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Electricians have starring role in preparing Colbert’s new studio

E-J Electric Installation Co. recently completed lighting and electrical work for Stephen Colbert’s new television production studio at The Ed Sullivan Theater at 1697 Broadway.

Colbert greets celebrities, actors, politicians and other notable figures in the theater as host of the new Late Show.

E-J Electric originally assisted with renovations to this same Ed Sullivan Theater in 1993, when David Letterman first began hosting the show.

CBS, which owns and produces the Late Show, had the theater renovated to Colbert’s specification as part of the preparation for the new show.

The Ed Sullivan Theater is a particularly challenging space to renovate due to its landmarked status and historical significance.
CBS brought on E-J Electric due their experience on delicate and complex lighting and electrical projects, as well as their previous experience with the Ed Sullivan Theater.

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E-J Electric was back in the studio 20 years after the firm readied the space for David Letterman.

E-J Electric renovated Stephen Colbert’s new studio and offices at the theater, including state-of-the-art sound systems and lighting controls.

The renovations, which occurred on the 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th floors of the building, included the green rooms on the stage, cellar green rooms and make up areas, as well as full fire alarm upgrades, telephone and data infrastructure upgrades, and audiovisual and security support.

An additional challenge was presented by the aggressive scheduling requirements of the project.

E-J Electric needed to complete the contract in just five weeks, and worked crews around the clock to complete the project on schedule.

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