On 8 May, a large delegation from the British association of directors of photography (STLD) visited the Italian Public television (RAI) studios, for an interesting exchange of experiences with the company management and their professional counterparts.
The STLD (Society of Television Lighting and Design) visit was made possible by Clay Paky, which has been profitably working for years with the British association and, most recently, has partnered with it in organising he annual competition called “The Clay Paky Knight of Illumination”. The competition gives awards to the best British LDs in the TV, theatre and live event sectors.
The professional relationship between Clay Paky and RAI is equally well consolidated. It is based on mutual respect that has built up over the years, during which the Bergamo-based company has supplied RAI with the most modern TV studio lighting technology. On many occasions, RAI executives and directors of photography have chosen Clay Paky lights as the best equipment for their scheduled programmes.
STLD was able to visit the Italian public TV headquarters, the historical Corso Sempione studios and the ultra-modern Via Mecenate studios for the whole day. The new studios are home to some of the biggest TV successes, including L’Isola dei Famosi (the Italian version of “Celebrity Survivor”), X Factor (the Italian version of “The X Factor”), and Quelli che il Calcio (a sports entertainment show). Renato Ferrari, Clay Paky’s Sales Manager for the Italian market, who was escorting the visitors, had the opportunity to show them with pride that all of these productions are illuminated by Clay Paky.
An in-depth technical meeting also took place between the STLD delegation and RAI staff consisting of directors of photography, studio managers and design managers, with an official speech by the executive in charge of the RAI TV Production Centre in Milan, Massimo Ferrario.
The discussion between these lighting professionals was not purely technical, but also included a concrete comparison of daily working methods, as Stuart Gain, chairman of STLD emphasized: “The meeting with the RAI staff was extraordinarily useful since we were able to compare two different organizational models, in which each one of us was able to fit their own working situation. We openly tackled subjects of a general nature, but also described details of our everyday work. We are grateful to Clay Paky for organizing this meeting”.
During their stay in Italy, STLD also visited the Clay Paky premises at Seriate (BG). Pio Nahum, company sales director, said: “we are proud we were able to organize an opportunity for two important institutions in our sector to meet. It was a valuable chance for us to get to know the needs of leading figures face-to-face. Television is one of our most important markets and it is essential to keep up to date on how our products are being used”.
Enrico Caironi, Clay Paky Corporate Advisor and co-organizer of the event with Bernie Davis, echoed his words: “The STLD lighting designers boast several years of experience both in TV and live theatre in Great Britain and the rest of the world. Their suggestions are very valuable to Clay Paky, since our company is strongly oriented towards the professional market”.