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  • 2012 Super Bowl halftime show load-out, photo by Mike Harder

    Elaborate Halftime Show Part of Most-Watched Super Bowl Ever

    PLSN Staff | News | February 6, 2012

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Over 111 million viewers tuned into NBC to watch Super Bowl XLVI and the Bridgestone Halftime Show featuring Madonna, LMFAO, M.I.A., Nicki Minaj and Cee Lo Green. The halftime show was lit by Al Gurdon and featured a production design by Bruce Rodgers of Tribe, Inc. The show’s large cast performed Cirque du Soleil influenced-choreography on 43 modular pieces handled by some 500 stagehands, with load-in and load-out (pictured here) taking place in nine and 10 minutes, respectively. PLSN editor Justin Lang and Stage Directions editor Jacob Coakley followed the action as it happened, tweeting live on Twitter.

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  • Super Bowl Village

    Elation Elated Over Super Bowl Weekend

    PLSN Staff | News | February 6, 2012

    INDIANAPOLIS – More than 135 Elation Platinum Beam 5R ACL beam effects filled the nighttime sky over downtown Indianapolis as Dodd Technologies turned Georgia Street into a Super Bowl Village experience for visitors to the city.

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  • WorldStage Boxing

    WorldStage A Winner in Showtime’s World Boxing Classic

    PLSN Staff | News | February 3, 2012

    NEW YORK – WorldStage Inc. supported the final championship event Dec. 17 for Showtime Sports’ “Super Six World Boxing Classic” at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.  “The championship was an enhanced version of a normal boxing match,” says Jim Ferrara, lighting designer/production manager with Frank Gatto Lighting.  So WorldStage delivered the additional bells and whistles: a lot more lighting effects, video playback and enhanced audio.

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  • Gateway Church

    Texas’ Gateway Church Chooses Martin Lighting

    PLSN Staff | News | February 3, 2012

    AARHUS, Denmark - Gateway Church in Southlake, TX, is an active church with the fixtures operating about 10 hours a day, seven days a week. LD Kyle Russelburg chose Martin fixtures for accomplish three main lighting needs: shooting for TV/web broadcast in HD, lighting for unique services, and hosting conferences throughout the year. Barbizon Lighting’s Texas office did the installation.
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  • Jimmy Fallon

    Reed Rigging Supports Jimmy Fallon’s Super Bowl Broadcast

    PLSN Staff | News | February 3, 2012

    INDIANAPOLIS – Reed Rigging provided production rigging support for a specially designed and constructed set for the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon television show broadcast from Indianapolis’ Hilbert Circle Theatre.  The Indianapolis-based broadcasts coincided with the NFL’s Super Bowl week.

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  • Austin City Limits

    Austin City Limits Outfits New Studio with Philips Strand Lighting

    PLSN Staff | News | February 1, 2012

    AUSTIN, TX - The Austin City Limits TV series had a number of challenges when moving into its new, larger studio, The Moody Theatre in downtown Austin, TX. From a studio holding 325 spectators to a venue holding 2,700 for multi purposes, lighting needed to be flexible but specific. Part of the system lighting director Walter Olden chose included Philips Strand Lighting LEKO LITE luminaires and a Light Palette VL control console.

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  • Roxette

    Vari-Lite VL3000 Spots Gives Roxette Tour ‘The Look’

    PLSN Staff | News | February 1, 2012

    DALLAS - So successful was the 2011 tour that this year Roxette will embark on yet another ‘Round the World’ popfest with another 65 shows planned for 2012. LD Calle Brattberg will be with them, again using Philips Vari-Lite VL3000 Spot luminaires as the backbone of the design.

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  • Long Reach Long Riders

    Long Riders Announce 2012 Ride for Charity

    PLSN Staff | News | February 1, 2012

    PHILADELPHIA  - The 2012 Long Reach Long Riders (LRLR) announced their 2012 eight-day motorcycle ride starting Aug. 3 in Seattle, WA. The group raises money for two charities: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, and The ESTA Foundation’s Behind the Scenes. This year’s ride promises “some of the finest scenery” ever and a fun way to raise money for the two charities.

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  • PLSN & SD Live Tweet the Super Bowl Halftime Show

    Join PLSN on Twitter during the Super Bowl Halftime Show

    PLSN Staff | News | February 1, 2012

    LAS VEGAS – Every year it happens. Industry folks talk about the production wins and losses of the Super Bowl Halftime Show. Call it Monday morning quarterbacking; we express our cheers and jeers about the show. This year, PLSN and Stage Directions turn Monday morning quarterbacking into a simultaneous, live-as-it-happens Sunday event with the live tweeting during the Halftime Show.

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  • RJ Victor Followspot

    Metropolitan Opera Takes Delivery of RJ Victor Followspots

    PLSN Staff | News | January 31, 2012

    WALLINGFORD, CT  – The Metropolitan Opera at New York City’s Lincoln Center now has four new Robert Juliat Victor 1800W followspots in its inventory, as specified by Patrick Eagleton of Contemporary Lights & Staging. The fixtures join other Robert Juliat fixtures, the RJ 2.5W Profiles, already in-house.

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  • Bill Requiring Outdoor Staging Permits, Inspections Passes Indiana State Senate

    PLSN Staff | News | January 28, 2012

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s lawmakers, undoubtedly mindful of the Aug. 13, 2011 Indiana State Fair staging collapse that killed seven people, made progress in late January toward the establishment of a new state law that will govern the use of outdoor staging. Senate Bill No. 273 passed and was forwarded to the state’s House of Representatives for consideration. Although it may be modified further in the House, it will most likely require permits for any event after June 2012 where staging structures are in use.

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  • Book Cover

    Vectorworks Tutorial Released for Scenic, Lighting Design

    PLSN Staff | News | January 27, 2012

    COLUMBIA, MD - Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. announces the publication of a new training guide for users of Vectorworks software: Entertainment and Lighting Design with Vectorworks Spotlight. The manual was written by Kevin Lee Allen, a well-known lighting and scenic designer whose work includes theater, film, television, museums and corporate environments. The tutorial is part of the prize package for the iSquint.net and Stage Directions Student Lighting Design Competition (SLDC). Entries are due March 16, and the winner will be announced March 29 at the USITT Conference.

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