Lighting News

ty-venezianoBandit Lites promotes Tyler Veneziano
Monday, 8 January 2024

USA - Bandit Lites has announced the promotion of Tyler Veneziano to client representative. With more than 13 years of experience on the road as one of the premiere Bandit team members, his skillset will bridge the gap of connecting clients’ visions to real, practical lighting applications.
“I look forward to creating strong relationships with new clients while emboldening current ones,” said Veneziano about his new position. “Bandit has never let me down. I’ve found an environment that I can professionally thrive in, and I couldn’t be on a better team.”
“I have never seen a person with a better personality and better suited to be a client rep,” elaborated Bandit Lites chair Michael T. Strickland. “Ty is a real people person, and he has a work ethic and dedication second to none. We all know Ty will succeed at a high level and his clients will love him.”

tiffani-bryantelationElation hires digital media specialist
Monday, 8 January 2024

USA - Elation has announced the hiring of Tiffani Bryant as the company’s digital marketing creative specialist, a new position designed to help drive visibility across online digital media platforms, as well as provide creative input across all of Elation’s marketing channels.
Tiffani brings with her seven years of experience as a digital marketing professional, having managed media and created digital content for top brands in the sports and entertainment industry including UFC, Team USA, ESPN and multiple professional boxing brands. She also worked as onsite creative manager for Team USA Shop at Athlete Week in Washington DC following the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
“Elation is continuously evolving and innovating and I want to showcase that in the best way possible,” says Tiffani.
Eric Loader, global vice president for sales & marketing at Elation, adds: “Having Tiffani onboard marks an exciting chapter in our journey. She brings a dynamic perspective to our team and her wealth of experience, especially her work with renowned sports and entertainment brands, will help us to better engage with our audience.”

 
 
adjADJ illuminates Lone Star Lights
Monday, 8 January 2024

USA - Lone Star Lights is a family-friendly Christmas light experience hosted at Carolina Creek, the Christian camp located an hour north of Houston, TX. ADJ was selected by Carolina Creek as the exclusive supplier of entertainment lighting for the event, with equipment supplied via Alabama-based Team Wilson Media. Its various areas, exhibits and attractions are illuminated by a variety of ADJ IP65-rated fixtures, including Hydro Series moving heads, HEX Series static washes and battery-powered Mirage Q6 uplighters.
Established in 2002, Carolina Creek offers overnight summer youth camps as well as year-round retreat facilities for churches, youth organizations and civic organisations, as well as corporate team building events. Hosting thousands of young people in the summer and busy most of the rest of the year, the holiday season has historically been a quiet time for the camp. Therefore, Lone Star lights was brought to life to utilise the site during the downtown and simultaneously rise funds for the organisation which awards hundreds of scholarships each year to campers from urban/inner city communities.
Running for its second season in 2023, Lone Star Lights took place select nights each week from the last Friday in November through Friday 22 December. The huge walkthrough experience featured over a million Christmas lights spread across 17 acres and arranged into a series of thematic zones. From classic Christmas scenes to Texas-inspired designs, the Insta-worthy light displays sat alongside a series of interactive experiences. These included wrangl

 
ise2023day119Expanded ISE 2024 ‘set to raise the bar once again’
Monday, 8 January 2024

Spain - Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) will return to Barcelona (30 January - 2 February 2024), billed as ‘the most comprehensive exhibition for the pro AV and systems integration sectors and is set to raise the bar once again’.
Mike Blackman, managing director, Integration Systems Events says: "Without a doubt, ISE is your ‘destination for innovation’, and we will prove that this is not just a claim. With more than 1,200 confirmed exhibitors and the biggest ever show floor space, attendees will have plenty of opportunities to discover innovations at ISE 2024.
“In addition, our comprehensive content programme gives a platform to more than 100 of the industry's most innovative representatives. And don't miss our keynotes. These creative minds will impressively demonstrate how AV is shaping our daily lives."
Key highlights for ISE 2024 include:
Seven Extended Technology Zones: ISE 2024 offers a broad spectrum of the most innovative companies that cater to every interest. From audio, content production & distribution, digital signage & DooH to lighting & staging, multi-technology, residential & smart building, unified communications & education technology, you'll find everything under one roof. ISE has grown once again and will now also fill Halls 1 and 4 at Fira Barcelona Gran Vía. Hall 1 becomes the new home for lighting & staging, while Hall 4 provides a new location for content production & distribution while also allowing the multi-technology and lighting & staging zones to be extended.
Cong

