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The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Creative Strategy - Creative companies are becoming increasingly important to the UK's future economic success and should be at the heart of the government's new industrial strategy, a trade body says. The Creative Industries Federation says film-making, music, advertising and video games are all big export earners but are often overlooked by ministers. It says enterprise zones, tax breaks and access to finance could help firms.
The role of the UK's creative industries, which also includes theatre, architecture, broadcasting, fashion, museums, and galleries was recognised when the government unveiled its industrial strategy Green Paper in January for boosting the post-Brexit economy. The Creative Industries Federation says ministers need to "overhaul" their approach. The federation has unveiled a blueprint of policy recommendations for the creative industries which it says is "the fastest growing sector of the UK economy".
It said the creative economy supports 2.9m jobs, a rise of 5.1% between 2014 and 2015. Brexit means it is now "even more crucial" for the sector "to deliver more jobs, trade and exports", it adds. The federation's chief executive, John Kampfner, said: "There has been a tendency to dismiss the creative industries as something lightweight while claiming the glory of billions of pounds in trade that comes from hits such as War Horse, Sherlock and Slumdog Millionaire." Business Secretary Greg Clark said creative industries contributed nearly £90bn to the economy in 2015.
Radio Silence - Radiohead had to abandon the stag

CEG moves to Cambridge
Thursday, 13 April 2017

UK - East Anglia-based CEG Hire & Productions has recently moved to new premises, as well as relocating their rental operation from Norfolk to Cambridge. From 1 March, CEG started operating from their new base – allowing them to push forward with their long-term growth strategy.
CEG's director, Ben Bowles explains, “Since starting the business, we have continually looked to improve the service that we offer and one big way we can do that is by being situated conveniently for all of our customers.
“Our new location is five minutes from the M11 and 10 minutes from the A14. This will provide fantastic access to both London and the South, as well as the Midlands and the North. We will now be within 45 minutes of the North Circular and 90 minutes of Park Royal. Beyond the improved journey times, our new premises will have better access, facilities and, most importantly, better truck loading.”
Ben concludes, “for all of our existing customers in the East Anglia area, you will find that our new location will allow us to serve you even better than we did before.”
As well as moving premises, CEG has also been busy renewing and reinvesting in their growing inventory – with many additions from leading brands including Robe, Martin Professional, MA Lighting, ETC & Luminex.
(Jim Evans)

skunkClaypaky Scenius Spot on Skunk Anansie's tour
Thursday, 13 April 2017

Europe - The Claypaky Scenius Spot is being championed for its output, colour and optical quality by lighting designer Dan Williams who is using the fixture as the main lighting workhorse on British rockers Skunk Anansie's current European tour, Anarchytecture.
Lighting supplier for the tour, Buckinghamshire- based lighting design and rental outfit Siyan, recommended Dan the spot fixtures to work alongside the production's dominant LED video package, that includes both floor and flown LED screens.
"The main issue with working with such a strong video element is getting a fixture that is bright enough to stand out against the LED screens," says Dan. "The Scenius Spot has absolutely no problem with this."
To create the show's saturated colour pallets and punchy back and beam light Dan is utilising the fixtures advanced CMY and linear CTO colour systems.
"Even when the entire video wall is displaying full camera content, the Scenius Spot still provides great colour tone," says Dan. "As well as their colour output optically the fixtures look great. They have a fantastic bright, sharp beam with an impressive zoom range (8°-48°). The gobos are strong and the light output remains punchy even when the fixture is zoomed completely out."
In addition to the Scenius Spots, Dan is using one strategically placed A.leda B-EYE K20, Claypaky's pioneering LED wash, beam and effects fixture. The B-EYE K20 sits upstage centre behind lead singer Skin where it delivers majestic silhouetted air effects that complement the onstage LED screens' evolving graph

