Video and AV News

mo2-designGreen Hippo and mo2 design on children’s TV
Thursday, 24 August 2017

Germany - The 1000th edition of Germany’s hugely popular children’s TV show 1, 2 oder 3 aired in July, and Green Hippo and mo2 design helped ensure it looked suitably impressive. Based on the original US version, which was called Runaround, those in the UK may be familiar with the UK show, which went out in the 70s and 80s under that same original US title. The success of the German show has outstripped that of any of its ‘siblings’ seeing it become a mainstay of German childhood TV watching.
mo2 design produced the historic episode, and to help ensure that the visuals went perfectly to plan, Green Hippo delivered special training to the German lighting and design company. Cologne-based mo2 design has extensive experience working with Media Servers – it was the first lighting designer to widely use them in German television – and has recently focused its attention on Green Hippo’s Hippotizer product line. Consequently, Lanz Short, product specialist at Green Hippo, provided three days of Hippotizer training sessions, including a bespoke day, which was planned around the technical requirements of the upcoming show.
The live event itself saw mo2 design use four Hippotizer Boreals – teamed with a pair of grandMA2 lighting desks – controlling four Barco HD 30.000 projectors creating a four-cube wall, a further two Barco HD 30.000 projectors enabling rear projection, plus an LEDGO Black Spinel LED floor.
Manfred Ollie Olma, founder and owner of mo2 design commented: "Hippotizer Media Servers work visual creative for a desi

balloonAirstar gets intimate with Shawn Mendes
Thursday, 24 August 2017

World - Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes shot to fame via a clip he posted to Vine in 2014 and has quickly garnered pop royalty status with a social media fan following of millions. At the pinnacle of his career playing sold-out arenas around the world, Shawn is currently embarking on his Illuminate world tour – and French manufacturer and provider of lighting balloons for the event industry, Airstar, is helping to set the stage with its Pendulair LED product.
The llluminate tour comprises 61 dates in total touching every continent, with Shawn playing some of the world’s biggest music venues. Named after his current platinum-selling second studio album, the show features a set built around a 5m wide Airstar Pendulair LED lighting balloon - known as the ‘Orb’. Providing the main source of the light for fans as they walk into the venue, in an off-blue hue which links the tour to the Illuminate album logo, the ‘Orb’ takes centre stage alongside Shawn for the duration of the concert.
Lighting and stage design for Shawn’s third concert tour and first all-arena tour is overseen by Louis Oliver and James Scott of Okulus, working alongside Shawn’s creative director Paul Caslin, on-the-road lighting director Ryan Nixon and production manager Andrew Thornton at 24/7 Productions (UK).
“With Shawn’s current album entitled Illuminate, we wanted a central piece to the performance that brought this to life visually and set the right tone and atmosphere. Paul took inspiration from the dramatic Solar Equation pr

rewind-festival-2017PRG XL Video relives the 80s with Rewind
Friday, 18 August 2017

UK - Celebrating some of the finest music and artists from the 80s, Rewind festival takes place over three weekends each summer.
Starting in Scotland at Scone Palace, near Perth, then moving on to Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire, and with the final weekend at Henley, the festival includes performances from a variety of eighties superstars including Human League, Nik Kershaw, Go West, Level 42, Kim Wilde, the British Electric Foundation, and the Trevor Horn Band.
PRG provides support to production manager, Keith Morris, lighting designer, Martin Nicholas, and video content director, Miguel Riberio, supplying lighting and video technology, and experienced technical crew for all three weekends. Unlike many festivals which take place over a single weekend, sometimes in dual locations, Rewind is a ‘touring’ festival, taking the same production package to different sites over several weeks.
As well as the main stage, the site includes a silent disco, tribute band tent, funfair, and even an inflatable wedding chapel! For the production, PRG XL Video’s senior account manager, Paul McCauley, supplied three large LED screens, plus cameras and PPU system for IMAG. The rear upstage LED wall formed the backdrop to the stage, and two large portrait screens were flown one either side of the stage.
Ian Jones oversaw the video crew on site, which, for the Scottish show, consisted of Chris Johnson, Mark Eisen, Steve Wood, and Fabrizio DiLelio looking after LED, and Rod Williams on cameras. Mark, Steve, and Fabrizio also doubled as cameramen over the weekend.

