Video and AV News

prglogo500x300pxPRG unifies R&D into PRG Innovation
Wednesday, 1 May 2019

EMEA - Production Resource Group (PRG) is integrating its global research and development efforts into a new operating group, PRG Innovation.
Joining under PRG Innovation will be PRG Projects, PRG Research and Development, and the VER product development initiatives. The new operating group will encompass operations in Belgium, China and the USA, which include facilities in Dallas, New Windsor, New York and Los Angeles.
Jere Harris, chairman and CEO of PRG, comments: “PRG Innovation brings all of our talent focused on product development into a single, global team, allowing us to anticipate market trends, move with agility and align product development with our larger strategic objectives. I believe that our investment and performance in market-driven innovation is one of the most powerful points of difference separating our brands from the competition. Now, that advantage will become even more significant.”
PRG Innovation will be led by Chris Conti in his new role as the company’s chief innovation officer. Conti has experience in concert tours, tradeshows, corporate events, TV shows and special events like the Olympics and Super Bowl Half-time shows. As product manager for PRG proprietary luminaires, he led the development of the highly successful Bad Boy Spot and Best Boy Spot fixtures, as well as PRG’s Emmy-award winning GroundControl Followspot System.
Additionally, Clay Powers will become chief operating officer of Innovation, overseeing all financial and logistical aspects of both proprietary product development and custom show s

green-hippoPL+S: Green Hippo shows new Hippotizer features
Monday, 29 April 2019

Germany - At Frankfurt, Green Hippo seized the opportunity to team with cast, its German distributor, to showcase the new features of Hippotizer Version 4.5, the latest version of its software.
Co-exhibiting with CAST, Green Hippo demonstrated the features of Hippotizer Version 4.5, including BeatBridge and Object to Output – Object to Output maps content to outputs directly inside SHAPE’s 3D workspace, while BeatBridge simplifies programming by allowing Hippotizer parameters to react to audio input.
The Green Hippo squad also worked with Absen and Notch, to create stunning visuals on Absen’s stand. Here, the display highlighted the power of combining Hippotizer Montane+ RTX with Notch. Thanks to Notch’s generative content creation system, the show team created visuals, using input from a simple camera feed, which was then shown on an Absen LED wall. Eliminating the need to render content, generating video on the fly is the next frontier in live events.
Prolight + Sound 2019 attendees could also witness Hippotizer on the Kinesys stand and also on the Martin booths. Kinesys works well with Green Hippo Hippotizer Version 4.5, including integrating with Object to Output and Advanced Automation Smoothing, making the integration of moving elements with Hippotizer easier and more flexible than ever before. The demonstration fed data from a Kinesys K2 system into Hippotizer, creating a full 3D representation. SHAPE then mapped content on to the display in real time.
“We were thrilled about the response that we had at the show, from both exi

 
 
emimen-rapture-tourBrompton creates spectacle for Eminem
Monday, 29 April 2019

Australia - Hot on the heels of his tenth studio album, Kamikaze, and the extended reissue of The Slim Shady LP, Eminem has broken attendance records around the Southern Hemisphere with his second Rapture tour of Australia and New Zealand.
The five Rapture 2019 stadium shows, which featured guest appearances from Hilltop Hoods, Royce da 5'9", Boogie, and more, included an 81,000-strong audience at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 24 February, and were acclaimed “a full-blown spectacle" by the New Zealand Herald.
These epic shows were augmented by a total of 1494 LED panels which displayed ‘cinematic’ visuals and scenography and were driven by the powerful Brompton Technology Tessera SX40 4K LED processors and XD 10G Data Distribution Units, all supplied by video equipment and production specialists Big Picture - part of the NEP Worldwide Network.
Jeremy Moore, head of displays at Big Picture and crew chief for the tour, says that given the scale of the Rapture shows, the SX40 / XD combination was an obvious choice. "We were able to have a central processing position with multiple XD locations around the stage, minimising cable runs.”
The complete tour video rig consisted of a huge upstage wall of 620 ROE Carbon panels, four tower screens of 144 panels, and two IMAG screens, each with 360 panels of ROE Visual MC7 – totalling over 13m LED pixels.
The Brompton SX40 LED Processor uses the company's Tessera LED video processing technology for full 4K 4096 x 2160 resolution with zero-latency scaling, Chroma

