October 7, 2014

RCS powers football coverage for Norway’s SBS Discovery

Scandinavian media group, SBS Discovery enlisted graphics technology provider Reality Check Systems (RCS) and sports production company Fotball Media to rebrand its on-air image ahead of the UEFA Euro 2016 football qualifies and 2018 FIFA World Cup. “After purchasing the rights, we knew we’d need an innovative technology partner that could build us a graphics […]

September 30, 2014

Sportsnet unveils massive ‘Hockey Central’ studio

Canadian sports network, Sportsnet unveiled the largest sports studio in the country Monday, home to the channels hockey coverage. At 11,000 square feet, the set includes nine separate mini-sets and 52 HD monitors. The studio will debut October 8, opening night for the NHL season, and was designed by Jack Morton PDG. “Our hosts and […]

September 25, 2014

‘Hockey Central’ prepares new studio

With only two weeks left until the puck drops on the 2014 NHL season, preparations are being finalized for the broadcasts. In Canada, a large shift in coverage is in the works as Rogers takes over hockey exclusively for the next 12 years. Rogers owns sports network SportsNet, which will broadcast many of the games. […]

September 24, 2014

Stephen Arnold Music tees up new music for Golf Channel’s ‘Live from the Ryder Cup’

This years coverage of the Ryder Cup is unique for the Golf Channel, as they’re broadcasting Fridays matches live for the first-time ever. To help set the stage, Golf Channel turned to composer Stephen Arnold Music to create new themes for the broadcast. “Golf Channel has been working with Stephen Arnold Music for years, and […]

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 […]