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Sapsis Hangs Around Spiderman, Hospital

Sapsis Rigging, Inc. provided rigging equipment and labor to support the aerialist group Anti-Gravity during the premier of the Spiderman 3 movie. The event took place at the Top of the Rock observation deck at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City.

Sapsis Rigging provided a truss structure to support eight aerialists as they staged a nighttime "attack" on Sony executives and their guests having dinner in the Rainbow Room at the 69th floor.

Sapsis Rigging, as it has for more than 15 years, also provided rigging equipment and labor for the annual Crystal Ball at Mt. Sinai Hospital, also in New York City. The ball, which takes place in the lobby areas of the hospital at 100th Street and Fifth Avenue, is attended by over 1,200 dignitaries and hospital benefactors. The rigging equipment for this year's ball consisted of two self-climbing systems; two ground support units; over 1,000 feet of truss; and more than 60 chain hoists.

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TMB Launches Hippotizer V3

The Hippotizer V3 media server started shipping May 9. TMB is the distributor for Hippotizer in the Americas, the Middle East, and Asia. The product launch follows worldwide Beta testing on productions including London's Theatre de Complicité, New York's Deuce on Broadway, and the TPI Awards in London. V3 was also featured in the world premiere of Frobisher at the Calgary Opera and Hard Dance Awards 2007 in London.

Upcoming productions to be served by Hippotizer V3 include Dancing with the Stars on NBC TV and the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki. Hippotizer V3's launch is being seen as a landmark in the evolution of real time media server technology. Other applications soon to be released include a Hippotizer Effects Editor and ZooKeeper Offline Programmer. Hippotizer V3 also includes upgrades to many of Hippotizer's leading features.

For more information, visit the TMB Hippotizer web page here. For information on other innovative and exciting products from TMB visit

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Firm Names Associates

Auerbach Pollock Friedlander recently named one new senior associate and one new associate.

Donald Guyton was named senior associate in New York. Mr. Guyton joined Auerbach Pollock Friedlander in early 2000, bringing eight years of theatre consulting and project management experience to the firm. He has over 25 years of experience working as a theatre professional. His responsibilities at Auerbach Pollock Friedlander include project management and systems design. Some of his projects include the Virginia Beach Performing Arts Center in Virginia; the stage machinery upgrades at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City; the renovation of the Portsmouth Music Hall, Portsmouth, New Hampshire; and the new cabaret theatre at the Queens Theatre in the Park in Flushing Meadows, New York.

Kent Conrad was named associate in San Francisco, California. Mr. Conrad joined Auerbach Pollock Friedlander in 2002 and his 30-plus years of theatrical experience are an invaluable asset to the firm. During his extensive career, He has worked as a lighting designer, technical director, project manager, and theatre design consultant. Mr. Conrad is the managing coordinator of the San Francisco design studio.

During his time at Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, Mr. Conrad has worked on a number of projects including the Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, Arizona; San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Napa Valley College and Napa High School, both in Napa, California; and several themed entertainment facilities in Asia.

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New Rental Director at Altman

Altman Rentals recently welcomed Leigh Mundy-Fretz as director of rental operations. In addition to managing operations, Ms. Mundy-Fretz will work directly with customers. Prior to joining Altman Rentals, she spent seven years working for New York City Lites as a project manager.

Ms. Mundy-Fretz is taking over the position from John Carver, who is leaving Altman Rentals to pursue a design career with his wife, Rita Kogler Carver and their firm BearFly Designs.

To contact Ms. Mundy-Fretz call 914-476-RENT (7368) extension 131, or e-mail

Altman Rentals has been supplying the entertainment industry with rental lighting equipment for over 40 years. For more information on Altman Rentals, visit

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Stage Technologies fits Emerald

There were celebrations last month when the Emerald Princess set sail on her maiden voyage following a successful two-year build at Fincantieri's Monfalcone shipyard in Italy. Stage Technologies worked as the main stage rigging contractors, responsible for the installation and commissioning of the complete stage machinery package onboard this new Grand Class ship from Princess Cruise Lines.

The theatre system installed on the Emerald Princess is among the most sophisticated afloat and uses equipment more typically seen on major West End and Las Vegas shows.

The ship marks a major milestone for Stage Technologies. Working in Italian, French, and Japanese shipyards, Stage Technologies has supplied and commissioned stage automation systems for every new Princess Cruise Lines ship since the Grand Princess in 1998. The Emerald Princess is the first time Stage Technologies has been responsible for the entire stage machinery package as the principle stage rigging contractor.

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