NAB 2010 In Las Vegas

Friday, March 5th, 2010

And while the solutions at your fingertips have changed to keep pace with consumer habits and technologies, aspirations to produce and deliver memorable content have remained constant.
More than 85,000 audio, video, and film content professionals attend the show from about 157 countries, bringing with them about $30 billion in purchasing power. This years event will host more than 500 conferences and training sessions, 1,500 exhibiting companies, and 800,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space.
This year’s show plans to be beneficial for many differing concentrations within the “broader-castomg” spectrum. Event’s you don’t want to miss include The Digital Dinema Summit, All industry Opening, Radio Luncheon, The Washington Faceoff, Military & Government Summit, Multi-platform: Taking Content to the Next level, and lastly Faith in Film: New Faces in Hollywood.
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*Photo: Joe Flint, Dir., Paley Center Media Council(left) with Josh Schwartz, Creator and Executive Producer ‘Chuck’ and ‘Gossip Girl’ (right) in Super Session ‘Creating in the New Media Landscape’

February Freeze In Toronto

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

This is the eighth year for the February Freeze and it proved to be a beneficial experience for those in the lighting and video industries. Last year the event was held in a 15,00 sq. ft. building, and this year the event was in a much bigger space, at 46,000 sq. ft.
Paul Bronfman, Chairman and CEO of Comweb Group Inc./William F. White International Inc. comments on the obstacles associated with the show, “The biggest obstacles are securing the stage, but most importantly getting the gear when Continue reading

Robe For Parklife

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Clifton Productions supplied moving lights for the Melbourne event with stage designs by Fuzzy Events and Parklife’s national lighting designer, Davyd Williams. This production was managed by local production manager Adam Gibson in conjunction with national producer, Josh Chapman. Over 90 Robe fixtures were utilised across  four stages, with Parklife featuring its Earth, Wind, Fire & Water themed arenas and stages.

The Water Stage hosted big names like Empire of the Sun, La Roux, Kaskade and Chardy. Twelve Robe ColorWash 700E ATs, 20 Robe ColorSpot 700E ATs and two Robe Fog 1500 FT smoke machines were rigged on truss verticals, front and mid stage trusses.

All fixtures were driven by a grandMA console. Lighting designs for “Empire of the Sun” were created by LD Hugh Toranto, and for the rest of the festival the rig was operated by Matt Hansen from MPH.

The Air Stage was the second largest stage where the line-up included  MSTRKRFT, Crystal Castles, Tiga, and Autokratz. Lighting was operated by LD Justin Ogge (aka ‘netball skirt’) for the whole of the festival and LD Jack Davies for “Crystal Castles” designed the stage layout. The Robe rig was hung on wave shaped trusses with verticals, consisting of 14 Robe ColorSpot 700E ATs, four Robe ColorWash 2500E ATs, and Robe Fog 1500 FT smoke machines, along with a selection of LED fixtures and panels. All lightsources were controlled with another grandMA.

System tech Matt Downs from Clifton Productions, says, “Parklife Melbourne was again sold out as we knew it would be. The Robe’s performance throughout the event was ‘faultless’ and everyone was happy with how reliable the fixtures are, even when used relentlessly for hours on end in an extremely tough operating environment!”




Clay Paky Lights Dance Premier League

Friday, February 19th, 2010

The six teams represented the five regions of India, plus a team for non-resident Indians (NRIs). The teams were Uttar Ke Puttar (North), Western Yodhas, Eastern Tigers, Central Surmas, Southern Sizzlers, and the NRI team Desi-Pardesi.

Every team featured a distinct character along with a unique logo, brand ambassador, choreographer, official supporter, cheerleaders, slogan, and even merchandise. The teams were challenged to embody the spirit of their zone and showcase their competitive spirit to emerge as India’s top zone. The series attracted some of the region’s top dancers, choreographers, and even Bollywood actors as judges.

Lighting Designer Atul Sonpal designed the setup for the series using a collection of Clay Paky Alpha series fixtures. The stage was configured in a dramatic tilted ring over the stage, canopied with the 19 Clay Paky Alpha Beam 700 fixtures directly over the stage, along with 18 Alpha Spot HPE 1200 to create gobos on the floor and set pieces, and 11 Alpha Wash 1200 to light the dome. The effects can be seen in Continue reading

Long Reach Long Riders Annual USITT Raffle To Benefit Behind The Scenes

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Twelve raffle prizes have been donated by: Altman Rentals (ghostlight), Apollo Design Technology (Smart Move DMX Rotator), Barbizon (Stagehands Tool Kit), Field Template (SoftSymbols and Field Templates), Doug Fleenor Design (DMX/RDM Coffee Pot), Sapsis Rigging ($250 Gift Certificate), SeaChanger (iPod Touch and colorBUG), USITT (2011 Conference registration), Utah Shakespearean Festival (3 pair of theatre tickets), Vectorworks (Spotlight with Renderworks), Vincent Lighting Systems ($250 gift certificate) and Greg Williams (Photo Call and “Photography 101 for the Stage” Seminar).

All proceeds of the raffle go directly to The ESTA Foundation’s Behind the Scenes program, which provides entertainment technology industry members with grants for emergency situations, such as serious illness, injury or death. For more information about Behind the Scenes, to donate, or to apply for a grant, visit For more information about the Long Reach Long Riders visit

Apollo Brings Multiform Lighting To North America

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Iain Price-Smith, representative for Multiform says, “We are now developing our distribution in North America, and have recently appointed Apollo as our distributor of professional lighting products in the USA and Canada."

Apollo will be displaying the new Multiform LED luminaires at the PAL show in Toronto, May 16-17. For more information, contact Apollo Design Technology: 260-497-9191, www,

Comweb Group Inc. and William F. White International Inc. Appoint Lowell Schrieder To Director, Marketing & Communications

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

“Lowell has an impressive and diverse background as a corporate marketing and communications expert for the film and television industry,” said Paul Bronfman. “His depth of knowledge, strong communication skills and years of professional experience make Lowell the perfect choice to lead the marketing and communications initiatives at Comweb Group/WFW.”

Find Yourself At The February Freeze

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

William F. White International and CinequipWhite Inc. are again this year hosting their annual trade show. The event will be held at Pinewood Toronto Studios on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Last year, more than 1,100 visitors were exposed to the more than 40 motion picture, broadcast, and live entertainment industry suppliers. This is the eighth year for the February Freeze and it proves to be a beneficial experience for those Continue reading

Advance Your Business with NSCA at InfoComm 2010

Friday, January 15th, 2010

This website includes information on NSCA University classes, the NSCA Zone, ExpoJam!, and NSCA Education Foundation events to help attendees make the most of their time at the show.  Members of the industry can also connect directly to their peers attending NSCA events and education through NSCA’s social networking sites on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. 

New for 2010, the site will highlight selected NSCA University education courses and special deals Continue reading