DNC production cast is in place


WASHINGTON -- The Democratic National Convention has hired a cadre of entertainment industry veterans to help produce its big show in Denver in the summer.

Bruce Rodgers will serve as production designer, Lisa Geers as line producer, Bob Dickinson as lighting designer and Pat Baltzell as audio designer.

"From Olympic Games to Super Bowls and everything in between, this team has done it all," convention executive producer Ricky Kirshner said. "They are true veterans of the stage and screen, and we're fortunate to have them on board as we create the most engaging and inspiring Democratic National Convention our country has ever seen."

Rodgers, an Emmy nominee, is designing the 2008 Super Bowl halftime show. His credits include the 2007 Super Bowl, touts by Rascal Flatts and Madonna and the creation of the Global Olympic Village for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. He will manage the overall set design for the podium and stage.

Geers' production credits include the past two Democratic National Conventions and the 2001 and 2006 International Brotherhood of Teamsters Conventions, where she served as coordinating producer. She was associate producer for the reopening of the New Orleans Superdome with Green Day and U2 in 2006.

Dickinson's career has spanned 30 years and has earned him 15 Emmys. Highlights include three Olympics, the Kennedy Center Honors and televised music specials for the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Rolling Stones, U2, Cher, Billy Joel and Elton John. Dickinson worked on the past three Democratic National Conventions and the 1997 Presidential Inaugural Gala.

Four-time Emmy winner Baltzell has nearly 25 years of experience designing and engineering sound systems, specializing in large-scale live TV specials including two Olympics, dozens of award shows and 11 Super Bowl halftime presentations. Baltzell has also worked on several major movie premiers, including "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Cars," "The Lion King" and "Shark Tale."