USITT and ESTA have announced INNOVA, a platform to provide online learning to professionals in entertainment technology and design. INNOVA, launching in April 2017, will offer on-demand training in a wide variety of disciplines and levels and will include renewal credit courses for the Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) and American Institute of Architects (AIA).
The Resident Shows Division of Cirque du Soleil has received the USITT Award at USITT 2017, which is the institute’s highest honour.
The award recognizes a lifetime contribution to the performing arts and entertainment communities. It was presented at the 2017 Annual Conference & Stage Expo on March 8 in St. Louis, MO.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) is seeking proposals for technical papers for the SMPTE 2017 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2017), which will be held from Oct. 23-26, 2017, in Hollywood, CA. Proposed papers must be informational and address technical theory, research, innovations, applications, or practices specific to an evolving technology relevant to the media industry. Abstracts must be submitted online no later than May 15, 2017.\
From April 4-7, 2017, Prolight + Sound will offer an extensive program of lectures covering all facets of the event industry. Aimed at both newcomers to the sector and experts, the lectures will be held in the Forum building, close to the City Entrance of the Exhibition Centre in Franfurt, Germany.
As in previous years, the program is split into three parts, the Prolight + Sound Conference, the Manufacturers’ Forum and the Eventplaza Conference. Numerous lectures will be given in English and are aimed at an international audience.
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.
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.
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.”
Longtime 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.”
CITT/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.
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.