Lighting News

DeVerna Joins PRG as VP
Friday, 10 August 2001

Darren DeVerna has joined PRG’s management team in the role of vice president, Production Resource Group, and will be supported by the resources of Fourth Phase New Jersey, ProMix Electrotec Mt. Vernon and Scenic Technologies New York. DeVerna, formerly the President of Four Star Lighting, has been involved with countless theatrical successes such as Annie Get Your Gun, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, The Full Monty, Contact, Kiss Me Kate, Rent, Music Man and many more. Originally employed as an IATSE Local 1 stage hand, his credits also include work with prominent charities, such as the Laurie Beechman Memorial Golf Outing, of which he is co-founder and co-chairman, and the Clearview School for Autistic Children.

In his new role, DeVerna will provide a high level of service and support to the extremely demanding Broadway and theatrical touring markets. In addition to the ongoing support of several existing clients, DeVerna will concentrate on cultivating new relationships with clients that have not previously worked with PRG. He will be based out of PRG's Mount Vernon, New York office and will report to Bill Groener, Northeast Regional Vice-President.

Vari-Lite Lights Radiohead Summer Tour
Thursday, 9 August 2001

Vari-Lite Inc is providing the lighting for the 2001 summer tour of British, post-rock band, Radiohead. The band began the North American leg of the tour in Houston on June 18 and have been playing to sold-out arenas and amphitheaters where fans are ‘Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box’ - the new album’s first song. Lighting designer Andi Watson, who has worked on previous Radiohead tours, is lighting the show with 69 Vari*Lite luminaires, often washing the band in deeply saturated blues and reds, highlighting the moving and experimental songs from the band’s newest albums Kid A and Amnesiac and accentuating hits from previous albums. Watson’s rig includes 14 VL2416 wash luminaires, 26 VL2402 wash luminaires and 29 VL6C spot luminaires.

Recently hailed by many rock critics as the ‘saviors of music’, the band hasn’t toured widely since 1997 after the release of its groundbreaking album, OK Computer. Following the North American portion of the tour, which finishes in Los Angeles on Aug. 20, Radiohead travels to Europe and Japan, playing a handful of shows through the beginning of October.

New Prism from Par Opti
Thursday, 9 August 2001

Par Opti is introducing yet another original product to the already extensive catalogue of fibre optic lighting components manufactured by the company. The PP8 prism changes the light emission by 90 degrees, creating new uses for fibre optics employed in confined spaces, for example behind narrow skirting in bars and other displays. A bezelled version suitable for ceilings and walls creates a dramatic effect in the minimum space.

Learning 300 or 500: Back By Popular Demand
Thursday, 9 August 2001

Sold out smash hits aren't that common in the West End. Shows that have to add extra performances to cope with demand even less so! But an exception returns to London for three weeks from this Friday: The Service Company's popular Strand 500-series training courses. First held earlier in January this year, the half day courses covered a variety of levels of Strand's popular range of lighting consoles, which are found in an ever-increasing number of theatres in the West End and round the country. Demand for the courses was so great that they are to return for three Fridays from this week, 10 August - and are to be repeated in the morning and afternoon of each Friday, allowing twice as many people to participate.

Two courses are being run. The first, on 10 August and 17 August, covers the use of the console for controlling conventional lighting and colour scrollers from the basic level, including console set-up, patching, channel control, recording cues, making changes and as well as examining the use of macros and effects. The second, on 24 August, looks at the use of the consoles for controlling moving lights, including the use reference groups, macros and automod for setting up shows. This course will also introduce the new features being introduced in soon-to-be-released GeniusPro version 2.5.

The courses are being led for The Service Company by programmer Rob Halliday, who has been using the 500-series consoles for around seven years on shows including the current productions of My Fair Lady and The Witches of Eastwick in London. As before, the courses are being held

AC Creates Unique Lighting for Mast
Thursday, 9 August 2001

The skyline of the city of Dublin recently witnessed the arrival of a unique feature when AC Lighting, working on behalf of London-based architects Hunt McGarry, commissioned a unique lighting scheme on a telecommunications mast in the city centre. The revolutionary 30m high mast, known as the Esat Digifone Telecommunications Millennium Landmark Structure is located next to an M50 motorway interchange in Tallaght, Dublin. The mast has the shape of a slender inverted cone and is constructed using laser-cut perforated stainless steel.

