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January 2015

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, 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.

In our previous newsletters, we provided you with a wealth of information and images about our involvement with 2014's DLECTRICITY, on the incredible projection mapping AV masterpiece - "6. & 7. P.O.V." - our work, alongside XL Video and Mindfield, at DLECTRICITY, was 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

AND NOW - The January 2015 issue of Studio Live Design features an article about 2014's DLECTRICITY!  Download the Studio Live Design App for iPhone & iPad or for your Android Device!  Once you have the Studio Live Design App, download the January 2015 issue!

And - if all of the above isn't enough TLSP related press for you, there's more!  TLS Productions, Inc. was featured in a recent article by Live Design Online, about our work at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, more specifically, about our use of the Elation Design Par 575.  Check out the article here!

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

Happy New Year, and, please, allow me to welcome you to 2015.  At the time of this writing, we are only 16 days into the New Year.  Already the TLS Design Services department has been hard at work on projects at the NAIAS in Detroit, CES in Las Vegas, as well as the Washington DC Auto Show.  We are also hard at work gearing up for the upcoming Chicago Auto Show.

While our other designers were hard at work for our auto show clients, I had the opportunity to work on a different project.  It was my honor to do the lighting design for the ESPN Night of Champions party in conjunction with the first annual college football playoff championships in Dallas, Texas.

Working with the talented production and design staff from MKTG, Inc. under the nurturing hand of TD David Perlman, TLS Productions, Inc. was tasked with creating a fun, party atmosphere, in the mostly empty 42,000 sq.ft. exhibit space at Centennial Hall in Fair Park.  This project had a tight budget and a short timetable as pre-production did not get rolling until Christmas week for the party on January 10th, 2015.

The centerpiece of the event would be a wall of 108 - 14" scoops behind the stage, giving the performance space in the room a "stadium" feel.  This huge grid would both provide stand-alone visual interest during the DJ provided background music, as well as a memorable, kinetic backdrop for the headline performer, Aloe Blacc.  This floor supported grid of scoops was a logistical challenge in a number of ways, but the visual impact created in the room was well worth the effort.

As is the case for any project of this size, there are a number of individuals whose hard work and dedication made the successful execution of this event possible.  Our production riggers, Tim Kruse and Adam Wilds, did an excellent job of getting this show safely into a rather challenging space.  Lead lighting supervisor, Guy Nelson, did an exemplary job of keeping up with the ever-evolving scope of the project.  Moreover, programmer, Eric Wade, did a fantastic job with both the scoop wall and the entertainment lighting rig, resulting in a high-energy concert atmosphere that made the event spectacular.

Our local partner, Gemini Stage LSV, did a fantastic job of providing us with local lighting talent and a gear package that allowed us to give our client the kind of show they desired and deserved.  By saving TLSP and MKTG the cost of trucking three semi-trailers of gear across the country, I was able to put that money to work directly on the show, adding to the final result.

At TLS Productions, Inc., we believe that it is our job to give you and your clients the absolute best show for the money you spend.  Be it a trade show, sales meeting or special event, both I and my staff are happy to work with you and your client to find the best, most cost effective solutions to make your shows the best they can be. 

Thank you for your time, and have a safe and prosperous 2015.
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:


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!

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.

Tyler Chinn is busy supervising his crew as they execute his lighting design for the upcoming production.  His design includes LED and wireless DMX equipment on loan from TLS Productions, Inc.  Thanks to the generosity of Brad Hayes and Bill Ross, TLS Productions, Inc. is now an official corporate sponsor of EMU’s Mainstage season.
“The Birthday Party” opens February 6 and runs through February 16.  For tickets, go to or call (734) 487-2282.

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


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

So, what have we been up to since December's newsletter?  As usual, we've been hard at work with local productions and installations here in Michigan, as well as numerous other locations.  We're currently loading out the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, we've wrapped up our work at the New England International Auto Show and the Houston Auto Show, the Washington Auto Show is up and running, the Philadelphia Auto Show opens soon, and we're in pre-production for the Chicago Auto Show which begins loading in on Sunday February 1st! 

Check out some images of our work at the North American International Auto Show below, and stay tuned to our social media channels and next month's newsletter for more images!

In our December newsletter, we were pleased to announce our new mobile application, Roadie Booty.  Roadie Booty, for iPhone and iPad, by TLS Productions, Inc., serves as a production resource for schematics, product manuals, helpful tutorials, etc. This will be a forever expanding treasure trove of resources, aiming to assist those in our industry, particularly those on the show floor, working backstage and behind the scenes – providing the necessary tools, resources and references to get the job done!  Roadie Booty, for iPhone and iPad, is not just a resource for industry related treasures, it's also THE App for all things TLS Productions, Inc., linking users to our Website, Facebook & Twitter pages, and much more!

Do you want something added to Roadie Booty for iPhone and iPad that you think would be useful to you or others in our industry?  Go ahead and send your thoughts and suggestions to and let us know; it would be great to hear from you!  

For the upcoming month of February, 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:

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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.

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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