Telemundo 62 Philadelphia Debut Studio Upgrade

With the latest in IP infrastructure and storytelling technology, NBCUniversal’s duopoly in Philadelphia has completed its on-air move into the Comcast Technology Center.

Occupying three floors with 80,000 square-feet, the new broadcast facility boasts three studios, ergonomic furniture and flexible workspaces for the news teams of NBC 10, WCAU, and Telemundo 62, WWSI.

“From our open newsroom layout to our studios that feature cutting-edge technology and distinctive Philadelphia-area designs, the Comcast Technology Center enables our team to leverage innovative technologies in our storytelling,” said Ric Harris, the station’s president and GM.

Tony Plosz, VP of Operations and Engineering for NBC 10 and Telemundo 62, notes that the building features a variety of enhancements, from the three-story sky garden to the abundance of collaboration space to relocating the various all-news operations onto a single floor. READ MORE HERE…

Standard 410 Firmware Release – Version 2.0

Cineo Lighting is proud to announce a substantial software upgrade for the Standard 410 full-gamut softlight: Version 2.0. With this release, the Cineo Standard now includes the features most requested by the gaffers and DP’s that rely on the 410 as a key part of their production lighting systems.

Significant features include:

1. Improved low-level color blending

Additional resolution has been developed specifically for color-blending when the output level is below 5%. This provides consistent saturated color values at very low light levels.



2. HSI and RGB Personalities

In addition to the Standard 410’s HSI+K color space, users can optionally choose to work in RGB+K color mode when controlling with DMX. This new personality is ideal for board operators familiar with theatrical-style color control.



3.  8-bit and 16-bit selectable DMX data

For applications that require precision control, the Standard 410 can now be controlled in either 8-bit or 16-bit DMX data protocol. This is particularly useful when subtle, dynamic lighting effects are required.



4.  Preset Save / Recall

The Standard 410 can now store up to 6 custom fixture settings under local control, and recall them for later use. Any specialized lighting setup can be instantly retrieved, making setup easier and faster.


Firmware is available for download at in the Cineo Downloads section of the website.

Cineo Lighting Celebrates 5 Years

Friends and Colleagues:

As Cineo has reached its five-year anniversary today, I want to thank everyone who has supported us, worked with us, and believed in our vision of building the highest-quality digital lighting in our industry.

Five years ago, this was nothing more than a dream and through tireless work from our incredible team, we have built one of the strongest lighting brands in our industry.

Most importantly, I want to thank our customers, without whom there wouldn’t be a Cineo. Our charter is to treat every customer with the utmost degree of support we can muster, and I hope your experience with us has been exceptional.

In the coming year, we plan to deliver even more cutting-edge technology to the motion picture, television and broadcast industries. I hope you will consider Cineo’s products in your production decisions. We will continue to apply our technical know-how during this “analog-to-digital” transition, and promise to do our best to positively change the way you work with production lighting.


Rich Pierceall

Premiering NBCUniversal LightBlade

Universal City, California, May 31, 2017 – NBCUniversal announces the latest innovation in LED production lighting, NBCUniversal LightBlade ( In partnership with Cineo Lighting, this new line of high performance lighting combines NBCUniversal’s decades of production and broadcast experience with Cineo’s award-winning proprietary technologies. These new products will debut at Cine Gear Expo in Stage 14, Booth # S126.

“Advancements in LED technology are allowing greater capabilities in production lighting, and we’re excited to be at the forefront of that movement,” said Jamie Crosbie, Vice President of Studio Services at NBCUniversal. “NBCUniversal LightBlade LED production lighting provides outstanding color, along with the ability to have each NBCUniversal LightBlade individually DMX controlled.”

“From its inception, Cineo’s charter has been advancing the art of motion picture, television and broadcast production through application of innovative lighting technologies,” said Rich Pierceall, CEO of Cineo Lighting. “Working with NBCUniversal to achieve this goal is both an honor and great opportunity to actively integrate lighting into the production process.”

