Devlin Design Group

DDG Wins PromaxBDA Gold Award!


Team DDG is honored again…this time with the coveted PromaxBDA Gold Award for Scenic Design!

Just recently, Devlin Design Group won its third consecutive annual award for Set of the Year from Newscast Studio for its work with KTVA, where Team DDG reinvented an entire television station in Anchorage, Alaska.

Now, Team DDG wins the prestigious PromaxBDA Gold Award for its groundbreaking scenic design for KSAZ in Phoenix.

What the judges saw was Team DDG’s fearless departure from the ordinary, and their courage to create something entirely new.

Team DDG’s goal was to establish points of difference between KSAZ and their competition in a market where TV News has become a commodity, and everyone’s methods of presentation look alike.

The result is a daring and innovative storytelling environment that redefines how news sets will be designed going forward.

In addition to Team DDG’s stunning design, this news presentation area offers limitless storytelling venues provided by large color-changing backlit walls that can be programmed to change the style and mood of each newscast.

This versatile presentation area has become an integral part of KSAZ’s storytelling strategy.

Not only does this dazzling set engage Phoenix viewers, it also energizes news talent and challenges producers to elevate their storytelling.   A key part of KSAZ’s daily planning process is a choreography session meant to challenge the unlimited opportunities presented by this gorgeous HD set. 

This innovative storytelling environment also incorporates two mobile video kiosks.  One has two vertical monitors, the second kiosk includes a 65-inch, mobile touch screen used for interactive breaking news, weather, sports and social media stories. 

There are a number of things that set Devlin Design Group apart from all the others in the world of scenic design.  The first is one-on-one contact with Team DDG designers.  You’ll always speak directly to one of Team DDG’s designers who will listen to your vision and then transform it into stunning reality!

“The PromaxBDA awards honor North America’s best in local television marketing and design.  More importantly, the prestigious Gold Award recognizes one of Team DDG’s core values – Creativity.  But an equally important part of what we continue to do is to apply our collective knowledge to create innovative new approaches to scenic storytelling.  We’re honored by the awards, but equally honored by the continuing support, collaboration and vision of our clients.  Thanks to our friends at KSAZ and FOX Television for entrusting their vision to Team DDG.  Three consecutive awards for Set of the Year and now the PromaxBDA Gold Award for Scenic Design.  Wait till you see what’s next!”—Dan Devlin, Owner/Chief Creative Strategist

Best Set in 2011, 2012 and 2013!  And now PromaxBDA Gold Award for Set Design for 2013!

The creative geniuses at Team DDG continue to set the bar in scenic design…and they’re not done yet!

In the very near future, Devlin Design Group will unveil a project that exceeds even Team DDG’s lofty goals of Creativity and Innovation and will establish a new level of WOW in the world of scenic design.

Stay tuned!


For more information contact Steve Minium, Minium Media Strategies 859.282.7606

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EJ Baker



Productive, proactive and passionate about executing the ‘never been done before’ describes EJ! Their belief that creative project managers are the stuff that holds creative teams together by helping to foster an environment where innovative ideas happen, is pure magic.

EJ is passionate about the diversity of their work history on a variety of high-profile projects. A gamer at heart they organized their own mini esports tournament which led to a gig at esports titan, Riot Games. It wasn’t long before the creators of VENN, the streaming network dedicated to gaming and pop culture, noticed and invited them to join the team in launching this ambitious project.

Having worked from ‘the client side’ perspective of scenic design projects, DDG clients benefit from EJ’s magical skills — facilitating collaboration and brainstorming sessions, setting realistic deadlines, keeping projects on track and on budget. They know how to juggle all the moving parts of a scenic project, anticipate challenges and address them before they become problems.

What does downtime look like for this dynamo? How about being one of Brooklyn’s top roller derby stars for starters. EJ’s opinion carries lots of weight around DDG — and weightlifting circles as an Olympic coach and competitor. Throw in training for the next marathon, watch EJ run circles around the competition.

Bruce Aleksander



With an interest in photography, theatre and film that goes back to childhood, Bruce had his first camera at age 6, shot his first film at 13, and was lighting performances at 14. Long before lighting and production were his profession, they were his hobbies. Today they remain one of his passions.

