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ARRI SkyPanel Honored with Engineering Emmy

October 14, 2021 07:50 | By
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ARRI SkyPanels

The Television Academy has announced  the recipients of the 73rd Engineering Emmy® Awards, and ARRI is pleased to be  honored with the highest TV technology recognition for outstanding achievement  in engineering development for its ARRI SkyPanel family of LED softlights.

The Engineering Emmys are presented to individuals, companies, or organizations for  engineering developments that are either so extensive an improvement on existing methods or so innovative in nature that they materially affect the  recording, transmission, or reception of television. 

“Engineers, scientists, and technologists are a vital part of our industry and are  key to the continuing evolution of television,” said Frank Scherma, chairman and  CEO or the Television Academy. “These extraordinary pioneers and  groundbreaking companies we are honoring have advanced the medium and  elevate storytelling to a worldwide audience.”

The ARRI SkyPanel is an efficient and versatile family of ultra-bright LED soft lights with multiple control options.  The jury recognized that SkyPanel fixtures have optimized the production lighting  workflow and have been widely adopted throughout the television industry.

Markus Zeiler, Executive Board member of ARRI and General Manager of ARRI  Lighting at the time of SkyPanel’s release, comments: “We are very grateful for this very special acknowledgement of the Television Academy. This prestigious  award recognizes the hard work of the SkyPanel team of engineers and  designers who worked tirelessly on the hardware and software on the SkyPanel  family for many years. SkyPanel was a major breakthrough product that helped facilitate the digital revolution in lighting for the film and television industry.  Calibrated, tuneable LED lighting significantly changed set lighting, allowing more creative freedom while saving time and energy.” 

Ivo Ivanovski, General Manager Business Unit Lighting at ARRI, adds: “We  would like to thank, not only the Television Academy but also our many customers worldwide who have trusted SkyPanel for their productions and  studios. We often hear filmmakers and lighting designers call the SkyPanel ‘the  work horse of the industry.’ Software features and accessories have helped to  maintain the value of investment for our customers. Their feedback has always  inspired us to continuously improve over the years and it will continue to drive us  in the future.” 

John Gresch, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing at ARRI Inc., says: “When ARRI first introduced the SkyPanel S30 and S60 at NAB in Las Vegas in  April 2015, a true success story began. Within just two years, the SkyPanel  family was expanded to include the S120 and S360 models. The SkyPanels  found the sweet spot between high light output, tuneability, and versatility.  We are so pleased that SkyPanel has been able to assist the global film and  television industries and we look forward to many more years to come.” 

Since its introduction, the ARRI SkyPanel was immediately adopted for television  and feature productions worldwide and frequently used in numerous broadcast  studios, at live events, fashion shows, and even art exhibitions. Some notable  shows illuminated with SkyPanel include recent four-time Emmy winner Ted  Lasso (Apple TV+), the Netflix series Dark, The L Word: Generation Q (Showtime), First Ladies (CNN), and Genius: Aretha (National Geographic),  along with multi-award-winning feature film Blade Runner 2049, the last two Star Wars productions, and many more. 

The Engineering Emmy will be presented to ARRI at an awards ceremony on  October 21, 2021, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in downtown Los Angeles,  California.