PLASA Addresses Financial Challenges, Separation from ESTA & Future Changes

Monday, October 26th, 2015

12 PLASAPLASA (the Professional Lighting and Sound Association) has outlined its current position in the wake of various recent changes, and asked for members’ feedback on its next steps as it moves forward.

Speaking at a meeting for PLASA members held during the PLASA Show, John Simpson, PLASA Governing Body chairman and chairman of the White Light Group of companies, said: “Without doubt our major issue this year has been that of diminishing profit, which has led to a critical cash-flow problem for the organisation.

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ETC Hires New Field Project Coordinator for Western U.S. & Canada

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Chris StokesETC’s Hollywood-based office has hired R. Christopher Stokes to serve as its newest field project coordinator. As an FPC, he will help ETC West support the theatrical, rigging, architectural, and broadcast markets in the western United States and Canada.

Stokes was awarded an MFA in lighting design in 2010 from the California Institute of the Arts in Northridge, after earning a BA in theatre with minors in philosophy and computer science from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, in 2006. He was chosen to be a lighting intern at the Los Angeles Opera, as part of the Wally Russell Lighting Internship program. There, Stokes worked as a second assistant, updating lighting plots, drafting, creating focus charts and doing the tracking for moving lights.

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USITT 2016 Distinguished Achievers Announced

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Sound designer John Leonard, scene designer Anna Louizos, costume designer Joy Emery, and theatre safety educator Monona Rossol will be honoured with USITT Distinguished Achievement Awards at USITT’s 2016 Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Salt Lake City next March.

USITT’s Board of Directors approved the awards at a recent meeting in Salt Lake City. Every year, USITT recognizes a few people whose careers have advanced the performing arts and live entertainment industry.

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PL&P Publisher Jim Norris Joins Board of Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

PS Oct15 Input JimNThe Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund has announced the appointment of Jim Norris to its Board of Directors. Norris is the president of Norris-Whitney Communications, an international communications company specializing in the entertainment field, which publishes Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines.

The Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to makingmusic therapy available to more people in more communities across Canada. More information at www.musictherapytrust.ca.

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USITT 2016 Registration Now Open

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

07 USITTOnline registration for USITT 2016 in Salt Lake City, UT is officially open. Those interested can register and find hotels at www.usittshow.org. USITT’s 2016 Annual Conference & Stage Expo runs March 16-19 in Salt Lake. Very early registration, by Dec. 3, 2015, saves the most money, with the lowest rates.

The 2016 show features over 200 educational sessions and a showcase of the latest in live entertainment technology at Stage Expo.

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LDI Show To Bring Lighting World To Las Vegas

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

01 LDIThe 2015 LDI Show is set to return to the Las Vegas Convention Center from Oct. 19-25, 2015.

Now in its 28th year, LDI will host over 10,000 attendees working in theatre, concerts, clubs, theme parks, houses of worship, and a wide range of international live and broadcast venues. Attendees from more than 88 countries will come to LDI to see the latest gear, refresh their knowledge, and replenish their creativity. More than 350 companies are set to exhibit this year, providing live demos and the opportunity for face-to-face discussions about their products and technologies.

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Rose Brand Announces Addition of Brandi Vold to Sales Team

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Brandi VoldRose Brand has announced that Brandi Vold is the newest member of its sales team. Brandi’s professional background includes over 14 years of sales and management experience in a variety of fields.

Josh Jacobstein, Executive VP, says, “Many of us at Rose Brand have known Brandi for years. We’re excited to have her on board as we enter the Fall sales season.”

Prior to joining the Rose Brand team, Vold worked in product development for an Atlanta-based company. Vold says she is really looking forward to getting back into the entertainment industry and connecting with new clients. She’s very enthusiastic about her new position stating, “I love this industry and I really missed it. I’m excited to be back.”

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Sounds Distribution Now Distributing Avolites

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

 

Sounds Distribution President Rohan Persaud

Sounds Distribution President Rohan Persaud

Sounds Distribution has announced that it has been appointed as the exclusive Canadian distributor for Avolites.

A manufacturer of lighting controllers, Avolites is best known for its Tiger Touch II, Quartz, and Titan Mobile products. Sounds Distribution President Rohan Persaud says the company will soon be releasing a dealer price guide for Avolites.

For more information, contact Sounds Distribution: 905-428-9062, www.soundsdistribution.com.

Ron Morissette Retires from Solotech

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
Jean-Louis Blanchard presents a plaque of recognition to Ron Morissette

Jean-Louis Blanchard presents a plaque of recognition to Ron Morissette

After a long and successful career that led Solotech’s Ron Morissette to be in involved in virtually every aspect of the entertainment industry, he recently announced that he has chosen to retire from the industry.

Over the last four decades Morissette has been at the forefront of innovations that have significantly advanced the fields of entertainment and audiovisual technology.  In 2008 he joined Solotech in the role of general manager of corporate development. In that capacity he was one of the prime movers of the expansion policy across Canada for Solotech’s Integration Division.  More recently, Morissette put all of his energy into the start-up of a Solotech office in Toronto.

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William F. White’s Student & Filmmaker Open House Happening Oct. 3

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

FebFreeze 1William F. White International has announced details for its 2015 Student & Filmmaker Open House. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 at the company’s headquarters from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. The address is 800 Islington Ave. in Toronto. 

To RSVP, email bmorin@whites.com or call 416-239-5050 ext. 3835

Students, faculty, independent filmmakers, technicians, and those interested in movie-making are invited to this free one-day event.  The company tells those interested to feel free passing along the information to anyone who they believe would benefit from attending.

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