warrantyBaldwin Boxall introduces seven-year warranty
Wednesday, 18 May 2022

UK - Since its formation in 1982, the Baldwin Boxall brand has become a steadfast symbol of reliability and quality. Celebrating 40 years the company has announced the introduction of a seven-year warranty on all its own manufactured products purchased on or after 17 May 2022. The news was revealed to all at Firex in May.
The announcement is seen as proof of Baldwin Boxall’s confidence in their products and sends a strong message to anyone considering their options when choosing life safety communication systems.
Commenting on the introduction, Nick Baldwin, sales & marketing director at Baldwin Boxall, stated, “We are delighted to be making this announcement which, I feel sure, will provide further reassurance to customers and users of our systems. We are often made aware of systems installed 15 years or more ago, which are still fully functioning and in daily use. We really value the strong relationships we have with our customer base and the extension on our warranty is likely to reinforce this further.”

plasaPLASA Focus Leeds makes a triumphant return
Tuesday, 17 May 2022

UK - After an unavoidable two-year hiatus, PLASA Focus Leeds made a triumphant return to the Royal Armouries from 10-11 May for the 12th edition of this much-loved industry event. With visitor levels exceeding expectations, the strong sense of industry unity on the show floor could not be ignored. Following the successful return of PLASA Show to London Olympia in September 2021, PLASA Focus Leeds provided the first opportunity for the industry in the north of the UK to reconvene for what remains a key social and business event for the sector.
Taking place across two days and with its usual capped stand size format, the enduringly popular show once again provided a relaxed and convivial atmosphere for networking, business, product presentations and demos. Visitors returned in large numbers to get hands-on with the latest tech, and to meet face-to-face with industry friends and colleagues once more.
Phillip Norfolk of the show’s headline sponsor Ambersphere Solutions comments: “PLASA Focus Leeds is important to us as an industry; this is THE show to come to and talk to people about the industry about what is going on.” Sennheiser’s Kevin Gwyther-Brown agreed, saying: “Being back at the show this year is just fantastic - quite honestly, you couldn’t have wished for a better comeback!”
This sentiment echoed throughout the Royal Armouries, with ETC’s Graham Parker saying: “PLASA Focus Leeds is always a really social show. We get to see a lot of people, there is a big crowd around already!” While Eva Gerlach of Indu Electr

scorpionsFollow-Me tracks Scorpions on world tour
Tuesday, 17 May 2022

USA - Scorpions recently released the19th studio album of their, over 50-year, band career. After several weeks at the Zappos Theatre at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, they started the Rock Believer world tour in early May beginning with a special concert at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Austrian Manfred Nikitser has been accompanying the internationally successful band as lighting designer since 2016. In addition to the lighting design, Manfred also created the complete show design (stage set and video) for both the Sin City Nights residency in Las Vegas and for the subsequent tour.
Manfred selected the remote follow-spot system from Dutch manufacturer Follow-Me: Follow-Me 3D SIX. The centre piece of this redesigned show is a pyramid-shaped drum riser in front of a semi-circular stage set made of custom-made metal grilles, which houses numerous spotlights and blinders. The atmosphere created evokes a classic rock ’n’ roll look.
Back in 2019, when Manfred used a Follow-Me system for the first time during the final concert of the Austrian cult band Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung in the Wiener Stadthalle, he was quickly convinced of the advantages. “Thanks to Follow-Me, one person can control several lamps, which can reduce personnel costs but more importantly, allows the follow-spot operator to focus 100% on tracking while the dimmer and colour can be controlled from the desk,” he says.
“In the early stages of the Scorpions production, there were still a few bugs that we had to learn how to deal with. The system is now working reli

