FOH, PLSN and Stage Directions Magazines to Hold Professional Event Seminars at NAMM

by Kevin M. Mitchell
in News
Pro Production Sessions led by the editors of PLSN, FOH and Stage Directions will be featured at the 2018 Winter NAMM convention in Anaheim, CA Jan. 25-27.
Pro Production Sessions led by the editors of PLSN, FOH and Stage Directions will be featured at the 2018 Winter NAMM convention in Anaheim, CA Jan. 25-27.

ANAHEIM, CA - Terry Lowe, publisher of FRONT of HOUSE, PLSN and Stage Directions magazines, announced that the editorial teams behind those publications will be shifting their focus from the printed page, internet postings and online video to conduct live, in-person seminars at NAMM 2018.

“I’m excited to announce that the editorial team of Projection, Lights and Staging News, Front of House, and Stage Directions Magazine are putting on The Pro Production Sessions at NAMM, a series of seminars aimed at the live event professional and those who aspire to be one of them,” said Lowe. “These free sessions will be part of NAMM Live, which along with the many live event vendors now exhibiting in the new 200,000 square feet of Anaheim convention space and the prestigious Parnelli Awards being held there, the industry’s top production talent will continue to make their plans to be part of it all at NAMM in January.”

The ten Pro Production sessions will be spread over January 25–27 and held concurrently with the NAMM show. The panels will be moderated by highly respected industry experts and professionals joined by some the biggest names in live event production. The sessions are free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis to registered NAMM attendees.

Thursday, January 25

  • The FOH View. A look at the challenges and solutions of getting an intimate sound in an arena.
  • Staying just a Sound or Lighting Company – Is It Sustainable? Rental companies discuss the pros and cons of staying specialized.
  • Shop Work Roundtable. What makes a good shop tech; how do you become a sought-after crew member – and just how do you get those jobs.
  • Women in Production. The top professionals in the business who happen to be women discuss their success and the challenges of thriving in a male-dominated industry.

Friday, January 26

  • Bringing It All Together. Top Production Designers discuss the secrets of translating the artist’s vision into a successful performance environment.
  • Video Direction. Top video directors discuss what their job entails in an industry that is increasingly relying on them creatively and the importance of collaboration.
  • Media Servers Ever Expanding Role in Production. Leading video programmers discuss the increasing importance of media servers, video systems and their role in the business.

Note: The Parnelli Awards will be held in the Pacific Ballroom of the Hilton Anaheim Hotel at 6:30 p.m. this evening. Terry Lowe serves as executive producer of the awards ceremony.

Saturday, January 27

  • Lighting Designer Round Table. Some of the most sought-after LDs share their recent projects, and explore the creative process, along with how to pitch a design.
  • Getting the Show on the Road. Top production and tour managers discuss the challenges and logistics of getting those big tours on the trucks and to the next stadium.
  • Off the Record with Parnelli Award Honorees. A frank, honest, and funny exchange of war stories from the road from a collection of Parnelli Award Lifetime Achievement Honorees.

All the Pro Production Sessions will be 50 minutes, and all will be in the San Simeon room at the Hilton on the convention campus except for “The FOH View” which will be held in the Convention Center’s arena. These ten Timeless Communications’ seminars are part of a NAMM Live’s program, of which there are nearly 100 seminars, workshops, and training sessions for live event professionals of every level. For more information on the Parnellis, go to