Barco in Discussions Over Acquisition of High End Systems by ETC

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

ETC and Barco announced today that they are in the midst of serious discussions wherein ETC would acquire High End Systems. While the timeline for the completion of this acquisition is still unknown, both parties say they are committed to moving forward with a successful transaction.

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RIP: ETC’s David North

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

DavidNorthETCWith great sadness, ETC has announced the passing of David North, the company’s Rigging General Manager.

ETC’s announcement reads:

We at ETC lost a friend, a mentor, and a great role model this weekend with the passing of David North. He died peacefully on Saturday, February 25th after a hard-fought battle with brain cancer.

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A.C.T Lighting Launches Redesigned Customer Support Hub

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-02-23 at 2.54.43 PM (2)A.C.T Lighting, Inc. has redesigned the customer Support Hub on the company’s website (www.actlighting.com) creating a single, centralized resource for all online support needs.

“Our new Support Hub is better organized, has a cleaner layout than our previous support page and is now searchable,” says Will Murphy, director of software support and development at A.C.T Lighting.  “The Support Hub is the central point for learning about our products and how they work.  It’s easy to navigate there from our home page, and quick and easy to use once you get there.”

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Pete Heffernan Joins Christie Lites Rentals

Monday, February 27th, 2017

pete_heffernanLongtime industry veteran Pete Heffernan has joined Christie Lites. Heffernan was president of Bandit Lites for eight years prior to joining Christie Lites and his career spans more than three decades, including as promoter of an Elvis Presley concert, lighting designer, production manager, and finally as corporate executive.

“Christie Lites is a company that puts the client first and has a methodology that in my opinion is tops in the industry,” Heffernan says. “I have always placed the client’s needs first and then provided the support to make the production a success. Christie Lites is the perfect place for me to take this approach to the next level.”

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Educational Schedule Released for Expo-Scène 2017

Friday, February 24th, 2017

04 Expo-SceneCITT/ICTS is preparing to welcome more than 60 exhibitors and over 1,200 visitors to Montreal for the third annual Expo-Scène trade show and conference, which is returning to the Palais des congrès de Montréal from April 12-13, 2017. Expo-Scène is currently the only major Canadian event dedicated to professionals in the pro audio, sound, lighting, audiovisual, video, and multimedia technology markets.

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Prolight + Sound 2017 to Focus on Visitor Experience

Friday, February 24th, 2017
Photo: Messe Frankfurt Exhibition/Pietro Sutera

Photo: Messe Frankfurt Exhibition/Pietro Sutera

Prolight + Sound 2017, which runs April 4-7 in Frankfurt, Germany, will again be staged in the eastern part of Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre, as it was for the first time in 2016, which allows the fair to expand the spectrum of products and services, with many exhibitors boasting bigger presentations than before.

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NAB Gearing Up For 2017 Show

Friday, February 24th, 2017

09 NABThe NAB Show will be returning to Las Vegas from April 22-27, 2017. It is world’s largest electronic media show covering the creation, management, and delivery of content across all platforms. The theme for this year’s show is The M.E.T. Effect, meaning the intersection of media, entertainment, and technology, fueled by internet connectivity and integrated systems.

Exhibitors will represent all AV-related industries, including broadcast, digital media, film, entertainment, telecom, postproduction, education, houses of worship, advertising, military/government, retail, security, sports, IT, and more.

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WFW’s February Freeze 2017 Welcomes Record Numbers & Shows Off Expanded Complex

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Feb Freeze 2017 smallOn Tuesday, February 7th, Whites played host to record-breaking February Freeze attendance despite a massive ice storm as over 1,000 production professionals descended upon William F. White Centre to view the latest screen-based technologies and advancements.

This year’s showcase featured an expanded footprint along with extended hours dedicated to providing opportunities for independent and emerging content creators. This included an entire Indie Village, with informative panels featuring representatives from supportive organizations including CBC Creators Network, Telefilm Canada, and BravoFact to name just a few.

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The CETEC Group Announces Vivitek Canadian Manufacturers Rep Agreement

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
Wayne Korhonen

CETEC Group Owner Wayne Korhonen

Wayne Korhonen, principal and owner of The CETEC Group, has announced a manufacturers representative agreement for Vivitek products. Vivitek, a brand of Delta, is a manufacturer of visual display and presentation products and will be represented across Canada by the CETEC Group.

“The CETEC Group’s expansion to represent Vivitek visual displays and presentation products fully integrates our customer focused technical, design and support capabilities, delivering class leading value to integrators, specifiers and resellers,” says Korhonen.

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InfoComm Show 2017 Registration Open; Emerging Trends Day Introduced

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

InfoComm 2016InfoComm International, in partnership with IMCCA, will host a day of emerging trends education on Tuesday, June 13, the day before the InfoComm 2017 show floor opens at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The special day of insight into the future of the AV industry will feature the inaugural class of Emerging Trends Fellows— experts chosen for their knowledge of a cross-section of critical technology areas.

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