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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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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James Thomas Engineering joins TOMCAT in Milos Group

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

JTEJames Thomas Engineering has joined the Milos Group of companies under the TOMCAT banner.  James Thomas Engineering has been one of the leading manufacturers of aluminum trussing, rigging and ground support to North American and international clients since 1977.  Its General Purpose, Supertruss and HD truss systems are used throughout the industry for professional outdoor concert, theatre, and corporate venue productions.

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Show Distribution Corporation Acquires Niscon Inc.

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

16 ShowNisconShow Distribution Corporation has announced the purchase of all capital stock of Niscon Inc. of Mississauga, ON, a company specializing in the design, engineering and implementation of motion control systems. Niscon will continue to operate as an independent company from its current production and administrative head office. Its products will be integrated into Show Distribution’s rigging portfolio and will allow the company to offer turnkey solutions to live event professionals and particularly to the touring industry as well as for permanent installations.

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Osram Agrees to Acquire Clay Paky

Monday, August 11th, 2014
Clay Paky's Sharpy range in-use on Katy Perry's world tour.

Clay Paky’s Sharpy range in-use on Katy Perry’s world tour.

Osram is set to strengthen its position in entertainment lighting by agreeing to acquire Clay Paky, a maker of entertainment lighting for shows and events.

Clay Paky, based in Northern Italy, is privately owned and recently generated annual sales of more than €60 million (over CDN$88 million). Its products include moving heads, follow spots, and projectors. They are used at live concerts, theaters, and studios as well as in the area of architainment. Both parties agreed not to disclose financial details of the transaction, which is expected to close by the end of the current calendar year. The acquisition is subject to approval by the relevant antitrust authorities.

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ETC Purchases Vortek Rigging Division from Daktronics

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

ETC has acquired the Vortek rigging division of Daktronics. All Vortek rigging products will be integrated into ETC’s rigging portfolio, and operations will be consolidated with ETC’s primary manufacturing locations in Wisconsin by the year’s end.

The transition of Vortek into the ETC Rigging family will double ETC’s current stage-machinery offerings. They will be able to provide customers with a wide variety of custom-engineered, heavy-lift, high-lift, and high-speed rigging solutions, which include orchestra shell, grand drape, and scoreboard lifts, along with synchronized acoustic panels, and motorized packaged hoists.

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Christie Acquires Arsenal Media

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

christie_digital_logoChristie has acquired Montreal-based Arsenal Media Inc., a digital signage agency specializing in experiential installations, interactive content, and strategic digital signage installations. Arsenal Media will become Christie Creative Media Services, operating within Christie’s Global Professional Services group.

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USITT Grants $10,000 To McGill’s ‘Virtual Textile Project’

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) has awarded almost $30,000 in 2014 grants to three promising projects – one to digitally preserve antique textiles, and two that will increase automation safety — including a project a Montreal’s McGill University.

USITT granted $10,000 to the Virtual Textile Project, led by Catherine Bradley of McGill University in Montreal, to create educational materials for its growing digital collection of historical textile samples.

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Scapin Staging Acquires Show Distribution

Monday, January 20th, 2014
(L-R) Robert Bob Bélanger, Senior Account Manager, client services, Show Distribution and Marc Desrochers, President, Scapin Staging Inc.

(L-R) Robert Bob Bélanger, Senior Account Manager, client services, Show Distribution and Marc Desrochers, President, Scapin Staging Inc.

Scapin Staging has announced the acquisition of Show Distribution, a company that also specializes in the sale and rental of staging equipment and electric hoists. According to the company, this will allow Scapin Staging to reach new markets and to better serve its clients with the addition of new products.

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