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mapnextroadtriplinkedinlocationsv5Shure partners with Crestron for Euro road trip
Wednesday, 2 February 2022

Europe - Shure has partnered with Crestron to support the upcoming Crestron Next Road Trip Europe, a tour with a mobile experience centre that will visit 38 stops in 19 countries. The truck will provide every attendee with a safe environment in which they will be able to get hands-on, one-on-one demos of the most recent audio technology from Shure and Crestron.
The mobile experience will cover Shure and Crestron’s collaborative conferencing technology as well as the whole Crestron ecosystem of solutions for hybrid workplaces, classrooms, government organisations and more.
Crestron Next Road Trip Europe will tour Europe from March, to offer dealers, partners, and customers all over Europe an opportunity to experience the latest innovations in audio technology from Crestron and Shure.

timaxpr-antwerp-lootz-1TiMax provides immersive engine for Studio Zuid
Tuesday, 1 February 2022

Belgium - Studio Zuid in Antwerp has transformed its entertainment offering with the purchase of a TiMax SoundHub-S64 spatial processor with MADI I/O. The venue’s semi-circular amphitheatre-like auditorium plays host to a wide and popular variety of immersive musical dining experiences, the first of which was an immersive production of The Bodyguard, originally made famous by the Whitney Houston film and award-winning soundtrack.
Sound designer and venue audio director, Erik Loots, had a big vision for the type of production the venue needed and the level of audio flexibility he wanted for shows like The Bodyguard. For him, “TiMax was essential”. He explains: “I needed TiMax because of its capability of dealing with both channel-based and object-based audio. I have always been a fan of TiMax and its flexibility when it comes to immersive applications and as this show was entirely mixed in immersive, TiMax was the perfect tool for the job.”
TiMax provides the core immersive engine for Studio Zuid’s diverse production programme and facilitates the spatial mixing of all multichannel playback and localisation of live vocals at the venue. Show content for The Bodyguard includes music tracks recorded in immersive at Galaxy Studios by Wilfried Van Baelen, where the “phenomenal acoustics” of the Galaxy Hall add to the different reverbs recorded in Auro3D format.
It was the versatility of TiMax with its adaptive spatial rendering that made it the right choice for the specific immersive challenges of the venue. The 550-cap

festival-supplier-awards-2022-aniseed-photo-small-39CT receives Best Screen Supplier award
Tuesday, 1 February 2022

UK - Creative Technology received the Best Screen Supplier award at Festival Supplier Awards 2022. The company won the award for the delivery of the I-mags at Reading and Leeds Festivals 2021.
“We’re extremely proud to have been recognised as Best Screen Supplier for the delivery of Reading and Leeds Festivals 2021. The hard work and long hours these events required from the ground up should not be overlooked and this award is for every person who pulled together to make them happen,” says Nick Knowles, project manager at Creative Technology.
“Coming out of a dormant period for the music industry this summer had many challenges, one of which was the screen requirement for Reading and Leeds main stages. Having added a second main stage to each site, we doubled the amount of screen required across the same weekend.
“In previous years, we had worked meticulously to get one stage at each site planned, and this year double the amount of screen, with less planning time and facing the limitations imposed on us post -pandemic, (namely crew shortages), was a tall order, but one that was delivered with relative ease, as if we’d never been away! Many thanks to the team at CT for putting up close to 3,000sq.m of screen and making it all work,” adds Nick Davies, product manager at Festival Republic.

tv-onetvONE and Green Hippo embrace local tradeshows
Tuesday, 1 February 2022

World - tvONE and Green Hippo have announced they will bring their new technologies directly to partners and end-users in their own countries, focusing on a series of local tradeshow events around the world.
After making the move to not exhibit at ISE 2022 in Barcelona, the company will focus its efforts on a number of face-to-face activities, including Prolight & Sound in Frankfurt with Green Hippo distributor Cast Germany; Technology Exposed by Midwich; NAB with partners FX Design Group, DigiLED and DVG; PLASA Focus Leeds with AC Entertainment UK; Infocomm 2022, Las Vegas; Medialog by Kern & Stelly Germany; S14 Day by Comm-tec GmbH (Exteris ProAV) Germany; as well as a series of the popular Super User Events for Green Hippo. For clients in the Middle East, Spitfire will create a roadshow in Dubai and Qatar.
“With the postponement of ISE 2022 and changing events across the world, we are taking the step of participating in smaller, in-person get-togethers in collaboration with our partners,” says Frithjof Becker, director of EMEA sales for tvONE and Green Hippo. “It is clear that this pandemic is still having a huge impact on our industry and we, like countless others, are keen to move forward in a positive and safe way. Therefore, we are working with our network of distribution partners’ localized tradeshows to take our products to their doorstep, rather than encourage large numbers of people to travel abroad to one place at one time.”
tvONE and Green Hippo are also developing a number of innovative virtual activities in 2022, in

interior-of-canada-pavilionoriginal-imagem3693Christie immerses visitors to Canada Expo pavilion
Thursday, 27 January 2022

