Wishing you a happy, healthy and safe 4th of July weekend!
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.
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 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 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!
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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 all you do!
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.
Check out how Studio 19Y transforms from a lofty to a nighttime look for Chris Cuomo's "Cuomo Prime Time"!
After “New Day” went live from CNN’s new Studio 19Y in Hudson Yards, Chris Cuomo’s ... Read More
"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
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" 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
Wishing you a Happy Mother's Day!
From all of us at LDG, have a happy and joyous Pesach.
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 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.
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 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.
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, 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.
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 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.
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.)
Tonight! Check out Senior Designer Niel Galen and Lighting Designer Dan Rousseau’s work on HLN's Very Scary People, airing at 9 PM. Also helping were Gaffer Lesli Tilly and Technicians Bobby Henry, Pete Specce, Robin Dill, Leon Virgo, Rob Sambrato, and Rachel Chatham also helped turn a large house into a television set. David Cook served as Project Manager. Thanks, also, to Lighthouse for providing the equipment.
Very Scary People
St. Patrick's Day is upon us, and with it the color green. In entertainment, green doesn't get much respect. However it's the second most popular color, and the favorite color of President Washington. Green has always symbolized growth, renewal, and fertility. So much so in the 1400s, it was the preferred color of wedding dresses. Santa's suit was green before Coke remade ole St. Nick in their image. Surprisingly, green is not the national color of Ireland (St. Patrick's Blue is used more commonly), but it is considered lucky.
So this weekend, may the luck of the Irish bring you a well-lit (though maybe not a lot of green light) weekend.
Remember to Spring forward this Sunday morning. Not a fan of the biannual clock change? Neither are some legislators, who want us to remain on DST year round.
Originally started as a way to save coal during World War One, the practice's benefits have forever been hotly debated. Many say DST helps boost the economy, reduces traffic accidents, lowers rates of heart attacks, and even helps combat obesity.
But regardless of how you feel about Daylight Saving Time (there is no "s" after saving, apparently), we hope the extra daylight means your weekend will be well-lit.
A trio of Florida politicians have introduced a bill to have the nation observe daylight saving time all year round
Where has Senior Designer Mike Grabowski been? After months in hiding, Vice Live is ready for launch.
Catch the show (and Mike's work) Monday through Thursday, 9p-11p, live from the Vice offices in Brooklyn.
Designed by Mike Grabowski, also helping was Assistant Paul Hudson, Gaffer Eric Kasprisin, Programmer Evan Purcell, and Technician Veronica Spettmann. David Cook served as Project Manager.
Going forward, John Salzmann will continue on as the Series Lighting Designer, while Bob Vazac will be the Series Gaffer. Thanks to Worldstage for providing the equipment.
Good luck to all on a long, successful run!
The hosts chat with Nicole Scherzinger and Charlamagne tha God.
Yesterday we mentioned our work on the latest Intelligence Squared debate. Definitely watch the show if you can, but if you can't here are some photos from the broadcast.
Where there's broadcasted conflict, Vice President of Design Dennis Size is probably lighting it. This is particularly true for long-time client Intelligence Squared and their last debate, Unresolved: The Techonomic Cold War with China.
Helping with the show, which happened at Symphony Space earlier this week here in Manhattan, was Gaffer Lesli Tilly, Lighting Techs Rachel Shair, Ryan McSherry, Pete Specce, PJ Curtis, and Rob Sambrato. Carolyn M. Szymanski served as the Senior Project Manager.
President Xi Jinping has made it clear: When it comes to big data, advanced weaponry, and other innovations in tech and AI, China has plans to surpass the United States as the world’s next techonomic superpower. But between the trade war with the U.S., the ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, and a...
Ross Lowell, inventor of gaffers tape, died in January. Hard to imagine our industry without his numerous contributions. He was 92.
Ross Lowell was a man of many talents who had more than 25 patents to his name, created a lighting company and created gaffer tape, a staple in the camera bags of photographers and cinematographers the world over.
You forgot it's Valentines Day, didn't you? Never fear! We at LDG have you covered.
Have a ... lovely ... day.
Sad news out of ETC, Fred Foster has lost his battle with cancer. Hard to imagine someone more fundamental to the infrastructure of our industry, helping others create through tools he helped breathe life into.
On February 8, 2019, Fred Foster, ETC co-founder and CEO, lost his courageous battle with cancer. The industry has lost a visionary, an innovator, and a true leader. etcconnect.com/Fred-Foster/
While it's pretty cool to have fun tees available for lighting folks, I'm not certain any of us would have found it.
Regardless, may your weekend be properly categorized and, of course, well-lit.
For #TBT we turn to Abba and their song, Super Trouper, released in 1980, a song that's sort of about a spotlight.
For a chance to be LDG's Facebook Fan-of-the-Day, what light was actually used in the video? (Hint: It's not a Super Trouper.)
The industry lost a great this week; Andrew Dickey has died. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, and daughter, Ella. The outpouring of emotion and support on social media shows just how many lives he touched, including a lot of us in and around LDG. More than a colleague, he was a mentor and friend to so, so many.
When something so sudden and terrible as this happens, it's hard to wrap your head around it. Our hearts are heavy with grief. Taken much too soon, we finish this week coming to grips with the fact our world is much less bright.
What a weekend of football! And it just so happens one of our shows, Good Morning Football, is in the news. Congrats to the team at GMFB for three successful seasons, including Senior Designer Mike Grabowski, Project Manager David Cook, Lighting Designer Lane Sparber, and Assistant Lighting Designer Alan Craft.
Despite the negative trends TV faces in ratings and content, "GMFB" has become a remarkable hit that has makes significant impacts across football culture.
Winter is here! Stay warm and dry this weekend. (And, of course, well-lit.)
A few weeks ago, LDG was tasked with lighting MSNBC's Trinity University Town Hall with Speaker Pelosi. Senior Designer Niel Galen, Gaffer Jon Goss, Director of Production Michael Kemp, and Project Manager Hannah Zucker all helped to make it happen.
Check out video of the event below, which plays after a short ad.
In her first interview since she was elected Speaker of the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi talks to MSNBC's Joy Reid and students at Trinity University during an M...
LDG was recently honored to be apart of a fantastic project in Sri Lanka: TV Derana. Madhawa Madawala, CEO and Executive Director, said, “We’ve upped the game in broadcast excellence in Sri Lanka. This is now the gold standard of news broadcasting, allowing our viewers and the whole of Sri Lanka to enjoy a high quality broadcast of daily news that they cannot get from anywhere else.” This new facility puts South Asia on par with other, well-known news organizations known for top-notch broadcasting. It’s a big deal for the local population, and we at LDG are glad to have played a small part.
Many people helped make this happen. From LDG Senior Lighting Designer Brian McRae, Senior Production Manager Mike Kemp, Production Manager Joshua Aldridge, Lead Gaffer, Senior Programmer, and Lead Console Instructor Evan Purcell, Associate Gaffer, Associate Programmer, and Associate Console Instructor Tori Piper, and Equipment Manager Scott Laurentz. Also, the beautiful set was designed by Production Designer (of Clickspring Design) James Youmans, and construction was handled by Onsite Set Construction Supervisor (of Mystic Scenic Studios) Chris Devine.
We also want to thank our clients, Chairman Dilith Jayaweera, Deputy Chairman Laksiri Wickramage, CEO and Executive Director Madhawa Madawala, and General Manager of On Air Creative and English Programming Mahieash Johnney.
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