robe-hans-zimmer-tour-han2403225356Hans Zimmer on the road with Robe
Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Europe - Hans Zimmer hit the road this spring on a much-anticipated tour. Delayed due to the pandemic, his 19-piece band and an orchestra delighted fans all over Europe.
The lighting design was delivered by John Featherstone from lighting and visual design studio Lightswitch. John and his team pushed for an all Robe moving light rig for the tour which started production rehearsals in Berlin with 250 Robe fixtures onboard ahead of the first European leg, with lighting equipment supplied by German rental specialist, Satis & Fy.
Featherstone explained how the design process originally started back in 2019 / 2020 with Hans curating his creative ‘dream team’ which included renowned Broadway set and scenic designer Derek McLane, video designer Peter Nigrini, choreographer Barry Lather, and of course, himself. “Hans is a master at putting collaborators together,” stated Featherstone, and in this case, hand-picked a team of experienced practitioners known for their flair and style, all of whom brought their own dynamics from different disciplines to the Zimmer-sphere.
The lighting team was rounded out with Featherstone’s daughter Hailey Featherstone as lighting director and Chris Herman as programmer. “I was really fortunate to have such a fabulous team working with me, they really embrace collaboration and making this job great and rewarding,” he noted.
It was the breadth, richness and detail of the music that inspired the team as a starting point for the lighting design.
Hans had arranged 12 vibrant new suites of his great

polar-recruitsPolar adds BDM and marketing assistant
Tuesday, 17 May 2022

UK - Polar has announced the expansion of its team with the appointment of two new members of staff. Mark Bracken has joined Polar’s integrated solutions team as a business development manager, whilst Joe Glading has been recruited as a marketing assistant.
Bracken is an experienced AV industry professional who has enjoyed sales, marketing and business development roles with Cloud Electronics, Imagesound, Rolec Music and Hayden Laboratories, before broadening his scope as a freelance consultant in the video sector.
“As the world began to emerge from the worst effects of the pandemic, I was looking for a new challenge within which I could bring together the skills and experience I’ve gained across different areas of the AV industry,” says Bracken. “When the opportunity with the Polar integrated solutions team arose, it aligned perfectly with that ambition, and I had no hesitation in joining what is clearly a successful and customer-focused team.”
Joe Glading joins Polar from outside the technology industry, having previously worked in the commercial design sector as a graphic designer. “I’m very excited to be joining Polar and moving into the world of AV,” he says. “Whilst there is much to learn and absorb, I’m confident that my previous experience will transfer effectively to my new position and can add value to the business.”
Polar managing director John Midgley comments: “We have emerged from recent market turbulence in a strong position, and these two appointments are a response to steadily increasing demand acr

blackpoolBlackpool complex chooses Martin Audio WPS
Tuesday, 17 May 2022

UK - A complex, and reconfigurable Martin Audio Wavefront Precision design throughout the new Blackpool Conference and Exhibition Centre is the brainchild of system designer Samuel Williams of Derby-based Media Powerhouse.
The first major building development at the Winter Gardens complex since the construction of the Opera House in 1939, the venue, set on two levels, is one of the largest of its kind in the north of England. It features the necessary infrastructure for hosting modern conferences and exhibitions. Media Powerhouse’s integration includes cutting edge projection video and smart lighting technology as well as Martin Audio scalable line arrays in each of the eight rooms
The exhibition space is set on the first floor, with a large 2,000-capacity conference space on the second floor. It is conceived as four separate but reconfigurable venues on both floors. With a total 2,400sq.m of reconfigurable space, the venue is designed for large events. The space can be combined with other venues throughout the complex to further expand the 7,000 capacity.
Williams, who also acted as the consultant, was aware that the spaces needed to function as both stand-alone spaces, or divided into smaller cells with the partitions removed. This would require the technical infrastructure to be highly flexible, with pre-sets for all technical services available for each room configuration.
He was also aware that the venue would need to cater for a raft of different events - from the recent Conservative Party Conference to pure theatre productions and ful

the-panel-discuss2Entec UVC SafeClean carries out COVID-safety seminar
Tuesday, 17 May 2022

