Germany - Laserworld has launched a new product range, the Proline Series, to fill the gap between the budget solutions of the Club Series and the more professional Pure Micro Series.

Two power levels are provided in a first step - the PRO-700RGB with up to 700mW power, and the PRO-1300RGB with up to 1.300mW power. In contrast to the Club Series projectors the Proline units come with the bright 637nm red, which increases overall visibility. The small housings and the light weight make the units perfect for applications in nightclubs, bars or for mobile DJs. Due to the compact setup and versatility they are also suitable for rental companies.

The units of the Proline Series come with fast and angle stable 40kpps scanners. As an extension to the product range, an "advanced" version of the Proline lasers is available. These systems have the additional full analogue modu

UK - In perhaps one of the more unusual live music projects this year, electronic music artist Scanner has teamed up with the Heritage Orchestra for Live_Transmission: Joy Division Reworked. The project is a musical and visual reinterpretation of the work of one of the UK's most influential bands.

Live_Transmission sees a selection of Joy Division songs deconstructed by Scanner and reinterpreted by the "ferociously non-classical" Heritage Orchestra to a backdrop of dismantled Joy Division imagery.

Visuals for the show were provided by Matthew J Watkins of the Beat13 collective. To display these atmospheric images, XL Video supplied front projection on to a screen behind the orchestra using a Barco FLM HD20 projector. A gauze screen in front of the orchestra was used for rear projection images supplied from one of XL's Barco SLM R12+ projectors.

The co

UK - Over a couple of summer evenings way back in 1989 a small group of friends performed Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band to raise funds for the care and support of children suffering from life-limiting or terminal illnesses. Today, The Pepper Foundation is a registered charity which raises funds for The Pepper Children's Nurses who provide care 24/7 for children throughout the Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire area. The Pepper Rock Event Show is performed each year over two weeks in the Centenary Theatre within Berkhamsted School in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.

The annual event is staffed entirely by volunteers. Andy Mahaffey, head of lighting at Blitz Communications has been the show's lighting designer since 2004/5: "Each year has a theme to it and, in this 25th Anniversary year, it's 'The Best of British'. Over time the show has grown both in perf

UK - When the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series visited Wales for the UK leg of their global cliff diving championship, XL Events was on hand to ensure all the action was captured for the crowds of excited spectators.

With competitors diving from a height of 27m from the top of the Pembrokeshire cliffs, XL Events needed to ensure that spectators in both of the cliff viewing areas had an excellent view of the 14 divers from nine different countries.

To achieve this, XL Events installed two Lighthouse R7 LED screens, one at the top and one at the bottom of the cliffs, and each measuring 5 x 3m.

XL selected the R7 screen for this outdoor project as it is weatherproof, robust and its high brightness and shaders make it the perfect choice for use in sunlight. The screens were installed by Sandro Bruni and Jan van Geet, who also operated cameras during the two-day event.

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UK - Projection and LED screen rental house Anna Valley has made a "major investment" in Avolites Media's industry-leading Ai Infinity servers and the Sapphire media controller.

The West London based company - which delivers cutting-edge visuals technology to some of the UK's biggest shows including X Factor, Million Pound Drop, Britain's Got Talent, and many events, conferences and award shows - is working closely with Avolites Media to offer the industry powerful solutions to push the boundaries of on-screen displays.

"Having looked at the marketplace we wanted to select a media server that would be user friendly and at the same time have plenty of future capabilities," says Anna Valley's Shaun Wilton. "The extended features combined with a familiar user interface were a great fit."

The Ai Infinity features an incredible 8 Full HD outpu

UK - PLASA London 2013 is ready and raring to go, with new attractions, free seminar sessions with high calibre speakers and excellent networking opportunities all lined up for the visitors from all sectors of pro audio, lighting and stage technologies. Those that have not yet registered can still save 50% off the door price by signing up at Over 15,000 industry professionals have already registered for this year's PLASA London event, which takes place at the ExCeL Centre, London from 6-9 October 2013.

PLASA London is supported by Platinum Sponsor Robe Lighting, Gold Sponsor Martin Professional and Silver Sponsor Clay Paky.

Chris Toulmin, Head of Events, PLASA London 2013, said: "Our move to ExCeL has given us and our exhibitors the scope to truly get bigger, brighter and louder. We are very proud to unveil the AudioLab feature which brings the latest a

UK - Creative Technology has introduced the G10 Carbon Fibre LED system which will be promoted at PLASA London 2013 (Stand E70).

