London-based Marjan Television Network, a leading broadcaster to the Persian-speaking world, has just completed a major refurbishment of its four-studio complex to cutting-edge new LED lighting rigs featuring Chroma-Q, Spotlight, ProLights and Quasar Science fixtures – supplied, along with all associated cabling, by A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd.
Marjan broadcasts a wide range of entertainment programmes, which are transmitted to 25 million viewers across the globe. These include Persian-language versions of well-known British favourites such as The X Factor, Come Dine With Me and Spitting Image, as well as producing several hours per day of live output programming from its studios.
Designed so that all four of the studios can be controlled from a single gallery, Marjan’s brief was multifaceted from both a technical and aesthetic perspective. The facility needed to be flexible to accommodate the wide range of productions, whilst maintaining a contemporary feel. Inherent within this was the requirement for the installation to be energy-efficient with, at its core, a lighting package which was multi-purpose and delivered good colour rendition on camera.
Ian Muir, who heads up AC-ET’s specialist Film and TV sales division, oversaw the supply – working closely with Marjan to ensure that the equipment met all of their technical requirements. Muir specified a variety of LED lighting solutions, including 22 Chroma-Q Space Force soft light fixtures; over 100 Spotlight Fresnels; and Quasar Science Q-LED linear lamps – to provide a range of tuneable white LED luminaires suitable for the studio lighting.
ProLights colour changing LED effects lighting were used for more dynamic productions. These included LumiPix linear battens and a range of moving heads including Ruby beam lights, Stark400 pixel-mappable wash lights, and StarkBlade8 moving battens.
AC-ET’s in-house Tourflex cabling custom cable assembly service manufactured to custom order lengths and connector choices, nearly 900 metres of various power, lighting data, and hybrid power/data cabling. This included over 500m of Tourflex Datasafe Ultra lighting data signal cabling; over 250m of power cabling, custom assembled with Tourmate and Neutrik powerCON connectors; and nearly 100m of powerCON and Socapex extension cabling.
Other associated equipment supplied included aluminium truss, TV spigots and black safety wire. In addition, AC-ET provided product training on the lighting equipment and ongoing after-sales technical support.
AC-ET’s Muir said, “Marjan are a great example of the new breed of broadcaster, at the forefront of using new technology to reach widely dispersed audiences. Being located in London provides them easy access, not just to the equipment, technology and technical skills, but also to the creative designers and production skills that are so essential to make high quality programmes.”
Jean Luc Neale, lighting and vision engineer for Marjan commented, “We have high production values and make a wide range programmes, which are broadcast to audiences all over the world from these four studios. Because content ranges from news and interviews to dynamic entertainment shows, it’s really important that the new lighting rigs are flexible, easy to set up and control, whilst also being reliable, low maintenance and with low operating costs. AC-ET presented a wide choice of options and an integrated solution that didn’t just include the lighting fixtures themselves, but the accessories, cabling, clamps and support that we needed.”