UPDATE May 2020: This project has continued, with the recent coverage of NASA & SpaceX’s historic Crew Dragon launch. ABC’s special was titled “Launch America: Mission To Space Live“, which aired on May 27 & May 30, 2020.
I recently spent two weeks in New York working with ABC News on set screen designs for their newly-minted TV3 Studio. Designed by Seth Easter, the set is almost entirely made up of LED screens.
The first 10 days were all about their special coverage of Super Tuesday. In less than a week, we had all the screens filled with animations and some simple cues. Hosted by George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, John Karl, Linsey Davis, and Mary Bruce. It also featured Tom Llamas, Nate Silver, Matthew Dowd, and Rahm Emanuel. It was a very long day that Tuesday, since the live show was 6 hours long to accommodate a broadcast for each of the coasts, and we wrapped at 2am.
The last few days were spent building graphics for their 2-hour Friday night coronavirus live special (“20/20: Outbreak: What You Need To Know“) and helping ABC plan for how they will produce screen content for all of the eight+ weekly shows that will broadcast from the new studio. We accomplished this by building After Effects templates that their in-house design team can use to get their creative work into the new LEDs.