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John Grant chooses Shure for live tourJohn Grant chooses Shure for live tour
Thursday, 28 July 2016

UK - Singer/songwriter John Grant has been using Shure KSM8 and KSM9HS vocal microphones on his most recent UK tour, in addition to Shure PSM900 in-ear monitors.

Grant was the frontman in alt-rock band The Czars in his twenties and thirties, left the music business altogether for six years, and has enjoyed a more soulful renaissance as an electronica and orchestral-driven solo artist on leading independent label Bella Union in his forties, with a string of successful albums to his name.

Following the release of Grant's third solo album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure in Autumn 2015, he took to the road for a short tour of the UK and Ireland which lasted into early 2016. It was on these dates that he began using the Shure microphones, as Ber Quinn, the tour's front-of-house engineer, explains, "The difference once John started using the KSM9HS was startling. A voice as rich and detailed as John's is deserving of the finest microphone; to be able to hear every subtle aspect of his performance is a joy."

Now armed with a KSM9HS in Hyper-Cardioid mode, John himself said that the in-ear mixes have been revolutionised. As Ber explains, "Rejection of ambient noise is extremely important for us, as John uses a vocal processor onstage. The KSM9HS has been excellent in that regard, extremely focused, neutral and detailed. I've never once had to worry about feedback, even when using heavy vocal distortion."

"It's been nothing short of a revelation on John's voice," adds Matt Pengelly, the tour's monitor engineer, "tight and controlled with almost zero handli

PRG XL Video supports The Go-BetweenPRG XL Video supports The Go-Between
Thursday, 28 July 2016

UK - The Go-Between, a new British musical based on L.P. Hartley's classic novel, is currently playing at the Apollo theatre on Shaftsbury Avenue. Lighting designer Tim Lutkin explained the journey the production took to reach its current location in the heart of London's Theatreland.

"The Go-Between has a pretty interesting history; we opened at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds five years ago, before hitting the Derby Playhouse and Royal and Derngate in Northampton - the reviews were great and we really wanted to bring it to London, but we were aware of the need for a strong actor to play the lead role who could really pull in the crowds. When Michael Crawford said he'd do it, it was the perfect casting, so we started planning to bring the show to the West End."

Tim continued, "The lighting rig we have here in the Apollo is a full mix of what we used in Leeds, Derby, and Northampton. I decided to stick with the basic rig and add a layer of LED lighting over the top. We used the ETC LED Source 4 Lustr 2 profile lights which are great, and a lot of GLP X4 RGBW LED wash lights overhead which give lots of really beautiful, deep, saturated colours.

"We chose the X4 over similar lights because they are really punchy and bright. I put two out-front narrowed-in, along with a couple of Martin MAC TW1 lights to do the work of followspots."

PRG XL Video account director, Peter Marshall, who has worked closely with Tim for over five years commented, "Tim's an exceptional designer - we've worked with him on many projects. He has a clear vision of what

 
 
Chauvet Professional releases STRIKE 1Chauvet Professional releases STRIKE 1
Thursday, 28 July 2016

USA - Following up on the success of its STRIKE 4 multi format warm white fixture, CHAUVET Professional has introduced the STRIKE 1, a versatile single pod light that serves as a blinder, strobe, wash and flood.

The newest member of the STRIKE series, this fixture is more than a scaled-down version of its forbearer, says the company. With a 230W warm white LED source (each of the four pods in the STRIKE 4 is 100W), the STRIKE 1 has a blisteringly bright and intense output. An outdoor-rated fixture, it is ready to add eye-popping looks to festival stages and open-air events, as well as to arena and music hall concerts.

Another key feature of the STRIKE 1 is its emulated red shift, which warms the colour temperature of the light as it dims to replicate the look of an incandescent fixture. The fixture's 16-bit dimming control also enhances its performance by allowing perfectly smooth fades.

"We designed the STRIKE 1 with the idea of combining warm incandescent looks with the versatility and performance of a technologically advanced LED fixture," said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. "The design possibilities that this fixture opens up are virtually unlimited."

Adding to those possibilities is the STRIKE 1 fixture's multi-bracket design that makes it easy to create multi-unit banks. Designers can arrange arrays of STRIKE 1s in a variety of configurations to give their rigs a different look without adding new fixtures.

"We were all very happy to see the impact that the STRIKE 4 had this year on major tours and other events," said Chauvet. "With its vers

 
Bram de Clerck joins RobeBram de Clerck joins Robe
Thursday, 28 July 2016

Europe - Bram de Clerck has joined Robe as business development manager for touring, TV & live events.

Bram is already well known to many in the world of entertainment technology lighting. Based in Belgium, his character, communication skills, quick wit and extensive network of contacts have helped establish him as an industry 'personality'.

This coupled with an intense passion and commitment to the Robe brand in recent years will make him "a great asset to our international team" says Robe CEO Josef Valchar, adding, "We are very pleased to have Bram on-board, his energy and enthusiasm is infectious and his experience is very valuable. We and the whole Robe distribution network welcome him and look forward to many positive results working together."

The scope of Bram's work at Robe will include developing the expanding and dynamic Robe community, liaising with clients, designers and end-users around the world and assisting in finding innovative solutions for all types and sizes of project.

Bram will still be dealing with key customers and lighting and visual designers and specifiers based in Benelux as he has been in recent years through his work with Controllux which in turn evolved into his existing close alliance with Robe as a product specialist.

Bram worked as a DJ throughout high school and cut his teeth as a lighting technician working at leading Belgian rental company Phlippo Showlights for eight years, where he started off coiling cables in the warehouse, working his way up to being an integral part of the sales force. He then worked for

 
 
Enteetainment at Rochester Castle ConcertsEnteetainment at Rochester Castle Concerts
Wednesday, 27 July 2016

UK - The Enteetainment team led by Amy Harmsworth assisted by Frankie Tee have recently delivered yet another successful season of the Rochester Castle Concerts on behalf of Medway Council.

The historic Castle Gardens played host to performances from Status Quo supported by Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Will Young supported by Gabrielle, and the 'Soul Legends' show with Angelo Starr and the Team and featuring special guests Gwen Dickey of Rose Royce fame, Clem Curtis from the Foundations, Jimmy James ex of the Vagabonds and George McCrae.

Saturday night saw a very special Military Proms celebrating Sapper 300. An informal brass band was first established in 1836 by the Royal Sappers and Miners and music has been a major part of military life for centuries and over the years the Royal Engineers have been privileged to enjoy the work of some outstanding musicians. The concert also featured the Aquatique fountains from Strasbourg and a spectacular firework and pyro display.

Some 15000 people attended the evening concerts over the course of four nights. Then Sunday afternoon saw the Castle under siege once more by young musicians from the Medway area. Each year local talented youngsters get the opportunity to perform in front of thousands of people at this showcase concert.

(Jim Evans)

 
The Scorpions: 50 years of rock history on tour
Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Germany - The Scorpions were formed in Sarstedt, in 1965, by guitarist Rudolf Schenker and drummer Wolfgang Dziony. During the decades that followed, the band made history: 18 albums, lengthy list of awards and innumerable tours, which have taken the Scorpions all over the world. Today the group has embarked upon its latest world tour.

Roland Beckerle is the tour production manager and Olaf Schr

 
 
ETC and The Lir Academy team up to educate
Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Ireland - Designed to renew and inspire Irish theatre, film and television, The Lir Academy opened in 2011 with a vision to become a centre of excellence for the dramatic arts in Ireland. Developed with collaboration from the Cathal Ryan Trust, and in association with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), The Lir offers first-rate training for the theatre and related professions. This year, the institution has turned its attention to updating its curriculum for technical theatre and lighting design students, leading to a partnership with ETC.

For several years, ETC's Playhouse at Gypsy Corner has been the education hub for the UK and Ireland, necessitating trips to London for Ireland-based technicians wanting to undertake ETC training. In recognition of ETC and The Lir's mutual interest in training technical skills in theatre to the highest possible standards, the two organisations have teamed up to make ETC-approved courses available in Ireland.

ETC education specialist Sarah Clausen and ETC regional sales manager Mark White met with Barry Conway, director of technical training at The Lir, to discuss his desire to implement Ion console training in the Academy's programmes. His goal was for students to be trained in the latest lighting technology, and also to ETC's rigorous standards. ETC agreed to support the proposal by supplying an Ion desk and a variety of luminaires, including Source Four and ColorSource fixtures, to supplement The Lir's existing equipment. Furthermore, Conway has since developed and implemented a syllabus built upon ETC's training

 
AC-ET and Shure to host Digital Wireless Days
Tuesday, 26 July 2016

UK - A.C. Audio, a sales division of A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd., is hosting Digital Wireless Days in association with Shure in August, to demonstrate the brand's wireless solutions, decode the jargon, and explain why the future of wireless is digital.

The free events will take place at the company's UK headquarters (High Wycombe) on Tuesday, 9 August, and Northern sales office (Leeds) on Thursday, 11 August 2016.

RF (radio frequency) spectrum for use by wireless microphone operators has changed a lot over recent years. From the digital TV switchover to the rise of mobile phone ownership, demand for clean spectrum is greater than ever.

As the airwaves the industry operates in continue to evolve, so must the technology that is used. Digital wireless systems have much to offer in securing a positive future for wireless microphones through spectral efficiency, but the technology behind them is often misunderstood.

Taking place in AC-ET's demo facilities, these events will feature a range overview and 'hands-on' training session with Shure's Axient, UHF-R, ULX-D, QLX-D and PSM1000 wireless systems.

A range of topics will also be covered, including The Importance of Wireless, UK Spectrum Legislation, Principles of Radio Transmission, The Digital Advantage, Changes in the RF Noise Floor, and Visualising the RF Landscape.

The all-day events begin at 9:30am with tea/coffee, get underway at 10:00am, and finish at 4:00pm. Complimentary refreshments will be provided, as well as a conducted tour of the company's facilities.

For more

 
 
Clay Paky Scenius debuts at CMC Music Awards
Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Australia - The CMC Music Awards 2016 were held at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), with some of the biggest names in country music including superstars Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line, Australia's own Adam Harvey, and rising country star Kelsea Ballerini taking to the stage to perform.

Broadcast live on Foxtel's Country Music Channel the event celebrated the music and artists who are most-loved by their dedicated country music fans in Australia.

Mandylights were responsible for the production design, production management, stage management, lighting design and operation. Lighting gear came from Crystal Productions, Resolution X and Mandylights themselves.

The event was the first time Scenius, Clay Paky's moving head spotlight, was used in Australia as Crystal Productions had received 14 a few days prior.

"We are among the first companies in Australia to offer Scenius which gives us an advantage," commented David Thomas, managing director of Crystal Productions. "Anybody can join the party later, but being early adopters sets Crystal apart and the Scenius are the new standard in lighting technology. It has a huge 8°-50° zoom, is super quiet and very fast for a fixture of its size. The depth of field with projected images is unlike anything we have seen before."

"The Scenius is fantastic!" commented Richard Neville, managing director of Mandylights. "We used them all onstage kicking back into the audience and way into the house. The fact that the focal range is just so long on them means that on camera they look in focus

 
HSL enjoys One Hell of a Nite with Chris Brown
Tuesday, 26 July 2016

UK - HSL supplied lighting, rigging and a Kinesys automation system for the recent European leg of Chris Brown's "One Hell of a Nite tour, working for production designer and manager Tom E. Marzullo from Out Of Our Minds Creative Services, LLC.

HSL project managers John Slevin and Jordan Hanson co-ordinated everything for the Blackburn- based rental company and ensured that the production design - created collectively by Tom E with input from Christie Lites' Robert Roth and Robert Achlimbari from All Access - was supplied with all the lighting, rigging and automation elements it needed.

The tour's technical director Brian Spett who ran video content for the show and lighting director Charles Ford (also the lighting programmer / operator) additionally had their input, while HSL supplied a top crew chiefed by Simon 'Piggy' Lynch, to ensure that everything ran as smoothly and seamlessly on the road for a gruelling three and a half week schedule.

This design was actually the third iteration of the original tour concept that started in 2015, however structurally it was quite different to anything that had been done before and also included a lot of new video content.

"We were hugely honoured to be working with a production director of Tom E's calibre and his talented team," commented HSL's MD Simon Stuart. "The tour was invigorating and visually exciting, and although with 12 trucks it was good sized production ... those involved also maximised all elements to go a long way applying imagination and thought!"

The stage design was based around four onsta

 
 
Pink Floyd tribute Eclipse shines with Chauvet
Tuesday, 26 July 2016

New Zealand - Pink Floyd's legacy of bright, visually powerful stage productions lives on today in New Zealand, thanks to a tribute band formed (quite fittingly) by a lighting designer who uses the colour and intenstity of Chauvet Professional fixtures to create lightshows that do the group's legacy proud.

