For over 45 years, Lee Rose has been designing lighting for TV, Film, Music and Theater. Starting in theater and dance, then moving on to touring concert lighting in the mid-1970’s, Lee then moved into television and film lighting. In 1984 Lee and partner Richard Ocean formed Ocean, Rose & Associates and started lighting tv shows in Hollywood including The Golden Globes and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.
In 1998 Lee came aboard as a partner at Design Partners, Inc., an award winning association of entertainment Lighting Designers and Directors of Photography. With the dissolution of that firm at the end of 2015 Lee started Lee Rose Designs. He is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild, USITT and the Illuminating Engineering Society.
Lee’s television design work was seen regularly on The Chelsea Lately show, The MDA Telethon, Larry King Live and he continues to light the Hollywood party of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve. His lighting design talents were tapped for feature films including “Bringing Down the House”, "Vanilla Sky" and “Almost Famous” and “Southland Tales”. His past work includes series and specials for ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, CNN, MTV, VH1 and Cinemax. Lee has also designed the lighting for music specials for various artists including; Garth Brooks, Natalie Cole, Johnny Lang, Roy Orbison, Les Paul, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, Carly Simon, N-Sync, John Tesh, Bruce Willis and Wynonna.
Lee has been twice nominated for Emmy Awards for his work with Yanni, including the "Yanni: Live at the Acropolis" concert at the nearly 1500 year old Herod Atticus theatre. He was again nominated for his lighting design work on "Yanni: Tribute". A show that featured concerts taped at the Taj Mahal, in Agra India, which was the first time in history that the Taj was illuminated, and The Forbidden City in Beijing China. In addition Lee was awarded Lighting Dimensions "Lighting Designer of the Year" for his lighting design work on that project.
A believer in giving back, Lee has donated his time to hold seminars on lighting and technology for CNN and the International Cinematographers Guild as well as speaking on panels for various events. Lee has always supported up and coming people in the industry, especially through mentoring and internships on various projects he is designing.