 
jason-sorabjiBlitz appoints group production director
Monday, 29 April 2019

UK - AV and technical production company Blitz has announced the promotion of Jason Sorabji to the newly created role of group production director.
Jason’s new remit includes directing the company’s overall production and project management strategy, engaging directly with key clients and prospects to drive innovation. The position sees Jason join the Blitz senior management team and report directly into managing director, Mike Phillipson.
Jason has been with Blitz for over three years and was previously group account director at ExCeL London, where Blitz is the official in-house supplier delivering AV solutions and production for the venue.
New hire Paul Stuart will be joining Blitz to take over Jason’s position at ExCeL London. Paul brings extensive experience in the industry, joining from White Light where he oversaw the AV technical delivery for customers such as The Science Museum & Wembley Stadium.
Jason said: “It’s such an important time for Blitz; the business is growing and we are developing our production strategy to meet the increasingly exciting expectations of our clients.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
warehouseProduction AV plans 4K showcase
Thursday, 25 April 2019

UK - Production AV has announced two open days on 7-8 May at its new premises in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
The AV hire and event company will offer hands-on demonstrations of its latest 6mm, 3.9mm and 2.6mm LED screens, 4K screen management system, media servers and camera solutions. The team will also showcase some recent projects, including large-scale projection mapping of Cheltenham’s Municipal Offices for a WWI Remembrance event and recent work on the Teenage Cancer Trust series of star-studded concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
There will also be an opportunity to meet the team and discover more about the company’s plans for future growth.
“We’re thrilled to not only have a new home but also a much larger facility, which will have a direct benefit for our clients,” says Production AV’s managing director, Pete McCrea. “There is a real sense of excitement as we drive forward the business, create a new hub for AV and invest in new technology. We look forward to sharing it with you in May.”
The company also celebrates its fourteenth birthday in the same month, so the team is throwing an informal party between 5pm and 9pm on 7 May, with a light buffet and locally sourced refreshments. 
The open days take place on 7-8 May (Tuesday and Wednesday) between 10:30am and 5pm at the company's premises at Unit F, Ashville Trading Estate, The Runnings, Cheltenham.
Those interested in attending should email openhouse@productionav.co.uk with their preferred day and time.

 
mad-logo-hi-resWest End Eurovision supported by Blitz
Wednesday, 24 April 2019

UK - The Make A Difference Trust (MAD Trust) is producing its spectacular West End Eurovision show next month and AV and event production company Blitz is providing the sound support.
Taking place at the Adelphi Theatre on 28 April (Sunday), the interactive event will raise money for MAD Trust, which fundraises for HIV and AIDS projects that build awareness and provide care, support and education in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The show will feature eight casts from West End Musicals competing against each other by singing original Eurovision song contest songs to win text votes from the audience and the approval of a panel of judges.
Martyn Hunt, theatre & sound project development manager at Blitz, says: “Blitz prides itself on its sound technical support for all of our clients, so we feel honoured to be able to provide equipment for such an important event and help raise funds for The Make A Difference Trust. We have worked on this event in the past and it’s such a fun, feel-good evening for a very worthy cause.”
Melanie Tranter, The Make A Difference Trust co-founder, trustee and chair, said: “We received fantastic reviews for last year’s West End Eurovision show, with much made of the production side. The tech and creatives did an amazing job - not a foot wrong. We can’t thank the Blitz sound team enough for supporting our event. The money raised allows us to continue our vital work supporting those living with or affected by HIV and AIDS.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
arkaos-dancing-on-ice-germany-2019-20-36-06ArKaos 4K Media Servers dance on ice
Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Germany - Eight of ArKaos’ new 4K studio servers were providing a 360° video solution for the recent fourth German edition of popular TV franchise Dancing on Ice, which was recorded at the Magic Media Company’s Coloneum venue in Ossendorf, Cologne, in a special set up that was customised for the first series.
The show’s lighting designer, Manuel Da Costa, has lit DSDS (Germany Seeks the Superstar) and many other leading German talent and music shows. For Dancing on Ice, Da Costa worked alongside his regular visuals designer Dennis Muhl who wanted to run the video cues via his grandMA3 console. The video and screens supplier was ETC Germany.
They approached ArKaos looking for a new server solution that could offer extremely high-quality rendering performance, and that was easy and intuitive to control from a lighting console.
They needed this for quick and precise video mapping of the large-scale LED screen covering 360sq.m and wrapping the studio which was integral to the production design, as well as hardware with genlock capabilities.
The LED screen was three different pitches - 2.8, 5.7 and 8.6, and the two main rings of LED around the studio were 6768 and 8568 x 144 pixels resolution respectively. In addition to this, four LED banners ranged between 1768 and 4160 by 728 pixels and there was a strip of LED in front of the judge’s chairs.
Eight Panasonic 31K video projectors were used to project detailed and intricate images onto the ice, effectively using it as another screen.
On top of all that,

