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In Memoriam: Mark Fisher, 66

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Mark Fisher, 1947-2013LONDON — Mark Fisher, founder and managing director of Stufish, died June 25 after a long illness at Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead, U.K. with his wife Cristina at his side. He was 66. Fisher played a key role in the creation of some of the most complex and successful stadium rock shows ever produced, for artists ranging from Pink Floyd to U2 to the Rolling Stones and many others.

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Cirque du Soleil’s "Michael Jackson ONE" Gets Assist from Auerbach Pollock Friedlander

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Michael Jackson ONE photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty ImagesLAS VEGAS — For Michael Jackson ONE, which has been in previews already and opens June 29 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino here, Auerbach Pollock Friedlander provided an assist with the design of the performance systems to support the production, collaborating also with Moser Architecture Studio and Jaffe Holden Acoustics on the project.

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White Light Deploys MAC Viper Profile for Spice Girls' 'Viva Forever'

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Viva ForeverLONDON —  When searching for the perfect spot luminaire system to enhance “Vive Forever,” the West End musical based on the songs of the Spice Girls, LD Howard Harrison held a light shootout. The Harman Martin MAC Viper Profile was chosen to light the stage.

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World's Biggest Song Contests Rely on wysiwyg

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Lighting for Norway's Margaret Berger at Eurovision.TORONTO - The world's biggest song contests – not just Eurovision but also Melodifestivalen (“Melody Festival”), the momentous annual music competition organized by Swedish public broadcasters Sveriges Television and Sveriges Radio – both rely on Cast Software's previsualization suite wysiwyg for their production designs.

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SewWhat? Sets Stage for Black Sabbath Tour

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Black Sabbath.RANCHO DOMINGUEZ, CA –  Because it was the first tour for Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath in more than 30 years, the staging had to be as dramatic as the event itself. Custom theatrical drapery manufacturer Sew What?  Inc. was called upon to create a 3-D set for the tour.

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PRG Plays Starring Role with 'World War Z' Premiere

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Muse. Photo: Brooke Nolan Plaster Creative CommunicationsLONDON - PRG (Production Resource Group) delivered the lighting and rigging for Tim Routledge's lighting design for Muse at Horse Guards Parade in June. The free concert, staged to celebrate the London premiere of the apocalyptic action film 'World War Z', saw LD Routledge create a design that reflected the film's themes in epic style.

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Palm Expo 2013 Draws 50,000 to Beijing

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PR Lighting's booth at the 2013 Palm Expo in Beijing, ChinaBEIJING, China — The 2013 Palm Expo, held June 7-10, drew more than 50,000 to the New China International Exhibition Center here, a modest increase over the exhibition’s attendance in 2012. Among the 1,700 exhibitors were PR Lighting, whose booth is pictured here. Add a comment

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Eric Pearce to Receive Parnelli Visionary Award

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Eric Pearce to Receive Parnelli Visionary AwardLAS VEGAS — The governing body of the Parnelli Awards will be presenting this year’s Visionary Award to Eric Pearce, founder of Showlites and Show Group Production Services (SGPS/ShowRig). Pearce is being honored for scores of innovations during an outstanding career.

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Harman's Martin Rush Series Hits YouTube

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Films in the Fast Lane.AARHUS, Denmark — Harman Martin’s new line of affordable lighting effects, Rush, will star in a series of YouTube videos titled, Films in the Fast Lane. With a complete demonstration of the technology’s capabilities, each video will showcase the range of features and benefits each Rush product offers. Subscribing to the Rush by Martin YouTube channel by visiting http://www.youtube.com/user/RUSHbyMartinPro, viewers will be in the driver’s seat, able to discover new and creative lighting deployments using the Rush lighting series. For more details visit Harman Martin (www.martin.com)

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Robe Helps with Flood Relief Efforts in Central Europe

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Robe assisted with the Czech Republic Red Cross relief effort in the wake of the severe flooding.VALASSKE MEZIRICI, Czech Republic - Robe lighting’s CEO Josef Valchar and staff at the company’s headquarters here have mobilized to help contribute to humanitarian aid relief in the wake of the worst floods to hit the country in a decade. The floods, which affected vast swaths of the Czech Republic and other central European countries including Germany and Austria, claimed several lives and caused chaos as tens of thousands were evacuated from their homes.

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