Lighting News

colorado-panel-q40COLORado Panel Q40 casts a wide light
Thursday, 6 December 2018

USA Chauvet Professional makes it possible to cover a wider area with an even coloured wash on indoor and outdoor stages. Introduced just in time for festival season, the company’s new IP65 rated COLORado Panel Q40 features a magnetic flood filter that produces a very wide, but still even wash.
Powered by 40 15-watt RGBW LEDs, the rectangular wash fixture has a bright output (up to 9,480 lux at 5m) and creates perfectly smooth edge-to edge colour mixing. An adjustable beam angle of 15° or 24° adds to its versatility.
“We developed the COLORado Panel Q40 in response to the demand on the part of designers for a reliable IP65 rated wash with a wide coverage area that could be used at festivals, amphitheaters and similar outdoor venues without sacrificing colour quality,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “The bright output of the COLORado Panel Q40 also makes it well-suited for outdoor applications.”
Ruggedly constructed, the COLORado Panel Q40 measures 20.27 x 7.71 x 11.96 inches (515 x 196 x 304 mm) and weighs 28.2 lbs. (12.8 kg), making it efficient to setup and transport. Its outdoor rated power and data connectors can be connecting quickly and easily without the need for propriety cabling.
The user-friendly wash fixture can be controlled via DMX, WDMX and RDM. It has a colour temperature range of 2800 to 10000K and selectable Pulse Width Modulation that avoids flickering when lighting concerts and festivals that will be videoed.
“We’re excited about this light,” said Chauvet. “The popularity of festivals has cre

the-classical-academy-little-mermaid-tnElation enhances Colorado’s Classical Academy
Thursday, 6 December 2018

USA - The Classical Academy (TCA) in Colorado Springs recently debuted its new performing arts auditorium with a production of The Little Mermaid enhanced by an all LED Elation Professional lighting system designed and installed by Second Opinion Audio.
Second Opinion Audio designed all of the audio, lighting, video and motor control systems for the new performing arts space. “This is a total state-of-the-art system and we needed to have the lighting system reflect that,” said Second Opinion Audio founder Bob Langlois. “LED was the direction we wanted to go for maximum flexibility for the client. There is no other auditorium of this size that can claim this technology.”
The Elation lighting rig is made up of both dedicated white light luminaires (24 WW Profile warm-white ellipsoidal spots, 12 DTW Par 300 variable white LED Par lights) and full colour LED lights (22 Colour 5 Profile LED ellipsoidal spots, 10 SixBar 1000 LED battens). A pair of Antari F4 Fazers is used for atmospheric effects and mid-air canopy projection. The full theatrical lighting system is spread across three electrics and was designed by Second Audio’s Terry Taylor, who decided specifically on the Elation fixtures to fit the school’s needs.
Designed and built from the ground up, the new performing arts space was completed in time for the school’s fall presentation of The Little Mermaid.
“TCA is thrilled to have a new auditorium with state-of-the-art lighting and sound,” comments Kaye VonKessel, TCA’s theatre director. “We just finished

 
 
hsl-prodigy-proHSL provides lighting riot for Prodigy
Thursday, 6 December 2018

UK - Tim Fawkes has worked for Prodigy since 2012 and been their lighting designer for the last year. He’s currently fully embroiled in creating a lighting riot for the current No Tourists, tour promoting the Prodigy’s seventh album.
HSL is again the lighting supplier, and the band are playing arenas and living up to their reputation for being among the most exciting live acts around.
Tim went for a massive, wide and “epic” look for the stage. “I wanted to get away from the postage stamp look of some shows in arenas, where only a tiny part of the actual venue is involved,” he explained. In addition to feeling the energy and atmospherics of the lighting, the band wanted to embrace the whole audience and pull them kicking and screaming into the Prodigy live trip and lighting plays an absolutely instrumental part in this process.
Tim was also involved in drawing up and developing the set design which is based on an idea from the band inspired by the album artwork involving the iconic Routemaster London bus.
In the middle of the stage are two AEC Routemaster front-engined double-decker buses which are 6m high, 2.5 wide and 3m deep.
Built by Brilliant Stages Tim worked alongside Prodigy production manager Tyrone Brunton and Brilliant account handler Bullet to perfect the scenic elements.
As this is a Prodigy show, these are no ordinary London buses – Tim calculated how many lights he could squeeze into the space and filled them with Martin MAC Quantum Washes, Atomic LED strobes and ColorBlock II LED battens to illum

