UNISET to debut new product offerings at 2017 BEA/NAB and News Media Alliance

UNISET will debut its new Scenic Overlay Panel, Custom and Light Box Columns and Graphics packages at BEA/NAB April 22-28 in Las Vegas and at News Media Alliance April 30-May 2 in New Orleans. Ideal for enhancing existing UNISET Wall Column Systems and Rolling Panel Systems or as an accessory to ANY existing set back ground, these new Products add a dynamic new scale and dimension to all sets. Simple to use and operate, easy to maneuver and handle, these products are cost effective, high quality and reliable set embellishments. Another UNISET example of achieving multiple set looks for unique and different programming and content delivery.

Minnesota Vikings award UNISET new desk projects

 The Minnesota Vikings begin their 2016 season in their new football stadium. The Vikings Network will be utilizing two new UNI-PRO desk systems and Mobile Carry Case manufactured by UNISET for game day broadcasts throughout the stadium and on field events. A third UNI-PRO desk will be part of the Buffalo Wild Wings sponsored game day show. The versatile, mobile and high quality desk system was exactly what the Vikings were looking for to achieve an all of their broadcasting needs. 


UNISET has tremendous NAB 2016 presence and show traffic                     

In addition to a booth at BEA for three days, UNISET created quite a stir with its NAB exhibit of core and custom products and services. The booth was humming with activity all week and even the usual fourth and final day Thursday was robust. Existing customers looking for additional set elements as well as numerous new and curious prospective customers frequented the booth and interacted with UNISET personnel. Great industry conversation and insights were shared and enjoyed by all.

UNISET has customers and studio set elements in every state in the Nation as well as Canada, the UK and Asia.


UNISET officially launching two new products at BEA/NAB 2016. 

UNISET is pleased to announce two great new products. Customers have requested and UNISET has responded… Announcing the PRO-EDIT FURNITURE line of editing suite and control room furniture. This product offering is a natural progression for UNISET to evolve from studio related set elements and add edit suite and control room furniture to our stable of high quality products and services. 

Similarly, the ever popular UNI-PRO Desk System has evolved and now has a customized Mobile Carry Case to transport this industry leading desk out on remote shoots. See both new products live on display at UNISET’s booth C1124 at NAB 2016.


UNISET Finishes 2015 with a Bang

Attending and exhibiting  in November at the Content and Communications World (CCW) conference in Manhattan and the Alliance for Community Media Northeast Region conference in Hartford and finishing the year with The Government Expo in DC in December. Exhibiting its popular UNI-PRO Desk System, UNISET continues to experience exponential growth in its core product offerings and custom set fabrication business. Entering 2016, UNISET is well positioned to expand its complete range of studio set elements and custom set services. UNISET wishes its current customers, future customers and industry colleagues a Happy Holiday Season and a prosperous and Healthy 2016. 

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UNISET Launches New Wall Column System PRO-PAK Series

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UNISET announces the Wall Column System PRO-PAK Series. Derived from the ever popular Wall Column System, the PRO-PAK Series includes three unique features that enhance the look of an existing Wall Column System and/or can be incorporated into a new Wall Column System order. 

For EXISTING Customers, the PRO-PAK achieves an entirely different and versatile look used in conjunction with your existing WCS frame and structure. By utilizing the existing system, the illuminated Soffit and enhanced Columnsliterally attach over the existing frame and create a new and unique look and feel without the added expense of ordering a completely new system. Additionally, free standing Light Boxes that simply rest on the floor between each column add an entirely new dimension to the set. Top to bottom, the three PRO-PAK features can achieve new and unique program and show identities. 

For NEW customers contemplating a purchase of a new Wall Column System, the finished surface options can include the standard offerings or can take advantage of the three PRO-PAK features and incorporate these elements into the new order. 

Existing Customers or New alike can achieve dramatic looks with UNISETs offered Finish Options and PRO-PAK features.


UNISET awarded Four prestigious studio design/builds

The UNISET Company design and build team has been awarded new studios at San Antonio Community College in San Antonio Texas, The City of Riverside in Riverside California, Jamestown Community Collegein Jamestown New York and the photographic infinity wall systems for fashion photography at Barneys New York, Midtown Manhattan. San Antonio College is a custom design/build television and video production studio for broadcast programming and educational experiences. Both the City of Riverside and Jamestown Community College are the revolutionary UNI-PRO Studio System, the “four sets in one contiguous back ground system”. Barneys New York has commissioned UNISET to design and build five (5) matching infinity wall/platform systems for high fashion still photography.


