Ferri Lighting Design & Associates (FLDA) today announced that it has designed and installed the lighting for the new flagship ESPN ‘SportsCenter’ studio, at ESPN’s headquarters facility in Bristol, Connecticut and has simultaneously lit the new ‘SportsCenter’ studio in Los Angeles. The new studio design, which is almost fully LED lit, is the first LED studio deployment for ESPN. FLDA also utilized ESPN’s Sky Deck, a suspension grid system that flies above the studio set, allowing the majority of the lights to be accessed without lifts or ladders.
Bruce Ferri, senior designer of FLDA, designed the ESPN ‘SportsCenter’ studio in Bristol for its redesigns in both 2000 and 2004 with his previous company. Ferri had also designed a full LED rig for ESPN’s NASCAR Pit Studio installation, which was a fully outfitted trailer that attended NASCAR races.
The new ESPN ‘SportsCenter’ studio encompasses 10,500 square feet of space at the Bristol campus, making it the largest ESPN studio. Other key members of the FLDA team on the ‘SportsCenter’ job included Lighting Director Matt Gordon and gaffer Ed McEneney.
FLDA will also design and install the ESPN NFL studio, which is due to launch in August.
FLDA’s Emmy Award-winning team has achieved renowned reputation for its sports studio installations over the years, including multiple designs for ESPN, NBC Sports Network, the MLB Network, and others.
“The ‘SportsCenter’ design is as much a showcase for power efficiency as it is an aesthetic achievement for ESPN, and we are delighted with the results, particularly given the significance of this installation,” said Ferri. “I have seen several iterations of the ‘SportsCenter’ studio over the years, and this one marks a true milestone for LED lighting. We planned the simultaneous bicoastal ‘SportsCenter’ installations carefully, demonstrating the bandwidth that we have to provide the kind of intensive, high-touch support on which we pride ourselves.”
Ferri Lighting Design & Associates (FLDA) is a leading creator of broadcast and cable network studio lighting designs that emphasize efficient and effective filmic lighting. The company’s designs accentuate lighting regardless of video format output, and are developed in conjunction with producers, directors, and production designers. The FLDA look is complemented with industry-leading energy-efficient designs, including the world’s first all-LED studio installations.
FLDA’s Emmy Award-winning team has worked for myriad broadcast and cable clients, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN, Major League Baseball Network, Food Network, PBS, and Speed Channel, among others. For more information, please visit the company web site at www.flda.com.