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Morris Light & Sound Invests in Large Inventory of Clay Paky, MA Lighting Consoles and MDG’s theONE Fogger/Hazer

L1000196Morris Light & Sound, a Nashville-based full-service production and integration company, has expanded its equipment inventory with the addition of a large complement of Clay Paky lighting fixtures, MA Lighting consoles and MDG’s theONE fogger/hazer. All of the brands are exclusively distributed in North America by A.C.T Lighting, Inc.

Morris Light & Sound has 25 years experience in the entertainment industry providing audio, video and lighting services for live events, tours and fixed installations throughout North America. It leases, sells and installs leading-edge lighting, audio and video equipment to touring artists, corporations, convention centers, award shows, festivals and political events.

The company’s biggest single purchase to date consisted of 240 Clay Paky Mythos fixtures, a highly-advanced hybrid light which serves as an excellent 470-watt spotlight and an extraordinary beam light. As a spot it 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.

David Haskell, President / CEO of Morris Light & Sound, believes the new Mythos has the potential to take the market by storm, “just like the Sharpy did when it was first introduced. Mythos’s three big attractions for us are its amazing power efficiency, its light weight and its versatility.”

“I know Clay Paky manufacturing will be busy keeping up with the demand for these new lights,” he says. “My phone is ringing every day with calls from people who want to rent them – and all of ours are deployed until September!” adds Haskell.

Morris Light & Sound debuted 160 of its Mythos fixtures on the recent “Ultimate Kickoff” concert special on CMT, the official kickoff entertainment event for the national College Football Playoffs. Mythos heads off next on country duo’s Florida Georgia Line’s “Anything Goes” tour in support of their new studio album. Then Mythos goes on the road with Kenny Chesney’s “The Big Revival Tour.”.

The company also invested in 44 Clay Paky Stormy strobes, an innovative new fixture that uses the latest LED technology while retaining all the charm of the classic strobe. Its light source is a strip of powerful white LEDs, which perfectly emulate a bright Xenon linear lamp. The flash effect is enhanced by Stormy’s parabolic reflector, like a classic strobe’s, which does not project the light directly forward like other LED strobes.

Haskell hails Stormy’s low power consumption and brightness. “They will allow customers to use way less power on tour,” he says. “The Stormy’s power consumption averages about 1/5 of the power needed in comparison to older traditional models – and Stormy appears to be a brighter light.”

The Stormy fixtures will head out with Kenny Chesney, whose tour specifically requested that Morris Light & Sound provide them.

Additionally, Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 innovative, LED-based moving lights have joined the inventory. “The Florida Georgia Line tour asked for them, so we purchased 30 units,” Haskell says. “The B-EYE is a great wash light and an effects light that offers great individuality of control.”

Morris Light & Sound also boosted its roster of grandMA2 consoles with six more grandMA2 desks in both full-size and light models. “We needed more to meet client demand,” Haskell explains. “grandMA2 is definitely the industry’s console of choice.”

Although the company already has an inventory of MDG foggers and hazers, it just purchased MDG’s theONE, a fully-digital, dual-mode fog/haze atmospheric generator.

theONE is a completely self-contained package offering sophisticated control over atmospheric effects from a single source. It is designed to give a maximum of consecutive, non-stop hours of fog/haze without service.

“theONE does both haze and fog and has very nice control from the console,” says Haskell. “I’d seen it and was impressed, then the lighting designer for the Florida Georgia Line tour requested it, so it was logical for us to add theONE to our inventory.”

Brian Dowd, A.C.T Lighting Vice President of Sales and Marketing, concluded, “Morris Light & Sound is valuable partner that has always been on the leading edge of technology. They are an innovative company and we look forward to the high profile projects that feature this new gear.”

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 call 818-707-0884.

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Clay Paky Fixtures Help Coheed and Cambria Tell Their Story on Tour

CoheedNYC0072Coheed and Cambria, the American progressive rock band whose innovative concept albums tell the sci-fi story of The Amory Wars, has wrapped a concert tour that included a complement of Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20s and Sharpys

Coheed and Cambria recently toured with the band Thank You Scientist, playing 25 dates across the US and in Toronto. Coheed and Cambria’s setlist followed “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3,” their 11-year old second album, which has recently been remastered and rereleased. Clearwing Productions supplied the lighting package for the tour, which included Clay Paky fixtures.

“The album tells the story of Claudio Kilgannon and his journey of self-discovery in a science fiction universe. Each song moves the characters along, and the lighting needed to be able to follow the quick changes to their emotional states,” explains Clearwing’s Michael “Greek” Hionis, the show’s lighting designer/director/programmer. “The focal point in the rig was the custom Keywork set piece, a visual representation of the energy that binds the planets together in the universe. In addition to the Keywork, the lighting was designed to transport the audience to the various locations, including a landslide battle, a dark city full of secrets, a space ship and an ominous castle of evil.”

