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 GoVision Email Newsletter - August 2010

 

Chicago Rolls Out Massive Screens for a Massive Celebration


GoVision Helps Pull Off 'Supersize Surprise'
 

Museum Tower Groundbreaking Boosted by Huge HD Screen


Boy Scouts Throw the "Jamboree of the Century"
 

Meet GoVision's Steve Daniels


Congratulations to Corporate Magic's Brian Greenway
 
GoVision brings world's largest mobile HD LED unit to Blackhawks' Stanley Cup parade

When you've waited nearly half a century to celebrate a Stanley Cup title, you don't skimp on the festivities. So when the City of Chicago mapped out its parade route for the Blackhawks and their two million elated fans, they knew ordinary "big screens" wouldn't do.

This was a job for "GoBigger," the world's largest mobile high-definition LED screen. The 19' x 33' unit, provided by Argyle, Texas-based GoVision (www.jumbo.tv), was strategically positioned at the corner of Michigan and Wacker, not far from the main stage. A second mobile LED unit, the 9' x 12' "GoTron," was stationed further down Michigan.

GoVision, one of the nation's premier suppliers of turnkey mobile LED units and customized modular LED walls, microwaved the program signal from its switching studio within the GoBigger unit three blocks away to the GoTron unit, and supported the production with two cameras that captured the stars and other dignitaries as they addressed the crowd from the stage.

"That's the most awesome video screen I've ever seen," said Bill Plaske, a diehard Blackhawks fan who fondly recalls the team's last Stanley Cup victory from his younger days. "I was so far back in the crowd, I never thought I'd see a thing. But it felt like [Jonathan] Toews was standing right there next to me! Where do I get me one of those?"

"Events like this never get old for us," said Chris Curtis, CEO of GoVision. "It's always an honor to be a part of a city-wide celebration, and what better place for us to show off GoBigger than in front of two million crazy fans?"

This was the second year in a row that GoVision was enlisted for a Stanley Cup celebration. The City of Pittsburgh also brought in GoBigger to broadcast the festivities during its victory parade for the Penguins in 2009.

"We're looking forward to a GoBigger threepeat," said Curtis. "Whoever hoists Lord Stanley's cup next year better be ready for their close-up on the world's largest mobile HD screen!"

 
Jimmy Buffett makes unplanned appearance, backed by world's largest mobile HD LED

Sometimes, you just have to be creative. When tropical storm Alex forced the postponement of a Gulf Shores charity concert to benefit victims of the BP oil spill, LuLu's at Homeport Marina was left without an act to entertain the large crowds expected on June 30 and July 1.

Fortunately, when your name is Lucy Buffett, you've got an ace up your sleeve. Lucy convinced her brother, Jimmy Buffett, to make an impromptu, surprise appearance with his Coral Reefer Band at her harbor-side restaurant and bar on June 30.

But this was no lazy day in Margaritaville. Special accommodations for staging, video, sound and other logistics had to be made at the last minute to enable the legendary performer to do what he does best.

It helps that a resourceful company like BSUN Media was on the job, and willing to jump through hoops to help pull off an event that, thanks to frenzied alerts on Twitter and other social media, soon drew thousands to LuLu's.

The third key ingredient was "GoBigger": the world's largest mobile high-definition LED screen. The massive 19' x 33' unit, featuring Daktronics HD-16 LED video technology, was provided by GoVision (www.jumbo.tv), one of the nation's premier suppliers of turnkey mobile LED units and customized modular LED walls. GoVision's technicians worked with BSUN Media to float the 53' trailer-mounted unit on a barge just off the dock - another impressive feat of ingenuity - and integrated the screen into LuLu's audio and video systems.

"It all came together smoothly thanks to an outstanding group effort," said Brad Sundberg, owner of BSUN Media Systems (www.bsunmedia.com). "LuLu's staff, the Buffett crew and the BSUN team worked together to pull this show off virtually overnight, and GoVision's flexibility and technical support were huge contributors to our success."

"You might think we bent over backwards on this event because it was a Jimmy Buffett show," said Chris Curtis, CEO of Argyle, TX-based GoVision. "But the truth is, we didn't know who was performing until the eleventh hour. We've made a name for ourselves over the years as client-service specialists, and I think we earned a couple more gold stars on this job."

