UK - Avolites Ai S8 media servers completed an elegant makeover of the London Coliseum, draping the stage in video content for the British Fashion Awards, held to celebrate the contributions of British designers, creatives and models over the past year.

The glitzy event, attended by some of the biggest names in British fashion, was set against a backdrop including a main projection surface of eight Panasonic projectors blended to create a 6598x830 screen.

Ben Miles used two active Ai S8 servers, with another two used as reserve and programming systems. Another 1920x1080 HD feed to the camera PPU fed the IMAG screens content, such as fashion shoot clips, awards and winners graphics, mostly created by StrangeBeast.

Of the two active servers, one had the UI and three outputs and the other, the UI and two outputs, all outputting 1920x1080 at 50Hz, beautifully synced together.

UK - Marquee AV has announced the appointment of Jimmy Potter as sales manager. Potter started his career at Nomis, progressing through the ranks there to become studio manager of that facility which dominated the live rehearsal sector throughout the 80's. During Potter's tenure, Nomis hosted most of the greats of the era including The Jam, Dire Straits, Tina Turner, Status Quo, The Police, Wham!, Culture Club, Duran Duran and Queen. After leaving Nomis, Potter moved to the sales side of the pro audio industry and worked with Sensible Music, Marquee Sales and Fuzion.

"I had previously worked with Mark Brown and some of the other guys during my time at Marquee Sales", said Potter. "I always respected the installation division and could see the professional way Mark steered Marquee Installations to become independent, and how the company has evolved and expanded to

UK - The British Comedy Awards is returning once again to Fountain Studios. Hosted by Jonathan Ross and transmitted on Channel 4, the evening is renowned for bringing together the top talent in the industry to acknowledge and celebrate the continued success of British television comedy, showcasing some of the most outrageous, successful and hilarious comedy moments of the year.

Working on the Unique TV-owned award show on behalf of CPL Productions, Creative Technology (CT) has been commissioned to supply the LED and plasma screens for the ceremony, delivering the solutions for on-set video and graphics, autocue displays and press room video relay.

In the centre of the stage a 4m x 4m Flyer 12 LED screen is visible through the middle of the iconic circus-themed stage dressing, sitting behind a back projection surface to create a subtle diffusion for the graphics.

In addition,

UK - Debenhams flagship Oxford Street store revealed a spectacular Christmas lighting display at the beginning of November, which was delivered by lighting design and installation specialists Mushroom Lighting.

Mushroom's managing director Paul Butler was contacted by the Debenhams team at the beginning of September and asked to come up with some ideas that were worthy of a flagship store, particularly as the Oxford Street Debenhams had recently undergone a complete modernisation - including the exterior - which was designed by Ned Kahn.

"I met with Ian Dorsett, creative windows designer at Debenhams to show him some lighting products," says Paul. "One of things I took with me was LED fluorescent tubes. I suggested that we could do something similar to a sculpture I had seen that had a seemingly random design.

"We played around with the idea and I ordered

USA - Avolites' US partner Group One reports that the two companies are "seeing the fruits of our labours" in a dramatic way, as Avolites' new products - including the compact-yet-powerful Quartz console - excite the US market following LDI.

The newest addition to the Titan Mobile family, Quartz was the "star of the show" on stand as it made its US debut at the tradeshow, showing off its on-board processing and bright, vibrant 12.1" screen.

"Quartz is super compact, measuring only 16.7" wide, and is positioned as the ideal companion for lighting projects ranging from touring and festivals to clubs and one-offs," says Avolites Sales Manager, Stephen Baird Smith, who was on-stand at LDI. "It is Avolites' smallest fully-featured console, featuring the same high quality faders and hardware you've come to expect from Avolites, and is ide

Italy - ArKaos PRO has announced the appointment of Music & Lights as its exclusive distributor for Italy.

With immediate effect, Music & Lights will handle the full portfolio of ArKaos products which includes ArKaos Stage, Studio and Stadium media servers, the dynamic MediaMaster PRO and MediaMaster Express software and Kling-Net, ArKaos' user-friendly control protocol.

Music & Lights first made the headlines with ArKaos PRO in October 2014 when it adopted ArKaos Kling-Net into a number of its pixel-based LED lighting fixtures.

