ProLights LED fixtures are helping Mongol TV meet the balance between creative and financial needs for their production of talent TV show, The Voice of Mongolia.
Officially syndicated in 62 countries and with a global audience of 650m viewers, The Voice is Mongol TV’s follow-up to their successful production of the Got Talent franchise for the past two years.
Mongol TV CEO Nomin Chinbat chose to bring these two talent show franchises to Mongolia as part of a long-term goal to deliver local content which meets international TV standards.
Set inside a Soviet-influenced indoor circus venue, UK lighting designer and consultant Tom Kinane, who had worked on Mongolia’s Got Talent, was brought in to oversee the lighting production.
He comments: “Given Mongol TV’s long-term goal to focus on producing popular international show franchises, I felt it was important for them to invest in a higher quality, more robust lighting rig sourced from Europe which could be re-used for future shows. However, they had arguably a smaller production budget than on the European shows, so getting good value was essential as well.”
Tom worked with Sam MacLaren, lighting operator, and his regular gaffer, Richard Jarvis to source a new rig which would meet these creative and financial needs.
Sam comments: “Although The Voice franchise made some allowance for Mongol TV’s budget, they still set a very high standard for the lighting that needed to be met. We did a lot of research and in the end, we were all keen to go with ProLights. Tom had good experiences using their fixtures on previous shows, and we were all aware of the brand. Finally, their massive product range enabled us to put together a number of different lighting packages to give Mongol TV some options.”
After an onsite shootout against several brands at different price points, the Mongol TV production team were most impressed with the ProLights option.
Their investment included Luma1500 and Luma700 LED spots to provide high quality, camera friendly, gobos and keylights; ProLights Ruby beam lights to deliver punchy beam effects; and ProLights Diamond37 LED wash lights to deliver colour washes, as well as a range of eye-candy looks.
The ProLights fixtures and accessories were purchased from one-stop European technology reseller, A.C. Entertainment Technologies, whose in-house Tourflex Cabling service supplied all the necessary power and data control cabling for the fixtures.
Summarising his experience, Tom comments: “The ProLights fixtures just worked and everyone involved has been extremely impressed by them. I would happily use them for my UK TV show work.”
Lighting programmer, Sam McLaren comments: “I’ve been a customer of A.C. for many years due to their high level of professionalism and expertise. With only four weeks in which to get all the equipment specified, ordered and delivered to set, as usual A.C. pulled out all the stops and delivered on time. There were no issues and everything just worked straight out of the box.”