 
 
astera-peopleAstera strengthens product management
Friday, 5 January 2024

Germany - Astera has announced the establishment of a new product management department as part of its ‘ongoing commitment to enhancing product development and customer satisfaction’.
Simon Canins, newly appointed CTO of Astera said: “We are thrilled to welcome Ben Díaz to the Astera family and embark on an exciting journey of growth and innovation together. Ben’s ability to listen to and understand the evolving needs of our customers makes him the perfect candidate to head up our busy product development. Being able to delegate responsibilities to someone of Ben’s calibre gives me strong confidence in reaching our company’s goals. Together we will create a seamless integration of product excellence and user-centric strategies, aligning with our ongoing mission to remain at the forefront of technological advancements."
Since 2014, Ben Díaz has been working for two leading lighting companies specializing in premium LED technology. His role as senior product manager at ARRI resulted in the creation of the award-winning SkyPanel X. Before that, he had been working for SGM light as head of product management where amongst other things he developed the first IP66 lights for the stage lighting industry.
Ben Díaz said: “Leading the product vision in a high-quality, user-centric brand for both film and entertainment is the logical step forward in my career. What I really like about Astera is that the company solves the real problems of filmmakers, LDs and lighting crews through careful listening, premium quality and smart innovations.”

 
santaCelestial Santa flies home for Christmas
Friday, 5 January 2024

UK - Those stuck in busy Christmas Eve M25 traffic as they drove home for Christmas were treated to the sight of Father Christmas as he began his delivery duties led by his faithful reindeer.
Celestial created a festive drone animation of Father Christmas flying over the M25 to spread Christmas Eve magic. Through technology, Celestial digitally displayed Santa and his sleigh using drones to delight and ignite imaginations.
Tony Martin, CEO at Celestial, comments, "At Celestial, we believe in creating experiences that defy expectations and leave a lasting impact. Our Christmas Eve drone animation is a testament to the endless possibilities that technology and creativity can unlock, with a touch of Christmas magic for families to enjoy."

 
 
sohoLIA aids Soho Kids Xmas project launch
Friday, 5 January 2024

UK - The Soho Kids Xmas Lights 2023 is now in its third annual edition. The project showcases the designs of pupils from the Soho Parish Primary School.
Soho Parish Primary School pupils, under the direction of Antonio Capelao, architect and founder of award-winning Architecture for Kids, a community interest company, coproduced 14 new street lighting panels this year to add to the 35 designed in the two previous years. Creating a total of 49 (and two commissions) luminescent installations that are lighting up the streets of Soho until 7 January.
The designs by the pupils were judged by a committee, formed of industry experts, including Ayça Donaghy, CEO, and Bob Bohannon, head of policy and sustainability, from The LIA. The judges along with Hannah Peaty, assistant head, Soho Parish Primary School and Antonio Capelao, founder and co-producer of Soho Kids Xmas Lights, selected 14 of the 130 pupils' designs, to be manufactured into street lighting panels. Some of which, received an award from the RIBA and The LIA for their outstanding design works.
Antonio assisted by Hannah and Joshua Brooks, RIBA interim learning manager, delivered a series of design workshops to the children to initiate their journey as lighting designers. Their journey included a visit to the Andy Warhol: Textiles exhibition at the Fashion + Textile Museum, as well as partaking in research of their local buildings, cultures, communities and traditions. The LIA also contributed a short video showcasing the 'value of light' to the children for inspiration in their designs.
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france-24Elation for new France 24 news sets
Friday, 5 January 2024

France - Director of photography Jean-Louis Rousseaux has been responsible for lighting the sets of television network France 24 since 2008 and knows what type of high-quality light is needed to create the desired look and ensure a visually engaging viewing experience. Last summer, he and his team lit two France 24 TV news sets using Elation broadcast lighting supplied by Elation distributor Best Audio and Lighting.
As on most sets today used to produce broadcast news magazines, France 24 installed LED screens around the entire periphery of the sets. The space was also equipped with soffits and spandrels made of RGBW LED strips and treated with a night and day material which has the particularity of allowing saturated colours to be obtained.
“The surface area used on the sets being small (50sq.m), I was worried about the impact of this entire LED installation on the colorimetric reproduction of the presenters in front of the cameras,” Jean-Louis Rousseaux commented. “I chose Paladin Cubes to allow me to compensate in colour for the dominance provided by the screens and LED strips. It’s a process that I have already implemented on the set of C’est dans l’Air and which has been working on a daily basis for three years.”
The Paladin Cube is a compact RGBW floodlight with 3 x 1 cell control. Output for such a compact unit is surprising at 3,200 lumens and operation is completely noiseless. “The possibility of controlling their diffusion angle and the fact that they are compact allowed me to place them on the entire periphery,” R

