Sweden - Dataton has announced the appointment of Trond Solvold to the position of sales manager. Trond has over 20 years of experience in the Nordic and European pro-AV industry. His impressive track record includes key sales and business development positions at well-known brands such as Christie Digital Systems, projectiondesign and eyevis Nordic.

In his role as sales manager at Dataton, Trond will be responsible for developing and strengthening new markets. He will also work closely with the company's established partner network worldwide.

Trond Solvold commented, "I am thrilled to join Dataton, a pioneer company within the integration of digital media and digital displays for multi display experiences. It's an exciting time to be on board, following on from the successful launch of WATCHOUT 6 with its strong feature-set for projection mapping. With my background in v

Singapore - Nanyang Polytechnic has invested in eight Avolites Quartz consoles for its Electronic Engineering course, which offers a specialist final year of AV System Design.

Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) is located in Yio Chu Kang next to Yio Chu Kang MRT Station, Singapore. More than 15,000 students attend, on a campus of 30 hectares.

The Polytechnic approached Singapore-based Total Solution - a leading distributor of premium professional Light, Sound and Rigging products in Asia - to upgrade its existing lighting consoles for the course. Total Solution's Executive Director Tevin Heng demoed the Quartz console to the institution.

"NYP felt they needed to upgrade to a higher scale and more user friendly lighting console, and had always heard about Avolites' popularity in our region and therefore invited us to demo the Quartz," says Heng. "They were immediately i

UK - PSCo, the trade only AV distributor and rental specialist announced at PLASA 2015 that it has become the exclusive distributor for RGBLink in the UK and Ireland. The partnership further enriches PSCo's brand portfolio, and in particular deepens its LED offering, by providing clients with unique access to RGBLink's ground-breaking and comprehensive range of video processing and related products.

RGBLink manufactures full colour LED display controllers, mapping system solutions, broadcasting devices, conference and video wall controllers, and much more. The products are suited to a wide variety of applications ranging from entertainment, broadcast and control rooms, through to conference spaces and digital signage. This industry reach impressed Stuart Holmes, managing director at PSCo when he first met up with RGBLink at PLASA 2014:

"Amongst all the great technology on

UK - Three successful days in early October saw the PLASA Show bring its three-year stay at London's ExCeL to a close, with the promise of a revamped and reinvigorated event at Olympia for 2016.

New for this year, the innovative zoned layout of PLASA Show 2015 was clearly a success, allowing show visitors to easily find the exhibitors they wanted to visit. In turn, this meant exhibitors enjoyed the attention of high quality visitors throughout the show.

"We were extremely busy all day. We changed the way our stand looks for this year and it's worked fantastically," said Koy Neminathan, Sales Director for Avolites and Avolites Media after the first day.

As in previous years, PLASA Show Platinum sponsor Robe occupied a large area and Robe CEO Josef Valchar pronounced himself very pleased.

"We had a really positive reaction to the stand, with people truly thril

UK - Bristol-based lighting and visual specialists Fineline continued their busy summer / autumn event season supplying lighting, LED screens and rigging to Boomerang Hickstead, a new two day music event staged at the All England Jumping Course and Showground at Hickstead, west Sussex, UK.

With a r line up including Jesse J, the Vamps, Soul II Soul, Simple Minds, the Proclaimers and a host of other popular artists, Fineline worked closely with TAO Productions and event technical production manager Andy Cotton.

Fineline's Rob Sangwell commented, "It's always exciting to support and be part of a new event, and we did everything possible to meet headliner requirements and also ensure a great looking lightshow for the many other artists on the bill."

The stage was a 16m Supernova supplied by Serious from which Fineline's crew sub-hung their trussing.

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UK - CPL provided technical production - including live camera feeds / edit, lighting, audio and AV - for the inaugural AGA Festival, working for live communication and event specialists Eclipse Communications.

Staged in the Ondaatje Theatre lecture hall at the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington, central London, this new concept enabled AGA enthusiasts to embrace and experience activities related to the brand of cast iron cooking ranges. The action included cooking demos, presentations, guest speakers, the history of AGA and numerous other activities.

CPL's project manager Lee Gruszeckyj worked closely with his counterpart from Eclipse, Dave Bowring and comments, "Being a totally new event, there were plenty of challenges and also a very high expectation of the production which had to be in line with AGA's premium brand image. The one day timeline was tight, but CPL

UAE - Protec was delighted to support its client, SNAP, with lighting, video and rigging for the Games15 Middle East event, held at Dubai International Marine Club from 10-12 September 2015.

The premier gaming event in the region, hosted by ESL, saw more than 20,000 eager gaming fans brave soaring temperatures to watch global teams from ESL go head-to-head over three days, competing for the US$250,000 prize.

The Main Arena was rigged using Protec's EHD (extra heavy duty) ground support structure which held three LED screens rigged off the 18" sub-truss. The stage was considerably smaller than the arena shows that ESL regularly produces, so Protec took the challenge of making the stage look like an arena show for TV without the space of an arena. Protec's project manager Simon Travis explained: "The main issue was the width of the Main Arena rig. We had to make it sma

UK - PAI has delivered an immersive audio-visual scheme at Nickleodeon's European flagship at 1 Leicester Square, London.

Positioned in the heart of one of the world's prime retail and tourism destinations, the store offers a platform to showcase the global entertainment brand and its internationally-recognised characters.

Appointed by SmartDesign Group, the South Wales-based systems integrator was tasked with installing an array of AV, sound, lighting, multimedia and interactive elements throughout the multi-level space.

The flagship is the UK's first following a new partnership between Nickelodeon Viacom Consumer Products and Entertainment Retail Enterprises. It boasts more than 40 digital displays, a range of short throw and glass projection, touchscreen technology and audio equipment.

Upon approaching the store eyes will be drawn to the striking landscape video wall be

UK - Blackburn- based lighting and visuals rental company HSL underlines its commitment to providing full video production and touring packages to its clients by announcing a strategic working partnership with live event video designers and specialists, Video Illusions.

Based in Canterbury, Kent, Video Illusions was formed in 2006 by brothers Dave and Nick Whiteoak and has rapidly built a reputation for imaginative and innovative video solutions - from hardware to content creation - for all sectors of the entertainment industry encompassing live music, touring, theatre productions, special events, corporates, sports competitions and more.

Prior to this, Dave and Nick started their industry careers as freelancers working in the world of corporate AV on high profile events which constantly opened doors to new and interesting projects. Simultaneously, they were honing their live

USA - Austrian engineering company, AV Stumpfl will bring its largest ever line up of innovation to LDI 2015.

Selected by leading media designers and architects, Fullwhite screens will be demonstrated in an edge-blended multi-projector display on the AV Stumpfl USA Corp Booth 2017. The elegant Fullwhite screens are virtually borderless ensuring the projected image goes right to the very edge. They come with a range of powerful accessories, in a range of sizes and can be used in unlimited configurations including 360-degree curved projection environments.

The AV Stumpfl Monoblox is fast becoming the industry standard in mobile projection by large-scale rental and staging companies. Users benefit from fast assembly of screens without additional tools - a valuable asset when on location.

Additionally, the original VarioLock modular mobile projection screen will be shown in a va

Belgium - Creative lighting, video and visual design specialist Painting with Light brought their imagination and flair to six special live recordings of popular Belgian comedy / impressionist TV show Tegen de Sterren Op, designing the set, lighting and visuals for producers Studio 100 and DEDS IT. To be broadcast on VTM, the action took place over three days at the 6000 capacity Lotto Arena in Antwerp.

The Painting with Light team was led by Luc Peumans, who has also designed set and lighting for the most recent series of Tegen de Sterren Op studio based shows.

Wanting to replicate key visual elements from the TV show, but enlarged to capture the scale of the arena sized production, the design featured a striking LED screen portal / pros arch measuring 8m high by 16m wide.

Upstage was a 9m high by 18m wide LED screen made up of two sections which tracked apart

UAE - The eclipse Group's success over the years is credit to their continuous investment in talent and staff, which in turn is testament to the level of quality experience and education that is available in the region. As a result, the group has begun an initiative that is focused on contributing to the advancement of education in the industry by helping to develop the skills of young and enthusiastic students. The initiative is a combination of the recruitment of young graduates, participating in local awards programs and conducting college seminars and demonstrations.

This initiative meant seeking graduates looking to expand their technical knowhow and gain extra experience within the busy events environment and also in some cases, individuals willing to re-locate. The search to hire interns began before the summer to coincide with the break for college students locally and i

UK - Kingston University has purchased 60 Panasonic professional displays for a digital signage roll out across the university's five campus sites.

