The judging is carried out by three panels of industry experts.
Live for Broadcast Judges
Award-winning lighting designer Jeff Ravitz has worked with Bruce Springsteen for a number of years, and is esteemed for transforming live entertainment performances into broadcast ready television shows. Audiences will have also seen Jeff’s work on comedy shows for Jim Norton, Dave Chappelle, and Kevin Hart to name a few. Jeff was lighting consultant for the 2010 Olympics Medal Ceremonies, and for 3D concert films for Dave Matthews, Lollapalooza festival and Canadian pop-star, Justin Bieber.
A popular lecturer, Jeff has delivered talks throughout the world. He was the host and creative consultant of the Live Design Magazine ‘TV and Concert Master Classes’ on lighting design.
“Lighting is the defining element of the visible, visual experience for the live audience that sees the show in the performance venue, and it follows that it would be the same for the viewers seeing the show on a screen. Lighting reveals what and how the stage action and environment should be seen. It is part of the visual counterpart to the script, lyrics or choreography.
From a young age Amy was interested in art, and eventually discovered dance provided another dimension to her voice as an artist. Originally working with large productions and tours as a choreographer for the likes of Madonna, Aerosmith and Earth Wind and Fire. Amy has since worked as a creative director, show director, producer and a writer, directing events such as America’s Got Talent live in Las Vegas, and Steven Tyler at Bristol Motor Speedway/Nascar.
Alana Billingsley is an Emmy winning Art Director with more than 10 years experience managing the Art Department for high profile live television events. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Drama Design Alana translated her passion for live entertainment into a career that has included work on some of the biggest live events on television. Highlights include The Grammy Awards, The CMA Awards, The Oscars and one Democratic National Convention.
“Lighting and Video Design are unique and necessary because they are temporal arts. Scenery creates the unique physical circumstances for an event but the lighting and video design are it’s beating heart. So much more than the basic, necessary function of revealing the proceedings to the audience, lighting and video design bring an editorial component (look here, don’t look here) as well as tempo and mood to the show.”
Michael Appel is an Emmy Award-winning lighting director and programmer with 5 Emmy nominations and 3 Emmy wins to his credit. He has worked extensively on broadcast television shows and industrials. Specializing in large-scale award shows and live music productions, his work has been seen on all the major broadcast networks as well as numerous cable and streaming outlets. Selected credits include Kids Choice Awards (Nickelodeon), Teen Choice Awards (FOX), Christmas in Rockefeller Center (NBC), MTV Video Music Awards (MTV), CMT Music Awards (CMT), The iHeart Radio Music Festival (CW), The NBA All-Star Game, In Performance at the White House (PBS), CNN Heroes (CNN-Emmy Win) and Election Night on Democracy Plaza (NBC News-Emmy Win).
He has been honoured to be a part of some once in a lifetime events such as the Hope For Haiti Telethon and Live Earth Concert for a Climate In Crisis.
Michael has programmed 2 tours for Bruce Springsteen, including the most recent, “The River” tour.
Recently, expanding his reach, he has been designing under his company banner MADesign (madesign.tv). Designs include Gwen Stefani at The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for NBC, Mary Kay Leadership Conference, Market America World and International Conferences and the launch of the Maserati Levante Trofeo at the 2018 New York International Auto Show.
“When lighting for broadcast, we have the advantage of knowing what the audience’s perspective will be. With that, there is responsibility to the composition of the frame. We can pull the audience in. Illuminating and detailing where within the frame, interest lies. This is true for composed images from news broadcasts to the biggest award shows. Influencing the perceptions and emotions of viewing audience through the use of light and shadow.”