COVID-19’s social distancing requirements won’t have a lasting impact on studio design and trends like video walls are expanding, vendors say. But remote production has compelled them to offer simple-to-use at-home kits until COVD abates. Above, Devlin Design Group recently delivered the set for the new studio at the Tennis Channel. The set uses LED displays surrounding the studio. The Tennis Channel can use the same set for different programs since the LEDs can display “graphic wallpaper” that can be customized.
Despite pushing newsrooms temporarily into mostly remote production, set design vendors say COVID-19 won’t have a lasting effect on where sets were heading before the pandemic. They say viewers are likely to see more LED panels and walls, virtual sets and augmented and virtual reality usage in news studios. Above, for the TF1 broadcast news studio in France, Planar delivered a 750-square-foot curved video wall.
Having well-designed lights has impact beyond lowered operating costs due to reduced power consumption and how good the lights make the talent look. LED technology is now in its third generation, so many of its previous kinks have been worked out. The latest LED lights communicate wirelessly, are “perfect” when it comes to the color rendering index and handle a range of color temperatures. Above: The athletics broadcast studio at University of Louisville has a PrimeTime GUS 51 LED Fresnel as well as MSLED 20 XB2, MSLED 40 XB2 and 1SLED XB2 lights. Source: PrimeTime.
Black News Channel is constructing a $26 million facility in Tallahassee, Fla., anchored by technology from Bitcentral, Vizrt and Sony. Its engineering chief, Kenny Elcock, explains how interoperability is key.
A step up from past LCD video walls, the new LED technology is increasingly featuring in new news set designs, enabling crisper images and more flexibility.
Black News Channel, a provider of 24/7 cable news programming created “by people of color for people of color,” chose Devlin Design Group to design a newsroom featuring a “scenic storytelling environment” based on information gathered from focus groups. The main studio located in Tallahassee, Fla., is the home-base for the network’s news, lifestyle and […]
Cordillera Communications’ NBC affiliate KSBY Santa Barbara, Calif. (DMA 123), and Devlin Design Group collaborated on a project for a station with limited space but lofty aspirations. The result, a modular, technologically advanced, scenic storytelling environment created by maximizing the space and scale of the design elements. “The new set gives us tremendous flexibility, allowing […]
When Cox Media Group’s CBS affiliate WJAX Jacksonville, Fla. (DMA 42), began renovating its production studio, it wanted to incorporate an eye-catching display in every area of the set — including the anchor desk. Working with design consultant Devlin Design Group, integrator Advanced took on the challenge with the installation of more than 40 displays by NEC, […]
Poised between the Philadelphia and New York broadcast markets, sits Maranatha Broadcasting’s WFMZ Allentown, Pa. The independent station in the Lehigh Valley, north of Philly and only 90 miles west of New York City, has served the northern tier of the Philadelphia market since 1976, and has grown to provide 46 hours of news each […]
Devlin Design Group today added Damon Bryant as vice president, general manager and director of business development. Bryant is a television veteran with 28 years of marketing and management experience in some of the most competitive local broadcast markets including Miami, Detroit, Chicago and most recently Kansas City. He has worked for three O&Os and […]
KDKA wanted a new scenic storytelling environment that would reflect Pittsburgh’s revitalized downtown while providing maximum production flexibility. Here’s an illustrated guide to how those goals became reality.
At both of these Pennsylvania stations, large studios, big video arrays, easily changed graphics packages and quick-change studio lighting make it possible to produce much more than news from their new sets without placing an excessive burden on their production staffs. This is the final part of a four-part Special Report on news sets. You can read the other parts here.
Just in time for the latest sweeps period, Pittsburgh’s WPXI (NBC) and KDKA (CBS) unveiled state-of-the-art sets on Monday. And what will the well-dressed newscasts be wearing this fall? In a word, screens. KDKA used Devlin Design for its new look, while WPXI turned to tech company Orad.