Lighting News

f6-strip-ipChauvet releases IP linear video panel
Friday, 17 July 2020

USA - Chauvet Professional has introduced the F6 Strip IP linear video panel.
Measuring 1000 x 34.5 x 68.2 mm (39.37 x 1.36 x 2.69 in), the new outdoor-ready product can fit in tight spaces, add an extra dimension to set pieces, and be arranged in unique patterns, making it suited for a wide variety of applications, including drive-in shows and livestream productions, says the company.
A 6.9 mm pitch strip, the F6 Strip IP is compatible with all Chauvet Professional F series panels, allowing it to display the same images as other video pieces on the stage. It works with the VIP Drive 83R Nova, using the Novastar control protocol. The VIP Drive 83R Nova can auto-detect F6 Strip IPs when they’re plugged in, making it easy to ‘drag-n-drop’ into the mapping software.
“The F6 Strip IP opens up new options for incorporating video displays into designs,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “Its flexibility makes it a valuable tool in today’s market where new applications are calling for unique solutions.”
The strip’s high-quality black body LEDs accurately reproduce video at 15-bit grayscale. Other features include a 5000:1 contrast ratio, and a 5940Hz refresh rate, as well as stealth and soft white diffusion filters.
In addition to its IP65 rating, the F6 Strip IP includes a host of other features that make it ideal for outdoor use. The panels are convection cooled, ensuring optimised heat dissipation for even colour distribution. They also have a dedicated compact power supply, for enhanced stability over extended use, mak

robe-techs-on-the-decks-tec101924238Robe lights Techs on the Decks marathon
Friday, 17 July 2020

UK - Techs on the Decks saw 24 artists and technicians unite to present a 24-hour electronic music live stream broadcast on Facebook Live, YouTube and Twitch.
The event - which has currently fundraised £4,000 for technical entertainment charity Backup - was the brainchild of Gordon Torrington from Hampshire-based rental company Liteup. The idea was spawned from a conversation he had with Liteup’s MD Marc Callaghan and freelance LD Warren Hutchison about the work of the charity in supporting many industry peers including a friend and colleague of all at Liteup, lighting director and programmer Jonathan Rouse who passed away recently and is much missed.
Techs on the Decks was viewed by 37,000 people creating a buzz around the industry and giving those directly involved a chance to do what they are so passionate about, as the industry remains closed since mid-march, still without a real practical roadmap on the table for when things might re-open.
Techs on The Decks was a COVID-conscious, socially distanced event staged from Liteup’s two streaming studios which have been built at their warehouse in Hampshire since the crisis began. All the lighting, LED screen and robo-cam kit was supplied by Liteup including Robe moving lights which were installed in both studios, pulled from their extensive rental stock, among other fixtures.
The cameras / PPU package for Studio 1 was from Solotech. Stage Truck parked up one of their brand-new sleeper trailers in the car park allowing the crew working over the full duration a chance to grab a

glx-light-it-in-red1GLX paints Eden Project red with Chauvet
Friday, 17 July 2020

UK - Cornwall’s Eden Project was born of optimism in 1996, when the visionary Sir Tim Smit announced, what many thought to be an impossible plan: to convert a defunct 160-year old clay pit into a site that would become a world-renowned attraction and education centre.
This July, the Eden Project served as a new symbol of hope, when GLX Productions used a collection of Chauvet Professional COLORado Q40 LED panels to create a brilliant glow throughout its massive Biomes as part of Light It In Red, the initiative aimed at drawing attention to the severe challenges faced by the entertainment and event industry in the UK and the entire world.
The vivid red hues that shimmered through the hexagonal cladding panels of the Biomes, (like the light that shined on other iconic structures throughout the UK), not only raised awareness of the situation faced by the 25,000 businesses and 500,000 people of the nation’s entertainment and event industry, it also let them know that they are not alone.
“Our industry faces a dire state of affairs,” said Glenn Gridley of GLX Productions. “We know events and venues cannot safely take place for now and we as an industry are in need of support in the interim. Whilst the governments arts sector support is wholeheartedly welcome, there will be people and businesses forgotten. This cannot be allowed to happen.”
“We got involved with Light it in Red after having a few conversations with Steven from Clearsound Productions before it went live,” added Zak Nicholson of GLX. “We spoke about potential dates an

lightsaredSA industry stands together with #LightSAred campaign
Friday, 17 July 2020