At Cine Gear, three different NBCUniversal LightBlade configurations will be on display: the LB50 stand- alone linear source, the LB1K, an integrated 4’ x 4’ soft source, and the LightBlade Ladder Light, which continues the familiar form factors of NBCUniversal’s backdrop lighting system. The lightweight 1.5” x 48”, 50 watt light engines are designed to operate in a variety of physical layouts, including stand-alone operation. NBCUniversal LightBlade products are versatile, lightweight, silent and flicker-free, and built to endure the wear and tear of staging and production.

NBCUniversal LightBlade products feature reference-quality variable white light from 2700K to 6500K. They have superior color rendering with typical CRI>90, R9>95, and a saturated color engine that works creatively with high-CRI white light. Additional products are being developed for use on location and on stage.

About NBCUniversal LightBlade

NBCUniversal LightBlade is a unit of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About Cineo Lighting

Cineo Lighting, LLC, was founded to produce the highest quality lighting systems available for the motion picture, television, and photography industries. By pioneering cutting-edge technologies, Cineo creates high-output, compact light sources for image capture, in all power ranges, which exceed the capabilities of traditional lighting tools. For more information, please visit

Cineo Lighting Winner of ProductionHUB 2017 NAB Awards of Excellence

LAS VEGAS, NV – ProductionHUB, the global network of local freelancers, crew and vendors, announces its selections of the 2017 Awards of Excellence from the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show.

More than six million people rely on ProductionHUB each year for the best in production services, recruitment and staffing. The Awards of Excellence recognizes standouts in technological innovation and practice from the NAB Show Floor, the anchor event of the industry. Recipients of this award blaze the path of technological advancement, demonstrating excellence every step of the way.

“We interview hundreds of exhibitors from trade shows across the country to make sure our users are up to date on the tech and skills needed to succeed on set and in the workforce,” says Steve Rotz, Vice President of ProductionHUB. “Because of this focused view, we are in a unique position to select and spotlight the best of the best from the NAB Show.”

Continue reading the rest of the article here:

TV Technology – Announces 2017 NAB Show Winners

LAS VEGAS—TV Technology has announced the Best of Show Award winners for the 2017 NAB Show.

NewBay Media’s Best of Show Awards are judged by a panel of engineers and industry experts on the criteria of innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. The winners will be featured in TV Technology magazine, read by thousands of broadcast professionals in the United States, around the world and online. TV Technology is the industry’s leading magazine for technology news and reviews. Only a small number of products were selected to receive a Best of Show Award from among hundreds of new products in competition.

Please continue reading this story here: 

Cineo Lights “America’s Got Talent”

LOS ANGELES—“America’s Got Talent,” the acclaimed nationwide talent show that has become a mainstay on NBC, is set to premier its 12th season this year. Cineo Lighting has been with us since the beginning, helping ensure judges, hosts and performers always look their best for the camera.

Featuring unique performers from across the country, the series is a true celebration of creativity and talent, offering a colorful array of singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians, ventriloquists and other hopefuls. These acts rely not only on their abilities, but also on the aesthetics of their acts. For this, I need a lighting solution that I know will give me the color temperature I want right out of the box. I can’t have any degradation of field or uneven color output, otherwise I’ll lose precious time adjusting each light during setup. Also, if the lighting isn’t properly adjusted, the post-production team will have to spend time touching up the brightness and evenness of the shot for the viewers at home.

To achieve this, we feature 25 Cineo HS and several HSX fixtures, supplemented by 10 Maverick fixtures with battery attachments, and Cineo Matchstix kits and Matchboxes, which light all the ancillary action not on the stage, including the holding room, interview positions and the Judges Gold Room.

