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Chris Conte Named Vice President of Entertainment at Electrosonic

Chris Conte

Chris Conte

Electrosonic has promoted Chris Conte to Vice President of Entertainment, a position from which he will manage the company’s Entertainment business worldwide, that includes the museum, theme park, visitor center and retail markets. Conte was formerly General Manager of Systems Integration for North America and Asia.

“I’m thrilled for this new opportunity to drive the worldwide Entertainment group,? says Conte. “I’m surrounded by very smart and dynamic people, and it is this worldwide group of talented people that motivates me every day. Between the outstanding vision and leadership of our executive management team and our tremendous talent base, Electrosonic will continue to accomplish great things.?

Conte has worked for systems integrators and design production companies since 1987 and has more than 15 years experience in audio-visual technology in the entertainment industry.

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grandMA Joins Prince’s Welcome 2 America Shows

Prince

Prince

grandMA mingled with music royalty when lighting designer Demfis Fyssicopulos selected a grandMA console to control, lighting and video components in Prince’s Welcome 2 America engagement in the New York metropolitan area. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of grandMA in North America.

Prince played two shows at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey then moved to Madison Square Garden for three performances before and after Christmas. The in-the-round stage was shaped like his famous, unpronounceable name symbol – essentially three catwalks joined by a circle. His band played in the center of the loop.

The entire stage was outlined by Nocturne V-9 LED screens, driven through a Control Freak Systems media server with audio and MIDI control, which were treated as lighting elements. Fyssicopulos used the grandMA to control the CFS more

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Video Applications Inks Four-Year GSA Contract

Video Applications, Inc. (VAI), a WorldStage company, has secured GSA’s coveted Advertising and Integrated Marketing Solutions (AIMS 541) contract. As a preferred vendor of high-profile, turnkey production, presentation and exhibition services, VAI’s complete process-oriented approach includes: A-to-Z Project Management; Intra-Agency Coordination; Pre/Post-Event Site Survey(s); and Audio, Video, Lighting, Scenic and Production Services.

“We are one of a handful of companies capable of offering complete and customizable, turnkey solutions within AIMS 541,” says Lee Standard, Government and Prime Programs Contracting Chief at VAI. “This can be attributed to VAI’s 29-year history in the live-event communication, presentation and training sectors. Past performance includes supporting the U.S. in its participation in NATO.” For example, VAI supported Prime Support Contractor, Northrop Grumman, Mission Systems, in its production of NATO’s Informal Defense Ministerial Training Event. The event was at the direction of the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense and required personnel with more

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Cincinnati’s School for Creative & Performing Arts Installs Robert Juliat Topaze Followspots

SCPA

SCPA

The School for Creative & Performing Arts (SCPA) in Cincinnati, Ohio has installed four Robert Juliat Topaze followspots in Corbett Hall, its 750-seat auditorium. SCPA offers a comprehensive arts education, with full college-prep curriculum, for students K-12 in the Cincinnati Public School District. It boasts many notable graduates, its students have performed on PBS with the Cincinnati Pops and it served as the setting for a popular MTV reality series.

Corbett Hall typically hosts the school’s major musicals, such as last fall’s Wizard of Oz, as well as performances by students in the vocal department, orchestra and band. SCPA also offers a career technical program that trains students for jobs in the field or prepares them to go on to an arts college. Lighting design instructor Jeffrey New supervises the students who operate lighting fixtures more

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Lighware U.S.A.’s Expanded, Easy-to-Use New Website Goes Live

LightwareUSA

LightwareUSA

Lightware U.S.A. is pleased to unveil its expanded new website at www.LightwareUSA.com. Completely redesigned from the ground up, the streamlined website is easy to read and navigate; many new features provide users with more in-depth information on the professional AV products manufactured by Lightware Visual Engineering in Budapest, Hungary.

“Our website is a lot easier on the eyes with a gray, white and red color scheme and a clean new look,? says sales and marketing associate Blake Dudash. “It offers deeper organization and more options to access material. There’s more content than ever before, but information is easier to find and utilize.?