The charity concert, Jimmy Buffett & Friends: Live From the Gulf Coast, finally went off on July 11 a mile down the road, and was simulcast back to LuLu's on another giant screen. Since GoBigger was already booked, GoVision sent the next-best-thing: its 9' x 16' "GoBig" unit. The show, carried live on the CMT network and CMT.com, featured a Parrothead's delight of greatest hits, along with guest performances by singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester and New Orleans music legend Allen Toussaint.

"As I said in my newsletter," said Sundberg following the event, "if we at BSUN Media Systems can float a 33' HDTV on a barge and have it online in seven days for a secret Jimmy Buffett concert, is there really anyone else you should consider calling if you need a 50" plasma installed in your family room?'"


 
GoVision rolls out world's largest mobile high-def LED to trumpet newest Dallas landmark

Groundbreaking ceremonies can be fairly lackluster affairs, especially when the primary visual is a big hole in the earth. But organizers of the official unveiling of Dallas' Museum Tower - the new centerpiece of the Dallas Arts District - found a way to bring the soon-to-be-iconic structure to life in spectacular fashion: By running graphic simulations of the 42-story building's construction and artist's renderings on the world's largest mobile high-definition LED screen.

GoVision (www.jumbo.tv), one of the nation's premier suppliers of turnkey mobile LED units and customized modular LED walls, provided its massive "GoBigger" unit for the June 24th groundbreaking ceremony in downtown Dallas. The 19' x 33' high-definition screen provided a compelling visual backdrop for the well-attended media event, which was headlined by Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert; Lt. Gerald Brown of the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System, the owners of the building; and several other local dignitaries and VIPs.

"The GoBigger unit was instrumental in conveying the excitement of this landmark addition to Dallas' skyline," said Greg Greene, principal of Turtle Creek Holdings, one of the Museum Tower developers. "An undertaking of this magnitude and long-term significance deserved to break ground with some sizzle, and GoVision's giant screen made that possible."

Greene was joined by co-developers Dan Boeckman of Turtle Creek Holdings, Inc., and John Sughrue and Lyle Burgin, principals of Brook Partners, Inc.

"GoBigger crisscrosses the country to enhance some of the biggest and most important events there are, from Presidential inaugurations to Super Bowls to Final Fours and more," said Chris Curtis, CEO of GoVision. "But we're always especially proud when we get to be a part of history in our own backyard. And there's no doubt Museum Tower is destined to be the most exciting addition to Dallas' skyline in a generation."

In addition to providing a larger-than-life view of the speakers and the official groundbreaking itself, GoBigger wowed the crowd with multi-media graphics and artist's renderings of the architecturally significant, contemporary high-rise as it will appear when fully constructed at the end of 2012. Hosting 122 luxury residences, Museum Tower will offer unparalleled privileges to those who call it home, including stunning views of the much-anticipated new Woodall Rogers Park being constructed above the Woodall Rogers Freeway.

Museum Tower will pursue the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® certification and is 100 percent owned by the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System.

For more information on Museum Tower, visit www.museumtowerdallas.com.

 
CorporateMagic, GoVision and Alford Media team up for an unforgettable celebration

Scouting is fun. Scouting is relevant. Scouting is cool!

Scouting is also 100 years old, so you had to figure they'd throw one heck of a birthday party. And boy, did they ever!

More than 72,000 Boy Scouts and adult leaders gathered at Fort AP Hill, VA, July 26 - August 4, for the 100th Anniversary National Scout Jamboree - a once-in-a-lifetime event that was truly a century in the making.

Recognizing the special opportunity they had to reach a new generation of boys and their families with the Scouting message, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) hired the messaging architects at Dallas-based CorporateMagic, Inc., to plan and execute a week-long series of events that would leave an indelible impression on the thousands gathered at Fort AP Hill, and those across the globe.

"We didn't just want our 100th anniversary Jamboree to be bigger and better than the ones that preceded it," said Robert Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive of the BSA. "That would be easy. We wanted to remind boys and their parents around the world that Scouting is fun, it's cool and it is the most direct path to future success and leadership, bar none."

