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Travis Shirley Picks Coemar Infinity Fixtures For Enirque Iglesias’s “Insomniac” World Tour

IglesiasLighting designer Travis Shirley has tapped Coemar Infinity Wash XL fixtures for Enrique Iglesias’s world “Insomniac? tour based on his album of the same name. The international pop singer’s tour began in South Africa and Europe last year and will play South America, Central America, Mexico and the US before heading back to Europe and then the Middle East. more

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Clay Paky Fixtures Join The Circus

Ringling Clay Paky fixtures are the moving lights of choice for Feld Entertainment, Inc. which is staging the first circus with fully-automated lighting. One of the traveling units comprising the 138th edition of Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey® Circus. The Greatest Show on Earth® has selected Clay Paky lights for its innovative new show which is also the first in the world to employ the Alpha Spot HPE 300 series of compact moving body projectors. more

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Electrosonic Named Exclusive Authorized Service Center For Hitachi Visioncube Digital Displays

Electrosonic Systems, Inc. (Electrosonic) has been chosen as Hitachi’s exclusive North American service and support provider for the VisionCube product line. The announcement signifies a new partnership between Electrosonic and Hitachi, and exemplifies Hitachi’s commitment to providing continuous quality support for their products.

“We felt that Electrosonic Systems, with a quality service organization and superior reach, was the right choice to support this product until March 2015,? says Masayoshi Murata, General Manager of Hitachi Data Systems. more

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San Diego Opera Selects Robert Juliat Cyrano Followspots

San DiegoRobert Juliat Cyrano 2500w HMI followspots have won a lighting shootout at the San Diego Opera. The new instruments made their debut in Tannhauser, the first production of the Opera’s 2008 season.

“In the nine years I’ve been here we’ve had other products for FOH followspots, and they’ve never been quite bright enough,? notes Chris Rynne, the San Diego Opera’s resident lighting designer and lighting supervisor. “Other stage lighting was getting brighter and we needed the followspots to have the same power. As we started doing bolder shows we needed extra punch to pull out the leads. So I pushed the idea that followspots would do the job,? he continues. “But I wanted followspots that were not only good for today but could also make the jump to next-generation productions. I was looking for something that would be good for the operators, have a great output and last a long time.? more

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Vista Systems’ Spyder Helps Stimulated, Inc. Streamline the Multiformat Process For Primetime Game Shows and Variety Shows

oneonehundred.jpgAn expert at streamlining the multiformat process, Robb Wagner has recently paired content creation and implementation with Vista Systems’ Spyder on a number of high-profile television projects: the game shows “1 vs. 100,? “Moment of Truth,? and “Duel? plus the “Ellen’s Really Big Show? hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.

Wagner’s Burbank-based company, Stimulated Inc., creates original screen content for TV award shows, major TV music & event specials, concert tours and game shows. Its first gig utilizing Spyder video processing technology was Al Gore’s Live Earth for which Stimulated created the screen content at Giants Stadium. more

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SFX 6 Software Controls Waterdance Plaza Fountain At Westgate City Center

waterdanceSFX 6, the new version of Stage Research, Inc.‘s leading live entertainment sound playback software, is the show control software of choice for the WaterDance Plaza fountain at Westgate City Center in Glendale, Arizona. more

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Look Solutions’ Power Tiny Lends Atmosphere To Toyota’s “Remote Control” Spot

spotlightWhen Toyota shot its hilarious “Remote Control” NASCAR spot in Charlotte, North Carolina Look Solutions‘ Power Tiny was on hand to smoke up veteran driver Michael Waltrip‘s Camry.

“A lot of people couldn‘t believe how small and quiet the Power Tiny was and how much smoke it produced for its size,” says Barry Davis of Spotlight Express & Special Effects who positioned the device so smoke could come in through the Camry‘s window. “We also used Look Solutions‘ Viper to fog up the inside of the car. Michael was real happy with it.” more

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grandMAs Put The Pedal To The Medal In Mercedes-Benz Booth

MercedesDemfis Fyssicopulos manned three grandMA full size and one grandMA light to control an extensive array of lights in the Mercedes-Benz/Maybach booth at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of the grandMA in North America.

Fyssicopulos teamed with lighting designers Richard Profe and Alex Orkisch of TLD Planungsgruppe GmbH Stuttgart to create a cutting-edge lighting solution for the luxury automaker‘s booth at the show. NAIAS was open to the public January 19-27. more

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Electrosonic’s New Digital Cinema Player Available at Showest

9600Audio-video manufacturing, design, installation and servicing giant Electrosonic Systems, fast making inroads into the cinema market, will be displaying the newly-launched MS9600 JPEG2000 server at ShoWest 2008 in Las Vegas.

The MS9600, a high-performance JPEG2000 appliance, plays unencrypted JPEG2000 content at 2K, 1080p and 720p resolutions. The company will also be showing the prototype DCI compliant version of the player which promises to take the Digital Cinema industry by storm. more

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Thematics Creates Custom Light Boxes For Ball State University And Valencia Community Coll

customThematics LLC has designed custom LIGHTBOX systems for Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and Valencia Community College in Orlando. Thematics’ products can be seen at USITT 2008, booth #520.

Ball State is a comprehensive university with more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students from across the US and around the world. It offers 170 undergraduate majors and preprofessional programs; its College of Fine Arts boasts the University Theatre, home of the Mainstage series of productions. more

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