CMC Speaker Bio: Jeff Ravitz


Jeff Ravitz was awarded a Primetime Emmy for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on HBO and was previously nominated for Cher . . . Live at the Mirage. He has also received two Los Angeles Emmys for his designs of LA area programs and another from the Pacific Southwest chapter of the TV Academy.

Well-known for years as Bruce Springsteen’s lighting designer, Ravitz has also become one of the most sought after TV designers, creating lighting for live televised spectaculars, concerts, awards, game and talk shows, comedy specials, fashion, ice show broadcasts, and studio-based TV productions. Recent work includes television specials for Bruce Springsteen (HBO, CBS, PBS), Shania Twain (CBS), Michel Legrand (PBS), and Alicia Keys (Fuse), as well as broadcasts and DVDs for artists ranging from Usher, Beyoncé, John Fogerty (Live By Request-PBS), and Journey, to comedy specials for Bill Maher (HBO), Wanda Sykes (HBO), Terry Fator (CMT), and Larry The Cable Guy (Comedy Central). Recently, Jeff was the lighting director for the Vancouver Olympics nightly Whistler Plaza medals ceremonies and concert broadcasts.

He received a third Emmy nomination for his design of the holiday special, Carols By Candlelight, and an additional two Emmy nominations for the award show A Salute To Teachers. He has also been honored with four Telly Awards and two Aurora Awards for television designs.

Film audiences saw his work in the blockbuster remake of The Manchurian Candidate, for which Jeff designed specialty lighting, and Paramount’s concert documentary, Heart of Gold, starring Neil Young. He has also consulted on the lighting for 3D concert films for Dave Matthews, Phish, and the upcoming Justin Bieber 3D project.

Ravitz was named "Lighting Designer of the Year" in Performance Magazine’s Readers Poll and is an active member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the International Cinematographers Guild/IATSE Local #600 (Director of Photography), the United Scenic Artists, Local #829, and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s theatre department, was a founding partner of Visual Terrain, Inc., and most recently started the design firm Intensity Advisors.

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