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Milestones

The I.A.T.S.E. at 125

Michael S. Eddy •
  • Milestones
  • October 2018
• October 13, 2018
                                                      A Strong Legacy Continues Still thriving, vital, and as relevant to every production, craft, and market segment of the entertainment industry, The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, […] Read More...
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Soul 2 Soul tour. Photo courtesy ER Productions

ER Productions Celebrates 10 Years

PLSN Staff •
  • Milestones
  • November 2017
• November 9, 2017

ER Productions plans to celebrate its 10th anniversary by taking on its greatest challenge yet: Attempting a Guinness World Records title for the Largest Laser Show at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, on the LDI: Live Outside stage.

It’s not surprising that brands and artists want to create unforgettable live and virtual experiences. The “social media moment” isn’t just a buzzword these days, and for production and event companies, this means pushing creative boundaries.

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The company celebrated 100 years with a corporate event in Munich, Germany.

ARRI Celebrates a Century of Innovation

PLSN Staff •
  • Milestones
  • November 2017
• November 9, 2017

On Sept. 12, 1917, teenagers August Arnold and Robert Richter rented a former shoemaker’s store on Türkenstrasse in Munich, to set up a film technology firm. Combining the first two letters of their last names, they named the company ARRI.

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The 4Wall PA crew

From Atomic Lighting to Beame to 4Wall PA

PLSN Staff •
  • Milestones
• June 7, 2017

New 4Wall PA Division Builds on Solid Partnership with Leading Lighting Designers

When gaffers Brad Hafer and Brett Puwalski formed Atomic Lighting in 2008, they brought a unique perspective to the business of supplying lighting, rigging and production support to leading lighting designers nationwide.

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From left, LDs Mike Mahoney, Matt Guminski, Guy Pavelo and Marty Postma

HES + ETC: LDs Weigh In on High End’s Future with ETC

PLSN Staff •
  • Milestones
• June 7, 2017

Few were surprised with ETC’s March 31 announcement that it would be acquiring High End Systems (HES) from Netherlands-based Barco, which had owned the Austin-based manufacturer of innovative moving lights and control systems since 2008. ETC had taken the rare step of announcing its hopes for acquiring HES with a press release on March 1, while the deal with Barco was still very much in the discussion stages.

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Creative Stage Lighting Celebrates 40 Years

Creative Stage Lighting Celebrates 40 Years

PLSN Staff •
  • Milestones
• May 12, 2017

Family Business Survives and Thrives “Making Magic Every Day”

"I liked making magic happen every day,” says George Studnicky. And because of his business savvy, the ability to navigate an ever-changing market and the backing and support of his family and team of associations, there’s been many days of magic making as Studnicky’s Creative Stage Lighting (CSL, creativestagelighting.com) celebrates its 40th year in business this year.

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ChamSys partners George McDuff and Chris Kennedy meet up with new owner Albert Chauvet.

ChamSys Follows its Vision

PLSN Staff •
  • Milestones
• May 12, 2017

When partners Chris Kennedy and George McDuff were thinking about what to call their new lighting control company in the early 2000s, they settled on ChamSys, standing for “Chameleon Systems.”

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Iron Maiden pulls out all the stops with Le Maitre pyro effects.

Le Maitre at 40

PLSN Staff •
  • Milestones
• April 14, 2017

Pyro Pioneer is More than a Flash in the Pan

Along with the opening of its new production facility in rural Missouri, its first manufacturing hub outside of the U.K., Le Maitre is celebrating a milestone this year — the 40th year since its humble beginnings in 1977.

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Joe Calzone at the design desk.

Calzone Case Company Passes the 40 Year Mark

PLSN Staff •
  • Milestones
• October 16, 2016

Now Entering their Fifth Decade, This Family Business is Still Setting Standards

"It all started with a trap case,” recalls Joe Calzone, as he reflects on the case making company he founded in 1975. The legendary company, now known as Calzone and Anvil Case, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Recognized as the largest fabricated case manufacturer in the world, the name is synonymous with protective cases across a broad spectrum of industries other than rock-n-roll.

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Techni-Lux Marks 25 Years with Open House Event

Techni-Lux Marks 25 Years with Open House Event

PLSN Staff •
  • Milestones
• February 19, 2016

Orlando, FL-based lighting manufacturer and distribution company Techni-Lux held a pretty sweet open house in January that brought a whole slew of industry professionals together from all over the country. On hand were more than 30 representatives showing various lighting products and expendables that just happen to be among the 25,000+ products in the Techni-Lux catalog.

To download a PDF that includes a photo-heavy recap of Techni-Lux’s 2016 Open House event, CLICK HERE.

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Timeless Communications, parent company to PLSN magazine, presented a plaque commemorating ADJ’s 30 years at Winter NAMM 2015. Pictured from left are Eric Loader, Chuck Davies and Toby Velazquez.

ADJ and Elation Look Back on 30 Years of Innovation

PLSN Staff •
  • Milestones
• June 5, 2015

As a young man, Chuck Davies turned his back on those rude, Chicago winters for the exultant warmth of Southern California. Back then, he couldn’t have known that he would build an international live event manufacturing company that would be one of the dominant brands in the industry 30 years later. But that’s what he did, and now, as he enjoys semi-retirement, his team, including Toby Velazquez, president; Eric Loader, director of sales; and others including Alfred Gonzales, national sales manager for ADJ USA; and Brian Dowdle, marketing director; continue to build on what he started with the founding of American D.J. back in 1985.

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