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Philips Entertainment’s Game Changing New Luminaires and Control to Debut in the UK at PLASA Focus

23rd April, 2014

The latest products from Philips Entertainment’s premier brands – Selecon, Showline, Strand Lighting, and Vari-Lite – will make their UK debut at PLASA Focus, Leeds, stand NA-12 from 29-30 April.

Showline is exhibiting a plethora of new products. The SL NITRO 510C follows on the success of the original SL NITRO 510 LED strobe. The SL NITRO 510C LED strobe adds full RGBW capabilities into the same compact size luminaire while maintaining similar massive output, multiple zone control and continuous-on abilities.

Also debuting in the UK is the Showline SL WASH 350, a compact moving washlight with three independent zones of homogenized RGBW control. In addition, budget minded projects will appreciate the new SL ePAR 180 and SL eSTROBE 130. These two luminaires offer high output and innovative features in a compact size.

Philips Selecon premieres the LED RAMA Fresnel, which provides an adjustable cone of light, a soft edge, and is easily blended with adjacent beams for even illumination. The LED RAMA’s features include DMX 512A (RDM) input/output with 8 or 16 bit resolution, quiet active cooling system, onboard LCD menu, and a smooth ‘posi-slide’ focus system. The luminaire is constructed from aluminium extrusion and moulded engineering plastics, tilt and focus scales are in real degrees allowing for accurate WYSIWYG implementation.

Philips Strand Lighting’s brand new NEO expandable control system also makes its UK debut. The sleek and modern NEO is designed to make a strong statement of Strand Lighting’s commitment to creating forward-thinking, powerful consoles catering for the needs of the most demanding lighting design projects.

“We are incredibly excited about the NEO console, which heralds a new era for Strand Lighting as the company celebrates its 100th anniversary of lighting control,” says Pete Borchetta, Philips Entertainment Product Marketing Manager. “NEO offers the ability to seize the light, to grab, move, change, position, colour and motivate your lighting design simply and effectively. NEO is the closest that a designer can get to actually touching the light.”

NEO includes an incredible array of features, including: a fully-featured graphics display, an effects ‘timeline’ feature allowing drag and drop to create perfectly timed sequences, and floating windows allowing the operator to configure their views in the way they want to see things, making it easier to find information.

Staff from all four of Philips Entertainment’s brands will be on stand to discuss the new products.

PLASA Focus is at The Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, 29-30 April 2014, and Philips Entertainment is in the New Dock Hall stand NA-12.

Triple E on Track for PLASA Focus with an Armoury of Industry-Leading Products and Enhanced Website

22nd April, 2014

Entertainment equipment engineering expert Triple E will be on stand R-B14 at PLASA Focus, Leeds, armed with its array of industry-leading track systems, its brand new heavy duty TDrive motor, and a rebooted website with enhanced quote tools.

Triple E’s David Edelstein and Scott Foster will be available to discuss the company’s Erail, Unitrack, and Unibeam track systems, known for their simple design, rugged construction and ease of installation in entertainment applications. The company’s popular SDrive and original TDrive motors will also be on show.

Visitors will also be able to get hands-on with the brand new heavy duty TDrive motor, which makes its UK debut at PLASA Focus. It was created in response to the requirements of a number of projects in the USA and Canada.

The new TDrive HD motor has been developed for longer track systems and heavier curtains. The motor is designed to work with Unibeam and Unitrack systems. Like the standard TDrive it incorporates the control, so is a plug and play system. The drive pulley is upgraded to a triple groove system with two rope tensioners.

The unit can have a POSI BOX added which includes a rope driven Encoder head pulley for programmed intermediate positioning. The motor can be controlled by the Triple E Marvin touch screen, which was previewed at the 2013 ABTT Theatre Show in London.

“Since we launched the SDrive and TDrive plug and play motors, in 2012 and 2013 respectively, demand for these systems has been steadily increasing as word has got around about their great value, easy installation and reliability,” says David Edelstein. “We will be launching new accessories during the course of 2014.”

To coincide with PLASA Focus, Triple E is unveiling its rebooted www.3-eee.com website with a radically redesigned, user-friendly instant quote tool. The engine driving the powerful quote tool has been built over the last 18 months, with a view to simplifying orders of both track systems and any required components and accessories.

