Drifter Rigging Opens in Toronto

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

06 Mark DeslogesProduction veteran Mark “Drifter” Desloges has launched Drifter Rigging in Toronto. The company’s aim is to offer 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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ETC Completes Purchase of High End Systems from Barco

Friday, March 31st, 2017
ETC CEO Fred Foster

ETC CEO Fred Foster

ETC and High End Systems announced today they are joining forces as ETC completes the acquisition of the Austin, TX-based company from Barco Inc.

“We welcome the High End team to the ETC family. ETC will provide a strong support structure for High End to continue to innovate and make great products for the industry,” says ETC CEO Fred Foster.

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Chauvet Completes Purchase of ChamSys

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
CEO Albert & VP Bernice Chauvet

CEO Albert & VP Berenice Chauvet

Chauvet & Sons LLC has announced that it completed the acquisition of ChamSys Ltd., the Southampton, U.K.-based designer and manufacturer of lighting controllers. ChamSys provides Chauvet a stronger presence in the controller market that complements its Chauvet Professional lighting fixtures and LED video panels, according to the company.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to join forces with ChamSys,” says Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet & Sons. “ChamSys has a well-deserved reputation for innovation, quality and value, the same principles that are at the heart of our own Chauvet brands. Together ChamSys and Chauvet are now in a position to better cover and serve worldwide markets.”

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InfoComm Names Heidi Voorhees as COO

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
InfoComm COO Heidi Voorhees

InfoComm COO Heidi Voorhees

InfoComm International has named Heidi A. Voorhees, MBA, CAE, as the organization’s new Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Voorhees will lead InfoComm’s North American operations and global marketing and communication efforts.

With 20 years of trade association and private business experience, Voorhees brings to InfoComm significant expertise in operations management and strategic planning. She spent nearly 10 years at SmithBucklin, the world’s largest association management company, where she oversaw meetings, conventions, trade shows, and executive events for anywhere from 10 to 20,000 participants. Voorhees also has experience in association marketing and trade show management from her time as VP of strategic initiatives at the Institute of Food Technologists and Sr. VP at Experient, a leading global event company.

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USITT & ESTA Launch INNOVA for Online Learning

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

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).

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Barco in Discussions Over Acquisition of High End Systems by ETC

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

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.

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RIP: ETC’s David North

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

DavidNorthETCWith great sadness, ETC has announced the passing of David North, the company’s Rigging General Manager.

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.

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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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CAST Owner Gilray Densham Wins the Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

CAST’s Gilray Densham demonstrating the BlackTrax

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.

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InfoComm Releases its 2016 Global Pro-AV Distribution Channel & Trends Report

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

trends-1024x682-0916InfoComm International has released the 2016 Global Pro-AV Distribution Channel and Trends Report. This new report explores the ways pro-AV products and services move through the market – from manufacturer to end-user organization – and identifies factors that influence the various channels. It also includes market forecasts through 2017.

InfoComm engaged Lewis Research to conduct the report, which involved a primary survey, in-depth interviews, secondary data sources, and past InfoComm research, to uncover key trends that impact the stakeholders throughout the pro-AV channel.

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