The home page outlines the company’s modular matrix frames, modular matrix boards, stand-alone matrices, signal extenders, distribution amplifiers, interfaces and accessories. A keyword search function is now available, and a product shortcut more

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Scharff Weisberg Fills Lighting, Audio and Video Needs for Big Apple Circus’s New Multipurpose Entrance Tent

Big Apple Circus

Big Apple Circus

For the Big Apple Circus’s recent “Dance On!” show under the Big Top, Scharff Weisberg provided lighting, audio and video equipment for a new, multipurpose entrance tent in Lincoln Center Plaza’s Damrosch Park.

David Rockwell of Rockwell and Associates designed the entrance tent that “exponentially increased our front of house space,” says Scott O’Donnell, vice president and general manager of the Big Apple Circus. To maximize the new space the circus “looked to Scharff Weisberg to make it a fun and functional area. We’ve had a long association with Scharff Weisberg – they know us and what we do as an organization. We don’t just come to town with a show, we bring our venue with us and create everything from the ground up. Scharff Weisberg understands our needs and gives more

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Doug Mekanik Joins A.C.T Lighting in Tech Support

Doug Mekanik

Doug Mekanik

A.C.T Lighting has expanded its team of highly qualified professionals with the addition of Doug Mekanik as a Technical Support specialist. In his new role, Mekanik will support the entire range of A.C.T Lighting products, including MA Lighting, Clay Paky, LiteWare and W-DMX, as well as train customers on the use and operation of those products.

“I’m excited to be joining A.C.T Lighting and begin training programmers on the grandMA2 console,” says Mekanik. “It’s going to be great to work closely with a whole new level of programmers and productions.”

A graduate of Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia with a degree in Theatre Design/Technology, Mekanik has an extensive background in entertainment from designing and programming lighting in concert, dance and theatrical atmospheres to providing technical support and training to lighting more

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Video Applications Inc. Collaborates With Gorilla Production Group for First U.S. Saisho Homa Fire Rite Ceremony at Shinnyo-en Temple

Shinnyo-en

Shinnyo-en

In the last several years Shinnyo-en Buddhists have conducted the Saisho Homa fire rite ceremony in Taiwan, Paris and Berlin. This year, the prayer ceremony for world peace was brought to the U.S. for the first time and documented by turnkey production and event resource Gorilla Production Group with AV technical support from Video Applications Inc. (VAI).

The rite, held at Shinnyo-en’s head temple in Redwood City, California, was led by Her Holiness Shinso Ito, one of the few women Buddhist priests, who traveled from Japan for the event. Covering the ceremony for an overflow crowd and for followers worldwide posed numerous challenges, including being as unobtrusive as possible during the rite, dealing with space constraints and servicing two locations at a second venue.

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High Resolution Systems Announces UDC 3.2.2 Software Release with Many New Features and Improved Functionality

UDC

UDC

High Resolution Systems LLC has introduced a new software release for its Universal Device Controller (UDC). UDC 3.2.2 includes numerous new features and improvements to enhance the user experience.

“We have been listening to our customers and, as a result, have added a lot of new features to UDC 3.2.2, improved existing functionality and upgraded some of the user interface,” says sales engineer Drew Taylor.

UDC 3.2.2 now supports the new UDC-210 21-button panel controller for UDC software and offers additional button colors; new font colors for buttons; and Context Menus to add and remove buttons, add and remove image, and add and remove background image.

A new font and colors have been enabled for the web server; web server image caching for browsers has also been added.

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grandMA2 Makes Its Miss America Pageant Debut

Miss America

Miss America

It was the 90th anniversary of the Miss America Pageant and grandMA2 played a key role backstage. A pair of grandMA2 light’s made their debut at the 2011 pageant, which was telecast live on ABC from the Planet Hollywood casino-resort in Las Vegas. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of the grandMA2 in North America.

The pageant reunited lighting designer Allen Branton, who returned for the fourth time, and fellow lighting directors Kevin Lawson & Felix Peralta, who marked their third year & fourth year on the show respectively. This also marked the first time that Lawson & Peralta had used the grandMA 2 on a live televised broadcast.

“Because of the way the pageant is structured, we had a little extra time with several days of the preliminary pageant,” says Lawson. more

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