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fashionCalibre LEDFusion joins Taipei Fashion Week
Friday, 10 September 2021

Taiwan - The dramatic combination of lighting, audiovisual, choreography and staging in fashion shows requires highly creative and specific design.
For the debut of his Salon des Visionaires - Luxxury Godbage, a 1990s fashion themed fall-winter collection and Sherry Bomb Opening Party held at Ximen Literature and Arts Centre on 8 May 2021, Justin Chou, designer and founder of Taiwan fashion label JUST IN XX selected Calibre LEDFusion A130-15 all-in-one Direct View screen management solutions.
The 1990s was an era of freedom, boldness and adventure with bright colours and style – people dared to experiment. JUST IN XX’s philosophy when it came to technology echoed this, and he collaborated with Calibre UK for LEDFusion A130-15 LED displays to be positioned on each side of the main stage for the show.
Justin Chou held two different shows at Taipei Fashion Week Fall Winter Season on March and May 2021. Themed around fashion sustainability, Taipei Fashion Week was organised by the Taiwan Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Education and was supported by fashion brands including Loreal Professional as well as Vogue, GQ, Elle, Marie Claire, Bazar and Cosmopolitan.
“In the fast-paced world of fashion, there’s no room for compromise,” said Justin Chou. “We rely on lighting and video to play a powerful role in the creative design and to help tell the story of each of the garments. For this project the main stage needed to look amazing, from so many different angles to meet the demands of photographers, television broadcast, socia

absenAbsen embarks on European tour
Thursday, 9 September 2021

Germany - LED manufacturer, Absen, is due to embark on a tour of events around Europe to present its MicroLED and Jade Dragon (JD) series LED panels to attendees of three major industry events in the region.
The tour begins in France on 9 September at Tech in Lyon, before heading to Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, UK, for Peerless-AV - A New AV Experience on 16-17 September. The final stop of the tour will be ‘MEDIALOG’, which is set to take place on 6-7 October in Mainz, Germany.
Absen’s MicroLED will be front and centre at all three of these events, with specialists on hand to demonstrate how its fusion of 5G and 8K UHD intelligent micro-displays stand it in good stead to become the next great display technology.
MicroLED was developed using proprietary HCCI technology and packaged with inverted COB technology to achieve an ultra-black surface coating effect and high ambient light contrast through an enhancement of the light efficiency and heat dissipation of the display.
The JD series – which was released at Absen’s Spring Online Product Launch in March – is a light, thin, transparent LED display with high penetration rate, which suitable for shop windows and the glass curtain wall environment.
A third product line – the pliable TSC Series Flexible Display – will also be on show during the tour, but, unfortunately for Absen’s continental colleagues, only at the Peerless-AV event in London.
Emma Liu, MD of Europe for Absen said, “It’s great to be back on the road, sharing these fantastic products with ou

 
 
lee-dennisonLee Dennison joins Creative Technology UK
Thursday, 2 September 2021

UK - Creative Technology’s UK operation has appointed Lee Dennison as head of client relationships. With over 25 years of experience in the live events industry, Lee brings extensive technical knowledge as well as a deep understanding of how to build and maintain strategic relationships and partnerships.
Dennison has previous experience at Autograph Sound Recording and DeltaLive. More recently, he was part of the senior management team at White Light, performing the role of head of business development.
Dennison comments: “The world has changed so much in the last 18 months, and we have seen technology rapidly evolve to support new ways of communicating and engaging with audiences. It’s an exciting time to join CT and I am looking forward to helping our clients explore technologies and solutions we offer, to help achieve their objectives”
“We’re really excited to have Lee on board.” notes Nick Askew, head of corporate. “Lee is well known and respected in the industry and alongside Lee, myself and the team are looking forward to developing new relationships and strengthening existing ones over the coming months, focusing on delivering high quality projects for all our clients.”

