USITT Commits Half Million Dollars to Rigging Safety, Gateway Diversity & Innovation Research Programs

Monday, December 12th, 2016

USITT Terrence SpiveyThe United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Board of Directors has committed an record $500,000 to increase the impact of some of the organization’s most important programs: Rigging Safety, Gateway Diversity, and Innovation Research Grants.

“This significant investment increases our opportunity to advance three very different areas of the theatre industry, while reaffirming our commitment to our members and the future of entertainment design and technology,” says Mark Shanda, president of USITT.

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Kees van Draanen back with Réalisations Inc. Montreal

Friday, December 9th, 2016

keesweblogoKees van Draanen back with Réalisations Inc. Montreal. He has more than 30 thirty years of experience working for cultural organisations based in Québec, Ontario, and Europe in the fields of administration, human resources, and finance.

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BlackTrax recruits Andrew Gordon for Global Growth

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

andrew-gordonToronto-based CAST BlackTrax Ltd. Has hired Andrew Gordon as its new director of business development to work exclusively on growing BlackTrax real-time motion tracking system, globally.

Gordon brings over a decade of sales, marketing management, and operations experience working formerly as business development director at Freeman Audiovisual, Canada. From 2009 to 2014, he worked with CAST Group as the marketing and communication and business development manager across WYSIWYG , Vivien, and BlackTrax early stage products.

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February Freeze 2017 Fast Approaching

Friday, November 25th, 2016

03freezeWilliam F. White is preparing to host the 16th 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 on February 7th, 2017, from 3 pm to 8 pm.

Production professionals, students, and anyone with an interest in these technologies are invited to take part in free workshops and seminars, participate in demos, ask questions to industry leaders, and test new equipment onsite.

Visit www.februaryfreeze.com for more information.

Lighting Added to Education Program at 2017 NAMM Show

Friday, November 25th, 2016

01nammThe NAMM Show 2017, running Jan. 19-22 in Anaheim, CA, will welcome lighting professionals to discover the latest products across entertainment technology, network with industry peers, and take in educational sessions as show organizers begin a process of expanding their focus on pro lighting.

NAMM tells Professional Lighting & Production that it plans to expand the January show’s lighting component in coming years, as well as the educational program for the lighting and video industry. For example, Richard Cadena, a freelance lighting designer and consultant, will present a session as part of the 2017 show’s TEC Tracks program.

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Jimmy Katsipis Joins SC Media as Sales Rep for Quebec & Ottawa

Friday, November 18th, 2016
Jimmy Katsipis

Jimmy Katsipis

SC Media Canada has announced the hiring of Jimmy Katsipis as sales representative for Quebec and the Ottawa Region.

Katsipis comes to SC Media from SFM and has over 20 years of experience in the industry. He will responsible for the development of the Harman Pro brands (AKG, BSS, Crown, DBX, JBL, Lexicon, and Soundcraft), as well as Barco and Absen in his territory. Arif Nathu remains SC Media’s sales rep for the Montreal Metropolitan area.

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Backstage Access Production Expo Returning to Edmonton’s Jubilee Auditorium

Friday, November 18th, 2016

add3-backstageaccessThe Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton is set to host Backstage Access: Production Expo on March 28, 2017. This event will provide an opportunity for arts and cultural organizations from a wide range of performance spaces to attend technical and production, seminars, and to see the newest technological advances in equipment in a one day trade show.

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ARARI Promtoes Sebastien Laffoux to Director of Sales, Camera Systems

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

s_laffouxARRI has announce the promotion of Sebastien Laffoux to director of sales, Camera Systems for ARRI Inc., effective immediately. In this new role, he is responsible for managing the entire camera sales team for North America with regional representatives based in Los Angeles, New York, and Toronto. Laffoux reports directly to Glenn Kennel, president of ARRI Inc., who is based at ARRI Inc.’s headquarters in Burbank, CA.

Says Kennel, “I am pleased to offer Sebastien this opportunity to work with me in building our team and further developing camera system sales. He has agreed to relocate to the Burbank office in the middle of 2017.“

With over 15 years at ARRI Canada, Laffoux previously served as an accounts manager before transitioning to technical sales representative and then Technical sales manager, eastern region for North America. He brings a wealth of product and application experience on lenses, cameras, and accessories along with customer relations to this enhanced responsibility at ARRI.

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Wenger Buys SECOA

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Wenger Corporation of Owatonna, MN, which, along with its subsidiary J.R. Clancy,  serves the performing arts, music education, and athletic segments, has acquired the assets of SECOA, Inc. of Champlin, MN. SECOA is a national integrator of theatre equipment and systems.

“Our strategy is focused on providing superior customer solutions and driving growth in each of our market segments,” says Chris Simpson, president and CEO of Wenger Corporation. “The addition of SECOA builds on the momentum we are driving with the J.R. Clancy and Wenger brands to offer the most comprehensive integrated project solutions in the performing arts market. This acquisition further complements our integrating manufacturing model by bringing on board some of the key talent who have executed a similar model very successfully over the years at SECOA.”

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AVL Hires Claude Viens as Product Specialist/Technical Support for Lighting

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
Claude Viens

Claude Viens

Andrew Hope, managing director of AVL Media Group, has announced the appointment of Claude Viens to the position of product specialist/technical support for lighting. With more than 25 years of experience in all areas of professional lighting, Viens will spearhead AVL’s continued growth in the professional lighting and visual effects marketplace.

“He has done it all in lighting,” says Hope. “Claude comes to AVL from Kloda/Focus where he has headed the lighting department for the past three years. His international experience as a lighting designer, programmer, and board operator in every type of production from music to dance to film will be of great benefit to our customers as they look to our industry leading technology to help them wow their audiences.

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