Video and AV News

zero-88-plasa-focus-leeds-2018-flx-range-groupZero 88 highlights FLX at PLASA Focus Leeds
Tuesday, 24 April 2018

UK - Eaton’s Zero 88 is looking forward to a busy PLASA Focus in Leeds next week, where the UK lighting control manufacturer will highlight its powerful FLX range of consoles, which will be running with the latest ZerOS 7.9.4 software on Stand N-B12, 1st and 2nd of May 2018 at The Royal Armouries in Leeds city centre.
The all new FLX S24 and FLX S48 consoles, the original FLX and the ZerOS Wing will be demonstrated at this event, which is also renowned for its conviviality, networking and being a meeting hub for industry professionals working and based in and around the north of the UK.
FLX S24 is a new console that runs up to 48 LED, moving lights and conventional fixtures and is easy to learn and straightforward to use, delivering flexibility and multiple features at an affordable price.
FLX S48, also new, has double the power of FLX S24, offering intuitive and hands-on control of up to 96 fixtures, and a touch monitor output for quick access to palettes / show overview. The quantity of available playbacks, groups and palettes are all also doubled.
Both FLX S24 and S48 are ultimately portable, powerful controllers with a small footprint and free apps available for wireless monitoring of the lighting rig, and support for a range of networking accessories.
Inbuilt tools include the award-winning RigSync, helpful step by step Guidance, and Auto Palettes to assist with the prep work. Colours can be quickly and accurately selected and applied via the multi-touch Colour & Image Picker or the encoder wheels or by selecting colours c

mean-girlsFRAY Studio crafts multiple worlds for Mean Girls
Tuesday, 24 April 2018

USA - The much-anticipated new Broadway musical Mean Girls, based on the hit film, premiered at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway in April. Responsible for the production's video sets is British video design team FRAY Studio, who worked closely with director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw and set designer Scott Pask to create the sophisticated, fast-paced and at times, surreal worlds of North Shore High's famous students.
"I love a gratuitously long fade but this was not the show for those," says Finn Ross, co-founder of FRAY Studio on Mean Girls' insta-fast scene changes. "Casey had an absolute stage vision for the show. He sees the video as part of the choreography, so that content moves and changes to the same beats and counts as the performers. The choreography on stage is very detailed, very fast and Tina Fey's script can change location in a beat. Our design approach had to be one to embrace and enable this speed."
Ross's creative partner and FRAY co-founder Adam Young explains: "During a number in the musical's first act we hurdle between present day, the past, fantasy locations, basements, school corridors, a swimming pool, a party, canteens and English classrooms! Using video, we are able to jump from place to place within a second, without disorientating an audience."
Ross and Young opted to use LED screens for the production's video display rather than projection to preserve the rich colours of the video content. Young explains, "Because the show's set is entirely LED, we could use colours and tones that we haven't bee

taitGLP fixtures light up RodeoHouston’s TAIT stage
Friday, 20 April 2018

USA - Known colloquially as RodeoHouston, The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) is the world’s largest livestock show and richest regular season rodeo, dedicated to benefiting youth, supporting education, and facilitating better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. It draws more than 1.4m people each year to the 72,000-capacity NRG Stadium and over 2.5m people to NRG Park to enjoy the entire festivities.
Running for 20 days in February-March, it attracts the very top names in country music, from Garth Brooks through to Brad Paisley, who perform after the main rodeo event each day.
Such high calibre artists demand top concert production values and this year the Rodeo boosted its technological infrastructure by purchasing a new stage - built by TAIT in Lititz, PA. Working closely with TAIT, and leaning heavily towards GLP fixtures, were Houston based LD Systems. The company has been servicing the rodeo since 1985, and provided all technical design, live sound, concert lighting, HD video screens, custom truss structures, rigging equipment, production crew and logistics throughout the season.
LD Systems is headed by Rob McKinley, who has specified over 300 GLP fixtures, comprising 140 x impression X4; 70 x JDC1; 108 x X4 Bar 20 and 16 x X4 Bar 10.
The process of designing and building the new stage started after the 2015 event, which is when LD made the recommendation to HLSR to engage TAIT to provide a vibrant structure for the 72,000 capacity stadium. In deference to the Lone Star state, this was conceived as a

colour-sound-feeder-fee1701180872Colour Sound supplies Feeder’s Arrow tour
Friday, 20 April 2018

