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  • RPI’s EMPAC Updated with Robert Juliat Followspots

    PLSN Staff | News | January 21, 2009
    TROY, NY —The new Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) is using a pair of Robert Juliat Topaze followspots for its venues. Read More...
  • New Edition of DMX512-A Available

    PLSN Staff | News | January 21, 2009NEW  YORK—A new edition of a lighting protocol that started with DMX 512 is now available. ANSI E1.11 - 2008, Entertainment Technology - USITT DMX512-A, Asynchronous Serial Digital Data Transmission Standard for Controlling Lighting Equipment and Accessories, can now be purchased from The ESTA Foundation. Read More...
  • Scharff Weisberg Supplies Video, Lighting for “Shrek”

    PLSN Staff | News | January 21, 2009
    NEW YORK—It was an ogre of a job, but Scharff Weisberg handily embraced video and lighting support for Shrek the Musical on Broadway. The show is a production of DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions Ltd. Read More...
  • LED Displays for Presidential Inauguration

    PLSN Staff | News | January 21, 2009
    WASHINGTON, DC — There’s nothing like witnessing an American presidential inauguration in person — unless you’re one of more than one million other persons trying to catch a glimpse of the event. But mobile and modular LED screens helped at least some of those crowding the nation’s capital to see Barack Obama become the 44th U.S. president. Read More...
  • AMPAS Award to Go to Fixture for Film, TV

    PLSN Staff | News | January 20, 2009
    BEVERLY HILLS, CA — ARRI announced that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will recognize Erwin Melzner, Volker Schumacher and Timo Müller with an AMPAS award for the development of the ARRIMAX 18/12 HMI on Feb. 7. Read More...
  • Litepanels Expands to Larger Facility

    PLSN Staff | News | January 20, 2009

    VAN NUYS, CA — Litepanels, Inc. has moved from its previous location in North Hollywood to a larger facility here that includes warehouse and shipping areas, with room for separate product development, assembly and repair departments.

  • ETC Names Harvey Sweet Technical Product Manager, R&D

    PLSN Staff | News | January 19, 2009
    MIDDLETON, WI —Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc. (ETC) has named Harvey Sweet as the company’s technical product manager in research and development. “Harvey Sweet is an authority in the stagecraft field,” said Fred Foster, ETC CEO. “And I also happen to be privileged to have known him for 33 years — since I aced his course in theater technology at the University of Wisconsin.” Read More...
  • Nick Jackson Leaves PRG’s Concert Touring Group

    PLSN Staff | News | January 19, 2009

    NEW WINDSOR, NY — Nick Jackson, senior vice president of PRG’s Concert Touring group, stepped down from his position, according to Jere Harris, chairman and CEO. “Since joining PRG in 1998, Nick has worked tirelessly to establish our Concert Touring division as the leading provider of entertainment technology solutions for some of the biggest acts in the business.  It has been an honor to work with this industry pioneer."

  • Martin De Prycker, CEO of Barco, Resigns

    PLSN Staff | News | January 19, 2009

    KORTRIJK, Belgium — After seven years at the helm of Barco, Martin De Prycker has resigned from his position as CEO of the company. Barco's board accepted the resignation and proposed that Eric Van Zele, currently a member of the board, assume the CEO position. Van Zele accepted that appointment.

  • Trans Siberian Orchestra Tour Gets New Pyro Looks

    PLSN Staff | News | January 16, 2009
    AUSTIN, TX — It’s become an annual challenge for Pyrotek Special Effects’ Doug Adams: how to top the “Wow” factor generated by the previous year’s pyro design for the Trans Siberian Orchestra tour. “Talks of new designs and proposals start literally after the completion of each year’s tour,” said Adams, who worked with TSO founder Paul O’Neill, LD Bryan Hartley and lighting programmer Nick Militello on the 2008/2009 tour. Read More...
  • Element Labs 2009 Open House

    PLSN Staff | News | January 16, 2009
    NEW YORK — Element Labs, Inc and Niles Creative Group are holding an open house at the Niles Creative Group studio Jan. 19-23. Products and design ideas for both companies, like the design for the Marco Borsato concert by Element Labs, shown here, will be part of the open house. Private sessions are also available. For more information, attendees can RSVP by email at Read More...
  • ESTA, USITT Gearing Up for Training Sessions

    PLSN Staff | News | January 15, 2009LARGO, MD — The ESTA Foundation and USITT are making final preparations for Vectorworks Spotlight, theatrical rigging and electrical training sessions to be held at Prince George’s Community College over a six-day span from Jan. 26 through Jan. 31, 2009. The training event will be hosted and co-produced by that school and by IATSE Local 22. Read More...
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