 
danteChinese eSports League flows with Dante
Tuesday, 31 August 2021

China - The Peacekeeper Elite League is the highest level of eSports competition for the videogame Peacekeeper Elite - the localised title of PUBG Mobile in the Chinese market. And while esports is a burgeoning market in the live production world, the production costs across these performances have traditionally been high due to the need for dedicated, on-site staff and expansive cable runs connecting many different video and audio feeds.
To mitigate this challenge, VSPN - a co-organiser of the Peacekeeper Elite League - recently experimented with a new way to host its events by relying on Audinate’s Dante for broadcast audio over a vast geographic distance.
On 3 May, the first weekly final of the Peacekeeper Elite League 2021 S2 season was held in Chongqing Banan Huaxi Sports Centre. Twenty professional teams from across the country gathered in the mountain city of Chongquing to compete.
While the idea of remote production had previously been considered too challenging due to latency issues associated with audio, the production team’s discovery of Dante changed their approach.
Using Dante, the event’s commentators and production staff were able to largely work remotely in Xi’an – some 750km away from where the competition was taking place in Chonqing – with minimal audio latency. This setup enabled impressive cost savings by reducing the number of individuals on-site, minimizing traditional AV cable runs, and simplifying the workflow under an easy-to-manage Dante network.
In Chongqing, the event’s workflow uses an SSL Syst

 
 
mdaMarshall Day Entertech becomes Entertech Australia
Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Australia - Marshall Day Acoustics (MDA) has announced that its Theatre & AV Design division, Marshall Day Entertech will be succeeded by new independent company Entertech Australia. The company will be led by former MDA staff members and theatre specialists Micah Johnson and Kate Kelly.
“We are thrilled for Micah and Kate and what this change will bring. On behalf of the board and leadership team, we thank Micah and Kate for all their efforts as members of the MDA team and look forward to seeing their new business develop in the future,” said Marshall Day Acoustics’ co-CEO Amanda Robinson.
MDA says it made the decision to split the company in order to increase operational efficiencies and return focus to the core area of the business, acoustics.
“Kate and I are excited to begin a new chapter as an independent business, after fifteen years as part of Marshall Day,” said Entertech Australia’s director Micah Johnson.

 
ambersphere-standPLASA Show 2021: free registration ends midnight
Tuesday, 31 August 2021

UK - PLASA Show 2021 will reopen its doors this weekend to reunite industry professionals at Olympia London after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic - and time is running out for visitors to secure their free entry passes.
Taking place from 5-7 September, the show will welcome back leading brands from pro audio, AV, lighting and stage technologies, who will take up residence in Olympia’s Grand Hall alongside the ABTT Theatre Show which is relocating for one year only.
“In light of the monumental shifts felt by the live events and entertainment sector over the past 18 months, PLASA Show 2021 will be people-centred, with inclusive networking spaces, support resources and learning opportunities,” say the organisers.
Free registration ends at midnight tonight, 31 August – those wishing to claim a free entry pass should head over to www.plasashow.com.
Exhibitor highlights include the show’s headline sponsor Robe, who will showcase their latest luminaires including the Forte, T2 Profile, iSeries, LED Beam and Esprite in regular show-stopping presentations. Also exhibiting will be Chauvet Professional, ETC, GLP, Avolites, Artistic Licence and SGM.
For pro audio enthusiasts, in attendance will be L-Acoustics, Shure, Sennheiser and Yamaha among many others. The stage is also set for bespoke staging from Race Furniture and Drapemakers; heavy-duty gear from Area Four Industries and NSP Cases; web-based services from trackingThis and Current RMS, and the

 
 
