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3Stage Design Implements Systems from HRS Control for Fortune 100 Executive Briefing Center

When an executive briefing center at a Fortune 100 company needed to replace its ageing control system, 3Stage Design selected HRS Control’s (Embedded Control Server) ECS-Raptor as a very viable alternative to the outdated traditional control equipment.

3Stage Design offers design, fabrication and installation services for corporate executive briefing centers and exhibits from its offices in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Recently tasked with replacing a client’s large center control system, they turned to HRS for their solution.

“We started by putting the project to bid as we always do in order to get a gut check,” says Emile Wolsky, Vice President at 3Stage Design. “We turned to all the big names as well as HRS for this RFP.

“Most of the control systems under consideration were hardware-based which required us to update lots of equipment and reconfigure our current rack systems,” he notes. “HRS’s UDC and Raptor platform offered a more favorable solution because its primary design and command structure are based off of Internet Protocol (IP) commands. This allowed for HRS to design a system that was more software driven than hardware driven, providing us with a more stable system and a more affordable price.”

3Stage Design dismantled the client’s old control system and installed the Raptor, whose controls are activated by wall-mounted button panels and by Apple iPads. “The client has a video hallway, theater and many interactive exhibits that all need some form of control. The HRS system is also on a scheduler allowing for automatic startups and shuts downs. In addition, we can easily control various exhibits as well as audio, lighting and video throughout the entire center through the touch of an iPad,” Wolsky explains.

He hails the Raptor’s energy-saving properties and the ability for the programmer to have remote access to the system. “We don’t need to send a tech on-site to make changes,” he says.

Installed earlier this year, the Raptor has been “working great,” Wolsky reports. “Our client is very happy with it, especially with its flexibility and the ease of making changes. They love how the Raptor functions overall and how they can easily control exhibits that weren’t controllable before since it’s now affordable to put more exhibits online.”

Wolsky calls HRS Control “the way of the future. More and more equipment these days is coming IP-ready. Simple networking and protocols turn a heavy equipment-based approach from years past into a flick of the switch.”

He adds that support from HRS Control has been “great – they have been very responsive to us.”

About HRS Control

High Resolution Systems known as HRS Control is a company with a strong systems engineering and applications background. Its founders have decades of experience in the audio visual rental and staging industry, broadcast applications, A/V installations and system design. This combined experience allows them to provide the highest possible quality solutions to its customers in the most efficient manner. For more information, visit www.hrscontrol.com.

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Brian Macauto Joins Alcorn McBride as Senior Sales Engineer

Alcorn McBride, the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, is pleased to announce that Brian Macauto has joined the company as Senior Sales Engineer. He was most recently Regional Sales Manager (North America) for Vista Systems and comes on board as Alcorn McBride expands its sales team to meet increased demand for its products worldwide.

“When I first met Brian, I was immediately impressed by his natural ability to communicate with clients. He clearly identifies their needs and then applies just the right amount of technical savvy to inspire their confidence in his solutions,” says Scott Harkless, Director of Sales. “His talents are a perfect fit for the type of personal service our sales team offers, and we are very excited to have him on board.”

At Vista Macauto handled outside sales, software/hardware training, system commissioning, trade show and technical support in North America for Vista Systems. He worked closely with broadcast, rental and staging, retail, universities, stadiums, government, and theme park markets forging business relationships with consultants and integrators throughout North America. Macauto holds a B.S. degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

At Alcorn McBride Macauto will educate and update customers on the growing product line, provide pre-sales application support to help customers determine the right equipment for the job, develop new project opportunities worldwide and work closely with customers to ensure successful outcomes.

“I’m excited about joining the Alcorn McBride sales team,” he says. “My expertise in technical training, system integration and design, and digital and analog AV technology will be put to good use helping to build on the outstanding sales record Alcorn McBride has set for itself. I’m eager to get started!”

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

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d3 Technologies and Mediatec Solutions Sweden Partner on Eurovision Song Contest 2014

The 4U v2.5 media server from d3 Technologies made its Eurovision Song Contest debut at the 2014 competition just concluded in Copenhagen. Approximately 180 million viewers in 45 countries tuned in to the show, which delivered a strong, masculine look without sacrificing any of the gold, glitter and glamour the ESC is known for.