 
 
robe-jeroen-van-aalst-jer131904159Jeroen van Aalst joins Robe International
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Europe - Pro lighting sales and technical specialist Jeroen van Aalst has joined the Robe International sales team as key account manager where he will be energising and coordinating sales in several important markets including The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Slovenia, Malta, Turkey, Israel, and South Africa.
Aalst will be working closely with the Robe distributors in all these regions, overseeing and supporting their initiatives, coordinating information, ensuring all communications channels are fluid and fully functional, assisting in client relations and exploring new ideas and markets in conjunction with their teams.
Already a well-known industry figure across The Netherlands, Jeroen has made many friends and contacts working long-term for the dynamic sales, distribution, installation, and project management company, Controllux, which is also Robe’s Benelux distributor.
Aalst comments: “After 23 fantastic years with Controllux, I wanted new challenges, and this is a perfect solution! I will still be dealing with some of my excellent colleagues in The Netherlands in this new Robe role - alongside my talented existing - plus some new - co-workers at Robe.”
His relationship with Robe goes back to when the Czech company was an aspiring OEM moving light manufacturer in the early noughties, immediately before ‘Robe’ was launched as a brand.
Robe lighting s.r.o. CEO Josef Valchar states: “It’s brilliant to welcome Jeroen onboard our diverse international team. We will enjoy his energy and enthusiasm for our brand,

 
martin-ultra-perf-hexcel-louverCity Theatrical adds control to Martin MAC One
Thursday, 4 January 2024

USA - City Theatrical now offers three standard beam control accessories designed to fit LDI Show 2023’s Lighting Award winner in the Fixtures Category, Martin Lighting’s MAC One, which include the MAC One Top Hat, MAC One Concentric Ring, and MAC One Hexcel Louver.
These three beam control accessories were developed based on City Theatrical’s understanding of the different accessory needs of lighting professionals, and the high demand for this moving light fixture in the market. Each new Martin MAC One beam control product offers control of stray beams and light spill.
City Theatrical’s engineers and craftspeople design and create beam shaping lighting accessories, like the new Martin MAC One Top Hat (P/N 2812), from their New Jersey-based factory. City Theatrical works with designers and manufacturers every day to develop new beam control products, and there are currently dozens of unique variations of City Theatrical Standard Top Hats available. Top Hats help prevent light spill from modern LED fixtures, which can extend nearly 180 degrees from the light source. Top Hats provide careful beam control for the Martin MAC One and many other moving light fixtures for entertainment projects.
City Theatrical Concentric Rings deliver 45° cutoff of light spill but from a shorter depth. When space is at a premium, such as on moving lights hung in a tight rig, using a Martin MAC One Concentric Ring (P/N 2810) would be a top choice for designers seeking beam control. Concentric Rings are also used to create a ‘Svoboda-like’ style on lighting fi

 
 
prolightsKinderlachen Gala shines with Prolights Astra
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Germany - The Kinderlachen Gala in Dortmund was illuminated by Prolights products, an annual event celebrating individuals distinguished for their humanity, altruism, and civic engagement throughout the year.
René Geißel, responsible for the technical implementation of the event's lighting, selected the LED moving heads from Prolights' Astra series, including the Astra Profile400, Astra Wash19Pix, and AstraHybrid330 models.
"My requirement was clear: I needed a spotlight for the light show and another for white light," René Geißel explained. "The Prolights Astra Profile400 were excellent for white light, maintaining colour stability even at reduced intensity levels and with various zoom settings." For this year's light show, Geißel first used the new Astra Hybrid330, which proved to be versatile and functional across different lighting setup configurations.
Following the success of the Prolights Astra Wash19Pix positioned at the front edge of the stage last year, Geißel again included this LED washlight, equipped with a separately controllable pixel ring, in his setup as an eye-catching visual element for video recordings. "The Astra Wash19Pix captures attention and perfectly completes the scenic appearance of the stage."

 
adjADJ aims COB Cannon at house lighting
Wednesday, 3 January 2024

USA - The latest addition to ADJ’s popular COB Cannon Series of LED wash lighting fixtures, the COB Cannon LP200, offers colour mixing from a full-size fixture that is suitable for use as a pendant-style house light as well as many other applications. Featuring a powerful lime-infused COB LED light source, this versatile fixture offers a potent output with a high CRI and delivers a broad spectrum of colour options including white light with variable colour temperature.
At the heart of the COB Cannon LP200 is a high output 200W COB (Chip On Board) LED engine, which combines red, green, blue, amber and lime LED chips to offer impressive colour mixing with a uniform output that is free from colour shadow
The fixture’s advanced LED engine offers a high CRI of >90, which means that it will render colours accurately when used to illuminate scenery, décor, and people, which is particularly important to ensure clarity, depth, and natural skin tones.
“The ADJ COB Cannon Series has proved to be enduringly popular with both integrators and event professionals,” comments ADJ USA’s director of sales, Alfred Gonzales. “With its powerful and versatile RGBAL colour mixing engine, the new COB Cannon LP200 is sure to be equally popular. It offers a fantastic range of colour options, including white light with variable colour temperature accessible from a dedicated DMX channel.
“This full-size Cannon fixture with lime-infused colour mixing is ideal for house lighting applications, installed in pendant configuration, but can also be used for a

 
 
jp-ridgard-uses-nx4-on-lowveld-gin-fest5Obsidian NX4 in control at Gin Fest
Wednesday, 3 January 2024

South Africa - JP Ridgard is an avid user of Obsidian Control Systems’ Onyx lighting control platform and in 2023 turned to the growing brand’s NX4 lighting console for the Lowveld Gin Fest in Mbombela.
“The NX4 proved to be a game changer for me during this event,” reflected JP, who procured the console from Obsidian’s local distributor in South Africa, Electrosonic. “Its built-in touch screen and ample work surface made it the perfect tool for both programming and playback.”
The 2023 Lowveld Gin Fest took place 9-10 September at the Lowveld Botanical Gardens and featured a strong line-up of artists. JP, a freelance lighting engineer, orchestrated an array of dynamic lighting looks that complemented performances throughout the two-day festival.
The NX4 is a full-featured console in Obsidian’s ONYX lighting control platform. It offers 44 playbacks (10 motorised, 12 sub, 22 playback executors) and other advantages like external monitor capability and EtherCON connectively. One of the standard features of the NX4 that JP finds especially useful is its 10 motorised main playbacks. “These were particularly useful for executing precise movements and controlling aspects such as speed masters, size masters, colour bumps, and override cuelists.”
JP also made use of the NX4’s 12 sub-playback faders. “These were perfect for controlling main intensities, stop FX, haze and any other elements that I needed immediate access to. The convenience of having these controls readily available on the sub-playbacks was a real time-saver duri

 
prolightsProlights illuminates Concert Hall Theatre
Tuesday, 2 January 2024

The Netherlands - In collaboration with FullAVL, Prolights distributor in the Netherlands, Lichtpunt Theatertechniek delivered a cutting-edge Prolights lighting system to the Concert Hall Theatre in Tilburg. Renowned for its versatility, the theatre hosts a diverse array of theatrical performances, dance shows, concerts, musicals, and cultural events.
Given its dynamic and eclectic programme, the theatre had a pressing requirement for an entirely new lighting system. This system needed to meet the highest quality standards while offering adaptability to cater to various productions and events.
FullAVL supplied Lichtpunt with a range of Prolights projectors tailored to meet the client's specifications, including the EclFresnel 2KTW and Astra Wash7Pix models.
The Prolights ECLFresnel 2KTW, a 500W luminaire has distinguished itself by excelling in both light intensity and colour mixing quality. This innovation has empowered Tilburg's technicians with greater flexibility, enabling them to craft high-quality lighting scenes. The Astra Wash7Pix, known for its colour mixing, high light output, and virtually silent operation, emerged as the best choice for an environment where audio quality is a must for the viewer's experience.

