USA - From the people who created the entertainment industries first powerful UV (UltraViolet) based effects and powerful UV lighting in Hollywood in the late 1980's, the first day to night, dual image and complete invisible scenery and scenic effects in the mid 1990's, now comes the next generation of UV based signage. Welcome to the latest venture from Ultra Vista Systems.... interior signage for brands in need of serious attention!

The first product in a series of planned products is ISIS 3D (The Illuminated Suspended Image System). This sign systems allows for glowing brand names, logos and art to shine in a slim, low voltage, lightweight profile that has never before possible before, says the company.

UltraVista Systems is the latest collaboration between Leslie Pringle and Richard Green, a collaboration that began in the 1988 when they brought Wildfire over from Europe,

UK - Christie has announced the expansion of its Mirage Series of high-performing 2D and 3D projectors with the launch of the Christie Mirage WQ-L, an LED-based 1-chip DLP projection system with WQXGA (2560 by 1600) resolution and 800 ANSI lumens for sharp images and exceptionally accurate and lifelike colours. Offering a stable and reliable LED light engine rated at 60,000-hours (approximately 6.5 years) life cycle, the Christie Mirage WQ-L includes Christie ArrayLOC for synchronised colour and brightness management, which reduces calibration requirements.

A powerful but cost-effective and flexible display solution, the Christie Mirage WQ-L is designed for a wide range of markets, from aerospace and automotive to oil and gas, government, academia, and entertainment. Its solid-state LED light engine delivers years of worry-free operation without compromising image quality.

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UK - Projection and digital art specialist Ross Ashton of London based The Projection Studio created two spectacular projection works in Wolverhampton, west Midlands for the inaugural Wolverhampton Enchanted City event, which attracted up to 8000 people each evening into the city centre

Ashton was commissioned to produce the works by Wolverhampton City Council following his work at the first ever Enchanted City 'pilot' event at Horncastle, Lincolnshire earlier in the year. Ashton is developing this event concept together with Brighton based Robin Morley of Magnetic Events, who also produced this show.

The giant 15m tall images were beamed onto two well-known local landmarks - the 1920s style Barclays Bank building in St Peter's Square, and the Wulfrana Street entrance to the University of Wolverhampton around 100 metres away.

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USA - Madison Square Garden - New York's iconic indoor arena - has unveiled its new state-of-the-art centre-hung multi-media display. The display serves as the centrepiece of The Garden's new LED video display system, known as GardenVision, which debuted 25 October, as part of the third and final phase of The Garden's unprecedented, E7.2m, three-year transformation.

This cutting-edge system, manufactured by video display specialist Daktronics, includes more than 20 individually produced LED displays and provides attending fans with an enhanced visual experience.

Hank Ratner, president and ceo, The Madison Square Garden Company said, "With the completion of our historic Madison Square Garden transformation, 'the world's most famous arena' has also now become the world's most state-of-the-art arena, ensuring that we continue our tradition of providing fans with the very bes

UK - In 2009 XL Video started XL Events as a specialist division to focus on supplying the corporate and events industry with its technical AV equipment and services.

Since that time XL Video and XL Events have seen continual growth in the corporate video solutions market.

With this success in mind, and with XL Video's renewed focus on innovative video technologies and providing excellent customer service, the parent company has decided to re-brand XL Events, bringing it in line with the corporate identity across the entire XL Video group of companies. This change is effective from 1st November 2013.

Rich Rowley director of XL Video commented, "It has been an incredible journey over the last four years building a Corporate division for XL. The reason for the XL Events name in the first place was to show the industry we weren't just Rock 'n' Roll. I believe it has now se

UK - XL Video's new Hybrid 18mm LED screen made its touring debut on the recent UK leg of Ellie Goulding's Halcyon Days tour, where it was specified by lighting and visuals designer Cate Carter of Bryte Design and integrated into her vibrant production design for the tour.

The Hybrid 18 screen panel features a standard medium 18mm pitch comprising 32 x 32 pixels per panel, with 4 x 4 higher brightness (7700nit) low-resolution pixels also embedded in the same panel.

For the Ellie Goulding tour, 19 TAIT produced touring frames to make up a rear video screen. Each frame contained 2 x 2 panels of Hybrid 18 (four in total) giving a surface of 64 x 64 medium resolution pixels and 8 x 8 low resolution pixels per touring frame. The touring frames were flown at 45 degree angles so they were an attractive diamond shape mosaic surface upstage.

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UK - Creative Technology (CT) has formed a new creative team within its London business. The Media Solutions team will focus on managing the increasing demand for specialist media management and delivery systems. Media Solutions will be responsible for the development and promotion of ideas and innovation whilst enabling the Company to engage further with clients and creative partners in a more pro-active manner at the earlier stages of project development, the company says.

Mainly comprised of existing CT personnel that already have a rich experience and skill set in media technology and services, CT has also appointed David Mulcahy as Media Consultant. Mulcahy, who joins the company as a full-time employee this month, brings with him extensive experience of working with clients and creative teams in the media and visual world. With a background in theatre, corporate and music

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd, a specialist one-stop supplier to the film, television and broadcast studio markets, will showcase a selection of lighting and video solutions alongside their in-house Express custom cable, custom gel, and lamp services at BVE North. Also on display will be a selection of stands and grip from both Manfrotto and Avenger, as well as other consumables available for next day delivery (Stand C20-C10).

The stand will feature some of the many marques which AC-ET distributes exclusively in the UK, alongside other leading brands the company is an authorised reseller for.

AC-ET's lighting division will showcase their diverse portfolio of conventional and LED lighting solutions, including the latest offerings from Chroma-Q, Mole-Richardson, Jands, Manfrotto and Avenger, Spotlight, Gekko and ETC.

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UK - Christie HD8K 3-chip 1920 x 1080 HD projectors have completed one of their most unusual ever tours of duty, following a one-month deployment on a film set at Shepperton Studios for the new British independent film called Last Passenger.

The four projectors were instrumental in creating a sense of realism for this claustrophobic suspense thriller, starring Dougray Scott and Kara Tointon, and co-written by Omid Nooshin and Andrew Love (with Nooshin directing).

The action takes place aboard a Charing Cross to Hastings commuter train, and follows the 90-minute journey - with horrifying consequences.

It was to create a fast moving backdrop that Zack Winfield, who is producing the film with Ado Yoshizaki Cassuto, decided to use projection - rather than resorting to the more sterile and conventional 'green screen' alternative - and approached QED, Christie's rental stag

New Zealand - PA company, High Definition Audio Visual Ltd (HDAV), has invested in two Allen & Heath digital consoles, a Qu-16 rackmount mixer, and the new GLD-112 with accompanying AR2412 and AR84 for additional stage and FOH I/O racks.

The Auckland-based firm has added Qu-16 to its hire stock to manage a forthcoming national corporate roadshow that will have a corporate element as well as a performance in each city by the band Moorhouse, a recent X Factor NZ contestant.

The GLD-112 system was purchased to service events in the corporate and entertainment sector. On its first outing the GLD-112 was required to handle 18 channels of corporate inputs and 22 channels of band and DJ inputs. In the coming months, the console will be managing acts such as Reece Mastin, Tiki Taane, and the Dozen, along with a host of high profile corporate events..

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USA - Leroy Bennett's lighting design for the current Nine Inch Nails Tension 2013 tour utilises the largest installation of Ayrton's MagicPanel 602 fixtures to date.Following a successful summer festival tour promoting their new album Hesitation Marks across the Far East and Europe, American industrial rock project, Nine Inch Nails, are currently bringing their show to North American arenas under a dramatic lighting rig that incorporates no less than 126 Ayrton MagicPanel 602 fixtures.Well-known rock production/lighting designer Leroy Bennett, whose long line of collaborations includes Prince, Tina Turner, Faith Hill, Paul McCartney and Lady Gaga, Rammstein, Madonna, Beyonce and Bruno Mars has installed 14 motorised pods on variable speed winches above the stage, each containing nine Ayrton MagicPanels in a 3 x 3 configuration.Ayrton MagicPanel 602 is a moving head video p

UK - Green Hippo has introduced a new member to the award winning Hippotizer media server range. Rackoon is a power-packed addition to the Hippotizer server range. This little 1U rackmount rascal gives six layers of full 1080p HD playback in a shake of the tail, says the company.

Boasting all the usual features of Hippotizer's award winning software, Rackoon integrates with all other Green Hippo servers seamlessly - "A loveable and helpful little beast delivering a level of functionality to belie its diminutive stature".

And there's a reason this little fella has a twinkle in his eye. With an unrestricted output resolution, full HippoNet compatibility and all the software usability of its bigger relatives you can forgive that cheeky look.

