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Penn Elcom expands cable & rack manufacturingPenn Elcom expands cable & rack manufacturing
Thursday, 13 October 2016

UK - Penn Elcom has expanded the capacity of its specialist cable and 19 inch rack manufacturing facility in Hastings, east Sussex, UK, with a substantial investment in new cable cutting and stripping machinery from market leaders Schleuniger. This will bring the cable technology and production up to the highest levels.

A bespoke built laser etching machine has also been designed and installed for adding logos, letters, numbers and other customisations to aluminium and steel rack panels, giving Penn the ability to offer further flexibility to its clients.

The move is in response to an increased demand for both standard and bespoke cable and rack manufacturing products and services after the launch of the Penn Elcom Online global web portal in January of this year. A boost in international business is seeing cables, leads and racks being shipped worldwide.

"We want to ensure that with this ramp up we continue delivering all our products and cable solutions to the highest quality standards in the quickest turnaround times for which the Penn brand is renowned," confirms Penn Elcom's Rob Platt.

These state-of-the-art precision machines will help streamline the workflow, maximise efficiency and underline Penn Elcom's dedication and commitment to delivering premium customer service.

The Schleuniger PF2200 Electric Demand Pre-feeder is a free-standing, electrical pre-feeding machine designed to pull wire and cable from reels and works in conjunction with the MS9480 Cut & Strip machine, one of the most versatile cut & strip platforms available. The two ma

The Week in Lighting & Sound
Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Sold Out - Glastonbury 2017 sold out in 50 minutes on Sunday morning - with a reported 2m applying for the 135,000 tickets available - and the usual complaints regarding problems in access-ing the ticket website. "We have, once again, been blown away by the incredible number of people from around the planet who hoped to come to the festival, with demand significantly outstripping supply," said the organisers in a statement. Next year's event will take place from 21-25 June, with the line-up not being announced by organisers until early 2017. Daft Punk and Kraftwerk have been tipped as potential headliners.

Old Gold - The first leg of the much-hyped Desert Trip festival took place over the weekend, with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Roger Waters, Paul McCartney and Neil Young taking to the stage in California. Organised by the people behind Coachella - and dubbed #Oldchella by some of the music press - the event was particularly dignified, with wood-panelled, flushable toilets for the 75,000-strong audience. The weekend's highlight came when Paul McCartney brought Neil Young out on stage to duet on the Beatles classic A Day in the Life, which segued into John Lennon's Give Peace A Chance.

Flying Pig - Roger Waters made his feelings about Donald Trump abundantly clear during his performance at the festival. As the 73-year-old performed the Pink Floyd song Pigs, Mr Trump's face appeared on the massive video screen above the stage. Meanwhile, a parade-sized balloon shaped like a pig floated above the audience.

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Suzanne Wynne joins Gerriets GB as head of sales
Tuesday, 11 October 2016

UK - Gerriets GB Ltd has appointed Suzanne Wynne to its London office as the company's new head of sales.

A familiar face to many, Suzanne has over 20 years of experience within the industry working with textiles and associated products, servicing theatre, hospitality, special projects and the Event sectors.

Gerriets GB Ltd based in London are suppliers of theatrical curtains and flame retardant fabrics, track systems, screens and stage equipment.

(LSi Online)

Wenger Corporation in talks to acquire SECOA
Monday, 10 October 2016

USA - Wenger Corporation of Owatonna, Minn., and SECOA, Inc. of Champlin, Minn have announced that they are in advanced talks to combine the two companies.

Under the proposal, the combined entity would be wholly owned and operated by Wenger. The shared vision of Wenger - including its subsidiary J.R. Clancy - and SECOA is to "provide a superior value proposition featuring the highest quality products and services for all stakeholders in the performing arts industry".

