September 2012

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September 2012

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L-ACOUSTICS: Welcome New Member

We welcome L-ACOUSTICS as a new Sustaining member of the Institute.

USITT members may have heard L-ACOUSTICS products as part of Sound Lab at the 2012 Annual Conference. Since 1984, the company has been revolutionizing the professional audio industry with its legendary line source systems, developing a reputation for creating innovative solutions for the most demanding sound reinforcement requirements.

All systems are innovatively created with exceptional longevity, representing the best possible investment. For more information, visit

TMB: 3D video projection at Maritime Hotel

Pearl Media Productions (PMP) was given the task of making the Maritime Hotel stand out from the crowd in New York’s historic Meatpacking District. The solution was a 3D-mapped building projection using Hippotizer HD media servers and 360,000 lumens of projected 3D media content inspired by pop artist Keith Haring. TMB is the exclusive distributor for Hippotizer in the Americas. For more information about Hippotizer, visit Learn more about other innovative and exciting products from TMB at

Sapsis Rigging, Inc.: Rigger Helps STREB Fly Over London

Sapsis Rigging played a pivotal role in the aerialist event held in London on July 15. The event, titled One Extraordinary Day, was commissioned by the Mayor of London and involved performances by Elizabeth Streb and her "Action Heroes" troupe at the Millennium Bridge, City Hall, Trafalgar and Paternoster squares, the National Theatre, and the LondonEye.

Sapsis Rigging provided design consultation and rigging equipment for all performer harnesses. Sapsis also provided onsite supervision at all venues.

For a video of the event, visit

Photo/Julian Andrews

IATSE: Union Announces Agreement, Executive Board Changes

IATSE announced that technical employees of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart have unanimously ratified their first collective bargaining agreement.

The contract is the culmination of negotiations between IATSE and the producers of the hit, made-for-basic-cable series following voluntary recognition of the union by the employer.

The contract provides the represented employees with health and retirement benefits as well as the continued maintenance of all existing conditions.

International Vice-President and Co-Director of Stagecraft Brian J. Lawlor announced his resignation recently at the IATSE General Executive Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Mr. Lawlor, elected to the union's executive board in the winter of 2004, has been a full-time representative of the Alliance since 2000. He was in the General Office through the end of August then moved back to his hometown of Orlando, Florida. He will continue to work as a representative at the direction of the international president and reporting to the Stagecraft Department. Mr. Lawlor stated that he was "operating under the life is too short theory" and has been contemplating this move for over a year.

The General Executive Board unanimously elected Local 478 President Phil Locicero to fill the vacancy. Mr. Locicero has been an IA member since 1989 and served as president of Local 478 since 1994.

For more information on the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, visit

Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas: SILV Completes Season

The eight weeks of Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas never flew by so fast. The first legacy class of the program founded by Don Childs is now an alumni class.

Stagecraft Institute thrives and survives on the investment of time by industry-leading faculty, partners, and friends including manufacturers, production groups, vendors, and venues. All of these components worked together, guided by the hands-on framework that Don Childs crafted almost a decade ago, to create a summer of unforgettable experiences.

This summer included CAD, rigging, automation, sound, SFX, lighting technology, WYSIWYG, and a double week of projections, video and moving lights.

The final two weeks combined all of the content from the previous weeks and culminated with the Technicians’ Showcase finale which allowed invited guests to experience the program from the inside out.

Visit for details.