sxs-eventsSXS launches dry hire service
Friday, 18 August 2017

UK - With a broad stock of event production and AV equipment, production company SXS has launched a dry hire service.
Available equipment includes arena-scale PA, high-resolution LED video walls, outdoor video screens, staging, marquees and one of the largest stocks of blackout drapery in the UK.
“We now have one of the largest and definitely the broadest of stocks of AV and production equipment in the UK. The equipment we are using is high-end, industry and standard and typically rider friendly,” says SXS project handler Nathan Dunbar who will be heading up the dry hire customer services with assistance from production executive Lucy Payne.
“I’ve been with SXS a while now and have been blown away by how well our team maintains some of the highest standards I have seen in every discipline in which we work. SXS is a genuine one-stop shop with technical and safety standards as good as or better than the specialists in each field.”
(Jim Evans)

tim-brooksbankTaiwan’s Coretronic acquires Calibre
Thursday, 17 August 2017

UK/Taiwan - Coretronic Corporation Taiwan has completed the acquisition of Calibre, a privately held British image processing technology manufacturer based in Bradford, Yorkshire.
Coretronic manufactures the largest number of DLP projectors in the world, and is the ODM supplier to the majority of the world’s Tier 1 DLP projector brands.
The acquisition of Calibre expands Coretronic’s technology capability by the addition of Calibre’s compelling range of HQUltra image processing technology and in-house R&D capabilities.
“It reflects Coretronic’s strategy to strengthen its leading position in display and image processing technology with a rich set of capabilities afforded by the Calibre team. This will help Coretronic Group with its plans to further advance in the pro-av markets as well as assisting with entry into the rapidly expanding direct-view LED display markets,” enthused SY Chen, president at Coretronic, Taiwan.
“The acquisition will accelerate the company into new markets as well as to help Coretronic continue to drive its move to being an all-round display systems provider. In particular Calibre will leverage Coretronic Group’s wide reaching sales coverage and growing pro-av channel sales, particularly in Asia, North America and Europe.”
Former Calibre CEO, Tim Brooksbank will lead as managing director of Calibre UK Ltd, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Coretronic.
“We’re delighted to become part of the Coretronic family. We share a common entrepreneurial ethos driven by market development, innova

evans-avEvans AV Staging equips Balloon Fiesta
Thursday, 17 August 2017

UK - Evans Audio Visual Staging provided equipment and scenic elements across the whole site of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta - the biggest event of its kind in Europe.
Thousands of people visited Ashton Court, on the edge of Bristol, during the four-day Fiesta, and Evans was involved in multiple locations across the large site, normally a country park.
For the Balloonists’ Marquee, where pilots gathered several times each day for all-important briefings, Evans supplied six Nexo PS8 speakers, hung from Utopium’s truss, for background music and announcements. These were relayed using Shure hand-held radio microphones and a Yamaha QL1 mixing desk. Evans provided a 42inch screen which was used for presentations in the media suite.
Multiple LED screens were placed around the Fiesta site to carry live close-ups from the displays, sponsor adverts, content for radio presenters who were broadcasting live from the site and public announcements. Evans operated the video content, which was sent to the screens using two Panasonic HE60 Hot Head cameras, an RP50 controller, two Macbook Pros which ran Playback Pro and a Datavideo HS2000 vision mixer.
A giant ‘Bristol’ sign stood over the main arena at the Fiesta, provided by Evans and lit up at night by Utopium. In the Members’ Enclosure, where sponsors of the Fiesta and VIP guests enjoyed close-up views of the balloon launches and aerial displays as well as corporate dining, Evans supplied several pieces of equipment.
This included two Samsung DM65e 65inch screens which were mount