All of Triple E’s six main tracks systems, including U shapes and perimeter tracks, are available for instant quotes using the tool.

“We believe the new tools we’ve implemented on our new website will make it easier, faster, and more efficient for our customers to get to the information and products they require to obtain a quote,” says Triple E’s Managing Director David Edelstein. “The newly launched online service features a handy tool allowing clients to get a clear picture of cost for the most often requested track layouts.”

All of Triple E’s partners can have their own login to the site, where all quotes can be saved and/or downloaded, or emailed directly to them. Edelstein is inviting anyone who’d like to take advantage of this service to get in touch – david.edelstein@3-eee.com or visit the stand.

“The new site is a massive step forward for Triple E,” continues Edelstein. “In addition to providing a better service to existing and prospective customers, the added bonus is it gives us more time to work on special projects and research and development projects, helping Triple E continue to produce new product solutions for the industry.”

The new site is now live at www.3-eee.com

Triple E has produced a series of ‘how-to’ videos, demonstrating how to make the most of the new quote tools, which can be viewed at  www.youtube.com/user/TripleEVideos

Triple E is on stand R-B14, Royal Armouries, Leeds, 29-30 April 2014.

THE INTERN POST: My third week experience at The Fifth Estate

17th April, 2014

 

Our fantastic intern Marco García went out and about with his camera taking some snaps of the 5E’s beautiful seaside hometown and surrounding areas. Check out his photos and what he’s got to say about them by heading to our Facebook page.

Philips Showline SL NITRO 510s are a hit on Goldfrapp’s latest European tour

17th April, 2014

‘Striking, stylish and slightly strange’ are the words that established lighting designer Rob Sinclair uses to describe his eerie lighting design for musical duo Goldfrapp’s latest tour. Similar words could also describe the effects that he gets from the Philips Showline SL NITRO 510 strobe luminaires, which Sinclair has specified to deliver cinematic, crisp, cross stage washes alongside stark, ice white strobe effects.

Inspired by the ‘film noir’ artistry of Goldfrapp’s latest album ‘Tales of Us’, Sinclair’s high contrast lighting design uses 10 x Philips Showline SL NITRO 510’s to create unadulterated up-lit washes and acid-flash strobe effects that accompany some of the band’s most haunting tracks.

“We worked hard to create a lighting design that would complement Alison Goldfrapp’s double exposure photography, which is currently used as the artwork for the stage backdrop and also on the album cover,” explains Sinclair. “I wanted the atmosphere to come across as sinister and rural but with a slightly urban, man made edge to it.”

The SL NITRO 510s, which are supplied by lighting rental company Neg Earth, make up the bulk of Sinclair’s floor package: “We use the fixtures to deliver strobe effects at various intensities and full on cross stage washes,” explains Sinclair. “The SL NITRO 510s have a slightly narrower beam than I’m used to. The result is a longer throw that has proved really useful for lighting people from a distance. More traditional strobes often need to be very close to the subject and are then prove to be too hot. The NITROs performed brilliantly from the side of the stage, particularly during the song ‘Lovely Head’ – which has a number of entirely strobe lit sections.”

Sinclair’s overall design concept is built around an asymmetrical, dual purpose ‘forest of light’ that veers from providing subtle lighting effects to full on dramatically dynamic sets to disappearing altogether.

“Before the NITRO I’d been reluctant to use LED strobes,” continues Sinclair. “That was until I did a little shoot out at Neg Earth in December. What impresses me most about them is the sheer brightness of the strobe and the fact that it needs absolutely no recharge time.”

The tour’s lighting operator Louisa Smurthwaite is equally impressed: “What’s great about the SL NITRO 510s is that you can programme them in a 4 channel Mode and pretty much get anything you want out of them quickly. I think it’s great that you can run video through them, although, due to the nature of this show, we’re using them in strobe and wash light mode only. As a strobe I am impressed, they’re great for lighting people and I really like how directional they are – it just keeps everything crisp and tight looking.”

Martin Palmer, Vari*Lite and Showline Product Manager EMEA for Philips Entertainment says: “We are delighted to see the SL NITRO 510s being used so creatively by Rob Sinclair on the Goldfrapp Tour. The array of over 1300 tightly packed, high power LEDs are giving him a maximum potential output of over 68,000 lumens and, as he says, even distribution of light across its six programmable zones. The fixtures are built for touring and are suitably robust and multi functional, potentially cutting down on the number of fixtures required. As Rob has proved they can be used as a high impact, directional strobe or a static white wash, plus of course there are the six controllable zones that can be used to pixel map effects.”

