PLSN January 2012 : Cover

Product Spotlight: GAM Plexus Master Lighting Control, page 23 PROJECTION Starts CONNECTION on page 35 9RO&#11;&#03; &#14;&#15;&#11;&#14;&#15; -$18$5< &#15;&#13;&#14;&#15; Winter in Venice — In Vegas DAVE BROADHEAD Jovanotti Concert Stage Collapses, One Worker Killed, Eight Injured TRIESTE, Italy — Scaffolding and truss crumpled at about 2 p.m. prior to a Dec. 12 rock concert featuring Jovanotti at the 6,943-seat PalaTri-este. The collapse killed one stage worker and injured eight others, ac-cording to press reports. About 20 workers had nearly completed construction of the structure for Jovanotti’s Ora Tour at the time of the accident. The worker who died at the scene, Francesco Pinna, 20, was a college student. Au-thorities and investigators restricted access to the venue and the concert was canceled. The artist and his manager, Maurizio Salvadori, said the cause of the collapse remained a mystery, noting that the structure, which in-cluded Litec truss, had been certified by an engineer and had been used at numerous previous tour stops without a problem. The tour was ex-pected to resume in February. Private Lives , Artfully Displayed The real Venice has the Piazza San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, St. Mark’s Clocktower and Campanile. The Venetian Casino on the Las Vegas Strip has them, too — plus, from late November to early January, singing statues, hip hop snow bunnies, magical angels and a pulsating light and laser show synched with a towering, bubble-wrapped “tree” lit with 3,000 LEDs. Along with the musical Winter in Venice productions, which sparkled to life hourly every evening, the attraction gave skaters a chance to try the plastic-sheet rink constructed atop the casino’s outdoor gondola la-goon by scuba-certified riggers who did their work beneath the surface. ( For the full story, turn to page 32 .) The set design for the recent Broadway production of Noël Coward’s Private Lives , which fol-lowed the play’s revival in Toronto and London’s West End, is a decid-edly static affair compared to the complex mechanics of a produc-tion like Spider-Man . But it still re-quired careful thought to ensure that scene changes could proceed smoothly and without fuss or un-due delay. For the full story, turn to page 24. J.R. Clancy’s Bob Theis Steps Down; Mike Murphy Becomes Top Exec; Tom Young Leaves Company SYRACUSE, NY — After 30 years with J.R. Clancy, Bob Theis stepped down from his position as chief executive officer on Dec. 31, 2011. Theis remains an advisor to the board of Wenger Corporation, the com-pany that owns J.R. Clancy, until July 2012. Mike Mur-phy, who has served as president of Clancy since 2009, became the company’s top executive on Jan. 1, 2012. He retains the title of president. Separately, J.R. Clancy announced that Tom Young, VP of marketing at J.R. Clancy, left the compa-ny due to a health issue. Young, who has been with J.R. Clancy since 1993, helped build Clancy’s international growth and reputation for technological innovation. Young also served on the boards of USITT and ESTA. In his 14 years with J.R. Clancy, Murphy has been involved in sales, project management, new product development, and supervision of the company’s most significant projects including its quality management program, which led to the company achieving ISO 9001 registration. “Under Bob’s leadership, J.R. Clancy has grown significantly in capabilities and in the strength of its business practices,” Murphy said. “He established an important company goal that has become our man-tra: ‘Make Our Partners Successful.’ Thanks to his com-mitment to best practices, Clancy has been an ISO 9001-registered company since 2002, and we are listed as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States by Inc . magazine. Bob can be very proud of the things he accom-continued on page 6 Martin Professional Marks 25 Years in 2012 AARHUS, Denmark — Since it first started selling disco lights and fog machines in 1987, Martin Pro-fessional has emerged as a major lighting manufacturer. The compa-ny, which notes that its MAC line of moving heads alone have sold over 350,000 units, is planning a variety of 25th anniversary events in 2012. Another milestone for 2012, according to Christian Engsted, president and CEO, who has led the company since 2005, is that “our LED-based products total more than 50 percent of our sales.” 18 Showtime The creative teams, supporting crew members and lighting gear used for the Top 10 Tours of 2011 . Road Test Dirty Rigger Phoenix heat-resis-tant gloves get a high-five for their thermal protection and logo. 21 22 Buyers Guide Some recent answers to the ques-tion, “When will there be an ellip-soidal with an LED light source?” PRO LIGHTING SP ACE 999T&#14;41&#10;+)*6+0)&#17;2#%'T%1/f,1+0

Martin Professional Marks 25 Years in 2012

AARHUS, Denmark — Since it first started selling disco lights and fog machines in 1987, Martin Professional has emerged as a major lighting manufacturer. The company, which notes that its MAC line of moving heads alone have sold over 350,000 units, is planning a variety of 25th anniversary events in 2012.

