South Africa - The Royalty Soapie Awards, an acknowledgement of all the characters many South Africans welcome into their living rooms every evening, was hosted on 28 March 215 at the Durban ICC and broadcast on M-Net's Mzansi Magic.

For the very first time Hirezone supplied the full technical which included Robe lighting with control on an Avolites Tiger Touch, sound and AV, this being one of the their largest and most prestigious productions to date.

The Royalty Soapie Awards is the annual celebration for the TV soap industry in South Africa including everyone from celebrities and entertainers to the writers and technicians involved. Richard Gild, owner of Hirezone says he used detailed planning to ensure a successful set up. "As we proceeded, it all came together," he says. "We had more space and the right people. It was great working with the client."

USA - An epic romance set in the last days of Czarist Russia, Doctor Zhivago has opened at The Broadway Theatre with lighting design by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley. Conventional and moving lights, wind, fog, snow and fire effects for the sweeping new musical are controlled by grandMA2 light consoles.

Doctor Zhivago has been described as one of the most romantic stories of all time. The Broadway musical, based on the Nobel Prize-winning novel and Academy Award-winning motion picture, is directed by Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff. Doctor Zhivago reunites McAnuff and Binkley, long-time collaborators who both garnered Tonys for their work on Jersey Boys.

"There is a lot of big storytelling in this show," says Binkley. "Being epic in size but small in content, as far as the scenes are concerned, means that there are a lot of isolated m

Switzerland - The Laserworld Diode Series is a well-established laser product which has become more and more popular. Especially for users that want to make the step from hobbyist laser use to a semi-pro level, the series offers a pure diode system with many professional features, but at a low price level.

Following the success of the already established DS-900RGB, DS-1800RGB and DS-3300RGB, Laserworld has added the new DS-2400RGB to the product line. This product is designed to fill the gap in available power levels between the 1.8W and 3.3W systems. It was also designed to provide a great white balanced output. The power range between 2W and 3W has become increasingly in demand, as the prices for such systems have dropped substantially in recent years.

With the DS-2400RGB, Laserworld has completed the Diode Series range. It has all those features in common with the other uni

China - PR Lighting has now added a beam fixture to its XR130 range of discharge effects. Housing an Osram Sirius HRI 132W (8800K, 6000hrs) this fully featured luminaire delivers a beam angle of 0°-3°. In terms of optics it features a colour wheel (14 colour filters plus white), a rotating gobo wheel (eight rotating gobos and four fixed gobos), an 8-facet prism (bi-directional rotation), frost filter and CTO (plus white).

Focus is 0-100%, linearly adjustable by DMX and double dimmer shutter blade strobe (0.3-25fps, with macro). Pan is 720° or endless rotation and tilt is 270° with auto position correction. Made from composite plastic (IP20-rated) the fixture weighs just 13.2kg.

As for the XR 130 Spot, this is also powered by an Osram Sirius HRI 132W (8800K, 6000hrs) lamp.

The full set of dynamic effects includes a colour wheel (with 13 colours and CTO (plus o

USA - As the festival and outdoor concert season kicks into high gear, lighting/production designers have a new tool that will make it easier for them to set up ultra-bright, weatherproof video walls at these events - the PVP X6IP high-resolution LED panel from Chauvet Professional.

Featuring a pixel pitch of 6.9mm, the PVP X6IP is an outdoor LED video panel rated at IP65 for its ability to withstand rain, while being brilliant enough to produce images that stand out in the daytime sun. It is also very touring and rental friendly, thanks to an innovative design that allows for quick and secure assembly, easy serviceability in the field, and the versatility to be used indoors as well, says the company.

"We looked at everything lighting and production designers, installers and dealers wanted in a high resolution outdoor video screen, and we created the PVP X6IP to do it all

Denmark - In response to overwhelming demand for the hybrid lighting fixture, Martin Professional has announced increased production for the MAC Viper AirFX. Already a staple on many major tours and in the rental market, the AirFX is one of the most prominent members of the MAC Viper family, one of the most successful product suites in Martin's history.

In order to provide bigger output with a smaller footprint, the AirFX was engineered to replace 1500 W fixtures, which were previously seen in a lot of shows mainly for mid-air effects, with no projection and often with a few simple gobos. Ideal for tours and festivals, the AirFX gives lighting designers everything that makes the MAC Viper family so effective in one versatile fixture.

Lighting designer Rob Sinclair recently deployed the AirFX on the Queen + Adam Lambert tour and Kylie Minogue's Kiss Me Once tour. "For both

USA - Following a successful reunion tour, Faith No More took a hiatus before returning with news of their first album in 18 years entitled Sol Invictus. The album is slated for a 19 May release date, and to prepare fans, the alternative metal band is embarking on a sold out North American tour with lighting provided by Bandit Lites.

