IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb Unanimously Elected President of UNI MEI

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UNI MEI Global Union Renews Leadership, Adopts Priorities For 2019 

Leaders of media entertainment and arts unions and guilds from across the world met in Toronto on October 1-2 to review the work priorities of UNI MEI, the Media and Entertainment Industry division of UNI Global Union, and to renew the organization’s leadership team. Following the retirement of Gerry Morrissey, BECTU, the UNI MEI Executive Committee unanimously elected IATSE Intl. President Matthew D. Loeb as new President. President Loeb, who has served as 1st Vice President since 2008 will now lead the work of the Committee towards the UNI MEI General Assembly of 2020. 

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The USITT Gateway Program mentees and mentors at the USITT 2018 Conference and Stage Expo at Fort Lauderdale, FL
The USITT Gateway Program mentees and mentors at the USITT 2018 Conference and Stage Expo at Fort Lauderdale, FL

Learn More About the USITT Gateway Program

Michael Eddy

If you are a student in theater technology from an underrepresented population, the USITT Gateway Program could be right up your alley. A typical mentee of the program will experience the USITT annual Conference and Stage Expo with a professional mentor in the industry who shares a similar background and career path. Nominations are open now until November 26.

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Imogen Heap Tours with Soundscape

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German audio technology company d&b audiotechnnik has partnered with Grammy award winning recording artist Imogen Heap for her first tour in eight years. Heap was also the composer and producer of the music for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two. The live performances on Mycelia World Tour will be presented using its recently released d&b Soundscape system, which allows artists and designers to present more intimate and captivating acoustic spaces for their performances and events. Here's a video of Heap talking about the d&b Soundscape system: {youtube}v=fdWt8uCwPCI{/youtube}

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The Robert Juliat Cyrano followspots installed at Quanta Hall in Taiwan
The Robert Juliat Cyrano followspots installed at Quanta Hall in Taiwan

Quanta Hall, Taiwan Upgrades its Followspots

Michael Eddy

Quanta Art Foundation has recently installed two Robert Juliat Cyrano 2,500W HMI follow spots into the Quanta Hall at Hwaya Technology Park in Guishan Township, in Taoyuan County, Taiwan. Personally designed by Quanta Computer chairman, Barry Lam, and built by Taiwan master architect, Kris Yao, Quanta Hall embodies an excellent blend of technology and art; it’s creation was based on the “Trans-Art concepts” promoted by the Quanta Art Foundation.

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Thern Celebrates 70 Years of Lifting

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In 2018, Thern, Inc. is celebrating its 70th Anniversary and recently hosted an event at their facility in Winona, MN to celebrate the occasion. Thern is a manufacturer of industrial-quality hand winches, power winches, and cranes. At the celebration, the company took time to reflect on its humble beginnings, the many accomplishments achieved through seven decades of operation, and how its employees shaped its success. Here's a video on some of Thern's history: {youtube}v=c5TtKQuNt7I{/youtube}

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The Stormrider production
The Stormrider production

Lighting Designer, Marc Heinz Rides the Storm

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It’s not every day that the chance comes up to light a large-scale musical spectacular starring over 100 majestic Friesian horses, geese, a dog, a falcon… together a few famous actors and singers as well, so Lighting Designer, Marc Heinz relished the opportunity of working on De Stormruiter (The Stormrider) with a cast that truly ticked the ‘diverse’ box in every aspect. Here's a video trailer for The Stormrider: {youtube}v=3dphQ6dECLU{/youtube}

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Bill Groener forms GRO(2)B, a systems integration consulting firm
Bill Groener forms GRO(2)B, a systems integration consulting firm

Bill Groener Forms GRO(2)B, a Systems Integration Consulting Firm

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GRO(2)B, led by principal Bill Groener, provides systems integration and consulting services for architectural, themed, and entertainment lighting projects. Groener is an independent systems integrator/consultant who will work on behalf of numerous clients to help them achieve their goals in a timely and cost-effective manner.

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