Hionis was tasked with blending the Keywork with the rest of the design on the stage. “We lit the Keywork with 60 meters of LED strips with the help of Kevin Opatz. It hung above the drummer, with a two-meter circle truss behind it. The front edge of the truss was wrapped in sharks-tooth to emphasize the glow coming off of the Keywork,” he says. Four truss towers were mixed within a row of guitar cabinets flanking the drummer. “Each tower had two B-EYE K20s at varying symmetrical heights – six, eight and ten feet – with half the fixtures mounted above and half hanging below fixed pipes so I could make sure I hit every inch of the room,” he reports. “The B-EYEs’ circular design and macros could look like anything, including more planets within the Keywork.”

Six Sharpys were positioned on the stage floor in front of the towers and drum risers. “I wanted the beams to look as tall as possible,” Hionis says. “I needed a fixture that could punch through the B-EYEs when necessary but because much of the show was dark and moody, it was less about full stage washes and more about dark and sinister beams spread sparsely across the stage. That’s why the tight beams worked perfectly. Larger fixtures wouldn’t have looked as good irised down and certainly wouldn’t have been as fast.” The Sharpys also intrigued front-row fans, who tried to reach out and touch the beams during some songs.

“When placing fixtures on the floor, their footprint also becomes a factor,” he adds. The Sharpys’ compact footprint supported the notion that, “Bang for you buck is less important than bang per square foot,” he says.

“From a design perspective, the Keywork was purely a visual piece, the Sharpys were purely a lighting effect, and the B-EYEs had the ability to be either and merge everything so that each look [became] one cohesive idea,” Hionis explains. “B-EYEs are absolutely my new favorite fixture!”

Hionis praises the role A.C.T Lighting has played over the last two years. “They’ve been very supportive and extremely helpful in terms of training and email support,” he says. “They have all helped me out so much in so many different ways.”

Key Tour Personnel:
Show Designers: Blaze James & Michael ‘Greek’ Hionis
Tour Manager: Pete Stahl
Production Manager/FOH Engineer: Mike Babcock
Lighting Designer/Director: Michael ‘Greek’ Hionis
Monitor Engineer: Scott ‘Shreddy’ Edwards
Guitar Technicians: Kevin Allen, Jeremy Frost

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, added, “This is a very interesting production and Mr. Hionis has done a great job at designing it. We’re proud to have been a part of it.”

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

About Clearwing Productions:

Clearwing Productions is a full service production company with the expertise to support any sized concert, festival, theatrical or corporate event. Multi-stage or multi-city live entertainment events and tours have been Clearwing’s specialty for over 25 years.
www.clearwing.com
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Ceremony For Anniversary of Ecole Polytechnique Shootings Features Light Display with Clay Paky Mythos

Poly25_Remi-St-OngeHROn December 6 the night sky over Montreal was pierced by 14 beams of light in a solemn commemoration of the 14 victims of the Ecole Polytechnique massacre 25 years ago. Montreal-based Moment Factory chose Clay Paky Mythos lights for the touching ceremony atop Mount Royal. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky fixtures in North America.

Residents of Montreal, Mayor Denis Coderre, Quebec and federal political leaders, gun control advocates, journalists, victims’ family members and survivors of the shooting gathered at the lookout of the Mount Royal chalet for a two-hour ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the day a gunman stalked the engineering school targeting women, professing to hate feminists and the new roles of women in society.

As part of the commemoration, 14 columns of light, each one symbolizing a young woman who perished in the massacre, rose into the sky. The powerful beams were created by Clay Paky Mythos fixtures. The new Mythos light is an extraordinary beam light, which remains parallel for its entire length even at great distances.

“We were honored to provide Clay Paky Mythos fixtures for the very poignant commemoration atop Mount Royal,” says Andrew Beck of A.C.T Lighting Canada. “The shootings were an extremely significant and emotional event in Canada – something no one can forget. We were proud to participate, through Moment Factory, in the ceremony remembering these 14 extraordinary young women 25 years later.”

Montreal-based Omnison supplied the Mythos for the event.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, added, “We were honored to be part of such a touching ceremony.”

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Electrosonic Promotes Bryan Hinckley to Entertainment Solutions Director

Bryan-Hinckley-headshotElectrosonic has promoted Bryan Hinckley to head of the worldwide Entertainment business, which includes the museum, theme park, visitor center and retail markets. The post was previously held by Chris Conte, who was recently named head of the new U.S. Business Development team.

