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Three at Schuler Shook Join ASTC

Three of Schuler Shook's theatre consultants have been accepted into membership of the American Society of Theatre Consultants. Michael Burgoyne, Jeffrey Childs, and Joshua Grossman achieved full membership at the organization's convention in Las Vegas in September 2005. They met a series of requirements including working as theatre consultants for at least five years, showing a broad range of capability and experience in completing theatre projects, and receiving the sponsorship of existing members of ASTC.

"We are pleased to see these excellent theatre consultants rewarded with ASTC membership" said Schuler Shook's President Robert Shook. "It's good for the industry as a whole, and it reflects Schuler Shook's ongoing commitment to the mentoring and continued training of our staff."

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Barbizon Lights Up Lakewood Church

In July, Barbizon Lighting Company completed providing Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas with all of the fixtures, dimming control, and installation of a broadcast package in its new 16,000-seat facility. Barbizon worked closely with Lighting Director Tom Stanziano coordinating incoming shipments, prepping of equipment, final hang, and focus of almost 600 fixtures during the church's Grand Opening Weekend. Services were broadcast from the venue to a worldwide audience.

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Rosco Introduces Keystroke

A new hardware/software solution from Rosco, named Keystroke, will allow PowerPoint projections to be run from any DMX lighting control board. The new product will be introduced at ETS-LDI in Orlando, Florida this November. Keystroke is a combination of a hardware interface and a software application for any DMX-based lighting controller to trigger keyboard command on a Windows XP-based personal computer. In addition to PowerPoint slides, Keystroke can activate sound cues and other PC applications used in theatre or live entertainment.

In other news, Anne Hunter has joined Rosco Laboratories in a new position, Product Specialist, Architectural/OEM Lighting Sales. She will work from Rosco's Texas facility.

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New Luminaires from Vari-Lite

Vari-Lite, a Genlyte Company, has introduced its VL500 Wash luminaire which will ship November 1. The VL500 is based on the design of the VL5 Wash luminaire which won an Emmy, but with significant performance enhancements. Among other innovations, its Dichro-Tune radial color mixing system used three sets of 16 radially-mounted dichroic blades in blue, amber, and magenta which are designed to produce smooth, full-spectrum crossfades. To learn more about the luminaire and its features visit

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PRG Tours

PRG is on the road with both the Rolling Stones and Coldplay. For the Rolling Stones, PRG is supplying lighting equipment and crew for the current world tour, A Bigger Bang, playing more than 50 sold-out dates.

For Coldplay's Twisted Logic World Tour, technological power is from PRG's new Series 400 power and data distribution system on which a patent is pending. Bryan Leitch is the lighting designer for the tour.

PRG was recently honored when the 2004 Olympic Opening Ceremonies, for which it was the main lighting contractor, received the top Emmy Award for Outstanding Lighting Direction.

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ETC Promotes David Smith

Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC) has promoted David Smith to be the second field project coordinator for the company's Western regional office in Hollywood, California. The region includes Hollywood, Las Vegas and Western Canada. Most recently, Mr. Smith was lead trainer and support person for the new ETC Congo control console installation at The Tonight Show at NBC Studios in Burbank, California. He will work with Tim Guion, ETC Western Regional Sales Manager, and Karl Haas, ETC Architectural Regional Manager.

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Stage Research's Light/Shop

Stage Research is offering a pre-release version of its Light/Shop, a web-enabled web-deployable application that can be a single source for every category of photometric information. It is easy to install, and always up to date, according to the company. Stage Research is also featuring ShowBuilder:Sound Design which manages the administrative business of sound design. To learn more, visit

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ET Transforms Bank to Studio

In Caracas, Venezuela Entertainment Technology has been helping Radio Caracas Television turn abandoned bank building into three new television studios. Steve Mulkey of Redwood Media Group was systems integrator for the project, which includes dedolights with ET's BakPak individual dimmers to control the dimming of each instrument in a reconfigurable studio. In a permanent installation, ET's Capio Plus dimmer rack was used. The design team also chose the Marquee lighting control console from ET for the project.

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City Theatrical Launches two new PDSs

City Theatrical has launched its PDS-50 and PDS-375 TR power/data supplies designed for Color Kinetics ColorBlast, ColorBurst, and ColorCove LED lighting fixtures. The City Theatrical technology combines both WDS wireless DMX data with either battery or mains operation, giving it the ability to be a totally wireless DMX-controlled LED lighting fixture. The low power consumption of LEDs and the reliability of City Theatrical's WDS Wireless Data System gives designers and users options to light with no AC power or generators, no power or data cables, and no dimmers among other features. The new PDSs are available through City Theatrical's distributors worldwide.

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