 
 
adjADJ helps creates Tree Lighting Celebration
Tuesday, 2 January 2024

USA - The City of Paramount in California kickstarted the holiday season at the end of November with the 25th instalment of its annual Tree Lighting Celebration. Lit by a variety of ADJ luminaires, the free event was attended by thousands of locals and featured live musical and dance performances.
The evening culminated when Santa Claus arrived on the scene surrounded by a flurry of synthetic snowflakes created by six of ADJ’s powerful Entour Snow machines. He then joined city officials on stage to throw a large lever shaped like a candy cane which turned on the downtown Christmas lights.
A holiday traditional which started a quarter of a century ago, the City of Paramount’s annual Tree Lighting Celebration has become one of the biggest events of the local community calendar. It regularly attracts crowds of 8,000 to 10,000, however this year’s 25th Anniversary edition smashed all attendance records by welcoming an estimated crowd of 15,000.
Attendees were treated to dance and musical performances by Latina Art Foundation, Kimberly’s Dance Studio, Mariachi Las Catrinas, and the Disneyland Carollers. Following the appearance by Santa and the official lights switch-on, the event closed with a set by Vilma Diaz, the former lead singer of Cumbia band La Sonora Dinamita, which prompted dancing in the street to end a memorable celebration.
For the second year running, technical production for the event was provided by Ambient Pro, with the principal, Victor Nava, serving as production manager. The company was responsible for building the sta

 
mushroom2Chauvet reflects Mushroom’s musical history
Tuesday, 2 January 2024

Australia - An array of stars gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of the late Michael Gudinski at Mushroom 50 Live! In Melbourne at the end of November.
Gudinski founded Mushroom Records in 1972. Over the years, he recorded, promoted and nurtured a generation of transformative Australian stars like MacKenzie Theory, the Skyhooks, The Choirboys and Kylie Minogue, among many others. Along the way, he became a legend, earning the title ‘father of Australian music’.
Honouring his legacy, the Mushroom Group recognised Gudinski’s half-century of achievements by holding Mushroom 50 Live!, a live and broadcast show that featured 50 songs from 50 years of the record label Gudinski founded. Although the programme covered a wide range of eras, genres and onstage styles, the personality and passion of each performer was beautifully reflected in a versatile lighting design that featured 60 of the new Chauvet Professional COLORado PXL Curve 12 motorised battens from Showtools International.
Lighting director Hugh Taranto, and programmer-operator Chad Spenser deployed the fully pixel-mappable RGBW to accent the production design by Travis Hogan and Simon Johnson, so it best supported the diverse performances on stage.
According to Taranto, the PXL Curve 12 fixtures were used for various purposes, including effect lights, footlights, beams, and more. Taranto noted that the IP65-rated fixtures impressed all the designers associated with the show thanks to their pixel mapping prowess, as well as their 12 independent heads, each with individual zoom,

 
 
kelliALPD makes lifetime award to Kelli Zezulka
Friday, 22 December 2023

UK - At the annual Lighting Lunch held last Monday, the ALPD took the opportunity to make an award to Kelli Zezulka, outgoing editor of the association’s magazine Focus.
Alongside teaching and design work, Kelli took over the magazine at very short notice, after the sad passing of the then editor Andy Collier. Kelli volunteered to do a few issues whilst studying for her MA. ‘A few issues’ turned into 10 years: Kelli steered Focus to its 100th edition in July this year
Now a full-time teacher of lighting, Kelli has recently written a book on the history of the Association of Lighting Designers (now ALPD) which is soon to be published. She is co-editor of Contemporary Performance Lighting, published by Bloomsbury in February this year.
Kelli was presented with a special gobo and a gobo encased in glass as well as life membership of the ALPD. The making of the gobos was made possible by GoboPlus and Rosco.
Johanna Town, chair of the ALPD, said of Kelli that “She has a true passion for theatre and the lighting industry, and is a talented designer, writer and educator”.

