide training and product support to truly underpin our customers so they can concentrate on their key strengths."

HOG Factor, which was organised and hosted for the first time by AED Distribution

UK - SEDA, the South Eastern Discotheque Association, marked its 40th anniversary at the weekend with a gala dinner at The Britannia, Chatham. So far as is known, SEDA is the oldest DJ organisation in the world. During its four decades it has worked to educate and improve the industry and the public, and has worked with national and local government bodies and trade and industry associations, organising seminars, exhibitions and technical events.

SEDA's Honorary President, Theo Loyla, told LSiOnline: "SEDA was involved with the formation of the British Association of Discotheque Equipment Manufacturers [BADEM - the forerunner to PLASA] following the demise of Ben Cree's DJ Magazine and National Association and associated Discotheque equipment exhibition. I remember SEDA organising the meeting at the Ski Club of Great Britain in Eaton Square, with the help of folks from Opti

UK - leading supplier of Hybrid Power Generators (HPGs) for the events sector, Firefly reports that its Cygnus HPG has saved over 1m litres of diesel since its launch in April 2013.

With increasing requirements from event organisers to power events with a more sustainable, environmentally friendly approach, Firefly creates the appropriate renewable energy solution for any event, whilst significantly reducing fuel costs.

As an experienced and trusted supplier of affordable sustainable power, Firefly has been powering festivals and live events since 2007. Firefly provide turnkey low emission temporary power, technical and creative services. Working with festival organisers, from conception to implementation; Firefly provides power that doesn't cost the earth.

Andy Mead, director comments: "The 2014 summer season has been the company's best yet, as more and more events are

UK - Dick Tee, managing director of EnTEEtainment Ltd, has tendered his resignation as Pyramid and Other stage production & area manager. After 18 years at the helm of Glastonbury Festival production, the veteran award winning production manager cites 'irreconcilable issues' and he and his staff will cease their association with the festival with immediate effect.

Says a statement from EnTEEtainment: "In the past two years since Festival Republic ended its involvement with the festival there have been a series of management restructures and operational changes at Glastonbury, which Dick feels leave his team unable to fulfil their role professionally."

Dick states: "I am extremely sad and disappointed that my concerns regarding the way certain elements of the festival are now being structured and managed are not being adequately considered and dealt with, and as

UK - The industry stepped up at PLASA 2014 to care for its own by supporting Behind the Scenes UK, the new charity that will provide financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals in need due to serious illness or injury.

Fundraising kicked off on Sunday evening at the Knights of Illumination Awards Ceremony when Clay Paky's commercial director Pio Nahum presented a cheque to lighting designer Rick Fisher for Behind the Scenes UK. Pio explained to the large gathering that one of the last things approved by the late Pasquale Quadri was this generous contribution to the new charity.

On Monday afternoon, ETC's Fred Foster presented the cheque from the proceeds of the iRFR app which continues to provide an incredible income for the charity on both sides of the Atlantic. Tuesday saw Rosco's Mark Engel present a cheque for the proceeds from the sale of Roscolux Light

UK - PLASA London 2014 welcomed visitors and exhibitors to ExCeL, London for the second consecutive year on 5-8 October and impressed with a ground-breaking show floor, an inspiring education programme and a host of important announcements. While exhibitors revealed their latest product innovations, the organisers uncovered plans for the future of the show.

Speaking at the PLASA Awards for Innovation and Sustainability 2014, held on the penultimate day of the show, PLASA's CEO Matthew Griffiths revealed some of the changes for 2015, which will redevelop the scope and delivery of the event. Under the leadership of Christopher Toulmin, PLASA's Director of the Events Division, the show is being remodelled to become a PLASA Member-focused event: developments will include moving from four days to three days, introducing a new floor plan concept, expanding the education offering and i

UK - Pearce Hire continues its long-standing support of the Showman's Show by confirming their presence at the exhibition on 22-23 October. Pearce Hire has regularly participated at the Showman's Show because it offers an important platform for promoting their expertise in the provision of services for the outdoor and special events market.

