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  • FCC Rules Against Live Event Industry in White Spaces Debate

    PLSN Staff | News | November 5, 2008WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission voted to allow technology companies like Google, Microsoft, Dell and Motorola to produce “white spaces” devices that will use the same radio frequency (RF) spectrum now being used by wireless microphone systems.  Final text of the rules is not yet available, but the order is purported to greatly reduce the amount of clear spectrum available for use by professional audio and communications equipment. Read More...
  • Coemar Infinity ACL

    PLSN Staff | News | November 5, 2008
    The Infinity ACL from Coemar, part of a collection of new Infinity instruments that debuted in Las Vegas last month, has a focusable black-light, variable beam size and variable beam control with rotating aerial effects. It can provide aerial effects and split color beam effects, changing color via CMY color mixing. A six degree beam angle, iris and LDC display come standard. Other fixtures making their debut at the LDI show include the relatively compact and lightweight Infinity Spot S and Infinity Wash S and the StageLite Led, a digital cyclorama that is part of Coemar’s LiteLED range. All products are distributed by Inner Circle Distribution. Read More...
  • ESTA Presents New Awards, Honors Volunteers

    PLSN Staff | News | November 3, 2008LAS VEGAS — ESTA announced the winners of its first annual Rock Our World Awards and the Frank Stewart Volunteer of the Year Award during ESTA’s Annual Dinner on Oct. 23. The association also announced the winners of its first annual Members’ Choice awards on Oct. 25. Read More...
  • Parnelli Awards Gala Honors 2008 Winners

    PLSN Staff | News | October 31, 2008
    LAS VEGAS — Those nominated by PLSN readers to be the best and brightest in the live entertainment industry assembled Oct. 24 for the 2008 Parnelli Awards gala at the Rio Hotel & Casino. Although all deserved special recognition for their contribution to the industry, a few were given the additional distinction of having won the industry’s highest honor: a Parnelli Award. To receive it, they ascending the stage shared by luminaries including Dennis Sheehan, winner of the 2008 Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award, Michael Tait, winner of the inaugural Parnelli Visionary Award, shown here; and Alice Cooper, who served as the event’s Master of Ceremonies and was also Honorary Chairperson for the Parnelli Celebrity Classic golf tournament held Oct. 23. Read More...
  • Console Helps Dance Crew Production Stay On the Beat

    PLSN Staff | News | October 30, 2008
    LOS ANGELES — All of the lighting, video and audio playback for the road show, Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew Live is being controlled by co-designer/programmer/operator Mark Jacobson on a full-size grandMA console from MA Lighting, and the video and audio, on a Green Hippo Hippotizer, “needed to be sync’d without timecode,” Jacobson said — with little room for error. “All of the video for the dance routines was edited along to the music, and some of the songs have intros that involve speaking on camera, so it has to be in sync.” Read More...
  • Exhibitors Show Their Cards in Vegas

    PLSN Staff | News | October 30, 2008
    LAS VEGAS — The fire alarm system went off with strobes flashing as lasers and spotlights pierced the smoky air in the long hall within the Las Vegas Convention Center. But attendees at the LDI show kept greeting one another with hearty handshakes and hugs, kept watched demos of new products and went right on learning about the newest software upgrade while others simply strolled along the mostly-black and occasionally confetti-strewn carpet, absorbing the visual spectacle offered by more than 400 exhibitors. Here are a few of the new developments that kept attendees from racing toward the exits. Read More...
  • Element Labs Names VP of Worldwide Sales

    PLSN Staff | News | October 29, 2008SANTA CLARA, CA — Element Labs appointed Marc Van Eekeren as vice president of worldwide sales. Van Eekeren, who has worked on both sides of the Atlantic for some 25 years, joined Barco’s Media and Entertainment division in 2001 and had served as vice president, sales for Barco Media North America, which sold video display solutions to a variety of clients. Read More...
  • All Access Opens U.K. Rental Hub

    PLSN Staff | News | October 29, 2008TORRANCE, CA — All Access Staging & Productions, Inc. announced the opening of a new storage depot 40 miles southwest of London. The facility now houses the company’s Versa Deck and will be used for more of the company’s Versa Stage products to support the tours of clients in Europe. Read More...
  • City Theatrical Announces SHoW DMX OEM Partners

    PLSN Staff | News | October 29, 2008
    CARLSTADT, NJ — City Theatrical announced its first eight SHoW DMX technology partners, each of whom have agreed to use SHoW DMX technology inside their products, which include wireless dimmers, wireless distributed dimming, wireless DMX transmitters and receivers, wireless lighting controllers and wireless remote circuit breaker panels. Read More...
  • A Building Rises for NY Fashion Week Party

    PLSN Staff | News | October 29, 2008
    NEW YORK — Fashion Week once again brought a variety of lighting designers and show producers to venerable New York landmarks, but one of Scharff Weisberg’s most impressive projects this year was on a vacant lot on the corner of 30th Street and Tenth Avenue: a temporary, three-story white building, used for a multi-million dollar bash thrown to mark Calvin Klein’s 40 years in business, which also served as a benefit for New York’s Highline urban redevelopment project. Read More...
  • LEDs Create Rock, Pop Looks for Tina Turner Tour

    PLSN Staff | News | October 28, 2008
    GLENDALE, AZ — Regarding Tina Turner’s 2008 North American tour, LD Baz Halpin noted that the show is “at times a full-on rock concert to rival AC/DC, and at other times a heavy production show similar to that of any major pop performer.” LEDs, including Coemar Infinity Wash XL lights, are helping the age-defying vocalist glisten and glow. Read More...
  • American River College Updates Rigging System

    PLSN Staff | News | October 28, 2008
    SACRAMENTO, CA — When the Theatre Arts department at American River College began making plans for its new performance space, an up-to-date rigging system was one of the department’s top priorities.  So was student safety and speedy changeovers.  The two-year community college, which serves 30,000 students, chose to update its rigging with the PowerAssist system from J.R. Clancy. Read More...
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