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Lighting Tech Killed in Fall from Catwalk

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• December 7, 2009
WEST PALM BEACH — Fenton "Andy" Hollingsworth, 27, a lighting technician at the 300-seat Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse, part of the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, was killed Dec. 3 after falling from a 30-foot-high catwalk. Read More...

UVLD Lights 2010 Auto Introduction in Chicago

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• December 4, 2009
CHICAGO — Unlimited Visibility Lighting Design (UVLD), designer Andy Henry and Gail & Rice worked together to provide lighting and video for a major automaker’s 2010 lineup, which was introduced over two days in Chicago at the Arie Crown Theater and McCormick Place. Read More...

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concerts Get Assist from Lighting, Video

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• December 4, 2009
NEW YORK — Rock fans savored two nights of performances marking the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th year at Madison Square Garden. U2, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Mick Jagger, James Taylor, Jerry Lee Lewis, Billy Joel, Metallica, Sting, Jeff Beck and Crosby, Stills & Nash were among the top artists performing. Read More...

“Tinc Tuesdays” Set to Start in January

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• December 4, 2009
NEW YORK  — Continuing education in the live-event industry is typically expensive and is held at distant or inconvenient locations.  Tinc Design & Productions aims to change that with the launch of Tinc Tuesdays. Read More...

ESTA Names Winners for its Members Choice Awards, BTS Raffle

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• December 4, 2009
NEW YORK—ESTA members voted on products at the recent LDI show in Orlando, recognizing innovation in three categories: Expendable, Widget and Equipment. The 2009 winners were Rose Brand for its Robo Glue, Sapsis Rigging’s SRI ProPlus Crossover Fullbody Fall Arrest Harness and the LightConverse 3D Virtual Show Platform v40. Read More...

In Memoriam: Bernie Munzelle, 80

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• December 2, 2009
Bernie Munzelle, an executive with Hitachi for over 30 years who served as national sales manager, died Nov. 26 from heart failure. He had recently celebrated his 80th birthday with his family. Munzelle is survived by his wife, two daughters, a son and five grandchildren. Read More...

In Memoriam: Brutus Schwirtz, 55

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• December 2, 2009
Brutus Schwirtz, an ETCP-certified rigger, passed away in his sleep on Nov. 28, 2009. Schwirtz, 55, was in Detroit preparing for the Detroit Auto show with his son Shane.  Read More...

2009 Elation Education Experience Award (E3) Goes to Thomas Pendergrass

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• December 1, 2009
LOS ANGELES — Elation Professional presented its annual Elation Education Experience Award (E3) to Thomas Pendergrass of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. at the LDI Expo in Orlando, Fla.  Elation Professional created E3 in 2006 to encourage young lighting designers to pursue careers in the House of Worship (HOW) market. Read More...

XS Lighting Uses RevEAL Fixture from Prism Projection

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• November 29, 2009
KANSAS CITY, MO — So many colors — but none of them simply white. That was the dilemma facing XS Lighting, which had sought out LED alternatives to power-guzzling conventional gear since the mid-1990s. Read More...

JCALPRO Provides Production and Rigging for “Wheel of Fortune”

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• November 29, 2009
BOSTON — JCALPRO provided all of the setup and rigging labor for the production aspects of Wheel of Fortune’s 15 Boston themed episodes, which aired in November on WBZ-TV. JCALPRO also provided rigging support equipment, such as aerial lifts and hardware, and had operators covering various positions during taping, including projection, lighting board control, audio and props. Read More...

Prelite Shifts to Onsite Previz Services Only

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• November 29, 2009
NEW YORK — With performances from rock ‘n’ roll’s royalty, the recent 25th Anniversary event for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was a pivotal event. But according to LD Kevin Lawson, it also had the makings of being an “onsite scheduling nightmare.” Read More...

FocusTrack On Broadway and the Road

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• November 29, 2009
NEW YORK—Two recent theatre productions have adopted FocusTrack, the production lighting documentation system. The Donmar Warehouse production of Hamlet used FocusTrack on its transfer from London to Broadway, and Lincoln Center’s touring production of South Pacific is using FocusTrack on the road. Read More...

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