Germany - Prolight + Sound is set to provide the stage for J&C Joel to unveil a number of exciting new developments and products this April.

J&C Joel, one of the world's leading manufacturers of flame retardant fabrics and flooring for the entertainment and event industries, will also be celebrating its rich textile heritage at the Frankfurt show.

The British company has achieved global reach through an international network of offices and has been providing bespoke theatre curtains, drapes, canvasses, backdrops and stage engineering services for stage shows, events and exhibitions for more than 35 years.

As well as showcasing a number of new products and fabrics, which have been kept a closely guarded secret, the J&C Joel team will be launching its latest catalogue alongside a fresh new look for its website which will feature a number of technical enhancements to help custo

Poland - Entertainment engineering expert Triple E has designed and supplied 12 of its Chaintrack systems for the newly opened world-class concert hall in Katowice, Poland - a new venue for the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR).

The new building is billed as a concert hall with 'perfectly-designed acoustics'. In addition to smaller spaces and an atrium, at the heart of the building is the 1800-seat Great Concert Hall, which is shaped in a hybrid form mixing classic 'shoe-box' and more recent 'vineyard' designs.

The 12 Chaintrack systems, which were supplied with Spiral storage areas, are installed on the three balcony levels within the Great Concert Hall, with four systems on each level.There are two systems on each balcony side, which share a common stacking area, and the tracks layouts are mirrored on each level and on each side. The installation required over

USA - Every year, the NFL Super Bowl attracts hundreds of millions of viewers; many are there for the football game. Others are there for the halftime. The core create team includes executive producer Ricky Kirshner of Touchdown Entertainment, production designer Bruce Rodgers of Tribe Design and special effects designer Mark Grega of Strictly FX. "The production is really a team effort. It's the third year that we've been working with Mark; his creativity and experience are a vital part of creating a memorable Super Bowl Halftime," states Rodgers.

For the Super Bowl XLIX Pepsi Halftime featuring Katy Perry, the special effects portion of the production was remarkably flexible. "We change the show up until the day of- in fact, we made changes on Super Bowl Sunday, because of the camera shots. We try to maximize the best shot that the director, Hamish Hamilton, is

UK - When working as a lighting gaffer, David Oldroyd always struggled with the movement of kit in and out of location trucks especially on TV dramas with a small crew. The problem still bothered him when he took up his position as a rental agent with leading motion picture rental company Cinelease, so he began looking at ways of making the moving of kit easier.

David knew that with the varied kit used on each job, any solution would have to be adaptable and so sat down with Doughty's Dan Phillips to come up with a modular trolley system that could be easily adapted.

David explained, "I have always known Doughty to be an effective engineering grip company, so contacted Dan to see if it would be possible to figure something out between us. We drew up a few sketches which he then developed into technical drawings. It became apparent straight away that Doughty had more knowl

USA - ANSI E1.19 - 2015, Recommended Practice for the Use of Class A Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) Intended for Personnel Protection in the Entertainment Industry, and ANSI E1.23 - 2010 (R2015), Entertainment Technology - Design and Execution of Theatrical Fog Effects, were approved by the ANSI Board of Standards Review on 10 and 13 February respectively. They are now published and are available for free at The free download is made possible by the sponsorship of Prosight Specialty Insurance. They also may be purchased from ANSI's eStandards Store ( for $15.00 each.

ANSI E1.19 is intended to offer guidance in accordance with existing applicable standards on how to select, install, use and maintain ground fault protection devices in the entertainment industry to protect persons from shock and persons and pr

UK - Le Maitre Ltd is sponsoring fireman Scott Butler on his intrepid Journey To Elbrus challenge in what will hopefully gain him a place in the Guinness Book Of World Records.

In June this year Scott will be cycling 1800 miles across Europe then rowing solo 750 miles across the Black Sea. If that wasn't enough of a challenge he will then climb Mount Elbrus in Russia, the highest peak in Europe. Scott will be raising money for three charities - Firefighters Charity, The MS Society and Facing Africa.

Scott, a firefighter with the Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service has a history of challenging himself. He has run marathons and adventure races, cycled from John O'Groats to Land's End, driven the Nurburgring and also written a book. This will be his first ever attempt at a world record. Sponsorship details are available at

(Jim Evans)

Italy - The show Illusion, with several Salamanders from Le Maitre entertained visitors at the Rainbow MagicLand in Valmontone close to Rome throughout the summer 2014.

