Litepanels, a provider of professional broadcast and cinematic lighting solutions and a Vitec Group brand – has been honoured at the 72nd Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards for its pioneering development of LED lighting for television production. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presents the Technology & Engineering Emmy Award to honour development and innovation in broadcast technology that is so extensive an improvement on existing methods or is so innovative that it has materially affected television production.
The award recognises Litepanels’ pioneering spirit as the originators of LED panel lighting and 20 years of continual innovation in television and motion picture lighting. Starting with the original 1×1 LED panel, and building on that success, Litepanels has developed ever-more innovative broadcast and cinematic lighting solutions. Its LED lighting fixtures, including on-camera lights, Fresnels, RGB special effects lighting and advanced wireless control systems, have become a staple in television production around the world.
Litepanels was founded in 2001 by five Hollywood gaffers and lighting engineers who wanted to revolutionise production lighting using newly emerging LED technology. They developed a lightweight, slim-profile 1×1 panel that produced an HD-friendly light. With outstanding colour accuracy, the light could be infinitely dimmed with no noticeable shift in color temperature and was eco-friendly drawing less energy to lower running costs while generating practically no heat to keep the on-screen talent comfortable.
This accolade represents a hat trick of honors for Litepanels from the Academy. The company received a Primetime Engineering Emmy Plaque in 2005, and in 2009 Litepanels received a Technology & Engineering Emmy award – the first time they had presented the award to a lighting manufacturer.
“Litepanels have been at the forefront of LED technology for television lighting for 20 years,” said Nicola Dal Toso, CEO Vitec Production Solutions, “Pushing against the beliefs held at the time of the capabilities of LED technology, we created a revolutionary product that changed broadcast lighting forever. We are proud to have been recognised again by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences with this iconic award for our role in advancing the broadcast lighting industry.”
“It is an honour to be recognised a third time by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for our pioneering work in LED lighting technology” said Litepanels co-founder, Pat Grosswendt. “This award is testament to the ground-breaking vision with my four original partners, and the continuing dedication of the entire Litepanels team to understanding the everyday lighting challenges in television lighting to develop ever more innovative technical and creative solutions.”
This year’s recipients will be honoured at the 72nd Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards Ceremony, which is tentatively scheduled to be a virtual ceremony in partnership with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) on Sunday, October 10, 2021.