UK - Lighting and visuals rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment supplied lighting and video for the recent UK tour by Welsh rockers Feeder, who are back on the road with their Arrow album tour.
Bryan Leitch is the band’s LD and visual designer and the person who took the tour to Colour Sound after previous excellent experiences with the west London based company. “It was a video-based tour so ideal for Colour Sound,” he comments. Colour Sound also invested in some new lighting fixtures to ensure that Bryan had exactly the rig he wanted.
Bryan has worked for Feeder since 2004. On this tour he was joined on the road by technician / crew chief - and Colour Sound regular - James Hind.
His creative inspiration for the design started with three festival shows last summer where they used an upstage screen split into three sections, a format that lead singer / guitarist Grant Nicholas really liked.
Another consideration for the overall design was that it had to be scalable to deal the wide range of venue sizes.
This touring version utilised 60 panels of Colour Sound’s proprietary BT-6 LED screen, configured as four tiles wide and five high (20 panels per screen) which was upped to six-high for the London show at Brixton Academy.
Video content was a mix of existing material and new footage which was created by Bryan - much of the new clips were shot on an iPhone 8 - then edited and complied to fit exactly to the screen specifications. This was replayed via a pair of Green Hippo v4 media servers.
New kit bought for

green-hippo-courseDWR to host Green Hippo certification training
Friday, 20 April 2018

South Africa - A three-day Green Hippo Operator Certification course will be held on 14-16 May at DWR Distribution's Johannesburg address, Block C, Unit 1, Kimbult Industrial Park, 9 Zeiss Road, Laserpark, Honeydew.
The course will be presented by Suzy Stenning from Green Hippo and will cover a range of topics, from Hardware Introduction and Configuration, Media Manager, Output Manager & Viewports, Mixes / MixMaster, VideoMapper / Pixel Mapper / ScreenWarp, Timeline / DMX2 / Multicontroller, Visualizer & Custom Layouts, Shape Introduction / Configuaration/ Alignment.
The cost is R2600 and includes lunch and refreshments. Attendees should bring their own Green Hippo Media Server or Laptop with Play Software Installed.
For bookings online please visit
(Jim Evans)

roe-visual-europe-team-ROE Visual enjoys successful Frankfurt
Thursday, 19 April 2018

Germany - ROE Visual enjoyed a successful Prolight + Sound 2018, introducing new team members, as well as two new products.
Roelof Bouwman, managing director of ROE Visual Europe, comments: “Prolight + Sound is an important exhibition for our industry, all the major players come together to share experiences and look for new products and innovations. The quality of the visitors visiting our stand has been outstanding. We were happy to illustrate our innovative drive, by showcasing both the new Diamond 2.6 series and the Vanish 18 panels. These new products, have received very positive feedback from our customers and users.”
Bouwman continues: “As commercial partner of the AV Alliance, we were asked to participate in a panel discussion on The future of LED during the annual meeting here in Frankfurt. This offered a unique opportunity to discuss the development of the LED business and its outlooks for the future. ROE Visual felt secured by the topics discussed, with our innovative strategy and drive to enhance the general knowledge on LED technology, the future looks bright. Passing on this knowledge is one of the reasons we have started our training programme, the ROE Academy.”
The Diamond 2.6 (DM2.6) is the new light weight, small pitch solution from ROE Visual, suitable for various indoor applications. With its ultra-light weight frame design, this superb LED screen brings lifelike viewing experience.
A carbon and magnesium frame design, guaranties light weight panels, where the black LEDs bring an incomparable viewing experie

