For the 4th consecutive year, we were invited to partner with Table Tennis England to provide coverage as host broadcaster for the National Championships – and what an event, yet again…
With BBC Sport’s website again hosting the live coverage, together with YouTube the first couple of days, it was fascinating to see our top stars battle their way through to the finals once again, though there were some massively encouraging performances from young and rising stars too.
Using our own custom built fly-away system, we live streamed for almost 13 hours on the first day in Nottingham, 10 hours on day 2, and on the finals day, we covered 10 matches including the Para finals. This was non-stop action from 9.30 in the morning to the finish and final awards and interviews after 6pm – quite a marathon for our team.
The live signal was delivered to BBC Sport’s MCR via our 4G WMT transmitter, as our unit is registered with the BBC’s incoming pool of transmitters, so it was as simple as dragging a box online via the LinkMatrix system to connect. We used a combination of provided ethernet connection at the venue and 4G sims, transmitting at 13- 15Mb all day without a hitch.
With 9 camera coverage directed by Ben Blake, including wireless cameras, replays, graphics, reliable and talented commentators Don and Colin up in their box, and presenters working with Table Tennis England’s team, it was again considered a ‘top class’ production by BBC Sport – always nice to know…
Well done all, great fun yet again and thanks to everyone at Table Tennis England for all the support and coordination involved especially of course, Paul and Becci in comms, Neil, Chris, Carol and everyone else from events and competitions.
A full on day producing the live streaming coverage for Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club for DSM/Icon Events – awesome event!
All done in one day – in and out, live for 6 hours coverage as their club qualifiers ran through the elimination stages playing FIFA20 to reach a winner who will represent the club in the ePL finals.
Hosted by star casters Richard and Brandon, and streaming to YouTube and the Club’s own website simultaneously, it was a fabulous event to be involved with, and with some pretty awesome talent emerging !
1080 Media TV series Shortlisted for 2020 TravMedia Awards, Broadcast Programme of The Year!
We are delighted to announce that our Earth Cycle: Northern Europe series has been shortlisted in these new awards, but the competition is top class…we are up against:
Great British Railways Journeys – Fremantle/BBC
Insight Guides – The Travel Podcast
Japan Welcomes the World – Greg Dickinson/The Telegraph
Ultimate Japan – Tern TV for BBC World News Channel
Our series was self funded as a co-production between presenter & BBC journalist Simon Parker, and has been widely broadcast internationally. In the UK it has aired on TogetherTV for My5, Frontrunner TV, and Planet Knowledge, and is due to air on London Live shortly.
It’s been a storming 2019 for us so far – new events, new experiences, travels and clients that have certainly been keeping us busy…
Notable highlights: Our first venture into E-Sports took off in London with live streaming of the LDN UTD team trials, playing FIFA19. Great fun, and fabulous players – 3 hours live across multiple platforms and with feeds from multiple screens. Followed by an ePremier League event from Southampton FC with DSM and Icon Events. Highlights of the live stream here: https://youtu.be/msF7MSbxIxM
Then it was London Fashion Week – working with HITen media on the coverage for top designer Paria Farzaneh, with a cat walk live stream. https://youtu.be/SREuslINNXk
For the first few months of the year we had the pleasure of interviewing a range of top people for a 52-minute documentary show we are making about Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the founder of the Clipper Race, and the first man to sail non-stop solo, around the world back in 1969. Coming soon – interviews included Sir Ben Ainslie, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the BBC’s John Simpson, sailors Dee Caffari and Alex Thomson and more. Link to trailer here: https://youtu.be/1nXTjkZBRLs
And we produced a one hour show for BBC Radio 4 on Sir Robin’s achievement, for their ‘Archive Hour’ which was extremely well received. You need to go to the BBC iPlayer to hear it though – sorry!
In amongst this – one again we were back in Nottingham for the Table Tennis England, PG National Championships; 3 days of live coverage – sending the signal back to BBC Sport’s MCR with our 4G transmission system. 9 camera coverage around the centre court, live interviews, live scoring graphics – full on coverage where our expertise came to the fore once again. Great team – well done everyone. Here’s the men’s finals, clipped out from the live coverage: https://youtu.be/OkeX6rwxtuI
Another event at the fabulous Boisdale restaurant in canary Wharf, covering the Lawrence Dallaglio Foundation annual lunch, with a stellar line up of speakers from the rugby world.
We’ve also been shooting many events for the Clipper Race as this continues to ramp up towards the live start on September 1st this year.
We covered corporate partner events, the new skipper announcements, boat reveals, and had the pleasure of covering Sir Robin on his famous Suhaili yacht out on the Solent – fabulous! Skipper reveal here: https://youtu.be/8KH2YfrDKFI
And most recently, it was a major event in Australia as host broadcaster for the International Rafting Federation’s 2019 World Rafting Championships. Up in Queensland’s north east territory, the remote Tully River was the venue with over 50 teams arriving from around the world to take part. We’re producing a one hour TV show on this, soon to be released. What an event, awesome location, amazing rapids and a great contest.
A fun video for the last night party edited by Sean from IRF!
#RaftersAreAwesomeWe hope you’ve enjoyed IRF World Rafting Championship 2019 as much as we have. Thank you to all athletes, supporters, sponsors and volunteers. Without you all we couldn’t make this happen!#AreYouReady #TreasureTheTully #TameTheTully #irfwrc #Tully #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #exploreTNQ #ttnq #tropicalcoastqueensland #cassowarycoast #wrctully2019 #experienceco #StrongerTogether #RiverFamily #WeAreIRF WRC 2019 Tully Australia Experience Co
As we head into our 11th year, time to reflect back on a hugely successful & entertaining 2018.
We’d particularly like to thank all of the people we had the pleasure of working with in helping them with their creative ideas and concepts – we are fortunate to have some truly wonderful clients around the world!
We have a fabulously talented and creative team too, together with our freelancers and suppliers – brilliant, well done everyone.
Through 2018 – our team covered more live events than any other year before;
• we covered more sports, travelled more miles, and visited more countries than ever before too;
• as Host Broadcaster for the amazing ITTF Team World Cup in London, over 100 people worked with us, our largest crew yet! • our mix of productions were seen in more countries than ever before;
• and we launched our first self-funded TV series called ‘Earth Cycle’ with journalist Simon Parker – official release info in January 2019.
Here’s to an exciting 2019…
Wishing everyone an enjoyable and prosperous New Year!
“FROM BASEMENT TO PODIUM”
LDN UTD, Press Release, London, 21st December 2018
● LDN’s newest, fan driven, esports team.
● Giving gamers a path to pro and a home in central LDN.
● LDN’s gamers to be united at community events where they try-out to compete as professionals.
● Fans of LDN UTD can invest in the team via crowdfunding platform, Seedrs.
● First F o r t nit e event to be held at Loading Bar: Server on 4th January 2019 from 6pm to 9pm.
● Winners to compete at EStars presents Fortnite event at the Emirates stadium on 11th and 12th January 2019.
● LDN UTD to launch with innovative motion graphic agency, Observatory, as their creative content partners.
● 1080 Media to provide filming assistance and content production at 4th January 2019 tryouts.