 
lungsUniversity of Alaska acquires Ayrton Ghiblis
Thursday, 6 December 2018

USA - The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA) has taken delivery of Ayrton Ghibli fixtures, supplied by ACT Lighting, Inc., Ayrton’s exclusive distributor in North America.
Professor Daniel J. Anteau, the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance whose specialty is lighting design, had been looking to introduce cutting-edge LED moving head fixtures to use in UAA’s Main Stage and Harper Studio Theatre. He saw Ghibli online, enquired about the new light’s capabilities and sought out Ghibli users.
“I wanted to know if it was as amazing as it appeared online,” says Anteau. “It seemed to be exactly what I was looking for. Users told me how Ghibli compared to other fixtures I knew. That gave me a lot of confidence moving forward.”
Anteau intends to share the Ghibli fixtures between UAA’s two stages. Although students have just returned for the new school year the Ghibli units have already been used by Alaska’s newest professional theatre company, CAZART, on a production of Lungs by Duncan Macmillan, with lighting design by UAA student James Kendall.
“The department’s new season will run from October 2018 to May 2019, and I anticipate the Ghiblis will be utilized on every production we do,” says Anteau. ‘I expect heavy usage for Playhouse Creatures which opens October 26.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
action-church3Action Church outfitted with Elation lighting
Wednesday, 5 December 2018

USA - When fast-growing Action Church in Florida decided to transform an older building into the ministry’s new broadcast location, they chose to dynamically light the space using an Elation Professional intelligent lighting system designed by AVL integration company Crown Design Group (CDG).
Action Church opened the new chapter, its fourth, in Winter Park, Florida, this past fall. As a dedicated broadcast location, the main sermon takes place at the new facility and is then fed live to Action Church’s other locations, one smaller location and two mobile sites that are set up and torn down each weekend that CDG has also outfitted with Elation gear.
“Every Action Church location has live music and a pastor host but this is their first large, non-mobile location,” says CDG co-founder Ben Graham, whose passion is to see churches inspire and grow their congregations through the use of AVL technology. “They required a versatile system that could cover both house and stage lighting and because all locations take a live feed from the Winter Park site, they needed lighting that could easily transition for use in the sermon broadcast.”
Needing a versatile colour-changing house lighting solution for the 1000-seat main room, CDG found it in Elation’s LED downlighting Colour Pendant. “They wanted control of the house lighting to project any colour and to match with the background they have on screens so we use the Colour Pendants to shade the room and bring colour from the stage out into the audience,” says Graham.
For colour wash on s

 
px-hex-series-high-res-wADJ enhances PX HEX Series
Tuesday, 4 December 2018

USA/Europe - ADJ has announced the immediate availability of its new and improved PX HEX Series of LED-powered pars.
Building on the success of the original HEX Series of wash fixtures, the new units feature improvements that are the direct result of customer feedback.
The PX HEX Series retains the practical design and colour mixing potential of the original fixtures, but with the added advantage of two professional-calibre enhancements requested by existing users.
The PX HEX Series fixtures are fitted with powerCON input and output sockets in place of the IEC sockets found on the original HEX Series units. This allows for a reliable power connection that locks securely into place and won’t pull out accidentally. It also allows for easy integration into professional stage rigs that are setup with powerCON power distribution.
All of the new units are also fitted with both 3-pin AND 5-pin XLR input and output sockets for DMX control and master/slave linking. This adds to the fixtures’ flexibility, meaning that they can be easily incorporated into either a 3-pin or 5-pin setup and are therefore ideal for use by production and rental companies.
There are four models in the series, each offering a different combination of LED power and casing finish. The 5PX HEX features five 12W HEX LEDs housed in a compact case that is ideal for truss warming as well as up-lighting duties where a powerful wash is required from an unobtrusive fixture. The 5PX HEX PEARL offers the same arrangement of LEDs and casing design, but with an eye-catching all-wh

