PLSN March 2012 : Cover

Buyers Guide: Apps Galore! page 30 PROJECTION Starts CONNECTION on page 49 Vol. 13.2 MARCH 2012 Super Bowl XLVI: Most-Watched Ever BRAD DUNS IOSHA Fines Staging Company, IATSE, State Fair INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s Oc-cupational Safety and Health Ad-ministration (IOSHA), which had conducted an investigation into possible workplace violations as-sociated with the collapse of the main stage structure at the Indi-ana State Fair on Aug. 13, 2011, is-sued a report and levied more than $80,000 in fines against the staging company, the stagehand’s union and the state fair commission. IOSHA said it was acting on behalf of two workers, stagehand Nathan Byrd and security guard Glenn Goodrich, who were killed in the collapse, and emphasized that its investigation was not of continued on page 8 Rock On! The stage and field were animated with LED and projected video content. More than 111 million viewers tuned into NBC to watch Super Bowl XLVI and the Bridgestone Halftime Show featuring Madonna, LMFAO, M.I.A., Nicki Minaj and Cee Lo Green. The show was lit by Al Gurdon and featured a production design by Bruce Rodgers of Tribe, Inc. The show’s large cast performed Cirque du Soleil influenced-choreography on 43 modular pieces handled by some 500 stagehands. The load-in, pro-duction and load-out all happened in 27 minutes. The lighting, provided by PRG, included 204 Clay Paky Sharpy units, 442 Chroma-Q DB4 Color Blocks, 156 Vari*Lite VL3500s and 19 PRG Bad Boys. All Access Staging & Productions built the stage. Along with the headliners, choreography, lighting and staging, video played a key role. LMG Inc., which partnered with DWP Live, provided 796 tiles of BasicTech FLED io11 tiles for the stage, with video imagery complemented by projections from 32 Barco 20K HD20 projectors positioned 150 feet above a 149-by-80-foot area. For more details, turn to pages 34, 36 and 37. Peter Johansen Acquires SGM from RCF Group AAB Y HOJ , Denmark — RCF Group has an-nounced the sale of SGM, its lighting division, to a consortium headed by Dan-Peter Johansen ish entrepreneur Peter Johansen. The new company, SGM A/S, which replaces the for-mer SGM Technology for Lighting spa, is headquartered here, near Aarhus, and will concentrate ex-clusively on developing LED solu-tions, while continuing to support SGM’s current catalog of discharge lighting. continued on page 6 There was no giant claw or funnel-shaped video screen, but Cherry Hills Community Church, based in Highland Ranch, CO, still wanted to give its annual Christ-mas at the Ranch the kind of wow factor one gets from attending a major rock concert. Production di-rector Scott Nelson worked with 44 Production Designs LD Darien Koop on the beams and I-Mag. For the full story, turn to page 46. 18 Live Event Safety Canceling a live event can be costly and dangerous. But sometimes, not pulling the plug is even worse. PRG Acquires Paskal Lighting ARMONK, NY — Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG) has acquired Paskal Lighting, a U.S.-based light-ing, grip and expendables company that has served the motion picture and television industries since 1988. Although it will now be a PRG subsidiary, Paskal Lighting will operate under its own name, with Evan Green continuing in his role as president. “Paskal will continue to service our long time loyal customers as we always have, and will now have the additional support and strength of the PRG organiza-tion to further achieve our goals.” Green said. “The acquisition of Paskal Lighting brings us a like-minded company dedicated to customer service and solution-based technologies,” said Scott Hansen, presi-dent and CEO of PRG’s Corporate & Trade Show, TV & Film, North America division. “Evan and his staff at Paskal are highly regarded in the industry and we are very pleased to welcome them to the PRG family,” added Jere Harris, PRG chairman and CEO. 19 Elvis Lives! This touring tribute to the King features four Elvi a whole lotta shaking and gyrating light action backed by multimedia video. The Biz The IRS, the Department of Labor and 11 states are ready to look more closely at your 1099s. 55 PRO LIGHTING SP ACE www.ProLightingSpace.com/join

Super Bowl XLVI: Most-Watched Ever

More than 111 million viewers tuned into NBC to watch Super Bowl XLVI and the Bridgestone Halftime Show featuring Madonna, LMFAO, M.I.A., Nicki Minaj and Cee Lo Green. The show was lit by Al Gurdon and featured a production design by Bruce Rodgers of Tribe, Inc. The show’s large cast performed Cirque du Soleil influenced-choreography on 43 modular pieces handled by some 500 stagehands. The load-in, production and load-out all happened in 27 minutes. The lighting, provided by PRG, included 204 Clay Paky Sharpy units, 442 Chroma-Q DB4 Color Blocks, 156 Vari*Lite VL3500s and 19 PRG Bad Boys. All Access Staging & Productions built the stage. Along with the headliners, choreography, lighting and staging, video played a key role. LMG Inc., which partnered with DWP Live, provided 796 tiles of BasicTech FLED io11 tiles for the stage, with video imagery complemented by projections from 32 Barco 20K HD20 projectors positioned 150 feet above a 149-by-80-foot area. For more details, turn to pages 34, 36 and 37.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Super+Bowl+XLVI%3A+Most-Watched+Ever/995749/103083/article.html.