New Avolites Products to Make UK Debut at PLASA Focus, Leeds

17th April, 2014

Avolites and Avolites Media have announced that teams from both brands will be demoing products being shown in the UK for the first time at PLASA Focus, Leeds, 29-30 April.

Avolites – on stand R-B10 – will be exhibiting the Sapphire Touch and new Wing, offering an additional 30 Motorised Faders and third hi res touch screen. The entire Titan range, two Titan Network Processor systems and the Tiger Touch II with Wireless Remote will also be available for demo and hands-on experience.

Avolites’ Titan Mobile Fader Wing – which enables expansion of every Avolites Titan console, giving direct access to extra handy features – makes its UK debut.

Avolites Media – on stand R-A08 – will be showcasing Ai’s video mapping capabilities, demoing interactive video controls using RFID, and discussing a number of high profile projects such as the recent Peter Pan theatre production, as profiled on the cover of LSi magazine.

From a hardware perspective, Avolites Media will showcase the new S-Series Media Servers, along with the latest generation in the Infinity line, the Ai Infinity EX series. The Ai S2, S4 and S6 media server are the latest server systems from Avolites Media and offer two, four and six Display Port / DVI outputs respectively. They feature 3rd generation PCI Express motherboards, graphics cards and RAID SSD drives for unrivalled performance along with 4K Ultra HD capability in the S4, S6 and S8 servers. The Dual Processor, highest specification S6 server also performs up to Apple Pro Res 4444 playback.

All systems are supplied with a fully featured Ai Miami license, which allows for eight discrete fixture groups with four layers each, producing a formidable 32 layers. In addition, the Salvation Engine can be easily configured to provide up to 64 layers of PIPs with a single server.

The Ai Infinity server, a record-breaker in the industry offering eight unique full HD DVI outputs, has also been upgraded to the Infinity EX. Like the S-Series, the Infinity EX now boasts third generation PCI Express motherboards and graphics cards providing unparalleled performance.

Alongside these features, the Infinity EX range has a wealth of further capabilities such as a front panel touch screen displaying the Ai Visualiser, internal EDIT management and Dual Preview and Projection outputs.

Avolites will also be previewing the Titan V8 software, with brand new System Networking features, and the MSC-1 Ai media server controller, which provides hands on live control in a compact user-friendly interface. Connecting directly to any Ai system the MSC-1 gives access to many user interface functions, effects, layers and clips.

Avolites is on stand R-B10; Avolites Media is on stand R-A08 for PLASA Focus at The Royal Armouries, Leeds, 29-30 April 2014.

The Knight of Illumination Awards Announces Launch of ‘KOI South Africa’

16th April, 2014

The Europe-based Knight of Illumination Awards, which celebrates outstanding achievements in lighting design, is expanding internationally with the launch of ‘KOI South Africa’ in 2015.

Knight of Illumination Awards organisers Pio Nahum and Davide Barbetta from Clay Paky, Jennie and Durham Marenghi, and The Fifth Estate’s Sarah Rushton-Read announced that work is already in progress for next year’s debut South Africa KOI Awards, which will run alongside the trade event Mediatech in Johannesburg.

Mediatech is scheduled for 15-17 July 2015 and the southern hemisphere event will run in addition to the existing London awards.

“Clay Paky is proud to have been at the forefront of creating the hugely successful Knight of Illumination Awards, which is now in its 7th year and ever growing,” says Pio Nahum. “We feel the time is now right to launch a sister KOI, and we are delighted to be doing so in South Africa. Clay Paky is committed to supporting the emerging markets worldwide, and has made many great friends in Africa over the years. We look forward to announcing more details of KOI South Africa very soon.”

The announcement comes hot on the heels of the launch of the European KOI Awards 2014, which will take place this autumn in the UK.

Durham Marenghi, an award winning lighting designer in his own right and coordinator for the Knight of Illumination Awards “The lighting industry increasingly receives huge support from companies across South Africa. We are keen to celebrate great lighting design wherever in the world that it is happening and we’re looking forward to working closely with our friends and colleagues in the region to create a KOI South Africa we can all be proud of.”