LDN UTD is LDN’s newest, fan driven, esports organisation, providing young gamers with a path to pro with our platform and community events. Today we announce our launch. We want to discover the most talented gamers in LDN and enable them to compete in professional esports tournaments representing LDN UTD. Gamers visit www.ldnutd.gg to upload their best gaming content. Each month, fans of LDN UTD will vote for their favourite plays and who they want to represent them in esports tournaments. Fans will also choose which titles they wish to compete in, starting with Fortnite. Gamers can also compete in a live environment. LDN UTD’s inaugural “community event” will be held at Loading Bar: Server, January 4th 2019.
Gamers will compete for four spaces at the EStars presents Fortnite tournament held at Emirates Stadium on 11th & 12th January 2019. Finally, LDN UTD is giving its fans an opportunity to invest in the team via the Seedrs crowdfunding platform from mid-January 2019.
LDN UTD have also brokered a strategic creative partnership with innovative 3D motion graphic design agency Observatory, the partnership will offer impactful visual contents at both a branding and live event level for LDN UTD to immerse esports fans even further visually with the impactful original content Observatory create. As part of this partnership Observatory are shooting and producing LDNUTD’s launch promo.
In tandem, London based 1080 Media TV are also supporting the event, providing the filming and live streaming of the try-outs on 4th January 2019, bringing their vast experience of sports broadcasting and live event coverage to the esports arena as part of this exciting concept. CEO Cliff Webb said, ”esports is a booming area and it’s exciting to engage in this new concept to explore how this will see and be in on the ‘ground floor’ and supporting he new team”.
Oliver Weingarten, CEO “We are delighted to launch LDN UTD and give gamers the chance to go from their basement to the podium. There are more than 2m gamers in London. We believe there is plenty of undiscovered talent. We want to give them an opportunity to realize their dream as professional gamers. Moreover LDN UTD is for the fans, and we want them to influence the team, the brand and the games we compete in. It is fantastic to hold our first “community event”at Loading Bar: Server and we look forward to live streaming so that those unable to attend, can get a feel for LDN UTD, and get involved in future. In the mean time we encourage the gaming community to start uploading their Fortnite content to LDN UTD’S website, and we look forward to seeing them on the 4th. I would like to also thank the Observatory and 1080 Media for partnering with us. Content production is a key tenet of LDN UTD and we look forward to working with both these companies.”
Adam Whyte, CGO, “I’ve been a gamer since the original FPS… Duck Hunt. Due to my age (and most likely lack of skill), I never had the chance to play professionally. It’s our dream to enable LDN’s young gamers and provide them with the tools to realise their ambitions to become professional gamers and represent their city on a world stage.” More information can be found at www.ldnutd.gg where fans can also register to attend to view the try-outs.
Enquiries can be directed to: Oliver Weingarten, Oliver@ldnutd.gg, or +447970944001.
About Observatory Creative LTD – Observatory are a creative visual production company that executes distinctive 3D motion graphic content for live event, broadcast, sport and brand experiences. www.observatory.london
About 1080 Media – 1080 Media are an award winning production company working across online and traditional broadcast television, producing programmes, live event coverage and video and social media content for some of the biggest sports and news organisations in the world.
1080 Media TV has won another award, this time at the Waterproof Film Festival in Geneva for a specially produced film in French, that is the story of one of our on board reporters on the Clipper Race.
A new short film called La Course de Leur Vie has been created to tell the story of Maéva Bardy, one of our on board video-journalists on the 2017-18 edition of the epic global challenge. Premiering last week at the Waterproof Festival in Geneva, Switzerland, the film, the title of which translates to Race of Your Life, has just been awarded the Prix du Public, awarded by the public vote.
Maéva, who is from the city of Lyon, France, was part of the team from 1080 Media TV producing the documentary series which follows the Clipper Race during its 40,000 nautical mile adventure. In the film she shares her insight and behind the scenes footage of her experiences during the three legs which took her to Australia (Fremantle), China (Sanya and Qingdao), the United States (Seattle and New York), Northern Ireland (Derry Londonderry) and Race Finish in Liverpool, UK.
One of the breathtaking stories within La Course de Leur Vie takes place during the mighty North Pacific Ocean race. The crew faced hurricane force winds, waves up to 14 metres high (the equivalent of a four storey building) and freezing cold conditions. With one hand for the boat and one for her camera, Maeve captured the sheer magnitude of this immense ocean crossing, the extremity of the weather and also the exhilaration and exhaustion of the crew as they battled with Mother Nature.
1080 Media TV CEO Cliff Webb said, ”we’re delighted to accept another award like this as it’s voted for by the viewers and about one of our team, showing the kind of conditions they have to endure in order to get these up close and personal stories around the race. Along with Daniella Devine who sailed the entire race from start to finish, we had 2 fabulous women as our prime reporters for the first time in producing Series 3 of ‘The Race of Their Lives’, a human adventure series about the people taking part in the Clipper Race and all they experience along the way. It’s a hell of an achievement for the whole team involved in this 18-month long production’.
Of making a Clipper Race yacht her office, Maeve says: “it was a big challenge that I rose to because it was the hardest working conditions I had ever had. There are things I miss. The adrenaline of the starts and the elation of the finishes. My desk: the ocean.
The Clipper Race is now gearing up for its twelfth edition which is due to start in summer 2019. Want to learn more about our crew from the 2019-20 edition? Check out our news page to find out their #ReasonToRace.
It was a very busy summer for all the Clipper Race Crews as they sailed their way through the final few months of the circumnavigation.
After leaving Qingdao in China, they took on the North Pacific and what a race this was, with light wind to begin with but then Hurricane force 100 mph storms, and monstrous swells, with the wave conditions officially described as ‘phenomenal’. Her’s our wrap video of the race:
Then from Seattle it was a fabulous race down to a finish off of Costa Rica, and then through the Panama Canal. Our team flew to Panama City to cover the transit and had a fascinating visit to the city to see the yachts depart, and head for the next race to New York.
On the way, the teams had the most incredible experience with wildlife through thee two races – with Dani Devine and Maeva Bardy filming on board together with the crew members. Video here:
The award-winning Race of Their Lives – the documentary showcasing the incredible achievements of the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race crew – is set to return for the Asia-Pacific Leg 5.
For the first time in the two-decade history of the Clipper Race, the fleet raced to two Chinese Host Ports, Sanya and Qingdao, and all the action and adventure of these two very different races will once again be broadcast across the United Kingdom on Sky Sports and on FOX in Australia.
Beginning in the wondrous Whitsundays in Australia, Episode 4 will showcase the warm hospitality of Far North Queensland and the amazing events of the inaugural Clipper Race Carnival that the crew were lucky enough to experience before setting off on the first stage of Leg 5 – the Forever Tropical Paradise Race 7 to Sanya, China.
The second crossing of the equator tested all eleven teams, with the heat making life uncomfortable on board. But despite the hardships, the racing was once again thrilling, with the placings only decided in the last few hours of the 4,300nm race. PSP Logistics clinched its first win and was followed across the finish line by Dare To Lead and Qingdao, whilst the fourth placed Sanya Serenity Coast received a hero’s welcome to it’s home port.
