With KTVA’s move into a new Anchorage station, the CBS affiliate has begun broadcasting from a new set designed by Devlin Design Group (pictures below). “The dazzling set designed by DDG jumps out of the screen and sits on the couch next to you,” KTVA general manager Gary Donovan said in a statement.
KSNW in Wichita debuted a new set and high definition newscasts Monday. The new set, which has been under construction for several months, features a new weather center and several new high definition monitors (photos above).
The station also gets a new control room, new production software and high definition graphics as part of the upgrade. Video editors and photographers are training on new cameras and editing gear as part of the transition.
After the jump, video of the first newscast from the new set. Read more
“It’s more than a testament to modern engineering it really is a promise kept by the new owners to take KTVA to an entirely new level,” said John Tracy, consultant for parent company GCI. “In the end, it’s going to be good for journalism, it’s going to be good for competition and it’s going to be good for Alaskans.”
According to the station, new owners Denali Media doubled the staff to occupy the 17,000 square feet of office space on the second floor of the East Anchorage building housing the Anchorage Daily News.
The building also features a 3,000 square foot studio that was custom made by Devlin Design Group. Read more
The new look includes a new set and an upgrade to the infrastructure of the station. It also includes a new logo and animated graphics package. The entire project took about seven months.
“We wanted to have an on-air design that truly reflected the professional hardworking journalists in our newsroom and our commitment to the local community,” KHON general manager Kristina Lockwood said. “We wanted to share our multi-platform approach and make our viewers feel really connected to our team.”
Dallas CBS owned station KTVT debuted its new set this week.
Here are the specs from KTVT:
-Most of the surface area of the set is comprised of backlit graphics framed by headers that seem to float in midair without a visible means of support.
-There is an estimated eighth of a mile of LED light strips which can change color.
-The center wall in the anchor area features a custom-built, six-roller, automated graphics display system. Roughly 19 feet wide, it weighs over half a ton, and is concealed in a 5-1/2 inch space, so it won’t cast shadows on the backlit graphics.
-This set also incorporates a rear projection display unit with a 128-inch (diagonal) display measurement. This unit uses a high-powered projector in conjunction with a mirror bounce assembly to obtain the proper projection distance in a space that would otherwise be insufficient.
-The set is 12’ tall, with an extra-tall 10’ green screen (most are 8’).
You can see a small gallery of set shots after the jump. Read more
KSAZ, the Fox O&O in Phoenix, recently debuted a new high-definition set designed by Devlin Design Group (photos below). The set was designed to give anchors the ability to move freely around the set to several “story telling venues.”
“It makes for a great deal of satisfaction and pride when a client takes one of our sets to the edge of the envelope, KSAZ has redefined that edge!” Devlin Design creative director Dan Devlin said in a statement.
KUVS, the Univision station for Sacramento, CA, revealed its new HD studio and news set.
The set, designed by Sabca Productions, features LED lighting and large background monitors. The station also upgraded its equipment, graphics and weather forecast system.
You can see more pictures of the design after the jump. Read more
FX Design Group has made sets for everyone from The Golf Channel to WBAY in Green Bay, WI, and McLaughlin had some simple tips for keeping your station’s showpiece looking as good as the day it debuted and even talked about using hard lighting to make your anchors look better.
If you could have a station do one thing every week to enhance its set, anchors and overall newscast, what would it be?
Keep it clean, both from dust and fingerprints but also the clutter of papers and post its.
What do you think about the flat lighting that so many stations in cost cutting moves have undertaken?
Flat lighting combined with the new HD cameras tends to flatten everything out and make the anchors look like they are plastered right onto the scenery.You need hard lighting to sculpt them and separate them from the scenery, similar to lighting for dance.
McLaughlin also gave some insight into what viewers think about virtual sets and what he thinks about LED lighting. You can read the entire Q&A by clicking here.
Designed by FX Design Group, the set has a working weather center and a separate spot for stand ups. Behind the standing anchor desk (pictured), a large monitor sits inside a wood background piece.