"We want to celebrate the Pink Floyd experience, not just with music but with lights and the entire stage presentation," said Anthony Macdonald, the LD who created the show. "Lighting was essential to the original Pink Floyd experience, so we try to replicate that feeling, but with the efficiency and intensity of today's fixtures."

Mcdonald has two STRIKE 4 multi-formatted LED fixtures in his band's road rig along with 12 Rogue R1 Spots, two Rogue RH1 Hybrids and five COLORado Zoom WW Tour fixtures. The fixtures were provided by Mcdonald's own company, MDR Sound and Lighting.

"I incorporated the STRIKE 4 fixtures into the show primarily as audience blinders. They evoke the same warm white look as the old incandescent blinders of earlier decades," commented Macdonald, who positioned two STRIKE 4 fixtures on front arched truss. "The brightness of these fixtures is pretty astonishing and gives great emphasis to certain climactic moments during the set."

Although Macdonald specified the STRIKE 4 primarily as a form of blinder, there are moments in the set where its other features come to the fore. "The warm white tungsten effect of the LEDs is also ideal to be used as a soft wash when required," he said. "This certainly gives us a few different options

 
PixelFLEX at the 2016 Miss Florida Pageant
Tuesday, 26 July 2016

USA - Taking centre stage inside the Lakeland Centre, the 2016 Miss Florida Scholarship Pageant showcased 48 contestants all vying for the opportunity to compete for the title of Miss America. Held in conjunction with the Miss Florida Outstanding Teen Pageant, production designer Trenton Dick was once again working behind the scenes at Miss Florida, and was asked this year to build upon the previous pageants LED video design.

So with an expanded budget and some increased expectations, Dick decided to create three LED video walls for the event using FLEXLite Plus 6.9mm and FLEXCurtain HD 12.5mm LED video technology from Nashville-based PixelFLEX.

"We used the PixelFLEX LED video technology for the first time in our 2015 pageant design and the producers loved it so much they really wanted to expand our video design for 2016," said Dick. "With the opportunity to expand the design, I knew I wanted to create a large centre screen using a high-definition 6mm product, and then I wanted to create two LED video towers that would be stage right and left of the centre screen to give us the space to be more creative with our custom graphic content. From the very first day we set it up, the producers were absolutely ecstatic with the new design and it actually made people stop for a moment to truly take it all in."

Dick spoke with the team at PixelFLEX about what might be available in their rental inventory. Once he learned about the high-definition 6.9mm FLEXLite Plus he chose to use 60 panels that when assembled would measure 13' tall x 24' wide for the center LED s

 
 
AmericanAirlines Arena updates with Dante
Tuesday, 26 July 2016

USA - The AmericanAirlines Arena, located in Miami, FL, home to the NBA's Miami Heat, recently completed an entire audio-visual upgrade using Audinate's Dante Audio-over-IP networking solution for low-latency, multichannel audio routing and distribution. The HEAT Group, the marketing and booking group within the AmericanAirlines Arena, has spent the last 15 years renovating and expanding areas of the arena. This latest technology upgrade not only included the arena bowl, but also a recently built exterior performance area.

The 19,600 seat arena that sits on the Biscayne Bay waterfront hosts more than 80 live events annually, including major concerts, family shows and national conferences. The new outdoor entertainment venue, Xfinity East Plaza (XEP) is a 23,000sq.ft covered space located on the east side of the arena. The initial XEP planning focused on the careful placement of the DAS Audio loudspeaker columns to provide the best possible directional sound coverage and quality. Optimizing the system achieved the desired goals, but all of the upgrades had to be done on a tight timeline.

Jorge Arronte, manager of arena sound and matrix for The HEAT Group, was already familiar with the ease and speed of installing a Dante digital audio network because of the upgrades done in the arena bowl.

"Dante opened up a lot of doors for us inside AmericanAirlines Arena," said Arronte. "We transitioned the Juniper switches from service mode to enterprise mode to align more cleanly with the Dante network, and very quickly we were moving multicast signals from our AEQ br

 
Adamson expands HQ management team
Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Canada - After several years of growth, Adamson has announced an expansion of its management team at its global headquarters in Port Perry, Canada.

Benoit Cabot is promoted to director of R&D while Marc Weber joins in a director capacity to launch a new Product and Brand management division. They join director James Oliver to continue the strengthening of a young leadership team that has been instrumental in the increased visibility of the brand.

"Our product vision has endured generations and we've built a management team that will lead it through many more," explains Brock Adamson, founder and president of Adamson Systems Engineering. "We're driven by engineering and the production of high performance systems; not a corporate obsession of satisfying a group of investors. Our young leadership has been tasked to maintain this focus while our company rapidly expands."

Benoit Cabot has been under the mentorship of Brock for more than 10 years. He has been instrumental in refining many of Adamson's patented designs that lead to the successful E-Series and S-Series systems.

"Brock seeks truth in everything he does. When it comes to design we have never settled. I'm looking forward to helping lead this growing team as we realize more integrated, user-friendly systems that continue to lead our industry in performance."

Former d&b audiotechnik product manager, Marc Weber, joins the team in Canada to lead the newly created Product and Brand management team. It has been designed to sharpen Adamson's brand perception in the market and strengthen the connect

 
 
Genelec appoints education sales director
Tuesday, 26 July 2016

USA - Genelec has appointed Dave Maclaughlin to the position of education sales director. Based in Florida, Maclaughlin will be in charge of educational sales for the entire US., as well as a direct sales rep for the state of Florida.

In his new position, Maclaughlin will help Genelec focus on sales to educational institutions and students, as well as present seminars and act as brand ambassador to the educational market. He will report to Lisa Kaufmann, Genelec Inc. managing director, and work closely with Paul Stewart, Genelec Inc. Eastern territory sales manager, on new and ongoing sales initiatives. For the past four years, Maclaughlin has served as the vice president of sales for Parsons Audio.

"Dave's diverse background, especially his expertise in audio education, makes him a perfect fit for this position," states Genelec's Will Eggleston. "He knows the priorities, wishes and needs of audio programs large and small, and he will be an effective messenger of the Genelec brand to this growing market. We welcome Dave on board to the Genelec Inc. team."

(Jim Evans)

 
The Week in Lighting & Sound
Monday, 25 July 2016

Lost & Found - A 1969 Led Zeppelin session for the BBC that was thought to have been lost when archives were wiped has been recovered from a recording made by a fan. The set went out on the BBC World Service as part of Alexis Korner's Rhythm and Blues programme and was taped from an AM radio in Europe.

It includes the band's only known recording of the track Sunshine Woman. The session recording has been restored with help from guitarist Jimmy Page for inclusion on a new compilation. The Complete BBC Sessions, which will be released in September, is a remastered update of a 1997 collection of tracks recorded for the BBC between 1969 and 1971. It includes eight previously unreleased recordings, including the first broadcast of Stairway To Heaven, from the BBC Paris Cinema in London on 1 April 1971.

Rare recordings of eccentric pioneering radio DJ Kenny Everett broadcast on local radio in Portsmouth in the 1970s have been unearthed. The programmes, presumed lost, were recorded by Everett for early commercial station, Radio Victory. They feature his trademark homemade sound effects and jingles.

Former presenter Andy Ferris who discovered the reels said they showed Everett was "relentless in his pursuit of entertainment". They include his creations Sing-along-with-the-Beatles, The Backward Contest and sci-fi hero Captain Kremmen. Everett's wife at the time, Lee Everett Alkin, remembers him recording shows at their home in Sussex, using multi-track recorders to achieve what were ground-breaking effects for the time. "I'd be having t

 
 
Black Light awarded accreditationsBlack Light awarded accreditations
Friday, 22 July 2016

UK - As of July 2016, Edinburgh based Black Light has been awarded Constructionline and The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS) accreditations.

Constructionline is a procurement and supply chain management service that, assesses, collects and monitors standard company information. Black Light gained the accreditation through a question set that is aligned to PAS 91, the standardised pre-qualification questionnaire developed by BSI to reduce duplication within the construction industry.

CHAS is the fastest growing health and safety assessment scheme in the UK. Its main aims are to improve health and safety standards across the UK and reduce duplicated safety applications for both suppliers and buyers.

These accreditations will benefit Black Light by saving time and resources, giving guidance of supply management and promoting that the company shows compliance with important health and safety law. These accreditations will help the company continue to grow and reach a wider audience of clients.

