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November 2014

TLS Productions, Inc. News & Announcements

First and foremost, all of us at TLS Productions, Inc. want to wish all of you a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving, and we'd like to inform you that we will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday November 27th, 2014 and Friday November 28th, 2014 - resuming normal business hours on Monday December 1st (M-F 9am-5pm).

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, draft, 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.

From The Desk Of Design Services - November 2014
Contributed by Doyle Martin, VP of Show Services | Director of Design Services
Since the last newsletter, we have both installed and struck the lighting at the Miami International Auto Show.  We have installed the rigging and lighting for the Lexus, Scion, and Toyota booths at the Los Angeles Auto Show.  We also installed the audio for the Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge and Ram booths.  As if this was not enough, we have already begun the lighting and rigging install for the Toyota and Lexus booths at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.  It has been a long haul for me personally, as I am on day number 22 away from home and have two more to go.  Needless to say, I am looking forward to Thanksgiving at home with my family and a long weekend off.
I did spend two days at the LDI Convention in Las Vegas, where I had a chance to wander the exhibit floor.  The proliferation of LED fixtures continues as does the move towards lower wattage sources with greater output.  As always, it was the camaraderie of my industry fellows that made the show truly worthwhile to attend.
After getting to marvel at all the new, cutting edge technology at the show, I find myself reflecting on why we, as LD's, specify the gear we do for our shows.  In the great scheme of things, it boils down to availability.  We specify the gear we can get, in the quantities we need, that will do the job we need it to do, at the price our client can afford to pay.  It is as simple as that.  It does not really matter which profile spot your show uses, or which of the new LED heads you have on your show.  It is the creative energy and artistic eye of your programmer and designer that makes the real difference.  
I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with the people you love.  As for me, I want to thank you for taking the time to read this.  Stay safe and healthy through the coming holiday season.  Moreover, please, make sure to take some time off to enjoy it with your family and friends!
Thanksgiving Quote: "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy
Doyle Martin
VP of Show Services | Director of Design Services

In the coming months, Doyle Martin will expound upon his thoughts about the re-imagined Design Services department as well as lighting design, production industry issues, and anything else that seems relevant and interesting.  Should you ever need lighting design, direction, programming or consultation; CAD services; or should you just want someone to discuss some creative ideas with, Doyle is only an email away:

Check out some shots from the Los Angeles Auto Show, as well as a few shots from shop prep and installation of the North American International Auto Show below!

2014 Los Angeles Auto Show: Scion

2014 Los Angeles Auto Show: Toyota

2014 Los Angeles Auto Show: Lexus

2015 North American International Auto Show: Shop Prep

2015 North American International Auto Show: Cobo Center Install

TLS Productions, Inc. News & Announcements Continued...

Did you know that TLS Productions, Inc. is an Electronic Theater 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!

So, what else have we been up to since October's newsletter?  In addition to Doyle Martin's mention of our work in Miami, Los Angeles and Detroit, we've also been hard at work with local productions and installations here in Michigan, as well as various productions in Chicago and numerous other locations.  In our September 2014 and October 2014 newsletters, we provided you with a wealth of information and images about our involvement with this year's DLECTRICITY, on the incredible projection mapping AV masterpiece - "6. & 7. P.O.V." - and now, we are pleased to announce, that our work, alongside XL Video and Mindfield, at DLECTRICITY, has been featured in the November 2014 issue of PLSN Magazine!  Click here to check out the digital edition online of the November 2014 issue of PLSN, or download the PLSN App!  Check out a preview below (page one of a four page spread)!

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

The Entertainment Design & Technology program at Eastern Michigan University is looking forward to presenting their first Mainstage production designed entirely by students.  Designs for the upcoming production of Harold Pinter’s - "THE BIRTHDAY PARTY" - will be provided by students who have developed their skills in the ED&T program; scenery by Rowan Barrie, lighting by Tyler Chinn, sound by Joshua Thorington, costumes by Kevin Leistner and props by Brittney Gillespe.
Brad Hayes & Bill Ross, Presidents of TLS Productions, Inc., have generously offered to provide lighting designer, Tyler Chinn, with equipment to enhance his design for the production, which opens in February 2015.

Look for photos in a future TLS Productions, Inc. newsletter.

TLS Productions, Inc. News & Announcements Continued...

For the upcoming month of December, be sure to contact our Sales and Rental Department for some great deals from the industry's leading manufacturers, such as ETC, Elation Professional, Martin, Robe, and dozens more!  And be sure to check out more great deals on our rental and sale 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 news and announcements from us during the weeks and months ahead.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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

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