Elation lighting and Obsidian control on American Ninja Warrior
On March 12, Season 12 filming of NBC’s prime time series American Ninja Warrior was postponed in the middle of production in Los Angeles, and just one day before the reality competition was set to get underway beneath an Elation lighting rig with Obsidian control system. Delayed due to the COVID‐ 19 pandemic, the show eventually headed into production again in July with a crew happy to be back to work and a number of health measures to abide by. Lighting was under the capable hands of two long‐time industry pros and Warrior lighting veterans, Adam Biggs (lighting design) and Ed Motts (lighting direction). “We were all ready to shoot when the producers called us in and announced they were postponing the show as a health measure so we immediately started loading out that night,” recalled Motts, now in his eighth year with the show. “Then we sat at home like everyone else in the industry until we got a call in early June about possibly coming back for one city. By our June 25th tech meeting we knew it was a go and we were excited to be coming back.” The eight days of broadcasts featured a nearly all Elation lighting rig, which ran on a complete Obsidian Control Systems network. An Obsidian NX4™ console served as the main controller with a compact NX2™ used as a tracking backup with Netron EN12™ and EN4™ Ethernet to DMX gateways used for data distribution. In addition, an interview area was under Onyx control using a laptop and a two port dongle.