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Alcorn McBride Marks 25th Anniversary

Alcorn McBride

Alcorn McBride

Alcorn McBride, Inc., the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the theme-park industry, is celebrating its 25th anniversary, an important milestone for a technology company serving the world’s top theme parks, museums and systems integrators. To mark the occasion the company has launched an improved website (www.alcorn.com) with easier navigation and more offerings, including the latest free software downloads and firmware upgrades for customers.

Founded in 1986 by CEO Steve Alcorn who maintains a hands-on leadership role in the company, Alcorn McBride has thrived thanks to innovative product design, longevity among its staff members and unparalleled customer service.

The company is well-known for designing equipment in four areas: audio players, including the flagship Digital Binloop multi-channel audio reproducer; video players, including a line of compact Digital Video machines more

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grandMA2 Accepts Invitation to the SAG Awards

SAG Awards

SAG Awards

grandMA got up close and personal with the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards when programmer Willy McLachlan tapped a grandMA2 system to control lighting designed by Jeffrey Engel. The awards show was simulcast live on TNT and TBS January 30 from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of grandMA in North America.

“I’ve pretty much switched over to the grandMA2 full time,” says McLachlan who has teamed with Engel for the last 23 years. “One of the challenges of the SAG awards is that it’s a seated banquet for several thousand people with a stage at one end of the hall. Although there are no performance numbers on the show, the footprint of required light and the classic set make it very tricky and time more

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Electrosonic Provides Interactive Workstations and Video Displays for New Permanent Exhibition at New York City’s National Museum of the American Indian

Copyright: Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, photos by David Sundberg/ESTO

Copyright: Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, photos by David Sundberg/ESTO

Visitors to the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Lower Manhattan are discovering the beauty of Native American artifacts and the stories behind those stunning objects in the new permanent exhibition, “Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian,” planned to be in place for the next decade.

Electrosonic engineered, provided and installed 20 exhibits for “Infinity of Nations” -10 linear video stations and 10 interactive workstations housed in the NMAI’s George Gustav Heye Center in the Old Customs House. Five years in the making, the new permanent collection reflects the geographic and chronological scope of the museum’s collection, and includes more

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Video Applications Works with Big Show Construction Management for 3D “Evolution (Multiplex)? at Art Basel Miami

Art Basel

Art Basel

When Big Show Construction Management needed AV support for an Art Basel Miami event showcasing former Hollywood director turned visual artist Marco Brambilla, it turned to Video Applications Inc.’s (VAI) Nashville office. Brambilla’s “Evolution (Multiplex),? a stereoscopic 3D video collage culled from thousands of movies, was called one of the most eye-opening events of the festival.

“Marco brought us in to produce the entire event from the site survey and coordinating content to providing crew, accommodations and local truss,? says Billy Kneissl of Big Show. “I spoke to every rental and staging house in Miami but no one could do what we needed to get Marco’s video on the screen. But VAI had the special 3D silver screen, projectors, technicians and a projectionist. They were the only ones who could meet our needs.?
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Lila Cockrell Theatre Adds Robert Juliat Cyrano Followspots As part of Major Renovation

Lila Cockrell Theater

Lila Cockrell Theater

As part of a $17-million renovation, San Antonio’s Lila Cockrell Theatre (LCT) has augmented its lighting inventory with three Robert Juliat Cyrano HMI 2500W hot restrike followspots purchased from dealer Texas Scenic in town.

LCT is located in the Convention Facilities’ complex in the shadow of the Tower of the Americas, a permanent legacy of the 1968 San Antonio World’s Fair. The theatre offers more than 2,300 seats on three levels; its main stage spans 113×60 feet and boasts an orchestra pit, integrated performance audio system, AV infrastructure for cameras and projectors, a fully-networked stage and architectural lighting system and a complement of manually-operated counterweight sets with motorized stage electrics.

“The theatre has served the city as one of the largest traditional performing arts venues in downtown San Antonio,” says more

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Vista Spyder X20 Is Perfect Solution For E! News Set

E! News

E! News

When E! News, the nightly entertainment newsmagazine on E! Entertainment Television, hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Guiliana Rancic, expanded to one hour and introduced a new set design, the network selected a Vista Spyder X20 video processor to meet its new and extensive graphic needs.

