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  • Crew and Console Keep Madonna Lit for Fans, DVD

    PLSN Staff | News | November 12, 2008
    DENVER — The crew for Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet tour is hitting the road once again with lighting control by grandMA. It’s “our board of choice,” said lighting programmer Troy Eckerman. Also used on Madonna’s tour last year, the console is being used to control some additions to the touring rig, including Martin’s Stagebar 54 LED luminaires. Read More...
  • E3 Winners Attend WFx Show

    PLSN Staff | News | November 12, 2008
    HOUSTON — Elation Professional presented the winners of the 2008 Elation Educational Experience (E3) contest with their awards at the 2008 WFx Show. Pictured here are, from left, Elation’s Scott Davies, winners Frank Meyer, Yoshihito Takahashi and Josh Johnston, and Elation’s Eric Loader. Read More...
  • LEDtronics Names New Architectural Product Sales Manager

    PLSN Staff | News | November 12, 2008
    TORRANCE, CA — Citing increasing demand for LED products from the entertainment and hospitality industries, LEDtronics, Inc. named Greg Krymer as product sales manager for architectural lighting.  Krymer had been the company’s southern California district sales manager.
  • Lighting System Grows with New Opera House

    PLSN Staff | News | November 12, 2008
    WEXFORD, Ireland — The new Wexford Opera House is on the same site as its predecessor, the Theatre Royal, but at 83,420 square feet, it is 4.5 times larger, and now offers almost twice the seating capacity and a 130 percent increase in stage area. Read More...
  • ESP Vision Announces Vectorworks 2009 Plugins

    PLSN Staff | News | November 12, 2008LAS VEGAS — ESP Vision announced that modeling plugins for use with Vectorworks Spotlight 2009 on Windows and Mac OSX operating systems are now available. The company noted that Vectorworks is the only modeling program that currently is available on both Windows and Mac environments. The plugins will let LDs create Vision data files using Vectorworks Spotlight 2009 running on the PC and Mac. Read More...
  • Internal Projection Lights Coldplay’s Spheres

    PLSN Staff | News | November 11, 2008
    ATLANTA — Lasers, moving lights and imagery from Brian Eno’s 77 Million Paintings archive aren’t the only elements adding visual interest to Coldplay’s Viva La Vida tour. (See “Wide Angle,” PLSN, Oct. 2008). A collaboration between LD Paul Normandale, XL Video and Pufferfish and others has resulted in internally projected spheres looming above the performers. Read More...
  • Staind Tours U.S. and Europe with New Gear

    PLSN Staff | News | November 11, 2008
    UNCASVILLE, CT — Staind is using new gear including Martin’s 1,500-watt MAC III Profile for the band’s tour of the U.S. and Europe in support of their latest release, The Illusion of Progress. Michael Cooper, lighting designer and programmer, had used Martin gear previously and was willing to give the new profile spots a try. Read More...
  • ALFC Church Glows Anew with LEDs

    PLSN Staff | News | November 10, 2008
    EL PASO, TX — The Abundant Living Faith Center (ALFC) is a nondenominational, multicultural church with over 15,000 active members and a mix of ministries and activities. After a major expansion and renovation project, the church features a new 3,600-seat main auditorium where 36 PixelPar 90s light up the backdrop in a variety of colors. Read More...
  • Hansen Receives ESTA’s Eva Swan Award

    PLSN Staff | News | November 10, 2008LAS VEGAS — ESTA presented its 2008 Eva Swan Award to Tim Hansen in recognition of his service to the association over many years.  The award was presented at ESTA’s Annual Dinner by the 2005 Swan recipient, Wally Blount. Blount had worked with Hansen on the development of the Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP).


  • Gobos Go Green as Use of Lasers Expands

    PLSN Staff | News | November 10, 2008FORT WAYNE, IN — Apollo Design Technology, Inc. announced that it is switching from chemical etching to laser technology for all gobo production. The switch, prompted by safety and environmental concerns, started with steel gobos in 2007. Laser-etching technology is now being used to produce Apollo’s glass gobos as well. Read More...
  • Starbucks Conference Serves as AV Showcase

    PLSN Staff | News | November 7, 2008
    NEW ORLEANS — Starbucks may have announced plans earlier this year to close about 600 of its locations, or about 5 percent of all U.S. stores, between July 2008 and March 2009, but the company went full steam ahead with a reported $3 million investment in its recent Leadership Conference, which drew more than 10,000 of its management team members to New Orleans to experience a show staged by Seattle-based production company Touch and AV Concepts, Tempe, Ariz. Read More...
  • CSL’s Studnicky Receives Community Award

    PLSN Staff | News | November 7, 2008NORTH CREEK, NY — George B. Studnicky III, president and CEO of Creative Stage Lighting (CSL), recently received recognition for his community service from the Hudson Headwaters Health Network, a not-for-profit system of community health centers serving the Adirondack, Lake George, and Glens Falls areas in Upstate New York. Read More...
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