Lighting Emmy Nominees Are In! Part 2

In the second part of this two-part post on this year’s Emmy nominees for TV’s outstanding lighting (read part 1 here), I’m going to discuss the nominees for a variety special. Like the nominees for a variety series, these are super impressive.

Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Series

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2011

Confession time: I couldn’t help staring…at John Kusner and Matt Firestone’s brilliant lighting designs! Under the direction of Harry Sangmeister and Nick Collier, this show had enough flash and dramatics to make any lighting professional blush.

Nicki Minaj Performing at the VS Fashion Show 2011
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Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show Starring Madonna

The lighting in this astounding performance was really something to cheer about. There was so much going on in this show, I’m still reeling from the excitement of it all. Major credit goes to lighting designer Al Gurdon, and lighting directors Robert Barnhart, David Grill, and Michael Owen.

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Andrea Bocelli Live in Central Park (Great Performances) 

Accompanying Andrea Bocelli’s dynamic performance was lighting designer Robert Barnhart’s spectacular light show. With help of lighting directors Ted Wells, Matt Firestone, and Harry Sangmeister this performance was an unforgettable delight.

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84th Annual Academy Awards

Directed by Jon Kusner and Andy O’Reilly, and designed by Robert A. Dickinson and Robert Barnhart, the Academy has decided these awards might be deserving of their own awards. With these diverse and breathtaking schemes, we may just be inclined to agree.

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54th Annual Grammy Awards

That’s right, there’s more than one awards ceremony that’s been nominated for this one – but after seeing the lighting designs of Robert A. Dickinson, we can’t imagine it any other way (he was also in charge of the Oscars!). Shout out to the lighting directors as well: Jon Kusner, Travis Hagenbuch, and Andy O’Reilly.

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Annie Josey

Annie was the E-Commerce Marketing Specialist at Pegasus Lighting from June 2012 to October 2013. She has a background in English literature, and loves using language to help illuminate the world. So covering lighting news and tips naturally fit her interests. In her personal time she enjoys painting, biking, and reading.