Milestone Celebration Planned for Luminaire Awards on April 15





Described by its organizers as “the Academy Awards® of Media Production,” the Luminaire Awards event will celebrate its 25th anniversary in New York City next month by honoring five outstanding professionals in graphic communications.

First bestowed in 1988, the Luminaire Awards recognize industry members whose spirit, creativity, commitment, and inspiration have led the transformation of the industry. Today, the Luminaire Awards program is one of the best attended and most influential events of its kind in the NYC-metro region.

The 2013 Luminaire Awards will be presented on April 15 at the Pierre Hotel in a ceremony that commences with a reception 6 p.m. The honorees are Kevin Brucato, director of operations, Prudential; Lynn Fantom, chairman & CEO, ID Media; Bill Kasdorf, vice president and principal consultant, Apex Content; Chris Noble, senior director of print operations, ESPN Digital and Print Group; and Brian Sallaberry, associate vice president, publishing operations, Victoria’s Secret Direct, NY.

Producing the event are IDEAlliance and its Digital Enterprise Education & Research (DEER) Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization created to promote research and education for graphic arts and the media industry. Fundraising proceeds from the Luminaire Awards support student scholarships through the Graphic Communications Scholarship Foundation (GCSF), which provides financial assistance to students pursuing careers in graphic communications in advertising, design, media, printing, and publishing.

Online registration, including single tickets and table-of-10 reservations, is available here. Event sponsorships also are being sought, and those interested can learn more about them by downloading the prospectus or by contacting Georgia Volakis, IDEAlliance’s director of events and membership, at 703-837-1075 or

The 2013 Luminaire Awards Committee includes Paul Nicholson (Showtime Networks), chair; Dave Stadler (Blue Ocean Worldwide), vice chair; and members George Ashbrook (E-Graphics), Brenda Barozzi (pipe line ps), David Luke (GCSF), Laura Reid (Hearst Magazines), Diane Romano (HudsonYards & Caps Visual Communications), Howard Weinstein (Candid Litho), and Michelle Weir (HP).