ESPN’s ‘The Jump’ upgrades to the Studio H penthouse

“The Jump,” ESPN’s daily NBA talker hosted by Rachel Nichols, has changed sets at ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center.

The show last saw scenic changes in October 2016 when a set full of basketball iconography went live replacing a short-lived design.

The show’s new homecourt inside Studio H, the same studio the show’s previous sets have also been located in, ties into the full studio space and allows for more flexibility on-air, while the previous set used a relatively small footprint.

The design also includes color-changing LED-backlit strips to allow for a variety of show looks, such as yellow and aqua for “The Jump.” These strips also double as open shelving units that wrap the area to hold tchotchkes and memorabilia along with a clever area to work in sponsor logos.

The basketball hoop-shaped desk of “The Jump” remains in the new setting. 


“First Take” used the revamped Studio H for an inaugural week of broadcasts in October as the show relocated to the West Coast for the NBA season tipoff.

The overall Studio H design features a Los-Angeles centric look that’s driven by basketball, since it will house both “The Jump” and select editions of “NBA Countdown,” two of the network’s NBA programs.

Design for Studio H was handled by JHD Group with fabrication by Vision Scenery and IDF Studio Scenery, ESPN’s in-house team lit the set with LED display technology by World Stage.

Project Credits

Design by JHD Group
Designer – Jeff Hall
Art Direction – Carson Alcoser
Concept Art – Chris Mylrea
Project Manager – Greg Arther

Fabrication by Vision Scenery and IDF Studio Scenery
Lighting by ESPN
Scenic LED by InPhase
AV Technology and Integration by WorldStage
Window graphics by JC Backings