Clipper Round the World Race – Crew Allocation


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:

The full live stream is here:



ITF Fed Cup Semi-Finals – Russia & Czech Republic victorious…

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.



Boisdale Joe Strummer Charity gig – Celebrities galore

Chrissie Hynde performs

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.

What a brilliant night!


Goodwood 73rd Members Meeting

Goodwood 73rd Members Meeting – live streamed

Tony Gaze Trophy Goodwood Members Meeting

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.

Richard III: The Reburial – Live

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 Cathedral for King Richard III
3/4G WMT Transmitter

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.

Leicester Cathedral for King Richard III


Davis Cup victories for GBR & Serbia

Our crews covered two ties of contrasting fortunes in the recent Davis Cup first round, working together with the International Tennis Federation.

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.

Clipper Race 2015-16 Crew Brief Video

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Hundreds of Clipper 2015-16 Race crew gathered in London for the latest briefing which revealed start date, which  will see the fleet set sail from a southern UK port on Sunday 30 August, 2015, Further details on the route available at the official web site here:


And our video of the day here:


Davis Cup and Fed Cup Finals

Two events we covered in November were the 2014 Fed Cup Final in Prague between

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The magnificent stadium in Lille for the Davis Cup Final; 27,400 people is a new record attendance.

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.

Here’s our short review of the Davis Cup finals:


Jazz Voice at the Barbican

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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 Fashola and inimitable jazz vocalist, producer and broadcaster Ian Shaw.



The Spectator Cigar Smoker of the Year!

Our team got to film winner Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger when he was crowned Cigar Smoker of the Year at Boisdale Restaurant in Canary Wharf recently. Also there was Kelsey Grammar, Jonathan Ross and many more notable figures for a glorious evening. Our crew filmed the evening transmitting live to our screens installed around the venue and produced a promo video and news – fabulous event and congratulations to all involved!026_Cigar_Awards_14_Arnold_schwarzenegger_with_partner_Heather_Milligan_and_Kelsey_Grammer

Davis Cup Semi Finals

The view from our office at Roland Garros.
We had two teams in action for the International Tennis Federation’s Davis Cup Semi-finals, with one team in Geneva for Switzerland v Italy and the other in Paris for France v holders Czech Republic.

Providing broadcast footage for license holders and social media footage on YouTube and It was a fabulous week of competition at Roland Garros with our office overlooking the centre court, that saw a sensational performance by France to win 4-1, earning them a fourth consecutive home tie in the contest, against the Swiss, buoyed buy a brilliant Roger Federer who overcame Italy to reach the final.

The final at the end of November will be staged in the magnificent stadium in Lille and we’ll be there to cover it.


35th America’s Cup Press Conference

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We were privileged to help with the staging and TV production of the first press conference of the new 35th America’s Cup on 9th September this year.

Held at the Renaissance International Hotel, St. Pancras, the magnificent Hanson Hall was the venue for this historic gathering of teams entered for the next edition of the America;s Cup, the oldest active international sporting competition in the world. We assisted the America’s Cup Event Authority in staging the event, while managing the television production and distribution of the live coverage to Reuters Sport and Sky Sports. We also managed the production and delivery of a World Feed for Eurovision (EBU) to enable global access to the images.

All six entered teams were represented including holders Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill,  defeated challenger Dean Bark for Emirates Team New Zealand and Britain’s own team with Olympic Gold Medallist Ben Ainslie.

The America’s Cup is due to be contested in 2017 at a to be determined venue.

Full replay of the event here:



Clipper Round the World Race Finale Live

Top 3 yachts and Tower Bridge

What a fabulous weekend at St.Katherine Docks in London and a spectacular finale to an 11 month project with Clipper Ventures as the fleet of 12 race yachts returned home.

