saiShure Audio Institute tackles integrated systems
Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Europe - The Shure Audio Institute (SAI) has announced an advanced programme for integrated systems. It consists of a series of in-person, hands-on workshops covering technical sales and support, from how to respond to an RFP to how to setup, configure and troubleshoot Shure systems and solutions. The topics covered in the course include:
Technical Sales Workshop: Learn how to respond to RFPs by creating a complete sales list for project solutions in a tender process. With guidance from Shure, determine how to select the right products to match the functional requirements described in the tender. You’ll use existing online tools and source additional information as well as gain an understanding of the different software license types for respective software (and hardware, where applicable) products.
Technical Support Training Workshop for Microflex Ecosystem Solutions: Learn how to setup, configure, and troubleshoot hardware and software components of the Microflex Ecosystem portfolio including: Microflex Advance, IntelliMix P300, MXN5-C Networked Loudspeaker, IntelliMix Room and Designer. 
Systems for Conferencing and AV Conferencing Workshop: Discover how to install and deploy single and multiple frequency setups of Microflex Wireless and Microflex Complete Wireless, which are best suited for the Conferencing and AV Conferencing applications. 
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mhfaBackup Mental Health First Aider courses confirmed
Friday, 6 May 2022

UK - Backup has announced the next round of its Mental Health First Aider courses, which are free to all freelance crew via the AJ bursary. They will take place on 25 and 26 May, 23 and 24 June, and 13 and 14 July and now follow a two-day format to accommodate freelancers’ busy schedules. The courses are sponsored by Unusual Rigging in memory of Alan Jacobi, who was a long-serving and valued Backup trustee, and provided by fellow industry charity Music Support as an MHFA England Instructor Member.
Course takers will learn how to recognise the warning signs of mental ill health and develop the skills and confidence to approach, listen, reassure and respond, and potentially prevent a crisis from happening. They will also will gain an understanding of how to support their own well-being and tackle stigma.
“Music Support is proud to once again be working in partnership with Backup to equip production and technical freelance workers with vital skills and tools that are enabling industry peers to support themselves and others affected by mental health conditions,” comments Music Support chief executive, Eric Mtungwazi. “Some great work has already been done in our sector, but there is still some way to go before mental health has parity of esteem in the workplace.
“It is imperative that we continue to develop an industry-wide community that promotes prevention, encourages early intervention and a supportive workplace for all workers. Our goal is that all offices, venues, and tours have Mental Health First Aiders on site. We can only achieve thi

 
 
conecttvONE and Green Hippo launch competition
Wednesday, 6 April 2022

USA - tvONE and Green Hippo are inviting programmers, operators and designers who use Green Hippo’s Hippotizer range of media servers or tvONE’s CORIOmaster family of video processors to take part in the CONECT Control Competition.
Launched at tvONE’s CONECT Summit, which focused on how tvONE, Magenta and Green Hippo products can help professionals reimagine the AV landscape, the competition aims to showcase some of the best-use cases of the companies’ solutions for creative control.
Prizes of up to $1,000 will be awarded to the best entries in three categories: CORIOmaster Video Processors; Hippotizer Media Servers; and creative install using tvONE or Hippotizer products.
Submissions opened on 5 April and remain open until 14 May, with the winners announced soon after. To enter, contestants need to fill out an online submissions form and attach a file that describes their design, explaining the client brief and how tvONE or Hippotizer products were used to control APIs to the best effect. This can be submitted on a Word document or PDF. Entrants must also attach supporting documentation which could include an outline drawing, photos, video, client feedback or a configuration file for CORIOmaster or Hippotizer.
Frithjof Becker, director of EMEA sales for tvONE and Green Hippo, comments: “We have been storming ahead with new products, innovations, and upgrades throughout the pandemic, providing the industry with new technologies and ways to enhance their creativity. The CONECT events are part of our ongoing commitment to bringing the