 
 
ayrtonAyrton makes magic for Cezinando
Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Norway - Norwegian LD Kimarius Abrahamsen chose Ayrton MagicBlade-R and MagicBlade-FX lighting fixtures as the main structural elements of his design for Cezinando’s tour and summer festival appearances this year, helping earn the Norwegian singer, rapper and songwriter his third NRK P3 Gull (Gold) Award as Live Artist of the Year.
Bary AS was responsible for the production design of Cezinando’s show and the supply of the majority of the technical equipment, including the Ayrton MagicBlade fixtures.
Frode Eggum Have of Bary AS says: “We want to congratulate Cezinando on his fantastic win and would like to think it might have something to do with his killer concert at Øyafestivalen earlier this summer which had everyone talking!”
Bary worked closely with Abrahamsen on Cezinando’s show for Øyafestivalen, one of Norway’s biggest. But Abrahamsen’s story with Ayrton MagicBlades began even earlier: “Before Cezinando's summer tour, I really wanted to try out Ayrton's MagicBlades as they seemed like interesting fixtures that could change the whole look of the stage design easily and quickly,” says Abrahamsen. “I really wanted to challenge myself to play with ‘walls of light’ and pixel-mapping in a show. I ended up using twelve Ayrton MagicBlade-R fixtures in Extended Mode on the tour, and immediately fell in love with them!
“For the Øyafestivalen show, I worked closely with Sebastian Ekeberg, Bary’s production designer, to find some fixtures that would complement with our current ground package, and fit into the stage d

 
angriya203759PR XR helps launch luxury cruise liner
Tuesday, 4 December 2018

India - Angriya, India's first luxury cruise ship, which will sail between Mumbai and Goa, was commissioned at a formal inauguration ceremony in October.
Launched as a joint venture by Mumbai Port Trust and Angriya Sea Eagle Pvt Ltd., the flagging off took place in Mumbai, when PR Lighting customer, Goa-based Reynold Event & Promotions were sub-contracted to provide all the lighting by event management firm Wizcraft.
The company recently purchased 12 of PR Lighting’s XR 480 BWS hybrid moving heads, pressing them straight into action for the occasion. They were used principally to colour wash the ship and provide gobo projections, and were mounted on platforms at dock-side, that lined the front of the ship.
The XR 480 BWS is designed to provide three features in one (beam, wash and spot) from an advanced 480W lamp matched with a superb optical system. And according to Reynold Event & Promotions’ director John Remedios: “We were extremely impressed with the beam quality, effects and gobos.”
The attendees of between 600-800 people were transfixed by the gentle looping of the colour movement throughout the official launch ceremony. “The XR 480 BWS was a big success,” admits Remedios. “Since this was a dock location surrounded by sea, the light beams could be seen from quite a long distance away. That part of Goa is generally pretty quiet, so everyone knew that something big was happening.”
The order of 12 XR 480 BWS was Reynold’s first from the Chinese manufacturer -but it’s unlikely to be their last. “This eve

