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Philips Vari-Lite celebrates 30 years of leading the moving light way at PLASA 2012

7th September, 2012

It’s been thirty years since the famous ‘eureka’ moment that saw the first ever Vari-Lite luminaires roll of the production line and onto the world’s stages. This moment opened the creative lighting designer’s door to a world of automated moving light and colour-change technology. This year, PLASA 2012, (Earls Court, 9th – 12thSeptember), Hall 1, stand BV 1 F-50, will see Philips Entertainment premier brand, Vari-Lite mark three dynamic, innovation packed, decades of moving light development.

“Live entertainment has changed dramatically since Showco (the company set up by Rusty Brutsché and Jack Maxson in 1970 and which subsequently became Vari-Lite) pioneered the first moving and colour changing fixtures,” explains Vice President of Worldwide Sales & Marketing for Philips Vari-Lite, Bob Schacherl. “It’s hard to imagine that before Vari-Lite, concerts typically demanded up to 3,000 fixtures, each of which had to be manually focused and coloured.”

Avolites Media launches groundbreaking products at PLASA 2012

7th September, 2012

Avolites Media showcased the exciting Ai Infinity Media Server and launched the groundbreaking Sapphire Media console at PLASA 2012.

Just one event-packed year since Avolites Media was launched at PLASA 2011, the company previewed the industry anticipated ‘Sapphire Media’, a video control console that will put Avolites Media at the forefront of mixed media visual control.
Steve Warren, managing director of Avolites Media is delighted: “The last 12 months have seen our Ai Infinity Media Server deliver some of the richest and most electrifying visual feasts for some of the most stunning, internationally televised events and live performance shows on earth. Just a year into our new venture we were thrilled to be able to bring so much good news about the Ai Infinity to this year’s PLASA and to introduce our second exciting media control product, the Sapphire Media, to the show floor.”

Philips Entertainment adds Showline to the Vari-Lite, Selecon and Strand Lighting Family

7th September, 2012

Philips Entertainment has debuted professional lighting brand Showline and its range of super-efficient, feature-rich, professional entertainment LED fixtures at PLASA 2012.

Showline joins premier lighting brands Vari-Lite, Selecon and Strand Lighting.

Specifically designed with the live music and events markets in mind, Showline luminaires work seamlessly together with other Philips Entertainment Brand luminaires, offering consistent colour matching, dimming and operation along with intuitive, simplified set up.

This means lighting designers and technicians are now freer than ever to plan their production, safe in the knowledge that they can achieve consistent light and colour across the full range of luminaires. On show will be the SL BAR 640 and 660, the SL BAR 520 and the SL PAR 150.


7th September, 2012

Dallas, Texas – Born in the USA singer, Bruce Springsteen is a rock star that loves to play live. For his lighting designer Jeff Ravitz, keeping the visual excitement real can be quite a challenge. Springsteen is notorious for his unofficially extended concerts and its Ravitz’s job to stay one step ahead of his, sometimes unpredictable, program.
Forming the backbone of his lighting rig is a battalion of Philips Vari-Lite luminaires including 21 VL2500 Spots, 22 VL3000 Spots, 15 VL1100TSD luminaires and a VL3500 Spot. As Ravitz points out, “I have to be ready for anything at any time.”


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