 
mean-girls-image-4Mean Girls shines on Broadway with disguise
Tuesday, 23 April 2019

USA - Mean Girls, The Musical has been playing at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre since April 2018. The new production features a dynamic, video-led design that seamlessly changes playing locations. Such scenic agility is facilitated by one of the most ambitious uses of story-enhancing video content on a Broadway show.
Responsible for this video content is British video design team Finn Ross and Adam Young of FRAY Studio, who worked closely with the show’s director and choreographer, Casey Nicholaw and set designer, Scott Pask, to create the sophisticated and at times surreal world of North Shore High and its students.
The set comprises two stage-wide curved walls with sliding doors and panels. The top screen is set back to create a sense of depth and dimension. In addition, there are six LED screen legs that bleed off into the wings.
Images are delivered using five disguise gx 1 media servers, linked to 22 NovaStar NovaPro HD processors, and triggered by a combination of timecode and cues from the lighting and sound department. The content created in Notch is beat-perfect, complementing every change in mood, tempo and energy and ensuring that the show feels slick from beginning to end.
Video content switches scenic location with filmic dexterity from present day to the past - fantasy locations, basements, school corridors, a swimming pool, a party, canteens to classrooms - and that’s just in the first act.
“Casey had a very clear and absolute vision for the stage design and Tina Fey’s script changes location so fast it

 
 
backstage-ac-and-roe-visual-at-iseROE Visual supports Backstage Academy
Tuesday, 23 April 2019

UK - ROE Visual and Backstage Academy have kicked of their partnership with the delivery of a batch of LED panels from the LED solutions manufacturer and two days of intensive training.
ROE Visual will sponsor Backstage Academy with several types of its LED panels, thereby providing these industry-renowned products for training purposes.
“ROE Visual has always been keen to support the industry with in-depth knowledge on LED technology in general and the use of its LED panels,” states Marina Prak, marketing manager for ROE Visual. “That’s why we offer the ROE Academy on several locations or as in-house training. The importance of knowledge transfer can’t be over-estimated. Knowing Miles for quite some years it was not difficult to start a partnership when Backstage Academy contacted us with a request for sponsoring.”
“We are pleased to be supporting Backstage Academy with ROE Visual products and look forward to host the ROE Academy at Production Park. Access to these excellent facilities is a nice add-on, it will allow us to support our UK clients and users with training activities closer to home,” comments Auke Meijer, sales director.
Providing some of the most frequently used LED panels for current events and tours will bring the students LED knowledge up-to-date with the industry standard products. ROE Visual will provide the Carbon series CB5 as well as the Black Pearl BP3 LED panels, including a complete set of hanging, stacking accessories and processors.
“With this partnership Backstage Academy continues its stra