South Africa - The South African event industry is planning a widespread protest action to highlight the lack of government support for the sector, which has been severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
Taking place on 5 August, the Light SA Red campaign is calling on anyone concerned about the future of live events to join in by illuminating a building in ‘emergency red’.
The campaign is inspired by Germany’s Night of Light and the UK’s Light It In Red. To shine a light on the lack of state backing for the industry, it will take place exactly five months since South Africa enforced a blanket ban on all live events due to COVID-19, leaving many freelancers, venues and businesses out of work.
“The South African events industry is dying, and we are being ignored,” say the organisers in a statement. “Our aim is for government and financial institutions to extend financial relief to those who earn a living in the technical production and live events industry until we are permitted to resume work. In addition we would like government to engage with elected leaders within SACIA and the SA Events Council, and provide a platform for our voices to be heard. Lastly, #LightSAred demand that the government recognize and support the non-profit organisations that are trying to sustain destitute members of the technical production and live events industry.”
Those who wish to take part need to illuminate in red a building in red, take a photo and share it by using #LightSAred.
“The events industry is aboard a sinking ship, and we ar

droneVerge Aero flies drive-in drone show for AT&T
Thursday, 16 July 2020

Puerto Rico - Drone show specialist Verge Aero delivered a stunning aerial performance on 4 July at Puerto Rico’s first drive-in music festival in San Juan, headlined by local artist Pedro Capó.
Promoted by Move Concerts (Puerto Rico) and No Limit Entertainment, the AT&T Drive-In Summer Fest was the island’s first step towards the return of live events since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.
Verge Aero was called in by Roly Garbalosa of Garba Music Corp to add its specialist technology to the event. A renowned production manager on the Latin American music scene, Garbalosa was looking for a spectacular way for the concert’s main sponsor, communications company AT&T, to announce its launch of 5G network services in Puerto Rico.
With corporate sponsorship playing an increasingly major role in live events, Verge Aero’s drone technology presents a high-flying, high-tech solution for spectacular branding in all kinds of outdoor environments. Its innovative proprietary software enables the rapid creation of company logos, hashtags, marketing messages and more, filling the sky with colour, movement, speed and precision while ensuring eye-catching brand delivery and a unique audience experience.
The fleet of 135 drones launched from a dedicated safe zone adjacent to the stage to perform the carefully choreographed show. Capping a memorable day for the audience, the drones created colorful, sky-high imagery including the Puerto Rican flag (which, with a magical three-dimensional touch, appeared to ripple in the breeze), plus a map

GearSource launches G3 global marketplace
Thursday, 16 July 2020

USA - GearSource Holdings, operator of the web platform since 2002, is launching in August the G3 Marketplace, the company’s third major generational upgrade to its platform.
Founder Marcel Fairbairn comments: “It’s funny, but people have become so complacent in their beliefs that all software should magically perform with perfection, while following advancements in technology you’d see from tech giants including Google, Facebook and Apple. In fact, I remember a customer saying to me, why can’t your search just work - like Google. The obvious answer is that we don’t employ thousands of world class engineers to work exclusively on our search functionality. In fact, we have three great coders, developing and maintaining our entire e-commerce platform,” says Fairbairn.
Fairbairn understands the challenges of bringing a complex project to life during such uncertain times for the live events and production industry. “COVID has dealt a massive blow to our entire industry, resulting in people losing their jobs while the companies they work for are on the brink of total failure. In fact, a leading industry trade publication reported that 70% of the industry has lost over 80% of its cashflow, while 65% of businesses have been forced to layoff their employees.”
He adds: “We began work on this platform over two years ago, but I knew the moment this pandemic took hold, our industry, and the global market for pro gear would forever change. We needed to push hard to complete the marketplace and make a difference when it’s re

saint-jean-baptiste-daymartin-deschamps3Obsidian in control on Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day
Thursday, 16 July 2020

