PLASA Addresses Financial Challenges, Separation from ESTA & Future Changes

Monday, October 26th, 2015

12 PLASAPLASA (the Professional Lighting and Sound Association) has outlined its current position in the wake of various recent changes, and asked for members’ feedback on its next steps as it moves forward.

Speaking at a meeting for PLASA members held during the PLASA Show, John Simpson, PLASA Governing Body chairman and chairman of the White Light Group of companies, said: “Without doubt our major issue this year has been that of diminishing profit, which has led to a critical cash-flow problem for the organisation.

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PL&P Publisher Jim Norris Joins Board of Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

PS Oct15 Input JimNThe Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund has announced the appointment of Jim Norris to its Board of Directors. Norris is the president of Norris-Whitney Communications, an international communications company specializing in the entertainment field, which publishes Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines.

The Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to makingmusic therapy available to more people in more communities across Canada. More information at www.musictherapytrust.ca.

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USITT 2015 Breaks Attendance Records

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

USITT DAApanelUSITT 2015 broke all previous attendance records, attracting nearly 5,500 people to Cincinnati’s Duke Energy Center last week for the backstage industry’s biggest annual event. Over 280 exhibitors staffed booths with the latest entertainment products for the largest Stage Expo ever – and 170-plus have already signed on for USITT 2016 in Salt Lake City, according to organizers.

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Terrence Spivey Calls for More Diversity in Theatre Tech in USITT Keynote

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

USITT Terrence SpiveyTerrence Spivey, artistic director of Cleveland’s Karamu House, urged all technical theatre practitioners to recruit and mentor more students of colour in his Keynote address at USITT 2015 in Cincinnati on Wednesday.

Spivey opened USITT’s 55th Annual Conference & Stage Expo at the Duke Energy Convention Center with a speech reflecting on the history of black theatre in the U.S. and Karamu House’s success as the nation’s oldest black theatre.

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New Store for Soloech Quebec

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Solotech has announced the opening of a new store in Quebec City. With the recent merger of Solotech Quebec Sales and Rentals divisions under the same roof, the company says new Solotech store now occupies the largest audiovisual equipment sales space in Quebec. The store sells a wide range of products in the fields of audio, lighting, DJ, acoustics, and studio, but now it also offers a Solotech Express Rental Counter for standard equipment rentals.

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ETCP Examinations to be Held at USITT 2015

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Notice from USITT:

All three ETCP examinations will be held at USITT in Cincinnati, OH on the morning of Saturday, March 21, 2015. Candidates who wish to take more than one exam should contact ETCP. USITT members and employees receive a $100 discount on examination fees. Interested applicants must submit their application, along with supporting materials and fee, to the ETCP office no later than Feb. 28, 2015. The ETCP office is located at 630 9th Ave., Suite 609, New York, New York, 10036.

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Christie Announces Acquisition of coolux

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Christie has announced that it has acquired Cologne-based coolux GmbH (‘coolux’), a developer and supplier of 3D compositing and rendering systems, best known for its Pandoras Box product family. coolux will be integrated into Christie’s Global Market Solutions team, maintaining its office in Cologne, Germany.

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PLASA Announces 2014 Election Results

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

PLASA’s month-long elections to determine positions on its European and North American Regional Boards, together with its central governing body, concluded at midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.

Companies and individuals from PLASA’s worldwide membership voted in the elections, which were conducted via a secure online poll.

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Solotech Acquires Midnite Hour Productions

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Solotech has acquired Toronto-based company Midnite Hour Productions.

According to François Ménard, CEO of Solotech, this strategic move will allow Solotech to consolidate its position in the Greater Toronto market in addition to joining a team of experts in tailor-made solutions for lighting, video, rigging, and decor for stage, film, and corporate events. Midnite Hour’s founders, Marty Anderson and Louis Racine, and their employees will now be part of the larger Solotech team.

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Howard Ungerleider Receives Parnelli Visionary Award

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

HowardUngerleiderThe governing body of the Parnelli Awards has awarded Canadian lighting designer Howard Ungerleider with the 2014  Parnelli Visionary Award for his outstanding career and innovations in the lighting and special effect fields. Ungerleider was presented with the award at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Nov. 22, 2014.

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