September 19, 2014

CNN confuses Cardinals logos on map

In its ongoing coverage of NFL domestic violence coverage, CNN showed viewers a fullscreen map depicting the locations of the teams that have ongoing cases against players. The latest team, the Arizona Cardinals, “deactivated” player Jonathan Dwyer after accusations against him surfaced. In the map, CNN showed the states of each team along with a team […]

September 19, 2014

‘Thursday Night Football’ moves to new beat

After its recent dustup with Rihanna, CBS has switched gears for its “Thursday Night Football” theme music. “Run this Town” was supposed to open the broadcasts, with a voiceover by Don Cheadle, but the song was scrapped. CBS has updated the main open to use its “Thursday Night Football” theme by Helmut VonLichten, dubbed “TNF 32.” Listen […]

September 16, 2014

ESPN creates new studio in Miami hotel

ESPN has teamed up with the Clevelander Hotel to create two new studios in Miami. “Highly Questionable” will feature a colorful new set and different look while still retaining a Miami flavor including a window behind the panelists that will offer a South Beach view of palm trees, sand and surf. From its debut in […]

September 9, 2014

49ers kickoff with new stadium, unique set

As the NFL season kickoffs, the San Francisco 49ers are opening up a new home by the bay. One of the most technologically connected venues, Levi Stadium will also include a 1,000 square foot set for the 49ers and Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. FX Design Group worked with the parties involved to develop a gridiron […]

September 8, 2014

‘Inside the NFL’ starts season with fresh look

Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” kicked off its season with a new set from Jack Morton PDG. The set design includes a mix of stonework, riveted columns and wood, creating an industrial vibe. Pops of color appear on the set via backlit graphic panels and the shows main desk. A large desk, an interview area and […]

September 8, 2014

Movie composer Brian Tyler creates music for ESPN’s NFL studio shows

Brian Tyler, who has composed the original score for a string of Hollywood blockbusters and was named the Film Composer of the Year at the 2014 Cue Awards, has created new theme music for ESPN’s NFL studio shows. Tyler has composed four original scores for ESPN – show-specific scores for three of the network’s signature […]

September 8, 2014

FLDA lights NBC’s ‘Football Night in America’ studio

NBC’s football coverage kicked off Sunday with “Football Night in America,” its weekly recap show. This year, the show moved to NBC Sports HQ in Stamford, Connecticut, and debuted a new studio by Jack Morton PDG with lighting design by Ferri Lighting Design & Associates (FLDA). “We have an insider’s view of the NBC Sports facility, […]

September 4, 2014

ESPN to launch new NFL studio this Sunday

ESPN’s National Football League coverage will have a completely new look this season, thanks to a state-of-the-art 9,000 square foot NFL studio that will debut this week with the three-hour kickoff edition of ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” pregame show. The first show in the new studio airs at 10 a.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 7 […]

August 29, 2014

First look at ESPN’s new football studio

ESPN’s newest studio is set for launch with the start of the NFL season. USA Today’s Chris Strauss has an inside look at the design and the need for the new studio. Veteran design firm Jack Morton PDG, who also recently designed the “SportsCenter” studio, worked with ESPN on the project. “What we are going to get is a […]

August 27, 2014

Two Chicago stations go bold italic for Little League rally graphics

During the live coverage of the U.S. Little League champion’s rally in Chicago, we noticed that competitors WMAQ-TV, the NBC O&O and WLS-TV, the ABC O&O, were using a very similar type treatment in their graphics. As shown in both images, both station were using Helvetica (or something similar) in bold italic with a metallic […]