 
entourage-proEntourage Pro launches in full
Thursday, 31 March 2022

UK - Crewing platform Entourage Pro (EP) has launched its free to use and join freelance production crew resource. The service connects and sources freelance production crew and underpins traditional word-of-mouth methods for finding work and sourcing crew.
Partnered by major manufacturers of production technology including Robe, Avolites, Yamaha, d&b audiotechnik, MDG, Chainmaster and Marshall, EP is an online network of crew that has already secured thousands of members from over 60 countries around the world.
Initial uptake is being extended by EP’s partnership with Showcase Music, with the platform being promoted to over 350,000 rental companies, artists, labels, management, venues and production and tour managers from across the globe.
Searches by role, experience, availability, credentials, visas, rates, languages, qualifications and much more, gives the whole industry access to an unrivalled source of professional freelance crew from over 150 industry roles.
“The non-return rates of freelancers who had to leave the industry to find other work during the pandemic are frightening,” says EP director, Joel Perry. “We know the number of crew lost has reached into the 1000s, globally. Consequently, the opportunities presenting themselves for skilled video techs, riggers, staging, audio and lighting practitioners, are vast. EP can plug the gap quickly, efficiently and comprehensively.
“Entourage Pro was conceived well before the pandemic, and was able to act swiftly during lockdown,” adds fellow EP director, James Stanbri

 
 
rcf-audio-academy-universitaRCF schedules Sound Engineering University Course
Thursday, 17 March 2022

Italy - RCF will present the 10th edition of the Sound Engineering University Course, which will be held from May to October. From the roots of electroacoustics to the complete design of live audio projects based on real case studies, the course is developed over 105 hours of lessons and hands-on at RCF facilities with industry experts. 
The primary goal of the course is to provide engineers with specific knowledge of the latest technologies related to sound, transducers and speaker systems and their applications in the professional market. An international reference project carried out by RCF engineers will be used as a studying guideline to be followed during the course.
Organised in modules, the course takes the participants through the basis of electro-acoustics components like transducers, amplifiers and digital processors till the design of a complete audio project based on a real case study.
All technical content provided in this course will be completed by the direct experience of RCF laboratories. The course is organised by the Department of Sciences and Methods for Engineering of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, in collaboration with RCF.
The learning topics are grouped into four modules as follows: Environmental Acoustics for indoor-outdoor spaces including design and simulation methods; Transducers and speaker systems including clusters, arrays, and point source configurations; Electronics including circuit analysis, filters, amplifiers, and DSP; Sound systems design including practical experiences in measurements, lis

 
alistairopeningaddressSA theatre professionals in positive mode
Thursday, 17 March 2022

South Africa - On 28 February, Gearhouse Splitbeam gathered the leading technical theatre talent in South Africa at the Market Theatre complex in Johannesburg to present a panel discussion about all things technical theatre.
The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in theatres across the country being forced to close their doors in compliance with ongoing lockdown restrictions. While this situation is not unique to South Africa, the country’s limited capacity to offer relief measures has resulted in thousands of production professionals not being able to work or support their families for just over two years.
“While there has been an easing of restrictions and theatres are opening their doors again, the current limitations on indoor gatherings means that theatres are only able to operate at 50% capacity,” explains Gearhouse Splitbeam managing director, Alistair Kilbee. “It is simply not financially viable to put on a big show under these restrictions.”
However, in line with the ever-resilient spirit of the theatre, technical theatre professionals continue to hope and dream of the day that the lights will come up and the music will play for audiences hungry for the irreplaceable experience of live theatre, once more.
“Nobody can deny that it has been an incredibly tough two years for the technical theatre industry in South Africa, and all over the world,” says Kilbee. “However, we as an industry define ourselves by our ability to keep the show going, no matter what. It is this indomitable spirit that we hope to reignite by presenting t

 
 
nwrslogo2022500wNew World Rigging Symposium sessions confirmed
Monday, 14 March 2022

USA - The organisers of the 2022 New World Rigging Symposium (NWRS), which will take place online on 5-7 April, have announced the programme of sessions and the presenters who will speak at the event. Highlights for this year include a follow-up to the popular Rope 201 where Stu Cox, Eric Rouse, and Andy Schmitz will dive even deeper into the intended uses, benefits and drawbacks of ropes, lines, and ties.
Also featured will be the Rope Access session, featuring industry experts from around the country who will explore rope access use in the entertainment industry.
Loading into a university theatre can be significantly different from backing the trucks up to a commercially operated roadhouse. A panel of university venue managers will ask, and then answer, What makes them different? by focusing on the unique challenges of the university setting including staff and leadership experience, red tape and paperwork, availability of skilled labour and more.
For the full programme, please visit www.esta.org/nwrs_sessions.