CT's latest innovation is a full colour, high brightness, super lightweight 10mm LED display weighing a mere 11kg per m2. At less than half the weight of previous comparable systems the G10 offers massive advantages in terms of production opportunities and reduced freight costs, says the company. The extraordinary weight saving means a native resolution HD screen measuring 207 m2 can be built weighing only 2.3 tonnes. Alternatively typical on stage effects and Imag screens for touring applications of 5x3m (16x9') will weigh less than 225kg(500lbs). Screens can now be tracked, rotated and flipped using simpler rigging and mechanics, greatly reducing production costs and increasing impact.

The light weight and low volume design has similar advantages i

Germany - With the MA VPU light (Video Processing Unit), MA Lighting has developed a smart and compact video control offering nearly the same performance as the successful MA VPU plus and MA VPU basic. Only 2HU height, the MA VPU light features sophisticated hardware and proven MA software. Furthermore the in-built screen displays all essential information about the status of the MA VPU light.

Additionally MA has enhanced its MA VPU plus and MA VPU basic in comparison to the MA VPU light. All MA VPU will now offer Full-HD (MA VPU plus MK2 6 layers, MA VPU basic MK2 4 layers, MA VPU light 2 layers - which are rendered in parallel). Also MA VPU plus MK2 and MA VPU basic MK2 are now equipped with 3 x DVI-outs instead of two as with the prior version, while the MA VPU light offers 2 x DVI-outs and 1 x VGA-out.

All MA VPU have common features enabling all videos, still images and 3

France - XL Video was one of the principal worldwide technical production suppliers to Roger Waters' seminal The Wall Live world tour, which finally wrapped in Paris on 21 September with a sold out Stade de France show, exactly three years and one week after its opening show in Toronto in 2010.

Richard Turner, the tour's video director worked closely with XL's project manager Phil Mercer throughout, together with tour director Andrew Zweck and creative and video content director Sean Evans. The production featured both stadium and arena versions.

The show visuals were projected onto the wall by 36 of XL's new Panasonic PT-DZ21K 20K projectors - divided into nine screen areas - each covered by a quad stack rigged on standard Leyher scaffold platforms at FOH.

Seamless edge-blending was achieved by custom manual shutters clamped onto the scaffold towers. Physical shutter

UK - MultiTouch Ltd has announced that the new Cornerstone 2, the company's own software development kit (SDK), will be available free of charge and supports hardware platforms other than MultiTouch's own MultiTaction Cell product line.

The new version, released 3 October, will be "a ground-breaking product in the world of advanced interactive displays, providing for the first time a free set of tools to take full advantage of MultiTaction Cells' scalability and advanced object and pen tracking features". The support for third-party hardware allows great flexibility for deployment and reuse of Cornerstone-based applications on a wide range of multi-touch displays from other manufacturers.

In addition to making its updated SDK free, MultiTouch has ensured that the new Cornerstone 2 also includes a far greater arsenal of tools to build the next generation of interactiv

Armonk, NY - October 4, 2013-Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG) will be demonstrating their innovative proprietary products as well as debuting new products at the PLASA 2013 show, October 6 - 9 in London. PRG will be on Stand R20 at the ExCeL London Exhibition Centre, where attendees can get in-depth demonstrations of new, ultra-portable lighting and media control products, two new compact UV blacklight luminaires, PRG's award-winning automated luminaire line and control console range, as well as PRG Nocturne's LED video module products.

PLASA 2013 attendees will get an opportunity to try out the compact V276 on Mac control interface and Mbox® Studio, a software-only version of the popular Mbox Extreme® media server, both of which are available for sale. Both products are designed for use with a user-supplied Apple Mac computer. Individually these solutions are feature-ri

Following a second hectic day at PLASA London 2013, a packed audience gathered yesterday evening in the AudioLab Arena to congratulate the winners of the PLASA Awards for Innovation, sponsored by Lighting & Sound International magazine. The winner of the prestigious Gottelier Award was also announced at the ceremony.

The PLASA Awards for Innovation recognise products that advance the industry by demonstrating a new style of thinking, improving technical practice or taking a key step forward in terms of safety. During the show's opening two days, 45 new products were judged 'live' by an independent panel of expert judges who toured the show floor to view each product presentation.

