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April 2016

TLS Productions, Inc. News & Announcements

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 exhibits, 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!



Save The Date!

Third Annual Open House & New Product Showcase!

Thursday September 22nd, 2016!  11am - 7pm!

TLS Productions, Inc. is proud to announce our Third Annual Open House & New Product Showcase, Thursday September 22nd, 2016 from 11am to 7pm - at our headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Join us for a great day of lighting, rigging, A/V, and special effects product demonstrations from some of the biggest names in the industry!

Mark your calendar for what is sure to be a spectacular event, free of charge!  Meet our staff!  Tour our facilities!  Enjoy complimentary food and beverages, prizes, entertainment, and much, much more!

We're also excited to announce that we'll be offering several training courses on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday - 9/20, 9/21, & 9/22!



TLS Productions, Inc. - Setting The Stage To Tell Your Story

So, what have we been up to since March's newsletter?  We're proud to have provided the lighting and rigging elements for the AJA Video Systems booth at the 2016 NAB Show...

Check out some images of our work at the 2016 NAB Show below! 

Also this month, we provided the lighting and rigging for the Toyota / AISIN Group space at the SAE 2016 World Congress & Exhibition

Check out some images of our work at SAE 2016 below! 


Bobby & Dustin Go To Chicago...

Our very own Bobby Glowacki & Dustin Miller took part in the Vectorworks Design Summit, April 25-27, in Chicago, IL.  Bobby & Dustin attended a series of dynamic keynote presentations, engaging thought-leadership breakouts, and spent some valuable time networking.  Check out a shot of Bobby Glowacki and Dustin Miller below, pictured with the newly appointed CEO of Vectorworks, Dr. Biplab Sarkar.

Dustin Miller (L), Dr. Biplab Sarkar (C), Bobby Glowacki (R)

Bobby & Dustin's time in Chicago helps to strengthen our Design Services department, which provides our clients with dynamic lighting solutions, regardless of whether or not they are using TLSP's Production Services or Rental Services on their project.  Working independently from the other TLSP departments, Design Services proudly offers affordable lighting consultation, design and drafting, as well as onsite programming and design implementation.  Our mission is to work with your creative team and use our 120 years of combined design experience to exceed expectations.

From The Desk Of Design Services - April 2016

Contributed by Doyle Martin, VP of Show Services | Director of Design Services

I've been spending a lot of time thinking about where the production services industry is headed in the next few years.  There is consolidation everywhere, and it's harder and harder for the local and regional shops to compete in what is quickly becoming an industry of giants with multiple national (or international) locations.  More and more frequently the companies that once were the customer base for our industry are becoming our competitors as they expand their in-house offerings and purchase the resources they need to compete in the market.  Indeed, there are even some production services companies that are expanding into the business of producing events and building out divisions to provide full experiential marketing services, assuming that is a thing.
"What is the new model going to be?" I find myself thinking.  Will it be a land of giants with no room for competition, or, will it be a place where boutique companies thrive as the alternative to the corporate giants?  I've yet actually to find a hard and fast answer to that question.  Only time will tell (credit: Asia-1982).  However, this pondering has served to give me some real clarity as to just what TLS Productions, Inc. is, and what value we have to offer our clients in this rapidly changing landscape.  I would like to share that with you.
The first thing to know about TLSP is that the company has some real roots as a "hometown" or regional production services company.  From our headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, we continue to strive to be the local go-to production resource company.  We provide not only production services and rentals, but also equipment sales, installations, and even keep a convenient storefront that stocks gel, tape, makeup, and more for all the local schools, theatres, venues, and even those who need a little more blood for that perfect Halloween outfit.  We love that we share our Detroit DNA with the auto industry that helped build us.  We are proud that Michigan will always remain at the heart and soul of our company.
We have had the fortuitous opportunity to grow into a national presence.  Because of the sheer size and complexity of our core auto show business we have the scale that allows us to compete nationally in the exhibit and event industry.  This has lead to our having key management personnel in strategic locations around the US in order to service our clients.  In turn, we have an excellent mix of local understanding of venues and suppliers yet a diverse group of key creative, technical, and management and associates.
We know exactly who we are and what we do.  We are still small enough where every job we do gets the full attention of our system.  Our sales staff are seasoned production people who understand that every booth, every show, and every event is the most important thing we are doing as a company.  No matter the size of a project, it deserves the same attention to detail that has kept us around for over 60 years.  Our focus now is the same as it has always been; providing the best design and production support possible to the exhibit and live event industry.  At TLSP, we want you to know that we care as much about the success of your project as you do.

Lastly, I am proud and humbled to be surround by such a talented and knowledgeable group of people.  Our design department can boast a combined 120 years of experience while still employing young and fresh talent that is still eager to explore and question the "traditional" approaches.  From our production department through to operations and accounting we are lucky enough to have dedicated, expert, passionate and caring people in place.  After 30+ years of working in this industry I still truly love what I do and I still have a passion for making every project I'm involved in the best that it can be.  I call TLS Productions my home - my family - because I know everyone in the company feels the same way.
In conclusion, we are not the company with the biggest inventory.  We are not a mega-international production conglomerate.  We are a dedicated group of individuals working as a team to help our clients - and our client's clients - meet their goals.  We love what we do, and we would be honored to have the opportunity to work with you.

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

Congratulations to this year’s Entertainment Design & Technology graduates!  All of them have done amazing work at EMU and look forward to great things as they move on to grad school or new careers. 
Ginny Reiche - Makeup & Costume Design
Sera Shearer - Scenic Design
Joshua Thorington - Sound Design
Jason Vanmill - Stage Management
Melissa Williamson - Lighting Design
We thank them for their hard work and dedication to our ED&T program!
Two of TLS Productions, Inc.’s staff will be collaborating on EMU Theatre’s Mainstage production of The Last Five Years this summer.  Bobby Glowacki will provide the lighting design, and Dustin Miller will be designing projections for the show.  These guest designers will give our students an opportunity to learn new things and network with industry professionals.

The Last Five Years opens June 3rd and runs through June 12th.

For tickets go to or call (734) 487-2282.


We're looking forward to networking with the industry’s leading healthcare exhibit marketers, medical association meeting and exhibition directors, designers, creative marketing and convention services companies at ‪#HCEAConnect !!!

To learn more, visit

Follow Emily On Instagram!  Pin Us On Pinterest!

We're always doing our best to keep people up to date with who we are and what we do via our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Vimeo pages, and now we are pleased to announce that we're on Instagram and Pinterest!

On our Pinterest page, you'll be able to check out our past and present work, previous TLSP newsletters, and much more!
With our Instagram account, we're letting you see the world of TLS Productions, Inc. through the eyes of our very own, Emily Ann Jugowicz-Miller!  Follow emily_tlsp on Instagram as she travels to site surveys, events, or just "one of those days" at the office!

Emily is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and holds a BS in Entertainment, Design, and Technology as well as Arts Management with a focus in Stage Management. While enrolled at EMU, she had the pleasure of working with a few professional theatre companies, including: Performance Network, Mosaic Youth Theatre, BlackBag Productions, Threefold Productions, Waterworks Theatre, and Warren Civic Theatre. She describes herself as a go-getter who loves spreadsheets, sticky notes, and kittens.

So, follow Emily on Instagram!  And pin us on Pinterest!

For the upcoming month of May, 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! 

And Don't Forget To Save The Date!

Third Annual Open House & New Product Showcase!

Thursday September 22nd, 2016!  11am - 7pm!
More Information COMING SOON!

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

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

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