A statement continues, "After conducting exploratory conversations, the leadership teams of both organizations became excited about the synergies that exist, both strategic and tactical, with the combination of the businesses. By aligning the SECOA, Wenger and J.R. Clancy brands, Wenger expects to reinforce its position as a unique global provider of the broadest array of solutions in the industry. This transaction would mark another milestone in Wenger's continuing commitment to provide the most comprehensive offering of innovative products, project management, superior installation, and aftermarket services in the industry.

"Both companies plan to work diligently to effectively communicate and execute transition plans with their employees as well as external partners and other key influencers in the industry. The companies expect to finalize the transaction over the next six weeks."

(Jim Evans)

5 Star opens manufacturing facility in China
Friday, 7 October 2016

China - Flightcase manufacturer 5 Star Cases has opened a new factory in Fenggang Town, Dongguan City, Guandong Province, China.

Established to run in parallel with the UK manufacturing base in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, the new 5 Star China operation will primarily service the burgeoning domestic Chinese and wider Asian markets which are demanding high quality products - for which it's simply not practical to ship from the UK.

The idea has been on the horizon for some time explains 5 Star's MD Keith Sykes, but several elements needed to fall in line before the plan could be successfully implemented.

Running the new 1000 metre plus production facility will be 5 Star's local business partner James Zhang, a well-known, respected and highly successful entrepreneur who manages other manufacturing companies in the town, including travel bag / handbag and polythene carrier bag factories. He will initially work with a full time staff of around 15 at the plant.

The intention, explained Keith, is to mimic the UK operation as closely as possible in terms of the quality of products, innovative design, an inclusive management style and the rigorous application of health and safety standards.

A new large format CNC machine is at the heart of the manufacturing which will be the key system for producing accurate cut panels for the majority of the case products.

As well as delivering efficiently and cost effectively to 5 Star's existing clients, the strategy and the goal also is also very much to generate new business. They are also seeking potential OEM partne

Hawthorn invests in d3 server technologyHawthorn invests in d3 server technology
Thursday, 6 October 2016

UK - Creative technical production expert Hawthorn is continuing to expand its video department and increase its presence in the dry hire sector with a recent investment in d3 server technology.

Due to an increasing demand for projection mapping and large-scale content, Hawthorn has added four d3 4x4pro media servers to its already extensive hire inventory, representing an investment of £200,000.

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The Week in Lighting & Sound
Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Crucial Opportunities - Policymakers in the UK and China are being called upon to exploit possibilities for cultural collaboration, as part of a report claiming "crucial opportunities" exist for both countries. The report, published by the Department for International Trade and cultural organisation BOP Consulting, claims that the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote has moved collaborations with non-European countries such as China further up the UK's agenda.

However, fostering short-term or profit-led relationships are unlikely to succeed, the report argues, highlighting the emphasis should be on building a long-term, sustained collaboration between the two nations. Recent projects to build collaborations between the UK and China have included a Chinese-language production of War Horse, produced by the National Theatre of China in collaboration with the UK's National Theatre. Last year, organisations such as Shakespeare's Globe and the NT were awarded a share of £7m of government funds aimed at strengthening cultural ties with China.

The Big O - It's worked for Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, N.W.A. and Hank Williams - and now Roy Orbison is to have his life portrayed on the big screen. The surviving family of the singer of songs like Pretty Woman and Only the Lonely have given their blessing to The Big O: Roy Orbison - which apparently makes it the first estate-authorised movie biopic.

Ray Gideon & Bruce Evans have been set to write the script and Alex Orbison, Roy Orbison Jr, and Wesley Orbison will be exec producers. Tho

Elation Cuepix Panels go mad in MadridElation Cuepix Panels go mad in Madrid
Thursday, 29 September 2016

Spain - Mad Cool Festival is a new rock and pop music festival in Spain that debuted 16-18 June at the Caja Magica tennis grounds in Madrid. With a line-up that included Neil Young, The Who and The Prodigy, and a three-day attendance that topped 100,000, Mad Cool is off to an impressive start.

Madrid-based PRG Spain was responsible for the audiovisual production for the festival's three main stages and incorporated Elation Professional's Cuepix Panel LED matrices into the design for Stage Three, a 10,000-capacity stage located inside the main tennis court arena.