UK - During last week’s PLASA Focus Leeds, Entec UVC SafeClean presented its research on creating COVID-free environments and busted some of the myths surrounding pathogen eradication.
Entec UVC SafeClean specialises in environmental germicidal disinfection, effective against COVID-19 variants as well as all other viruses. During the seminar at the Bury Theatre, Entec Group chairman Nick Pendleton presented scientific research on creating COVID-safe environments. He opened up by asking the audience several questions relating to their own personal COVID experience, and some 80% stated they expected COVID disruptions to continue, and almost as many said they had been involved in an event affected by COVID. “I was very surprised to receive such a strong view that the risk and problem had not gone away,” reflects Pendleton.
Aided by a portable Goldensea UVAIR 216 ultraviolet purification unit, in the seminar hot seat were Dr. David Lawrence, a member of the Royal College of Physicians and former GP, and consultant Adrian King of Strategia Group, who among his many roles is Visiting Researcher and Lecturer at Imperial College London Business School. They were led by Pendleton through a list of 11 COVID-related topics, ranging from an explanation of the different forms of UV and the importance of correct product selection; the role of HEPA ventilation filters; why viral load wasn’t discussed more; the effectiveness (and fallibility) of other device deployment (and poor selection), and most importantly, how UVC can help avoid future lockdowns and at the

ayrton-cobraAyrton debuts Cobra laser source IP65-rated luminaire
Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Europe - Ayrton has introduced Cobra, its first phosphor laser source, IP65-rated luminaire, based on the concept of Dreamspot 18K which it first presented at Prolight+Sound 2016.
Several years of development have gone into designing and finalising this luminaire, which offers a next generation speckle-free laser source, designed for rendering a D65 white point that allows perfect colour reproduction.
Cobra pushes all the limits when it comes to beam definition, with native contrast never before achieved by a digital light source, an incredible beam angle of 0.6°, and an extreme range of focus, XT-Focus, which permits the beam shape to be adjusted according to the operating distance.
Cobra is the only luminaire on the market capable of illuminating an object several kilometres away, with an output of 386,000 lux at 20m and an unprecedented 38x zoom ratio and a zoom range of 0.6° to 23° due to its proprietary optical system with 13 lenses and a 170mm frontal lens.
Cobra adopts a particularly minimalist style, is extremely well-balanced due to the luminaire’s simplified waterproofing, known as EasyProtect-65, and the continuous rotation of the pan and tilt movement, which together multiply the possibilities for creating complex effects (Multi-I.R.S.) and makes this luminaire a universal tool capable of meeting any challenge in all conditions.
Cobra is equipped with a highly innovative colour section including a CMY mixing system and a multi-position instant access wheel equipped with six corrective filters, 21 complementary colour

opole-theatrePoland’s largest theatre upgrades with Optocore
Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Poland - The country’s largest drama theatre has reopened after lockdown, to reveal a major renovation to its various spaces, which took up much of 2021.
In order to preserve its impressive heritage, it was recognised that Jan Kochanowski Theatre in Opole (JK Opole Theatre) would need to undergo full modernisation, and a thorough overhaul of its technical infrastructure, fulfilling a dream it had nurtured for several years.
The cost of reconstruction was budgeted at PLN 25m ($6m US), with over half coming from EU funds.
The project, which took eight months to fulfil, included the renewal of the main building façade, the entrance and surroundings, the modernisation of stages and auditorium (including ventilation), as well as sound and lighting systems. This included a complete Optocore fibre network, based around the deployment of five AutoRouters.
The theatre layout itself includes the 575-seat Big Stage, with an impressive revolving stage; Small Stage (with 193 seats, in amphitheatre auditorium style); a Ground Floor stage known as the Bunker - and a Model Workshop (Modelatornia), with 140 seats in customisable configuration. This is where the idea of modernising the theatre's electroacoustic system first began in 2017 with the possibility of producing sound from each side, in any configuration.
As part of this project, a new theatre façade was made, and the ventilation and air conditioning system and part of the electrical installation of the building were modernised. At the same time, the Centre for Theatre Education was also est