eclipseEclipse Staging Services adds Hippotizer Boreal+
Wednesday, 18 April 2018

UAE - Eclipse Staging Services, a member of the Dubai-based Eclipse Group, has added a Hippotizer Boreal+ Media Server to its inventory.
As an owner of a Hippotizer Taiga, Eclipse was already more than familiar with Green Hippo hardware and software - and its wholly positive experience with this machine, including the excellent technical support provided by Green Hippo, meant that the company was keen to continue the collaboration. The addition of the Boreal+ enables Eclipse to provide multi-display outputs for audio-visual projects, and the company also becomes the first in its region to use this powerful server of the brand new Hippotizer+ Media Server range, bringing more accuracy, flexibility, and pace over traditional units.
“The Hippotizer Boreal+ allows us to provide multi-display outputs for our upcoming projects,” comments Alex Menor, Eclipse’s head of video. “As a key player in the audio-visual market, we are the first in the region to use this powerful media server that is more accurate, flexible and quicker than traditional units. We have experienced its huge capability to carry out complex projection set-ups with exceptional image quality without fail.”
Alex also commended the Green Hippo team on the reliability and capabilities of their products as well as the excellent technical support it provides, as witnessed by Eclipse for the past several years. “It was no surprise that when we tried Boreal, we found it very quick and easy-to-use in any environment,” he continues. “Designed to meet the demands of touring and prod

arx-logoTRC supplies ARX interfaces for Gold Coast games
Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Australia - TRC, the Australian distributor for the ARX signal processing product range, recently supplied Norwest Productions with 20 units of the ARX industry standard USB DI USB audio interface for use at the Commonwealth Games that took place on the Gold Coast this month.
As audio contractor to the Commonwealth Games, Norwest Productions specified the ARX USB DI for converting computer audio to balanced analogue signal as required throughout the complex AV setups across the Games.
Designed to get audio from a computer into a professional audio system easily and smoothly, the ARX USB DI Audio Interface is a plug-and-play 24bit high resolution digital to analogue pro audio interface that removes the need to use any existing sound card outputs, with their inherent noisy environment and problematic grounding. Featuring full transformer balanced output isolation to eliminate earth loops / ground hum and other extraneous interaction noise or distortion, the ARX USB DI has proven to be a tough, versatile and essential product in live production toolkits around the world.
A major production house and one of the leading suppliers to the live event industry in Australia, Norwest’s track record includes large outdoor music festivals, community events and major international events, including the Opening and Closing Olympic ceremonies.
(Jim Evans)

opto-group-festival-box-8778PL+S: Optocore Festival Box premieres in Frankfurt
Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Europe - With the festival season fast approaching, Optocore chose the recent Frankfurt Prolight+Sound expo to launch its new Festival Box, which celebrated its world premiere with a well-attended press launch.
Having already proven the versatile fibre-based technology in the broadcast industry - marketed through its close technology partner BroaMan - Optocore has responded rapidly to the growing demand from the live sound community for a more elegant and efficient signal transport system.
The Festival Box is based on the BroaMan Repeat48WDM media converter, which uses Repeat48-2Fiber modules at its source. This provides several specific models with different conversion options. The standard SFP modules allow any protocol to tunnel over the same fibre.
Explaining the design rationale to the assembled press, Optocore applications engineering manager, Maciek Janiszewski, comments: “We have called it the Festival Box because it is perfect for festival situations when multiple bands are appearing, each sound engineer bringing different consoles, and running different protocols to the stage box.
“All can now be transported using just a single duplex fibre, thereby saving a tremendous amount of cabling between FOH and stage.” And because the SFP optical module transceivers are hot-swappable they can simply be exchanged to meet any demand.
In conclusion, Janiszewski summarises the benefits to production companies: “What makes this so perfect for the rental market is that the Festival Box supports all fibre protocols as well as Cat 5 E

