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Hoffend Introduces Vortek LT

Hoffend & Sons, which manufactures Vortek automated rigging systems, has introduced Vortek LT, a series of of hoist units for venues that need to raise and lower lighting instruments in a safe, efficient manner without using ladders or lifts. There are currently three hoist units in the line: Vortek LT House Light Hoist, Vortek LD Front of House or Stage Electric Light Hoist, and Vortek LT Television Hoist. All three include the patented, continuously engaged, fully mechanical braking system and can be controlled by a push-button control station, USITT DMX 512, the Vortek Automation Center, or Vortek network protocol. More information is available at

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New Logo for Stage Research

Stage Research, creators of the widely used SFX sound playback software program, and distributors of SoftPlot, has unveiled its now corporate logo, which can be seen at the website, The new logo is the first redesign since the company was founded in 1994 and represents the new direction Stage Research is taking. The logo helps identify Stage Research as "a total package."

Stage Research is also focusing on "sound education" including its participation in two three-day Digital Theatre Sound Design workshops at the North Carolina School of the Arts. The intensive hands-on courses for adult learners will be held July 12-14 and July 26-28. The company has also completed the third course of its SFX 101 program in New York for the sound union T.P.U. Local One, IATSE.

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Schuler Shook Grows in Dallas

The Dallas office of Schuler Shook is moving to the historic Texas Moline Building in the West End of downtown. Jack Hagler is the Principal heading the Dallas office. The new location is closer to many clients. "We have steadily added new clients and projects" Mr. Hagler said and are now realizing the growth we have planned."

Current projects include Dallas City Performance Hall, and new performing arts centers for Sam Houston State University and Louisiana State University. New address in Dallas is: Schuler Shook, 302 N. Market St., Suite 500, Dallas, TX 75202-1848, phone 214-747-8300, e-mail

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New Staff Joins Vari-Lite

John Adams has joined Vari-Lite, a Genlyte company, as Director of Product Development. He will direct all engineering and project efforts through the engineering, software, and optical staff at Vari-Lite's Dallas headquarters."John's reputation and abilities fueled our desire to bring him to Vari-Lite" said Steve Carson, Vice President and General Manager of Genlyte Controls and Vari-Lite. "His extensive knowledge in entertainment lighting will contribute significantly to our success in developing the products that will carry us for many many years."

Vari-Lite named Bryan Matthews as Public Relations Manager for Vari-Lite, Entertainment Technology, and Lightolier Controls. He is now the primary contact for media and the general public for all three brands.

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