Lighting News

White Light’s Training Online
Wednesday, 18 April 2001

White Light has launched a new website dedicated to the company’s popular Training Initiative education programme. Launched at the ABTT Trade Show in 1999, The Training Initiative aims to make the wealth of knowledge and experience held by the White Light Group available to the widest possible audience. The new website gathers information about all of The Training Initiatives projects together in one place. The site includes details of all of the courses offered, details of workshops that have been held, news about recent Training Initiative events, and information about the White Light Resource Pack. Talking to PLASA Media about the new website, White Light’s training co-ordinator, Jason Larcombe, said: "We are very excited about the new website, but it is also just the start. The site will shortly include information about other elements of training in the industry with links to colleges and other providers of training, and a searchable list of lighting and other design-related books." Also launched on the site is the 2001 White Light Lighting Design Bursary. This is the fourth year of this competition, which offers students of lighting design at higher education level a chance to win a bursary of £500. Those interested in taking part should contact Jason Larcombe at White Light on +44 (0)20 7731 3291 or by email to by June 16th to register their interest. White Light are also pleased to be involved with another Bursary, to be presented in memory of former Association of Lighting Designers Chairman Michael Northen, who

Arena Club Upgrade
Wednesday, 18 April 2001

The Arena Club in Exeter has recently undergone a major refurbishment, which included the installation of completely new audio and lighting systems. Installation company PSD specified and installed two Mach M128 and eight M126 top box units, along with sub bass units from Martin Audio. Two BSS Omnidrives provide processing while amplification is provided by Ecler PAM 2600, PAM 2000 and PAM 560 with mixing from an Ecler Mac 901. On the lighting side, PSD specified a large amount of Martin Professional gear including MAC 500s and 600s, Pro 518 and 918 scanners, MX-4 scanners RoboColor IIIs and Destroyers. Two Martin Pro 2000 foggers provide atmospheric smoke effects. Control is from a Martin Windows-based LightJockey DMX controller.

New UK and Scandinavia Sales Manager for Rosco
Tuesday, 17 April 2001

Rosco has appointed Adam Smith as sales manager for the UK and Scandinavia, continuing its growth and expansion within Europe. Smith’s career in technical theatre and electronics spans 25 years. His experience in sales, and in-depth knowledge of production, lighting design and the theatre industry will add considerably to the Rosco sales force and strengthen the team. He was most recently employed as Olympic program director for the Sydney Opera House. During this time, he was also responsible for major project work including the opening of the newest theatre in the complex, The Studio, and as event manager for the major function on New Year’s Eve 2000. Prior to accepting his position at the Opera House, Adam was employed as sales manager for Bytecraft and the John Barry Group, both major suppliers to the entertainment industry in Australia.

Nu-Light’s Laser Animator Heads for Horizon
Tuesday, 17 April 2001

Nu-Light Systems has announced the release of its Laser Animator software package. The first customer to receive the system was Somerset-based Event Horizon, a specialist in laser and pyrotechnic displays for the corporate market. Managing director of Event Horizon Charlie Adcock says: "The Animator has given us the ability to modulate and animate a company logo and add other spatial and graphic elements. It’s quick and easy to get to grips with and we wish we’d had it ages ago." The Laser Animator runs on a PC-based system and includes 250 graphical images and 20 animations, all of which can be customised by the operator. Debbie Clayton, managing director of Nu-Light says: "This new animation system has taken us two years to develop and it fits perfectly within our product range. With laser heads available from 20mW to 3W we can cover most eventualities and full laser systems can be designed for either touring or installation use. The possibilities are enormous and we look forward to developing a customer animations library where other customers can download animations from our website. Interested parties can also download a demo version of the software from our website."

New VL Luminaires for Witches
Tuesday, 17 April 2001

Long-running West End musical Witches of Eastwick, starring Ian McShane, has transferred to the Prince of Wales Theatre - with a respecified lighting rig from Vari-Lite that now includes the new VL2416 wash luminaire. The show’s original rig at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, included four VL7B zooming spot luminaires, 29 VL6B and six VL5B luminaires. The new system at the Prince of Wales is expanded to a total of 51 Vari-Lite automated luminaires, consisting of 33 VL6B and 12 VL2416s. The new VL2416 were added to the rig by lighting designer Howard Harrison, following a demonstration of the lights while on site at the Prince Edward Theatre. Produced by Cameron Mackintosh and directed by Eric Scaeffer, the musical is based on the original book by John Updike with music by Dana P Rowe and lyrics by John Dempsey. Production design is by Bob Crowley.

