Meet Our Designers


  Executive Design Staff

  Steven Brill

  Dennis Size

  Mark London

  Senior Design Staff

  Dan Kelley

  Niel Galen

  Douglas Cox

  Mike Grabowski

  Brian McRae

  Staff Designers

  Lane Sparber

  Paul Lohr
  Sean McLoughlin

  Adam Gabel

  Anna Jones

  Lance Darcy

  Kevin Hardy

  Joshua Windhausen

  Dan Rousseau

  Joshua Cutler

  Ariel Benjamin

  William Albertelli
  Fred Uebele

  Richard Hoyes

  Rachel Alulis

  Adrian Sharkey

  Ryan Mutton
The LDG Design Staff Difference

The Lighting Design Group is the lighting design team that brings excellence to any project. The firm’s designers are well seasoned by years of experience in studios and locations of all types. Every designer approaches each project with a unique creative vision, the same unique vision that has won the firm numerous Emmy Awards and acclamations.

Executive Design Staff

Steven Brill - President and founder of The Lighting Design Group, established in 1989.  Distinguished design credits include; The Cosby Show, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman, The Morning Show, and the 2007 summer gameshow hit Power of 10.  Steve and LDG have been the design company and designer of choice for NBC’s coverage of the Summer and Winter Olympic Games since 1992.  The team was also NBC’s top pick for Decision 2012: Election Night Coverage from Election Plaza (Emmy Award), an outdoor venue that transformed Rockefeller Plaza into the 2012 election coverage central.  

Dennis Size - Senior Vice President of Design for The Lighting Design Group. Dennis has over 35 years of lighting design experience in the television industry and is celebrating his 18th year as a designer with LDG. During his multi-Emmy winning career, Dennis has designed the “look” of dozens of programs, most notably: The Dr. Oz Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Ellen, Good Morning America, The Katie Couric Show, The Chew, Martha Stewart Living, The Montel Williams Show and, from 1983 to 2011, Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve. Over and above his talk show credits, Dennis' international design work covers a broad spectrum: soap operas, variety shows, musical events, sporting events, news events and political events -- including the design of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL.  He was also a part of the lighting design team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Dennis has an extensive list of concert and musical event credits including: ABC’s Good Morning America Summer Concert Series (for the last 18 years), Destiny’s Child: Live from Roseland and The Oxygen Custom Concert Series. 

Mark London, IES - Executive Vice President for Operations and Systems.  Mark is responsible for managing overall operations of the firm working with major national and international networks, cable networks and their affiliates. In addition to operations, Mark leads the design of broadcast lighting systems and architectural lighting for permanent installations.  Mark has helped establish LDG as a leader in the design and installation of energy efficient broadcast lighting systems and has been a guest speaker at both NAB and LDI conferences on energy efficient broadcast lighting.  Recent energy efficient installations include facilities for Univision/Fusion Bloomberg Television,, MTV Times Square Studio and WNET Lincoln Center Studios. Internationally Mark has designed studio installations in China, Abu Dhabi, Istanbul, London and New Delhi.

Senior Design Staff

Dan Kelley - Senior Lighting Designer for The Lighting Design Group. Dan has worked for the Sesame Workshop designing Elmo’s World, Sesame’s Country Jamboree, and Sesame Street, winning an Emmy Award for the latter. Dan is also a lead designer for NBC’s coverage of the Olympic Games, which has garnered him three Emmy Awards for the 2004 Athens, 2002 Salt Lake City and 1996 Atlanta games. Dan’s work has also been seen on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, The Sauce on FUSE as well as the new Fox Business Channel. 

Niel Galen - Niel is a veteran of LDG with over 10 years at the firm. Niel’s designs have run the gamut of television. From Beach houses to Jail houses, in studios and on location across the globe, Niel has lit the glamorous and not so. His work for NBC’s coverage of the 2002 and 2004 Olympic Games garnered Emmy awards. In addition, Niel has been nominated for Emmys for his work for CNN, NBC and on Martha Stewart Living. He recently designed the lighting for the NBC News Center and MSNBC’s new home at Rockefeller Center. 

