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December 2015

TLS Productions, Inc. News & Announcements


TLS Productions, Inc. Will Be Closed Thursday December 24th & Friday December 25th, 2015 In Observance Of Christmas

TLS Productions, Inc. will be open for business Monday 12/21 - Wednesday 12/23 from 9am to 5pm EST.

TLS Productions, Inc. Will Be Closed Thursday December 31st, 2015 & Friday January 1st, 2016 In Observance Of The New Year

TLS Productions, Inc. will be open for business Monday 12/28 - Wednesday 12/30 from 9am to 5pm EST.

TLS Productions, Inc. will resume normal M-F business hours:
Monday January 4th, 2016 9am - 5pm EST


Empowering Creativity, And Making It Reality
- our mission at TLS Productions, Inc.  We do this by offering a turnkey operation, we provide consultation and all the necessities to design, rig and light productions and permanent installations of any size, including state of the art audio and video elements. 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.

Did you know that TLS Productions, Inc. is an Electronic Theatre Controls 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 us today!

TLS Productions, Inc. is also a Columbus McKinnon Authorized Service Center and can provide CM Hoist Service & Certification.  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!


TLS Productions, Inc. News & Announcements

So, what have we been up to lately?  We've completed another successful year at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2015 Central Florida International Auto Show, the San Francisco International Auto Show, the 2015 Miami International Auto Show, AAPEX 2015, 2015 SEMA Show, and PRI2015!

Some images of our work at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show were featured in our November newsletter, check 'em out if you missed our November newsletter!

And... Check out a few shots of our work for Chevy Performance at PRI2015 below!

We are currently hard at work bringing to life the 2016 North American International Auto Show!  We're off to a GREAT start, and getting closer to completion every day...
Check out a few images AND a video below!


TLS Productions, Inc. News & Announcements

This month, we're excited to announce a new addition to the TLS Productions, Inc. team - Cameo Stancliff !!!
Cameo Stancliff recently joined TLS Productions, Inc. and will be concentrating on driving sales outside of the auto industry.  Over the last year she has focused on custom booth sales and management with Plus Studios, Inc., as well as consulting and assisting customer needs on large accounts in the Las Vegas area. 
Cameo has over 18 years of experience with the Freeman Companies, serving in roles such as Exhibitor Service Supervisor for Freeman's Service Desk onsite, also running the overall in-house service department.  She then moved in to Operations / Sales and assisted in creating the Freeman Rigging Department where she worked first hand with venue engineers, submitting all necessary drawings.  Cameo was also responsible during that time for managing labor budgets. 


From The Desk Of Design Services - December 2015
Contributed by Doyle Martin, VP of Show Services | Director of Design Services

I had an interesting conversation last week with a young man who is a burgeoning lighting and AV tech.  Although I don't do near as much of this type of work as I used to - it is nice to keep my hand in it.
The first bit of advice that I had for him was, "Stick with it and spend lots of time paying close attention to the designs and techniques used on the shows you like to watch."  Although I like to think that I've always had "an eye" for lighting design, the things I do today and the techniques I use are a combination of the things I've learned from many great lighting designers and programmers over the years.  When you see something you like, learn from it.  Figure out how it was done or what made it seem appealing to you.  As lighting and production professionals, we are all building on the shoulders of the giants in our industry who came before us.   
My second bit of advice has become my standard battle cry for current and future lighting designers, "Don't be afraid to be subtle."  Many of you reading this newsletter don't remember the world before affordable moving lights.  Get on YouTube and look back at some classic 1970's and 1980's lighting for bands, musicals, and plays.  You'll find that the LD's and programmers of that time didn't rely on "eye candy" as a crutch (at least not as much!) but rather established looks that let the performers carry the song, the moment, or the number.  The lighting simply helped to reinforce the performance and wasn't a show stealer every moment.
We live in a world where not only is every show and event able to afford moving lights, but the world of fixture design has made a swing to lights that have the primary function of providing eye-candy for the audience, the lighting has evolved to - in many circumstances - become the show.  There is a time and a place for this, but there will always be room for the single, saturated backlight and a head to waist followspot frontlight on a vocalist who is pouring their heart out on the stage.  Sometimes it is better to let the talent carry the moment.
Thank you all for taking the time to read the TLSP newsletter.  I know I speak for everyone at TLS Productions, Inc. when I wish you all the happiest of holiday seasons, a very merry Christmas, and a healthy and prosperous new year!

Doyle Martin
VP of Show Services | Director of Design Services

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

EMU’s Entertainment Design & Technology program is currently accepting applications from ED&T students for the TLS Productions, Inc. sponsored John Briggs Endowed Scholarship in Entertainment Design & Technology. The deadline for applications is January 6, 2016 - so next month we will introduce you to the first award recipient!

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.

Our next Mainstage production, The Piano Lesson, written by August Wilson, opens February 10th and runs through February 14th.  ED&T student, Melissa Williamson, is designing lights for the production, and once again, TLS Productions, Inc. has offered to help her achieve her aesthetic goals and learn about new technologies by providing equipment from their inventory.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, click on the image below:



TLS Productions, Inc. News & Announcements

In our October and November newsletters, we informed you that we are now featuring products from Ben Nye Makeup and we're adding more to our inventory each week!

That being said, we are pleased to announce that we supplied Ben Nye products for a stunning photo shoot which appears via Dark Beauty Magazine, photos can be can be viewed at the following link:


Need your makeup to stay waterproof and in place for hours on end?  Final Seal is the product you’re looking for!  Does your character need to be a bit older, beat up, or camouflaged?  Check out our F/X Color Wheels!  Looking for an array of colors, or do you need to be a vampire for a photo shoot?  The Pro Character Wheels will have what you’re looking for!  In addition to all of these fantastic products, we are also stocking primary crème colors, highlights, rouges, and shadows!
If you have any questions, or would like a catalog, feel free to contact Emily Jugowicz-Miller, TLSP Account Specialist, at any of the options below!
855-515-TLSP (8577) 


For the upcoming month of January, be sure to contact our Sales and Rentals Team for great deals from the industry's leading manufacturers.  And check out more great deals on our sale and rental items, as well as great prices on used equipment for sale from our rental stock, at the links below:

TLS Productions, Inc. Sales NEW

TLS Productions, Inc. Sales USED

TLS Productions, Inc. RENTAL

To find out what TLS Productions, Inc. & Design Services can do for you, contact us at any of the options below - and watch for more BIG news and BIG announcements from us during the weeks and months ahead!


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

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

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