As well as gaining these accreditations, Black Light have renewed their Investors in People standard which is an internationally recognised accreditation held by 14,000 organisations across the world. The Standard defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable results. Black Light were awarded the standard after a rigorous assessment which reflects the current essential skills, workplace trends and effective structures required to outperform in any industry.

Graham Purvis, general manager at Black Light says:

 
The Week in Lighting & Sound
Tuesday, 19 July 2016

FanFair Alliance - Artists including Arctic Monkeys, Iron Maiden, Ed Sheeran, Noel Gallagher and Little Mix have launched a new campaign against ticket touts. Dubbed the FanFair Alliance, it is calling on the government to take tougher action against websites which resell concert tickets. Launching the campaign, Arctic Monkeys' manager Ian McAndrew accused the sites of "rampant profiteering". He said the goal was to "make it easier for fans to buy tickets" at face value. "Fans' anger, their discontent, is what prompted me to do something about this," he told the BBC. "I hope the efforts of this campaign will put pressure on the government to do something."

The secondary ticketing market in the UK is thought to be worth more than £1bn a year. But the music industry is concerned that fans are being excluded from concerts by "professional" resellers, who scoop up tickets as soon as they go on sale, then advertise them at vastly inflated prices. Earlier this year, tickets to see Radiohead and Adele were listed at more than 100 times their face value this year; while tickets to see Justin Bieber's Purpose tour in November are currently being advertised at £1,200, against a face value of £74.50. Fans are being urged to register their support for the initiative; while a petition set up by the same group of artists and managers in May has already attracted 44,000 signatures.

Picture This - The private art collection of David Bowie is to be revealed to the public for the first time. The musician's life as a collector was something he kept almo

 
 
Stage Electrics hire & events division rebrands as SLXStage Electrics hire & events division rebrands as SLX
Wednesday, 13 July 2016

UK - Stage Electrics has rebranded its Hire & Events division. The new SLX brand has been inspired by the expertise and experience of 35 years in the industry. Focusing all its energy in hire and events the former Stage Electrics team of technical and creative staff continue to provide solutions to its theatre, broadcast and event customers.

Operating from a new facility, located just down the road from its previous Bristol premises, SLX has committed to continue its investment programme with several million pounds invested in hire equipment, technology and infrastructure in the last year alone.

The new warehouse provides pre-show and production facilities whilst a dedicated fleet continues to deliver to our customers throughout the UK and Europe.

The former Stage Electrics branches in London and Exeter are now operating as part of SLX.

Trevor Smallwood, executive chairman comments, "It's an exciting time for us at SLX, new premises and new brand coupled with a huge amount of experience and passion born out of a legacy that we are all very proud of."

(Jim Evans)

 
Munich's Milla club rocks with Gravity
Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Germany - The Milla club in the heart on Munich is a destination for upcoming bands from around the world. The club - which offers space for an audience of up to 250 persons - offers its musical guests state-of-the-art lighting and sound technology. Now, stands from Adam Hall Group's brand Gravity are also ensuring a secure position for microphones and keyboards on stage. Additionally, the stands, which recently received iF Design and Red Dot Awards and are currently nominated for a German Design Award, also provide visual stimuli in the stage set-up.

"There are times when we have a different band here each day of the week, and not all of them bring their own equipment," says Peter Sp

 
 
The Week in Lighting & Sound
Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Council Concern - Arts Council England has admitted it is "hugely concerned" about the future of artists' free movement within the EU following the Brexit vote last month. National director of communication Mags Patten said the council was "really, really worried" about the issue following the UK's vote to leave the EU, and confirmed ACE was preparing to lobby the government in favour of free movement. Speaking at a London Writers' Week event about the state of the theatre industry, Patten said ACE was uncertain whether UK arts organisations would still have access to European culture funds. She stated, "The other area which really really worries us is freedom of movement. It's a huge concern to us that that is clearly not guaranteed at the moment...We have to be open, we have to be international in our outlook, and the free exchange of artists and ideas is absolutely critical to the work you all do. We will be working hard to lobby and advocate within government to make sure that any new regime works for artists and writers." she said.