 
copy-of-suzanne-ciani-synth-heroNo Fixed Mix returns for third year
Wednesday, 9 March 2022

UK - In celebration of International Women’s Day 2022, music and sound design company, String and Tins’ No Fixed Mix programme returns for a third year to help create greater accessibility to audio engineering and sound design careers for women.
The programme provides female attendees a snapshot of the audio-post industry from String and Tins’ perspective, along with tips, tools and resources, arming applicants with the confidence they need to accelerate their career in sound-engineering.
Four workshops will take place on weekday evenings throughout May and June, which will be a mixture of online and in-person sessions at their Fitzrovia studio. Creative assignments will be set to be completed between sessions.
This year, the female-led programme will cover a wide variety of topics including an overview of the audio-post industry, sound design insights, composing to picture and mixing for the big-screen. BAFTA-nominated Kate Davis and head of sound at Directors Cut Films, will also be giving a guest lecture.
In order to apply for this year’s programme, applicants must be of at least 18 years of age and are required to email their single-page CV along with a single piece of sound work that they have created to the email, nfm@stringandtins.com. The work submitted can consist of audio only sound design, a collage of interesting field recordings, sound design to a picture, or a piece of music with unusual instrumentation that should last between 10 seconds to one minute in duration.
With the aim of encouraging women to consider a

 
 
conect-summittvONE and Green Hippo launch live summit series
Thursday, 3 March 2022

USA - tvONE is launching a series of educational AV and live events-focused sessions called CONECT. The initiative will initially take place online, with the first livestreamed CONECT Technology Summit taking place next month.
The free-to-attend event will include virtual demos, training, and panel discussion with industry leaders, also covering products and solutions from Green Hippo, and tvONE and Magenta Research.
Parent company Spitfire Creative Technologies has said that during the CONECT Technology Summit, participants will discover how tvONE, Magenta and Green Hippo can help reimagine the AV landscape.
“We’re inviting the industry to discover, learn, and interact with our latest products, solutions and strategies that enable complete end-to-end solutions, as well as understanding successful integration with other manufacturers,” says Mark Trevena, communications and training manager of Spitfire Creative Technologies. “Together, we’ll provide you with the framework to interact, connect and engage with your clients.”
The launch of CONECT follows the company’s announcement last month that it is developing ways to bring its innovative new technologies directly to partners and end users in their own countries, focusing on a series of localized tradeshow events around the world. This is in addition to a multitude of innovative virtual activities through 2022 to reach out to new and existing customers. Its aim is to showcase recent products and installations, explore industry trends, and discuss the future of AV. The team is als

 
road-showChauvet Professional to stage UK roadshow
Tuesday, 1 March 2022

UK - Chauvet Professional will kick off its UK Roadshow 2022 in Edinburgh on 7 March (Monday). From there, the event will criss-cross the UK, making nine stops and covering 694 miles to showcase many of the latest products from Chauvet Professional and ChamSys. With the exception of one stop - at the ChamSys headquarters in Southampton - all sessions will take place at live entertainment or broadcast studio venues.
“We elected to stick to the kinds of places that our customers actually work in day to day,” comments Sam Bowden, UK sales manager for Chauvet Professional. “Here we can get a full appreciation of things like the colour mixing, brightness, smooth movement, zooming capabilities and other outstanding merits of our fixtures.”
Among the products that will be highlighted during the UK RoadShow 2022 will be the compact, tour-grade series of Maverick Force moving fixtures, the intense Color STRIKE M motorised strobe/wash/blinder, the COLORado PXL Bar IP65 tilting batten, and the onAir range of soft light panels.
Joining these fixtures will be some CHAUVET Professional products that have been making waves in the theatrical and broadcast worlds of late including the award-winning Maverick Silens, and the Ovation Rêve multi colour ellipsoidal. The sessions will also feature the ChamSys Stadium series of consoles including the new MagicQ 250M.
In addition to seeing presentations of these products, guests at the sessions will have ample hands-on opportunities to get to know the fixtures and consoles up close. There will also b

