Sunday Night Football
Once again in 2020, Senior Designer Paul Lohr joined the NFL on the road to light Sunday Night Football on NBC. The weekly broadcast took him to stadiums across America, from Foxborough, Massachusetts to Santa Clara, California. Each stadium booth is unique and requires its own lighting design. Some of the challenges he faced included very small booths with architectural elements that had to be worked around and booths with no place to hang lights requiring him to rig positions. Lohr’s design also had to contend with the ambient light that flows through the stadium windows and pollutes the anchors’ positions and the LED wall behind them. Stadium by stadium, Lohr surmounted these challenges to light a clean crisp show in the midst of a pandemic. Photos by Sports Video Group and Paul Lohr.
NBC Meet the Press
Meet the Press broadcasted from their new studio in the heart of Washington D.C. on January 24, 2021. Senior Designer Niel Galen relit this popular Sunday morning public affairs program which has been on the air for over 70 years.
The redesigned studio combines colonial architecture with a modern twist. A center piece of the studio is a wooden round table with modern red chairs, which can seat up to four people with the moderator Chuck Todd, once social distancing is over. It is enclosed by colonial blue archways and panel walls that can be moved to reveal expansive windows. The table is cleverly lit to be shot in the round without hidden cameras. Todd’s main desk is located in another area of the studio with the newsroom as the background. The colonial style desk is brought into the twenty-first century with LEDs and a warm vibrant red color. Galen’s beautiful lighting design of both of the large studio illuminates the modern and traditional elements providing a clean crisp design. Congratulations to Galen and to all the talented people who worked on this important design.
NBC Washington DC Studios
NBC has officially opened their new Washington DC Bureau and Studios on Capitol Hill. LDG has been a part of the process at every step, providing both lighting system design and broadcast lighting design for more than 5,500 sq ft of studio space & 16,500 sq ft of newsroom and support space. The newly redesigned studios mix the neoclassical and federalist architecture prevalent in DC with touches of modern design. LED elements are integrated into the architecture to help set the mood for each show along with the distinct lighting cues.
Broadcasting from the new studios will be NBC’s Meet the Press and Weekend Today, as well as MSNBC’s The ReidOut with Joy Reid, The Cross Connection with Tiffany Cross, The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart and additional Washington programming for both networks. Congratulations to our design teams led by Senior Designer Niel Galen, who traveled over 4,800 Amtrak miles in four years, Richard Hoyes, Mark London and to all the talented people who contributed to the design of these impressive new facilities.
ABC News' 20/20
ABC anchors, Amy Robach and David Muir prepare to begin taping the opening of the perennial newsmagazine 20/20 …. now in its 43rd season on ABC. For the first time in almost a year they are back ‘home’ broadcasting from ABC News flagship studio TV-3. Executive Lighting Designer Dennis Size redesigned the show’s lighting alongside Lighting Director Alex Kyle-Dipietropaolo. Thank you to the whole team who worked hard on this stunning redesign of a classic show.
ABC News Inauguration of Joe Biden
January 20, 2021 Joseph Biden was inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States with Kamala Harris as vice president. Harris is the first woman, first black person, and the first person of South Asian descent to serve the office of vice president. ABC News covered the inauguration from their newly renovated TV3 Studio. Executive Vice President of Design, Dennis Size relit the impressive modern studio in March during the pandemic in time for the Super Tuesday Election Coverage.
ABC News Election 2020 Headquarters
ABC premiered their redesigned state of the art TV3 studio on March 3, 2020 for Super Tuesday Election coverage. The studio is located in ABC’s news headquarters in New York. Executive Vice President of Design, Dennis Size, lit the studio along with Associate Lighting Designer Alex Kyle.
The flagship studio was completely revamped to emulate the wrap around set and large scale lighting used in the 2018 midterm elections. Seth Easter’s colorful scenic design surrounded the set with video walls, a couple of which move in and out, a circular video floor in the center for augmented reality graphics, and a T-shaped video wall hung above the set. Size’s agile lighting design showcased ABC’s election coverage and enables the multiple news shows broadcast from TV3 to have their own distinct looks. The design team took on the challenge of completely redesigning the studio for the 2020 elections in the midst of the pandemic to give it a bigger more modern appearance.
PBS 6th Democratic Presidential Debate - Los Angeles
PBS NewsHour and Politico hosted the 6th Democratic Presidential Debate on December 19, 2019 at the Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. PBS anchors Judy Woodruff, Amna Nawaz, and Yamiche Alcindor along with Tim Alberta from POLITICO moderated the debate. Executive Vice President of Design, Dennis Size, lit the debate between the seven candidates. The design drew inspiration from PBS NewsHour to create a look that was bright, clean and uncluttered. Three LED archways formed a proscenium arch the framed the stage and displayed stars and a red gradient effect. Commendations to our design team for their work on a clean crisp large scale production.
