Congratulations to Jeff Engel for receiving yet another Emmy Award nomination for "Wheel of Fortune"! The 2014 Emmy Award winner has been busy with the powerhouse game show duet "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel" in the studios, in addition to traveling on location for those shows. "Jeopardy!" has recently traveled to Madison, North Carolina, and Las Vegas. America's most popular game show "Wheel of Fortune" went to the Big Island of Hawaii! It was big undertaking, involving nine containers and trailers, shipped all the way from L.A. just for lighting and power. The show took place under an 85' x 100' roof structure constructed at the shore just for the show. Four weeks of shows were taped at the Hilton Waikoloa village resort. To read more about this enormous feat, check out this amazing article from the International Cinematographer's Guild's February 2015 issue. Jeff was also featured in the April issue of ICG. "Wheel" also recently traveled to Walt Disney World, New York, and Jamaica.
"Jeopardy!", America's #1 quiz show has held that place for nearly 950 weeks and comes in first place for 67 consecutive ratings sweeps periods. "Jeopardy!" has been honored with 30 Daytime Emmy Awards, more than any other syndicated game show. "Jeopardy" was nominated in several categories, but the Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction is all owed to Jeff. "Jeopardy!" ranked as the number one show in syndication for a third consecutive week!
Runner up was our "Wheel of Fortune". Spinning since 1975, "Wheel," after three decades in syndication, is STILL (and has been) the #1 program in the history of syndicated television and this year marks its 30th season in syndication. It is seen by more than 16 million viewers each evening in the U.S. and 100 million weekly viewers worldwide. Dubbed "America's Game", "Wheel" produces 195 shows per season and has taped on location 65 times through the years. Each week features a different theme, set design, and lighting design. Both of these shows have just been picked up through the 2016 television season on key ABC stations.
Recently completed: Game Show Network's Award Show Pre-show. Up next: "The 22th Annual SAG Awards" and its nominations, which will be held at the Shrine Auditorium. TNT and TBS shared a live telecast of The SAG Awards and is both channels' most watched and highest-rising annual show.
The film Jeff Calderon worked on, 96 Souls, premiered in May all over the country! Jeff has been very busy with the return of game shows "Divided" and "Winsanity" as well as the all new game show "Emogenius". You can find all three of these beauties on Game Show Network now and in the months ahead. Jeff just wrapped Season 18 of “Divorce Court”. It's just been renewed through 2019 making it the longest running court show on television!
Recently completed for our telethon pro were “The Chabad Telethon”, “The Armenia Fund Telethon”, and then the award show for Local 600 Cinematographer’s Guild, “The Publicists Awards”. Several events for The Church of Scientology along with Celebration of Science with a goal of reaffirming the importance of bio-science with guest speakers including Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
Jim Carne is revving up for award season. The master of the red carpet, Jim lit the Pre-show for "Entertainment Tonight" and "OMG/The Insider" at The Golden Globes. Then comes The Emmys and The Academy Awards. He will be at the Shrine Auditorium as well for the red carpet of The SAG Awards. Jim also helps out "Entertainment Tonight" in the studio when he can. America's first choice for entertainment news fell for Jim the minute he stepped on set. The host, Leeza Gibbons gives kudos to Jim for making her look so good.
Jim is the Court Show King. Currently assigned to "We the People with Gloria Allred", "Justice for All", "America's Court with Judge Ross", "Supreme Justice", and even "Justicia Para Todos". Both “We the People with Gloria Allred” and “America’s Court with Judge Ross” were nominated in the Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program Syndicated category for the Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards! “America's Court with Judge Ross” is a nationally syndicated, non traditional/dramatized court show that's been airing since 2010. "We the People with Gloria Allred" is a courtroom series presented by high-profile celebrity attorney Gloria Allred; she streamlines cutthroat cases and legal battles. "We the People" has been nominated for three Emmys and he as been renewed for a third season. “Justice for All” is a unique courtroom program produced in both English and Spanish. In addition to these shows, Jim also does the sitcoms “The First Family”, which is in syndication, and “Mr. Box Office”. Jim also aids in covering for "Divorce Court", and "America's Funniest Home Videos" when the regular LD is unavailable. Another show Jim is doing is “Comics Unleashed”, a half-hour comedic talk show hosted by Byron Allen. The show features a panel of four guest comedians performing their standup bits. Jim recently completed an ad campaign for McDonald's, numerous other pilots, as well as another graduation ceremony from Scott Sternberg's reality TV show, "The Academy" where Deputies are molded to serve in the L.A. Sheriff's Department.