UAE - Christie 1DLP laser projectors are engaging guests with a variety of visuals in the Canada Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. The 1,364sq.m (pavilion, located in the Sustainability District, welcomes guests with art installations, an interactive light and sound experience, and a 360-degree theatre.
EllisDon, a Canadian contracting company, with Lord Cultural Resources, NGX Interactive and kubik maltbie as strategic partners, was awarded the contract to design, build and maintain the pavilion, and worked with kubik maltbie, which engaged Christie partner Electrosonic to deliver the AV systems and Eos Lightmedia to deliver the interactive lighting systems for the public presentation spaces within the pavilion.
With the theme The Future in Mind, the pavilion encompasses outdoor and indoor elements, with AV systems throughout the pavilion designed, installed, commissioned, and programmed by Electrosonic.
The journey begins in a 52.5m circular room, which is outfitted with a 360-degree projection screen, a video server that runs media from NGX Interactive, and outputs to 13 additional DHD1075-GS projectors. The 10,000-lumen projectors are suspended from truss in the middle of the circular room and project the media as a single, continuous 360-degree image. The full circumference theatre experience takes guests through Canada’s four seasons and is inspired by the vast Canadian landscape.
The journey through the pavilion continues, with two additional Christie DHD1075-GS projectors with short throw zoom lenses projected onto a large 8m pro

gloucesterGloucester Cathedral installs Dante audio network
Wednesday, 26 January 2022

UK - Gloucester Cathedral is a building with many historic treasures. The cathedral, which dates to the year 1089, has centuries of history and craftsmanship on display - including important architectural features that are considered some of the best in Europe. The cathedral is also a favourite of Harry Potter fans as the cloisters served as the location for various Hogwarts scenes in the films.
Maintaining a Grade I-listed building is challenging, and upgrades to onsite technology must be carefully considered and planned to prevent damage. When the cathedral decided to upgrade its audio capabilities, it turned to the flexibility, scalability, and low-impact installation benefits synonymous with Audinate’s Dante.
The Dante platform is a complete AVoIP solution that allows audio, video and control data to be transported over standard 1GB ethernet networks.
When the cathedral began a restoration project on the Lady Chapel - the newest section of the church, built in the 15th century - the flooring was removed for restoration which presented the opportunity to install a new chapel sound system by running cabling under the floors.
Audiovisual system integrator DM was called in for the project. "When they were taking the floor up, we had a chance to put in a new PA system, and as is my habit on all large buildings with multiple areas, I put in a Dante-enabled equipment kit, including a Yamaha MTX5D mixer,” says Graham Bennewith, installation director at DM Music. “Whenever we're working on a larger or a multi-area building, I use a Dante n

andrew-tanPixotope announces hires in APAC region
Tuesday, 25 January 2022

Singapore - Pixotope has announced two new hires in their Asia Pacific leadership team.
Matthew Ma, former employee of Amazon Web Services and Avid, joins the company as general manager for North Asia. Matthew will be directly responsible for driving regional sales and advising on the regional functions of marketing operations, including developing distribution channels and building strategic relationships. The key locations for North Asia include China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan.
Matthew states, “I am delighted to start a new chapter with Pixotope in this exciting period for Virtual Production. Having worked with the North Asia market for media and web technologies for many years, a key focus for this role will be building relationships with partners and ensuring consistent growth as Pixotope expands further across the region.”
With more than 20 years of industry experience, Andrew Tan joins Pixotope as their new vice president, APAC. Based out of Singapore, Andrew’s most recent role was at Shutterstock. Prior to that, he worked at Ross Video, Kramer Electronics and Avid. In his role at Pixotope, Andrew will spearhead the development and growth of the APAC team and strengthen the brand in the region.