 
 
racoon2ChamSys helps create different moods for Racoon
Tuesday, 4 December 2018

The Netherlands - Over the course of their 20-year career, Dutch rock stalwarts Racoon have woven their way through an array of evocative sounds, being as comfortable collaborating with Armin van Buuren on a trance version of one of their hits as they are performing with the London Chamber Orchestra.
Reflecting the multi-faceted style of Racoon in light calls for a design that can convey a wide range of moods in a clear, but subtle fashion. Erwin van Lokeren, the band’s long-time lighting designer, is accomplishing this feat on the band’s Fall ’18 tour with a lightshow that (like his client’s music) is at once straightforward and complex. An indispensable tool in helping van Lokeren achieve this is his ChamSys MagicQ MQ80 console.
“I have been Racoon’s designer since 2006, and it is always exciting and challenging working for them because their music is so diverse,” said van Lokeren. “Racoon music ranges from up-tempo pop to really fragile small songs. This means that I have to go from making the show look big, to creating something very small and intimate. On this tour, I try to create a show that is a bit industrial. I have lights moving up and down in different positions, so they work as scenic pieces as well as sources of illumination.”
Limiting his three-universe show to 62 fixtures, van Lokeren is keeping his rig uncluttered to evoke an intimate hardcore basic mood on stage.
In light of his design vision for the current Racoon tour, the effects options in van Lokeren’s ChamSys console are of particular importance.

 
stage-electrics-wStage Electrics contracted for Fairfield Halls project
Tuesday, 4 December 2018

UK - Stage Electrics has won a contract to supply production lighting and AV solutions to Croydon’s Fairfield Halls as a part of the venue’s highly anticipated redevelopment.
Working with the Contractor, Vinci Construction, and the theatre consultant, Sound Space Vision, the Stage Electrics team, will be starting on site this month. “Stage Electrics has a long-standing relationship with this venue,” comments Richard Phare, Stage Electrics regional commercial manager. “I was personally involved with Fairfield’s last technical refurbishment over 20 years ago. It’s fantastic that Stage Electrics can, again, play a part in this venue’s continuous development.”
The Stage Electrics team are completing works within the venue’s three main performance spaces; the 1800-seat Concert Hall, the 750-seat Ashcroft Theatre and the Arnhem Gallery - plus a new multi-function space for up to 450 people.
“This is an ambitious project,” adds Phare. “Fairfield Halls will become home to a vibrant new cultural quarter once the works are finished. The client’s aim is to transform Fairfield into landmark destination for the arts in South London, something I feel is certainly achievable.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
beat-itGLP provides eye candy for The King of Pop
Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Europe - “When the call came to make a Michael Jackson show, I knew immediately: that's exactly what I wanted,” says lighting designer Marcus Krömer
"Beat it! is a show inspired by the life and career of Michael Jackson, from his first steps with the Jackson 5 until his death,” he said. “The entire production is characterised by great respect for the artist and his work, but at the same time is not a tribute-show. Rather, we wanted to present his show and his music in a modern context, but still remain authentic,” states Krömer, outlining the idea behind the production.
Also, the fact that this could not be achieved without a large slice of rock 'n roll was made clear to the Beat It! team. "Paul Happ, our programmer, and I worked a lot with his music and found so many details and little things that we all wanted to work out,” the designer adds, describing the initial approach to what became a rousing show.
It was also clear that while modern production would not work without the use of LED lights, the result should by no means look like modern lighting technology. "That would have been a break in style and we wanted to stay as authentic as possible. Of course, there are LED walls in the background, some even moving. But in the context of the show, they are deployed to not look like the typical video wall in the stage background. However, from the very beginning there was a wish for some renderings to be projected with some songs and an agreement was made early on between the light and video department."
Similarly, K

 
entec-building-purchase-group-pic-crop-wEntec secures future at Northolt base
Tuesday, 4 December 2018

UK - Entec Sound & Light has now purchased the freehold of its warehousing and office buildings in Northolt, Middlesex, its location since January 1991.
The company was nearing the end of its lease agreement in Northolt and had visited more than 60 potential facilities in a bid to relocate. However, Entec says “it was clear that no other property was able to offer the comprehensive range of facilities” already available at its current home, which is also situated close to Heathrow, with convenient links to central London and the rest of the UK via the M25, M40, M4 and M3.
Nick Pendleton, Entec’s chairman, comments: “This is an important milestone for Entec - after 50 years, we finally have complete control of our own premises. This purchase follows almost a year of looking at all the options. Good access, security, warehouse size and expansion opportunities were among the main criteria, and we eventually realised that the answer was literally on our own doorstep.”
He adds: “This investment is a clear commitment to continuing to improve our company. We can now look ahead, safe in the knowledge that our future is in our own hands.”

