New Windsor, New York—May 4, 2009—Production Resource Group, LLC (PRG), the exclusive rental and sales distributor for Gekko Technology Ltd. products in North America, is pleased to announce that the Gekko kedoâ„¢ won two awards at the recent 2009 NAB tradeshow in Las Vegas. The just-launched Gekko kedo, a focusable luminaire powered by an LED source, won two awards—the DV magazine 2009 Black Diamond Award and TV Technology magazine's Mario Award for Innovation. The Black Diamond Award recognizes the best products making their debut at the NAB show, specifically those that will appeal to video professionals. A select panel of engineers and editors, as well as production and post professionals joined the DV magazine staff to judge the Black Diamond Awards. The Mario Awards, named after Mario Orazio, a pseudonym for a nameless engineer who pens the industry's most widely read technology column The Masked Engineer, in TV Technology, were established to recognize products that represent significant technical breakthroughs and companies that demonstrate forward thinking and technical excellence in their products. Both DV magazine and TV Technology are a part of NewBay Media's Broadcast & Video Group of products.
“At NAB this year, PRG again enjoyed introducing new technology to the industry,” comments Brian Edwards, General Manager of PRG's Los Angeles depot. “The enthusiastic response was terrific. As always, we work very hard to supply the film and broadcast industries with the tools and services that will help support their creative efforts. It is always particularly gratifying to get the opportunity to introduce products like the Gekko kedo or the Nila Lighting System and see them so immediately embraced. I think it is evidence that PRG continuously works to source new technology with a true understanding of these industries.”
In addition to the kedo, UK-based Gekko Technology also manufactures kisslite, lenslite, kicklite and george. The new kedo is a focusable spotlight equivalent in output to a 1kW Fresnel that is powered by Gekko's kleer colourâ„¢ light engine. Kleer colour is the world's first adjustable, focusable single source multi-color light engine. It uses a single-array of high-power LED that can be tuned under software control to produce a wide array of different color temperatures and colors. The LED array can be tuned locally or remotely via DMX. The kedo can produce an extensive range of different colors and a range of high quality whites allowing it to match any color required to illuminate a specific scene. In addition to primary and intermediate colors, kedo can precisely emulate a high quality tungsten reference source. It can be switched quickly and easily to produce 2,900K, 3,200K, 4,300K, 5,600K and 6,500K as well as a wide range of virtual color filters, all of which remain stable throughout dimming.
“The kleer colour light engine represents something of a â€˜Holy Grail' in the lighting world,” explains Gekko Technology's founder and Managing Director David Amphlett. “Designed specifically for the needs of image capture, it gives lighting directors and camera crews unprecedented control of color temperature and illumination level. Unlike multi-source RGB color-mixing devices, kleer colour delivers a broad spectrum of light that can be adjusted by the operator to match a vast array of hues across the visible range. Self-monitoring sensors ensure stable color across a range of output levels as well as correcting changes in performance caused by ambient temperature and component ageing. In addition to its unsurpassed creative versatility, the kleer colour engine delivers far higher color rendering than any other lighting technology powered by discontinuous sources, across all operating temperatures and illumination levels.” The kleer colour system provides consistent color quality from lamp to lamp, with tight calibration and sophisticated closed loop feedback.
PRG has represented the Gekko Technology products—including kisslite, lenslite, kicklite and george—since February 2009 and has been very encouraged by the industry's enthusiastic response. Gekko film credits include Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Death Defying Acts, Mama Mia, The Golden Compass and television dramas including Waking the Dead, New Tricks and The Commander. The kedo will no doubt be in great demand with cinematographers and lighting directors for their toolboxes.
For more information on the award-winning Gekko Technology kedo as well as the whole Gekko product line, please visit http://www.prg.com/market/tv-film/gekko-technology-ltd.
About Production Resource Group—Production Resource Group, LLC (PRG) is the world's leading supplier of entertainment technology solutions, including lighting, audio, video, scenery, and automation systems. PRG serves a wide range of markets, including theatre, concert tours, tradeshows, corporate and special events, television and film, and themed environments. PRG provides its services worldwide through more than 17 offices in North America, Europe, and Asia.