This was the first time the Clipper Race fleet had visited Sanya and the city, known as the Oriental Hawaii, put on a show. From the Welcome Ceremony, which included dragon dancers and fireworks to the incredible Prize Giving, the Stopover will be a highlight of the circumnavigation for the majority of crew.
Sanya was also the scene of the first ever in-port race, with all eleven Skippers hugely impressed by the incredible sailing conditions in the waters off Hainan Island.
Race 8, the Sailing City Qingdao Cup, from Sanya to Qingdao was a direct contrast. The tropical heat soon gave way to icy conditions and all the teams were kept on their toes racing through the world’s biggest fishing fleet in the Yellow Sea.
The legendary Qingdao welcome was on show for the boat arrivals at the newly constructed Wanda Yacht Club in the West Coast New Area, particularly for Visit Seattle, which clinched its second win in Race 8.
Sky Sports in the United Kingdom will air Episode 4 from Friday 18 May, with the full list of timings (BST / UTC+1) as follows:
18/05/2018 18:00 Sky Sports Action SD and HD
18/05/2018 23:30 Sky Sports Arena SD and HD
19/05/2018 01:00 Sky Sports Arena SD and HD
19/05/2018 20:30 Sky Sports Action SD and HD
The episode will also be On Demand for a week after the premiere, and the full Race of Their Lives 3 documentary will also be available to purchase after the Clipper 2017-18 Race concludes in Liverpool on July 28 2018.
FOX in Australia will be airing Episode 4 at the following times (local):
Ten Years Old! – It’s ten years ago, on April 15 2008 that the company was established, and still going strong!
A tremendous amount has happened in those years, some fabulous memories and some tough times and long hours too, but we’ve been fortunate to have worked with some amazingly talented people, travelled extensively to some wonderful places, and had more than our fair share of fun mixed in too.
Thanks to all of the clients who have entrusted us with their projects and productions, both past and present; to the multitude of freelancers and staff who have worked with us on the travels around the planet; and to everyone who joined us in helping to reach this milestone in some way, too many to mention.
We’ve been very fortunate indeed, as it’s been a fascinating journey so far, with lots more yet to come.
ITTF – 2018 Team World Cup, London, Host TV Broadcast report
London based 1080 Media TV were chosen as the Host Broadcaster for the prestigious 2018 International Table Tennis Federation Team World Cup event, following the success of their coverage of Table Tennis England’s international matches and national championships through 2017.
The event at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, from February 22-25, saw the top nations competing for the title and 270,000 USD prize money, with the very best men’s and women’s international players in the world competing for their country. The event was last staged in 2015 in Dubai, and it is the first time that England has won the right to host this level of competition (outside of the 2012 Olympic Games) for over 20 years.
The team at 1080 Media TV set out to provide world class coverage to match the standard of competition, with over 100 countries, including CCTV in China, expected to air the live coverage for up to 10 hours a day over four days. Additionally, TV Tokyo from Japan wanted to pro duce their own personalised coverage of the event each day, given the popularity of the sport in Japan. As Host Broadcaster, 1080 Media TV managed their complex requirements also, coordinating all of their facilities in London and providing additional crew to supplement the 37 attending from Japan.
Four courts were built for the opening two days of the event’s group stages, with the main show court being covered exclusively by 1080 Media TV as host, and Table 2 covered by TV Tokyo with a further 10 cameras, and where the Japanese matches were played in the first two days. The ITTF also streamed tables 3 and 4 to their itTV.com platform with a single camera, in addition to the multi-camera coverage from Tables 1 and 2.
In the UK, the BBC Sport website and Connected TV showed the England group matches played on the center court, and there was success for England’s men as they advanced to the quarter final knockout stage, while England’s women were eliminated in their group. All matches now focused on the center court for the final weekend, with TV Tokyo supplementing the 11 cameras on the sole remaining court with a further 4, enabling the Japanese director to alternate from the world feed with customized coverage for the audience watching live in Japan.
Facilities for the event which required 4 super-slow mo cameras with 80x lenses on each court, were supplied by Timeline TV. Their impressive UHD 2 outside broadcast unit was used for the host broadcast team, and their OB16 unit for TV Tokyo. 1080 Media TV CEO Cliff Webb said, ‘‘The Timeline TV facilities were first class, and the guarantee crew and team they supplied were excellent. As Executive Producer, it meant I could focus on the quality of the production rather than the technical aspects, and manage the coordination with the different levels of management and stake holders involved in an event of this scale’’.
Esports company ESL were contracted to manage the complex broadcast graphics required for both broadcast teams. Sam Deans, ESL Executive Producer said, ‘’we were thrilled to be able to offer our services. Being native to the esports and gaming industry, it was a clear measure of how far esports broadcast production has evolved, as we were able to execute this to the high quality demanded. We were very impressed by 1080 Media TV’s level of production, and can’t wait until the next time our services can be utilised’’.
Host nation England succeeded in advancing to the semi-final stage in the men’s competition ensuring them of a precious Bronze medal, but their progress was halted by the number one ranked nation, China, who faced off against Japan in a tense final. With a full house at the Copper Box arena, China’s women defeated Japan in their final, and their men’s team repeated the achievement in a thrilling contest. With translated on court interviews after each match, and 15 cameras around the court including 2 miniature cameras mounted on the table for a unique view of the action, together with a 6m jib roaming above, the coverage of this top class action was comprehensive for broadcasters around the world.
ITTF Head of Media Matt Pound commented “We were very impressed with the professionalism and flexibility shown by 1080 Media TV. The Team World Cup was a complex broadcasting situation, and 1080 Media was able to manage the entire process seamlessly. The world feed production they produced was brilliant, and all of ITTF’s rights holders were very pleased with the pictures received from London.”
Table Tennis England Chief Executive Sara Sutcliffe said, “When we first worked with 1080 Media TV, we were impressed how quickly they got to know our sport and how this translated into high-quality coverage. Their expertise and willingness to ‘go the extra mile’ has been invaluable in assisting our mission to raise the profile of table tennis in this country.”
Cliff Webb of 1080 Media TV said, ‘‘Together with the Japanese, our crew totaled 98 people working long days on this event, which demanded substantial coordination and planning to deliver what proved to be a multifaceted production. We enjoyed fabulous cooperation with the ITTF and Table Tennis England staff, with Lagadere’s satellite coordination, the army of volunteers, and the team at the Copper Box Arena. Our thanks to everyone for their support and dedication in helping us produce another world class TV production’’.
We are pleased to support the Yachting Journalists’ Association, Young Blogger of the Year Awards – 2017 winners announced
Dateline March 5, 2018: Monique (15) & her brother Ollie Vennis-Ozanne (13) from Fareham, Hampshire, are worthy winners of the first YJA Young Blogger of the Year Competition. Their video on last year’s Ovington Junior Inland Sailing Championship at Rutland Water was headlined at the Prizegiving held at the RYA Dinghy Show, Alexandra Palace, London on Saturday 3rd March. The judges determined that this young brother and sister team, who are looking to make a first break into sailing journalism. showed remarkable professionalism, mixing drone footage with crew interviews and running commentary
Monique and Ollie Vennis-Ozanne won the latest GoPro video camera presented by 1080 Media TV, whose Managing Director Cliff Webb said: “The standard of entries for this first YJA Young Blogger Competition was encouragingly high and we as a company would be very happy to give these two an opportunity to gain work experience within the industry.”
