The two ESPN shows made their high definition debuts on Monday after moving from their standard definition Atlantic Video studio home of over eight years.
“We have loved our relationship with Washington-based Atlantic Studios, but we really have, for a time, wanted more space and the ability of changing the look of the show,” Around the Horn and Pardon the Interruption producer Erik Rydholm told the Washington Examiner. “I mean both “PTI” — which started in 2001 — and “Around the Horn” — that came a year after — have really not had a makeover or for that matter we have not made the transition to high definition. So really the time to change is here.”
The show looks stunning in HD (The orange just glows from Tony Kornheiser) and is a much needed makeover.
How close were the two shows packing up in Washington and moving to Los Angeles?
“We wanted a state-of-the-art facility and, for a time, we considered moving to the ESPN Los Angeles studios that are located in the LA Live complex across the street from the Staples Center,” Rydholm said. “But then we got a break and we will be moving into the Washington offices and studios of ABC and taking over the a newly renovated space that once was home to “Nightline.”