Wally Russell Awards

Wally Russell Lifetime Achievement Award: Richard Pilbrow

Wally Russell Most Promising Newcomer: Ben Hagen* *includes a Vectorworks 2009 Spotlight, with Renderworks, software package from Nemetschek North America

Designers of the Year

Production Designer of the Year: Jeremy Railton

Concert Lighting Designer of the Year Award: Bryan Hartley
Sponsored by Epic Production Technologies

Theatre Lighting Designer of the Year: Rick Fisher
Sponsored by Strand Lighting

Debuting Product Awards

DiGiCo SD8 console, for featuring a lot of horsepower in a compact footprint, making it affordable and powerful.

Special Effects:
City Theatrical DMX Snow Machine developed in conjunction with White Light.

Steeldeck’s APACK retractable audience tiering system that can be curved.

Element Labs Helix P1, which offers amazing display-shaping opportunities. It is flexible, durable, and has user-specific pixel pitch.

Honorable Mention (for projection):
United Visual Artists for d3—a paradigm shift in control environments for media servers.

Lighting (two winners):
Nila, a new lighting solution for the entertainment industry setting an unprecedented environmental standard for low-energy consumption, while delivering unmatched lighting performance and product versatility.

ETC Unison Paradigm system, which fully fuses architectural lighting control advances with entertainment lighting-control technology.

Honorable Mention:
Protester 19 Mobal by Global Design Solutions at TMB