A quartet of talented youngsters were shortlisted from a wide entry encompassing all media skills from video, photography, standard blogs to an e.book and paintings.
Ollie Perkins (16) from Guildford, Surrey, for his widely praised book on weather forcasting titled The Message of the Clouds
Here’s a fun video which aired on FaceBook first, a compilation of footage from the media crew volunteers on each of the yachts, (who we have been helping train for the past few months!), together with Dani, our round the world sailor/professional shooter, and out stopover crew.
WORLD’S GREATEST OCEAN ADVENTURE RETAINS HOST BROADCASTER FOR FOURTH SEASON OF AWARD-WINNING GLOBAL TV SERIES
UK based 1080 Media TV production and distribution deal with Clipper Round the World Yacht Race extended to 2020
SPORTEL, MONACO, MONDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2017: Billed as the greatest ocean adventure around the planet, the biennial Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has extended its commitment to a fourth season of the award-winning ‘Race of Their Lives’ human adventure unscripted TV series, produced by UK based 1080 Media TV, to complete distribution deals through to 2020.
The unique event trains every-day people from all walks of life, many of them sailing novices, to take on the world’s toughest oceans in the biggest round-the-world race featuring hundreds of crew from over 40 nations, battling it out on twelve identical modern yachts, in a year-long 40,000 nautical mile series of races between six continents to circumnavigate the globe.
”We continue to have excellent feedback from broadcasters to the 7-part series we produce for the Clipper Race, which follows this unique challenge through the experiences of the Corinthian competitors of all ages and backgrounds, as they take on this extraordinary endurance challenge” said Cliff Webb, CEO of the 1080 Media TV.
”We are currently in production with the third season of ‘The Race of Their Lives’ which is following the 2017-18 edition of the Clipper Race, which has just reached Cape Town. The extension of our role as Host Broadcaster for the Clipper Race to 2020 enables us to respond to the growing demand to include the 2019-20 edition in our distribution deals”.
The previous series of the Clipper 2015-16 Race, reached over 900 million households in 171 territories. The current series is adding even more broadcasters, digital and OTT platforms. In addition to The Race of Their Lives series, released as the event unfolds, 1080 Media TV produces and distributes two live shows which capture the emotionally charged opening and closing stages and ceremonies of this ocean marathon; plus news feeds, B-rolls and edited packages, together with a diverse range of social media content.
The current edition of the Clipper Race started from Liverpool, UK on 20 August 2017 and will return there on 28 July 2018. The next edition of the Clipper Race will run from August 2019 to July 2020.
”We have been very pleased with the quality and style of programming and extensive distribution achieved by 1080 Media TV”, comments Jonathan Levy, executive producer on behalf of race organisers Clipper Ventures. ”We feel it is important to be able to maximise the development of the widest possible range of content which engages with audiences everywhere, who are captivated by people like them, and who take on this incredibly challenging human adventure.
”Extending our production partnership to 2020 enables us both to take advantage of new channels and technologies. Despite more than 20 years of running the Clipper Race, we are constantly evolving and continue to grow from strength-to-strength with a very robust and successful business model. We are already signing up crew and sponsors for 2019-20 and even 2021-22”.
The Race of Their Lives 2 was voted Best Sports Documentary Series (UK) in the TMT Media Awards
The 2017-18 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race began in Liverpool on August 20th from Liverpool, England.
Our team were there to produce a live 5 hour stream of the event to FaceBook and YouTube and a special player in China, and also a Live one hour TV show that was broadcast throughout the world via TV stations including FOX Sports, OSN, Nautical Channel and others.
The Coverage is here and the feedback from the client and viewers was amazing!
Great event and congratulations to the entire Clipper Race crew for a smooth start to this 40,000 mile, 11 month adventure.
We are producing a 7 x 1 hour TV adventure documentary series focusing on the stories of the people taking part, in Series 3 of The Race of Their Lives.
Table Tennis England has agreed broadcast rights deals with two of the UK’s biggest broadcasters this week in a new sign of the sport’s resurgence.
1080 Media TV to produce another live stream and Sky Sports Mix TV show of one hour.
The 2017 PG Mutual National Championships will broadcast live on TheSPORTbible after Table Tennis England signed a deal with Europe’s largest and most successful social video publisher, TheLADbible Group.
Highlights of the tournament will also be shown on Sky Sports, home to some of Britain’s best sporting content.
The men’s doubles, women’s singles and men’s singles finals will be shown live on TheSPORTbible Facebook page on Sunday March 5th, from 2.15pm.
The deal builds on the success of England Leopard’s European Qualifying match against Greece in November, which attracted a record 2.2million unique viewers on TheSPORTbible Facebook page.
TheSPORTbible is one of the UK’s most visited sports media websites. It has more than nine-and-a-half million fans on Facebook.
The production will be provided by 1080 Media via six cameras around centre court, with full commentary and player interviews.
In addition, highlights of the PG Mutual National Championships will be shown on Sky Sports Mix at a later date.
Sky Sports Mix is a new sports channel on Sky TV which is free to air for many viewers and shows a diverse range of sports.
Mark Taffler, Head of Commercial at Table Tennis England, said:
“I am very pleased to be working with TheSPORTbible again.
The fact the leading sports website in the country wanted to take another of our live broadcasts is a real indicator as to the health of our sport in England.
Recent figures published by the government show that 450k people play table tennis a month. We are in the top 20 of participation sports in the country. By having a true partnership – which is what we have with TheSPORTbible – we continue to disrupt broadcast market, take our sport to new audiences and offer real value to our commercial partners.
2.2m people watched our England Leopards play Greece. We are very excited to see how many people will tune in to see the best talent in England battle it out!”
Paul Rayner, Publisher, TheSPORTbible, added:
“As our previous partnership with Table Tennis England demonstrated, there’s a massive global appetite for many of the mass participation sports that traditional sporting TV networks have chosen not to cover.
Many established players suddenly woke up when they realised over two million people watched our last tie-up, with many staying online for longer than average. We even heard from our viewers who decided to give table tennis a go at their local club.
We have exciting plans for 2017 and will be working with a number of sports bodies and rights owners to stream their content, but we look forward to continued co-operation with Table Tennis England, a pioneering partner.”
The PG Mutual National Championships is the most prestigious event in the English domestic calendar and is being staged in Nottingham from March 3-5.
The best 32 male and 32 female table tennis players in the country, including up to six Team GB members from London and Rio, will battle it out in singles and doubles competitions. There are also a number of para competitions on the Saturday, featuring up to eight members of the Paralympics GB squad from Rio.
Our team was appointed to cover the Babolat Masters Cup, end of season finale to the touchtennis tour. Promoted and backed by the Lawn Tennis Association, the sport founded by Rashid Ahmad is growing quickly.
