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Vote for your Hometown Hero

The nominations from PLSN readers are in, the regional finalists for the 2011 Hometown Hero Lighting Company of the Year awards competition have been chosen, and now it’s time for you, the readers of PLSN, to once again vote on the top regional lighting company in five regions of… Continue

Added by Justin Lang on July 11, 2011 at 3:20pm — No Comments

W-DMX Call for Entries – Win an iPad2

Wireless Solution Sweden AB is searching for the next great wireless hero in a special 2011 contest. The only requirement is to have used at least one W-DMX transmitter and receiver in any project, big or small. Size doesn’t matter! Entries will be judged on creativity – not venue, audience size or equipment list. At least one high-resolution photo is required (preferably two to three). Winners will receive a new iPad2 – the hottest new gadget around.

To share your story, email…


Added by Justin Lang on July 5, 2011 at 11:11am — No Comments

ETC End-User Conference - CUE in July

ETC is hosting their first-ever end-user education event, July 26th and 27th, 2011. CUE offers you product training, a glimpse into the world of ETC, tours of our famed factory, networking with other lighting designers, lectures led by industry leaders, and more!

More details about CUE can be found on…


Added by Justin Lang on July 1, 2011 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Rosco Announces Share the work - Get the Swag

It works like this: You submit a photo of a production  in which you used a Roscolux or Supergel color to achieve a specific purpose or goal. (An example of a production shot shown above.) You’ll need to tell us, in a couple of sentences, why you chose the Roscolux/Supergel color you used and what you or the director or the design team wanted to convey with the color choice. If you need more than one picture to tell the story, you can send up to five! You’ll also have to fill out an online…


Added by Justin Lang on July 1, 2011 at 6:01am — No Comments

Share Your Production Nighmares

This is a call to the community. A few years back, we ran a column in PLSN called Welcome to My Nightmare. I am looking to bring that column back. The basic outline of the column is simple. I am looking for your stories about problems and issues that you have experienced on a gig and how you solved them. We are looking for you to share these Nightmares as we call them with the rest of the industry.

If you are interested in submitting your production nightmare stories to PLSN, please…


Added by Justin Lang on June 29, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Live Chat Happening on

Our sister site,, will be hosting a live chat at 3:30 p.m. EDT/12:30 p.m. PDT with Keny Whitright, president of Wybron Inc. Keny and Wybron invented the color changing scroller in 1980, and they haven't stopped innovating since. Today they manufacture color scrollers, dichroic color-changing lights and LED fixtures. We'll be talking about the advantages of each, how each has different effects on your lighting designs, and anything else you want!

So read up on Keny,…


Added by Justin Lang on June 22, 2011 at 10:58am — 2 Comments

Editor's Note, June 2011 PLSN - Is Technology Making Us Lackadaisical?

In the June 2011 issue of PLSN, which should be hitting your mail boxes shortly, I wrote about technology and how it is making us lazy. The goal of my Editor's note is to inspire and bring concerns to light. Yes, I love using lighting puns. I am re-printing it here to invoke a response and get the conversation started. Am I wrong, or do you see it in a different light, (another bad pun)? I want to hear what you think.


I’m addicted to technology. I love…


Added by Justin Lang on June 13, 2011 at 6:52am — 3 Comments

2011 Tony Award Winners

Last night was the 2011 Tony Awards. Here is a quick run down of the winners. Congratulations to everyone that won and all that we nominated. 

By the Numbers

The Book of Mormon - 9 including Best Musical

War Horse - 5 including Best Play

Anything Goes - 3 including Best Revival of a Musical

The Normal Heart - 3 including Best Revival of a Play


Best Lighting Design of a Play -…


Added by Justin Lang on June 13, 2011 at 5:43am — No Comments

Cine Gear Expo Opens Today

If you are in Hollywood California this weekend and want to check out some of the latest gear for TV and Film, stop by the Cine Gear Expo. Here are all the details

Expo and seminars

Friday, June 3: 4pm - 10pm

Saturday, June 4: 10am - 5pm

Location: The Studios at Paramount, Hollywood, CA 90038

Guest Entrance on Van Ness Ave.

