Robe Acquires RoboSpot Rights and IP

Michael Eddy

ROZNOV POD RADHOSTEM, CZECH REPUBLIC—Robe has acquired the rights and intellectual property (IP)) from well-known U.S. lighting designer / programmer Seth Robinson of Sightline Design Group for RoboSpot, a remote-controlled followspot system. Robinson originally developed the RoboSpot concept a few years ago working with automated luminaires. Initially he used scanners due to the fast response time of the mirror and as the technology of moving heads improved, he then turned his attention to utilizing them with his system.

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Pippin National Tour
Pippin National Tour

Ovation for Pippin National Tour

Michael Eddy

FORT MYERS, FL—The high flying 2013 Tony Award-winning coming-of-age musical Pippin follows the adventures of touring troupe’s journey as the play’s lead character discovers, life on the road is not without its trials and tribulations. In a classic case of life imitating art, Prather Touring is currently in the midst of a six-month 73-city cross-country US tour of Pippin. The relentless traveling schedule of a National tour places a unique set of demands on a company – and its lighting rig. To address the latter, Prather Touring’s lighting director and production manager Russell Thompson has replaced the company’s old incandescent ellipsoidals with 12 Ovation E-260WW LED fixtures from CHAUVET Professional.

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Phil Watson, Director of ChamSys USA
Phil Watson, Director of ChamSys USA

Phil Watson Named Director of ChamSys USA

Michael Eddy

SUNRISE, FL— Following the acquisition of Southampton, UK-based ChamSys Ltd. by Chauvet, Phil Watson will be assuming a new role as ChamSys USA Director. In his new position, Watson will be working closely with the Chauvet Professional sales and support teams to expand the presence of ChamSys in the US even further. Chauvet Professional will be distributing and servicing ChamSys products in the US, while sales in the rest of the world, as well as manufacturing, will continue to be handled by the company’s UK office.

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High End Systems, an ETC Company
High End Systems, an ETC Company

ETC Acquires High End Systems

Michael Eddy

MIDDLETON, WI—ETC and High End Systems announce they are joining forces as ETC completes the acquisition of the Austin, TX based company from Barco Inc. “We welcome the High End team to the ETC family,” says ETC CEO Fred Foster. “ETC will provide a strong support structure for High End to continue to innovate and make great products for the industry.”

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The GLP JDC1
The GLP JDC1

GLP Prolight + Sound 2017

Michael Eddy

SUN VALLEY, CA—GLP has much to celebrate Prolight + Sound 2017 on its largest Frankfurt stand ever (Hall 4.0, Stand G20). The company will be launching two new products—the JDC1, a hybrid LED strobe and the multipurpose impression S350. GLP will also have a new version of its lightshow designed by Los Angeles-based designer, Matt Shimamoto (Volt Lites) which has won awards and impressed visitors to its tradeshow presence in recent years.

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David Claringbold, New Chief Marketing Officer for d&b audiotechnik
David Claringbold, New Chief Marketing Officer for d&b audiotechnik

d&b audiotechnik Announces David Claringbold as New Chief Marketing Officer

Michael Eddy

BACKNANG, GERMANY—d&b audiotechnik has appointed David Claringbold as Chief Marketing Officer. Claringbold, the former Director of Sydney Opera House, and member of the d&b audiotechnik Advisory Board, joins the management team effective March 29, reporting directly to CEO Amnon Harman. Claringbold, who has relocated from Australia to Germany, succeeds Sabina Berloffa.

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Some of the participants in the LED Ellipsoidal Shootout, L to R: Steven Rosen, Available Light; Sonya Rosen, Skidmore College; Matthew Burstein, Jessica Krometis, and Matt Zelkowitz of Available Light.
Some of the participants in the LED Ellipsoidal Shootout, L to R: Steven Rosen, Available Light; Sonya Rosen, Skidmore College; Matthew Burstein, Jessica Krometis, and Matt Zelkowitz of Available Light.

Boston LED Ellipsoidal Shootout

Michael Eddy

BOSTON, MA—In mid-March, 50 lighting industry professionals in Boston gathered to see the LED Ellipsoidal Shootout produced by USITT and hosted by High Output. Seven companies brought a total of 20 luminaires to do side-to-side comparisons.

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Kinesys' new Apex Hoist
Kinesys' new Apex Hoist

Kinesys Prolight+Sound 2017

Michael Eddy

HAMPTON, MIDDLESEX, UK—Automation manufacturer Kinesys launches its brand-new Apex chain hoist system on Stand D15 in Hall 3 (level 0) at the 2017 Prolight + Sound expo in Frankfurt, April 4-7. The Apex system, which is launched with a new hoist controller and two new chain hoists, incorporates the best of Kinesys’ extensive experience working with variable speed chain hoists to create a range of safe and reliable hoists and controllers designed to maximise creativity.

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The Tempest by the RSC featured extensive video mapping. Photo by Topher McGrillis
The Tempest by the RSC featured extensive video mapping. Photo by Topher McGrillis

Production Design for The Tempest at the RSC Includes Video Mapping

Michael Eddy

LONDON, UK—As the finale to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) presented a dazzling new production of The Tempest in the Bard's birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon. the production will also be presented this summer at London's Barbican Theatre. The Production Designer was Stephen Brimson Lewis, the Video Designer was Finn Ross, and Simon Spencer was the Lighting Designer.

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