 
sfballet-opening-1Immersive maps San Francisco City Hall
Thursday, 18 April 2019

USA - Immersive, a production company, achieved a dazzling projection mapping for the 86th San Francisco Ballet Opening Night Gala. Hosted underneath the dome at San Francisco City Hall, the projection mapping relied upon Modulo Kinetic, a fully-integrated media server solution designed by Modulo Pi.
For the gala, the lavish Rotunda of the San Francisco City Hall was flooded with hundreds of patrons and donors gathering together for a memorable evening. Production company Immersive was in charge of creating a neat projection mapping and lighting install for the event called This is Passion.
Sean Mason, founder & CEO of Immersive, explains: “The projection was built to inspire while incorporating elements of the San Francisco ballet, such as silhouettes of dancers, and slow-motion footage from the performances.”
To project on the 50’x70’ arch of the Rotunda, Immersive made a two-projector blend using Christie Boxer 30K video-projectors. The production company chose the Modulo Kinetic media server solution to host media and power the projection mapping.
“Projection mapping is growing in popularity in the United States, and a media server like Modulo Kinetic makes it more affordable, accessible, and executable” says Mason.
“This is an important customer story advancement to making sure the art form of projection mapping is showcased and appreciated in the US.” One Modulo Kinetic Designer, and one Modulo Kinetic VNode server were used for the Opening Night Gala. Looking to perfectly map out the intricate details o

 
 
alexbingham2Alex Bingham returns to Hawthorn
Wednesday, 17 April 2019

UK - Hawthorn has announced the appointment of Alex Bingham who has joined the business as technical production director.
Before joining Hawthorn, Bingham held the position of production director at Vibration Group where he was most recently responsible for assisting with the growth and delivery of production at Printworks London.
With over 20 years’ experience in the industry, this isn’t the first time that Bingham has been a member of the Hawthorn team, having been employed as their head of London projects from 2005 to 2011.
Simon Wood, group director of projects at Hawthorn, says: “We’re delighted to welcome Alex back to the team. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the new position and I believe that he will be a great asset to Hawthorn. With his in-depth experience of the industry, Alex knows how to create truly memorable experiences for his clients and shares Hawthorn’s commitment to working collaboratively every step of the way to deliver amazing results.”
Bingham adds: “I’m thrilled to be re-joining the Hawthorn team at such an exciting time for the company, which has seen exceptional growth over recent years. Hawthorn is renowned for delivering award-winning technical production for a wide range of events and venues across the UK and Europe. I’m very much looking forward to working with the hugely talented team here to deliver incredible events.”
(Jim Evans)

 
framme-msueum-digital-projeciton-1Digital Projection on board Oslo attraction
Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Norway - Docked in Oslo’s Frammuseet museum, the Fram is a ship steeped in rich history. Having voyaged to the Arctic and Antarctic between 1893 and 1912 with its Norwegian crew at the helm, and carried the first person to reach the South Pole in 1911, it came to rest in 1936 - and has since evolved into a much-lauded tourist attraction in the city, with an annual footfall of over 200,000 every year.
Drawing visitors from all over the globe, the museum sought to upgrade its offering in 2018 to provide a world-class, immersive experience – turning to UK-based specialist visitor attraction AV integrator Sarner International to lead the ambitious and complex installation project.
With the objective of making visitors feel a part of an arctic adventure, immersive audio and projection were to take centre stage in the renovation. However, the challenge was how to go about delivering this – introducing AV, lighting and multimedia technology without damaging the authenticity and integrity of the vessel – which is a huge draw in itself.
Sarner turned to Mike Ross, director and founder of BlueBox Technology Solutions, bringing him on board as AV consultant to support the delivery of the project end to end. Drawing on over 15 years of experience on installation projects of a similar standing all over the world, Mike turned to host of trusted suppliers, including 7thSense Design, a multi-award winning specialist software and hardware company for media servers; Ohm, manufacturer of custom and high quality loudspeakers; and Digital Projection, whose prod

