Robe Headlines Good News Week

Posted on Friday, March 27th, 2009

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With a successful season ‘under the belt’ in 2008 Robe has been chosen again for the key feature intelligent lighting on the Australian satirical news-based comedy quiz show Good News Week (GNW).


Sydney based Production Company Theatricks has been engaged to provide the intelligent lighting for the new season of Good News Week. With over 70 ULA Products comprising Robe, SGM and iLED, Theatricks through principle Roger Hind has certainly brought brand awareness- especially with Robe – to the forefront of the Sydney television market developing a strong following given Robe’s quality, reliability and performance.

Paul McDermott has returned once again to host GNW, one of Australia’s most successful current affairs comedy shows. Recorded in front of a live studio audience at the ABC studios in Ultimo, Sydney, GNW (produced by GNW TV for Channel 10) is bringing a bigger and even better production to the screen with this year’s season.

Experienced Lighting Designer Graham Brumley has been brought in to design the lighting once again. The amount of intelligent lighting equipment changes from week to week, depending on special guest and live performances, however weekly rigged lighting consists of 4 Robe ColorSpot 1200EAT, 9 Robe ColorSpot 700EAT, 3 ColorSpot 575AT and 8 ColorWash 575AT all of which are positioned above the audience and over the performance space.

The set features 14 illuminated perspex towers each with SGM Palco 3’s as feature lighting in the base. There is also a moving light projection on top of each tower. A further two Palco 3’s are used in the base of the ‘soundproof’ perspex booth whenever it is used on the set. The GNW Ceiling Ball above the audience is lit from above with a single iLED Source 36 to provide the colour changing effect.

A new feature which has been added this season is the iLED FlexiLED installed in the desk tops. There are three separately-controlled strips running along the front of each desk. 11 iLED Star Drapes are used behind the stage to give it the classic night time twinkle sky effect. A warm white iLED FlexiLED strip is soon to be installed around the top of the ‘Blow Up Your Pants’ booth to provide additional key facial lighting for the artists inside the booth. All of the intelligent lighting is controlled by a Hog 1000 console and operated by Ruth Lowry of Theratricks.

Roger has been impressed with the Robe fixtures, “They have proven to be reliable again and again, we are really happy with the performance of all the lights used on the show”. The Robe 700 Series has proven itself in television given its flicker free performance, strong CTO colour mixing and very quiet operation. For television shoots moving light fixtures run continuously for hours and the Robe 700 Series have made a big name for themselves, rapidly becoming the moving light choice in television.

Theatricks has provided Robe moving lights on various other TV shows including Sideshow, Channel 7 Sunrise, Strictly Dancing and The Gruen Transfer. Gruen is a co-production between the ABC and Zapruder (with Andrew Denton as Executive Producer). The 2009 season of Gruen is currently in production again using Robe Colorspot 700EATs and iLED Source 36s airing Wednesdays at 9pm on ABC-1.

Roger is certainly a real Robe supporter, confident in back up and support of ULA locally and his first hand experience of Robe’s global support. He loves ‘enthusing’ his wide hands-on knowledge of the Robe products and has certainly put into practice ‘the talk’ with his extensive Robe moving light inventory.

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