CCTV’s New Studios Focus on Technology First

February 5, 2020 · Debuts, News How does broadcast work towards the future of design? We tackle this issue by putting technology at the forefront of our studio designs. With CCTV's new studios, we used virtual and augmented reality to propel China’s largest news network into a brand new, innovative space. Christopher Ferguson, our Director of Business Development, elaborates: “We’re seeing more 360 studios organized by continuous perimeter scenery, just like CCTV Studio 7. Among my peers there is this tendency to assume the future of scenic design is entirely virtual, but I forecast the continued rise of hybrid studios that incorporate hard scenery and physical AV elements.” The CCTV teams plan to use a combination of AR and VR in both Studios 7 and ... read more

Clickspring’s CNN Iowa Debate Set Shines in Intimate Venue

January 15, 2020 · Debuts, News Six candidates took the debate stage in Iowa as the field narrows closer to the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary. This January 14th debate, hosted by CNN and The Des Moines Register, is the smallest participant pool we have seen yet this cycle. The venue, Sheslow Auditorium at Drake University, was significantly smaller, too. For reference, the Ohio debate audience held 1,000 guests, Detroit held 2,200, and this debate only had room for 456. Because of this, we were tasked with creating innovative design solutions to adapt and scale our set down without compromising integrity of the overall design. Adrienne Kapalko, our Director of Operations, describes the lighting solutions, shown left and below: “We had the opportunity to get creative when ... read more

Live from Hudson Yards, It’s Clickspring Design!

December 19, 2019 · Blog, News As our last Clicktrip of the year, we traveled across the island of Manhattan to CNN's Headquarters in Hudson Yards. Here, we finally got to see our studios up close and personal! At Hudson Yards, we designed four studios used for seven shows that are currently airing on CNN. These studios took around a year and a half from start to finish. We toured each studio to see how changing graphics, reorienting desks, and resetting lights can be modified to fit each specific show. We also had some time to goof around on set. We tried our chops as very serious journalists (while appreciating the impeccably designed lighting and sets, of course). We found the best camera angles... Watch out ... read more

Nominees Honored at CNN Heroes 2019

December 9, 2019 · Debuts, News On Sunday December 8th, ten extraordinary people took the stage at CNN's 2019 Heroes Gala. CNN Heroes is one of our favorite recurring projects because we get to see first hand how the nominees have helped change the world in positive ways. This year's winner, Freweini Mebrahtu, has dedicated her life to keeping women and girls in school by working to remove the cultural stigma around menstruation in parts of the developing world. Under a starry replica of the night sky, we used several LED screens of various sizes to highlight each nominee and their important work. Check out more information on the 2019 Heroes and see our set in action here. Congratulations to all ten honorees; we already can't ... read more