24hr-helplineimageBackup launches free 24-hour helpline
Friday, 27 August 2021

UK - Industry charity Backup has long recognised the technical entertainment industry as an exciting, but challenging place to work and is committed to helping those who face the pressure and stress involved by providing further help and support.
Now, the charity has launched a free helpline that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide a centralised access point for both urgent and non-urgent well-being support.
The helpline offers a number of options, from a dedicated Backup counsellor, to direct transfer to other industry charities, including the Music Support Helpline, Theatre Helpline and the Samaritans. Upon selecting one of the above options, you will be transferred directly to the support you require.
The Backup Counsellor option is a free, independent and confidential phone service with a certified counsellor who has a broad experience of the industry and will provide initial support or signposting on mental health and well-being to people working in the live technical entertainment industry. If further sessions are needed, The Backup certified counsellor is available to offer support and to assist with Backup grants.
“Whilst we already have information about a number of resources that can be accessed on the wellbeing section of our website, we understand that it’s never easy asking for help, so we wanted to make it as simple as possible for people to get the direct help they need,” says Backup chairman, John Simpson. “Our hope is that the addition our dedicated helpline will encourage more people to take adv

 
rcmRoyal College of Music studios for hire
Thursday, 26 August 2021

UK - The Royal College of Music (RCM) in South Kensington is home to various studio facilities, available for private hire in the heart of London. Services and facilities offered include music recording, video production, web streaming, audio-visual research and development.
The original studio was founded in 1967 and was the first electronic studio at any UK academic institution. Today, the studio complex is housed directly underneath the RCM Concert Hall. The Belle Shenkman Studio, a spacious live room, contains its own Steinway Model D grand piano, three control rooms linked to performance spaces around the campus, and three rooms dedicated to composition, production and editing. In addition to the core work within the College, RCM Studios offers a commercial service to clients including major broadcasters, record companies and leading international soloists.
Sam Glenister-Batey, head of events and venue hire at the Royal College of Music, says: “Our studio complex is truly a one-off location for musical endeavours, broadcasters and event organisers. RCM Studios are always in high demand from commercial clients, and we expect to see a significant increase in demand from corporate clients as hybrid events come to the fore.
“As a charity and place of education, all private hire of our studios helps to support the development of the next generation of talented musicians, as well as maintaining and developing the facilities. It is our ambition at RCM that no student should be denied an RCM education due to lack of funds, so part of the money rais

 
 
4wall-xplor-production-park-24Wall to support XPLOR at Production Park
Thursday, 26 August 2021

UK - 4Wall has won the tender to provide LED to the new extended reality studio at research and innovation centre XPLOR at Production Park in South Kirkby, West Yorkshire.
Scheduled to open in autumn 2021, 4Wall has provided all of the LED, processing and support systems for the new XR studio which features a 40.5 SQM LED wall alongside 18 SQM of LED floor.
The large-scale XR stage will be part of XPLOR’s Centre for Virtual Production and made up of 162 panels of Roe Ruby 2.3mm LED for the back wall and 72 panels of high-resolution Roe BM4 Black Marble 4.7mm LED for the floor, enabling the centre to deliver high-quality extended reality production, events and training to businesses and students across the region.
4Wall has been working in the field of virtual events for a number of years, specialising in recent years in the XR workflow, delivering high-profile virtual events for corporate clients at its XR studio SmartStudioXR at Royal Lancaster London in Central London, as well as from its US-based XR studio Suite 47 at Rock Lititz, PA.
Darren Poultney, director of global client strategy at 4Wall, said: “It’s fantastic to be involved in such an inspiring new project that will enable businesses in the region, as well as students, to achieve innovation with virtual. We are happy to be able to support XPLOR not only with the latest XR equipment, but also with the skills and technical know-how our team can offer having delivered multiple XR events across the corporate and events sector. We look forward to seeing the studio come to life an

