2 October 2015

PLASA 2015: Further seminars confirmed

PLASA 2015: Further seminars confirmedUK - PLASA Show 2015 is just a few days away, but the organisers are working right up to the wire to bring in the best speakers for the PLASA Professional Development Programme. Four new sessions have just been announced, respectively addressing lighting, sound and video. Emmy Award winning lighting designer Al Gurdon, of Incandescent Design, will discuss his design philosophy in State of the Art Today, Passé Tomorrow, covering what is lighting for, what should it do, why do we need it, as well as taking a look at whether ... More >>

PLASA 2015: AC-ET launches dedicated Film & TV Division

PLASA 2015: AC-ET launches dedicated Film & TV DivisionUK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will launch their new sales division, A.C. Film & TV, by showcasing the division's portfolio of specialist brands and related services in their exhibition zone (stands F30 - F38) at the PLASA 2015 Show on Sunday, 4 October. The AC-ET Zone will feature the latest lighting, control and grip technologies from a selection of leading brands in the division's extensive portfolio. Marques stocked include Chroma-Q, Fiilex, Mole-Richardson, ARRI, Jands, Manfrotto, Avenger and LumenRadio, amongst ... More >>

Mexico's Premium group adds Robe Pointes

Mexico's Premium group adds Robe PointesMexico - The Premium Staff Group is a large rental and production facility based in Mexico City, founded seven years ago and owned by the charismatic Francisco Estrada, who is also a prolific Mexican music show promoter. A successful entrepreneur, he started purchasing sound, lighting and video kit when he realised that his own concerts could benefit from higher production values - at more cost-efficient prices. Premium Staff has recently invested in 84 x Robe Pointes, delivered by Robe's Mexican distributor, Vari Internacional. Their ... More >>

Elation Professional strengthens European team

Elation Professional strengthens European teamThe Netherlands - As a result of Elation's continued growth in the European market, Elation Professional has announced three new hires at its European headquarter office in Kerkrade, The Netherlands. Dennis Scipio joined Elation Europe on 1 October as a new key account manager. Responsible for managing some of Elation's most strategically important customers while helping to grow the business, Dennis has a wealth of experience in business development and international sales. He comes to Elation from German lighting manufacturer SLV, ... More >>

Ariana Grande honeymoons with DiGiCo

Ariana Grande honeymoons with DiGiCoUSA - Veteran front-of-house engineer Toby Francis, whose extensive résumé ranges from Aerosmith to ZZ Top, is currently out on an 88-date tour with pop princess Ariana Grande and a DiGiCo SD7 digital mixing console. The Honeymoon Tour, which takes in North America, Europe and Asia before wrapping up in South America at the end of October, also includes an SD7 at the monitor position, helmed by engineer Justin Hoffmann. Francis, who is approaching his eighth year of using DiGiCo consoles almost exclusively, ... More >>

PLASA 2015: AC-ET zone showcases leading brands

PLASA 2015: AC-ET zone showcases leading brandsUK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd., a leading one-stop provider of professional equipment to the entertainment industry, will showcase a selection of the very latest lighting, audio, rigging and video solutions available from their vast portfolio of over 200 leading brands - in their large exhibition Zone (Stands F30 - F38), which also includes stands for their sister company, A.C. Special Projects Ltd., industry-sponsored 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Cars Championship (BTCC) racing driver, Jack Goff, and a number of ... More >>

SAGE raises safety adviser concerns

SAGE raises safety adviser concernsUK - SAGE (Safety Advisors Group in Entertainment) have raised concerns of the competence of some event safety advisors and have launched a campaign with the support of IIRSM (International Institute of Risk and Safety Management) to help event organisers and promoters to ensure they know what the really should be looking for in a prospective safety advisor when planning an event. The role is safety critical and therefore a high level of competence is required. SAGE is recommending the prospective candidate should meet the following ... More >>

LI's bespoke frames give Mumford the edge

LI's bespoke frames give Mumford the edgeWorld - Lighting designer Ed Warren has commissioned a large number of pioneering LED PAR can frames from LED design and manufacture house Light Initiative (LI) to add an extra punch to his design for Mumford & Sons' world tour and headline festival dates. The folk rockers have been traversing the globe in support of their latest number-one album Wilder Mind. To reflect the slightly edgier sound of their new material, Warren took his usual tungsten-based design to the next level. To do this the designer incorporated some new ... More >>

Crossover selects Bose for Lush flagship store

Crossover selects Bose for Lush flagship storeUK - At 9,500sq.ft over three floors, Lush's new flagship store on London's Oxford Street is 13 times larger than the average size of its stores, and sets the bar high within the international cosmetics and skincare retail industry. In line with the retailer's eco-friendly credentials and ethos, the interior blends recycled products with exposed steel girders and a floor-to-ceiling full-width glass frontage to showcase all that is innovative and inspiring about Lush. Bose pro partner, Crossover, a team known for their expertise in ... More >>

Audio-Technica on Papal duty in Philadelphia

Audio-Technica on Papal duty in PhiladelphiaUSA - On Saturday, 26 September, 2015, Pope Francis visited the Festival of Families on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Chosen to capture the Pontiff's audio was an Audio-Technica AE6100 Artist Elite hypercardioid dynamic handheld microphone, custom-painted white by Audio-Technica especially for the occasion. (Jim Evans) More >>

Basement elevates lightshow by going Rogue

Basement elevates lightshow by going RogueUSA - When Basement, the melodic rock/emo band from Ipswich, Suffolk, UK, added a 21-date US leg to their widely anticipated reunion tour, they didn't pay much attention to lighting. Captivating crowds with their raw, honest grunge-tinged songs, the group got by with house lights at jam packed performances from San Francisco to Austin to New Orleans. Then as they headed east for the last five nights of their tour, Basement moved its lighting rig up to a new level of visual excitement with some help from the Rogue R2 Wash moving LED ... More >>

Philips Vari-Lites at the Pan American Games

Philips Vari-Lites at the Pan American GamesCanada - As the one of the world's largest international multi-sport competitions, the 2015 Pan American Games hosted close to 7,000 athletes from across North America, Latin America, South America and the Caribbean. To inaugurate the opening of the games in Toronto, event organizers enlisted the assistance of 45 Degrees who brought on Martin Labrecque to oversee the lighting design. Working with Solotech, Labrecque would be challenged to create a hybrid design between theatrical and rock-n-roll and he did so using 60 VL4000 Spot ... More >>

The Macula mesmerises Rudolfinum audience

The Macula mesmerises Rudolfinum audienceCzech Republic - The Macula, a leading Czech videomapping company, recently mesmerised a private audience of 600 VIP guests at the Rudolfinum music auditorium with the SIM/NEBULA: a 45 minutes long video mapping performance accompanied by the Czech Philharmonic orchestra, led by internationally renowned conductor Jiri Belohlávek, the former principal guest conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The project involved a live orchestra of 118 musicians and projections on four sides of the auditorium (front, two sides and ceiling). The ... More >>

Community adds Audio Geer as sales representative

Community adds Audio Geer as sales representativeUSA - Founded in 1994, Audio Geer is an independent sales representative firm based in Huntington Beach, California. The firm's 12 professionals average 10 or more years' experience serving integrators and consultants in Southern California and Southern Nevada including Las Vegas. President Alan Geer says, "We strictly limit the brands we represent and always aim for a specific calibre of company. Community fits well with the products and services we provide to integrators and consultants. They're a truly professional company with great ... More >>

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