Rental & Staging Systems executive editor David Keene (center) presented High End Systems' Richard Belliveau (left) and Grif Palmer with the Rental & Staging Systems Award for the Best Automated Luminaire, for HES' DL-1 Digital Light Engine, at the AV Communications Excellence Awards Banquet at InfoComm.The winners of the second annual Rental & Staging Systems Awards were presented at ICIAs smash-hit AV Communications Excellence Awards Banquet, June 8 at InfoComm. The Awards Banquet, a sold-out, high-profile event at InfoComm, enabled more than 500 AV professionals to celebrate the success of leaders and pioneers in the industry. The success of the banquet (held the night prior to the opening of the show floor) was a great kick-off to InfoComm, and a chance for the industry to honor their peers.
The Rental & Staging Systems Awards were co-sponsored by Rental & Staging Systems magazine and the International Communications Industries Association, Inc. (ICIA), to recognize extraordinary accomplishment in product development, and in a broad array of staged events, large and small, in the corporate staging as well as the entertainment market. Winners of awards for the Best Staged Events of 2003 were selected by an independent panel of judges headed by Awards Chair and Rental & Staging Systems magazine executive editor David Keene. New Product Award winners were selected via a special Rental & Staging Systems magazine reader poll.
In the July issue of Rental & Staging Systems magazine, a special extended feature will list all winners in both the Best Product and Best Staged Event categories. Special advertising/sponsorship opportunities will be available for winning companies to highlight their winning entry with extended coverage and extensive company contact information.
Judging for the Rental & Staging Systems Awards was based on fulfillment of the event producers concept, professionalism of show production and execution, advanced technology used in the event staging, creative use of technology and satisfaction of end user client.
The winners of the Best Staged Events are:
Best Overall Staging for a Corporate or Association Event, Large Venue
(Technology budget greater than $200K): Tie:
Duocom for the 14th World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf;
Show Department, Inc for the Walgreens Managers Meeting
Best overall staging for a corporate or association event, large venue
(Technology budget greater than $50K, less than $200K): Tie:
Alford Media for the Proctor and Gamble Awards Ceremony;
and: Colortone for Cinecraft Productions, Big O Tires
Best overall staging for a corporate or association event, smaller budget
(Technology budget less than $50K):
Eleven Producciones LTD for the Mazda 20th Anniversary Meeting
Best overall staging for non-corporate entertainment event:
Scharff Weisberg for the Sinatra, His Voice, His World, His Way show at Radio City Music Hall
Best overall staging for event
(Technology budget less than $10K):
Staging Solutions for the Houston Metro Light-Rail Opening
Best use of AV technology for a trade show booth for a corporate client:
Cleveland Corporate Services for the Milacron booth at the NPE show
Most innovative use of technology, smaller format event:
Alford; for the BellSouth You Call the Play booth at the Atlanta Braves stadium
Most innovative use of technology, outdoor event:
Duocom for Montreals Urban Passenger, Live on the Conveyer Pier
Also announced at the banquet were the winners of the Best Rental/Staging Products awards, as chosen by Rental & Staging Systems readers in a special readers poll.