Ken Longert Productions (KLP), New York-based provider of production, sound, and lighting services for live staged events, has recently added to its lineup of products. The new products available for rental are the Color Kinetics line of LED lighting units and Accord Exhibitions CLICK line of structural assembly systems. Longert praises the latter product as a cheaper and faster system for building almost anything; KLP is the New York area's exclusive distributor for the Accord line.
KLP has gone through a period of change since the events of September 11, 2001, when it was displaced from its home at New York's Pier 92, one of the city's top trade-show venues, where it had served as the in-house production company for 20 years. (The venue was taken over by the Red Cross and FEMA during those terrible days.) Since then, KLP has become a different entity altogether. “I had always wanted a full-service company that was unlike anything else in the city,” says Longert, “that would do just about everything and offer an alternative to the multiple specialists out there.”
Indeed, the company now provides comprehensive lighting, sound, staging, and rigging packages, complete installation services, and project management out of its new shop in the Bronx. In the last year, clients have included Disney, Barney's, the Rolling Stones, Off Broadway's Cherry Lane Theatre, the New York City Marathon, and the Black Congressional Caucus.