 
 
bts-bystander-intervention-in-the-workplaceBTS Bystander Intervention webinars announced
Friday, 25 February 2022

USA - The Behind the Scenes Mental Health Initiative is partnering with Hollaback!, a social justice organisation that specialises in education around bullying and harassment, to present a one hour webinar Bystander Intervention in the Entertainment Workplace.
The free webinar will be offered three times to accommodate industry work schedules: Sunday, 20 March at 12pm ET;  Monday, 28 March at 8pm ET; and Sunday, 10 April at 3pm ET. Principal Hollaback! trainer, Dax Valdes, an experienced entertainment industry professional, will lead these interactive sessions that ensure attendee anonymity.
The webinars are free but advance registration is required in order to receive the zoom login. Please visit btshelp.org/bystander to select a registration link for the date of your choice.
BTS’ 2019 survey strongly indicated that bullying, harassment and intimidation is a common workplace stressor throughout sectors of the entertainment industry. These behaviours create a physically and psychologically unsafe workplace for everyone. This training will teach you how to safely intervene and help to make a difference.
Hollaback!’s goal is to reduce instances of workplace disrespect and harassment by giving individuals the tools they need to disrupt those perpetrating it. You will learn the 5Ds of bystander intervention methodology - distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct. 98% of attendees leave Hollaback! trainings committed to intervening if they witness disrespect or harassment at work.
This webinar is offered as part of an ongo

 
passionProsound backs Passion for Theatre workshop
Thursday, 24 February 2022

South Africa - Prosound is sponsoring the upcoming Passion for Theatre from a Technical Perspective workshop, hosted by technical theatre specialists Splitbeam. The educational event takes place on Monday, 28 February at the MPW Auditorium in Newtown, Johannesburg.
The full-day workshop has been designed to help people rekindle their passion for theatre and explain some of the opportunities that are available within the sector. The event is aimed at all aspiring theatre crew and anyone interested in working in the technical side of theatrical and stage productions. As such, it will provide the opportunity to gain a better understanding of backstage work and technical theatre thanks to a variety of sessions led by industry specialists.
“We are proud to work with Splitbeam and sponsor their Passion for Theatre from a Technical Perspective workshop,” says Prosound technical director, Mark Malherbe. “Given our history in supplying theatres of all sizes across the country, we thought that this was an important event to be part of.
“The knowledgeable team at Splitbeam have a lot of insight to share, and we feel like this will be a valuable workshop that will positively impact the understanding of every attendee,” Mark continues. “We hope to see all theatre lovers there for a wonderful and insightful day covering all things theatre.”
The event takes place between 10am and 4pm on Monday 28 February and participation costs R50. With numbers limited due to COVID regulations, registration is required.

 
 
martinaudioopendays-9900000000079e3cMartin Audio confirms 2022 open days
Tuesday, 11 January 2022

UK - Martin Audio has confirmed its first series of open days for the new year. Following the success of the open days in September 2021 the High Wycombe company will hold two product demos at its HQ on 8 and 9 March.
Operating under COVID safety conditions, the event kicks off on 8 March, with two-hour presentations at 9.30am and 2.00pm, and will repeat this programme on the following day.
Visitors can expect to hear demonstrations of the LE and XE stage monitors, point source loudspeakers from BlacklineX and BlacklineX Powered ranges, the Torus constant curvature array and a selection of optimised line arrays from the Wavefront Precision series.
In addition, attendees will be able to become better acquainted with Focusrite Pro and Optimal Audio, sister brands within the wider Focusrite Group.

 
crf-emergency-social-banner-rectanglePLASA schedules Cultural Recovery Fund webinar
Monday, 10 January 2022

UK - PLASA will run a free webinar on the Culture Recovery Fund Emergency Resource Support Fund Round 2 to help prospective candidates plan and submit a strong application ahead of deadline.
Taking place on Tuesday, 11 January, from 10am-12pm, the webinar will be hosted by Caroline Taylor and Vanessa Rawlings-Jackson, both experienced funding specialists with a proved track record of helping to secure millions in Arts Council funding, including rounds 1 and 2 of the Culture Recovery Fund.
Those who join the virtual event will learn who can apply, what Arts Council is looking for in a good application, and other key information. The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session.
“Whether you are unsure of your eligibility or are already putting together an application, don't miss out on this valuable opportunity,” says PLASA.
To register for this webinar, visit this link.
The Permission to Apply deadline to the Arts Council is at 12pm on 18 January.