Named the Official Event Supplier for the ESC 2014, AV rental house Mediatec Solutions Sweden partnered with d3 Technologies to provide a powerful media server solution for all the LED and projection content at the B&W Hallerne venue, a former shipyard.

The media-rich show featured a diamond-shaped stage featuring LED strips with individual pixel control, a huge wall of LED light cubes (with 70 glass display surfaces projected by worlds largest Barco HDQ2k40) configured like the prow of a ship, an enormous 110×12-metre (1170 sqm) LED screen that acted as a backdrop, and 169m2 of the Mediatec tecViz BS10 Interactive LED floor.

“You give the content creators a totally new point of view in show creation when they can use a real interactive touch LED floor,” says Niclas Ljung, Manager Technology of Mediatec.

Selected for its real-time 3D pre-visualization, advanced mapping features, its ability to handle a limitless amount of layers on the time-line and to sequence directly to the beat of a song, the d3 4U media server delivered an efficient and rock solid performance for the 37 participating artists. Niclas Ljung of Mediatec, and David Bajt, an external video consultant and d3 specialist, worked together on the d3 system design, with David setting up the d3 project based on construction drawings, generating templates for the content designers and looking after the workflow.

The d3 system comprised a master and four slaves, plus four understudies to guarantee redundancy; the big system handled content over a network delivering distinctive graphical and video elements for each artist in the spotlight. Searing flames and undulating stylized wings played across all surfaces during the winning performance of “Rise Like a Phoenix” by Austrian contestant Conchita Wurst.

“The d3 4U didn’t miss a beat,” says Ljung. “The d3 media server proved itself time after time on a huge and complex production.”

Head operator Pontus “Bullen” Lagerbielke and assistant operator Luke Collins were responsible for programming the show, and Rowan Pitts and Morgan Brown were the d3 system technicians on site.

About d3

d3 is the world’s first fully integrated visual production system for video professionals, combining a real-time 3D stage visualizer, timeline, video playback engine and projection mapping tools into one product. d3′s unique integrated workflow assists the designer at all stages of the project, from pitch through development to final delivery. For more information contact Judith Hornman at d3 Technologies: +44 207 234 9840 / judith.hornman@d3technologies.com

About Mediatec Solutions

Mediatec Solutions is one of Europe ‘s leading providers of integrated technology
solutions within video, light, sound , IT and production for events, TV, exhibitions and
permanent installations. Mediatec Solutions currently has state operations in seven
countries and has a turnover of over 370 million SEK. Mediatec Solutions Sweden is located in Stockholm and Kungälv.

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Kehoe Designs Lights Up Glamorous Chicago Corporate Parties with Clay Paky B-EYE and Sharpy Fixtures

Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 LED-based moving lights and Clay Paky Sharpys featured prominently in two glamourous corporate parties staged by Chicago event design company, Kehoe Designs. The new-to-market B-EYEs have joined Sharpys as go-to fixtures for Kehoe Designs, which values them for their versatility and performance.

Creating Gilded Glamour for IPW

During the US Travel Association’s recent International Pow Wow (IPW) in Chicago one of the most coveted tickets was for the San Francisco Travel Association’s after party in the Grand Ballroom of the Palmer House hotel. With the theme of Rococo A-Go-Go, Kehoe Designs matched the ornate elegance of the ballroom with a gilded glamour of its own featuring Go-Go dancers, some in golden cages, performing on the main level, and a live band and a DJ playing off one another on the mezzanine’s stage area.

“The San Francisco Travel Association has always hosted one of the coolest and most exclusive parties at IPW,” notes Adam McCarthy, Kehoe Designs’ lighting designer and event technology manager.

In his first deployment of the new fixtures, he placed eight Clay Paky B-EYEs around the perimeter of the ballroom mounted on truss towers in the mezzanine. “The B-EYEs gave us a range of visual options, and we used them as beams, wash lights and effects lights – especially the latter since this was a dance club environment,” he reports. “The B-EYEs performed all the functions of profile and wash lights and gave us the kind of effects lighting they couldn’t.”

