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PURCHASE ALUMS LIGHT THE OLYMPICS IN TORINO

Date Released: 2/7/2006

Jason Scott (‘04) and Andrea Boccanfuso (‘04) will be lighting various events at the 20th Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, Feb. 10-25.

Both are graduates of the Lighting Design Program at Purchase and their firm The Lighting Design Group, Inc., has been contracted by NBC to do the broadcast lighting for the network’s coverage of the Winter Olympics.

Jason Scott is a native of Middletown, New Jersey, and Andrea Boccanfuso was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida.

Andrea Boccanfuso is the Venues Coordinator for the Olympics. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of West Florida in theater and lighting and her master’s degree from Purchase College. She will work closely with LDG’s Sheryl Warren-Wisniewski, the Production Manager for the Olympics, and the 27-member staff from The Lighting Design Group. Boccanfuso will personally coordinate the Venues Lighting Design, which includes: Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, Snowboarding, Bobsled, Skeleton, Luge, Speed Skating, Curling, and the Medals Plaza. She will compile equipment lists, bid out equipment packages, organize crews, and coordinate deliveries and travel for the LGD staff. Together with Warren-Wisniewski, she will log and allocate every piece of equipment from dimming boards and miles of cable, to the hundreds of lights, stands, trusses and special effects used to light the Olympics.

“It is a huge undertaking,” she says. “It is a very complicated, extremely amazing process. I have been in pre-production since September and will deal with the venues from beginning to end.”

Jason Scott received his undergraduate degree in lighting design from Purchase College. He will serve as an electrician for the NBC broadcast studios. Working with a crew, he will be responsible for the load-in, focus, running, maintenance and strike of Studio 2. He will serve as back-up board operator for both studios from which Bob Costas and other NBC announcers will report on the Games.

The Olympics will host 2,500 athletes from all over the world who will compete over 17 days for medals and world titles in 15 different sporting events. Most events will take place within Turin, the city limits of Torino. All the alpine sports will take place just outside the city at various winter resorts.

The 2,500 athletes and 1,400 officials from 80 National Olympic Committees will be housed in three Olympic Villages in Torino, Bardonecchia and Sestriere.

The eight competition sites include Bardonecchia, Pinerolo, Pragelato, Cesana-Pariol, Cesana-Dan Sicario, Sauze d’Oulx, Sestrriere and Torino.