auditoriumDWR Distribution equips Steyn City School
Tuesday, 17 April 2018

South Africa - The new Steyn City School opened its doors in January 2018. DWR Distribution installed curtains and curtain tracks as well as a lighting, audio and AV in the auditorium which will be used by the Dramatic Arts and Music departments as well as for everyday use like assemblies.
Steyn City School is situated just outside the Steyn City Parkland Residence. Interestingly, what is now a residential estate was once abandoned land which included an old mine quarry.
A tender process saw DWR Distribution sub-contracted to supply the audio visual and lighting in the auditorium. Later, DWR were also awarded another tender, this time for the full curtaining system.
“We were one of the last subcontractors appointed and it was a very tight schedule,” comments Kevin Stannett from DWR. “Working on a brand-new school from scratch and being involved with the construction, identifying where points are needed, was a great experience. It’s lovely to see a high-quality school putting in good equipment from the word go.”
DWR’s manufacturing department, headed by Rob Young, were responsible for installing the custom-made 18m long curtain track for the stage as well as supplying the auditorium curtains. All the side windows are on motorised curtain tracks and the main stage curtains are also on a motorised track. The backstage curtain is on a hand winched track and all the leg curtains on stage were also supplied by DWR.
“On the lighting side we installed two lighting bars on stage and two Front of House bars, all controlled off a P

painting-with-light-zoo-of-life-6Antwerp Zoo celebrates with Painting with Light
Monday, 16 April 2018

Painting with Light has produced a vibrant, inventive visual solution for Zoo of Life, a production directed by Luc Stevens to celebrate 175 years of Antwerp Zoo, being staged at the new Queen Elizabeth Hall venue in Antwerp.
The team from the Genk based creative practice was led by Luc Peumans. Painting with Light’s project manager, Wouter Verhulst comments: “Normally you might have two weeks to build a production on this scale and ambition, but we had just three days and nights.”
With this time restriction in mind, the set is composed largely of digital scenic elements and was designed in conjunction with Carla Janssen Hofelt.
The Painting with Light brief also included editing special video material shot by Mathieu Marck of Arendsoog (Eagle Eye) from around the Zoo, and combining this with new graphical content produced by Painting with Light’s Sina Sohn, Jos Claesen and Arthur Claesen. This was all compiled and programmed onto a disguise server.
Luc Peumans designed the lighting and the company also provided lighting and video control for the show, an appealing contemporary tale about the Zoo and the love and loyalty that exists between animals and humans, complete with a volunteer cast of around 600 who joined professional actors onstage.
With up to 120 people onstage at times, the stage floor needed to be kept as clear as possible of physical elements. The complexity of the narrative galvanised everyone and demanded the high impact video design, which allows the action to flip between multiple locations and scenes.

yec-50-2previewElite celebration for YEC anniversary
Monday, 16 April 2018

USA - Presented annually by the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, the Youth Evangelism Conference (YEC) recently celebrated its 50th anniversary during a two-day live event that draws in students and youth leaders from across Tennessee.
Wanting a production design to match the occasion, event organisers worked with Atlanta-based Stacked Heart Productions who brought in designer Justin Kitchenman, Align Design Group, programmer Gavin Lake, and production partner Elite Multimedia who provided an expansive audio, lighting, LED video and live IMAG video design.
Kent Shingleton, YEC executive producer, comments: “Throughout our history, we have produced the event in six different venues and each year we try to bring something new. I have been wanting to implement LED video into our design for a few years now, and when I spoke with Elite Multimedia they put together a great package of lighting, audio, rigging and LED video, all at a price that we needed to be at.”
Having been a member of the production team behind YEC for the last 20 years, Shingleton now oversees all aspects of the weekend production and is commonly referred to as “the YEC guy”. With so many moving parts which require his attention, the selection of a production partner is key to the events success.
“We do rely heavily on our production partners to help us make it happen behind the scenes, and we have worked with a number of production companies throughout the years,” admits Shingleton. “After we met with Elite Multimedia and explained to them our desire to have both

madrixorionPL+S 2018: Inoage highlights MADRIX developments
Friday, 13 April 2018

