FLDA Lights ESPN's Heisman Trophy Ceremony
Ferri worked alongside Ben Carlson, who has been the Heisman lighting director since 2001.
“This has always been a challenging project since load-in and focus must be mostly complete in a single day,” said Ferri. “It's not a small show either, as 400 units must be hung and focused while working amidst carpentry, audio, camera, and floral crews who are also scrambling to get ready.”
Marcus Mariota of the University of Oregon was selected as the 80th winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy as the Outstanding Football Player in the United States for 2014. William Dockery, President of the Heisman Trophy Trust, which annually presents the Heisman Memorial Trophy Award, announced the selection of Mariota live on the nationally televised ESPN sports special.
Ferri originally lit the event in 2001, when the Heisman ceremony first took place away from its longtime home, at the Downtown Athletic Club, which had been damaged during the 9/11 attacks. The 2001 event, held in the ballroom of the Marriot Marquis hotel in Times Square, was also the first time that ESPN produced the show. Since 2005, the Heisman Trophy presentation has taken place at the Best Buy Theater (originally the Nokia Theater), just off Times Square.
FLDA’s Emmy Award-winning team has achieved renowned reputation for its sports studio installations over the years, including multiple designs for ESPN, the MLB Network, and others.
“As a live event, with a webcast component, the Heisman Trophy presentation needs to have an exceptional quality to its lighting, given the guarded secrecy around the award’s winner, and we try to accentuate this atmosphere in a manner consistent with ESPN’s look and feel,” said Ferri. “The event is unique in the sports world, and we look forward every year to working with ESPN on the award presentation.”
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.