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Protocol is a quarterly publication featuring columns and articles of interest to professionals in the entertainment technology industry on business and technical topics, current standards issues, certification developments, and trade shows.  Since its inception in 1994, Protocol has grown to become the leading source of information for businesses in the field of entertainment technology.

Between its covers you will find a variety of articles on topics ranging from:

  • Business - marketing, insurance, information technologies, accounting, legal issues, and money-saving techniques specific to operating a business in the entertainment technology industry
  • Technology - articles encompassing new technologies and the proper use of existing technologies
  • Industry Developments - track the progress being made in Technical Standards, Certification, and Technical Education
  • News - watch Protocol for information on upcoming trade shows and events, awards, and membership benefits

This edition’s highlights include:

    • Bill Sapsis shares the challenges of calculating the rigging for a large sculpture exhibit installed in the nave of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City—without bringing the 120-year-old building down!
    • Steve Terry updates readers of the changes to the newest edition of the NEC Code—and what readers need to know
    • Rocky Paulson addresses: “Should Carabiners Be Used in Lifting Operations?”
    • ProSight Specialty Insurance takes a look at the most common types of insurance claim scenarios faced by our industry and how these incidents can potentially be avoided.
    • Mike Wood tackles “Efficacy—How Good Can it Get?” in his latest informative “Out of the Wood” column
    • “Shadow, Light, and Truth” by Richard Cadena explores the NBA’s detailed examination of LED lighting for sporting events
    • ETCP News features Steve Ehrenberg detailing the challenges of returning the Foxwoods / Lyric Theatre to how it appeared before the run of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
    • “BizQuestions” with David Schraffenberger provides tips on how you can build a stronger, more profitable business. Have a financial concern you want David to address? Email your questions and read his responses in the next issue’s column.
    • Bill Groener’s “Soft Sell” column offers insightful thoughts about improving your sales skills
    • Karl Ruling’s “Standards Watch” column informs about available lighting for makeup mirrors
    • The “History Project” column highlights 85 years of Union Connector!
    • Technical Standards Program News from Karl Ruling
    • Harry Box’s Production Equipment Rental Group News updates PERG’s work from their recent meeting at Cine Gear
    • The ESTA Foundation transitions to The PLASA Foundation and the column informs readers about Behind the Scenes programs in North America and the UK
    • Photos from your PLASA AGM meeting
    • Ed Pagett’s EU Directions column addresses PLASA’s Anti-Copying campaign to create awareness for the use of “originals” as opposed to counterfeit and copied goods
    • Eddie Raymond promotes “Safety is a Responsibility Share by All” in his NA Directions column
    • PLASA Member benefits update—read about all the new opportunities
    • Plus, reports from the show floor at PLASA Focus: Leeds and PLASA Focus: Baltimore
    • New PLASA Members

    And much more!


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