February 2020

TLS Productions, Inc. News & Announcements


TLS Productions, Inc. offers a turnkey operation:

We provide consultation and all the necessities to design, rig and light exhibits, productions and permanent installations of any size, including state of the art audio gear and the latest in LED video gear provided by our sister company, H & X Technologies.  We offer equipment rentals and sales encompassing most international brands and both electronic and mechanical repairs are done in house.  TLS Productions, Inc. also provides theatrical draperies for rental and sale and can fabricate drapery to meet your specific needs. 

If it's lighting, rigging, staging, audio or video related, there are no limits to the products and services that we can provide.

Setting The Stage To Tell Your Story

So, what have we been up to since January's newsletter?  Alongside our sister company, H & X Technologies, we've completed an exciting project for Czarnowski @ the 2020 Genesis Golf Invitational.  Tournament host Tiger Woods and an invitation-only field competed at the iconic Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, CA - February 10-16 - we brought Czarnowski's vision to life for the Genesis Skybox Lounge, which overlooked the course. 

Hats off to TLSP's Bobby Glowacki, for his unique lighting concepts and design, and a million thank yous to Zip Zembinski, our man on the scene for weeks on end - Zip brought the entire production together AND as he always does, he provided us with some killer shots of the finished product, check 'em out below!


TLS Productions, Inc. is also out on the road with the MercyMe 20/20 Tour AND TOBYMAC's 2020 Hits Deep Tour, providing world-class entertainment rigging equipment and services.  Check out some awesome images below!

MercyMe 20/20 Tour


TOBYMAC 2020 Hits Deep Tour


What else have we been up to?  TLS Productions, Inc. is proud to be a part of PAX East which opened TODAY in Boston.  TLSP provided lighting and rigging services for Artsolute Media Group for the AORUS booth, and once again, Zip Zembinski was our man on the scene.  Check out some fantastic photos below!  Thanks, Zip!


In the meantime, members of TLS Productions, Inc. and our sister company, H & X Technologies, traveled to Japan this week for a round of meetings with our parent company, Hibino.  Stay tuned for BIG news regarding Hibino USA, H & X, and TLSP's further expansion in to new and exciting markets!


And on top of all of the above, TLSP and H & X are in the midst of prepping for the Topcon and Astec Industries booths at CONEXPO-CON/AGG, happening March 10th through 14th in Las Vegas - where together we'll be providing lighting, rigging, audio, and LED video equipment and services! 

TLSP and H & X are also loading in tomorrow to The Work Truck Show happening March 3rd through 6th in Indianapolis where together we'll be providing LED video, rigging and audio equipment and services for the RAM Commercial booth. 

And last, but CERTAINLY NOT least - we've got our eyes set on the 2020 VEX Robotics World Championships happening April 22nd through the 28th in Louisville, KY.  If you saw any of the images or videos from last year's show, you know we'll be providing a feast for the eyes and ears!  Check out a teaser video via Facebook below!



TLS Productions, Inc. Sponsors Team RUSH

All of us at TLS Productions, Inc. are proud to announce our sponsorship of Team RUSH!  Team RUSH is a high school robotics team located in Clarkston, Michigan. RUSH stands for Respect, Unity, Spirit and Heart. It is a part of the FIRST Robotics program (they call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind). Almost 4,000 teams with more than 91,000 students and 25,000 mentors from 27 countries build robots under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense time limit. The teams of students are challenged to design a team "brand”, hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-sized robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get.

TLS Productions, Inc. supplied the truss structure pictured below, which will serve as part of center stage at each competition! 

Stay tuned to our newsletter each month for images and updates from Team RUSH!  And in the meantime - check out the latest Team RUSH newsletter linked to the image below.  Go Team RUSH!

Interested in CM Entertainment Hoist Training?

TLS Productions, Inc. will be hosting a week-long training session at our Ann Arbor, MI headquarters, Monday March 23rd through Friday March 27th!  Get hands on training from CM's David Carmack! 

Space is limited!  So if you're interested - reach out to us for more information at:

*** TLS Productions, Inc. is a Columbus McKinnon Authorized Service Center and can provide CM Hoist Service & Certification, in addition to CM hoist sales and rentals.  Our mission, along with Columbus McKinnon's mission on this topic, is to improve the quality of hoist service and repair; contact us today to learn more about CM Hoist Service & Certification, or to inquire about CM hoists for your next production! ***


All of us at TLS Productions, Inc. are excited to announce that we've added a ton of new lighting fixtures from High End Systems and ETC!  Such as High End Systems' SOLAFRAME 3000, SOLAHYBEAM 3000, SolaPix 19 AND SolaPix 7, as well as the addition of ETC ColorSource fixtures!

We're also bulking up our rigging department with a massive addition of truss and rigging support equipment!

CONTACT US TODAY to get your hands on the latest and greatest for your next production!


TLS Productions, Inc. & Entertainment Design and Technology at Eastern Michigan University - February 2020
Contributed by John Charles, Technical Director, Eastern Michigan University Theatre

My Friends in the Entertainment Industry –
One of the tenets of my life’s philosophy is to always leave a place better than I found it.  I hope I can say, as I look forward to new adventures after my 37 years of service to EMU, that I am leaving the university a better place than it was when I arrived in 1983.
One of my major objectives has always been to improve the audience experience of our performance events, understanding that people aren’t just enjoying a show, they are building an experience, from the time that they first purchase that ticket, to the time they sit down with friends, full of anticipation, to the time they get together afterward to talk about what they felt and saw.
To that end, I am asking you to please join me in supporting Eastern Michigan University, School of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts effort to replace and upgrade the seats in both Quirk and Sponberg Theatres, by donating to the S.I.T. (Seats In Theatres) campaign.

The seats that have been specified for each space are beautiful and a tremendous improvement over the existing seats (both theatres are still using the original seats installed in them).  They will afford our audiences more room and far more comfort, making for a far more enjoyable experience.
I imagine us, as audience members, feeling the excitement and anticipation of walking into a beautiful theatre space with luxurious new seats, red upholstery against the warm cherry wood panels of Quirk, and rusty red against the warm brick texture in Sponberg, along with a newly epoxied, smooth floor, ready to experience an extraordinary show.
I would very much appreciate any help you can give to make this vision a reality.

Thank you for making my time at EMU a beautiful and fulfilling experience.
See you at the theatre.

To donate to the SIT campaign go to:


TLS Productions, Inc. has partnered with Eastern Michigan University to create the John Briggs Endowed Scholarship for EMU's Entertainment Design & Technology program.  This scholarship creates a legacy at Eastern Michigan University by honoring John Briggs for his devoted service to the entertainment industry and the field of theatre technology. 

This scholarship honors the passion, dedication, and commitment to the field of theatrical technology by Eastern Michigan University Alumnus - John Briggs.  Over the years, John Briggs and TLS Productions, Inc. have generously given their time and equipment to assure EMU Theatre productions are of the highest quality, while using the most cutting-edge technology.  EMU students appreciate the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art technology that prepares them for their professional careers in technical theatre.  The scholarship is awarded annually to an Eastern Michigan University student majoring in Entertainment Design & Technology.

To donate to this scholarship in John's honor, you may do so by downloading the scholarship brochure, available here - or by calling the Eastern Michigan University Foundation at 734-484-1322 - and of course, you can contact us for further information on the scholarship and learn how to donate.


Did you know that TLS Productions, Inc. is an ETC Factory Authorized Service Center with ETC Factory Authorized Field Service Providers on staff?  Our ETC Field Service Providers handle a variety of functions – advising contractors on proper methods for installing various products, providing phone tech support, providing onsite tech support when problems arise, updating operating software and doing new system commissioning along with owner training.  And when needed, we can provide loaner equipment or acquire equipment direct from the factory, we can also facilitate factory repairs as needed. 

Keep your ETC equipment operating at peak performance, and contact one of our ETC Factory Authorized Service Technicians today!

To learn more about upgrading to the latest ETC technologies, contact Emily Ann Jugowicz TODAY!

To learn more about ETC Rigging and how we can help you raise the bar on safety one hoist at a time, contact us today, and let us be your Authorized ETC Rigging Provider!

STAGEMAKER hoists are designed to handle stage and theatrical equipment and enable the safe and accurate positioning of lighting systems, speakers, and various scenic elements.  The features and options of STAGEMAKER hoists make them a great choice for a demanding customer.  Their low weight make them ideal for touring events.  Their compact size permits them to fit inside truss structures.  Their quietness makes them ideal for operation during performances, even in theaters.  Stagemaker’s CE mark and CSA c/us certification ensures the quality process.

TLS Productions, Inc. is a dealer and Factory Authorized Service and Certification Center for STAGEMAKER hoists, with one of the largest rental inventories in the Midwest AND the West.  We invite you to learn more about STAGEMAKER products for your next production, so contact us today! 

To find out what TLS Productions, Inc. can do for you, contact us at any of the options below.

TLS Productions, Inc. - Ann Arbor, MI
78 Jackson Plaza
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

(855) 515-TLSP (8577) Toll Free
(810) 220-TLSP (8577) Office
(810) 229-8292  Fax

TLS Productions, Inc. - Henderson, NV
7350 Eastgate
Suite 160
Henderson, NV 89011

(702) 880-0551 (office)

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