CorporateMagic (www.corporatemagicinc.com) assembled a "dream team" of companies and individuals that spent more than a year mapping out the week's activities, ensuring that every detail was not just perfect, but contributed to the overall theme envisioned by the BSA. In the end, grown men were overcome with emotion, and a new generation of young men had gained a greater appreciation for the role Scouting can play throughout their lifetimes.

In a post-event message to the team that labored on the Jamboree, CorporateMagic CEO Jim Kirk said "What you all did (individually and collectively) on that hillside at Fort A.P. Hill was nothing short of amazing! Literally, all of you poured your love and sweat into it. It wasn't easy. I know. But it made a difference in the lives of thousands and thousands of young people, parents, military and more. They will never forget. They are better because of it. They are more inspired and uplifted."

GoVision (www.jumbo.tv), one of the nation's premier suppliers of turnkey mobile LED units and customized modular LED walls, erected the tallest portable LED screen ever built, which towered over the main stage. At more than 60 feet high and 18 feet wide, it was so massive that 26,000 gallons of water and 76,000 pounds of concrete were needed as ballast to keep the 100 Daktronics PST-12HD LED panels from falling forward. GoVision also constructed two 18' x 32' Daktronics LED video walls on either side of the main screen.

"The LED units for the Jamboree were a monumental undertaking, even more complex than what we've done for presidential inaugurations and the Final Four," said Chris Curtis, president & CEO of GoVision LP. "But this was a true labor of love, and we were honored to be a part of such a historic gathering."


 

Considering you can't mention this one, what is the worst job you have ever had?
Hmm ... don't think I've had a worst job, per se. I'd say the worst scenario I've ever been faced with in a job setting is having been recalled to active duty at the same time my wife received deployment orders to Iraq. I was going to a junior college in San Diego and she had just reenlisted. The day I reported for duty was the same day she flew out. That was pretty tough, but if there is one thing the Marine Corps teaches you it's commitment and perseverance. Semper Fidelis.

Since there are many to choose from, in your time at GoVision what has been your favorite show to be a part of?
Generally, I help out on all our local stuff, but I have traveled out of town a little bit too. I guess I'd have to list my first show as a favorite. It was in Bentonville, Arkansas during the Fourth of July. I was on my own. I drove the truck, built the screen and ran the feed. After that, I blended in with the locals and enjoyed the scene. Everything went well. By the way, if you didn't know this already Bentonville is home to Wal-Mart. The event was in the little town square just across the street from historical Walton's Five and Dime. I thought that was pretty cool.

Since you are probably due some time off, what would be your dream vacation?
There are so many good ways to answer this question. Taking a trip to southern Peru and visiting Machu Picchu with my family. I have always been fascinated with history, and recently we visited the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. That was really neat because we got to see and touch seven hundred year old history. I think the preservation of historical sites like these is important and I enjoy being able journey back in time. I especially enjoy sharing that with my family.

When you're not tracking down every piece of equipment GoVision owns, what do you do to relax away from work?
Sleep. Now there is something I'm good at, and I always feel refreshed afterward except when I'm not allowed to sleep because it's not fair or "Dad, it's time to get up!" So, when I'm not perfecting the art of dreaming I'm at the gym, I'm taking in some quality time with my wife and son, or I'm enjoying "movie night" unless it's Star Wars Episode III ... again. Actually, I don't mind.

Considering you work on some of the largest televisions in the country, what size is your TV at home?
It's not quite as big as the one in my office, but then again I don't have anywhere to put an 18' by 32' LED board in my house. We own one TV - a Panasonic 50" Plasma.

 

Brian Greenway of Corporate Magic was the recent winner of the new Apple IPad contest.

All existing GoVision customers had the opportunity to participate in our newly created Customer Referral Program. The runner-ups were David Thomas, Barbara Landry and Dan Fjeldheim.

We had several customers submit multiple entries so if you did not win this time, look out for the next Referral Program opportunity in the fall.

A great big thank you to all who participated. Happy customers who are willing to refer us are our lifeline!

To learn more about our Customer Referral Program, please contact Brady Haass

Stay tuned for future contests from GoVision and thank you for your participation.

 
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