Australia - Jands, Australia’s largest theatre and audio visual technology distribution company, celebrates 50 years of continual ownership on Friday, 27 November, capping five decades that closely tracks the history of live production and indeed, Australian rock’n’roll.
Starting with some psychedelic lights in the basement of their parents’ home, Brothers David and Paul Mulholland were soon joined by school friend, (the late) Eric Robinson and went on to buy the fledgling J and S Research Electronics on 27 November 1970. The business took off as live music boomed from the straight-laced 1960s and solid state technology took hold, allowing louder, larger amplifiers. Column PA systems gave way to horn loaded systems derived from cinemas while swirling psychedelic liquid lightshows were replaced with stage lighting systems.
Jands built all their equipment - including speaker cabinets and cases being handmade by the company accountant Robert Young, Strobes, Colour Organs, dimmers and amplifiers being made in the company’s Marrickville factory. When promoters began booking international acts for outdoor concerts more sophisticated sound systems were required. Rock festivals like Sunbury needed more and louder sound, soon the Par Can came along and Jands bought the first 20 Altman versions, quickly copying a hundred to fulfil the demand.
“There is no better example of the strength of Jands expertise than when we were asked to provide audio for the first Elton John tour of Australia and New Zealand,” recalls Chairman Paul Mulholland. “All
USA - ADJ has expanded its Vision Series of LED video panels with the introduction of the new VS3IP. Designed for concert tours, festivals and other events – taking place both inside and outside – the new product is ADJ’s highest resolution IP-rated LED video panel to date.
The VS3IP panel features a 150 x 150 matrix of 3-in-1 SMD1921 LEDs, delivering a pixel pitch of 3.84mm (0.15”) for a pixel density of 67,816 per square meter. It delivers an impressive maximum brightness of 4500 NITS with a contrast ratio of 5000:1, making it suitable for use outdoors, even during daylight hours. However, it also offers 0~100% brightness adjustment allowing the output to be reduced when required, for example for smaller indoor applications or to ensure that video content doesn’t overpower lighting fixtures and on-stage content when used as a backdrop.
Specifically designed for temporary outdoor use, the panel features protection of its front surface from liquid and particles rated to the IP65 standard. The rear panel, meanwhile, has an IP54 rating and the unit is fitted with IP65-rated locking sockets for power and data (RJ45). The input and thru connections for both are also fitted with rubber caps which provide added protection during transit and also if a thru socket is not in use for a particular deployment.
The panel’s quick lock system makes setting up a large video wall as quick and straightforward as possible. Locator pins on the top side make it simple to get the panel in exactly the right position, while easy to activate locking pins then se
UK - Vestel Visual Solutions reports that it has been selected by Reading Football Club as its official visual technology partner. Vestel’s digital signage, interactive screens and video walls have been deployed throughout the club’s training complex at Bearwood Park in order to support a number of activities, ranging from tactical analysis to providing players with fitness and nutritional advice.
The new Bearwood Park facility is home to Reading FC’s men’s and women’s first teams, young professionals (Under-23s and Under-18s) and Academy players from ages 8 to 18. It also houses the coaching staff and management team, alongside a significant proportion of the club’s administrative staff.
Reading FC has now equipped the facility with Vestel’s screens to digitally enhance areas such as the yoga room and first team gym, the media room - which includes an interactive screen that uses touch screen technology to support both interviews and analysis - the Academy and the women’s Academy, the manager’s office, the parent’s room, reception areas, the medical room and multiple classrooms. These solutions will support the education, training, rehabilitation and performance of the club’s players, as well as its corporate activities.
“Our commitment to the elite performance of our players meant we outgrew our old training facility, Hogwood Park, and as a result we’ve spent a number of years designing and building Bearwood Park,” said Tim Kilpatrick, head of sales and partnerships at Reading Football Club. “We chose Vestel to suppo
The need for music and connection between the artist and its audience is greater than ever - and Roisin Murphy chose this moment in time to get the band together for an emotional livestream from PRG’s Live Space!