Germany - inoage has returned to Prolight + Sound with the successful range of MADRIX hardware and software products for powerful yet simple LED control.
ORION is the next MADRIX hardware interface made in Germany. As a general-purpose input device, it enables interactive projects with ease.
Eight versatile inputs receive any 0V - 12V analogue input signal in order to connect to a wide range of compatible sensors, potentiometers, switches, and triggers. Sensors for light, temperature, passive infrared, and more can easily be integrated into your next interactive project just like the many well-known systems for building and home automation.
Each input can be separately set as Analogue-IN, Digital-IN, Counter, and other useful functions in the web configuration page. Data is then send over network with Art-Net or Streaming ACN (E1.31). The device also features two separate network ports to linearly daisy-chaining several devices together for better cable management.
Another highlight is the next major update of the MADRIX Software. MADRIX 5 will not only provide massive performance increases, but many new features and a new license system as well, says the company. It will be available from May.
(Jim Evans)

events-united-connectionsmEvents United meets Connection challenges
Friday, 13 April 2018

USA - Events United helped Fortune 1000 company Connection create a memorable setting for its annual kick-off meeting in Manchester NH, despite the limited space and unusual room dimensions at the site where the event was held.
The meeting, which was live streamed to Connection offices throughout the US, took place in the Armory, a venue in the Radisson Hotel near the corporation’s headquarters. Although the room presents some striking images with its steel beams and sloping ceilings, it also poses serious design obstacles for anyone hoping to create a professional lighting, video and audio presentation within its confines. Events United met these challenges to create a stunning panorama at the kick-off event with a clever design plan and help from over 100 Chauvet Professional fixtures.
“Our client gave us a few initial concept ideas that included projection and possibly video walls but left us with complete freedom to come up with the creative concept,” said Tim Messina of Events United. “The production design was challenging because of the limited space. At the highest point in the room we only have 17’ of usable height before we hit the building steel. The roof slopes from 15’ on the sides up to 40’ in the centre, but the steel trusses are placed every 14', which essentially creates a ceiling at 17’. We knew we wanted a big design but we didn’t know how we could do it in there with the ceiling so low.”
Messina got around this impediment by coming up with a plan to place the set design, projection screens, and rigging elemen

ben-lheureux-and-richard-wilsonWhite Light appointed production partner at Illuminate
Friday, 13 April 2018

UK - Due to open in January 2019, Illuminate will be a dedicated, purpose-built conference and events venue spread across the top two floors of the Science Museum. It will offer flexible contemporary spaces with state-of-the-art production. White Light has been appointed as Illuminate’s production partner, meaning the company will be tasked with designing, integrating and operating a world-class technical installation within the various spaces.
Ben Lheureux, head of catering and events at the Science Museum Group, states: “We spent a great deal of time developing the identity of our new dedicated events space to ensure we created something that is not only synonymous with the Science Museum Group and our brand values, but that resonates with the forward-thinking events industry. It was therefore essential that we chose trusted partners to help enhance our clients’ experiences of Illuminate, WL gives us confidence they will provide the necessary expertise to deliver stand-out events in our new progressive space.”
WL’s director Richard Wilson comments: “We are absolutely delighted to be involved in this exciting new chapter for the Science Museum. Working with Illuminate, clients will be able to draw on stunning spaces coupled with state-of-the-art technology; offering with an experience they wouldn’t receive elsewhere.”
(Jim Evans)

gearhouse-green-hippoLEDVision takes delivery of Green Hippo
Thursday, 12 April 2018