Live Cinema - Rufus Norris's production of The Threepenny Opera will be broadcast live to cinemas from the National Theatre. The musical, which stars Rory Kinnear, Rosalie Craig and Haydn Gwynne, will become the latest NT Live show when it is broadcast on 22 September. It features design by Vicki Mortimer, choreography by Imogen Knight, lighting by Paule Constable and sound by Paul Arditti.

Legal Action - Sir Cliff Richard has confirmed he is taking legal action against the BBC and South Yorkshire Police o

 
Jim Digby joins Behind the Scenes Foundation Board
Monday, 11 July 2016

USA - Jim Digby, a 30 plus year veteran of the entertainment industry has accepted an invitation to join the Behind the Scenes Foundation Board of Directors. Jim is the founder and chairman of the Event Safety Alliance and owner of Collaborative Endeavor Group (CEG), which provides international touring strategies and complete production solutions for the live entertainment industry. He currently serves as director of touring and production for the multi-million selling artists Linkin Park, and has previously worked with artists as diverse as The Backstreet Boys, Bon Jovi, and Marilyn Manson. He is a four-time recipient of Tourlink's Production Manager of the year award, as well as Parnelli's Production Manager of the Year award for 2012.

Upon accepting the appointment, Jim commented, "I am humbled to be asked to serve on the Board of Directors of the BTS Foundation and contribute to its mission to support entertainment production professionals in unforeseen times of need. For most of us, the entertainment industry is more than a job; it is family. Members of a family support each other when times are tough and tragedy strikes. I look forward to helping serve the BTS organization and our sisters and brothers who have dedicated their lives to creating joy through entertainment."

Rick Rudolph, the chair of the Behind the Scenes Foundation, welcomed Jim to the Board saying, "We are thrilled to have Jim join us in our important work. His experience, enthusiasm, and proven concern for the well-being of his colleagues will add immeasurably to our efforts. Seeing th

 
 
Midwich welcomes 30 new employeesMidwich welcomes 30 new employees
Thursday, 7 July 2016

UK - Leading trade-only distributor of technology solutions, Midwich, has recently hired 30 new employees across the Group in a variety of locations and roles. Ranging from Brand Campaign Manager, Logistics Coordinator, Solutions Specialist and General Sales Manager, the new employees highlight Midwich's ongoing investment in its people and in the areas of operation.

Midwich is constantly investing in its staff to continue to service its channel partners to the highest possible standards, the company says. All new staff will be involved in induction weeks as they are welcomed to Midwich.

Iain Campbell, Sales Director at Midwich, said: "We are delighted to be able to announce so many talented individuals joining Midwich. Our employees are the expertise in this business and they are crucial to our success. We are always looking to invest in our existing workforce and to bring in new specialists to drive our already high levels of service.

"Attracting and bringing in specialists from other businesses shows that we are investing in, promoting and reinforcing our strapline - 'Our Expertise is Your Advantage'. We welcome all our new employees and look forward to working with them moving forward."

The Midwich Group is a family of UK, European and Australian distributors with expertise in AV, IT, consumer electronics, accessibility and security.

(LSi Online)

 
Theatreplan continues to reinforce expansion
Wednesday, 6 July 2016

UK - As part of their ongoing growth and expansion into new territories, international theatre consultancy practice, Theatreplan, has recently welcomed several new members to the team: practice manager for the London office, Wioletta Ziemba; compliance and training consultant, John Young; and Revit technicians, Paolo Ribichesu and Andrea Martin Gonzalez.

Wioletta Ziemba joined the team earlier this year to replace Paul Connolly who is now managing the Theatreplan's Hong Kong office. An experienced office manager and passionate about the performing arts, Ziemba is also a gifted linguist fluent in six languages. Her enthusiasm and attention to detail are much appreciated in the London office which is home to the biggest of Theatreplan's three teams.

"Keeping track of all the projects we have on the go at any one time and providing the necessary support to our consultants out in the field is a mammoth task at the best of times," says Hong Kong business manager, Paul Connolly. "As well as being extremely organised, you need to be able to keep a level head and a sense of humour! It's an absolutely pivotal position, and I'm pleased to say that Wioletta has proved herself to be equal to the task and is now an essential member of the team."

John Young joined Theatreplan in March in the role of compliance and training consultant. A hugely experienced theatre professional with a 30-year career in the industry to date, Young provides a range of specialist services including fire risk management, staff training and project management.

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