Good Morning America
Good Morning America refreshed its look in April 2019 with a brand-new design at its home in ABC’s Times Square Studios. Executive Vice President of Design, Dennis Size’s lighting design complimented the new scenic and graphics designs to tie the studio together. The show features a combination of breaking news, interviews, in-depth reporting and weather.
ABC’s Tamron Hall invites viewers to engage in meaningful and entertaining discussions and connect with people who are shaping our world. To establish this atmosphere, Executive Vice President of Design, Dennis Size, along with Lighting Designers Ariel Benjamin and Josh Windhausen, designed a balanced environment that is warm and inviting, but flexible enough to adjust the mood of the show for any given segment.
Season two of Tamron Hall premiered on Sept. 14, 2020 in ABC’s Studio TV2. The show was rebranded in the midst of the pandemic with new graphics and altered scenic and lighting designs to reflect the new look. The set is draped in gold and pale blue backlit bands to create an intimate atmosphere where the host can speak with her guests on a variety of subjects from lighthearted topics like cooking segments, fashion shows, and musical performances to hard-hitting human-interest stories about survival, crime, and personal tragedy. A large video wall behind Hall enables her to have a virtual audience and conduct interview segments while maintaining safe distance. Commendations to our design team who worked through the unusual challenges presented by the pandemic to present a beautiful engaging talk show.
Fox Business Studio G
Fox Business debuted their redesigned Studio G on July 24, 2019 with Mornings with Maria and Trish Regan Primetime. The redesigned studio is complete with modern architecture and upgraded LED lighting which is energy efficient, long lasting, and enhances the color accuracy on set. The dynamic lighting design by Executive Vice President of Design, Dennis Size compliments the crisp clean lines, moveable video panels, and cutting edge video technology employed by Jack Morton Worldwide’s scenic design. The studio boasts expansive views of midtown Manhattan, which presented the challenge of natural and unpredictable light in the studio, which Size’s lighting design was able to master.
NBC Sports Boston
NBC debuted their new studio for NBC Sports Boston in the NBCUniversal Boston Media Center on January 15, 2020. NBC Sports Boston invested in a new large studio with multiple positions and increased flexibility to elevate their story telling ability. Executive Lighting Designer Steve Brill and Senior Lighting Designer Niel Galen worked on the project
The new studio is home to Celtics pre/postgame, Early Edition, and Boston Sports Nightly, each of which are given a distinct look. The scenic design by Jack Morton Worldwide includes a 30ft LED monitor which serves as a visual focal point and for touchscreen analysis. The extensive demo area has an LED monitor on the floor and a background that can become a virtual basketball court or other playing fields the reporter can interact with. New technology integrated into the studio enables the anchors to highlight the intricacies of the game and communicate with their audience more effectively. Brill and Galen artfully lit the studio to enable the in-depth storytelling and interaction with new LED technology.
NBC Sports Philadelphia
NBC Sports premiered their new state of the art studio on March 28, 2019 with the Phillies Pregrame Live. The studio is located in the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Executive Lighting Designer, Steve Brill and Senior Lighting Designer Niel Galen worked on the project.
The new studio has a modern design with dynamic LED video monitors, a state of the art video floor, and multiple stand up and desk positions that allow for movement and flexibility. The demo area serves as the visual centerpiece of the studio. The large LED monitor, 4 vertical monitors, and LED floor of the demo area contain new interactive technology that enable on-air interactive breakdown of plays and a heightened level of analysis. LDG’s agile lighting compliments Jack Morton Worldwide’s modern scenic design brings the innovative studio to life.
NBC Sports Bay Area Studio
Sharks Pregame Live will unveil the new state-of-the-art NBC Sports Bay Area Studio on Saturday, October 5th at 6:30 p.m.! The new 2,270-square-foot studio in San Francisco will feature a modern sleek design, 30-ft-wide LED monitor, 120 LED tiles integrated into the set and an interactive Demo Area. It will serve as the set for the Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Giants and San Francisco 49ers pre- and post-game shows, news updates, press conferences, breaking news and magazine shows as well as San Jose Sharks, Sacramento Kings and Oakland A’s pre- and post-game shows.
NBC Sports Chicago
NBC Sports Chicago debuted its new studio for the White Sox’s modified opening day on July 24, 2020, following the suspension of the season for the Coronavirus pandemic. The studio, which incorporates imagery of the city & the NBC peacock into its design, was largely built under strict public health safety measures, to protect the team from COVID-19. LDG’s lighting design highlights the different scenic textures from frosted glass to brushed metal and allows for a flexible use of the large studio. The studio will be used for a number of sports pre and post game programming including the Bulls, Bears, and Black Hawks.
Minnesota Vikings TCO Studios
Serving the Vikings Entertainment Network, the studio was built as part of the TCO Performance Center, a state of the art practice facility & interactive experience for the players & fans of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. Senior Lighting Designer, Mike Grabowski designed the new eye-popping studio which opened in May.
The TCO Studio has four areas: a traditional anchor desk, an informal area with lounge chairs for intimate conversations, and two stand-up positions. The first standup has an 86” touchscreen to help breakdown plays and allow the reporter to visually interact with the game while the second one has three slim vertical video screens. There is even an acoustic wall that can lift away and open up for a 170-seat live audience used for The Vikings Gameplan. Grabowski’s lighting design and LED system allows for a flexible studio that can facilitate even non-Vikings programming
The Cowboy Channel
The Cowboy Channel is the first 24-hour channel dedicated to western sports and the western way of life and is appropriately located in a former livestock auction barn. Senior Lighting Designer Mike Grabowski lit this project in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. The studio has a 325-seat theatre and is used for live event broadcasts, call in shows, daily news programming, and concerts. The lighting design compliments the barn and embraces the unique setting as an essential part of the broadcast experience.
NBC News 2020 Presidential Town Hall with Donald Trump
NBC hosted a socially distanced Town Hall for presidential candidate Donald Trump in Miami, Florida on October 15, 2020. Senior Designer Niel Galen led the design team, which included Lighting Designer Dan Rousseau, Gaffer Eric Kasprisin, and Best Boy Sean Linehan. LDG’s lighting design illuminated the east patio of the Perez Art Museum Miami with scenic Miami Bay and MacArthur Causeway serving as a soft backdrop. The stunning outdoor patio with its asymmetrical concrete pillars was accented with decorative hanging planters creating a handsome stage on which to focus on President Trump and Savanah Guthrie.
The dynamics of the outdoor space presented a challenge for all departments. Southern Florida has strong winds and sudden downpours and the majority of the lighting equipment was not weather rated. The asymmetrical concrete pillars and 30ft high planters suspended from the roof of the east patio presented obstacles for lighting the stage. Instead, they were incorporated into the design and became a canvas on which to introduce color. Commendations to our design team for working through the unusual design challenges to create a beautiful production.
ABC News Presidential Town Hall with Joe Biden
ABC hosted a Town Hall on October 15, 2020 with presidential candidate Joseph Biden entitled “The Vice President and the People.” ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos moderated the event which took place at the Kimmel Theater in the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Executive Vice President of Design, Dennis Size, lit the Town Hall along with Gaffer Jon Goss, Programmer Teddy Sosna, and Assistant Lighting Designer Alex Kyle.
A unique aspect of this Town Hall was that each of the 22 Pennsylvania voters stood at their seat to ask former Vice President Biden questions. Typically, the voter would have been escorted to a single Question and Answer Position to ask their question. The change was due to COVID-19 health precautions and made for a more complicated production since it greatly increased the positions that were lit and the camera angles used. The design team took on this challenge and carefully lit all positions for a memorable Town Hall experience.
ABC News 8th Democratic Presidential Debate 2020 - New Hampshire
Dennis Size lights ABC’s coverage of the 2020 Democratic Presidential Debates from Manchester, New Hampshire.
Volcano Live with Nik Wallenda
Nik Wallenda, a high wire artist, crossed the active Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua on the ABC Special Volcano Live!. The crossing was one of his most dangerous. He faced high winds and toxic gas as he across on a tight rope suspended 1,800 ft above 2,000 degree molten rock.
Yahoo! Finance Studio A Relaunch
IQ2 Debate at Symphony Space
TV Derana Studio Launch
ABC Pool George H. W. Bush Memorial
LDG was honored and humbled to help celebrate George H.W. Bush’s life at The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
ABC 2018 Election HQ
Dennis Size lights ABC’s coverage of the 2018 election from TV 2.
2018 FIFA World Cup
World Cup soccer comes to Russia, where LDG designed two studios … one in the broadcast center and another in Red Square.
Telemundo Studio A
Studio A is a shared space between Telemundo Deportes and TYM. Both shows shoot in 360. There are approximately 15 various shooting areas, split between both shows. The extensive use of LED technology allows both shows a high degree of flexibility in terms of style and look, which varies significantly between both programs. The JMW design, which was spearheaded by Joe Lamberta, is not only artistically pleasing but provides a high degree of flexibility for the Telemundo team.
Winter Olympics in PyeongChang
The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games and commonly known as PyeongChang 2018, was an international winter multi-sport event that was held in February 2018. The broadcasts of Summer and Winter Olympic Games produced by NBC Sports is shown on the various networks of NBCUniversal in the United States, including the NBC broadcast network, Spanish language network Telemundo, and many of the company’s cable networks.
Fox News Channel NYC Studios
Debuting for the 2016 Presidential Election, Fox News Channel’s NYC Studios feature a street side view with many layers of technology for storytelling.
SNY New Studio
SNY, the television home of the New York Mets and Jets, opened its new Lower Manhattan broadcast facility in March 2017, moving from its former studios at the Time-Life Building. The production space, located on the 50th floor of 4 World Trade Center, totals 26,856 square feet and includes three studios and two control rooms.
CCTV News Studio
CCTV is a 24-hour English news channel, of China Central Television (CCTV) part of the China Global Television Network group, based in Beijing, China.
For MBC’s primary facility in Dubai, MBC Group converted a soundstage in Dubai Studio City into a TV studio complex that complements its headquarters in Dubai Media Center. The multi-level, 20,000 square foot facility consists of three broadcast venues dedicated to news, sports, children’s and daytime programming. working with Clickspring Design LDG provided full studio systems and broadcast designs including grids, hoists, networked control systems, fixture specifications as well as the final hang/focus and programming of the studios for air. This is LDG’s third major project for the Middle East Broadcasting Company, having done prior projects in MBC’s Cairo and Dubai Media Center Studios.
TRL returned on October 2, 2017. The revived iteration has since swapped the iconic daily countdown with a weekly top five with special guests adding their favorite songs to the official TRL playlist, ranked by viewers via social media, played during the show.
CNN Heroes Tribute
CNN Heroes is an award show unlike most that dot the airwaves. Held in the unique setting of the Irma and Paul Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History, NYC, under the watchful eye of a 94 foot model of a blue-whale, CNN hosts its special night honoring men and women who are doing amazing things for this world.
MLB Network Studio 21
Named in honor of Hall of Famer and humanitarian Roberto Clemente, Studio 21 is home to three daily shows, including “MLB Central,” “MLB Now” and “Quick Pitch.” The space innovates the way MLB Network studio programming is presented, using at least five multi-camera studio positions and cutting-edge technology adaptable to any show, story or club, from hanging video displays to augmented reality graphic components.
ELEAGUE is the premium professional eSports league that began broadcasting in 2016 on the American television channel TBS. LDG designed the lighting for the 2016 Gaming Championship
AMC Comic Book Men
AMC dives into the comic book culture with this unscripted series that follows the antics of the “fanboys” in and around Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, a New Jersey comic shop owned by writer-director Kevin Smith. Cameras capture the banter of the shop’s employees and its customers as they collectively discover the treasures of the comic collecting world, and the staff.
The 2016 Summer Olympics officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and commonly known as Rio 2016, was an international multi-sport event that was held in August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The broadcasts of Summer and Winter Olympic Games produced by NBC Sports is shown on the various networks of NBCUniversal in the United States, including the NBC broadcast network, Spanish language network Telemundo, and many of the company’s cable networks.
Election Night at Democracy Plaza
NBC News presented its election night coverage from its New York base at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The background for all the shows was the famous Rockefeller Plaza dubbed “Democracy Plaza” bathed in red, white, and blue light reaching to the very peak of the iconic art deco skyscraper.
A longtime favorite of children and adults, and a staple of PBS, “Sesame Street” bridges many cultural and educational gaps with a fun program.
NY1 is an American cable news television channel providing 24-hour news coverage, with a focus on the five boroughs of New York City; its programming primarily features news, traffic and weather. LDG was responsible for lighting Studios A, B & N.
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve
The annual New Year’s Eve television special broadcast by ABC. The special broadcasts LIVE from New York City’s Times Square, and prominently features coverage of its annual ball drop event, along with live and pre-recorded musical performances by popular musicians leading up to midnight and the new year. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest.
MLB Post Season on TBS
Major League Baseball on TBS is a presentation of regular season and postseason Major League Baseball game telecasts that air on the American cable and satellite networkTBS. The games are produced by Turner Sports, the sports division of the Turner Broadcasting System
NFL Good Morning Football
Good Morning Football is a LIVE morning series that serves as the destination which sets both the daily narrative for NFL fans and the agenda for NFL conversation across all of sports media. Good Morning Football brings viewers up-to-the-minute breaking NFL news as well as local NFL stories on a national platform.
One of the most influential media operators in Jiangsu and in China, JSBC (Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation) is an internationally well-known media outlet incorporating comprehensive media services, such as television channels, radio frequencies, newspapers, magazines and Internet products.