The sixth annual BET Honors, held in January at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC, celebrated the achievements of African Americans in music, literature, entertainment, media, service and education. The show airs Feb. 11 on BET.
Assisting Young Bull Productions and the BET Network team, Pete’s Big TVs provided nearly 330 high resolution LED panels. There were 200 digiLED MC7 LED panels making up the main upstage screen. Another 128 digiLEDMC15 panels comprised screens on stage left and stage right. Another projection screen above the stage worked in conjunction with the Barco 18K projectors. About 30 monitors were scattered throughout the venue, five of which were built into the set.
The LED video panels were chosen for their high resolution as well as their no radio frequency interference. The panels displayed footage of the honorees‘ career highlights and content from a media server for ‘eye candy‘ as background patterns, says Pete’s Big TVs Vice President Guy Benjamin.
“The panels - both the MC7 and MC15 - are quiet because they have no fans, so they make no sounds. Besides being audibly silent, there are also electrically silent. So there is no interference with any wireless devices in the production. That makes them ideal for television, theatrical and corporate events,” Benjamin explains. He added that the panels have "passed the no-noise level test" on many events, with the production designers as well as the audio engineers expressing excitement about the product.
The modular, semi-transparent units can be made into any screen dimension desired. They are also curvable in convex or concave curves in either direction, between panels, at 2.5 degrees. The panels are also made for outdoor events, with an IP 65 rating.
Pete’s Big TVs team on the BET Honors included Guy Benjamin as project manager, with Matt Ellar as lead tech and Rob Villalobos and Brent Jones as projectionists and techs.
Benjamin said, “The screens performed perfectly - the way we wanted them to, and everyone was happy our products and service.”
Host was Gabrielle Union. Halle Berry and Chaka Khan were a few of the honorees. Between their acceptance speeches, performers entertained including Alicia Keys, Brandy, Erykah Badu, Wayne Brady, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
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