PLASA announces 2010 Gottelier Award short-list
3 August 2010
UK - The organisers of the PLASA Show (12-15 September 2010, Earls Court, London) have announced the final shortlist of nominees for this year's prestigious Gottelier Award, which will be presented at the PLASA Show on Monday 13 September.
This will be the fourth Gottelier Award - named in memory of the former designer, developer and commentator Tony Gottelier (pictured), who died in 2006. The Award (sponsored by Lighting&Sound International magazine for which Tony Gottelier was a regular contributor for many years), aims to recognise those who have made a significant and sustained contribution to the development of entertainment technology. Former winners are Tony Andrews of Funktion One (2007), John Stadius of Soundtracs/DiGiCo (2008) and Alex Cooper of Klark Teknik and Midas (2009).
This year's nominees are, in no particular order:
Richard Cuthbert is director of engineering for Global Design Solutions (GDS) and prides his design of all GDS products on making a real difference to the industry and end user.
Thanks to Richard's work, GDS has introduced several industry firsts including Blues System, a maintenance free working light system; Mobal, the world's first fully automated Socapex Tester; a new cue light system allowing for the connection of a stage manger's desk via CAT5; and wireless DMX Uplighters that charge in the flight case via mains or a solar panel. These solutions are all driven by Richard and his ability to convert his ideas into actual products.
Fred Foster is Chief Executive Officer of ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc.), and one of the best known designers and developers in the industry. He started ETC in 1975 with the goal of installing the first memory lighting-control system in the New York Metropolitan Opera House. During his time he has developed a wide range of innovate products including Mega-Cue, perhaps the first console to utilise digital multiplexed data over two conductors between the desk and dimmers; the Concept console that led to the Expression/Express line of control desks; the Obsession Console and the Sensor Dimming System. He contributed to the design of the Eos, Congo and Ion desks and led the commercialisation of what became the Source Four family of spotlights. He was also a member of the USITT panel that defined what became the DMX-512 protocol.
Stephen Court has a long, innovative history in the industry. For many years he was the driving force behind Court Acoustics and his Black Box and Ramjet loudspeaker systems are known industry-wide. Now in his sixties, Stephen operates a leisure and arts centre in Taunton, but is still highly active in the design and manufacture of sound products. Some of Stephen's career highlights include creating the first off-stage mix in 1972; forming Court Acoustics, pioneering early PA systems and introducing the world's first stereo graphic equaliser and portable spectrum analyser in 1973; supplying the first line arrays to the Royal Festival Hall in '76 and introducing Black Box, the first PA to be used as line array in '78. In the nineties Stephen invented Sound Check, the world's best selling test CD.
Nominated for the fourth consecutive year, well-known industry figure Wayne's innovative products span the entertainment and architectural markets. He helped develop ESTA standards DMX512 and RDM, created Art-Net - the royalty free control protocol - and initiated the Zero Carbon Project and authored Control Freak and Rock Solid Ethernet.
Udo Kuenzler founded GLP in 1994. GLP's debut in Frankfurt featured the Patend Light, Udo's innovative fixture combining the mechanics of a moving head and a moving mirror. Recently, the Impression moving head brought the advantages of LED technology to the masses in an affordable, tourable and usable fixture. New innovations in incorporating LEDs into fresnel optics, liquid cooling to reduce fixture noise, and the world's first high powered RGB LED spot fixture are all on the cusp of public launch from Udo.
Glenn Rogers started at Allen & Heath as a design engineer in 1983, swiftly rising through the ranks to become Technical Director in 1986, Managing Director in 1992 and guiding it through a Management Buy Out. Growing sales to £25m, Glenn has been integral to the technical innovations that have made A&H successful. Standout achievements include the GS Series of recording consoles; pioneering dual-functionality in the 1990s with the GL Series; introducing professional sound and build quality to the DJ market with Xone; launching ICON, the first digital live mixer; and using Ethernet for audio control.
The Voting Phase begins . . .
The Winner of the Gottelier Award will be decided by a vote among the members of PLASA and ESTA, plus all exhibitors and all visitors pre-registered for this year's PLASA Show - all of whom will be personally invited to place their vote by the show's organisers. The winner will be the nominee with the most valid votes at the close of voting on Friday 27 August at 13.00 UK time.
The Gottelier Award will be presented on Monday 13 September 2010 during the PLASA Awards ceremony, beginning at 6.00pm in the central bar area of Earls Court 1.
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