wicreations-tiziano-ferro-2017-img5813WI on Tiziano Ferro stadium tour
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Italy - Singer/songwriter and producer Tiziano Ferro is known as the modern face of Italian pop music and his phenomenally successful career has seen one chart-busting album and single after another earning him a dedicated fan following.
His live shows are also known for their visual flamboyance and style and the recent Italian stadium tour was no exception. Belgian engineering and automation specialist WIcreations was commissioned to find solutions for two primary motion-control ‘brain-teasers’.
The show was creatively directed by Claudio Santucci working in close collaboration with video designer Romain Sabella from Clonwerk and lighting designer Giovanni Pinna.
The two automation challenges were to provide a fluid and smooth movement system for a large video ceiling weighing 11 tonnes, which moved in all directions and to track two massive upstage LED screens into different configurations throughout a very dynamic set.
In addition to these, also required to move were two lighting trusses either side of the video ceiling, a water screen in front of the video ceiling rigged on two moving hoists and a pyro effect circle upstage of the video ceiling that also shifted position.
WIcreations’ Hans Willems project managed from their end, after the company’s extensive skills and knowledge in the field of automation technology was sought by main lighting and video contractors, PRG Belgium.
The video ceiling was a show-stopping moment in the production. At one stage, it tilted downwards with water content pouring off the ‘end’

Vectorworks opens new office in UK
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

UK - To best support and grow its rapidly expanding user-base, global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks has announced the formation of a new office in the UK.
To facilitate this new corporate office, Vectorworks has acquired Design Software Solutions Limited, a long-time reseller of Vectorworks software. The Vectorworks UK office will build on the support, training and sales infrastructure developed by Design Software Solutions as a launch pad for further development in the region. The new office will be led by Tamsin Slatter and Adrian Slatter, former directors of Design Software Solutions.
“With more than 10 years of experience helping users make the most of their investment in Vectorworks software, Design Software Solutions has provided significant input to the growth of the UK market while also providing valuable support and training materials,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “Tamsin and Adrian Slatter and their dedicated team have the right mix of experience and passion for our products to help us to provide top-quality support for our existing community of designers and resellers in the UK, while expanding our user base even faster than we have to date.”
In addition to its headquarters in the United States and its new office in the UK, Vectorworks has a network of 35 distributors around the world. Its software solutions are available in 11 languages, providing powerful tools to help designers capture ideas, nurture innovation, communicate effectively and realize their visions.
“We’re thrilled to be

flextour-pdsPixelFLEX improves life on the road
Tuesday, 15 August 2017

USA- LED video manufacturer PixelFLEX has announced the introduction of FLEXTour, a new robust, high-definition and curve-able LED video display designed specifically for the high demands of production touring.
With its rigging capabilities and fully modular construction, FLEXTour is front or rear-serviceable and employs an integrated climbing ladder for enhanced accessibility. FLEXTour has the highest standard in components from NovaStar and Macroblock. The new NovaStar A8s receiving card and Macroblock premium drivers deliver stunning image fidelity, grayscale and flicker-free performance, says the company.
“As LED video continues to be highly integrated into live event and concert touring production designs, we are excited to be introducing FLEXTour which addresses the high demands presented by life on the road,” said Monty Rains, PixelFLEX president. “Understanding the performance capabilities sought after by touring and event designers, we have implemented this high-end solution for their creative video designs.”
David Venus, director of marketing adds: “At PixelFLEX, many of our team members have toured with some of the biggest musical artists today, so we also understand the need to design an LED video system with the right technical functionality. The combination of the right software and hardware custom-designed for the event world enhances the artistry possibilities as well as ease of use; that’s why we’re so excited about the FLEXTour LED video design.”
(Jim Evans)

