Tuesday, June 6
Network to unveil new animation, enhanced graphics
 June 6, 2000

ESPN will unveil an innovative studio environment in August, including the debut of a new SportsCenter set as well as new homes for Sunday NFL Countdown, College GameDay and Baseball Tonight. ESPN will also implement a new animation package and enhanced graphics look to supplement the studio design changes.

SportsCenter set
SportsCenter's new set.
"Each of the sets will be distinctive, yet all part of a similarly themed environment," said Steve Anderson, executive vice president, production and technical operations. "This will allow viewers to immediately recognize that they're watching ESPN. It will have a very informational feel along with a strong Internet presence via ESPN.com." ESPN's new studio design will include:
  • three specific show areas with desks seating from 2 to 4 anchors
  • an interview area with an anchor desk that will also serve as a demonstration area
  • a single anchor stand-up/interview area
  • research and ESPN.com areas
  • plasma screen technology (thin display monitors that will provide graphic support for SportsCenter and the NFL set -- replacing over-the-shoulder-graphics)
  • telestration capabilities
  • LED screens (allow for scoring and other statistical information to be displayed as a background element to the set).

    ESPN's new studio environment was designed by Production Design Group, Ltd. (PDG), creator of sets for Good Morning America, Dateline NBC, CBS This Morning, Meet The Press, 48 Hours, and the critically acclaimed launch of the MSNBC studio. Designers Jim Fenhagen and Andre Durette lead the PDG design team. Kevin Stolworthy, ESPN vice president, studio production and technical operations, and Noubar Stone, creative director, are overseeing the project.

    During the 10-week construction period, SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight will originate from the network's other studio facilities in Bristol, Conn. ESPN last debuted new sets in April 1994.