Denmark - After a very successful contribution to last year's Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo, Sweden, Barco reports that it is to be the Official Technical Event Partner of the 2014 edition. During this week's semi-finals and finals in Copenhagen, 32 Barco projectors and three Encore presentation switchers, provided by rental partner Mediatec Solutions, will project sharp images and video, in crisp detail, onto the cube-shaped central stage.

Eurovision 2013 was an all-Barco show powered by a total of 60 Barco projectors, including 26 units of the high-brightness HDQ-2K40. That same HDQ-2K40 will now play a starring role in this year's Eurovision too. The 16 HDQ units will be combined with 16 HDX-W20 projectors to display the brightest images. Three Barco Encore presentation switchers will be used to control and map the video content.

This year's 35m x 20m Eurovision stage is

UK - XL Video is supplying a large customised curved LED screen for James Blunt's current "Moon Landing" world tour, together with cameras and PPU, projection and crew.

The 9.5m high by 9m wide Pixled F-15 screen was specified by the tour's show's production designer Paul Normandale, who together with Lighting Director Glen Johnson and XL Video, started working with Blunt in 2005. This fourth world tour is by far the largest to date in terms of production.

The idea was that the onstage video should be curved at the back and offer the appearance at times that he's walking on it, and also be visible through the risers - which reflect the lunar landing pods. The overall vibe was to bring a spacey 'horizon' look to the video content, very much in the style and spirit of the 1970's moon landings.

Having a curved at-the-bottom screen also gives a different visual perspec

USA - Visitors to Brookfield Office Properties' new corporate headquarters on the 15th floor of 250 Vesey Street in Lower Manhattan, New York, will be met with a massive and ultra high-resolution video wall. Composed of 36 ultra narrow bezel 55" screens, the video wall tells the story of Brookfield as a company, with stunning high resolution visuals and motion graphics driven by Dataton's Watchout multi-display system.

The video wall project was conducted via a partnership between Union Design, which created over an hour of original content, and Warren Z Productions, which conducted the AV installation and integration. The resulting video wall is in a 12 x 3 configuration that boasts a massive 23,040 x 3240 pixel resolution.

"Knowing the need for ultra-high resolution as well as the desire to highlight dynamic content, we knew we wanted to choose Dataton Watchout as

UK / USA - Trade-only AV specialist PSCo is offering AV and IT resellers and rental companies an opportunity to win an exclusive VIP trip to InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas, 18-20 June. The competition kicked-off on 4 March and will run until 30 May. Three winners will be picked at random and announced on 2 June via the PSCo website as well as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook channels. To enter, simply visit www.psco.co.uk/infocomm

"InfoComm is an event that has been overshadowed by ISE in recent years, but the level of new and innovative technology on show makes it a must see event," said Richard Bovingdon, sales director of PSCo. "As a trade-only provider we are offering all channel partners, whether Rental, AV or IT, the chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to InfoComm with PSCo. We value all our partners and want to offer everyone the chance to win one of the thre

UK - Electrosonic will provide corporate and oil and gas industries an in-depth look at the latest audio-visual and collaboration solutions at its Technology Day on 4 June at the AECC in Aberdeen. Over 30 leading technology companies are participating at this free event.

The event will give attendees a real insight into how state-of-the-art technologies can increase productivity and communication between teams, as well as how new collaborative technologies can improve business performance.

During the Technology Day, a member of the Electrosonic team will guide each visitor through the exhibition, visiting each supplier to discuss the new technologies and how they can be integrated into any current facility.

Unlike other technology exhibitions, the event will showcase full solutions as opposed to individual products. Attendees will have the opportunity to see complete, real-t

UK - Trade-only visual specialist PSCo has announced the signing of an exclusive distribution agreement with Absen Optoelectronics, a market leading Chinese manufacturer of LED displays. The partnership unites the expertise and experience of both companies to offer customers in the UK access to the very latest LED displays with a dedicated local service centre and in-house technical support for both rental and fixed installations.

Stuart Holmes, CEO of PSCo, said, "We have reviewed a number of different LED manufacturers, asked our partners for their feedback and researched the market in which we operate, ensuring we can offer the right solution for our customers. Our criteria was simple; we needed a partner that produces the latest high resolution LED products for both rental and fixed installation at a very competitive price, with a strong investment in R&D to ensure inno

UK - UK-based technical solutions and video specialist Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) kicked off 2014 with a busy schedule and a proactive programme of shopping which sees major investments in new projectors, screens, cameras, media servers, sound and lighting equipment to help facilitate an expected busy year ahead.