 
toby-keithToby Keith delivers on return to Las Vegas
Friday, 22 December 2023

USA - Toby Keith recently returned to the Las Vegas stage with three sold out shows at Dolby Live at Park MGM this December. The two-hour performance featured a lighting system designed by The Darkroom Creative and provided in part by Bandit Lites. Keith was recently honoured with the Country Icon Award at the People’s Choice Awards and released his 100% Songwriter album in November to critical acclaim.
Lighting designer Seth Jackson of The Darkroom Creative shared the news of the performances was unveiled on a call with just 45 days to prepare, as well as instructions that load in would be the day of the show, with no rehearsal and no tech. None of this phased anyone, as all parties were ready to make this show happen.
“At the end of the day, the inspiration was Toby,” said Jackson. “He is fiercely loyal to all of us, and nobody hesitated for a moment to drop everything and come running.”
“We're exceptionally proud of the relationship we've built with Toby over the years,” said The Darkroom Creative lighting designer Nate Alves. “Not only because of the work we've made together, but because of the character of the organisation. From Toby and his management team to David Milam his tour manager, and on to Bones Connell and the rest of the road staff, along with the entire Bandit team both in the office and on the road, this is a first-rate group of partners to work with on a tour. That doesn't happen by accident, and we are humbled and grateful to be included in this team.”
To streamline the process, the team utilized the e

 
 
summer-at-bluefishChauvet joins Last Summer at Bluefish Cove
Friday, 22 December 2023

USA - There are strong evocative feelings tied to time and place in Jane Chambers 1980 landmark play, Last Summer at Bluefish Cove. That’s often the case with cultural milestones, a category this play certainly fits into, being the first major lesbian drama.
Lighting designer R.S. Buck and the rest of the production team appreciated the significance of this when they worked on a recent production of the 43-year-old classic at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles, but their vision extended beyond the play’s historical context to focus on the stories of the eight women portrayed in this drama.
"As we worked on the play, we were less interested in highlighting it as a period piece, and more in showing the authenticity and relevance of these women’s stories,” said Buck. “So, all of us on the design team worked hard to create a world that didn’t distract any member of the audience from what was happening on stage. For lighting, that meant minimal subtle changes – with a very clearly visible rig of LED fixtures, which, of course didn’t exist 40 years ago. My goal was to be almost imperceptible, while contributing to the unfolding of the story.”
Helping Buck realise this goal was a lighting rig that featured 30 Chauvet Professional fixtures from the theatre’s house rig and rented from Preston Productions. Included in this group were two Maverick Storm 1 Washes, 12 COLORdash H7 Pars, and six Ovation E-910FC ellipsoidals from the theatre’s rig, as well as two Maverick Storm 2 Profiles, two Rogue Outcast 2X Washes, and six Ovation

 
bbcearthmelbourneTDC and HIVE drive BBC Earth Experience
Friday, 22 December 2023

Australia - While visitors to the BBC Earth Experience in Melbourne are being transported on a journey through the natural world, a new video explains the technical magic behind the scenes.
The BBC Earth Experience is an immersive exhibition narrated by Sir David Attenborough which has recently opened at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Produced in collaboration with Moon Eye Productions, Live Nation, BBC Studio and Tinker Imagineers, the multi-room digital art experience guides visitors through Earth's diverse ecosystems across seven continents.
What sets Melbourne’s BBC Earth Experience apart is the playback technology used for this installation Australian video technology and production supplier, TDC, harnessed the innovative BeeBlade media server from HIVE to power the entire project.
Michael Hassett, managing director, TDC begins the behind-the-scenes video narration. He explains, “The main difference is that we’re inserting the HIVE players in the projectors and the great thing about that is it saves a lot of space and power. There’s no cable distribution system, no control room, just the media player in the projectors in the venue.”
The entire exhibit is equipped with 70 Panasonic projectors with 55 creating the central 360-degree high resolution immersive panorama comprising over 127 million pixels. HIVE software enables the precise positioning and timing of every single one of them.
This is the latest digital art installation for TDC following the technical design and engineering of projects for th

 
 
vrt-news-studioVRT embraces innovation with Leyard Europe
Thursday, 21 December 2023