lucentiProlight brings Lucenti at PLASA Focus Leeds
Tuesday, 17 May 2022

UK - At PLASA Focus Leeds, Prolight Concepts Group unveiled a new distribution partnership with Lucenti. On show from the Belgian lighting manufacturer were the Blackwave pixel bar series and Vinci DMX-addressable festoon lamps.
Blackwave is a IP66-rated series of pixel-mappable bars controllable by Art-Net or sACN. The fixtures have a 120° viewing angle and a black front cover, with clear, frosted, rounded or square covers also available.
The system is configured by using one controller for up to 64 bars arranged in groups of eight (1m bar) or 16 (0.5m bar). The strips are easy to link via the Blackwave combined power and data cables, and benefit from automatic patching, configuration and a bi-directional feedback and monitoring using the www.klstr.tech technology.
The 1m and 0.5m bars are designed to be used in demanding environments like stages, clubs and on the move with rental companies. The double chambered lightweight metal housing provides enough strength to interlock multiple bars, additionally, they feature a back rail to ensure easy mounting and a variety of rigging possibilities with the multitude of accessories available.
Meanwhile, the Vinci DMX addressable festoon lamps have PETE housing and come in a variety of styles. Combined with the Vinci controller (also IP-rated for outdoor use), these lamps are easy to operate with powerline communication technology. Both power and data can be sent along a standard festoon harness up to 240m.
Alongside the showcase from Lucenti, Prolight Concepts exhibited fixtures from LEDJ and e

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Review Programme - Arts Council England’s future is to be considered as part of a government review into all arm’s length bodies, which could see some bodies scrapped and significant savings demanded from those that remain. The newly launched Reviews of Public Bodies programme, run by the Cabinet Office, will examine the operations of all arm’s length bodies in England and assess whether "they should be abolished or retained", as well as whether money allocated to them is spent effectively. Savings of at least 5% per organisation should be identified as part of the review process.
The department will lead reviews in charge of each public body, meaning the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will be asked to review the public bodies it sponsors, including the Arts Council, the BFI, the National Lottery Community Fund and Historic England.
At present, arm’s length bodies in England spend more than £220bn each year and employ more than 300,000 people. The review programme, launched by Jacob Rees-Mogg, minister for Brexit opportunities and government efficiency - will seek to ensure public bodies are both a “necessity” and “accountable, efficient and effective”. Rees-Mogg said: “Reviews will consider whether the body should be abolished or retained; whether it should continue to deliver all of its functions; and whether it has an effective relationship with its department.”
Supper Songs - A diner featuring singing waiting staff who will serenade customers with musical theatre songs is to open in the West E

ahniclenNicLen grows Cameo stocks with OTOS
Monday, 16 May 2022

Germany - In 2018, Cameo celebrated its debut in the NicLen rental park with the Zenit Series. Since then, the dry hire provider has been adding Cameo products to its line-up year after year. Now, in addition to the Zenit W600 and W300 outdoor wash lights and the Opus Series moving heads, the dry hire range also includes the F Series Fresnel fixtures.
With investments in OTOS H5 beam spot wash moving heads, NicLen has also recently added Cameo’s new IP65 hybrid highlight to its inventory – the first supplier worldwide to do so. In addition to the OTOS H5, NicLen has completed its portfolio of Cameo F Series products with the F1 Fresnel spotlights and the F2 FC, and it also offers the new Zenit W600 SMD, an even brighter version of the successful Zenit outdoor wash lights.
With the OTOS H5, Cameo is directly addressing the needs of professional lighting designers and rental companies looking for a fully road and rider-ready hybrid fixture for indoor and outdoor use. The OTOS H5 features a combination of high light output (19,000 lm), IP65 certification, three-in-one hybrid flexibility and a low weight of only 33 kg, making it the lightest product in its performance class.
The Cameo OTOS H5 is now available at NicLen, and the hybrid spotlights got in their first usage in early April, during the christening of the new AIDAcosma cruise ship in Hamburg.
“With the OTOS H5, we deliberately invested in a hybrid moving head that can be used flexibly in the outdoor sector and thus meets the increased demands of the market,” explains NicLen CEO

