The governing body of the Parnelli Awards has awarded Canadian lighting designer Howard Ungerleider with the 2014 Parnelli Visionary Award for his outstanding career and innovations in the lighting and special effect fields. Ungerleider was presented with the award at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Nov. 22, 2014.
Show Distribution Corporation has announced the nomination of Alexandre Lefrançois as Technical Director, Hoists and Automation. His main responsibilities will focus on the set-up of procedures and follow-up for the certification of chain hoists.
ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls) has signed a licensing and manufacturing agreement with U.K.-based company GDS (Global Design Solutions). Under the agreement, ETC will manufacture the GDS ArcSystem and BluesSystem product lines for distribution in North and South America. GDS will continue to manufacture and distribute ArcSystem and BluesSystem for other worldwide markets from the company’s Bristol, U.K., headquarters.
Wireless lighting controls maker LumenRadio has announced A.C. Lighting as the exclusive distributor of the CRMX product portfolio in North America. The full LumenRadio product portfolio is now available to the A.C. Lighting customer base.
James Thomas Engineering has joined the Milos Group of companies under the TOMCAT banner. James Thomas Engineering has been one of the leading manufacturers of aluminum trussing, rigging and ground support to North American and international clients since 1977. Its General Purpose, Supertruss and HD truss systems are used throughout the industry for professional outdoor concert, theatre, and corporate venue productions.
PLASA wants to let its members know about of several events taking place on Thursday, Nov. 20 as part of the LDI Show. These include the Business Education Session, Roundtable Discussion, and Behind the Scenes Happy Hour at the Westgate Las Vegas (formerly the Las Vegas Hotel).
As lighting and video become increasingly interconnected, Professional Lighting & Production surveyed lighting and video professionals to get their thoughts and opinions on this convergence of technologies, techniques, and components. Here are the results…
Show Distribution Corporation has announced the purchase of all capital stock of Niscon Inc. of Mississauga, ON, a company specializing in the design, engineering and implementation of motion control systems. Niscon will continue to operate as an independent company from its current production and administrative head office. Its products will be integrated into Show Distribution’s rigging portfolio and will allow the company to offer turnkey solutions to live event professionals and particularly to the touring industry as well as for permanent installations.
U.K. motion control specialist Kinesys is opening a new operation – Kinesys USA Inc. headquartered in Atlanta, GA and headed up by industry veteran David Martin. The move is part of the company’s planned medium term expansion strategy to optimize sales, technical support, and after-sales service for all Kinesys’ existing and potential owners and users.
Osram is set to strengthen its position in entertainment lighting by agreeing to acquire Clay Paky, a maker of entertainment lighting for shows and events.
Clay Paky, based in Northern Italy, is privately owned and recently generated annual sales of more than €60 million (over CDN$88 million). Its products include moving heads, follow spots, and projectors. They are used at live concerts, theaters, and studios as well as in the area of architainment. Both parties agreed not to disclose financial details of the transaction, which is expected to close by the end of the current calendar year. The acquisition is subject to approval by the relevant antitrust authorities.