More proof that politics is showbiz by other means: Four production and design vets of stage and screen will play key roles in the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver this summer.

“From Olympic Games to Super Bowls and everything in between, this team has done it all,” said convention exec producer Ricky Kirshner in a statement. His credits include the Tony Awards and AFI specials.

Emmy-nominated production designer Bruce Rodgerswill manage overall set design for the convention stage and podium.

Line producer Lisa Geers, who has worked previous Dem conventions as well as rock events, will manage operations and administrative matters.

Lighting designer Bob Dickinson has taken home 15 Emmys during his career. He will handle lighting for the convention, while audio designer Pat Baltzell, who has worked on movies such as “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “A Shark’s Tale,” will be responsible for sound.

“Gov. Howard Dean gave us a mandate for our convention planning early on – to break the mold and take our thinking outside the box,” Kirshner continued. “This team is well suited to do just that, and their early work already reflects the cutting-edge approach we’re applying to numerous elements throughout the Convention Hall.”

—By William Triplett in Washington.