PRG Acquires Paskal Lighting

ARMONK, NY — Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG) has acquired Paskal Lighting, a U.S.-based lighting, grip and expendables company that has served the motion picture and television industries since 1988. Although it will now be a PRG subsidiary, Paskal Lighting will operate under its own name, with Evan Green continuing in his role as president.

“Paskal will continue to service our long time loyal customers as we always have, and will now have the additional support and strength of the PRG organization to further achieve our goals.” Green said.

“The acquisition of Paskal Lighting brings us a like-minded company dedicated to customer service and solution-based technologies,” said Scott Hansen, president and CEO of PRG’s Corporate & Trade Show, TV & Film, North America division.

“Evan and his staff at Paskal are highly regarded in the industry and we are very pleased to welcome them to the PRG family,” added Jere Harris, PRG chairman and CEO.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/PRG+Acquires+Paskal+Lighting/995751/103083/article.html.

IOSHA Fines Staging Company, IATSE, State Fair

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA), which had conducted an investigation into possible workplace violations associated with the collapse of the main stage structure at the Indiana State Fair on Aug. 13, 2011, issued a report and levied more than $80,000 in fines against the staging company, the stagehand’s union and the state fair commission.

IOSHA said it was acting on behalf of two workers, stagehand Nathan Byrd and security guard Glenn Goodrich, who were killed in the collapse, and emphasized that its investigation was not of the cause of the collapse but of unsafe working conditions. Along with the two workers, the collapse killed five fans and injured 58.

Mid-America Sound Corp., Greenfield, IN, which provided the staging structure and selected the workers who assembled it, was fined $63,000. The agency also levied $11,500 and $6,300, respectively, against IATSE Local 30 and the State Fair Commission for failing to check soil conditions before securing the guide wires and for failing to evacuate people in a timely manner as weather conditions worsened.

Other investigations into the cause of the stage collapse continue. Indiana’s State Fair Commission hired a New York-based engineering firm, Thornton Tomasetti, to investigate. Attorney Kenneth J. Allen, who represents the estate of four of those killed, is also continuing with an investigation into who should be held financially liable. Witt Associates, which specializes in emergency planning, is also reviewing the state’s emergency plans and its response to the collapse.

Bill Groth, attorney for IATSE Local 30, spoke critically of IOSHA’s findings, and the fine levied against the union, asserting that union members didn’t make the decisions that led to the collapse and that the union shouldn’t be fined because it’s a labor organization and not an employer.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/IOSHA+Fines+Staging+Company%2C+IATSE%2C+State+Fair/995754/103083/article.html.

Peter Johansen Acquires SGM from RCF Group

Peter Johansen


AABYHOJ, Denmark — RCF Group has announced the sale of SGM, its lighting division, to a consortium headed by Danish entrepreneur Peter Johansen. The new company, SGM A/S, which replaces the former SGM Technology for Lighting spa, is headquartered here, near Aarhus, and will concentrate exclusively on developing LED solutions, while continuing to support SGM’s current catalog of discharge lighting.

After founding Martin Professional, Johansen left to pursue other interests beyond the lighting industry, then joined SGM as R&D director in late 2010. He noted that the buyout provided him with the opportunity to spearhead his own company again.

RCF Group said that, by divesting themselves of the lighting interest they purchased in April 2009, the company can focus on its core audio brand and its current sales momentum, noting that its audio products are currently selling at rates nearly 50 percent higher than the same period last year.

Johansen and RCF Group chairman Arturo Vicari said the decision was amicable and suited both parties.

“I am delighted to be back as an independent operator, as I have always worked better this way,” Johansen said.

The two companies, however, will not be making a total split. RCF will continue to represent SGM in Italy while affiliate company dBTechnologies continues to distribute SGM products in Germany.

The two companies will also exhibit side by side at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt, where SGM A/S anticipates having more than a dozen new LED products to showcase

Johansen is joined by the LED specialists from his Danish R&D team and the existing SGM sales force. R&D, administration and after-sales support is now based in Denmark, with manufacturing plants in Italy, Thailand and China, and warehousing in Holland. SGM can be reached at +45 7020 7400, sales@sgmlight.com and support@ sgmlight.com.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Peter+Johansen+Acquires+SGM+from+RCF+Group/995756/103083/article.html.

Rock On!

There was no giant claw or funnel-shaped video screen, but Cherry Hills Community Church, based in Highland Ranch, CO, still wanted to give its annual Christmas at the Ranch the kind of wow factor one gets from attending a major rock concert. Production director Scott Nelson worked with 44 Production Designs LD Darien Koop on the beams and I-Mag. For the full story, turn to page 46.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Rock+On%21/995762/103083/article.html.

Chauvet

Using a screen reader? Click Here