UK - Saville Audio Visual provided the complete audio visual facilities for the Royal Television Society's North East awards night at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead - for the 27th consecutive year.

Over 450 programme makers, commissioners, supporters and executives attended the event alongside a host of presenters and celebrities. The ceremony and dinner celebrated all aspects of media production in the region - from television shows to on-line programmes and video games.

The RTS North East and Borders Awards is the biggest media event in the region, honouring achievements in TV production, online programmes and video games and were expertly hosted by Steph McGovern, popular business presenter on BBC Breakfast.

Among those presenting awards was Teesside-born Stephen Tompkinson and winners included Robson Green's Tales from Northumberland, which took the best factual award. G

UK - This February saw Avolites technology at the heart of The Show: R&B Superstars Valentine's Special - a night of performances by a nostalgic line-up of 90s R&B legends at Wembley Arena in London.

Headlined by En Vogue with Blackstreet2, for the third-year running the evening was an exciting celebration of the best American artists. The show was managed by Birmingham-based production company DMX Productions, headed up by production manager SJ Grevett.

Lighting designer Tom Grant from design house and rental company Siyan Ltd worked alongside programmer Jack Sayer to construct a powerful show design, specifying Sayer Lighting Productions' high performance Avolites Expert Pro with Titan Mobile Wing to control the entirety of the lighting and media, which was run from his Avolites Media Ai T4 Media Server.

Tom Grant explains the concept behind the design: "I was tasked

Germany - Avolites Media's intuitive, live, hands-on Sapphire Media Controller show control surface has won the first ever Prolight + Sound International Press Award (PIPA) for Best Video/Projection Control.

The award highlights Avolites Media's achievements in design and innovation of the Sapphire Media Controller, which connects to and controls the powerful Ai Media range of servers enabling seamless integration of all visual elements.

More than 100 magazines from all over the world voted to determine the best audio, lighting, and musical equipment, attended by more than 300 industry movers and shakers. 2014 marked the debut PIPA awards, which ran alongside the well-established Musikmesse International Press Award, which is now in its 15th year.

The Avolites Media team was present to accept the award at Frankfurt's Messe exhibition centre on Thursday 13 March.

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Italy - The Bride of the Zar, directed by Dmitri Rcherniakov, has developed different narrative plots on Teatro alla Scala's stage. Beside the music masterfully conducted by Daniel Barenboim and the ability of the singers, another protagonist of this opera layout has been for sure the use of technology.

The scenic organization set on a turntable allows the spectator to see different points of view and along with the music and the dramaturgy, is characterized and enriched from the first act to the very last one by projections implemented by Meeting Project srl, using Hippotizer media servers, the world's best solution for real-time media playback.

This work has been conducted my Meeting Project srl, technical sponsor of Teatro alla Scala of Milan. The technical skills of Fabio Fraomene and Marco Piva met all the requirements of the director, who wanted to add meaning to

UK - Over the past year Audio Visual specialists Saville Audio Visual have continued to expand the hire inventories of several of their branches with KV2 Audio products.

Having initially invested in KV2 Audio back in 2004, Saville AV have come to rely on the performance of KV2 products within the AV field. With heavy emphasis on aesthetics, detail and clarity, KV2 products match up to Saville AV's requirements for sonic excellence at a reasonable price point.

The most recent investment came from the North East office who, following a very successful year were in a position to boost their existing KV2 inventory. Having run KV2's powered EX 10's for the last 8 years, the team were looking for the same high quality output, but from a lighter cabinet due to a high-profile regular contract which requires the units to be mounted from the roof.

The solution was found with KV2 Audio

Germany - d3 Technologies, manufacturers of the world's first integrated video production system, announced their new pro range during Prolight+Sound 2014. Consisting of two new hardware products, the pro range was announced alongside r11.2, d3's new software release with four new features aiming to help improve show design and production workflow. With the company's strong focus on innovation, d3 Technologies continues to strive to enable d3 users to create and deliver the best shows on earth.