Rhianna Kenny-Wybrow, Roisin Murphy’s manager said: “For Roisin to build a show inside such an incredible space, that usually would be a hive of activity during the autumn touring season, felt very poignant. Roisin, her band and crew have been hugely restricted this year due to COVID-19. Live shows have been such a massive and enjoyable part of our team for so long; connecting with audiences around the world and working and traveling together as a family. This Mixcloud performance almost feels like an ode to what we have all missed out on. Working with PRG and Squire has been an absolute pleasure and we are incredibly happy to have collectively pulled this off in such strange and uncertain times. The result speaks for itself and reaffirms Roisin's place at the cutting edge of visual and sonic creativity.”
The performance took viewers on a journey through PRG’s warehouse, which was lit with SGM P5 fixtures and GLP JDC LED Strobes. As Roisin walked the length of the building for the opening and closing track, PRG staff used Source 4 Lustr2 fixtures to follow her.
Lighting director Tom Schofield created an amazing asymmetric design in the live space. The back wall was split in two halves, half was an LED screen, and the other half was created by an array of Claypaky Mythos fixtures and GLP X4 Bar 20s, creating a wall of light which co
The Netherlands - PPDS has announced the appointment of marketing specialist, Marion Chaignon, as its new marketing campaign manager, EMEA.
Part of PPDS’ continued recruitment and team strengthening across the European business, Marion brings a wealth of marketing experience to this important role, having executed major campaigns for some of the world’s most recognised technology brands, including Samsung Electronics, Asus, Nikon, HP, Lenovo and Logitech during her flourishing 12-year career.
Bilingual in French and English, and university-educated in business and business marketing, Marion joins PPDS from Red Pimiento, where she spent almost six years under various EMEA roles, including account director, project director and team manager.
Her roles have providing extensive marketing experience in promoting a wide range of specific industries, including retail, hospitality, corporate and healthcare - all key focus areas for the Philips pro TV and digital signage ranges - and Marion will soon be visiting the firm’s dedicated European training facility in Gent to get a deeper understanding of all current and future products in the portfolio.
Working out of PPDS’ global head office in Amsterdam, Marion reports to marketing director, Ron Cottaar, who hailed her experience as a “perfect addition” to help execute the manufacturer’s continued and ambitious growth plans and brand strategy, moving into 2020 and beyond.
“We’re delighted to welcome Marion to the team,” he comments. “She joins during an extremely busy peri
New Zealand - disguise has added Streamliner Productions in New Zealand to its worldwide partner network. Streamliner are now a disguise xR creative & rental partner.
The disguise partner network consists of over 200 partners specialising in the disguise workflow and hardware, enabling end-customers to source the best equipment as well as technical and creative talent to help bring live and virtual experiences to life.
Streamliner has recently invested in disguise’s award-winning vx4 as well as the newly-released rx hosting platform for third-party render engines - a key component of the xR solution, engineered for the future of virtual production. The technical production house has also undergone specialist training in the disguise workflows and xR technology to achieve the partner status and accreditation, also becoming the only official partner in the country to deliver a full end-to-end xR production.
“Our crew combines decades of live event experience with an in-depth knowledge of high-end video systems and we’re adept at working on high profile, time-critical projects”. says Richard Manu, Streamliner owner and GM. “We continually invest in the latest hardware, software and systems that gives our clients access to the most advanced technology. Introducing several disguise products into our workflow has brought together those systems and now coupled with the xR pipeline, nothing is out of reach.”
Since investing in the disguise ecosystem, recent work has also seen an official partnership between key players in the NZ film a
UK - Carallon Limited, an R&D company responsible for creating innovative control products, has announced it has become an employee owned business.
Carallon was founded in 2004 by seven colleagues who enjoyed working together creating new control products for the entertainment industry. All seven of those original founders still work for Carallon today, including Nick Archdale, Chris Hunt and Richard Mead who remain its board of directors.
Over 16 years, it has gone from strength to strength, growing substantially from seven to over 70 employees, and spawning spin-off companies Pharos Architectural Controls, Brompton Technology, and new start-up SixEye. Pharos and Brompton have both been regular winners of high-profile awards for their innovative products, with Brompton Technology recently winning the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2020: International Trade.
As of May 2020, Carallon is now owned by an Employee Ownership Trust, which acts for the benefit of all current and future employees, and through elected employee trustees gives all staff a say in major strategic decisions.