sales-teamNew sales structure for J&C Joel
Thursday, 13 April 2017

UK - J&C Joel, has announced a new sales structure. The changes come as the company looks to position itself for future growth.
Oliver Marns, previously the UK, Europe and Russia sales manager, has now been appointed to the newly created role of sales manager to head up creative sales and focus on key accounts within the business.
Marns has worked for the company for more than five years, and during this time has been involved in delivering several of the key creative projects the company has provided. His new role is designed to enhance J&C Joel’s existing offering to new and existing customers by giving them a dedicated person to deal with and ensure the firm offers innovative solutions whilst continuing to deliver on specification, budget and on time.
Marns said: “I am delighted to take on the new role and I am genuinely excited to work even closer with our amazing clients to deliver more world class projects. In carrying out this role, I also get to work alongside our fantastic Creative Manufacturing team to ensure they can focus on what they do best; making the impossible, possible.”
Roland Rizk will take over responsibilities for Europe and Russia and will now report directly into the sales director, Stuart Coomber. His support team includes UK based Joshua Trueman, the business development executive for the region and Abbie Wadsworth, Europe and Russia sales executive.
The structure of the internal UK sales team has also been changed with each member of team now responsible for a specified region in the UK. To ensure

extremeLe Mark movie makes gaffer tape the star
Wednesday, 12 April 2017

UK - How do you make Gaffer Tape a rock star? You take a breaking rock band called Star from Ivy plus a great range of Gaffer tape and link the two together and you get
The video was produced, filmed and edited by the St Ives Cambridgeshire based Le Mark team, in time to be showcased by Le Mark at the world largest trade show for music and entertainment products, ProLight + Sound held at the famous Music Messer Frankfurt.
Le Mark has combined a Brexit beating innovative marketing ‘first’, take an everyday consumable product and project it as ‘the’ No 1 rock & roll accessory. Magtape - the professional’s gaffer tape, has a backing track that is fully downloadable and is being played around both central & eastern Europe and Scandinavia. Promoting the product range and a new British band.
Marketing & managing director Stuart Gibbons says, “As a multi-award winning company, Le Mark like all British exporting companies must become even more innovative to survive the difficulties of Brexit. Not only must you have excellent products, we must be able to catch the eye of potential new world markets. Creative video content with an amazing back track that clients can now can buy and download are working incredibly well for us.”
(Jim Evans)

fountain-studios-equipmentFountain auction brings worldwide interest
Tuesday, 11 April 2017

UK - An online auction of production and broadcast equipment which brought the curtain down at Fountain Studios raised over £670,000.
The sale, organised by auctioneers Charterfields on behalf of Fountain Television, attracted worldwide interest with more than 450 bidders registering from as far afield as Australia, New Zealand, USA, Italy and the Netherlands as well as the UK.
Among the range of sound, lighting and camera equipment, the Calrec Apollo 72 fader digital audio console item led to the highest winning bid in excess of £85,000.
Fountain Studios closed in December and is described as ‘the birthplace of TV talent shows’ after being home to some of the UK’s most popular programmes since the launch of ITV in 1955. They include TV classics such as On The Buses, Upstairs Downstairs and Opportunity Knocks to modern family favourites such as Britain’s Got Talent, Pop Idol, The Cube, The Voice, All Star Mr & Mrs and The Last Leg.
Ian Maycock, director of Charterfields, said, “We had more than 100 bidders attend the two viewing days as this was seen as a unique opportunity to acquire the highest specification technical equipment. There was also strong interest in the catering equipment and furniture from the numerous hospitality rooms which brought to a close the long and illustrious location in British television history.”
The only remaining items are a number of bottles of champagne and wine signed by among others Simon Cowell, Ant & Dec, Louis Walsh,

echos-end-1White Light reaches Echo’s End in Salisbury
Wednesday, 5 April 2017

UK - Currently playing at the Salisbury Playhouse, Echo’s End tells the story of a young couple in 1915 Wilshire who find themselves caught up in the turmoil of troubled times. It is written by award-winning playwright and novelist Barney Norris, directed by Alice Hamilton and features a lighting design by Howard Hudson. White Light was called upon to provide the equipment.
Echo’s End marks Howard’s fifth production at the Salisbury Playhouse. He comments, “Salisbury is a great venue and this is a brilliant new play that tells a story about that part of the world. The entire play is set outside on the Salisbury Plain, so one of the main requirements was to achieve a sense of natural light and the epic undulating scale of that area at different times of day.”
As with most of his designs, Howard had to work closely alongside the set design, which in this case reflected outdoor Wiltshire. He adds, “A major element of Tom Rogers’ design was a 14-metre-wide printed cloud cyc at the back of the stage which allowed us to create a wide variety of different looks for the eight scenes, ranging from dull, clement overcast grey days, to strong, deep saturated sunsets. This was also useful for the transitions between scenes as it provided a really great and varied backdrop for the company to be silhouetted against.”
Prior to the production opening, Howard visited WL’s Wimbledon base where he was able to experiment with a range of fixtures before adding them to his rig. He comments, “WL were very helpful in letting me come down