UNISET Doubles Down With Exhibits at both BEA and NAB


UNISET was out in full force at the 2015 BEA and NAB conferences in April. In addition to having its new cutting edge UNI-PRO Desk System on display at BEA, UNISET also had its popular Rolling Panel and free standing fully manufactured UNI-CYC hard cyclorama present at its BEA booth. Numerous conference attendees and current UNISET customers were able to visit with UNISET staff to discuss their studio set needs and upcoming projects. UNISET continues to be the national leader in providing television studio set elements to the college and university marketplace.

Additionally, UNISET had its industry leading pre finished free standing UNI-CYC hard cyclorama at the adjacent NAB trade show. Brainstorm utilized the UNI-CYC cyclorama as its full cyclorama environment to promote its companies products and technologies. Fully immersed virtual programming content was on display and the UNI-CYC provided the ideal physical environment.

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UNI-PRO Desk System Achieves Mass Industry Appeal

UNISET has collaborated with fellow Rochester N.Y. based and internationally known Paley Incorporatedon the development of its new state of the art UNI-PRO News/Interview Desk System. By combining the design and fabrication strengths of these two firms coupled with UNISET’s keen knowledge and experience of television studio infrastructure and programming needs, the UNI-PRO Desk System is a cutting edge desk with several elements that can be customized to an owner’s exacting needs. Achieving up to seven (7) different and unique talent configurations while utilizing the same desk components, the desk front panel offers multiple show/program identities by utilizing a chroma key front, a monitor mount capable of accommodating up to a 42” monitor, an acrylic panel for backlighting and a solid front to adhere a logo or emblem. Consistent with UNISET’s versatile and modular approach to achieving multiple show and program identities with the same set elements, all unused UNI-PRO Desk components store off set on custom carts for ease of movement and organization. 

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CCW Expo

UNISET attended and displayed its company products and capabilities at the Content and Communications World (CCW) expo November 12 and 13, 2014. The show at the Javits Center in Manhattan set a CCW record for attendance and exhibitors. The show attracted many of the most influential video production, broadcast and media professionals and decision makers in the Northeast. UNISET once again demonstrated how its television studio set elements integrate with all technologies and studio infrastructure thereby providing Owners with superior production value and programming content. UNISET continues its rapid growth and expansion throughout the US and Canada. This is attributable to the companies high quality, cost effective, versatile and compatible studio set products that appeal to numerous studio design consultants, systems integrators, lighting vendors and Owners alike.

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Ben Modo Live awards UNISET new NYC Studio

Ben Modo, Principal and Host of Ben Modo Live, has selected UNISET to design and build its new NYC Studio Set. Ben Modo Live is an American talk show airing in both English and French that covers a wide range of news topics including politics, business, entertainment, sports and religion. UNISET will design, build and install a new set/back ground system with full compliment of graphics, lighting and accessories as well as a matching custom news/interview desk.


UNISET Observations from Design through Installation

UNISET has been a part of numerous installations of its studio set elements (UNI-CYC cycloramas, Background Wall Column Systems, Modular Rolling Panel backgrounds, Dedicated Sets, Risers and News Desks etc.) and as a part of the studio infrastructure, have interacted with many systems integrators, consultants, architects, contractors, technology, video/audio and lighting providers.

This has afforded UNISET the opportunity to experience the talented individuals who design and spec the studio infrastructure, as well as the people and companies who ready the studio for its intended use.

This hands on involvement enables us to share some observations that UNISET has garnered from its field experiences. The design, spec, install and commissioning of the new studio systems and scenic elements involves significant coordination by all involved parties. That said, the design (on paper) must in the end be achievable in the field at the time of installation of all studio infrastructure. Some thoughts to keep in mind from design through installation…

  1. Is the light grid/pipe in fact at the right height?
  2. Is there a perimeter cable tray?
  3. Are there columns that protrude out from the interior walls?
  4. Is there any sound board installed that inhibits any installation of studio improvements?
  5. Are the planned doors and closets in fact (after installation) in the same location?
  6. Have any changes been made in the field that deviate from the original plans and specs?
  7. Is the floor level?
  8. Has the painting of the floor and walls been completed prior to installing studio improvements?

All of the above can affect the installation of studio infrastructure and hence the ultimate quality of the studio improvements and satisfaction of the customer.