Six Sharpys, a favorite fixture for every show, were also mounted on the mezzanine truss towers where they cut through the atmospherics created by hazers and a low fogger. “It was such a spacious ballroom, but we were able to get beam effects across the space by using Sharpys and B-EYEs,” McCarthy explains.

He also used Sharpys to highlight some focal décor elements, including large gilded foliage pieces. “The Sharpys are similar to pin spots in their beam angle but far brighter and with all the adjustment possibilities of a moving light,” he says. “We used the Sharpy’s CTO filter to wash the gilded foliage, which would have been lost with a traditional pin spot.”

Glamorizing a Corporate Anniversary

A few weeks later Kehoe Design created glamour of a different sort to celebrate the 25th anniversary of a major international financial services company in The Chicago Illuminating Company’s loft-like, contemporary event space.

Drawing inspiration from geometric and abstract pieces of décor art in its inventory, Kehoe Designs created a speakeasy vibe with live band in the cocktail area and staged ‘Dueling DJs’ on the dance floor.

McCarthy mounted two B-EYEs on a 14-foot high LED tower behind each DJ and positioned several more B-EYEs around the room at a lower level for a different play of angles and beams. “The B-EYEs are very fast and offer really nice color, which is critical to our approach to design. We used its full spectrum of colors, including pastels,” he says.

He also deployed four Sharpys: one on each DJ stage and two in the balcony to maximize the throw distance to achieve “cool beam shots across the space” and through haze.

McCarthy notes that Kehoe Designs typically has “very limited set up time for events, so we need lights that always work – that’s critical for us. Clay Paky is a manufacturer with a reputation for high-quality gear, and they always deliver on that.”

The clients for both parties declared the lighting “spectacular,” says David Brandt, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Kehoe Designs.

“We plan to use more B-EYEs in the future,” adds McCarthy. “They have joined our roster of favorite fixtures.”

Intelligent Lighting Creations (ILC) is a Chicago-area dealer for Clay Paky fixtures. “We were very eager to stock the B-EYEs,” says senior account executive Justin Wardell. “They are a wonderful, versatile fixture suitable for every lighting application and a great complement for the ever-popular Sharpys.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, commented, “Kehoe is doing some very interesting work and it sounds like they are putting our lights to good use. We’re glad to be able to support them in their ventures.”

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

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Clay Paky Supports Rodeo Concert Series

When LD Systems’ lighting designers John Dickson and Nate Brittain lit the entertainers at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo at Reliant Park this year they took 28 Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 LED-based moving lights along for the wild ride.

The Houston Rodeo took place over a 20-day period, March 4-23, and featured performances by major country and pop touring artists, including Brad Paisley, Usher, Keith Urban, Maroon 5, Luke Bryan, Reba, REO Speedwagon and Blake Shelton. Shows sold out and audiences of 50,000-60,000 were the norm.

Once the day and evening rodeo events were completed and the concerts were set to begin a stage rolled to the center of the stadium and a lighting rig dropped down over it. “It was a full-blown rodeo each day, followed by a unique performance from 1 of 20 different artists, ” says Dickson. “Every day at about noon we :(myself, Nathan Brittain , and Jim Brace) met with the artist’s LD, and spent 4 – 5 hours programming the show on our two grandMA2s with two NPUs.”

Dickson and Brittain were introduced to the B-EYE fixtures at LDI, and it was love at first sight. For the rodeo concerts they had 14 B-EYEs positioned on either side of the perimeter where they were used for standard wash lights, beam effects, and on occasion, pixel mapping. “We used Hippos to drive a ton of video content,” Dickson explains. “We wanted the B-EYEs to mimic the video. Clay Paky and A.C.T helped write software to enable us to pixel map and still have the shaper macros for the light.”

The lighting designer notes that the B-EYEs “really held their own” in the rodeo’s stadium environment. “We had a lot of video and other light sources but they really stood out. We love them!”

