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LUMINEX GigaCore Switches Partner with BlackTrax on Global Entertainment Productions

HBMPSG_Dubai-5_1000GigaCore managed Gigabit Ethernet switches from LUMINEX Network Intelligence are working in tandem with BlackTrax tracking systems from The CAST Group, Toronto, on high-profile entertainment events worldwide, including the smart government awards show in Dubai and many others productions around the world.

Arena spectaculars and touring productions alike take advantage of the cost savings and automation offered by BlackTrax to deliver precise 3D and 6D positioning in real time to controllers for automated and robotic technologies.

In turn, BlackTrax integrates LUMINEX GigaCore 12 managed Gigabit Ethernet switches with its tracking solution to deliver rugged, reliable custom solutions guaranteed to perform show after demanding show. “GigaCore managed Gigabit Ethernet switches are designed to cope with the most demanding lighting and AV installations in a truly user-friendly way,” says Marty Cochrane, BlackTrax product manager.

BlackTrax has enabled productions to replace many followspots with a single automated system that can track actors and moving set pieces. BlackTrax also talks to media servers, which feed content for projection mapping onto moving sets.

The versatile GigaCore switches integrate well with the demanding multimedia environments that BlackTrax supports. For example, “A single network ring of GigaCore switches can support the lighting ArtNet network, media servers, device management, the Internet and BlackTrax,” explains Hugo Larin, director for LUMINEX in America.

On some productions multiple GigaCore 12 switches act as “the brains of most of the show,” Cochrane says. They deliver reliably, at wire speed, lighting console information and tracking data from BlackTrax beacons buried in moving set pieces and actors’ costumes to servers and end points. The BlackTrax system is responsible for the final data output.

“Cameras see the beacons and report their positions back through the switches to the BlackTrax server so we can track the artists and scenery” with lights that act as automated followspots and with video projection, Cochrane points out.

“BlackTrax servers can manage all this live on the DMX lighting network,” says Larin. “The lighting consoles talk to the entire BlackTrax system via the GigaCore switches.”

Since LUMINEX GigaCore allows BlackTrax to put lighting and BlackTrax data on a single set of switches “there are no latency concerns” for customers, Cochrane points out – a real improvement over former systems. “LUMINEX also supports the Interswitch Link (ISL) ring called RLinkX, which assures redundancy with fallover paths if connections or systems fail. Our previous managed switches did not support the ISL ring. But it’s a really useful option to have and very easy to set up.”

For the smart government awards show in Dubai designed by HQ Creative with support from video consultant David Bajt, BlackTrax was deployed by ProTec to provide the tracking solutions for all the set pieces. BlackTrax was installed into the venue and BT Beacons were installed into the three set pieces: a 5×5 meter cube and two interlocking jigsaw pieces. There were a total of eight tracking points on the cube, and six tracking points per jigsaw.

BlackTrax used four Luminex GigaCore 16RFO for the show, which were “the brains” behind all BlackTrax and lighting control systems. There were ten BTCameras on the show, alongside the standard timekeeper, router, and eSync. The position of all the objects were then sent to the d3 media server. The d3 server created a rigid body skeleton of those objects, which they used to projection-map all content onto. This project was the first d3/BlackTrax show to have all projection-mapped objects tracked.

BlackTrax first became familiar with LUMINEX switches when they heard that the Cirque du Soleil was using them. BlackTrax tested them while exploring options for clients and quickly embraced the GigaCore switches. “Now, we recommend LUMINEX GigaCore switches on every show we do,” says Cochrane.

“Working with a company like LUMINEX that builds switches for the live entertainment market has been really helpful,” Cochrane says. “We can call them, and they’ll understand what we’re trying to achieve and offer solutions. LUMINEX has given us new updates to address our special needs. They’ve been very responsive – something we didn’t see with the previous switches we used.”

About LUMINEX

LUMINEX Network Intelligence was formed by Bart Swinnen and Jan Renckens as a branch of parent company LUMINEX Lighting Control Equipment nv, which has an extensive technical background in the lighting industry. LUMINEX Network Intelligence launched its successful Ethernet-DMX8 converter in 2004 when it ran 32 DMX lines at the Paralympics in Athens. Their complete DMX and Ethernet solutions range debuted at Siel 2005 in Paris.