The top of the range solution, the d3 4x4pro sets a new standard for power and adaptability. With industrial components in a custom case, this system is suitable for the most complex touring productions, massive multi-projector shows and broadcast. It features four 4K outputs and enough power to make short work of the largest content sizes. Play up to eight layers of uncompressed HD or 4x

USA - TNDV has had a busy mobile production schedule through the first quarter of 2014, with Amnesty International's Bring Human Rights Home Concert last month standing out as its lead project. The event, which took place at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, featured a roster of interesting musical acts aligned with the organization's mission of fighting injustice and promoting human rights.

TNDV brought its 40ft expanding side truck, Aspiration, to capture live performances for in-venue image magnification; and to serve as the central command centre for content acquisition. The dramatic elements of the event - which included a rousing speech and performance of two recently-imprisoned members of the Russian musical act Pussy Riot - influenced TNDV to make some changes to its mobile production workflow. This included the use of Canon EOS C300 cinema cameras, which introduced new p

USA - XL Video's new Radiant MC-18 Hybrid LED screen is on the road for the first time in the US with the Kings of Leon on their Mechanical Bull tour, where it was specified by production designer, Paul Normandale.

The high-impact 74 ft wide by 38 ft high Radiant MC-18 Hybrid screen is used at the back of the stage, showing playback visuals created by the tour's creative director Casey McGrath and the Kings of Leon team, combined with IMAG footage directed by video director, Phil Woodhead.

Normandale specified the screen because the band - who have been judicious in their approach to integrating video into their live shows - this time around wanted a massive upstage LED screen.

Normandale wanted to try something that was new - and - as is his oeuvre - a bit different and slightly quirky.

Having seen a plethora of big screens over the years, he was keen to use a prod

UK - The leading UK projection specialist formerly known as Projection Advertising has undergone a full rebrand to better represent its extended range of services, which now include full-scale event and conference production, creative services, and software and custom app development.

Now rebranded Projection Artworks, the company first made its name in 2005 as a guerrilla projection specialist but has since expanded, creating bespoke projection shows worldwide for conferences and events for brands like Red Bull Racing, Heineken and Unilever.

It has also created longer-term installations, including an interactive driving experience for Nissan at the O2 Arena, which is in place until 2017. Such projects have been made possible by a team of in-house animators and developers working with TouchDesigner, LEAP motion sensors and Oculus Rift virtual reality technology.

"We're

UK - Projection Artworks designed and produced a bespoke video-mapping show in Trafalgar Square as part of a global call to make the third anniversary of the Syria Crisis the last year marked by bloodshed. The event was commissioned by Save the Children and was backed by 114 other human rights and humanitarian groups.

Taking place on 13 March, the projection show included, as a focal point on Nelson's Column, an exclusive reworking of Banksy's iconic street art, There Is Always Hope, and a 3D soundscape created with actual voices of Syrian refugees. Triggered by a child placing a candlelit jar on the ground, the projection then spread into hundreds of lights in the shape of a world map, focusing on Syria and key cities of support including London, New York, Washington, Paris and Moscow.

The show was part of a global candlelit vigil held in over forty countries in a camp

UK - Live Nation approached XL Video to supply a large video production for a recent epic one off show at London's Wembley arena by award winning Taiwanese alt rockers and superstars, Mayday.

The project was co-ordinated for XL by Paul 'Macca' McCauley who worked in close collaboration with Andrew Craig from Live Nation's London office and his counterpart from their Asia Pacific operation, who liaised with the artist's production and management.

"I have done a few of these high profile UK one offs with various Asian superstars in recent years," comments Macca. "They are often very complex in set up and this one was no exception, which increases the pressure, especially for a one off. The key to getting it right is for all departments to be really rigorous in the prep and have a good plan of action once onsite as time is always tight." ... although on this o

Portugal - This March Green Hippo welcomes Luzeiro to their distribution network as exclusive Hippotizer distributors for Portugal.

Founded in 1981 and signed by technical manager Sarah Cox, Luziero works in the theatre, dance and TV markets. Lighting has been the core part of Luzeiro's business with partners in sound, video and cinema, housing the ability to do turnkey projects.

Over the years Luzeiro have aimed to be one step ahead of their client's needs, working with prestigious brands. "Our aim is always been our clients full satisfaction, so we are very focussed in post-sales assistance, and that is why we have a trained team that are able to create projects, sell, repair, maintain and upgrade the equipment we sell," says Maria Alexandra

"For all our business serves it is easy to understand why we are so happy to become a Green Hippo Hippotizer distribut

UK - UK - The only British surviving Second World War-era submarine, HMS Alliance, stands proudly in Gosport, just across the water from Portsmouth.

