Concept Development: Susan Stone, Karen Whritner, Mark Haden, Curt Bose, Gary Fippinger (facilities management)-MLB Network
Project Management: Jim Grimes-Jim Landy AVDS
Set Design: Bryan Higgason, Murat Ustuner-Clickspring Design
Set Fabrication: Lee Martindell-black walnut
Engineering and AV Integration: AV Design Services
Studio 21 combines elements of a traditional ballpark with the latest in modern TV technology. The walls of the studio resemble the exterior of a ballpark, including a 1,800-square-foot courtyard, six-foot-tall entrance gates and a brick pattern on the floor. Given its namesake, the studio design pays tribute to baseball Hall of Famer, Roberto Clemente with a seven-foot bronze medallion bearing Clemente's uniform No. 21 and a 15-foot-wide Studio 21 sign in the Pittsburgh Pirates' signature block lettering at the entrance. Photos of Clemente are featured throughout the space, and his is one of five framed jerseys on display, along with those of fellow Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Lou Gehrig, Tony Gwynn and Kirby Puckett. The walls of the studio are lined with nearly 1,400-square-foot high-resolution LED displays, and in the studio's premiere feature, 14 back-to-back 55-inch monitors are suspended from the ceiling to be rotated, raised and lowered in synchronized timing as well, according to specific show content and direction.
AV Design Services was chosen by MLB Network to engineer, provide and install all of the set visual elements. 2.5mm LED displays systems were chosen. AVDS used Leyard led product supplied by Digital Dynamic Displays (D3). AVDS also supplied, installed and configured the addition of the ORAD HDVG+ Video Graphics Rendering Platform hardware.
MLB Network Studio 21, “In The News” —
New MLB Studio 21 Replays on Orad TD Control — April 10, 2015, Orad.tv
MLB Network Extends Programming, Studio Footprint in Time for Opening Day — April 7, 2015, Sports Video Group
MLB Network Studio 21 — April 6, 2015, NewscastStudio
MLB Network prepares to debut Studio 21 — April 3, 2015, NewscastStudio
MLB Network to debut new studio and morning show for opening day — April 3, 2015, USA Today
MLB Network's first regular-season morning show, MLB Central, to debut on Opening Day from all-new Studio 21 — March 23, 2015, MLB News