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David Keene

David Keene is Executive Editor of the Systems Group at NewBay Media, publisher of Sound & Video Contractor, Digital Signage Magazine, SCN, AV Technology, and Residential Systems. He is also the Chairman of the Judges Committee of the DIGI Awards (Digital Signage Innovation Awards), administered by NewBay's Digital Signage Magazine.

David Keene on Technology Trends: Big, Small, & Epic

As we head into the 4th quarter of 2017, we’ve seen a year of much-more-than-usual technology evolution in the staging world. It’s impossible to rank all the tech trends in terms of importance–they’re all important: much more direct view LED, a boom in Laser Phosphor projectors, ultra-short throw projection for staging, LED lighting (that is affordable), DANTE in more places (for audio), more......

Game of Thrones Premiere Pulls Out Projection Mapping Stops

It may have been a hot summer evening in Los Angeles but a winter-is-coming theme marked the gala seventh-season premiere of Game of Thrones at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The after-party, staged on the roof level of Classic Parking across the street, overlooked the hall where projection designer Bart Kresa mapped the upper planes of the building with stunning scenes and imagery from HBO’s......

David Keene on SXSW and the Future of the Festival Business

The staging/live event market is a tale of two countries, so to speak. One is the corporate event market, and the other is the entertainment market. We’ve covered both over the years, and while often the rising tide of a good economy lifts all the boats in both places, other times it’s two different stories. Covering the SXSW Music festival in March prompted a closer look at the entertainment......

The Future of Music Festivals

It’s been one of the most dramatic changes in the concert landscape in the past 10 years: the spawning of hundreds of new music festivals worldwide. There are of course many reasons for this: the need for musicians to augment shrinking revenues from CD and streaming sales/royalties with live performance fees, the popularity of festivals as a way the fan can see 10–20 bands or more over 2–3 days......

David Keene on M&A

The staging industry is not exactly a hotbed of M&A activity (mergers and acquisitions). On this page in the last issue, I wrote about Samsung and Harman—one of the few times over the years when M&A came to our world, and it was significant news indeed. Recently, on March 2nd this year, we all saw the press release that “Barco and ETC announced today that they are in the midst of serious......

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