Pearce Hire offers over 30 years knowledge providing power, lighting, audio, staging, project consultancy and production services to the outdoor and indoor event, festival, entertainment and corporate event industries. The Showman's Show at Newbury Showground happens at a convenient lull at the end of the busiest summer season on record for Pearce Hire. It is an important platform for the promotion of the full range of services offered by Pearce Hire, and a chance for the team to network with current clients and discuss plans for the next 12

Belgium / USA - ArKaos PRO will take a very active part in LDI 2014 (17-23 November) at the Las Vegas Exhibition Center where ArKaos software and hardware will be shown on the booth of its exclusive US distributor, A.C. Lighting, Inc. (Booth 2358). ArKaos PRO will also present four half-day training courses on the use of its MediaMaster software as part of the LDInstitute professional training programme.

LDI 2014 will mark the first US showing of ArKaos' new MediaMaster 4.1, the latest, ever-more powerful version of ArKaos PRO's media server software. MediaMaster 4.1 delivers a plethora of new features including new aspect ratio and cropping tools, new hue, saturation and lightness tools, layer-based volume control and a redesigned interface.

Also making its LDI debut is LEDMaster, the new all-in-one solution that delivers LEDshow control in three easy steps. Just map, program

UK - Entertainment Workshops' Operations Manager, Paul Byrne, took to the TheatreStage at PLASA London 2014 (ExCel, London - October 5-8th, 2014) to demonstrate to the gathered audiences how simple it can be to enhance the lives of young people whilst also supporting the future of the industry.

Byrne introduced Entertainment Workshops - a unique alternative education facility that provides an opportunity for young people to access hidden skills through hands on learning - while showcasing some of its students who benefit greatly from the practical, work-based experience that EW provides, paving a pathway to a career in the entertainment technology industry.

Student Louie Coleman, summed up what the facility meant for him, "EW is a great experience and if you get the chance I'd definitely say grab it with both hands because it's a once in a lifetime opportunity and they ha

USA - Free registration is open now for PLASA Focus: Orlando 2015. This will be the second PLASA Focus event to take place in the Sunshine State, happening on Tuesday, 17 February and Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel.

Companies already signed up to exhibit at the show include; Columbus McKinnon, Group One, A.C.T. Lighting, CHAUVET Professional, ETC, Lycian Stage Lighting, Candela Controls, Stage Equipment & Lighting, PixelFLEX, USHIO, TMB, Elation Professional, GLP, Creative Stage Lighting, Barbizon, Bulbtronics, 0EnergyLIGHTING, Harrington Hoist, MainStage Theatrical Supply, Techni-Lux, The Light Source, Ultratec Special Effects, Wenger and JR Clancy, Aeson Event Technologies, Apollo Design Technology and AVID Labs. With many other applications currently being processed, companies interested in exhibiting are advised to move quickly to secure their spots.

UK - Visitors to the Shure Distribution UK stand at PLASA London 2014 had the opportunity to learn more about Shure's QLX-D Digital Wireless system, which made its UK trade show debut at PLASA. Delivering exceptional wireless performance with transparent 24-bit digital audio, QLX-D features networked control and compatibility with Shure's intelligent rechargeable battery technology.

QLX-D Digital Wireless transmits accurate audio with extended, flat frequency response. The system's automatic channel scan and IR sync make finding and assigning an open frequency quick and easy. Suitable for live sound events as well as installations at public and corporate facilities, academic institutions, houses of worship, hotels, music venues, and more, QLX-D's solid RF performance enables users to confidently cover applications with diverse requirements.

"This system packs in a lot of

USA - Standards on the Stage will take place on Friday, 21 November, and Saturday, 22 November during LDI show floor hours and will feature educational and informational sessions on new standards, established standards, and draft standards from PLASA's Technical Standards Programme.

Look forward to hearing from industry experts like Doug Fleenor, Richard Nix, Peter Willis, Karl Ruling, Mike Wood and more as they share their experiences and knowledge of PLASA's Technical Standards.

Presentations will include such subjects as: a new project for makeup mirror lighting, a talk on why your lights might flicker using DMX512 and RDM, and a demonstration on the tip-test for boom and base assemblies. All attendees of Standards on the Stage will be entered to win a pair of tickets to Cirque du Soleil Zarkana on Sunday, 23 November at 7:00pm.

