Lead Lighting Designer & Founder
Bruce Ferri has been designing for television for more than 25 years. His work has been seen on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX as well as many of the cable networks. In 2015 Ferri won a Sports Emmy Award as part of the production design team for ESPN Sports Center and in 2010 he won two Sports Emmys as part of the production design team for MLB Tonight on the MLB Network. For three consecutive years, Ferri received multiple Emmy nominations for his design work on ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
As well as lighting individual TV programs, Bruce is a leading designer of full studios. One of his signature studio designs was his lighting for NBC Sports Networks high-definition studios in Stamford, CT. His most challenging project was lighting ESPN’s NASCAR Pit Studio, a set inside an expanding tractor-trailer that is lit entirely with LEDs, talent included. Ferri designed the state of the art HD studio for the Weather Channel and the MLB Network studios presenting 24-hour coverage of Major League Baseball in HD. In 2011, Ferri and his team provided a major redesign of the lighting for all of the CNBC studios at its Englewood Cliffs, NJ headquarters. In 2012, Ferri and his FLDA team designed CNBC’s NYSE Post 9, the first remote location studio on the New York Stock Exchange floor. One of his most memorable jobs was lighting live wraparounds in Kuwait right after Desert Storm for the History Channel. Ferri has lit the last Pope, the previous President, and all of The Iron Chefs.
Mick Smith has worked extensively as a Lighting Designer for studios and broadcasts in markets across the country and around the world. In 2010, Smith won a Sports Emmy together with Bruce Ferri for their work on MLB Tonight on the MLB Network. Smith also designed the lighting for the Dubai and Beirut studios for Al Youm, a groundbreaking live television show originating simultaneously from five countries in three continents for the Middle East Broadcast Networks. Smith’s recent credits include designing the studio/social media interactive space the MLB Fan Cave in New York City for Major League Baseball, and creating 2 state-of-the-art all LED lit studios for China Central Television’s new African Headquarters in Kenya. Smith worked on numerous recent projects for MLB including Hot Stove, MLB Top 100, and MLB Round Table. He also lit Americas Best Cook on the Food Network and the National Geographic Bee as well as The Tonight Show in Orlando, Los Angeles, and at the Super Bowl.
His other credits include Lighting Designer of the CBS2 Chicago team’s street-level HD studio on Daley Plaza, KGW’s Portland Pioneer Square studios in downtown Portland, WFAA Victory Plaza HD studios in Dallas, Telemundo T-51 in Miami, The 2009-2015 MLB Draft, and Inside Studio 42 with Bob Costas for the MLB Network. Smith has been the Lighting Director on Iron Chef America for the Food Network for the past 8 seasons, Live at Gotham for Comedy Central, Grey Goose 19th Hole for the Golf Channel, and has worked on several Broadway and International Theatre productions.
Matt has worked with FLDA since its creation and joined full time in January of 2014. He was the associate designer on many productions including the Emmy award winning ESPN Sports Center as well as ESPN NFL, and CNBC World Headquarters. Matts lighting director credits include 7 seasons of Iron Chef America, The Today Show, NFL Game Day First, 4 years of the Heisman Award Presentation, NBC Christmas in Rockefeller Center, and several NBC Upfronts.
Before joining FLDA he was active in the NYC TV, theatre, and event scenes; working on Lincoln Center Out of Doors, a wide range of private parties and events, multiple seasons of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, and four years on The Rachael Ray Show.
Dale Knoth has designed as well as been a member of design teams for a wide range of projects both in the US and abroad including work in theatre, television, live events, architecture, and exhibitions including: Lighting Direction at FOX News, The FOX Business Network, and MTV. His other credits include theatrical lighting for the photographic series Home by Justin Booth-Clibborn, National Portrait Gallery London and architectural lighting for featured interiors of the Binghamton University Sports Complex. He was also lighting consultant to sculptor Bryan Hunt for his work The Coenites Ship, commissioned by the City of New York. Notable projects in theatre include work on the lighting design teams of The Tony Award winning Broadway productions of Nine (2003 revival) and Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme; as well as Twelve Angry Men, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and The Seagull.
Tim Ruppen is the Assistant Lighting Director at CNBC Global Headquarters. He received a B.F.A. in Design and Technical theatre from the University of Connecticut. After working with Bruce and the FLDA team at ESPN Bristol, he joined FLDA at CNBC Global Headquarters in Englewood, NJ. While at CNBC, Tim was also the Lighting Director for “The Wall Street Journal Report w/ Maria Bartiromo”, “The Suze Orman Show”, and “On the Money w/ Becky Quick,” as well as assisting the rest of daytime programming. Mr. Ruppen also assisted on the team for ESPN Sportscenter, SNY Citifield, NBC Sports Network and CNBC Global Headquarters.
Director of Production
Shannon Curran, who graduated from the University of Southern California with bachelors in Creative Arts Marketing & Management, started her career as a Production Manager. In 1997 she joined Madison Square Garden, Inc. where she worked producing shows and events in New York City, the nation’s #1 market at the world famous Madison Square Garden. As Director of Production at MSG, Curran was responsible for the budgeting, planning, production, staffing and financial reconciliation of over 300+ events per year in three distinct venues (Arena, Theater, and Exposition Center) including a who’s who of rock concerts, a lengthy list of television specials and award shows, industrials, special event functions including the Westminster Dog Show and tradeshows as well as major events including National Political Conventions and the Dalai Lama’s visit to New York. She also works with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade production staff and on the JVC Jazz Festival.
Leigh comes to FLDA with over 25 years experience in the lighting industry.
She has a background that includes theatrical lighting,touring and production, rental shop management as well as project management. Leigh has worked on many past projects with the FLDA team members some of which include ESPN Sports Center, Who wants to be a Millionaire,Iron Chef America, The US Open and the History channel to name a just a few.