Managing director Richard Mead explains, “On day one, Carallon was set up as a business owned and run by its original seven employees. Although we’ve got bigger, we wanted to make sure that ethos was preserved and that there was a clear structure in place for the long-term future of Carallon. Employee ownership fosters a spirit of teamwork and less hierarchical management structures, so it fits with our style very well.”
“While the other directors and
Canada - 7thSense’s Medialon Showmaster LE show control solution has been installed by Production Resource Group (PRG) at the at heart of the new Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit in Toronto. The five-storey immersive show brings the Dutch master's paintings to life using light, sound and movement.
The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit has become the world’s first immersive drive-in art experience after producers adapted the digital art show for the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Before its public launch in July, the exhibition’s artistic director, Massimiliano Siccardi debuted his plans to make the experience COVID-friendly by designing space for up to 40 cars to visit the exhibit at any one time, as well as welcoming visitors on foot with social distancing circles in place once lockdown restrictions had been eased.
The experience features a 35-minute show that showcases 40 pieces of the Dutch artist’s work, including Sunflower, Irises and The Starry Night, across the 600,000sq.ft space and its 8m-high walls. Bringing the paintings to life are 52 Panasonic projectors, and a VUEaudiotechnik audio configuration streaming an original classical composition by Luca Longbardi. A GLP lighting system completes the environment.
7thSense’s Medialon Showmaster LE manages all audio-visual components including projection system, media servers, lighting, and synchronisation for the entire show.
Leading design and production of the exhibit was Lighthouse Immersive, and PRG for system design and integration. Chris Arsenault of Armour Technical
South Africa - The Acts Christian Church, Midrand Campus, is a modern auditorium where technology plays an important role. The past seven months have seen the church invest in four Strand 300 S LED Softlights and two Strand 150 S Softlights for their live streaming studio and video material, a platform which has caught the attention of thousands of viewers.
The church has also purchased 16 Showtec Pixel Strip 40 for their main stage, fixtures that create an eye-catching background for both the live congregation and those watching from home, accompanied by a new Arkaos MasterPro 5 licence. On the audio side, a Waves Soundgrid System consisting of Waves SuperRack and a Waves SoundGrid Server One-C will complement their Midas console.
Pastor Peter de Fin was a guitarist and sound engineer who travelled across the globe for six years with Vinesong, a team of international missionaries who share the gospel through worship, before meeting his wife Tammy, an evangelist whose ministry was to go into nightclubs and preach the gospel. The pair were married started Acts Church in 1999, taking over what was previously a small mission church.
“We really wanted to focus on the local church and to build this city,” explains De Fin. “Both my parents and grandparents were missionaries and started churches in places like Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland. But we had the heart to train the local people and over the last twenty years have built four campuses. We also realized that the modern church has become very technical. It’s not about producing a show, bu
UK - Digital solutions company inurface media has partnered with Active International. This collaboration will allow inurface to offer several solutions and products and allow its customers to utilise the benefits of digital signage and health technology across any number and type of businesses by financing their investments through Active International’s trade model.
On this new partnership, Josh Bunce, CEO and founder of inurface, comments: "This new partnership with Active is something we are incredibly proud of. We want to ensure that as many people can access the technology solutions we have created and know that the Active team can help more people consider these options as viable. Right now while we are a business individually, but we rely on other companies opening and running to survive, so it is in everyone's interest to try and establish a situation which is as safe as possible for businesses in the hope this will stop any further disruptions or steps backwards. Active's expertise and client base are unrivalled in their field and we hope this is the start of a long-term partnership."
Kieron Murphy, media director at Active, adds: “During these times of continual change, the one constant that all businesses face is the need to find commercial solutions that preserve cash flow and boost consumer demand. We are delighted to be working with inurface media to provide our clients alternative ways to fund next-generation digital display signage to enhance their customers’ instore experience.”
UK - Creative Technology (CT) worked closely with the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) to help deliver its third annual conference from Riverside Studios Hammersmith. The virtual event was livestreamed to a global audience on 6-7 October.
The initial challenge faced by Rob Day (senior project manager) and Emma Rössl, (project manager), was to find a suitable venue that could guarantee the right internet bandwidth, which is key in establishing a high quality connection and vital in delivering a successful online event. All spaces at CT’s Crawley facility were fully booked so Riverside Studios provided Studio 2 for the two-day event.
CT supplied a curved LED screen, relay / comfort monitors, PPU, video switching, cameras and comms for the studio set up. Full lighting and rigging were also provided along with scenic and furniture to create a professional stage environment. In addition to this, CT pre-recorded and edited a three-camera shoot with LCD backdrop, lighting, and audio in a separate studio onsite for inclusion in the main event.
As with any virtual event that heavily relies on remote contributors, link testing and pre-records were integral. One week prior to the show, CT performed remote link up tests to each of the speakers and a number of pre-records. These included the show Producer and GCCA’s communication and policy director, Paul Adeleke, who joined these records via a separate Zoom link, which gave them the ability to feedback on the pre-recorded presentations in real time.
Marantz AVS combined webcam, ring lig
USA - A Hippotizer Tierra+ Media Server from Green Hippo is driving the videowall content at the WVU Football facility at West Virginia University’s new Puskar Centre, in Morgantown, WV.
Providing spaces for players, coaches, staff and visitors, the WVU Puskar Centre development is, with the help of Hippotizer, transforming the home of WVU Football, putting its facilities very visibly ahead of the competition.
The video playback solution was designed by BrightTree Studios and installed by its parent company, Synergy Media Group, preferred technology suppliers to WVU. It encompasses five large screens in the spacious, luxuriously modern locker room, including a main video wall and four ‘end-cap’ screens located at the ends of the locker rows. The Tierra+ Media Server will also handle content feeds and mapping duties for screens in other areas in future phases of this major construction project.
“This was our first project using Hippotizer, and we’ve had a great experience with it,” says David Vargo, principal of BrightTree Studios. “It allowed us to create the space using the Visualiser software so that we could plan and vision the spaces with the client before the actual construction. This allowed us to develop customized content with WVU’s video producer, Austin Gaines, months before installation, which helped to keep the project on schedule.”
Lead AV designer at Synergy Media Group, Cory Sarzotti, explains, “This ‘show’ realm, or ‘theatre space’ is not really an area that corporate AV has had a lot to do with in t
Australia - Big Picture is always looking for new methods to allow creative and technical professionals to tell stories in fresh and innovative ways, especially during COVID-19. One area that certainly required a COVID-revamp was the award show format. So, with the Dally M Awards looming, thinking caps were put on by the teams at Fox Sports and Big Picture.
“Usually the Dally M Awards are staged in a large event venue, but with COVID-19 we had to rethink how we would stage the 2020 production,” remarks Paul Slater, senior producer at Fox Sports. “We still wanted to have a big auditorium feel, but we didn’t have the budget or resources to shoot something like that in reality.”
Paul turned to Big Picture for inspiration, who in turn demonstrated how an xR (extended reality) broadcast could work. The technology impressed, marking a vote of confidence for Big Picture, as a live broadcast xR production had never been done anywhere in the world.
xR technology allows users to blend virtual and physical worlds in live production environments to create fully immersive experiences.
“We were approached by Fox Sports who had been looking at several technologies to integrate a virtual component into a live multi-camera environment,” explains Josh Moffat, special projects & business development at Big Picture. “With only a short lead time up until the event, we designed a technical solution around the disguise xR workflow.”
The event took place at Fox Sports in Sydney where the main Studio setup comprised a 12m x 3m ROE Black Ony
USA - With a portfolio of clients including Apple, Vogue, Amazon, and Spotify, GUM Studios is a New York Qualified Production Facility, offering expansive and versatile spaces that can confidently cater for any requirement and shoot.
Recently, GUM turned to 4Wall Entertainment to provide lighting and video equipment for its new Virtual Production (VP) facility. The high-spec virtual environment includes ROE Visual Black Pearl 2 LED video panels, which are driven by Brompton 4K Tessera SX40 processors.
“GUM is a long-term customer of 4Wall’s, and we have been supplying it with equipment for years,” says 4Wall’s account executive - video production, Wayne Romanowski. “With Virtual Production tipped to become a standard for how major motion pictures will be shot going forward, we were honoured when the GUM team contacted us about supporting them in bringing this cutting-edge technology to their clients.”