South Africa - With a reputation of offering clients the largest stockholding of LED Video Technology in South Africa, LEDVision, part of Gearhouse Group of Companies, has taken delivery of a Green Hippo Boreal Server.
The Hippotizer Boreal, supplied and technically supported by DWR Distribution, has gone straight onto a popular television show, and is being operated by lighting designer Joshua Cutts.
“This purchase gives us full control of all the screens whilst allowing Joshua to trigger the content from the Lighting Desk for the television recording. On a broader level though, the Hippo makes LEDVision totally self-sufficient so that we can relieve the pressure on our AV Department when necessary,” comments LEDVision’s Graeme Baker.
“Of course, there is also more self -serving reason which is that it makes our team very happy. Our LED engineers who usually do all the hard work of building the screens and content before handing over are now able to enjoy the creative control of the content on the screens as well and that is something we all really enjoy.”
(Jim Evans)

theatrixxTheatrixx to distribute AV Stumpfl screens
Monday, 9 April 2018

Canada - AV Stumpfl, the Austrian AV technology manufacturer, has announced the appointment of Theatrixx as its official projection screen distributor for Canada.
The Montreal-based company distributes and manufactures technical equipment for the performing arts industry. Theatrixx Technologies also designs custom equipment that offers solutions for video, lighting, audio, power and cabling challenges.
AV Stumpfl CEO Fabian Stumpfl comments, "Theatrixx has a great eye for detail, which is not surprising, given that they develop highly innovative AV equipment themselves. Our partnership started in 2017 when Theatrixx began to distribute our media server technology in Canada. The trust that was built during the past year makes this next step a natural development. We are confident that Jacques and his great team will be very successful in the Canadian market."
Theatrixx CEO Jacques Tessier adds: “I am very proud to offer the original version of AV Stumpfl projection screens to the growing Canadian market. The company has an amazing team where each member is devoted to improve projection quality and ease of use. The quality of workmanship and the care given to every detail is second to none and will give our customers the tools to bring their projects to another creative level.”
(Jim Evans)

powersoftPL+S 2018: Powersoft unleashes M-Force
Friday, 6 April 2018

Germany - Powersoft will leverage the international platform of this year’s Prolight + Sound show to ensure the widest possible audience their first look at the new M-Force. Announced as M-force 301P01, the innovative transducer has been updated with a series of additional features to simplify the workload of OEM partners and will be unveiled on the Powersoft stand (Hall 3.1 C17).
M-force is now available as the M-force 01 long throw linear motor for infra sub applications and the M-force 02 short throw linear motor for high acceleration applications. With longer linear displacement, M-Force 01 is the perfect tool for direct radiation and bandpass applications, enabling manufacturers to keep cabinet sizes to a minimum whilst allowing for flawless infra-bass reproduction. M-Force 02 is designed to grant reliability under extreme loads, such as bandpass applications and loaded horn configurations.
Originally launched in 2013 in Frankfurt, Powersoft’s new M-Force is once again set to redefine the concept of infra bass, says the company. Based on a patented, moving magnet, linear motor structure, M-Force is purposely engineered to squeeze all available power granted by switching mode amplifiers to deliver unbelievable performance in terms of power handling, electromagnetic conversion, reliability and maximum SPL. Generating linear movement with parallel moving magnets, M-Force transcends the possibilities available from the limited power and loads of traditional moving coils.
Claudio Lastrucci, Powersoft’s R&D director, comments: “I’ve alw