For more information visit www.luminex.be
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New d3 Technologies’ Media Servers Provide Massive Computing Power for WorldStage

4x4_white_angleWorldStage continues to expand its equipment inventory with the purchase of several new d3 Technologies media servers. The company now has d3 4×4 PRO servers and d3 4×2 PRO servers to supplement their existing d3 4U v2.5 units. The new acquisitions mark another milestone on the WorldStage 4K roadmap, which also includes the recent addition of a Barco E2 presentation system with extensive 4K capabilities.

“We were looking for a media server device capable of handling the 4K workflow requirements we’re starting to see,” says WorldStage’s Lars Pedersen. “d3 offers a variety of video output cards to handle a multitude of signal formats and has the flexibility to meet future requirements as the industry begins to standardize 4K transmission.”

Pedersen also gives kudos to d3′s “plethora of hardware and software features, including Dynamic Edge Blending” and its “enhanced functionality when connecting to external devices, such as sensors, encoders, camera tracking systems and others.” The system is also “extremely powerful” with the ability to handle up to 32 HD layers. The company also utilizes d3′s industry-standard pre-visualization capability that provides real-time renders of pixel-accurate 3D environments.

More than just media servers, d3 is billed as the world’s first integrated video production suite. Based around a realtime 3D stage simulator, it’s a single solution to design, present, communicate, sequence and playback shows. The server works with props, venues, LED screens, projection, lighting and moving set pieces while using a single intuitive software solution on a laptop or dedicated d3 hardware.

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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d3 Technologies’ Media Servers Turn in Winning Performance on “People’s Choice Awards” Live Telecast

IMG_2540The glittering “41st People’s Choice Awards,” honoring the best in pop culture for 2014, helped kick off awards season with a live broadcast from the Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles. PRG/Nocturne, Burbank, supplied Laura Frank of Luminous FX with six media servers from d3 Technologies to control and manage the motion graphics-based scenic media content, created by Syndrome Studios, LA, on an array of on-stage screens.

An elegant, sophisticated set designed by Steve Bass combined curved and linear elements. Five flown, curving LED screens formed an elevated backdrop with a three-part hero screen at center flanked by house screens. Four sliding towers, with a vertical openwork structure, moved to various positions on the stage. Each featured five plasma screens hung in portrait mode and offset from each other.

This year marked Frank’s fourth year working on the show; she was brought on board by lighting designer Allen Branton, with whom she has worked on numerous television projects.

For the “People’s Choice Awards,” a dedicated d3 master managed four slaves; a fifth d3 media server was on hand as an understudy. “The master drove the content and told the slaves what to output,” explains media server technician Cory Froke, who was also project manager for PRG/Nocturne, Burbank. “d3 was very flexible in handling the different mapping configurations and different looks. d3 enables you to put content anywhere very easily.”

Laura Frank had been following the development of d3 media servers “for years” but hadn’t used them since she required a very specific functionality to match her approach to shows. “Although all my live shows are planned as linear events I tend to not know what is going to happen until they’re on the air,” she says. “So I need an environment that will allow me to think non-linearly: A timeline is a liability to me. I need to be prepared to navigate the roller-coaster ride that is live, on-air television.”

That’s where d3′s introduction of SockPuppet DMX in r.11.2 proved a game changer for Frank. SockPuppet enables those who want to tap all d3′s mapping, playback and projection features to do so while using their preferred control surface, including most lighting consoles.

“I tried SockPuppet last summer for Univision’s ‘Premios Juventud’ awards show and have basically moved all my shows to d3,” says Frank. “My workhorse control surface is a grandMA console. My pre-production workflow is 3D-dependent, so it feels natural to be in a playback environment that uses the same logic. However, I am very tied to using the grandMA to control a server, so I waited for SockPuppet before I could utilize d3 on my shows.”

When working on live broadcasts, “rehearsals are rushed and often details can be missed,” she notes. “Having SockPuppet frees me from the linearity of the d3 Timeline, so I can make on-the-fly choices about where content appears on the stage as I see it happen.”