4Wall provided 333 ROE Visual Black Pearl BP2 (2.8MM) LED video panels to create a curved wall 40' wide, 15' tall and 20' deep. The company also supplied 51 Full and eight Half ROE Visual Carbon CB8 (8.3MM) LED video panels for an approximately 25' wide x 20' deep ceiling for lighting and reflections.
The entire set-up is driven by three Brompton 4K Tessera SX40 LED processors and five XD 10G data distribution units, out of which “two SX40s along with four XD units are used for the LED wall and the rest are deployed for the ceiling,” adds 4Wall’s account executive – sales, John Velez.
“We are aware of Brompton’s 24/7
USA - The second tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) located in the heart of Downtown Chicago, is home to more than 100 companies and is one of the city’s best-known tourist attractions. When a tower client needed a powerful, flexible, and scalable audio system, USIS AV looked to LEA Professional.
The team at USIS AV was tasked with the AV design and build in two floors of the tower, encompassing over 90,000sq.ft. The floors are leased by a global coworking company who provide premium work, meeting and event spaces around the world and needed a multifunctional system that could meet the ever-changing needs of their clientele. The space in Willis Tower was designed to be re-configured depending on the specific need, with flex walls allowing the area to accommodate both small breakout sessions and open out for larger conference and event settings.
For Anthony Magarelli, director of engineering at USIS AV, the historical landmark came with its challenges, not only were the team ensuring equal acoustic coverage across 17 different rooms within 90,000 square ft of space, USIS AV also had to contend with high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass.
“Product placement was a real challenge on this project and we were constantly re-evaluating zone layout and counts,” commented Magarelli. “That was the beauty of working with LEA Professional amplifiers, their system is completely scalable so their form factor worked really well in this space and eliminated some of the main challenges.”
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USA - Symetrix has announced their expanded control solution, Symetrix In Control. With Symetrix In Control, users have more control from the same processor with the freedom to design, display and deploy tailored user experiences and system control solutions, says the company.
After releasing the T-5 Glass Touchscreen remote and the W Series IP remotes this year, the addition of Lua Scripting in Symetrix Composer 8.0 software completes the Symetrix In Control solution. Everything needed to get started is available on the Symetrix website for instant access to control with no additional fees or licenses.
Whether you’re programming a small restaurant or a 50,000-seat stadium, the Symetrix control solution allows complete system control without complicated programming.
ARC-WEB is an out-of-the-box virtual user interface that can be used on a smartphone, tablet or PC as a standalone primary control system or as an addition to other Symetrix control hardware. ARC-WEB can control pre-sets for volume, mute, and source selection for any application.
The Web-Based Event Scheduler is a free addition to the Control Server allowing access to events and scheduled presets by time and day, providing a way to automate routing, source selection and volume for daily changes, special events, holidays or other automated configuration changes. The Web-Based Event Scheduler is accessible from the Control Server using any web browser on a connected smartphone, tablet or PC.
Symetrix enables you to take full control of your AV systems processing, programm
UK – Visual artist Ben Sheppee, innovator in immersive light-based environments and founder of visual design studio Observatory, is the latest artist to be commissioned by Collusion to create a major new site-specific artwork which is on free display for one month this autumn.
DRAWDOWN, which is running from 25 October to 24 November, is Sheppee’s first major installation in King’s Lynn and will consist of a series of five large-scale building projections. Each will explore how the effects of climate change can be reversed, presenting an often-overlooked positive angle on the most crucial environmental issue humans have ever faced.
“I personally feel like everyone has a general awareness and understanding of climate change, but many people feel ineffective as individuals to have an impact,” comments Sheppee. “I wanted to highlight the practical solutions in a way that provides empowerment through awareness. I would consider the works to be successful if they reinvigorate the public’s interest in climate change solutions.”
Supported by partners including Arts Council England and the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, DRAWDOWN will feature projections on five King’s Lynn buildings - The Custom House, Greyfriars Tower, King’s Lynn Minster, St Nicolas’ Chapel and Tuesday Market Place.
