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WorldStage Names Steve Gilbard Senior Technologist and Inks Agreement for Rental Inventory Utilization

Steve Gilbard

Steve Gilbard

WorldStage, Inc., the holding company for Scharff Weisberg, Inc. (SWI) and Video Applications, Inc. (VAI) have announced an agreement with Steve Gilbard, owner and CEO of Theatrical Concepts, Inc. (TCI) to integrate their substantial equipment assets. The deal takes effect on January 1, 2010.

In addition, an agreement has been reached for Gilbard to act as a consultant to WorldStage as Senior Technologist, in order to expand the company’s technology offerings in new and unique ways to benefit the company’s wide array of clients. more

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Electro Acoustics, Inc. Chooses Vista Spyder to Create Videowall Effects for New Youth Center at Hillcrest Baptist Church

Hillcrest

Hillcrest

Fort Worth-based Electro Acoustics, Inc. has selected a Vista Spyder X20 to create powerful videowall effects in the new youth center at Hillcrest Baptist Church, Cedar Hill, Texas. Primarily a design-build firm, Electro Acoustics works with architects and clients to provide turnkey audio, video, acoustics, lighting and control systems.

Having designed and built technical systems for the sanctuary in Hillcrest’s main building, Electro Acoustics returned to configure the main worship room for the new youth center which hosts dynamic REVO Meetings on Wednesday evenings for middle school and high school students. more

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Vibrant Design’s Ellen Waggett Gets On-Air Kudos for Designing Distinctive New Dressing Rooms for “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon?

Fallon

Fallon

It’s not often that a production designer gets a shout out on network television but Ellen Waggett received on-air compliments from client Jimmy Fallon and his guest, style guru Tim Gunn, after she completely revamped the guest dressing rooms and designed a new guest band room for NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.?

Fallon noted that all the dressing rooms he’s been in on talk shows “look like a hospital ward? and called Waggett’s transformational design “incredible? and “cool.? Gunn echoed Fallon’s praise adding a “wonderful? declaration of his own. more

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Electrosonic Says Cheers to Revamped Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh

Fivescreen

The Mash Tun section of the ride is based on a five-screen presentation using 46-inch LCD displays

With Scotland renowned for its whisky it’s a given that visitors to Edinburgh will want to explore the history and process of distilling the famed spirit at the revamped Scotch Whisky Experience, formerly The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, located next to the city’s legendary Castle. Electrosonic completed the AV installation for the visitor attraction which included synchronized lighting, sound and video for a dark Barrel Ride. The company’s Edinburgh office was responsible for the original system design, supported the installation and provides ongoing service. more

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UVLD Provides Lighting Design for the Guggenheim Museum’s 
First Annual Art Awards

Art Awards

Art Awards

Unlimited Visibility Lighting Design (UVLD) teamed with technical producers production glue to deliver an understated look for a one-of-a-kind event: the Guggenheim Museum’s First Annual Art Awards.

Devised by conceptual artist Rob Pruitt to be a performance-based artwork modeled after Hollywood awards ceremonies, the Art Awards honored artists and curators in nine categories and presented two lifetime achievement awards. The Delusional Downtown Divas satire group emcee’d and appeared in videos interspersed with presentations by celebrities who included Julianne Moore, Kylie Minogue and James Franco.

The gala evening’s event sponsor was the Calvin Klein, Inc; the awards acted as a fundraiser for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, White Columns and Studio in a School. production glue assisted in establishing the creative direction for executive producers Bronwyn Keenan of the Guggenheim, and Jason Lord, Calvin Klein, Inc.’s Director more

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Scharff Weisberg Opens Up Pandoras Box for “Memphis: The Musical?

Memphis

Memphis

When “Memphis: The Musical” opened on Broadway October 19 at the Shubert Theatre, the scenic projection design was supported by innovative technology provided by Scharff Weisberg, Inc. (SWI). SWI provided two Christie Roadster HD18K 1080 HD 18,000-lumen 3-chip DLP digital projectors plus two Coolux Pandoras Box Media Server PROs, two Coolux MediaManager PRO machines, and a Coolux Widget Designer PRO advanced control surface-creation framework.

“Memphis” takes place in Tennessee during the 1950s and the story revolves around a white R & B DJ who falls in love with a black singer he has introduced to his audience. The show depicts the changing society of the time and captures the decade’s R&B, gospel, and early rock ‘n roll sounds with a score by Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan.

Video projection is primarily used in “Memphis” to identify locations from scene more

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Coemar Infinity Fixtures Go On Tour With “Star Wars: In Concert”

Star Wars

Star Wars

It’s only fitting that Coemar Infinity Wash XL fixtures are playing a key role in “Star Wars: In Concert,” a new touring production based on George Lucas’s infinitely entertaining “Star Wars” franchise. Show Director and designer Steve Cohen is deploying 42 Infinitys as the main wash lights for the show’s 86-piece symphony orchestra, according to Cohen’s associate production designer, Seth Jackson.

A unique multimedia event featuring music from all six of John Williams’s “Star Wars” scores, “Star Wars: In Concert” began its worldwide tour October 1 in Anaheim, California. It features a full symphony orchestra and choir accompanied by a montage of specially-edited footage to fit each theme. The montage is displayed on a three-story tall, HD LED screen and narrated by Anthony Daniels, the actor who portrayed C-3PO in all of the “Star Wars” films. Original movie more

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Vibrant Design’s Christopher Landy Lights Up 15th Annual “Comics Come Home? Benefit Hosted by Denis Leary

CCH

CCH

Production designer Tom Lenz of 513 invited Christopher Landy of Brooklyn-based Vibrant Design LLC to have fun for a good cause when he suggested the lighting designer work on America’s longest-running comedy benefit, “Comics Come Home,” which marked its 15th anniversary at Boston University’s Agganis Arena on November 7.

Hosted by Denis Leary, the comedy show benefits The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care and The Neely Cancer Fund. This year’s performers included Bill Burr, Lenny Clarke, Adam Ferrara, Kenny Rogerson, Jeffrey Ross, Jimmy Fallon, Whitney Cummings, and Tony V.

“Tom (Lenz) has been production designer for ‘Comics Come Home’ for the last four or five years,” says Landy. “Tom and I have been doing more and more shows with a strong emphasis on LED screens with content being a strong design element.”

“Since this was the show’s more

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UVLD Lights Major Automaker’s Chicago Rollout for Gail & Rice

Auto

Auto

Unlimited Visibility Lighting Design (UVLD) put the spotlight on a major automaker’s 2010 lineup, including an exciting new vehicle introduction, when design partner Andy Henry lit a high-profile, two-day rollout at Chicago’s Arie Crown Theater followed by a pair of additional events at the McCormick Place Convention Center. UVLD teamed with Gail & Rice of Cardiff By The Sea, California which provided all the creative for the project, staged the events and preproduced the video content. more

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Coemar Fixtures Join Star-Packed Roster to Light Up “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th Anniversary Concert” at Madison Square Garden

RRHOF

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Coemar Infinity Wash XL and Infinity ACL fixtures plus a massive dose of star power lit up New York City’s Madison Square Garden for the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th Anniversary Concert” which aired on HBO November 29. Among the luminaries taking the stage were The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Simon & Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder, U2, Metallica, Jerry Lee Lewis, and James Taylor. more

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