Jeopardy Season 36


Jeopardy! Season 36

Jeopardy! returned for Season 36 with a trio of new opens that continued its creative evolution, but remained centered on the framework of each show - the categories. 

Our team wanted to remain true to Jeopardy’s loyal fans and capture the show with a positive and uplifting vibe. Our goal, as is each year, was to make each open engaging, adding richness and depth so that if one watches the opens ten times they still find something new every time they tune in. 

Having three opens - despite there being five shows a week - helps keep the look fresh since, for example, not every Monday will have the same open all the time. To composite final scenes, we used Adobe Photoshop and After Effects, plus Cinema 4D and Redshift.

Jeopardy! Staff:
Harry Friedman - Executive Producer, Jeopardy!
Lisa Broffman - Supervising Producer, Jeopardy!
Clay Jacobson - Director, Jeopardy!
Rocky Schmidt - Supervising Producer, Jeopardy!
Deb Dittman - Senior Producer, Jeopardy!
Shelley Ballance Ellis - Licensing & Clearances
Monique Diaz - Licensing & Clearances
Chloe Corwin - Associate Director, Jeopardy!
Michelle Lee Hampton - Game Board Operator, Jeopardy!

Gameday Creative Staff:
Eric Say - Creative Director, Gameday Creative
Scott Flato - Executive Producer, Gameday Creative
Nathan Raabe - Lead Designer, Gameday Creative
Cristina Barna - Senior Designer, Gameday Creative
Chris Guiton - Designer, Gameday Creative

Open 2

Open 2 focused on Innovation, History, and Literature. Some hidden Easter Eggs include Edgar Allen Poe’s “To Zante” as well as Alex Trebek’s signature on a poem we created.


Open 3

Open 3 rounded out the opens with Science, Entertainment, and Art. We took a thematic approach to reveal certain main categories for some scenes. For example, “Entertainment” is revealed thanks to the beam of a film projector, which happens to be one of our favorite reveals of the three opens.



Our team started brainstorming for Season 36 in the early spring - before Season 35 even finished airing. We developed a wide variety of base concepts, refined them down to two or three we really liked, then worked with the “Jeopardy!” team to further develop concepts. One concept we explored was a visual way to express the proverbial “train of thought”. What happens in a contestant’s brain from the time when Alex Trebek asks a question to him or her buzzing in? These opens are a byproduct of that initial idea, but it looked much different on paper.