Miami, Florida

Set design for NBC 6, WTVJ, that debuted on July 22, 2021.

Drawing inspiration from the South Florida horizon, the set feels like a panorama of bright textures wrapping the studio, carving out staging areas with an aesthetic through-line but with the variation and changeability to serve numerous news timeslots, 3 additional regular programs, and room for more.

The set walls feature layers of warm wood tones, dove gray surfaces, printed graphic abstracts, plexiglass shards and valances, and light boxes which can change color with the program, special feature, or breaking news. The layout of these elements emphasizes the horizontals stretching around the space, giving the impression of infinite parallel lines. These are occasionally intersected by modern column features, suspended monitors and LED walls, and edge-lit plexiglass panels. The arrangement is mostly open concept, such that scenic units and cameras can travel across the floor easily from one area to another, and any program can use any area for differences of monitor backgrounds and staging presentation. Live walks from one area to another are possible, as well as improved relationship shots from the desk to touchscreen standups.

The Home Base area features an anchor desk whose design strikes the balance between classic and modern, light but substantial, serious but energetic. Its trapezoidal base with rounded corners and high-end metallic and wood finishes on the outer and inner returns give the piece subtle sculptural details and interest without demanding focus. The same is true of the Multipurpose Desk, a 3-piece unit which can be assembled in various ways, used individually, and play front or back (giving the options for a concave or convex curve desk shape). These secondary units are perfect to stage 1 on 1 interviews, single anchors, remote guests on monitors, and more.

The set also features a tracking wall which moves to expose an expansive infinity cyclorama green screen area, which the team uses for day to day weather chroma key, but also immersive environments and augmented reality. Like all set areas, it is a space the team can continue to grow into for years to come.

The new set and lighting give the station a visual identity that carries it into contemporary broadcasting standards, can accommodate any mood or topic with its color flexibility and graphic content, and feels distinctly Miami.