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UNISET Attends ACM/NAMAC 2014 National Conference

UNISET attended the ACM/NAMAC 2014 National Conference August 6-8 in Philadelphia. The well attended and informative conference brought together broadcast professionals from all over the Country including a group from Hawaii. UNISET displayed its core modular studio set elements in the exhibit hall and was greeted by many visitors to its booth. UNISET has continued to see explosive growth in its set products and in particular its virtual environments. The UNI-CYC free standing hard cyclorama (green screen) and the Wall Column System and Rolling Panels with their chroma key green/blue background areas provide the ideal environment for virtual programming content.” As UNISET Co-Owner Brian McKinnon stated “UNISET has a large national presence in the community media and public, education and government marketplace and attending the National ACM Conference brings UNISET and its owners face to face with many of its customers and future customers"

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UNISET awarded NEW Studio at Tompkins Cortland Community College

UNISET has been awarded the contract to build and install the new studio set elements for TC3. This new state of the art studio at one of New York States leading community colleges and schools of communication will include a full compliment of UNISET set components. Wanting modularity, prefinished and free standing set pieces that enable multiple show/program identities for both a teaching and production environment, TC3 turned to UNISET to achieve these objectives. Coupled with TC3’s investment in technology infrastructure, the UNISET studio delivers superior production value and quality.

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Complex Media selects UNISET UNI-CYC Cycloramas

Complex Media, a nationally recognized platform for multi-media, selected the UNISET UNI-CYC cyclorama to outfit its virtual environment studios in New York City, NY and West Hollywood, CA. Looking for a freestanding prefinished full cyclorama with modular capability, Complex Media turned to UNISET to outfit these coast to coast studios. Lighting and keying out impeccably, the UNI-CYC cyclorama provides Complex Media with the full cyc environment to utilize with its state of the art technology infrastructure.

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Affiliate WSIL-TV3 Carterville IL awards UNISET its weather center

WSIL-TV3 the ABC affiliate in Carterville, Illinois and Southern Illinois’s news leader has selected the UNISET UNI-CYC cyclorama for its new Weather Center. Wanting a full hard cyclorama that is freestanding and prefinished, WSIL selected UNISET. The UNI-CYC provides WSIL-TV 3 with the virtual environment it needs to achieve superior production quality and programming content for its daily news audience.

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UNISET Announces Two Prominent Project Awards

Written by Brian McKinnon Co-Owner

UNISET was recently selected to provide studio set elements in support of the British Governments Exchequer’s (Head of Treasury) presentation on tax reforms opening up the United Kingdom for global investment. Coordinating production with the media communications organization of a global leader in financial markets, the UNISET Wall Column and News/Interview Desk Systems allowed a 7th floor office conference room to be transformed into a professional studio environment. The fully manufactured wall and desk modules were taken from the 1st floor loading dock to the 7th floor via elevator where they were set (assembled) in 45 minutes. Following production the set was struck (disassembled) in less than 30 minutes allowing for the room to be used for a luncheon hosted by the Exchequer. 

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UNISET Announces Two Prominent Project Awards

Written by Brian McKinnon Co-Owner

UNISET Company LLC, a television studio set design and fabrication company is pleased to announce two new large project awards. UNISET has been awarded the design and fabrication of set elements in new television studios located at Lee University, Cleveland, TN new 40,000 SF, $10M Department of Communication Arts Building and at Frostburg State, Frostburg, MD new 127,000 SF, $30+M Center for Communication and Information Technology Building. “UNISET has a large presence in the college/university marketplace throughout the US and these two awards continue to endorse the high quality, cost effective set elements UNISET offers” said Brian McKinnon, Co-Owner of UNISET. “UNISET continues to evolve its product offerings to appeal to a broad range of end users, while maintaining superior programming and production value”  


UNISET was founded in 1976 and has been providing professional set design and manufacturing services for the television, broadcasting, digital video media and exhibition marketplaces since its founding. Our company provides turnkey solutions and expertise in design, carpentry, lamination, graphics and metal/plastic/acrylic fabrication associated with the requirements of today's set and exhibit marketplace. UNISET’s main offices and manufacturing operations occupy over 14,000 sf in Rochester, NY. UNISET endeavors to utilize US made materials and products in its finished products and uses best practices in its respect for the environment. In keeping with industry trends and technology, UNISET personnel are active members of industry associations. 

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Bevco Announces New Distribution Partner

WAUKESHA, WI., March 14, 2014 – Bevco Precision Manufacturing Company, an ergonomic seating manufacturer, is pleased to announce our new distributor partnership with UNISET.

"This is a great opportunity for Bevco to provide safe, ergonomic chairs to the unique markets that UNISET serves,” said Melinda Bohlmann, Director of Sales and Marketing at Bevco. “We’ve learned that a staggering number of workplace employees suffer from back problems. It’s time to put the focus on keeping employees ergonomically safe by providing chairs that promote proper posture. It’s a win/win for everyone – comfortable employees contribute to higher productivity.”


