Creating a flexible, architectural space for Fox Sports, down under

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LED technology was integrated through the use of movable panels, narrow bands of LED ribbon on wild stands and other scenic elements that can be rotated, moved or reconfigured based on the programming need.

“By breaking the relationship between the structure and the inserted technology we were able to offer a greater variety of display, 3D vision and shooting opportunities,” said Hall.

Being used daily, the studio is versatile enough to host everything from a sprawling debate-style program to a more intimate conversational setup.

The Setups Include:

  • Backpage: A large debate-style desk with flexible seating configurations backed by a large video wall and flanked with LED towers. The look is accented with thin lighting frames and a textured header.
  • Friday Night Footy: A weekly talkback and panel interview show, “Friday Night Footy” includes more color through the use of team branding. The show uses the large, mobile monitor wall with architecturally framed windows.
  • League Life: The studio’s large video wall is fed with lively, colorful graphics, as are the mobile video wall towers on either side of the smaller desk. The scenery’s color-changing elements are adjusted to match the motion graphics package.
  • Monday Night with Matty Johns: In this relaxed setup, a large oval unit with a curved couch is placed in front of the window-like structure. Video towers help fill in the side walls, and the look takes full advantage of color-changing units. 
  • Sunday Ticket: A less formal discussion-style setup with riser, chairs and ottomans positioned to use a set of arched, industrial windows, girders and backlit header elements, staggered video towers and a mobile standup monitor.
  • The Late Show: A curved red sofa is placed in front of the bank of faux windows, which are given a unique look thanks to both LED technology and strategic lighting design. Described as playful and fun, this show kicks the weekend off early with jokes and a good time. Other elements include angled LED ribbon units and video towers, in addition to a studio audience. 

Project Credits

Producer: Matt Harrington / Fox Sports Australia
Production Design: Phil Shearer of Crayon Design Studio
Art Direction: Tony Papp
Lighting Design: Dale Martin
Project Management and Documentation: JHD Group
Fabrication by: Wild Sets, PreSets and Greg Murphy Sets

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