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Laura Sturza While his work as a...

Laura Sturza

While his work as a camera operator has him moving equipment that

weighs up to 400 pounds, Brian Reason’s heavy lifting on Sept. 14 had

him picking up his second technical Emmy.


The Burbank resident, who was born and raised in Glendale, was

honored for his work on HBO’s “Britney Spears Live from Las Vegas.”

Reason, 41, brought home his first Emmy in 1999 for his work on “The

Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”


“He’s got wonderful instincts [and] a great eye,” “Tonight Show”

director Ellen Brown said of Reason’s skill at catching unscripted

moments in the show. “He’s got a great attitude, and he comes in

smiling ... even when he’s not working he comes by to say hi. I think

it’s just the cookies.”

Reason will be in front of the camera when the Creative Arts Emmys

are broadcast tonight, and behind it at Sunday’s Emmy Awards.

Shooting the show means taking part in four 12- to 14-hour days of


rehearsal, and working alongside 13 other camera operators while

listening to directions through a headset.

“Every single shot is scripted from the first to the last,” Reason

said. “It’s all very fast-paced and loud and lots of people talking.”

He has worked on major award shows including the Academy Awards

and Grammys, and specials like the 2002 Super Bowl Halftime show,

which was broadcast for “11 minutes live to the world” and featured

U2 -- one of Reason’s favorite bands.


The self-taught technical artist is happy to work up to seven days

a week.

“I am so blessed and fortunate to be able to go to work in the

field that I work in -- with great talented people on wonderful

shows,” Reason said.

Reason received his award at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards.