Jean Lariviere and Shoiw Distribution Group President Jacques Tanguay
Quebec-based rigging and staging automation company Show Distribution Group has appointed Jean Lariviere as Vice President of Sales Development.
Lariviere most recently was regional sales manager at High End Systems, part of the Barco group, where he handled sales for Canada and select U.S. accounts. Before that, he was Chief Technology Officer with worldwide equipment brokers SHS Global, responsible for sourcing product and also handling client technical services. Lariviere established many of his global relationships within the industry during his earlier years at High End Systems, where he worked as a Studio Color product support specialist from 1994-98.
CAST Software has announced its 2013 Video Contest, in which users of the new wysiwygR30 are invited to submit their finest lighting designs for a chance to win one of three prizes. The creator of the winning video will land themselves a full one-year wyg membership, while second and third place runners-up will each get a half-year wyg membership.
High End Systems, a Barco company, has announced the appointment of Theatrixx Technologies as its exclusive Canadian distributor.
“Theatrixx is a well-established supplier to the Canadian professional lighting and production community,” says Bill Morris, CEO of High End Systems. “They have a great reputation, a lot of expertise and we look forward to working with them to continue to build our user base in Canada.”
From L to R: Christian Engsted (Martin), Blake Augsburger (HARMAN), Jens Bjerg Sørensen (Schouw & Co.)
Schouw & Co., parent company of Martin Professional, has entered into an agreement with the global infotainment and audio company Harman International Industries to sell Martin to Harman. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, and is expected to close in Q1 2013.
Harman is reportedly purchasing the Denmark-based Martin Professional for 100 million euros (USD $146 million). iStockAnalyst states that Martin Professional reported revenues of around $150 million in fiscal 2011 and employs around 450 people.
Martin Professional says this transaction will create a one-stop-shop for the professional entertainment market. Adding Martin to Harman’s USD $4.4 billion organization and combining two of the largest R&D budgets in the audio and entertainment lighting industry will enable the companies to grow and improve the lighting and video product offering to the benefit of all existing and new customers, says the company.
Blake Augsburger, Executive Vice President and President of the Harman Professional Division, states, “Martin product lines are an excellent complement to our professional audio business. After the transaction closes, we will be able to offer a full line-up of audio, lighting, and video solutions for the live stage as well as permanent venues and installations.”
Christian Engsted, CEO of Martin Professional commented in a statement, “We very much look forward to exploring the mutual benefits this change in ownership offers and continuing to develop our business relationship with our customers and partners across the globe.”
Christian Bouchard, VP of Erikson Pro, the longest running Canadian distributor of Martin products, says the acquisition will have no effect on Canadian distribution. “For us it’s business as usual,” he tells Professional Lighting & Production. “For Harman, it’s quite the purchase. It’s a high quality product and we’re looking forward to more healthy business down the road.”
Martin Professional will continue as an independent business unit within the Harman Professional Division, with the existing points of contact.
Professional Lighting & Production will update this story has more details become available.
The Alberta government is presenting Backstage Access: Production Expo at the Jube on Jan. 17, 2013. This event consist of theatre production seminars and a technology expo for theatre technicians of all abilities and anyone else who would like to expand their knowledge of staging, lighting, audio, and video in performance events.
LDI celebrated its 25th anniversary by opening its doors to over 8,300 attendees on Oct. 19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. LDI is the largest live design trade show in North and South America.
Spanning three days (Oct. 19-21, 2012), attendees walked the professionally lit aisles of the show floor, attended training sessions and workshops, and watched demonstrations put on by over 300 exhibiting companies. Exhibiting companies span the live design spectrum from lighting, sound, rigging, projection and more.
In the days and weeks after Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast of the United States, InfoComm International strained to get information from members in the hardest-hit communities. Many of those members — and their neighbours from all walks of life — are still struggling today. In an effort to help, InfoComm has donated $20,000 to the American Red Cross and urges others to contribute what they can.
InfoComm also established an online community on LinkedIn where AV companies can connect and share with each other information, resources, and encouragement.
Finally, InfoComm is planning a special Regional Roundtable for the New York-New Jersey area in the coming months that will focus specifically on business continuity issues in the aftermath of natural disasters.
The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) has extended the final deadline for submissions for the 30th Annual IALD International Lighting Design Awards due to the widespread travel and business disruptions caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Norris-Whitney Communications Inc., publisher of Professional Lighting & Production magazine and others, has welcomed Michael Raine as its new Assistant Editor.
A graduate of Humber College’s post-graduate journalism program, Raine will work alongside NWC Editor Andrew King on editorial content for Professional Lighting & Production and NWC’s other three magazines: Canadian Musician, Professional Sound, and Canadian Music Trade. Information on new products, industry or company news, events, or other subjects relevant to the Canadian musical products community should be sent to his attention.
SF Marketing, Canadian distributor of Pioneer DJ products, has announced the introduction of Pioneer’s DDJ-SX advanced performance DJ controller designed specifically for the Serato DJ Software. To celebrate the launch of this new product, Pioneer DJ will hold launch events on Nov. 1, 2012 at three authorized dealers across Canada. Hosted by the Canadian Pioneer DJ Ambassadors, these events will provide an opportunity to get hands-on and up close with the DDJ-SX.