vectorworksVectorworks training presented at DWR
Friday, 6 April 2018

South Africa - Vectorworks Trainer Francois van der Merwe presented Basic to Advanced training from 12 to 16 March 2018 at DWR Distribution in Johannesburg.
As a respected lighting designer and a seasoned Vectorworks user, van der Merwe’s main concern was to assist delegates in increasing their workflow.
Van der Merwe has presented training at DWR, distributors of Vectorworks in South Africa, since 2012. “The programme for every course is unique, and we go through all the changes, updates and added features of the software,” he says. “Vectorworks has been the platform to work on, and in my view, the best choice for our industry.”
With many users relying on tutorials that are focused on architecture, van der Merwe instead demonstrates how to approach a show which is a very different process to how an architect would tackle a building. “Over the years, delegates watch tutorials and pick up habits that are not necessarily beneficial to the entertainment industry. I try to show them a better workflow and how to make the drawing process a lot quicker and easier to understand.”
The Vectorworks training is intensive. “The most noticeable difference for delegates is that their workflow quadruples,” said van der Merwe. “Instead of taking a day to draw a show, they can create a full production in two to three hours.” Delegates are tested and required to draw a stage comprising of staging, set, AV, lighting, trussing and audio. “They do that from scratch within two hours and that is a big improvement,” he concludes.
(Jim E

hong-kongAV Stumpfl brings in Year of the Dog
Friday, 6 April 2018

China - Hong Kong-based Cosmo Pro AV partnered with AV Stumpfl to deliver a media server solution for Ocean Park’s new theatre, the Applause Pavilion. 
Ocean Park, Hong Kong’s most impressive theme park, merges education with entertainment. With 44 rides and 7.7m visitors on average annually who come from all over the world to see its attractions, the park first deployed AV Stumpfl’s systems in 2016 for its Cyber Illusion Show, when it rented the Wings Stage Engine and RAW Engine from Cosmo Pro AV. Such was its success that Ocean Park decided to invest beyond renting and instructed Cosmo Pro AV to design a comprehensive, permanent video system using AV Stumpfl technology for its Applause Pavilion.
Jason Yeung, sales engineer at Cosmo Pro AV, who project managed the installation from start to finish and trained the staff, explores Ocean Park’s special requirements: “They needed a powerful and stable media server system that had up to four DVI outputs, in addition to live input, both 3G-SDI and SDI. AV Stumpfl’s Wings Engine Stage was simply the perfect solution.”
The Wings Engine Stage is a technologically advanced media server featuring a solid hardware platform, automatic camera based soft edge and warping calibration, as well as DVI/3G-SDI Live inputs. Harry Gladow, global business development manager at AV Stumpfl, comments: “Whether as part of live events, corporate presentations or themed installations, the wide-ranging feature set combines hardware reliability with software flexibility - perfect for the kind of enviro

VER files under Chapter 11, agrees to merge with PRG
Friday, 6 April 2018

USA - VER has entered into an agreement to merge with an entity controlled by Production Resource Group LLC (PRG).
To facilitate the implementation of this pre-negotiated transaction, VER has filed voluntary petitions for reorganisation under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. These filings only affect the company's North American operations, says the company. The agreement is part of a transaction supported by VER’s second lien lenders, including funds managed by GSO Capital Partners.
VER expects to continue normal operation during the restructuring and says clients “can be confident that their project will not be interrupted”.
Digby Davies, CEO of VER, comments: "Entering into this agreement and undertaking the court-supervised restructuring process will greatly reduce VER's outstanding debt and position the company for the merger with PRG. VER remains a strong business with more customers than ever before, and a customer satisfaction rating that is highest in the industry. The actions announced today will provide a stronger capital structure and sufficient cash to fund operations."
Davies continues: "During the process we will continue to provide our clients with the largest inventory of equipment and unmatched reliability and expertise. Clients will work with their trusted VER representative and their projects will not be interrupted."
Jere Harris, chairman and CEO of PRG, adds: "We are pleased to enter into this agreement with VER and partner with GSO. VER's terr

cole-2018-1previewElite Multimedia on Cole Swindell arena tour
Thursday, 5 April 2018

