PLSN December 2011 : Cover

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 Visions of Sugarplums, Dancing STEVE JENNINGS Osram Acquires Remaining Traxon Shares HONG KONG — Osram acquired the remaining shares of Traxon Tech-nologies. In 2009, Osram obtained a majority holding of 51 percent in Trax-on, which has since been operating as a joint venture under the name of Traxon Technologies — An Osram Company. Through this acquisition, Osram has been expanding its offerings of professional LED and lighting solutions. Traxon operates in key markets in Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and North America. “Traxon’s competence in LED lumi-naires, lighting controls systems and LED Systems and Solutions…comple-ment Osram’s LED expertise,” noted Klaus Vennemann, CEO Business Unit General Lighting, and Nicolai Wiest, CEO Traxon Technologies Ltd., in a joint statement. Traxon Technologies will continue to be headquartered in Hong Kong and in Paderborn, Germany. It markets its LED solutions under the brand names of Traxon (lighting) and e:cue (lighting control). Traxon will keep its legal form as Traxon Technologies Ltd. and be part of Osram’s Professional Lighting Solu-tions business unit. Umbrellas vs. Followspots Andrea Bocelli in Central Park Katy Perry’s 123-show California Dreams tour, replete with outlandish outfits and set elements including giant lollipops and cotton candy clouds, welcomed audiences to the altered state called Candyfornia. Baz Halpin, Chris Nyfield, Olivier Goulet, Brad Teagan, Bryan Barancik, Jay Schmit, and a crew led by John Chiodo sweetened the visuals with support from Upstaging, Chaos Visual Productions, All Access Staging & Produc-tions and other production companies. ( For the full story, turn to Production Profile, page 20 ). There were 60,000 fans, and almost as many umbrellas, at An-drea Bocelli Live in Central Park. Al-though the windy, rainy weather played havoc with the crew’s hoped-for followspot positions, LD Bob Barnhart was able to cre-ate looks that matched the drama dished out by Mother Nature her-self. For the full story, turn to Inside Theatre on page 16 . Buyers Guide If a nasty storm permanently doused your followspots, you’re going to need replacements. Here are the latest options. Company 411 . In the limelight: Creative Stage Lighting and owner George Stud-nicky III, who started as a spotlight operator in the 1970s. LD-at-Large Nook gets caught up in a one-off Bizarro world gig, swallowed up in the maw of a “frickin’ Doornado.” Tree Lighting Ceremonies Feature Live Performances, LED Luster NEW YORK — The 2011 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, held Nov. 30 and broadcast live on NBC, adorned a 74-foot spruce with 30,000 sparkling LED lights powered via 5 miles of cabling and a six-sided, 9.5-foot-diameter, 550-lb. star made with 25,000 Swarovski crystals. The was lit as part of a full-scale production that included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and performances by Justin Bieber, Tony Bennett, Cee Lo Green, Michael Bublé, Neil Diamond, Carole King, Katharine McPhee, Javier Colon (NBC’s “The Voice”), Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush and the Radio City Rockettes. The tree will stay lit through Jan. 7, 2012, and the use of LED lighting is reducing the tree’s energy demands from an estimated 3,510 to 1,297 kwH per day. Other prominent ceremonies this holiday season included the lighting of the National Park Service’s Na-tional Christmas Tree, a First Family tradition since 1923, and the less-traditional, but still-dramatic lighting of the cone-shaped tree-like sculpture at Nokia Live in Los Angeles. That 54-foot-high structure is equipped with 10,000 LEDs. GREGORY SCAFFIDI 18 In Memoriam: Andy Figueroa Jr., 30 ARTESIA, CA — Andrew Figueroa, Jr., 30, a lighting tech/ lighting director who started his career at age 16, died after a Nov. 27 car accident. Figueroa’s credits included Rage Against the Machine, Rob Zombie, The Black Crowes, Rockstar Supernova, A Perfect Cir-cle, The Crystal Method, and many other tours, events and corporate shows. He had also worked with Delicate Productions, Obie’s Light-continued on page 6 29 36 star itself was lit with 720 LEDs. The 10-ton tree, erected by two cranes and wrapped in towering scaffolding as the decorations were installed, PRO LIGHTING SP ACE 999T41
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Tree Lighting Ceremonies Feature Live Performances, LED Luster

NEW YORK — The 2011 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, held Nov. 30 and broadcast live on NBC, adorned a 74- foot spruce with 30,000 sparkling LED lights powered via 5 miles of cabling and a six-sided, 9.5-foot-diameter, 550- lb. star made with 25,000 Swarovski crystals. The star itself was lit with 720 LEDs.