bosenovotelmegeveAccor selects Bose as global supplier
Monday, 16 May 2022

Europe - Bose Professional has announced that hospitality operator Accor has selected Bose Professional as an official global supplier for integrated sound system solutions. All the group’s growing portfolio of properties will incorporate the Bose audio experience.
Bose Professional offers a wide range of solutions specifically designed to enable bespoke audio systems that installed in hotels around the world such as Sofitel Arc de Triomphe in Paris, Le Louis Versailles Château Hotel – MGallery in Versailles and Hôtel Novotel Megève Mont-Blanc in Megève.
“Bose Professional is a world-leading brand and most recognisable in the professional audio space,” stated Manuel Garrido, corporate category manager at Accor. “We are so delighted to offer our franchise partners access to such an impressive range of solutions, providing a variety of features to meet their needs - regardless of how unique a space might be.”
“Bose Professional has a long-standing relationship with Accor that goes beyond our shared commitment to creating exceptional audio experiences,” said Hans Vereecken, sales manager, EMEA at Bose Professional. “We’re delighted that our agreement is official as it will continue to strengthen our future endeavours.”

rodeRØDE hosts AES event for CRAS students
Monday, 16 May 2022

USA - The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS), a leading institution for audio engineering education, has announced that RØDE US product specialist and CRAS graduate Ryan White recently participated in an event at the CRAS Gilbert, Ariz. campus. White worked alongside CRAS students during the day, demoing and introducing the students to a number of RØDE instrument microphones during instrument clinics. In the evening, White hosted an AES event for the CRAS student chapter.
“It’s always a pleasure to have Ryan join us at his alma mater to host such amazing events for our students,” said David Kohr, CRAS AES faculty advisor. “His events are always the perfect mix of fun and education. Over the years, Ryan has shown us that he has a way of bringing the students in and educating them in a fun and exciting way and this event was no different. We always have a good time when RØDE comes to town.”
White, armed with a case of RØDE microphones, took part in classes during the day and then hosted an AES event that evening. First, CRAS students utilised and learned from White about several RØDE mics during a band clinic, including the NTK, NT3, NT1, and K2 for drums, and the NTR and NT2a for guitar tracking. In the evening, White hosted an AES event in CRAS’ 6,000 sq. ft. live sound room equipped with a full stage and PA where student musicians performed as a way to demo the RØDE microphones they had learned about earlier in the day.
White was already working in the music industry prior to entering CRAS, and he wanted to move

bruna-boyChauvet lights Burna Boy’s Night In Space
Monday, 16 May 2022

USA - Butch Allen and André Petrus lit Nigerian superstar Burna Boy’s two-hour One Night In Space show at Madison Square Garden on 28 April.
The massive lighting design for the sold-out concert turned the venue into a giant lightbox that stirred the imagination with outer space images. Yet for all its multi-faceted flourishes, the design process followed a basic formula.
“Burna Boy’s music provided the road map, and we followed it,” said Allen, noting that the end result was a design based on “visual harmony” between the image, atmosphere and the artist’s performance.
Lighting the way on that road map and contributing to that atmosphere were Madison Square Garden’s house lights and an impressive rig provided by 4Wall Entertainment that featured 68 COLORado PXL Bar 16 fixtures from Chauvet Professional.
The motorised RGBW COLORado units with their 200ﹾ tilt were critical to creating the show’s spaceship vibe. Using the fixtures to outline the outer edge of the “starship stage” and circular “spaceship trusses”, Allen and Petrus reinforced the theme of the concert. “They were our nod to close encounters,” Allen said of the battens.
Elaborating on the symbolic theme of the evening (the first ever MSG concert headline by a Nigerian artist), Allen said, “It was like a 190ft starship carrying all of us through our one night in space.”
Pre-programmed and time coded by Petrus at his Nashville studio, the fantastical show energised the entire arena without distracting the live audience or detractin