 
vividVivid Sydney 2022 celebrates the soul of the city
Thursday, 26 August 2021

Australia - Expressions of Interest are now open for Vivid Sydney 2022 under a unified, creative vision - The Soul of Sydney. The vision will inform all submissions across the Light, Music and Ideas programs as well as a new Cross Art Form category.
All sectors of the creative industries are invited to investigate what truly is the soul of the Harbour City - its people, places and essence. Creators from around the world are encouraged to share unexpected stories that will engage, inspire and excite audiences, drawing inspiration from Sydney’s hidden spaces, architecture, global icons, people, food, music and ideas.
Destination NSW chief executive officer Steve Cox said: “Vivid Sydney provides a global platform for artists, musicians, creatives and thought leaders, to continually push the envelope when it comes to creativity. I look forward to seeing the innovative thinking from artists around the world and evolving next year’s program to bring new, exciting and engaging experiences to Sydney for everyone to enjoy.”
Festival director Gill Minervini added: “Now more than ever, it’s important to create opportunities for connection and to celebrate our great city. Vivid Sydney is authentically Sydney, but it’s genuinely global. Inspired by The Soul of Sydney creative direction, we challenge artists to share their stories about Sydney and how it aligns with other great cities around the world, driving change through creativity, identifying what brings us together and celebrating the beauty of our diversity.”
Vivid Sydn

 
 
besquare-babii-3Be Square streaming platform offers flexibility
Tuesday, 24 August 2021

UK - Recognising that the beleaguered live events industry needed an interactive live streaming platform when the first COVID-19 lockdown hit back in April 2020, a trio of production professionals collectively known as Be Square, pooled their resources to come up with precisely that.
They knew that if their idea was to have both relevance and sustainability, the event needed to offer a shared, online social experience for a group of up to five people - just as if they would all be attending in person. They should be able to appear as PIPs - tiny thumbnails in the foreground of the show - chat, mute, or generally discuss the performance via message posts on the scroll bar, all within the comfort of their respective homes.
In 15 months, the company has already supported a number of events, from shows at the Battersea Arts Centre, to After The Flood in the Spiegeltent, and more recently Babii LIVE at The Ramsgate Brewery.
According to John Castrillon, who with Tom Barnsbury and Jon Wood make up Be Square Media, audiences and performers needed to be able to interact, so that the performers could see the virtual streamed crowd, as well as vice versa. “In that way it can be turned into a genuine party vibe,” he says. “You wouldn’t normally attend a gig alone so why do it for a live stream?”
In the case of Babii the set-up was simple - a low-production performance at Ramsgate Brewery out of the back of a Transit van (to promote her new album, Mirror), with support acts. This was the first time Ramsgate Music Hall had put on a show at

 
job3161f1109PLASA Show launches seminar and training programme
Tuesday, 24 August 2021

UK - The programme for PLASA Show 2021 has been unveiled, bringing a rich line-up of seminars and training sessions to the trade event that takes place on 5-7 September at Olympia London.
Sponsored by Vectorworks, the programme is set to deliver in-depth content on the future of live production, immersive product experiences and plenty of practical training, bringing skills and knowledge to the forefront of the show experience.
All sessions are free for pre-registered attendees (you can get your free entry pass by 31 August - find out more here), with details of the schedule available on the show website. More content will be added over the coming weeks, say the organisers.
Vectorworks are delivering two technical sessions based on their software products, firstly looking at Concert Design and Pre-Visualisation with Vectorworks Spotlight and MVR Export, which follows a complete concert design workflow, from creating detailed drawings and rigging plots to exporting a fully functioning pre-visualisation model. Their second session, Schematic and Rack Layout Design in Vectorworks ConnectCAD, details the complete schematic workflow from creation of signal flow diagrams to designing rack layouts with ConnectCAD.
In addition to the Theatre Show Hub, the ABTT will be running a session on their Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment, whi

 
 
doctorwhotimefracturedalekchelenmaybanks2Powersoft drives Doctor Who: Time Fracture
Thursday, 19 August 2021