"The Mad Cool Festival has been one of our biggest productions this summer with 98 staff from PRG Spain, one full day of set-up and another of lighting, video and sound rehearsals prior to the three days of concerts," said PRG's Francisco 'Pako' Palazon, head of production and lighting design for the three main stages. "We have a stock of 60 Cuepix Panel units and they get used constantly. At Mad Cool we made use of 11 Cuepix Panels as audience blinders at Stage Three."

Stage Three was host to an eclectic mix of international acts like Bastille, The Kills, Flume and Django Django among others, alongside popular Spanish bands like 091, L.A., Leon Benavente and Xoel Lopez. Head of lighting for Stage Three was Gonzalo Plecel, who created the lighting looks and worked as lighting control operator for some of the bands playing there.

He commented, "The Cuepix Panel units were positioned individually alongside the front truss-line above the stage. The different lighting designers that worked here wi

Powersoft helps boost Bardentreffen's island themePowersoft helps boost Bardentreffen's island theme
Thursday, 29 September 2016

Germany - Powersoft's flagship amplifiers were out in force recently at the annual Bardentreffen Festival in Nuremberg - one of a number of successful deployments around the world during the busy festival system.

For the second consecutive year, Powersoft partner Barowski AG provided sound reinforcement for the main stage, situated on the Hauptmarkt in front of the city's main town hall, bidding successfully for the contract, issued by organisers, the City of Nuremberg.

Billed as "Germany's largest world music festival", and attracting more than 200,000 visitors over the three days, for its 41st edition, Bardentreffen focused on a variety of music from around the globe under the theme Sounds of the Islands.

Barowski AG had first fielded their X8 racks for the 2015 edition, but according to Michael Barowski, chairman of the board, they increased their inventory for this year. "We now have five X8 racks and an additional X4 touring set," he said. "Each amp in our rental stock occupies a single rack for maximum flexibility."

In addition to the X4/X8, the production company also deployed additional Powersoft amps for other applications, such as driving delays and near-fill speakers.

The main PA in this case consisted of EV X-Line, with further EV Xi-series enclosures deployed for out-fill and near-fill duties as well as drum-fill on stage. Other monitor speakers included wedges from Rocksound and L-Acoustics.

The move to Powersoft had been carefully thought-out. "We spent a lot of time researching how to replace our stock of different amps and con

SL Live in the mix with the Pope in MexicoSL Live in the mix with the Pope in Mexico
Thursday, 29 September 2016

Mexico - During a recent week-long tour of Mexico, Pope Francis addressed record audiences at five venues around the country, accompanied by SSL Live L500 and L300 consoles in a variety of roles.

Miguel Angel Tapia Trujillo was the Front of House engineer at the Parque Chamizal in Ciudad Ju

Successful launch for the Analog Way AcademySuccessful launch for the Analog Way Academy
Thursday, 29 September 2016

USA - Analog Way has been named an official InfoComm International Renewal Unit (RU) Provider. This will allow thousands of professionals who hold InfoComm International's Certified Technology Specialist credentials to earn renewal units toward their certification by completing Analog Way training programmes.

Certification Programmes for LiveCoreTM series of premium AV video processors, including Ascender, NeXtage and SmartMatriX Ultra units, and Vertige Premium Show Controller, can now be completed for RUs.

Both Certified Technology Specialists (CTS) and the specialized designation Design (CTS-D) will get 12 RUs when training for LiveCoreTM and nine RUs for VertigeTM . Analog Way has always been committed to helping customers become experts of the brand.

Training AV professionals is part of Analog Way's main commitment which resulted in the creation of Analog Way Academy for the Americas a few months ago.

Christina Spurlock, technology instructor, comments on the increasing success of the Academy, "Since its opening this summer, the Academy has already advanced the skill level of more than 50 audio video experts."

