NewscastStudio Announces Top in Set Design for Television Production Design

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Annual awards honor the top scenic designs in broadcast television news, sports and entertainment.

“This year’s winners represent a wide range of styles, budgets and creativity that’s a great representation of the talent and innovation in this industry,” said Michael P. Hill, founder of NewscastStudio.

NewscastStudio, the trade publication of TV creative professionals, has announced the winners of the 2015 Set of the Year competition.

“This year’s winners represent a wide range of styles, budgets and creativity and are a great representation of the talent and innovation in this industry,” said Michael P. Hill, founder of NewscastStudio.

The juried competition is judged by a panel of set design, lighting and creative service experts with 75 of years of combined experience in the broadcast industry.

The judges were asked to consider a wide range of criteria ranging from overall aesthetics to perceived use of budget and technology from a pool of designs for clients including CNN, TNT, CBS, Comedy Central, Fox Sports, BT Sport, Tribune Media Group and ESPN.

“The judging this year was particularly tough given the number of incredible entries we received,” said Dak Dillon, NewscastStudio’s managing editor. “Many of the categories had very close decisions from the judges, showing the pace of innovation in the broadcast world.”

Taking top honors in the national category is the set for “PBS NewsHour,” designed by Eric Siegel's Production Company and George Allison Design. It features a unique design centered around freestanding panels that create a clean, layered look.

Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation’s 6500 sq. ft. JSBC Media Center set in Nanjing, China – featuring a 40x16 ft. video wall, a balcony and staircase with an integrated curved LED video pillar and a “floating” anchor desk – was the judges' pick for the international category. JSBC’s set was designed by Erik Ulfers’ Clickspring Design.

In the sports arena, MLB Network’s Studio 21, also from Clickspring Design, came out the winner. This set includes movable, suspended video panels mixed with stadium-inspired archways that remind viewers of baseball's great stadiums, while paying homage to Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente.

Local television stations faced tough competition this year, but Devlin Design Group’s set for Pittsburgh’s CBS Owned & Operated affiliate KDKA-TV ended up the winner with the panel, narrowly defeating projects in Orlando and Los Angeles. Judges gravitated toward the set’s open design, with vertically mounted flat screens creating the illusion of a large window into the city.

CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” takes center stage as the winner of the competitive entertainment category. The bold, blocky design, created by Jim Fenhagen’s Jack Morton PDG, displays architectural aspects inspired by the show’s home while revealing new elements through a major renovation of the historic Ed Sullivan Theater space.

Finally, the competition’s newest category, Webcast studio design, saw the win go to Chicago Magazine and Red Eye’s studio, designed by Provost Studio. The design combines an urban feel with architectural elements for a smaller scale but high-impact space that provides flexibility for Tribune’s publications.

Each of the winners will be honored with a custom designed metal trophy, first introduced with last year’s competition, which will be handed out during the 2016 NAB Show in Las Vegas, April 18-20, 2016.

The Set of the Year competition, completing its seventh year of honoring the best in broadcast design, has quickly become one of the top and most coveted honors in the broadcast design industry, and its winners often foreshadow work that goes on to win other recognized awards.

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