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Set Design

Alaska Station Launches New Look


Anchorage NBC affiliate KTUU debuted a new look today.

The set, designed by FX Design Group, borrows its look from the natural beauty of Alaska and the colors of the Northern Lights.

The overall design is a large, two story set with balconies. The sweeping staircase leading to the balcony gives the feeling of climbing a mountain. Despite the size of the set, viewers will be struck by its warmth and intimate appeal.

“Every local market is unique. However, KTUU’s reach spans nearly the entire the state of Alaska, about one-fifth the size of the continental U.S.,” KTUU news director Tracy Sabo said in a statement. “This reach is truly unique in any local market, and KTUU’s loyal audience expects the very best in quality from the station they’ve chosen as Alaska’s News Source. FX Design has allowed KTUU to continue that tradition of excellence.”

The Anchorage NBC affiliate also launched a new graphic look designed by Giant Octopus, a division of FX Design Group.

Check out stills of the set and a time lapse of the set build after the jump. Read more

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WDIV Unveils Updated Look

Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV is showing off its new set and updated logo.

WDIV said a a couple of the set’s highlights are an 80-inch interactive touch screen and a 17-foot long monitor wall. It also has a multipurpose interview set and areas the station describes as “flexible” to be used in daily and weekend programming.

The set was designed by WDIV design director Jim Houff with the help of EWI Worldwide from Livonia, Mich.

“Detroit has some of the most talented fabricators in the entire world,” said Jamie Kaye Walters, WDIV creative services and programming director. “We were adamant about designing and building our set locally,”

WXYZ to Debut Downtown Studio

Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ has unveiled plans for a new downtown studio for 7 Action News at Noon with Joanne Purtan.

The Scripps owned station said the “glass enclosed, outward-facing studio inside the ground-floor lobby of Chase Tower” will open in the fall and will feature views of Woodward Avenue and Campus Martius Park.

WXYZ VP and GM Ed Fernandez said in a statement, “This studio will give 7 Action News viewers an exciting front-row seat to the city’s incredible rebirth and allow us to connect in meaningful new ways with people making a difference and guiding Detroit’s transformation.”

Atlanta’s WAGA Debuts New Set

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WAGA, the Fox-owned station in Atlanta, today unveiled a new set designed by Devlin Design Group. The set features a social media pod, a video kiosk, as well as video presentation towers. According to DDG, the most unique part of the set is the “innovative pivoting storytelling wall”:

Here is how it works: A portion of the LED video wall positions itself at a ninety degree angle from the rest of the video wall to allow the reporter or talent to set up their story, much like the opening of a book cover. After the initial story setup, the intro section of the video wall pivots mechanically and then blends back into the main video wall and becomes part of the continuing story. The storyteller now has the option to share their story while walking along the larger storytelling wall.

More pictures after the jump. Read more

Check Out a ‘Behind the Scenes’ Video of WAGA’s New Set Being Put Together


Atlanta FOX owned station WAGA put together a video showing the work that went into the building of its new set.

Designed by Devlin Design Group, the new set debuts Monday. WAGA promises a detailed tour of the set with anchor Tom Haynes and a page on the website with a photo gallery, links to the YouTube page, and other features.

But for now, take a breath and enjoy the pretty pictures and soothing music.

WPLG Debuts New Set

wplg1Miami ABC affiliate WPLG has debuted its new set, replacing a set that was unveiled with the station’s move to a new facility in 2009.

The new studio features bold colors and plenty of video features, as described in detail by Newscast Studio:

Suspended from the studio ceiling is a large, internally lit ring. That ring’s curves are matched in the set found below, which features a wide swath of circular walls decorated with light colored bands, wood panels and video walls.

Many elements of the set, especially this header ring, seems to echo the design found at BBC News.

One side of the set features several vertically mounted panels that, together, form a massive video wall. Also included are additional video panels on either side of the anchor desk. It’s interesting to note that the graphics being fed to those panels seem to be inspired by the block-like graphics used on “ABC World News.”

Video after the jump. Read more

Three Media General Stations Debut New Sets

Three Media General stations — WFLA in Tampa, WSPA in Greenville-Spartanburg and WCBD in Charleston — have debuted new sets designed by FX Design Group:

Each station sports a very contemporary design with utmost flexibility for breaking news, weather, entertainment and traffic. The highlights are LED curtains, LED color changing vaccuform walls, vertical columns and headers. All three stations have 3 x 3 x 46 monitor walls and 80” touch screens for anchor and reporter interaction. WFLA has a unique 2 x 3 x 46” vertical wall to showcase breaking news, branding or specials.

Cincinnati Fox Affiliate Debuts New Set

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Cincinnati Fox affiliate WXIX today unveiled a new set designed by FX Design Group.

The set has a color-changing LED display and multiple high quality monitors. For weather reporting, there are five working weather positions.

“FOX19 wanted a contemporary and versatile set,” FX set designer Stephen Ricker said in a statement. “We used the LED curtains to give them the ability to change color, morph the look and add motion within the many background opportunities.”

Mobile CBS Affiliate Debuts New Set

6 Anchor TeamMedia General’s Mobile, AL, CBS affiliate WKRG has debuted its new set.

Created by David Weller Design of New York, WKRG’s goal was to make a set that viewers in the market would remember.

WKRG calls the set “High Tech – Old Mobile.” The concept combines the look of the historic city with high tech accents.

The new set launch coincided with a new graphics look for both WKRG and sister station WVTM in Birmingham. The graphics were designed by JCBurns Design of Atlanta. View more pictures of the set after the jump. Read more

Chattanooga’s WRCB Debuts New Set

wrcb set 3Chattanooga NBC affiliate WRCB has unveiled a new set designed by Broadcast Design International. The set replaces one that was built in 1998 and renovated multiple times.

“With input from the WRCB team and Channel 3 viewers, we created a set that is uniquely Chattanooga and represents who we are as a news team,” WRCB news director Derrall Stalvey said in a statement. “This set will offer us more versatility than before. It is contemporary classic.”

The set, which has been in the planning phases for more than a year, was constructed with the help of JDM Construction in Chattanooga. More pictures after the jump. Read more

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