Read the full story here:

PBS Newshour Re-Light by The Lighting Design Group (PLSN July 2015)

The Lighting Design Group Plays KeyRole in New Look for PBS Newshour

Created: 30 July, 2015
The Lighting Design Group Plays Key Role in New Look for PBS Newshour

SHIRLINGTON, VA – On Monday, July 20th, PBS Newshour, filmed at the WETA studio A, featured a new look that included new graphics, music, lighting and set. The show now features a clean, open, airy look consisting of large freestanding blue, red, and amber, acrylic panels carved into shapes evoking the PBS logo. Complementing the new set is a new lighting design by Dennis Size, vice president of design for the Lighting Design Group (LDG).
More details from LDG (

The entire set, which has four interview areas for anchors Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill, is encircled almost 360 degrees with a 20-foot-high white cyc. Eric Siegel worked with scenic designer George Allison, Newshour executive producer Sara Just and Newshour director Joe Camp on the project,

The lighting design involved a total overhaul of the existing electrical system — removing the decades old, malfunctioning dimmers and converting the existing circuits in the grid to hot power appropriate for LED technology.

Gaffer, Lesli Tilly, along with electricians supplied by LDG from our D.C. labor pool, worked closely with Barbizon Lighting in D.C. and Newshour Lighting Director, Charlie Ide to convert WETA’s Studio A, in Shirlington, Virginia, to an energy efficient space.

Size spec’d all state-of-the-art equipment consisting of 80 Source 4 Lustre Series 2 ellipsoidal, using primarily 14 and 19 degree lenses, as key and fill lights.  He also used 25 Sola 12 Lite Panels LED fresnels as softlight washes. The color temperature chosen for the studio was 5,000 degrees Kelvin, in part for the crisp “pure white’ quality of daylight, and also because of all the large monitors used all around the set.

Lighting the massive cyc required testing to ensure the proper look.  The design required the acrylic panels to be lit only by the bounce light off the cyc itself.  So getting the right instrument for such dominate parts of the set was crucial. Units were demoed at Gotham’s Scenic Shop in New Jersey.  Ultimately 70 Selecon LED Cyc Lights were purchased to light the cyc entirely from the floor.

Control is achieved by an ETC Gio console.

In addition the Home Base anchor desk was outfitted with 10 Cineo Matchstixs to provide a soft fill from below for Gwen and Judy — counter-balancing the ellipsoidal key lights, almost all of which were hung at 20′.

Spotlight: Cineo Foton2 (Adorama Rental Co. Blog May 2014)


Spotlight: Cineo TruColor Foton2

This week’s Spotlight is on the Cineo TruColor Foton2; a remote phosphor, portable par light.  It’s one of Cineo’s first portable lights that pulls a mere 35W and has an output equivalent to 200W tungsten, or 125W HMI.  You can change the beam angle of the light by switching out the various par reflectors included with the kit. READ MORE…



Jimmy Kimmel Moves to LED Lighting With Cineo

April 17, 2014
The newly re-lit “Jimmy Kimmel Live” studio

LOS ANGELES—I’m the lighting designer for ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show and a couple of years ago I was asked by the show’s producers about transitioning the production to LED lighting. I told them that at that time the technology was getting a lot better, but was not quite to the point where I was ready to deploy it.We revisited the subject of LED last December and I felt that based on what I had seen at the Live Design International show last fall—after short-listing some manufacturers— we could proceed with an LED makeover.


The show originates from the historic El Capitan Theater, a Hollywood landmark, and this presented some real challenges in terms of air conditioning, as we are limited in the scope of infrastructure changes that can be done at such a protected facility. I wanted to use this opportunity not just to take advantage of the power and HVAC savings that LED illumination would bring, but also to do a relight for the show as we shoot it today, as opposed to the show 10 years ago when we first did the lighting.. The show has changed over the years and we shoot it very differently now—it’s not just a desk, a chair, and a couch situation at “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” We use every inch of the studio and I need to be ready for whatever Jimmy and his writers come up with.

As mentioned, the show has been on the air for a decade and I was looking for technology that would last for at least another 10 years. READ MORE…