Under the direction of AC’s project manager Peter Keiderling, various options were considered from neon to side-emitting fibre optics. Neon was determined to be the most effective and a scheme was devised utilizing custom-manufactured segments of green neon to form double rings round the mast at 17 levels. Over 200 lengths of neon were produced in a variety of radii to complete the project. The neon is connected through special IP66/67-rated converters to enable dimming/switching via an 18-channel Pulsar Datapak lighting power pack. This is controlled from a Pulsar Masterpiece Replay Unit 216 programmed to perform a variety of chase sequences up and down the tower. The project was selected by the RIAI (Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland) for a Regional Award at a ceremony in Dublin on 2 July 2001.

Pani Adds to Projector Range
Thursday, 9 August 2001

Pani is introducing the BP 2.5 ECO - a new development on the PANI ‘T’ (Turbo) generation platform. Economy and effectiveness were the prime aims for the company in the achievement of unprecedented value-for-money in a projector in this category. The BP 2.5 ECO is specially designed for short and medium distances. As a high-quality member of the PANI projection system, it is fully compatible with the complete accessory range including all objectives as well as the new Compact Scroller CS 70.

Another inovation from Pani, the Economic Slide System (ESS), gives users the opportunity to produce their own slides. They only need a PC or Mac. The ESS is a one-stop solution consisting of a state-of-the-art inkjet photoprinter, printer software with template for the output medium, 50 PANI special foils and 15 aluminium slide frames.

Pani can be found on stand R30.

Vivid Launch at PLASA
Thursday, 9 August 2001

Forget three-phase power supplies, water-cooling, unreliable performance and costly maintenance, plug and play lasers are definitely the way ahead according to laser firm VIVID. By plugging into a standard 13amp socket crisp, pin-sharp graphics and animated images can be thrown from the lightweight laser with the bonus of high speed digital blanking. With each image as a separate entity the permutations for all manner of presentations is endless, says Mike Lister, managing director of Vivid.

Lister has teamed up with Clive Davies, the technical mind behind Laser Electronics, to form Vivid, which is based in brand new 12,000sq.ft high-tech headquarters in Wakefield. Vivid manufactures a rotor moulded, stylish lightweight case which can be colour-matched to any interior. Each unit weighs less than 15 kilos and can be daisy-chained like any intelligent lighting rig. Vivid claims it's the only company in the UK to have designed its own electronic hardware and software, including the actual laser diode, which enables technical specifications to be written around the specific requirements of the entertainment industry. Together with the laser head, the company has produced its own PC-based control system, which makes the usual daunting task of laser programming child’s play. Each highly portable unit can be remotely programmed over the internet for punching out advertising messages. Free software upgrades will be available with each PC-based control system as and when new features come on line.

The company is already hinting that it may launch a 3D version and multiple

Three New Products from Constella
Thursday, 9 August 2001

Constella is adding three new products to its DMX512 lighting range at PLASA this year. Following the success of the Chameleon 5 at PLASA 2000, the company has made the unit intelligent, and now presents the Chameleon 5 DMX. Other additions include the Astra Moon Scan and Astra Moon Star effects, combining the crystal sharp images and responsive movement of the Chameleon 4 with a choice of two light delivery systems – the scan head or the rotating barrel.

Constella can be found on stand L5.

L&SI Sponsors New Technology Gallery
Wednesday, 8 August 2001

Lighting&Sound International, PLASA Media’s leading entertainment technology journal, is sponsoring the New Technology Gallery at PLASA 2001. This is the showcase of all products nominated for the prestigious PLASA Awards for Product Excellence. Situated on the Top Deck of the PLASA Show, near to the main bar area, the showcase offers visitors a chance to check out the features and capabilities of all of the major product innovations at PLASA 2001, in one place.

