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April 2012

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Limelight Productions, Inc.: Jones Joins Customer Service Team

Jennifer M. Jones has joined Limelight Productions, Inc as office manager and inside sales assistant.

She is a graduate of SUNY-Plattsburgh with a degree in mass media communication, specializing in television production. Ms. Jones was a member of the school’s television station serving for a time as lighting design director and head set designer. Following graduation, she spent two summers as a freelance stage manager and production assistant for ESPN. She has worked at the Center for Eco Technology as an audit services administrator and scheduling and customer service manager as well as volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity.

At Limelight, she will be the first point of contact for customers, who range from amateur theatre groups to colleges, touring productions, and major film and television studios.

Serapid, Inc.: Announces New Two Hires

Serapid, Inc. recently added two new members to its staff – Dennis H. Lucas and Robert C. Adams.

Mr. Lucas joins the company as vice president and general manager to lead and grow client engagements, as well as lead the daily management of engineering, manufacturing, and operational activities. In his 30 plus years in manufacturing, Mr. Lucas has specialized in strategic planning, domestic and international sales, developing new business, client relationships, and quality assurance and management of departmental operations. Most recently, he was president/CEO at DS Technology Inc., where he also served on the board of directors.

Mr. Adams joins Serapid as engineering manager and chief engineer. He will provide project management and head up new product development while leading the engineering team. He spent more than 25 years in manufacturing specializing in engineering the development of new processes and technologies in material handling. An experienced and innovative engineering leader, he has an extensive background in automated transfer systems design.

Mr. Adams founded Tribis Engineering, Inc., an automated test systems manufacturer and testing laboratory where he successfully developed a testing technology, Wide Spectrum, to replace the industry standard PV limit model. For 13 years, he was engineering manager at Welker Bearing Company, where his expertise in tribology and mechanisms were key to expanding corporate product lines.

Mr. Adams is a PhD candidate in mechanical engineering at Oakland University, where he holds a MS in mechanical engineering. He received a BS in mechanical engineering from San Diego State University. He is a frequent lecturer, holds multiple patents, and is a member of ASME, STLE, and SAE.

Meyer Sound: Announces Promotions, Provides Equipment for 'The Big House'

Prompted by the growth of its digital product line, Meyer Sound has promoted two key design services team members. Todd Meier, formerly director of design services, has been promoted to the newly created position of digital products manager. Meanwhile, Michael Creason, who had served as a design services associate since 2008, is taking over duties as design services manager.

As digital products manager, Mr. Meier will have a pivotal role in guiding the continued growth of Meyer Sound's digital systems, including the award-winning D-Mitri digital audio platform and the development and integration of company software offerings.

He joined Meyer Sound in 1997 with a strong background in theatrical system design. His work include several major projects in Las Vegas including O by Cirque du Soleil at the Bellagio and Rio's Masquerade Village.

In his new management role, Mr. Creason will lead a design services team that works with audio consultants and dealers to create audio systems that meet or exceed customer requirements. He gained extensive experience in theatrical sound design as an associate collaborating with major Broadway designers before joining Meyer Sound. He served as audio supervisor for Glimmerglass Opera Festival for eight seasons, and designed and mixed a range of productions in the New York City Area. His Broadway credits include Proof, Take Me Out, Grease, A Chorus Line, The Pajama Game, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

"The Big House," aka Michigan Stadium, got even bigger in 2011 when the University of Michigan completed an expansion and upgrade that included a large complement of equipment from Meyer Sound.

At a capacity of almost 110,000, Michigan Stadium is the largest in the United States and third largest in the world. To address the sound reinforcement needs on such a scale, the PA system includes 28 Meyer Sound MILO 60 line array loudspeakers, eight SB-3F sound field synthesis loudspeakers, four MSL-4 loudspeakers, a Galileo loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 408 processors, and an RMS remote monitoring system.

Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas: Announces Summer Staff

Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas (SILV) announced its full team for the summer. All staff members are former students of SILV and late founder Don Childs.

Danny Colosky, formerly with the Alley Theatre in Houston and currently scenic studio manager/clinical instructor at Oklahoma State University, will be operations manager. Nathan Stanaland, a graduate of Sam Houston State who has worked with the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., and the Music Theatre of Wichita, and been a freelance scenic artist, will return as company manager. The intern staff includes Matt DeJong (University of the Arts), Kayla Freeman (Frisco High School graduate, now taking general education classes and all theatre work she can find), and Madi Hack (theatre technology and design student at Oklahoma State University).

Continuing on staff are Jane Childs, interim director; Tera Childs, business manager; and Graham Campbell, managing director.

TMB: Hippotizer Brings Halftime Spectacular to Life

More than 123 million people tuned in to watch the display integration and amazing 3D effects accomplished using Hippotizer's UberPan and VideoMapper software components at this year's Super Bowl XLVI Bridgestone Halftime Show. Well... they may have actually remained tuned in to watch a spectacular show featuring Madonna and a supporting cast of over 200, but minutes into the performance they were also more than likely mesmerized by the stunning multimedia show. A total of eight Hippotizer HDs, supplied by TMB, were used to drive 32 Barco FLM HD20 projectors flown 150 feet above the stadium floor, as well as 800 BasicTech FLED video tiles in the stage. Green Hippo's UberPan software made it possible to blend eight discrete outputs seamlessly across the entire multi-resolution canvas, with the augmentation of VideoMapper, which mapped the unique geometry of the LED video tiles in the stage floor.

TMB is the exclusive distributor for Hippotizer in the Americas. For more information about Hippotizer visit www.tmb.com/products/hippotizer.