The attraction combines music, fantasy and projection. With hundreds of lights installed on the fountains and special effects enhancing the show, Illusion had nine dancers interacting with the fountains and the projections.

One of the world's leading companies for aquatic shows and an internationally renowned video designer participated in the realisation of this show.

Mr. Bonsanti, technical representative at MagicLand, commented, "The show went on two to three times a night for a duration of 25-30 minutes and could accommodate 300 people. Thanks to a series of effects, the organisers were able to create true illusions with pirate and jungle themes.

"The stage on the water with the castle built o

UK - PLASA's Technical Resources Office would like to remind LSiOnline readers that the European RDM and sACN Developers Conference and Plugfest for 2015 will take place from 22-24 April, in the UK, at Gatwick Manor, London Road at Lowfield Heath, just south of Gatwick Airport.

The Developers Conference provides a European forum for manufacturers, designers, consultants and prospective users; and aims to ensure that the adoption of these new standards achieves desired levels of interoperability and reliability.

Conference sessions will cover the understanding, implementation and use of the published E1.20 and E1.37 RDM standards. Other projects in the current PLASA Technical Standards Program such as 'E1.33: RDMnet' and the various E1.37-X extensions will also feature.

The 'Plugfest' is a hands-on opportunity for product developers to try out their hardware and code implemen

Germany - In the installation and event technology sectors, one often has to cover long distances. Thanks to the Cardinal DVM-HDBT extender systems from Sommer Cable, customers don't need to accept any compromises regarding image and audio quality.

"With our flexible signal management and extender systems of the Cardinal DVM series customers will benefit from a stable HDMI signal transmission over max. distances of 100m. Uncompressed content can therefore be distributed using only a single cable. And this with just a regular network cable," says Peter Rieck, key account & distribution manager at Sommer Cable.

The newly launched latest generation of Cadinal DVM devices can handle a "HighSpeed HDMI with Ethernet" signal which supports the current 4Kx2K, 1080p, 3D, ARC, HDCP, 7.1CH, Home-Cinema-TrueHD as well as DTS-HD standards, thus safeguarding a long-term

UK - Mantracourt, the manufacturer of the BroadWeigh load monitoring system, has announced that it has developed and manufactured a dedicated in-house test and calibration machine to further ensure the accuracy and reliability of its acclaimed BroadWeigh wireless load monitoring system.

The BroadWeigh portable wireless system offers real-time, simple, effective and accurate load monitoring for rigging professionals, safety officials and site managers enabling them to monitor and log the precise loads on any given rigging point.

Central to the design of the BroadWeigh system are Crosby shackles equipped with a high accuracy, wireless load pin that reports data remotely to a computer or a handheld display. The system is able to monitor multiple load cells and can trigger an alarm should a load exceed a preset parameter.

"Each BroadWeigh shackle is now calibrated using our

Germany - Le Maitre's range of VS - virtually smokeless pyrotechnics is continuing to expand and receive excellent feedback from the market, followed up with increasing orders! At Prolight + Sound Frankfurt, Le Maitre will be launching several new effects to the range: VS Mines (15/25/35ft), VS Starbursts (Small/Medium/Large), VS Ice Waterfalls (8/15/20ft), VS Volcano Mines (Small/Large), VS Ice Gerbs (10/15/20ft) and VS Flashes.

In addition to much reduced smoke levels the VS range claims greater intensity and depth of colour compared to conventional pyrotechnics which although bright, tend to be less vivid. Le Maitre's VS products all have much deeper and more vibrant colours, particularly noticeable with the blue, purple and pink colours.

The VS range was originally conceived back in 2010 when Le Maitre's R&D team, based in Peterborough, UK were looking into improving the v

UK - Ahead of revised HSE guidelines for the new Construction Design and Management (CDM) regulations that come into force on 6 April and will affect all event sites, an industry group has collaborated to create a new guidance document. Contributors include Serious Stages, StageCo, Star Events, Acorn Event Structures, Arena Group, Capita, Momentum, Symphotech, The Event Safety Shop, The Production Services Association.

The Guidance for the Management & Use of Stages and related Temporary Event Structures brings clarity to working practices within the temporary structures and staging industry.