Hinckley has been managing Electrosonic’s themed environments and attractions business in the U.S., where he was responsible for maintaining and growing the business as well as managing and supporting its U.S.-based sales team.

“Bryan’s promotion to lead the Entertainment business comes at a very exciting time for Electrosonic and for the AV market as a whole,” says Jim Bowie, President of Electrosonic Group. “As one of our key talents, Bryan is assuming new responsibilities at which I believe he will excel and help move the company forward.”

Hinckley says, “As Chris Conte moves to lead the Business Development team, he leaves big shoes to fill. I’m looking forward to taking on an expanded role at Electrosonic where I get to work with one of the most talented teams in the industry. I also look forward to bringing my 15 years of Electrosonic experience to our new and existing customers located throughout the world.”

Hinckley joined Electrosonic in 1999 as a project engineer.  He later served as a project manager for Electrosonic projects in Taiwan, Japan, New York City and other locations throughout North America.  Prior to his recent position leading the themed entertainment business in North America, Hinckley’s roles at Electrosonic have included managing the Electrosonic Products Division in the U.S., and managing the Electrosonic Design Consulting team.

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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New Clay Paky Stormy Fixtures and grandMA2 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 and a grandMA2 console are along for the wild ride. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky and MA products in North America.

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.”

Ahlstrand chose the grandMA2 for the show for “its reliability and worldwide availability.” It’s been his console of choice for several years during which time he’s seen it “become the standard at most festivals around the world. That makes it very easy to walk in and clone your show then just add their NPUs and everything is good to go.”

He says the grandMA2′s “speed and precision with individual parameter timing and effects are great and so easy to use. It also has such a flexible layout giving me different options and preferences with multiple user profiles, such as for the show’s lighting director Greg ‘Little G’ Kocurek.”

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 call 818-707-0884.

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Three Byte Intermedia Supports James Turrell Retrospective at National Gallery of Australia with Advanced Lighting Control Systems

2014-12-03 16.19.56American artist James Turrell’s new retrospective at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra includes projections, holograms, drawings, prints and photographs as well as 10 light installations, two featuring advanced lighting control systems created by Three Bye Intermedia, Inc, a studio focusing on interactive AV solutions.

“James Turrell: A Retrospective,” which runs from December 13-June 8, 2015, follows three retrospectives in Houston, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Guggenheim in New York. Acclaimed as a leader in global contemporary light art, Turrell has told visitors to his shows, “I put you in a situation where you feel the physicality of light.”

That’s certainly true of the installations, “Bindu Shards,” part of Turrell’s Perceptual Cells series, and “Virtuality Squared,” from his Ganzfeld series. “Bindu Shards” has been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia, along with five other major Turrell works.

“Bindu Shards” is designed to induce the drifting off state of mind that occurs in the early stages of meditation. A one-person sensory experience, it requires the viewer to ride a roller bed into a sphere-shaped structure, 12 feet in diameter, reminiscent of an MRI machine. The viewer wears headphones and looks up into a white hemisphere. The sphere is then illuminated with color- changing, pulsating LED lights.

“Three Byte software executes a program of binaural audio streams that induce beating between the left and right sides of the stereo headphones,” says Olaaf Rossi, Three Byte’s project manager. “It is absolutely critical that the lights and sound be generated from the same timing source – a feature that no existing system could support. We spent months developing the software to ensure that the lights are precisely timed to strobe synchronously with the audio beats, which are extremely important to the intensity of the perceived experience.”

Different programs, lasting between 11 and 37 minutes, alternate frequencies that emulate the neural oscillations occurring during different periods of the human sleep cycle. Although the experience is unique to each viewer and can be unsettling to some, most report it as being meditative allowing them to lose their sense of time and space.

“Virtuality Squared” replicates a whiteout phenomenon in which viewers experience a complete loss of depth perception. It features an inclined floor, precisely-constructed apertures and LED lights. What appears at first to be a flat projection is, in fact, a big room that engulfs viewers in a seemingly unending expanse of color. As the color shifts, perception compensates and static light is suddenly not static at all.

“Three Byte’s special-purpose lighting control software was developed specifically for James to allow him and his studio to easily experiment with new effects and experiences in every installation, each of which is unique to the location,” explains Rossi. “Our software supports timeline-based, 16-bit DMX control for up to 8 universes with particular attention to insert/edit capability along with increased low-light level precision controls and a custom tactile lighting control board.”