Eight awards of equal standing were presented, as well as the PLASA Award for Sustainability, to the following winners:

Clay Paky for the A.Leda B-EYE K20

The judges said, "The B-EYE had a &q

Malaysia - Two of Malaysia's leading rental companies came together this summer to ensure Metallica's first-ever concert in the country would be a memorable event. By merging their Meyer Sound inventories, Kuala Lumpur-based EHQ Projects and Selangor-based SES Sound & Lighting created a massive, 146-loudspeaker system based around Milo line array loudspeakers.

"There were no delays, but the sound was clear and very loud even 100m back from the stage," recalls Jay Neil, technical director of EHQ Projects. "Afterwards, I had people telling me it sounded like a CD on a great stereo."

In order to cover an audience of 30,000 in Kuala Lumpur's Stadium Merdeka, the two companies configured a system of 72 Milo loudspeakers, including 40 for main hangs, 30 for side hangs, and two for out-fills. Front-fill was provided by 12 M'elodie line array loudspeakers, and 40 7

Record Sales - Tickets for next year's Glastonbury Festival have sold out in record time, according to organisers. Michael and Emily Eavis issued a joint statement confirming all 120,000 remaining tickets had been sold in just one hour and 27 minutes. They said they were "blown away" by the numbers logging on and were "genuinely sorry" that so many had missed out. Ticketing website See Tickets had earlier apologised to customers on Twitter for "technical difficulties". The site, which had been managing the sale of tickets for Glastonbury, wrote that the issues had led to "a very difficult half an hour" before the site stabilised, later adding that it was selling 3,000 tickets a minute.

Prices for the 2014 event had been increased by £10 to £210, plus a booking fee, but festival-goers could pay a deposit of £50 before sett

USA - Harman Professional has announced the appointment of Brian Friborg to lead US sales, group-wide as USA vice president of sales, Harman Professional. Friborg, who previously held the position of president, Americas for Martin Professional, immediately assumes responsibility for sales and support of Harman Professional audio and lighting technologies in the United States. He will report directly to Scott Robbins, Harman Professional Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales.

"Empowering dealers with not simply the best technologies and systems but also the best programmes and people is central to our approach here at Harman Professional," Robbins said. "This commitment requires us to evolve and, just as we have added the Martin Lighting brand to our portfolio, add quality and value wherever possible."

Brian Friborg joined Martin Professional in 1999 and

UK - The first ever Technical Theatre Awards (TTA) - celebrating the best of 'behind the scenes' skill and talent - were presented at a well-attended ceremony at the PLASA Show at London's ExCel.

Fifteen awards were announced on the Theatres Trust stand in the midst of the PLASA hubbub.

Sponsored by AVW Controls, dbs Solutions, Load Cell Rental, Mayflower, Philips Entertainment, PLASA, Production Resource Group (PRG), StageBitz, Stage Jobs Pro, The Fifth Estate Ltd and Triple E, the TTAs are also very kindly supported by Lighting&Sound International and The Theatres Trust.

Host for the evening was prolific multi award-winning lighting designer Rick Fisher, perhaps best known for his work on Billy Elliot the Musical and An Inspector Calls. Recent credits include Great Expectations at Bristol's Old Vic, The Herd at The Bush Theatre, and Inside Wagner's Head at the Linbury Stud

UK - XL Video was again highly active at the ever-vibrant Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year, reflecting the increase in productions and imaginative ways to integrate video into the plethora of inventive new performances. This year video and projection systems were again supplied to The Pleasance, and for the first time to C venues.

For C venues, one of Edinburgh's leading independent venue producers, curating and hosting the Fringe's largest theatre-based programme, equipment was deployed in eight venues across three sites - C venues' Chambers Street base, C nova and C Aquila.

For The Pleasance, 34 shows featured video elements in 15 different performance spaces.

All of this was project managed for XL Video by Ed Cooper and overseen on site by three hard-working technicians who kept pace with the lively mix of drama, dance, physical theatre, musicals, cabaret, circus and v

Italy - Widely regarded as the educational, scientific, financial, and political hub of Northern Italy, Trento is proud to boast of its excellent college - the Opera Universitaria. Ranked as first in the country by the Ministry of Education, Opera's mission is to ensure that a student's full potential can be realised - whether that stems from sport, academic work, or the arts. After enlisting the help of AV integrators A&T Multimedia, and distributors, Adeo Group, the college's new theatre has been equipped with a comprehensive technical installation, enabling complete control over audio, lighting, and video.

Opera's consultant specified that the theatre must be multi-functional, and that the technical system needed to offer standalone use by anyone, trained or not, without the assistance of the college's AV department. As a result, A&T was required to design a system which allo

Russia - Cosmo AV, a specialist in the creation of video mapping images, participated in the third Moscow International Festival The Circle of Light which took place from 4-8 October 4-8, 2013.

