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PLSN Interview

Mickey Curbishley’s Long and Winding Career

Michael S. Eddy •
  • July 2018
  • PLSN Interview
• July 13, 2018
Mickey Curbishley has had a long and distinguished career in the touring music industry. From his start selling shirts at concert venues, to his recently being named president of Solotech’s U.S. Rental Division, Curbishley has built his reputation on hard work, a deep knowledge of the touring industry, and the numerous close music and business […] Read More...

Mark Devlin: Concept and Content, a Video Life Story

Jim Hutchison •
  • June 2018
  • PLSN Interview
• June 4, 2018
Our industry spends a lot of time talking about video production. In most industry magazines, you will read about video panels, projectors, media servers, data pathways and all of the associated equipment that make playback and live effects a reality — most live production across the world in 2018 either includes video playback and live […] Read More...

Lighting Director Andy Knighton

Kevin M. Mitchell •
  • May 2018
  • PLSN Interview
• May 14, 2018
The first thing Andy Knighton wants you to know about him is that he works on all his vehicles. “I grew up in a small town where you’d fix your own cars, repurpose them, or soup them up, and then hang out in the grocery store parking lot with the hood up because you think […] Read More...

A Chat with Chris Weathers

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • April 2018
  • PLSN Interview
• April 12, 2018
For anyone who has toured through the Chicago area plenty of times, you have probably met Chris Weathers. He got a start in this business 30 years ago and has worked his way up to the top, holding his position as Director of Productions for the central region of the U.S. for Live Nation. Read More...

Myles Mangino

Richard Olson •
  • January 2018
  • PLSN Interview
• January 11, 2018
We caught up with Myles Mangino last month as his longtime friends, The Pixies, finish up the last couple months of a touring cycle that’s lasted over a year. In 2016, they celebrated their 30th year (though there was a lull for a while) and have been gigging consistently. Myles has been with them every step of the way. And a twisted beginning it was. Read More...
Don Earl Proprietor of Earl Girls

A Chat with Don Earl

PLSN Staff •
  • PLSN Interview
• November 9, 2017

Don Earl has been involved in show business for close to 50 years now. He was born in Buffalo, NY, but raised in Old Greenwich, CT, where he was introduced to show business at a young age.

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Dianne Fleming's passion for stagecraft led to a career in pyro and special effects

Pyro Profile: Dianne Fleming

PLSN Staff •
  • PLSN Interview
  • September 2017
• September 9, 2017

Dianne Fleming knew at an early age what she wanted to do when she grew up. Armed with an acute sense of how to get there she gravitated towards that goal with intuitive choices that began in her early teens. Her involvement with theatrical stage productions in junior high school sparked her first passion; lighting. Throughout her career, she has realized the potential of each experience she encountered. More importantly, Dianne places value and respect on the people around her, as PLSN found out while talking about the path she carved to where she is today.

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NAMM CEO Joe Lamond and Parnelli Awards Executive Producer Terry Lowe

The Parnelli Awards Move to NAMM

PLSN Staff •
  • PLSN Interview
• May 12, 2017

Strategic Alliance to Benefit All Sides of Music and Live Entertainment

As announced last month, NAMM is expanding their January Anaheim trade show to further include the live event production industry, and a big part of that strategy is bringing the Parnelli Awards to it. One factor making this possible is Anaheim Convention Center’s 200,000 square foot expansion, which will allow pro audio, lighting, staging, video, and all related manufacturers to have space available to them to exhibit at an international trade show that already pulls in over 100,000 professional registrants.

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Allen Branton

Allen Branton

PLSN Staff •
  • PLSN Interview
• April 14, 2017

The LD on Moving from a Touring Show to TV

So, you’re directing the lights on a tour and somewhere along the way, management decides to document the show on DVD, or perhaps shoot it as a TV special. At this point, a lighting designer specializing in capturing shows on camera may be brought in to help. A fixer, so to speak. Lighting designer Allen Branton has made the “Tour to TV transition” his specialty for the past 40 years. If you don’t know him personally, you know his work visually.

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Pearl Jam at Chicago's Wrigley Field last summer. Photo courtesy Nimblist

From ‘PEDG’ to ‘Nimblist’

PLSN Staff •
  • PLSN Interview
• March 13, 2017

Spike Brant and Justin Collie Rebrand

Performance Environment Design Group (PEDG), noted for their creative work in the live event and installation world and currently designing the Bon Jovi tour, has rebranded.

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Paul Guthrie and the VL-6000

1000 Words With Paul “Arlo” Guthrie

PLSN Staff •
  • PLSN Interview
• March 9, 2017

We’re chatting while peering into a spanking new Vari-Lite VL6000 at the Heroic Productions facility in Minneapolis, where production designer Paul Guthrie, (nicknamed Arlo) resides. He’s an Aussie who fell in love with an American girl and settled here back in the 1990’s. He’s pretty much covered every aspect of lighting in his career, including a huge sold out show at First Avenue’s main room last week with Poliça, a local band. His light rig consisted of six Chroma-Q Color Force 48 strip lights and six Martin MAC Auras.

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Paul Sonnleitner keeping warm at his console position in Times Square for New Year’s Eve.

1000 Words with Lighting Director Paul Sonnleitner

PLSN Staff •
  • PLSN Interview
• February 9, 2017

Well-respected programmer and lighting director Paul Sonnleitner recently spoke with PLSN about how he started his ‘is this really a career’ career, and how he approaches his work. Sonnleitner’s credits range from Broadway to live television, from national historic events, including the Presidential Political Conventions to international sports, for which he shared Emmy nominations with LD David Grill for the 2007 Pan Am Games and the 2014 Central American Games. He also has marked New Year’s Eve for the last 13 years working in Times Square. Read More...

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