The programs are designed to allow trainees to take full advantage of Analog Way's systems no matter what environment they work in. Christina Spurlock points out some advantages of the programme, "The benefits of becoming a certified operator are twofold. First, it allows operators to become more esteemed in their career. Secondly, it helps to bring the production they are involved in to a much higher standard.

"The more the operato

Rupert Neve Designs debuts Shelford ChannelRupert Neve Designs debuts Shelford Channel
Thursday, 29 September 2016

USA - New for AES 2016, Rupert Neve Designs has announced the Shelford Channel.

The Shelford Channel is built around Rupert Neve's first new transformer-gain, class A mic preamp in over 40 years. This new preamp design is complemented by the "best-of-the-classics" 1073- and 1064-inspired inductor EQ section from Rupert Neve Designs' existing Shelford 5051 and 5052 modules, a bold and powerful new diode bridge compressor inspired by the 2254 with additional functionality, a new dual-tap transformer output with high- and low-headroom outputs, variable Silk/Texture transformer saturation, and twice the operating voltage of Rupert Neve's vintage modules.

Says the company, "For decades, Rupert has often been asked to create a new design based around the same mic pre, EQ and compressor technologies that comprised his classic console modules. With the Shelford Channel, he and his team have not only recaptured the magic of those original designs, but have elevated these circuits with new levels of versatility and precision for the modern era. This unit delivers what can only be described as the combined essence of fifty years of Rupert Neve's designs."

(Jim Evans)

sE Electronics triple launch in Los AngelessE Electronics triple launch in Los Angeles
Thursday, 29 September 2016

USA - For this year's AES Show in Los Angeles, sE Electronics is introducing the X1 A, a new entry point to their X1 Series designed to be the best-in-class offering on the market for home recordists and bringing the heritage of the X1 Series to an expanded user base worldwide.

On the live sound front, sE has also announced a pair of dynamic microphones - a first for the company, known primarily for their industry standard Reflexion Filters and hand-crafted condensers. According to sE, the new V7 supercardioid dynamic and V3 cardioid dynamic offer "exceptionally low handling noise, a more natural sound, and higher gain before feedback than other mics in their class".

The X1 A utilizes a newly-developed acoustic design with a carefully selected condenser capsule, low noise electronics, an integrated windscreen, and a gold-plated XLR connector. Just like the acclaimed X1 condenser, it also includes a switchable attenuation pad & low-cut filter and a robust all-metal chassis.

According to sE's product manager Thomas Stubics, "The whole team has been working very hard on this completely new acoustic design, which delivers an impressively pristine sound that one would expect from a much more expensive product. The new X1 A delivers not only best-in-class sound quality at its price point, but also convinces with its useful features, high dynamic range, and impressive workmanship."

Though their studio condensers and Reflexion Filters are already utilized by many high-profile touring acts like Linkin Park and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, the V Series marks

The Week
Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Remains of the Day - The remains of the theatre where Shakespeare's Hamlet was first performed has been granted legal protection by the government. Archeological remains of the Theatre, which dates back to 1576, have been added to the National Heritage List for England, alongside the ruins of another Elizabethan playhouse near London's Bankside. Shakespeare and his acting troupe, the Lord Chamberlain's Company, were strongly associated with the Theatre - the remains of which were discovered in Hackney in 2008. Scholars believe Hamlet was performed for the first time at the venue in 1595, and it is also thought to be where Marlowe's Doctor Faustus was first staged.

The Hope playhouse - which doubled as a theatre and bear-baiting pit - has also received legal protection as a historic site. Close to both the Globe and Rose theatres when it was first built, the venue was where Ben Jonson's Bartholomew Fair was first performed. It is thought to have been the last Elizabethan playhouse built in London, while the Theatre is considered to be the first.

Theatrical Note - Sir Elton John is to co-host this year's Evening Standard Theatre Awards. The singer will break from the European leg of his latest tour to attend the awards on 13 November at London's Old Vic. He will co-host the event with the Standard's proprietor Evgeny Lebedev. "I think we produce some of the best theatre in the world here and I feel passionately that we must support it," said Sir Elton.