 
 
protron-eclypse-8Elation launches Protron Eclypse hybrid
Monday, 3 December 2018

USA - Elation Professional has merged hybrid with high-intensity in the latest luminaire in the company’s Protron line of strobe lights. Elation has introduced the Protron Eclypse, a high-powered and highly versatile hybrid LED luminaire that can function as a blinder, strobe, wash light or an effect light.
With 96 10W RGBW LEDs that produce 37,000lm of power, the Protron Eclypse offers a full spectrum of colour options, including high-impact white light, for a barrage of coloured or white light effects possibilities. The fixture projects light at a 31° beam angle with strobe intensity, duration, rate and FX all controllable.
The Protron Eclypse comes in a robust housing for durable on-the-road use. Versatile rigging options include an adjustable/removable yoke bracket with three-position mounting holes, ¼ turn omega bracket, and integrated interlocking pins for easy multiple fixture matrix designs. With an IPX4 rating for protection against water spray, the unit is also fit for temporary outdoor use. Barn door and gel frame holder accessories are available for added versatility.
(Jim Evans)

 
christfellowship1Christ Fellowship looks forward with Chauvet
Monday, 3 December 2018

USA - The sun broke through the clouds on Easter Sunday, setting a bright, uplifting mood outside for the opening of the new worship centre at Christ Fellowship church in Port St.Lucie, Florida.
Stepping inside the building, one of eleven Christ Fellowship campuses, worshippers encountered a sleek and spacious room with a curved thrust stage, two-tiered auditorium seating, three IMAG LED video panels, a larger wall centre stage and two smaller units to either side of it. Surrounding the larger panel and located at other positions around the stage was a collection of 161 Chauvet Professional LED fixtures, supplied by Mankin Media Systems.
Although the 161 lighting fixtures may not have been obvious to most people entering the worship centre on Easter Sunday, once services started they transformed the room, creating an immersive field of colour and light that engaged everyone on a deep level. For Christ Fellowship’s team, technical director Neil Zimmerman, production director Danny Dagher and lighting designer Joe Rizzo, the dynamic lighting package is part of a shared commitment to keeping the church’s services rewarding and relevant to contemporary worshippers.
“Lighting plays an integral part of our worship services. We are always re-evaluating how to make our services better and partnering with our audio and video teams to create a more engaging experience,” said Dagher. “Details like colour selection and position of a lighting fixture can have a major impact on the feel of a room.”
Having a powerful lighting system capable of cr

 
 
robe-movistar-arena-bogota-mov191853138Robe for Bogota’s Movistar Arena installation
Monday, 3 December 2018

Columbia - Bogota’s landmark 14,000 capacity Movistar Arena (originally built in 1973 and previously known as the Coliseo Cubierto El Campín) is in the final stages of a two-year renovation and complete refurbishment which will see it re-open with state-of-the-art facilities to stage multiple sporting and entertainment events.
Robe moving lights will be part of the house lighting rig which is being provided by Medellin based rental company Linea Estrategica, and this will include 60 x BMFL Spots, 60 x MegaPointes and 84 x Spiider wash-beam moving lights.
Linea Estrategica owner and CEO Conrado Santamaria explained that the company tendered to be the full technical supplier - they are also providing audio, video and rigging - and won the contract which will be administered as a long-term rental over the next three years.
Conrado explains that it was a straightforward decision to spec Robe into the venue: “At the moment, Robe is on all the riders.”
The fixtures were also picked to offer LDs, programmers and operators working on all genres of performance including televised sporting events a powerful and flexible array of creative tools. The standard house stage will be 22-metre-wide by 14-metre-deep and sporting events will usually be staged in the round.
The Robes will be joined by several other lights - strobes, blinders, LED battens and some generics - but they will be the core luminaires.
As well as hosting some of the best and most popular Colombian bands – in a country with a rich music scene - plus key artists from al

