PLSN — August 2012
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2012 Parnelli Award Nominations Now Open

LAS VEGAS — If you ever wondered who picks out the names that appear on the Parnelli Awards ballot every year, just take a look in the mirror. Yes, you! All PLSN readers once again have the opportunity — but only through the end of August — to choose most of the individuals and companies to be honored Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Mirage Resort in Las Vegas. Nominations are now being accepted for all 2012 Parnelli Awards categories at

This year’s Parnelli highlights will include the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Charlie Hernandez, the Parnelli Visionary Award to Joe Branam and the Audio Innovator award to Dave Shadoan. All of the other Parnelli Awards honoring excellence on the part of companies, individuals and products are up for grabs — and it all depends on you.

So be sure to go to and make sure your voice is heard. There, you can nominate your choice for Lighting Designer, Set/Scenic Designer, Video Director, Tour Manager and Production Manager of the Year. There are also awards honoring companies involved in Lighting, Staging, Set Construction, Video, Rigging, Pyro, Trucking and Freight Forwarding.

Separately, PLSN readers also have been voting for the finalists in the annual competition for Hometown Hero Lighting Company of the Year at Those winners, in five U.S. regions and all of Canada, will also appear on the Parnelli awards ballot next month.

And the nominations process for 2012’s Indispensable Technology (“IT”) Awards is also coming to a close. To recognize products that have advanced the state-of-the-art in lighting, staging, projection and sound, go to www.plsn. com/it.

It all promises to add up to the biggest night of the year for the live entertainment profession — and none of it would be possible without the generous support of the 2012 Parnelli Awards sponsors.

By late July, Gold sponsors for the 2012 event included All Access Staging & Production, Branam Enterprises, Brown United, CT Touring, Gallagher Staging, Harman International (AKG, BSS, Crown, dbx, JBL, Soundcraft), JH Audio, Leprecon, Littlite, Martin Audio, Meyer Sound, Precise Corporate Staging/Dedicated Staging, Rock-it- Cargo, Screenworks NEP, Sennheiser/K-array/ Neumann, Solotech, Sound Image, Stagemaker, Strictly FX, Tannoy/Lab.gruppen, Tour Tech East, Ltd., Ultratec Special Effects Inc. and Upstaging Inc. Silver sponsors included Chauvet, Elation, Hemphill Brothers, Pyrotek Special Effects, XL Video and Yamaha/NEXO.

Production Partners included On Stage Audio (OSA), PRG, Stage Crew and Techni-Lux. Chaos Visual Productions also returns as a sponsor of the Cocktail Reception, which starts Oct. 20 at 7pm, followed by the Awards Gala and dinner at 8pm.