Monday, March 30, 2020

Up Your Video Conferencing Background Game with Help From Barbizon Lighting

Thanks to COVID-19, since mid-March many of us are working (or not working) remotely. Video conferencing programs like Zoom are being used more and more so we can see who we're talking to rather than traditional conference calls.

One neat (or some might say annoying) feature of Zoom is the ability to change your background.  If you haven't experimented already here's what you do...
Sign in to the Zoom desktop client. Click your profile picture then click Settings. Select Virtual Background. Note: If you do not have the Virtual Background tab and you have enabled it on the web portal, sign out of the Zoom Desktop Client and sign in again.
We looked around in our archives and found some interesting images you can download and use on your next call to clean up that background so the people your online with don't need to see everything behind you.

Click on the images below and can save them to your system.  The images are sized to 1920x1080.

Enjoy! 
Standard grey background

Theatre from the back of house

Briefing Room

Television Studio


Working Film Soundstage

Soundstage

Backstage at a Theatre

Television News Set

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

A Note To Our Customers About COVID-19

Dear Friends & Customers of Barbizon Lighting,

We continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and the impact this virus will have on many businesses, including our customers, and our employees. At Barbizon Lighting, we are prepared to maintain a high level of service during this challenging time.

Our teams are on call and available to assist you via phone and email, per our usual standards. However, we have made some adjustments that limit exposure and encourage “social distancing” as a safety precaution recommended by the CDC. The extent of those measures on the operations of our various office locations varies based on the guidance of local agencies. The general status of your local Barbizon Lighting office is here: https://marketing.barbizon.com/acton/media/1882/health.

We’re committed to making things run smoothly for our customers and partners while following CDC guidance for the safety of our employees and their families.

We will continue to monitor developments and will update accordingly. We are committed to maintaining our high level of standards. We are here when you need us.

Should you have questions or concerns, we are happy to address them. Please do not hesitate to reach out for our services or open discussions regarding the current circumstances. Call Barbizon Lighting at 866-502-2724 or email us at inquiry@barbizon.com.

Sincerely,

Tom Madden
President and CEO
Barbizon Lighting Company

Friday, January 10, 2020

Barbizon Lighting Company Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Barbizon Lighting Company announced Shen-Hsin Hung
joined the Entertainment Lighting and Systems Integration
leader as its new Chief Financial Officer, effective January 6, 2020
NEW YORK CITY, New York. Barbizon Lighting Company (Barbizon) started the new year by announcing Shen-Hsin Hung joined the Entertainment Lighting and Systems Integration leader as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective January 6, 2020. Hung joins the Barbizon Lighting Company with over 25-years as a financial and operational executive in the media and entertainment industry, including the likes of CBS, Inc., Sesame Workshop, Nickelodeon, MTV Networks, Viacom and Condé Nast. Hung brings with her an extensive background in corporate finance & operations, strategic and financial planning, and risk management, along with a deep appreciation for the Barbizon Lighting Company’s 73-year track record as the industry’s leading provider of turnkey entertainment lighting systems and products.

"I couldn't be more thrilled to welcome Shen-Hsin to the Barbizon Lighting Company. She will undoubtedly make an immediate impact as we begin operating as a majority employee-owned company," said Tom Madden, President & CEO. “I am particularly impressed with Shen-Hsin’s ability to lead operational and finance functions in complex, industry-leading businesses while maintaining an unrelenting focus on serving and advocating for her company's customers and employees," Madden said. "I believe that Shen-Hsin and our entire Barbizon Lighting Company team have an exciting opportunity to build the next chapter of a long-standing and incredibly successful company together. As employee-owners, we are working to develop the Barbizon Lighting Company of the future; we call it 'Barbizon 3.0’.” 

I can’t imagine a more exciting time to join Barbizon,” Hung said. “With Barbizon employees’ recent rise to majority ownership, at a time when the company is experiencing incredible growth, the entire operation is passionate and energized. Tom and his entire Barbizon team recognize and appreciate that they are working together to build the next chapter in Barbizon's exciting history. I'm delighted to be a part of it."

Hung will lead Barbizon’s financial teams in addition to the development of its operation. She will report to President & CEO, Tom Madden.

Hung has more than 25 years of financial and operational experience as an executive in the entertainment and media industries. She has served in both Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer roles, leading the development of the operations, systems, and people that facilitated revenue growth and streamlined operations while working with highly visible organizations. Early in her career, she served in senior management roles ranging from post-production operations to program development and quickly accelerated into executive positions ranging from business operations to corporate finance. Later in her career, Shen-Hsin switched-gears and established a corporate planning and strategy group at Conde Nast and then made the leap to innovation as Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer at ?What If! USA, Ltd. At ?What If! she led a consulting business for a wide variety of corporations looking to reimagine and implement the next phases of their business strategy, culture, and growth.

About the Barbizon Lighting Company: Open for business since 1947, the Barbizon Lighting Company (Barbizon) is the world's leading provider of turnkey entertainment lighting systems and products - specializing in the design, sale, service, and installation/integration of lighting, rigging, and control equipment for television, film, live productions, performing arts, themed environments, houses of worship, and architecture. From Barbizon's 12 locations in North America and Europe, we provide industry-leading solutions for our full range of customers. Known as the industry leader, Barbizon boasts an uncontested range of experience, time-tested relationships with product manufacturers, and a first-class team of Systems Integrators, Project Managers, Field Service Technicians, Specifiers, Sales Associates, General Administrators, and Managers.

Barbizon Lighting Company's largest shareholder is our employee group, which currently owns 51% of the company (via an Employee Stock Ownership Program.) We are deeply invested in the well-being of our employees and their families. Barbizon provides competitive compensation, including comprehensive health care to the employee and the employee's spouse and children at no cost to the employee. Additionally, the company provides a match to each employee's 401(k) contribution, company-paid life, and disability insurance, paid time off, and participation in both the company's Profit-Sharing Program and Employee Stock Ownership Program.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Quasar Science Sale on Now Through 12/31/19

Barbizon Lighting's Quasar Inventory Reduction Sale!

Now, through December 31st, get 50% off all Quasar Crossfade Linear LED Tubes.
  • Get 15% off all in-stock Quasar Q L-ION BiColor LED, RAINBOW LED and T8 LED Tubes. 
  • Get 10% off all in-stock Quasar accessories including Q BLOCK Mounting Clips, Bi-Pin or Grounded Power Cables, and Q-Boot shock absorbers.
Additional volume discounts are available.

Supplies won't last long so get yours now!

Contact your local Barbizon office today or email us at inquiry@barbizon.com and we'll get you to the right office.

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Updated Barbizon Lighting Elec Handbook App Now Available!

You know there's an app for that, right?

Barbizon Lighting's extremely popular and impossible-to-keep-in-stock-to-meet-demand Electrician's Handbook has been updated and is now available electronically as an updated app in Apple’s App Store and on Google Play for Android users! 

(A future update will make it compatible with “Dark Mode” but otherwise it's ready to roll!) 

Production Electricians of all disciplines should check it out! 



This updated version includes:
  • Handbook Indexed Navigation!
  • References for Electrical Terms, Wire and Cable, Lighting Fixtures, Lamps, Color, Patterns, Pipe, Knots, and More...
  • Zoom and Pan of Handbook pages
  • Handy Updated tools and lamp lookups (including data projectors)
  • Interactive Contacts for All Barbizon Office locations, worldwide!
You can download the new versions here: