The Lighting Design Group

The Lighting Design Group Critically acclaimed Broadcast and Television Lighting Design and Production Services
The Lighting Design Group, the largest broadcast lighting design firm in the world, is a consortium of Lighting and Systems Designers headed by President Steven Brill. Since 1989, numerous celebrated television shows, theatrical productions, and corporations have turned to The Lighting Design Group for its outstanding designs, exceptional production services, and comprehensive studio systems development and installation. The Lighting Design Group is incorporated in the State of New York and is headquartered in Manhattan.

The Lighting Design Group takes a multi-stage approach to designing every one of our lighting projects, from the largest television studio to the smallest remote location. The result is a rich, creative design, and an efficient, well-ordered execution. The first stage, collaboration, puts to work our well-seasoned creative and conceptual abilities. In partnership with the producer, director, and scenic designer, we determine the overall approach and style of the lighting design, establishing a working relationship with each to better serve the development of the overall design. After the design concept has been established we move on to the second stage of the design, pre-production. Employing our detailed technical and production skills, we determine how best to put the design concept into practice. Consideration is given to the production facility, lighting equipment required, schedule, labor pool, and budget. The final stage sets the design into motion. Utilizing the lead designer, assistant lighting designers, production management team and our team of electricians and gaffers, production begins and the design is taken from concept and carefully shaped into the remarkable product that many have come to expect from The Lighting Design Group. Is your project last minute, short-term or a larger, more extensive assignment? No matter what type of project is involved, the firm provides a variety of services that are helpful to you, the client. The Lighting Design Group is a full-service lighting design firm. Our hands-on management style assures that we maintain tight control over all elements of the project from the initial meeting through the launch of the project, without the top-heavy management found in larger firms. The firm provides a fully staffed Production Department who is equipped to handle any questions or issues that may arise pre-production, during the installation phase, and into post production, long after the initial launch date. Highly proficient Project Coordinators, a Scheduling Coordinator, an Assistant Lighting Designer, and an Administrative Personnel staff are always on-hand to ensure the production proceeds smoothly, seamlessly and successfully from beginning to end. The Lighting Design Group employs its extensive experience in production and design to remain an efficient and cost-effective leader in lighting design for the east coast and beyond.

Mission: The Lighting Design Group offers an established track record, skilled professionals, and a broad range of services at a fair price. It's a combination the competition can't match. Our artistic vision, production and operations management, and extensive network of designers, gaffers, and electricians can make the difference between a good show and a great one.

01/22/2020
Knight of Illumination Awards

Knight of Illumination Awards

Monica Rose and Steve Brill won the Astera Award for Live Performance Special (Non Music) for the Funeral of Former President George H.W. Bush.

Judges said 'the solemnity of the moment was complemented by a careful, unobtrusive lighting design.'

See what Monica had to say backstage after collecting the sword!

Happy New Year’s Eve everybody! A special thank you to all who are working through the holiday!!
12/31/2019
Live Design Magazine

Happy New Year’s Eve everybody! A special thank you to all who are working through the holiday!!

Mike Grabowski of Lighting Design Group shares lighting plots for the outside setup of the 2019 Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest held in Times Square on December 31, 2018. Check out the plots!

Happy Holidays!
12/23/2019

Happy Holidays!

Tune in to watch us at work during the 6th Democratic Debate at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles hosted by PBS...
12/20/2019
Watch the PBS NewsHour POLITICO Democratic Debate

Tune in to watch us at work during the 6th Democratic Debate at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles hosted by PBS NewsHour and POLITICO!

Democrats take the stage for 2019's last primary presidential debate on Dec. 19. Find our livestream here, plus expert commentary, analysis and fact-checking.

Tune in at 8pm to watch our team in action during the 2019 CNN Heroes. Meet 2019's Top 10 everyday people doing extraord...
12/09/2019
CNN Heroes: Everyday people changing the world - CNN

Tune in at 8pm to watch our team in action during the 2019 CNN Heroes. Meet 2019's Top 10 everyday people doing extraordinary things to change the world!

Everyday people doing extraordinary things to change the world

Wishing you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving from LDG!
11/28/2019

Wishing you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving from LDG!

Congratulations to the whole team, all the other winners, and nominees!
11/26/2019
Winners Of The 2019 KOI-USA Awards

Congratulations to the whole team, all the other winners, and nominees!

The winners were announced at the second annual Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA), honoring lighting and video designers' work.

