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grandMA Accompanies Queen Latifah On Her Trav’lin Light Tour

latifahLighting designer Scott Warner put his grandMA to work on Grammy Award-winner Queen Latifah‘s nine-week Trav‘lin Light tour last fall. The tour, which kicked off September 29 in Dallas and ran through the end of November, supported Queen Latifah‘s new jazz CD of the same name.

Warner had previously used the grandMA to control LED lighting for the Pussycat Dolls, but this was the first tour where his grandMA controlled moving lights. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor of the grandMA. more

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Developers Of Look Solutions’ Tiny-Fogger Receive Technical Oscar

(l to r) Jorg Pohler, Kirsten Eicher, Rudiger Kleinke and Nathan KahnWhy do a dazzling lineup of motion picture productions depend on the revolutionary wonder-wizard Tiny-Fogger by Look Solutions? Because years of painstaking, precision engineering, practical know-how and rigorous testing went into the development of this battery-operated, programmable unit. What‘s more, its incorporation of Look Solutions famous fog-machine “trademarks” – compactness, reliability and low-maintenance durability – have helped to culminate in a big win for Tiny-Fogger developers Jorg Pohler and Rudiger Kleinke. more

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Leadership Change At Electrosonic Group; Jim Bowie Promoted To President

bowieThe board of Electrosonic Group today announced that Jim Bowie has been appointed President. Bowie now oversees the global operations and strategy for Electrosonic‘s combined businesses in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East serving the museum, themed entertainment, command and control, corporate, government, and digital signage markets.

With this change of leadership, the Burbank office becomes the group operational headquarters. Electrosonic maintains offices in Burbank, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, London, Helsinki, Stockholm, Dubai, and Shanghai. more

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Electrosonic To Show The Latest Digital Signage Technologies At DSE 2008

Electrosonic Systems, the leading provider of advanced Digital Signage solutions will be showing the latest in digital signage HD players, proximity marketing systems, and RFID technologies in Las Vegas at the 2008 Digital Signage Expo. The Digital Signage Expo is the “largest international tradeshow and conference EXCLUSIVELY dedicated to the digital signage, interactive solutions and point-of-consumer media networks in retail, hospitality, financial and public spaces.” In addition, the firm will be promoting its Managed Media Services Groups‘ capabilities at the show. more

The Grinch Meets Look Solutions’ Cryo-Fog On Broadway

grinchLook Solutions‘ CRYO-FOG low-fog system played a role in the return run of the Broadway hit “Dr. Seuss‘ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical,” which enchanted audiences at New York City‘s St. James Theatre during the holiday season. In the record-breaking show, whose engagement ended January 6, the Grinch discovered there was more to Christmas than he bargained for when he tried to steal the holiday from the Whos in Whoville. more

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grandMA Takes On “American Gladiators”

gladiator There‘s a grandMA behind the scenes as NBC revives “American Gladiators” for a new generation of TV viewers. The grandMA is controlling almost 200 VARI*LITE VL2500 moving lights and some 1500 LEDs for the strength and endurance competition. The show, which originally premiered in 1989, made its midseason debut in January 2008 with Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali hosting. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of the grandMA in North America. more

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Tree Of Prosperity Show Blooms At Wynn Macau With Electrosonic

WynnElectrosonic Systems Inc. (Electrosonic) provided audio, master show control, an intercom system and a closed-circuit video surveillance system for the complex Tree of Propserity Show in the Wynn Macau, which opened in 2006. Electrosonic engineered and installed the components for the spectacular attraction, which is unlike anything anywhere else in the world.

Housed in the atrium of a new wing of the casino, the Tree of Prosperity Show begins when music starts playing. Soon a 20-meter wide ceiling iris, with the Chinese horoscope sculpted on it, opens to reveal an LED display of abstract video. Then the LED ceiling itself parts and a 10×10-meter chandelier, lit by thousands of LEDs, decends. Now the action shifts to the ground floor where a copper dome, with the Western horoscope sculpted on it, opens and a 20-meter tall golden tree rises from a vault below the floor. The magical tree rotates to the music until the show ends and all the mechanical elements return to their home positions. more

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Pinstrikes Uses Vista Systems’ Spyder To Maximize AV Capabilities In Luxury Venue

bowlThere‘s a Spyder in the bowling alley and bowlers are delighted! Vista Systems‘ Spyder is at the heart of the sophisticated AV display spanning the lanes at Pinstrikes, the bowling component of the first IPic Entertainment complex at the Bayshore Mall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

IPic Entertainment, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, is a new entertainment complex offering luxury movie theaters, casual elegant dining, stylish bowling and a high-energy bar to neighborhoods across the US. Pinstrikes, in Bayshore, features 11 bowling lanes. more

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Stage Research Schedules Houston Training Session For SFX 6 On March 19

sfxStage Research, Inc., the developer of audio, sound design and lighting software, will hold a one-day training session in Houston to introduce sound designers to SFX 6, the new version of the company‘s leading live entertainment sound playback software. The session will take place March 19 in the Hilton Americas hotel.

“Sound designers worldwide have adopted SFX so we‘ve scheduled this training session for the new SFX 6 software the day before we exhibit at the USITT Trade Show for the convenience of convention-goers,” says Carlton Guc who is partnered with Brad Rembielak in Stage Research. more

Medialon Serves Up Winning Combination At 13 World Soft Tennis Championship In South Korea

tennisMedialon Manager V4 Pro scored at the Opening Ceremony of the 13th World Soft Tennis Championship in Anseong, South Korea where it controlled sound, video and special effects in a three-minute multimedia show.

The six-day tournament, held last September, was hosted by the International Soft Tennis Federation, which welcomed players from 40 countries. Soft tennis is a fast-moving racquet sport, played in singles and doubles matches, primarily in Asia. It features a rubber ball, which is filled with air and is quite soft; but it can be hit extremely hard which makes for exciting game play. more

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