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  • New Fixture Uses LIFI Plasma Source

    PLSN Staff | News | November 19, 2008
    LARGO, FL — The Nemo, now available from SeaChanger by Ocean Optics, uses a LIFI plasma source to deliver 15,000 lumens on 180 watts of power. That measures out to be about 83 lumens per watt, or about six times the efficiency of other color engines with conventional bulbs yielding closer to 12 lumens per watt. Read More...
  • Chauvet Breaks Ground on New HQ Building

    PLSN Staff | News | November 18, 2008
    SUNRISE, FL — Chauvet broke ground on its 65,000-square-foot headquarters building, which is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2009. Chauvet Lighting owners Berenice and Albert Chauvet are pictured here, flanking Roger Wishner, deputy mayor of Sunrise, during the ceremony. Read More...
  • Coldplay’s “Magic Balls” On a Roll

    PLSN Staff | News | November 18, 2008
    HOUSTON — When Coldplay decided they wanted “Magic Balls” for their Viva la Vida World Tour, XL Video turned to Pufferfish Ltd. to provide a custom solution. Experienced in digital spherical displays and immersive media, Pufferfish Ltd. designed and delivered six “PufferSphere XL” touring units within two months. Read More...
  • Christie LX700 Projector

    PLSN Staff | News | November 18, 2008
    The new Christie LX700 with 4DColor technology is a four-panel LCD projector that offers 7,000 lumens and XGA resolution. The 4DColor technology provides a 20 percent increase in color gamut over previous three-panel LCD models. The projectors’ features include a contrast ratio of 2,200:1; an AutoFilter system that rolls out a new filter every 1,000 hours for up to 10,000 hours; digital connections with AV inputs; optional lenses; and a built-in shutter. Read More...
  • 2009 Tour Planned for Long Reach Long Riders

    PLSN Staff | News | November 17, 2008RICHMOND, VA — What started out as a one-shot motorcycle charity ride is cruising into its sixth consecutive year for the Long Reach Long Riders. So far, the group has netted over $170,000 for the ESTA Foundation’s Behind the Scenes charity and other causes. Next summer’s tour starts July 31 in Richmond, Va. and ends Aug. 6 in Dahlonega, Ga. Read More...
  • Projecting B.B. King and the Delta Blues

    PLSN Staff | News | November 17, 2008
    INDIANOLA, MS — Bowen Technovation selected Christie projectors to introduce the career of blues legend B.B. King — 60 years and counting — to visitors at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, a 20,000-square-foot facility that profiles the artist and the musical traditions of the Mississippi delta region. Read More...
  • Keeping the Looks Separate as Two Tours Merge

    PLSN Staff | News | November 14, 2008
    KNOXVILLE, TN — In the midst of their own separate tours, ZZ Top and Brooks & Dunn came together for a 17-date run across the U.S. and into Canada. The result: a merger for ZZ Top’s “In Your Face” tour (shown here) and Brooks & Dunn’s ongoing “Cowboy Town” tour, which continues on its own through the end of the year. The challenge for the two LDs was to keep the looks for each band as distinctive as their respective musical styles. Read More...
  • The 2008 Parnelli Awards – Watch the Video!

    PLSN Staff | News | November 14, 2008LAS VEGAS — The 2008 Parnelli Awards may have all been presented. The winners have flown home and they’re already working on gigs that may be considered for next year’s awards program. The lighting gear for the 2008 show has long been packed up and taken away. But the event lives on, available on PLSN-TV (www.plsn.com/tv), with highlights from the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Dennis Sheehan, the inaugural Visionary Award to Michael Tait and this year’s emcee, Alice Cooper. Read More...
  • Special Effects Add Spark to Tina Turner Tour

    PLSN Staff | News | November 14, 2008
    TORONTO — Tina Turner’s current tour is getting more than a little extra spark with attention-getting visuals engineered by Pyrotek Special Effects. Vice President Lorenzo Cornacchia collaborated with LD Baz Halpin to add everything from Dragons to Gold Flitter Mines, Red Mines with Glitter, Aqua Mines, Blue Mines and an all-fire cue of 20-by-20 Gerbs firing upstage at the conclusion of Turner’s song, “Hero.” Read More...
  • Lighting Up the CMA Awards for Country Music

    PLSN Staff | News | November 14, 2008
    NASHVILLE — The 42nd annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, a three-hour telecast on the ABC Television Network with 19 performances, including songs performed by co-hosts Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and the Eagles, shown here, was lit by LD Bob Dickinson, who added A&O Technology’s xenon Falcon luminaires to this year’s show. Read More...
  • Obama’s Election Speech Lit for Crowd, TV

    PLSN Staff | News | November 14, 2008
    CHICAGO — U.S. President-Elect Barack Obama gave his election night speech before a hometown crowd of more than 100,000 and a TV audience of millions. C3 Presents, meanwhile, gave its vote to stage lighting rental and production company Christie Lites, which elected to use Martin MAC 2000 Wash XBs to light the historic moments for both the crowd and for TV. Read More...
  • ETCP Certification Exam Posters Available

    PLSN Staff | News | November 13, 2008
    NEW YORK — The ETCP Council has come up with 24-inch-by-36-inch posters that define the eligibility requirements and target audience for each of the ETCP exams. The posters also include full content outlines for the Rigger/Theatre, Rigger/Arena and Entertainment Electrician exams. Read More...
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