It follows the installation of 170 Panasonic PT-RZ370 laser/LED projectors within 119 lecture and seminar rooms in August 2014. This project is as a result of the strategic partnership between Kingston University and GV Multimedia.

The digital signage project includes 48 50-inch TH-50LFE7E displays, six 65-inch TH-65LFE7E and five 47-inch TH-47LF6W displays. There is also a single 80-inch TH-80LFC70, which the university will use for more efficient information sharing and wayfaring at the University.

Gareth Day, UK group manager for visual systems at Panasonic UK, said, "Following the success of last year's projector installation, we're delighted that the University has chosen to rollout our displays too. This reinforces our

USA - Underscoring its commitment to providing rental and staging professionals with the latest videowall displays, ultra-large flat panels, and touchscreens available today, APG Displays, one of North America's leading distributors and renters of videowalls, will be showcasing NEC and AViary Green Hippo Par4keet visual solutions at LDI 2015. The presentation will be made at Booth #2349 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 23-25.

"This show gives APG Displays the chance to present rental and staging professionals with the variety of opportunities that large-scale videowalls, displays and video players are offering today," APG Displays President David Weatherhead said. "We exclusively sub-rent videowall displays with full technical support, installation services and logistics, to our rental and staging partners across North America.&qu

Ireland - Working with international visual artist Simon Mckeown, PRG XL Video supplied a high brightness outdoor building projection and mapping system for a projection on to the College of Commerce at Union Quay in Cork, Ireland. This was done for a special arts event entitled Cork Ignite, on 18 September, in front of a large public audience who were wowed by the spectacle.

Mckeown, who also lectures in post-production and animation at Teesside University, was originally invited by the directors of the National Sculpture Factory and Create Ireland to meet with them in Cork to discuss the project. He proposed that they create an outdoor projection event to be held on Culture Night 2015.

Funding for the event came from Teesside University, and Ignite - a partnership of the Arts Council, Arts & Disability Ireland, Cork City Council, Galway City and County Councils, and Mayo Cou

USA - Lighting designer Benoit Richard, of Millennium Lighting Design, Inc, chose his first use of Ayrton MagicDot-R fixtures for the video shoot of NBC's spectacular NFL Sunday Night Football Open, employing 60 units in his design.

The Sunday Night Football opening sequence is the official introduction to America's prime time Sunday night programme and features Carrie Underwood for the third year running. Filmed in June on Stage 23 at Warner Brothers, Burbank, the Open was first broadcast nationwide on 13 September 2015, with weekly updates tailored to feature each Sunday's rival teams.

This year marked a style change - described as Nashville meets Hollywood - with the creation of a large virtual video backdrop and a new arrangement of the famous theme tune, Waiting All Day for Sunday Night, which Underwood performs in front of a live audience, amid real and projected

Italy - Over eighty solid-state FHD Media Players and 10 Wings Engine media servers were deployed in over seven pavilions at Milan Expo 2015.

Leading Technologies SRL, working with several main contractors supplied AV Stumpfl Wings Engine Install and FHD Media Players as core multimedia technology throughout Palazzo Italia, Italy and Iran Pavilions at the Milan EXPO 2015.

Marco Porro, managing director at Leading Technologies srl reports, "All AV Stumpfl products are easy to install and have powerful management and show control capabilities, which makes them the most reliable and functional multimedia technology out there."

"With the talent of Leading Technologies srl and their integration partners, our multimedia and control technology can be found in what we believe are the most eye catching, emotive uses of technology for story telling that the world has ev

UK - 'Projection mapping' has become an industry buzz word in the last couple of years and the Blackpool illuminations - among the world's most historic festivals of light is home to the first permanent projection mapped show in the UK, scheduled to run for the full two months / 66 day 'Illuminations' period each year from now on.

LightPool is a collaboration between London-based Ross Ashton and The Projection Studio who storyboarded and created the content, and Edinburgh based War Productions whose Alistair Young produced the technical design and supplied the hardware and control.

The two companies have worked together on previous projects, and Alistair suggested that he and Ross join forces to pool their extensive knowledge and experience of projection mapping monuments to answer a tender put out by Blackpool Council.

