Thursday, October 16, 2014

ETC and Barbizon Upgrade UNCSA Venues

Earlier this year, ETC unveiled the 2014 Theater program, which allows venues to upgrade their existing ETC lighting systems without the need for a costly retrofit. The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) was one of the first to participate in the program, getting updated ETC dimming systems for several of their theaters.
When Shawn Harmon of ETC dealer Barbizon Lighting in Charlotte, North Carolina, learned of the 2014 Theater program, he began to reach out to customers who could benefit from the program. "I contacted Brent LaFever at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts about it in May," explains Harmon. "He informed me that the university had already considered upgrading a few of their systems, and that's when we knew this program would be a great fit."

UNCSA upgraded three of its seven on-campus venues. Patrons Theatre, a 100-seat performance space, and Watson Hall, a 300-seat hall used for chamber music performances and recitals, both got two ETC Sensor® dimmer racks . As part of the 2014 Theater project, the dimmers came with new warranties: "It's important for us to have access to the latest technology," Brent LaFever, director of campus performance facilities, says. "The five-year warranty was essential to us since shows are constantly running in both venues."

The Agnes de Mille Theatre, a 188-seat proscenium stage used primarily for opera and dance, was up next. "The systems in Patrons and Watson were purchased and installed when they opened in 2003, while de Mille was last upgraded in 2007. We had been looking to upgrade de Mille's system for some time, but we didn't have the funds for it," says LaFever. With the 2014 Theater installation, the hall received an upgraded version of their old CEM3 touring rack, which will allow for more flexibility in the space.

De Mille's new Sensor3 touring racks will also serve as a teaching tool, according to LaFever: "Every year we have 'Freshman Focus' where the students go up on all the catwalks and have access up to 288 circuits. This year, when the students came into the theater in August, they were pleasantly surprised to see the new dimming racks. It's another tool they can now learn to work with."

UNCSA offers students a wide variety of comprehensive undergraduate and graduate arts programs, as well as high school programs, in dance, drama, visual arts, music, filmmaking, and design and production. "UNCSA is a premier training program for many of today's artistic professionals," describes Harmon, who is also a UNCSA graduate. "It's like going to medical school or law school, but for the arts," elaborates LaFever. "We are an arts school; that's all we do, which means our venues are always busy." On average, any of UNCSA's seven on-campus venues see 200-350 performances -- most of which are run entirely by students -- during the nine-month-long school year. And now those students will have new technology to keep up with their busy schedule.

To learn more about UNCSA, visit .

For more information about ETC's 2014 Theater program available through Barbizon, visit

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Barbizon Lighting Labor Day Weekend 2014 Schedule

Barbizon Lighting's NYC office will be closed Saturday 8/30 and all the United States Barbizon offices will be closed Monday, September 1st, for the Labor Day extended weekend. This will give you a little time to stock up for any last minute production needs that may come up this weekend.

We'll see you bright and early Tuesday 9/2!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Allison Mutton Names Branch Manager of Barbizon Orlando

Barbizon Florida is happy to announce that Allison Mutton as been promoted to Branch Manager of Barbizon Lighting's Orlando offices.

She'll still be in regular contact with her customers, but now she'll also oversee the day to day operations of the Orlando-based sales and tech services staff.

Congrats Allison!

You can reach Allison in Orlando at 407-999-2647 or by email at amutton (at)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Barbizon Florida Names Jaison O'Connor Sales Manager

The Barbizon Lighting Company is pleased to announce Jaison O’Connor as its new Sales Manager to lead the company’s Florida products and expendables sales operations which includes the Miramar and Orlando offices. 

Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. O'Connor has over 10 years of experience working within  the entertainment industry as a Manufacturer's Representative for major audio and lighting companies with a focus on Florida and the Caribbean markets, earning him industry accreditation.

Most recently, Mr. O'Connor represented lighting and special effects manufacturer Hanson ProSystems as International Business Manager, where he was responsible for both US and International markets. Mr. O'Connor developed new marketing strategies to increase market share while overseeing the sales team and extending reliable service and system solutions. 

“Barbizon is very thrilled to have someone with Jaison’s experience in our Florida offices,” remarked Barbizon’s President Jonathan Resnick, “his expertise in sales and sales management in Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America will be a tremendous asset - not only to Barbizon Florida, but to Barbizon’s entire management team."

"It is a tremendous opportunity for me to join the Barbizon Lighting team and to apply my passion for the entertainment industry to the markets we oversee" says Mr. O'Connor. "I look forward to working with a company that is undoubtedly a beacon for sales, service and support for the film, theatre, entertainment and lighting industries, and to further developing our Florida, Caribbean, Central and South American markets."   

Mr. O’Connor will be working out of Barbizon’s South Florida office located in Miramar, Florida and can be reached at 954-919-6495 or emailed in either English or Spanish at

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Could Your Company be the Target of a Production Equipment Theft Ring?

While Barbizon is not a rental company we have a lot of customers who are.. this is worth a look:

Over the past few weeks there has been an extraordinary spike in the number of attempted and actual thefts (including equipment taken by fraud). These have occurred in New York, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Portland, Boston, Miami, Seattle, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Johannesburg! Please be extremely vigilant.  

The following details have repeated in multiple attempts:

Contact names used: Nick Whitfield, Stephen Spence, Tony Young, Luke Biggins, Dean Howard, or Perspective Video Ltd (UK)
ID used: Drivers licenses with the name David Scott or David Smith or Leila Kemph

They are very often posing as documentary producers

  •  Questionable Information:
  • No local crew
  • Unable to verify business references
  •  Short term insurance policy
  •  Incompatible or inconsistent equipment
To issue a New Customer Inquiry or Questionable Customer Alert to fellow PERG Members visit

Production Equipment Rental Group
The Production Equipment Rental Group (PERG) serves the film and digital community within PLASA. PERG shines a light on the challenges and opportunities faced by professional rental companies. It focuses the collective expertise of its members to shape solutions that best serve us all. PERG strives to be the voice of the motion picture equipment rental industry and set a standard of operations and ethical behavior.

PERG's main focus is rental companies that offer cameras, grip and lighting equipment to the motion picture, television and commercial production market. Any member of PLASA working in these market sectors may become a member of the Production Equipment Rental Group by contacting PERG Manager, Harry Box, at