We provided 4 hours of live online coverage to the sports own FaceBook page, then switched to the SportBible FaceBook page for the final hour to feature an exhibition match between Britain’s ATP player Marcus Willis and top selling rapper Sean Paul.
1080 Media TV were appointed to provide multi-camera coverage and live stream England’s European Qualifying table tennis match against Greece on 1st November 2016. This attracted a record 2.2 million unique viewers to the live broadcast on TheSPORTbible Facebook page.
Breaking new ground for both rightsholder and broadcaster, the full fixture was broadcast exclusively digitally, achieving viewing figures which surpass many major televised football fixtures.
The audience figures establish clearly for the first time the market for stream-only sports events, reaching an audience demographic of millennials which mainstream broadcasters have found increasingly difficult to engage with.
The stream-only broadcast marks a first both for sports governing bodies in England and digital publisher TheSPORTbible (whose reach of 100m a week makes it more popular than both the Daily Mail and the Guardian websites).
Mark Taffler, Head of Commercial at Table Tennis England, believes that the broadcast could pave the way to a whole new market for sports rights. He said: “We’ve proved that there is a market for this kind of broadcast – and that it’s a big market. By broadcasting through TheSPORTbible we’ve bypassed the traditional sports rights market and gone to where the audience is. As a strategy, it’s proved incredibly effective. The same night as Man City were playing Barcelona in the Champions League, there were 2.2m people watching table tennis. There is an appetite from people to watch our sport and, through a platform like The SPORTbible, we are finding them.”
After this – we 1080 Media TV were then commissioned for a Women’s International in Gillingham on November 22nd and this was another huge success with England also winning this match 3-2, and with another sizeable audience watching our live stream on Team GB’s FaceBook page.
Exciting times and hugely enjoyable to be involved.
UK based rights holder Clipper Ventures Plc has announced it will retain the 1080 Media Organisation as Official Host Broadcaster for the eleventh edition of the unique biennial ocean endurance challenge for every-day people that is the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
“1080 Media TV did an outstanding job producing and distributing our TV news, social media, long-form and live content for our 2015-16 edition, reaching over 150 territories around the world,” said Clipper Ventures Global Business and Communications Director Jonathan Levy on signing the deal at the sports TV market Sportel in Monaco today.
“We developed the new human adventure format for our global TV series with 1080; The Race of Their Lives comprises 7 x 1 hour (52-minute) shows which have been taken by broadcasters as each episode is delivered during the Clipper Race and again post event as a full series. The second season is already picking up awards for its gritty portrayal of real people facing harsh reality, triumph and tragedy. We decided to maintain the momentum and interest by committing to a third season now. I feel it is the most compelling human adventure sports show of its type,” added Levy, who is also Executive Producer.
1080 Media TV said it was delighted to retain the rights for a third season to produce and distribute the global long-form official TV series, live feeds, news and social media packages. “We will continue to develop a strong multiplatform approach which maximises traditional broadcast and new digital media opportunities for a strong global brand like the Clipper Race,” said Founder and CEO of the 1080 Media Organisation, Cliff Webb.
“We aim to build the international distribution even further for the 2017-18 Clipper Race series and we are still receiving strong interest in the second award-winning season of The Race of Their Lives which is now available as a full series following the completion of the last edition this summer. Broadcasters are also keen to extend rights for a third season.”
UNIQUE GLOBAL EVENT
Not for the elite, this is for every-day people, from all walks of life, who take on the world’s toughest endurance challenge: The Clipper Race is undoubtedly the greatest ocean adventure on the planet with 700 people, spanning three generations and 42 nationalities board the one-design fleet of twelve identical 70-foot racing yachts competing in a series of 14 races between six continents, notching up almost 50,000 miles over 11 months. Many are novices and have never sailed before their extensive training. It’s a challenge that tests the physical and mental boundaries of everyone involved as they take on ‘Mother Nature’ in the raw from hurricane force winds to frustrating doldrums, freezing temperatures and blistering heat.
*The Race of Their Lives 2 was voted Best Sports Documentary Series (UK) in the TMT Media Awards
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Without doubt, one of the best evenings of the year – lots of hard work from our team, but a glittering night!
Staged in the fabulous Great Room at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park lane in London, our team was responsible for all the sound, the screens, the lighting and the camera coverage as 600 guests celebrated this amazing milestone in Clipper Ventures history.
We had a table of guests there too and were honoured to be a partner to the Clipper Race and mentioned on their wall of fame.
Circumnavigator Richard Edwards also produced this excellent video for us which opened the evening:
The familiar Clipper Race sailing attire was swapped for dinner jackets, bow ties and glamourous dresses this weekend in the sublime setting of the Great Room in the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.
More than 600 crew and skippers, plus supporters, staff and partners from the years celebrated twenty years of the greatest ocean adventure on the planet, and helped raise our Unicef fundraising total to a staggering £330,000, with many proceeds still to be added.
On the landmark celebrations, Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said: “Myself and William are incredibly proud to be here with you all, celebrating the Clipper Race’s twentieth anniversary.
“I created the race as I wanted everyone to have the opportunity to experience what I, and very few others had been fortunate to experience. A circumnavigation is one of the toughest, but most powerful experiences you can have in life.
“The challenges of crossing an ocean, digging deep with your crew mates to reach a finish line in a race which often seems never-ending, and overcoming the fatigue of facing Mother Nature’s fiercest faces, provides you with an incredible opportunity to exceed ordinary human limits.
“Couple this with the incredible highs and jubilant celebrations that come with completing something that few people on this planet dare to experience and you know why the Clipper Race is so special. It is an achievement which lasts a lifetime. It can never be taken away from you, no matter how many years pass or how life continues,” Sir Robin added.
Guests enjoyed a sumptuous three course dinner ahead of an engaging charity auction which raised in excess of £80,000 for Unicef. The top lot of the evening, a sail for four people on board Suhaili with Sir Robin went for two bids totalling £20,000 after the successful first bidder paid £10,000 but then rather amusingly declared he got seasick easily and didn’t want to actually go out on the water, so re-entered the prize.
Lily Caprani, Unicef Deputy Executive Director, told the crowd: “The Clipper Race is where individuals challenge themselves to do things that are difficult, to overcome their fears and be courageous and to really go that extra mile, and they do it all around the world. That is very similar to what Unicef does in its aim to keep children safe around the planet so it makes perfect sense to me that we partner together and help to change other people’s lives in the process.
“We are incredibly grateful to Sir Robin and William who made this partnership possible and to everyone who has supported Unicef through the Clipper Race. We look forward to working more together as this fantastic partnership continues.”
During the evening, CEO William Ward, whose son Andrew was the youngest person to take part in the first race, said: “I was initially drawn into the Clipper Race based on the early crew applications and the overwhelming enthusiasm people showed towards the challenge.
“Over the years we’ve shared incredible achievements in outstanding places around the world and built a very exclusive network which feels much like a family in the process. Sir Robin has grown to be one of my closest friends over the years. Like any business, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing, especially in the early years when we were working hard to get it off the ground, but whenever it seemed the world was against us we stood shoulder to shoulder. That sort of bond is hard to find.