L&SI will be based on the Lower Deck (stand K19), where we will be offering free readerships to qualifying UK industry personnel, plus special offers on international subscriptions only available at PLASA 2001 - plus PLASA Media freebies to all new subscribers!

L&SI can be found on stand K19.

Wednesday, 8 August 2001

Lighting design company MAD Manufacturing will be providing lighting design support for John Hornby Skewes’ stand at this year's PLASA Show. At the recent JHS Event 2001, held on-site at the music trade distributor's Garforth head office, MAD provided an impressive full lighting rig as visual support in the HK Audio pro audio demo theatre, in addition to being a guest exhibitor at the JHS Event. With a well-deserved reputation for innovation in what is a highly competitive industry, MAD were impressed by the level of reaction they received during the JHS Event 2001 from the many music trade visitors, and are delighted to be involved with JHS again for the PLASA Show.

JHS can be found on Stand E46.

ESTA Launches New Standards Projects
Wednesday, 8 August 2001

The Entertainment Services and Technology Association has launched projects to draft three new American National Standards:

BSR E1.18, Recommended practice for the selection, installation, use, and maintenance of single-conductor portable power feeder cable in the entertainment industry. The standard is intended to offer guidance on how to select, install, use and maintain single-conductor portable power feeder cables. The project will promote safety and compatibility in the equipment and practices used in live performance and in film and video production in North America.

BSR E1.19, Recommendations for the use of ground fault devices in the entertainment industry. The standard is intended to offer guidance on how to select, install, use and maintain ground fault protection devices in the entertainment industry. The project is intended to promote the use of these devices to protect people and property from hazards associated with using electrical equipment in wet locations, such as when pools of water are used on stage or a location video-shoot is conducted in the rain, and to promote reliability and avoid nuisance tripping.

BSR E1.20, Remote device management over USITT DMX512. The project is intended to develop a method of bi-directional communication over a USITT DMX512/1990 data link between an entertainment lighting controller and a remotely-controlled dimmer, moving light, or other device. The protocol for this communication is also intended to work with the BSR E1.11 lighting control protocol being developed by the same working group.Int

ADDA’s PLASA Catalogue Launch
Wednesday, 8 August 2001

ADDA will launch its new catalogue at the PLASA Show. The new full-colour catalogue features 12 pages of information about the company’s large range of high quality cases and services, highlighting the wide choice of materials and finishes as well as fittings and colour options. For the first time, the catalogue will embrace the OXO product range of architectural lighting protection - Con'Dome, Flight'Dome and the new Upside'Dome. The latter received an honorable mention at ABTT earlier this year and finally solves the problem of bad weather versus intelligent lighting. Also covered in detail are the range of options for sizes and rigging kits for the Domes. The complete catalogue will go online in September 2001.

ADDA can be found on Stand G37.

Let there be Lightforce 2
Wednesday, 8 August 2001

Building on the success of its original Lightforce speaker enclosures, Italian specialist PA builder FBT is set to launch its new Lightforce 2 series at this year’s PLASA show, on the Proel International stand. For users who demand wood - not moulded plastic - enclosures, Lightforce 2 offers a unique solution - the sound quality and substance of wood, but with lightweight, due to FBT’s poplar ply construction method. The Lightforce 2 range comes in both passive and active bi-amped versions. Total component reliability is ensured thanks to FBT’s ADAP electronic transducer protection system and the carpet-covered asymmetrical trapezoidal enclosures incorporate several unique features that make them easy to adapt for flying, stacking or installation uses.

Models in the unpowered Lightforce 2 range run from the two-way LF32 1x10" plus 1" compression driver, which will handle 150/300W RMS, through 12" versions up to the LF62, with its 15" plus 1" compression driver, handling 300/600W RMS. Powered models in the Lightforce 2 range run from the bi-amped LF32A 150 plus 50W RMS enclosure, through a 12" 200 plus 50W version, to the bi-amped LF62A, delivering 300 plus 50W.

Also on the Proel International stand will be the UK debut of Discotech’s new spinHEAD, whose specification, say the company, equals that of moving heads costing twice the price. SpinHEAD offers 2.4 revolutions per second continuous pan rotation, six revolutions per second continuous tilt rotation, 16 gobos plus open, 14 colours plus white, variable speed rai

Cashill Departs Lighting Dimensions
Wednesday, 8 August 2001

It appears that Bob Cashill is no longer editor of Lighting Dimensions magazine. In a notice posted on the publication’s website, a brief statement says that on July 28, publisher Jacqueline Tien appointed David Barbour to head up the editorial staff for Lighting Dimensions. Barbour, a veteran of the Entertainment Design/Theatre Crafts and Lighting Dimensions team, has 11 years' experience with the publications. Prior to that he was the director of the Drama Desk Board, which is second only to the Tony Awards group. Cashill had been appointed editor of Lighting Dimensions in 1996. There is no mention of what his future plans might be.

Guidance Notes for PLASA MembersGuidance Notes for PLASA Members
Wednesday, 8 August 2001

The PLASA Standards Office has prepared a series of Guidance Notes for PLASA Members. Each provides useful information on current topics of interest and will be updated on an ongoing basis in line with developments. Further documents are planned in response to the needs of PLASA members. The following guidance documents are currently available. These documents are in PDF (Portable Document Format) and may be read with Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 3 or later) which is available free from

Guide to Australian EMC Framework: contains advice on the EMC and C-Tick labelling requirements for equipment destined for the Australian market.

Basic Guide to the FCC Rules: contains advice on application of the USA Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules on EMC for entertainment equipment.

Standards for Dimmers: contains advice on the applicable safety and EMC standards for professional dimming equipment in Europe. Now revised - version 2.

EN 61000-3-2: details the current status and activity on EN 61000-3-2, the EMC standard for harmonic current limits. Now revised - version 2.

Electrical Safety for the USA Market: contains advice on the electrical safety requirements for the USA market.

CE Marking for Trade Shows: contains advice on the CE Marking requirements for equipment displayed at trade fairs and exhibitions in Europe, including the PLASA Show.

The C.D.M. Regulations - A Summary of the Regulations for PLASA Members: contains advice on the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations. Now rev

Lighthouse Stages Nikken World ConventionLighthouse Stages Nikken World Convention
Wednesday, 8 August 2001

Lighthouse Visual Communications were responsible for staging the 5th Nikken Annual European and World Convention in Dusseldorf, Germany for an audience of 5,000 delegates from 25 countries, with translation required for 17 languages. Nikken is an industry leader in network marketing and offer their clients a range of innovative products many of which are based on the latest in magnetic technology. Lighthouse have been involved with this client for over five years and 2001 represented the biggest challenge to date for the team.

The venue chosen was the Messe Congress Halls in Dusseldorf where six halls were booked to cover the main events, the Gala dinner and an exhibition centre. Hall 9 was the main convention site and covered 11,000sq.m. The set was 65m wide and contained two 20ft x 15ft screens. The principal feature of the conference was to reward delegates for sales throughout the year and this entailed up to 500 people on stage at one time. Day two of the conference featured two performances by international group Barrage, and culminated with the award for Distributor of the Year. Day Three was dedicated to the World event and the featured 40 members of the Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra and a chorus of 10 singers. The total crew tally was 60 headed up by technical director Andy Peat, event producer Steve Penticost of Lighthouse, head of lighting Pete Edwards, head of sound Derrick Zieba, head of vision Paul Volker and stage manager Stephen Richter.

Lighting was supplied by Essential with rigging holding over 300 lamps, including one of their first uses of MAC 2000

Avolites Announces Third PLASA Launch
Tuesday, 7 August 2001

Avolites continues to expand its Art2000 digital dimming range with the addition of the 32 Amp dimmer module, to be launched at PLASA 2001. Art2000-TV has been developed to meet the growing and changing demands of the television, film and industrial show and exhibition lighting industries, where the use of dimmable fixtures is becoming an increasingly popular, cost-effective method of lighting these specific environments.