The purchases include premium brands like Avolites, Barco, Clay Paky, Clearcom, d&b, ETC, Panasonic and Yamaha.

CPL's MD Matthew Boyse explains that a robust start to the year included a series of bold procurements which were "A mix of completely new purchases and others that give us the latest versions of popular and favourite items".

Stocks of Panasonic projectors have been boosted, together with those of Sony HXC100 broadcast quality HD cameras and Samsung LED screens / monitors.

There's been an all-round increase in demand for specialist project

UK - Projection specialists Projection Artworks has worked with the Lift Agency to produce an electrifying video-mapping show for the launch of Mark Cavendish's collaboration with cycling brand Specialized, following the launch of his CVNDSH brand last summer.

The 90-second show - which was custom-designed to fit the unique architecture of the Yard in Shoreditch - was the centrepiece of a press event unveiling the cycling star's exclusive line of high-performance activewear and cycling accessories. It centred around six arch-shaped alcoves surrounding the audience and featured bespoke 3D sound design, immersing VIPs and press in the fast-paced world of CVNDSH.

Like Cavendish, the range is built for speed, so the projection featured blue-screen footage of him cycling at top speed and lightning-fast tracelines in his signature emerald green. It also included hero shots of the ra

UK - Projection artist and digital art specialist Ross Ashton of London based The Projection Studio has created three new eye-catching son et lumiere shows for Colchester Castle, UK, comprising a giant projection onto one of the Castle's internal wall, accompanied by dynamic soundtracks created by sound artist Karen Monid.

Ashton was approached to produce the show following his work at Caerphilly and Norwich Castles plus numerous other heritage projects where his video projections have brought building histories to vibrant life in colourful, accessible, informative and highly entertaining narratives.

The brief was to produce something memorable that would whet visitors' appetites to discover more about the Castle. "We were really thrilled to be asked to work on the project," explains Ashton, and as soon as the research began, they discovered plenty of interesting fac

UK - HSL supplied lighting and LED screen to the UK leg of the new You Me At Six Cavalier Youth tour, featuring an inventive lighting design by Louis Oliver who has worked with the indie rockers for the last five years, in which time they have steadily gained a solid live fan base and a cult following.

It's the first time that Oliver - whose other current clients include Plan B, Chvrches and Five Seconds of Summer who just hit number one in the UK charts - has worked on a full production tour with HSL as a supplier. His account was project managed by the inimitable Mike Oates.

Oliver discussed various visual concepts ahead of the tour with tour manager Mike Finn and the bands documentary videographer Tom Welsh. The band wanted a 'video look' to the stage, and as Oliver wanted to make a bit of a statement with this, they decided to go for a high-impact upstage screen, ch

UK / The Netherlands - Avolites Ltd. and Avolites Media Ltd. have appointed Fairlight as their sole distributor for the Netherlands as of 1 May 2014.

Koy Neminathan, sales director for Avolites Ltd, comments, "I am very excited about working with Fairlight on an exclusive basis. We will now attain the resources necessary to promote our range of lighting and video control on a larger scale. Our relationship goes back well over 20 years and the foundations we have built allows us to hit the ground running. We have arranged dates for seminars, workshops and a comprehensive marketing campaign to expose the Titan and Ai platforms to the Dutch market. We're all very enthusiastic regarding the further integration of the powerful Avolites Titan software and the Ai video control platform."

Steve Warren, managing director of Avolites Media adds, "Fairlight have proven the

UK - Arcstream AV, specialist provider of interactive tech and special effects for events and permanent installations, supplied a range of cutting-edge technologies for the Pepsi Experiential Cube, part of the #LIVEFORNOW campaign, which was open to visitors from 5-9 March at Observation point on London's South Bank. Commissioned by DesignScene, Arcstream supplied a videowall, an interactive floor, and a fog screen.

The videowall was a 65" display behind frosted glass. The display showed a life-sized man trapped behind an ice wall. He appeared to bang against the ice when people approached, fading away back into the ice when they moved away. An infrared beam break sensor triggered a media server to run the content when people approached. A second IR beam break sensor reset the effect when visitors departed. Arcstream provided the hardware and software content.

