Therapy Studios Teams Up with Comedy Central and Ed Helms for The Fake News with Ted Nelms
Emmy Award-winning LA-based post production company Therapy Studios handled the spectrum of post work for Comedy Central’s new one-hour special, The Fake News with Ted Nelms, starring Ed Helms (The Office, The Hangover series).
Edited by Therapy’s Kristin McCasey and directed by “The Director Brothers” aka Ryan McNeely and Josh Martin of Humble, the special takes a whimsically satirical view of cable news, poking fun at the ridiculous state of current news “reporting.” “Obviously, there are a lot of news organizations out there just making up a bunch of crap and calling it news. But unlike those others, we’re doing it better, faker, and stupider. And we’re joking,” Helms says of the special.
McCasey worked on the edit closely with Helms and executive producers Mike Falbo and Nelson Walters to craft the comedic tone of the special.
Overseen by Executive Producer Joe DiSanto and Producer Margaret Ward, Therapy Studios perfectly matched the tone of Helms and his team by mimicking and lampooning cable news. In addition to editing by McCasey and Jake Shaver, the color grading of Omar Inguanzo, VFX work by Flame Artist Geoff Stephenson and his team, graphics by Tony Banik, audio mixing by Larry Winer and Brandon Kim, and sound design by Eddie Kim, all helped bring the special to life. Motion graphics were completed by Therapy pals, Visual Creatures.
The special is Helms’ return to Comedy Central after his career-making stint as a correspondent on The Daily Show, and sees him once again collaborating with head writer and co-Executive Producer Elliot Kalan (The Daily show with John Stewart). The Fake News with Ted Nelms premieres on Wednesday, December 13 at 10:00pm/ET/PT on Comedy Central.
Therapy Studios is an award-winning post production company, working on everything from commercials to feature films to music videos to online content. Founded in 2006 by Executive Producers Joe DiSanto and John Ramsay, VFX artist Wren Waters, and editor Doobie White, the studio foments creativity and collaboration, and even took home two Emmy Awards, from four nominations, for their work on the HBO docu-series Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, produced by sister company, Therapy Content.