“I thank all those who have dared to live a life less ordinary, our business partners who share our ambitions and have used our unique platform for incredible results, and our team who work tirelessly round the clock and round the world to provide this once-in-a-lifetime experience and help us to keep the race evolving on its journey.”
Familiar faces of the Clipper Race family unsurprisingly took the Clipper Race party spirit into full swing when Harry Hammersmith & the Flyovers got everyone clambering to the dance floor, before party band MadHen took over as the night continued and almost raised the roof of the Great Hall with its mad mash up style of classic and modern dance hits.
186 crew departed Plymouth for the Clipper 96 Race on Wednesday 16 October on board eight 60-foot yachts for a race route based on that taken by the historic tea clippers. Today, more than 700 people take part on a third generation fleet of twelve 70 foot yachts, and the race is also used as a powerful business platform for destinations and leading brands, but the raw experience and challenge is the same as crew pit themselves against Mother Nature.
1080 Media TV has won two categories in the TMT Media Awards – ‘Best Documentary Series-UK’ for their seven part series called ‘The Race of Their Lives’ which is based on the 2015-16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, and also ‘Most Innovative Online Broadcast Company-UK’.
1080 Media Founder and CEO Cliff Webb said of the awards, ‘’This is the second Clipper Race we have covered, and after the success of the first series of ‘The Race of Their Lives’ in 2013-14, we felt we could take the formula developed then and make further improvements on the coverage for the second series, which appears to have been proven in winning this award. The series is about the people taking part and their experiences as they race for 11 months around the planet on these 70-foot Clipper Race yachts. We chose key characters for each episode, and followed these amateur sailors, many of whom had never sailed before, as their epic adventure unfolded through this 40,000 mile circumnavigation. We began by following the crew training ahead of the race itself, and embedded one producer/camera operator who underwent the same training. Richard Edwards was also a novice sailor, but followed a different crew through each of the 14 races involved around the world, documenting the storms, the heat, and the emotions the crew experienced. We supplemented his coverage at each race stop-over and had extra cameras cover specific aspects such as the iconic Sydney-Hobart race.
We work together with major international networks, so the series has been broadcast in over 100 countries and on airlines thus far. It is therefore naturally very rewarding to have the hard work and effort that has gone into this series recognised with this accolade.
On behalf of the Clipper Race, Global Business and Communications Director Jonathan Levy commented, ‘’This is a very challenging production requiring news and long form programming to be produced in a very hostile environment, which is a testing of both people and equipment. The TV series perfectly captures the human story of ordinary people taking on a remarkable journey set within a highly competitive race. 1080 Media TV have turned around content in a fast and compelling way together with global distribution to major international broadcasters. We are very pleased that they have turned this into an award winning series’’.
Webb continued, ‘’in winning ‘Most Innovative Online Broadcast Company – UK’ this illustrates how we have been able to distribute the content produced, not just for the Clipper Race, but for all of our international clients. This includes live streaming, news productions and social media delivery. We offer services to a range of clients from event producers to PR agencies, sporting federations, sponsors, large corporates and broadcasters too, as we work across all forms of moving media. For the International Tennis Federation (ITF), we cover Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties, providing the news delivery to 50+ broadcasters via satellite and FTP, and also help with social media content around the ties, plus we provide live streaming of both the fed Cup and Davis Cup draws. This together with our expertise in 4G transmission systems puts us in the position of being able to offer an all-round service’’.
He concluded, ‘’We are naturally delighted to win these two awards as each illustrates our capacity to deliver high value content for our clients, and is a testament to the dedication and effort our team have put in over the past 18 months in particular’’.
TMT – Technology. Media. Telecoms. TMT News. From marketing agencies to PR firms, the 2016 Media Awards turn the spotlight on firms or individuals operating in the media industry that have excelled in the past year, working to provide the best possible service to their clients. A part of AI Global Media Ltd – International Publishing Group.
It was a pleasure to work with the International Tennis Federation team during their AGM this week taking place in Zagreb, Croatia, for the live draw of the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas. This determines the draw for next year;s tournament and who plays whom where. This is the fourth year we have covered the event for the ITF, and this year we provided the complete coverage for this with all of the camera and streaming technology, but also the event PA/audio system. It was live streamed on the FedCup website and YouTube, and then we provided the rushes, which included additional post-draw interviews and images of the trophy for the ITF’s broadcast partners globally.
Fed Cup was launched in 1963 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Tennis Federation (ITF). It’s now the world’s largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 102 nations entering in 2016.
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This week, we covered the International Tennis Federation’s glamorous Champions Dinner in Paris graced by stars past and present including world No.1 Serena Williams. The glittering line up included other interviews with Billie-Jean King, Brad Parker, Martina Hingis, men’s and doubles world champions and the Junior World champions too, plus ITF President Dave Haggerty. Produced the news coverage for broadcasters and a YouTiube video for the public.
The 2016 French Open – Paris A week of interviewing the players in Paris for a soon to be shown ITF project.
New Embraer Legacy 500 Jet – first landing at City Airport:
We were there to help cover this historic first landing. Filmed air to air, on board and on the runway for this corporate video and news coverage. Nice edit Corin! :https://youtu.be/EqdluyWjjhQ
Clipper Race Advertising for New York Subway – production of short but powerful ads to promote the upcoming stop-over in New York.
Match Race Germany – The weather was poor but the atmopshere and the racing was fabulous! A week of covering an international Match Race on beautiful Lake Constance. Karol Jablonski from Poland won it, a great week and thanks to everyone involved. We produced news coverage and a live stream 8 hours a day, plus a promotional video on the event.
Clipper Race stop-over Seattle – As this round the world adventure continues, Seattle was the latest finish and start to cover. While our man Richard Edwards continues on his own 40,000 mile filming project, covering every aspect of the race, switching yachts for each of the 10 races thus far, it was an intensive stop-over for our team.. Covering the arrivals night and day as the 12 yachts arrived, there was also a packed activation schedule in port plus catch up filming with all of our key charachters in our ‘Race of Their Lives’ TV series. Visit Seattle Skipper Huw Fernie got to throw the ceremonial First Pitch at the Mariners baseball match and we were there right behind home plate for it!
The departure was a huge event with a military band and enormous crowds there to see the yachts off on the next race to the Panama Canal.
BBC News 4G System – BBC news had our WMT transmission system for a two week project that included live coverage of the Queen’s birthday celebrations taking place in Windsor Great Park. This coverage would have been expensive with a live satellite feed, and would have involved all sorts of permits and permissions to park a asatellite uplink truck…
In the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa there’s another chance to see episode two of ‘Race of Their Lives’ on Bloomberg TV today at 1100UTC/1200BST/1300CET which covers Races 2 and 3 in the current series. It includes time with the crew of IchorCoal crossing the South Atlantic to Cape Town in South Africa and on Garmin in the Southern Ocean. (Bloomberg TV can be seen in the UK on Sky channel 502; Virgin Media channel 609, Freesat channel 208 and live online here)
Episode 3 which was released last weekend is also being screened on a range of channels. Including Fox Sports in Europe and Africa starting on Monday 11 April at 1400UTC with a number of repeats including next Sunday 17 April at 1600UTC. In Australia Fox Sports 3 will broadcast it this Wednesday 13 April at 1500 on the East Coast with a number of repeats. It will also start airing on the Nautical Channel on a wide range of global
The second instalment of the Clipper 2015-16 Race TV series, ‘Race of Their Lives 2’ will be broadcast across Europe and Australia on FOX SPORTS 2 and BLOOMBERG TV from Monday 1 February.