duneChauvet LED panels for Dune London premiere
Friday, 21 January 2022

UK - There were some showers during the red-carpet premiere of Dune outside the Odeon Leicester Square in London, but that did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the crowds or global press corps who turned out for the star-studded affair, produced by Limited Edition Event Design.
Impact Production Services (IPS), which provided technical services for the event, deployed a powerful the Chauvet Professional F4IP LED panel for setting up the outdoor video walls.
The IPS team used 236 of the 4.8 mm pixel pitch panels to create a 28m wide by 4m high video wall that ran almost the entire length of the red carpet. Displaying a series of dramatic images from the movie that were supplied by the film company and played back via a Disguise Media Server, the wall added a powerful and engaging cinematic flavour to the event, in addition to providing an attractive backdrop for videos and photos featuring the hit film’s stars.
“One of the main reasons for the premiere was to attract media coverage, and with such a large display being installed, it was essential that all the technical production elements not only looked great, but were also reliable,” says Tom Warden of IPS. “The first consideration, given that the installation was outdoors, was to choose an all-weather, IP-rated panel. IPS have already used the Chauvet F4IP and X6IP LED screen systems extensively in outdoor applications, so we knew that they would perform well, even if the weather was against us.
“The next consideration was the resolution and refresh rate, as it was esse

mgx-film-7MGX Studios use disguise to drive commercial
Friday, 21 January 2022

Turkey - To advertise the launch of the Istanbul Financial Centre (IFC) in January, Istanbul film production company Autonomy partnered with Formula 1 on a dynamic commercial featuring virtual production by MGX Studios and powered by the disguise Extended Reality (xR) workflow.
Holding 1.4m square metres of office space, a shopping mall, conference and exhibition centre and a five-star hotel, the IFC is a founding partner of the Formula 1 Rolex Turkish Grand Prix 2021. The metaphor of the IFC as a Formula 1 race car “driving forward the world of finance” provided a high-energy scenario for a commercial promoting its imminent opening.
The commercial features extreme close-ups of a Formula 1 race car cockpit, complete with revving sound design, as the vehicle speeds through Istanbul and glimpses of the IFC are reflected on the driver’s helmet visor.
Since the race car and driver are seen in extreme close-ups, Autonomy was eager to shoot the commercial using virtual production. The production company approached Turkey’s first virtual production facility, MGX Studios, to simulate the Formula 1 vehicle and capture the beauty and modernity of the IFC site.
“Together with the Autonomy team we wanted to create a production that looked great quickly, using all the amazing possibilities provided by virtual production technology and disguise. The xR features provided by disguise and the innovation and creativity enabled by disguise and virtual production were key to delivering a great project,” says MGX Studios’ virtual production operati

jan-walterAV Stumpfl strengthens screens sales team
Thursday, 20 January 2022

Austria - AV Stumpfl has announced the creation of a new management position inside their screens sales department. On 1 January, Jan Walter joined the team as global business development manager, screens.
Walter began his AV industry career as a field application engineer and recently worked as a senior regional sales manager for an internationally known technology manufacturer. The focus of his new role will be expanding AV Stumpfl‘s international projection screens distribution network.
Walter comments: "Ever since I started working in the wider area of projection technology, AV Stumpfl screens have been a household name. I always associated their products with the highest quality possible and a great drive towards innovation. I see great potential for expanding the existing distribution network further and am looking forward to tackling this exciting challenge."
Stefanie Niederwimmer, AV Stumpfl's executive director, screens, adds: "In addition to technological innovation, we as a family company attach great importance to the interpersonal market presence as well. In order to strengthen this key factor even more, we decided to add the new global business development manager position to our screens department. Jan Walter is perfectly suited for taking on this new role and to support our screens team."

harrogatePro Audio Systems scores at Harrogate stadium
Thursday, 20 January 2022

UK - In August 2020, Harrogate Town FC were promoted to the English Football League (EFL) for the first time in their history. With promotion came new responsibilities.
The League’s regulations precluded the use of the club’s Wetherby Road (EnviroVent) stadium’s synthetic pitch, and, as a narrow window of time did not allow the work on a replacement to be completed before the start of 2020/21 season, Harrogate Town arranged a temporary ground-share at Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium. Comfortably maintaining their new League status during a season largely played in empty stadiums due to COVID-19 restrictions, the club, with work on a new grass pitch completed, prepared to return home.
Other EFL infrastructure criteria also had to be met at the EnviroVent, one of which was provision for a permanent public address system, which according to the League’s regulations required ‘adequate speaker output to relay information to all spectator areas, as required by the local authority, with the ability to interrupt for safety announcements from the stadium control room’. With the possibility of a future further development of its facilities, the club sought to install a high quality, future-proof system, that could be expanded if required.
Sheffield-based technical services specialists AVLS Technical, who had previously supplied temporary pre-match PA requirements on a hire basis, were engaged by the club to consult over the permanent installation. The club’s plan at this stage was to upgrade audio provision in four of the ground’s six dis

