Red Alert September 1

Red Alert is a nationwide event taking place on September 1, 2020 to call attention to the plight of all live event/entertainment workers who have no work, no income and seemingly nowhere to turn for help. Consider this:

  • Live events employ over 12 million people.
  • Live events contributes over $1 trillion annually to the US economy.
  • 95% of live events have been cancelled due to COVID-19.
  • 96% of companies have cut staff and/or wages.
  • 77% of people in the live events industry have lost 100% of their income, including 97% of 1099 workers.

On September 1st, 2020, #WeMakeEvents, a coalition of trade organizations, businesses, unions, and live events workers, will light up their venues, homes, and cities in red at over 1,500 locations across North America to raise public and media awareness in support of the live events.

That’s a great idea! How can I help?

  1. Share your story about what live events mean to you, whether you’re on stage, backstage, or in the audience.
  2.  Light up your home, porch, apartment, etc. in RED on September 1 — be sure to take photos and share them on social media!

Is this for real?

Absolutely! We personally know directors, designers, production managers, stage hands, stage managers and performers who haven’t worked since March, and who have no expectation of going back to work before March of 2021 at the earliest. Yes, unemployment insurance has been extended (at least in New York), but without the extra $600 unemployment for many is only enough to cover rent – so all other expenses have to be paid with savings, for as long as savings last. How many of us have enough savings to cover 12 months of expenses? And let’s face it, with an average of one million new unemployment claims every week for over 20 weeks, almost no one is going to “Find Something New”.

All of the theatres that Studio T+L has designed over the years are dark. The venues that are in construction will sit empty when they are finished. We know that many people are hit hard by the economic impact of the corona virus, but the entire live entertainment industry closed. Please do what you can to help!

Thank You!

Congratulations Ed McCarthy! (again)

Our own Ed McCarthy has received his fifth Emmy nomination!  Ed was part of the lighting team for the 73rd Annual Tony Awards.  The team’s work has been nominated for Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special.  Ed’s previous nominations were for lighting of the Tony Awards in 2014, 2017, 2018 and 2019.  Congratulations, Ed!

What Do Broadway’s Best Lighting Designers Actually Do?

I missed this article in Forbes when it was first published last fall, but it’s a great overview of a stage lighting designer’s role as told by some of today’s leading designers.

Osram Discontinues and Recalls Large PAR Lamps

Osram Sylvania has announced that they are discontinuing the manufacture of large PAR lamps (i.e. PAR46, PAR56 and PAR64).  They have also announced a voluntary recall of all large PAR lamps manufactured since November 2016.

According to Mark DeLorenzo, Entertainment Business Unit Manager at Osram, previous to November 2016 all large PARS were made in the USA, but that factory is closed and the equipment no longer exists.  Their only manufacturing facility for these lamps is in China, and they have had such terrible quality control issues that they don’t see an alternative but to cease manufacturing.  

GE is no longer making these lamps, either.  I don’t see them on the Philips web site, although I do see off brands available at some online retailers but a quick search finds no 1000W PAR64s.  So, we’re coming up on the end of an era.  The inexpensive and sturdy PAR is being replaced by products like the Source4 PAR and various LED units.

Congratulations Ed McCarthy!

Our own Ed McCarthy has received his third Emmy nomination!  Ed was part of the lighting team for the 71st Annual Tony Awards.  The team’s work has been nominated for Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special.  Ed’s previous nominations were for lighting of the Tony Awards in 2017 and 2014.  Congratulations, Ed!