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.
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.
Christie 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.
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.
(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.
François Ménard, president and shareholder of Solotech, has announced three new strategic financial partners for the company: Claridge, Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins, and Investissement Québec. These changes are part of a reorganization of the company’s share ownership that also includes the departure of some major shareholders, namely one Quebec-based institutional investor and Denis Lefrançois, co-president and one of the main architects of Solotech from its beginnings in 1977.
The LIGHTFAIR International (LFI) 2014 Call for Speakers is open in a global invitation seeking responses from top lighting and design practitioners looking to participate in the annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference in Las Vegas, June 1-5, 2014. The deadline for the Call for Speakers has been extended to Sept. 23, 2013.
Paul Bronfman, Chairman/CEO of Whites Digital Sales & Service.
Paul Bronfman, Chairman/CEO of Comweb Corp. and William F. White International Inc. (WFW), has announced the creation of a new company name for CinequipWhite Inc., effective immediately to reflect the company’s emphasis on expanded digital offerings. Based in Toronto, Whites Digital Sales & Service Inc. will continue to provide customized sales and technical solutions to the broadcast, theatrical, and live entertainment industries across Canada.
Soundcraft Canada, a distributor of pro audio, video, and multimedia products, has announced that Sami Midani will join their team as of July 1, 2013.
Midani has worked for 25 years in the field of A/V integration. His expertise extends to all aspects of the industry and has worked on hundreds of projects and events around the country. Until recently, Midani was national sales Director of the A/V division of Martech.
Wybron, a stage lighting supplier, has announced that the company will close its doors on June 30, 2013.
“For years, the stage lighting industry has been led by companies with three-letter names,” said President and CEO Keny Whitright. “PRG, ETC, ELS, TMB, and BMI are just a few of these. For 35 years Wybron struggled through with the burden of a six-letter name,” Whitright said laughing, “We finally realized we have too many letters in the company name. It was time to close the doors.”