Delighted to announce our lighting designers Steve Brill & Monica Rose won The Astera Award for Live Performance Special...
11/25/2019

Delighted to announce our lighting designers Steve Brill & Monica Rose won The Astera Award for Live Performance Special (Non-Music) for their work on the Funeral of Former President H.W. Bush at the Knight of Illumination Awards this weekend! Congratulations to the whole team!

Lighting Designers - Steve Brill, Monica Rose
Gaffers - Lesli Tilly, Jon Goss, Mike Purbaugh
Best Boys - Sean Linehan, Leon Virgo
Project Manager - Sheryl Wisniewski
Chief Electrician at Washington National Cathedral- Greg Addison

The 2019 Knight of Illumination Awards USA nominees are in and we’re thrilled to announce that The Lighting Design Group...
10/29/2019
Live for Broadcast Shortlist Announced for 2019 KOI-USA

The 2019 Knight of Illumination Awards USA nominees are in and we’re thrilled to announce that The Lighting Design Group has been shortlisted in 3 of 5 Broadcast categories! Congratulations to all!

Dan Rousseau for Cuomo Prime Time- CNN (Unscripted Series)

Mike Grabowski for MTV Push: Billie Eilish episode (Live Performance Special-Music)

Steve Brill & Monica Rose for Funeral of Former President H.W Bush- ABC (Live Performance Special-Non-Music)

The organizing committee of the 2019 Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA) has announced the shortlist for the Live for Broadcast category.

10/11/2019
Life is Unscripted - Inside the Actors Studio

Inside the Actors Studio is back and, with the retirement of Mr. Lipton, has a neat new format! Actors interviewing actors. Senior Designer Mike Grabowski was brought on to help reimagine the classic show. David Cook and Tim Kaufman have served as the Project Managers, and Sean Linehan and Carl Skovgaard have made it happen as the Production Electricians. Tune in to watch on Sunday 10/13 on Ovation Network!

All unscripted. All real. All-new Inside The Actors Studio Premieres Sunday October 13th at 10pm ET. Subscribe to Ovation's YouTube - http://bit.ly/OvationSu...

Sharks Pregame Live will unveil the new state-of-the-art NBC Sports Bay Area Studio on Saturday, October 5th at 6:30 p.m...
10/04/2019

Sharks Pregame Live will unveil the new state-of-the-art NBC Sports Bay Area Studio on Saturday, October 5th at 6:30 p.m.! The new 2,270-square-foot studio in San Francisco will feature a modern sleek design, 30-ft-wide LED monitor, 120 LED tiles integrated into the set and an interactive Demo Area. It will serve as the set for the Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Giants and San Francisco 49ers pre- and post-game shows, news updates, press conferences, breaking news and magazine shows as well as San Jose Sharks, Sacramento Kings and Oakland A’s pre- and post-game shows.

The studio was lit and executed by Executive Lighting Designer: Steve Brill, Sr. Lighting Designer: Niel Galen, Assistant Lighting Designer: Dan Rousseau, Gaffer: Eric Kasprisin, Programmer: Jon Goss, Equipment Sourcing: Scott Laurentz, Equipment Logistics: Alex Womer and Project Manager: Hannah Zucker.

https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/home-page/nbc-sports-bay-area-nbc-sports-california-reveal-brand-new-studio

(Photo Credit: NBC Sports Group.)

Here's an inside look into the third Democratic Debate held at Texas Southern University last Thursday, September 12th! ...
09/17/2019
ABC goes structural for its Democratic debate stage design

Here's an inside look into the third Democratic Debate held at Texas Southern University last Thursday, September 12th! A phenomenal job done by our team: Senior Lighting Designer Dennis Size, Lighting Designer Alex Kyle-Dipietropaolo, Head Gaffer Lesli Tilly, Spin Room and LD/Gaffer John Reynolds, Production Gaffer (ABC) Brian Renoni, Programmer Evan Purcell, Local Production Electrician Bob Katz and Senior Project Manager Carolyn Szymanski!

The 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidates met for the third time this election cycle with ... Read More

**LIVE FROM HOUSTON** Tune in at 8pm ET to see our lighting team hard at work during the third Democratic Debate in Hous...
09/12/2019
ABC News Live Video

**LIVE FROM HOUSTON** Tune in at 8pm ET to see our lighting team hard at work during the third Democratic Debate in Houston, Texas!

