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Product Spotlight: Roland V-800HD, page 46 PROJECTION Starts CONNECTION on page 41 Vol. 13.3 APRIL 2012 2012 Festival Season Begins Ultra Music Festival XIV Sets New Record XL Video US Reorganizes, Announces New Roles for Mark Haney, Phil Mercer, Greg Gardner ATLANTA, LOS ANGELES and LON-DON — XL Video is reorganizing its U.S. operations and Mark Haney merging the man-agement structure for its ongoing operations in Atlanta and Los Ange-les to focus on its three primary busi-ness groups: touring, exhibitions and events. In early March, the company an-nounced that Greg Gardner had been named chief operations ofcer of XL Video US. Gardner, who reports to Rene de Keyzer, has been working with Cary Tan, chief fnancial ofcer, to imple-ment the merged company structure. continued on page 8 Surreal Paintings Shown in 3D The sold-out Ultra Fest drew a record crowd of 165,000 over three days to Miami’s Bayfront Park last month. The three stages featured loud beats and visuals from Tiësto, Duran Duran, deadmau5 and David Guetta, among others. AG Light and Sound and stage designer Stephen Lieberman helped serve up the stunning mix of video, lighting and pyro efects with a gear list that included (for the main stage, pictured here) nearly 10,000 square feet of LED video (8,070 37mm, 1,745 15mm) and fxtures from Clay Paky (32 Alpha Spot 1500 HPEs, 70 Sharpys), Vari-Lite (32 VL3500 Wash fxtures, 24 VL5 Washes), Martin (60 Atomic 3000 strobes, 4 MAC III Performances) and Elation (61 DLED 60 Tri Strips). View more images online at http:// plsn.me/ultra2012photos . Indiana Judge Orders Sugarland to Testify in Staging Lawsuit INDIANAPOLIS — Mid-America Sound Corporation, owner of the staging structure that fell in high winds at the Indianapolis State Fair, has been seeking testimony from Sugarland band members and its management on whether they re-sisted attempts to cancel their Aug. 13, 2011 show, despite the bad weather. A judge ruled March 23 that band member Jennifer Nettles will need to testify no later than April 15, according to published reports. The scheduled depositions in the case, which could help pinpoint fnancial liability in the tragedy that led to seven deaths and dozens of injuries, were to start the week of March 26, 2012. When it looked like continued on page 6 The phantasmagorical paint-ings of early Renaissance painter Hieronymus Bosch, which por-trayed the artist’s fantastic visions of Heaven and Hell, came to the stage earlier this year with Hierony-mus at New York’s La MaMa Experi-mental Theatre Club. For more, turn to Inside Theatre, page 24. 38 Installations The Smith Center for the Perform-ing Arts opens and gives Las Vegas a multi-purpose hall for the ages. Road Test Martin EC-10 LED Panels combine the virtues of the LC Series with a 10mm pixel pitch LED display. The Biz As the 2012 festival season gets under way, staging owners will insist on the right to pull the plug during storms. Staging Concepts Seats 17,000+ for NCAA Basketball Finals NEW ORLEANS — March Madness wasn’t limited to the massive amount of intra-ofce wager-ing going on as the list of 68 contenders in the early stages Prepping the Superdome of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Division Basketball Tournament winnowed down to the sole victor — the University of Kentucky. For Staging Concepts, it was the task of supplying a temporary seating confguration for more than 17,000 fans attending the Final Four games at the Superdome in New Orleans. Almost 4,700 portable platforms supported by a highly engineered scafold style understructure cov-ered an area measuring 188,216 square feet. This seat-ing confguration involved a major move of the bas-ketball court from the end zone, where it was in 2003 when New Orleans last hosted the Final Four, to the middle of the arena, giving tens continued on page 6 40 47 PRO LIGHTING SP ACE www.ProLightingSpace.com/join

2012 Festival Season Begins Ultra Music Festival XIV Sets New Record

The sold-out Ultra Fest drew a record crowd of 165,000 over three days to Miami’s Bayfront Park last month. The three stages featured loud beats and visuals from Tiësto, Duran Duran, deadmau5 and David Guetta, among others. AG Light and Sound and stage designer Stephen Lieberman helped serve up the stunning mix of video, lighting and pyro effects with a gear list that included (for the main stage, pictured here) nearly 10,000 square feet of LED video (8,070 37mm, 1,745 15mm) and fixtures from Clay Paky (32 Alpha Spot 1500 HPEs, 70 Sharpys), Vari-Lite (32 VL3500 Wash fixtures, 24 VL5 Washes), Martin (60 Atomic 3000 strobes, 4 MAC III Performances) and Elation (61 DLED 60 Tri Strips). View more images online at http:// plsn.me/ultra2012photos.