It has undergone a major £7m restoration project to bring it to life as a visitor attraction, allowing people young and old to go on board and experience what it would have been like on the vessel throughout historic wars.

The audio system was devised by sound designer Sarah Angliss, who also programmed the submarine's novel, generative audio system using MaxMSP. DJW was briefed to install the AV hardware and design, programme and install elements of the audio soundscaping throughout the 218ft submarine. The solution needed to help bring the submarine 'back to life', submersing visitors in the feel of a working vessel.

While throughout its award-winning, 28-year history DJW has worked within some unusual environments (cast

South Africa - ICT solutions provider, Gearhouse ICS is known for its conferencing support in areas like registration and touchscreen systems, presentation management, RFID tracking and audience response. Recently the team has been busy with the preparation, installation and operation of the Jazz TV element of the 15th Cape Town International Jazz Festival, for the second consecutive year.

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) is one of South Africa's largest music gatherings, providing festival goers with a spread of local and international jazz and jazz-related live music performances across five stages, as well as via the event's own television network.

Jazz TV is used to stream live video feeds and playback from the Kippies, Mannenberg and Bassline stages together with sponsors' ads, information updates and announcements to around 55 screens across the hospital

Germany - European LED specialist RGGLED from Lithuania enjoyed a busy and productive time at the 2014 Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt where they exhibited their newest products.

Highlighted on the booth were RGGLED's range of standard LED screens, their new LED Soft Screen and their hard-wearing LED Video Floor.

Based in Lithuania, which is where all the product design and manufacturing takes place, RGGLED offers nearly 20 years' experience in this specialist market, and its products have become widely used throughout Europe and known for their rugged build and quality engineering.

RGGLED's standard LED Screen is available in a number of pitches including P-10, P-12, P-16 and P-24, but it was their new P-6 high definition and high brightness product that was turning heads at Frankfurt. This is an indoor / outdoor screen that is ideal for rental, staging and sporting application

UK - XL Video supplied media server mapping and control plus side screens to producers Zibrant LIVE! for the opening show and various other live performance sessions staged throughout the three day 2014 Redken European Symposium event at London Olympia.

This saw numerous inspirational shows and industry master classes illustrating the latest techniques in colour, design and finishing, together with business building and planning strategies and superlative networking opportunities for over 3000 hairdressing professionals to realize their potential and 'Learn Better, Earn Better and Live Better' with global hair brand, Redken.

XL Video's project manager Toby Evans comments, "It was the first time we had worked for this client and both the pressure and the expectations were intense. However great teamwork and the talents of our three highly skilled media server operators rea

Belgium - Paul Van Hees, former director and founder of Apex Audio NV, has joined forces with Hendrik-Jan Gielis, an electronics engineer who was formerly in charge hardware at Apex, to create GiVa Audiovisual Technologies BVBA. The new company has purchased all the assets and IP rights of the Apex brand as well as the production facilities and all the stock, and has already started shipping.

"We created GiVa with the sole intention of continuing the Apex brand," declared Van Hees. "Whilst the collapse of Apex as a distribution/integration company was a devastating time for us all, it was no reflection on the Apex product line itself, and I really wanted to find a way to save the brand."

Apex has a 20-year history of manufacturing high quality signal processing and system control devices with the most recent being the Intelli-Series range of digital system

UK - Serious Stages created a visually striking structure that was the focal point at Singapore Day, when 9,000 Singaporeans came together to celebrate at London's Victoria Park.

Serious Stages designed and installed a 29.8m wide temporary structure to make sure the audience enjoyed great views of the artists and speakers from all areas of the park. Working with the organisers, Serious designed and engineered the system, which allowed them to create a large structure to give the production 'a bigger bang for its buck'. This was branded uniquely to characterise the look of the event, while delivering a cost effective alternative to hiring a stage of comparable size.