LD Systems Lighting Team-
Jim Brace – Lighting Designer / Director
John Dickson – Lighting Designer / Main Stage Programmer / Operator
Nathan Brittain – Assistant Designer / Perimeter Programmer / Operator
Brian Stephenson- Lighting Tech
Bobby Dominguez- Lighting Tech
Will Anglin- Lighting Tech

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, commented, “This is a very impressive undertaking and we’re glad the B-EYEs are able to be a part of it. It was great to work with the LD Systems team on this project.”

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

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All Eyes are on Clay Paky B-EYE Fixtures For Lotus Tour

The instrumental electronic jam band Lotus is continuing its cross-country tour this spring and summer as they debut a complement of Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 innovative, LED-based moving lights for key effects in the show.

Lighting designer Scott Huston obtained a dozen B-EYEs from Main Light Industries, Inc. in Wilmington, Delaware, which he counts on for “always having the latest and greatest – they let me know when they have cool stuff and have a good sense of what I can use. I’m really interested in checking out new technology.”

Huston positions eight B-EYEs on four truss towers and four more on the stage. “They have an amazing output,” he says. “That 4º fat beam is very impressive.”

Huston was looking for a moving light that offers a direct view effect. “I didn’t want to have a videowall, but I wanted to do a direct view effect. You can do the effects on the lens, which is big enough so I only need 12 of them. Plus, I also have the beams that give such a good rock ‘n roll look. The B-EYEs not only provide a beam that looks really nice cutting through the room but also a lens that you can do movement effects on.”

The B-EYEs made their debut on the Lotus tour in Atlanta and have been “working great,” according to Huston. “It’s really easy to make them all match up. The white LEDs are really nice, and the colors are all great — I can even get pastels out of them. And the eye candy effects are very nice.”

John DiEleuterio, Client Relations at Main Light, says that, “Scott and Lotus prove that you don’t need a ton of B-EYEs to get a great look. The B-EYEs are a great fixture. They really seem to be taking over with their versatility: They’re a wash, a beam – toss in the kaleidoscopic in-air effects and you have yourself a multi-use fixture and some pretty awesome eye candy.”

Main Light has stocked B-EYE fixtures since February, and DiEleuterio calls “A.C.T Lighting and Clay Paky powerhouses that offer groundbreaking, high-quality gear with amazing support to back it up. I wish every purchase in life came with the quality of support we receive from A.C.T.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, commented, “The B-EYEs are such versatile lights and Mr. Huston is making great use of them. Mainlight is a great collaborator and we’re thrilled they are working so hard to get our fixtures out there.”

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

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BOI Solutions Uses Vista Systems’ Spyder for Large Venue, Multi-Projector Virtual Displays for Top Clients

BOI Solutions of Miamisburg, Ohio, which designs and manufactures large venue multi-projector virtual displays, has added Vista Systems’ Spyder X20 image processors to its family of products. The company is using Spyder for a number of big projects, including an interactive presentation wall for a major packaged goods giant.

Founded 10 years ago by Bill Othick, BOI Solutions brings together expertise in IT, multimedia components, content delivery technology, networks and automated control to craft a solution for any application from boardrooms to retail, surgical suites to Wall Street, outer space to the manufacturing floor.

“We use Spyders for several of our largest projects – big rooms requiring displays with multiple windows,” says Jason M. Terry, Chief Operating Officer at BOI Solutions. “Spyder does a great job in that capacity.”

BOI Solutions created a 26×7-foot interactive wall for a major packaged goods company, which serves “as a collaboration and presentation tool and also does virtual shelving for their big retail customers,” says Terry. “They can pull up a shelf and manipulate the products on it.”

The wall is driven by blending two Sony 4K projectors, “very large and very bright projectors, which deliver stunning images,” according to Terry. “The wall is fed through a Spyder with up to 16 inputs; eight of them are computer sources and the rest are HD video. We have DVI and SDI HD going into it and a huge matrix router in front of it. We can add any source at any given time, including the user’s PC.”

BOI Solutions also deployed its proprietary SpaceTrigger touchscreen software that allows one overlay/touchscreen to control all the sources on the wall. Gestures may be used to manipulate sources as well as pass-through mouse control. This permits multiple users to dynamically interact with multiple sources on the same display wall simultaneously.

