Provost Studio Wins Newscast Studio 2015 “Set of the Year”

Chicago Magazine & RedEye Magazine Set Best in Web-cast Category


LAS VEGAS, NV (April 18, 2016) – Provost Studio has been awarded the 2015 Set of the
Year Award in the Web-cast category by NewscastStudio at this year’s annual NAB Show for the design of the Chicago Magazine & RedEye Magazine Studio.

This is the second year in a row that Provost Studio has been nominated for a
NewscastStudio Set of the Year Award but the first however, to bring home the accolade in the competition’s newest “Web-cast” category.

The creation of this category is testament to the broadcast industry’s shift toward wed-based programming and Provost Studio is quickly establishing itself as a leading creative professional within this emerging field of broadcast set design. Other web-cast studios designed by Provost Studio include the Chicago Tribune Media Group’s Hoy Magazine, ARISE News and ACORD News.

The winning set’s primary design challenge was to express two brands in one space. Flexibility and creative out-of-the-box thinking were paramount in successfully delivering on this challenge.

“The main design challenge was to create an scenic environment that accommodates two brands with distinctly different audiences,” says Peter Provost. “And, therefore, two different aesthetic and functional expressions of those brands.”

Conceptually, the resulting set design is like a scenic “Swiss Army knife”. Provost Studio designed the set elements to be interchangeable, re-configurable and adaptable. This allows the studio to convert back-and-forth from one brand to another. The new studio’s key design features include:

  • Sliding and pivoting wall panels allow quick scene changes
  • Elements, like tables and carts, transform to reflect each brand
  • Dramatic, color-changing LED lighting
  • Large-format display monitors for brand specific dynamic media content

About Provost Studio
Provost Studio, Inc. is a cross-disciplinary design firm with international reach, focused on branded environments and interior architecture. The firm is recognized as a national practice leader serving the broadcast industry for branded scenic environments and set design for television, including the design of “on-air” production studios and newsrooms.

Provost Studio creates brand experiences that express each client’s unique story within the built environment which help build stronger relationships with consumers and audiences. Founded in 2011, by architectural designer and Emmy-nominated creative leader, Peter Provost, Provost Studio has offices in New York City and Raleigh, North Carolina. Learn more about their work at

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[Infographic] Design-Build vs Design-Bid-Build: The Two Project Methods Compared

There are Two Sides to Every Coin
Which side is right for you?

You have identified some key considerations (budget, what your design needs to say, the role media will have, the power of light) for planning your new studio! 
Now, it’s time to select the project approach that is right for you. 

Here’s a quick look at the pros and cons for each method…

Scenic Design/Build

  • Client hires design/fabricator team under a single contract.
  • The design/build team designs, fabricates, installs the project from beginning to end.
  • One of the biggest benefit to this approach can be significant time savings through schedule compression.
  • Another benefit is managing client’s budget expectations along the way through real time pricing exercises between designer and fabricator. 

Scenic Design - Bid - Build

  • Client hires scenic designer and fabricator separately, under two separate contracts.
  • Designer assists client in writing and issuing fabrication bid and selecting fabrication partner.
  • Since design is completed prior to fabricator being brought onto the team, there may be a period of redesign necessary to bring the design (and client’s expectations) back in line with the project’s budget. 
  • Main benefit in establishing a competitive bidding landscape for your project is having multiple bids from which to choose the lowest qualified bidder and fabrication partner.

Branded Exhibit Environment Designed for annual retail conference e-Tail West 2016

Standing out is one the biggest challenges any conference attendee faces. How do you distinguish your brand from the sea of competing exhibitors and booths. How do you get the most from your investment in a branded tradeshow exhibit environment? 

These were the questions our client had asked when they approached us to design a branded lounge environment for a recent industry conference in Palm Springs, California.

It was critical that that the branded space provide an engaging environment, that clearly expressed the brands core messaging, and came in on a tight budget and schedule. 
With these goals to consider we decided to pursue a bold, expressive design that was at the same time simple, and economical.

The center feature of the final design was a forty foot long wall of purple cardboard boxes with applied graphics expressing core messaging and consumer data. While being an unconventional material choice, the use of cardboard boxes solved a range of design problems. Along with being economical and lightweight, the theme of the enclosed boxes aligned with the client's marketing initiative and intended to be an expression of their tagline, "It's what's inside that counts".

Provost Studio: Peter Provost - Design Principal
Stephanie Parrish - Art Director + Sr. Graphic Designer
Nicholas McRoberts - Jr. Project Designer + Coordinator
Blue Coast Contracting: Specialty Fabrication

Top Things to Consider When Planning a Broadcast Studio

Planning a Broadcast Studio Infographic Guide

Planning a broadcast studio or set doesn't have to be a daunting experience. With the right advice you can achieve fantastic results and see your project run smoothly and successfully. Check out our infographic guide to the top things to consider when planning your broadcast studio