USA - When singer-songwriter Cole Swindell announced plans for his 2018 headlining tour, it was easily his largest to date. Swindell has continued to grow both as an artist and as a touring phenomenon. Looking to now build a high-energy, yet intimate storytelling experience for his first arena headlining tour, Swindell’s production team once again teamed up with the Nashville-based production provider Elite Multimedia for lighting, LED video, and live IMAG video support.
“We have done headlining tours before, but nothing on this scale with our own opening acts for an extended arena tour run,” began production designer James ‘Mo’ Butts. “As an artist, Cole will give us broad stroke ideas, but then will leave a lot of the technical aspects up to us to sculpt into the final design. Going into this tour design, we really wanted to showcase Cole’s evolution as an artist, from playing cover songs at a college bar at Georgia Southern University, to headlining in arena’s, so we knew video would be a key element in helping us tell the story.”
Aptly named the Reason to Drink, the design would serve as the backbone of the rig and would accommodate support acts Chris Janson and Lauren Alaina. As the headlining artist, Swindell now had the full stage all to himself.
“Cole really likes video, but in our production, we don’t use side screens,” explained Butts. “To do this successfully, we strategically deploy the IMAG using seven different cameras, and then work with our video content creator Andy Reuter, who is excellent at what

cinemanext-2CinemaNext deploys Martin VDO Sceptron LEDs
Thursday, 5 April 2018

Greece - CinemaNext recently deployed a complete Martin by Harman LED wall lighting solution in its first Sphera theatre installation at Village Cinemas.
CinemaNext recently debuted its new premium format Sphera theatre concept at Village Cinemas in the Mall of Athens. Combining the latest in projection, audio and lighting technologies, the Sphera theatre at Village Cinemas includes an 82ft wide wall-to-wall screen, 669 luxury seats, 4K digital video projectors and a high-quality Dolby Atmos surround sound system. To provide an innovative movie going experience, CinemaNext decided to incorporate Martin VDO Sceptron LED video fixtures to create a dynamic lighting system that complements the visuals on the screen.
“Our goal was to offer a more enthralling experience by including an immersive multi-dimensional lighting effect,” says Jérôme Michel, business development manager, CinemaNext. “We wanted to be able to create different moods and ambiences that react to the visuals on screen in real time. We’ve had great success with HARMAN solutions in the past, and the VDO Sceptrons were no exception. The fixtures were super easy to configure using the Martin P3-200 controller - it was the perfect solution to accomplish our goals.”
The lighting system is comprised of 160 Martin VDO Sceptron 20 (1000mm) and 30 VDO Sceptron 20 (320mm) fixtures deployed in vertical columns on the left and right theater walls. In order to keep the light from spilling onto the massive screen, CinemaNext outfitted the VDO Sceptron fixtures with asymmetric wall-washin

twobytwobbcwshowcase20181429Hawthorn supports BBC Worldwide showcase
Wednesday, 4 April 2018

UK - Over 700 international television buyers from across the globe recently headed to ACC Liverpool for BBC Worldwide Showcase, the world’s largest international television market hosted by a single distributor. Taking place on 18-21 February, the event brought together producers, talent and BBC executives as well as Britain’s most successful creatives. For the 12th year running, creative technical event production expert Hawthorn supported BBC Worldwide to showcase its premium programmes, delivering two hotly-anticipated evening events.
Putting premium British content right at the centre of the global stage, the evening events showcased the best of BBC talent and creativity to an audience of TV executives and producers.
Led by the BBC Worldwide team, Hawthorn’s group creative director Peter Harding helped to produce and deliver the production design for the two evenings.
Giving a first look at the broadcaster’s latest natural history programmes Dynasty and Serengeti, an immersive drinks reception welcomed guests for the first evening. Featuring a life-size acacia tree, the Hawthorn team used a complementary lighting design and mesmeric soundscape to transport guests to the plains of Africa, whilst projection and LED screens showed content from the new shows.
In celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the moon landing, guests were then treated to an ‘out-of-this-world dining experience’. Hawthorn created a projection-mapped planet that formed the focal point of the extraordinary evening.


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