This was achieved by combining one of the company's 12m Stratosphere stages, as the central performance area, with a truss header connecting flanking goalposts. These gave increased weight loading capacity for two g

UK - Projection and video artist Ross Ashton collected his second Guinness World Record, this one for the 'Largest Card Illusion Reveal' which took place at the 2014 e-Luminate Festival in Cambridge, UK and was a collaboration with Italian illusionist Alexis Arts.

The five minute choreographed performance in front of a live audience featured projected video effects and animations throughout, beamed onto the side of the chapel at Sidney Sussex College. It culminated in two audience members picking cards which were then revealed on the wall as giant projections measuring 128.25 square metres!

This was declared as 'Officially Amazing' by the adjudicators from Guinness World Records.

It's the second world Record Ashton has collected for his work. He comments, "It's fantastic to achieve two world records within two years! Working with Alexis on this show was a real pleasure

UK - XL Video supplied projection and Catalyst control for the recent UK tour by quirky and interesting indie rock band Bombay Bicycle Club, which kicked off their So Long See You Tomorrowalbum campaign and world tour.

The equipment was specified by lighting and set designer, Squib, who is enjoying his second album tour with the band, which is also the first time they have embraced video visuals in their live work.

The band were heavily involved in the overall visual concept explains Squib. They wanted to bring the clean and unadulterated aesthetics of the album artwork created by London based design studio La Boca to the stage and into a completely different dimension, so Squib asked video designer Adam Young to assist in this process, joining animator Anna Ginsburg who was another integral part of the team.

Some of the eye-catching material created for the show whic

UK - BSc (Hons) Lighting and Live Event Technology students from the University of South Wales have showcased their best work at the successful Innovation Expo 2014 event, held at the Wales Millennium Centre. The two-day event, held on Tuesday and Wednesday 1-2 April, saw 27 students present nine different products to industry employers.

Each group were tasked with developing and building a product prototype and creating their business model before marketing their product to potential buyers. This was a six-month process in their final year of study where students took their existing skills and interests and then sought out new knowledge and techniques to enable them to realise their products.

Rob Locke, award leader for Live Event Technology BSc(Hons), said: "This is what makes our students stand out - the ability to learn new techniques and to deliver creative technical

UK - Congratulations to the winners of the Lighting, Sound and Set Design categories at this year's Olivier Awards, which were presented at The Royal Opera House last night. The White Light Award for Best Lighting was won jointly by two lighting design teams - Paul Pyant and Jon Driscoll for Charlie & the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and Tim Lutkin and Finn Ross for Chimerica at the Almeida Theatre and the Harold Pinter Theatre.

The Best Sound Design Award also saw two winners - Carolyn Downing for Chimerica and Gareth Owen (on his third Olivier nomination) for Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

For the XL Video Award for Best Set Design, Es Devlin collected her second Olivier Award, for Chimerica.

Congratulations also to lighting designer Michael Hulls who was awarded for Outstanding Achievement in Da

Spain / UK - XL Video has recently supplied LED and plasma screens and control for two separate events for Taiwanese global technology brand HTC - the first was for their exhibition stand at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, followed shortly after by the high profile London launch of the One M8 flagship smartphone at Olympia.

HTC at the 2014 Mobile World Congress, Barcelona took place at the Gran Fira expo centre, with XL working for global brand experience agency SSG Create. XL's Project Manager was Rich Pow.

HTC were revealing their 2014 mid-range portfolio, making their presence felt with one of the larger booth spaces of the show.

XL supplied and ground-supported a prominent 6 metre wide by 3.4 metre high 16:9 aspect ratio 6mm high definition LED screen which was incorporated into the building structure.

Content for the screen was supplied by HTC and played back

UK - Panasonic is set to launch a Full-HD, three-chip DLPTM projector to complement the award winning PT-DZ21K series.

The PT-DZ16K has been specifically designed to reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for customers seeking a reliable, high brightness and low-maintenance product.

The projector features low power consumption and has a long lamp replacement cycle of up to 3,000 hours and an up to 12,000 hours maintenance free eco filter.

Tom Gibson, marketing manager of Panasonic, said, "With a highly efficient optical design using four lamps, liquid cooling system and a relay mode for 24/7 operation, the PT-DZ16K projectors are ideal for events and use over an extended period, such as in permanent large venue installations.

"The compact projectors offer built-in edge blending and colour matching function as well as multi-unit brightness control for projections on

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