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Clancy Names Three Staff, Adds Winches

As part of an ongoing expansion, J. R. Clancy has promoted one staff member to the position of engineer, and added an estimator and an accounting manager at its corporate headquarters in Syracuse, New York. The firm also added two new models to its winch products.

Craig Eagleson was promoted to engineer from his project manager job. He joined the staff a year ago, and his bilingual abilities made him invaluable as he managed dealer projects in Latin America as well as in the United States.

Jennifer VanWaldick joins Clancy as the company's accounting manager.

Bill Jones brings more than 35 years of theatre experience to his new position as estimator for J. R. Clancy. He works closely with dealers to translate job plans and specifications into price quotes.

In response to recommendations and requests from customers, J. R. Clancy added two new models to its PowerLift motorized winch line -- the PowerLift Variable Speed 0-20 fpm motorized winch (product number 018-P0220V) and the PowerLift Fixed Speed, 20 fpm motorized winch with a load capacity of 1,200 pounds (product number 018-P0212).

For additional information, contact J. R. Clancy at 800-836-1885 or

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Acquires Hi-Tech Rentals, Opens Denver Office

Production Resource Group, L.L.C., a leading entertainment technology company, has purchased Hi-Tech Rentals, Inc. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with additional facilities in Orlando, Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada, Hi-Tech supplies audio, video, lighting, and related services for trade shows, corporate meetings, and other events.

Hi-Tech will continue to operate out of its Atlanta office and warehouse, which will become a key depot for PRG's products and services.

PRG also opened a lighting systems and expendables sales office in metropolitan Denver, Colorado. The new location is seven minutes from Denver International Airport and 10 minutes from downtown, at 11801D East 33rd Avenue, Aurora, CO, 80010. The office phone number is 303-341-4848.

Staffed by account executive Joseph P. Cervone, project coordinator Wayne Evans, and office manager, Beverly Evans, this office specializes in sales to theatres, houses of worship, and other places of public assembly; commercial office buildings, restaurants and retail spaces; and premium residential structures.

For more information on PRG, visit

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Vari-Lite Lights 'Favorite Mom' Show

On Mother's Day NBC aired America's Favorite Mom, a reality show where five finalists vied to become the nation's favorite mom.

Lighting Designer Matt Ford lit the show with Vari-Lite luminaires supplied by PRG, consisting of 53 VL1000 luminaires and 6 VL3000 Spot luminaires. Mr. Ford's system also consisted of 32 VL5B and 25 VL6C+ luminaires.

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On the Prowl for Fowl

SeaChanger ducks really get around.

Officers are on the prowl for the newest "Most Wanted Duck" in the country -- Disco Duck -- last seen in the vicinity of a SeaChanger trade show, where the disco club-friendly rich colors of SeaChanger Studio Dichroics made their debut. The suspect is described as yellow, made of rubber, about three inches tall and fewer than seven ounces with a retro '70s orange Afro and wearing a blue collared shirt. He's known to enjoy karaoke and often carries a microphone (he's quite dexterous for a duck).

Officials have already apprehended two of Disco Duck's fellow flocking fugitives: the notorious Scuba Duck, a USITT favorite most often associated with the introduction of the soft-edged illumination SeaChanger Wash, and Pirate Duck, original member of the gang whose jaunty blue beret bears the jarringly unmistakable mark of the dastardly skull and bones.

SeaChanger Ducks are a crafty lot, always recruiting new members and staying one step (duck-paddle?) ahead of the authorities. The good news is, they tend to hang around at SeaChanger trade shows and are typically pretty easy to nab. Just be aware that the best hunting happens at the beginning of the show, as everyone wants to get their hands on SeaChanger Ducks.

Word on the street is, the newest duck on the pond is migrating its way to Las Vegas (the desert could be a challenge) for LDI 2008. Stay tuned for details.

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SHoW DMX Wins Second Award

City Theatrical's new SHoW DMX wireless DMX received the Live Design Lighting Product of the Year Award from Live Design Magazine at the Broadway Lighting Master Classes on May 20 in New York City. SHoW DMX was a nearly unanimous first draft pick by the judges in the Wireless Networking category.

City Theatrical, Inc. has offices in Carlstadt, New Jersey and London, England, manufactures unique lighting accessories, and has been the winner of 29 product and business awards. Products include the award-winning SHoW DMX, accessories for Color Kinetics, Auto Yoke, and Lightwright 4 as well as the world's most extensive catalog of theatrical lighting accessories.

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