Syndie ‘Live’ Gets New Look, Sound for New Year

Dec 28, 2008  •  Post A Comment

“Live With Regis and Kelly” is starting the New Year with a new theme song and a high-definition look that the Disney-ABC Domestic Television syndicated daytime hit has been working toward since its last major studio makeover.
Live With Regis and Kelly
“I always say ‘evolution,’ not ‘revolution,’” “Live” executive producer Michael Gelman said. Still, “I’m excited that we are finally making it into this century.”
The new look will include crisper graphics and an opening that puts co-hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa in the context of New York City. It debuts along with the new theme Jan. 5, when the show returns from the holiday hiatus.
Also planned is “Drive Into HD,” one of “Live’s” trademark watch-and-win contests, in which a 2009 Subaru Forester tricked out to an estimated value of $31,000 will be given away during the week of Jan. 19.
It’s an exercise in audience participation that “Live” and executive producer Mr. Gelman have refined over the show’s 20 years in national syndication. This time, the daily clues are going to be doled out on-air within the encore broadcasts and online through Jan. 2, after which viewers can enter by Web or the old-fashioned way as many times as they want for a shot at winning the car.
When “Live” decided a new theme song was in order, it created a contest that was open to amateurs and pros.

Gabriel Saientz

MUSIC MAN Regis and Kelly welcome Gabriel Saientz, who penned the winning new theme song for the syndicated show.

The winner was pianist Gabriel Saientz, a 35-year-old professional musician from Argentina by way of Miami. He spent a mid-December week in New York, where he picked up an oversized check for $100,000 on the show and spent time in the studio prepping his theme for its debut, in addition to meeting with Def Jam Music Group Chairman L.A. Reid and Willam Morris agents.
Mr. Gelman, who loves nothing more than to tease, has not played even a snippet of the new theme for outsiders. But Mr. Saientz describes it as “a lively, happy theme song that goes with their personalities, and with the audience.”
Familiar elements of the set are being spruced up—tables worn from use are being resurfaced, for example. However, the backdrop that brings a Central Park view into the windowless studio, which initially was scheduled to replaced by a hi-def version, will live on in the low-def mesh version that proved to add a nice touch of softness, Mr. Gelman said.
One thing that won’t need changing when Mr. Philbin and Ms. Ripa take their places before the new cameras (Ikegami HDK-727 in the studio and HDK-727P portables): the makeup. Mr. Philbin is notorious for crossing the street from his apartment to the studio with just 10-minutes to spare before the live show starts and Ms. Ripa has always gone for a light look.
(Updated seventh paragraph to clarify Mr. Reid’s role)


  1. About freakin’ time they changed the logo! They had the old one since Kathie Lee left!!!

  2. Finally, Kelly in HD. Mmmmm.

  3. Anybody want to give up any clues?


  5. I only have 5 clues and need 2 more. If you could give me 2 more so I can enter the contest, I would be very thankful. My clues are from Dec. 29 thru Jan 2.

  6. Informative piece! Any predictions that you might be willing to share in order to explain the second section a small amount more? thanks

  7. Really excellent entry to read on.. I am truly intrigued with this article. Looking forward for more info.

  8. Love the blog here. Nice colors. I am definitely staying tuned to this one. Hope to see more.

  9. I really like the colors here on your blog. did you design this yourself or did you outsource it to a professional?

  10. Way to focus and straight to your point, i love it. Keep up the work people. Dont let anyone stop us bloggers.

  11. Dreamin. I love blogging. You all express your feelings the right way, because they are your feeling, focus on your blog it is great.

  12. Interesting layout on your blog. I really enjoyed reading it and also I will be back to read more in the future.

  13. I love the way you write and also the theme on your blog. Did you code this yourself or was it done by a professional? I’m very very impressed.

  14. Appreciation for the great blog post. I am glad I have taken the time to learn this.

  15. What plugs are you using to avoid spam?I’ve got Plenty of spam in the comments on my blog. Cant reduce it :/. Akismet fails typically.

  16. Way to focus and straight to your point, i love it. Keep up the work people. Dont let anyone stop us bloggers.

Your Comment

Email (will not be published)