Settle on your sofa at the following times or schedule your set boxes to record:
FOX SPORTS EUROPE:
– Monday 1 February at 15:30 CET (Central European Time), 2 Feb 12:00 CET, 3 Feb 23:00 CET, 4 Feb 18:30 CET, 6 Feb 22:00 CET
FOX SPORTS 2 (Australia):
– Monday 1 February at 21:00 AEDT (repeated times TBC)
BLOOMBERG TV (UK, Europe, Middle-East and Africa):Seen in the UK on Sky channel 502; Virgin Media channel 609 and Freesat channel 208
– Saturday 13 February and Sunday 14 February at 12:00 midday CET (11:00 UK)
In Episode 2 of the Race of Their Lives 2, we meet Anna Downer-Duprey, a young crew member thriving in the Clipper Race challenge. We also meet Ross Ham, circumnavigating for his second race, and Catherine Anderson whose incredible determination forced her to change her life in order to continue her dream of sailing around the world. Mother and daughter duo Linda and Sophie Crocker are racing against each other, and there’s family rivalry as they sail from Rio to Cape Town across the South Atlantic Ocean.
Heading for home is Sapinda Rainbow Ambassador Rveida Mthethwa on the IchorCoal crew, whose family think she’s mad wanting to sail the oceans, and we meet Rich Perkin on the Garmin team, who explains surviving life aboard in the freezing temperatures, the storms, and the lack of sleep, as all of the Clipper Race teams begin their descent into the Southern Ocean and race towards the Australian continent.
This is the second of seven one hour shows, produced by 1080 Media, with an exclusive ‘access-all-areas’ pass to the tenth race edition – each will be broadcast every six to eight weeks as the episodes are completed while the race progresses around the world.
Bloomberg TV is also currently showing season one of Race of Their Lives from the Clipper 2013-14 Race every Saturday and Sunday at mid-day GMT (1300 CET). This weekend (Jan 30 and 31) you can see Episode 7.
Click here to view the ‘Race of Their Lives 2’ trailer.
It was the first of seven, one hour shows with an exclusive ‘access-all-areas’ pass to the tenth edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – each will be broadcast every six to eight weeks as the episodes are completed while the race progresses around the world.
The first episode follows some of the 700 crew as they embark on their pre-race training and team selection, to the spectacular start from London, followed by the tough and challenging first race to Brazil.
BLOOMBERG SECURES GLOBAL TV RIGHTS TO WORLD’S LONGEST OCEAN RACE
Bloomberg Television has acquired the rights to sports news and long-form programming of the world’s longest ocean race.
Season two of the highly acclaimed series ‘Race of Their Lives’ airs from this weekend and comprises seven one-hour shows with an exclusive ‘access-all-areas’ pass to the tenth edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – the unique biennial endurance challenge for amateur sailors.
The unique event was established in 1996 and sees hundreds of competently trained teams of ‘Corinthian’ competitors from all walks of life, under the command of professional skippers, take on the longest and toughest ocean race around the planet at more than 40,000 nautical miles.
It takes almost a year to complete a series of 14 races between six continents, including the challenging Australian blue water classic, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The compelling human story of endeavour and endurance unfolds in this exclusive television series.
The first episode of the second series of ‘Race of Their Lives’ will air on Bloomberg Television on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 December at 12pm GMT across EMEA. Subsequent installments will air in future months as the race progresses around the world, ending back in London at the end of July 2016.
You can also catch series one of ‘Race of Their Lives’ currently airing on Saturdays and Sundays at 1200 noon GMT (1300 CET)
UK based 1080 Media TV has been retained for a second season to produce and distribute the global long-form official TV series, live feeds, news and social media packages. “We introduced a new look and style to the production in the last race and will continue to develop a strong multi-platform approach which maximises traditional broadcast and new digital media opportunities for a strong global brand like the Clipper Race,” said Founder and CEO of 1080 Media TV Cliff Webb.
“We’ll continue to explore new technological opportunities too, filming aboard the yachts in the depths of remote and inhospitable environments such as the Southern Ocean where it’s cold, wet and dangerous. It’s a real challenge for both people and equipment but we’re confident our teams will get the best possible images to show how the crew cope with all that mother nature throws at them and bring home the stories.”
The Clipper Race fleet is owned and operated by Clipper Ventures which commissioned the TV series: “The reappointment of 1080 Media TV reflects the growing demand and diversity of requirements for our high-energy content as every-day people take on this remarkable challenge,” said Clipper Ventures Global Business and Communications Director, and executive producer, Jonathan Levy.
The Clipper 2015-16 Race got underway at the end of August, reached over 125 countries including race destination markets such as the UK, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, Vietnam, China, USA, Panama and the Netherlands, plus France and Canada following skippers and crew in big numbers.
“New technology on the twelve yachts is also opening up live access for broadcasters. We can support live video Skype links from the deck of the yachts, which creates unprecedented opportunities for audiences to be at the heart of the action as it unfolds,” added Levy.
1080 Media is proud to return as the production team behind the successful Clipper Race TV Series. First episode of Season Two of the highly acclaimed series ‘Race of Their Lives’ airs on the 18th of December on FOX SPORTS 2 Australia at 1600 AEDT.
Viewers in the UK and Europe will also be able to see it on Bloomberg TV which is currently showing Season One of Race of Their Lives from the Clipper 2013-14 Race every Saturday and Sunday at mid-day GMT.
As 2015 is coming to an end, the 1080 Media Team is proud to close another successful year working with the International Tennis Federation, covering all year around both Davis Cup and Fed Cup.
A privilege for our crew to be there!
Great video showing Davis Cup winners, Great Britain’s Road to the Davis Cup Title:
Our team was in action at the weekend for a live broadcast from St.Katherine Docks as the race departed London, and then for the start of Race 1, over 5000 miles to Rio. Sadly the Bank Holiday weather was typically British, overcast and driving rain, but our team were out there getting all the action. This is a video report produced by ITN productions with our images – well done team, sail safe…
We used the Mobile Viewpoint WMT 4G transmission system through a fascinating election night, providing excellent reliability again with solid images and audio. We also assisted BBC News with their top class coverage of this incredible result!
More than 500 2015-16 crew assembled in Portsmouth Guildhall with their family and friends to discover which team and professional skipper they will be sailing with when the tenth edition of the Clipper Race starts on Sunday 30 August.
The twelve teams were addressed by our founder and chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston with encouraging words about the challenge and adventure that lies ahead. He commented afterwards: “This is where final preparations for the race of their lives begin. Most of the crew have almost completed their training but now they can start to develop their strategies and dynamics as a team.”
1080 Media together with equipment supplied by Surtees Audio Visual covered the event for Clipper, live streaming the two hour presentation, producing news feeds and also videos for social media. The 3/4G WMT transmitter was used from inside the Guildhall in Portsmouth, uplinking at a solid 5MB throughout, enabling an HD stream to YouTube and also to our special VidZapper player which was used to stream live into China. This was important for both sponsors and crew based in the city of Qingdao, who although 7 hours ahead, were able to enjoy the live show throughout.
There was a tremendous atmosphere during the day, and huge excitement as names were read out for each team. Video sample here: https://youtu.be/ccmqkqH_q3o
Some fabulous tennis as the Fed Cup semi-finals rolled into Sochi in Russia for their tie against Germany, and defending champions Czech Republic faced up to France in Ostrava.
Our teams were there providing news coverage with a satellite playout for the International Tennis Federation once again, plus videos for social media. We cover all facets of the ties, from the players dinners to the official draws, the post draw interviews and we are on court working with the host broadcasters for the winning, and then losing interviews with the players and Captains.
The dominant Czech team which includes Petra Kvitova, ranked No.4 in the world, won with a 3-1 margin, and are perhaps favourites to win the title for the fourth time in 5 years.
Meanwhile over in Russia, it was an excellent tie between two strong teams. Russia went 2-o up on the first day, but then Andrea Petkovic (ranked 11) and Angelique Kerber (ranked 12) led a German fightback to level the tie at 2-2. That set up a Doubles rubber that would decide the finalists, and the Russian duo of Pavlyuchenkova and Vesnina prevailed with a 2-0 victory to send the spectators home happy. The finals are next November in Prague.
Our team was lucky enough to be invited to cover the recent Joe Strummer Charity bash at the stylish Boisdale Restaurant in Canary Wharf.
Working together with Surtees Audio Visual who provided screens, vision mixers and recording equipment, we covered the evening as some top performers did their thing – these included MIKE D’ABO singing Handbags and Gladrags,
JOOLS HOLLAND & HIS BOOGIE WOOGIE SHOW (who is a patron of Boisdale), with Axel Zwingenbergerand Ben Waters and guest star appearances from MICK JONES, SUGGS from Madness, and CHRISSIE HYNDE of the Pretenders.
For the first time, Goodwood chose to stream the coverage of their Members Meeting – a weekend that is literally only open to this group of enthusiasts. Working together with Aurora Media who were providing the live coverage, our team streamed both days live from early morning until it was so late, the cars needed their headlights to see the race track!
With multiple streams to suit different requirements and demands, it’s a huge event and lots of work for everyone, but also hugely enjoayble.
Fabulous event loved by all – well done to all involved.
Working together with the Rocket Agency, we were appointed to manage the live stream on Channel 4’s website, as people filed past the coffin of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral.
There was no IT connection on site, so we used our 3/4G WMT transmitter system from Mobile Viewpoint to link the signal from
Leicester back to base from where we streamed for up to 8 hours a day live to the website. Due to possible issues with profanity, protests and more, we were asked to add a 10 minute delay to the stream. The team at Mobile Viewpoint were able to configure the system to enable us to achieve this with some complicated programming.
We had a single camera looking down from a high balcony on the King’s coffin, the guards and the public, with the Transmitter next to the camera inside the Cathedral. It was a tense three days, as our team had to be aware of anything seen or heard that may cause offence, and be able to switch the stream away to a pre-recorded slate in case of incident. Despite queues of up to 4 hours to get a glimpse of the King’s final resting place, and tens of thousands of visitors, there public was hugely respectful throughout and the coverage Channel 4 produced for TV and on-line was hailed as a solid success.
One team was in Glasgow, UK for GBR v USA, and the other in Kraljevo, Serbia for serbia who hosted Croatia. Here World Number 1 Novak Djokavic dominated the tie and was involved in winning 3 of the matches including both his singles, but also the doubles match. The team went on to win 5-0 in a crushing victory.
Meanwhile, world number 3 Andy Murray was playing at home in Glasgow for the first time in many years, and led an unbelievably tight, and incredibly noisy encounter with the USA who they defeated in San Diego in the same tie last year.
Murray won the opening rubber against Donald Young as expected, but James Ward, ranked outside the top 100, played the match of his life against top 20 player John Isner, coming back from 2 sets down and on the brink, to an astonishing 15-13 victory in the final set, to give GBR a 2-0 advantage after the first day.
Day 2 saw the British pair of Dom Inglot and Jamie Murray take on the world number one pair of Mike and Dan Bryan who expected a swift victory, but in the same vein as Ward, they fought back from a 2-0 deficit in the 3rd set to take the match to a 5th deciding set. That went to 7-9 in a match of over 3 hours.
Andy Murray needed no second invitation in the 4th rubber however, and took down Isner 3-1 to ensure a second consecutive victory over USA in the Davis Cup and send the full house in Glasgow through the roof with noise. Final result – 3-2 and GBR now face a home tie with France in the quarter finals.
Two events we covered in November were the 2014 Fed Cup Final in Prague between
Czech Republic and Germany, and then the Davis Cup Finals between France and Switzerland in Lille working with the ITF’s fabulous TV and web teams.
Both ties finished 3-1 but were spectacular events and out team were on site for a week following the teams through press conferences, practice sessions, the official draw, opening ceremony, and the actual matches themselves, then to top it all we were invited to attend the players closing dinners.
Our role is a dual one, preparing footage for ITF licensed broadcasters for an SNG playout, producing features for the ITF web channels, and shooting match interviews with the players for both broadcast and online.
In the Fed Cup, Petra Kvitova was on top form for the Czech team as they swept past Germany with rapturous support at home, whereas, over in France during the Davis Cup, Switzerland fielded Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka and took it to the French. We had followed the french team from the very first round, covering each of their matches so go to know the players and the FFV support team, and huge thanks to Stefan and Dorothy in the media office who made our life so much easier and more fun with all their help! Federer lost his first tie to Gael Monfils, but came back to win doubles and his second rubber against Gasquet, winning the Davis Cup for Switzerland for the first time in their history, with an exquisite drop shot.
Great events, great people to work with so thanks to all.
What a night! Working with Low Latency Productions and Serious events, we provided cameras and operators for this live BBC Arts red Button production, simulcast on BBC Radio 3. Tremendous work by Director Jonathan Haswell to keep the live feed rolling for over 3 hours, including through the break where we covered a chat show with the stars of Jazz Voice before rolling straight into the second act of the show. The broadcast was transmitted to BBC Scotland via internet/3G using the WMT transmitter which performed flawlessly throughout.
Arranged, scored and conducted by Guy Barker, this year’s extravaganza included Dee Dee Bridgewater, Emma Smith, Georgie Fame, Jacqui Dankworth, Jacob Banks, Kurt Elling, Natalie Williams, Sachal andVulaMalinga, alongside a fantastic 40-piece orchestra. The evening was hosted by award-winning broadcaster and singer Jumoké Fasholaand inimitable jazz vocalist, producer and broadcaster Ian Shaw.