 
 
btsmhfa12-29-21400x400BTS confirms mental health first aid courses
Tuesday, 4 January 2022

USA - Charity Behind the Scenes has announced a series of Mental Health First Aid virtual training classes throughout January and February.
The Mental Health First Aid course takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations with someone you are worried about by teaching you how to recognize the signs and symptoms, how to listen and give reassurance, and how to refer that person to appropriate professional support and services. The course is delivered in two parts - a self-paced online course followed by a six-hour virtual live instructor-led session.
Participants will learn about the risk factors and warning signs of mental health and substance use problems including information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis and substance use; the five-step ALGEE action plan to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or is in crisis, and the available evidence-based professional, peer and self-help resources. On completing the course, you will become a certified mental health first aider which is valid for three years.
The registration fee is $125, with IATSE Members and those working under IATSE agreements eligible for Training Trust Fund reimbursement upon proof of successful completion of the course. A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available - contact mhfa@btshelp.org for information. Training for Canadians is available through the AFC at https://afchelps.ca/mhfa.
To see the available training dates, visit test

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lumieresALPD’s pilot Lumière Scheme underway
Tuesday, 14 December 2021

UK - The ALPD has launched an evolution of its Lumière Scheme apprenticeship programme.
The Lumière Scheme provides a pathway into the industry for emerging lighting designers by creating professional opportunities that include practical training and professional experience. The new Production Lumière Scheme has been established as a pilot in 2021, with its first edition initially planned as a virtual process due to the continuation of COVID-19 restrictions within the theatre environment.
But circumstances as well as generous donations have since made it possible for this year’s Lumières to benefit from a week of onsite paid work experience alongside their mentors, with all the associated networking opportunities that brings.
As such, the five successful Lumière applicants were paired with suitable and professionally established mentors. The Lumières engage in a series of structured discussions based around each stage of the production process, as well as some group-based masterclasses with leading industry professionals.
The 2021 ALPD Production Lumières are Izzy Waugh, mentored by programmer Victoria Brennan; Lewis Byfield, with mentor John Delaney, production electrician; Louisa Craig, mentored by programmer Dan Street; Rachel Stanwood-Jones, mentored by programmer Sarah Brown; and Dan Heesem, for whom production electrician, Fraser Hall is mentor. Stuart Porter and David Ayton run discussions and masterclasses for the Lumières with guest speakers.
The roles of production electrician and lighting programmer continue to evolv

 
 
plugfestPlugFest 2022 set for three days in France in March
Thursday, 25 November 2021

France - PlugFest, the technical event for entertainment lighting interoperability, returns to Lille in France from 29-31 March 2022 following a two-year hiatus. Organised by PLASA, the popular event welcomes manufacturers, developers and technicians from across Europe to test their products and learn about the latest protocols.
PlugFest is an opportunity for participants to collectively test and demonstrate device and system interoperability with the aim of improving reliability, resolving compatibility issues and ultimately improving connectivity between all entertainment lighting and related technologies.
The event’s expert hosts, Hamish Dumbreck (JESE Ltd), Peter Willis (Howard Eaton Lighting) and Wayne Howell (Artistic Licence) will host a series of workshops and technical break-out sessions and will also provide individual support and guidance. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about a wide array of protocols and technical standards, including the ESTA TSC developments.
The 2020 edition of the event sold out well in advance, with leading manufacturers such as GLP, Luminex, Highlite International, Robert Juliat, TMB, Claypaky, ChamSys, ETC, Chauvet and Eaton. Those interested in attending in 2022 are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment.
PlugFest takes place in the city of Lille, France which is directly connected to London with the Eurostar and all major European cities via a mainline train station. Furthermore, attendees can take advantage of specially discounted rooms in the hotel that PlugFest takes place in