West End Girls - Stepping Out has confirmed West End date

Tightrope signage at La Crosse Regional AirportTightrope signage at La Crosse Regional Airport
Friday, 23 September 2016

USA - To keep time-pressured travellers fully informed, the La Crosse Regional Airport in Wisconsin recently deployed a Carousel digital signage network from Tightrope Media Systems consisting of more than 50 custom displays strategically situated throughout the passenger terminal, including check-in and baggage claim areas.

The network is an integral part of a $14.2m infrastructure upgrade; importantly, Carousel Digital Signage Software also drives airport revenue generation through advertising initiatives.

The varied digital signage displays-including a large, welcoming video wall and two interactive touchscreen kiosks-give travellers just-in-time information about flights, arrivals, departures, gates, security, television, digital marketing and local ads, as well as news, weather and other real-time data feeds. The flexibility of Carousel network, in conjunction with BrightSign digital signage media players, allows a single operator to create and distribute targeted content to different screens, delivering high-resolution graphics and 1080/60p HD video alongside dynamic data feeds within custom-designed templates.

The interactive touchscreen kiosks replace an antiquated analogue phone switchboard and provide users with helpful information about local transportation and amenities, such as taxis, shuttles, rental cars, hotels and restaurants.

All video content, graphics and data feeds are delivered to compact, networked BrightSign high-definition media players installed discreetly behind each display. A single operator can control and manage the enti

Airstar balloons at Festival de Cine de Lima
Thursday, 22 September 2016

Peru - Light4Brands, the exclusive dealer of Airstar lighting solutions in Peru, deployed several lighting balloons for the 20th edition of the Festival de Cine de Lima, which took place at the Gran Teatro Nacional del Peru from 5-13 August 2016.

For the fourth time in a row, Light4Brands (L4B) was selected to manage the lighting for the festival red carpet. The Airstar lighting inventory was made up of two 90cm wide Crystal balloons, flanked on both corners of the theatre building and a pair of three-metre-high air ventilated Towair cylinder towers, placed on the top of the stairs to welcome the lucky few during the show nights. To complete the lighting of the event, an impressive three-metre-wide, helium inflated, Lunix LED balloon was anchored and proudly displayed the event logo 15 metres high.

The Lima Film Festival is the most important cinema event in the country and in Latin America. Many international producers, directors, lighting directors and actors attend the event each year.

According to L4B managing director Ernesto Perales, it is indeed an event not to be missed: "We are very proud to be part of such a prestigious event, which is also an amazing opportunity for us to display the French savoir-faire of Airstar. Their lighting balloons are the solution of choice for the cinema and broadcast industries, so it is only natural to find them on the red carpet amongst the stars of the big screen."

Airstar lighting balloons have already been used for noted movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, The Dark Knight Rises and James Ca

The Week
Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Challenges & Opportunities - MPs have launched an inquiry into the impact Brexit is likely to have on the arts. The culture, media and sport committee said its inquiry would examine the "challenges and opportunities" that leaving the European Union would bring. In particular, it is looking at whether the creative sector will be able to "attract and retain talent" across the world when the UK leaves the EU as a result of June's referendum, and whether "onerous visa requirements" could see a drop in the number of people coming to the UK after Brexit.

The inquiry will also examine what impact the loss of EU funding could have on the sector and whether the government would replace these funds. News of the inquiry follows concerns raised within the arts that Brexit will have negative consequences for the sector.

Last week, former Ambassador Theatre Group chief executive Rosemary Squire said any restrictions on free movement would "make it harder for us to produce quality content and run our theatres profitably". National Theatre director Rufus Norris has also expressed concern about the financial damage leaving the EU could have on the venue.

The Beatles Live - Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have reunited for the premiere of a film telling the story of The Beatles' live tours. The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years recounts the Fab Four's rise to megastar status from their gigs in The Cavern Club in Liverpool to sell-out tours of the US.