arcade-firePRG supports Arcade Fire summer tour 2017
Monday, 14 August 2017

UK - On a hot and sticky evening in early July, revellers packed pop-up central Manchester venue, the Castlefield Bowl, spilling over onto the adjacent railway viaduct and the balconies of nearby apartments - intent on witnessing the Abba-like anthemic indie rock of Arcade Fire.
PRG supported production manager Bob O’Brien and the show designers, Moment Factory, with a versatile package of lighting and video to facilitate a 32- date European tour, taking in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues, as well as headline festival performances.
Lighting designer Chris Bushell discussed the nature of the tour, and the processes between him and the other creatives on the design team: “I worked with the creative director, Tarik Makou from Moment Factory, as well as video director Icarus Wilson-Wright and the band themselves to design the look of the show. The concept we started off with was that of a contained environment, one which isn’t affected by outside influences - from which Tarik and his team at Moment Factory created the ‘smoke box’, an eleven-metre-wide, three-metre-tall transparent acrylic enclosure, filled with moving smoke and lighting and video effects.”
The grand, sweeping melodies of an experimental musical collective such as Arcade Fire, are well served by the experience design, which perpetually shifts the relationship between colour and space throughout the show.
Chris continued: “The box contained lots of smoke machines and fans to move the smoke around. There was a selection of lighting fixtures, including Martin Mac

dragon-gliders7thSense links with Dubai Parks and Resorts
Friday, 11 August 2017

UK/UAE - 7thSense Design has announced their key technology supplier status with Dubai Parks and Resorts, the Middle East’s largest theme park destination.
7thSense Media Servers drive a total of 16 rides and attractions across two parks under the wider destination which includes Motiongate Dubai and Bollywood Parks Dubai.
Motiongate Dubai is a Hollywood-inspired theme park uniting three legendary film studios in one theme park – Columbia Pictures, DreamWorks Animation and Lionsgate – where visitors go beyond the screen and immerse themselves in the magic of Hollywood. Spread across five zones, guests of all ages are entertained by 27 key rides and attractions including roller coasters, multi-media dark rides, interactive play labs, media-based theatre shows, plus a full program of roaming entertainment and live dance performances.
Bollywood Parks Dubai is a first-of-its-kind theme park showcasing the authentic Bollywood experience. The park recreates the Bollywood experience through themed attractions and rides spread across five zones: Bollywood Boulevard, Mumbai Chowk, Rustic Ravine, Royal Plaza and Bollywood Film Studios featuring Hall of Heroes. The theme park also features thrilling attractions and entertaining live shows that bring to life the action, music, dance and drama of Bollywood. It is also home to the stunning 856-seat Rajmahal Theatre that houses a separately ticketed Broadway-style, Bollywood themed musical.
7thSense has worked closely as technology partner with Dubai Parks and Resorts Prime Contractor, DXB Entertainmen

idina-menzelPRG XL Video equips Idina Menzel tour
Thursday, 10 August 2017

UK - American musical theatre star Idina Menzel recently played the Royal Albert Hall, as part of the UK leg of her 2017 world tour. The singer, famous for her roles in Broadway blockbusters Rent and Wicked! - is also known for her Oscar and Grammy award winning song Let it Go from Disney’s animated film Frozen.
Production, lighting and video design for the tour is by Abigail Rosen Holmes, who has also designed shows for artists such as Miley Cyrus, The Cure, Shakira and The Pet Shop Boys. Working with Abbey on the design and programming of the tour were Felix Peralta lighting programmer, Dan Scully video content and editor, and Eric Marchwinski programming video.
Lighting and video director Teddy Sosna commented: “Abbey and I have worked on numerous projects together - we met several years ago when she was teaching lighting and video design at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in the US, where I studied. Abbey knew the passion I have for lighting in the theatre and brought me on-board for the 2015 Idina tour, and I’ve been part of the team ever since.”
Teddy discussed some of the looks and how PRG was able to help pull them off: “The lighting style is very theatrical, it’s an intricate design which focuses on soft and elegant looks, while still building up the excitement of a pop concert. The back of the stage is covered with strips of white voile, punctuated by panels of light grey custom woven jacquard fabric from Rosebrand, featuring a pattern based on a design which Abbey came up with specifically for thi

