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Austin City Limits Festival Goes Big With Bandit Lites

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ACL 2014AUSTIN, TX - They say everything is bigger in Texas, and the 75,000 people who poured into Zilker Park’s 46-acres for the Austin City Limits Music Festival was about to experience live music in a big way. Bandit Lites worked with the design team 3SRCreative to provide lighting for the massive event where more than 130 musical acts performed. Add a comment

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In Memoriam: Patrick Stansfield, 70

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In Memoriam: Patrick Stansfield, 70BURBANK, CA – Patrick Stansfield, 70, tour manager for Neil Diamond, the Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, the Grateful Dead, Santana, Tina Turner and scores of others, died in the early morning hours on Oct. 28, 2014 from kidney failure. Along with his prominence in concert touring, Stansfield was the production mastermind behind the transformation of Dodgers and Yankee Stadiums for papal visits in 1987 and 2008 and was co-founder of the Parnelli Awards, named in memory of his good friend Rick "Parnelli" O'Brien. He was surrounded by family and friends at the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center here in the days before his death.

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LD Robert Sondergaard’s “Reverse Collaboration” Uses Martin Fixtures from Christie Lites

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LD Robert Sondergaard’s “Reverse Collaboration” Dance Project Uses Martin Fixtures Supplied by Christie LitesBURNABY, BC — If dance productions are traditionally a pas de deux between dance and lighting movements, with choreographed dance routines dictating the sway and flow of illumination, there’s no law saying you can’t reverse the creative process and give lighting the creative leading role. For the culmination of MovEnt’s annual project called “Today in the Theatre,” LD Robert Sondergaard did just that, with an assist from Martin fixtures provided by Christie Lites.

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OutKast Atlanta Concerts Lit with Elation Platinum SBX Fixtures

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OutKast Atlanta Concerts  Lit with Elation Platinum SBX FixturesATLANTA — Hip hop duo OutKast hit the road this year for the first time in a decade. The 20th anniversary featured three nights of hometown performances Sept. 26-28 at Centennial Olympic Park here. LD/programmer Daunté Kenner of DK Production Design shaped the looks and Atlanta Sound and Lighting provided the gear, which included Elation’s new Platinum SBX moving head fixtures.

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LD Kenneth Posner Specifies Chauvet Professional LED Pars for “Kinky Boots” Tour Rig

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Kenneth PosnerLAS VEGAS — The Cyndi Lauper/Harvey Fierstein staged musical collaboration, Kinky Boots, a hit in Chicago in 2012 before its successful 2013 Broadway debut, kicked off its first national tour at the Smith Center here on Sept. 4, 2014 with a PRG-supplied lighting rig specified by LD Kenneth Posner. The tour rig includes 18 COLORado 2-Quad Zoom Tour fixtures from Chauvet Professional. PRG also provided gear for Kinky Boots’ pre-Broadway and Broadway engagements.

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Chauvet Adds Thomas Fonseca to West Coast Management Team

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Chauvet Adds Thomas Fonseca to West Coast Management TeamSUNRISE, FL — Chauvet named Thomas Fonseca business development manager for the company’s Chauvet Professional and Iluminarc brands in the Southern California and Nevada markets.  Fonseca will work out of Chauvet’s new Sun Valley, CA facility, which handles sales, service, distribution and technical support for the western region. Add a comment

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Terrence Spivey from Cleveland’s Karamu House Theatre Named Keynote Speaker for USITT 2015

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Photo of Terrence Spivey by Cassie BrittainCINCINNATI, OH — Terrence Spivey, artistic director at Cleveland’s historic Karamu House theatre, will deliver the keynote address at USITT’s 2015 Annual Conference & Stage Expo, which is set to take place at Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati from March 18-21, 2015. Spivey will open the four-day convention for technical theatre professionals, which is expected to draw close to 5,000 members of the backstage industry. Add a comment

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ARRI CSC Becomes ARRI Rental

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SECAUCUS, NJ — ARRI Group announced that its equipment rental companies worldwide are uniting under a single brand — ARRI Rental. Add a comment

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tvONE CORIOmax Products Extend Signal Reach

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CORIOmaster minitvONE announced that users of its CORIOmax products have a new way to extend signal reach. New HDBaseT Output Modules can extend the reach of CORIOmaster, CORIOmaster mini (pictured here), CORIOmatrix and CORIOmatrix mini output signals by 60m, 100m or 130m, depending on the receiver used.

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4Wall Names Jordan Lawson VP of National Business Development

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4Wall Names Jordan Lawson VP of National Business Development	ATLANTA — Jordan Lawson, previously of Production Resource Group, has joined 4Wall Entertainment as vice president of national business development.  Lawson will be based in Atlanta and will work to expand the company’s reach in the southeast portion of the U.S., which is serviced by 4Wall’s Nashville location. Add a comment

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