Canada - Lighting designer Pierre Roy has toured extensively over a 30-year career as well as handled lighting duties for a number of artists in his own hometown of Quebec. For this year’s Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, he lit a special Facebook Live concert by one of the top rock artists in Quebec, Martin Deschamps, using an Elation rig directed by an Obsidian Control Systems NX4 console, a lighting control platform Roy has worked with for much of his career.
Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day is one of the most important holidays in Quebec and across French Canada, a day to display the region’s fleur-de-lys flag and celebrate its Francophone identity with parades and outdoor concerts. With a storm in the forecast however, the Martin Deschamps show was moved indoors, on very short notice, to the Rolland-Brunelle Cultural Centre in Joliette, Quebec. Although the 24-hour notification meant a bit of unexpected work for Roy, he was undeterred as he knows Deschamps well, having done three albums with him and is scheduled to light his upcoming tour.
Roy comments, “I had a previous Saint-Jean Baptiste show already programmed and although I didn’t have the same lighting gear in the new venue it was easy for me to update the show and all my cues. There is a feature in the NX4 called cloning and swapping that allowed me to choose the fixtures on my regular show and replace them with the new fixtures. It’s really quick and all my cues are still there as before. Instead of building a show with 400 cues over several hours, it took me a few minutes to change everything over

glpGLP’s X4 Atom makes versatile matrix for Izïa
Thursday, 16 July 2020

France - More commonly known by her stage name, Izïa, Izïa Higelin is the rock star daughter of 70s pop legend Jacques Higelin. The Senegal-born actress and musician recently completed a 24-date French tour on the back of her new album, Citadelle.
It took an inspired deployment of GLP’s X4 atom, with its tiny form factor, by the artist’s LD, Jordan Magnée, to provide an imaginative backdrop. The result was a tiltable matrix of 96 atoms (from a total complement of 124 pieces), each with a 30W full-colour LED source, to bring the scenography to life.
These were mounted on a structure fabricated by S Group, which also supplied the fixtures, having purchased them specifically for the tour. The versatility of the atom was demonstrated in the 9:1 zoom ratio - from a wide 34° wash down to a tight 3.5° beam - that enabled a constant variation of narrowing or expanding mid-air beams.
The tour was unusual in that it took place with the spectre of Covid-19 hovering above it - and ‘gatherings’ capped at a maximum of 1,000 people in France. While this caused the 2,000-capacity Paris Olympia concert to be cancelled, Izïa took the decision to play two back-to-back concerts on the same evening at the 1200-capacity La Vapeur in Dijon, allowing 500 in for the first concert and after a quick change around admitting a further 700-plus for a repeat show that started at 9pm.
An experienced stage LD - who draws on a strong background in architectural studies to give him an original approach to creating different shapes - Magnée was working with

adjADJ grows theatrical range with followspot
Wednesday, 15 July 2020

USA - ADJ has expanded its range of theatrical stage lighting products with the release of the new FS3000LED follow spot. This professional-calibre LED-powered fixture generates a powerful spot that is suitable for tracking performers at live productions, theatre stages and churches. Offering a rich feature set and various control options, paired with a high CRI, it is a modern follow spot designed to meet all the needs of a modern theatrical setting, says the company.
The FS3000LED utilises the latest LED technology to produce a bright, clear and sharp output. Its 300W white C.O.B. (Chip On Board) LED source has a 6000K colour temperature and delivers approximately 8500 lumens of output with a high CRI of 95. The unit’s lenses and precision-designed optics make for an even light output that can be adjusted, using the manual focus feature, between a crisp spot and a less-defined ‘pool’ of light. It features very smooth 0-100% digital dimming, with a choice of modes to suit different applications.
Further adding to its flexibility, the beam angle of the fixture can be manually adjusted between 12 and 32 degrees. This means that it can be used over a short throw distance and still be able to cover an entire person, while also being equally suitable for use over a longer throw distance of up to 60’.
With a solid metal construction, the FS3000LED is billed as a professional lighting instrument suitable for use both in a permanent setting and for touring productions. The fan-cooled fixture weighs in at 26.5lbs. / 12kgs and has external measureme

martinelp-cl-ipMartin Professional expands ELP series
Wednesday, 15 July 2020

USA - Martin Professional has expanded the ELP Series of LED ellipsoidal fixtures with IP65-rated variants.
The Martin ELP WW IP (Warm White) fixture provides quality colour rendering and brightness, while ELP CL IP (Colour) delivers rich, saturated colours and ‘class-leading output’. Now, both fixtures are available in IP65-rated variants, which offer water resistance and complete dust protection while still providing the same quality of light, performance and ease of use.
Featuring optic assemblies designed in Denmark by the team behind MAC Encore, ELP IP are designed to maximise efficiency and deliver a flat field of illumination for smoother blending and mixing between fixtures. The ELP WW IP delivers 7,000 lumens of output and an industry-leading 97 CRI at 3000K-color temperature, for the truest color representation on any surface. The ELP CL IP fixture offers an impressive 6,900 lumens and a CRI of 85 in High Output mode, and 5,900 lumens and 90 CRI in High Quality mode, with a color temperature of 6,000K (open white). Both models offer flicker-free operation for consistent light output - on and off camera.
Martin ELP IP fixtures feature advances in lighting functionality, including the efficient gear-based Fine Focus adjustment knob and the Fast Focus feature, which allows fixtures to be focused without data, flow. ELP IP also offers 16-bit dimming with four selectable curves and 26 colour presets that match industry-standard colour filters.
ELP IP fixtures available in black or white, can be configured from a choice of four Mart

virtual-venueChauvet lights Bristol’s Virtual Venue
Wednesday, 15 July 2020

UK - From the outside, the complex of buildings at 21-25 Bonville Road, Brislington, Bristol, doesn’t look markedly different than it did in 2019. Inside, however, a quiet revolution is underway. The building’s owner, Pytch, which until recently was known as SXS Events, has been busily reinventing itself since the COVID-19 lockdown brought its thriving live event business to a sudden and complete halt.
Almost immediately after the pandemic hit, the company began looking for ways to repurpose its extensive inventory of equipment, as well as the vast pool of skills, experience and knowledge possessed by its team members.
First came Intelligo, an all-in-one digital platform that makes it easier for schools to implement online learning programmes. More recently, Pytch launched The Virtual Venue, a powerfully-equipped production space that, in only its first month, has produced a an array of livestreams, ranging from a planetarium show and feature films, to corporate training sessions and music performances.
“Our clients still needed to deliver their messages to their audiences, pandemic or not,” said company founder and managing director, Johnny Palmer. “We’ve never been ones to sit around and wait to be told what to do, so we built The Virtual Venue in record time.”
The response from the market also seems to be setting speed records. “We got income online super-fast,” said Palmer. “We now have a string of bookings that will keep us very busy through the end of the year.”
Described by Palmer as a “collision between l

grandma3onpccommandwingxt4010519anwendungsbeispielMA unveils addition to grandMA3 onPC family
Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Germany - MA Lighting has unveiled a new member of its grandMA3 onPC solutions range: the grandMA3 onPC command wing XT.
grandMA3 onPC command wing XT is billed as a versatile solution for smaller and mid-sized installations and shows, streaming studios as well as a powerful pre-programming and backup tool on the road. It is built to the same standards of quality in software and hardware that are applied to the entire grandMA3 product range.
As a member of the grandMA3 family, the grandMA3 onPC command wing XT uses the same user interface as the other grandMA3 consoles. It therefore allows new users to learn the MA user interface from start and later seamlessly switch between this solution and other grandMA3 consoles. Furthermore, newcomers will benefit from the amount of free trainings and webinars MA offers which allows them to quickly build up their skills.
Experienced MA users can keep their proven workflow and rely on this solution wherever it is physically difficult to use a full-grown grandMA3 console. The grandMA3 onPC command wing XT enables them to seamlessly programme, playback or backup within the grandMA3 world. Twenty-four hour worldwide MA support is ensured for the grandMA3 onPC command wing XT as well.
With 10 motorized faders, 40 physical playbacks, 16 assignable x-keys and a dedicated master playback section the grandMA3 onPC command wing XT provides plenty of playback options.
Thanks to the grandMA3 onPC command wing XT incorporating the command section of the grandMA3 consoles, it has never been easier to use the g

morgantown1Star Design lights 4th of July show with Chauvet
Tuesday, 14 July 2020

USA - Christopher Robin, a production manager at Star Design Event Services of Morgantown, put together the stage for an Independence Day concert by Top 40 recording artists The Davisson Brothers.
Unlike the usual summer concerts, he’s worked on, which take place before large crowds at a park or music venue, this one happened in front of only a few fans in the parking lot of a motorcycle dealership. Most of the fans who saw this show viewed it on a large drive-in screen at a nearby park. Others who saw it through the social media platforms of the 18 country music stations that carried it in West Virginia.
“This was probably the first time we did a multi-site hybrid show that was ‘live’ before a small group of people and livestreamed over different formats,” said Robin. “Like everyone in an industry that is changing all around us, we are adapting to a new normal.”
Among the adaptations made by the Star Design team, was the positioning of the stage’s video wall, which was made of Chauvet Professional F2 Panels. Given the space available in the motorcycle dealership’s lot and the limitations created by the need to video the show for streaming, the team had to have a wall measuring three panels high by 10 wide, instead of the taller configurations it’s accustomed to.
The design team accommodated this restriction by positioning the wall to the right of the band. This not only fit the stage, it also provided an unobstructed view for fans and the cameras.
“Pikewood Creative provided us with all video content from their tra

steel-mill-4Bandit, Moo TV and Clair Global open studio
Tuesday, 14 July 2020

USA - As the live entertainment industry looks for new ways to engage people in a post COVID-19 world, Bandit Lites, Moo TV and Clair Global joined forces to offer a safe and controlled venue to artists at the Steel Mill, Nashville, complete with a full production turnkey studio.
The full production studio includes a 60’ x 40’ stage area with a lighting rig comprised of over one hundred moving fixtures including the new Chauvet R2X LED washes, a grandMA2 Full console and hazer.
Bandit’s GoGo truss, under hung with GLP X4S, flank an LED video wall while each of the six eye-catching octagons are outfitted with eight Elation ACL360, eight Ayrton MagicDots and one Robe 600 wash. GLP X4 fixtures along the front truss offer key light while Claypaky Sharpys spread throughout the rig act as beam units.
The Steel Mill offers not only a stunning (and air conditioned) production space, but also a production office, green room with dressing areas, kitchen and private restrooms as well as overhead doors capable to drive into the room.
The turnkey package includes room rental with HVAC and power, access to above amenities, the Bandit Lites lighting rig, Moo TV video wall and camera system as well as a lighting tech lead, two additional lighting techs, one video director, one video engineer, four camera operators and one robotic camera operator. Clients will also save on load in and load out, as all the gear is already installed. Optional services are also available, including Clair Audio systems, livestream services, additional lighting and spots,

mdg-l-shirley-jordorson-courtesy-of-southbank-centreSouthbank Centre invests in MDG haze generators
Tuesday, 14 July 2020

UK - Built for the Festival of Britain in 1951 and located on the south bank of London’s River Thames, Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre. It comprises the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery and has recently seen the installation of two MDG ATMe haze generators in its larger venues, the 2,700-seat Royal Festival Hall and the 916-seat Queen Elizabeth Hall.
“For some time we’d been looking to replace our aging haze machines which were noisy, rather temperamental, and notoriously bad at leaving an oil residue on surfaces,” says Roger Hennigan, Southbank Centre’s technical manager. “We’d looked at several alternatives in the past but none were able to better the old models - until MDG’s ATMe came along.
“ATMe has a much finer particulate so they leave no residue or slippery oil deposits, which is especially important when hosting bands and singers and the many dance productions we have here. ATMe produces a fine haze in rapid and substantial quantity, so one generator is enough to fill the Royal Festival Hall or the Queen Elizabeth Hall, each of which previously required two of our old units.”
Senior technician, Cressy Klaces, agrees and is especially impressed with the aesthetic of the MDG haze: “ATMe gives a beautiful quality of haze, much nicer than before. It is so light in the air that it is barely perceptible until you shine a light through it. It feels like it has been created to enhance the light and atmosphere rather than be overtly noticeable to people.

hamilton-programming-project-eos-augment3d-2ETC opens Hamilton virtual lighting challenge
Tuesday, 14 July 2020

USA - ETC has partnered with an award-winning Broadway lighting team to create a new educational challenge: The Hamilton Programming Project.
Participants will use real touring paperwork from the hit musical to finish prep on an Eos show file and recreate Howell Binkley’s Tony Award‐winning lighting looks - all in Eos Augment3d.
The project stemmed from an idea Hamilton’s programmer David Arch had when he sat down to explore Eos Augment3d, a programming environment (currently in open beta) that allows Eos Family console or ETCnomad users to control and design in a three-dimensional space.
As a practice exercise, Arch decided to import the 3D model of the Hamilton set from the pre-vis of the first touring production and add in the lights. With Augment3d as his virtual venue he began to lay virtual focus tapes and cones, focus conventionals, touch up moving light pre-sets, and insert virtual performers on the set and turntables. “By the end of the day I thought, ‘this is quite an interesting learning experience,’” says Arch. If he had found the project valuable, he reasoned, then maybe others would as well.
After getting buy-in from the Hamilton team, Arch set about collaborating with ETC to flesh out the project as a guided educational exercise. He pared down the show file to thirteen short cue sequences and put together a package of real paperwork – including a cone layout sheet, conventional and moving light focus charts, gobo images, preset charts, a magic sheet, and more – taken from the third

claypakyvb3Claypaky launches virtual showroom
Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Europe - Owing to the cancellation of numerous tradeshows and industry events around the globe and current travel restrictions, Claypaky is offering an alternative channel to promote its new products - the Claypaky Virtual Booth (
On show are new Claypaky products placed inside themed areas. For each product, visitors can watch a demo video, download a datasheet leaflet, rotate a 3D model over 360°, and request further information.
Featured products include the following . . .
With its custom designed 1200-Watt white LED engine, the new Arolla Profile HP is one of the most powerful LED Profile moving heads on the market. The LED engine produces 44,000 lumens and the fixture’s beam is flat and uniform, making projections crisp and colours rich. Designed to meet the size needs, this fixture boasts a very comprehensive assortment of features and offers an unmatched performance/price ratio.
The Axcor Profile 600 Teatro is a special version of the Axcor Profile 600 ST that features an updated cooling system and mechanisms to significantly reduce the unit’s acoustical footprint. Available in two different CRI versions, this fixture is ideal for applications where noise is a concern in venues such as theatres, television studios, opera houses, conference halls, and more.
The HY B-EYE K25 Teatro is a version of the HY B-EYE K25, that is designed for venues that need silent operation without sacrificing bright colours. The HY B-EYE

winshape-virtual-summer-campElation lights virtual summer camp
Monday, 13 July 2020

USA - Each year, WinShape Camps attracts over 30,000 students to its Christian-led summer camps across the U.S. but like most outdoor camps were forced to cancel in-person events this year due to the Covid pandemic.
In order to relieve the disappointment and give kids a fun and engaging experience, WinShape has been working with Stacked Hearts Productions to create an engaging virtual experience, ON, that brings the fun of summer camp directly into homes.
The virtual experience broadcasts live eight hours a day, five days a week from a gymnasium on the WinShape campus in Rome, Georgia. Peter Streiff, president of Stacked Hearts Productions, a full-service events and production firm based in Atlanta, has worked with WinShape Camps for a number of years. He and his crew have stayed busy through the five-week camp by broadcasting a morning show, an end-of-day show, worship segments, games and field activities, as well as Thursday night shows for K-6 and 7-12 graders complete with bands.
The segments are broadcast from three different sets – a performance set, host set and theme set – all purpose-built and housed within the gymnasium building. All three sets are lit using LED lighting from Elation Professional, along with other lighting, supplied to WinShape by Elite Multimedia of Nashville. Streiff and Stacked Heart Productions provided the primary set and lighting design for the three sets with a portion of the performance set design done by Scott Moore of Go Live Productions of Nashville.
Mike Marcario handles on-site lighting direction

eseubio-romero-garciaChauvet appoints product specialist for Spain
Monday, 13 July 2020

Spain - Chauvet Professional has appointed Eusebio ‘Sebi’ Romero Garcia as product specialist for Spain. An experienced lighting and stage technician, Garcia will be working closely with the company’s Spanish distributor, Barcelona-based, ACSON, to coordinate product training and roadshows throughout the country.
“There are exciting opportunities for us in Spain,” said Michael Brooksbank, general manager of Chauvet Europe. “Sebi’s experience and talent make him a valuable addition to our team as we continue to work with ACSON to build on our success and develop our brand in this vibrant market.”
Garcia will be based in Madrid, but will coordinate his activities closely with ACSON in Barcelona. He will report directly to Sam Bowden, Chauvet’s European product manager, but will also work closely with the Stéphane Gressier, international sales director, and Jon Petts, business development manager at Chauvet Lighting.
“Working together with the teams at Chauvet and ACSON, Sebi will bring a high level of educational resources and training in support of our products in Spain,” said Bowden. “His extensive experience cuts across many segments of our market, including theatre and broadcast as well as concerts. He also has a passion for service, which will make him an excellent fit for the Chauvet Professional team.”

garden-magicFirefly LED Festooning creates Gardens Magic
Monday, 13 July 2020

New Zealand - Every year, Wellington’s Botanic Gardens is transformed into Gardens Magic featuring a free concert series with a mix of music from over 100 performers during 18 nights.
As the sun goes down, the Botanic Gardens transform into a wonderland of lights, with colourful installations and displays created by MJF Lighting.
This year, MJF Lighting deployed Firefly LED Festooning Lighting to add extra sparkle to the popular event.
“We did have some festoon lighting but it was the old school version so it was definitely time for an upgrade,” comments Blair McLaren, MJF’s Wellington operations manager. “Having festoon lighting with an outdoor rating plus LED technology makes all the difference.”
Blair added that an important factor when choosing Firefly LED Festoon was the fact that they didn’t have to lamp or de-lamp the strings of festoon which massively sped up install and bump out times.
The lighting designer for the event was Will Smith who comments, “The versatility Firefly offers is amazing,” he reports. “I can easily string it between two points knowing I won’t need to get a ladder to add bulbs, so you can add it to so many more places previously inaccessible. We had it set up with some splitters off the connectors we have which makes it a lot more versatile in terms of feeding power to the strings. We can send three strings off one centre point on the one power supply. That’s great for when you have limited power locations.”
For Gardens Magic, the Firefly LED Festooning was used in an area whe

bethe1toenglishusBTS launches suicide prevention campaign
Monday, 13 July 2020

USA - The Behind the Scenes Mental Health Initiative has rolled out a number of suicide prevention tools as part of joining the #BeThe1To campaign run by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and its partners. These tools are available at
A BTS survey of the industry revealed that most people want to help if they see someone at risk for suicide but they don’t know what to say or do, or are afraid they will make things worse or damage their relationship with the person. Evidence shows this is not the case and it is critical to reach out.
The first part of the campaign is called Know the Warnings Signs because the more familiar someone is with the warning signs of suicide the more likely they are to recognize them. BTS has created posters listing some of the key warning signs in English, Spanish and French and they are available for download in three different sizes. The posters are a simple design so they can be easily printed out and posted on call boards, notice boards, breakrooms, and anywhere other company or safety information is shown.
The second part of the campaign is the #BeThe1To poster which lists the five steps that can be critical to saving a life. The more familiar everyone is with them, the more comfortable they will be taking those steps. These posters are available in the same sizes and languages with the addition of a JPG for sharing on social media. They also include a QR code which leads to additional information. Each of the five steps is very straightforward but acting on them can sometimes be

astera-nyx-bulb-setAstera launches colour-tuneable NYX Bulb
Friday, 10 July 2020

LED lighting manufacturer Astera has launched the NYX Bulb - a name inspired by NYX, Greek Goddess of the Night.
NYX Bulb - the same size as a standard LED bulb - is billed as the first colour-tuneable LED bulb for professional film, stage, and event productions. It comes complete with a CRMX receiver for wireless DMX, plus RF and Bluetooth modules for control via the Astera App on a smartphone or Tablet.
NYX Bulb is designed for gaffers, DoPs, lighting and set designers, visual artists and anyone needing feature lighting bulbs. In addition to movie shoots and television studios, it is designed for theatrical sets and for scenic elements on tour shows and live events.
Sized like a regular LED bulb, NYX Bulb can be powered via an E27 socket (E26 in the US version) or with a standard power bank. Due to its compact form, it is the first Astera light source with external battery options (rather than inbuilt).
Its Titan LED engine delivers precise colours and authentic white tones with an ultra-high CRI and TLCI and it emits an impressive 750 Lumens, comparable to a conventional 60W bulb, yet drawing just 10W of power.
Control includes inbuilt LumenRadio wireless DMX which can be run via any lighting console, as well as more locally from the quick and intuitive Astera App.
Currently available through Astera’s global distribution network, NYX Bulbs are available as single units or in sets of eight, complete with a PowerStation inside the case for charging and programming the Bulbs.

manege-de-reims3Chauvet brings versatility to Manège de Reims
Friday, 10 July 2020

France - Driving up from Paris on A4, one of the first things the visitor sees upon entering this ancient city of Reims is the Manège de Reims with its distinctive 16-sided polygon circus. Completed in 1867, the stone building is a bustling hub of cultural activity, serving the community by hosting theatrical performances, dance recitals, concerts and other events, including circuses, for which it was originally built.
Supporting the diverse mix of productions at the popular facility is a versatile lighting rig that features a collection of Chauvet Professional projectors supplied and installed by Avant-Scènes.
Working with Cédric Barbillat, lighting director of the Manège de Reims, who decided upon the specific fixtures, the Avant-Scènes team outfitted the 1,000-seat facility with 16 COLORado 2 Quad Zoom, six Maverick MK1 Spot, and 10 Maverick MK2 Wash units.
Although these projectors are intended to be moved around to meet the very varied needs of Manège de Reims, they are most often positioned on the circus’ grill to provide maximum coverage and flexibility.
“Now it is possible to create lighting plans with many more possibilities than traditional halogen projectors, with almost no constraints,” said Benjamin Labourot, director of Avant-Scènes. “The interesting part of this project was to find a product that could correspond to almost every possible configuration of a Circus installation, and yet be able to host all kinds of shows, such as music, theatre, modern and dance. Finding such an ‘all-purpose’ projector with fai

paladin-panelChristie Lites invests in Elation Paladin Panels
Friday, 10 July 2020

USA - Christie Lites has added Elation Professional’s new Paladin Panel to its extensive inventory of lighting gear. The versatile flood and effect light is available for immediate rental from Christie Lites locations across the US and Canada.
“Once again, our partners at Elation have come up with an innovative, durable and economical fixture which will support our mission of providing lighting designers the highest value available in the industry,” comments Ken Alexander, VP rentals at Christie Lites. “Christie Lites is proud to continue our long-standing relationship with Eric Loader and the Elation team and to deploying our new stock of Paladin Panels on a multitude of different events over the months to come.”
As an increasing number of shows are staged outdoors, Elation has again expanded on its line of multi-environmental IP65-rated products with the multi-purpose Paladin Panel. Using 50 x 15W RGBW cells with cell control, its powerful 20,000-lumen output means it can function as a high-output wash light to add vibrant color to large areas, a brilliantly bright blinder or powerful strobe for peak impact moments, or a direct large-face light for eye-candy and pixel map effects.
Eric Loader, director of sales & marketing at Elation, said: “As more and more events go outdoors, high-power, rugged outdoor lighting for rental has experienced greater demand. Because of its power, versatility and IP65 protection, the Paladin Panel is a real workhorse fixture that you can mount anywhere and use in all types of applications. It lets de


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