ldmailaLD Systems debuts modular MAILA at PL+S 2022
Monday, 16 May 2022

Germany - At this year’s Prolight+Sound, the MAILA modular line array system occupied the entire LD Systems booth.
MAILA is a scalable sound reinforcement system formed by four basic elements: the MAILA SAT satellite module, the MAILA COL column module, the MAILA SPA amplifier module, and the MAILA SUB subwoofer. With these elements, MAILA enables scalable, flexible system configurations for a wide range of sound reinforcement applications.
This extends from precise stereo speech reinforcement without subwoofers, to larger conferences and club gigs, to flown line array systems for professional live sound reinforcement at festivals with variable subwoofer arrangements on the ground.
In addition to the system flexibility, MAILA offers features and technologies that aim to simplify the life of every sound engineer. SmartLink+, for example, enables wireless connection (power + signal) as well as automatic detection of the individual modules via robust aluminium rails, while the invisible LogoLink antennas offer wireless connection with ranges of up to 30m under practical conditions. Using the free MAILA App (iPad OS), each MAILA system can also be configured quickly, easily and in detail – including the calculation of SAT angles and wireless system updates.
The EasySplay mechanism allows users to adjust the tilt of each satellite almost infinitely between 0° and 8°. The angle can be adjusted with just one hand via a rotary handle, even under load. In this way, every MAILA system offers a flexible concept for adapting the sound coverage to an

karolinaLe Mark’s Wlodarczyk to be ‘export champion’
Monday, 16 May 2022

UK - Le Mark’s head of export Karolina Wlodarczyk has been invited to be an ‘export champion’ for the UK’s Department of International Trade.
Karolina is a Polish citizen originally from the town of Raciborz, who studied (2004-2009) and graduated from Opole University with a master’s degree in English Language and Cultural Studies.
She is currently undertaking additional formal business training and education with an ambition to see a future graduation with ARU Peterborough.
Since joining Cambridgeshire based Le Mark Group, her career has grown from strength to strength. Karolina has built a reputation internationally, leading from the front at trade shows around the world. Since joining Le Mark she has represented the company at LDI Las Vegas, Prolight+Sound Frankfurt and Light + Audio Tec (formerly Prolight+Sound NAMM Russia). Karolina is now responsible for over 70 international Le Mark distributors, either directly, or overseeing via her export department team.
“Karolina has worked with me on several DIT initiatives, both regionally, internationally, and more recently in London at the DIT headquarters in Old Admiralty Building,” says Le Mark managing director Stuart Gibbons. “She is respected by many. I believe her skills were recognised at high level where she was formally invited to take on the position of ‘export champion’ by DIT.
“She will now represent both her company and the UK, encouraging and developing companies to export and develop their overseas trade skills. It’s a pleasure to share this story of

kramer-kds-Kramer showcases high-performance AVoIP
Monday, 16 May 2022

Spain - Kramer revealed a number of new products and technologies at ISE in Barcelona.
In the main zone of Kramer’s ISE booth, visitors experienced the company’s full eco-system of AVoIP solutions. This includes the new KDS-7 family of encoders and decoders, which provide low-latency, high-quality 4K60 4.2.0 video presentations and easy scalability to suit any size network AV installation. With fast deployment capabilities, a simple user experience, enterprise IT-grade security, and advanced, intuitive management, KDS-7 is designed for any enterprise, education, military, or government site.
Also on show was Kramer’s latest line of speakers. When paired with KDS-7, these advancements form Kramer’s AVoIP eco-system, enabling ‘instantaneous, secure engagement across organisations worldwide’.
In the booth’s secondary zone, visitors could explore the new line of Kramer collaboration devices, spanning speakerphones, video cameras, and all-in-one collaboration bars. From the smart panoramic K-180 Mini camera, crafted for small meetings and huddle rooms, to the ultra-HD K-Cam4K, which offers crystal-clear coverage of auditoriums, the range ensures everyone can see and hear - and be seen and heard - whether they’re dialing in from home or sitting at the back of a boardroom.
Kramer also demonstrated its VIA Connect² platform, on which users can hold scalable wireless meetings and classes from any Windows, Mac, Chromebook, Android, or iOS device, on all major videoconference platforms, in any location worldwide. The platform also feat