By using SpaceTrigger, the client dramatically simplified operating and controlling the wall’s sources.

“Our client can present on the wall with touch and gestures,” Terry explains. “It’s a huge, bright multitouch system with up to 32 touch points at a time. Typing, annotating, swiping – it can work on any touch. And it all runs really well on the Spyder.”

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Clay Paky and grandMA2 Go to the Rodeo for Concert Series

When LD Systems’ lighting designers John Dickson and Nate Brittain lit the entertainers at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo at Reliant Park this year they took 28 Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 LED-based moving lights and a pair of grandMA2 consoles along for the wild ride. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky and grandMA in North America.

The Houston Rodeo took place over a 20-day period, March 4-23, and featured performances by major country and pop touring artists, including Brad Paisley, Usher, Keith Urban, Maroon 5, Luke Bryan, Reba, REO Speedwagon and Blake Shelton. Shows sold out and audiences of 50,000-60,000 were the norm.

Once the day and evening rodeo events were completed and the concerts were set to begin a stage rolled to the center of the stadium and a lighting rig dropped down over it. “It was a full-blown rodeo each day, followed by a unique performance from 1 of 20 different artists, ” says Dickson. “Every day at about noon we :(myself, Nathan Brittain , and Jim Brace) met with the artist’s LD, and spent 4 – 5 hours programming the show on our two grandMA2s with two NPUs.”

Dickson is a fan of MA Lighting and has used the consoles for the last seven or eight years. “We love them. The transition from grandMA to grandMA2 was seamless. It’s a great desk.”

Dickson and Brittain were introduced to the B-EYE fixtures at LDI, and it was love at first sight. For the rodeo concerts they had 14 B-EYEs positioned on either side of the perimeter where they were used for standard wash lights, beam effects, and on occasion, pixel mapping. “We used Hippos to drive a ton of video content,” Dickson explains. “We wanted the B-EYEs to mimic the video. Clay Paky and A.C.T helped write software to enable us to pixel map and still have the shaper macros for the light.”

The lighting designer notes that the B-EYEs “really held their own” in the rodeo’s stadium environment. “We had a lot of video and other light sources but they really stood out. We love them!”

LD Systems Lighting Team:
Jim Brace – Lighting Designer / Director
John Dickson – Lighting Designer / Main Stage Programmer / Operator
Nathan Brittain – Assistant Designer / Perimeter Programmer / Operator
Brian Stephenson- Lighting Tech
Bobby Dominguez- Lighting Tech
Will Anglin- Lighting Tech

“John is one of the first LD’s to use the new B-Eye fixtures and when he said he was going to light an NFL stadium, I was excited to see how they would look. Both the beams and the effects looked great during the performances and read very nicely through the air. We were honored to work with John, Rob McKinley, and the LD Systems team to make sure control and lighting for this massive production was exactly how they wanted,” concluded George Masek, A.C.T Lighting Vice President – Automated Lighting

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HRS Control’s UDC Provides Custom Control Solution For Alford Media Services’ Innovative Breakout Pods at Client’s Annual Meeting

When a large, high-tech client posed a challenge for staging its annual meeting, Alford Media Services, Inc. found an effective custom solution in HRS Control’s Universal Device Controller (UDC).

Based in Coppell, Texas, Alford is known for its forward-thinking approach to supporting the AV needs of a variety of clients. For this project the client wanted to reset their massive general session ballroom into six circular, stand-alone breakout pods during a lunch break. And once the pods were in place each presenter needed to have full wireless remote control of AV playback in the pod.

“The client wanted to convert the ballroom into individual breakout rooms without walls or dividers,” says Rich Tate, director of marketing and creative at Alford. “They wanted six draped circular pods to come down from the ceiling; 40-50 seats were set up for each pod. Presenters had to have iPad control of the projector, screen and speakers in each pod and all the playback equipment backstage.”

Alford rigged each fully-equipped pod on a circular truss that could be quickly lowered from the ceiling. The self-contained set up permitted a fast turnaround of the ballroom but the issue of playback control remained.

