In Memoriam: Mike Nichols (11/6/1931 - 11/17/2014)

Jacob Coakley

On Wednesday, Nov. 17, legendary director Mike Nichols died of cardiac arrest. Nichols was among the most celebrated people in the history of show business, one of only a handful of people to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award. Mike Nichols has won more Tony Awards for Best Direction of a Play than any other individual. His six nods were for Barefoot in the Park (1964), Luv and The Odd Couple (1965), Plaza Suite (1968), The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1972), The Real Thing (1984), and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman (2012). He has also won in other categories for directing the musical Monty Python's Spamalot (2005), and for producing Annie (1977) and The Real Thing (1984) under the company he founded, Icarus Productions, making it a total of nine Tony Award wins. He also received eight additional nominations.

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Pathway Connetivity Solutions Shares Updates to Cognito Console and Choreo Controller at LDI

Jacob Coakley

At LDI Pathway Connectivity showed off their updated Cognito2  Console and their Choreo Controller. The Cognito2 console has twice the power and twice the DMX output as the original, and also has support for an external monitor. New features include enhancements and extensions to the Play task, added flexibility for show file management and tools for flipping and fanning lights. Their new Choreo controller is a wall-mounted touchscreen controller and programming tool.

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Chauvet Professional Charts Record LDI

Jacob Coakley

Chauvet Professional had one of their best LDI’s ever, propelled by user interest in their new Ovation ED-190WW ellipsoidal  and the Ovation FD-165WW Fresnel wash both of which have the unique ability to work equally well on constant power dimming systems (as incandescent fixtures do) as well as DMX systems (as LED fixtures typically do).

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Sennheiser Adds Dante Networking Capabilities to Digital 9000 Mic System

Jacob Coakley

Dante networking capability is now available for the Sennheiser 9000 wireless microphone system. A new Dante card for the EM 9046 receiver allows the wireless microphone system to be integrated into Dante audio-over-IP networks. Sennheiser has also released free updates including the Digital 9000 firmware version 3.0.3, and the new Wireless Systems Manager 4.2.

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