For the “People’s Choice Awards” Frank provided the delivery spec, including a templated delivery workflow for Adobe After Effects and MAXON CINEMA 4D. She also worked with Sweetwater, which supplied the screens, on the video engineering specs for all the signal paths going to the stage screens’ system.

According to Frank, “it’s unique to d3 that a screen output is a variable. That allows me to be more flexible in the way I program. In a single layer I can select an image and bounce it through the output screens to decide where I want it to go. That worked very nicely for ‘People’s Choice.’”

Froke recalls when, the day after the load-in, two projectors were added for Iggy Azalea’s performance. “We weren’t planning on that, but d3 enabled us to adapt two projectors into the rig and switch feeds for the performance.”

Frank praises d3′s ability to deliver Ultra HD-format files, which gives her “flexibility when working with content providers.” For example, Syndrome delivered the scenic content for the “People’s Choice Awards” in the Hap video codec, “which works really great for broadcast .”

The show was the first time she used timecode as a sync source with SockPuppet, she adds. “It worked flawlessly.”

Froke is an enthusiastic as Frank about SockPuppet’s potential. “It’s incredibly powerful – it fits right into the workflow and gives me a whole new toolset not found on other servers. D3 Technologies figured out what programmers wanted from the software before they released it, and they really nailed it.”

Frank feels that each application of SockPuppet furthers her understanding of the software’s capabilities. “d3 and the coding team have been incredibly responsive to my requirements about the way SockPuppet behaves and how to improve its performance,” she says. “I feel that we’re real partners in this.”

Felix Peralta, Kevin Lawson and Darren Langer were the lighting directors for the show. Kristen Merlino was the art director, Tony Pieterzak the technical director and Lizz Zanin the screens’ AD.

About d3

d3 is the world’s first fully integrated visual production system for video professionals, combining a real-time 3D stage visualizer, timeline, video playback engine and projection mapping tools into one product. d3′s unique integrated workflow assists the designer at all stages of the project, from pitch through development to final delivery. For more information contact Judith Hornman at d3 Technologies: +44 207 234 9840 / judith.hornman@d3technologies.com

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Electrosonic Expands its UK Presence with New Regional Office in Aberdeen, Scotland

Electrosonic, an international audio-visual systems integrator, is pleased to announce the expansion of its facilities in Scotland with the opening of a regional office in Aberdeen. The office in Cults, just outside Aberdeen City Centre, will be used to support its growing business in the city and the region.

The new Aberdeen office will provide local service and workshop facilities, stores, and a fabrication space. Electrosonic’s existing Scotland office in Edinburgh will continue to offer a full set of services and has recently been refurbished.

Colin Lemmings, Director of Electrosonic’s Corporate Business, commented, “Having worked in the Aberdeen area for four years, opening an office here is a natural progression for Electrosonic. The office is in a great location to serve our growing business in the oil & gas sector, as well as other new local clients in the region for whom it is a requirement that their supplier have tangible local resources”.

For the past three years in May, Electrosonic have held ‘New Technology Days’ in Aberdeen to demonstrate to oil and gas companies and other corporations, the latest audio-visual, video conferencing and collaboration solutions, and how the technology can increase communication, reliability and efficiency within their business. These events are held annually every year in May.

“This new office location gives us an on-the-ground presence in major markets in and around Aberdeen”, continued Colin Lemming. “Being on our customers’ door step allows us to deliver a highly efficient, reliable and personal service. It gives our clients extra peace of mind knowing that we are only a short drive away from their premises”.

This new premises brings Electrosonic’s global footprint to thirteen offices including Dartford, London, Newquay, Edinburgh, Stockholm, Dubai, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Jersey, New York, Orlando and Hong Kong.

About Electrosonic

Electrosonic is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, control rooms, and corporate meeting rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

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SJ Lighting Chooses grandMA2 for Innovative Drai’s and LiFE Nightclubs in Las Vegas

Drais-LV-4594SJ Lighting, Inc., design consultants and lighting specialists based in Agoura Hills, California, has selected grandMA2 consoles to control lighting, video and effects for two of its latest nightclub projects: Drai’s and LiFE, both on the Strip in Las Vegas. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of MA products in North America.