The new set features two large NEC monitor walls: one 3 x 4 and one 3 x 3 in slightly curved configurations, and a bank of three more NEC monitors adjacent to the anchor desk. It also boasts 103-inch and 85-inch plasma screens, two vertical NEC monitors, three 3 x 1 ‘windows’ and two 1 x 3 ‘windows.’

“We used to have a smaller set with fewer video elements, but now the Spyder X20 0808 allows us to do a lot more visually in the new, more

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Colin Lemmings Appointed Electrosonic’s Vice President of Corporate Solutions

Colin Lemmings

Colin Lemmings

Electrosonic has announced that Colin Lemmings has been named Vice President of Corporate Solutions based in London. The appointment makes Lemmings head of the Corporate Solutions business worldwide, one of the three business units of Electrosonic along with Entertainment and Control Rooms.

With corporate business rapidly expanding, Electrosonic has made its goal to become the audio-visual integrator and service partner of choice to corporate clients anywhere in the world.

“I’m delighted to be in charge of the corporate business worldwide and excited at the prospect of driving the business forward with my colleagues on the Executive Board,” says Lemmings, the former Sales Director for Corporate Solutions. “The new management structure at Electrosonic will enable us to offer clients international service from a single entity, utilizing focused account management tailored to individual more

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Video Applications Inc. Provides Technical Design and Event Management for The Trevor Project’s Annual Trevor LIVE Event

Trevor Live

Trevor Live

For the third year in a row, Video Applications Inc. (VAI) has supported Trevor LIVE, the signature annual event of The Trevor Project, the leading national organization focused on crisis intervention and suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ youth. Held at the Hollywood Palladium, the ready-for-primetime show honored Kathy Griffin and featured guest performances by Sarah Silverman, Wayne Brady, Neil Patrick Harris and Queen Latifah. The special guest producing director was Adam Shankman.

“This year our creative goal was to increase the level of onstage production with our high-profile show director, Adam Shankman,” says Jenifer Ortiz with The Trevor Project. “Budgetary concerns required us to focus on the necessary increased AV and technical components of the show. VAI was hired to handle all the audio and video technical production. I was hoping for a more

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A.C.T Lighting Exhibits Wireless Solution’s W-DMX G4 At USITT Stage Expo 2011

A.C.T Lighting will be exhibiting Wireless Solution’s W-DMX G4 in Booth #230 at the USITT Stage Expo 2011 held March 10-12 at the Charlotte Convention Center in North Carolina. Wireless Solution Sweden AB is the world’s leading manufacturer of wireless lighting control equipment with over 60,000 units sold worldwide and over 35 OEM partners; A.C.T Lighting distributes W-DMX in North America.

Wireless Solution’s W-DMX range of products is the consistent choice of top professionals in the lighting industry. It is the only company to offer dual-band 2.4 and 5.8GHz with legally licensed RDM and adaptive frequency hopping in both OEM single PCB or Standard Tranceivers with FLEX function to change a unit to be both transmitter and receiver. The W-DMX G4 BlackBox F-1 comes standard with RDM. All F-Models are both transmitters and receivers and offer a full FLEX with optional anything in/anything out (for example: DMX in, Art-Net more

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A.C.T Lighting Exhibits Wireless Solution’s W-DMX G4 At USITT Stage Expo 2011

A.C.T Lighting will be exhibiting Wireless Solution’s W-DMX G4 in Booth #230 at the USITT Stage Expo 2011 held March 10-12 at the Charlotte Convention Center in North Carolina. Wireless Solution Sweden AB is the world’s leading manufacturer of wireless lighting control equipment with over 60,000 units sold worldwide and over 35 OEM partners; A.C.T Lighting distributes W-DMX in North America.

Wireless Solution’s W-DMX range of products is the consistent choice of top professionals in the lighting industry. It is the only company to offer dual-band 2.4 and 5.8GHz with legally licensed RDM and adaptive frequency hopping in both OEM single PCB or Standard Tranceivers with FLEX function to change a unit to be both transmitter and receiver. The W-DMX G4 BlackBox F-1 comes standard with RDM. All F-Models are both transmitters and receivers and offer a full FLEX with optional anything in/anything out (for example: DMX in, Art-Net more

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