‘Set of the Year’ winners announced

The results are in for the newly revamped NewscastStudio Set of the Year competition, which was judged by a panel of industry experts.

The winners were announced earlier today at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. Those designers attending the show received their trophy in person from NewscastStudio editor Dak Dillon.


A special thank you to our panel of judges:

  • Chad Cook, VP Creative Services at Stephen Arnold Music
  • Jon Fox, Executive Creative Director at Hothaus Creative
  • Dan Jan Vrem, President of RenderOn

The Winners

And now, without further ado, here are the winners.


In our national category, the Weather’s Channel’s “The Lab” set by Clickspring Design took home the top honors. This set, which uses a circular layout with a work surface surrounding a decorative floor, is also stocked with a plethora of monitors and backs up to a working newsroom to give the studio an active, energetic feel.

Explore “The Lab” set on your own.



Our largest category, local news, saw tough competitors, but Devlin Design Group‘s dynamic design for Fox affiliate WAGA-TV in Atlanta came out on top. WAGA-TV’s set combined a movable anchor desk for maximum flexibility, color changing patterned walls and multiple video walls, including a portion that can pivot electronically and integrates with an in-studio computer for interactive storytelling.

Check out the Fox 5 Atlanta set here.


Heading across the pond to Britain, you’ll find the winner of our international category, “Good Morning Britain” from Jack Mortion PDG. The set uses a fresh, warm color palette with a grid-like video array that simulates windows. Textured and backlit wall panels add additional visual interest, while continuing the grid design, which is further emphasized by the internally integrated lit columns and ceiling beams.

Put on your jumpers and explore the “Good Morning Britain” set here.


The icy look and triangular shapes found on NBC SportsOlympics was enhanced by tight integration with the network’s graphics package, allowing the Clickspring design to take home the gold. The large studio, which featured triangular versions of NBC’s trademark “lanterns,” a diamond-shaped anchor desk perched on a glass-and-video panel floor and backing up to a variety of backgrounds including an impressive, multilayered design of glass, metal and video panels, gave the network’s coverage of the Sochi games an impressive look.

Take a look back at the Sochi games and view our NBC Olympics gallery here.


Finally, in our catch-all entertainment category, Pivot’s now-canceled “Take Part Live” was tops with our judges. Created by JHD Group, this studio set combined a mix of both warm and cooler earth tones to create a unique look and feel. Stone-like grays framed a dynamic, organic background that also had visual hints of pixels, while exposed brick, tans and woods warmed up the look. A curved, triangular shape anchor desk inlayed with backlit glass allowed the show to focus on conversation, while show staffers could be seen working in some parts of the background on long tables that emphasize teamwork and connectivity, while faux beams and columns give the space an industrial feel.

Take part of our photo gallery and explore this set here.

Honorable Mentions

In addition to the top winners in each category listed above, our judges and your fan vote scoring also saw these honorable mentions:



Congratulations to all of our winners, each of whom will receive our custom designed metal trophy etched with their name and project name.


To learn more about the trophy and its design, check out this post.

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