Cereco Opens New Auction Sites
Tuesday, 17 April 2001

Cereco International, the on-line equipment auction facility run by John Lethbridge, believes it has found a way to protect both buyers and sellers from fraud, without the need to use a credit card. The solution, the company believes, is to be found on their two new sites.

Cereco Used Trade Auctions is again for goods supplied by manufacturers and distributors but will now include VAT registered rental companies, installers and VAT registered sole traders. All of the equipment will be ex-rental, ex-installation or part-exchanged audio, lighting, video or special effects. All of the sellers on this site are known to Cereco International, and have to enter into a written agreement to fulfil certain conditions including replacing any goods not received in the condition described. Buyers deal directly with the seller. This service is completely free to sellers if no sale is achieved.

Gearmarket UK is for goods supplied by private individuals and small businesses who are not VAT-registered. All the sellers on this site have to agree in writing to Gearmarket UK collecting payment for their goods, which is then held for 72 hours while the buyer checks the goods and either authorizes payment to the seller or ask for the goods to be collected and returned, in which case, the buyer received a 100% refund. This service is completely free to sellers for sales less than £250. For sales over £250, Gearmarket UK take a 10% commission.

Lighting TherapyLighting Therapy
Monday, 16 April 2001

AC Lighting, in conjunction, with consultants Minds Eye, have completed an installation in London’s world famous Oxford Street. The project on behalf of House of Fraser, was a key part of the opening of a uniquely branded department created in the basement area of the store. The department, named ‘therapy’, was specifically designed to promote a broad line of designer fashion and beauty ranges to a younger clientele within an environment that complemented the modern image of the goods. The concept is based around videowalls, glass walkways, a catwalk, a resident DJ, new mannequins and revolutionary changing rooms. For the entrance, the initial creative idea was to use a scheme of back lighting, however, detailed technical evaluation of the site indicated the potential for structural problems and high associated costs. The concept of constantly changing colour washes, drawing shoppers’ attention to the 'therapy' logo, was still the preferred scheme and therefore the challenge was to create this effect using front-mounted luminaires.

The solution was specified by Douglas James of London based company Minds Eye, lighting consultants to the technical services department at House of Fraser. James consulted with AC’s special projects manager, Peter Keiderling, who devised a lighting scheme using a combination of eight Clay Paky Stage Color 300s and two Clay Paky Stage Light 300s, all under the control of a Pulsar Masterpiece 216 Replay Unit. The Clay Paky luminaires were custom-manufactured in a white powder coated finish to meet the interior desig

Rosco ColorWaves
Monday, 16 April 2001

Rosco ColorWaves offer a combination of one of five strong, vibrant colours with the unique textures of Rosco’s Image Glass. Four of the most versatile of Rosco’s Image Glass gobos - Waves, Strands, Ripple and Mosaic - have been coated with brilliant dichroic colour. The result, when projected in an ellipsoidal spotlight or a moving light, is a unique combination of colour, texture, shading and blending. 20 ColorWaves are available in Standard B size (86mm) and in moving light sizes and are supplied in a mounting ring. Maximum wattage for an ellipsoidal spotlight is 575/600 watts; for a moving light, 1200 watts.

42nd Street Studios
Sunday, 15 April 2001

In the world of lighting, there is much talk about lighting style and whether a designer’s particular characteristics are visible in the designs that he or she creates. There is much less talk about personality - perhaps unsurprisingly, given that a lighting designer often ends up subservient to the show and the other members of its creative team.Personality, though, is exactly what lighting designer Anne Militello has given to the New 42nd Street Studios building in New York - and, given her background of work in the City and beyond, her close involvement with the project and the way in which the lighting was created, one can’t help feeling that the building’s lighting personality closely reflects its designer’s own.