Created by nightlife impresario Victor Drai, Drai’s Las Vegas Nighclub, Beach Club and After Hours is located in The Cromwell Boutique Hotel & Casino. Its unique rooftop venue, with multiple elevations and a towering ceiling, uses an array of modern technology to create multi-sensory experiences unlike any other club on the Vegas Strip.

The focal point of Drai’s dance floor is a custom “chandelier” centerpiece fabricated from LED video, lighting and metal framing, which can be raised and lowered overhead. LED video, lighting and effects radiate from the luminous centerpiece like rays of light.

High-resolution video is displayed on the surface of soffit walls around the club and framed by LED lighting. Four full-color laser systems are built into the soffit along with strobe lights and audience blinders. The ceiling over the main room also features high-res video, LED lighting and a complement of theatrical lighting and effects. LED video comprises 3,244 square feet in Drai’s.

“The design of the club is very complementary to the architecture – all the elements fit into the existing geometry as one seamless system,” says Stephen Lieberman, with SJ Lighting.

The company selected a grandMA2 full-size console for Drai’s especially for its advanced networking options. “That was a huge feature for us,” Lieberman reports. “We are outputting MA-Net, Art-Net and KiNet simultaneously, and grandMA2 does this very efficiently. We have multiple control surfaces for video, lighting, LED effects and lasers: Everything is networked through the grandMA2.”

He says that grandMA2 programming “is very fast for live operation” and its popularity in the industry means there are “a lot of available operators and programmers who are familiar with this platform.” Lieberman, who programmed Drai’s with Aron Altmark, has been an MA user for nearly 14 years. “I’m very comfortable on it. I have a show file that has everything needed as far as effects and presets.”

LiFE at SLS Hotel & Casino has positioned itself as rebelling against the “one-dimensional norm that has come to define nightlife” to offer “an unbridled celebration of sight, sound, scene and form.”

Lieberman agrees. “The blend of typical nightclub lighting with a very untraditional ‘rock ‘n roll’ style stage design give the audience a very unique environment,” he says.

High-res video covers the back walls of the club, framed by a custom moving lighting detail. Four full-color laser systems are built into the video treatment. The rear 20mm mesh LED video wall is semi-transparent and can fly in and out with several layered trusses of moving lights, strobes and audience blinders behind it.

Multiple trusses are also suspended over the dance floor with a full complement of theatrical lighting and effects. With upwards of 100 moving heads, the room shimmers with dynamic energy. Custom baffles are installed on the exterior of the truss to blend in with the ceiling. “The trusses’ larger scale as they extend over the dance floor create a ‘bowl’ style designed to embrace the space,” says Lieberman.

In addition, aerialists and performers fly on automated hoists and catwalks; moving video also encompasses the walls of the room. A total of 1,200 square feet of LED video is featured in the nightclub.

With many different technologies installed in the space – LED video, projection video, lighting, lasers, special effects – a grandMA2 full-size console was again chosen for its advanced networking options.

“The system is outputting MA-Net and Art-Net. Multiple operators come in to operate the system on any given night, so having the ability for each operator to have his own unique profile based off one main show file is a huge time saver,” Lieberman explains. He programmed the grandMA2 with Aron Altmark.

Lieberman is pleased that SJ Lighting has participated in two stand out Vegas nightclubs. “We are so honored to have been part of Drai’s, which is, to date, one of the most beautiful venues we’ve ever seen. It definitely needs to be experienced in person!”

“And LiFE is another example of how the SLS and SBE brands, some of the most influential hospitality providers in the world, are staying out in front of the curve and delivering exceptional nightlife experiences.”

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information visit www.actlighting.com

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Justin Ruka Joins Alcorn McBride as Support Technologist

RukaAlcorn McBride is pleased to announce that Justin Ruka has joined the company as a Support Technologist. His hiring follows other recent additions to the growing staff roster at Alcorn McBride, the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment.