Their proposals were selected from some stiff competiti

USA - The Media Networking Alliance (MNA) - the professional AV industry alliance established to promote awareness and uptake of AES67 - is exhibiting at the forthcoming 139th AES International Convention in New York. A major attraction on the alliance's booth will be a live demonstration of audio networking interoperability, featuring 22 currently available networked-audio devices, from different manufacturers employing various audio network platforms.

AES67-specific extensions to the different network platforms provide for the common interchange of digital audio between them. In the instance of the demo, digital audio signals will be interoperable between devices employing Dante, Livewire, Q-LAN and RAVENNA. A total of 22 devices, from ALC NetworX, Archwave AG, Axia Audio, Digigram, DirectOut, Focusrite, Genelec, Lawo, Merging Technologies, QSC, Solid State Logic, Telos System

UK - On Saturday 24 October, Central Hall Westminster was part of a worldwide initiative to mark the 70th anniversary of the formation of the United Nations (UN). The venue joined iconic buildings and monuments such as the Great Wall of China, the Empire State Building and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, by projecting blue light across its facade, with blue being the official colour of the UN.

As White Light is Central Hall Westminster's production service partner, the company provided all of the production support for the evening - with the venue being the only English landmark to be featured as part of this iconic occasion.

Central Hall Westminster has a long and historic relationship with the UN. In 1946, the venue was chosen for the very first General Assembly of the newly formed United Nations; a meeting that saw the appointment of the first Secretary General, along with the c

UK - PRG XL Video continued their long relationship with Creamfields by supplying a wide range of video, lighting and rigging solutions across multiple stages at the 2015 festival - the biggest Creamfields to date.

With the festival growing in popularity every year, Creamfields producer LarMac LIVE are working to create a bigger and better experience for the audience at each event.

Featuring two main stages - North and South - with identical screen set-ups, and a further seven tent arenas, PRG XL Video were brought in early in the design process to help deliver Creamfields' most ambitious production to date.

The recent combination of PRG and XL Video further streamlined the process this year, with video across all stages, and lighting and rigging on the two main stages all supplied by the new integrated team. Under the direction of Ian Greenway of LarMac LIVE, Paul 'Macca' M

UAE - A team of Avolites S4 servers, Expert Pro console with Wing and TitanNet Processors were deployed to control more than 350 fixtures and 150sq.m of LED screens for an extraordinary party to open WHITE Club Dubai's new season.

Procom Middle East, the Dubai-based professional audio, lighting and video equipment supplier and Avolites official distributor delivered the venue at the request of Addmind, the venue's owner and manager.

They teamed up with club lighting designer Dave Parry of Most Technical, lighting programmers Ross Chapple and Tony Chidiac, and Immersive's John Munro and Martin Harvey to create the awesome event.

"The club's opening party set a new frontier in entertainment technology, giving a 'reality-altering' experience with impressive lighting shows, effects and a cutting edge video mapping show on a 3D video wall," says Procom's Rami Harfouch.<

South Africa - This year's Rocking the Daisies - which coincided with the festival's tenth birthday - was the biggest and best year yet. It was the fifth time that Kilowatt AV saw involvement in the festival, this year being commissioned to conceptualise, design and fully execute four of the eight stages (where they incorporated Avolites Ai technology and Robe fixtures) as well as multiple activation areas.

Rocking the Daisies was held at the start of October at the Cloof Wine Estate in Darling, under an hour's drive from Cape Town, and included a line up of international and local musical acts, camping, relaxing and good food. In fact the owners never suspected that what started off, as a small festival on their tranquil grounds, would turn into one of the most popular annual music occasions on the South African calendar.

"We were commissioned by Seed Experiences to prov

UK - Theatre Projects has appointed theatre consultant and international auditorium acoustic designer Rob Harris as a key consultant.

The move marks a significant strengthening of Theatre Projects' acoustic and theatre design team, as the company embarks on a number of high profile design projects worldwide.

Harris's impressive 35-year career as an acoustics specialist has seen him amass a plethora of prestigious design credits for cherished performing arts buildings including: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester; City Recital Hall, Sydney; Kilden konsertsal, Kristiansand; Bord Gâis Energy Theatre, Dublin and Kings Place, London.

Specifically, Harris is renowned for his acoustic design for some of the world's most iconic opera houses. These include collaborations with TP on both Glyndebourne Opera House and Oslo Opera House. In addition he has led on the Copenhagen Opera House, t

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