Multi-layered, immersive and beautifully crafted, the Israr Awards ceremony in Saudi Arabia incorporated a variety of

Multi-layered, immersive and beautifully crafted, the Israr Awards ceremony in Saudi Arabia incorporated a variety of technological ingredients into its production. Zoe Mutter discusses the show’s huge 12m by 7m holograms and mapping techniques with Drive Productions’ production director, Jim Hudson. Drive Productions was tasked with injecting new technical elements into the Israr Awards ceremony, pushing the production further and catering for an audience with high expectations. The team at Drive wowed with their design and production at last year’s awards which were set up by Tam Development to celebrate the achievements of Saudi young employees and business owners. After proposing a number of technical options, Drive adopted a solution combining a hologram the size of a London double decker bus, projection mapping and an LED wall which would offer a new and interesting approach, immersing both the live television audience and crowd in the full sized theatre at the Princess Nourah Women’s University in Riyadh. The design of the stage was developed using Maya 3D software and then positioned into a virtual model of the venue using a d3 media server. Jim Hudson, production direct...

Tianma Gets Government Boost for High-Tech Flexible Display Plant

High-tech display-maker Tianma Microelectronics Co. Ltd. said on Thursday it will raise up to 7.3 billion yuan ($1 billion) through the issue of new shares to fund a state-of-the-art production line making flexible displays in the Central China city of Wuhan. Tianma is one of several Chinese companies aggressively building such lines for display panels that are a major component of TVs, smartphones and a growing number of electronic devices. Such efforts have been strongly encouraged by Beijing and local governments as China tries to move away from its roots as a low-end manufacturer and into higher-tech, bigger-margin products. But the rapid buildup of new capacity has led some to worry about a looming supply glut and increasingly heavy debt burdens for such companies. In its Thursday announcement (link in Chinese) disclosing the new fundraising plan, Tianma pointed out that issuing new shares to raise money would help to ease its debt ratio, which has been rising steadily over the last three years. The new investment will be used for the second stage of an OLED production line that will focus on making cutting-edge flexible screens that have begun to emerge in a new generation...