UK - The Doctor Who canon has recently become the basis for one of London’s most talked-about new immersive experiences, Doctor Who: Time Fracture (see LSi July 2021 for a full production report).
Chief creative officer for the project (and producer at Immersive Everywhere), Brian Hook, has been on board since the first meetings with the BBC nearly two years ago, and continues with the production to this day.
“My team generated the brief for the show, which was to create a Doctor Who experience unlike any other,” he said. “Eventually, that took the form of immersive theatre that placed the audience in the beating heart of the story.”
As well as finding the right creative teams to deliver the concept and sticking to the budgetary confines of the show (global pandemic-permitting), Hook also had to guide the development of the narrative concepts from an idea, through a lengthy BBC approvals process, and finally to the finished product.
“This project started in the heady days when it was still possible to go for a beer and sit late into the night talking over the projects, without the mandatory masks, scotch eggs, and seats. I'd already identified Tom Maller and Dan Dingsdale as being two of the creators I would like to lead the teams, having worked with both of them for many years.
“We presented our concepts to the BBC on the set of Jodie [Whittaker, D

 
clear-oneClearOne debuts module for camera control
Friday, 13 August 2021

USA - ClearOne has announced the immediate availability of a new camera control module for AMX Netlinx series control systems that is designed to work with ClearOne’s BMA 360 Beamforming Microphone Array Ceiling Tile and ClearOne’s UNITE 200, or any other Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) camera that complies with the industry-standard VISCA control protocol.
The new module simplifies configuration of the BMA 360’s camera control feature and comes with an easy-to-use graphical interface that associates PTZ presets in the camera with BMA 360 Beam Reports.
When a local talker activates a given beam in the BMA 360, the control module recalls the associated PTZ preset in the camera. The module also supports returning the camera to a “home” position after a period of no voice activity.
Multiple instances of this module can be configured to control more than two cameras. This new module will save a significant amount of time and labour cost for BMA 360 camera control applications.

 
 
virtual-prodPixmondo selects ROE Visual for new studio
Friday, 13 August 2021

Canada - Film and TV equipment-rental company William F. White International Inc. (WFW) and Academy Award-winning visual effects company Pixomondo (PXO) have joined forces to build two new LED volumes in Canada. A new virtual production studio in Toronto opened on 3 August, while the studio in Vancouver is scheduled to be completed this autumn.
The new Toronto stage, named Stage 6, occupies an area of approximately 16,100sq.ft. The ceiling consists of four modular and dynamic sections, each of which can move and angle independently, providing more flexibility. The stage is designed for short-term bookings for film and TV production and commercial shooting, creating more opportunities for creators to touch on the emerging field of virtual production.
The Stage 6 volumes, as well as the upcoming Vancouver stage, was designed and built by PXO and WFW in close collaboration with their technology partners Brompton Technology, Epic Games, Lenovo, NVIDIA and ROE Visual.
The LED volumes for both studios consist of 456 pieces of ROE Visual Black Pearl BP2V2 LED panels, and 194 Carbon CB3 panels. Having an excellent experience with these LED panels in their first studio, choosing this type of LED panels was evident for PXO. The ROE Visual LED panels offer a very stable solution, their color accuracy contributing to an outstanding in-camera performance.
“We believe that the advanced virtual production facilities in this volume will help to promote development in this field. This allows us to give more content providers access to this new technology,”

 
bromptonBrompton enhances Livegrade Studio
Wednesday, 11 August 2021

Germany - Known for its flagship software products, Silverstack and Livegrade, Pomfort has been simplifying digital movie production workflows for over 10 years. Most recently, the German software manufacturer has extended Livegrade Studio, its leading app for live grading and integration of digital imaging processes on-set, to export 3D LUTs (Look Up Tables) directly to Brompton Technology’s Tessera SX40 or S8 processors via a network connection.
This makes use of the 3D LUT Import feature offered by the latest Tessera v3.2 software. Livegrade users can now send 3D LUTs in near real time using Brompton’s API, thus taking full advantage of Livegrade’s powerful live grading features when working with LED screens using Brompton’s Tessera processing.
Essential in applications such as image editing, film and video, 3D LUTs are used to remap the input colour values of source pixels to new output values based on data contained within the 3D LUT, thus offering a kind of colour pre-set that can be applied to images or footage. 3D LUTs are frequently used for technical and creative colour correction tasks such as display calibration, colour space conversion, on-set camera tuning, creating special effects such as monochrome or sepia, boosting shadows and highlights, or simply replicating the look of a particular film emulsion in post-production.
“Since developing and launching our very first on-set software for secure and comprehensive management of digital movie data, we were determined to make the life of digital imaging technicians (DITs) easier

