With the ETS-LDI2004 show in Las Vegas, the staff at LD got to thinking. What happens when you're putting together a production and need to find someone locally for a particular job, perhaps in a hurry? While I'm sure that rarely (read between the lines: often) happens, you may want to have a few names in your own little black book. Sure, you can start to make tons of phone calls to find out who knows whom, but contacts are tools in any business, so keep them handy, just like your laptop.
Here's a list of folks to know in Las Vegas, so the next time you need an electrician, stagehand, lighting designer, programmer, or whomever, check out these references.
What they do: Founded in 1999, 4Wall Entertainment (“4Wall”) is a provider of architectural and entertainment lighting systems. 4Wall's suite of services includes rentals, sales, service, design, consultation, and project management. UsedLighting.com is an Internet-based division of 4Wall Entertainment Lighting providing a safe place to purchase professional used lighting equipment. All of the equipment is professionally maintained throughout its rental life, is fully tested before it is sold, and comes with a 180-day warranty.
ASI Production Services
What They Do: Production services including set design, custom fabrication, soft goods, staging, specialty hardware, and installation; velours, fiber optic star drapes, cycs, scrims, elevated seating, risers, mobile staging, custom/stock set pieces, turntables, kabuki reveals, traveler tracks and more.
Branch Manager, Martin Professional Inc., Las Vegas
4005 West Reno Ave. Suite D
Las Vegas, NV 89118
What he does: Runs Martin's Las Vegas branch office, providing sales, service, technical support, and project management for resorts, hotels and casinos, themed environments, gentlemen's clubs, nightclubs, and architectural attractions. This office also works with production companies located in the intermountain region that can offer complete production support. Clients include: Wynn Resort, Utah Ski Museum, We Will Rock You, Margaritaville/Flamingo Vegas, Forum Shops Exterior Renovation 2004, and Studio 54 at MGM.
1067 Gurneys Eagle Ave.
Henderson, NV 89015
What he does: Lighting programmer and technician employed by PRG; has also toured with Ozzfest as the moving light tech; programmed the Black Sabbath show; toured with the Eagles as programmer and head moving light tech; also moving light tech for a HP industrial show at MGM; and master electrician and programmer for the Cannon booth at the PMA show.
What he does: Programmer, designer, and master electrician with 15 years of experience; member of IATSE Local 720; works extensively with a variety of consoles; has designed tradeshow booths for clients including 3-Com and Intel; has lit large events such as IBM's PartnerWorld and Oracle OpenWorld; in-house LD at The Venetian Hotel/Sands Expo for clients such as Garth Brooks; has also worked on large system installations for Fourth Phase, including Fashion Show Mall and the new Wynn Resort.
Designs Horizons, Inc.
“Consultant in Entertainment Technology”
4009 Miramia Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89108
Phone: 702 942-4571
What they do: Specialize in audio, video, lighting, rigging, and show control system design and project contract administration.
8224 Neptune Beach Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89128
Contact: Andy McArthur
What they do: ECCS has over 25 years of experience in designing, production, installation, and manufacturing of entertainment equipment, working with owners, architects, and contractors throughout the US. Lead by Andy McArthur, ECCS' consulting services include stage rigging and machinery, entertainment lighting, audio/visual system design, orchestra shells, safety inspections, and project management services.
What she does: Lighting designer/director for the past 25 years, with clients including The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Righteous Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Sheena Easton, and Harry Connick, Jr.; has also designed and/or directed industrial shows for Sony, The Mobil World Convention, and others; 2004 projects include design for the Earl Turner Showroom at Harrah's New Orleans.
Stanley A. Green
What he does: Catalyst programmer/operator, lighting programmer/operator, and lighting designer/director; currently on a world tour with Sarah McLachlan as grandMA/Catalyst programmer/operator; member, Local 720 IATSE.
Head Lighting Technician,
The Sirens of Treasure Island
3300 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
What he does: Operates the rig nightly for the Sirens of Treasure Island show at the Treasure Island hotel, seen by approximately 12,000 people over four shows each night; also programs special events, movies, pageants, and photo/video shoots; has had training courses with High End Systems, Vari*Lite, and Flying Pig.
Regional Sales Manager, Vari-Lite and Entertainment Technology
1817 Linton Hill
Lane Las Vegas, NV 89134
Mobile: 702-845-0830 or 702-598-0287
Web: www.vari-lite.com or www.etdimming.com.
What he does: Represents Vari-Lite automated lighting products, primarily for the entertainment industry and serving such markets as concert touring, theatre, television and film, houses of worship, and corporate events; and Entertainment Technology IGBT-based dimming and lighting control products, used in entertainment, hospitality, houses of worship, and convention service applications.
Dan “Malibu” Krygowski
894 Park Walk Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89123
What he does: Lighting director for House of Blues, Las Vegas; lighting designer for O.A.R. (Of A Revolution); lighting designer for Carrot Top at MGM Grand.
6267 Industrial Road
Las Vegas, NV 89118
What he does: Founder of C-Deck Inc., a major cruise line hiring partner for such cruise lines as Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, and Cunard Cruise Lines, to name a few; apart from hiring, C-Deck specializes in design, installation, and maintenance of audio visual systems; Morales is a specialist in all aspects lighting, video, and sound.
Production Resource Group
6050 S. Valley View Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89118-3151
Contact: Joe Schenk, President
What They Do: Supplier of entertainment technology, offering a wide selection of lighting, projection, video, audio, labor, rigging, and scenic support services; over $45 million in rental equipment, including the latest lighting fixtures from Vari-Lite, Martin, High End, Color Kinetics, and other major manufacturers; full-service provider of lighting services, offering rentals, sales, installations, repairs, and onsite operation of lighting systems and components.
Larry Robbins (aka, Uncle Fester)
Uncle Fester Productions
What he does: Lighting designer (started over 30 years ago in Cleve-land at the old Agora Ballroom); programmer; head electrician; frequent poster on the LightNetwork; IATSE Local 720 member; mostly works at the Sands Expo/Venetian but will also work anywhere in town or trade show/convention on the road; main focuses are general session, trade shows, live entertainment, also has many years of live concert touring; will provide names and contact for labor and any show related items one might need in Las Vegas.
Vincent L. Sims
What he does: Electrician/followspot operator for the Cirque du Soleil production Mystère at Treasure Island.
Production manager/lighting director
InSync Show Productions
Las Vegas, NV
What he does: 15 years+ experience in the field of live production/coordination including concert, corporate, industrial, and special events; skilled in lighting design/engineering with experience in audio, video, staging, safe rigging practices, and stage management; extensive experience in project development and implementation.
What He Does: Provides a full range of creative, consulting, and lighting design services; experience in programming large and small shows including concerts, theatre, corporate and sporting events, architectural projects, fashions shows, and parties.
What he does: Currently works as a freelance designer, programmer, and master electrician in corporate business production; clients include Price-Waterhouse-Coopers, Chase Home Finance, and ADP.