Faith No More's current set-up will feature a floor package consisting of 16 MAC Auras, a mirror ball and M1 console. The existing design was created to be supplemented by venue house lighting, but due to the original tour dates selling out so quickly, Faith No More quickly added 10 more venues including arenas.

This is the first US journey in many years for the group. The set and lighting for this run, designed by long time production designer Harry Bastard, is as unusual and spectacular as ever. FNM are always pushing the edge and this ye

UK - Entertainment production specialist White Light has been chosen as the lighting supplier to the new stage musical adaptation of the hit film Bend It Like Beckham, loading in to London's Phoenix Theatre now and due to make its first public performance on 15 May.

The stage show is being directed by Gurinder Chadha, who also directed the film, designed by Miriam Buether, with lighting by Neil Austin.

For the show, White Light is continuing its long-standing policy of providing lighting designers with the latest tools and technology. Neil Austin's design is based around a core of 26 ETC Source Four LED series 2 Lustr profile spotlights, which the designer first used on Shakespeare In Love last year. Because of their versatility and popularity with designers, White Light has rapidly expanded its stock of these fixtures over the last year, in addition to supplying

USA - Elation Professional's new ELAR Q1 is an ultra-compact, colour-changing PAR light with outdoor IP65 rating that can be used just about anywhere dynamic colour is required. Measuring less than 3.0" high (75mm) and weighting only 1.1 lbs. (0.5kg), the ELAR Q1's small size allows it to hide virtually anywhere for use as a pixel source, pin spot, truss toner, accent or decorative light, and can even be used for landscape lighting.

Whether mounted on its yoke or recessed into a stage, set or ceiling, its narrow 7-degree beam and single 18W RGBW LED source provide a surprisingly bright effect for direct viewing or illumination of objects. The ELAR Q1 delivers an output of 9,310 LUX @3.3 ft. and consumes a low 18W of max power. Suitable for highlighting or enhancing set pieces, the RGBW LED is capable of emitting a wide palette of colours from saturates to more subtle pastel

UK - Lighting Technology Projects has completed another striking energy-efficient architectural lighting scheme, with the illumination of a 27-storey residential building, which overlooks West London's 'Golden Mile'.

The Tower is the prominent centrepiece of Barratt London's flagship regeneration project - Great West Quarter (GWQ) in Brentford, Middlesex. One of the tallest interactive sculptures in Europe, it offers views across the capital and the nearby Kew Gardens, with a publicly accessible viewing gallery. Boasting an internal area of 13,600m2, it hosts 178 apartments and stands to the west of the five-hectare mixed-use development.

LTP was invited by Barratt Homes to design, supply and install the spine lighting solution for The Tower. This comprised of 53 horizontal runs of six point sources of light, set at 1000mm intervals up the north facing side of the building.

UK - PLASA Focus Leeds 2015 sees The Prolight Concepts Group (Stand N-D12) launch their new 140 page stage & event catalogue featuring almost 100 new products. The bumper number of product additions launched so far this year will see the range offered by Prolight Concepts Group close in on 1500 product lines available from stock.

Products featured on the stand include the following new products plus a host of popular existing products:

eLumen8 Kudos 600ZS moving head alongside the smaller Kudos 100ZS, 200ZS and 300ZS. The Kudos ZS series features Osram Ostar RGBW Quad colour LEDs combined with a dynamic zoom system offering wash thru beam.

eLumen8 Liberty Wireless Uplighters. Available in two formats: 36W RGB COB LED or 7x 12W 6in1 LED the Liberty series feature long battery life combined with on board W-DMX for rock solid reliability.

eLumen8 PF series LED Profiles. Featu

South Africa - The world tour supporting Grammy-winner Chris Brown's latest album X features a power-packed lightshow designed by LD Bryan Hartley, who is widely known for his work with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. As sometimes happens with international tours, however, rigs have to be pared down when the show travels from country to country.

This was the case, recently when the Chris Brown tour made two stops in four days in South Africa. The lightshow nevertheless was able to deliver the bold, powerful statement that Brown's critically acclaimed album deserved, thanks in part to a powerful performance from Legend 230SR Beams from Chauvet Professional.

"The original design had 174 fixtures, but the number of fixtures was reduced slightly due to venue structural weight limitations and availability of outdoor stage structure for the tour," said Sean Crawley, h

UK - Debuts are to the fore at this year's PLASA Focus: Leeds, with more and more exhibitors choosing it as the UK launch pad for new product releases, including Cadac's new CDC six and DiGiCo's S21 mixing consoles, Meyer Sound's Leopard loudspeaker system and Zero88's FLX lighting console.