Bruce is an accomplished and creative lighting consultant for multi-camera television production. He learned the fundamentals of lighting from the pioneers of television lighting including Imero Fiorentino, Bill Klages and George Spiro Dibie. From that base, Bruce has gone on to win recognition for his work, including Emmy and Telly Awards, PROMAX Gold, Set of the Year and the Illuminating Engineering Society’s international award.

His projects include news studios, talk shows, a national network series, network remote production, promos, commercials, sports, telethons, theatre, symphony orchestra broadcasts, and cultural events. Bruce shares his extensive knowledge and vast experience by continuing to publish articles about lighting design and the latest in lighting technology.  

Bruce lives in Seattle where he enjoys his other passions, the local art scene, hiking, travel and getting together with friends.


Diane Fiolek “DIFI”



DiFi is legendary in the TV biz for her breakthrough designs. A Michigander happily transplanted to Florida’s Gulf Coast, she’s taken home some of the industry’s most prestigious honors including 30+ Emmys, PROMAX awards, Set of the Year and Telly Awards. A strategic thinker, DiFi delights DDG’s clients with multiple solutions for their every design challenge

Being nimble is critical when dealing with today’s brands across many touchpoints. Not only well versed in set design, she also is a seasoned animation and graphics pro. DiFi adds special skills and knowledge to Team DDG’s creative toolbox and will put all those outstanding creative talents to work on your project.

A classical pianist who’s as comfortable with Bach and Brahms as she is with generating new and exciting designs, her branding prowess is perhaps matched only by her talents in the kitchen, much to the appreciation of her husband and friends! And she gets as much pleasure from being around positive people as she does wading into brainstorming sessions with seasoned professionals.

Diane graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, in addition to completion of courses in interior design and technical drawing at Michigan State University. DiFi is well versed in the Adobe suite and has completed VIZrt training.

Kartik Dakshinamoorthy



Kartik is Team DDG’s inspirational Spirit Leader. He has an exceptional ability to collect input from seemingly disparate sources, pull it all together and create designs that amaze clients and engage audiences. He says his most creative time of day is sometime after 2 am when distractions are at a minimum and his full creative energies are at their zenith.

Kartik grew up in India on a road to become a heart surgeon. As a college student he sought balance in his world by back-packing through India, a path that led him to turn down a full scholarship to one of India’s most prestigious medical schools and follow his creative passions… much to the delight of Team DDG clients around the world.

With over 20 years at DDG, Kartik has led the team in some impressive wins. His award count includes a dozen Emmys, nine Set of the Year trophies, eight PROMAX Gold Awards, and a Telly Award.

Kartik finds balance through his life with his amazing wife and daughter. His passion is fueled by the desire to be the very best… a goal fulfilled with every one of Team DDG’s custom set designs. Kartik’s eyes light up when someone says…“I know this isn’t possible, but what if…” That is the precise moment Kartik begins crafting the design that transforms their ideas into stunning reality

Kartik is a stickler for detail and personally oversees all aspects of the building process to ensure that the construction is kept at a high standard, meets the intent of the project design, and comes in on budget and on time.

Kartik pursued his education beginning at the prestigious Sir. JJ School of Architecture and merited a Bachelor of Architecture, an India Gold Medalist, immediately followed with a Master of Architecture from the University of Arizona.

Dan Devlin



Dan is the inspirational chieftain of Team DDG’s creative geniuses. He is a team building ‘Think-Meister’ who lives the founding principles he used to establish the company more than 30 years ago – Creativity, Knowledge, and Innovation. These principles form the keystone of DDG’s success in captivating audiences around the world through award winning, stunning, and technologically advanced scenic storytelling environments.

A Jersey boy who spent his formative years in Arizona, Dan’s creativity is fueled by his passions: mountain biking, travelling and the pursuit of excellence. When not at his desk overlooking the Sonoran Desert, you can find him in Huatulco Mexico, Sandpoint Idaho, or the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, traversing high country trails on a mountain bike. These soul replenishing rides are bounded by discipline but nourish unbridled creativity.

The inspiration from these frequent adventures through breath-taking scenery, coupled with a passion for technological expertise, is the blend that produces set designs that have been awarded Set of the Year nine times, the PROMAX Gold Award for a record breaking eight out of nine years, and more than two dozen Emmy Awards. 

Dan brings a competitive edge to all he does. He leads Team DDG in the process of identifying your expectations for a winning project outcome. He firmly believes, if you can imagine it – you can create it!

Dan earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and a Master of Architecture from Arizona State University.