The comprehensive guidance is freely available from contributors' websites to help anyone who has duties under the revised CDM regulations to prepare in advance of their introduction on 6 April 2015. It builds on the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) draft guidance issued on its we

USA - The new TRUSST CT-Tent Clamp make it "safer, easier and quicker than ever to hang lighting fixtures, audio gear and decorative elements inside tents at outdoor events", the company says. The CT-Tent Clamp attaches firmly to the slots on clear span tent Keder beams, so items can be suspended from it securely without requiring extra trussing.

"We introduced the CT clamp because big outdoor tents are being used at more weddings, festivals, concerts and other events," said Kenny Miller, TRUSST product marketing manager. "Rigging large gear in these tents can often be a challenge. Our new CT product offers a safe and practical alternative to the multi-piece handmade clamps that people struggled with in the past when hanging items in a tent."

With a load capacity of 150 kg, the TRUSST CT-Tent Clamp can safely support a very wide range of audio and

USA - The new Versa Hinge from TRUSST can work as a corner connector for square or triangular conical truss as well as standard 12" bolt plate truss, making it one of the most versatile hinges in the industry.

This exclusive compatibility with multi styles of truss gives lighting/staging installers unprecedented speed and convenience in setting up their rigs, noted Kenny Miller, product manager for TRUSST. "The Versa Hinge is a real game changer in that it eliminates the hassle of having to carry around different hinges - or reaching for a hinge, only to find it's not compatible with the truss you're using.

With just this one versatile hinge in your arsenal, you can connect the corners of virtually any truss you're building your rig with -- which is why we call it the Versa Hinge," said Miller.

The Versa Hinge also lives up to its name in that it offers the fl

UK - J&C Joel, one of the world's leading manufacturers of flame retardant fabrics and flooring for the entertainment and event industries, is celebrating after being recognised as Yorkshire's best Small/Medium Exporter.

As well as picking up the award at this year's Yorkshire Business Masters awards, J&C Joel has also been 'Made in Britain' accredited, further showing its dedication to providing UK manufactured goods worldwide.

Celebrating the success and achievements of businesses operating across the region, the Yorkshire Business Masters award, organised by and presented by the BBC's Damian Johnson at Queen's Hotel in Leeds, further reiterates J&C Joel's global business success.

J&C Joel has been providing bespoke theatre curtains, drapes, canvasses, backdrops and stage engineering services for stage shows, events and exhibitions for more than 35 year

UK - Fulcrum Projects is launching its unique cable management flooring system to the live events and exhibition sectors. The unique low profile system brings a new approach to cable management for expo environments and temporary events of all kinds, offering complete flexibility and access when it comes to underfloor cabling for power and data. Fulcrum's Infofloor complements company's existing extensive range of power distribution equipment and adds another element to Fulcrum's long standing status as a leading provider of technical services for live events.

At just 50mm high, Fulcrum's cable management floor is a unique grid system with channels to house the cables which can be accessed at any time; meaning different disciplines can work alongside each other during the build and break down and changes can be made in positioning of technical equipment and furniture.

UK - Entec was involved in a recent collaboration with The Gig Company as technical production partner for An Evening With Suggs and Friends, an intimate action-packed showcase staged in the Woolwich Suite at the Emirates Stadium which raised over £130,000 for Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Hosted by Suggs and Stephen Kelly the gala dinner evening included an auction which was presented by Charles Hanson plus incendiary performances from Rudimental and Madness together with a house band comprising top session musicians.

Entec took care of all aspects of the lighting, sound and staging design and realisation, which was project managed on site for them by Matt Arthur working closely with Noreen O'Riordan and Mark 'Magic' Ellis Cope in Entec's west London base.

Jenny Johnson and Viva McPherson of The Gig Company comment, "It is wonderful working with Entec - as well as

Germany - UK-based instrumentation specialist Mantracourt has announced that its BroadWeigh wireless load monitoring system is to be exhibited at the Prolight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt (15-18 April).

Mantracourt's technical partners AC Entertainment (Hall 9, Stand D47), Hof Alutec (Hall 9, Stand D60) and Louis Reyners (Hall 9, Stand E95) will be exhibiting at this event and visitors will have the opportunity to experience a full demonstration of the BroadWeigh system and meet key staff from Mantracourt.

The BroadWeigh portable wireless system offers real-time, simple, effective and accurate load monitoring for rigging professionals, safety officials and site managers enabling them to monitor and log the precise loads on any given rigging point.