 
adam-hallAdam Hall Group stages Event Tech Days
Monday, 3 December 2018

Germany - The Adam Hall Group held its Event.Tech Days networking event to present the latest innovations from its solutions portfolio.
The international manufacturer and distributor of event technology welcomed 50 customers and 80 participants at the company’s HQ in Neu-Anspach (near Frankfurt) on 21-22 November, where rental industry experts could see products from Adam Hall brands including LD Systems, Cameo Light, and Gravity.
Additionally, in a format coined “Tech Talks”, the rental professionals were subsequently invited to openly discuss and exchange their insights, ideas and views surrounding the future of the event technology industry with the Group’s product management and R&D teams.
The Event.Tech Days were rounded off by an evening event in cooperation with BMW that included networking, dining and drinks, live music, as well as the German premiere of the new BMW X5 and 8 models.
Attending this inaugural event were rental company professionals from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, who received exclusive introduction and demos of products including Cameo moving lights and battery-powered spotlights; the new rental series from Gravity Stands.
Adam Hall Group CEO Alexander Pietschmann gave a keynote speech before the product specialists highlighted the new products.
In pro audio, Viktor Wiesner presented the current LD Systems portfolio, from the award-winning MAUI P900 in cooperation with Porsche Design Studio through the CURV 500 TS Compact Touring System to the Stin

 
 
avolitesAvolites Synergy debuts on Gary Numan tour
Monday, 3 December 2018

UK - Avolites’ lighting and video integration software, Synergy, debuted on Gary Numan’s Savage tour in November.
The flagship performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall saw the British synth-rocker’s dramatic end-of-days video content emerge from LED screens into the 3D space as the multitude of GLP and Vari-Lite fixtures pixel-matched its colour and effects.
Creative designer Luke Edwards’ two Avolites Sapphire Touch consoles and dual Avolites Ai Q3 media servers were loaded with the new Synergy software.
“Synergy is the future and as a designer it’s making me very excited,” says Edwards. “It’s not just lights anymore. In fact, the term ‘lighting designer’ is one day going to be a thing of the past - Synergy integrates lighting and video so beautifully, so simply, so powerfully, that ‘multimedia designer’ is the new thing. It’s truly changing the way we think, design and action. The words ‘game-changer’ and ‘ground-breaking’ are used far too often, but Synergy really is both of those things.”
The result of years of R&D by a dedicated Avolites team, Synergy allows users to stream Ai video colour data through any fixture group, to instantly integrate them into a larger video canvas.
Launching in the UK in September at PLASA London, Synergy immediately won Avolites the coveted PLASA Innovation Award. The judges commented that Synergy stood out because it ‘opens up the creative opportunities for visual effects on stage as well as providing time-saving opportunities in production workflow

 
stuart-porter-wHog 4 product manager at White Light
Friday, 30 November 2018

UK - White Light has appointed Stuart Porter as Hog 4 product manager. Porter has worked extensively in London’s West End as an associate lighting designer and lighting programmer.
He comments: “I am delighted to be joining WL. I am fully aware of the company’s reputation as a leading supplier of lighting equipment, having drawn on them myself for over three decades. This feels like a natural progression for me and I’ve been delighted with the immediate response by both the company and customers alike.”
He adds: “As an experienced programmer, I’ve learnt my trade on the Hog range, having worked extensively on the Hog 2 for theatre shows, along with events such as the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, so will be able to bring that knowledge seamlessly across to the Hog 4 platform. It’s a really exciting time for Hog under the new ownership of ETC and it’s fantastic that WL has been chosen as its UK base.”
Over the next few months, Porter will be travelling across the UK, visiting venues, colleges and theatres to promote the Hog range and allow users to see first-hand its capabilities.
Stuart and the WL team are also offering training days alongside ETC for users to learn more about the products. These will be held on 4-5 December 2018, 9-10 January 2019 and 12-13 February 2019 at ETC Park Royal.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
zero-88-console-training-map-2019-2Zero 88 ramps up training in 2019
Friday, 30 November 2018