 
 
robe-dubai-jazz-festival-2019-cr3a1158MegaPointes and Spiiders jazz it up in Dubai
Tuesday, 16 April 2019

UAE - The 2019 Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival staged at Dubai’s Media City Amphitheatre and presented by Mastercard included a star-studded line up, including Snow Patrol, Alicia Keys and Jamiroquai, which were lit with 72 x Robe MegaPointes and 48 x Spiiders - among other lights - supplied by lighting rental company MediaPro.
Produced by Done Events, this was the first time MediaPro has been a technical supplier (lighting and video) for the festival. The event’s production design, incorporating both these disciplines plus set and scenics, was a vibrant collaboration between production designer Miguel Galvao and his assistant Andreas Malan from RAW Concepts working with MediaPro’s Harold Fernandes who was senior LD and set designer.
The goal was to create the best possible audience experience by ensuring that the rig looked larger and more impressive than in previous years whilst also capable of being pulled back to add that essential intimacy so suited to the music and performances.
It also had to offer international standards to satisfy the lighting designers and directors looking after the three headliners - Bryan Barancik for Alicia Keys, Matt Jensen for Jamiroquai and Davy Sherwin for Snow Patrol. With large amounts of LED screen onstage, it was imperative that they used bright and powerful lighting fixtures to achieve a good balance between the two disciplines, and MediaPro’s new MegaPointes and Spiiders were an obvious choice.
The fixtures were part of a substantial Robe investment made by the company in the last 12 month

 
chileAbsen LED lights Viña del Mar Song Festival
Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Chile - The 60th edition of the Viña del Mar International Song Festival was staged from 25 February to 1 March in the open-air Quinta Vergara Amphitheatre, with 500sq.m of Absen LED on stage to ensure the best possible fan experience.
Considered ‘the largest Latin event in the world’, the festival has been held annually during the third week of February in Viña del Mar and is the oldest and largest music festival in Latin America.
This year, the five-day musical event featured both local and international artists including Felipe Abello, Wisin & Yandel, Becky G, Marc Anthony and Backstreet Boys. With more than 15,000 local spectators, the event has been broadcast live internationally on radio over the years, as well as on Chilean television.
A total of six semi-circular LED screens, made up of Absen Polaris 3.9 and Absen D4V Outdoor, were assembled upstage to play video content, images and live stream the performance. A number of LED strips rigged in the air and stage set provided an added wow factor to the already stunning show. At the rear of seating area, three Absen D4V LED boards were mounted to play key show messages and sponsorship information.
“Absen’s DV series was one of the most successful rental ranges in Absen’s portfolio and now our PL series has already proven popular with our customers,” explains Sara Shen, Absen sales director in charge of Chilean market. “The Polaris series features a number of advantages including ultra-high brightness and contrast levels, ultra-wide viewing angles, as well as mechanic

 
 
roevisualPL+S: ROE Visual confirms sales
Monday, 15 April 2019

Germany - ROE Visual concluded an upbeat Prolight + Sound receiving enthusiast feedback on its showcased products and having major customers confirm their investments in ROE Visual LED panels at the show.
“The Prolight + Sound show in Frankfurt always attracts a mix of new and existing customers. We really enjoy meeting our loyal customer base and to be able to interest new customers for our brand, after all our industry is basically all about the people,” comments Roelof Bouwman, general manager for ROE Visual Europe.
Presenting new technologies, ROE Visual had both a sneak peek for its new eV4 processor on the stand as well as an HDR solution, presented in cooperation with Brompton Technology. Both products are expected to launch mid-2019.
New staff member Erik Baum, appointed to lead business development in the D A CH region, was warmly welcomed by many visitors, who were acquainted with Erik in his previous job role at VER. “Erik has a wealth of experience and knowledge of the German market, this show proved that it’s really good to have him joining our team”, continues Bouwman.
Thierry Heldenbergh, managing director for AED Display confirmed an expansion of the AED Display rental fleet with an investment in the Diamond DM2.6 LED panels, thereby further expanding AED’s existing stock of ROE Visual LED panels.
Faber Audiovisuals invested in the Diamond DM2.6 LED panels, continuing to broaden their range of ROE Visual LED products for rental purposes, such as their latest investment in the Black Marble LED floor, which w

