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

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 Homeâ€? 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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Electrosonic’s AV Expertise Showcased In Three TEA Thea Award-Winning Projects

Electrosonic is proud to have participated in three projects that captured Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement presented by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). Electrosonic, an international A/V integration and design company, was extensively involved with “America I Am: The African American Imprint” (Traveling Exhibition), Amsterdam’s “The Heineken Experience” (Branded Experience) and “Disaster!” at Universal Studios Orlando (Attraction Rehab). more

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Tinc Design & Production Announces Tinc Tuesdays, A Monthly Series of Networking And Education Opportunities

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Continuing education in the live-event industry is typically expensive and is held at distant or inconvenient locations. Tinc Design & Productions aims to change that with the launch of Tinc Tuesdays, a monthly series of networking and education opportunities, which begins in January 2010. The seminars will be held in a variety of venues throughout Manhattan, depending on that month’s theme. more

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Scharff Weisberg Supports Terra Networks’ High-Profile Event and After Party at the New Museum

Terra

Terra

Scharff Weisberg provided complete audio, video, lighting and logistics support for a high-profile, upfront-style event and after party for Terra Networks at the New Museum on The Bowery. At the event Terra, an international online content distribution company, announced new contracts and extensions of contracts with major content providers, such as the NBA, Major League Baseball and the Olympics, and hosted celebrities associated with each. more

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VAI’s DevCon 2009 Brings People And Ideas Together

DevCon

DevCon

The latest edition of Video Applications long-running Developers Conference or DevCon, introduced a number of technology innovations to a cross-section of clients throughout four well-attended sessions. DevCon 2009 took place at the end of August and, similar to past years where concepts such as wide-screen high-resolution imaging and the proprietary “MediaHub” were presented in an in-depth format, this year’s version provided a comprehensive review of the concepts and technologies. This year’s conference featured a number of collaborators and was reflective of the times, where many projects are serviced by responsive, efficient teams of companies each bringing its own expertise to the project. more

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Vibrant Design’s Christopher Landy Begins Third Season As Lighting Designer on VH1 Classic’s “THAT METAL SHOW”

Metal

Metal

“THAT METAL SHOW,” the Saturday-night show on VH1 Classic that discusses and debates all things hard rock and heavy metal, has returned for its third season and so has lighting designer Christopher Landy of Brooklyn-based Vibrant Design LLC.

VH1 Classic often calls on Vibrant to light series and specials. Landy has been involved with “THAT METAL SHOW,” from its inception. “The show has been a runaway hit,” he notes, “and we’re back in production with nine new episodes.” Season three reunites hosts Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson with such guests as the Canadian heavy metal band Anvil, Rob Halford , WWE’s Chris Jericho, Steve Vai, and Peter Criss. more

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