Standards on the Stage is open to all LDI a

UK - Award-winning audio technology company, Flare Audio, launched what they believe to be the world's first 'fully' open back headphones at PLASA 2014. The Reference R1, aimed at the pro audio and audiophile market, uses Flare's unique new approach to produce distortion free sound, even at full volume, enabling true transfer and transmission of source material. The Reference R1's are now available for pre-order.

Flare also showcased the new Flare X0A, a compact vertical point source array, together with the rest of the Flare Audio range of products, including flown X2A and X5A systems.

"PLASA was a fantastic show for us and generated a huge amount of interest around the R1s as well as our install and touring products," says Flare CEO, Davies Roberts. "Since the show, the Flare system has been installed at award-winning venue The Leadmill, and is currently being

UK - Data Strategy's Power-Check RCD test software has received an Honourable Mention at PLASA London's 2014 Innovation Awards. Described as a real and worthwhile safety contribution to the production rental industry, the software runs and logs precision tests by the Out Board PAT4 Test Processor's new RCD-T plug-in.

In the words of the PLASA Innovation Awards Judges Panel: "Power-Check is not a sexy product but it's one which ensures the safety of everything that is connected to mains power. Just like the crew who makes a show happen, it's easy to overlook the importance of these behind-the-scenes products. We at PLASA wish to recognize those who toil to ensure the safety of our work force."

Power-Check is an add-on for Data Strategy's market-leading QC-Check PAT & Cable Test automation and logging software. It generates and logs comprehensive safety tests for all e

USA - DJ/lighting designer, Arnoldo Offermann, in conjunction with American DJ, will be conducting a full day of training on ArKaos GrandVJ at the LDI show in the Las Vegas Convention Centre (17 - 23 November 2014).

Arnoldo will demonstrate video mapping and show how this real-time video mixer software allows the composition of up to eight layers of video on the fly. ArKaos Grand VJ presents a VJ solution for all DJs, VJs, musicians and content creators looking to add a video track to compositions during live performance. For more details and booking links visit:

The ArKaos range of video mixer software products has been created especially for VJs, DJs, clubs and musicians. ArKaos VJ-DJ software is compatible with Mac and PC and has been designed to combine state of the art real time video mixing technology with intuitive interfaces adapted for various user sit

USA - At the LDI 2014 tradeshow, 21-23 November, in the Las Vegas Convention Centre, ETC will feature a variety of new products and "a gravity defying design" on stands 2891 and 2991.

LDI 2014 will be the first time that ETC is demonstrating Vortek technology, which will become available internationally in the near future. In September, ETC acquired the Vortek rigging division of Daktronics, which expanded the ETC Rigging family of products to include a variety of custom engineered, heavy lift, high lift and high speed rigging solutions, such as orchestra shell, grand drape and scoreboard lifts, synchronised acoustic panels and motorised packaged hoists.

ETC's LDI 2014 stands will also include GDS luminaires for the first time. ETC is the North and South American distributor of GDS products, including award winning ArcSystem LED products, ArcLamp screw based replacem

Australia - 2015 sees ENTECH celebrate its 21st birthday. The team is proud to have been supporting the industry for so long and is looking forward to celebrating the birthday with the industry.

Over the 21 years there have been hundreds of companies and thousands of visitors who have supported the show. Organisers want to say 'cheers' and invite the industry to help celebrate. There will be a lot happening at the show to mark the special occasion with the industry.

At the last ENTECH show in 2013, a total of 4,705 visitors came through the doors and an all over attendance of 5,469 including revisits (audited) attended the last ENTECH. In 2015, organisers are expanding and improving the show to make it even bigger and better, say the organisers.

ENTECH will take place 7-9 July 2015 at the Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park. It's easy to get to via public transport, close t

USA - Wireless Solution Sweden AB will promote its three latest products at LDI (Booth 1715) in Las Vegas later this month.

New on display will be the W-DMX UglyBox MK2. This is a compact new wireless signal tester, which is a valuable tool for users of wireless products, providing proof of a solid signal and piece of mind in the absence of visible cable.

