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Event Recap: 25th Annual Model Schools Conference

June 25 - 28, 2017 Nashville, TN

The TED team wrapped up a memorable event at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center for our client ICLE. This marks the 25th Annual Model Schools Conference and is ICLE’s largest event of the year. More than 6,500 attendees filled the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center to participate in over 300 sessions, immersive learning experiences, and networking opportunities.


TED had 50 crew members working on this year’s event who together managed over 40 concurrent sessions and a general session space of over 55,000 sqft. In addition to audiovisual production services, a dedicated film crew captured the entire event including attendee testimonials and employee interviews that can be used to advertise future events and as promotional content.

Leading up to the event, our team conducted multiple site visits, created numerous CAD drawings and renderings to insure that everything was laid out and conducted successfully. We provide this as an added value to help us and our clients succeed.

One of our main focuses is to keep things as cost effective as possible for our client. In order to do so, we utilized the ballroom’s airwalls to make the space more flexible - meaning multiple smaller rooms can be combined to create a larger space(s) and then reduced again to accommodate smaller meetings - but the AV systems in each room need to be integrated to fit the created space.

“I cannot recommend them highly enough for both quality and cost.  Compared to in house or other vendors they have saved us a fortune.”  - ICLE  

For the hotel staff it’s nothing more than opening/closing walls, but for our team it can become extremely complicated with regards to signal & power distribution especially when coupled with the task of getting it done in fifteen minutes or less, all while working around thousands of attendees and presenters getting ready for their next sessions. It takes a lot of planning and preparation to make sure all goes smooth on the day-of-show and the audience perceives it as a seamless transition.This is a detail that we would do for all of our clients to save them money and provide a complete worry-free AV experience.


This was the second time that we have produced the Model Schools Conference for ICLE at the Gaylord Opryland. ICLE was TED’s very first corporate client and have used our team exclusively since 2008. During this time we have developed a great partnership with ICLE in a way that they trust our team to handle all of the specs, labor, logistics, etc. for their events. We are proud of the trust they have in us, and it’s unique for an event this size for the client to never have to worry about AV/production, trusting the vendor to have their back completely allowing them to focus on the numerous other tasks they have. We’ve become great friends with the ICLE team and we love working with them!

Do you have an event coming up? Give us a call. We would love to be your trusted AV provider.

The Entertainment Department named in Top Ten of Atlanta audiovisual rental and staging companies!

We are proud to announce The Entertainment Department was recently included in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Book of Lists” as a top audiovisual rental and staging company. While  based in Lithia Springs, Ga., The Entertainment Department has earned its reputation producing high profile corporate events and concerts across the country.

“We got our start here in Atlanta and continue to do some really great work for our corporate, entertainment and travel and tourism clients in Georgia,” said Bobby McDonald, the guy who started it all back in 2009. “It’s humbling and exciting to see how our growing business stacks up here in Atlanta. I’m really proud of our top notch team and thankful for our repeat clients who allow us to be creative and do what we love everyday.”

While you may not see The Entertainment Department’s name on the front end, the “magic” that they do backstage is what drives a lot of the great experiences you may see whenever you’re out and about in Atlanta. Whether you’re out to shop, attend a conference at a major Atlanta hotel, or enjoy a holiday-themed event at one of the city’s entertainment venues—there’s a good chance The Entertainment Department had a hand in making an impression on the audience!

Sony PXW-Z150 4K Camera

Need a 4K capable camcorder for your next production? Whether you are shooting interviews, documentary, or live events the Sony PXW-Z150 is the perfect solution.

The Sony Z150 camcorder features a 1" Exmor RS sensor with a UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution, Sony G lens with 12x optical zoom range, and 18/24x Clear Image Zoom in 4K/HD. It can record 4K in XAVC Long at 4:2:0 8-bit, and HD in XAVC Long at 4:2:2 10-bit, as well as MPEG2HD at 4:2:2 or 4:2:0 in 8-bit only. The integrated zoom lens features individual lens control rings for focus, iris, and zoom, and produces smooth-rounded-out-of-focus highlights. The lens can be used in either full-auto mode with servo control, or as a completely manually operated lens.


Martin MAC Aura

To meet the growing demands of our customers our lighting inventory is expanding rapidly. Did you know we carry Martin Professional's MAC Aura fixtures? They are the first compact LED moving head wash light with zoom that offers never-before-seen, eye-candy aura effects yet also functions as a highly capable single-lens wash with fully pre-mixed color. A ground-breaking optical system combines multicolor LEDs with backlight aura color mixing to produce an all new visual palette that takes the synthetic look out of LED for truly unique lighting designs.MACAura

Decimator Design MD-HX

HDMI - SDI Cross Converter with Scaling and Frame Rate Conversion

Need a budget friendly video toolbox for your next production? TED has you covered with the versatile Decimator MD-HX!


Tempest 900 | Wireless Comm Kit


The Tempest 900 is a reliable intercom option for many applications. Utilizing wide wave lengths and symbol widths this band allows signals to penetrate through dense walls and objects more easily increasing range and performance. The 2 channel base station is compatible with existing 4 wire matrix or 2 wire Clear-Com party line systems. Setup is easy using the LCD display which provides real time monitoring of BeltStation status and battery level.

If you need a dependable wireless intercom solution for your next event give us a call!

Kinesys - Motion Control Systems

Today we are helping our neighbors at Kinesys produce a demo video of some of their products. These guys provide motion control systems for some of the biggest touring acts out there. Check them out here

In the photos below you will see some of the latest additions to our inventory including the GrandMA Ultra-Light and Chroma-Q Color Force 72!


AJA Ki Pro

Do you need a dependable recording solution for your next conference or special event? Our AJA Ki Pro units are the perfect solution. With the ability to record to either Apple Pro Res or Avid DNxHD you can be sure your files will easily import into your favorite editor.

Ki Pro Rack

The Ki Pro’s ability to up, down or cross convert video signals as well as accept either SDI, HDMI or analog input allows this unit to integrate into virtually any setup seamlessly.

KI Pro Control

Need to control multiple Ki Pro units? With a standard Ethernet LAN connection you can control all Ki Pro parameters via any web browser!

In addition to Ki Pro recorders we also carry a wide variety of audio visual equipment to support your next conference or event!