The Apex 1250 hoist from Kinesys
The Apex 1250 hoist from Kinesys

Kinesys at Prolight 2018

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UK-based automation specialist and manufacturer Kinesys will be in Booth D15 in Hall 3.0 at the Prolight+Sound 2018 expo in Frankfurt, Germany, 10th – 13th April. The latest Kinesys Apex chain hoist system will be a big focus, and it will also be running an eye-catching motion controlled ‘art-tech’ centrepiece on the stand. Other popular Kinesys products like Elevation 1+, LibraCELL, DigiHoist, and the Dimension Pendant controller will also be highlighted.

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ETC LED Fixtures now have longer L70 ratings and warranties
ETC LED Fixtures now have longer L70 ratings and warranties

ETC Extends Fixture Ratings and Warranties for LED Fixtures

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Electronic Theatre Controls has announced that is extending the ratings of its LED fixtures as well as the warranties on their line of LED fixtures. To explain the testing that resulted in this decision, ETC sat down with industry consultant, Mike Wood, ETC's LED technical product manager, Dave Cahalane, and marketing product manager, Jim Uphoff, to clear up some of the misconceptions around L70 and LM84 and to explain how ETC is using the standard to test their LED fixtures to their limits.
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The new ZOT LED followspot from Lycian is now in production
The new ZOT LED followspot from Lycian is now in production

Lycian Stage Lighting Announces the ZOT LED is Now in Production

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Following the introduction of the finished ZOT LED followspot product at USITT, an initial production run has commenced at Lycian’s Sugar Loaf, NY factory. The ZOT LED, a prototype of which was shown at LDI, has had numerous improvements following that showing. Upgrades include optical changes to yield an even smoother beam. Controls include a Lycian manufactured heavy-duty nichrome iris, and new mechanical fader. An internal, manual five color boomerang is included as well as gobo slot. The LED light source is a long-life LED.

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Joe Lamond and Terry Lowe (L to R) at NAMM headquarters
Joe Lamond and Terry Lowe (L to R) at NAMM headquarters

Parnelli Awards and NAMM Extend Agreement Through 2021

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No, it wasn't a fluke. The partnership that helped bring the 17th annual Parnelli Awards gala to NAMM 2018 and Anaheim, CA this January has been extended at least to NAMM 2021, according to a mid-March agreement struck between Joe Lamond, NAMM president/CEO and PLSN/FOH publisher and Parnelli Awards executive producer Terry Lowe.

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New Open Data Standard for Linking Luminaires, Consoles, CAD, and Previsualization Software Announced

Michael Eddy

A new development has been introduced for the entertainment design and production industry that may well change the way lighting designers, lighting fixtures, lighting consoles, and lighting visualizers will work together. The new data format, named the General Device Type Format (GDTF), creates a unified definition for the exchange of device data between consoles, CAD, and previsualization software. This format was jointly conceived and developed by MA Lighting, Robe, and Vectorworks. 

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The Wiz at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. featured projection design by Clint Allen, scenic design by Jason Sherwood, and lighting design by Rui Rita. Photo by Clint Allen
The Wiz at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. featured projection design by Clint Allen, scenic design by Jason Sherwood, and lighting design by Rui Rita. Photo by Clint Allen

Projection Designer Clint Allen Projection Maps The Wiz

Michael Eddy

The Tony Award-winning musical soul adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, The Wiz, made its way back to the stage this month at the historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. Projection Designer Clint Allen brought modern projection mapping technology to this musical feast featuring soul, gospel, R&B, and pop. This production of The Wiz featured a scenic design by Jason Sherwood, lighting design by Rui Rita, costume design by Kara Harmon, sound design by David Budries, and hair and makeup design by Dave Bova and J. Jared Janis.

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John Ehle in 2006. Journal file photo
John Ehle in 2006. Journal file photo

In Memoriam: John Ehle, Author and UNCSA Founder

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Winston-Salem author John Ehle, 92 a noted author and a leading voice in support of the arts and humanities in North Carolina, died at his home in Winston-Salem on Saturday, March 24th. In addition to being an accomplished writer, he helped spearhead the development and founding of what is now the UNC School of the Arts. News of Ehle's death was reported in The Winston-Salem Journal and calling him "one of the state's greatest writers and a formidable promoter of the humanities in North Carolina."

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Fred Foster in the place he loves best: behind the scenes, in the lighting booth awaiting a 2013 performance at American Players Theater in Spring Green, WI. Displays show ETC’s lighting control software. 2013 photo by David Tenenbaum.
Fred Foster in the place he loves best: behind the scenes, in the lighting booth awaiting a 2013 performance at American Players Theater in Spring Green, WI. Displays show ETC’s lighting control software. 2013 photo by David Tenenbaum.

Still on Stage After 40 years: Ever Wonder How Electronic Theatre Controls Got its Start?

Michael Eddy

Here's a story from the University of Wisconsin-Madison on the history of ETC, where they are at today, and where they are heading. It talks about Foster's history with renowned lighting designer, teacher, and mentor, Gilbert Hemsley and how the charismatic designer inspired Foster and three other UW-Madison students to start ETC in 1975.

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