The arrangement between the two companies proved such a success that ArKaos PRO expanded the collaboration to incorporate the full promotion, sales and support of all ArKaos products across Italy.

"We are happy to increase the range of our solutions for the AVL market through the ArKaos brand," says Fabio Sorabella, product manager at M &

UK - It was announced on Friday that the UK's first government-backed National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries is to be established at The Backstage Centre, High House Production Park, opening in September 2016.

Managed by Creative & Cultural Skills on behalf of a consortium of employers and industry organisations including Live Nation, Royal Opera House, White Light and the Association of British Theatre Technicians, the new National College will provide specialist training in the technical skills needed by the creative and cultural industries. This is in response to significant industry growth, with the creative economy growing at four times the rate of the national economy, and the value of the UK's creative industries exports standing at over £15 billion per year.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "The talent which brings plays, operas, and f

UK - Presteigne Broadcast Hire has appointed well-known industry figure David O'Carroll as its new head of technology. He joins from leading outside broadcast company NEP Visions, where as technical manager he was responsible for major projects including the BBC Proms, Global X Games and Wimbledon.

"Presteigne is an important player in the industry, providing partnerships and backup for broadcasters, production companies and outside broadcast facilities," said O'Carroll. "That alone makes this new job an exciting challenge, to understand how we can all work together to create compelling and technically excellent television.

"Today we are also seeing huge technology changes, and with Presteigne I have the chance to get involved in some demanding and innovative projects," he added. "We are already leaders in RF mesh technology, for instance, providi

UK - This year, SXS Events are celebrating 15 years in business and to coincide with celebrations, the company has purchased Calibre UK LEDView530 scaler-switchers for use across their LED and video display fleet.

"Our client base is broad and includes Airbus, Audi, Barbour, BBC, Bentley, the Clinton family, Eurostar, London Fashion Week and Rolex," said Johnny Palmer, production designer, company director and founder at SXS Events.

Projects that have challenged SXS includes building structures over natural lakes and providing 'rain curtain' water screens at Britain's Top Model on Sky TV.

"With every project, we are looking to differentiate the services we provide. By offering a unique set of broad services there are often no other companies who can bid on our projects," said Palmer.

"The key challenge for our business is lead-time. Because our fab

UK - Really Creative Media's VJing skills were put to the test when worked alongside lighting designer Rob Sinclair to design all the animated content for and produce the live shows on The Human League UK Tour.

The stunning stage set, designed by Sinclair, was built with video integration in mind to bring the electro beats and vibe to life through the accompanying visuals for the audience. It included three cascading arches of 12mm video screen, the largest being 48ft wide with 25ft legs down to the stage floor. These surrounded the central upstage screen which was 24ft x 8ft of 6mm.

In the smaller tour venue, this was reduced to just the central display and one arch. Our creative team of animators had to keep this in mind during the design process, to ensure that the more intimate venues had the same show experience as the larger ones.

Nick Dew, managing director at Really

USA - VER (Video Equipment Rentals), one of the top AV rental companies in North America, with locations in Canada and Europe, recently purchased an extensive Optocore fibre optic audio system in its ongoing commitment to provide their customers with leading edge technological solutions.

The 500+ audio channel network will additionally support routing and distribution of video, digital intercom and a variety of DSP based control and communication via the high speed 100 GBit Ethernet capability.

Brady Belavek, audio production manager, commented: "VER was one of the first North American AV production companies to incorporate fibre optic products in its inventory to offer advance services to customers who are the pinnacle of TV and event producers and technicians.

"Every year their visions of production expectations pushes the status quo and they come to us for bette

UK - With Christmas in sight the team at Fix8Group are once again run of their feet getting everyone's pre-holiday events programmed, operated and running perfectly in all their glory.

The MTV European Music Awards took place at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Sunday 9 November 2014 and saw artists like Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, U2 and Alicia Keys amongst many others perform, with the awards being hosted by Nicki Minaj.

The enormous setup for the show involved a range of companies such as XL Video, who provided all the LED screens, fixtures and projection for the show; multiple graphics agencies, and Chris Saunders from Ogle Hog, who was in charge of coordinating and managing all the media playback and control systems. Ogle Hog invited FIX8Group on board to programme and operate their Hippotizer fleet, which included media formatting, outputting and programming.

