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Serapid Announces New Staff Member

Greg Dettloff was recently hired as project manager by Serapid, Inc., of Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Serapid is an established leader of equipment movement technology. Its products are featured in a range of industries from automotive to stamping to nuclear applications and stage engineering. Its core product, the Rigid Chain, can push and pull loads of up to 1,000 tons.

For more information about Serapid, visit, e-mail, or call 586-274-0774.

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New Theatre Winch Debuts

Thern and Hall Stage North America recently announced the introduction of the North American version of the Hall Stage DGH variable speed curtain winch.

The 8DGH Series curtain winch is based on the popular DGH series by Hall Stage Limited, a manufacturer of stage rigging equipment located in the United Kingdom. It is an attractive and robust option for operators with small to medium sized venues looking for automated curtain control. It also supports low voltage remote control options giving it the added versatility desired by operators. Customers will have a range of customization options.

Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2008, Thern, Inc. is a major designer and manufacturer of winches, cranes, and hoists for virtually any industrial application. Headquartered in Winona, Minnesota, it markets its products worldwide. Learn more about Thern products at or e-mail or call 1-800-843-7648.

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Focus Groups Yield Valuable Feedback

Lighting professionals weighed in on Wybron products during a day of focus groups June 4 and July 9 in New York City. Electricians, designers and other experts critiqued Wybron lighting equipment and offered input on how product designs could be improved. The feedback went straight to Wybron engineers.

The event previewed some of Wybron's new products as well as changes to its Infogate software, which uses two-way communication protocols to let users manage their lighting rigs remotely.

Wybron, Inc. designs and manufactures innovative, practical, and high-quality lighting equipment for some of the biggest entertainment productions in the world. Learn more at

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Hippotizer V3 On A Roll

In the world of media servers, 2008 is the Year of the Hippo. At InfoComm 2008 in Las Vegas, TMB and Green Hippo will celebrate the overwhelming and positive response Hippotizer V3 has enjoyed since its North American launch last fall. The industry's most prominent productions, in a wide array of disciplines -- concerts, broadway, opera, television, worship, corporate and more -- are now specifying the Hippotizer, moving it into the leading position in the world of projection, display, visual effects, and video playback.

Hippo V3 was selected to be a featured product on the Video Equipment Rental (VER) Roadshow, a nationwide training tour visiting over 20 North American cities featuring in-depth training in market-leading video and lighting equipment. TMB launched the Hippo School program offering full-day, intensive, hands-on Hippotizer training throughout North America. Go to for the current schedule.

For more information about Hippotizer, visit the TMB Hippotizer web page at For information about other innovative and exciting products from TMB, visit

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Auerbach Completes Museum Consulting

Auerbach Glasow French and Auerbach Pollock Friedlander collaborated with the design team of Studio Daniel Libeskind and WRNS Studio on the recently opened Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco providing architectural lighting design and theatre consulting services. The new museum is located just north of Moscone Center and the Yerba Buena Esplanade in San Francisco's South of Market/Convention Center district.

Auerbach Glasow French designed the architectural lighting for the interior public areas, event spaces, galleries, education center, and administrative offices. It also was retained to light the inaugural exhibits.

Auerbach Pollock Friedlander collaborated on the development of the museum's public assembly space, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Hall -- a multi-use meeting and banquet facility with a telescopic seating system to accommodate lectures, media presentations, and arts events for smaller audiences. The plan relies on a telescopic seating system that requires little more than 30 minutes to set up, allowing the room to be converted from an open plan meeting space.

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Luebbers Named New Principal

Schuler Shook, a leading firm in theatre planning and architectural lighting design, announced Lorna Luebbers as the newest principal in the firm. Ms. Luebbers joined Schuler Shook's Chicago office in 1993, building its administrative and human resources components. As the lighting design and theatre consulting firm grew, her responsibilities expanded into marketing and business development. Ms. Luebbers has been instrumental in internal and external communication as marketing director for the firm's Chicago office. During her 15-year tenure, Schuler Shook has received significant local and national awards and publicity for a myriad of theatre and lighting projects.

Ms. Luebbers is a member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services and a graduate of Northwestern University.

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