The show taped in front of a live audience at the Bronx's Paradise Theatre in New York City. "The Paradise was formerly an old movie theatre, beautiful and ornate, but it wasn't built with weight loads that modern buildings have," says Pete's Big TVs Project Manager Guy Benjamin. "It was built to hold movie screens and a few lights. So weight was a big decision in which screens we could use."
Describing the screen choices, Benjamin says, “Most of the screens were done using our Gtek 15mm flexible LED panels. On the overhead â€˜halos' and on almost all the screens we actually curved the screen, not just the faceting from panel to panel. This is a unique feature of this LED panel - it can curve all the way into a cylindrical shape, which made it perfect for the curviness of the set. The overhead center screen was an FLED 11mm screen. We used it because again, we needed to hang an extremely lightweight screen.”
Pete's Big TVs crew included Matt Ellar as lead tech, assisted by Jody Lane, Kim Hampton and Brett Jones. The crew worked with many of the same production crew as last year's show.
Art Director Star Kahn again created the technical/build drawing for the set shops and worked on the physical realization of the design. Show designer Anne Brahic reprised her role this year, designing the video elements to be "an elegant and multifunctional backdrop." Overall LD was Otis Howard, with Mike Appell as lighting programmer. Patrick Dierson returned as the content screens producer who handled the initial content spec, prep, formatting and media guideline creation for the show. Jason Livingston programmed the digital media content.
Musical performances and inspirational speeches made up the event. The BGR! All Star Band included Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, gospel's Shirley Caesar, Estelle, Mary Mary, Melanie Fiona and Elle Varner.
Photos by Matt Ellar
About Pete's Big TVs:
Pete's Big TVs/Performance Video in New Castle, Delaware, provides LED video screens, projection and full video production for concert, entertainment and corporate events throughout the US since 1987. For current news, photos and updates on projects in action, visit the company on Facebook at www.facebook.com/videoequipmentrental or call 1-800-999-0010.