holoplotHoloplot partners with Creative Technology in UK
Friday, 13 May 2022

Europe - Manufacturer of innovative 3D audio technology Holoplot has announced its partnership with Creative Technology, adding Holoplot products to Creative Technology’s audio portfolio. This partnership marks the arrival of Holoplot’s audio performance capabilities in the UK.
Consisting of Modul 96 and Modul 80-S, Holoplot’s X1 product line is a new category of sound system, granting users a previously impossible level of control over sound. Holoplot technology provides a broad range of practical and creative capabilities - whether solving challenging acoustics in complex environments or adding authenticity and depth to immersive spaces.
The synergy between Holoplot and Creative Technology was underlined at Creative Technology’s conneCT Open Day in December 2021 - where the company invited a diverse group of designers, creatives, and users from various industries to a UK presentation of Holoplot X1. The audience was treated to a demonstration sequence showcasing the system’s various use cases, which highlighted its potential for delivering unique sound-based experiences.
Ryan Penny, head of sales at Holoplot says, “From our first meetings Creative Technology immediately recognised the potential of our technology and its applications. As the first Holoplot partner in the UK, Creative Technology will be able to extend their leading role in delivering game changing audio solutions for their clients’ ambitious projects.
“Very quickly both Holoplot and Creative Technology recognised the opportunity in coming together and like us

robe-albertRobe UK joins sustainability initiative
Friday, 13 May 2022

UK - Robe UK has joined the albert initiative, a BAFTA-owned and industry run organisation dedicated to raising awareness and empowering professionals and companies working in film, television, commercial and other screen-based media productions to operate as sustainably as possible.
One of their aims is to build an accredited network of equipment suppliers, and as a lighting supplier to many rental companies active in these sectors, Robe UK appreciates the value of the albert Initiative’s work as a broader part of the entertainment technology industry.
BAFTA highlights two key responsibilities in helping to reverse climate change, firstly making changes to its own working practices and Awards ceremonies – it hosts the high-profile annual BAFTA Awards celebrating the best British and international contributions to film – and to support and inspire all screen industries as they transition towards a Net-Zero future through albert.
As a brand, Robe has been committed to producing and promoting more environmentally friendly professional lighting products for several years – both in the products themselves and in the production process.
Supporting the albert Initiative underscores this commitment right now and looks to the future.
“It will help accelerate spreading the message about slowing and stopping climate change on multiple levels and stress the importance of productions being carbon neutral. Having information about where they can source products and technology to help achieve this goal is a vital resource,” commented Da

pixotopePixotope announces expansion in APAC region
Friday, 13 May 2022

APAC - Pixotope has announced partnerships with several key broadcast companies in South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Japan, The Philippines, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Singapore. Following key staff appointments, the deals follow a number of successful virtual production collaborations using Pixotope in the region.
Together with Pixotope, new distributors TechTwist Corporation, Elevate Broadcast, DB Productions, Great Wheel, Starlight, Bright Media, DongHwa, Mitomo, Kadinche, Jadason, Getop and StageFor will facilitate the adoption of Pixotope’s virtual technology in new regions and broadcast sectors.
Dennis Breckenridge, CEO of Elevate Broadcast, notes, “Pixotope has not only technical superiority but a business model enabling the adoption of virtual technologies into many new markets. We feel that the ease of use, open standard support for plugins, high-quality output, but most importantly, the ease of use helps set Pixotope apart.”
Soko Aoki, CEO at Kandiche Co comments, “Having successfully created projects using Pixotope for quite some time, we think the solution is the perfect fit for the Japanese market, and are thrilled to be working with them here in Japan and sharing their technology.”
Andrew Tan, VP of Sales (APAC) at Pixotope says, "As well as expanding our own team, we're delighted to be working with our new channel partners in the APAC region. To say Pixotope is growing is an understatement. The company has sustained a long period of expansion that matches the global demand for high-level, virtual produ