Douglas Cox - Doug is a Senior Lighting Designer at LDG and contributes to the YES Network, ABC's Good Morning America and The Chew, Charlie Rose, Bloomberg Television, Sesame Street, Moyers and Co. and Auctionata's online auctions.  He also designed Energy Efficient Studios for many Corporate clients, including the NY Jets, Univision, PricewaterhouseCooper, WNET, PepsiCo, Novartis and The Economist.  In the world of Politics, Doug has lit NBC's Convention Coverage in 2004 and 2008, designed Debates for NY1 and received an Emmy Award for his work on NBC's 2012 Election Night from Democracy Plaza.  He was also a Lighting Director at CNN and HLN for Anderson Cooper 360, Fareed Zaharia GPS, Erin Burnett OutFront, Larry King Live, Nancy Grace and Showbiz Tonight among others.  Doug came to LDG after many years as a freelance designer for Theatre, Opera, Dance and Concerts.  He received a Lumen Award for his work in Architectural Lighting and was Assistant Designer for seventeen Broadway shows.

Mike GrabowskiMike is a Senior Lighting Designer and brings over a decade of television experience with him.  During that time, he has delivered a look in a variety of types of shows all over the country: concerts, talk shows, video game launches, game shows, and more.  From quick "run and gun" field shoots, to location concerts, to full studio productions, from 3 light setups with a single camera to hundreds of lights and a 20 camera shoot.  Mike was also the Broadcast Lighting Consultant for MTV's Times Square Studio Renovation and conversion to a completely low power lighting system

Recent projects include: Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2013 w/ Ryan Seacrest, AMC's Comic Book Men, VH1's The Jenny McCarthy Show, MTV's Nikki & Sara Live, and countless Reunion Shows for Bravo, VH1, MTV and others.Mike has also worked with Spike, VH1, MTV2, MTV Tr3s, ABC, NBC, CBS, Howard TV, Bravo, CNN, and others.

Brian McRae - Emmy Award winning Lighting Designer, Brian is part of the LDG's West Coast staff based in Los Angeles, CA.  Prior to joining the staff as a Senior Lighting Designer, Brian worked with LDG as a Lighting Consultant for the Romney 2012 Campaign, Evening Urgant for Channel 1 in Moscow,  GMA in LA and Bill O'Reilly in L.A. He was also the Supervising LD for Fox News for both the RNC and DNC in 2012.  Brian is currently overseeing several multinational projects for LDG; including WAPA-TV in San Juan, Puerto Rico, TRT World in Istanbul, Turkey, Bloomberg Television Newsroom in New York, ABC-Disney in Los Angeles and the Dalian Radio and Television Center in Dalian, China.

Staff Designers

Lane Sparber - Lane has been designing for The Lighting Design Group since 2000. His recent design focus has been at the CNN network working on such shows as American Morning, Your Money, and Open House. He received an Emmy nomination for his design work on Lou Dobbs Tonight. Lane is also credited with designs for VH-1, MTV's Direct Effect, MTV News, and has also done extensive work on TRL, also for MTV. He was part of the Emmy Winning studio team for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney Australia.

Paul Lohr - Paul is based out of Los Angeles, CA and is The Lighting Design Group's designer for West Coast projects.  He has been on LDG's Olympics team since the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, Greece and works on many traveling projects for the company.  

Sean McLoughlin - Sean has been working for The Lighting Design Group since 2005.  Sean is currently on the LDG lighting staff at Bloomberg New York working as an LD.  Before Bloomberg, Sean was a lighting director at the CNN Studios, a lighting director and designer at CNBC handling daytime programming and before that was part of the design support staff assisting the company’s Senior Lighting Designers. In 2005 Sean received a BFA in lighting design from The Purchase College Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film.

Adam Gabel - Adam has been with The Lighting Design Group since 2005. Prior to his work in television he spent many years lighting live music and dance events. His current focus is at CNN where he works on The Joy Behar Show, Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell and Fareed Zakaria GPS, among others.

Anna Jones - Anna works as the assistant lighting designer out of The Lighting Design Group office in Manhattan. She provides drafting and design support to the LDG design staff. Before arriving at LDG in 2006 Anna received her MFA in Lighting Design from the University of Connecticut.