"Bouncing with feature after feature, Rackoon would be considered pesky were he not so useful. Feed him media and he'll rew

UK - The CEO of one of the industry's most successful LED technology companies, displayLED, has given a frank interview as the company he founded reaches its 10th anniversary.

Graham Burgess started displayLED from an office in his London home ten years ago this November, following 20 years working with industry leaders such as Sony and Lighthouse Technologies. The basis in those early years was brokering used screen deals between rental companies. He has since grown displayLED into a global screen supplier and manufacturer, with clients including the world's biggest consumer brands and highest profile music stars.

Today displayLED has offices on four continents, customers in five, and is now one of the largest buyers of LED screens in the world. Drawing from both its own award-winning digiLED brand and other international manufacturers, including in China, the company has dev

Australia - Achieving the very first projection onto both sides of the epic proportions of Australia's iconic Sydney Opera House as well as onto the pylons of Sydney Harbour Bridge was by no means a small challenge for any technology company.

Australia was celebrating the first entry of the national Australian fleet into Sydney Harbour one hundred years ago and re-telling the story for The Royal Australian Navy's International Fleet Review. Imagination Australia was the Creative team and Producer of the event, who engaged Technical Direction Company (TDC) as their video technology partner.

An evening spectacular involved video projection that was combined with stunning fireworks launched from seven warships. There was lighting from 28 land and ship locations plus live action on board ships culminating in an aerial fly past from the Royal Australian Air Force that was enjoyed b

UK - Creative projection guru Ross Ashton from The Projection Studio in London and Sound Artist Karen Monid produced their third son et lumière Triquetra in the historical city of York, UK, for the 2013 Illuminating York Festival of Art.

The acclaimed work - which received massive coverage in the local and national press and an incredible public response - was beamed onto Clifford's Tower. Once the keep at York's famous Castle, the imposing Clifford's Tower sits on top of a tall mound and is one of York's signature pieces of architecture as well as among the most popular attractions in Yorkshire. English Heritage owns the tower, and Ashton was delighted to have the opportunity to apply his spectacular and unique visual magic.

The giant images stretched 75m wide across the base of the mound and were 25m tall, filling the whole space, lifting the landmark out of its surr

UK - The power and potential of global exposure in the star-making process was one of the many highlights at a recent You Tube Brandcast special event for 900 invited guests, staged in a large tensile structure at Syon Park, west London, with XL Video supplying LED screens, cameras / PPU and media server control to producers, Flourish Creative.

An exciting line up of musicians, performers and brands - in whose success the You Tube platform has been instrumental - celebrated the worldwide reach of the medium and its promotional possibilities.

XL's Project Managers Guy Vellacott and Andy Mayneord oversaw the event's video aspects, and original playback content was designed and supplied by US based companies, Obscura and M-Ocean.

Vellacott and Mayneord worked alongside Flourish Creative Director Guy Tremlett who conceived the event's overall production design. The space was div

USA - Two customised Avolites Media Ai Infinity servers with 6 HDSDI inputs and 4 DVI outputs have handled extensive HD camera feeds and LED screen visuals for Maroon 5's US tour.

The American pop/rock band were headlining the 12th annual Honda Civic Tour, alongside support from numerous big name acts including Kelly Clarkson. The 34-date tour visited venues across the US and Canada.

US-based lighting design and media innovators DMD S7UDIOS (DMD) were asked by

Production Designer Demfis Fyssicopulos to provide a solution to feed an ambitious and dynamic show. The event featured LED screens, real-time content, and media files designed and directed by DFDesigns - and the unrivalled power of Avolites Media's Ai servers was the only choice.

"Ai was chosen for its ability to handle the automated and constantly changing set pieces, changing sizes and ability to have multipl

UK - Until now, short throw and ultra-short throw projection has typically been limited to smaller, lower brightness, fixed lens projectors used in education seminar rooms and in corporate meeting room environments. Panasonic is about to change that with the arrival of the new ET-DLE030 short throw lenses for larger format single chip DLP projectors.

With prototype models shown earlier this year at ISE 2013 and at Prolight + Sound shows, engineers in Panasonic R&D operations have since been finely crafting an impressive solution that vertically redirects light cast from projectors at a distance of just 370mm from the projector to produce a bright, perfectly symmetrical sided image directly above it. This is achieved by a cleverly designed mirror system and brings about new and exciting possibilities, unachievable with front projectors especially for applications in digital signa

UK - With an emphasis on increasing its presence within the UK AV marketplace, Vivitek UK's dealer showcase day brought its dealers, distributors and potential customers together to display its extensive range of projectors and display equipment.

