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Welcome to Thinkwell Design

Thinkwell Design & Production of Burbank, California has joined USITT as a new Sustaining member. Michael Finney, Thinkwell’s VP, Production & Technical Design, is the company contact for USITT.

More information can be found at about the company whose goal is to provide its clients with one-of-a-kind attractions, branded experiences, events, exhibits, entertainment and master plans.

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UM-Kansas City Welcomed

We welcome new Sustaining member, University of Missouri-Kansas City. Since USITT will be visiting Kansas City for the 2010 Annual Conference & Stage Expo, it is especially provident that the organization is becoming more active with USITT.

To learn more about their programs, visit

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Cobalt Studios

Cobalt Studios is planning several seminars in the coming months. For more information, visit Cobalt on the web at

The seminars include Interior Marble December 1 to 5; Furnishing Your Backdrop December 16 to 19 2008; and Teacher Training, Creating a Scenic Painting Course - 3 Credits and Up June 22 to 26.

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Infogate Earns Award

Infogate for the iPhone, the latest innovation by Wybron, was released at LDI 2008 in October where the company’s Gel Swatch Library for the iPhone took home ESTA’s 2008 Member’s Choice Product Award in the “Widget” category.

Infogate for the iPhone lets lighting pros control rigs and troubleshoot problems from virtually anywhere in the building – all with a pocket-sized wireless device. It gathers invaluable feedback from lighting equipment and uses a wireless signal to transmit the data to an iPhone or iPod. With that wireless signal, users can inspect and manipulate equipment without being chained to a booth, board, or computer.

Wybron’s Gel Swatch Library, which works on Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch, tied for the “Widget” award with Lex Products’ 3Phase 3Fer power cable. The library lets users browse, search, and compare nearly 1,000 gel colors made by GAM, Lee, and Rosco, showing similar and complementary colors for each shade.

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Aldridge Joins StageLight

Stage lighting and production professional Murl “Rudi” Aldridge has joined the StageLight organization as a project developer/manager in the Nashville office. He can be reached locally at 615-244-5300, toll-free at 877-891-7203, or e-mailed at

Mr. Aldridge has served on the staff of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and was technical director for Vanderbilt University's Martha Rivers Ingram Center for the Performing Arts. He has been lighting designer and production manager for many Nashville arts organizations including Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville Opera, Mockingbird Public Theatre, and Acme Moving Group. He also has taught stage lighting and stagecraft for Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts.

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New Hippotizer Version Released

Hippotizer V3 software release 3.0.12 is now available through distributor TMB.

A few additions and improvements include: “PhatController,” Ethernet, or RS232 control of external devices; automation component which synchronizes parameters and accepts feedback from popular stage automation protocols; a powerful timeline programming tool; simple mode for fast programming of less demanding shows; new, optimized timeline storage format with auto-recovery and unlimited undo; advanced clock functions and scheduling for synchronizing multiple servers and stand-alone operation; media-manager which allows files to be saved with an expiration date; comprehensive time-code monitoring; BeatBridge for audio triggering of any Hippotizer component; and HippoBlaster.

Find out more information about Hippotizer at

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