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Jeff Steele Joins Clearwing Productions’ Phoenix Pro Shop Staff

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PHOENIX, AZ – Clearwing Productions has hired Jeff Steele as a member of the Pro Shop in their Phoenix office.  Steele has been a fixture in the industry for over 15 years, including time spent with Masque Sound, Precise Corporate Staging, and AV Dimensions. Over the past six years, Steele has worked in operations and production at Clearwing, and returns after two years away from the company.

“We couldn’t be happier to have Jeff back.  He is an excellent addition to the Phoenix Pro Shop staff,” says Pro Shop Manager, William Irwin. “His product knowledge is keen and his experience is invaluable.  With the rapid retail growth we’ve experienced here in Phoenix, we needed someone who could hit the ground running.  Jeff is just that person.”

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ARRI Opens Camera Rental Facility in Atlanta

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ATLANTA – ARRI noted recently that it is opening a camera rental facility in Atlanta. The new operation, conveniently located for both studio and location productions, is open for business and will be fully operational starting late summer 2014. Add a comment

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Astera Names Bluebottle Exclusive Australian Distributor

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RUDESHEIM, Germany – Astera named Bluebottle as the exclusive distributor of Astera’s wireless event lights in Australasia. Bluebottle is based in Melbourne, Australia, and will serve mainland Australia, New Zealand and other Australasian islands. Bluebottle has been working with Astera since 2010 and this partnership will serve to enhance the sales, distribution and support of Astera’s wireless event lighting range in the Australian market.

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NanoLumens Names Gary Feather Executive VP of Operations

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NanoLumens Names Gary Feather Executive VP of OperationsATLANTA — NanoLumens named Gary Feather executive vice president of operations. Feather comes to NanoLumens with senior level management experience at other companies, including Sharp Electronics, where he served as senior vice president of LED Lighting. In addition, Feather is the holder of three U.S. patents, in Networked Video Devices (Number 7,594,245), Method for Processing Saturated Intervals in Video Sequences (Number 6,671,420), and Presence Based Technology (Number 8,356,317). Add a comment

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HB-Laser Joins Laserworld Group

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LENGWIL-OBERHOFEN, Switzerland – Laserworld Group, based here, announced July 11 that HB-Laserkomponenten GmbH (HB-Laser) is joining the company’s ranks. The merger, for an undisclosed sum, also involved an undisclosed shift in ownership, but Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany-based HB-Laser will remain a separate legal entity and will retain its brand identity. No changes to either company’s management or staff were announced. Add a comment

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AV Concepts Names Malcolm Tinkham VP of Client Solutions

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TEMPE, AZ – AV Concepts named Malcolm Tinkham vice president of client solutions. Tinkham's career in marketing, which has spans 20 years, includes positions held with Jack Morton Worldwide and George P. Johnson. He will serve as a liaison between clients and internal teams and will also be responsible for identifying, designing and applying market-driven strategies to achieve growth.

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Robert Juliat Names A.C.T Lighting U.S. Distributor

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From left, Francois Juliat, managing director of Robert Juliat; Bob Gordon, chairman of A.C.T Lighting; Claus Spreyer, sales director of Robert Juliat; and Ben Saltzman, president of A.C.T LightingWALLINGFORD, CT —Robert Juliat named A.C.T Lighting its exclusive distributor for all Robert Juliat products in the U.S. Robert Juliat USA’s Fred Lindauer and Pete Engel will join the A.C.T Lighting sales group, and the RJ USA office here will be closing after the end of 2014 as A.C.T Lighting manages all sales and customer service issues going forward. Add a comment

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Apollo Design Technology Hires Michael Kretschmer, Promotes Rita LeFavour

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Apollo Design Technology Hires Michael Kretschmer, Promotes Rita LeFavourFORT WAYNE, IN – Apollo Design Technology hired Michael Kretschmer as the company’s mechanical engineer. He will be involved at all stages of a product, from research and development to design and manufacture through to product release. The company also promoted Rita LeFavour to customer relations specialist. LeFavour has been with the company for more than 15 years.

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Clay Paky Names Alberico D'Amato Head of International Sales

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Alberico D'Amato is pictured here (right) with Pio Nahum, Clay Paky’s sales and marketing director (left).SERIATE, Bergamo, Italy — Clay Paky named Alberico D’Amato head of international sales, a new position. D'Amato, who has worked as a Clay Paky area manager since 1997, is responsible for coordinating all internal area sales managers and external regional sales representatives in their dealings with distributors and customers. D'Amato is pictured here (right) with Pio Nahum, Clay Paky’s sales and marketing director (left). Add a comment

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Absen Names Third U.S. Distributor, Media Visions, for Rental & Staging Products

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ORLANDO, FL – Absen’s U.S. operation, based here, named Media Visions as its distribution partner for the China-based company’s rental and staging products. Media Visions, which will handle Absen products in the Southeast U.S., joins previously appointed Absen distributors LED3 (Northeast U.S.) and Matrix Visual Solutions (Western U.S.).

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