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ProPlex “Rock Solid” on TV

BBC One’s musical show Pitch Battle recently completed a successful opening season with five pre-recorded episodes, plus the live finals.  Live broadcasts have zero tolerance for malfunctions (just ask Mariah Carey . . . or Janet Jackson) and gear must be 100% reliable.  For this reason, lighting designer Mark Kenyon insists on ProPlex Data Distribution Devices for all his show data networking.

In addition to Pitch Battle, British television credits for ProPlex include six seasons on the hit show Strictly Come Dancing; five seasons of Saturday Night Takeaway; and the new game show Big Heads – all designed by Kenyon.

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214 Flares on Bruno Mars Tour

The North American phase of Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic World Tour is now in full swing, with 63 dates from July to November.  Opening in Las Vegas after 44 dates in Europe, the tour will continue to Latin America and Australia through next year.  214 Solaris Flares are key components of a spectacular show that celebrates the artist’s musical roots. 

“Flares are my go-to light,” says Lighting Designer, Cory FitzGerald.  “I like to use them in pixel mode so that we can take full advantage of the wash/pixel features as well as the powerful strobe.  We have 68 mounted in the stage facing up, to under-light the transparent floor “cells”; 70 are mounted vertically, end-to-end, as a single ‘bar’ downstage for our main audience effect lighting, with a further 76 hung throughout the rig and upstage from trusses, for stage strobing and more effects.”

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ProPower “Old Faithful” for iWeiss Theatrical Solutions

At iWeiss, ProPower means continuity in more ways than one.  Their oldest ProPower Rack Power Distribution (RPD) rack has been in continuous service for 17 years, in the most challenging and hostile theatrical conditions.  With over 1,500 ProPower racks in service across North America, the story of this reliable workhorse product is worth telling.

“After 17 years of continuous use in the construction and renovation of venues, amidst all the associated debris, dust and dirt, our oldest ProPower rack still functions flawlessly,” says Richard Parks, VP of Rigging and Installation at iWeiss.  “I can’t praise this product enough.  It always saves us time and money with a single tie that the crew can work without an electrician, and it always passes the OSHA and AHJ inspections.” 

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