The Fifth Estate’s Sarah Rushton-Read, who serves as chairman of the Concert Touring and Events category in the UK, adds: “Having visited South Africa on numerous occasions over the past few years, I’ve been inspired by the passion that exists there not only for lighting design, but for the industry as a whole. This makes it the ideal place to launch the sister event to the KOI Awards and I am delighted to be involved.”

Details of the location, categories and date for the 2015 event will be revealed later in the year.

Duncan Riley, from South Africa’s Clay Paky dealer, DWR Distribution, concludes: “We’re thrilled that the international community will be able to celebrate the outstanding achievements of African lighting designers with the launch of KOI South Africa. DWR has long been a passionate supporter of lighting, and we’re proud to be a part of this fast developing industry in our country. KOI South Africa is a fantastic step forward for all of us working in the industry.”

The 7th Knight of Illumination Awards has lift off

15th April, 2014

It’s that time of the year again – the 7th Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards has launched and already the entries are flying in for Television and Concert Touring and Events. 2014 will see yet another celebration of talented international lighting and digital content designers that have worked in the UK in the sectors of TV, Theatre and Concert Touring and Events.

Not only that, the guest list is open to all who might wish to attend, ensuring that KOI continues to establish itself as a pan industry event. Durham Marenghi, an award winning lighting designer in his own right and coordinator for the Knight of Illumination Awards, explains: “In just seven years KOI has established itself as a much coveted lighting and video industry award, respected for truly celebrating the art and creativity of lighting, video and show design. In fact so successful has the event been that it was recently referred to in the Guardian newspaper, in an article that detailed the creative value a lighting designer can bring to the overall production process.”

The KOI Awards was conceived and is organised by lighting manufacturer Clay Paky, along with the STLD (Society of Television Lighting Designers) which focuses on Television; the ALD (Association of Lighting Designers) whose emphasis is on Theatre; and The Fifth Estate, which concentrates on Concert Touring and Events. Today, the KOI Awards continues to forge ever-closer ties between lighting and video designers – at all stages of their careers – and the lighting and digital content design industry as a whole.

Each sector is assessed by its own panel of industry experts and submissions can now be made for lighting and digital content designers for the TV and Concert Touring and Events categories by visiting the KOI Website. The shortlists will be announced in early September.

By contrast the Theatre Awards are judged by a respected panel of professional arts critics and journalists from a selection of shows that they have seen throughout the year. Any show that the critics have seen in that time is eligible for inclusion and is discussed at judging time. It is from this discussion that the final shortlist of nominees is collated.

Each sector breaks down into the following categories:

THEATRE
Musicals | Dance | Opera | Play I Projection Design

TELEVISION
Light Entertainment | Small Studio | Drama | Events I Graphic Display

CONCERT TOURING AND EVENTS
Arena | Stage | Live Event I Video Electronic Content    

In addition, The Enrico Caironi Lifetime Recognition Award will be presented to an individual whose passion for the industry has been seen to benefit their colleagues, the industry and the wider world. 

2014’s ultimate winners will join an acclaimed list of respected designers including the 2013 winners as follows: Television: Gurdip Mahal and Ross Williams, Colin Case, Ashley Rowe, Nick Collier and Dave Newton, for Theatre and Dance: Fabiana Piccioli, Paule Constable, Jean Kalman, Charles Balfour, Lysander Ashton and for Concert Touring and Events: Baz Halpin, Bruno Poet, Patrick Woodroffe, Sarah Hopper and Damian Hale. Ian Dow was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award.

For more information and to make a submission for Concert Touring and Events or Television please visit the KOI website and social media sites at:  
Website: www.knight-of-illumination.com
Facebookwww.facebook.com/knight.of.illumination
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/KOIAwards

The First Night Riders Charity Motorbike and Classic Car Event Revs up for 2014

14th April, 2014

The First Night Riders charity motorbike and classic car tour of British theatres, which raises money for The Theatrical Guild’s (TTG) vital work, has launched its 2014 event with a call for participants and sponsors.

