Greenbaum adds Mavericks to Today Show rig
Wednesday, 13 June 2018
today-showThe Citi Concert Series stage in Manhattan
USA - Innovation is nothing new at the Today Show. The first early morning news programme, and one of the longest-running shows on television (it debuted on January 14, 1952), this American icon has thrived by pioneering new concepts like the celebrity meteorologist, and early morning concerts by major recording stars.
In keeping with this tradition, the show recently raised the visual bar for morning TV music segments, when its lighting director Peter Greenbaum upgraded its Citi Concert Series stage to create a wider array of concert-style looks by adding 25 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK Pyxis fixtures, supplied by WorldStage.
“The Pyxis creates an extensive variety of effects that you don’t see on a TV concert type of stage,” Greenbaum said. “Its powerful centre beam is also new for me, but I fell in love with the fixture after WorldStage showed it to me. I can use it to create real concert looks on stage, which, along with the quality of our artists, helps keep the Today Show Citi Concerts a step ahead of the competition.”
Since obtaining the Maverick MK Pyxis fixtures in mid-May, Greenbaum has used them for Citi Concert performances by Meghan Trainor, Darius Rucker and Shawn Mendes.” Their movement and colour adds the kind of summer concert fun factor to our stage that I was after,” he said. “The LEDs on the outer rim look really great on camera when we program them to appear as if they are ‘spinning.’ We rely on them for eye candy, but they’re also a very nice wash.”
The multi-functional versatility of the Maverick MK Pyxis, along with its compact size, makes it well suited for the Today Show’s outdoor stage. “Being in the middle of Manhattan, we don’t have a lot of room on our outdoor stage, so space on our rig is at a premium,” said Greenbaum. “The Pyxis doesn’t take up a lot of real estate, plus it does the job of more than one fixture, so yes it’s really invaluable here on our rig.”
(Jim Evans)

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