“We’re looking forward to presenting Ben’s work on some of King’s Lynn’s most iconic buildings,” says Rachel Drury of Collusion. “We hope that the public enjoy walking around the town to see this beautiful and t
UK - Calibre UK has announced several new features in its flagship HQPro1000 for Live Virtual Solutions.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating how businesses use technology to operate and is transforming the way that people work, interact and even how they live,” said Willy Tsai, managing director at Calibre UK. “Calibre’s Live Virtual Solution (LVS) meets the evolving needs of people working in virtual classrooms, conferences, webinars, event and studios enabling them to reach their audiences in an immersive and augmented way.”
Calibre’s LVS includes the HQPro1000 processor with modular architecture and 4K60 4:4:4 image processing. It offers support for multiple sources and layers, plus a confidence monitor output. Scaling is provided by Calibre's best-in-class low-latency proprietary HQUltra technology for true seamless, fast and transitional switching between scenes.
Virtual presentations can be fully customised using The Calibre LVS. For event virtualisation, it is possible to insert a virtual background transporting the presenter into any location or space.
New features of HQPro1000 for Live Virtual Solution includes high-quality chroma-keying and luma-keying with no requirement for any additional hardware or software preserving the latency for live presentation, objects or presenter where the background can easily be inserted. Advanced area of interest allows for versatile adjustments per layer to show what the users want to concentrate on, whether the source is a camera on a lecturer or something pre-recorded.
USA - Atlona has designated Seattle-based Brownestone, LLC as its manufacturer’s representative for the Pacific Northwest region, effective immediately. Brownestone will bring its sales-focused operation closer to commercial AV customers in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska.
As an A/V manufacturer’s representative in business since 1999, Brownestone considers Atlona’s product line a complement to its specialised line card. Atlona’s AV over IP based video distribution and networked control solutions especially strengthen Brownestone’s message as a complete AV solutions provider, alongside its range of videoconferencing, audio production, and projection solutions.
“Representing the Atlona product line immediately strengthens and enhances our company’s value proposition,” said Mike Charles, principal, integration channel sales for Brownestone. “Atlona helps us offer comprehensive and high-performance packages tailored to the needs of our commercial A/V customers, especially in the corporate, education and houses of worship verticals. They dovetail perfectly with the rest of our line card, and fills in gaps that previously prevented us from offering a complete package or solution.”
Charles sees strong opportunity for Atlona in the videoconferencing market as more companies seek to connect workers, customers, and partners remotely, and keep gatherings to a minimum for health safety. “When it comes to AV over IP networking and control solutions, Atlona really shines,” he said. “Atlona is a real asset wh
China - The 2020 League of Legends World Championship, one of the biggest events in esports, took place in Shanghai from 25 September to 31 October. Creative Technology supplied ROE Visual LED panels to create an immersive xR Stage to broadcast this international tournament.
The League of Legends World Championship is a yearly international tournament that brings together the top teams from each regional league in a battle to host the Summoner’s Cup and earn the title of World Championship. This year marked the 10th edition.
The event, like most, had to be re-envisioned in order to make it happen. Normally, the early stages of the tournament would be a traveling road show, with different rounds taking place in different cities. In 2020, things had to change. With travel restrictions in place, and fans no longer able to attend matches, the team at League developer Riot tried something different, with the intention to honour the great legacy of the game.
In order to make this work, Riot brought in some of the most advanced LED technology from Creative Technology (CT). They used the same Unreal Engine-driven technology used to film Disney’s The Mandalorian series to create an immersive stage setup that changed themes completely depending on the stage of the tournament.
The matches looked like they took place in a cloudy, cyberpunk Shanghai skyline or amid a flooded landscape. What could have been a drab competition in the absence of fans, turned into a really impressive contest with an exhilarating vibe.
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South Africa - Sharp NEC Display Solutions has appointed DWR Distribution as a South African distributor for their professional projectors.
“While NEC has a vast product range, DWR’s specialty will be the supply of NEC projectors ranging between 7 000k and 35 000k, to rental companies, houses of worship, theatres and auditoriums,” said Robert Izzett, director and head of sales at DWR. “We’ve just sold our first 8k and 20k laser projectors to churches, and that’s exactly where we are aiming at.”