british-openChauvet lights British Open Squash tournament
Friday, 13 May 2022

UK - Spectators who saw this year’s Allam British Open in Hull witnessed some of the world’s greatest squash players compete for the $165,000 (US) prize.
With squash enthusiasts all around the globe also able to tune in to the event live via SquashTV, as well as via the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour, organizers were keen to create a riveting production. Toward this end, Firefly AV was brought on board to award the tournament with a sporty visual flair. Helping them in this endeavour were Chauvet Professional Maverick MK2 Spot and MK2 Wash fixtures, along with Rogue R1 Washes and R2X Beams.
The squash facilities at the University of Hull’s Sports Complex provided an appropriate setting for the event in which World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy would defend the title he won in 2019. (COVID forced the cancelation of the 2020 competition, which is close to marking its 100th anniversary.)
While the glass-walled courts offered great spectator viewing both at floor and balcony level, the challenge for Firefly was to create a lighting concept which would heighten the intensity of the event for spectators on location, whilst also providing stunning looks for viewers at home without distracting the players.
The solution was to incorporate an all Chauvet Professional rig that was both hung from suspended trussing and positioned on the floor. From here, Firefly's lighting designer John Richards could programme a number of different scenes and visual effects through his Chamsys MQ500M lighting console to provide illumination of the courts, a

690jetwashProlights expands Jet moving lights family
Friday, 13 May 2022

Europe - Prolights has updated its Jet family with two wash moving lights, the Jet Wash 7 and the Jet Wash 19. These are compact and fast LED fixtures, with 20W Osram RGBW sources - the smaller fixture, the Wash7, has 7 emitters while the Wash19 has 19 LED emitters. Their wide zoom range goes from a narrow 4º beam to a wide to 56º wash.
The Jet Wash range has many similarities to the Astra family, with fewer features that make it more affordable whilst keeping reliability and performance to a maximum.
Their advanced colour mixing system has precise and advanced control with outstanding white temperatures and saturated tones. The white CCT pre-sets go from 2,800K - 10,000K, and the internal colour system provides +/- green correction, tungsten emulation and a virtual colour wheel with macros.
Just like the Astra range, there is also a linear crossfade channel from any white to a colour value and a virtual CTO on colours.
The new fixtures have an intelligent cooling system and three fan settings for noise-sensitive environments. Their newly designed shell makes them lightweight and easy to carry.

arena-deckSIXTY82 launches Arena Frame stage systems
Friday, 13 May 2022

Europe - Sixty82 has launched Arena Frame, a new stage concept designed for venues which value the benefits of a quick and easy-to-build stage system.
The straightforward design allows big stages to be built ‘in the blink of an eye’ - a 200m2 stage, for example, can be built in just 90 minutes with a crew of four and a forklift.
The system has a very small storage footprint due to its foldable frames, while it also offers the ability to build the stage and rig at the same time, greatly reducing the time needed to build any stage set.
The Arena Frame system allows every second frame to be omitted, allowing the creation of corridors underneath the stage in both directions without any loss of its load bearing capacity. For standard decking 2x1m elements are used.
The system is equipped with robust swivel castors and an internal lever system which allows the castors to be raised once the stage is in position and rests on its screw jacks. Accessories like stairs, guardrails and transport dollies are also available.


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