av-distribution-websiteStage Audio Works launches AV Distribution
Thursday, 20 January 2022

South Africa - Professional audio, AV and broadcast specialists Stage Audio Works has launched AV Distribution, a new company dedicated to "managing those markets chiefly served through a reseller/integrator channel". Anything that is project-based will remain the remit of Stage Audio Works.
The executive and management teams of the Stage Audio Works group remain unchanged and the company continues to invest in the market with the ongoing development and expansion of local manufacturing under its Stage Plus and Pixel Plus brands.
According to SAW CEO Will Deysel, the decision to form AV Distribution was a logical evolution of the process already started in March 2021 when the company restructured its sales operation into two distinct verticals - namely projects and distribution. The creation of a separate company sees the process through to its conclusion.
“We’d already concluded that having separate teams would allow us a better focus on the specific needs of each vertical, and our experience since March last year has borne that out,” explains Deysel. “The requirements for each vertical are really very different, so it made complete sense for us to give the distribution wing its own identity and a certain measure of independence by creating a new company. Whilst remaining part of the Stage Audio Works group with access to all the resources that we have to offer, AV Distribution has its own website, its own branding and of course its own team who will be focused specifically on the needs of the reseller/integrator channel.”
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zybrid-edge1Zytronic debuts interactive video wall technology
Wednesday, 19 January 2022

UK - Touch technology specialist Zytronic has introduced the ZyBrid edge touch sensor technology, developed to "create stunning multi-screen interactive video walls and tables".
Designed to mirror the narrowest bezel video wall monitors, the glass sensors feature an ultra-narrow border (anywhere from 3mm to 0mm), creating a sleek appearance by using the maximum display area. The sensors can be innovatively linked when used with the associated all-new ZyBrid edge controller to enable seamless touch transition between screens, with potentially no gap whatsoever between adjacent active areas.
Typically, AV installers fix a huge protective glass over the entire interactive video wall. They then often use a clip-on infra-red or camera-based touch detection system around the outside of the tiled screens. This arrangement creates a large, unsightly, protruding bezel around the edge of the wall, even if interactivity is only required on some displays. Also, these touch detection technologies tend to be susceptible to false and accidental touches.
“The new Zytronic projected capacitive solution eradicates both these issues, enabling ultra-fast, accurate touchscreen responses and providing borders that match the latest near borderless LCDs,” says Ian Crosby, sales and marketing director, Zytronic. Each narrow-border ZyBrid edge sensor is supported by a dedicated ZYX500 based multitouch controller linked via a set of RJ45 data cables. The connected associate controllers then finally connect to a single, leading primary controller. The controllers are fitt

xytechlogoXytech acquired by private equity firm
Monday, 10 January 2022

USA - Xytech, provider of facility management software for the broadcast and media industries, has been purchased by San Francisco-based Banneker Partners, a software-focused private equity firm.
Xytech says customers can expect a seamless transition and the company will update its customers and partner in the coming days.
Xytech CEO Richard Gallagher comments: “When I created Xytech, my primary goal was to bring facility management into the next generation to help media facilities - both large and small - be more efficient and productive. For more than three decades, this has been Xytech’s focus, and we are proud of what we have accomplished. Banneker, with its investment focus on software solutions aimed at specific verticals and willingness to invest to scale operational delivery, product innovation and sales and marketing, is the perfect partner for Xytech’s next stage of growth.”
“We see this as a strategic investment to accelerate Xytech's ability to enhance their solution offering and operational delivery capabilities in this key market segment," adds Kenneth Frank, partner at Banneker Partners. "We look forward to working alongside Richard and the rest of the management team to strengthen the company’s customer penetration and market reach.”