Created as a calm, non-commercial oasis for the creation of the theatre arts that are the heart of Broadway in an ocean of commercial development, the 10-storey, glass-walled Studios contain rehearsal rooms and small performance spaces, as well as providing a frontage to what is now called the American Airlines Theatre. As a long-time New York lighting designer who subsequently spread into architectural and other areas of lighting, including a spell with Walt Disney Imagineering, Militello was brought into the project at its design development stage, four years ago. "I worked closely with the architects [Platt Byard Dovell] and client, examining our intentions and conducting mock-ups. We researched materials that would accept and reflect light, we studied optimal angles and optics, and worked with fixture manufacturers before we

InspHire Sign Partnership Agreement
Friday, 13 April 2001

InspHire Ltd, providers of hire management systems for hire companies, has signed a Partnership Agreement with Microsoft Great Plains Business Solutions. inspHire will offer Great Plains Dynamics and e-Enterprise solutions as the fully integrated Back Office solution for inspHire’s SQL Edition. With a long history of working together to deliver new business technologies, the two companies are joining forces to provide a package for small and medium companies. Andy Beal, inspHire MD told PLASA Media: "The signing of the Partnership Agreement between the two companies was the culmination of a two-year search for a suitable Back Office partner to integrate into inspHire SQL Edition. Great Plains' purchase by Microsoft, together with the VBA tools available to us in the end, made it an easy choice. Not only will we be able to offer the same level of two-way integration with our hire system, but our customers will have the benefit of using a Microsoft branded accounts system in use in 130,000 businesses in 132 countries worldwide."

SPS Launches Event IT
Thursday, 12 April 2001

Show Presentation Services (SPS) has launched a new department dedicated to support the use of all types of information technology in the live events market. SPS Event IT will cater for the now commonplace use of IT within conferences and exhibitions, but its approach will differ from ‘traditional’ IT ideas. "What matters to us," said SPS managing director Robin Coles, "is the event as a whole. Stand-alone computers, flat screens, local networking, Internet access, webcasting and all the associated peripherals are becoming as fundamental as video, sound and lights at many events, and should be delivered with the same professional attitude, with all the technology that comes together to service an event being intrinsically linked. We have staffed SPS Event IT with people who approach anything computerish from the live show perspective. Our crew are not ‘nerd’ prima-donna’s who never get their hands dirty, but ‘show’ people with an IT specialisation."

72% Visitor Increase for ABTT
Thursday, 12 April 2001

Point Promotions have announced a 72% increase in attendance at last week’s ABTT Theatre Show. The show this year expanded into both of the Royal Horticultural Halls, and had widened its remit to attract 30 new exhibitors. The initial un-audited visitor attendance figures show an increase of 72% over last year’s registered numbers. Point Promotions was appointed by the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) to administer the change from the ABTT Trade Show to the bigger and improved ABTT Theatre Show. The expanded show featured on-stage technology such as lighting, rigging, drapes and sound and also many exhibitors with front-of-house technology including seating and staging.

Rosco and Lighting Tech Distribution Agreement
Thursday, 12 April 2001

This month marks the beginning of a new agreement between Rosco and Lighting Technology for the sales, technical support and back-up in the UK and Eire for Horizon, Rosco’s computer software that converts a PC into a powerful lighting control system. Lighting Technology have been an established Rosco dealer for over 10 years, distributing the full range of Rosco colour, paint, and gobos, so the distribution of Horizon and its associate products is viewed as a strengthening of the relationship between the two companies.

Lighting Technology has strong links with many working lighting designers at all levels of the entertainment industry. Lighting Technology Projects - LT’s Systems Division is a specialist installation company working closely with designers in the architectural, retail and corporate lighting and technology markets. Sarah Davis of Lighting Technology Projects has been appointed product manager for Horizon and is based at their new sales office at the Business Design Centre in Islington. The newest Horizon Gold Upgrade now also adds an effect generator and moving light ‘palettes’.

DHA Announces New Global Stockists
Thursday, 12 April 2001

Continuing an impressive rate of international expansion, DHA Lighting has announced the appointment of five new stockists in the Far East and Scandinavia. In the Asia Pacific Region, DHA has long worked with Ken Production Services, Japan, but now adds Singapore-based De Sisti Asia, distributors of quality motion picture and television lighting equipment, to its list of resellers. In Israel, Danor Theatre Systems Ltd, a leading company in design, production, stage and studio lighting and control, becomes a re-seller of the DHA Digital Light Curtain and moving effects. In order to serve Scandinavia, AVAB Sweden now stocks DHA gobos, whilst Svensk Film & Ljusteknik Sweden (SFL) and West Lighting, Finland, stock DHA gobos, moving effects and the Gecko.

Moving Lights for Future Leading Lights
Wednesday, 11 April 2001

In an effort to increase his students exposure to moving light technology - the future of lighting - Steve Huttley, the chief electrician at the Guildhall School of Music in London, has decided to expand the range of automated lighting equipment included in School’s stock. This already includes Strand Pirouettes, and Steve turned to White Light and The Moving Light Company to look at other products in the market to see what would both broaden the range of equipment experienced by his students and be of value to lighting designers working on productions in the theatre. The Moving Light Company’s extensive experience with automated lighting covers a huge range of products from a variety of manufacturers used on a diverse selection of shows - and their advice therefore tends to be impartial and based on ‘real world’ experience. After many discussions, Steve opted to purchase four High End Systems Studio Colors and two CMY colour-mixing High End Studio Spots, giving him colour-mixing washlights to complement his Pirouettes, and moving spotlights to provide a different style of lighting. A carefully worked-out deal for the equipment was finalised by White Light’s Bryan Raven and David Catterall of High End Systems. "We are delighted to have been of help to Steve as he worked to chose the best equipment for his students and the productions they work on," said Bryan. "We have long recognised that as the level of technology involved with lighting increases, so the need for those who will use that equipment to learn how to make best use o

Cutting-Edge Lighting from RainmakerCutting-Edge Lighting from Rainmaker
Wednesday, 11 April 2001

Rainmaker, lighting design specialists for the corporate event market, recently designed, supplied and installed a complete lighting system for the launch of the new Gillette 226a/Venus razor. The event took place at the London Tower Thistle Hotel at St Katherine’s Dock. Lighting design was by Paul O’Brien, set design by Adrian Smith and the production company was Line Up Communications North. The brief involved the lighting of two areas and a connecting tunnel. The biggest challenge was squeezing the ambitious set and design into the space which created a fully immersive environment, enveloping the audience.

The first room was a White Room with plain, simple and effective lighting. It was given a ‘chill-out’ area feel, complete with cool water feature, highlighted with MR16s above and below, and by lightboxes containing graphics of the product. The interlinking tunnels revealed more water features: for maximum impact, these were back-projected through, onto the opposite wall of the tunnel, which was lined with silk. The fixtures used were 24 Howard Eaton 500W Ripple Tanks and four High End Systems Studio Spot 250 luminaires. The Main Room staged the conference, complete with stage and screen surround carrying 18 x 35mm low voltage fittings in curved wings. The set was washed with 30 Par 30s, cross-fading between two colours, and the stage fascias included 14 integral 50mm low voltage fittings featuring two different colours of dichroic glass filter. The product was revealed through a water curtain, audaciously back-lit with Studio Spot 250s. The r

Moving On, Moving In
Tuesday, 10 April 2001

Entertainment lighting systems and support specialist, The Service Company has announced a change in staffing. Antony Bridges, who has been with the company since its inception in 1997, is moving on to a new career with the BBC; he will be replaced by another familiar industry figure, Roger Hennigan.

Bridges joined The Service Company from Strand Lighting, where as a service engineer he was responsible for testing and commissioning some of the most complex theatrical lighting control systems around the world. He will be joining the BBC as a studio engineer, responsible not just for lighting equipment but all of the electronic equipment used in television production. Taking over as The Service Company’s sales and project manager is Roger Hennigan. Hennigan is familiar to many in the industry from his days at M&M Lighting, where he provided technical support and servicing for Rainbow colour scrollers and Smoke Factory smoke machines. For the last few years he has run HTS Lighting, providing electrical and support services to the theatre industry as well as acting as the UK agent for products from The Smoke Factory and Look Solutions. These product lines will now be distributed and supported by White Light.

Alan Law Joins SPS
Tuesday, 10 April 2001

Alan Law has recently been appointed general manager for the SPS group, with responsibility for service delivery, quality assurance and Health & Safety. Alan joins SPS from Earls Court & Olympia where he has spent the last three years as technical services manager and health and safety manager responsible for non-exhibition related events and conferences including The Brit Awards, the Vodafone Gala dinner and numerous pop shows. Law was then asked to take on the role of Halls H&S manager, with the brief to audit and re-evaluate Earls Court’s approach to the ever-increasing H&S legislation. Prior to this Alan worked with Blackout, the drapes and rigging company and was a key player in the rapid expansion they experienced in their early years. SPS managing director Robin Coles comments: "To have a manager of Alan's experience and ability in this new key role adds another dimension to our company."

Medusa Theatre in Bologna
Tuesday, 10 April 2001

The Medusa multi-screen theatre in Bologna, a 31,000sq.ft theatre complex featuring nine separate theatres, has been outfitted with a Mach speaker system and Martin intelligent lighting equipment. Audio is provided by eight Mach Installation series M68 in-fill speakers, four Mach M208 subwoofers and four Mach M62 two-way, nearfield speakers. In the large foyer, eight MAC 600 washlights provide colour wash with eight MAC 250 profile spots adding pattern and logo projections. A Martin ProScenium, a versatile DMX lighting control package for multi-media and architectural applications, is used to syncronize lights, audio and video-trailers for the foyer. Outside the complex two Exterior 600 washlights bathe the building in a colorful mix of yellows and blues while 2 PAL 1200 scanners add gobo and logo projection. Lighting Designer and Systems Integrator for the Medusa project was Roberto Ferrari from Creative Communication Milan.

MAVCO Awarded Contract for Patriot
Tuesday, 10 April 2001

MAVCO has been involved in the recent $21 million renovations onboard United States Lines’ Patriot - now the largest US-flagged cruise ship. MAVCO’s involvement included the design and installation of audio-visual equipment in a number of areas, plus refits of existing facilities. The renovated areas included the Broadway Lounge, Eagle’s Watch, Founders Lounge and Stars and Stripes Show Lounge; which were all fitted with audio systems. The two-tier Stars & Stripes Show Lounge features revues, cultural shows and nostalgia nights from the 70s: here MAVCO has installed an audio system with equipment sourced from Shure, Apogee, Mackie, Sony and EAW. New areas include the Waikiki Lounge and Outrigger Deck - both fitted with audio systems. The flexible lighting systems for the two areas were primarily sourced from Altman, Leprecon, High End/Powerline and Jem Smoke. The Conference Centre, meanwhile, offers everything from Denon CD and cassette players to 3M overhead projectors, Kodak slide and video projectors and a complete portable audio system sourced from JBL, C-Audio, Lexicon and Mackie.

MAVCO’s expertise and long history with cruise ships enabled them to complete the design/build job on schedule and in their usual style. In addition to their work on the above areas Pete Canzonetta was responsible for putting MAVCO’s stamp on the refit of the Broadcast Room, increasing the TV system from 5 to 22 channels, including 10 satellite channels. MAVCO will continue its association with United States Lines with a contract to design, supply and project m

Worthing’s Obsession with ETC
Monday, 9 April 2001

ETC equipment is currently being installed in two major Sussex venues, the Worthing Pavilion Theatre and the Worthing Assembly Hall. The venues are run by the Worthing Council, whose technical department, headed by technical manager Dave Lamb, has been working on the technical tpecifications for the Pavilion Theatre since the end of last year. "When the technicians at Worthing Council drew out a list of their requirements for a new control system, it was evident that ETC’s Obsession II was the perfect match," said Paul de Ville, managing director of Lightfactor Sales, who supplied the ETC equipment. He explained: "As Worthing Council already has ETC equipment installed in a number of its venues, it now sees ETC as the industry standard." De Ville has enjoyed a long-standing working relationship with Worthing Council - he was also involved in the last major technical installation at the Pavilion Theatre, 12 years ago. In addition to the Obsession II, the 850-seat Pavilion Theatre has also installed a Reflection back-up system. The Pavilion Theatre is located on the Worthing Pier. Built in 1862, this is one of the oldest piers in the country and it has in its time been blown down, burnt down and blown up.

For the Worthing Assembly Hall, another ETC Reflection back-up was ordered to supply the existing lighting control system. The third entertainment venue in Worthing, the Connaught Theatre bought and installed an ETC Expression 3 some years ago. One of the South Coast’s premier entertainment centres, the Pavilion Theatre hosts a variety of hi

PSL Lighting Under New Management
Monday, 9 April 2001

Mick Scullion is to head up PSL Lighting, formerly Lighting Unlimited, as part of the re-launch of the division under the Presentation Services Group branding. Mick brings with him over 20 years’ experience within the industry, having worked for both Concert Productions (now Vari-Lite) and the Spot Company where he was a director for five years. "It is an exciting time at PSL, the new structure will bring a lot of benefit to the lighting division and allow us to offer an even better service to our clients," commented Mick. "We are currently investing in the latest lighting equipment and along with our lighting design service, we aim to build on our already successful position within the marketplace providing our clients with service to the highest level." Barry Dennison, formerly of Gearhouse XTC, also joins Mick alongside current project manager Iain Grant. The division is continuing to grow to meet current demand.

The BRIT Awards, 2001
Sunday, 8 April 2001

The UK’s annual pop music back-slapping gala event, The Brits, was recorded live, in spectacular style, on February 26th at Earls Court 2, London. The live production was managed by Brit regular MJK Productions.

Another regular, Vari-Lite Europe provided the complete lighting system - featuring more than 500 luminaires - as well as providing the rig for the After Show Party. Lighting designer for the event was Al Gurdon. With the ceremony designed to look spectacular both for the live audience and a massive worldwide broadcast audience, the lighting design encompassed the entire space within Earl’s Court 2, both on and around the huge stage and the specially-constructed auditorium.

The large-scale lighting rig included 40 VL2416s, 54 VL5 Arcs, 81 VL5Bs, 76 VL5s, 24 VL6 wash luminaires, 38 VL6Cs, six VL7s and 130 VL2C spot luminaires, with control from two Virtuoso consoles. VL also supplied a substantial conventional rig, with 16 4k Xenon Sky Art Searchlights, two 70k Lightning Strikes, four 40k Lightning Strikes, 160 Par 36s, 400 Par 64s and 44 Diversitronics Strobes. The rig also included 420 metres of truss, two 12 metre-diameter semi-circles of truss and 14 one-tonne hoist motors complete with cable, control and rigging accessories.

The After Show Party’s lighting was designed by Theo Cox who lit the four exclusive rooms - Air Lounge, Water Bar, Earth Garden and the Fire Club - using a rig that featured 56 VL5 wash luminaires, 16 VL6B spot luminaires, VL Moving Mirror Ball units and conventionals, all run from a pair of Wholehog 2s and an Avolit

Gearing Up for PLASA 2001Gearing Up for PLASA 2001
Friday, 6 April 2001

The countdown to the PLASA Show 2001 has begun! The entertainment technology industry’s leading event will run from 9 - 12 September at Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London. With over 89% of the available stand space already sold and all the leading manufacturers booked into the show, PLASA 2001 promises to live up to its reputation as the showcase event that launches the entertainment technology year. Venue improvements have continued, with over £500,000 invested in the last 12 months to improve comfort cooling at the Show. Furthermore, an overall investment of £6million will ensure that Earls Court is a fully air-conditioned exhibition centre by 2002. Over 400 exhibitors and 14,000 UK and international visitors are expected to attend and experience the sound and lighting extravaganza that has become synonymous with PLASA. Manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of professional lighting, sound and AV equipment will descend upon Earls Court to unveil their latest products and technical developments for the vibrant and hugely diverse entertainment and leisure industry.

Almost 13,000 visitors, including a record 25% from overseas, attended the PLASA Show last year. Specifiers, consultants, attraction managers, recording technicians, disc and light jockeys, corporate presentation planners, technicians, architects, installers and other professionals from the world of entertainment technology traveled from all corners of the globe to see the very latest products, innovations and designs showcased.

The PLASA Show 2001 will feature many of the attractions that cont


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