Archives: Team Members

Michael joined LDG in 2013 and currently serves as Vice President of Production Services. Over the years at LDG he has supervised studio installations for CNN’s Hudson Yards Facility, CCTV & IBC in Beijing, Ada Derana TV in Sri Lanka, Telemundo in Miami, the Vikings Entertainment Network in Minneapolis, and NBC News in DC to name a few.  He has also managed many remote broadcasts for NBC & MSNBC including their coverage of the DNC/RNC, Super Bowl LII, Today Show remotes and nearly 50 political town halls across the US.  Michael came to LDG as a freelance production manager/supervisor and technical director and previously served as Jazz at Lincoln Center’s venue Production Manager when their Columbus Circle facility opened in 2004.  When not busy the New Jersey native enjoys the outdoors: camping, hiking and softball.  BFA/MFA Boston University’s College of Fine Arts.

Ted Boyce-Smith is a lighting designer based in New York but a native of San Francisco, CA. Prior to coming to LDG, Ted worked as a lighting and projection designer for theater, dance, opera, live television, corporate and private events. His work has been seen on and off Broadway, for commercial tours as well as in regional and international productions for over a decade. Currently he acts as a coverage lighting director at CNN and Bloomberg Television. MFA: NYU Tisch  

Anthony Tornambene is LDG’s Equipment Coordinator, based at our warehouse space in New Jersey. Since beginning his career at the company in 2015, Anthony has enjoyed a variety of roles, ranging from Production Assistant to freelance Assistant Lighting Director at CNN. After work, Anthony is often playing Dungeons & Dragons and traveling the world with his wife Julia. BFA: SUNY Buffalo

Sky is an Assistant Lighting Designer currently assigned to the CNN Bureau. Originally from Long Island, NY, Sky enjoys traveling, hockey and is a music/concert lover. BFA: University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Evan joined LDG full time in 2021 as a Gaffer. He was part of LDG’s team supporting the 2020 Election Cycle coverage, coverage of the MLB National League Championship Series, NBA All Stars, and NCAA Men’s Final Four games as well as studio installations across the US. Originally from Vermont and after years based in Chicago, Evan has a wide range of experience working with installed systems and live events. He holds several industry manufacturer & safety certifications.

Daniel DeFranco started as a Production Assistant at LDG in July of 2021. Currently, he serves as the Scheduling Coordinator for LDG, managing the staffing & crewing of all projects. Daniel is a recent graduate of Muhlenberg College, where he received degrees in both Theatre: Stage Management, and Business Administration.

Before joining as a staff designer, Dale Knoth had already worked on many LDG studio designs at Fox News and Fox Business Network. In addition to Fox News, he worked as an Associate Designer for Paul Palazzo Design, Inc. Dale was also a staff designer for FLDA where he was Sr. Lighting Director at CNBC and designed for ESPN, Disney+, ABC, NBC, and BNC. Outside the realm of TV lighting, he’s designed diverse projects in theater, live events, architecture and television. His credits range from the photographic series Home by Justin Booth-Clibborn (National Portrait Gallery, London) to design work on several Broadway shows including Nine (2003 revivial) and Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme. Dale now resides in Jackson Heights with wife Saisha after growing up in upstate New York. MFA: NYU

Joining LDG in 2019, Robin Wallace is an Assistant Lighting Director currently assigned to CNN. Originally from the Chicago area, she enjoys reading and various artistic endeavors in her time not spent at work or in the theater. BFA: The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University

Jon Goss is the Director of Equipment Operations who started working for LDG in 2013. Jon’s focus is on new studio installations and special events and is currently gearing up for a busy 2020 election season. He was a part of LDG’s install at China Central Television, SNY’s Studios at 4 World Trade Center, and CNN’s move to Hudson Yards in NYC. The Baltimore native previously worked for Glimmerglass Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and the Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. Jon received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rollins College.

 

Dante Olivia Smith is a Lighting Director currently assigned to NYC’s CNN studios. Dante comes to LDG from the world of theatrical lighting and scenic design where she worked with Hartford Stage, Signature Theatre, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, and DC’s Studio Theatre among others. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, she’s considered NYC home for a good many years now and can be found antiquing or baking when not on the job. MFA: NYU Tisch