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Medialon Debuts In Greece At Foundation For The Hellenic World Cultural Center

FHWMedialon, thanks to the Greece-based integrator TELMACO, marks its first installation in Greece with the integration of a pair of Medialon Manager Pro show control systems at the Foundation of the Hellenic World (FHW) in Athens. FHW is a not-for-profit cultural institution dedicated to the preservation of Hellenic history and tradition.

In March 2006, FHW’s Cultural Center completed construction of the Tholos, a building housing a Virtual Reality system with a capacity of 130 people. Medialon controls the AV equipment for the Preshow and Tholos areas and is responsible for the operation of four plasma displays used for signage throughout the Center. more

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The grandMA Takes Center Stage At “Clash Of The Choirs”

choirThe show may have been called “Clash of the Choirs” but it was all sweet music with the grandMA controlling the lighting for the new NBC series. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of the grandMA in North America.

“Clash of the Choirs” featured five music celebrities — Nick Lachey, Patti LaBelle, Blake Shelton, Michael Bolton and Kelly Rowland — who assembled amateur choirs in their hometowns. The choirs performed on four consecutive nights in the week leading up to Christmas with viewers eliminating groups as the nights wore on. Lachey‘s Cincinnati-based choir emerged the winner taking home $250,000 for the Cincinnati Children‘s Hospital. more

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Look Solutions’ CRYO-FOG Provides Low Smoke Effects for Mexico City “Beauty And The Beast”

cryoLook Solutions‘ CRYO-FOG low-fog system is contributing to the theatrical magic of Disney‘s “Beauty and the Beast” now enjoying an open-ended run in Mexico City. Four CRYO-FOG machines are used throughout the show as low smoke in forest scenes and around the castle exterior.

“Ten years ago ‘Beauty and the Beast‘ opened in Mexico City with four liquid nitro machines,” recalls Nic Phillips, the show‘s technical advisor and programmer. “It was the first big musical for the producers and Disney‘s first in Latin America. When they moved it to Spain all the equipment went with it. Since then this production and it‘s equipment has been touring the world. Now back in Mexico for the tenth anniversary, the producers asked me to replace some equipment, including liquid nitrogen low smoke machines which were actually dangerous.” more

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Blue Man Group Gives Kudos To Stage Research’s SFX For Shows Around The World

bmgStage Research, Inc., the developer of audio, sound design and lighting software, is pleased to announce that its SFX software, for creating reliable and enriched soundscapes, is being used by the innovative BLUE MAN GROUP in its shows in Las Vegas, Orlando, Berlin, Oberhausen, Tokyo and Stuttgart.

The BLUE MAN GROUP‘s production team taps SFX for multitrack music and audio playback and sound effects during their sell-out shows. “It‘s been great,” reports Matt Koenig, sound supervisor for BLUE MAN Productions. “SFX was easy to get going and manage, and it‘s easy to make changes with the software — something we do frequently during the tech process. SFX gives us the flexibility to set up screens, pages, playlists and cue lists and revise them quickly and easily.” more

Medialon Goes To The Movies At Danilo Restaurant, Bar and Cafe

DaniloWhen Swedish Film (SF) decided to build the most inventive and modern cinema complex in Europe, Filmstaden Bergakungen in Gothenburg, they also wanted a restaurant, bar and café which would be an attraction in itself, not just a complement to the cinema. With that in mind, SF teamed with Primetec AB and concept developer Stylt Trampoli to create Danilo restaurant, bar and café where a Medialon ManagerV4 Lite orchestrates lights, sound and moving images. more

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Stage Research Schedules London Training Sessions For SFX 6 On January 29 and 30, 2008

Stage Research, Inc., the developer of audio, sound design and lighting software, will hold two one-day training sessions in London to introduce UK-based sound designers to SFX 6, the new version of the company‘s leading live entertainment sound playback software. The training sessions will take place January 29 and 30, 2008 at the renowned Central School of Speech and Drama located in central London. more

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Electrosonic Upgrades Systems At Independence Seaport Museum’s Concert Hall To Serve Deaf

SeaportElectrosonic Systems Inc. (Electrosonic) has performed a system upgrade to the Concert Hall at Independence Seaport Museum at Penn‘s Landing, Philadelphia, to transform the theater into a technologically-advanced space for the deaf and hearing-challenged communities in the city and beyond.

Electrosonic was charged with providing a multi-use entertainment system that was simple for the staff to operate. The Independence Seaport Museum, located on Philadelphia‘s waterfront, uses the Concert Hall for many different types of functions: high school band rehearsals, ballet performances and Congressional hearings among them. The Museum wanted to expand its capabilities to include corporate meetings, movie presentations and a Theater for the Deaf that could provide captions for both filmed and live presentations, the latter with a transcriber providing real-time captioning. more

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Clay Paky Fixtures Light Up “Disney’s High School Musical: The Ice Tour”

hsmoiA complement of Clay Paky lighting fixtures has been selected for “Disney‘s High School Musical: The Ice Tour,” a live fusion of songs, dance and team-spirited fun inspired by the pop-culture sensation and Disney Channel Original Movies, “High School Musical” and “High School Musical 2.” The show, produced by Feld Entertainment and Kenny Ortega, made its world premiere in New York City September 29 as part of an unprecedented global tour featuring three companies playing more than 100 cities across the US and locations in Canada, Mexico, South America, Australia and Europe. The ice tour will include never-before-seen choreography, costumes, lighting, special effects, projection and scenery. more

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Medialon Show Control Selected For Gaudi Center Reus In Spain

Two Medialon Manager V4 Lites are running at the new Gaudi Centre in Reus, Spain. The system controls all the AV functions and interactivity for exhibits dedicated to Catalonia‘s famed Modernist architect, Antoni Gaudi.

Opened by the City of Reus, the Gaudi Centre features interactive models, tools and personal belongings of the innovative architect, including scale models of the Sagrada Familia cathedral and the undulating roof of La Pedrera, both in Barcelona. Numerous models and projections help visitors understand the thought processes and concepts of Gaudi. more

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Look Solutions’ CRYO-FOG Makes Magic For “Peter Pan” At The Edmund Burke School

PanWashington, D.C.‘s Edmund Burke School, a 300-student middle school and high school with a growing performing arts and theater production program, used Look Solutions‘ CRYO-FOG low-fog system in a production of J.M. Barrie‘s classic “Peter Pan.” The program stages productions in its own new theater each trimester.

The school deployed a demo unit, in combination with various lighting effects, to simulate Marooners Rock in the middle of the water. “It worked very well and gave us an interesting, spooky environment,” reports Jonathan Deull, director of production. “The CRYO-FOG created a nice, low fog that lasted and was easy to deal with. The unit is relatively quiet — an important factor when you‘re doing a play in an intimate theatre space — and is compact, light and simple to operate. That‘s important since the system was run and managed by our students — and they didn‘t have any problems with it.” more

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