“The head of our video department was familiar with HRS Control’s UDC,” says Tate. “We’re always on the lookout for innovative remote control solutions; we do a lot of iPad and IOS mirroring.”

Alford IT Specalist Cy McCormick used UDC software to build a custom iPad interface for the presenters that would wirelessly control centralized AV gear backstage from each pod. The presenters could not only control their slides, videos and audio levels, they also could instantly switch between primary and back up equipment if needed.

“Each pod had unique content with AJA Ki Pros and computers used for playback and graphics,” Tate explains. “We could talk to the playback devices very easily with UDC’s AJA Gang Control feature.”

Tate designed the graphical interface and buttons on the presenters’ iPad controllers. “It was cool to do custom buttons in custom sizes and put things on the screen wherever we wanted them – there were no restrictions,” he notes. “We even used a custom background, client colors and brand logo.”

He reports that “everything worked like a charm” at the meeting’s breakout sessions where the pods were a big hit. “The client was thrilled with UDC’s custom control solution. We want to develop UDC for more clients and are eager to have the opportunity to use it again.”

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An Array of Clay Paky Lighting Fixtures Helps “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Shine

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” debuted to rave reviews and top ratings, and Clay Paky fixtures are part of the mix giving a new look to late-night television.

The iconic “Tonight Show” now originates from NBC’s upgraded Studio 6B at 30 Rockefeller Center where lighting designer Fred Bock, of Ferri Lighting Design & Associates (FLDA) has used 17 Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 innovative, LED-based moving lights, 16 new Clay Paky Alpha Profile 800STs and 17 Clay Paky Sharpy Washes for band lighting. The lighting package, which features some of the newest technology in the industry, is supplied by WorldStage.

Although Bock’s overall goal for the show was to keep the lights as unobtrusive as possible to both the design of the studio space and the camera, he took a different approach for the band lighting. “The Clay Paky B-EYEs are meant to be seen and provide a look for music that is fresh and new,” he says. “The flexibility of the B-EYE makes it a perfect light for effects in the haze, but they can also be used as wash lights in the music set as well.”

Drew DeCorleto, director of lighting production at WorldStage, says the B-EYEs have “turned out to be a ‘must-have’ light for the show. With only 32 channels and all macros available, there is nothing out there like it. It’s an impressive light that possesses many skills and is already the subject of a lot of chatter.”

The Alpha Profiles serve a similar purpose to the B-EYEs. “They’re a great light that can be used for effects and beams in the haze, but they can also be used to light talent and scenery thanks to their shutters,” Bock reports. He selected them for “their flat field, size, brightness, shutters and versatility” and positioned some in the grid for back lights and eye candy shooting into the camera for music. Six have been placed downstage of the music set where they are used as keys for music and to light scenery for comedy skits.

DeCorleto calls the new Alpha Profiles “probably Clay Paky’s best-kept secret. We demo’d this unit last year for NBC and they’re on the ‘Tonight Show’, ‘Today Show,’ ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers.’ It’s a terrific arc light with shutters and they’re quiet enough for even NBC’s smaller studios.”

The Alpha Profiles are “working very well,” according to Bock. “They transformed the music space for Lady Gaga’s performance giving a high-energy feel that enhanced the number tremendously. They also have been used to light the talent in the performance space and cue cards for sketches.”

The popular Sharpy Washes also play an important role in the late-night show’s rig. “Once I show a designer the Sharpy Wash they never look back,” DeCorleto says.

He credits A.C.T Lighting with being “there every step of the way during ‘The Tonight Show’ process and delivering fixtures ahead of schedule. The B-EYE was actually on ‘The Tonight Show’ before they were in any vendor shops; that wouldn’t have been possible without the tremendous support from Brian Dowd and his colleagues at A.C.T Lighting.”

WorldStage furnished a similar complement of Clay Paky fixtures for “Late Night with Seth Meyers” delivering the same innovative technology to another new show that’s cementing NBC’s dominance in late-night programming.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, commented, “We’re so proud to have our lights chosen for these high profile television shows. WorldStage is a great collaborator and Fred Bock is an excellent designer. Its’ great to be working with them on this.”

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

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