Jeff Ravitz was awarded a Primetime Emmy® for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on HBO and was previously nominated for Cher . . . Live at the Mirage. He has also received two Los Angeles Emmys® for his designs of LA area programs, four Emmys® from the Pacific Southwest chapter of the Academy, and one from the Michigan chapter, in addition to four Telly Awards for television designs.
Well-known for years as Bruce Springsteen’s lighting designer, Jeff has since forged a reputation for transforming live entertainment performances and arena extravaganzas into exciting, but also broadcast-proper, television shows.
Jeff has become one of the busiest TV designers, creating lighting for live televised spectaculars, concerts, awards, game and talk shows, comedy specials, fashion, operas, ice show broadcasts, and studio-based TV productions. Recent work includes broadcasts for John Oliver (series-Comedy Central), CeeLo Green (talk show series-FuseTV), television specials for Bruce Springsteen (HBO, CBS, PBS), Il Volo (PBS), and Alicia Keys (FuseTV), as well as broadcasts and DVDs for Beyoncé, Usher, John Fogerty (PBS), and Journey.
In 2010, Jeff was the lighting director for the Vancouver Olympics nightly Whistler Plaza medals ceremonies and concerts, which were broadcast internationally.
Comedy specials include those for Bill Maher (HBO), Wanda Sykes (HBO), Terry Fator (CMT), and Larry The Cable Guy (Comedy Central), as well as Kevin Hart’s blockbuster stand-up comedy movie releases, Let Me Explain and Feel My Pain.
Jeff frequently consults on the conversion of other designers’ stage lighting into television-proper designs, with an emphasis on retaining the vital qualities of the original. Notable examples include DVDs and broadcasts for Journey, Rush, Jay Z, Rod Stewart, Sheryl Crow, Maroon 5 and Carrie Underwood. He has adapted three stage productions of the Minnesota Opera for PBS broadcasts.
Film audiences saw Jeff’s work in Jonathan Demme’s remake of The Manchurian Candidate, for which Jeff designed specialty lighting, and Paramount’s concert documentary, Heart of Gold, starring Neil Young. He has also consulted on the lighting for 3D concert films for Dave Matthews, Phish, Lollapalooza 2009 and teen mega-star, Justin Bieber.
In addition to his television and live entertainment designs, Jeff has also designed for permanent installations such as the lighting system for the Nokia LA Live Theatre and Nokia Times Square (now renamed Best Buy Theatre), as well as for TV newsrooms, theme park attractions, and retail establishments.
Jeff is a popular lecturer. He is the host and creative consultant of the Live Design Magazine TV and Concert Master Classes on lighting design, and has participated in numerous panel discussions on the creative and technical aspects of the craft.
Jeff was named “Lighting Designer of the Year” in Performance Magazine’s Readers Poll and is an active member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the International Cinematographers Guild/IATSE Local #600 (Director of Photography), the United Scenic Artists, Local #829, and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s theatre department and is a founding partner of design firm Intensity Advisors, LLC.