About Three Bye Intermedia

Three Byte Intermedia (www.3-byte.com) specializes in the design and implementation of innovative software solutions for interactive installations. It offers custom software development, show control systems design and development, architectural design support, and systems engineering. For more information, visit http://3-byte.com/.

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Lightware Unveils 4K Compatible TPS Wallplate Extenders with Remote Powering

wp_umx_tps_extendersLightware USA has announced the next stage of the development of the Lightware HDBaseT product line: the wallplate version of the UMX-TPS series, which will launch early 2015. They are the ideal solution for many small meeting and classroom applications or as part of a larger multi-room system when paired with a Lightware MX series Modular Matrix.

The Lightware UMX-TPS products are designed to transmit multiple video formats at resolutions up to 4K. Video, audio and control can be sent up to 170 meters at 1080p over a single CATx cable with these extenders. The WP-UMX-TPS-TX120-US model supports VGA and HDMI while the WP-UMX-TPS-TX130-US adds DisplayPort to the list of formats it supports.

The TX120 extender is designed to handle digital and analog video and audio signals, e.g. VGA, YPrPb and HDMI1.4 with analog stereo audio from local inputs or embedded 7.1 HBR audio. The TX130 model adds DP 1.1 signal support to the roster.

Analog audio and video signals are converted to digital formats in the extenders, which can transmit the audio and the video signal separately from each other. Units offer bidirectional and transparent RS-232 and Ethernet transmission and unidirectional and transparent IR transmission. The IR and RS-232 connections also support command injection from the MX series Modular Matrix. Remote powering is available through the single CAT 5e/CAT 7 cable, but a local power supply can also be used.

“The two new extenders are compatible with any of the currently available TPS receiver products and can be incorporated into the MX series modular matrices which size up to 80×80,” says Lightware USA Director of Sales, Drew Taylor. “They will ship early in 2015.”

Lightware USA has also unveiled the TPS-PI-1P1, a new remote powering solution supporting the PoE standard and providing power to a remote TPS transmitter or receiver.

Based on this new PoE technology, every TX and RX unit will be power receivers or can be fed locally by a power supply. Remote powering can be achieved by using the TPS-PI-1P1 single-port power injector unit, which is optimized for HDBaseT transmission.
The TPS-PI-1P1 can be placed anywhere in the TPS transmission chain. The incoming data stays untouched, and the signal quality is unaffected. But a 48V DC remote power is added to the signal by the device.

The unit provides unidirectional remote power only, but thanks to a 12V local output option, the other device can also be powered by the TPS-PI-1P1 if they are placed close to each other. No power supplies for the TX or RX are needed. Power for the injector itself is provided by its own power adapter, which is included. The unit has four front panel LED indicators for monitoring operations and troubleshooting.

About Lightware USA

Lightware USA is the US distributor of professional AV products manufactured by Lightware Visual Engineering in Budapest, Hungary. With the flexibility of the Lightware product line, the Lightware USA team is able to assist with the design for some of the highest performance systems in the world. Router sizes ranging from the robust UMX4x4-Pro up to the impressive 160×160 25G Hybrid give Lightware USA the edge over the competition when it comes to routing multiple video sources to the ever changing variety of displays in the industry. Their array of solutions for extending the highest resolution video formats including 4K and 3D over Cat or Fiber put Lightware USA on the forefront of cutting edge technology.

For more information on these products, visit www.LightwareUSA.com.

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Electrosonic Provides AV Support to New “Scotland’s Time Lords” Exhibit at Edinburgh’s Our Dynamic Earth Attraction

timelords05-1Fifteen years after providing the complete audio-visual system for the Our Dynamic Earth attraction, Electrosonic returned to help the science center bring “Scotland’s Time Lords” to life. Electrosonic was charged with the design and systems integration of the AV elements, under subcontract to Studio MB, engineering the new exhibition with reliable components within a simple system architecture.

“Scotland’s Time Lords” introduces visitors to the Scottish scientists who laid the foundation for the modern paradigm of plate tectonics. Three new interlinked galleries take visitors from an 18th century themed classroom with magic blackboards and talking portraits back through Deep Time to the Big Bang and beyond. Visitors learn the impact of James Hutton and Arthur Holmes on the evolution of earth science, and celebrate the fact that scientific discovery is at the heart of Scottish culture.

The journey begins when the visitor passes through oak paneled doors and steps into a 19th century styled lecture room. Eminent geologist and ‘first Time Lord’ James Hutton demonstrates his theories on how the Earth was formed while large blackboards with animated imagery and text stand on either side. Hutton appears to be in the room through an application of the Pepper’s Ghost technique; his image is actually presented on a horizontally-mounted 63-inch Samsung LCD screen. He’s flanked by blackboard-style projection screens, fed by Optoma projectors, illustrating his talk. Portraits of later geologists, all with Scottish ties, are actually 55-inch Samsung LCDs, which come to life to comment on the importance of Hutton’s insights.

