ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT & THE INSIDER WILL BECOME FIRST SYNDICATED NEWSMAGAZINES TO BE PRODUCED IN HD IN FALL 2008 FROM THE LARGEST AVID HD FACILITY IN NORTH AMERICA
Shows will move to CBS Studio Center in Studio City, Calif.
(Los Angeles, CA, April 23, 2008) - Entertainment Tonight and The Insider, the #1 and #2 entertainment newsmagazine programs, will make history as the first two syndicated news shows to be produced in High Definition, starting the week of Sept. 8, 2008. As part of the transition, the shows will move to CBS Studio Center in Studio City, Calif., where a new custom-built studio is under construction.
"Entertainment Tonight has been a leader from the very beginning, and again the show will be leading this genre into HD," said Linda Bell Blue, executive producer of both Entertainment Tonight and The Insider. "The staff is thrilled and invigorated, knowing they will have the best technology in the field."
After 25 seasons at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, with sister show, The Insider, will move its entire base of Los Angeles operations to Stage 4 at CBS Studio Center to begin their 28th and 5th seasons, respectively.
The new studio will include two soundstages, each measuring 12,000 square feet; 28 new edit bays with cutting-edge Avid-based technology; two new HD control rooms; an expansive newsroom; separate talent suites; and several storage facilities housing our historic videotape library. Over 75 miles of cable will be used to complete the new space. The newsroom, three times its current size, is being specially built to house ET and The Insider's staff of 200, taking over the famed Todd A-O scoring stage where countless films have been scored since the 1980s. Both shows' sets, joined by a connecting tunnel to go from one stage to the other, were built from the ground up and designed by Steve Bass, who created past sets for the Emmy and Grammy awards. "The sets will take everyone's breath away," Bell Blue says.
In addition to watching Entertainment Tonight and The Insider from a brand-new set, HD viewers will be able to enjoy the shows in a higher resolution with a crisper picture and more vibrant colors. Viewers who have yet to convert to HD will also be able to enjoy the new sets and graphics as both shows are broadcast simultaneously in HD and SD. The shows will also be moving into digital format, while continuing to use their combined tape vault of roughly 500,000 tapes. 350,000 tapes will be stored on-site at CBS Studio Center until they are converted into digital format. Tapes will no longer be used in the field and will be replaced by optical disks. Staff will be able to view footage digitally at their desks.
Currently in its 27th season, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT is produced and distributed by CBS Television Distribution and is taped in Hollywood, Calif. Linda Bell Blue is executive producer. Mary Hart is anchor; Mark Steines is co-anchor. Jann Carl is primary substitute anchor and weekend anchor; Kevin Frazier is weekend anchor and correspondent. Leonard Maltin is film historian/correspondent. Steven Cojocaru and Thea Andrews are correspondents.
THE INSIDER is produced and distributed by CBS Television Distribution in Hollywood, Calif. Linda Bell Blue is Executive Producer. Lara Spencer is Anchor; Pat O'Brien, Victoria Recano and Steven Cojocaru are Correspondents.
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