The 2018 ESTA Plugfest will offer an open to the public video conference round-table on sACN
The 2018 ESTA Plugfest will offer an open to the public video conference round-table on sACN

ESTA Plugfest Adds an Open to the Public Video Conference Round-Table on sACN

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The ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest organizers announced that a live, informal round-table discussion will be made available to the public via a free WebEx video conference. A discussion of “sACN Universe Synchronization” will be broadcast live on Sunday July 22 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 P.M., CDT.

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The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music has revamped their spaces with all LED house lighting solutions
The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music has revamped their spaces with all LED house lighting solutions

The University of Cincinnati CCM Transitions to LED

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The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) has a twofold mission to educate the next generation of professionals in the arts as well as produce stunning performances. When CCM recently upgraded its performance spaces, the college decided to transition to LED light sources.

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A scene from the Cirque Dreams Holidaze show in Nashville, TN. Cirque Dreams is a subsidiary of VStar Entertainment
A scene from the Cirque Dreams Holidaze show in Nashville, TN. Cirque Dreams is a subsidiary of VStar Entertainment

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group Acquires VStar Entertainment Group

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Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group announced the acquisition of Minnesota-based VStar Entertainment Group and its Florida-based circus arts subsidiary Cirque Dreams. The addition of VStar Entertainment Group to its portfolio allows the Montreal-based entertainment company to expand its audiences with plug-and-play creative content specifically designed for children and families. With its integrated live entertainment platform and broad global distribution network in small theaters, the acquisition of VStar and Cirque Dreams will contribute to further establishing Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group as the world leader in live entertainment for audiences of all ages.

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Audiences to SOMNAI are tripping out with the mind-bending visuals. © Ellipsis Entertainment / dotdotdot
Audiences to SOMNAI are tripping out with the mind-bending visuals. © Ellipsis Entertainment / dotdotdot

SOMNAI Bends Perspectives of Visitors with Immersive Projection Mapping

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London's new immersive experience, SOMNAI, is tripping out visitors with its dreamlike visuals mapped onto a perspective bending dome at the heart of the production using Avolites Ai's Autoblend feature. SOMNAI is the latest project from dotdotdot, in collaboration with a host of video content and AV specialists including long-time Ai expert, GaiaNova. The British 360° dome mapping specialist acted as the production's dome system integrator.

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Actors Equity on new sales tax in Washington, D.C. to support the arts
Actors Equity on new sales tax in Washington, D.C. to support the arts

Washington D.C. Council Creates Dedicated Sales Tax to Fund the Arts

Michael Eddy

Actors' Equity Association released the following statement after members of the Council of the District of Columbia approved a dedicated sales tax to fund the arts at their last legislative meeting in June. The new tax is expected to generate $30 million per year to fund local theatre and arts productions.

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Jonathan Rowland, Technical Manager of The Bridgewater Hall with their new ChamSys MagicQ MQ80 console
Jonathan Rowland, Technical Manager of The Bridgewater Hall with their new ChamSys MagicQ MQ80 console

The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, UK Upgrades its Lighting Control

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The Bridgewater Hall, a 2,400-seat concert venue in Manchester, UK recently upgraded its lighting controls with the installation of a ChamSys MagicQ MQ80 console. The venue hosts some 250 concerts and events a year, and the existing lighting controls presented a challenge for the facility’s technicians who are often called upon to run the lighting for its many events.

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The company of The Band's Visit. Photo by Matthew Murphy
The company of The Band's Visit. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Sound Designer Kai Harada on the Audio Systems for The Bands Visit on Broadway

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Following the Tony Awards ceremonies in early June, the subtly engaging new musical, The Band’s Visit was recipient of an astonishing ten awards, along with a Tony Award for Best Sound Design in a Musical for Sound Designer Kai Harada. Once again Meyer Sound systems were a part of Harada's sound design. Meyer Sound products are used for this production as well as powering the music along the Great White Way, with numerous hit productions relying on LEO Family line arrays and UltraSeries loudspeakers.

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Private equity investor LDC has backed the management buyout (MBO) of Martin Audio
Private equity investor LDC has backed the management buyout (MBO) of Martin Audio

Martin Audio Undergoes a Management Buyout

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Mid-market private equity investor LDC has backed the management buyout (MBO) of Martin Audio, the designer and manufacturer of premium high-performance loudspeaker systems, from global audio specialist Loud Audio. As part of the deal, LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group, has invested £12m for a significant stake in the company, alongside its current management team led by Managing Director Dom Harter.

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