 
ct-student-dayST supports students at Commonwealth Games
Monday, 8 November 2021

UK - The leader of Dudley Council was “bowled over” with the life-changing opportunities being given to students at Resonance during a recent visit. Councillor Patrick Harley stopped by the higher education facility based within the DY5 Enterprise Zone at the Waterfront in Brierley Hill to find out how students will be working alongside global company Sports Technology (ST) at next year’s Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Game
ST is the specialist major multi-sports division of Creative Technology (CT) and has been appointed official provider of large video screens and audio services. Alongside LED and PA systems in the majority of the venues, ST will provide a broad range of audio-visual services including a flexible signal distribution network in every venue, providing a fully integrated IP based solution for all non-broadcast audio, video and data distribution.
As part of its bid to provide services, the company had to demonstrate how it would give something back to the community and support a local organisation, in this case Resonance.
During his visit to Resonance, the leader met with some of the team from Creative Technology and Sports Technology who were delivering their first training and educational session to students.
Students were briefed on how the company will support and train them and given details on an ambitious work placement and internship programme, which could see them gain real life experience working within the technology disciplines at the Games.
Rick Benton, chief executive at Resonance observes, “Engaging

 
 
elation-coffee-break500x500-8Elation Coffee Break goes XL
Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Europe - Back in June, Elation Coffee Break hosts Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif discussed lighting livestreams and other broadcast environments like a pro using the full-spectrum KL Panel LED softlight. But can a softlight do more? A new XL version of Elation’s broadcast-quality luminaire can, the KL Panel XL, and the next Elation Coffee Break is an opportunity to get a closer look.
The KL Panel XL offers the same precise colour temperature control, full-spectrum colour rendering, high CRI and even wash coverage of the original but extends the size, emits nearly twice the power (44,000 field lumens) and offers multi-zone control for dynamic effects. Tune in to the Elation Coffee Break on Thursday, 28 October 11:00 a.m. CEST to find out more. No registration is required.
The Elation Coffee Break is an online presentation series from Elation’s European office in Kerkrade, the Netherlands that takes an up-close look at some of the company’s most popular product series.

 
xytechmediapulse-10Xytech launches MediaPulse with webinars
Tuesday, 12 October 2021

USA - Xytech is hosting a four-day webinar series from 26-29 October showcasing the upgrades to its resource and asset management solution MediaPulse 10.
“Until we can once again meet in person, these webinar series are essential communication tools to the community. This begins a conversation where we inform customers of the advances of the product and help us to understand where our platform needs to be in the future,” comments Greg Dolan, Xytech’s CCO.
“With the version 10 update, MediaPulse provides every user with exactly the functionality they need, when they need it, on the device of their choosing, creating a reliable solution able to operate anywhere. Something the pandemic has made crucial.”
To register for any of the MediaPulse 10 Webinar Series, visit: xytechsystems.com/webinar.

 
 
studiotech4-1024x575Studiotech participates in Design Crawl
Wednesday, 6 October 2021

UK - Specialist architectural lighting and dynamic control solutions provider Studiotech is participating in this year’s Design Crawl Manchester. Created as a collaboration between a group of interior experts, Design Crawl is a showroom-led design event, specially developed to ‘inspire and excite the design community’.
Taking place over three days, between 19 and 21 October, Design Crawl brings together a number of brands, who will welcome guests to their showrooms to see their latest products, host learning sessions and networking events, and run workshops. Design Crawl also features a Basecamp; a central location where several events will take place over the course of the three days.
Studiotech will be primarily showcasing the controls systems it offers through its product portfolio. As well as demonstrating the capabilities of the solutions, Studiotech will focus on the benefits that lighting controls offer to the end-user and designer. In collaboration with Design Crawl's theme of wellness and sustainability, Studiotech will be sharing its expertise on innovations and design trends that can support these increasingly important elements of lighting.
As part of their Design Crawl events, Studiotech will be running three one-hour workshops with guest host Luke Artingstall from Artin Light. Entitled A Pixel Perspective: Activate the Senses, the workshop will be held at the Design Crawl Basecamp at Doubletree by Hilton, Piccadilly, Manchester. As well as an overview of control solutions, Studiotech and Artin Light will discuss their c

 
bee-balogun-kgyzk-evtwq-unsplashCurtain Call launches recruitment platform with PLASA
Tuesday, 21 September 2021

