Stage and auditorium at the Vienna Volksoper, © Dimo Dimov / Vienna Volksoper
Stage and auditorium at the Vienna Volksoper, © Dimo Dimov / Vienna Volksoper

Vienna Volksoper Upgrades with Nexus Network

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During the summer break, the Volksoper in Vienna modernized and partially renewed its Nexus network, which had been installed by Berlin-based manufacturer Stage Tec in 2002. In addition, the Nexus network was supplemented by a router. The project was undertaken with the Salzbrenner media systems house.

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Lighting designers Robb Jibson, Susan Rose, Luther Frank, and Eric Price make up the panel of industry judges who will score each Hog Factor Collegiate Competition team on skills from technical wizardry to the wow factor
Lighting designers Robb Jibson, Susan Rose, Luther Frank, and Eric Price make up the panel of industry judges who will score each Hog Factor Collegiate Competition team on skills from technical wizardry to the wow factor

High End Systems Announces Hog Factor 2019 Judging Panel

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High End Systems kicks off its fourth annual Hog Factor Collegiate Competition on Friday, Nov. 22 at 5 pm at LDI 2019 trade show booth #325 at the Las Vegas County Convention Center. Attendees are welcome to watch as the three student finalist teams each perform their programmed show to a pre-selected song, using Hog 4 consoles and the latest LED lighting technology in the HES/ETC booth rig. Lighting designers Robb Jibson, Susan Rose, Luther Frank, and Eric Price are this year’s panel of industry judges who will score each team on skills from technical wizardry to the ‘wow’ factor.

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Yale School of Drama Eliminates the GRE Test Requirement

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Yale School of Drama’s Departments of Stage Management, Technical Design & Production, and Theater Management have all eliminated the GRE requirement for prospective applicants, effective immediately for the class admitted for Fall 2020 enrollment. Also, the December 6, 2019 Visitor Day will be livestreamed for prospective students to increase accessibility to as many potential applicants as possible. Here’s a welcome video from the Deans of Yale School of Drama:

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Seven new inductees have been chosen for the NAMM TECnology Hall of Fame
Seven new inductees have been chosen for the NAMM TECnology Hall of Fame

Seven New Inductees for NAMM TECnology Hall of Fame

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TECnology Hall of Fame founder [and FRONT of HOUSE editor] George Petersen and the NAMM TEC Committee have announced seven defining audio products and innovations as the newest entrants to the prestigious NAMM TECnology Hall of Fame. The designations, which were voted on by a panel of audio experts, including authors, educators, engineers, and other professionals, honors audio products and innovations that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of audio technology and production.

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The logo for the newly rebranded Scenex Lighting from GLP
The logo for the newly rebranded Scenex Lighting from GLP

Scenex Lighting Rebrands

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Scenex Lighting, a division of GLP German Light Products US, which specializes in pixel and non-pixel LED solutions, (including LED tape, LED Neon, pixel matrixes and its own suite of control management solutions built for the entertainment industry), is proud to announce that it has rebranded with new logo, typeface and graphic imaging. Scenex Lighting will be located with GLP at Booth #2556 at LDI 2019.

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Left to right: Michael Althaus, Global Sales Director, Chris Lose, Designer Relations Manager, Jonas Stenvinkel, Director of Strategic Development, Jerad Garza, International Sales and Chris Ferrante, CEO.
Left to right: Michael Althaus, Global Sales Director, Chris Lose, Designer Relations Manager, Jonas Stenvinkel, Director of Strategic Development, Jerad Garza, International Sales and Chris Ferrante, CEO.

Ayrton Welcomes Chris Lose and Jonas Stenvinkel

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Ayrton is very excited to welcome two new colleagues to its sales team. Chris Lose takes the role of Ayrton’s new Designer Relations Manager and will be based in North America. Jonas Stenvinkel is Ayrton’s new Director of Strategic Development and based in London. Both positions commence with immediate effect.

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Behind the Scenes Announces Remarkable Response to Mental Health Survey

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Behind the Scenes announces that its recent Survey to Assist in the Development of a Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative in the Entertainment Industry received an incredible response from the industry with over 3,300 people completing the survey. We are humbled by the amazing number of people who shared their stories with us about personal challenges and struggles or those of friends and family.

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The Goshen High School auditorium that has new drapes, drape track, and controls from iWeiss
The Goshen High School auditorium that has new drapes, drape track, and controls from iWeiss

iWeiss Supplies Drapes and Track for Goshen High School Renovation

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iWeiss recently completed work at Goshen High School in Goshen, NY. The high school completely renovated the auditorium and iWeiss provided a custom drapery package, curtain track systems, and acoustical curtains with both hand-operated and automated control. iWeiss is exhibiting at LDI this year and can be found in Booth #2267

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The Pit (small theater) at New National Theatre, Tokyo © Photo provided by New National Theatre, Tokyo
The Pit (small theater) at New National Theatre, Tokyo © Photo provided by New National Theatre, Tokyo

New National Theatre, Tokyo Chooses Robert Juliat LED Oz Followspots

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The New National Theatre, Tokyo (NNTT) has invested in a stock of Robert Juliat Oz 600W LED followspots for its three performance spaces. The new LED models replace conventional source followspots as part of an upgrade of the lighting inventory for this internationally important arts venue. New National Theatre, Tokyo is Japan’s foremost national theater and its only one dedicated to the contemporary performing arts of opera, ballet, dance and drama. The NNTT complex comprises the Opera Palace, Playhouse, and The Pit, and hosts over 300 performances a year to around 200,000 theater goers.

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