Elevating the game for a major network’s interactive arm
In just a few years, Solomon Group has become a national player in the broadcast environment industry. Our team has designed, fabricated and installed sets for some of America’s biggest sporting events, including two NCAA Final Fours, an SEC Championship and a Super Bowl.
This previous work involved creating temporary environments for use during televised coverage of high-profile events produced on location. But this time, our client needed something completely different.
CBS Sports includes an interactive arm -- CBSSports.com -- which regularly produces original programming for its own viewership. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the online channel was far removed from its network’s Manhattan-based studios, and lacked a professional broadcast set of its own.
Solomon Group was chosen to design and build the first HD studio set ever created for CBSSports.com. Our client requested a full, network-quality broadcast environment worthy of being used on TV, if necessary.
One of our challenges was space. It was limited in more ways than one. Most sets are housed inside of a traditional television studio. Instead, CBSSports.com had a traditional, cubicle-filled office floor, and the set was to reside in what once served as the staff’s conference room!
Solomon Group went to the drawing board to design and build a network TV-style broadcast environment that also made the most of our client’s unique space limitations. A striking LED ticker that displays matchups, stats and scores tops the custom-built set, and overlooks a modern broadcast desk that seats up to four reporters. You can get a glimpse of the set in action here.
On August 22, 2013, the first, dedicated studio set for one of the most popular sports websites in the country made its debut to a national audience … just in time for Fantasy Football season. The network was thrilled with the result. And less than a month after launch, CBS Sports Network decided to use recorded segments on air to broadcast its own television programming.
Of course, we like to think you’d never know the set is installed in the middle of a huge room, surrounded by dozens and dozens of cubicles where staff members are busy writing code and working to keep CBSSports.com at the top of its game.
What We did
- Creative Design + Conceptual
- Video Displays
- Integrated Scenic Lighting
- Creative LED Ticker Display
- A/V Integration
- Large Format Digital Graphics
- High-End Finishing
- Project Management + Consultation