Amongst the symbolic locations selected for the 2013 editon of the festival - which includes the Loujniki Olympic complex, the Tsaritsyno Park and the Manege - there is a particularly iconic one that evokes all the cultural influence from the Russian capital: The Bolshoi Theatre.

Cosmo AV was tasked with elaborating the content projected on the fa├žade of this building, which acted as a screen, playing the audiovisual creations from the Cosmo AV teams.

Onlookers witnessed two dream-like shows which lasted for a total of 12 minutes, with mixed video and computer generated images, supported by a soundtrack revisiting masterpieces from some of the world famous classical music comp

UK - Newcastle and Yorkshire based event production company R&B Group scooped two medals in London's AV Awards, beating off competition to take home 'Live Event of the Year' and the overall accolade of the evening; the 'Grand Prix Award'.

The awards which were celebrating their 15th year were open to any company involved in the AV industry across Europe, from media production companies to manufacturers of any kind of equipment or software used in AV communication; so for this small firm from the North East this is an amazing achievement.

The Live event of the year category was awarded for utilising the newest technical ideas and was open to a wide range of corporate events, awards ceremonies, experiential events, sponsored events, sales conferences, product launches, exhibition events and more. Judges were looking for examples of absolute excellence in lighting, sound, project

UK - Now in its 45th year, the Man Booker Prize continues to celebrate the best in fiction writing. 500 distinguished guests from the literary world gathered at London's Guild Hall on 15th October to attend the awards ceremony, where New Zealand's Eleanor Catton was the youngest ever recipient of the £50,000 prize for her novel 'The Luminaries'.

Blitz Communications delivered a complete set, staging and audio visual package for leading agency Four Colman Getty. Lisa Perkins, event manager, commented, "Tuesday night's event was a huge success and we are absolutely thrilled how the evening progressed. All the suppliers from the Guild Hall to AV company Blitz and Carly Rogers Flowers, were brilliant throughout and came together really well on the night."

Munir Samji, executive chairman at Blitz added, "It was our pleasure to support this prestigious event for

UK - Some serious talent rocked up to support Unity the Stephen Lawrence Memorial concert at the O2 Arena in London including Rita Ora, Jessie J, Emile Sande, Beverley Knight, Ellie Goulding and Ed Sheeran, Plan B, Tinie Tempah, Labrinth, and Jamie Cullum. The stars performed to help mark the twentieth anniversary of the teenager's death in south east London.

Hosted by Nick Grimshaw and Reggie Yates, the concert was part of the SL20 Campaign which is celebrating Stephen's life with a series of awareness-raising events throughout the year. It was recorded and broadcast on BBC1 and an album of the live performances is also due to be released.

XL Video was asked onboard by promoters AEG Live to supply video production which was co-ordinated for them by project manager Gareth Jeanne. He worked closely with the AEG Live production team led by Kahren Williams and Keith Wood.

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UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd received a great reception to cutting-edge new technologies showcased on their stand at PLASA London 2013 from the many brands the company distributes exclusively in the UK and certain international territories. "This year's show was the biggest and best yet for AC-ET," says the company. Key lighting, video, rigging and audio product innovations were represented from AC-ET's portfolio of over 200 premium brands and four specialist sales divisions.

There was a great reception to the worldwide launch of the new Vision LED family, which features a 16° Par, a 1 metre batten and a zoomable moving wash each using 10W RGBW Multichip LEDs and delivering powerful and consistent performance. The LED range offers real value for money without compromising on performance, build quality or reliability, and provided dynamic illumin

Belgium - ArKaos Stage server was recently employed to create a spectacular 3D overhead video wall at Belgium's famous Pukkelpop Festival.

The annual Pukkelpop festival, held at Kiewit near Hasselt, is one of Belgium's largest alternative music festivals, attracting over 60,000 festival-goers and second in size only to Rock Werchter.

This 'progressive and contemporary' musical event plays host to around 200 bands on its eight stages over the three-day festival and showcases a wide variety of music that encompasses rock, pop, electronic, dance, hip-hop, punk and heavy metal. The eclectic line up for 2013 included top artists Eminem, The Prodigy and Nine Inch Nails and world-class DJs including Mark Ronson, The Magician and Boys Noize.

The opening night party to the 28th Pukkelpop was the ideal event for ArKaos, Belgian media server and software manufacturer, to show off the p

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