For the event p

UK - Working with production manager Sarah Chaloner and designer Jonathan Paul Green, XL Video supplied a projection system for studio recordings of 'Series L' of the popular QI Ltd/TalkBack Television show, QI.

Originally created by John Lloyd, QI is a comedy quiz show hosted by Stephen Fry, featuring regular panellist Alan Davies, which is broadcast on BBC2 in the UK. The set includes two projection screens that are key to the quiz show, displaying clues and visual alerts throughout the game.

For the projection, XL Video project manager Jeff Bailey specified two of XL's Barco SLM R12+ projectors, each of which fed to a 13ft x 7.5ft screen. Bailey chose the R12+ projectors for their three-chip DLP colours and bright 12,000 lumen light output. XL supplied Repro H screens, selected as they minimize the hot spot that the camera sees in the projected picture - parti

UK - Described as "The best Christmas light switch-on in Wales", residents in Barry, the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, enjoyed a specially commissioned visual spectacle created by London based The Projection Studio across the front of the municipal library building in King Square in a Christmas light switch on ceremony that would rival that of most metropolises.

The Projection Studio - led by creative director Ross Ashton - won a competitive tender to produce the large-format video show. Ross was delighted to be working in Wales again: "It was fantastic! I love working in Wales . . . the people are amazing, there is always a great vibe and everyone gets right into it," he enthused.

The Projection Studios' recent work in Wales includes illuminating the National Gallery of Wales twice and creating shows at Caernarfon Castle and Caerphilly Castles, as well as desi

The Netherlands - Panasonic's presence at ISE 2015 will showcase the latest in 4K and laser technology, as well as visual solutions aimed at a range of industry verticals.

Among the innovations promised at this year's show are a pixel quadrupling 4K projector, laser projectors that achieve industry leading brightness and a successor to the PT-DZ21K, Europe's most successful high brightness projector.

Panasonic will also showcase its newly developed remote monitoring and managed service solution - demonstrating results of a trial with a leading UK university, which used Panasonic's own Early Warning System, connected with M2M technology.

The company has increased the size of its booth at ISE to an impressive 600sqm, which reflects the importance of the event to the company. Jan Markus Jahn, director of visual system solutions, said: "ISE is the centrepiece of our annual

USA - The colourful Rubik's Cube made its debut 40 years ago and continues to delight and intrigue puzzlers today. A new twist on the puzzle, Beyond Rubik's Cube, opened at Liberty Science Centre in Jersey City, New Jersey, with audio-visual design, integration and installation by Electrosonic.

Electrosonic was hired by exhibit fabricator Maltbie, a Kubik company, to take on the project designed by the Science Centre's Experience Services. The 7,000sq.ft exhibit, with 24 areas featuring AV support by Electrosonic, is intended to travel; after 11 months at Liberty Science Centre, it will start a seven-year international road trip.

The exhibit features three exploration zones with the themes of Invent, Play and Inspire. They offer tantalizing puzzles, robotic manipulations, music, art and original artifacts, which become creative platforms for the exploration of Professor

World - In a nod to her status as working mum pop star, British singer Lily Allen has been touring both the festival and venue circuit in front of a backdrop of baby bottles laced with LED strips and controlled by Avolites Ai.

Allen first unveiled her baby bottles set - a concept conceived by acclaimed stage designer Es Devlin - at Glastonbury 2014 and went on to perform with the bottles throughout the US, UK and Europe in the autumn as part of her Sheezus tour. In January and February 2015, the tour continues to Asia.

The bottles were designed by bespoke lighting creators Light Initiative and feature LED strips inside, making up a mapped 'video screen' of colours and effects.

For the tour, Ai operator and content creator Aislinn 'Ash' Clifford and Ai programmer Toby Dennis are using two MacBook laptops with Ai software licences to control the array of effects running throug

UK - Digital Insanity's Richard Bagshaw works on a wide variety of projects, from music festivals to movie premieres, and uses his Hippotizer media servers on projects week after week to great effect and success.

The last few weeks have brought a couple of prominent movie premieres to London's Leicester Square and Digital Insanity were all over the high profile red-carpet gala, which saw dozens of Hollywood stars grace the cobbles outside the Odeon Cinema.

The Interstellar world premiere took place on Wednesday 29 October with stars such as Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and director Christopher Nolan in attendance.