Scott Harkless, Alcorn McBride’s Director of Sales, met Justin at an event held by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). The TEA is an international non-profit association representing the world’s leading creators, developers, designers and producers of compelling places and experiences. Justin was a member of the association’s NextGen program which helps students and recent graduates break into the industry.

“We are very happy to welcome Justin on board,” says Harkless. “He has the perfect combination of personality and talent, making him an ideal match for our unique company culture. We are grateful to the TEA for making this connection and expect him to be a big asset to our team.”

A 2013 graduate of Lakeland College with a B.A. in Computer Science, Ruka worked in a number of positions at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando before joining Alcorn McBride as a Software Engineering intern last fall. His internship led to his full-time appointment as Support Technologist.

As a self-described creative technologist and futurist who loves the themed entertainment industry, Ruka says his new post combines many of his favorite pursuits. “After graduation, I had hopes of making my way into a creative, technology-oriented role in the themed entertainment industry,” he says. “I’ve had the opportunity to work in one of the most visited entertainment destinations in the world, Walt Disney World Resort, and I was privileged to be on the opening operational team of ‘Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts’ in Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Now, I’m proud to have joined the wonderful and talented team at Alcorn McBride.

“Technology is the perfect complement to my fascination with the themed entertainment industry, as it is being used more and more in both high-end destination and local attractions.”

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

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New Clay Paky Stormy Fixtures Join Slipknot Tour

A67G0465Masked rockers Slipknot are making headlines with a fifth album release, the addition of new band members, their Knotfest concert series and the launch of the “Prepare for Hell” tour – and Clay Paky Stormys are along for the wild ride.

The band just marked the debut of their fifth studio album, “.5: The Gray Chapter,” which was quickly followed by performances October 25 and 26 at their own Knotfest in San Bernardino, California. They began headlining the “Prepare for Hell” North American tour afterwards.

Trevor Ahlstrand, lighting designer/production designer for Slipknot, is using a package of 30 Stormys, obtained from Christie Lights, on the shows. The new Stormy uses the latest LED technology while retaining all the charm of the classic strobe. He has positioned a few on each piece truss and several in a row on the floor.

“The show is very asymmetrical with random sticks of different heights jutting out in random places and set elements of a carnival theme,” he says. “The thing with this group is that they have nine members, three of whom are drummers, so they’re very percussive. I use strobes to accent a lot of the underlying drum parts in their music; trying constantly to be creative in how I would use the strobes keeping it interesting and different from song to song.”

But Ahlstrand confesses that he’s “always had a problem with using scrollers on strobes. I don’t like to blast on lights all the time, and I don’t want to abuse the audience all night. So I try to use scrollers to get a different feel but could never seem to get them all working right.”

He looked at several LED fixtures then discovered that “Stormy had the feel of an old-school Atomic 3000 with a scroller on it. But it was way more intense. I could get any color you can think of, and when you hit it full blast it was so bright – you didn’t see anything else. I get all the benefits of a classic strobe with all the control of an LED.”

Reached during rehearsals with the band Ahlstrand reports the Stormys were performing “amazing so far – no technical issues. My fear with LEDs is balance with color, but the Stormys are all dead on with each other. They’re extremely bright and fast – I hit whatever color I want at any time. And I program them the same way I would anything else.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, added, “We’re very excited about our new Stormys and pleased to see that they’re working well for Mr. Ahlstrand and the band.”

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

About Clay Paky
Headquartered in Seriate (Bergamo), Italy, Clay Paky SPA has a history of designing and manufacturing innovative professional show lighting. The company was founded in 1976 by entrepreneur Pasquale Quadri who anticipated the enormous impact the evolution of technology would have on the show and entertainment worlds.

For more information on Clay Paky products, please contact:
Francesco Romagnoli francesco@claypaky.it
Davide Barbetta webmaster@claypaky.it

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4Wall Entertainment Acquires Large Complement of Clay Paky Mythos Fixtures

ACT_Lighting-4Wall-Mythos-Print_Ready.jpg.jpg4Wall Entertainment has made a sizable purchase of Clay Paky Mythos fixtures, a highly-advanced hybrid light which serves as an excellent 470-watt spotlight and an extraordinary beam light. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky lighting in North America.