one-republicVER drives OneRepublic’s tour production
Wednesday, 9 August 2017

USA - The mandate for a clean design drives all production decisions of the OneRepublic 2017 Honda Civic 2017 tour. VER is providing a turnkey solution by providing audio, video, lighting, and tying it together with automated rigging on OneRepublic’s North American run with Fitz & The Tantrums and acoustic artist James Arthur this summer.
Deploying VER’s automated rigging “came out of sheer necessity,” says production manager Zito.
Show designer Raj Kapoor and co-production designer/lighting designer Mark Butts of Preset Productions discussed their design dilemma with VER’s rigging project managers David Martin and Richard Cano. The solution: an automated rigging system of eight Kinesys Elevation +1 systems to safely and precisely move trusses with 70,000 pounds of lighting, audio and LED video panels.
“Safety is paramount, and this system gives you the ability to use automation to enhance your safety. It allows a greater level of precision to the exact location every single time. Automation is used to not only move trusses, but we can accelerate or decelerate speed to achieve the designer’s vision,” comments David Martin.
The system makes the job safer and the movements reliable for head rigger Bill Ringstl and automation operator Clay Hutson. “The Kinesys system is brilliant,” Hutson says. “The movements are repeatable and precise, it allows us to ‘thread the needle’ so to speak, as many our cues are timed now. The system executes perfectly.”
“Critical in reinforcing safety” are several Kinesys Lib

green-hippoGreen Hippo controls Arin Only at the ArenA
Tuesday, 8 August 2017

The Netherlands - Superstar DJ Armin van Buuren played two solo shows at the Amsterdam ArenA and Dutch lighting creative Art of Light relied on a Hippotizer Karst Media Server to control a series of LED setups during the show.
Closing his latest Armin Only performance concept at the Amsterdam ArenA, with the biggest show that he has ever done, Armin van Buuren became the first DJ to stage a solo show at the famous venue – also home to AFC Ajax. The Armin Only show debuted in 2005 and the latest edition is bigger than ever, letting the Dutch DJ play longer sets while also exploring his artistic side.
So, while Armin Only enables the DJ to deliver a mammoth set, fans get more than just the Dutchman standing behind his decks. Armin was joined by an arsenal of musicians and singers that helped him bring his music to the ‘next level’, creating an immersive atmosphere of music and AV.
The Art of Light, the Netherlands-based creative, took care of lighting design, operating and controlling the two sold-out ArenA gigs. Responsible for the production of the event was ALDA Events, a global operating Dutch producer, concept developer and promoter of international DJ and event concepts. Creating a spectacular to wow 35,000 people, company founder André Beekmans and his team harnessed an epic gathering of lighting. The gear on show included 900 Robe moving lights, 450 luminaires, and 2.5 miles of DiGidot LED strip. The Dutch creative also used LEDWash 800s as stage down-lighters, with 48 Robe Pointes in centre stage.

liam-winterAbsen Europe makes key appointments
Friday, 4 August 2017

Europe - Absen Europe has announced the appointment of industry experts Liam Winter as product director and Michael Scott as technical and project manager.
Winter joined Absen Europe in July from PSCo, Absen’s UK distribution partner. With more than 15 years of experience in the AV industry in a variety of senior sales, business management and product management roles, he has a wealth of knowledge to draw on.
Based in the UK but with frequent travel to Europe and Absen’s headquarters in China, Winter’s brief is to manage the customer experience end to end for Absen’s European client base.
“The LED market is exciting, fast moving and continuing to grow exponentially. I have witnessed first-hand how Absen has taken a lead role in product innovation without compromising on outstanding product quality and customer service.”
Complementing Liam’s role, Michael Scott has taken up the position of technical and project manager. In post since last month, Scott is based at Absen’s European headquarters in Rüsselsheim, Germany, and will manage all aspects of Absen’s Technical Service Department – defining processes and standards, providing direct supervision and leadership to all technical personnel, and establishing and training the local service and project management teams to ensure customers continue to receive the outstanding levels of service that are synonymous with Absen.
Scott joins Absen from world digital signage leader JCDecaux, where he oversaw a programme to standardise the configuration and software across its 2

