PLSN October 2012 : Cover

Road Test: PLCyc LED, page 92 pag OJECTION on PR ts CONNECTION tar S e 1 8 Vol. 13.9 OCTOBER 20 12 Madonna’s Tour: Innovation, Cubed Anschutz Company Puts AEG Up for Sale LOS ANGELES — The Anschutz Company announced that An-schutz Entertainment Group (AEG) is for sale. AEG owns more than 100 venues, including Staples Center and London’s O2 arena. Its subsid-iary, AEG Live, is the second-largest concert promoter, behind Live Na-tion. AEG also produces music fes-tivals including Coachella, and its sports franchises include the Los Angeles Kings. Press reports indicated that Los Angeles-based biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong is teaming up with Guggenheim, the investment Charlie Hernandez Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Honoree STEVE JENNINGS continued on page 6 L&E Announces Plan to Close WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY — Light-ing & Electronics, Inc. (L&E), which has served the entertainment industry since 1960, announced to its dealers its plan to close its doors. The company expected to be scaling back its operations this fall and announced plans to sell its clamp business, including its Get-A-Grip, HangTuff and PipeDream products, to another company. “We know we are making the right decision at the right time with few regrets,” noted John V. Fedigan, president, and Robert V. Partridge, vice president, in a letter to its dealers. L&E also announced plans to sell its metal manufacturing production equipment in Wappingers Falls, NY over the next several months, and pro-ceeded to sell its finished goods inven-tory at near cost to its dealers on a first-come, first-serve basis. Charlie Hernandez clearly likes a challenge — and steering Guns N’ Roses through South America was just one of many in his long and sto-ried career. More recently, he’s been taking on earthquakes and tsunamis. For the full story, turn to page 62. Buyers Guide PAR-style LED fixtures, once scarce, have flooded the market, covering every price point. Here’s a look at the whole gamut. Installations At the Diamond Dolls gentleman’s club in Pompano Beach, FL, an energy-efficient lighting rig is now more than just a fantasy. Focus on Fundamentals That blown lamp may be dead, but it’s still dangerous. Here are some practical suggestions for contain-ing the risks. LOS ANGELES — For her MDNA tour, Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime show director, Michel Laprise, teamed up with 2009 Parnelli recipient Jake Berry, Mark Fisher of Stufish, lighting designer Al Gurdon and video director Stefaan “Smasher” Desmedt on a unique stage and visual design. By the end of the first song, the stage floor reveals itself to be a system of 36 hydraulically-controlled cubes, each covered with 10mm LED video on the top and three sides, with video imagery synched to the movement of the cubes. The mas-sive LED wall also splits into eight independently-moving panels. For the full story, turn to page 42. 50 Event Safety Alliance Announces Plan to Offer North American Version of U.K.’s Purple Guide LOS ANGELES — The Event Safety Alliance (ESA) has solidified plans to move forward with publishing an Ameri-canized version of the widely-used U.K. guide of best prac-tices in the event production industry, The Event Safety Guide — also known as The Purple Guide . “This is a collaborative effort by some of the best minds in the industry lending their expertise in the specific areas of event production safety they are most qualified in,” said Jim Digby of the Event Safety Alliance. “This collaboration will provide event professionals with a reference guide that is more than a starting point to find solutions to common problems in attendee safety.” “The Event Safety Guide brings together information needed by event organizers, their contractors and employ-ees to help them prioritize safety in all aspects of event pro-duction,” added John Brown, another founder of the Event Safety Alliance. The Event Safety Alliance hopes to have the project well under way by the time it meets at this year’s Event Live Expo in Los Angeles Feb. 5-7, 2013. For more details on the project, turn to “Safety Factor,” this issue, page 48. 74 94 PRO LIGHTING SP ACE www.ProLightingSpace.com/join