The dimmer offers 32 Amps - continuously rated - in six-channel modules. Each channel has 240µ rise time - optimised for silence on both dimmer and fixture - and forced air-cooling via a speed-controlled fan. C-Type breakers are fitted to deal effectively with high in-rush currents. For full flexibility, the Art2000-TV module is available in two standard frame formats - 2 bay (12 x 32 channels) or 4 bay (24 x 32A channels). Art2000-TV’s top-mounting control module is smart and auto-detects the number and type of dimming modules attached. Each module offers the useful facilities of local fader control and individual Channel Test.Avolites can be found on Stand C4

Virtual Tour Now Online
Tuesday, 7 August 2001

For those visitors new to PLASA or simply keen to remind themselves how impressive last year’s event was, the Show website now features a virtual tour of last year’s PLASA Show. The tour takes in various elements of the exhibition with views from both the lower and top decks. By clicking on any of the green circles featured, visitors can look at the show floor in 3D and also explore other facilities at Earls Court 1.

New DHA and Rosco Agreement
Tuesday, 7 August 2001

DHA has announced its new licensing agreement with Rosco, granting the company exclusive rights to manufacture the most popular gobo designs from DHA's catalogue for supply to Rosco dealers around the world. The new system now means faster delivery of standard gobos for Rosco's customers. "Having worked with DHA for 17 years we are very happy to continue the relationship and pleased that together we are able to respond to increased customer demand for rapid delivery by streamlining our systems," said Joshua Alemany, product manager at Rosco Laboratories. He continued: "Complementing DHA's international network of dealers, Rosco continues with its agreement to be DHA's exclusive distributor of gobos in the USA, South America, Australia and Canada. The worldwide network of Rosco companies and existing global stockists will benefit from the new arrangement and we both expect to see increased growth and new product introduction."

Until PLASA 2000, Rosco and DHA shared an exclusive marketing agreement. This was then redefined, in a move to align DHA's international marketing strategy with its UK business practice and to enable the company to market its full range of products direct to overseas customers. Diane Grant, joint managing director of DHA, said: "We have been working successfully with Rosco since 1984 and since our move to Waterloo Road six years ago, our capabilities have increased tremendously. Customer expectations have also changed and they should no longer have to accept the delays in delivery caused by shipping gobos to the USA from the

Doughty Keeps up the Suspense
Tuesday, 7 August 2001

Doughty is showing a range of new products for the first time. The latest addition to studio suspension equipment from the company is a range of two and three adjustable spring pantographs. The Doughty spring pantographs have been designed to be lightweight and compact, with strength, safety and ease of use being the major design criteria. Loads from 5 to 20Kg can be suspended from overhead tracks or barrels and quickly positioned with height ranges of 2.2 to five metres. Also new is the Quick Trigger Clamp. The design of the QT clamp gives a high degree of safety by allowing one person to hang heavy luminaires and scanners on any size tube from 38mm to 51mm. The jaws are sprung loaded to stay open to leave both hands free to lift and position the load, the weight of the object being hung then becomes its own safety factor by automatically closing the clamp. This unique feature allows the luminaires to be easily positioned and then securely locked off using the large Tee handle. This range of clamps have been tested and certified by TÜV and has a safe working load of 250Kg.

Doughty can be found on Stand D10.

i-Vision Launchesi-Vision Launches
Monday, 6 August 2001

i-vision is the brainchild of Geoff Jones - an entrepreneur well-known in the entertainment technology industry, most latterly with his company Laser Studio and as chairman of the Entertainment Laser Association (ELA). Jones is setting up I-Vision as a new and integral infrastructure for the dynamic group of companies with which he is involved. With the i-Vision launch, the company starts up in new premises in Wales, in downtown Chepstow, adjacent to the Severn Bridge. Contained within the group is Laser Studio, JMC Lighting i-vision Banners, i-vision Architectural and i-vision Hire. The plan is to develop the i-vision brand as a progressive, contemporary visual production facility appropriate to service a huge array of challenging entertainment industry projects in the 21st century.

Laser Studio continues to manufacture, sell, install and hire the latest in laser technology. Recent installations include to the Ministry of Sound and Mono, Dublin’s latest and coolest club destination. i-vision is currently developing a, new laser controller.