At the entrance to New Dock Hall, Martin Professional is displaying its new VDO Sceptron indoor/outdoor LED strips, which come with a choice of diffusers, the 6mm Fenix panel video and Rush 650 and 850 smoke products. Also on show are the Quantum Wash and Quantum Profile, launched last year, as well as the Aura XB, which has 50 per cent more output than the standard Aura, plus extended colour mode.

"Out of all the shows we exhibit at, this is where you can spend proper time talking to people, so we've brought representative selection of our new and current ranges," says the compan

Denmark - The RUSH Club Smoke Dual, Martin Professional's new hybrid smoke and haze machine, is now shipping and available from stock.

First unveiled in April at Prolight+Sound 2015, the new addition to the RUSH by Martin line of atmospheric effects is an innovation based on the Magnum Club Smoke system, installed in prestigious venues all over the world.

The Club Smoke Dual is a multi-head system, which utilizes up to six heads across three zones via DMX or an on-board digital display. This feature of the system allows the user to deploy fog, haze, or a combination of both using a specially formulated fluid. This means that fluid changeover is no longer required for the desired atmospheric effect. The separate base unit, which can be installed in a convenient remote location, contains a 10-liter fluid reservoir, ensuring continuous use throughout busy nights.

"After th

World - One of the most successful advertising campaigns of 2014 saw multimedia designer Matt Button of Button Light use hundreds of Clay Paky Sharpys in his design for the Castrol EDGE oil viral advert. The ad, which was shown online and in cinemas, sees four cars race the lights in a stunning video that now has over eight million hits on YouTube.

With the concept created by Barney Steel, director of Marshmallow Laser Feast, Button was brought on board to bring the idea to life.

"I was first contacted by event producer Mark Logue who put me together with Barney," says Button. "We sat down and worked out that the best way to do it would be to use lights rather than hundreds of lasers. It was then I knew the Clay Paky Sharpy would be the ideal tool for the job with its fantastic brightness and pure beam."

Set in an old airfield east of Berlin in a dark for

Japan - Popular Japanese singer, voice actress and anime (animation) artist Yukari Tamura played two shows - Lantana in the Moonlight Live 2015 - for 20,000 devoted fans at the Nippon Budokan venue in Chiyoda, Tokyo. These were lit with around 250 Robe fixtures including 24 x Robe BMFL Spots in a design by Kenichi Taira.

Lighting was supplied by rental company M-Tech Style, and as well as being the LD and operator, Kenichi also project managed the event, which was staged with audience sitting 360 degrees all around the back of the stage.

Kenichi is one of the country's leading lighting designer / directors, and has used Robe products in his work for around 10 years. This was his first chance to use the BMFL Spots on such a major and high profile show.

The brief for lighting the shows was to enhance the feeling of moonlight, magic and special starry nights relating to

South Africa - At the glittering Naledi Theatre Awards, hosted recently at the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg, DWR Distribution sponsored the Best Lighting Design category, which was presented to Daniel Galloway from The Fugard Theatre for his innovative lighting of the hit production of The Rocky Horror Show. Forming part of the prize, Daniel Galloway in turn, will nominate a new up-and coming technician who will receive free mentorship and training from DWR.

Now in its eleventh year, the Naledi Theatre Awards has grown into a prestigious event that recognises excellence in professional theatre. This year's striking set was designed and built by Dream Sets

The awards have honoured over 60 lifetime achievers who have dedicated their lives to SA Theatre. This year, the Award was presented to Shaleen Surtie Richards. Naledi also pays tribute to people in

USA - A team of Avolites' powerful Ai EX8 media servers is driving spectacular visuals in Las Vegas's new superclub, Omnia.

Billed as "a new nightlife experience" and created by international lifestyle brand Hakkasan Group, Omnia is situated on The Strip in the world famous Caesar's Palace. Designed by the internationally renowned Rockwell Group, the club spans 75,000sq.ft and prides itself on offering state-of-the-art technology. The club launched with a star-studded party featuring Calvin Harris on DJ duty in March 2015.

Frank Murray from Audiotek supplied and oversaw the AV aspects of the project, working alongside Avolites' Ai developer Ciaran Abrams, who provided support for Ai as it was installed and programmed.