"We are very pleased to be attending this show," says Kelly Voysey, marketing manager. "The entertainment sector

UK - Ant and Dec's award winning Saturday Night Takeaway has returned to TV screens for its 12th series, kicking off with a new stunt for the Ant v Dec challenge.

With a track record for pulling off some amazing stunts in the previous series, ITV Studios brought Unusual Rigging back on board to ensure the latest challenge, watched by more than six million viewers, was even more spectacular.

Unusual's Robin Elias said: "Having pulled out all the stops in series 11 with the Men on a Ledge and Lift Shaft challenges, the production guys at ITV Studios wanted us to come up with something that appeared even more daring and impressive. ITV Studios came up with the basic concept. Then it was up to the Unusual team to make that idea a reality and so we designed The Turbine."

Following numerous meetings between the ITV Studios production team and Unusual, Robin design

Germany - Movecat is bringing a wealth of new products in the fields of control, load measuring, chain hoists and services to this year's Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt. "The increasing demands of today's stage and show productions in terms of networking, flexibility and safety in the field of kinetics have really challenged our engineers," reports Andrew Abele, the company's CEO. "We are presenting the results of these engineering processes at our booth, Stand D84 in Hall 9, and are already looking forward to hearing the opinions of planners and users."

Load measuring products on show will include the LoCo R3 load measuring controller with analogue, digital and wireless inputs, a 4.3" touchscreen and web server functions as well as the only integrated load-measuring system for combined single- and dual-chain-fall operation without loss of installation heig

UK - CLD Distribution is co-hosting a stand with parent company Penn Elcom at the ever-popular PLASA Focus Leeds 2015 (11-12 May, Leeds Royal Armouries). Showcased will be the group's vast range of 19" racking and accessories and world-renowned flightcase hardware.

CLD will also have available its exclusive COMUS audio and power cable solutions on show. COMUS Cable is now available to all Penn Elcom Group customers along with the full ranges from GIG, Studio and Stealth Series Leads as shown on the CLD Website ( samples of which will be on display throughout the show.

UK - When the Aldwych Theatre in London's West End opened in December 1905, Las Vegas was only six months old, the Wright Brothers had just made the first aeroplane flight lasting more than half an hour and Albert Einstein had just proposed that E =MC2.

Staging a theatrical production weighing in excess of 12 tonnes, with a set of automated sliders that weigh two tonnes alone, was not envisaged by William Sprague when he designed the moderately sized Georgian style theatre, which is now a Grade II listed building.

Turn the clock forward by 109 years and this was exactly the challenge that faced Unusual Rigging when they were brought on board by Matt Towell, production manager behind the latest West End hit Beautiful - The Carol King Musical, to figure out how to hang 12,813kg over stage from the original timber roof structure designed to take half that load.


Germany - MDG, manufacturer of fog, haze and low fog generators, will celebrate its 35th anniversary at Prolight+Sound.

Serving entertainment, industrial, fire-fighting and military customers since 1980, MDG will mark the occasion with the release of limited edition models of a new product line.

Throughout its history, MDG has developed the MAX Series of fog generators, the world-famous Atmosphere haze generator, winner of LDI's Best Lighting Product in 1997, and the award-winning theONE digital atmospheric generator, LDI's Best Debuting Product in 2010. These were followed in 2013 by the e-series which brought increased efficiency and total electronic control to the product range. Now, Prolight+Sound 2015 will see the launch of three new products, the latest in MDG's evolution of fog which will expand the range still further.

MDG's anniversary will also be marked by the lau

Germany - UK-based automation and motion control specialist Kinesys launches a major system of new products at this year's Prolight+Sound - The Pathfinder System - which has been designed specifically for 3D path flying.

Kinesys exhibits at 2015's Prolight+Sound after a highly successful first time at last year's show which boosted its international business within the entertainment technology sector.

Kinesys is also highlighting its existing systems; the Velocity 2 SIL3 winch controller, the EVO and Elevation variable speed hoist systems, the DigiHoist fixed speed digital chain hoist controller and the Libra range of load measurement products.

Pathfinder uses the latest technology to provide a robust, customisable entertainment solution for the flying of performers, cameras and other objects in 3D. The system is designed with versatility in mind so that it can be used in an

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