 
 
wembleyLG creates giant screens for Wembley Stadium
Tuesday, 10 August 2021

UK - One of the first things that visitors to Wembley Stadium will see in 2021 are the bespoke LED screens created by LG Electronics (LG) as part of the remodelling of the stadium’s entrance that has seen the old concrete pedestrian flyovers replaced by a new set of Olympic Steps.
A joint project developed in partnership with stadium owner the Football Association, Brent Council, and surrounding landowner and developer Quintain, the most eye-catching aspects of the new design are the giant LED screens that dominate the entrance. Composed of one enormous 460sqm screen mounted on the inside of the Great Hall facing outwards, dubbed the Large External Screen or ‘LES’, and flanked by two 230sq.m displays, nicknamed the ‘Ears’, the screens are the most visible part of an enormous project undertaken by FA partner LG that will also see the venue’s 1200 plasma screens all updated to modern LED displays over the coming months.
The 56m by 7.5m LES can be seen as soon as visitors turn onto Olympic Way and is the first large-scale deployment of a newly-developed LG technology, LED Mesh, that allows LED displays to be unobtrusively mounted across windows without dramatically affecting the light levels inside a building. All the electronics required for operation are discreetly mounted at the side of the window, in the case of the LES in 192 daisy-chained LED cabinets, while groups of offset LEDs representing individual pixels are mounted on thin aluminium bars that stretch horizontally from side to side.
While other screens in the stadium are designe

 
bromptonBrompton Technology delivers for Six60 return
Tuesday, 10 August 2021

New Zealand - After more than a year of lockdown, the wait was finally over when the multi-platinum selling band, Six60, embarked on a massive tour across New Zealand. The Six60 Saturdays tour culminated with a historic ‘first’ when they became the first ever band to play at the Eden Park stadium in Auckland, with over 50,000 fans gathering to see the live show.
Video production and equipment supplier, Big Picture, provided a complete video system package both for the tour and the inaugural concert at Eden Park, which included Brompton Technology’s Tessera LED processing.
“Coming out of a year of Covid restrictions, we were excited to be given an opportunity to put together a video system package for the upcoming Six60 Saturdays tour,” says Paul Carppe, general manager – NZ at Big Picture. “We have a close working relationship with Eccles Entertainment (promoter), Ben Dalgleish from Human Person (show design) and Global Production Partners (production management) so we were able to meet their vision and offer them a package that fitted the technical brief.”
The package included 215m2 of ROE MC7 in TAIT Touring frames, Brompton 4K Tessera SX40 LED processing with Tessera XD 10G data distribution units, a Sony HD PPU Camera system and disguise servers to run the content. Because of the Christmas and New Year holiday period, the team had a relatively short lead time between final confirmation and the start of the tour, which was further complicated by the need to ship extra LED product from Big Picture Australia.
“The short le

 
 
plymouth-hoe-sailgpJHAV helps deliver Plymouth’s first SailGP
Monday, 9 August 2021

