Burbank, Calif.—April 7, 2015
Studio 21 will be home to three daily studio shows: “MLB Central,” “MLB Now” and “Quick Pitch.” The new space will innovate the way MLB Network studio programming is presented, using at least five multicamera studio positions and cutting-edge technology adaptable to any show, story or club, from hanging video displays to augmented reality graphic components.
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 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.