JMC Lighting continues to hire, sell and install effects lighting equipment and to market the Italian Coef range and other products like SDS.

i-vision Architectural continues its creative and practical quest of designing, installing and servicing cost-effective permanent and semi-permanent lighting schemes for the specialist buildings, public arts and spaces and ‘feature’ lighting markets.

i-vision Banners is working closely with Landrells to maximise the possibilities of banner art a

DHA’s Asian Workshops
Monday, 6 August 2001

In preparation for the recent PALA 2001 and continuing its commitment to international workshops, DHA Lighting recently organised a day of workshops in Singapore in association with Audio Light Asia. Showing how theatrical lighting effects can be translated into alternative design contexts, Julie Harper, DHA's sales manager for the Asia Pacific region, demonstrated a variety of DHA products. In addition to theoretical guidance and professional demonstrations, the workshop provided hands-on opportunities to experiment with a range of lanterns and accessories. The audience was able to experience the potential of creative lighting when used to produce a variety of atmospheres which can be used across several market sectors, including themed entertainment, architecture, retail and interior lighting.

Taking her audience through a wide range of moving effects, Julie also used the compact DHA Gecko Image Projector, specifically designed for architectural use, in conjunction with its accessories for image animation and movement. The Gecko's style and compact design make it an ideal vehicle for creating lighting effects in any environment where space is limited or high tech design a feature. Other effects were demonstrated using Selecon's Pacific, ETC's Source 4 and Strand's SL lanterns.

Brighton Rocks with Rainmaker
Sunday, 5 August 2001

Lighting design and events specialists Rainmaker recently lit an open air stage on Brighton Beach for a Channel Four party event starring dance impresarios Norman Cook AKA Fatboy Slim and Groove Armada, and enjoyed free by approximately 35,000 excited revellers.

The main focus of the stage was a giant Screenco LED screen. This had been rigged to facilitate a C4 broadcast of the Ashes cricket from Edgebaston on the Thursday through Sunday. However, Channel Four then decided it would create a great local buzz of they threw a party on the Friday night, offering an opportunity to groove the summer evening away with the best in contemporary club vibes with local hero - the Fatboy himself! They then decided to broadcast parts of the party a week later on C4’s ‘Fatboy Slim Night’.

The Fatboy Slim event originally started out just as a just live show, with Rainmaker initially asked by production company Skybridge to supply four Space Cannons to reveal spectacular architectural illuminations on Brighton’s famous West Pier at a strategic moment late in the evening. However, a few production meetings down the line, it turned into a filmed event for Channel 4 and became obvious that additional stage lighting would be required as the event gathered pace. Rainmaker’s Paul O’Brien produced a dynamic lighting design for the stage. Using the two 10 metre high PA towers featuring a L-Acoustics’ V-dosc system supplied by Delta Sound and engineered by Andy Jackson, plus two additional six metre towers, Rainmaker installed a spectacular, highly flex

Australian Lighting Association Proposed
Saturday, 4 August 2001

On Thursday 12 July, a preliminary meeting was held at the Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre, to seek interest in the formation of an Australasian association for all who share an interest in the art, science and technology of light.

With an overwhelmingly positive responses from this, and a follow-up meeting in Melbourne, organisers Andy Ciddor and Cat Strom (Forcer) have decided to press ahead in establishing an Australasian Lighting Industry Association, provisionally entitled ALIA.

Discussions at the meetings were based around a widely-circulated proposal prepared by Cat Strom, Steve Furzey and Andy Ciddor, the text of which can be found on the preliminary ALIA website -

It was agreed that a broadly-based and inclusive lighting industry association is a worthwhile goal. Members of Australia’s existing lighting association, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESANZ), who attended the Sydney meeting, took the proposal to a meeting of their IES Central Executive held in Sydney on the 19-20 July 2001. The provisional ALIA proposal was reviewed and it was felt that there were many areas that could be of mutual benefit to IES and ALIA memberships. A business plan for the implementation of the proposal is currently in preparation. Suggestions, support, comments and criticisms will be gratefully received at the e-mail address below.


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