UK - A South-West event production company has successfully delivered the UK leg of international yacht race, SailGP, which was hosted in Plymouth for the first time.
Cornwall-based JHAV worked with SailGP’s UK event director and global team to design, organise, and manage the event, which took place on 17-18 July.
Known as the F1 of sailing, SailGP saw eight international teams from Australia, France, USA, Great Britain, Denmark, Japan, New Zealand, and Spain compete in front of more than 4,000 fans each day at Plymouth Hoe.
John Hibdige, JHAV’s production manager, said: “We’re well known for our AV services, though we also specialise in production and event management, tailoring our services to client’s needs. Our team provided a full event service for SailGP, and I’m really proud of the outcome.
“Plymouth Hoe is one of the world’s best natural amphitheatres for sailing, and it was great to be involved in one of the biggest outdoor events the city has held for a long time. We worked on the plan for six months, taking into account Covid restrictions to make sure there was enough space for social distancing so people would feel confident to attend.”
Helmed by Paul Goodison, who was temporarily standing in for Sir Ben Ainslie, Great Britain finished fourth over the weekend, while Australia were crowned champions of the UK event. Racing was broadcast to 175 territories, and watched by 45m people worldwide.
Along the seafront, JHAV installed a 1km public address system to relay the commentary and to make safety annou

 
mgxstudio1Brompton boosts Turkey’s first virtual production studio
Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Turkey - Turkey’s first virtual production house, MGX Studio, owned by MGX Film, is a revolutionary virtual production (VP) facility based in Istanbul. By bringing together both conventional and pioneering technologies used by cinematographers globally, MGX offers a next-generation LED stage with industry-leading Brompton Technology processing, advanced camera tracking solutions, in-camera VFX, plus a host of pre- and post-production tools, allowing directors and filmmakers to create enriched interactive environments.
The story of MGX Studio began during the pandemic. “We decided to use the time when we were confined to our homes wisely, researching and looking for the latest technologies in VP,” says Halit Gülmez, technical director at MGX. “MGX Film’s owner, Müşvik Guluzade, was a great inspiration to all of us as he was the first to recognise the power of virtual production and its influence on the global cinematography industry. He was the first to fully embrace the technology and bring it back to Turkey, establishing the country’s very first virtual production facility, MGX Studio.”
With Guluzade at the helm, the MGX team took its first steps to not only achieving the 'know-how' of the new technology, but also being a VP facility that guides the technology rather than follows it.
The team completed studio installation within five months, with MGX CTO and studio manager, Fatih Eke, being instrumental in choosing the right equipment. “After spending three months doing research and looking at other facilities like the ILM Stag

 
 
cookbookRoadies create cookbook to fund mental health first aid on tour
Tuesday, 3 August 2021

UK - The Roadie Cookbook: Toured There, Ate That is a new charity publication created by live music crew members with the mission of funding Mental Health First Aid training for every tour bus in the UK.
Borne out of an idea by production manager Nick Gosling (Nile Rodgers & Chic) in April 2020, the project was curated with friends production coordinator Julie Cotton (Massive Attack), production assistant Athena Caramitsos and backline tech Rich House (Elbow). The team set out to help their peers re-engage in the much-missed mealtime connection of crew catering by sharing recipes over social media and Zoom.
When the devastation of Covid-19 hit, live music stopped overnight, and tour buses stood still. While almost every venue in the world closed, home kitchens became the new catering hub for unemployed music workers. As stories of memorable meals and secret ingredients in roadie comfort food took hold, so did the stark reality that isolation and mental ill-health was becoming commonplace within the touring business. The team met through the Manchester music scene and recognised first-hand how food can bring people together when touring the world. The idea of an industry cookbook was formed and soon turned into a fundraising initiative tasked with generating enough sales to secure crisis prevention training for those travelling on the road.
Carefully crafted by backstage professionals, the book showcases a collection of 50 recipes, anecdotes and advice for staying healthy on tour. Recipes include The Killer Sandwich (you'll have to buy

 
retailPixel Plus at heart of Cape Town sports store
Tuesday, 3 August 2021

South Africa - Following a successful install at The Foschini Group’s (TFG) Foschini store in Canal Walk, Cape Town, the South African retail group recently commissioned another product from the Stage Audio Works’ Pixel Plus range for their Sportscene brand, located in the same shopping centre.
This time, the project witnessed the implementation of a curved Pixel Plus LED wall as the centrepiece of the store’s new visual concept. TFG called upon retail solutions specialists, Lumalytic (PTY) to create a new look with hi-tech audio-visual and lighting solutions. The Sportscene store is now home to a new, custom Pixel Plus digital signage screen as well as an improved audio system complete with zone control, and innovative lighting that cultivates a vibrant shopping experience.
The curved Pixel Plus display is the focal point of the installation. Set amidst the racks of urban and sports footwear, the half-cylinder screen measures 3m high and 1.5m wide and possesses a pixel pitch of 2.5mm, ideal for optimal detail in-store viewing distances. The display is powered by a Novastar TB8 Screen Processor which allows for the effortless control of media output via a wired, WiFi or 4G connection.
However, perhaps the most impressive aspect of the screen is its curvature. The nature of the process meant that SAW had to assemble the screen on site: constructing a specially designed customised frame to hold the screen, before painstakingly fitting in the LED panels.
Mike Summerfield of SAW elaborates: “We’re particularly proud of this install, in p

 
 
tv-onetvONE drives Church of God studio
Tuesday, 3 August 2021

USA - tvONE has announced that a CORIOmaster mini video wall processor is driving the new Church of God – a Worldwide Association (COGWA) - TV Studio at its Texas headquarters.
The high-tech HQ is a vital communication centre for the church’s members and includes the delivery of its weekly broadcast news magazine, In Accord, among other outreach programmes and publications.
The In Accord TV set was designed by Kelly Cunningham, assistant manager AV/Data/Web at COGWA, and utilises a 1x3 monitor wall of NEC 46” tiles.
Created with viewer engagement in mind, the new video wall displays vibrant colours, multiple shooting angles, and ample space for guest interaction.
tvONE dealer Dave Pollock, from supplier AV Dallas, says: “The church approached AV Dallas with the desire to install a high-functioning 1x3 video wall to act as a ticker/multimedia backdrop for their broadcast series. They specifically asked for the ability to display any combination of scrolling news ticker feeds, multiple overlaid images, and/or video clips, as well as custom-made static and animated graphics.”
“We wanted the monitor wall to be a focal point, yet required it to look architecturally integrated,” adds Cunningham. “CORIOmaster gives us the most flexibility for the price point on how we integrate and use our setup. Its ability to easily adapt to a 1x3 monitor matrix – or any format we wanted to come up with - made it an instant hit for us.”
The CORIOmaster mini is connected via 50ft SDI cables from the set’s control room.

 
irumCT celebrates 10 years in Qatar
Monday, 2 August 2021

Qatar - Creative Technology (CT) has supported its clients with AV technology across various events in Qatar for over a decade and continues to provide technical advice and show-stopping event experiences in the region.
This year marks the 10th anniversary since CT opened its first Qatar office in the heart of City West Bay in Doha.
Although CT have been delivering projects in Qatar as early as 2001 out of its UK facility, it was realised in 2011 that having a local office and warehouse would make CT’s services, skilled engineers and event technology easily accessible to clients in the region.
Irum Ashraf, CT Qatar general manager, comments, “Within the first year of opening, the success of our organic growth saw CT Qatar move from our first warehouse in Al Rayyan with three full-time employees to a 14000sqf.t space in Logistics Village with over 14 full-time staff.”
Having a locally registered company in Qatar has enabled CT to establish itself as a key audiovisual supplier in the Middle East. Over the years, CT has delivered AV services for several prestigious events, from the early delivery of the Asian Games and Qatar Foundation projects to the opening and closing ceremonies for the World Petroleum Congress, multiple National Day events and the more recent IAAF World Athletic Championships to name a few.
Ashraf continues, “Our Venue Services department expanded alongside our live events with teams housed within the St Regis Doha, Shangri La and the Westin Hotels managing the audiovisual requirements for live events, confere

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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