The red carpet set up was created in two parts with the entrance showing off a curved LED screen made up using VER's Win9 air screen but further down at the end of the red carpet was the jewel of the premier, a 14m tall by 4m wide LED screen! Both set-

Switzerland - Auviso audiovisual solutions, one of Switzerland's leading players in the event equipment/services market, has purchased 14 high-brightness Barco projectors to raise its rental fleet to new levels of performance. The AV expert chose Barco's HDX- and HDF- projectors on account of their exceptional brightness, robustness and reliability, as well as the outstanding services provided by Barco distributor Baranday. With this order, auviso becomes one of the first Swiss AV suppliers to offer Barco's high-brightness HDF- and HDX- projectors.

Auviso is a market leader in central Switzerland and one of the key players in the country. Besides offering technical services and consultancy, auviso also boasts a large fleet of advanced audio, video, lighting and rigging equipment to help its customers stage successful events. "Every three to four years we replace our complet

Latvia - Dataton WATCHOUT helped bring a welcome burst of colour and light to the Latvian capital during darkest November. The Staro Riga 2014 Festival of Light attracted an estimated 500,000 visitors with light processions, art installations and architectural projections. Dataton WATCHOUT multi-display software provided projection mapping on four of the city's landmark buildings.

The Staro Riga Festival of Light is the biggest in the region and this year's event also celebrated Riga as the joint European Capital of Culture 2014. System integrator Solaris, based in Saint Petersburg and Moscow, supplied WATCHOUT systems and hardware for projection mapping on the facades of the Astor Riga Hotel, Congress Centre, St Peter's Church and the Academy of Arts during the five-day festival.

"We were brought in to realize the technical aspects of the shows in the city based on our m

UK - London-based large format projection specialist, The Projection Studio (TPS) created a stunning festive projection onto the central tower at Windsor Castle, which was enjoyed by all residents and visitors to the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Berkshire, over Christmas 2014.

Ross Ashton and his Projection Studio team were approached by Windsor's Town Centre manager Paul Roach after the success of Ashton's works commissioned by LOCOG for the London 2012 Olympic Games, which saw the same tower on Thames Street illuminated, together with two others, a display that attracted over 85,000 visitors to the city centre.

Aston, who has also projected multiple times onto Buckingham Palace as well as numerous other structures and buildings worldwide, was delighted to be involved in the project. "It was an excellent piece to create in terms of imagination and style, it is

UK - Six high brightness Panasonic projectors will be used to light up King's College Chapel as part of the 2015 e-Luminate Festival in Cambridge.

Panasonic will once again sponsor the festival (11-15 February) and will team up with 3D projection expert Ross Ashton to project on to the iconic chapel.

Hartmut Kulessa, European product marketing manager at Panasonic said, "Digital mapping is becoming an integral part of how we celebrate at many public events. It is a relatively new and exciting way of engaging audiences, so we are delighted to demonstrate the best of digital mapping as part of e-Luminate 2015."

This year's festival is one of the UK key events to mark the United Nations International Year of Light celebrations.

Alessandra Caggiano, festival director and curator, added, "We have invited talented individuals from the Arts and Technology to collab

The Netherlands - Green Hippo will be holding a free conference during ISE in Amsterdam in February 2015.

With the recent launch of Hippotizer V4 media servers and AViary Video Tools, this is an opportunity to find out more, have live demonstrations and hands-on play with the latest Green Hippo technology.

To register you interest in attending the conference please sign up on either of the website links below:


AViary Video Tools:

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USA - The John C. Maxwell Leadership Centre at 12Stone Church in Atlanta honours the life and impact of John's global and generational leadership as an internationally recognized leadership speaker, author and pastor. In celebration of his continuing legacy, visitors today enjoy interactive audio-visual presentations of John's life and achievements across an immersive video wall controllable from several user stations. The engaging video and graphical content is driven exclusively by Renewed Vision's ProVideoPlayer 2 (PVP2) software, bringing exceptional reliability and quality to a cost-efficient playback infrastructure.

Velocity Productions, an Atlanta-based production and systems integration company, was tasked with building out the video wall on a curved wall, using a custom mounting system to cleanly integrate multiple 46-inch Barco monitors in a four-wide, three-tall confi

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