“With this purchase 4Wall reinforces its reputation as an innovative company, which offers its clients the latest cutting-edge products,” says A.C.T Lighting Vice President Sales and Marketing Brian Dowd. “4Wall is one of the first vendors in the US to recognize the outstanding potential of the Mythos fixtures and take delivery of a large complement of these new lights.”

4Wall Entertainment is a full-service lighting company specializing in providing entertainment lighting systems. Via rentals, sales, service and design 4Wall delivers solutions to projects large or small, temporary or permanent from offices in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York and Washington, D.C.

“From the first demonstration on, all of us at 4Wall have known the Mythos would be a hit,” says 4Wall COO Kathy Torjman. “Having top-notch functionality as both a spot and a beam makes the fixture a perfect addition to our nationwide inventory. Designers from all over the country are already requesting to use it on their upcoming shows!”

As a spot light, Clay Paky’s Mythos offers an outstanding large beam and zoom optimized for focusing; as a beam light it remains parallel for its entire length even at great distances. Mythos is smooth, fast and very quiet with a completely redesigned indexed visual effects disc.

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information on A.C.T Lighting, visit www.actlighting.com
For more information on 4Wall, visit www.4wall.com
Those looking to rent the Mythos from 4Wall can request an online quote here: http://bit.ly/CPmythos ”

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New Barco E2 Presentation System Amps up WorldStage’s 4K Capabilities

E2 right 02 jpgAs part of an aggressive expansion of its equipment inventory WorldStage has acquired several Barco E2 presentation systems, the first and only screen management system on the market that can manage a 4K projector blend with refresh rates up to 60Hz.

“The Barco E2 represents one of the key capital expenditures for the WorldStage 4K roadmap,” says WorldStage’s Barry Grossman. “The system is brand new technology with a very exciting future ahead of it. E2 offers many features currently unavailable in other systems, including two 4K outputs per frame and a proper multi-viewer for the screen management processor.”

The Barco E2 is a versatile system whose 4K input and output provides impressive pixel processing power. With 28 inputs and 14 outputs (eight PGM, two multi-viewer and four scaled Aux outputs), the system delivers full show control in a single box.

Its linkable chassis enables expansion without the need for additional external processing and routing; it is capable of managing a blend of up to 32 4K projectors. Designed for the live event industry, the rugged E2 boasts a steel chassis able to withstand the challenges of life on the road. Its compact form factor occupies just four rack units.
WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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Electrosonic’s Chris Conte to Lead New Executive Role

Chris-Conte-headshotElectrosonic has named Chris Conte as head of the new U.S. Business Development team where he will lead a dedicated group focused on exploring new relationships with key accounts and seeking new business opportunities to support Electrosonic’s future growth.

“Chris has an impressive record of developing new opportunities and providing the right technology solutions for clients. His industry experience coupled with his unique skills and insight will enhance our efforts to accelerate Electrosonic’s growth,” says Jim Bowie, President of the Electrosonic Group.

As VP of New Business Development, Conte will be responsible for driving new strategic business deals and partnerships across select markets with key customers, partners and industry influencers. He will extend Electrosonic’s presence and relevance by building and guiding the global reputation and brand. The Business Development team’s scope not only cover Electrosonic’s existing markets (Entertainment, Control Rooms and Corporate Solutions) but will expand its business into new markets, and will also support the company’s Service Solutions effort.

“I’m very pleased to be leading the new Business Development team,” Conte says. “It is a very exciting time at Electrosonic and for me personally. Electrosonic celebrated its 50th anniversary last year and I’m thrilled to help shape our future.”

The new business development team will include Ramzi Shakra, Electrosonic’s Director of Marketing, as well as sales consultants Morgan Scopetto and Tony Miceli, who will work closely with Conte on this new focus.

Conte has worked in the entertainment industry since 1987, and has more than 18 years’ experience in the application of current and emerging technologies. He joined Electrosonic in 2001. His previous position at Electrosonic was Vice President of Entertainment, a position from which he managed the company’s Entertainment business worldwide.

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, control rooms, and corporate meeting rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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