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August 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, 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

August was a busy month for all of us at TLS Productions, Inc. - Not only have we been busy plotting and planning our 2015 Open House & New Product Showcase, as well as prepping for the upcoming auto show season which kicks off with the Toyota / Scion National Dealer Meeting, happening September 9-11 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, we also recently conducted a series of cutting-edge new technology presentations for our existing clients, new clients, and the general public.  The event, which took place on August 25th at the Royal Oak Music Theatre in Royal Oak, Michigan was a great success, and we want to thank all of you that made it out to the event, and a HUGE thanks to the TLS Productions, Inc., Grande Gesture, Mindfield, and Royal Oak Music Theatre teams, along with Beth Stolzenfeld, for all the hard work and long hours to bring it all together. 

Our presentation included a showcase of cutting edge lighting and video technologies.  The presentation was designed to entertain and enlighten attendees while providing a glimpse of what is possible with the emerging technologies in our industry, from manufacturers such as SGM, Clay Paky, Martin-Harman, Ayrton, Robe, and Elation, as well as interactive multi-layer video technology from Grande Gesture. 

After the presentations, we opened the stage at the Royal Oak Music Theatre to anyone interested in having a closer look at the technology.  Our designers, sales staff, and company management answered questions and welcomed the opportunity to both stimulate imaginations and give attendees a better idea of the capabilities of the presented technologies. 

Check out several images of the event below, and watch for a video presentation, COMING SOON TO A SCREEN NEAR YOU, which fully captures this stunning collaboration of technologies.


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

Save the date!  The Communication, Media & Theatre Arts Department at Eastern Michigan University will be hosting a Suspense & Spirits fundraiser Saturday, October 10th, 2015.  The event will include a strolling dinner, entertainment, fundraising activities and dancing to live music provided by Accidentally Hip.  Proceeds from the evening will be used to enhance and improve technology for the Entertainment Design & Technology and the Electronic Media & Film Studies programs at EMU.  Once again, TLS Productions, Inc. will be providing equipment to help EMU students make the evening a visually exciting event.  Watch for more information in the September 2015 TLS Productions, Inc. Newsletter.

And, watch for the new book by Jeromy Hopgood, Associate Professor of Entertainment Design & Technology for EMU.  Dance Production: Design & Technology is scheduled to be released November 13th, 2015. 

This unique book approaches the process of staging a dance production from a balanced perspective, making it an essential resource for dancers and designers alike.  Click here for more information.  And, be sure to check out the Dance Production: Design & Technology companion videos on YouTube.

TLS Productions, Inc. News & Announcements


In case you missed it... WE WON THE MIDWEST! All of us at TLS Productions, Inc. are excited to announce that we've been voted as finalists for the PLSN Hometown Hero Award Competition! The PLSN / Parnelli Hometown Hero Lighting Company of the Year ballot is due out in September, so stay tuned, and help us win! Last, but not least, congratulations to ALL the regional candidates and finalists!


TLS Productions, Inc. News & Announcements

TLS Productions, Inc. is proud to announce our 2nd Annual Open House & New Product Showcase, scheduled for Friday September 25th, 2015 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, such as ETC, Creative Stage Lighting, American DJ, Elation, Stagemaker, The Light Source, Lex Products, Leprecon, Robe, Martin-Harman, Total Structures, GLP, LynTec, Avolites, Apollo, AAdynTech, DNJ Pro, TMB, City Theatrical, and PixelFLEX !!!

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 Creative Stage Lighting will be offering Hog 4 training leading up to our 2015 Open House & New Product Showcase! 

Learn how to make the most of High End System's Hog 4 platform with this hands-on course.  This two day training session covers the powerful Hog 4 control software used on Hog 4 consoles. 

Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to:
  • Console layout
  • Launching and managing shows
  • Patching and editing fixtures
  • Groups
  • Palettes and directories
  • Selecting and modifying fixture attributes
  • Scenes, cues, and cue lists
  • Effects
  • Timing
  • Playback
The schedule for the 2-day Hog 4 training course is as follows:

Wednesday 9/23/15: 10am-6pm
Thursday 9/24/15: 10am-4pm

Course Price: $499.99

The cost of $499.99 includes for each student: two days of training, t-shirt, and a Hog 4 USB Widget (a $690 value) !!!

For more information, and to register now, visit the link below:



ETC will be offering Ion training leading up to our 2015 Open House & New Product Showcase!

ETC’s Ion lighting control system provides simple and approachable programming and control for conventional systems as well as fully integrated lighting rigs. Join us at TLS Productions, Inc. in Ann Arbor, MI to learn more about the features and functions of this amazing control system. 

The ETC Education Center is providing the following exciting learning opportunities for lighting professionals to learn more about the Ion console:
Level 1: Essentials              Sept. 23, 2015                      9:00am - 4:00pm
Level 2: Enhanced Skills         Sept. 24, 2015 9:00am - 4:00pm
You can register for one of these sessions or both, depending on your needs and experience level.  To learn more about what each session offers, download the course descriptions here!

The cost for each session: $99.00 / per day

AND!  A limited number of student discounts are also available!


Stay tuned for more details about our 2015 Open House & New Product Showcase during the weeks ahead!  Tell your friends and colleagues! 

Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or suggestions. 

If you can't make it to this event or any of the training sessions offered, but know someone that might be interested, please pass this message along

For the upcoming month of September, 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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