Christie Acquires Allure, Strengthens DOOH Presence

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Christie has announced the acquisition of Allure Global Solutions, Inc. (Allure), an engagement and transaction technologies provider, as well as all of its products and services. The firm is headquartered in Atlanta, GA and will operate as “Allure, a Christie Company.”

Allure provides digital signage, point-of-sale and consumer engagement solutions, in the form of products and services, to a variety of entertainment and retail markets including theaters, restaurants, stadiums, arenas, convention centers, theme parks, and cultural attractions.

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Apollo Design Appoints New Sales Director

Monday, November 16th, 2015

LinnemeierApollo Design Technology has announced the appointment of Will Linnemeier as sales director. In this role, Linnemeier will be responsible for sales strategies to drive market expansion, sales effectiveness, and optimizing the dealer and customer sales experience. He also will manage Apollo’s dealer network and customer relationships.

“Will brings a ton of experience to the Apollo sales team. His leadership, understanding of the dealer relationship and ability to drive the customer to our products will make 2016 a very exciting year,” says Joel Nichols, president of Apollo Design.

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Absen LED Partners with SC Media Canada

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

SC AbsenSC Media Canada will serve as the exclusive Canadian distributor for all Absen LED products.

Located on its 30-acre southeast China facility, Absen is in the center of the tech-manufacturing base with a monthly capacity of over 75 million LEDs.

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LDI A Wrap For 2015

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

02 LDIThe 28th annual LDI Trade Show and Conference returned to the Las Vegas Convention Center for its 2015 edition but was held a month earlier than usual, from Oct. 19-25. The show hosted over 10,000 attendees from more than 88 countries who came to see the 350-plus exhibitors.

Last year’s EMD@LDI program was re-branded PRODJ@LDI. The three-day education program, taught by the top trainers in the industry, provided in-depth DMX training. The LDInstitute program featured a number of sold-out sessions, including “Vectorworks Training for Technical Production,” “Introduction to Light Plots,” “Advanced Projection Design Solutions,” and more.

The LDInnovation & Technology Conference provided three-and-a-half days of technical sessions focused on design tips and techniques, new technological breakthroughs, and the latest projects.

LDI will be returning to Las Vegas next year, running from Oct. 10-23, 2016. For more information as it becomes available, go to www.ldishow.com.

A.C. Lighting Appoints Michael Krzywicki as New CFO

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Michael KrzywickiA.C. Lighting Inc. has announced that Michael Krzywicki has joined the Toronto-based entertainment technologies distributor as its new chief financial officer (CFO), with immediate effect.

The companies’ current CFO, Rick Bradley will be retiring as of May 1st, 2016, and during the transition period leading up to his retirement, he will play a role focusing on strategic initiatives for the distribution of A.C. Lighting Inc.’s portfolio of technology brands.

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Intellimix/AVL Moving to New Location on Dec. 1

Monday, November 2nd, 2015
Artist rendering of the new Intellimix/AVL facility.

Artist rendering of the new Intellimix/AVL facility.

Intellimix/AVL Media Group will be operating out of a new, larger facility in Ville St-Laurent, QC, just west of Montreal, as of Dec. 1, 2015.

The company says the new facility will feature a state-of-the-art showroom dedicated to all its product lines. Intellimix/AVL encourage all its dealers, consultants, designers, and contractors to visit and experience this new project.

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A.C.T. Lighting Now Distributing Eurotruss

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

A.C.T Lighting is now the exclusive distributor of Eurotruss in North America, which is one of the leading suppliers of aluminum truss systems worldwide.

After a successful entrance into the market last year, Eurotruss opened the doors of its new Knoxville, TN facility May 1.  From this location the company will supply North American customers with plated, spigotted and conical truss plus a full line of roof systems, wind-up stands, and stage decks.

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Tour Tech East Lives On Thanks to New Ownership

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Tour Teach East, the Dartmouth, NS-based sound, video, and lighting provider for concerts and events, was forced to the brink of bankruptcy back in August of this year following a series of financial woes that included one of its creditors, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), calling in a loan and then taking ownership of the company’s building. Now it has been announced that Tour Tech East has found a new owner in O’Regan’s Properties Ltd., but company founder Peter Hendrickson will remain company president.

The following news is from Halifax area newspaper The Chronicle Herald.

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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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