For the international advertising awards competition, the CLIO Awards, Jeremy Breger of Everlast Productions took on the lighting design and lighting programming duties for the award show, which was held in mid-May at the prestigious Eden Roc Hotel in Miami's South Beach.

Breger used 20 MAC 250 Entours (purchased just prior to the event) and 20 MAC 300 washlights along with some conventional fixtures, all supplied by Everlast Productions. Control was from a grandMA console.

CLIO Awards' Stage

In the design brief, the event organizers wanted different lighting designs for each of the two nights the awards lasted. The lighting brief also called for elegant looks with complimentary color and little movement rather than flashy, active lighting cues. Lighting fixtures also had to fit discreetly into the room.

"Since lighting fixtures had to be out of sight, we flew a large oval truss into an oval shaped recess in the ceiling," says Breger. "Fixture size was definitely an issue because of the low trim height so we decided to try the new Entours instead of MAC 2000s. We were incredibly pleased at the way these performed.

Even with the 250W lamp, the Entours proved to be a high performing alternative during the CLIO Awards. "In years past MAC 2000s were used to light the set and we were worried that the Entours wouldn't have the punch–we were wrong," comments Breger. "I used color on the scenery and occasionally used breakups for walk-ins and scenery. What an incredible light in a small package. Everyone had spoken so highly about the Entour's speed, but no one mentioned its superb optics, and some fantastic gobos in the static wheel."

MAC Entours were the answer to the CLIO design brief that specified complimentary colors and hidden fixtures.