The film was made by Oscar-winning director Ron Howard and was debuted in Liverpool and in

Knight of Illumination Awards 2016 winnersKnight of Illumination Awards 2016 winners
Tuesday, 20 September 2016

UK - Lighting and video content design ceremony Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI) announced the winners of the 9th edition during a prestigious ceremony at London's Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on Sunday 18 September.

The well-attended ceremony saw almost 500 professionals come together to celebrate the achievements of lighting and video designers working on shows across the UK.

The event was hosted by Australian actor, television presenter and comedian Mark Little. The winners have been revealed as:


The ETC Award for Dance: Michael Hulls for Conceal | Reveal, Russell Maliphant Company, Sadler's Wells

The Hawthorn Award for Musicals: Mark Henderson for Sunset Boulevard, English National Opera

The Robert Juliat Award for Opera: Joachim Klein for Saul, Glyndebourne Festival

The Elation Professional Award for Plays: Jan Versweyveld for Songs from Far Away, Young Vic

The FIX8Group Award for Projection Design: Will Duke for The Encounter, Edinburgh International Festival/The Barbican


The Ambersphere Solutions Award for Arena: Patrick Woodroffe for Adele

The HSL Award for Club: Francis Clegg for Public Service Broadcasting

The MA Lighting Award for Events: Adam Bassett for The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism

The Ayrton Award for Stage: Tobias G Rylander for The 1975

The d3 Technologies Award for Video Electronic Content: Ben Miles for Coldplay


The Philips Vari-Lite Award for Drama: Sue Gibson for De

BTS announces Fred Foster Scholarship Fund
Friday, 16 September 2016

USA - The Behind the Scenes Foundation has announced the Fred Foster Scholarship Fund. Board members had long been seeking a way to honour Fred's innumerable contributions to our industry and, in particular, his unwavering support of the charity since its inception.

The purpose of the fund is to assist the children of Behind the Scenes grant recipients with continuing their education which may otherwise be in jeopardy due to their family's current financial situation. BTS frequently assists individuals whose children are unable to remain in school because the family can no longer afford tuition.

The BTS Grants Review Committee will be responsible for identifying appropriate candidates from among the families of grant recipients and awarding the scholarships which may be used for any accredited post-secondary education program or vocational training.

Rick Rudolph, chair of the Behind the Scenes Foundation, commented, "We felt that enabling young people to continue their studies and pursue their goals is a fitting tribute to Fred. He has always concerned himself with educating students and providing them with opportunities. This seems like a natural extension of that commitment."

Fred Foster, CEO of ETC, responded, "Behind the Scenes continues to find and develop great ways to support the folks in our industry who need our help. This latest effort, that will assist their children to continue their education while their parent fights a serious battle, is a great addition to the BTS portfolio. I am truly honoured to have my name associated with this."

A Summer's Tale with GravityA Summer's Tale with Gravity
Thursday, 15 September 2016

Germany - A Summer's Tale proved worthy of its name. For the event, which is nestled in an idyllic forest and moor landscape presented much more than "just" a top-class music programme from 10-13 August. The cultural summer fairy tale south of Hamburg also included yoga, cooking, dancing, acting, canoeing, slackline balancing and many more activities. "Try out things in beautiful nature" is part of creative happenings organisers' festival philosophy.

This philosophy also extends to the top-class music programme. On several stages, around 12,000 visitors enjoyed shows from international stars spanning several different music genres. The festival's highlights included shows by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Garbage, Amy McDonald, Nada Surf, Sigur R

The Week in Lighting & Sound
Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Fighting Talk - Culture minister Matt Hancock has pledged to improve access to the creative industries and build a stronger relationship between technology and culture, as he sets out his main priorities for the role. Hancock, who succeeded Ed Vaizey in the position in July, also said he would fight to ensure government support for arts and culture in his first keynote speech as minister.