“We believe there is still good opportunity within the South African market for professional projection, and we were intent on finding a suitable partner with which to promote our world-class projection technology. After having met Rob and the DWR team, it was clear they are a group of keenly skilled people and an organisation with the necessary infrastructure and focus to help us develop our professional projector portfolio in South Africa,” said Jason Rall, Southern Africa country manager for Sharp NEC Display Solutions.
“I am grateful to have met Rob and the DWR team through a mutual friend and colleague and am very excited and confident about the synergy created by our two businesses.”
NEC's line of projectors consists of both multimedia projectors, providing clear images for large and small spaces, and digital cinema projectors.
“It’s always about relationships, and we are very glad that our paths have crossed with Jason,” said Robert. “We are excited to run with this new product range.”
UK - Event producers Second Sight asked AV rental and technical specialist CPL to provide a 5m wide by 3m high Roe Black Onyx 3mm pitch LED screen for a key live stream presentation by Volkswagen UK for their retail dealership members and investors.
This annual event was presented from Stage B at Millennium Studios in Bedford.
Normally it would be a big show at a prominent event venue with a full stage set and multiple presenters, but with the pandemic this year, everything was changed as they shifted to a digital format.
As brands, creative agencies and technical delivery companies and organisations continue to come up with new and interesting ways of delivering events safely and Covid-compliantly, like so many others, the Volkswagen Investors Update flipped to a live-streamed event.
Second Sight’s Guy Shayler explained how they were already producing successful monthly digital presentation events for VW since the lockdown started, so when it came to the Investors event, they retained the basic format but scaled up and added production values and extra resources including the LED wall.
As their “go-to” option for additional and specialist AV equipment, crew and expertise, Guy asked CPL to provide the LED - complete with a Barco S3 switcher to split the signal - which joined the camera / PPU / graphics and media server package supplied by Second Sight.
The broadcast platforms and associated infrastructure were coordinated by Bizzabo as the selected supplier for digital event delivery at Volkswagen UK.
Initial ideas fo
UK - To facilitate BDO’s first ever fully virtual global conference, creative consultancy Fusion Comms produced a new digital delivery format. The BDO Rethink Festival, which is traditionally held as a bi-annual face-to-face leadership event, was instead broadcast to a global audience on 2 and 4 November.
Fusion Comms partnered with White Light (WL) to create a virtual world for the event, within its SmartStage broadcast facility at London’s Science Museum.
WL collaborated with Fusion Comms and their digital creators MalfMedia to design a flexible xR solution to facilitate three festival broadcasts to BDO’s managing partners from across the world. The visual identity for the xR world was conceptualised around the Rethink Festival’s existing logo and branding.
An entire virtual infrastructure of festival stages was built with the use of digital assets created in a media server system that for the first time incorporated teleportation, remote callers, in studio presenters and XR and AR graphics.
The use of Augmented Reality enabled multiple cameras to track the presenter, whilst the AR festival environment worked in sync with the cameras so the presenters could ‘walk’ from one stage to another.
Delivery of the plenary sessions included the live, full-body teleportation of five presenters directly into the xR environment. Three presenters were transported from studios in Canada Washington DC and Israel, with two more from their homes in Scandinavia.
The whole conference was streamed to a worldwide audience of over 2,500 de
UK - Britannia Row Productions Training (BRPT) has been awarded £152,000 as part of the UK government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) announced by the Culture Secretary to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future.
Britannia Row Productions Training is one of 2,049 cultural and creative organisations across the country to have been awarded £409m of urgently needed support (up to 24 October 2020). The Culture Recovery Fund grants programme is being administered by the Arts Council England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.
BRPT was founded in 2012 to provide holistic training for those wanting to enter the live events industry as live audio technicians. Courses available from colleges and universities are not targeted enough for this niche sector, making it hard for graduates to enter the workplace as invariably a certain amount of re-training is required. Furthermore, these institutions tend to lag behind with teaching the latest technologies, equipment and working practices.
All BRPT training courses are written, kept up-to-date and delivered by tutors who are industry practitioners working at the top tier of the industry. BRPT has developed and offered a range of courses which have allowed for part-time study through to intensive full-time courses and