londonLondon welcomes 2022 with spectacular show
Wednesday, 5 January 2022

UK - London welcomed in 2022 with a spectacular city-wide display, sending a message of thanks and hope to the nation and the world. Jack Morton, the global brand experience agency, helped to develop the original concept and worked in partnership with the Mayor of London’s office and a dedicated team of experts to create an extraordinary experience for the second year running.
The 13-minute show designed for home-viewing was broadcast live on BBC One and watched by a global viewing audience of millions.
Jack Morton’s creative show team worked in collaboration with On the Sly for the music production, Titanium Fireworks for the pyrotechnics design, and Skymagic for the swarm drone sequences.
Patrick O’Mahony, creative director of Skymagic, comments: “We were delighted to collaborate again with Jack Morton to design and deliver the drone light show for London New Year’s Eve for the second year running. Building on last year’s show, we have returned to the capital with a larger fleet and having developed our drone division both technologically and creatively. The 2022 show tells a celebratory story with an emphasis on three-dimensional formations, conceptual shapes and complex trajectories.”
Lighting for the event was designed by Durham Marenghi with Paul Cook as associate LD and programmer in Central London and Pedro Marcé Socias programming at The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC). All the lighting and lasers were pre-programmed and visualised on WYSIWYG and Depence2 to give the client and the BBC a clear indication of what they c

bryce-jewellSolotech names UK managing director
Tuesday, 4 January 2022

UK - Solotech has announced the appointment of Bryce Jewell as managing director for the UK. He will drive the overall business strategy for Solotech and its two divisions, Live Productions and Sales and Systems Integration.
Jewell has over 20 years of experience within the technology sector spanning the UK, US, Norway, and Australia. He has led the turnaround of the UK and US enterprise businesses as MD at Global Cloud Xchange, which operates the world’s largest privately-owned subsea cable system. Prior to Global Cloud Xchange, Jewell served as director, sales Europe at Pacnet.
“This appointment is the symbol of a new major milestone for Solotech’s expansion in the UK and Europe, and a true testimonial of our intention to continue investing in our people, our technology, our operational structure and our brand,” comments Martin Tremblay, president and CEO of Group Solotech. “We are in it for the long run, and are definitely looking to build a strong, UK-based operation with - in addition to the audio heritage from SSE Audio, Wigwam Acoustics, Capital Sound and BCS Audio -other key services and technology that set Solotech apart and make it absolutely unique on the global market.”
“We are absolutely thrilled and proud to welcome Bryce as part of our leadership team. His knowledge of business management and technology background will be a major game changer for the diversification of our business activities in the UK and in all of Europe for the years to come,” adds Tremblay.

5g-festival-brighton-domeSonosphere enjoys busy year
Tuesday, 4 January 2022

UK - Sonosphere has welcomed the new year by remembering a busy 2021. Most significantly, the company was involved in the 5G Festival (5GF) project, central to the continuing advancements in using 5G technology in a new way for the entertainment industry. In addition, the Sonosphere management team completed a buyout of the company, with Duncan Bell joining as commercial director; this was swiftly followed by the team supplying immersive audio for the public launch of Ed Sheeran’s new album.
2022 is set to be as busy, with multiple projects in the pipeline including a major interactive multimedia exhibition that will open in Germany in the New Year, spatialising the work of a Saudi Arabian producer and composer, and an immersive audio installation into a major London venue.
“The November 5GF trials were a seminal moment for the entire consortium of companies involved in the project,” says Bell. “The rest of the Sonosphere team have been involved in 5GF since it started in September 2020. Of course, I didn’t come to the project until October 2021 and it’s been incredible to see how the team has worked together to develop technologies, based around the 5G network, that has the potential to change the way the music industry works.”
Also central to the company’s portfolio is the continuing partnership with Metropolis Studios, home of Sonosphere’s Dolby Atmos certified immersive studio, and our work to spatialise a selection of Amazon Music’s back catalogue.
“Immersive audio has always been central to my vision for Sonosphere