Belgium - VRT, the public broadcaster of the Flemish Community in Belgium, is paving the way for a new era of media production with its latest cutting-edge studio. The new multifunctional studio of VRT represents a pivotal leap into the future of media production.
Equipped with an immense U-shaped LED wall, measuring an impressive 33m in width and 4m in height, crafted from Leyard Europe's VEM Series LED solution, the studio promises to ‘usher in a wave of creativity, efficiency, and accessibility in the production proces’s. It will also allow VRT to stay relevant in a rapidly changing media landscape and fully explore the potential of virtual technologies for broadcasting.
Stijn Lehaen, general director of technology & infrastructure at VRT NWS, explains, “This multifunctional studio is a logical continuation of the innovation work VRT has been doing in recent years. For quite some time we have been researching and testing how, among other things, game technology makes virtual media productions possible. With this new studio, we are turning the results of this process into a sustainable investment in VRT's production infrastructure. Alongside that, it is also an important step towards a new, efficient way of making media that we will fully apply in the new building.”
Following the successful installation of their news studio last year, VRT chose Leyard Europe for their new multifunctional studio project. Cris Tanghe, vice president product at Leyard Europe, elaborates on their choice, “The VEM Series was an ideal fit for this studio

 
lexingtonbaptistChauvet helps create colourful Christmas
Thursday, 21 December 2023

USA - An accomplished painter when she isn’t busy as a LD, Denise Simpson says that she often likes to play with colours to do things a little differently when designing shows. This was evident this December when she lit The Christmas Experience, a well-orchestrated one-hour musical programme at the Lexington Baptist Church.
“Often one of the unique ways that I create looks is by slightly offsetting colours in some of my big monochromatic looks,” remarked Simpson. “I generally lean towards monochromatic looks as I am building up the end of a song, and also for those big high energy numbers. I love building bright saturated colour scenes.
“In this case, I chose my colour palettes based on how the music felt to me and how the performers and musicians presented the piece. Also, very important to this event, my palettes were chosen by working closely with the media team to compliment the video visuals they were using.”
Following this approach, Simpson, who works for ACS Sound and Lighting, called forth some deeply engaging monochromatic looks that immersed the stage, as well as its backdrop and the ceiling above it, in rich immersive palettes that included classic Christmas reds, as well as non-traditional colours like blues and purples. At other times, she also added an extra level of depth and balance to the stage by segmenting different sections with blocks of colour.
Working closely with Jacob Powers, the media and technical director at Lexington Baptist Church, Wes Howard the church’s photographer-videographer, producer

 
 
festivalLuisenburg festival opts for Fusion by GLP
Wednesday, 20 December 2023

Germany - The upper Franconian town of Wunsiedel is not only home to the largest rock labyrinth in Europe, but also the oldest open-air stage in Germany, which is used by the Luisenburg Festival every year during the summer months. The performance area of the main stage extends over several levels amidst rocks and forest. In this natural setting, the technical team at the Luisenburg Festival once again used weatherproof spotlights from Fusion by GLP this year.
Twenty-four X-PAR 12Z, 24 Fusion Stick FS20, 12 Fusion SuperNova SN70 and four GLP impression X5 washlights formed part of the lighting design for the 2023 season, with the Sticks FS20 having been specified for the third year in a row.
The lighting of the rock stage is redefined year after year based on the performance plan, with the position of the material defining the requirements, as Michael Lindner, assistant to the festival’s technical director (Fabian Schröter), explains: “As an open-air stage, we use around 80% weatherproof material that stands unprotected in nature for a good six months per season. The lights that are used under the tent roof [the public gallery] have different requirements… this is more about low-noise operation.”
This year, the 24 Fusion X-PAR 12Z served both as alley lights and as ambient lighting. “Originally, we just wanted to use it as ambient lighting to generate more illumination. After the first set of tests, the team quickly realised that they would also do a great job as an alley light. The zoom was particularly helpful here,” says Michael Lind

 
prolightsHarmonic Sound chooses Prolights
Wednesday, 20 December 2023

Germany - Harmonic Sound has chosen to expand its inventory by investing in Prolights' Astra Hybrid330.
Matthias Führer, head of the lighting technology team at Harmonic Sound, had clear ideas about the projector: "We were looking for a compact and lightweight moving light that still offered high brightness and precise optics; of course, it also had to be silent," he explains. "Furthermore, the projector was not only intended for illuminating performances but also for projections. Additionally, the quality of craftsmanship and ergonomics are important aspects that should always be considered."
The specifications set by Harmonic Sound were met by the Astra Hybrid330 from Prolights. After delivery, the company immediately put the projectors into action during the Allgäuer Festival 2023 in Kempten.
"The Astra Hybrid330 impressed us from the start," Matthias stated. "They are incredibly high-performing, fast, and bright, allowing for the creation of wonderful backlight effects. The Astra Hybrid330 is a projector that anyone seeking versatility and performance should consider."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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