PLSN August 2012 : Cover

Road Test: ETC Source Four LED Fixtures, page 30 pag OJECTION on PR ts CONNECTION tar S e 1 3 Vol. 13.7 AUGUST 20 12 A Cauldron of New Ideas No Structural Defects Found in 2011 Bluesfest Stage Collapse OTTAWA, Canada — Ontario Ministry of Labor authorities have concluded their investigation of the July 18, 2011 stage collapse of a Groupe Berger-made staging structure during a Cheap Trick per-formance that injured three people, and determined that there was no evidence of structural issues con-tributing to the collapse. Instead, the blame for the incident was put on freakish weather. Groupe Berger’s Stéphane Berg-er expressed relief with the findings and reaffirmed the company’s ef-forts to provide structures that will withstand stronger winds. “We will always remember this event and continued on page 6 Turning Heads Lighting and production de-signer Alex Reardon worked with Vi-daroo’s Ian McDaniel, PRG and Heavy Industries on the monumental Great Face set element/DJ booth and flanking organic leaf-shaped projec-tion surfaces for Avicii’s LE7ELS Tour. The big head is just the starting point for visuals that are altogether trippy, creative, energetic and bold. For the full story, turn to Video Production Pro-file, page 36. LONDON — More than just a tribute to athletic prowess and teamwork, the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony honored the transformative power of fresh thinking. Tait Technologies filled the stadium with landscape video from more than 70,500 pixel tablets — one per seat. Patrick Woodroffe lit the field, stage and stadium with high-powered fixtures from Syncrolite and others affixed to 14 large lighting poles around the stadium. And stunt doubles for the Queen of England and James Bond actor Daniel Craig para-chuted into Olympic Stadium from a helicopter. ( More details on pages 11 and 31 ). Rental and Staging Network Sets Business Standards PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ — The Rental and Staging Network (RSN) announced that it had adopted the “Golden Rule” — “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” — as its guiding principle. RSN is promulgating these stan-dards so organizations and events planners worldwide can benefit from contracting with rental and staging companies that adhere to a true pro-fessional code of ethics and RSN will enforce the code among its members. “As competition becomes fiercer for winning high-budget, high-impact event staging and lighting contracts, it is critical for our members and the continued on page 6 22 Buyers Guide All haze effects brighten aerial beams, but not all haze-generat-ing machines are created equally. 2012 Parnelli Award Nominations Now Open LAS VEGAS — If you ever wondered who picks out the names that appear on the Parnelli Awards ballot ev-ery 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 in-dividuals 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 cat-egories at www.parnelliawards.com/nominate. This year’s Parnelli highlights will include the pre-sentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Char-lie Hernandez, the Parnelli Visionary Award to Joe Bra-nam 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 www.parnelliawards.com/nomi-nate 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 com-panies involved in Lighting, Staging, Set Construction, Video, Rigging, Pyro, Trucking and Freight Forwarding. continued on page 6 27 Company 411 CAT Entertainment Services keeps a wide array of live events powered up and comfortable. . Feeding the Machines Meeting hot fixtures — for a long-term relationship, or perhaps just a one-off fling. 40 PRO LIGHTING SP ACE www.ProLightingSpace.com/join

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 www.parnelliawards.com/nominate.

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 www.parnelliawards.com/nominate 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 www.plsn.com/hometown. 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.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/2012+Parnelli+Award+Nominations+Now+Open/1138708/121391/article.html.

No Structural Defects Found in 2011 Bluesfest Stage Collapse

OTTAWA, Canada — Ontario Ministry of Labor authorities have concluded their investigation of the July 18, 2011 stage collapse of a Groupe Berger-made staging structure during a Cheap Trick performance that injured three people, and determined that there was no evidence of structural issues contributing to the collapse. Instead, the blame for the incident was put on freakish weather.

Groupe Berger’s Stéphane Berger expressed relief with the findings and reaffirmed the company’s efforts to provide structures that will withstand stronger winds. “We will always remember this event and will use it to prevent other events from happening.”

Organizers for the 2012 Bluesfest have reinforced the main stage with 308,000 pounds of concrete ballast — more than 100,000 pounds more than what is normally deemed sufficient. They have also re-oriented the position of the stage in hopes of cutting potential wind resistance, and they hired engineers to inspect all six stages and meteorologists to monitor the weather during events as an extra precaution.

This year’s Bluesfest, now known as the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest, ran from July 4-15, with headliners including Tiesto, LMFAO, City and Colour, Iron Maiden, Norah Jones, Nickelback, Snoop Dogg, Bad Religion, John Mellencamp, Blue Rodeo, Skrillex and Metric.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/No+Structural+Defects+Found+in+2011+Bluesfest+Stage+Collapse/1138709/121391/article.html.

Rental and Staging Network Sets Business Standards

PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ — The Rental and Staging Network (RSN) announced that it had adopted the “Golden Rule” — “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” — as its guiding principle.

RSN is promulgating these standards so organizations and events planners worldwide can benefit from contracting with rental and staging companies that adhere to a true professional code of ethics and RSN will enforce the code among its members.

“As competition becomes fiercer for winning high-budget, high-impact event staging and lighting contracts, it is critical for our members and the global industry at-large to ensure we are maintaining the highest standards in business practices,” said Donald Guzauckas, Jr., president of RSN.

Formed in 2007, RSN strives to help rental and staging clients quickly find trustworthy rental partners in markets across the country. RSN also serves as a non-competitive forum for establishing best practices, enhancing professionalism and engaging in business referrals and cross-rental opportunities.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Rental+and+Staging+Network+Sets+Business+Standards/1138710/121391/article.html.

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