Philips Selecon and Vari-Lite Fixtures Make Edinburgh Fringe Festival Debut

Jacob Coakley

The Philips Selecon  Rama LED Fresnel and Vari-Lite VLX Wash were new additions to the lighting rig at the C South venue at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Rama LED Fresnel luminaires took care of the warm and cool Front of House wash light two VLX Wash luminaires were installed as key light FOH with two additional luminaires providing back key light. Owen Horton, theatre manager at C south, praised both luminaire’s “beautiful dimming curves” that “dim all the way down to zero without a bump at the bottom.”

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Robert Juliat Partners with Licht-Technik Vertriebs to Create Line of Motorized Fixtures

Jacob Coakley

Robert Juliat partnered with Licht-Technik Vertriebs of Germany to create motorized versions of Robert Juliat’s Fresnel, PC and profile fixtures. Licht-Technik Vertriebs’ range of motorized yokes and barndoors, color changers and dimmer shutters will complement Robert Juliat’s fixtures in new fixtures aimed at theatre and studio installations.

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Michael Riedel Loses Bet, Gets Doused With Ice

Jacob Coakley

In a fun story about the politicking and press that happens in the big-stakes Broadway world, longtime New York Post gadfly and Broadway gossip columnist Michael Riedel lost a bet to Finding Neverland producer Harvey Weinstein, and had a bucket of ice water poured over his head as part of the ALS ice bucket challenge. After Riedel wrote a column criticizing Finding Neverland (which is playing at American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass., in a run-up to a Broadway debut) without having actually seen the show, the producer Harvey Weinstein invited him to see the show for himself and offered him a challenge: if less than 80% of the audience did not love the show, Weinstein would do the ALS ice bucket challenge. However if 80% or more of the audience loved it, Riedel would have ice dumped on him. The show was surveyed and the results were verified by accounting firm Ernst and Young. After 96% of the audience voted they loved the show, Weinstein doused Riedel. (Read the whole press release after the jump for a few more great digs at Riedel—including one from himself.)

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Tony Kambic Promoted to Lex West Facility Site Manager

Jacob Coakley

Tony Kambic is the new site manager for Lex Products’ West Coast office. Kambic has been with Lex Products for six years, and will be charged with the planning and coordination of sales, marketing, procurement and production initiatives. Along with Jeff deRecat, Territory Manager, and Pat Legler, Inside Sales Representative, he will be an additional point of contact in supporting Lex Products' customers in the Los Angeles area.

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Draft American National Standard for Canadian Power Feeder Cables Available for Public Review

Jacob Coakley

BSR E1.51 - 201x, a draft standard with the hefty title of "The Selection, Installation, and Use of Single-Conductor Portable Power Feeder Cable Systems for Use at 600 Volts Nominal or Less for the Distribution of Electrical Energy in the Television, Film, Live Performance, and Event Industries in Canada E1.51, is now available for public review.

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Theatre Bay Area Announces Finalists for Inaugural Awards

Jacob Coakley

Theatre Bay Area has announced the finalists for their inaugural awards program. The awards aim to honor the highest caliber of theare across the Bay Area and will take place on Monday, Nov. 10. Some 180 productions from 78 participating theatre companies were evaluated by 270 adjudicators, who recorded close to 3,000 ballots to select the final slate of finalists.

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New York Innovation Theatre Foundation Names 2014 Winners

Jacob Coakley

On Monday, Sept. 22, the New York Innovation Theatre awards celebrated the best of Off-Off-Broadway and independent theatre in New York—its tenth annual show. On the tech side of thing, Kia Rogers won the NYIT for Outstanding Lighting Design for her work on Jane the Plain at Flux Theatre Ensemble, while  Gail Cooper-Hecht won the award for Outstanding Costuem Design for her work on The Importance of Being Earnest from Take Wing And Soar Productions, Inc. The award for Outstanding Set Design went to Travis McHale for Rubber Ducks and Sunsets, from Ground Up Productions, while Outstanding Sound Design went to Christian Frederickson for The Awake from kef theatrical productions. Outstanding Innovative Design went to Nicole Hill for her Puppet Design for Mute from the New York Neo-Futurists. Allegro, from the Astoria Performing Arts Center won Outstanding Production of a Musical and Pirra from Theare 167 earned the Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play.

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Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Raises $700k+ at Flea Market

Jacob Coakley

The 2014 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction raised a record $713,986 on Saturday. Thousands of fans perused more than 65 tables worth of Broadway memorabilia and bid on more than 247 Grand Auction items. The tables this year raised an impressive $369,616; the live auction raised $263,850. The top-selling lot of the live auction was a handwritten musical phrase of “Let It Go,” from the hit Disney animated movie Frozen. The phrase was written and signed by songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Idina Menzel, who sang the Oscar-winning song in the movie and voiced the lead character. The phrase sold for $9,000. An opportunity to meet Menzel backstage during the run of her current Broadway hit, If/Then, also was among the top live auction lots, bringing in $8,000.

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Philips to Split Off Lighting Business

Jacob Coakley

Reuters is reporting that the 120-year-old Philips company that owns such lighting brands as Color Kinetics, Selecon, Strand Lighting and Vari-Lite is planning to break its company in two, spinning off its lighting business into a new company. According to Reuters “the new structure would bring cost savings of 100 million euros (128.46 million US dollar) next year and a further 200 million euros in 2016.” The article quotes chief executive Frans van Houten saying “I do appreciate the magnitude of the decision we are taking, but the time is right to take the next strategic step for Philips.” Stage Directions has reached out to Philips and will update this story as more info becomes available.

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Tennessee Repertory Theatre Changes Name to Nashville Repertory Theatre

Jacob Coakley

Tennessee Repertory Theatre will start its 30th anniversary season with a name change. The theatre will now be known as Nashville Repertory Theatre. The name change is meant to celebrate “the theatre’s deep commitment to working with local, professional, actors, artisans, and artists as well as its commitment to fostering the city’s theatre ecology.”

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