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Stage Research Launches LightFactory

LightFactory is the latest addition to Stage Research's line of theatrical software applications. LightFactory is a PC-based lighting control solution that Stage Research says offers all the features expected from a lighting control board and yet can be run from the smallest laptop.

"With our other software offerings in design, photometrics, and visualization, the product that really rounds out our lighting suite is a good control program -- we found that in LightFactory," said Stage Research's Minister of Lighting Bill Kirby.

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Changes at Rose Brand

Rose Brand has announced several personnel changes. Roger Claman, former National Sales Director, has been named Vice President - Outside Sales. Mr. Claman has been with Rose Brand for nine years and his chief responsibilities have included developing relationships with scenic and production designers as well as technical directors. He also led the company's efforts to grow in such areas as the cruise ship industry, feature films, and corporate/industrial tours.

Mary Katherine Vandiver has been promoted to Director of Marketing. She is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, and is a member of IATSE Local 311. Nina Nikolic and Pete Sauber are the latest additions to the Rose Brand sales team. Mr. Sauber graduated from San Francisco State and has been working in California theater as a Technical Director. Ms. Nikolic is a graduate of the Academy of Applied Arts and Design (Belgrade) and received her MFA in costume/set design from Utah State University. Vera Shavers and Mercedes Betances are Rose Brand's new production managerial team. Ms. Shavers studied textile and apparel design at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and has past experience in both the fashion and design industry. Ms. Betances, a graduate of Fordham University, has worked with Rose Brand for over 10 years

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PRG Supports Lestat

Production Resource Group, LLC (PRG) is providing a large video system for the new musical, Lestat, which began previews at the Palace Theatre in March after out-of-town tryouts in San Francisco. The video system was specified by Howard Werner of Lightswitch New York, who selected PRG's Mbox Extreme media server for control and playback of all of the video content in the show. Expanding the media server's features for Lestat's requirements was the job of the Dallas- and UK-based R & D group at PRG.

Mr. Werner worked with the team, detailing his specific needs. "We developed the ability to soft edge blend imagery, to synchronize Mbox Extremes, and to play larger, higher definition files," comments the designer. In San Francisco, Lestat used a total of 13 video projectors: nine Digital Projection Dsx+ 12000, three Digital Projection Lightning 35HD and one Christie LX 100.

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