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Martin’s Q3 Results Lead to Job Cuts

PLSN Staff •
  • International News
• November 25, 2008
AARHUS, Denmark — Despite a boost from its prominent role at the Beijing Olympics and the positive, albeit delayed, launch of its MAC III Profile, Martin Professional is reeling from a sharp reduction in spending among leasing clients who are holding back on investments in new gear. The company has responded with a reorganization of its European sales organization and plans to cut 200 jobs by year’s end. Read More...

Robert Ornbo, 1931-2008

PLSN Staff •
  • International News
• November 25, 2008
SUFFOLK, U.K. — Robert Ornbo, one of the world’s most prolific and celebrated lighting designers, with over 300 productions to his credit, died Nov. 19 at the age of 77. The cause was Fibrosing Alveolitis, a condition Ornbo had been battling since he was diagnosed with it in 2001. Read More...

A&O Technology Opens U.K. Rental Facility

PLSN Staff •
  • International News
• November 25, 2008
BLACKBURN, Lancashire, U.K. — With the support of lighting rental company HSL, A&O Technology launched a U.K. warehouse to complement its facilities in Europe, the U.S. and the Middle East. Shown here, from left, are HSL’s Simon Stuart and Mike Oates, with A&O’s Marco Niedermeier. Read More...

Equipping Curve Leicester with Flexible Gear

PLSN Staff •
  • International News
• November 25, 2008
LEICESTER, U.K. — Curve Leicester, a theatre designed by architect Rafael Viñoly, has been equipped with new gear including Robert Juliat’s followspots, long-throw profile lanterns and fresnel- and pebble-convex lens spotlights and the Robert Juliat Lutin with interchangeable lenses. Read More...

Martin Appoints New Brazilian Distributor

PLSN Staff •
  • International News
• November 24, 2008

SAO LEOPOLDO, Brazil — Martin Professional has appointed Pro Shows Comércio de Eletroeletrônicos Ltda as its new distributor and official representative in Brazil. Pro Shows was founded in 2003 by the company’s president, Vladimir de Souza. Read More...

Revving Up a Car Maker’s Image, Indoors and Out

PLSN Staff •
  • International News
• November 24, 2008
JOHANNESBURG — Gearhouse South Africa provided custom-built indoor and outdoor stands for Indian automaker Tata Motors at the 2008 Johannesburg International Motor Show at the Expo Centre. Robyn Mulligan managed the project via GSA subsidiaries Sets, Drapes and Screens (SDA) and In2Structures. Read More...

Lighting Up the Laughs with The Mighty Boosh

PLSN Staff •
  • International News
• November 24, 2008
LONDON — Lighting designer Arturo Ollandini is using Robe ColorSpot and ColorWash 2500 moving lights supplied by Sonalyst in his design for comedy duo, The Mighty Boosh, currently on tour in the U.K. The show, produced by Phil McIntyre Entertainments, is a mix of comedy and music with the lighting requirements of a theatrical rock ‘n’ roll tour. Read More...

New Gear Used for Italian TV’s “Veline”

PLSN Staff •
  • International News
• November 24, 2008
MILAN, Italy — The Italian news parody, Striscia la Notizia, or The News Slithers, has become popular enough for the talent search for the two female performers who accompany the show to become a hit on its own, with a full complement of Clay Paky gear used to light the final performances and the interviews with the winning pair of female contestants. Read More...

PR Lighting Washes Ukrainian Landmarks in Color

PLSN Staff •
  • International News
• November 24, 2008
DONETSK, Ukraine — Lighting supplier Cortmi Ltd. is using architectural lighting fixtures from China-based PR Lighting to wash landmark buildings in this eastern Ukraine urban center in bright colors, including a permanent installation for the Akula business center and the temporary wash for a residence constructed by Donbass Investment and Construction Co. Ltd. (DISC). Read More...

Martin Appoints Solvang, Barker

PLSN Staff •
  • International News
• November 19, 2008
AARHUS, Denmark — Martin Professional A/S  has named Anne Mette Solvang as head of marketing at the company’s headquarter office in Denmark. Martin also appointed Martin Barker as the company’s commercial product manager for its architectural segment. Barker will work out of both the company’s headquarters office and its head office in the U.K. Read More...

Live Technic Named Robe Distributor in Norway

PLSN Staff •
  • International News
• November 19, 2008
KRISTIANSAND, Norway — Robe has named Live Technic as distributor for its products in Norway. Thor-Andre Sæther, left, and Finn Nilsen, right, formed Live Technic in 2006. Sæther became familiar with Robe products as an LD and programmer, and felt it was the right brand for Live Technic to distribute. Read More...

LEDs Help Jackson Browne Tour Go Green

PLSN Staff •
  • International News
• November 19, 2008
OSAKA, Japan — Jackson Browne was “pivotal” in the decision to use an LED-dominated lighting rig for the first time on the world tour supporting the 2008 album, Time the Conqueror, according to Dave Davidian, lighting and production designer. “He’s a very green-oriented person,” said Davidian, who has worked with Browne since 1990. “I was curious about LEDs too.” Read More...

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