multitouchUnicam Digital rebrands and moves headquarters
Friday, 4 August 2017

UK - Unicam Digital Group has rebranded as UXG (User Experience Global), part of a major new growth initiative. The rebrand comes on the back of 12 months of intense growth for UXG, resulting in the move to new 14,sq ft headquarters, near the centre of Leeds.
The new headquarters effectively double UXG’s work and build space, enabling the business to react at the same pace as the burgeoning digital industry, and allowing for full assembly of UXG’s indoor and outdoor LED walls, including interactive walls and tables. UXG is also in the process of developing a state-of-the-art technology hub at the facility.
“Our rebrand and expansion illustrates how we are constantly innovating as a company, with technology at the forefront of our ethos,” explains Drew Dooler managing director. “UXG has a highly proactive and experienced team focused on delivering targeted solutions that enable our customers to be at the forefront of their market sectors. Our new headquarters will allow us to keep pace with our rapid growth. It’s the perfect setting: a semi-rural location with great transport links, to give us the best of both worlds.”
“UXG’s team of tech experts has been working extremely hard in the run up to the rebrand and the move, particularly over the last 12 months,” adds UXG CEO Gary Williams. “The move represents a major growth initiative and represents a shift in company direction that will see us pushing hard for even more interactive tech business, alongside our well established digital signage business. We’ll be makin

coldplayAi Media servers are a 'dream' for Coldplay
Thursday, 3 August 2017

Germany - Video designer Ben Miles has praised the Avolites Ai R6 media servers in their performance for festival opener Coldplay at the star-studded Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg, Germany, ahead of the annual G20 Summit.
The Festival calls on governments and the private sector to increase support and funding of issues associated with extreme poverty. This year was the first time the event had been held in Europe - and featured performances by world-renowned superstars including Pharrell Williams, Shakira, Ellie Goulding, German superstars Herbert Gronemeyer and Andreas Bourani - all opened by multi-million selling British band Coldplay.
Miles, who has been responsible for Coldplay's stunning visuals throughout the band's A Head Full of Dreams tour, comments, "Coldplay has so many 'big hits' it's difficult for us to know which of them they will play at festivals and shows like this. We knew they would play five or six songs in their set, but we didn't know which ones, so we had to prepare for pretty much any of them. This meant we had to use our existing touring system, but integrated into the Global Citizen show design. To do this, we were able to work with the Global Citizen production team to use their LED mapping with our outputs."
Adapting the current Coldplay touring system's Ai outputs to the entirely different screen configuration in use at Global Citizen could have been a significant challenge for Miles and his team, as he explains. "Instead of outputting to our usual LED processors, we had to reallocate all our outputs from the tou

nt-curious-incidentHawthorn on Curious Incident international tour
Thursday, 3 August 2017

UK - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is going international, with technical equipment hire company Hawthorn supplying lighting equipment for the award-winning production.
The international leg of the Curious tour will visit Amsterdam, Toronto and other international cities to be announced.
Hawthorn is continuing its relationship with production after supplying lighting for this year’s UK tour and has worked with renowned lighting designer Paule Constable to supply the lighting equipment for her Olivier award winning design. This included supplying industry workhorses such as the Martin MAC TW1 and the ETC Source 4 Revolution combined with newer technology such as the ETC LUSTR 2 LED Profile and the VL3500Q Spot.
The remaining rig is made up of a number of conventional ETC Source 4 profiles and PARS, Selecon Arena 2.5K PCs, Rainbow 12” Scrollers, a Martin Atomic Strobe, Pulsar Chroma LED UV Floods, Studio Due Archibars, Viper smoke machines all controlled from an ETC networked system utilising both the GIO and ION consoles.
Mark Burnett, business development manager at Hawthorn, said: “We’re delighted to be working with the Curious Incident team once again for the production’s international tour. If you’ve seen the show, you’ll know how incredibly powerful and visually arresting the lighting and video design is and the important role it plays in telling Christopher’s story. The production deserves the worldwide acclaim enjoyed the book and its fantastic to play a small role in taking it internationa