adamson-1PL+S: Adamson confirms major expansion
Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Germany - Adamson Systems Engineering is now officially operating out of its recently expanded, 40,000 sq. ft. Canadian headquarters in Port Perry, ON. Full details were outlined at a press conference at ProLight+Sound in Frankfurt.
Driven by three years of rapid growth, the new expansion will allow Adamson to meet the increased demand of its growing sales network. While the new addition has been dedicated entirely to production and R&D, the original facility has also been revamped to shape the future of research, product development, and education.
Along with the architectural improvements, Adamson has also invested heavily in machinery and manufacturing technologies to guarantee efficient production of performance loudspeaker systems in Canada. These include new CNC routers, milling machines, and semi-automated production lines, all aimed at maintaining Adamson’s status as an industry-leading innovator.
"This significant investment in infrastructure positions Adamson to continue manufacturing all components and key technologies in Canada,” says president and CEO Brock Adamson. “Vertical onsite integration, from raw iron to finished loudspeakers, allows our engineering teams to prototype real world products faster and deliver products that are not limited in performance through priorities set by third party suppliers. The elimination of outsourcing ensures the protection of our intellectual property and maintains the secrecy surrounding certain proprietary manufacturing processes.”
The expansion is directly correlated to Adamson

lee-baldockLee Baldock joins The Fifth Estate
Tuesday, 4 April 2017

UK - The Fifth Estate Ltd has announced the growth of the company, with the arrival of well-known entertainment technology editor and journalist, Lee Baldock, who joins the group of experienced marketing content producers and strategists. Baldock, who left Light & Sound International (LSi) magazine this spring, joins The Fifth Estate as senior account director.
Based in Sussex, Lee will work from the company's seaside office near Brighton. Working closely with creative director Sarah Rushton-Read, his focus will be on business development, alongside helping existing clients craft their brand stories for the variety of audiences and platforms that today's marketing communications need to reach.
Baldock's long career has seen him spend 22 years representing the entertainment technology industry working on leading B2B publication LSi, gaining experience under the editorships of both John Offord and Ruth Rossington, before becoming editor and head of PLASA Media, a position he has held successfully for the past 13 years.
"I'm excited to be joining the team at The Fifth Estate," says Baldock. "I've known the company since its inception, and have always been impressed by its output and its role in helping connect some really innovative technology producers to the creative people who use that technology out in the marketplace.”
Sarah Rushton-Read, founder and creative director of The Fifth Estate, says: "We're delighted that Lee has chosen to join our company as senior account director. He joins us at a perfect time in the business's dev

gorillaz-mojo-5Mojo Supplies Gorillaz new album launch
Tuesday, 4 April 2017

UK - To mark the launch of their highly anticipated new album Humanz, Gorillaz performed a secret one-off show at Printworks, London, and Mojo Barriers showed it’s not all about big tours and festivals by supplying its world-class stage barriers to this prestigious event, 24 March 2017.
The world’s most successful virtual band celebrated the release of their new studio album with a very special performance which saw Gorillaz play Humanz live for the first time in a ‘’triumphant comeback gig’’ (NME) supported by Telekom Electronic Beats.
As the Gorillaz live band took to the stage, Mojo Barriers ensured artist and audience safety, highlighting that a big artist launch in a small venue still needs detailed attention. Held at new London venue, Printworks, the show saw Gorillaz joined on stage by a stellar rollcall of talent including Del La Soul, Pusha T and Noel Gallagher.
Mojo Barriers ensured the safety of the audience and the band by providing a complete barrier and cable cover set, which included straight barrier sections, flex corners and snakegates. Mojo worked closely with the production team to install a barrier configuration that matched the contour of the stage and front-of-house area, and offered optimum safety.
Stanley Jilesen, Mojo Barriers project manager commented, “We’ve worked with Gorillaz production manager, Joel Stanley, on previous events and it was great to work with him on such an exciting and highly-anticipated launch. Even with the event being held in an intimate venue, the prestige of th

