We create original designs that are fine-tuned for the camera and for the live audience.
Jeff and his associates also adapt existing live shows by other designers to be broadcast-proper while still retaining the intent of the original design. We work collaboratively with the entire production team to achieve a design that benefits from the synergy of creativity.
The firm specializes in lighting for televised live entertainment, primarily multi-camera:
- Concert specials, from rock to symphonies
- Stand-up comedy
- Awards shows
- Game shows, talk shows
- Interviews, newscasts, news magazine shows
- Network broadcasts, streaming
And, we design live entertainment:
- Concert tours
- Corporate presentations
- AEG Digital Media
- Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
- Cut Productions
- Cox Communications
- Decoupage Productions
- FUEL TV
- Hartbeat Productions
- LOL Network
- Springboard Productions
- Paramount Pictures
- Ringo Starr
- The Walt Disney Company
What We Do
- Multi-camera television lighting designs
- Adaptation of live concerts and theatre for TV
- On-location from clubs to stadiums to studios
- Performance scenes in feature films & commercials
- Corporate presentations
- Music-based performances
- Live televised spectaculars & events
- Lighting green screens for A.I. backgrounds
- Newsrooms & entertainment facilities
We are a resource for:
- Art directors & scenic designers
- Crews, programmers & production staff
- Lighting equipment rentals
- Video & mobile TV services
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, seven 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. A sampling of his shows and broadcasts for network television and major cable and streaming outlets includes those for Springsteen, Kevin Hart, John Fogerty, Wanda Sykes, Il Volo, CeeLo, Felipe Esparza, Bill Maher, Wanda Sykes, Jimmy Buffett, Styx, Ringo Starr, Game Show Network and Comedy Central.
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 Dave Chappelle (Netflix), Jim Norton (Netflix), Bill Maher (HBO), Rob Schneider (Netflix), Terry Fator (CMT), and Larry The Cable Guy (Comedy Central), as well as Kevin Hart’s blockbuster stand-up comedy movie releases, What Now?, 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, Kristen Chenoweth, Rod Stewart, Sheryl Crow, Maroon 5 and Carrie Underwood. He has adapted three stage productions at 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, Blumhouse’s Plush, and the Hasbro-produced feature, Jem and the Holograms. He has also consulted on the lighting for 3D concert films for Dave Matthews, Phish, Lollapalooza 2009 and mega-star, Justin Bieber.
Jeff has served as broadcast lighting consultant for the Coachella, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Life Is Beautiful festivals.
In addition to his television and live entertainment designs, Jeff has also designed for permanent installations such as the lighting system for the Microsoft LA Live Theatre, as well as for TV newsrooms, theme park attractions, and retail establishments.
Jeff is a popular lecturer and has delivered talks and presentations throughout the world. 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 co-authored the book Lighting for Live Televised Events, intended for design students and professionals to develop skills lighting for the growing field of live productions being captured for broadcast or streaming.
Jeff was named the Parnelli “Lighting Designer of the Year” 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.