City Theatrical has purchased the assets of A.C.T. Enterprises, Inc., including all lighting related product lines, as well as related patents, trademarks, production machinery and inventory, and an agreement for future product development. All equipment and manufacturing will be consolidated into CTI's New York production facilities. (

Creative Technology has hired Curt Petty, formerly senior director of sales for Barco Events, as national business development director. The company has also opened a 15,000 sq. ft. facility in Las Vegas. Herb Brandt is GM of the new operation. (;

Jeff Flowers and Rob Klatt have joined the Rose Brand Los Angeles office. Flowers is in the outside sales division, and Klatt will head the West Coast Digital Department. (

Barco Media & Entertainment (BM&E) announced that Steve Scorse will assume duties as vice president of sales and customer service in North America. Mike Jones will continue to lead the North American BM&E organization. (

4Wall Entertainment will open its third location in September, a 15,000 sq. ft. facility in Phoenix. It will be a full service operation specializing in rentals, sales, design and service of entertainment lighting. (

Vari-Lite has appointed John Adams as the director of product development for all VARI*LITE® products. He will direct all engineering and project efforts from the Dallas headquarters. In addition, Bryan Matthews has been appointed public relations manager for Vari-Lite, Entertainment Technology, and Lightolier Controls and is the primary media contact for all three brands. (;;

Nemetschek North America has announced the appointment of Sean Flaherty as its new chief executive officer. Flaherty, formerly senior vice president and chief technology officer, succeeds company founder, Richard Diehl, who is retiring after 20 years in his role as CEO. Diehl will continue his role as chairman of the board of Nemetschek North America. (

Strand Lighting's three UK facilities in Kirkcaldy, Cambridge, and London will be consolidated into a new, custom facility outside of London. The Kirkcaldy factory will be closed down over an 18-month period. Certain dimming products presently manufactured in Scotland will be replaced by new products made in Strand manufacturing sites, which are presently undergoing modernization, in the US and elsewhere. (

Martin US has hired John Dunn as its regional market manager, Total Club for the West Coast region, based in Simi Valley, CA. He will work with dealers, owners, and managers in the Total Club segment of clubs, bars, and lounges. (

A.C. Lighting Inc. has been appointed as the exclusive North American distributor for the Artistic Licence range of Art-Net products. The deal extends an existing agreement covering distribution of Art-Net products in the UK and includes the complete range of Ethernet solutions. (

Robe UK has restructured, with Ian W. Brown becoming sales director. Bill Jones is now sales manager. In the Northampton office, John Linnell joined as managing director and Bill Baker as business development manager. Nathan Wan continues as technical manager, taking on responsibility for exhibition design and coordination. After 28 years, Ian P. Brown, a founder of Robe UK, is stepping back from front line sales operations but will continue to work with Robe UK in a consultative capacity. (

Lex Products Corp promoted Liz Luther to the role of chief financial officer. Luther has been controller for the company since 1989. Michele Walters takes over for Luther as controller. In addition, Ken Makowski has joined the company as an applications engineer. (

Super Vision International, Inc. has signed a licensing agreement for its “Variable Color Lighting System” patent with AVR of Leicester, UK. (;

Digital Projection Inc. (DPI) has appointed Richard Hill as marketing communications manager. (

ENTTEC has opened a US warehouse, distribution, and repair center in Maryland. It carries stock of the full ENTTEC range, and all US-based orders are now sent from there. (

Mainstage Theatrical Supply, Inc. in Pensacola, FL, has moved to a new location at: 8804 B Grow Drive, Pensacola, FL 32514; phone: 850-434-2080; 800-851-3618. (

Color Kinetics has been issued two new US patents relating in part to LED-based illumination systems. Patent number 6,888,322 is directed to a color changing enclosure where illumination is provided by multicolor LED-based sources. Patent number 6,883,929 is directed to generating power for LED-based light sources based on the Seebeck Effect, a thermoelectric process that allows a temperature differential to generate electricity. (