 
arkaosPL+S: Manufacturers embrace ArKaos Kling-Net
Monday, 15 April 2019

Germany - ArKaos enjoyed a busy and successful Prolight+Sound 2019 exhibition in Frankfurt. The Belgian company was at the heart of the new Hall 12, together with a dynamic mix of lighting and visual technology manufacturing and service companies.
ArKaos demonstrated all its latest products including MediaMaster v5.4, Kling-Net, PRO DJ LINK - a project with Pioneer DJ - and its new 4K media servers.
Several leading lighting manufacturers used the potential and flexibility of ArKaos’s Kling-Net protocol to run and demonstrate the versatility of pixel-fixtures on their stands, including Robe, Claypaky, Elation, JB Lighting, Music & Light, and more.
Kling-Net is a plug-and-play control protocol developed by ArKaos for the quick and easy operation of current and future LED fixtures and lightsources.
It allows the distribution of real-time video data to remote display devices – like LED fixtures or LED panels – over Ethernet, adding some ‘intelligence’ with the automatic configuration and connection of display devices to a computer.
One Kling-Net feature that is not available in other protocols is that the fixture sends its pixel configuration to the media server. If for example a luminaire has 20 x LEDs arranged in a circle, MediaMaster will map video perfectly over these without asking the user to encode the order of the pixels.
The Robe stand featured an all-encompassing live performance show. Lighting and production designer Nathan Wan utilised Kling-Net to control 36 x Robe Spiider LED wash beams.
Both Claypaky

 
 
ben-phillipsUniversal Live invests in latest LED
Monday, 15 April 2019

UK - Technical production specialists Universal Live continue to invest in the latest technology. Their most recent investment is Coleder’s Road Ready 2mm LED panels.
Similar to standard LED panels, the Coleder Road Ready series can build a floorless flat wall but, this product can also create a seamless, innovative convex and concave curved solution either ground stacked or hung. The connection tools between the panels and the cable-free system makes it quicker and easier to assemble and disassemble.
Universal Live has made the conscientious decision to combine the Coleder Road Ready panels with London based Brompton Technology’s Tessera R2 cards. The cards support 262K pixel capacity, system-wide genlock, free mapping and panel rotations. Universal Live has further invested in their Tessera SX40 and S4 video processors. The 4K and HD ready processors are easy to use; reliable and powerful units will enhance the quality of delivery at every event.
Universal Live’s decision to invest in this product was not taken lightly. They spent time researching and testing the best technologies on the market. Operations director Ben Phillips and hire manager, Stuart Thornton travelled to the Coleder factory in China to quality assess the panels and check every pixel to ensure that they were fit for purpose.
Back in the UK, Phillips commented: “In today’s world of LED offerings, there is such a great range to choose from. After testing more products than you would ever think is possible, we felt that the Road Ready Coleder panels combined with

 
idexProtec delivers for IDEX opening ceremony
Friday, 12 April 2019

UAE - The International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) opening ceremony took place in a 60m x 350m custom stage set built over a car park overlooked by a grandstand in Abu Dhabi. Protec delivered everything from the initial creative concept and narrative to the original set design, graphics, build, complete show delivery and coordination completely transporting the audience to an active ‘war zone’ where the story takes place.
Engaged for the fourth consecutive time to create and produce this grand opening ceremony for IDEX, Protec pulled out all the stops to ensure that the 14th edition of IDEX was one to remember.
The show began with a mix of local heritage performances followed by local and international military parades to welcome the crowd before the main part of the show. The scene was set for a battle enactment of a fictitious scenario where an elite military group representing the Land Forces, Special Forces, Navy and Air Force were deployed in a coordinated and synchronized manner to deal with rebel militia.
Working closely with senior representatives of the Armed Forces, Protec introduced modern and advanced military techniques augmented by VR, AI, robotics and satcoms.
Tanks and armoured patrol vehicles repeatedly roared onto the stage from both sides carefully choreographed to create suspense. Apaches, Blackhawks and jets screamed overhead sending vibrations through the crowd while the battle was even taken underground into the mine tunnels taking the audience on a vicarious journey into the future of warfare.