Watch 24/7 live news video and breaking news coverage on abcnews.com

Remembering those we lost on September 11th, 2001, gone but never forgotten.
09/11/2019

Remembering those we lost on September 11th, 2001, gone but never forgotten.

Happy Tuesday, hope everyone had a restful holiday weekend and is ready to face the week renewed & recharged! We definit...
09/03/2019
A look at Fox Business’ updated home in Studio G

Happy Tuesday, hope everyone had a restful holiday weekend and is ready to face the week renewed & recharged! We definitely are, check out our work on the newly updated Studio G for Fox Business!

Fox Business unveiled a new look for Studio G on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, that ... Read More

Great write-up of our work on the Democratic Debate by Live Design Magazine! Click for more pictures, details and an int...
08/19/2019
Designing the First 2020 Democratic Debate: Part Two, Lighting

Great write-up of our work on the Democratic Debate by Live Design Magazine! Click for more pictures, details and an interview with senior lighting designer Steve Brill!

Steve Brill discusses The Lighting Design Group's design for the first Democratic debate of the 2020 presidential election.

08/07/2019
Kiana Ledé Performs 'Bouncin' & 'Ex' + EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW | MTV Push

Happy Hump Day!

Check out this video our Senior Lighting Designer Mike Grabowski worked on this month with MTV Push! Shout out to gaffer Seán Linehan, programmer Alyssa Eilbott and project manager David Cook for working hard on such a cool performance!

MTV’s Push Artist, Kiana Ledé performs her hit songs ‘Bouncin,’ ‘Ex.’ + stick til the end to see if Kiana can guess the mystery sauce! #MTVPush #KianaLede #M...

Thank you Jon for a great 15 years, you have played a pivotal role in LDG's history and we're so thankful for all of you...
08/01/2019

Thank you Jon for a great 15 years, you have played a pivotal role in LDG's history and we're so thankful for all of your valuable contributions. We wish you nothing but the best as you start your new chapter in life! Good luck!

Emmy season is upon us!Thrilled to have several nominations for Outstanding Lighting Direction and Scenic Design in The ...
07/30/2019

Emmy season is upon us!

Thrilled to have several nominations for Outstanding Lighting Direction and Scenic Design in The 40th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards.

Congratulations to Sr. Lighting Designer Steve Brill and Lighting Directors Monica Rose and Greg Addison for their work on the President George HW Bush Funeral Live on ABC and Sr. Lighting Director Steve Brill, Sr. Designer Robert Hunter, Production Designer Renee Cullen, Lighting Designers: Niel Galen and Dan Rousseau and Scenic Designers: Brett Kelly, Guy Pepper and Jeff Young on their nominations for The Van Jones Show on CNN!

Good luck to you all!

With the final studio debut in CNN's Hudson Yards location on Saturday, July 20th, 2019 we wanted to congratulate our te...
07/24/2019

With the final studio debut in CNN's Hudson Yards location on Saturday, July 20th, 2019 we wanted to congratulate our team on their months and months of hard work. We could not be more thrilled with the final results, congratulations to you all!

Exec. Lighting Designer: Steve Brill
Sr. Lighting Designer: Niel Galen
Project Manager: Mike Kemp
Lighting Designer: Dan Rousseau
Lighting Designer: Joshua Cutler
Lighting Designer: Fred Uebele
Assistant Lighting Designer: Josh Azoulay
Asst. Lighting Designer: Adam Lobelson
Gaffer: Jon Goss
Equipment Manager: Scott Laurentz
Programmer: Evan Purcell
IA Head: Brian Renoni
Systems Designer: Richard Hoyes
Systems Technician: Rick Corley
Systems Project Coordinator: Kate Groener

With the final studio debut in CNN's Hudson Yards location on Saturday, July 20th, 2019 we wanted to congratulate our team on their months and months of hard work. We could not be more thrilled with the final results, congratulations to you all!

Exec. Lighting Designer: Steve Brill
Sr. Lighting Designer: Niel Galen
Project Manager: Mike Kemp
Lighting Designer: Dan Rousseau
Lighting Designer: Joshua Cutler
Lighting Designer: Fred Uebele
Assistant Lighting Designer: Josh Azoulay
Asst. Lighting Designer: Adam Lobelson
Gaffer: Jon Goss
Equipment Manager: Scott Laurentz
Programmer: Evan Purcell
IA Head: Brian Renoni
Systems Designer: Richard Hoyes
Systems Technician: Rick Corley
Systems Project Coordinator: Kate Groener

07/05/2019

Wishing you a happy, healthy and safe 4th of July weekend!

