The 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.
ARRI 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.
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.”
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.
Montreal-based AV distributor and manufacturer, Theatrixx, picked up an award at the recent LDI Show in Las Vegas for the new xVision Converter in the widget best debuting product category. The award was accepted by Theatrixx Preident Jacques Tessier and Gabriel Duschinsky, CTO.
The award represents the company’s second recognition from the LDI organization. In 2013, the organization was awarded best debuting product in the rigging category for its xVision Channel Truss. The company says the xVision Video Converter represents a new take on a popular device. The xVision Video Converter is the first video converter specifically designed for the harsh environment of rental and staging, touring, A/V presentations, and broadcast, and offer unique features such a built-in AC power supply, built-in convenience outlet, magnetic stacking system and many rigging options.
In a move to continue the growth of their project management team, PixelFLEX has appointmented Jon Chavez to the position of Senior Project Manager. As part of the technical sales team, Chavez will assist clients with the application and implementation of PixelFLEX LED video display technologies into video designs across multiple industries.
“In response to the growing interest in our complete line of LED video solutions, we are very excited to continue the growth of the PixelFLEX project management division,” says Monty Rains, President and COO. “Capitalizing on his vast industry experience, Jon joins our team of talented project managers with a special focus on LED video design and event execution for our clients working in a number of different industries.”
Jacques Larue and Éric Cyr, partners at Montreal-based XYZ Cultural Technology, have announced the arrival of Joël Beauchamp, CTS, as director of facilities. Beauchamp brings more than 15 years’ audiovisual experience in key positions with companies such as Allied Systems and Solotech, where he worked as director of operations for the last three years.
Pliant Technologies, the new professional products division of CoachComm, has appointed AVL Media Group as the exclusive distributor of its wireless intercoms in Canada.
“The superior performance and scalable nature of the CrewCom system makes it a future proof investment for our customers and will help ensure excellent long-term ROI for them,” says Andrew Hope, managing director for AVL Media Group. “In addition to the exciting new CrewCom products, Pliant’s exemplary customer service and deep understanding of wireless communications technology create an obvious opportunity for a successful partnership.”
This coming January, The NAMM Show will welcome lighting professionals to discover the latest products across entertainment technology, network with industry peers and hear from some of the top influencers in the lighting field today.
One such leader is Richard Cadena a freelance lighting designer, lighting consultant, and the author of Automated Lighting: The Art and Science of Moving Light, Lighting Design for Modern Houses of Worship, Electricity for Entertainment Electricians & Technicians, and Focus on Lighting Technology.
Gilray Densham, owner and CEO of Toronto-based CAST Group, has won an Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award, a prestigious innovation award in Canada.
Densham has been awarded the David E. Mitchell Award of Distinction, the second highest achievement of the Ernest C. Manning Innovation Awards, and a sum of $25,000 in recognition for the BlackTrax real-time motion tracking system.