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3rd Edition

Studio Television Production and Directing
Concepts, Equipment, and Procedures

  • Available for pre-order on June 2, 2023. Item will ship after June 23, 2023
ISBN 9780367199227
June 23, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
200 Pages 9 Color & 87 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This updated third edition of Studio Television Production and Directing introduces readers to the basic fundamentals of studio and control room production.

Accessible and focused, readers of this updated third edition will gain fluency in essential studio terms and technology and acquire the necessary skills to make it in the industry. This book is your back-to-the-basics guide to common technology—including principles of directing, assistant directing, technical directing, audio ops, the basics of studio lighting, an introduction to set design, camera ops, floor directing, story types (VO, VO/SOT, PKG), basic engineering, and more. 

Whether an established professional or a student, this book provides readers with the technical expertise to successfully coordinate live or taped studio television today.

In this new edition, author Andrew Hicks Utterback offers an expanded glossary and new material on visualization walls, alternative camera mounts, basic engineering, and news narrative diagramming.

Table of Contents

1. Overview of Equipment and Positions: The Studio and the Control Room  2. Audio  3. Technical Directing  4. Lighting and Sets  5. Studio Cameras & Floor Directing  6. Newsroom Computer Systems, Prompter, Graphics, Playback, Remotes, Engineering  7. Rundowns, Scripts, Video Clip Information  8. Assistant Directing and Directing

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Andrew Hicks Utterback, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Communication at Eastern Connecticut State University. As a former Senior Production Technician, he writes from professional experience that includes program credits in master control, as grip, gaffer, A1, camera operator, playback, floor director, technical director, assistant director, and director. As a Professor in the field for 24 years, Dr. Utterback presents the fundamentals of studio television production and directing in a simple and straightforward manner that is clear and unintimidating.


"Updated with the latest digital technologies, terms, and workflows, Studio Television Production and Directing provides clear explanations and images of professional television studio environments. From camera and audio to producing and directing, Utterback prepares students for working in the industry by showing what to expect, and what is expected of them, in the studio and control room." – Dr. Michael Grabowski, Manhattan College