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Sgt. Pepper Promotion - The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 50 years ago this week – and it remains widely regarded as the best rock and roll album concept of all time. To mark the anniversary, the city of Liverpool is to host a huge cultural celebration, called Sgt. Pepper at 50: Heading for Home from Thursday 25 May to Friday 16 June. The council has invested £750,000 of National Lottery funding through its Ambition for Excellence scheme to fund the celebration. The events include:
When I’m 64 - A mass sing-along - broadcast live on radio - of 64 choirs from across the city and of all ages. With an inter-generational theme, the event will focus on what age really means to anyone who is between 14 and 64.
Lucy in The Sky with Diamonds - A light festival on an Olympic scale, with music and fireworks, in the beautiful surroundings of Camp Hill.
With a Little Help From My Friends - Two public art commissions that examine the nature of friendship and self-sacrifice.
Commenting on the festival, Alison Clark, the Arts Council’s national director for combined arts and director north, said, "Our Ambition for Excellence fund uses National Lottery investment to support the creation of work for major national moments. The events to celebrate Sgt. Pepper at 50 on the scale and of the quality that this festival promises are very exciting."
New Direction - Shakespeare's Globe is advertising for a new artistic director to succeed Emma Rice, with the organisation confirm

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Diversity Programme - Improving diversity and protecting local authority funding are at the forefront of UK Theatre’s business plan for the next four years. The plan from the membership organisation, which sets out its objectives for 2017-2021, describes its aim to improve the diversity of theatre and the performing arts as “a significant priority”. The organisation commits to working with Tonic Theatre, Equity and other stakeholders to publish a planning tool for the casting process in order to improve diversity on stage.
It will also establish a ‘board bank’ of professionals from black, Asian and minority ethnic, disabled and low socio-economic backgrounds to assist organisations in addressing the diversity of their boards. Another focus in the business plan is addressing the increase in live-to-digital theatre. The industry body promises to negotiate a standard agreement for digital rights, pay scales and royalty fees, in collaboration with Equity.
Roll Over Beethoven - Tributes have poured in from all quarters for Chuck Berry and his contribution to rock music. Mick Jagger, The Jacksons and Bruce Springsteen were among those to mark the Johnny B. Goode singer's passing.
Sir Mick Jagger: "I am so sad to hear of Chuck Berry's passing. I want to thank him for all the inspirational music he gave to us. He lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers. His lyrics shone above others & threw a strange light on the American dream. Chuck you were amazing & your music is engraved

VDC Trading streamlines team structure
Tuesday, 21 March 2017

UK - VDC Trading has made a number of new appointments and implemented a re-structure of its London-based team. Designed to offer more streamlined services to clients in the UK and overseas, the new approach centres on customer experience.
Cain Cookson has been appointed to the role of senior relationship development manager, heading up the UK pro-active sales team. With over five years’ B2B sales experience, Cain combines commercial expertise with technical capability, having achieved a first--class honours degree in Audio and Music Technology from the University of the West of England.
Herpreet Kaur Sing has taken on the role of customer service manager, with responsibility for delivering the highest level of customer service to VDC Trading’s growing international client base. With more than three years’ experience in pro-audio sales, Herpreet is also a qualified commercial solicitor and is pursuing a masters’ degree in engineering focusing on electrical and audio technology.
Adam Jafrabadi takes on the role of export / technical consultant. With over 17 years’ experience working within VDC Trading in a variety of roles, most recently as technical manager, Adam will drive VDC Trading’s continued international expansion and extend VDC Trading’s distributor network globally.
Commenting on the appointments, Niall Holden, CEO of VDC Trading, says, “We are always looking to improve service and strengthen our offering to clients. With this new approach and new appointments, we have refined our approach to sales and client ma

mark-watson-and-carol-gibbsBlitz|GES promotes senior players
Tuesday, 21 March 2017