 
 
colour-soundColour Visits Another Planet for Nao Show
Thursday, 11 April 2019

UK - Colour Sound Experiment collaborated with lighting designer Miles Weaver as the lighting supplier for the intimate soul-y funk sounds of UK singer/ songwriter Nao, who has just completed the first UK and European leg of her Saturn tour following the release of her second album last autumn.
The tour was project-managed for Colour Sound by Alex Ryan, who comments: “It’s the first time we’ve worked with Miles as a supplier and it was an excellent experience. His design was original and interesting, and it is always exciting to be involved with an LD and artist with a great future ahead.”
Miles took a floor package on the tour, stepping up to a full rig for the London showcase at Brixton Academy.
The floor package had to offer max versatility yet pack down into a trailer, so Miles chose 12 x Robe Spiider LED wash beams for this. He wanted to achieve some specific effects like creating walls of colour but was keen to use a fixture other than an LED batten.
His specials design also had to be infinitely scalable depending on the available stage space, and the 12 Spiiders were a great solution on this front as well as working with whatever venue house or top rigs were available each night.
For Brixton, it was a complete ‘own show’ scenario, but they had to step up seamlessly to over 4 times the size of rig with no rehearsal or tech time!
The Spiider count expanded to 36 for Brixton, with 18 of the additional 24 units rigged on two overhead V-shaped trusses - one slightly higher than the other – mirrored – footp

 
elite-multimediaElite and PixelFLEX LED host open house
Thursday, 11 April 2019

USA - On 30 April, 2019, Elite Multimedia Productions and PixelFLEX LED will host a collective open house event showcasing a range of technologies available for the live production and permanent installation markets.
Created to allow guests to network with other industry professionals, and technology experts from both companies, the event will also allow visitors to take a closer look at the latest LED video, lighting, and audio solutions for their next design. With food and drinks supplied by Hoss Burgers and Little Harpeth Brewing, the open house will take place from 5-8 pm at 700 Cowan Street in Nashville, Tennessee.
“In an industry with so many talented designers and production personnel, this is a tremendous opportunity for us to showcase the breadth of design possibilities offered by both Elite Multimedia Productions and PixelFLEX LED,” said David Venus, chief marketing officer. “Being centrally located in Nashville, we have the distinct advantage to open our doors to all of the entertainment and design specification professionals living in the area, who might wish to know more about who we are and what we can do.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
maestra-eventsMaestra doubles size of London HQ
Thursday, 11 April 2019

UK - Event design and technical production specialist Maestra Group, run by Justin Hammond (London) and Tom Clements (Dubai), has doubled the size of its UK and European operation ready for a busy 2019.
The east London HQ was bursting at the seams of its Victorian industrial building in Woolwich, where the Maestra mission started in January 2016. When the opportunity to take over the warehouse next door arose, it provided a convenient solution.
Parts of the walls have been knocked through and the interiors completely re-designed so the two spaces operate as an efficient and continuous workspace.
There are now new prepping and dispatch areas for projects leaving the warehouse, greater space for truck loading as well as enlarged storage and maintenance sections for all the different equipment sections. The extra space made available downstairs has been taken up already with new kit investments.
On the first floor, the original Maestra open-plan office space has also been dramatically expanded and made into one large integrated space that traverses the two units.
“With considerably more space, we have an excellent set up to continue growing our European business,” commented Justin. “We all really loved the building, so when the chance came up to move sideways – literally – it was a fantastic lateral manoeuvre.”
Celebrating its third full year of operation, the company finished 2018 with substantial equipment investment – including sound, lighting, video and rigging.
This includes a number of white products includin

