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Pangolin Systems help Pitbull's laser show excite audiences around during his performance at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.

ORLANDO, Fla – September 7, 2011 – Pitbull's performance at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards was second to none. The rapper from Miami took the stage in dramatic fashion, performing his hit single ‘Give Me Everything' alongside Ne-Yo and female recording artist Nayer. What made Pitbull's performance truly special was the artistic fashion in which he incorporated the use of laser light, to heighten the mood in the audience, and add that “special something” to the show.

For his performance, Pitbull engaged the help of veteran laser light show company YLS Entertainment out of California. Pitbull's crew asked the team at YLS to give them that “big beam” look for the show, so that the lasers would fill the room and really stand out. So Marty Canavan and the team at YLS used four twelve watt green YAG lasers, all controlled using Pangolin's award winning LD2000 laser system. YLS made six – two beam positions coming from four separate tables, using a very fast chase. This elegant laser design helped Pitbull's performance at the MTV Video Music captivate the audience, and has people still talking about the show. Check out the following link to catch a glimpse of Pitbull's performance at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards:

Marty Canavan from YLS Entertainment was quoted saying… “We at YLS were honored to have been apart of Pitbull's performance at the 2011 Video Music Awards. This is a really exciting time for us, as we seeing more and more musical artists using lasers to heighten their performances, and add that special something to their shows.”

About YLS Entertainment.

YLS Entertainment is known for providing their clients with state of the art laser light show productions. They provide laser effects for a variety of settings, including television, commercials, movies, corporate and sporting events, theme parks and casinos. Marty Canavan, the lead laser programmer for YLS entertainment learned the laser business by working with numerous laser companies, and then touring with Ronnie James Dio, Motley Crue, and a Rap tour that included LL Cool J, and Iced T. Marty's musical ability was highlighted when he programmed laser beams and scans for the VH1 Rock Honors, a tribute to "The Who". You can find out more about YLS Entertainment by visiting their website:

About Pangolin Laser Systems and company president William R. Benner, Jr.

Since 1986, Pangolin has amassed over 16,000 clients in 63 countries firmly positioning themselves as the world leader; providing software and hardware solutions to the laser display and text message industries. The company, with offices in the USA, Central Europe, and Mainland China, has received more than 20 awards for technical achievement and product quality, and their software has contributed to more than 350 Artistic Awards for its users. Pangolin has products being used by some of the largest events, companies, and brands currently known, including major theme parks such as Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal Studios, and Six Flags; major motion picture companies such as 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks pictures; high-tech companies such as PC Magazine, Boeing, and Lawrence Livermore Labs; popular brands such as Mountain Dew, T-Mobile, and Motorola; major sports teams and events such as the Orlando Magic, Philadelphia Eagles, and Super Bowl XLIV; and top-named musical talent including Madonna, Drake, Usher, Metallica, the Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Jean Michel Jarre, Justin Timberlake and many others.

William R. Benner, Jr. Pangolin's President and CTO, is a best-selling author and internationally recognized software and hardware developer from the United States. He holds numerous Patents, and has received personal letters of commendation from President Ronald Reagan and Florida Governor Bob Graham. He has also been published in the SMPTE Journal, The Laserist, LaserFX, US Tech magazine and Motorola's Embedded Connection magazine. He represented the state of Florida in the United States Skill Olympics and represented the U.S. in the International Skill Olympics trials, receiving gold medals for each. Benner has also received the International Laser Display Associations' highest accolade, the Career Achievement Award.

For more information on Pangolin and their award winning line of products, visit their website at For more information on BEYOND, and to see the speech given by William Benner Jr. at the Prolight + Sound tradeshow visit:

Media contact:

Justin Perry

Phone: (407)-299-2088

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