UK - Blitz|GES has promoted two of its senior team - Carol Gibbs and Mark Watson - to newly created roles as the business plans for growth in 2017. The new structure underlines Blitz|GES’ key strengths and supports a robust pipeline for the year ahead.
Carol Gibbs takes on responsibility for the company’s growing venue portfolio in the newly created role of director of venues. Mark Watson is promoted to creative director with a brief to expand Blitz|GES’ strong reputation for high-quality design.
Blitz|GES is the preferred technical production partner to many of the UK’s major venues and recently won official status for the new Hall 1 at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre – due to open in 2018.
Gibbs will be working closely with the Blitz|GES teams at the venues to identify and capitalise on new business opportunities in the rapidly growing corporate live events sector.
Watson’s elevation to creative director is an extension of his current role and reinforces a crucial differentiator for the business - combining cutting edge technical knowledge with high-quality creative – all from a single account team. With clients increasingly requesting digital content and creative execution, Watson will lead this exciting area of the business.
Both Gibbs and Watson will report directly into Blitz|GES managing director, Paul Hutton.
“For more than 25 years Blitz|GES has been recognised as one of the most creative providers of technical event services in the industry – a reputation that is entirely

backupBackup charity raises awareness at special event
Friday, 17 March 2017

UK – Supporters and trustees of Backup - The Technical Entertainment Charity - gathered in London on Monday evening to help raise the profile of the charity’s new name and logo in entertainment industry. Around 80 guests attended the event, which included live entertainment from Jay Johnson.
Backup exists to provide financial support to technical professionals working in live events, theatre, TV and film, helping them to get back on their feet when their lives are disrupted by illness or injury to themselves or to family members. Previously known as Behind The Scenes UK, the charity changed its name to Backup in 2016.
Backup’s chairman, John Simpson, welcomed guests to The Hospital Club in London’s Covent Garden, which generously sponsored the event. He reiterated the purpose of the charity by highlighting some of its achievements to date. “We have helped a number of technicians and their families when they have suffered falls from sets and studio rigging, been involved in horrific vehicle accidents, suffered rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, mental breakdowns and other circumstances that have prevented them from earning a living for a period of time.”
Among those being helped by the charity is Mark Pritchard, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma while touring with Level 42, and has just undergone a fourth round of chemotherapy. John Simpson read a message from him, in which he thanked the charity, saying: “We are amazed at the generosity of our industry in times of trouble.”
Simpson said: “Backup wil

bts-raffle-crowdLong Reach Long Riders raise funds at USITT
Thursday, 16 March 2017

USA - The Long Reach Long Riders (LRLR) celebrated their upcoming ride through Southern California with a raffle and live auction to benefit Behind the Scenes during the USITT Conference in St. Louis last week.
Sales of raffle tickets, some key donations, and sales of BTS and LRLR-branded swag raised over $15,000 for the charity. The LRLR 2017 ride, dubbed the Avocado Adventure, starts on 16 June in Escondido, CA. The riders cover all their own expenses so everything they raise goes to the charity. Sponsor a rider today at
Festivities led off with the traditional kazoo parade led by Bill Sapsis and USITT executive director David Grindle and many of the LRLR. Following the parade, BTS Pledge-a-Product partners InCord (Orchestra Pit Safety Netting Systems) and ETC (irFR and aRFR application for iOS and Android devices) presented cheques from the sales of their products pledged to BTS.
Live auction items included a custom pen/screwdriver and a seam ripper created by Shan and Trish Ayers and two special ghostlight desk lamps created by Bob Scales.
Just a few minutes before the raffle started Bill Sapsis announced he would donate up to $1,000 to match the amount raised in last minute ticket sales. There was a flurry of activity as the crowd stepped up and made Bill pay out the full amount. Reid Neslage from H&H Specialties stepped up with another $1,000 to triple the amount.
The winners and their prizes are:
Grand Prize, Vectorworks Spotlight with Renderworks won Roger Bardwell
BTS Ghostlig

The Week in Lighting & Sound
Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Unlimited Fines - Online touts who bulk buy tickets and sell them for inflated prices will face unlimited fines under government plans. An amendment to the Digital Economy Bill means it will be illegal to use "bots" to bypass limits on the maximum number of tickets that can be bought. Tickets purchased by bots can appear on secondary websites at prices many times greater than their face value.
A Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) spokesman said the profiteering was "simply not fair". High profile artists such as Adele and Ed Sheeran have previously criticised the touts and asked their fans not to buy tickets from secondary sites. Last month, resale site Viagogo was accused of "moral repugnance" for selling tickets to an Ed Sheeran Teenage Cancer Trust gig for up to £5,000. And an £85 ticket to see Adele at the O2 in London last year was reportedly being sold for £24,840.
Political Anthems - Russia has announced it will now take part in Eurovision 2017 in Ukraine, appearing to end speculation of a boycott for political reasons. Julia Samoilova is set to represent her country in Kiev in May with the song Flame is Burning. However, her admission she performed in Crimea since it was annexed by Russia in 2014 may compromise her attendance.
Ukraine's SBU security service has blacklisted 140 Russian artists, although she is not on the list so far. Samoilova has confirmed that she sang in Crimea in 2015. Russia and Ukraine have been locked in political conflict since the annexation of the region three years ago.

