"Lighting In Theatres" with Wayne Howell of Artistic Licence


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Artistic Licence was founded in 1988 by its CEO Wayne Howell. In the early days, the company was predominantly involved with rock ‘n’ roll and theatre lighting technology. However, Artistic Licence has expanded and diversified to become a strong presence in the architectural and commercial world .

Wayne started out at Avolites, progressing from wireman to product designer. In 1988, he created Artistic Licence as a projects design house. Success came quickly, with end clients ranging from Pink Floyd to The Rolling Stones. From such early project work a product range evolved. In the 1990s, Wayne became involved in the ESTA technical standards programme, and was a major contributor to the development of DMX512-A. When Ethernet arrived on the scene, Wayne was again at the forefront of technology, releasing the royalty-free Art-Net protocol (now supported by 220-plus manufacturers worldwide). Wayne particularly enjoys sharing his technical expertise through writing, having authored various articles and three books (Rock Solid Ethernet, Control Freak and Light Bytes).

This is the first talk in the Networking series by The Lir Academy.