Hosted at the Brooklands Museum in Surrey, the day saw a steady stream of industry professionals pass through the doors, keen to learn about some of the 40 Vivitek projector models now available in the UK.

Speaking at the event, Brian Grogan, regional sales manager at Vivitek Corporation said, "Vivitek has grown as a company extensively since it was founded five years ago as a subsidiary brand of Delta Electronics. With a range of products that cater not only commercial and office applications, but that now stretch through educational establishments, large venues, home cinemas and out 'on the road' with portable offerings, the Vi

South Africa - Christie reports that Gearhouse, the largest rental staging company in Africa, have extended their relationship with Christie through their purchase of eight Christie Roadster HD20K-J 3-chip DLP projectors.

As well as their impressive rental staging credentials, Gearhouse are also the leading technical supplier to the live event industry in the region. They are specialists in all aspects of event staging - design, projection, lighting, audio, screens, rigging, power, sets and structures. Vision, passion and service excellence are key drivers for them. The company's head office is in Johannesburg with branch offices in Cape Town and Durban.

Christie and Gearhouse have a close relationship which spans almost 10 years. Over that time Gearhouse have built up a substantial inventory of Christie products, including Roadster HD10K-M, S+16K and HD18K digital projectors,

UK - Audio visual company Saville Audio Visual has announced the appointment of Rob Morrison as head of sales (south) for the Conference & Live Events division.

Morrison has been successfully involved in the creative live events and communications industry for over 12 years during which time he has been involved in some major events including a position as the corporate hospitality manager where he led the hospitality sales for the FIFA World Cup in 2006.

Based primarily with the team in Guildford, he will build on the foundations he has established from working alongside Saville for the last six years, to develop the company's' solid reputation within the industry and explore new market opportunities and deliver growth across multiple sectors.

Head of events for the south, Adam Pike said, " Rob is a vital stepping stone in pushing forward our brand values and extending

Spain - Over the summer there was one story dominating the Ibiza headlines: the launch of the island's hi spec new superclub, BOOOM!, featuring a custom made Pioneer Sound System and visuals powered by Avolites Media's ultra high spec Ai Media Server.

The Ai Media Server is being used to feed multiple surface projections and LED screens around the club, providing an integral part of the BOOOM!'s 'world class clubbing experience'. Production Manager for the BOOOM! project was Dave Singleton from The Shop Ibiza.

"I specifically asked Steve Warren from Avolites Media to get involved as I'd worked with him and the Ai Media Server before," explains Singleton. "I knew it was the only piece of kit that could provide us with the flexibility and sheer power to meet our demanding visual needs. Our single Ai is running an incredible amount of information from under its

UK - Wicked, the award-winning musical that tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz, has taken to the road for its first UK and Ireland tour kicking off in Manchester and winding its spellbinding way around the British Isles and Ireland well into 2015.

No stranger to the show, Creative Technology's (CT) seven-year relationship with Wicked's successful West End tenure at the Apollo Victoria Theatre is continuing with the Show's touring side in providing video projection and a full replay system for the supporting imagery.

Supplying Wicked UK Tour Productions two Panasonic PTDZ133 projectors, both of which are positioned at the front of the Circle and aimed at the stage, CT is also providing main and back up Catalyst Media Servers to output the video to the projectors. CT's project engineer Chris Higgins assisted projection designer Elaine J McCarthy and her productio

UK - Aylesbury Buckinghamshire LED screen and visuals specialists EMTO has specified and supplied LED screen solutions to two high profile club installations in central London - Amika in South Molton Street and Egg at Kings Cross.

Both clubs are radically different in vibe and demographic. Amika attracts a trend setting and sometimes celebrity crowd who like to hang out on one of central London's most opulent and fashionable streets; while the charismatic raw industrial chic of Egg attracts a young crowd who love the music, mixology and magic created by of some the best DJs and performers on the EDM scene.

Both venues approached EMTO's Wes Matthews because they wanted high quality LED technology installed with some flourish, design and purpose rather than just for the sake of it!

When the installation at Amika received the green light, they wanted it in immediately, so Matth

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