littliteDWR appointed Littlite agents for SA
Thursday, 9 March 2017

South Africa - DWR Distribution has been appointed Littlite agents. Littlite was represented in South Africa for many years by Tadco’s Simon Oates, who recently made the decision to pass the brand on to DWR. A large stock order is coming soon, and DWR is running a competition where three people will have opportunity to win the Littlite Anser Lampset 18 “Goosneck and Dimmer integrated into chassis.
Littlite products are made in Michigan, America, and the range of task lamps are not only suitable for sound and lighting consoles, but can be used as map lights, desk lights, lectern lights, microscope lights, inspection lights and reading lights.
“We initially wanted to order Littlite task lights from Tadco for our DiGiCo console users,” explained Duncan Riley of DWR. “In true Simon Oates fashion, he opted to rather make a phone call to Littlite and ask if the brand could be transferred to us. Littlite is a well-loved product in our market and we look forward to making it available to our clients. Thankyou Simon.”
(Jim Evans)

The Week in Lighting & Sound
Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Stagecraft - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has received 11 Olivier Award nominations, which makes it the most nominated new play in Olivier history. The musical Groundhog Day, which begins on Broadway this month, has picked up eight nominations. Glenda Jackson receives her first nomination since 1984 following her return to the stage as King Lear. Her leading role at London's Old Vic last year was her first stage appearance for 25 years after giving up acting for politics in the early 1990s.
Groundhog Day competes in the best new musical category against Dreamgirls, School of Rock and The Girls. Jesus Christ Superstar, composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, receives six nominations, including best musical revival. "In a year of global change, the nominees for this year's awards demonstrate London theatre's ability to challenge our perceptions, stir our emotions, and entertain us," said Julian Bird, chief executive of the Society of London Theatre, which produces the Olivier Awards.
Noises Off - Reformed pop group Bros have cancelled all their concerts outside London and Manchester. The duo, brothers Matt and Luke Goss, were due to play a full UK tour this summer, after a break of 24 years. But now dates in Newcastle, Glasgow, Nottingham and Birmingham have been scrapped. A statement said the dates had been cancelled "due to unforeseen logistical circumstances", with the brothers offering "sincere apologies" to fans. Two shows at London's O2 arena will go ahead, as will a date at

tommy-1Tommy Stephenson, 1963-2017
Thursday, 23 February 2017

USA - TMB has issued the following tribute to its first employee Tommy Stephenson who sadly passed away this week . . .
“TMB fondly remembers our first employee, Tommy Stephenson, the loudest man in show business.
“After a record breaking stint as PA for Greg Lake (of ELP fame) Tommy joined TMB around 1984 (who kept track in those days?). He transformed the fledgling organization from Two Men in a Bedroom to Three Men and a Dog. Tommy’s primary role then was, and always remained, Confusion Analyst, but his early duties also included cable coiler, driver, shipping/receiving expert, and ace booth builder (specializing in the afternoon shift). Later, in the spare time between his ongoing confusion analysis, he grew to become TMB’s Sales Manager. His heavy focus on confusion was the origin of TMB’s famous Rule Three: “Do Not Believe A Word Tommy Tells You.” In 2013 Tommy sadly retired from TMB for health reasons.
Tommy was infamous for not listening – ever! Known far and wide as “Large and Loud,” his blustery voice carried like a foghorn, irrespective of the environment or situation, or the choice language he was also known for. A demure patron in a London Indian restaurant put it succinctly: “I want to thank you for sharing your entire evening with the entire restaurant. You sir, are an a***hole.” Once, during one of many long flights over the Pacific, a passenger asked Tommy’s frequent and long-suffering travel companion, Colin Waters, “Does your friend know his voice projects really far?” It is almost impossible to belie

susanmcguirlloresSusan McGuirl joins BTS Foundation Board
Wednesday, 22 February 2017

