50 Free Online Tools Freelancers Should Take Advantage Of

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What free things online should everyone take advantage of? With so many freelancers still out of work after the pandemic, we thought it would be a good idea to put a list together of free things anyone can do online. Not all of these are related to event production, but there are items in this […]

10 grandMA Tutorials You Have to Watch from Lighting Programmer Christian Jackson

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If you’re not familiar with Christian Jackson, he’s an amazing lighting programmer and operator, and he has one of the best YouTube channels for people interested in lighting design. We included him on our list of free training for the event production industry. His videos are incredibly informative, but he also takes time to make […]

10 Virtual Event Ideas for 2020

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What is a Virtual Event We covered this in-depth in our Comprehensive Guide to Virtual Events, but if you don’t have time to read that, here’s the tl;dr: A virtual event is any event that takes place online, whether it’s a conference, a live stream, or any other type of event you can think of […]

Oregon Public Broadcast Studio Renovation

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MAGNUM was contacted by Oregon Public Broadcast for help with a full broadcast studio renovation last December. They are the primary television and radio public broadcasting network for most of Oregon as well as southern Washington. OPB consists of five full-power television stations, dozens of VHF or UHF translators, and over 20 radio stations and […]

Restrictions on Social Gatherings Loosening and What it Means for Live Events

Now that all Stay-at-Home orders have been lifted across the country, we’re starting to see states loosen even more restrictions. Governor Kemp of Georgia just announced that bars, nightclubs, and Summer school can open, and restrictions on social gatherings will be loosened on June 1st (today). Kemp said “encouraging data” on COVID-19 cases prompted his […]

KBLR/Telemundo’s State-of-the-Art Media Center and Studio Installation

Telemundo Las Vegas / KBLR unveiled its new, 22,622 square-foot media center on September 23rd, 2019, and MAGNUM was selected to do the installation of the space. From nbcumv.com: “At launch, KBLR is the first NBCUniversal-owned station to have its news and production infrastructure hosted by a private cloud system built exclusively by NBCUniversal Owned […]

7 Ways to Get Rid of Unhealthy Thoughts

As we continue our journey into getting back to some version of normal life again, it’s time to talk about the thoughts we all have bouncing around in our head – specifically, the unhealthy thoughts. We discussed ways to set goals and achieve them now that stay-at-home orders are lifting, but it’s impossible to write […]

The State of Drive-In Movie Theaters in a COVID World

I still remember sitting in the back seat of my parents’ car, popcorn in hand, as I watched the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark. I was all of five years old, but the memory of watching my fist movie at the Drive-In theater was etched into my brain.  Fast forward thirty years. […]

Mike Wood Presents: A Theatrical Previs Competition

Hi there! My name is Mike Wood, and I’m a lighting designer, lighting director, and educator based in Nashville, TN. I primarily work in the theatrical market at theatres all over the United States, including a long-term residency as the Resident LD at City Springs Theatre Company in Atlanta, GA. In addition to my professional […]

US Air Force Academy Chooses Magnum for Permanent TV Studio Installation

In November of last year, the US Air Force Academy reached out to us about doing a permanent installation of a TV Studio in their facility. While most people know Magnum offers permanent lighting installations, not many people know we offer full studio installations as well, so it was a fun job for us. Prepping […]