David Johnson Joins ACT Entertainment in New Post of Senior Vice President Sales

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ACT Entertainment, the new entity formed by the ACT Lighting, RapcoHorizon and AC Power Distribution brands, announces the appointment of David Johnson to the new post of Senior Vice President Sales. Johnson is well known for managing the Live Design International (LDI) franchise.

“When we rebranded as ACT Entertainment, it was clear that we needed strong leadership in the sales department to bring all our world-class sales forces together across the organization and ensure their continued success and the high level of customer service for which we’re known,” says Ben Saltzman, CEO of ACT Entertainment. “David has 30 years’ experience in the industry and is a proven team leader. He’s well liked and has a broad knowledge of all the disciplines in which ACT Entertainment operates in. He knows the business front-to-back and side-to-side and understands the playing field in all its dimensions.”

Discover All the Advantages of IP-Rated Lighting on Elation July 29th Coffee Break

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As lighting professionals the world over increasingly discover the benefits of IP-rated lighting, Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif will use the July 29th Elation Coffee Break to talk about environmental protection beyond water and moisture, and reveal some of the tips and tricks pros can use to get the most out of their ingress protected luminaires.

With Elation offering the market’s leading line of IP65-rated luminaires, and the Proteus range now synonymous with weatherproof lighting, there’s no more qualified team to present an IP65 special. Join Alistair and Frederik as they provide tips for weathering temporary outdoor installations such as festivals, while covering topics like marine grade coating, sun protection mode, and IP testing gear. And remember, sealed IP-rated lighting keeps out particulates like dust, sand and grime and has a host of benefits for indoor use as well.

Canadian Distribution Partner, Plus Extended Product Line, For Manfrotto Lighting and Avenger Lighting Grip

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A.C. Lighting Inc., distributor of world-class lighting and rigging technologies, is delighted to announce that we are now a Canadian Distribution Partner of Manfrotto Lighting and Avenger Lighting Grip products in Canada. With this announcement, comes the extension of the product portfolio across the North American Market.

A.C. Lighting Inc. announced at LDI in 2019 their partnership with Manfrotto Lighting and Avenger Lighting Grip to distribute their products throughout the United States. Backed on the success of this partnership, the two companies have decided to partner in the Canadian market.

Manfrotto Lighting and Avenger Lighting Grip products are designed and manufactured in Italy to service the needs of the professional lighting and grip worlds. A.C. Lighting Inc.’s product offering will center around products designed exclusively for the lighting industry including, film, theatre, broadcast, live entertainment, and audio-visual channels. Manfrotto and Avenger are known worldwide for manufacturing lighting stands, clamps, adapters, and accessories for the professional lighting market.

Elation July 8 Coffee Break

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In many respects, a lighting designer is only as good as the lighting tools at his or her disposal. So what makes one luminaire a superior tool for creative lighting design and another not? Join Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif on the July 8th Elation Coffee Break as they showcase one of Elation’s most popular and creatively rich moving heads, the Artiste Picasso™.

From Elation’s award-winning Artiste series of creative, full-featured moving heads, the Artiste Picasso is an innovative and inspirational theatrical-grade luminaire. The 23,000-lumen LED light is rich on features, including a zoom and a rotating 4-blade framing system, and houses the latest in artistic projection possibilities, allowing lighting pros at all levels to light like a master. A universal fixture with the flexibility to serve a variety of applications, it produces the uniform field of light that designers prefer while staying whisper quiet, making the Artiste Picasso ideal for stage environments of all types.


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ACT Lighting (RapcoHorizon/ProCo Sound/RHC Holdings) is pleased to announce the launch of ACT Entertainment, a new entity formed by bringing together the brands of the ACT Lighting and RHC Holdings family of companies.

While deeply rooted in the heritage of its legacy companies, the value offered by ACT Entertainment is more than the sum of its parts. The new ACT is a streamlined organization that takes a holistic approach to the industries it serves, curating critical entertainment technologies and bringing leading products and services to its clients across multiple distinct markets.

Elation announces Atendi as exclusive distributor in Denmark

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Elation Professional is pleased to announce that Atendi A/S has been named the exclusive distributor for Elation products in Denmark. Effective immediately, Atendi will partner with Elation to represent and distribute Elation’s comprehensive line of lighting products.

Atendi A/S, located in Copenhagen, has a long history as a distributor of professional equipment to concerts, events, film, TV and theatre, as well as architectural installations. Previously known as Bico Professional A/S, the company actually dates back more than 100 years.

Victory for Absen in U.S. Intellectual Property Case

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On June 12, 2021, a federal jury in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas delivered a complete victory for Absen in a patent infringement lawsuit. In the case, Ultravision alleged that Absen LED display products exported to the United States infringed certain patents. The unanimous jury verdict found that none of the nine Absen accused products lines infringed any of the asserted patent claims. The jury also determined that all asserted patent claims were invalid. The ruling followed after four days of testimony and about only three hours of jury deliberations.

As a leading LED display company that is deeply involved in the international market, Absen has, since its establishment 20 years ago, consistently adhered to its core principles of technological innovation and respect for intellectual property rights. After being sued in 2018, Absen actively responded. It set up a special team of internal experts as well as external American lawyers led by Goodwin Procter LLP. Absen also partnered with other Chinese LED display companies (Glux, Leyard, Liantronics, and Unilumin). Particularly, the partnership included jointly retaining Goodwin Procter and executing a joint response strategy. With the overall planning and efforts from all parties, a highly successful result was received in the US court and Absen thanks all involved.

ADJ Group Mournes Loss of Valued Colleague and Treasured Friend José Mario Estrada

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It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the ADJ Group says goodbye to our valued colleague and treasured friend José Mario Estrada. Known to everyone as Mario, he was an important member of the ADJ México Sales Team whose warm smile, sociable personality and gracious nature will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.

Mario contracted COVID-19 in April, was admitted to hospital and fought the virus valiantly, but sadly lost his battle the following month. He died on May 12, the day after his 53rd birthday, and leaves behind a loving wife and son, as well as many other extended family members and friends.

Legrand Donates Vantage, QMotion, and Luxul Brand Solutions for R.I.S.E. Home Built by Wounded Warrior Project and Gary Sinise Foundation

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Legrand today announced that donated solutions from its Vantage, QMotion, and Luxul brands were utilized in a customized smart home for Marine Sgt. Jonathan Blank, who was severely injured in Afghanistan. Provided by the Wounded Warrior Project® and Gary Sinise Foundation as part of the Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment (R.I.S.E.) program, the home and its technologies are designed to make Sgt. Blank’s life more comfortable and convenient.

“We are grateful for Legrand’s support, which has been a tremendous gift for Sgt. Blank,” said Blaine Christensen, Co-owner of Advanced Integrated Systems. “The company’s solutions have been instrumental in providing this American hero with a high-tech home that will forever change the trajectory of his life.”