PLSN November 2011 : Cover

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 The Industry’s Best: So Happy Together LDI 2011: After the Deluge, a Rainbow of New Products ORLANDO — Educational ses-sions at the LDI conference spon-sored by Strand Lighting-Philips and A.C.T/grandMA had to be relocated quickly on Oct. 27 after water started cascading from above — inside the building. It gushed down through light fixtures, broke several pieces of ceiling tile, and left large puddles of water on the carpeted floor. A fire alarm had sounded before the water appeared, leading to some speculation that special effects may have set the sprinklers off. Fire de-partment officials were also weigh-ing the possibility that the sprinkler system itself was at fault. The mis-hap occurred some time after noon, while many of the participants in the sessions were on lunch break. No in-juries were reported. Despite the soggy start, the fo-cus of attention soon turned to the plethora of new products on display. For PLSN’s 2011 LDI Show Report, turn to page 22. GOP Does Vegas The 2011 Parnelli Awards, held Oct. 29 at the Peabody Orlando, was an evening of laughs, touching mo-ments and surprises. Parnelli Lifetime Achievement winner Ed Wannebo (above, left), longtime production manager for Kenny Chesney’s tours, would often provide the country singer with a special hand-crafted margarita. Chesney made a surprise appearance on Wannebo’s big night to return the favor. Flo and Eddie (a.k.a. Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan), who kicked off the sold-out show with a faux Lady Gaga bit before more than two dozen Parnelli awards were bestowed upon individuals, companies and products, helped Parnelli executive producer and PLSN publisher Terry Lowe close the show. The trio — Flo, Eddie and Terry — launched an impromptu rendition of (what else?) “Happy Together.” Read the full story on page 28 . The Western Republican Leadership Conference (WRLC)/ CNN Debate brought Rick Santo-rum, Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Newt Gin-grich and Michele Bachmann to the Sands Expo Convention Cen-ter in Las Vegas. What happened was well-lit, much-discussed and broadcast far beyond Vegas. For more, turn to page 38. Salvatore Grillo is New Majority Shareholder at Coemar S.p.A. CASTEL GOF-FREDO, Italy -Co-emar S.p.A. an-nounced a new majority share-holder: Salvatore Grillo, who was also named Sole Administrator of the company. Mezzanine Management UK Ltd (now MML Capital Partners), the private equity fund that acquired Coemar 10 years ago, remains as a minority shareholder. Grillo promised a new era for the company as it returns to Italian ownership. Grillo, a 37-year old entrepreneur, has worked for a variety of companies in Germany and the U.K. over the last 15 years. By investing in Coemar, he noted that he could play a key role helping to “sus-tain an Italian firm” known for products used “in over 70 countries.” Along with the Coemar name, Grillo cited “a near 80-year string of success stories” and a “a talented team that wants to express itself and con-stantly improve” as key draws to the brand. He was also attracted by the business it’s in: “an interesting and diversified field that’s undergoing huge trans-formations.” Amid a swirl of global and technological change, he added, “Coemar really wants to be young at the age of 80!” Creative Stage Lighting Named Kinesys Distributor ORLANDO, FL — Creative Stage Lighting has entered into an ex-clusive agreement with Kinesys to serve as the motion control prod-ucts manufacturer’s exclusive dis-tributor in North America. “Kinesys’ rigging technology is an excellent complement to all of the products we distribute,” said Creative Stage Lighting president George. B. Studnicky III. “We’re happy to offer Kinesys through our continued on page 6 34 Road Tests Martin’s MAC Aura. Also, Elation’s EPV762 MH ( page 40 ) and PlaybackPro Plus ( page 44 ). . The Biz Digital signage’s growth could be fueled by flexible video surfaces. 46 47 Feeding the Machines Patch parameters can be used to keep basic programming errors from creeping into your show. PRO LIGHTING SP ACE 999T41
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LDI 2011: After the Deluge, a Rainbow of New Products

ORLANDO — Educational sessions at the LDI conference sponsored by Strand Lighting-Philips and A.C.T/grandMA had to be relocated quickly on Oct. 27 after water started cascading from above — inside the building. It gushed down through light fixtures, broke several pieces of ceiling tile, and left large puddles of water on the carpeted floor.

A fire alarm had sounded before the water appeared, leading to some speculation that special effects may have set the sprinklers off. Fire department officials were also weighing the possibility that the sprinkler system itself was at fault. The mishap occurred some time after noon, while many of the participants in the sessions were on lunch break. No injuries were reported.

Despite the soggy start, the focus of attention soon turned to the plethora of new products on display. For PLSN’s 2011 LDI Show Report, turn to page 22.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/LDI+2011%3A+After+the+Deluge%2C+a+Rainbow+of+New+Products/894348/89273/article.html.

Salvatore Grillo is New Majority Shareholder at Coemar S.p.A.

CASTEL GOFFREDO, Italy - Coemar S.p.A. announced a new majority shareholder: Salvatore Grillo, who was also named Sole Administrator of the company. Mezzanine Management UK Ltd (now MML Capital Partners), the private equity fund that acquired Coemar 10 years ago, remains as a minority shareholder. Grillo promised a new era for the company as it returns to Italian ownership.

Grillo, a 37-year old entrepreneur, has worked for a variety of companies in Germany and the U.K. over the last 15 years. By investing in Coemar, he noted that he could play a key role helping to “sustain an Italian firm” known for products used “in over 70 countries.” Along with the Coemar name, Grillo cited “a near 80-year string of success stories” and a “a talented team that wants to express itself and constantly improve” as key draws to the brand. He was also attracted by the business it’s in: “an interesting and diversified field that’s undergoing huge transformations.” Amid a swirl of global and technological change, he added, “Coemar really wants to be young at the age of 80!”

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Salvatore+Grillo+is+New+Majority+Shareholder+at+Coemar+S.p.A./894350/89273/article.html.

Creative Stage Lighting Named Kinesys Distributor

ORLANDO, FL — Creative Stage Lighting has entered into an exclusive agreement with Kinesys to serve as the motion control products manufacturer’s exclusive distributor in North America.

“Kinesys’ rigging technology is an excellent complement to all of the products we distribute,” said Creative Stage Lighting president George. B. Studnicky III. “We’re happy to offer Kinesys through our dealer network.”

Kinesys designed and supplied the motion control system that moved and shaped the transforming video screen for U2’s 360° world tour as well as the Rolling Stones Licks world tour.

“Everyone here at Kinesys is really looking forward to working on an exclusive basis for the U.S. market with all the enthusiastic industry professionals at CSL,” said Mark de Gruyter of Kinesys.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Creative+Stage+Lighting+Named+Kinesys+Distributor/894351/89273/article.html.

The Industry’s Best: So Happy Together

The 2011 Parnelli Awards, held Oct. 29 at the Peabody Orlando, was an evening of laughs, touching moments and surprises. Parnelli Lifetime Achievement winner Ed Wannebo (above, left), longtime production manager for Kenny Chesney’s tours, would often provide the country singer with a special hand-crafted margarita. Chesney made a surprise appearance on Wannebo’s big night to return the favor. Flo and Eddie (a.k.a. Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan), who kicked off the sold-out show with a faux Lady Gaga bit before more than two dozen Parnelli awards were bestowed upon individuals, companies and products, helped Parnelli executive producer and PLSN publisher Terry Lowe close the show. The trio — Flo, Eddie and Terry — launched an impromptu rendition of (what else?) “Happy Together.” Read the full story on page 28.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/The+Industry%E2%80%99s+Best%3A+So+Happy+Together/895011/89273/article.html.

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