Another milestone for 2012, according to Christian Engsted, president and CEO, who has led the company since 2005, is that “our LED-based products total more than 50 percent of our sales.”

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Martin+Professional+Marks+25+Years+in+2012/943246/96167/article.html.

Private Lives, Artfully Displayed

The set design for the recent Broadway production of Noël Coward’s Private Lives, which followed the play’s revival in Toronto and London’s West End, is a decidedly static affair compared to the complex mechanics of a production like Spider-Man. But it still required careful thought to ensure that scene changes could proceed smoothly and without fuss or undue delay.


Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Private+Lives%2C+Artfully+Displayed/943247/96167/article.html.

J.R. Clancy’s Bob Theis Steps Down; Mike Murphy Becomes Top Exec; Tom Young Leaves Company

SYRACUSE, NY — After 30 years with J.R. Clancy, Bob Theis stepped down from his position as chief executive officer on Dec. 31, 2011. Theis remains an advisor to the board of Wenger Corporation, the company that owns J.R. Clancy, until July 2012. Mike Murphy, who has served as president of Clancy since 2009, became the company’s top executive on Jan. 1, 2012. He retains the title of president.

Separately, J.R. Clancy announced that Tom Young, VP of marketing at J.R. Clancy, left the company due to a health issue. Young, who has been with J.R. Clancy since 1993, helped build Clancy’s international growth and reputation for technological innovation. Young also served on the boards of USITT and ESTA.

In his 14 years with J.R. Clancy, Murphy has been involved in sales, project management, new product development, and supervision of the company’s most significant projects including its quality management program, which led to the company achieving ISO 9001 registration.

“Under Bob’s leadership, J.R. Clancy has grown significantly in capabilities and in the strength of its business practices,” Murphy said. “He established an important company goal that has become our mantra: ‘Make Our Partners Successful.’ Thanks to his commitment to best practices, Clancy has been an ISO 9001-registered company since 2002, and we are listed as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States by Inc. magazine. Bob can be very proud of the things he accomplished at Clancy.”

“I’ve worked with Mike since 1997, and I can honestly say that he’s more than qualified to take on the leadership of J.R. Clancy,” Theis said. “Mike and our management team are the best in the industry — there are none better.”

Looking ahead, Murphy plans to maintain Clancy’s leadership in product innovation and project management. “We’re looking forward to introducing some dynamic new products, and expanding our international business in the coming years,” Murphy said. “These are exciting times at J.R. Clancy.”

Murphy also credited Young for his longtime service to the company. “Tom’s value to the company cannot be overstated. His ability to combine his engineering expertise with his marketing skills have made him an important contributor to our success.

“Tom’s passion for rigging safety championed our initiative to be the leader in backstage safety, working to get the right materials and messages about safe rigging operation out to every user, from high schools to the most sophisticated opera houses.”

“Working at Clancy with Bob Theis and Mike Murphy has been great,” said Young. “They are two dynamic leaders who always take the high road, with the absolute devotion to making our partners successful. It’s been a tremendous time at J.R. Clancy, and I’m grateful to have been a part of it.”

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/J.R.+Clancy%E2%80%99s+Bob+Theis+Steps+Down%3B+Mike+Murphy+Becomes+Top+Exec%3B+Tom+Young+Leaves+Company/943249/96167/article.html.

Winter in Venice — In Vegas

The real Venice has the Piazza San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, St. Mark’s Clocktower and Campanile. The Venetian Casino on the Las Vegas Strip has them, too — plus, from late November to early January, singing statues, hip hop snow bunnies, magical angels and a pulsating light and laser show synched with a towering, bubble-wrapped “tree” lit with 3,000 LEDs. Along with the musical Winter in Venice productions, which sparkled to life hourly every evening, the attraction gave skaters a chance to try the plastic-sheet rink constructed atop the casino’s outdoor gondola lagoon by scuba-certified riggers who did their work beneath the surface.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Winter+in+Venice+%E2%80%94+In+Vegas/943251/96167/article.html.

Jovanotti Concert Stage Collapses, One Worker Killed, Eight Injured

TRIESTE, Italy — Scaffolding and truss crumpled at about 2 p.m. prior to a Dec. 12 rock concert featuring Jovanotti at the 6,943-seat PalaTrieste. The collapse killed one stage worker and injured eight others, according to press reports.

About 20 workers had nearly completed construction of the structure for Jovanotti’s Ora Tour at the time of the accident. The worker who died at the scene, Francesco Pinna, 20, was a college student. Authorities and investigators restricted access to the venue and the concert was canceled.

The artist and his manager, Maurizio Salvadori, said the cause of the collapse remained a mystery, noting that the structure, which included Litec truss, had been certified by an engineer and had been used at numerous previous tour stops without a problem. The tour was expected to resume in February.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Jovanotti+Concert+Stage+Collapses%2C+One+Worker+Killed%2C+Eight+Injured/943259/96167/article.html.

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