Robin Gray has been named the primary Lighting Designer for The Hollywood Bowl Summer Season's concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Robin Gray is recovering from Las Vegas where she again designed and directed for five different rooms at the MGM Grand for the Nortel Global Sales Conference. She manages and wrangles five different crews for this show! Talk about a team leader. She does this all with a huge smile. Immediately after all her duties on the MSNBC Presidential Debate, Robin took off to work on a high-scale wedding and then straight from there to Shanghai for Hewlett-Packard!
Coming up is the bi-annual TCA Press Tours. The annual broadcast TV upfront frenzy that is Press Tours, or "futures market", allows the ritual of buyers and sellers into negotiations to place more than $9 billion in advance advertising commitments for the upcoming television season. Broadcast networks typically sell 80%-85% of their ad inventory for the coming year during upfront. Lately upfront has shown a rapid shift to focus on the online world and its newsworthiness has grown exponentially.
Also recently completed: The Organ Anniversary for the Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Home Depot Store Manager's Meeting and Innovation Exchange, The MTV Movie Awards Pre-show, The Kids Choice Awards Pre-show, HP Comdex, HP Leadership Summit, ESPN X-Games, Intel Core i-7 Launch, and a few different projects for The Milken Institute. The Home Depot show took place at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Home Depot had managers from around the country in attendance. The client for Sunrise sent Robin a note thanking her for her remarkable, exciting, original work in Sydney and said it was a true gift of beauty and asked her back in September for Hawaii. No surprise to us. The Global Conference Robin lit for Milken in Beverly Hills had speakers from the top of media discussing the preparation and shaping for the future of entertainment, internet, advertising, news, technology and finance.
Last but not least was LA Phil LIVE led by its dynamic director Gustavo Dudamel. In this once-in-a-lifetime concert experience Dudamel led the Los Angeles Philharmonic, combined with multiple choirs and soloists, in Mahler's "Symphony of a Thousand" (No. 8). The performance put more than 1,000 musicians on the stage in Caracas, Venezuela, performing the complete symphonic cycle in both the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Caracas. Robin contributed her expertise to both performances, completing a remarkable international collaboration.
Robin returned to the Walt Disney Concert Hall for their 10th Anniversary with the LA Phil for the opening gala, A John Williams Celebration (photos). The Hall raised a whopping $3.5 million for the organization and its education programs. The lighting was spectacular!
Patrick Schulze, the Lighting Director for the Yahoo! Music live sets has been working consistently there lighting several various big artists. He has also just completed "Trivial Pursuit", "Go for the Green", his annual RSA Gala, The L.A. Auto Show, Roland at NAMM, the GM Style event, the Palm Springs Follies, which he also does annually, and a few Corporate events for Bank of America.
Gameplay HD, Rainbow Media's high-definition channel that focuses on video gaming, teamed with Electronic Arts to create a new TV series featuring the "EA Sports Madden Challenge". Pat was in on this show which was shot at Universal Studios on the set of "Fear Factor". The winner of the tournament takes home cash and prizes totaling $100,000. Patrick has also been helpful in covering for Jeff on "Wheel of Fortune" when necessary and has also recently flown to Boston and Las Vegas with them. We're happy and proud to have Pat on board with us. Pat is also a Lighting Designer for the Hollywood Bowl this summer.
Jenny Bloom has signed on for the 11th season of hit VH1 show "Ru Paul's Drag Race" and another season of "Ru Paul's Drag Race: All Stars”, as well as “Untucked”! Stay tuned! Our enthusiastic Jenny Bloom is finishing up another season at the Angels Stadium covering the home games along with other projects for Fox Sports. Jenny is also a Lighting Designer for the Hollywood Bowl this summer.
Sean "Sid" Post has been over at Universal shooting "Steve." This big and beautiful set welcomes several guests each day as well as musical and other special acts. Sean recently returned from Canton, Ohio where he lit the NFL Hall of Fame Enshrinement. That's not all for football: later, Sean traveled to Houston, Texas, for Super Bowl LI lighting. But he's not done with his fabulous famed interview lighting. He's working on "One-on-One" with Mary J. Blige. First interview down. They interviewed the former first lady and presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Oprah hasn't forgotten about him either; he just shot a Netflix interview with her.
The all-knowing Kim Killingsworth is raring to go. He is in the beginning stages of summer lighting for The Hollywood Bowl! Stay tuned.