Production Resource Group (PRG) Acquires SHOWTEC

Monday, April 4th, 2011

SHOWTEC will operate as a full member company of the PRG group but keep its bran-name, with Wilfried Schiefer and Ralf Richrath continuing in their present leadership roles.

SHOWTEC is a supplier of lighting, audio, and a broad range of LED equipment to a wide range of market segments including trade fairs and expositions, public and corporate events, concert tours, and television productions. It was founded in 1983 and headquartered in Cologne, Germany, and subsidiaries in Berlin, and Munich.

“SHOWTEC has an excellent reputation in the industry for maintaining the highest standards of quality for its equipment and services,” says PRG Chairman and CEO Jeremiah “Jere” Harris.
Wilfried Schiefer
 “Their seasoned management team and experienced production staff will add depth to our organization and we are proud to welcome them Continue reading

Tour Tech East 11th Annual All Access Tradeshow

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Tour Tech East will be holding its 11th annual All Access Seminar & Trade Show For Visual & Audio Technologies from January 20th to 21st at Tour Tech’s Dartmouth, NS facility.

Industry leading manufacturers will be on hand to offer valuable knowledge and demonstrations of new products.

Additionally, there will be a slew of free seminars and information sessions on topics ranging from visual communications, audio, distribution, and display, lighting and audio, and small special interest gatherings.

Attendees include: communication directors, IT personnel, stage crew and concert producers, recording artists, television production crews and producers, performing arts directors, military personnel, university and college level professionals, independent production companies, local business managers and all levels of government Continue reading

SC Media Technologies Inks Deal With Barco

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

SC Media Technologies, a division of Soundcraft Canada, has formed an agreement with Barco to exclusively handle its lighting equipment and mid-market Elements LED products. SC Media will provide local support of sales, marketing, service, and parts for Canada-based rental and staging partners and integrators for these solutions.
“We are very proud of this new partnership with Barco. It is a great company offering quality products that meet or exceed professionals’ highest requirements. We are convinced that the synergy between SC Media Technologies and Barco will have a very positive impact on the brand’s leadership position in the market place,” commented Jean-Louis Blanchard, Executive VP of Sales and Marketing for SC Media Technologies.

Tour Tech Grants You All Access!

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

I’ve been going the last couple of years and can attest that, if you’re at all involved in any branch of the professional audio, lighting, staging, or production industries on the east coast (or anywhere in the country, for that matter), you belong here. Plenty of high-profile exhibitors make the trip to show off their latest technology and services in a comfortable atmosphere while the conference programming offers helpful and insightful advice from industry experts.

Check out a full list of exhibitors and conference presentations and presenters here:

What’s more, Saturday night is the company’s annual fundraiser party which, in past years, has welcomed artists like Sam Roberts Band, George Canyon, April Continue reading

ESTA Boutique Now Open

Monday, October 11th, 2010

The ESTA Foundation’s Behind the Scenes Boutique is now open for online shopping at Following its debut at LDI, a range of items is available for purchase including holiday cards, note cards, apparel, and more. The ESTA Foundation’s Behind the Scenes program provides financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured. For more information about Behind the Scenes, to donate, or to apply for a grant, visit

PIctured: Scenic design by David Korins for An Evening with Patti Lupone and Mandy Patinkin, available on ESTA holiday cards & apparel. Photo by Andrew Hefter. Copyright 2010 The ESTA Foundation.

Roland Systems Group Showcase In Burnaby, BC

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Presented by Roland Systems Group Canada, this showcase is designed for AV professionals, production companies, and church AV staff providing an in depth look at the V-Mixing System, Personal Mixing Systems, Video Mixing Line-up, Video Conversion, and Presentation technologies. This showcase event will help users understand the real-world application of RSG products and their integration with other products.
The showcase takes place on November 10, 2010 between 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the Vancouver Executive Hotel and Conference Centre located at 4201 Lougheed Hwy. Burnaby, BC
Attendees are asked to RSVP John Devries at before November 5, 2010.

Making A New PAL

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Be sure to check out the CM Showcase cafe at this year’s show, where our sister publication, Canadian Musician magazine, will have a cash bar, some light snacks available, and eight showcasing bands from the Country’s independent music scene. Also be sure to hit the CMT Late Night Party on Sunday night, and stop by the Norris-Whitney Communications booth to see what’s new from Lighting Books Plus, and of course, Professional Lighting & Production.

XL Video Part Of Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

To pull off The Bridgestone Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, described as the most intense 12-minutes in live entertainment, it takes a team effort and XL Video supported the creative team by supplying gear and crew. Production Designer Bruce Rodgers, Screens/Graphics Producer Lee Lodge and Lighting Designer Al Gurdon closely collaborated on the NFL Network Production with Executive Producer Ricky Kirshner and Director Hamish Hamilton to present an unforgettable performance. “We wanted a design that felt epic; we wanted a design that felt like the band was performing for the stadium and not just the TV audience,” explains Rodgers.

Rodgers designed a field-wide circular stage with over 3,000 Barco MiSTRIPs. “I came up with this idea to put the band on what I refer to as Captain Continue reading

Lightfair International Broadens Educational Programming

Friday, March 5th, 2010

This year’s educational program—a lineup of robust institute courses and conference seminars—adds more fresh content with the launch of the Design Symposia, which presents four 90-minute symposia designed to further inspire and educate lighting professionals from around the world.
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to learn from affiliated industry experts who are enthusiastic about lighting. The four design-related courses are presented by seasoned professionals from the architecture, landscape, interior and hospitality design community. The 2010 Design Symposia features, Changing the Orientation by 180° at 6500K with Ken Lewis (AIA, LEED AP) President of AC Martin; Lighting: The Most Important Aspect of Interior Design with Michael Bedner, Chairman and CEO of Hirsch Bedner Associates; Create Iconic Places: Lighting is a Big Player with Mark Rios (FASLA, FAIA), founding principal of Rios Clementi Hale Studios.
For more information, visit