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In Memoriam: Yoan Plourde, 25

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In Memoriam: Yoan Plourde, 25. Photo from FacebookVICTORIA, BC – In what has been reported as a non-work related accident, Yoan Plourde, a video technician who was part of the Solotech crew supporting the Jann Arden tour died early on Sept. 5 after a four-story fall at the Parkside Hotel and Spa here at about 2:30 a.m. Plourde, who was described by Solotech management as a “brilliant” video technician, was an only son; he is survived by his parents, who live in Quebec.


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Show Distribution Acquires Niscon

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Pictured here, from left, are Joe Jeremy, vice president, Niscon Inc. and Marc Desrochers, president, Show Distribution Corp.MONTREAL — Show Distribution Corp. announced that it has purchased of all capital stock of Niscon Inc. of Mississauga, Canada, a company specializing in the design, engineering and implementation of motion control systems. Pictured here, from left, are Joe Jeremy, vice president, Niscon Inc. and Marc Desrochers, president, Show Distribution Corp.

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Pete's Big TVs Supports Primetime Emmy Awards

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The 66th Primetime Emmy AwardsLOS ANGELES – The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards Show is billed as "television’s biggest night," and Pete’s Big TVs was there for the first time to support the event, which was hosted by Seth Meyers. Pete’s Big TVs provided nearly 500 of their CS5 5mm LED tiles, two Barco HD-W26 projectors (double-stacked at the FOH) and their crew to fulfill the set requirements of production designer Keith Raywood.

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In Memoriam: Clay Paky Founder Pasquale "Paky" Quadri, 67

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In Memoriam - Pasquale Quadri, Founder of Clay PakyTORRE de ROVERI, Italy – Pasquale Quadri, founder and chairman of Clay Paky SpA, passed away in his home here shortly before midnight on Sept. 6. He was 67. Quadri, who is survived by his wife, Antonella; his daughters, Alessandra and Francesca; and granddaughters, Melissa and Martina; is credited as the driving force behind one of the world's most prominent manufacturers of entertainment lighting fixtures.

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2014 Teen Choice Awards Rig Includes New Robe BMFL Spot Fixtures

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Close to 150 Robe moving lights, including 52 of the company’s new BMFL Spot fixtures, were included in LD Tom Kenny’s lighting design for the 2014 Teen Choice Awards, which were staged Aug. 10 at the Shrine Auditorium. Photo by Rachael WrightLOS ANGELES — Close to 150 Robe moving lights, including 52 of the company’s new BMFL Spot fixtures, were included in LD Tom Kenny’s lighting design for the 2014 Teen Choice Awards, which were staged Aug. 10 at the Shrine Auditorium here. Kenny was the first LD to use the new BMFL Spot fixture in the U.S.

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Mega Pro Sessions Planned for California, Oklahoma

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SAN ANTONIO, TX - Mega Systems Inc. announced plans for Mega Pro Sessions in California and Oklahoma this fall. The sessions, which include Enlighten lighting control training and product showcases of the company's most recent lighting and video offerings, are set for Sept 22 (San Francisco), Sept 24 (Sacramento) and Oct. 22 (Oklahoma City). A Mega Pro Session will also be announced soon for Tulsa.

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Miranda Lambert Tour Gets Support from LD Chris Lisle, Bandit Lites, New Gear

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NASHVILLE – For Miranda Lambert’s Platinum tour, in support of the artist’s latest album release, LD Chris Lisle specified a Bandit Lites-supplied rig that includes fixtures from Vari-Lite (VL3500 Washes), Martin (MAC Vipers) and Chauvet (Legend Beams and Nexus 7x7s) to complement the visual centerpiece, a 50-by-30 foot (WxH) picture frame/video screen element. Lisle built the Nexus panels into an “M” shaped thrust downstage that gave a little extra bonus in the form of eye-candy for those seated farther from the stage.

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International News

Michael Meacham Helps ELE Tokyo Stand Out In A “Bright Crowd”

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TOKYO – Tokyo is busy – ok make that frantic- by day, but it’s when the sun goes down that this city takes on a level of intensity unique in the world. New York may be the city that never sleeps, but Tokyo never even slows down. “Time moves in its own special way” at night in the Japanese capital, as novelist Haruki Murakami wrote, aided no doubt by thousands of jam-packed clubs. Standing out in this neon sea of nightlife is a tall order for any new establishment; yet ELE Tokyo met this challenge with flying colors, not to mention split beams, intense strobes and a plethora of pixel mapped effects from Chauvet Professional used in a stunning fashion by LD Michael Meacham of iDesign Productions (Miami, FL).

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Live TV Show’s Glass Stage Breaks in Vietnam; 3 Injured

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HO CHI MINH CITY – A glass stage that served as part of the TV set for the Vietnamese version of a Netherlands-based reality show cracked during the live production, injuring three. The second show of the second season of Giong Hat Viet Nhi, (The Voice of the Children), was underway at the Liberation Film Studio when the stage problem caused a cameraman to fall. Fog effects were in use, and two young dancers fell as well. Although all three were injured, none of the injuries were life-threatening or serious enough to require an extended hospital stay.

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Video of the Week: Ayrton MagicBlade R

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