polar-prizeGreen Hippo delivers for Polar Music Prize
Thursday, 3 August 2017

Sweden - The Polar Music Prize is recognised as one of music’s most prestigious international honours and this year’s ceremony saw Hippotizer Media Servers playing a key part in Sundin Designers Sweden’s lighting and image display for the show.
Founded in 1989 by the late Stig ‘Stikkan’ Anderson – Anderson was the publisher, lyricist and manager of ABBA and the name stems from his legendary record label – the Polar Music Prize customarily goes to one contemporary musician and one classical musician. This year saw Sting and Wayne Shorter, the American jazz saxophonist and composer, become laureates and the venue was again the beautiful Stockholm Concert Hall.
Designed by Ivar Tengbom the 1920s-neo-classical creation is one of the Swedish architect’s most famous works, and Sundin Designers Sweden was charged with video and lighting design for this beautiful interior for the Polar Music Prize ceremony. The Stockholm-based design company knows the venue well – it also designs video and lighting for the annual Nobel Banquet, the banquet which follows the Nobel Prize ceremony – and founder Per Sundin again led his team on one of Stockholm’s biggest nights of the year.
Per’s design vision for the evening was to deliver a video and lighting show to highlight the concert hall’s architectural beauty, while at the same time mixing the expression between classical music and pop art. Supported by DigiGobos / Beacon Gobo Group – Green Hippo’s exclusive distributor in Sweden – Per and his team presented a refined display, blending p

cpl-ovo-festivalCPL gets festive for OVO 2017
Wednesday, 2 August 2017

UK - CPL (Central Presentations) working for creative event producers Bright, took its experience and knowledge of festival productions and delivered full technical production - sound, lighting, rigging and some AV - for the 2017 OVO festival.
The event, now in its third year and a big hit with OVO’s staff, families and friends, was again staged at Mojo Active, Almondsbury near Bristol. CPL and Bright are regular collaborators and there is a great synergy between the two companies in their respective roles and end-goal of ensuring that event environments are smooth, entertaining, memorable and fun for all guests.
CPL’s project manager Mike Radford commented: “We were delighted to be involved again, and enjoyed working closely with Bright’s team led by their PM Mike Matthews. The brief was to bring all the production values of a premium festival to this event and ensure the best possible guest experience”.
The one-day event featured a main band stage and a large bar / catering and second stage area located in nine large conjoined Tepees, plus an open area featuring a heterogeneity of attractions like vintage fairground rides, archery, falconry, rounders and other field games and there was also a Children’s Tent. All were geared towards providing a fun-fuelled day for all ages and tastes.
The full site build started a week ahead of the event and CPL did their lighting and sound get-in the day before.
The main stage / roof was supplied by Bristol based BES Systems and a flown d&b Y8 audio system was specified, complete wi

theatrixxLexair to distribute Theatrixx Technologies
Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Australia - Lexair Entertainment is the new Australian distributor for Theatrixx Technologies. Theatrixx Technologies, based out of Canada, manufactures technical equipment to suit the needs of the performing arts industry.
"Theatrixx is thrilled to welcome Lexair Entertainment as our new distributor for Australia" said Erik Guertin, international sales for Theatrixx. "Together as a team we are confident that we will build and maintain strong relationships with customers and stay proud to offer a high-end variety of products to the Australasian market. There is no doubt that Lexair's reputation and expertise with AV products is a good fit for us and we are eager to see what the future will bring."
Lexair is initially focussing on the xVision robust video converter range that is designed for the road with recessed locking connectors, an integrated power supply with locking PowerCON True1 connector and a courtesy AC power socket as well as many rigging options. Winner of Best Debuting Product – Widget at the 2016 LDI Awards, the xVision Video converter range is expanding from the internationally successful HDMI/SDI range into fibre and HDBaseT systems. Lexair has stock in the country and is getting positive feedback.
“We’re excited to be working with Theatrixx. Our whole team was instantly impressed by how well built and solid they have made these video converter boxes when we first saw them. You’ve only got to pick it up to know it’s going to last.” stated Alex Mair, managing director of Lexair Entertainment. “Theatrixx’s line up fits