Madonna’s MDNA Tour: Innovation, Cubed

LOS ANGELES — For her MDNA tour, Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime show director, Michel Laprise, teamed up with 2009 Parnelli recipient Jake Berry, Mark Fisher of Stufish, lighting designer Al Gurdon and video director Stefaan “Smasher” Desmedt on a unique stage and visual design. By the end of the first song, the stage floor reveals itself to be a system of 36 hydraulically-controlled cubes, each covered with 10mm LED video on the top and three sides, with video imagery synched to the movement of the cubes. The massive LED wall also splits into eight independently-moving panels. For the full story, turn to page 42.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Madonna%E2%80%99s+MDNA+Tour%3A+Innovation%2C+Cubed/1208991/130258/article.html.

Anschutz Company Puts AEG Up for Sale

LOS ANGELES — The Anschutz Company announced that Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) is for sale. AEG owns more than 100 venues, including Staples Center and London’s O2 arena. Its subsidiary, AEG Live, is the second-largest concert promoter, behind Live Nation. AEG also produces music festivals including Coachella, and its sports franchises include the Los Angeles Kings.

Press reports indicated that Los Angeles-based biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong is teaming up with Guggenheim, the investment firm that recently bought the Los Angeles Dodgers major league baseball team, to make a bid for AEG, and that other investors might join them in what will most likely be a multibillion dollar offer.

Other potential bidders cited in press reports include Madison Square Garden Co., which has been investing millions in Los Angeles-based sporting and entertainment related assets recently, and hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen, who lost out on his bid for the Dodgers.

AEG chief executive Tim Leiweke said the company is looking at March 2013 as a hoped-for completion date for the complex transaction.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Anschutz+Company+Puts+AEG+Up+for+Sale/1208993/130258/article.html.

Charlie Hernandez Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Honoree

Charlie Hernandez clearly likes a challenge — and steering Guns N’ Roses through South America was just one of many in his long and storied career. More recently, he’s been taking on earthquakes and tsunamis. For the full story, turn to page 62.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Charlie+Hernandez+Parnelli+Lifetime+Achievement+Honoree/1208995/130258/article.html.

Event Safety Alliance Announces Plan to Offer North American Version of U.K.’s Purple Guide

LOS ANGELES — The Event Safety Alliance (ESA) has solidified plans to move forward with publishing an Americanized version of the widely-used U.K. guide of best practices in the event production industry, The Event Safety Guide — also known as The Purple Guide.

“This is a collaborative effort by some of the best minds in the industry lending their expertise in the specific areas of event production safety they are most qualified in,” said Jim Digby of the Event Safety Alliance. “This collaboration will provide event professionals with a reference guide that is more than a starting point to find solutions to common problems in attendee safety.”

“The Event Safety Guide brings together information needed by event organizers, their contractors and employees to help them prioritize safety in all aspects of event production,” added John Brown, another founder of the Event Safety Alliance.

The Event Safety Alliance hopes to have the project well under way by the time it meets at this year’s Event Live Expo in Los Angeles Feb. 5-7, 2013.

For more details on the project, turn to “Safety Factor,” this issue, page 48.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Event+Safety+Alliance+Announces+Plan+to+Offer+North+American+Version+of+U.K.%E2%80%99s+Purple+Guide/1208997/130258/article.html.

L&E Announces Plan to Close

WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY — Lighting & Electronics, Inc. (L&E), which has served the entertainment industry since 1960, announced to its dealers its plan to close its doors.

The company expected to be scaling back its operations this fall and announced plans to sell its clamp business, including its Get-A-Grip, HangTuff and PipeDream products, to another company.

“We know we are making the right decision at the right time with few regrets,” noted John V. Fedigan, president, and Robert V. Partridge, vice president, in a letter to its dealers.

L&E also announced plans to sell its metal manufacturing production equipment in Wappingers Falls, NY over the next several months, and proceeded to sell its finished goods inventory at near cost to its dealers on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/L%26amp%3BE+Announces+Plan+to+Close/1208998/130258/article.html.

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