Gemini and Astra LED combo light up the Dan Patrick Show
30th July 2019
Litepanels’ Gemini 2x1 Soft RGBWW and Astra 1x1 Bi-Color LED panels are lighting up the action for the popular Dan Patrick Show, a syndicated radio and TV sports talk show hosted by former ESPN personality Dan Patrick.
Produced by the AT&T Entertainment Group, the Dan Patrick Show has installed 30 Gemini 2x1 Soft and 30 Astra 1x1 Bi-color LED panels to light its new showpiece 20,000-square-foot production facility.
The ability to hang the light up on a grid one day, and then take it down the next day, throw a battery on it and walk around with it for an ENG shoot, is something you simply don’t find with any other light in the industry.
Based in Milford, Connecticut, the daily Dan Patrick Show broadcast showcases many of the biggest stars in sports and entertainment. The show is syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks and televised on DirecTV’s Audience channel, three AT&T SportsNet affiliates, and Bleacher Report (B/R) Live, and it can also be heard on SiriusXM Radio channel 211 (Dan Patrick Radio). The show’s vast new facility includes two 2,800 sq. ft. studios and a 4,500 sq. ft. Fieldhouse. This "man cave" is complete with a miniature AstroTurf football field and a basketball half-court for the on-air personalities and guests to practice their moves.
With so much territory to light, the Dan Patrick Show crew decided to migrate the production to all-LED lighting. After evaluating the market’s range of LED soft panels, the production chose the Litepanels Gemini and Astra panels for their reliability, light weight, and ease of rigging. Other big selling points for the Geminis were their extremely high-quality full-spectrum white light, RGBWW color versatility, and the integrated power supply and ballast.
“Since we had only 11 weeks to go from initial construction to on-air, time was of the essence. The Geminis and Astras are incredibly quick and easy to install and mount, which made a big difference in our tight schedule,” said Eric Jones, associate director – creative operations, AT&T Mobility & Entertainment Group. “Gemini was an especially easy choice compared to the closest competing light on the market, which is much heavier and has an external ballast – The Gemini’s built-in power supply makes it a much more compact unit and means no extra cables, so rigging lights becomes quick and easy. Plus, we love its plug-and-play DMX control, precision plus/minus green adjustment, and the ability to do gradual RGBWW color changes.”
The majority of the 15-camera Dan Patrick Show is a sit-down studio production, with a combination of permanently mounted Geminis and Astras providing keys, fills, and backlights for the main talent positions. “We rely on Gemini’s flexible color temperature adjustment to create a particular aesthetic in the studio; for instance, we can warm up the color temp of the walls to match the overall lighting of the room,” Jones said. “The ability to change the color of all of the keys from a single lighting console is a huge plus.”
In addition, the show’s hosts often roam around the “man cave” space to conduct additional interviews and activities for the TV production. The plus/minus green control on the Geminis makes them particularly useful in such ENG-style situations, enabling the crew to match lighting from existing fluorescents and other permanent fixtures. On certain occasions, such as a performance by a guest band, the crew employs the Geminis’ dial-up color options and special effects modes to create color backlights and other unique effects without having to add gels.
“The versatility of the Geminis is their biggest asset,” Jones said. “The ability to hang the light up on a grid one day, and then take it down the next day, throw a battery on it and walk around with it for an ENG shoot, is something you simply don’t find with any other light in the industry.”