 
new-office-interiorAnna Valley moves to larger premises
Wednesday, 10 April 2019

UK - Anna Valley, the London-based AV and entertainment technology company will relocate to new premises this month. The move follows the company’s rapid growth and a significant investment in technology since its management buyout in 2015, prompting the need for increased warehouse and office space. The new property is only a few miles from their current base but is 150% bigger, providing 41,000sq.ft of space.
Remaining in Feltham provides a number of benefits for the company, its staff and clients. Situated just outside of London’s congestion zone, the area provides easy and quick access to the city and outlying areas via a logistical infrastructure including the nearby Heathrow Airport.
“While our current location served us well for the last five years, we’re now working on bigger projects that demand more space to test, demonstrate and prepare our AV technology,” said Anna Valley director Nick Hart. “This move will allow us to continue our strategic expansion and improve the service we offer to both rental and integration clients.”
Preparation for the move has been underway since early February and, because all new racking, IT infrastructure and office facilities are being built, these will be prepared before the group starts transferring equipment to the new facility on 15 April. Anna Valley will begin operating from their new warehouse on 29 April, 2019.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
techproTechPro opens Rotterdam base
Wednesday, 10 April 2019

The Netherlands - TechPro, provider of video, audio and lighting services for the live events industry has announced its first site in Continental Europe, with the opening of a newly built 2000 sq. ft. warehouse and office unit in Ridderkerk, close to the city of Rotterdam.
Although long in the planning, the potential for logistical disruption following Brexit helped TechPro’s management team with their decision to open up in the Netherlands and mitigate any impact on the company’s ability to meet growing demand for European-based live events.
TechPro director Rob Stokes, commented: “UK-based event agencies rely on TechPro to deliver truckloads of AV equipment throughout Europe with smooth efficiency.
“With over 60% of our work now taking place at event venues throughout the EU and beyond, our new branch in the Netherlands will allow us to continually meet our client’s expectations, whilst removing any future concerns for logistical disruption or potentially costly import/export legislation.
“Our presence in Europe is an investment in a practical solution to the as yet unknown challenges ahead and not only demonstrates our commitment to our clients, but shows we are fully prepared, whatever the final outcomes over the next few days, weeks or months.
“Rotterdam is a fantastic location and very early on in the procurement process it felt like the natural choice for TechPro, being less than a 10 minute drive to major local highways and only a 30-minute drive from the port of Rotterdam.
“This move into Europe gives our

 
tduBrompton Technology on the Tour Down Under
Friday, 5 April 2019

Australia - The beginning of 2019 saw the opening event of the UCI WorldTour, the Santos Tour Down Under. Held in South Australia, it is the southern hemisphere’s biggest cycling event attracting 750,000 visitors and is globally recognised. In pitching for the contract, Adelaide’s Novatech Creative Event Technology proposed some fairly innovative audio-visual ideas and deploying Brompton Technology’s Tessera SX40 LED processors helped them deliver.
“We wanted to improve the spectator experience on every level,” says Ashley Gabriel, director of sales and marketing at Novatech. “We deployed our ROE CB3 and CB5 LED screens at the start and finish lines, with signal transported over fibre via Riedel’s MediorNet.”
At the Tour Down Under Village in Adelaide’s Victoria Square, Nexstage built a custom 18m wide by 8m high Layher scaffold structure for team presentations and daily events, vinyl wrapped with signage and paired with a 30 square metre ROE Visual CB5 LED screen.
“We used our Brompton SX40 4K and S4 processors. They are quite amazing and we had a lot of comments as to the quality of the screens and the race images,” continues Ashley. “We used our CB5 with airframe and CB3 panels on the event and all performed superbly on the Brompton processors.”
The Tour Down Under is not just a bike race, it is also the southern hemisphere’s biggest festival of cycling and after 1980s corporate pastiche pop stars Client Liaison had rocked the opening night, the live site stayed active for the 10 days of The Tour running intervi

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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