Avolites appoints Fairlight as distributor for Belgium
Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Belgium - British lighting console and media server manufacturer, Avolites, has appointed Fairlight as the exclusive distributor of its lighting and video network control products in Belgium. The exclusive partnership, which took effect on 1 July, follows nearly two decades of successful collaboration between the two companies.
Commenting on the relationship, Koy Neminathan, sales director for Avolites, says: "We are very satisfied with the performance of Fairlight in the Netherlands. They bring Avolites to a larger audience by undertaking numerous seminars, trainings and demos regularly. Furthermore, Fairlight always carries a large stock of Titan, Ai and Art dimming products. This is supported by their technical department who have been assessed and accredited by Avolites and thus provide the best technical assistance."
Technical service in Belgium will be provided by Roadtech Services, Fairlight's Technical Support in Belgium.
(Jim Evans)

luke-stevenson-prg-dscf4493Luke Stevenson joins PRG XL Video
Friday, 28 July 2017

UK - PRG XL Video, the UK operation of Production Resource Group (PRG), has announced the addition of Luke Stevenson to its Corporate and Events team.
Reporting to director of corporate, Steve Greetham, Luke joins the team as senior account manager, bringing a wealth of experience from his time with AVC Live.
During his 11 years with AVC Live, Luke undertook several roles including venue manager; sales and operations manager; and most recently four years as technical producer, where he applied his extensive experience of delivering events on-site.
At PRG XL Video, Luke will focus on the end to end production of 360˚ events, and working with both agencies and in-house event teams.
Steve Greetham commented: “We’re delighted to welcome Luke to the corporate and events team. He brings a broad technical knowledge to PRG XL and his depth of experience complements the strengths of the existing corporate team.”
Luke added: “I’m delighted to be joining the team at PRG. It’s clear that there are a lot of talented people in their respective fields and I’m proud to be a part of it. I’m looking forward to making my contribution on some exciting projects.”
(Jim Evans)

ac-et-supplies-award-winning-opera-north-with-complete-video-systemAC-ET supplies Opera North with video system
Friday, 28 July 2017

UK - Opera North has called on the video division of A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) to complete phase two of their upgrade, by supplying control and transmission equipment to work alongside the existing front-end display system in the Howard Assembly Room, Leeds.
Back in 2014, Opera North approached AC-ET to supply the first part of the system upgrade - front end display. A Christie WU14K-M Series projector was selected because of its high performance, high efficiency and flexibility. At the same time, an Audipak Silencer Housing was also installed to minimise the ambient noise levels of the projector within the auditorium.
Jamie Saye, senior technician, Opera North commented: “We were so pleased with the products and support AC-ET provided for the Howard Assembly Room previously, there was no question about using them again. It is incredibly convenient that they were able to provide the complete solution, from control through to transmission and display technologies.”
AC-ET has now supplied Opera North with the final elements to complete their project - the control and transmission equipment. This includes a Draper FocalPoint projection screen, Calibre HQView630A switcher/scaler, Ophit fibre transmitters and receivers, fibre optic cable from Universal Networks, and finally a dual HD-SDI input card for the Christie M-Series along with tourgrade HD-SDI cable for backup/redundancy.
Jamie continued: “The completed system is brilliant and we are really looking forward to utilising it to its full potential. The Draper FocalPoint pr


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