Times Square Studios

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{{dablink|This article is about The Walt Disney Company's Times Square production facilities. For the new daytime division of the Disney-ABC Television Group, see Times Square Studios (division).


Times Square Studios
Ts logo.gif
The logo of Times Square Studios (since an unknown date).
Alternative names TSSL
General information
Location Manhattan, New York City
Address 1500 Broadway
Current tenants -Good Morning America
-Assorted other ABC News programs (see article for others) and ESPN
Inaugurated 1999
Owner The Walt Disney Company

Times Square Studios (TSS) is an American television studio located on the SE corner of West 44th Street and Broadway in the Times Square area of the borough of Manhattan. The studio is best known as the production home of ABC News' Good Morning America (GMA), a morning news and talk program and ESPN broadcasts.

Background[edit]

Studio exterior 3 years after 2007 refurbishment, January 2010

Times Square Studios is owned by The Walt Disney Company, a media and entertainment conglomerate, which also owns ABC. It was designed by Walt Disney Imagineering, Disney's design and development arm. The original concept for the studio was conceived by Harry Grossman.[clarification needed] His plan called for the studio to broadcast many shows twenty-four hours a day for both Disney-owned and non-Disney programs.

The building's outer facade consists of over nine LED ribbons of lights. The 8th LED ribbon of lights from the top is used as a ticker for ABC News, while the 9th is a sports ticker for ESPN. Also on the facade is a large TV display made by Mitsubishi - Diamond Vision despite the visual that states Siemens. This screen mainly broadcasts the late SportsCenter, along with WABC-TV and ABC News newscasts during non-GMA hours, along with high-profile sports events, series and films on the ABC and ESPN family of networks for both the convenience of Times Square visitors and to provide a simple venue for crowd photo ops for those high-profile events.

The studio is primarily used for productions of ABC News and ESPN. When Good Morning America is not on the air, the studios have been used for outside productions and events and also has hosted programs(such as special week-long New York weeks for international morning shows) for other companies including:

The Director of Operations is Maura Hayes.

The studio is on the site of the former Hotel Claridge, built in 1911. In 1972, the hotel was demolished and the current structure, which housed the National Theater,[1] and a Beefsteak Charlie's restaurant, was built. The theater closed in 1998.

Productions at Times Square Studios[edit]

Exterior (looking east from Broadway) of the Times Square Studios (April 2004).

Previous productions at Times Square Studios[edit]

Good Morning America Weekend

References[edit]


Coordinates: 40°45′25″N 73°59′08″W / 40.75694°N 73.98556°W / 40.75694; -73.98556