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International News

  • Fine-Tuning the Truss for the Red Piano Tour

    PLSN Staff | International News | December 3, 2008
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden — With campy set elements ranging from ersatz letters spelling E-L-T-O-N to a monstrous set of inflatable boobs, it’s unlikely that many people are paying much attention to the truss on Elton John’s Red Piano tour. But it’s also safe to say that the visuals for the show as a whole would not be the same without the truss and the 20-way Kinesys automation system provided by Summit Steel that moves set elements around. Read More...
  • Romanian Buildings Glow with Change

    PLSN Staff | International News | December 3, 2008
    GALATI and TECUCI, Romania — Daily life has changed for most of the residents of Galati and Tecuci, located near the border with Modavia and Ukraine, and so have the nights, with color-changing washes used on landmark buildings. The installation uses IP65-rated projectors from Clay Paky equipped with color diffusion filters, including 15 CP Color 150s and eight CP Color 575s. Read More...
  • Barco Announces Second Round of Staff Cuts

    PLSN Staff | International News | December 2, 2008KORTRIJK, Belgium — Barco’s plan to reduce its costs by 30 million euros, announced in July, was followed by staff reductions in September, and the company recently announced a second round of staff cuts which will trim the company’s global ranks by an additional 200 people. The company added that 130 of those people will be leaving the company this month. Read More...
  • LEDs Light Azadi Tower in Teheran

    PLSN Staff | International News | December 2, 2008
    TEHERAN, Iran — The Azadi Tower, made from 8,000 blocks of white marble and standing 50 meters high since it was built in Iran’s capital in 1971, is now being lit at night with a variety of LED fixtures from SGM. The fixtures, supplied by TechnoPro L.L.C., include 56 Genio Mobile units with 8° lenses, 120 Palco 5 fixtures with 8° lenses and 16 Genio Mobile units with 25° lenses. Read More...
  • ChainMaster To Add Production and Training Facilities

    PLSN Staff | International News | December 2, 2008EILENBURG, Germany — ChainMaster is adding production, presentation and training facilities to its headquarters location. The company expects a 350-square-meter expansion of its production area to be complete by the end of March 2009, and a second phase of construction adding 400 square meters to its production and presentation areas to be completed by next fall. Read More...
  • Moving Lights for Slovakian TV’s “Cat Girls”

    PLSN Staff | International News | November 28, 2008
    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Over 100 Robe moving lights, controlled by grandMA consoles and other gear from MA Lighting, were used to light “Cat Girls,” a Slovakian TV show that tries to find the sexiest girl in the country. The show was staged in the Expo Arena in front of a live audience and broadcast live on Slovakia’s Markiza network. Read More...
  • Martin’s Q3 Results Lead to Job Cuts

    PLSN Staff | International News | November 25, 2008AARHUS, 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, 2008SUFFOLK, 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...
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