solotechxr-studiosSolotech acquires XR Studios
Tuesday, 4 January 2022

USA - Solotech has acquired XR Studios, a full-service agency specialising in extended reality, including augmented reality technology for live broadcast and virtual productions.
Located in Los Angeles, XR Studios serves high-end clients in multiple segments such as TV, music, Fortune 500 companies, and live events. XR Studios pioneered innovative performances such as Katy Perry’s American Idol finale and MTV’s 2020 Video Music Awards. Other notable clients include Billie Eilish, Leon Bridges, Amazon, Verizon, Twitch, and many more. Going forward, the company will continue to operate as a separate entity and brand.
Through the acquisition, Solotech's Media and Entertainment Technology division will make a significant step towards realising its vision of developing new technological solutions that are at the crossroads of three markets: fans and artists, content producers, and online gamers.
The acquisition of XR Studios also brings chief technical officer, Scott Millar onboard. Millar has worked on multiple, large scale international AR projects, with a thorough focus in installation, engineering, and general AV technology. He has been instrumental in the founding of the extended reality workflow, collaborating with software teams such as disguise, Notch, Unreal Engine, and Touch Designer, making Millar a vital expert of this technology.
Martin Tremblay, president and CEO of Group Solotech, comments: “The venture with XR Studios will fill the missing piece of the puzzle and be the third pillar of our MET Division, adding complete

partyLive events supply chain ‘back on the brink’
Tuesday, 4 January 2022

UK - With government advice putting the decision-making onto the shoulders of the public and consumer confidence eroding as a consequence, the live events sector is stressed to the limit, says industry organisation #WeMakeEvents (WME).
Despite a devastating 2020 and a challenging 2021, businesses in the industry have worked hard to exceed revenues last recorded in November 2019 by the same month in 2021. But, says WME, the current climate has already eroded this by 80% during December 2021 and is forecast to continue through January.
From the UK’s first lockdown in Spring 2020 until summer 2021, companies in this sector only received around 12% of the Cultural Recovery Fund (CRF) awards whilst many of the freelance technical specialists who work in the industry are still catching-up on their finances, having had no work for over a year.
WME says in a statement: “While we are pleased to see the government recognise the existence and critical role of freelancers in the entertainment sectors, the chancellor’s announcement of £1.5m support will have little to no effect whatsoever. Added to this, local government grants are not sufficiently targeted to reach the supply chain, compounded by the ‘postcode lottery’ of these grants by the issuing local authorities, and exclusion for many within the recently announced CRF criteria. Over 25% of people had to leave the sector they loved over the past 20 months for more regular and dependable income to support themselves and families. Another talent drain like this will be fatal.
“While we fee

ghetts217-2Production AV backs Ghetts tour finale
Wednesday, 22 December 2021

UK - Newly-crowned MOBO Awards Best Male Act Ghetts performed an energetic, crowd-pleaser gig at London’s Roundhouse in November backed by hi-res Desay LED screens from Production AV.
The audience didn’t miss a beat as the Production AV team filmed the London rapper’s high octane show, using manned cameras positioned at FOH and in the pit. These were complemented by Production AV’s Agile remote cameras placed at the end of the stage catwalk and below the audience balcony.
Overseeing the visuals for Ghetts and his tour manager, Neicee Oakley, was Production AV’s project manager Nathan Dunbar, whose concert touring experience and expertise spans large scale productions such as Glastonbury and the MTV World Stage, as well as artists including Little Simz.
Dunbar says: “Ghetts’ touring team approached Production AV to deliver a complete visuals solution, comprising two 5x3m flown IMAG screens to flank the stage, a full camera package, PPU for vision mix and record rack for archive footage. A Qlab system was added for playback, launching Ghetts’ online store.
“Production AV has invested heavily in new kit over the last few years, so we were ready with in-stock Desay M6 LED panels, Agile Remote Cameras, Sony Camera Channels and our GoPro HERO9 Streaming Action cameras for return band shots.”
Ghetts was joined on stage at his Roundhouse gig by a plethora of big-name stars who made cameos to rapturous applause, including Dizzee Rascal, Emeli Sandé and Stormzy.
The Roundhouse is notorious for its challenging sightlines

ise-2020-2-159ISE 2022 unveils conference programme
Wednesday, 22 December 2021

Spain - ISE has announced details of its 2022 programme of conferences, education offerings from AVIXA and CEDIA, and show floor stages and networking lounges.
Seven conferences will target key vertical markets served by the pro AV industry. Topics that will be covered include creating safe, sustainable, smart buildings; re-shaping the workplace; the new agenda in digital signage and exploring the strategies, learning models and trends that are driving the deployment of digital learning technologies in universities, schools, corporate bodies and training facilities.
Presented in Spanish, the AV Experience Zone produced by AVIXA will showcase AV projects and present customer testimonials from experienced professionals in the sector. The showcase will be of interest to end-users from major vertical markets, professional technicians, and includes sessions for students across its four-day programme.
CEDIA is also hosting a Professional Development Programme, full details of which are available on the ISE website.
Mike Blackman, Integrated Systems Events managing director, comments: “A visit to ISE is much more than the exciting show floor. Not only do visitors get to see the latest innovations from world-class brands in pro AV, but there is also a huge choice in inspiring education and conference programmes which uncover hidden gems, showcase a world of opportunities, and address vital issues that today’s organisations face in getting back to business.
“Our programme is designed to provide inspiration and support for every level of the