UK - The recruitment network for creatives and freelancers Curtain Call has re-launched an improved membership platform to help link up freelancers with employers - and PLASA members benefit from reduced subscription fees.
The network, which is free to join by freelancers, has a search and match algorithm that makes it easy for employers to find skilled available freelance technicians and creatives for project-based or long-term positions.
Businesses looking to recruit need to subscribe to search the database, with PLASA members able to get 15% off for 12 months by signing up through the Pioneers programme. For every PLASA member company that signs up, Curtain Call will donate £15 to #WeMakeEvents, and for every month of membership, the network will plant a tree. Early adopters include the Ambassador Theatre Group, Donmar Warehouse, Sonia Friedman Productions and White Light.
Peter Heath, managing director of PLASA, comments: “Curtain Call is a fantastic platform which brings employers together with skilled workers while also creating accessible pathways for newcomers into our industry. We couldn’t be more pleased to bring this service to our members, particularly after the prolonged period of industry closure and loss of personnel to other sectors. This partnership will certainly help to connect up and regenerate our sector’s workforce.”
Matt Humphrey, founder of Curtain Call, adds: “We are thrilled to partner with PLASA and lau

 
 
digicoukroadshow1DiGiCo and KLANG complete UK roadshow
Wednesday, 15 September 2021

UK - With 4,500 miles clocked up on the rental van and 350 engineers, end users, customers and rental companies seen in 29 days across 27 locations, the 2021 DiGiCo and KLANG roadshow has completed its run.
The DiGiCo team toured the UK with a DiGiCo Quantum 338, Quantum 225, SD12 and a KLANG Immersive Personal Monitor package, as well as showcasing the KLANG:vokal immersive processor and the new KLANG:kontroller. Stopping at various rental companies, venues and customers along the way, the team provided two three-hour sessions a day offering a closer look at the new consoles and refreshers on the SD-Range with the company’s experts.
“When our world slowly started to come back, we began to get an increasing number of requests from engineers to pop into our HQ in Surrey for some refresher training, so we thought ‘why don’t we come to them instead?’, which is how the idea of a Roadshow around the UK came about,” says Tim Shaxson, technical sales manager at DiGiCo. “In addition to answering any questions engineers may have had on the SD-Range, it was also the perfect opportunity for us to show them the new Quantum consoles and to demonstrate and explain the benefits of the KLANG Immersive IEM system.”
Strictly adhering to Covid policies, each session was limited to a maximum of 12 people, who all had to register in advance via a dedicated section on the DiGiCo website. Each informal event consisted of 45-minute ‘show and tell’ training on Quantum 338/225 and KLANG followed by a two-hour refresher on the SD-Range.
DiGiCo’s T

 
the-elation-coffee-break500x500-7Elation Coffee Break covers colour
Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Europe - The debate over what LED system produces the best white is a difficult one to resolve. Is crisp brightness and power most important? Or the ability to create a variety of shades and deeper colours? In the end, it all depends on your needs.
Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif on the 9 September Elation Coffee Break will scrutinize the Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile with framing, versatile LED moving heads with RGBMA colour mixing systems that can mix any shade of white a designer desires, or just as easily mix deep saturates or soft-field pastels.
The Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile’s carefully tuned RGBMA LEDs and high CRI (92) ensure accurate color mixing and color rendering while delivering a powerful white output of over 10,000 lumens. Shades can be fine-tuned to match the environment in a variety of ways - virtual colour wheel, virtual color temperature, magenta/green adjustment or CMY emulation. Complete FX packages, including dual gobo wheels, make them ideal high-performance luminaires for use on any stage or studio.
The Elation Coffee Break on the Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile luminaires will air live on Thursday, 9 September at 11:00 a.m. CEST at facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live. No registration is required.
The Elation Coffee Break is an online presentation series from Elation’s European office in Kerkrade, the Netherlands that takes an up-close look at some of the company’s most popular product series.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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