UNISET was founded in 1976 and has been providing professional set design and manufacturing services for the television, digital video media and exhibition marketplaces since its founding. The company provides turnkey solutions and expertise in design, carpentry, lamination, graphics and metal/plastic fabrication associated with the requirements of today's set and exhibit marketplace. UNISET endeavors to utilize US made materials in its finished products and uses best practices in its respect for the environment. For more information, visit www.unisetcorp.com.
About Bevco Precision Manufacturing Company
Bevco has been a leading manufacturer of ergonomic seating for more than 60 years. Based in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Bevco offers a comprehensive line of seating for the industrial, laboratory, and electronics market. For more information, visit www.bevco.com.

Melinda Bohlmann, Director of Sales & Marketing mbohlmann@bevco.com

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UNISET presents to Geneseo State Univ of NY Communications Dept

Written by Sean Martin

UNISET Co-Owner Sean Martin was invited to make a presentation at Geneseo State University of New York on the topic of modern modular television studio sets. As a Geneseo alumni, Sean jumped at the chance. Sean’s audience at this event included students in television production classes and members of the Rochester Audio Visual Association. Sean focused his discussion on how to create a modern multi-purpose studio through the use of cycloramas and modular set pieces. 

Sean covered topics such as: cameral positioning , lighting , and creating unique show identities. He wanted to emphasize how traditional and virtual set elements can be integrated to create high level productions to the students and show how a multipurpose studio can be easily manipulated and changed to provided for a variety of different set structures. Using his own company’s products, Sean showed the group how this multi-functioning set-up can save space, time, and money for schools, corporations, and organizations. 

Sean was thrilled to be back on Geneseo, NY and to be able to encourage the students with what he has learned over the years. Geneseo students not only attended the presentation, but took it a step further by producing their own video. See the final video below. Great work Knights.


You Want to Produce WHAT in My Studio?

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Creating a multipurpose studio with modular sets

Written by Brian McKinnon Co-Owner

Product support, compliance, training, human resources, do-it-yourself, executive suite outreach, internal customer communications, talking head/ interview/ moderator themed shows …. how does a studio media manager/creative producer satisfy the set needs of its diverse internal customers while maintaining the production quality that best represents the corporation.  Just consider the challenges of producing a Human Resources training video on the same set the CEO uses to deliver the company’s quarterly results.

One way studios are adapting to meet requests for diverse show identities are through easily reconfigurable sets. The Boeing Company recently found themselves in just this situation in their Seattle Studios. “The Boeing Seattle studio was originally designed as an instructor operated classroom.  It slowly morphed into a production studio for live events.  We needed to update the look and add versatility”, stated Richard Gay, Producer Creative and Information Services at The Boeing Company.  “A dedicate set was considered as an option but the decision was made to keep the space customizable. We have many internal customers with varied design needs.” In creating a multipurpose studio space The Boeing Company is producing live and taped training, compliance and corporate communications from their studio reinforcing “in-house” to be the appropriate approach to these projects.

At EMC’s Education Services organization where their 3 video classrooms deliver streaming and recorded training a transformation is taking place.  “Over the past year requests have skyrocketed to produce more talking head and interview style recordings” said Steve Howland VILT Production Team Leader at the EMC Corporation. The first step taken has been to incorporate a versatile desk system that can be set into 7 different configurations and is easily transported into any one of their classroom studios. Classrooms can now be used for traditional programming in the morning and set for an executive briefing in the afternoon.  “The next step is to add a more versatile back wall system that’s more “executive” looking, transportable and will allow for the expansion of chroma-key” added Howland.

Video is becoming the new power point. As noted by Andrea Keating, Owner/Founder & CEO of Crews Control, Inc. in her CMMA Vision Blog posted in June, “Corporate Departments are using more video, more often for more reasons”. But at the same time demand for internal video production rapidly increases most of the infrastructure to support these efforts is being reduced. Never before have studios needed to be more versatile and nimble with their lighting, cameras, editing suites, set elements, program/show identities and staff within an ever more competitive environment to secure funding.

Whether you are in a position to install an entire multipurpose studio today or are looking at incorporating some level of versatility in your existing studio(s) there are 10 questions to consider:

Does the set I’m considering require any on-site assembly or construction?
How easy is it to set and strike the set elements?
Can they be reconfigured without having to be disassembled
How quickly can set changes be made: minutes, hours, days
How are set elements stored and moved?
Can the set be relocated easily to another location?
Will set elements and storage carts fit through standard doors and hallways
How will the set allow me to integrate chroma key and virtual set elements?
How can the modular set be customized to incorporate unique branding or visual requirements?
Can the modular set approach be rolled out into other studio and videoconferencing locations throughout the enterprise?
Is the set design able to be configured by the customer freeing up studio production staff?
Can the set be expanded at a later date (phased-in)?
What’s the cost and what’s the payback?
Since the ’70’s UNISET has been a leader in the design and development of multipurpose studio set solutions. With a dedicated staff the company continues to evolve its products to integrate with the latest technologies and studio spaces of our customers.