Lifetime commitment: With ongoing upgrades to its DeSisti lighting systems, Lifetime Studios casts a bright light on New York production

Across the East River, just a subway ride away from Manhattan, a whirling dervish has been let loose in Astoria, NY-based Lifetime Studios. The dervish, unleashed for a taping of MTV's new comedy/variety/freak show Oddville, MTV, spins out of control unaware of his mark, and lands upstage of the bewildered host in an area lit only for props. It's up to lighting director Andrea "Sid" Curtis to help this Oddville performer and other unusual guests like him--the human bowling ball, the bartender

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