Chauvet Professional Next NXT-1 Adds Wow Factor To BBC Charity Marathon

WELLS, SOMERSET UK – The BBC Children in Need annual marathon TV spectacular is vigorously supported each year by local outside broadcasts spanning the breadth of the British Isles. This year, wanting to stand out with extra pizzazz, BBC Bristol appointed TV Lighting Director, Paul Middleton, to bring the ‘wow factor’ to the outside broadcast from the West Country’s Wookey Hole Circus School, near Wells.  The well-known LD did just that with help from a collection of intense fixtures from CHAUVET Professional.

Middleton bolstered the in-house lighting rig with Next NXT-1 moving head LED panels, complete with 25 pixel-mappable quad-color RGBW LEDs as well as 10 Q-Wash 419Z-LED fixtures, and six Rogue R1 Beam units from CHAUVET Professional.

While the Wookey Hole Circus School performers were showcasing their talents, the seven CHAUVET Professional NEXT NXT-1 moving head LED panels were positioned straight on to the audience for maximum effect. “We had them positioned so the audience would see them seemingly rotate the full way round but,” adds Middleton, “the units are so powerful we ran them at just 10% for the television cameras to pick up the bold colors they generate. The built-in virtual-gobos saved a load of time programming and the ability to quickly program text messages across them was fantastic.”

Meanwhile, the CHAUVET Professional Rogue R1 Beam units were positioned around the floor, “The Rogue beams looked the part perfectly and brought the exact look the producer wanted with a wide choice of beams and bright colors to suit the circus look.”

Middleton was delighted with the result, “Everyone on set was blown away with the difference we created with the CHAUVET Professional fixtures. On every level you know you can rely on Chauvet and on this occasion the company, with the equipment organized by Chauvet Europe Product Manager Sam Bowden, really rose to the challenge. The final set really packed a punch and brought wow factor on a par with the main London event down to Wookey Hole.”

The CHAUVET Professional Q-Wash 419Z-LED moving yoke wash units provided a wide angled beam for general back lighting purposes: four covering the stage and six across the audience. Middleton explained, “The Q-Wash 419Z-LED is a really popular fixture for very good reason. It’s so practical yet so versatile. We were able to use the zoom feature to focus on specific areas as necessary.” The unit offers variable whites alongside a full range of bold saturated colors, across three individually controlled LED zones for stunning visual effects.

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Chauvet, headquartered in the USA, is a leading global manufacturer of professional luminaires, truss and related equipment, fulfilling the needs of various industry sectors. Chauvet has four main brands: CHAUVET® DJ, CHAUVET® Professional, ILUMINARC® and TRUSST®. They share Chauvet’s unified strategy to pursue every market segment where it has a competitive advantage in terms of value, innovation and performance, with an emphasis on LED technology. For more information, please visit

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