CITT’s Ignition 2018 Happening This Friday & Saturday

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

01 Rendez-vousThe Ontario section of CITT is hosting Ignition 2018 this Friday and Saturday (Jan. 12-13). It’s a professional development event for students and working professionals held at Ryerson University’s School of Performance campus, just off Young and Dundas Square in downtown Toronto.

Friday January 12th will be CITT’s 15th year holding the Student Job Fair on Ryerson Theatre’s stage, followed by a Social Night hosted by IATSE local 58. The job fair is free and open to all, but registration is mandatory (the job fair is also included in the Full-event registration).

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Drifter Rigging Launches New Website

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Drifter rigging webFollowing its launch in 2017, Toronto’s Drifter Rigging has launched its new website at www.drifterrigging.com.

Drifter Rigging is an automation rental house that specializes in touring, arena and event rigging, and load monitoring. Production veteran Mark “Drifter” Desloges has launched the company in the spring 2017 with the aim of offering the Canadian market access to the most widely used automation products for mid- to higher-range productions. The company’s first formal job was the extensive automation for the 2017 Calgary Stampede Grandstand stage, featuring Drifter Rigging’s Elevation 1+ variable speed chain hoists and Libra load cells. Additionally, in early July, Drifter Rigging and Kinesys USA hosted a Demo Day at Christie Lites’ Toronto location that featured the first North American deployment of Kinesys’ brand new Apex system.

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PLASA Appoints New Chair & Board Members

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
Adam Blaxill

Adam Blaxill

PLASA has announced changes to its elected board, including the appointment of Adam Blaxill as the new chair. Blaxill joined the PLASA Board as the Professional Services Representative in 2012 and was elected as vice-chair in 2014. He has been voted as the new chair of PLASA through a simple majority vote.

Blaxill takes over from Ed Pagett who has served as chair for an extended seven years. During this time Pagett oversaw the de-merger with ESTA with the support of an executive committee which included Blaxill as vice-chair and Martin Hawthorn as treasurer. This valuable work enabled the survival and growth of PLASA.

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Matthias Hinrichs Joins Elation Professional as Product Manager

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Matthias HinrichsElation Professional has announce that Matthias Hinrichs has joined the company as a Product Manager.

“We are all very excited to have Matthias joining the team,” says Elation Sales Director Eric Loader. “His experience in the professional lighting market along with his relationships with many top lighting designers and customers will be a great resource for our product development. He will be focused on getting feedback in from the market, working on the finer details of our products, making sure our products deliver on point and at the highest level. On a personal note, having worked with Matthias before, I am really happy to be working with him again and am confident he will make a great addition to the continued growth of our company.”

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Frank Hoehn Joins SGM as Global Sales Manager

Thursday, January 4th, 2018
SGM's Peter Johansen (right) & Frank Hoehn

SGM’s Peter Johansen (right) & Frank Hoehn

SGM has announced the appointment of industry veteran Frank Hoehn as its new VP of global sales.

“SGM is structured in a very professional way, with all the right elements to continue to develop further to be a really important player, and I am excited to be able to use my experience to help SGM grow,” says Hoehn, who most recently worked as director of business development, and EMEA hospitality for Martin/Harman International.

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ESTA Names Erin Grabe as Next Executive Director

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

ESTA has announced that it has named Erin Grabe to succeed Executive Director Lori Rubinstein in what is expected to be a year-long transition.Grabe is currently ESTA’s Assistant Technical Standards Manager and part of the transition involves replacing her in that role.

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William F. White Sets Date for February Freeze 2018

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Feb Freeze 3William F. White is preparing to host the 17th annual edition of February Freeze. This technology showcase is a pre-NAB exhibit that lets production professionals navigate the latest innovations and technologies while connecting with one another. The event will take place at the William F. White Centre (800 Islington, Ave., Toronto) on Feb. 6th, 2018, from 1-9 p.m.

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A.C. Lighting Donates a Portion of Sales to Behind the Scenes

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
(LR) Jules Lauve, JF Canuel, Fred Mikeska, Rick Rudolph & Eddie Raymond

(LR) Jules Lauve, JF Canuel, Fred Mikeska, Rick Rudolph & Eddie Raymond

Chroma-Q, the brand of premium performance LED lighting solutions manufactured in North America, presented Behind the Scenes with a donation from the sale of the Color One 100 Series product line. The presentation was made during LDI on Nov. 17, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.

Behind the Scenes is a charitable organization developed to provide financial assistance to entertainment technology industry professionals who are seriously ill or injured or to their surviving family members. Each grant is unique to the recipient and could cover expenses including basic living costs, medical expenses, transportation or funeral costs.

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Danielle Feinberg of Pixar Animation Studios to Deliver Keynote at LFI 2018

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

DanielleFeinberg05_2015_HeadOnlyDanielle Feinberg of Pixar Animation Studios will deliver a keynote presentation at LightFair International 2018 (LFI) on Sunday, May 6. Her experience in lighting Academy Award-winning films expertly combines technology and art. LFI takes place in Chicago at McCormick Place from May 6-10, 2018 (Pre-Conference LightFair Institute: May 6-7; Trade Show & Conference: May 8-10).

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A.C. Lighting Names Jean Louis Blanchard as VP of Business Development

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
Jean Louis Blanchard

Jean Louis Blanchard

A.C. Lighting has announced the hiring of Jean Louis Blanchard as VP of business development.

A.C. Lighting has entered into an era of growth, according to the company, and it says the hiring of Blanchard “unfolds the commencement of the company’s strategic development plan for growth, to provide their clients with world class products, backed by world class service.”

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