Steve has worked in the motion picture and television production industry for over 38 years. Starting as a camera operator and editor, and having been fortunate enough to work with some of the top DP’s and gaffers in the business, Steve quickly found that lighting and top of the line cameras were a key to the success of an image for his clients. So in 1989, he began putting together his own lighting packages to use in his contracted productions. In 1995 with a partner, Morgan Atkinson, he began purchasing camera packages. From these acquisitions, Kentucky Grip and Lighting has grown from a lighting package in a van to the multi-truck, multi-camera rental operation it is today.
In December of 2008, Cabin Hill Communications, Inc., the parent corporation of Kentucky Grip and Lighting moved into Studio One Kentucky, now re-branded as The Studios at Production Commons, another addition to the production infrastructure for the State of Kentucky and a natural complement to the thriving grip and lighting business that Steve and his wife, Nikki have been building.
Nikki has worked in media since 1983. She has covered all aspects of media sales and production; print, radio, and television with employment with Lipps-National Printing, WRKA Radio, and WDRB-TV (Fox 41). In 1998, Nikki struck out on her own with Nikki Staley Advertising, a successful agency that has retained the clients to this day that she started with 11 years ago. At that time Cabin Hill Communications, Inc. was formed to cover Steve and Nikki’s enterprises.
Also, from her roots in producing for the television and radio companies, she applied the production and organizational skills she had acquired there to become the go-to producer for many of the larger Kentucky Grip and Lighting projects with producer’s credits ranging from numerous network shows to national/regional commercials and music videos for multinational record labels.
Crisp, a film graduate from Western Kentucky University started his career as a filmmaker producing over 20 short films before moving into the commercial industry in St. Louis. As a Director for Imagery Marketing Group, he directed commercial spots for major brands such as LG, Whirlpool, and Ashley Furniture. He has been in the industry for over 15 years and is constantly working between different modes of digital media creation, acquisition, and distribution.
Since coming back to Louisville in 2011, Crisp has been apart of the new brand “The Studios at Production Commons where he has created one of the primer editing suites in the city and has enjoyed a balance between the commercial and independent film industries. He has been fortunate enough to work on several commercial spots for major brands like Humana, Korbel, Lexus, and Tempur-Pedic while still being able to DP/Colorist several feature films, music videos, and tv pilots.