PLSN February 2012 : Cover

Road Test: SeaChanger HMI, page 27 PROJECTION Starts CONNECTION on page 35 Vol. 13.1 FEBRUARY 2012 Eyes Up Here, Please… joan marcus Tomcat Names Mike Garl President and General Manager MIDLAND, TX — Tomcat, a sub-sidiary of The Vitec Group, named Mike Garl president and general manager. Garl joins Tomcat from James Thomas Engineering, where he was previously the president and managing partner. “We are very pleased to wel-come Mike to our team,” said Stefano Rosellini, managing director of the Vitec Group Staging Systems Busi-ness Unit, crediting Garl for his “ex-perience, knowledge and expertise.” After graduating from Carne-gie-Mellon University and gaining experience at the Pasadena Play-house and the Opera Barga in Italy, Garl worked at the University of continued on page 6 Sound-Driven Video Artist David Linton Lysistrata Jones , a breezy update on the classic Greek comedy by Aristophanes, got its visual vibe from LD Michael Gottlieb, who matched the production’s bright and bouncy looks, and also its moodier mo-ments, to its sequence of musical numbers. ( For the full story, turn to Inside Theatre, page 20.) InfoComm’s Randal Lemke to Step Down FAIRFAX, VA — Randal “Randy” A. Lemke, Ph.D., executive director and CEO of InfoComm International since 2000, announced his planned retirement at the end of 2012, cap-ping off 16 years of service to the commercial AV association. “It has been an honor to serve the needs of such an exciting and innovative industry these past years,” Dr. Lemke stated, “and it’s with mixed feelings that I leave the wonderful team of professionals and close friends I have made here at In-foComm.” Dr. Lemke holds board posi-tions, and has been the chairman of, Integrated Systems Events, LLC, a joint venture European trade show continued on page 6 David Linton’s recent sound and video installation, The Cortical Degausser , was featured at New York’s Clocktower Gallery. “My work deals with time, perception, social space and music,” says the artist, who uses sound-driven video in pulsing immersive exhibits that create visual effects for viewers — even after they close their eyelids. For the full story, turn to PLSN Interview, page 24. 30 Bill Requiring Outdoor Staging Permits, Inspections After June 2012 Passes Indiana State Senate INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s state lawmakers, undoubtedly mindful of the Aug. 13, 2011 Indiana State Fair staging collapse that killed seven people just a few miles away, made progress in late Janu-ary toward the establishment of a new law that will govern the use of outdoor staging. Senate Bill No. 273 passed and was forwarded to the state’s House of Representatives for consideration. Although it may be modified further in the House, it will most likely require permits for any event after June 2012 where staging structures are in use. The Senate Bill initially stipulated that event per-mits would not be issued unless staging structures passed inspections from fire prevention and building safety officials. That part of the bill was modified, allowing for a wider pool of authorized inspectors who would con-duct their inspections in accordance with “standards specified by the commission.” All permit applicants would also still need to grant fire and building safety officials direct access to the staging structures on request, and those officials would have the authority to determine whether or not an event would be allowed to proceed as planned. Company 411 Tomcat marks 25 years since it was founded, and five years as part of the Vitec Group. IIG Rental Software IIG’s rental management software helps keep production company team members informed. 34 39 The Biz Solar, everyone? The flash of green on live production’s horizon. PRO LIGHTING SP ACE www.ProLightingSpace.com/join

Tomcat Names Mike Garl President and General Manager

Mike Garl


MIDLAND, TX — Tomcat, a subsidiary of The Vitec Group, named Mike Garl president and general manager. Garl joins Tomcat from James Thomas Engineering, where he was previously the president and managing partner.

“We are very pleased to welcome Mike to our team,” said Stefano Rosellini, managing director of the Vitec Group Staging Systems Business Unit, crediting Garl for his “experience, knowledge and expertise.”

After graduating from Carnegie- Mellon University and gaining experience at the Pasadena Playhouse and the Opera Barga in Italy, Garl worked at the University of Rochester and joined the theatre faculty at the University of Tennessee/ Knoxville. Prior to helping establish James Thomas Engineering in the U.S., he also spent five years with Holiday on Ice as the sound engineer, master electrician and lighting designer/ director.

Garl has been a member of the PLASA (formerly ESTA) Technical Standards Council since its inception in 1994, serving as its chairman since 2005. He is the past chairman of the Rigging Working Group and is an active member of the E1.2 and E1.21 Task Groups.

“I believe the future is very bright for Tomcat and the other Vitec Group Staging Systems brands, Litec and Brilliant Stages,” said Garl, crediting The Vitec Group for its “exceptional international management team.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Tomcat+Names+Mike+Garl+President+and+General+Manager/967300/99542/article.html.

Bill Requiring Outdoor Staging Permits, Inspections After June 2012 Passes Indiana State Senate

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s state lawmakers, undoubtedly mindful of the Aug. 13, 2011 Indiana State Fair staging collapse that killed seven people just a few miles away, made progress in late January toward the establishment of a new law that will govern the use of outdoor staging.

Senate Bill No. 273 passed and was forwarded to the state’s House of Representatives for consideration. Although it may be modified further in the House, it will most likely require permits for any event after June 2012 where staging structures are in use.

The Senate Bill initially stipulated that event permits would not be issued unless staging structures passed inspections from fire prevention and building safety officials.

That part of the bill was modified, allowing for a wider pool of authorized inspectors who would conduct their inspections in accordance with “standards specified by the commission.”

All permit applicants would also still need to grant fire and building safety officials direct access to the staging structures on request, and those officials would have the authority to determine whether or not an event would be allowed to proceed as planned.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Bill+Requiring+Outdoor+Staging+Permits%2C+Inspections+After+June+2012+Passes+Indiana+State+Senate/967302/99542/article.html.

InfoComm’s Randal Lemke to Step Down

Randal Lemke


FAIRFAX, VA — Randal “Randy” A. Lemke, Ph.D., executive director and CEO of InfoComm International since 2000, announced his planned retirement at the end of 2012, capping off 16 years of service to the commercial AV association.

“It has been an honor to serve the needs of such an exciting and innovative industry these past years,” Dr. Lemke stated, “and it’s with mixed feelings that I leave the wonderful team of professionals and close friends I have made here at InfoComm.”

Dr. Lemke holds board positions, and has been the chairman of, Integrated Systems Events, LLC, a joint venture European trade show pany, and InfoComm Asia PTE, Ltd., a joint venture company in Singapore operating InfoComm’s Asian tradeshows. He is the founding and current chairman of the STEP Foundation, a jointly supported foundation composed with other industry associations to bring sustainability to the process of planning, designing, integrating and operating technology systems and reducing the long-term environmental impact from technology deployment. He has also served as chief executive of ICIF, InfoComm’s charitable foundation.

The InfoComm International Board of Directors has announced that an extensive search for Dr. Lemke’s successor will be undertaken, with the selection anticipated by the fourth quarter of this year.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/InfoComm%E2%80%99s+Randal+Lemke+to+Step+Down/967303/99542/article.html.

Sound-Driven Video Artist David Linton

David Linton’s recent sound and video installation, The Cortical Degausser, was featured at New York’s Clocktower Gallery. “My work deals with time, perception, social space and music,” says the artist, who uses sound-driven video in pulsing immersive exhibits that create visual effects for viewers — even after they close their eyelids.

For the full story, turn to PLSN Interview, page 24.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Sound-Driven+Video+Artist+David+Linton/967305/99542/article.html.

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