Delivered in front of an audience of creative industry professionals, Hancock used his first speech to set out his three main priorities, which he described as "backing success, access and synthesis". After praising the creative industries as "absolutely central to our post-Brexit future", Hancock said he would "fight to ensure that the creative and digital industries are at the heart of this government's industrial strategy." The minister went on to pledge that creative sector tax reliefs would not be adversely affected by Brexit.

Hancock, who worked in the technology sector before moving into politics, said his third priority would be to better strengthen the relationship between technology and culture. He cited the live-streaming of theatre productions as an example of existing ways in which "we are able to meld time-honoured craft with cutting-edge technology". Hancock's speech was delivered at the British Film Institute and hosted by the Creative Industries Federation.

Big Issue - Andrew Lloyd Webber has accused some producers of staging their shows in smaller venues so they can demand higher prices for tickets. The composer, speaking at the launch of his new

Theatres Trust releases At Risk Register
Tuesday, 13 September 2016

UK - Theatres Trust has revealed the 36 theatres at most risk across the UK, and Trustee Dara

New venue for Behind the Scenes Happy Hour
Monday, 12 September 2016

USA - ESTA's Behind the Scenes Happy Hour returns for its third year as the biggest pre-LDI party in a new location at the Embassy Suites Las Vegas (3600 Paradise Road). Tickets are on sale for the event on Thursday, 20 October from 6pm-8pm. Advance tickets are $60 a person at, and tickets will be available at the door for $75 a person.

The Behind the Scenes Happy Hour features an open bar, hors d'oeuvres and music with all proceeds going to benefit the Behind the Scenes charity, the only industry charity that provides grants to ill or injured entertainment technician professionals. Since its beginning in 2014, the Behind the Scenes Happy Hour has raised over $120,000 in sponsorships and ticket sales.

A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are still available. Interested sponsors are encouraged to find out more information by visiting or by emailing

Current sponsors for the 2016 Behind the Scenes Happy Hour include: Altman Lighting (Executive), 4Wall Entertainment (Platinum), IATSE (Platinum), Ultratec, (Platinum), LDI (Gold), Robe (Gold), Stage Equipment & Lighting (Gold), Vectorworks, Inc. (Gold), Barbizon Lighting (Silver), Columbus McKinnon (Silver), ENTTEC Americas (Silver), iWeiss Theatrical (Silver), Musson Theatrical (Silver), Stan Pressner (Silver), Sapsis Rigging Inc (Silver). Lighting sponsor: A.C. Lighting. Badge sponsor: Anvil Cases. Official media sponsors: Lighting&Sound America and Protocol.

The goal of Behind the Scenes Happy Hour is not only to throw a great party

Show Technology opens in New ZealandShow Technology opens in New Zealand
Friday, 9 September 2016

New Zealand - Tuesday 30 August 2016 was a significant date in the 26- year history of Show Technology.

The date was the official opening of the Show Technology New Zealand office in Auckland with managing director Emmanuel Ziino welcomed officially onto the land in a P?whiri - a M?ori welcoming ceremony involving speeches, dancing, and singing performed by a local school 'Kapa Haka' group. The P?whiri concluded with a Hongi, a traditional M?ori greeting done by pressing one's nose and forehead (at the same time) to another person at an encounter.

"It was an absolute honour to be welcomed onto the land by their chief," commented Emmanuel. "The P?whiri welcomed us (the owners) and our guests (the future users) during a dedication of the building."

The evening was an industry event attended by invited guests who make up the cream of the professional lighting industry in New Zealand. Many guests travelled far to attend the opening including several who came from Wellington and Christchurch.

The event was supported with attendees from Show Technology in Australia including Harold Hassapis (CFO), Vince Haddad (technical director), Stephen Dallimore (BDM), Paul Nicolaou (Victorian branch manager), Elisha Blanch (sales coordinator) and company owners Emmanuel and Gina Ziino. Jonas Stenvinkel from Martin was lucky enough to be visiting during this time and was also at the opening.

"The opportunity to be able to work alongside our clients day to day and to be able to provide them the support they deserve, is great step and I'm very excited about what the f


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