With the Presidential Debate cycle in full swing, we're so excited that our work on the second Democratic debate was see...
07/02/2019

With the Presidential Debate cycle in full swing, we're so excited that our work on the second Democratic debate was seen by 18.1 million viewers on on Thursday, June 27th! Congratulations to our wonderful crew who worked tirelessly to achieve success it was!

Lighting Designers: Steve Brill, Niel Galen and Anna Jones, Gaffer: Jon Goss, Best Boy: Martin Everett, Programmer: Evan Purcell, Board Operator: Eric Kasprisin, and Project Manager Sheryl Wisniewski

The 2018 Broadcast Production Awards awarded The Lighting Design Group wins in 2 of 3 lighting design categories! We're ...
06/19/2019
2018 Special Event Lighting Design

The 2018 Broadcast Production Awards awarded The Lighting Design Group wins in 2 of 3 lighting design categories! We're so proud of our PyeongChang Olympics team for winning the 2018 Special Event Lighting Design award for their work on NBC's Studio A and our Ada Derana team for winning the 2018 International Lighting Design award for their work on Studio 24 in Sri Lanka! Congratulations to all involved!

The premier production awards for broadcast professionals brought to you by NewscastStudio

We're thrilled to announce that our work on the Vikings Entertainment Network Studio won a Silver Telly during the 2019 ...
06/07/2019
Winners – Telly Awards

We're thrilled to announce that our work on the Vikings Entertainment Network Studio won a Silver Telly during the 2019 Telly Awards in the Craft -Set Design Category! A huge shout out to our LDG team: Senior Designer Mike Grabowski, Gaffer Eric Kasprisin, Programmer Evan Purcell, Project Manager Mike Kemp and Project Coordinator Josh Aldridge and to PROVOST STUDIO and Chicago Scenic Studios, Inc on the wonderful job! Congratulations to you all!

Telly Winners represent the very best in video and television across all screens. Stay tuned for a full Winner’s gallery rebuild coming your way in October 2017.

Wishing you a beautiful Memorial Day. In honor of all the Veterans, as well as the active service members. Thank you for...
05/27/2019

Wishing you a beautiful Memorial Day. In honor of all the Veterans, as well as the active service members. Thank you for all you do!

05/24/2019
BTS performs 'Boy With Luv' live on 'GMA'

Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone! We're getting into the summer groove with the launch of Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series. Enjoy this clip of BTS performing 'Boy With Luv' live in Central Park!

The global music sensation rocks out the "GMA" Summer Concert Series to their smash hit in Central Park.

"New Day" and "Cuomo Prime Time" go live from Studio 19Y at Hudson Yards on Monday, May 20th, 2019! Congratulations on t...
05/22/2019
CNN’s ‘New Day’ gets lofty update

"New Day" and "Cuomo Prime Time" go live from Studio 19Y at Hudson Yards on Monday, May 20th, 2019! Congratulations on the great job done by our partners at Jack Morton Worldwide and Mystic Scenic Studios who worked on the design and fabrication. Check out the lofty set for "New Day" below!

CNN’s “New Day” made the move to the network’s new Hudson Yards headquarters with an ... Read More

05/15/2019
Clickspring Design

Clickspring Design

If you watch CNN you may have noticed some new environments debuting this month! Don Lemon CNN and Chris Cuomo had a little fun showing off our latest contribution to the network in their new #hudsonyards HQ. Thanks, as always, to our partners Showman Fabricators, The Lighting Design Group, and our own Corey Atwood, Tristan James, and Adrienne Kapalko for an excellent project delivery! There's more to come, so stay tuned!

With CNN's move to Hudson Yards well under way, we're happy to announce both "CNN Tonight" and "Erin Burnett OutFront"  ...
05/14/2019
CNN Studio 19Z blends video walls and structural elements

With CNN's move to Hudson Yards well under way, we're happy to announce both "CNN Tonight" and "Erin Burnett OutFront" have aired from their new home in Studio 19Z on Monday, May 13th, 2019. Check out our work on the 360-degree new studio complete with various video walls, a functional staircase, and balcony!

After debuting Studio 17N last week, two CNN shows moved into Studio 19Z in Hudson ... Read More

05/12/2019

Wishing you a Happy Mother's Day!

04/20/2019

From all of us at LDG, have a happy and joyous Pesach.

Wishing everyone a Happy Passover and Easter.
04/20/2019

Wishing everyone a Happy Passover and Easter.

May your holiday weekend be filled with treats, family, and warm memories ... oh, and also well-lit.  Our offices will b...
04/19/2019

May your holiday weekend be filled with treats, family, and warm memories ... oh, and also well-lit.

Our offices will be closing early today. Please call the Hotline number if you need us immediately.

Today's the day!  May your deductions be plentiful and your refund generous.
04/15/2019

Today's the day! May your deductions be plentiful and your refund generous.

04/04/2019
‘Good Morning America’ gets new set to match its new graphics

Today for #TBT we revisit a long, long running show, GMA, which just underwent a refresh. Leading the charge was Vice President of Design Dennis Size, Associate Designer Josh Windhausen, Assistant Lighting Designer Jeremy Dominick, and Senior Project Manager Carolyn Szymanski. Thanks also to Gaffer and Head Electrician Ed Ford, Lighting Director Sean Conklin, and Programmer Ron Lavalle.

ABC News‘ “Good Morning America” had a good April Fools’ Day trick up its sleeve ... Read More

Hard to believe it's been 50 years!  Check out this brief writeup from Live Design Online, complete with a  link to view...
04/03/2019
Lighting Plots for the 50th Year of Sesame Street

Hard to believe it's been 50 years! Check out this brief writeup from Live Design Online, complete with a link to view the light plot.

Lighting Design Group's Dan Kelley is the lighting designer and artistic eye behind lighting Sesame Street, which is celebrating 50 years.

Hopefully everyone survived any April Fool's Day pranks.  Speaking of which, looks like ETC was at it again.
04/02/2019

Hopefully everyone survived any April Fool's Day pranks. Speaking of which, looks like ETC was at it again.

Your favorite stage light, now for everyday activities. Go where no Source Four has gone before with Source FourHead. Our latest innovation features a lightweight design with the brilliant, long-lasting light you’ve come to expect from ETC. This headlamp is ideal for outdoor activities, household chores, and much more.

Thanks to NewscastStudio for the mention!Lots of us worked on this project.  Senior Lighting Designer Niel Galen, Gaffer...
04/01/2019
NewscastStudio

Thanks to NewscastStudio for the mention!

Lots of us worked on this project. Senior Lighting Designer Niel Galen, Gaffers Eric Kasprisin and Jon Goss, Programmer Evan Purcell, Director of Production Mike Kemp, and Project Manager Hannah Zucker.

Check out the original post below. The stunning set was built by Black Walnut and designed by Jack Morton.

NBC Sports Philadelphia debuts new studio with flexible, LED-driven design from Jack Morton Worldwide

Featuring LED from Leyard with fabrication by blackwalnut and lighting from The Lighting Design Group.

03/27/2019

Yesterday we mentioned Yahoo! Finance's launch this past Monday in a redone Studio A. Here are some more pictures of the areas within the studio. Photos courtesy of Photographer Gino DePinto.

Good luck to all on a long, successful run.

Congrats to Yahoo! Finance of Verizon Media who just launched their new studio at 770 Broadway.  A lot of people helped ...
03/26/2019

Congrats to Yahoo! Finance of Verizon Media who just launched their new studio at 770 Broadway. A lot of people helped make this project happen. From our Systems Department: Senior Systems Project Manager Tony Siniscalco and Systems Techs Rick Corley and David Niccolai. From our Design Department: Vice President of Design Dennis Size, Lighting Designer Ariel Benjamin, and Gaffer/Programmer Lesli Tilly. And from Production: Senior Project Manager Carolyn Szymanski and Production Coordinator Emily Naylor. Our awesome crew: Nick Koridis, Jonny Fuller, PJ Curtis, Theresa Unfried, Oswaldo Parra, and Matt Borruso.

Set Design by John Casey. Photos by Gino DePinto.

Lastly, thanks to Geoffrey Nelson, Senior Director, Head of Verizon Media Studios and Erin Bigelow, Head of Verizon Media Studio Operations.

03/21/2019

Happy Purim!

03/20/2019

Spring has sprung! Today (in the Northern Hemisphere) is the Vernal Equinox, with mostly equal amounts of light and dark. (As lighting people, we notice these sorts of things. I suspect you all do too.)

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