Even before founding Vibrant Design with his wife Ellen Waggett, Chris Landy already had a colorful career as a TV lighting designer. With a start in theater as a teenager, he moved on to a BFA in theater from Wagner College, an MFA from NYU, and then broke into television at LDG. The acronyms don't stop there – he's designed lighting for shows on NBC, CBS, MTV, MTV2, VH1, BET, Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, FX, PBS, Spike, Oxygen, Food Network, LOGO, AMC, FUSE, Style Network, NBATV, MSNBC, CNN, and CMT.
We talked about his style and process, taking a detailed look at his work on Lip Sync Battle, including the show's day–to–day operations. Chris outlined how Vibrant Design works, his key people, and what he had to do to get it off the ground and grow the business. We also had a chance to discuss some of his other passions, including Bimi's Cheese Shop, a business he (literally) built in Chatham, NY.
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