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Friday, June 14, 2013

Congratulations Firelight Media Group

Here at Firelight Media Group we look to tell you about what is happening either in the business of digital media or what we can share with you about the people we meet in our daily lives.  Well, today we are going to talk about Firelight Media Group.  

Firelight Media gets to shout from the mountain top, "We are all Emmy® Award  Winners."  That is right,  Community Auditions “Star of the Day” won for “Audio”.  With this win it makes William Sarris,  Steve Kline,  Tom Victor,  Nick DeBeauvernet and Byron Campbell winners with the hard work they all put into the show.  Congratulations goes to Bob Conover too for winning again for Director - Live to Tape.

To add some fun, please tell us what Will, Tom and Byron are imitating with their Emmy® Award.  Here is a clue, acceptance speeches, singer and sports.  Have fun with the captions too. 

Firelight Media Group was honored to have an article written on them for the website  You can check out the article on Firelight Media here.  Please visit  and take a look at all of the RFPs they collect around the country, there are some just for you to grow your business.  It is a great resource for those in the Advertising, full service production business.

Thank you for all your support and to shout again, "FIRELIGHT MEDIA GROUP ARE  EMMY® AWARD WINNERS!!!"

Firelight Media Group has a new website. If you have not visited in a while check out our website at and while you are checking out our website here is our facebook page too Thank you for your support.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Firelight Media is helping a local robotics team

 Firelight Media has been a long-time supporter of FIRST Robotitcs (; Through 13 years of mentoring students on Team 230 at Shelton H.S. (, 10 years of providing a global webcast of the New England Regional Event, and 3 years of helping a new team at Harding H.S. in Bridgeport.

The fruit of this effort has been gratifying to say the least.  Team Alumni have gone on to careers at NASA, Boeing, Sikorsky, Facebook, and even here at Firelight Media.  Yes,  current employee Tom Victor and college intern Thomas Keegan are not only Shelton Robotics Alumni, but for the last few years they have also become mentors, helping Firelight Media’s co-owner Steve Kline, and the other Team 230 mentors.

Not only has this effort provided excellent college and employment opportunities for team alumni, but it
has also provided once in a life time opportunities for the current students as well.  Our team mentored last year’s “Global Innovation Award” winner from Shelton Middle School’s FIRST Lego League team, for its Patent Pending new product design.  The “Smart Sticker” is currently in development with Edison Nation.  Another alumnus had her high school science project blasted into space on one of the last space shuttle missions.

This year Team 230 is celebrating its 15th Anniversary in FIRST as it competes in “Ultimate Accent,” a play on the game “Ultimate Frisbee” as shooting Frisbees is one of the tasks the robots perform this year.  And shoot Frisbees it does well, the team made it to the semi-finals in New Hampshire and made it to a high scoring finals match in Hartford earlier this month.  

Robot performance is only one aspect to an award winning team.  Teams also compete for Quality in Design, Design Innovation, Engineering Inspiration, and the Chairman’s Awards.  This year, Shelton Robotics pulled in the CT Regional Chairman’s Award which qualifies them to compete for FIRST Robotics’ top prize, the National Chairman’s Award.

This year’s National Competition is in St Louis MS, beginning April 25, 2013. The team is looking to raise money to defray the costs of the competition entry fee as well as the hotel and travel for students and team mentors as they compete against the best and brightest in the nation.  If you can help the team with a donation, small or large, please contact John Niski at  –or- Steve Kline at   Thank you for your consideration.

Monday, February 11, 2013

A Night of Hope and Healing

We had the great honor of working along side the best in the industry on a special night in January. 

In December, right before Christmas, I received an email and a Facebook private message.  The message said “there is going to be this night of hope and healing in the midst of the Sandy Hook tragedy at the Webster Bank Arena.”  It was 8am on a Saturday.  I contacted the promoter and within a few minutes received an email back from him.  The promoter was going to need help getting coverage of the event, and getting the word out to the public.  Within 2 hours I had radio stations, TV stations, Cable stations and more waiting for more information to blast out to their audience.

You might be saying, “that’s not too uncommon”.  Well, this is the uncommon part. All of this was free. The promoter was not charging anything, the arena was free, the artists were free, audio, lights, video... all free.  It is hard to believe that this was pulled off without any money exchanging hands and within 3.5 weeks!  Oh yeah, and then we added broadcasting a live webcast of the event 5 days before the night!

This was an amazing feat to pull off in that time-frame, especially with the Christmas holiday occurring in the middle of the planning for the night. 

As soon as I knew what was needed, I sent out an email and posted a message to Facebook for video production help. Within 2 hours I had 19 people ready to go with whatever we needed done, and an equipment rental company at the ready.  The crew that I had that evening was an A Plus crew with more years experience in the business then I think I can count.  We had no live run throughs, only line checks with the artists. I kept wondering, how is this night going to go off?   

The production manager, after reviewing what happened on January 15, sent me this note. As I sit on the bus riding back, contemplating what I was allowed to be part of last night, it is still difficult to comprehend the magnitude of it all. The fact that God spoke to the promoter's heart about the vision and moved him to action that challenged so many to join with him for this outreach... That in less than 4 weeks all of the pieces fell smoothly into place (the artists & speakers, the venue, the gear, the techs, the trucks & bus... and even during the day we got word that Pilot Truck stops was even going to cover the fuel for the production trucks and bus). Then the show... Very complex lasting all most 4 straight hours... with no rehearsal or even a walk through, went flawlessly,and was experienced by 10,000 in the building and an untold number (exact metrics to come) on the live stream.

Granted, we had an "A" level production team, great equipment, and outstanding artists & speakers... there is no way this was done by the hand of man. It was so obvious that from start to finish, this was only the work of the Creator God of the Universe. All praise and honor belongs too Him!”

Here are the final viewing numbers for the webcast of A Night of Hope and Healing according to our web analytics: over 64,000 distinct IP addresses were tuned in. We know that many churches used this as a bible study 'viewing' and many churches had gatherings of well over 150-200. That would mean nearly 1.3 million people shared this night with us! 40 countries had more than 10+ IP addresses. More than 6,000 cities were represented, as well as 6 continents (sorry no Antarctica!). Truly a world wide mission ---Praise God!

All I can do is say thank you.  Thank you, Kelly, Bob, Bruce, Steve, Mitul, Allison, HB Group, Glenn, Robert, Eric, George, Shawn, Marjie, Rhonda, Chris, Thomas, Peter, Joe, Morgan, Geno, David, Mary, Craig, Remo, Keith, Wendy, Chris and Don.

We will always remember 12.14.12...