MAC Aura™ Adds New Dimension to “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”

Rose added the Auras as a surround around the main upstage video screen

Lee Rose, of the Los Angeles-based lighting design firm Design Partners, has been handling the lighting for America’s time-honored “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” show for an incredible 25+ years. Over the course of that quarter century he has developed a reputation for incorporating some of the latest dynamic lighting gear into his designs.

“I chose the Auras after seeing a demo of them at the Martin Professional offices in Los Angeles,” he says. “Their small size and quick movement along with the zoom feature led me to specify them for this design.”

The MAC Aura is a unique LED moving head wash light with zoom that uses two independent color systems to offer new visual possibilities. It won a PLASA Award for Innovation last September and is proving to be an increasingly popular choice among LDs.


Rose added the Auras as a surround around the main upstage video screen of one of the show’s two stages. “The backlight illumination offered a nice contrast to the main beam color giving another dimension to the design,” he stated.


Other Martin gear used on the show included a dozen of Martin’s industry standard MAC 2000 Profiles™. Main lighting vendor for “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” was PRG with the MAC Auras sub-rented from 4 Wall.

Production Company: Dick Clark Productions
Producer: Larry Klein
Director: Barry Glazer
Lighting Designer: Lee Rose
Lighting Directors: Paul Lennon, Martin Phillips, Michael Updegraff
Lighting Equipment Vendor: PRG
Production Design: Joe Stewart, (Shaffner/Stewart)
Art Director: Matt Carey

Martin Professional
Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin Professional is a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors. Martin lighting solutions are industry standard on top tours and events, grace prestigious theatres, energize nightclubs, and decorate major television studios around the globe. Other important areas of application are indoor and outdoor architecture and commercial applications where Martin products are increasingly being used to transform spaces through dynamic light. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. The company operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries.