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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The Long Reach Long Riders Complete 13th Annual Charity Ride

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

[Photo by Bill Ellis]

[Photo by Bill Ellis]

The Long Reach Long Riders have announced that its 13th annual charity motorcycle ride was a tremendous success. The ride, which was dubbed The Radioactive Ride by ride marshal Loren Schreiber, raised over $45,000 for Behind the Scenes and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, bringing the total raised since the LRLR rides began to well over $550,000.

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Barco Acquires Vancouver-based MTT Innovation

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Barco has acquired Vancouver, BC-based MTT Innovation Inc. MTT is a developer of next-generation projection technology with expertise in high dynamic range, applied imaging algorithms, advanced colour science, and specialized hardware development.

“With this investment, we are augmenting our expertise in the field of High Dynamic Range technology. This underpins our long-term leadership in projection technology,” says Eric Van Zele, President and CEO at Barco. “MTT’s technology is still in a research phase and will need further de-risking and development over the years to come. We welcome MTT’s team to Barco and look forward to many years of successful collaboration as applications for high dynamic range and new illumination technologies spread to end markets such as Cinema, ProAV, simulation, automotive, and virtual reality.”

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Christie Working With DifTek Lasers & Researchers on New Large Display Technology

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Christie’s Advanced Technology Group, in association with DifTek Lasers Inc., researchers at the University of Waterloo, and Conestoga College, is investigating how to merge the high brightness of LEDs with the cost effectiveness and fill-factor of LCDs into an OLED display.

Working with Christie’s Advanced Technology Group, DifTek Lasers patented the technology and manufacturing process, and the group is working with Conestoga College’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing to begin scaling up the size of the backplanes that are manufactured. Although this technology is still in the experimentation phase, the goal of this patented technology is to apply it to the manufacture of large displays.

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PLASA Launches ‘National Event Lifting Certificate’ Qualification

Monday, April 18th, 2016

PLASA has launchd its latest industry qualification – The National Event Lifting Certificate (NELC). PLASA says it was developed with the support of The National Rigging Advisory Group (NRAG) and industry sponsors, this new certification scheme has been created in response to demand from both employers and freelancers for a competence indicator for people who carry out lifting operations.

Employers know that LOLER Regulations require lifting equipment to be safe; most have their motors, rigging and trusses inspected on a regular basis and hold all the necessary paperwork to prove it.  LOLER also places duties on employers to ensure lifting operations are planned, supervised, and carried out safely by people who are sufficiently competent. This includes planning the lift, attaching loads, and the use of hoists and associated control equipment. If employees use lifting equipment, their employer has the responsibility to ensure they do so correctly and safely even when using another suppliers equipment.

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Online Program “My Canadian Studio” Launches

Friday, April 15th, 2016

17 WILDSHOT MyProjectStudioMontreal’s Mathieu Marano has launched a new online program at called My Canadian Studio. Produced by ÜberMedia and The Montreal Creative Front and shot a Coup Monté Studios in Montreal, this series is a spin-off the popular web TV show Mon Studio au Canada that has been going for three years. It is a weekly online show aimed at educating and advancing Canadian media professionals, touching all aspects of live production, performance, and distribution.

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Christie Canada President Gerry Remers to Step Down in July

Friday, April 8th, 2016
Gerry Remers Headshot

Christie Canada President Gerry Remers

Christie has announced that Gerry Remers, president and COO of Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc., will step down from his current role effective July 8, 2016. Following his departure, Remers will continue to assist Christie as special advisor to Jack Kline, chairman, president and CEO of all Christie operating companies, worldwide, for an indeterminate period.

“Gerry has been, in numerous ways, a key architect in building Christie into the successful, global company it is today and while reluctant to part with such a valued contributor, I understand his motivation, which is to embrace new horizons,” says Kline. “On a personal note, Gerry has become a close friend and I’m delighted that he will be advising me going forward, and I wish him continued success in his new career.”

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