The second section looks at the contributions of Arthur Holmes, a professor of geology at Edinburgh University in 1942, whose studies led to the concept of plate tectonics. Visitors view a suspended globe presenting animations explaining plate tectonics and their relevance to earthquake and volcano zones. The globe is a Puffersphere, which uses a ceiling-mounted projectiondesign F32 video projector with a custom lens to project onto the internal surface of the sphere; a computer plays out source images and provides the geometric corrections required to deliver distortion-free images on the globe’s surface.

The Deep Time Machine comprises the third and final portion of the new exhibits. Styled as a large elevator operated by an AMX controller, the gallery transports visitors back in time to the Big Bang, showcasing giant images on 55-inch Samsung LCDs. In a collaboration between Our Dynamic Earth and ISO, new footage offers visitors the chance to witness the development of the universe and the early days of Earth.

When the “elevator doors” open at the conclusion of the journey, visitors exit to the science center’s existing spaceship-themed “How It All Started” show which features a new film produced by National Space Centre Creative (NSC Creative).

Audio equipment for the “Scotland’s Time Lords” exhibit includes Tannoy loudspeakers, Cloud and RSF amps and AMX Precis signal processing.

Most source and control equipment is housed in the existing AV racks in the central control room. HD players for the Time Machine are adjacent to the displays they serve.

The new exhibition was designed by award winning Edinburgh-based exhibition and interpretive design team Studio MB, and the fit-out contractor was Paragon Creative. Show content was conceived by Studio MB and produced by ISO Design of Glasgow. Project management and contract administration was also by Studio MB. Electrosonic supported the project through its local Edinburgh office.

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic, celebrating its 50th anniversary, 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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Justin Lang Joins A.C.T Lighting As Director of Marketing

JustinLangContinuing A.C.T Lighting’s commitment to excellence, the company announces the appointment of Justin Lang as Director of Marketing. Lang will be working directly with Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Brian Dowd, to increase market awareness of A.C.T Lighting and its partner brands. A.C.T Lighting is currently the exclusive North American distributor for MA Lighting, Clay Paky, Robert Juliat, MDG, Wireless Solutions and Chain Master.

Justin Lang has worked in all aspects of the lighting industry for 17 years, from sales to production design and most recently journalism. He began his professional career working in sales at Barbizon Lighting Company in Washington, DC. Lang later created the industry blog, iSquint.net, a successful technology and news website. In 2011, he was recruited by PLSN to take over as Editor.

“I am excited to join the A.C.T Lighting family and to be working with their partners,” says Lang. “They have been on the forefront of providing exceptional products and services in the North American market with truly unique product partners and a dedicated sales and support staff.”

Brian Dowd, A.C.T Lighting Vice President of Sales and Marketing, added, “We are very excited to have Justin as a member of our growing team. He brings a wealth of knowledge and energy to our marketing efforts.”

Lang can be reached at 201-996-0884 or via email at Justin@actlighting.com.

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 call 818-707-0884.

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Clay Paky Fixtures Join The Eli Young Band for Concert Tour and House Party Shows

268The Eli Young Band has hit the road on its North American tour and recently hosted it’s 2nd Annual Eli Young Band House Party featuring Clay Paky Sharpy and A.leda B-EYE K-20 fixtures playing supporting roles.

An American country music band from Texas, The Eli Young Band released its “10,000 Towns” album earlier this year. During its career the band has had three singles reach number one on the Billboard country charts. The band is currently on a North American concert tour and just finished hosting its popular yearly House Party concerts on back-to-back weekends at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston.

“The overall design of the tour is high-impact versatility,” says lighting designer David Carr. “We deliver a lot of speed with fast moving lights and design.”

Carr uses eight Clay Paky Sharpys as floor lights for the concerts. “I used them on a corporate show before, but this is my first time in a touring situation,” he notes. “I love the brightness of the beam; it punches through just about everything.” Morris Light and Sound, a full-service production and integration company in Nashville, TN is providing the lighting package for the tour.

For the Eli Young Band House Party in Houston Carr added a dozen Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K-20 fixtures from LD Systems, the systems integration and production company headquartered in Houston. “The punch and zoom range they have for an LED is amazing, and the effects package is great,” Carr declares. “We plan to add B-EYE K-10s to our touring package next year.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, added, “It’s great to see our Sharpy and B-EYE fixtures work so well together. They are the perfect one-two punch for any show or event.”

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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