Lance Darcy - Lance has been working as a Lighting Designer and Event Production Designer for event companies, theaters and television for over thirteen years.  His industrial credits include a multitude of weddings, political rallies, TV up-fronts, fashion shows, concerts, after-parties, corporate events, as well as performances of all shapes and sizes.  For The Lighting Design Group, Lance helped launch Al Jazeera America, where he served as one of the Lighting Directors.  Currently he serves as the late night LD for CNN's late afternoon and evening programming, in addition to various special events and projects throughout New York City. 
Kevin Hardy - Kevin joined the LDG team in October of 2011.  Kevin brings with him thirty years of lighting experience in all fields of entertainment.  He has been a Lighting Director for CNN, Turner Classic Movies, ABC 2012 Democratic and Republican National Convention Coverage, Arise TV, Current TV, NBC News' 2012 & 2011 Education Nation Summits and NBC Sports' coverage of the 2012 and 2014 Olympics, Breakfast with the Arts, Private Sessions, CBC College Sports. Just to name a few. Kevin is equally as comfortable in a studio as he is on the road doing an Industrial , Theatre, Rock and Roll, and Dance. 

Joshua Windhausen - Joshua has been with The Lighting Design Group since 2006.  His current focus is at CNN where he is the Lighting Director for Campbell Brown's "No Bias, No Bull," Anderson Cooper 360 and DL Hughley Breaks the News.  Joshua recieved his MFA in Lighting Design from the University of Arizona. 

Dan Rousseau - Dan joined LDG in 2008 as an Assistant Lighting Director and currently works as an ALD at the CNN Studios where his daily assignments include The Joy Behar Show, Issues with JVM, Anderson Cooper 360 and other various programming at CNN. 

Wolfram Ott - Wolfram has been  part of The Lighting Design Group team since the Winter of 2009.  During his time with LDG his main focus has been at CNN where he serves as an Assistant Lighting Director.  Currently, Wolfram is the ALD for Showbiz Tonight, Anderson Cooper 360 and Nancy Grace. 

Joshua Cutler - Joshua is an Lighting Designer for the CNN Studios in the Time Warner Center.  He has been on the LDG staff since June of 2012.
Ariel Benjamin - Ariel joined LDG at the beginning of 2013. She is currently a full-time ALD at the CNN NY Studios at The Time Warner Center.  Before joining the company, Ariel worked locally, regionally, and internationally as a lighting designer for worlds of theatre and dance.  She holds a MFA in lighting design from the University of Maryland. 
William Albertelli - William joined LDG in May of 2013 and is currently one of the company’s 50/50 Assistant Lighting Director, dividing his responsibilities between the NY Bloomberg Studios,  where he helps manage the day to day operations, and the company’s Systems Department, assisting on the numerous ongoing system designs.  William received his BFA in Design/Technical Theatre from the University of Connecticut. 

Fred Uebele - A recent addition to the LDG staff, Fred joined LDG in October of 2014.  He is currently an Assistant Lighting Director for the CNN Studios in the Time Warner Center.

Richard Hoyes - Systems Designer for The Lighting Design Group.  Richard is responsible for the design and specification of all permanent installation lighting systems for LDG projects, including dimming, control, luminaries, special effects and electrical distribution..He has a particular specialization in architectural and performance lighting.  With over 20 years of experience in the lighting industry, he has designed lighting systems for dozens of performing arts facilities, including the acclaimed Radio City Music Hall Renovation, the Lyric Theatre and Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in New York City; and the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis.

Rachel Alulis - Rachel received her B.A in design from the College of the Holy Cross and her M.F.A. in lighting design from The University of Texas at Austin.  She joins the staff as a staff ALD for the CNN Studios.  

Adrian Sharkey - Adrian joins LDG as the evening Lighting Director at the Bloomberg Studios. Before joining LDG he served as the Creative Director for the Blaze Network.  Prior to his time at the Blaze Network, Adrian worked as a Lighting Director and Gaffer for the Fox News and Fox Business networks.

Ryan Mutton - Ryan joins LDG as the Assistant Lighting Designer for the LDG Systems department.

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