Three Avolites Ai EX8 servers are powering visuals in the opulent main room of the club, which features a huge chandelier as the centrepiece of the v

Russia - This Valentine's Day saw one of the biggest dance events in Russia's history hit its capital. Over 17,000 Muscovites partied hard throughout a three-hour dance mash-up marathon, with lighting designer Konstantin Gerasimov of 4DProject employing an array of Clay Paky fixtures to deliver an electric party atmosphere.

Organised by Russia's popular station Love Radio and Brothers Entertainment Production Company, the show took place at the SC Olympisky and was directed by Anastasia Sinelnikova, with executive producer Svetlana Voronova.

The event saw a record number of acts and sound and lighting equipment used on the night. Among these were a significant amount of Clay Paky fixtures, with Gerasimov specifying 92 A.leda B-EYE K20s, 71 Alpha Spot 1500s, 72 Sharpys and 36 Sharpy Washes from Arlecchino Techno.

"As the Big Love Show was a continuous mash-up of dance we

Mexico - Robe made a big impact at the 2015 Sound Check Xpo in Mexico City working closely with its Mexican distributor Vari Internacional, who this year swapped the space they had occupied in recent years for a larger, more visible booth in Olmeca III. This reflects the success that Vari has enjoyed generally over the last year.

Robe sent Nathan Wan and Steve Eastham to work alongside the Vari team including Hugo Patiño and Francisco Canales, Bruno Carranza, Allan Fernandez, Juan Fco Alvarez (Paco) and Uriel Sanchez.

For the first time, it also featured one of Robe's famous light-shows, created with all the latest products.

On the sales side, sales director Harry von den Stemmen from Robe International rocked up, together with Robe's regional sales manager for Latin America, Guillermo Traverso.

The Robe Stage was located prominently right at the entrance of Olmeca III. I

USA - Reminders of St. Albans' rich history are everywhere in this picturesque small town at the confluence of the Kanawha and Coal Rivers. There's a monument honouring one of the area's first property owners, George Washington, who worked as a surveyor here prior to the American Revolution and a plaque commemorating some of the oldest Native America artefacts found in the US. When visitors step inside the town's Maranatha Fellowship Church, however, they're instantly transported into a thoroughly modern 21st century worship environment.

Elite Multimedia of Nashville, TN worked closely with Kelly Casebolt, Maranatha's media manager, to give the church's worship centre a bold, more engaging new look using some of the latest technological tools available. At the centreof their design is a 40ft wide HD SDI video screen with triple wide projection and flanked by additional LCD scree

UK - Terry Murtha and the team at S+H Technical supplied a spectacular selection of starcloth, soft goods and video products - adding plenty of sparkle and razzmatazz - to the 2015 Herald Business Awards, which celebrated the brightest and best local business achievements in a glittering event at the Plymouth Pavilion venue.

S+H was contacted by the event's organiser Kate Nesbitt, who was recommended to the Ilfracombe, Devon based company by colleagues. It was the first year that Kate had organised the Awards, started in 2011 by the Plymouth Herald newspaper.

The 650 plus guests entered through a 12m long starcloth entrance through which they entered the venue. The tunnel was fully wrapped in S+H's red velvet Pea-Light Starcloth - the same product that has featured on Strictly Come Dancing.

As they exited the tunnel into the main Pavilion auditorium, people the

UK - Avolites aficionado Jamie Thompson has been out with Irish pop-rockers The Script on their European tour controlling 'maximum impact' lighting with his very own Avolites Sapphire Touch console, plus an Avolites Quartz and x4 Avolites Titan Net Processors.

In addition, a second Sapphire Touch was used a backup. All front-end Avolites control equipment was supplied by global lighting and show design company Mirrad.

"The brief for this show was: 'make this look like the biggest show we've done, with loads of light, visuals and energy'," says Thompson. "This was, of course, music to my ears."

With venues including Liverpool's Echo Arena, the Phones 4U Arena Manchester, and London's O2 Arena, Thompson was challenged with creating a huge show to fill large spaces. To achieve this, he specified a rig which included the powerful Clay Paky Mythos and A.leda B

Australia - Danny Rose, the award-winning Paris-based art and design collective, celebrate their return to the seventh annual Vivid Sydney festival, the world's largest festival of light, music and ideas, with "the true synaesthesia of Mechanised Colour Assemblage".

The group's latest large-scale digital art installation will transform the sandstone façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia into a series of sound and colour 'machines' to create "a truly stunning, continuously morphing listening and viewing experience".

This work, a close collaboration between the creative team at Danny Rose and Australian artist Rebecca Baumann, will be one of the centrepieces of the 18-day festival of light, music and ideas that is Vivid Sydney.

Rebecca Baumann is a Perth-based artist working predominantly in kinetic sculpture, installation and performance. Her

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