UK - Eaton’s Zero 88 lighting control brand is ramping up its free training opportunities in 2019 - open for all those utilising lighting consoles running ZerOS architecture - as part of a wider comprehensive product support programme.
This is as a direct result of an increase in the number of active ZerOS users in the UK, which has doubled in the last 12 months.
The trend reflects the success of the FLX series of powerful, flexible and affordable lighting consoles – the FLX and FLX S24 and S48 - which have enjoyed popularity especially for small-to-medium applications running rigs with some moving lights and a quantity of LED fixtures together with conventionals.
Zero 88 has always been known for its commitment for training. In 2018, well over 500 individuals benefitted from this which including regular dedicated sessions at Eaton’s bases in Cwmbran, Wales, and Watford, north of London, plus Dealer Day workshops as well as specialist on-site arrangements organized in conjunction with events like the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and selected industry trade shows.
A Zero 88 team was on the ground during the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and delivered over 25 training workshops to nearly 120 lighting programmers and operators working in multiple venues with Zero 88 consoles in action throughout the world famous three-and-a-half-week arts extravaganza.
“The model has been such an amazing success that we have decided to make it even more accessible for users at all levels in 2019,” enthused Tyler Holpin, who is key UK accounts & internat

 
xerocon20180872Hawthorn supports Xerocon conference
Friday, 30 November 2018

UK - Xerocon London 2018 brought together accountants, bookkeepers, ecosystem partners and industry leaders. Hawthorn was chosen by agency Taylor Bennett Partners to deliver the full technical production for the two-day event held at ExCel London on 14- 15 November.
Over 3,300 delegates gathered to find out the latest news and updates from Xero, a cloud-based accounting software company. Led by group creative director Pete Harding, Hawthorn was tasked to bring Taylor Bennett’s impressive vision to life, delivering full technical production for the main conference plenary, exhibition space, break-out sessions and evening party. Featuring three technical installations including a mammoth custom-made LED sculpture and an indoor zip wire, Xerocon London 2018 proved it wasn’t a typical accounting conference.
The Xerocon main stage cut an impressive figure. Measuring 57m-wide, Hawthorn used nine Barco UDX-4K32 projectors to create the unusual pill-shaped screen. This set-up included two circular screen sections at the edges of the stage which acted as relays, ensuring everyone in the audience had a perfect view of the on-stage action.
Taking inspiration from the Xero logo, Hawthorn realised an idea by Taylor Bennett to create a striking 12 metre-diameter LED wheel to encompass the end of the main stage. Made from 249 custom-made LED fixtures, each using 255 individual RGB pixels per disc, the striking structure delivered 63,495 pixels.
Lighting was designed by Hawthorn’s head of lghting Jack Sayer, Will Plenty and luminary designer Russell Gru

 
 
strikesaberChauvet introduces STRIKE Saber
Thursday, 29 November 2018

USA - Chauvet Professional’s STRIKE series is expanding to include its first batten fixture. The new STRIKE Saber “packs the intense punch associated with the series’ pod fixtures, but in a linear configuration that features 10 x 17W warm white/amber LED cells,” says the company.
The STRIKE Saber can be utilised as a blinder, strobe, footlight or tunable white wash. It is pixel mappable and can also be used to create captivating chase effects. Adding to the attractiveness and immersive qualities of the STRIKE Saber is its emulated amber shift, which warms the colour temperature of the light as it dims to create a realistic incandescent look. The newest member of the STRIKE family also includes 16-bit dimming for smooth fades.
“The response that our STRIKE series has received from leading designers around the world has been overwhelming,” comments Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “Designers told us they wanted more ways to incorporate the STRIKE series’ intense output into their rigs, so we designed a batten unit to complement our pod fixtures.”
He concludes: “With the STRIKE Saber being a batten-style fixture, designers will be able to use it in a wider variety of configurations. We’re very eager to see what they come up with down the road.”
(Jim Evans)