pixellotcamplusdec212Pixellot expands into UAE market
Tuesday, 21 December 2021

UAE - Following its expansion in Israel, USA, Europe and some regions in APAC, Pixellot has announced it is now operating in the UAE. The company has partnered with CAM Plus Sport, a Dubai-based sports system integrator, to enable amateur sports clubs and schools across the United Arab Emirates to create broadcast quality live streams and on-demand recordings of sports matches.
Eleven permanent systems have already been installed within months of the start of the partnership.
CAM Plus Sport launched during the pandemic as local sports began to open up again after a period of lockdown. While attending a Second Division football match, the company’s founder Ismail Al Mazmi noticed that spectator numbers were limited, and there were no cameras recording the matches for those who could not attend. Additionally, many parents were unable to watch their children playing sports at school or at local clubs, either due to COVID restrictions or for other reasons.
Al Mamzi explains: “We decided to research products that could broadcast or live stream sports at low cost without sacrificing on quality. Our research led us to Pixellot, one of the industry’s pioneers, which offered a fully automated system that could cover many different types of sports. We initially ordered a Pixellot Show system to test it out following the demands of several sports clubs and we quickly saw how we could enable lower league clubs, minority sports and school sports to bring their games to a wider audience while also providing them a monetisation opportunity.”
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parisDushow delivers for Global Citizen Live
Monday, 20 December 2021

France - Dushow recently helped deliver the world’s biggest concert, Global Citizen Live, as lead technical partner for the Global Citizen Live event in Paris.
Serving as the main official service provider for the broadcast event which featured Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Black Eyed Peas, Christine and the Queens, Doja Cat and Måneskin, as well as special guest performances by Angélique Kidjo, Charlie Puth and Fatma Said, and raised more than US$1bn to fight climate change, famine and vaccine inequity.
Dushow partnered with its video-specialist subsidiary, Alabama, and sister company Magnum to deliver a complete technical solution encompassing audio, LED, lighting, video, cabling and power.
This tour de force was made possible thanks to the wider Novelty Magnum Dushow group offering organisers a single point of contact for the complex 20,000-person show.
This year, as part of its Recovery Plan for the World - a year-long campaign calling on governments, philanthropists and the private sector to commit financially to helping the world beat COVID-19, including funding 1bn vaccines for the poorest countries - Global Citizen planned its biggest and most ambitious show to date: Global Citizen Live 2021, a 24-hour broadcast event featuring live events across seven continents.
Screened live simultaneously from cities including New York, London, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney, Seoul, Los Angeles, Mumbai and Paris, 25 September’s Global Citizen Live was ‘the closest thing to Live Aid in the streaming age’, said John Taylor of Duran Duran, w

curiousPenn State uses BlackTrax in The Curious Incident
Wednesday, 15 December 2021

USA - In October, Penn State University welcomed audience members to see Simon Stephen's adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, directed by Rick Lombardo with sensory-friendly performances at the Playhouse Theatre on the University Park campus using BlackTrax Real-Time Tracking.
The Tony Award-winning play is about 15-year-old Christopher, who has an extraordinary brain. Two sensory-friendly performances provided a welcoming space for all patrons with or without neurodivergent needs.
The characters in this production portray that neurodivergence is when a person’s brain does not function in a way that is considered “typical”. In telling this story about a neurodivergent character, Penn State has been helped along the way by various consultants and experts who helped deepen their understanding of various aspects of the experience of autistic people and their families.
Special considerations for the Curious Incident included sensory supports, lower sound level, strobe light reduction, designated quiet areas, and a welcoming, judgement-free, family environment. BlackTrax was given the task of highlighting main characters of the production.
Kyle Shearer, lighting designer, first met with our BlackTrax Trainer Nic at the USITT virtual conference in early 2021 and inquired about getting a system for the Penn State production. From there the two worked out details through zoom meetings and emails. Penn State received an educational loaner.
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