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Rigging Systems

“Stand on any stage and look up. Can you say you have absolute trust in the rigging that hangs over your head?” 

-J.R. Clancy 2012

Rigging Systems

Barbizon has been providing and installing rigging systems for over 25 years. Whether it’s a pipe grid in a studio or a motorized system in a performing arts center, Barbizon is a trusted source for all your rigging needs. We have ETCP certified rigging technicians and employ only ETCP installation riggers.

Rigging Equipment Provider

We are a supplier for all the leading brands, including Clancy, DeSisti, Daktronics and ETC. We are a supplier for many truss and motor manufacturers. Barbizon also supplies draperies and track from the finest mills and fabricators. Barbizon is your source for rigging supplies and equipment.

Rigging Portfolio

Barbizon Lighting has partnered with several impressive projects. We’ve provided equipment and products for complex sets and stages. Our portfolio includes such designs as the ESPN Digital Center Studios, Palazzo Verdi and WGN News 9 in Chicago.

Trained Rigging Team

Barbizon is an international leader in rigging systems. On every job we have full time project managers to assure your installation is done correctly and safely the first time. You can trust our skilled team members to ensure proper execution of your project. Barbizon continually engages in education to ensure our rigging technicians are aware of the current procedures. 

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MSNBC Studios - Secaucus, NJ


MSNBC Studios - Secaucus, NJ

The Newsroom at MSNBC was a complex design that incorporates lighting for broadcast as well as general and specialty architectural lighting. Located in the newsroom studio alone are more than 700 architectural fixtures and 400 theatrical fixtures. The problem for Steve Brill, the lighting designer, and Barbizon as the systems integrators, was to control all "on camera" lighting sources from the console while providing the required levels of general illumination for the operations of a working newsroom. In addition, many of the set pieces contained internal lighting, much of it fluorescent, that had to be balanced with the overall lighting levels of the room. Another consideration of the design, was the necessity of the lighting systems to conform with building codes. Since the "on camera" lighting also incorporated general lighting, contingencies has to be made for emergency egress. To conform to those requirements, an Emergency Lighting Transfer System was installed to switch selected lighting sources from the lighting control system to emergency power feeds in the event of power or equipment failure.

The pipe grid, which supports the majority of the broadcast lighting, is hidden between decorative ceiling panels, giving the space the appearance of large office area while providing discreet hanging positions for television lighting.

The Production Studio design is a practical as well as versatile concept. The pipe grid was assembled in section that are independently adjustable for trim height. This multi-level grid can conform to variations in set heights. The power distribution is also very flexible. The multi-circuit drop boxes can be evenly distributed over the room, or concentrated in areas that are heavily loaded with fixtures. Surface mounted wall boxes add convenience where practicals are used on the set(s).

Technical Details

Newsroom Studio
Approximately 17,000 square feet
Lighting Control System: Electronic Theatre Controls
Dimmers: 480 x 2.4kw Sensor with Advanced Features
Power Distribution: Rigging Innovators Connector Strips and Plug Boxes as well as Architectural Lighting
Control: Expression 2x with expanded Reflection Backup

Production Studio
5,000 Square Feet
Lighting Control System: Electronic Theatre Controls
Dimmers: 480 x 2.4kw Sensor with Advanced Features
24 x 6kw Sensor with Advanced Features
Power Distribution: Rigging Innovators Plug Boxes
Control: Expression 2x with expanded Reflection Backup

Design Team for Both Studios
Architect: Phillips Janson Group, New York, NY
Lighting Consultant: Berner & Brill Lighting Design, New York, NY
MEP: Edwards & Zuck, P.C. , New York, NY
Structural: M.G. McLaren, P.C., West Nyack, NY