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 also have seen Jeff’s work on comedy specials for Kevin Hart, Dave Chappelle and Jim Gaffigan, and as well as concert and opera broadcasts, game shows and interview programs. 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.
“It is my opinion that the lighting designer of a television production is successful when his contribution is the catalyst in the coordination of allied production disciplines. The visual result comes together into a single entity where the individual contributions of each creative field are completely realized. This would include scenic design, photography, costuming, and video elements as well as staging and actors’ performance. The final visual result is obtained while maintaining technical boundaries of the reproduction system.”
Tiffany Spicer Keys
In making the transition from lighting for live entertainment to television broadcast, Tiffany has established herself as a valuable lighting director and programmer. Emerging from an unconventional background from theatre and dance to theme parks to concerts, festivals and music tours, Tiffany has developed a unique set of skills and views that she draws upon to give her a fresh outlook on television lighting.
From black box theatre to major network award shows, Tiffany is fortunate to have worked with some of the industry’s most awarded and admired designers. Tiffany is truly thankful and humbled to be a part of Knight of Illumination Awards this year.
“Lighting for broadcast is the delicate balance of complementing and highlighting the presentation of emotion, excitement, and drama through the choreography of light.”
Lauren Quinn has been directing live events, television concerts, specials, and studio shows for over eight years. Lauren began her television career at VH1 in the concert and live event team in 2001. Years later she began directing at VH1 on the reboot of “Storytellers” in 2011. As a director, she’s worked with some of the biggest names in music and pop culture including Chance the Rapper, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Florence + The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Mary J. Blige, and many more. Other notable shows Lauren has directed include VH1 Trailblazer Honors, BET Social Awards, multiple Ink Masters Season Finales for the Paramount Network, New Now Next awards for Logo, the Housewives of Atlanta reunion. She’s a consummate professional and has well over 15 years of experience managing both live event and studio production crews. Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Rutgers University and resides in Hoboken, NJ.
“As a television director, I enjoy working closely with my LD. We work together to create moments of drama, excitement, sadness. So many different emotions and moods can be created through lighting on set. A set without lights is only half finished.”