The 10-ton tree, erected by two cranes and wrapped in towering scaffolding as the decorations were installed, was lit as part of a full-scale production that included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and performances by Justin Bieber, Tony Bennett, Cee Lo Green, Michael Bublé, Neil Diamond, Carole King, Katharine McPhee, Javier Colon (NBC’s “The Voice”), Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush and the Radio City Rockettes.

The tree will stay lit through Jan. 7, 2012, and the use of LED lighting is reducing the tree’s energy demands from an estimated 3,510 to 1,297 kwH per day.

Other prominent ceremonies this holiday season included the lighting of the National Park Service’s National Christmas Tree, a First Family tradition since 1923, and the less-traditional, but still-dramatic lighting of the cone-shaped tree-like sculpture at Nokia Live in Los Angeles. That 54-foot-high structure is equipped with 10,000 LEDs.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Tree+Lighting+Ceremonies+Feature+Live+Performances%2C+LED+Luster/922978/93563/article.html.

Osram Acquires Remaining Traxon Shares

HONG KONG — Osram acquired the remaining shares of Traxon Technologies. In 2009, Osram obtained a majority holding of 51 percent in Traxon, which has since been operating as a joint venture under the name of Traxon Technologies — An Osram Company.

Through this acquisition, Osram has been expanding its offerings of professional LED and lighting solutions. Traxon operates in key markets in Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and North America.

“Traxon’s competence in LED luminaires, lighting controls systems and LED Systems and Solutions…complement Osram’s LED expertise,” noted Klaus Vennemann, CEO Business Unit General Lighting, and Nicolai Wiest, CEO Traxon Technologies Ltd., in a joint statement.

Traxon Technologies will continue to be headquartered in Hong Kong and in Paderborn, Germany. It markets its LED solutions under the brand names of Traxon (lighting) and e:cue (lighting control). Traxon will keep its legal form as Traxon Technologies Ltd. and be part of Osram’s Professional Lighting Solutions business unit.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Osram+Acquires+Remaining+Traxon+Shares/922985/93563/article.html.

In Memoriam

Figueroa Jr., 30

ARTESIA, CA — Andrew Figueroa, Jr., 30, a lighting tech/ lighting director who started his career at age 16, died after a Nov. 27 car accident. Figueroa’s credits included Rage Against the Machine, Rob Zombie, The Black Crowes, Rockstar Supernova, A Perfect Circle, The Crystal Method, and many other tours, events and corporate shows. He had also worked with Delicate Productions, Obie’s Lighting Production, RK Diversified Entertainment, U.S. Audio and Lighting, L.A. Stagecall and many other shops. Known as “Andy Fig Jr.,” he is the son of lighting programmer/director Andrew Figueroa, Sr. Shortly after the accident, industry members were raising funds for funeral expenses. Donations can be sent via PayPal by referencing the email address, production@andyfig. com.

Craig Dains, 26

BERLIN, NJ — Craig Dains, 26, an account executive at The Healy Group, a representative of American DJ, Elation Professional, Acclaim Lighting and other brands, died Nov. 13 from complications of heart disease.

Deans is survived by Melissa J. Clements and the couple’s baby son, Craig B. Dains, Jr., who is expected to be born in March 2012. Dains is also survived by his parents (and step-parents) Kathy Watson (Gerry) and Charles B. Dains, Sr. (Michelle), and siblings Charlene B. Dains, Cindi Amari-Phillips, Chazz Amari, Katie Short, Doug Watson and Lauren Watson.

In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to the Craig Brian Dains Jr. Scholarship Fund c/o Costantino Funeral Home, 231 W. White Horse Pike Berlin, NJ 08009.

Marvin Gelman, 84

WESTPORT, CT — Marvin Gelman, founder of Lighting Services Inc. (LSI), an architectural lighting products manufacturer, died Nov. 29 of complications from cancer. He was 84. Gelman, who retired from LSI in 2000, is credited for many advances in track, accent and display lighting.

A native New Yorker, Gelman’s career in lighting spanned 60 years. After serving in the Navy and attending New York University and Columbia, he began work as a lighting director at NBC headquarters in New York. He served as lighting director for The Tonight Show starring Steve Allen and other programs.

Gelman founded LSI in 1958 and served as president of the company until his retirement in 2000. Along with track, accent and display lighting, LSI is known for fiber optic lighting systems. The company’s products are featured in museums, retail stores, theme parks, casinos, restaurants and houses of worship around the world.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/In+Memoriam/923016/93563/article.html.

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