Timeless Communications Inc. has announced Pro Production 2003, “TheLive Event Marketplace,” which will take place January 10-12, 2003, atthe San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif. Building upon thehighly successful inaugural show last year, Pro Production 2003 willoffer expanded educational opportunities and social functions inaddition to the trade show portion of the event.
Pro Production 2003 brings together live event productionprofessionals who coordinate, produce and manage major concert tours,sporting events, political conventions, touring Broadway shows, largecorporate meetings and trade show exhibits. Suppliers and purchasers ofservices and products used in these environments are also invited toattend. Over 1,600 attendees from 33 states and 10 foreign countrieswere on hand for the inaugural Pro Production convention in January2002.
Pro Production 2003 will commence on Thursday, January 9, at theannual Rick O’Brien Golf Tournament, which will be held at SanDiego’s Riverwalk Golf Course. O’Brien, a highly respectedproduction manager, passed away suddenly several years ago. He leftbehind three small children. A portion of the proceeds from the annualgolf tournament are donated to the Rick O’Brien Children’sEducational Fund; last year’s tournament raised $1,500 for thefund.
Along with the golf tournament, an “early bird” reception/cruise,from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., will be available to all full conference badgeholders. Individual tickets for this event are also available.
Continuing in the same vein as last year’s conference, the ParnelliAwards are scheduled for Friday, January 10. This year’s expandedawards ceremony will include not only the Lifetime Achievement Awardbut also an additional 15 awards. The Lifetime Achievement Award isdetermined by the Advisory Board; other award winners will bedetermined by a vote of Pro Lights & Staging News andFront of House magazine readers. Other award categories are:Lighting Designer of the Year, FOH Mixer of the Year, Set Designer ofthe Year, Monitor Mixer of the Year, Scenic Design Firm of the Year,Production of the Year, Lighting Company of the Year, Sound Company ofthe Year, Production Manager of the Year, Tour Manager of the Year,Staging Company of the Year, Transportation Company of the Year, VideoRental Company of the Year, Video Director of the Year and Road Dog ofthe Year.
On Saturday, January 11, Pro Lights & Staging News’editor Bruce Jordahl will head up the “Industry Jam.” Last year’sjam hosted over 20 industry players and singers onstage, representingsuch companies as All Access, High End Systems, CWP, Mobolazer, andmany others. This year’s jam promises to be even better with afireworks display concluding the evening’s festivities.
Pro Production 2003 has expanded its seminar series. Tentativelyscheduled seminars include: “Is Your Venue Ready For the Show?,””Moving Your Mid-size Production House to the Next Level,” “From theTD’s Perspective: The Live Broadcast Event,” “Keeping Up withTechnology,” “Lighting Designer’s Project Analysis,” and manyothers.
Registration for the event will be available starting July 1, onlineat www.proproduction2003.com. Questions on exhibitingor attending can be answered by dialing toll-free 866/PRO-2003.