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) barbizon.com.

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 joconnor@barbizon.com.

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 http://www.missingequipment.org/

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 harry.box@plasa.org.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Just in Time For InfoComm 14 - Lighting for Webscasting / Distance Learning

10 Tips to Light Your Webcast | Tobin Neis | Sean Brown
Earlier this year I traveled to the home of my alma mater Madison, Wisconsin to present a webcast for Sonic Foundry using their  MediaSite platform on things to think about when setting up lighting for webcasting and distance learning.

It all came together when a friend from college - Virginia Daugherity - suggested lighting would be a great topic for the company she works for as they do regular online educational seminars for their customers who regularly create content for webcasting and distance learning and it comes up in discussions a lot.

I met with Virginia, Sonic Foundry SVP Sean Brown, and Dir of Communications Tammy Jackson and we put together an outline everyone felt would be great.

Next came time to live capture and present.  The cool thing about the MediaSite Platform is that it can be used both online and offline.  A camera captures the  people presenting while there is an inset window with the presentation that can be swapped based on the viewer's needs.  When live viewers have the capability to text in questions to the presenters in real-time.  The other neat feature is that the recorded presentation has a timeline along the bottom to pretty much any platform.

Webcast Control Station at Sonic Foundry
Sean Brown Preparing for the Webcast

Their recording room is pretty slick.  Control Center, standard news desk, and two large monitors so you can see the online image as well as the current and next slide in your presentation.

Sean and I did the roughly hour-long presentation and going into it we had appx 575 people who registered to log into the session.  We fielded questions on the fly and by the time the session ended the folks at Sonic said almost 800 people were online watching the session.

If the topic of lighting for video conferencing or distance learning is something you'd like to hear a little more about or if you are interested in the technology that Sonic Foundry has for these purposes log into the session and watch it or stop by either of our booths at InfoComm 2014, June 18-20 in Las Vegas and we'd be glad to talk to you more!

Barbizon Lighting is in InfoComm Booth C5356
Sonic Foundry is in InfoComm Booth C9131