Find out more about Cine Gear Expo at

A word…


Added by Justin Lang on June 3, 2011 at 11:40am — No Comments

Out of the Rabbit Hole

The May issue of PLSN is beginning to hit people's mailbox. I am very proud of the work that the staff of writers and everyone back at the office have done.  We work hard to bring the latest information and news from around the industry to you in the pages of PLSN and online at

One section of the magazine I am especially proud of is the Editor's Note.  I take great pride in writing these each month. It may seem like a soap box, but in reality, it is for…


Added by Justin Lang on May 16, 2011 at 8:52am — No Comments

New RSS Feeds for

Last week we did a HUGE update to the back end of  The front side of the website didn't see much of a change other then a few layout changes.  One thing that did change that will effect readers are the RSS links.  RSS or Really Simple Syndication is a way to read a website with out all the fluff and layout of the site.  If you just want to read the content and see the images attached to a piece, RSS is the way to go.  I love RSS feeds, I have subscribed to over 600 different feeds…


Added by Justin Lang on May 9, 2011 at 3:03pm — No Comments Gets A Tune Up

Last night we did some schedule maintenance on  We apologize if you get your news fix late night.  The website is back up and running strong ready to fill your mind with industry news and new products.  If you look at the site, nothing has really changed, just a couple updates on the front side and couple of new looks.  Don't let that fool you, is got more get up and juice underneath.

One of the major upgrades was search engine friendly URLs.  If you ever tried to…


Added by Justin Lang on May 5, 2011 at 9:42am — No Comments

Win Some Swag By Entering Your Photos to the Color Contest

Who doesn't like swag?!? Especially FREE swag? We are starting a new contest here on ProLightingSpace to show off your design work, the Color Contest.  Every two weeks we will be asking for you to submit your design work for entry into the contest. After the two weeks are up, we'll choose the best submitted…


Added by Justin Lang on May 2, 2011 at 10:02am — 2 Comments

Politics Aside... What Else is Obama Releasing Today?

I may live in DC, but unlike the rest of population of this town, I don't like talking politics.  It's just not fun and can turn your friends into enemies really quick.  So setting aside politics today, have you heard that the White House released copies of President Obama's original long-form birth certificate?

I don't want to get into the middle of why he is doing this or if he should or shouldn't. It's not my cup of tea. What I did want to point out is a hash tag running on twitter…


Added by Justin Lang on April 27, 2011 at 11:59am — No Comments

Welcome Our New Bloggers to PLS

This was the longest and hardest weekend lately for me.  I had to sort through all of the submissions for being a blogger here on PLS.  I am happy to announce that we have four new bloggers here on PLS!  It was a tough choice for each section with multiple entries for each.  I want to thank everyone that submitted their name.  It was not an easy choice to just four people. If you did not make the "cut", I am sorry. BUT, there will be multiple opportunity in the future for blogging, writing…


Added by Justin Lang on April 25, 2011 at 8:42am — No Comments

Happy Earth Day!


This one snuck up on me too, but yes, today, April 22nd, is Earth Day.  Great... But was does that mean? Does everyone in the world celebrate Earth's Birthday today?  If that is the case, I want to be there when Mother Earth blows out her birthday cake candles, that's a lot of candles!

Seriously though, what is Earth Day? Wikipedia defines it as such:

Earth Day is a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's…


Added by Justin Lang on April 22, 2011 at 11:12am — No Comments

Scheduled Chat on PLS - What do you want to talk about?

When you log into PLS, at the very bottom of the home screen, you might notice we have an online chat feature.  On all the other pages of PLS, the chat window goes down to the very bottom of your browser window, very similar to how Facebook.

I want to throw an idea out to the community about having a scheduled online chat.  We would pick a date and time to meet on the site and chat about something... in real time.  Rather then everyone just meeting at a certain time online and wait…


Added by Justin Lang on April 13, 2011 at 12:18pm — 1 Comment

ProLight + Sound Starts This Week

ProLight + Sound starts a bit later this week.  While I would love to make it to Germany this week for the show, I have prior obligations that I need to attend to first.  In my place, Mr. Paul Watson will be covering the show for us.  He will be on the ground all four days looking for the latest products, services.

From time to time, Paul will be checking in here on PLS to see if people have questions, places to stop and information to share about the show.  Here is your chance, get…


Added by Justin Lang on April 4, 2011 at 1:40am — No Comments

My Ass Phil Didn't See His Shadow!

I don't know about you, but DC doesn't seem to be getting any warmer out there.  I love the movie Ground Hogs Day, but I think Phil is kidding himself this year.  I think he turned a blind eye to his shadow this year to make everyone like him.

Don't lie to me Phil... When is spring really coming?

Added by Justin Lang on March 30, 2011 at 2:33pm — 3 Comments

Casting Call for PAID Bloggers on PLS

ProLightingSpace is getting bigger and expending all over the place.  It's time to bring in the big guns.  We are looking for five industry professionals to blog on PLS and get paid for doing so! 

Have a topic you love to talk about from the entertainment industry?  Share your ideas and experiences here on ProLightingSpace and get paid!  We are looking for a individuals to Share their experiences, knowledge and open up the conversation on PLS. We are looking for bloggers in different…


Added by Justin Lang on March 28, 2011 at 7:22am — 18 Comments

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