PLSN Hometown Heroes — Who’s YOUR Hero?


It is DEFINITELY that time again, folks!  Time for the PLSN Hometown Heroes nominations!

From the Hometown Heroes nomination form website:

Each year PLSN honors regional lighting production companies with our Hometown Heroes awards. These awards honor the best regional lighting production company in six regions across North America: the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Northwest, Southwest and Canada. The best part about this is that PLSN readers – the people who actually work with these companies – get to decide who’s really the best.

Sure, we could just come up with a list ourselves, but where’s the fun in that? We are looking for your ideas on the best regional lighting production company in the U.S. and Canada. Let us know your faves (and, yes, you CAN nominate your own company).

Nominations are due by July 1, and regional finalists will be named shortly thereafter. Voting on the regional finalists will then take place, with regional winners determined by July 31st. The winners for each region automatically become the finalists for the 2016 Hometown Hero Lighting Company of the Year Award, which will be presented at the Parnelli Awards Dinner scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Rio Hotel & Casino.

Who made your tour or show rule this year?  Who made you feel like your show was more important than even you imagined?  Get on over to the form and nominate them up!  This is your opportunity to show the rest of the industry who the good companies are, the ones who make things happen when things need to happen.


YEAH! Avolites’ Ai Media Servers Solely Distributed in America by Group One!

It’s official and awesome.  Group One, the exclusive Avolites distributor in America, is now going to be distributing the Ai Media Server series of products for Avolites!  This is thrilling and pretty awesome for me, and for the industry as a whole!


Check this out:

FARMINGDALE, New York – Avolites Ltd announces the immediate appointment of Group One Ltd as the sole US distributor for its Ai range of media servers.

As of May 1st, Group One is now promoting, selling and supporting Avolites’ new Ai R Series media servers, which boast a long list of powerful features and hardware, alongside the manufacturer’s existing lighting control products, all designed and manufactured in the UK.

“We have had great success with the Avolites brand over the past three years and are greatly looking forward to building the Ai brand in the US,” says Group One President Jack Kelly. “The integration of lighting and video control is the future and we hope to play a key role in helping the creative minds in our industry realize their designs in the most effective and efficient way possible.”

Brad White, Group One’s national sales manager for the brand, is equally enthusiastic. “Content has become such a huge part of design in all market segments, from theatrical productions and concert tours to houses of worship, architectural installations and broadcast environments,” he says. “Having personally been part of the evolution of Avolites’ consoles over the last 20 years, I see the addition of Ai to Group One’s care as a natural progression towards the goal of total visual control. Jim [Hutchison], I and the entire Group One team are looking forward to continuing to build the Avolites brand with another powerful tool in the arsenal.”

Avolites Sales Director Koy Neminathan fully agrees that this is the right move at the right time. “I am enthralled to have both brands under one ‘roof’ in the US, and our focus on the convergence of lighting and video is further strengthened by this appointment,” he adds. “Having one distributor promoting and selling both lines of products makes logical sense and I’m certain that this is the perfect combination for Avolites in the States. We have waited for the right moment to move forward with Group One and we feel we have a great team behind us to support and train on both the Titan and Ai platforms.”

To find out more about Group One, please visit

More about Ai Media:

Download Ai Media here, it’s free!

Some outstanding videos and highlight reels for Ai Media:


The R-Series Media Server

The multi-award winning Ai Infinity server is the perfect choice for your most demanding video projects. The RX4 and RX8 have programmable, EDID managed, WUXGA (1920×1200) outputs. Each is digitally amplified to give you a preview and production output over DVI.

The back has in addition to the 4 or 8 DVI output pairs, the following outlets: LTC timecode input, 2 x Gigabit Network ports for connecting to Artnet networks, MIDI in & out ports, 4 lines of DMX512, Audio in and output, Genlock – essential for TV projects, and 2 x sync network connections to guarantee vertical sync across multiple systems.

The front 7 inch colour touch screen shows the Ai 3D visualiser, this gives you networked control of your whole show from one integrated and intuitive interface, no matter how many outputs you need.

The Rx range utilizes an i7 processor with 6 cores running at 3.5Ghz. 16 Gbyte of memory and a fast 80GB System SSD. The Media content is contained on an Intel PCIe SSD module with 1.2TB capacity The workstation grade motherboard is housed in a purpose made suspension frame inside the 19″ 4U height rack case.

Find out more about the R-Series HERE
Find out more about the software it runs (Ai) HERE