Times Square Studios

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This article is about the Disney Company's production facilities. For the daytime division of the Disney-ABC Television Group, see Times Square Studios (division).
Not to be confused with MTV's studios across the street at One Astor Plaza.
Times Square Studios
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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 and ESPN programs (see article for others)
Inaugurated 1999
Owner The Walt Disney Company

Times Square Studios (TSS) is an American television studio owned by The Walt Disney Company, located on the southeastern 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, segments for other ABC News programs, and various programs on ESPN.


Studio exterior 3 years after 2007 refurbishment, January 2010

Times Square Studios 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.

The studio 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, though the display is sponsored by Siemens, which has their logo below the display. 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. It has also been used regularly to produce programming for other shows not broadcast by a Disney-owned network (such as special week-long New York weeks for international morning programs) including shows for the Australia Network, BBC World News, Discovery Channel, and HBO.

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]

  • 20/20 — an ABC News television-newsmagazine program
  • Primetime — an ABC News television-newsmagazine program
  • Good Morning America Weekend — The weekend version of GMA; outside of special events, the program is recorded at ABC News's main studio at the ABC Television Center in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Manhattan; a Times Square backdrop is projected onto the set's rear-projection screen for continuity purposes
  • OlbermannESPN2
  • Nightline — ABC News' late-night news program, moved to ABC Television Center in 2012


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