The interac

Benelux - With a 50 year history in the industry, Phlippo have become one of the biggest competitors in the Benelux area for equipment hire and full production support. Phlippo provides both dry rental of all their equipment as well as full production support to everything from musical productions, TV shows and dance events to touring productions, festivals and corporate events.

Phlippo consists of two companies. A rental branch, Phlippo Rental, which deals with rental activities and Phlippo Productions, which works on all the production support. Offering a wide variety of equipment including moving lights and control desks (Clay Paky, Vari*Lite, Martin, Robe, Highend Systems), video (2000sqm of LED screens) and sound (Digico , L'acoustics, Martin Audio), Phlippo have, after careful consideration, decided to add Hippotizer to their product range.

Having recently purchase two H

UK - Sony has announced today it has partnered with Joss Stone and Big Earth Productions to provide production equipment for the singer's record-breaking Total World Tour. While Joss will be performing in every single country on earth, in the most comprehensive world tour ever attempted by a musician, a two man production team will use Sony equipment - including wireless microphones, handheld camcorders, and Sony ActionCams - to capture her journey.

Having started on 28th March 2014, Joss Stone has already begun her mission to play at least one gig in every country on the planet, and will be collaborating with local musicians to play a combination of indigenous music and her own songs. During the tour Joss will also be joined by high-profile artists and friends. As part of Sony's vision to provide products that help to capture the emotional intent of the artists, the company has

UK - Avolites and Avolites Media's industry-leading range of control consoles and media servers will be available for hands-on demos on Stand 69 at this year's ABTT Theatre Show.

The Avolites team will be exhibiting its 'ultimate in live control' Sapphire Touch and new Wing, offering an additional 30 Motorised Faders and third hi res touch screen. Avolites' hot off the press Titan Mobile Fader Wing - which enables expansion of every Avolites Titan console, giving direct access to extra handy features - will be on stand for demo and hands-on experience.

The entire Titan range, two Titan Network Processor systems and the Tiger Touch II with Wireless Remote are also available for demo and hands-on experience.

Avolites will also be previewing the Titan V8 software on the Tiger Touch II - featured highlights include Multiuser, Global and Nested Palettes, Highlight Relevant Palett

UK - Panasonic has expanded its line-up of professional digital signage displays with the launch of a 65 inch LED screen.

The Full-HD TH-65LFE7 is aimed at digital signage applications and mid-sized conference room installations and is equipped with a narrow bezel, designed to blend aesthetically in to conference rooms and provide eye catching commercial settings.

The display features a 10.8mm (0.43 inches) bezel and depth of only 52mm (2.1 inches). It includes standard connection terminals (HDMI x 2, DVI-D, PC-IN) as well as control terminals (RS232C, LAN, IR-IN/OUT) needed for professional use. The speakers are built into the display, so there is no need for external speakers when using content with a soundtrack.

Enrique Robledo, marketing manager at Panasonic, said, "This is an addition to the Entry Level LFE LED displays for signage and corporate presentations, exte

UK - XL Video is again providing full video production - including projection, LED screens, media server control and full camera / PPU package - to the critically acclaimed Arcade Fire Reflektor world tour, for which set and visuals have been carefully sculpted by show designer Richard Stembridge.

The band are well known for their penchant for the experimental, the off-beat and for embracing creative challenges. Stembridge worked on the last tour, The Suburbs in 2011 as video designer and has now taken on the role of show designer with great enthusiasm.

XL Video's project manager Phil Mercer comments, "It's fantastic that Richie has stepped up to Show Designer. The show is real proof of his imagination, vision, talent and ability to think differently. As always we are really enjoying working with him, and it's great to see show video encouraging a real engag

South Africa - LD Renaldo van den Berg and production manager Victor Vermaak from Johannesburg based design and technical production specialist AV Unlimited created a spectacular lighting scheme utilising Robe moving lights for the South African leg of the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone launch.

The VIP gala dinner event was staged in a special Super Dome structure built by In2structures and erected adjacent to the Wanderers Cricket Stadium in Illovo, Johannesburg. AV Unlimited was brought on-board to create the technical production design by event producers Mela Events, and Robe moving lights were right at the heart of the lighting concept.

AV Unlimited has worked on several Samsung launches for Mela Events in recent years. However in terms of format, look and feel, this one took a departure from previous ones, and instead of being styled around a DJ / party atmosphere, the ente

Australia - TDC - The Technical Direction Company is deploying the full range of its professional and technical expertise in providing core technology and services to Destination NSW for the sixth annual Vivid Sydney festival.

Running from 23 May to 9 June, Vivid Sydney is a celebration of light, music and ideas that will see the centre of New South Wales' vibrant capital transformed by a series of state-of-the-art visual and creative art installations.

"This is our third year of working with Destination NSW on Vivid Sydney, providing a huge range of technologies including 3D media servers, 3D mapping, video projection equipment, projection tower infrastructure and sound installations, not to mention our highly skilled crews to manage the technology," comments Kain Jones, special projects manager at TDC. "We have used our experience of working on Vivid Sydney fo

UK - Relationships that have had a big influence on Gary Barlow's latest tour. Barlow is a master of his genre, as he has amply demonstrated by selling out all 17venues around the UK. His first solo outing onto the arena circuit, show director Kim Gavin along with designer Tim Routledge and production director Chris Vaughan, elected for a minimalist approach to staging, but with an emphatic widescreen approach to video.

Tim Routledge comments, "Gary wanted to keep as close to his audience as he had on last year's theatre outing. At the same time we needed a bigger show to suit the scale of venue. Kim is the show producer, he and Chris Vaughan set the guidelines; the resultant stage design has barely changed from my first renderings. The stage is a neatly defined smooth oval with the band wrapped around one step up behind Gary. An ├╝ber-wide 100 foot screen forms the back wa

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. has announced that well-known industry figure, Ian Muir has been appointed as TV & film development manager for the company's UK and international sales territories.

Ian brings a wealth of TV & film lighting industry experience to the new role from his previous position at Gekko, where he worked for over six years as business development manager for the LED lighting brand. Prior to this, Ian has also held various sales roles involving managing relationships with customers and suppliers in the UK, Europe and the USA.

Based in AC-ET's High Wycombe head office, Ian will work alongside the sales, marketing and purchasing departments to develop and implement the company's business plan for the TV & film market, to exploit their growing presence and customer base in this sector.

Ian will also be responsible for helping to raise cus

Belgium - ArKaos PRO has released the 4th generation of its MediaMaster software. MediaMaster 4.0 brings more flexible protection via an optional dongle and many additional features, yet retains the simplicity of operation familiar to its users.

ArKaos PRO has acted upon feedback from its users to produce its latest and ever-more powerful version of this favourite media server software. MediaMaster 4.0 has a wealth of new features yet remains fast and easy-to-use.

New features include: New licensing system with online activation and deactivation for greater flexibility; Optional License Dongle with unique hot swapping ability: New extended fixture profile with over 70 parameters per layer; DMX controllable cropping features; New Video Mapper with grouping; New Hue / Saturation / Lightness control; Per layer Aspect Ratio control; Start Point playback control; Per layer volume

Singapore - MultiTouch has announced the opening of a new, larger office and showroom in Singapore, further strengthening its commitment to the Asian markets with a planned expansion to its existing sales and technical support team. The showroom will include a permanent installation of the recently launched MultiTaction iWall, a 12x 55" turnkey multitouch wall, making its Asian debut, as well as MultiTaction display tables.

"We've always been committed to the Asian markets, and have maintained an office in Singapore since 2012" explains Petri Martikainen, CEO of MultiTouch. "This larger office, with the addition of a showroom to showcase our unique world-leading interactive products and applications, illustrates our further commitment to both Asia and Australasia. Further expansion to both staff and resources will follow."

The new premises are situated

UK - Visitor registration for PLASA London 2014 is now open and for a limited time attendees can register for free.

PLASA London is offering free four-day passes for attendees who register before Tuesday 1 July. The show, which has been a pivotal date on the international entertainment technology tradeshow calendar for more than three decades, will return to ExCeL London for the second consecutive year on Sunday 5 October until Wednesday 8 October.

Exciting developments to the show's format mean that the registration offer is just one of many visitor incentives for 2014, as PLASA's director of events, Christopher Toulmin explains: "Having relocated to ExCeL last year and enjoyed a very positive response from exhibitors and visitors alike, we have no intention of resting on our laurels. As an organisation we're always looking at ways of improving what we offer - this will

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