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Telemundo turns to virtual set for ‘Zona Mixta’

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Telemundo’s Spanish-language weekend sports show Zona Mixta will launch in early 2022 with a virtual set created by the network’s in-house production services team.

The show combines virtual set technology powered by Unreal Engine powered by the Chyron Prime VSAR platform with curated furnishings.

Telemundo did all the virtual set design, art direction, lighting, camera tracking calibration, and workflow setup in-house.

The environment has multiple distinct zones that give off the feel of a sports clubhouse and bar set within an industrial loft-like space.

The virtual venue includes a cleaner, more modern-feeling space with a virtual staircase peeking behind one corner and the remaining walls decorated with virtual renditions of framed sports jerseys. A large virtual video panel on the back wall can be used for branding and topical graphics.

There is also the option of having two people sitting in red chairs around a small coffee table, with three virtual video panels behind them.

The center of the camera is the largest of the trio, flanked by two additional cameras of equal size but mounted vertically. Each of these units has subtle lighting accents that appear to be offset from the wall behind it, which is decorated with a pattern of dashes and plus signs.


Another option is designed to be a bit more rugged-feeling bar area, perhaps to evoke the feel of a sports dive bar. The talent sits on bar-height stools with a two-top highboy in between, creating a bar-like atmosphere.

Similar to the seating area, there are three virtual video panels behind the main bar counter, and details such as stand-alone arcade games and dartboards continue the theme.

The area also contains a patch of brick exposed from behind a patterned tan wall.

A life-size, bare brick wall serves as a backdrop for another virtual space. This includes the show’s bold and vibrant logo painted above the red sofa.

Vertical walls have virtual video panels that can be used to toss in trending graphics or footage, making it appear as though studio talent is watching it from their couches. This space is unique in that it is usually photographed in such a way that the camera moves past a wall that protrudes into the foreground, forming a sort of alcove-like space.

“Zona Mixta” also features a colorful and bold graphics package that combines a mostly flat, hand-drawn look with comic-style typography and textural elements created using a matrix of plus signs and dots.

The show logo is inside a bright yellow, hand-drawn circle with a line segment and topped with three stars. The logotype appears to be hand-drawn and uses Telemundo’s drawing of Mike to form both the ‘O’ in ‘Zona’ and the ‘I’ in ‘Mixta’.

“Zona Mixta” is part of Telemundo’s Titulares y Mas franchise, originally a late-night sports show. Since then, the weekday edition has been converted to digital as part of a programming expansion ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

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