 
altmanAltman lights Guanajuato arts centre
Thursday, 29 November 2018

Mexico - Located in Purísima del Rincón, Guanajuato, the Auditorio de la plaza Purísima is a new performing arts centre built for the benefit of the more than 200,000 citizens in the Rincón municipalities.
Created as part of the Plaza Purísima complex, the new facility was backed by the Public Works Secretariat and envisioned to be a shining example of modern architecture. With an expectation to implement the latest in lighting technology into the design, Interlight Mexico worked with the design team at Genesist and installed Chalice LED downlights, PHX LED ellipsoidals, and Spectra Cyc LED cyclorama luminaires from Altman Lighting.
“We’ve had the opportunity to work with the client and specifier on the project on a couple of past occasions, so they know our company well and trust our experienced design team,” says Jose Zedillo, general director, Genesist. “Through this relationship, we really have the freedom to explore the best solutions possible for each lighting challenge, and it is always our goal to utilize the most innovative technology in our designs.”
As Genesist and Interlight got to work, the theatrical lighting design would first be influenced by the desire to use an energy-efficient solution for the unique venue. Additionally, the team had to be cognizant of selecting fixtures that could keep pace in an active production environment.
“Due to the layout of the theatre space and energy-savings specifications, we needed to identify LED lighting solutions that were both powerful and provided a wide variety of beam a

 
 
bill-groenerheadshotvlsBill Groener joins Vincent Lighting Systems
Wednesday, 28 November 2018

USA - Vincent Lighting Systems (VLS) has announced that Bill Groener will be joining the company as its new president. Founder and former president, Paul Vincent will remain connected with VLS as an advisor moving forward. Groener, who will be based in the Cleveland area, will be taking on the responsibilities of his new role immediately. He will work closely with the VLS Leadership Team to assure a smooth transition.
“I have a huge amount of respect for the company that Paul built over the 40-plus years that VLS has been around,” says Groener. “I've known Paul since 1984. I continued to work with him over the years and got to know the good person and outstanding employer that Paul is. It is great to know that Paul is still going to be available as a resource to our team in an advisory role. All in all, it's a great situation and I'm looking forward to this new challenge.”
Groener’s career spans almost 40 years in the entertainment, themed and architectural technology sectors. Before joining VLS, Groener was the principal of the systems integration firm, GRO(2)B, before that he was the VP of national business development for 4Wall Entertainment.
(Jim Evans)

 
eliteElite Multimedia highlights artistry of Momentum
Wednesday, 28 November 2018

USA - Created to be the Christian Music Broadcasters’ premier annual event, Momentum is a four-day conference which brings together radio and record industry professionals from around the world. Since its inception in 2009, Momentum has been dedicated to the success of Christian music broadcasting offering a showcase of the hottest musical artists today.
Held for the second year at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, the CMB events team wanted to create an attendee experience “like none before”, so they called upon the Nashville-based production provider Elite Multimedia Productions who supplied three event stages using a full package of audio, lighting and LED video.
“We are a non-profit ministry, so when we start looking at the production design for the Momentum conference, we have to look at what will offer the best experience for our attendees, as well as what is going to be most affordable for us,” began Brittany Whatley, CMB events manager. “One of the reasons we love working with Elite Multimedia Productions is that they understand how to showcase our musical artists in the best way possible, and at the best price.
“The event typically occurs over the course of the Labor Day weekend so there is not a lot of time for the load-in and set-up,” explained Whatley. “Since it’s a pretty quick turnaround, we get started on Wednesday evening and then begin sound checks pretty early in the day on Thursday. The team at Elite really only has a short amount of time to get everything done, but they do it, and I am blown

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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