Professional Lighting & Production - Winter 2017 - Page 9

NAMM NAMM Show 2018 Greatly Expanding Event Technology Education Thanks to its new partnership with the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA), the 2018 NAMM Show will greatly expand its educational pro- gram for event technology professionals. These sessions will be held at the NAMM Education Campus inside the Anaheim Hilton Hotel from January 25-28, 2018. Under the guidance of ESTA, Timeless Communi- cations (publisher of Front of House, Projection Lights & Staging News, and Stage Directions magazines and or- ganizer of the Parnelli Awards), and Lighting & Sound America, emerging and established professionals will learn from industry luminaries in a hands-on environment in a series of sessions and tracks. The Pro Production Sessions will feature topics related to lighting, video, and sound. Top production designers will share their creative process and implementation and tour managers will give advice on logistics, packing, and managing major stadium tours. This will include the Lighting Designer Roundtable, where top LDs will weigh in on their recent projects, explain the highs and lows of the gigs, and discuss the presentation techniques utilized. Another session will examine media servers’ expanding role in production. NAMM Show attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in four different tracks of progressive education curated by ESTA. The tracks are designed to provide in-depth knowledge to event technology and design professionals. Topics will include lighting, lighting networking, rigging, and safety. The Lighting Track will provide an opportunity to develop essential skills and knowledge for the entertainment lighting world. The Lighting Networking Track will share valuable knowledge on DMX512 and Ethernet networking, wireless network management, and how various lighting protocols (sACN, RDM, DMX512) navigate these networks. The Rigging track will offer three days of training on design and fabrication criteria, safe installation and use practices, as well as inspection and maintenance regimens. The series of sessions on Safety in the entertainment industries is designed to raise awareness of the hazards surrounding this work and current measures that are being taken to address those hazards. For more information, go to PL&P 09 Registration Open for Expo-Scène 2018 Registration is now open for CITT/ICTS’s fourth annual Expo-Scène trade show and conference, which will return to the Palais des congrès de Mon- tréal from March 28-29, 2018. Expo-Scène is currently the only major Canadian event dedicated to professionals in the pro audio, lighting, audiovisual, video, and multimedia technology markets. In 2017, Expo-Scène attracted over 1,700 visitors and hosted 75 exhibiting manufacturers and suppliers, including 12 new companies. The education component included more than 15 sessions on diverse topics such as lighting, audio, health and safety, special effects, and customs and transportation, as well as an interactive video mapping lab. Visitor registration is free and for exhibitors, booth space rates are available on CITT/ICTS’s website. For more information, contact CITT: 514-504-9998,, ACT Lighting Acquires RapcoHorizon ACT Lighting has completed its acquisition of RHC Holdings Corp. (RapcoHorizon). Headquartered in Jackson, MI and with core facilities in Massachusetts, Canada, and Mexico, RapcoHorizon manufactures audio, data, and interface products, interconnect assemblies, and specialty industrial wire. Its brand portfolio includes ProCo, RAT, RoadHog, and StageMASTER. “ACT Lighting is one of the most recognized leaders in production technology and services, and we are excited to join the ACT family,” says Dale Williams, president of RapcoHorizon. “Now … we will be able to bring the level of service and innovation at which both companies excel to our wide-reaching customer bases.” For more information, contact ACT Lighting: 416-907-6770,, Winter 2017 | 9