August 26, 2014

‘Today’ Emmy backgrounds add sparkle

NBC‘s “Today Show” marked its coverage of the 2014 Emmy Awards with a special graphics package dominated by purple backgrounds and 3D marquee-style lettering. The graphics, which were primarily used as backgrounds on the video walls in the network’s Brokaw News Center in Los Angeles. On Monday’s show, Al Roker appeared in front of the […]

August 25, 2014

CBS News updates ‘Evening News’ studio

CBS News quietly rolled out updates to Studio 47, the home to “CBS Evening News,” this month. The center backdrop, a map inspired by the broadcast’s Cronkite eras, is now backed by a bright blue tone instead of the previous version’s blurred monitor imagery. Previously Lighter toned panels are now present on either side of […]

August 14, 2014

‘Today’ L3 goes pink for anchor’s baby girl

“Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie gave birth to her baby, Vale Guthrie Feldman, Wednesday and the show lead with that news. For the segment making the announcement, the show colored its blue lower thirds pink, complete with a “Breaking News” tag on top. The show also showed several photos of the new baby and mom, as […]

August 13, 2014

SEC Network animations highlight history, traditions

The SEC Network will launch with a unique graphics package that reflects “solidarity of the conference and all 21-SEC sponsored sports.” Mark Groeschner, creative director at ESPN Creative Services, spoke with ESPN Front Row about the process of creating the look, “If we did our job right, every animation will house a handful of ‘easter […]

August 11, 2014

CNN launches flat graphics package

CNN updated its standard graphics package today, debuting a flat look with large typography. The new design is a change in direction for CNN, ditching the space allocated to plugging the show’s name and logo. Now, a small box shows the anchor’s Twitter handle and show name. The new design is very flat, with a […]

August 7, 2014

CNN confuses Niger, Nigeria in map

During a segment on the Ebola outbreak in Africa, CNN mixed up the countries of Niger and Nigeria on an on-screen map. Gimba Kakanda, who, according to this Twitter bio, is a poet and writer based in Nigeria, tweeted a screenshot of CNN’s map noting that Nigeria is actually farther south (and on the coast) […]

August 5, 2014

ABC Chicago updates duras

After vacating its streetside studio late last week for some lighting updates, WLS-TV in Chicago is back up and running in its old home — with some subtle changes to the set as well. Based on an unscientific comparison of “before” and “after” video clips, the lighting does seem to be improved — with anchors appearing […]

August 5, 2014

MAXON unveils Cinema 4D update

MAXON today unveiled CINEMA 4D Release 16 (R16), the next generation release of the company’s industry-leading 3D motion graphics, visual effects, visualization, painting, and rendering software application. In addition to countless workflow enhancements, CINEMA 4D R16 delivers powerful new features including a modeling PolyPen ‘super-tool’, a Motion Tracker for easily integrating 3D content within live footage and […]

July 30, 2014

‘We’re gonna need a bigger L3…’

In the “Today Show” “coverage” of TV movie “Sharknado 2″ (which just happens to be airing on NBCUniversal owned Syfy), the graphics folks decided to a have a little fun by sending a shark fin wandering across the lower third. The black fin took periodic trips across the bottom of the screen during the show’s […]

July 23, 2014

Jon Stewart Kickstarter offers to put donors in graphics

Jon Stewart has “kicked off” a Kickstarter campaign to raise $10 billion to buy CNN and is, of course, offering up some great rewards, including some that involved the CNN graphics package. If you give just $10, you’ll be featured in a CNN “21 Box,” according to the website Stewart set up, that features a faux […]