This year marks the fifth year that some of the theatre industry’s biggest movers and shakers zoom together for a weekend aimed at raising awareness and much-needed funds to help TTG support backstage workers in need. Established in 1891, TTG is dedicated to looking after theatre personnel who, due to a variety of circumstances, need educational sponsorship, counselling, or welfare advice, in order for them to regain employment in the theatre industry.

The charity has many supporters in the industry, including the actors Simon Russell Beale and Keira Knightley, who are patrons.

Taking place between 20-23 June, this year’s route starts from the ROH workshops/Backstage Centre at Purfleet and travels south, visiting theatres in Cromer, Great Yarmouth, Eastbourne and Bournemouth including a visit to the Isle of Wight before finishing at the Wilde Theatre in Bracknell.

“The event is going from strength to strength, we have a great bunch of regulars taking part with many from overseas and I always look forward to meeting new riders,” says David Edelstein, MD of track systems specialist Triple E, who is organising the event with partner Brenda Edelstein. “The international group has a great time visiting all kinds of theatres in aid of a wonderful and very appropriate charity. Brenda and I are very proud to be organising this event, and for us, it is another example of Triple E’s commitment to supporting the industry that supports us.”

To date, First Night Riders has raised more than £50,000 for TTG, enabling the charity to help hundreds of people who are often theatre’s unsung heroes progress in the industry.

The team of riders for 2014 is already gaining momentum, but there is space for more. Opportunities also exist for corporate sponsorship. To find out how to participate in the ride, or the benefits of sponsorship, call Brenda Edelstein on 01959 570 333, or email Brenda.Edelstein@3-eee.com.

More information is available on the newly re-launched website, www.firstnightride.com

THE INTERN POST: My second week experience at The Fifth Estate

10th April, 2014

The second week has almost finished and it has been very helpful. I am starting to know better our staff and it is a pleasure sharing the time in the office with them. It begins to have what we call trust.

This week I have been looking for new distributors and new lighting magazines in Argentina in order to expand our clients and us to South America. Also I have made a video of a new product that our client has recently launched to the market and it seems that they really liked to my partners. Now I am starting with Final Cut Pro, the best program for editing videos. Also I am doing a video project with this program for our client’s company to introduce him into the new market, and I am so happy because is what I like and I hope it is a success.

I am improving my english level, and I am learning to handle one of the best editing video programs. It is being a very great experience and I feel very comfortable here because I know that if I have any problem I can count with all of them

The First Night Riders Charity Motorbike and Classic Car Event Revs up for 2014

10th April, 2014

The First Night Riders charity motorbike and classic car tour of British theatres, which raises money for The Theatrical Guild’s (TTG) vital work, has launched its 2014 event with a call for participants and sponsors.

This year marks the fifth year that some of the theatre industry’s biggest movers and shakers zoom together for a weekend aimed at raising awareness and much-needed funds to help TTG support backstage workers in need. Established in 1891, TTG is dedicated to looking after theatre personnel who, due to a variety of circumstances, need educational sponsorship, counselling, or welfare advice, in order for them to regain employment in the theatre industry.

The charity has many supporters in the industry, including the actors Simon Russell Beale and Keira Knightley, who are patrons.

Taking place between 20-23 June, this year’s route starts from the ROH workshops/Backstage Centre at Purfleet and travels south, visiting theatres in Cromer, Great Yarmouth, Eastbourne and Bournemouth including a visit to the Isle of Wight before finishing at the Wilde Theatre in Bracknell.

“The event is going from strength to strength, we have a great bunch of regulars taking part with many from overseas and I always look forward to meeting new riders,” says David Edelstein, MD of track systems specialist Triple E, who is organising the event with partner Brenda Edelstein. “The international group has a great time visiting all kinds of theatres in aid of a wonderful and very appropriate charity. Brenda and I are very proud to be organising this event, and for us, it is another example of Triple E’s commitment to supporting the industry that supports us.”

To date, First Night Riders has raised more than £50,000 for TTG, enabling the charity to help hundreds of people who are often theatre’s unsung heroes progress in the industry.

The team of riders for 2014 is already gaining momentum, but there is space for more. Opportunities also exist for corporate sponsorship. To find out how to participate in the ride, or the benefits of sponsorship, call Brenda Edelstein on 01959 570 333, or email Brenda.Edelstein@3-eee.com.

More information is available on the newly re-launched website, www.firstnightride.com

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