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Surreal Paintings Shown in 3D

The phantasmagorical paintings of early Renaissance painter Hieronymus Bosch, which portrayed the artist’s fantastic visions of Heaven and Hell, came to the stage earlier this year with Hieronymus at New York’s La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club. For more, turn to Inside Theatre, page 24.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Surreal+Paintings+Shown+in+3D/1028789/107229/article.html.

Staging Concepts Seats 17,000+ for NCAA Basketball Finals

NEW ORLEANS — March Madness wasn’t limited to the massive amount of intra-office wagering going on as the list of 68 contenders in the early stages of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Division Basketball Tournament winnowed down to the sole victor — the University of Kentucky.

For Staging Concepts, it was the task of supplying a temporary seating configuration for more than 17,000 fans attending the Final Four games at the Superdome in New Orleans.

Almost 4,700 portable platforms supported by a highly engineered scaffold style understructure covered an area measuring 188,216 square feet. This seating configuration involved a major move of the basketball court from the end zone, where it was in 2003 when New Orleans last hosted the Final Four, to the middle of the arena, giving tens of thousands of fans — primarily students — a chance to be near the action.

Staging Concepts’ temporary seating riser configuration is also contracted for the 2013 regional games and Final Four in Dallas and Atlanta, as well as the 2014 Final Four in Dallas.

“We are pleased that we continue to be the temporary seating configuration provider for the NCAA from year to year and venue to venue,” said Brian Arnold, Eastern sales manager for Staging Concepts. “Since 2008, we’ve helped the NCAA transform enormous football stadiums into intimate basketball settings — it’s a fun and exciting project to be a part of.”

The temporary seating configuration consists of Staging Concepts’ SC90 Single Sided Platforms that are supported by the SC9600 Bridge Support System and SC100 Folding Supports. The temporary seating configuration added more than 18,000 seats to the Mercedes Benz Superdome for fans, media, teams and officials.

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XL Video US Reorganizes, Announces New Roles for Mark Haney, Phil Mercer, Greg Gardner

ATLANTA, LOS ANGELES and LONDON — XL Video is reorganizing its U.S. operations and merging the management structure for its ongoing operations in Atlanta and Los Angeles to focus on its three primary business groups: touring, exhibitions and events.

In early March, the company announced that Greg Gardner had been named chief operations officer of XL Video US. Gardner, who reports to Rene de Keyzer, has been working with Cary Tan, chief financial officer, to implement the merged company structure.

In early April, XL Video announced that industry veteran Mark Haney will succeed Phil Mercer as head of concert touring in North America. Mercer, who recently completed a three-year commitment to U.S. operations, will now head the international concert touring business at XL’s offices in London.

As newly-named senior vice president, Haney, based in Los Angeles, who comes to XL Video from Elation Professional and, before that, Screenworks NEP, has extensive experience as a video director, having worked on projects featuring Eric Clapton, Star Wars in Concert and Kenny Chesney, among many others.

“I’m very excited to become a part of the team at XL Video. I think XL is unique in that we are an international company, with local solutions. We will be supporting our touring clients out of our ofces in Los Angeles, Atlanta, London, and several locations in continental Europe,” Haney said.

“XL is extremely fortunate to have Mark’s experience in the concert touring industry,” noted Gardner, when the news was announced at a company meeting coinciding with the New York Auto Show.

“Being a supplier at this level is a team sport, and we are building a great team here at XL,” Gardner added. “We are actively recruiting people that are the best at what they do.”

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Indiana Judge Orders Sugarland to Testify in Staging Lawsuit

INDIANAPOLIS — Mid-America Sound Corporation, owner of the staging structure that fell in high winds at the Indianapolis State Fair, has been seeking testimony from Sugarland band members and its management on whether they resisted attempts to cancel their Aug. 13, 2011 show, despite the bad weather. A judge ruled March 23 that band member Jennifer Nettles will need to testify no later than April 15, according to published reports.

The scheduled depositions in the case, which could help pinpoint financial liability in the tragedy that led to seven deaths and dozens of injuries, were to start the week of March 26, 2012. When it looked like the band and management would not be appearing, Mid-America asked a superior court judge to order the band members and its ownership company, Lucky Star Inc., to show up.

In the hearing held March 23, Marion Superior Court Judge Theodore Sosin bowed to a request by Sugarland’s attorneys to delay the testimony schedule past March 26, but didn’t let Sugarland or Lucky Star of the hook completely.

Although Lucky Star attorneys asked for a delay until an unspecified time in May, Sosin ordered Sugarland to come up with a time between April 1 and April 15 when band member Jennifer Nettles would be available to be deposed. Sosin also ruled that the band provide Mid-America with the details about its insurance policy.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Indiana+Judge+Orders+Sugarland+to+Testify+in+Staging+Lawsuit/1028798/107229/article.html.

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