USA - Susan McGuirl, the Head of North America Entertainment, Entertainment Division, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, has accepted an invitation to join the Behind the Scenes Foundation Board of Directors.
Susan has been in the insurance industry for over 25 years holding various leadership positions in both claims and underwriting. Allianz Entertainment is the largest entertainment insurance writer in the U.S. focusing on providing specialized insurance solutions for the entertainment industry
Upon accepting the appointment, Susan commented, "I am honoured to serve on the Behind the Scenes Board of Directors. BTS’ dedication to the entertainment industry is important and necessary in serving those who need our help and support."
Rick Rudolph, the chair of the Behind the Scenes Foundation, welcomed Susan to the Board saying, “We are extremely honoured to have Susan join us in our work. Her desire to support entertainment technology professionals in need is a natural extension of her longstanding commitment to making our industry a safer place. We look forward to breadth of experience and new ideas she will bring to the Board.”
The Behind the Scenes charity provides entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured with grants that may be used for basic living and medical expenses. For more information about Behind the Scenes, to donate, or to apply for a grant, visit
(Jim Evans)

pinkfloydThe Week in Lighting & Sound
Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Off The Wall - Roger Waters has said he would consider performing on the border between the US and Mexico as an act of defiance. The veteran Pink Floyd frontman and bassist has been a vocal critic of Donald Trump's plans to build a security barrier along the Mexico border. In a rare public appearance alongside drummer Nick Mason, promoting the forthcoming Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains exhibition at the V&A Museum, the two former Pink Floyd members discussed their new exhibition as well as what would happen when Donald Trump visits the UK. "I'm quite sure if President Trump comes to this country there will be an enormous taking to the streets," Waters said. "I think we would see demonstrations in London bigger than any demonstrations than have ever been seen."
Profiteering - Secondary ticketing website Viagogo has been criticised for "profiteering at the expense of teenage cancer sufferers". The website is advertising seats at vastly inflated prices for next month's Ed Sheeran concert at London's Royal Albert Hall, which is a fundraiser for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Seats have reportedly been advertised for up to £5,000, with the most expensive on the website currently costing about £1,500. Viagogo admitted on its website that the original face value for each ticket was between £49.50 and £110.
In a statement on their website, the Teenager Cancer Trust said: "The only people who should profit from Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall are young people with cancer." They added: "ID will be rigorously checked and anyo

rubberboxkitDistro equipment stolen from site
Tuesday, 21 February 2017

UK – A piece of distro equipment stolen from a site in East London recently is being sought by its owner, The Technical Department Ltd. The item is a DT12 - Type 12, 63A/3-phase to 2x32A/3-phase box (pictured). As the photograph shows, the item is clearly marked on the top with ‘TYPE 12’.
It is believed that the item was stolen by an opportunist thief, and that it will reappear for sale on the market. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the equipment is asked to contact Jerry Singleton at The Technical Department

winners-on-stageFestival Supplier Awards 2017 winners announced
Thursday, 2 February 2017

UK - Almost 370 of the UK festival and outdoor event industry’s leading suppliers and organisers attended the Festival Supplier Awards to celebrate and applaud the 2017 winners on Thursday 26 January.
Now in its third year, and settled in to its home at the Hurlingham Club, the awards recognise companies who work tirelessly to deliver great events, many of whose efforts often go unseen.
Amongst the awards presented were accolades for Best Stage, Best Power, Best Temporary Structure, Best Toilets/ Waste Management, Best Concession/ Bar and Best Sound, along with gongs for Best Production Team and Best Festival Support Service.
The full list of awards presented and the winners is:
Best Concession / Bar: Peppermint Bars, Bestival
Best Festival Technology Provider: TOURtech, Lollapalooza
Best Crowd / Pit Barrier: Actavo Events, London Stadium
Best Crew / Artist Catering: Global Infusion Group, BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park
Best Festival PR company: Full Fat, Liverpool International Music Festival
Best Glamping & Accommodation: Hotel Bell Tent, CarFest North
Best Event Branding: Imagination, V Festival – Hylands Park & Weston Park
Best Toilets / Waste Management: Qdos Event Hire, Royal Windsor Horse Show & HMQ90
Best Health & Safety: The Fair, Junction 2
Best Power: Power Logistics, V Festival, Hylands Park
Best Fencing / Hoarding: GAP Hire Solutions, V Festival, Weston Park
Best Crewing Company: Showforce, Creamfields
Best Screen Supplier: ADI UK Ltd, Ro


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