The UglyBox MK2 is housed in an attractive compact body, resembling a gaming control with a 4.3" Touch LCD Screen. It supports 2.4GHz, 5.2GHz and 5.8GHz and is a transceiver solution, which means that it can be used as both transmitter and receiver. It has a complete DMX tester that provides all data in live format directly on the screen. It also has a built in DMX controller as well as an RGB Fixture to simulate LED fixtures on the LCD Screen for quick testing. In history mode you can also see over time that you have a

UK - Mash Media, organiser of the annual Event Production Show, has announced that it will once again be partnering with the Production Services Association (PSA) for the Show's 2015 outing. In a new deal, the PSA will partner the 2015 Event Production Show by both exhibiting and hosting its Annual General Meeting during the two day exhibition.

Liz Agostini, event director commented, "It's great news that we have secured the PSA as an event partner for the 2015 Show and we welcome them on board. As an organisation, the PSA aims to pool knowledge and improve technical awareness, which is exactly what we strive to achieve with the Event Production Show, so we are confident we will make a good match."

(Jim Evans)

USA - Lycian Stage Lighting will introduce its two newest followspots, the model 1274 Superstar 1.2 Short and Superstar 2K, 2000W MSR at LDI.

The Lycian 1274 was unveiled at PLASA London 2014 and is now available for sale. The Superstar 1.2 Short brings all the controls favoured for years on its sibling, the 1275 Superstar, one of Lycian's best-selling followspots, but in a more compact form factor and with a smaller diameter front lens.

With its short overall length the 1274 offers a remarkable size to output ratio.

As a short throw, optically the 1274 is designed for throws to beyond 100 feet/ 35 meters. It utilizes the OSRAM Sharx series 1200W double-ended lamp positioned in a dichroic glass reflector.

The Superstar Short is capable of beam widths from head shots to two person circles or greater in much of its optimum operating range. The 1274 top mounted control cluste

USA - The Audio Engineering Society is set to host its 57th International Conference on 6-8 March 2015, in the Hollywood neighbourhood of Los Angeles, at the renowned TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood, with hotel accommodations across the street at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

With the participation of industry partner SMPTE - the Society of Motion and Television Engineers - and following on the heels of the highly-successful Sound for Picture programme track at the recent AES137 International Convention in L.A., the 57th Conference is positioned to set yet another milestone for the AES. With a direct focus on the Future of Audio Entertainment Technology, this conference will explore the latest issues facing audio professionals today in regards to cinema, television, online content and more, and is being co-chaired by Brian McCarty and Dr. Sean Olive.

Sound produc

UK - With new exhibitors and new speakers being announced every week, there will be plenty for visitors to see at the Glasgow SECC for the inaugural PLASA Focus Glasgow event, which takes place on 2-3 December 2014.

New exhibitors announced this week include Adlib Audio and HDPro Audio, Orbital Sound and FBT Audio UK, who will join the all-star list of exhibitors already at the show - including Robe, Ambersphere, White Light, Avolites, Chauvet, AED, Sennheiser, Bosch, NL Productions, JHS ProAudio, Warehouse Sound, LMC Audio, Polar Audio, Black Light, Trusslite, Total Solutions Group, UK Rigging, TMB and many more.

PLASA's Professional Development Programme will deliver two days of presentations, technical demonstrations and panel discussions, all designed to help visitors build their industry knowledge and improve their skill set. This year's programme focusses on the hot topi

USA - LDI 2014 sees Visual Productions exhibiting with their range of lighting control software for Mac, PC & Linux and solid-state hardware controllers including the CueCore.

Visual Productions will also be launching and demonstrating the eagerly awaited Cuety iPad lighting control system.

Cuety is a new generation lighting controller that turns your iPad into a powerful lighting console. With the growing usage of tablets in place of laptops, Visual Productions recognized the need for convenient, affordable lighting control solutions to use on these mobile devices.

Cuety is designed for the entry-level entertainment market, therefore it is easy to use and budget friendly. Cuety enables you to take full advantage of the iPad's mobility and multi-touch display. The controller has full support for moving heads, LEDs, conventional lighting and DMX controlled special effects.

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