With thousands of spectators along the river Thames and packed into the docks itself, they were all there to welcome the crews and see this amazing sight first hand. As host broadcaster, we were asked to manage the live feed, news and footage requests from media around the globe once again. It was also quite a technical challenge given the location, restrictions and the scope of the operation involved. This began on Friday night when the GREAT Britain yacht crossed the finish line off Southend Pier at around 9pm to win Race 16, the final one of the Round the World Race having left London on September 1st 2013. Our crew were on board the finish line yacht, and also on three of the racing yachts from Den Helder in Holland.

Stalwart Brian Carling was on the GREAT Britain yacht, having sailed Legs 1,2,3,5 and 7 of the race; Ollie Clague was on Henri Lloyd having survived the Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean crossings; and Tristan Perry was on Derry~Londonderry~Doire having sailed all the way from Singapore back in February (other on board camera operators included Dan Stephens – Legs 1 & 4, and Billy Holland – Legs 1-3. They have all had the most amazing experiences and met the most fantastic people along the way as the switched between yachts on each leg of the race to give the widest possible sponsor coverage. Having finished the race, the fleet then lined up next morning and paraded along the Thames in line astern formation.

Our live online coverage began at 11.45 am on the 12th as Presenter Hannah White greeted the global audience, streaming via YouTube and our bespoke Clipper Online player (so viewers in China could see it!).  Hundreds of websites applied for the embed code of our player so they could offer the stream to their own viewers too including the Telegraph and other international websites. Commentary was led by experienced racing sailor Mark Covell, joined by Clipper’s own Dave Cusworth who recapped the crew’s experiences and adventures as they sailed the longest ocean race on the planet – over 40,000 miles.

We were live for 4 hours and 20 minutes with a combination of helicopter images sent via RF link, and 2 x 3/4G back-pack transmitters on race yachts and chase boats, plus RF and cabled HD cameras in the docks area.

We uploaded news cuts through the day to enable news broadcasters to access the footage, and these were widely used around the world.

It was a wonderful conclusion to a year long project, but the work continues on our TV programming, with 2 different series in production – a Sports series 9 x 25 minutes and a documentary series called ‘The Race of their Lives’ 8 x 25 minutes, both of which will be distributed by BBC Worldwide in the coming months.

Thanks to all the Clipper staff and all the sailing crew for their help and assistance!




Top Class TV from WIM Series by 1080 Media


Top Class TV from WIM Series by 1080 Media
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The Women’s International Match Racing Series (WIM Series) has partnered with 1080 Media TV in London to offer the best possible broadcasting facilities from this year’s events in Ireland, France, Sweden, USA and Korea:
“1080 Media has a tremendous experience of broadcasting live on the Internet and on traditional TV, with in-depth knowledge and experience of women’s match racing from many years at the Lysekil Women’s Match” says WIM Series Manager Liz Baylis.
“’We’re delighted to be working with the WIM Series. We’ll be focusing on videos for social media, international news coverage and also TV programming” says 1080 Media CEO Cliff Webb.

Going into the second year of the Women’s International Match Racing Series (WIM Series), the efforts to expand the presence of the Series in various channels will rise dramatically. Teaming with the video- and TV-experts at 1080 Media TV is one important step towards an enhanced distribution of video material from the WIM Series:
“We want to help the WIM Series grow and evolve, and as part of our service we’re also exploring the possibility of some live online coverage” Cliff Webb reveals.
1080 Media are presently producing 17 x 26 minute HD programmes for international broadcast on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, and covered the ISAF World Match Racing Championships with a full service for seven years. Their experience of yacht racing in general and especially in match racing, will prove extremely valuable in covering the WIM Series.

This second season of the WIM Series kicks off with nothing less than the ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship in Cork, Ireland, June 3 – 8, and 1080 Media TV will certainly be there providing coverage:
“Through our involvement in the Lysekil Women’s Match, we already know most of the top teams competing in Cork, and we’re looking forward to cooperating with them again” Cliff Webb says.
“We’re very pleased to be working closely together with such skilled professionals as the 1080 Media TV crew bring to the events” Liz Baylis concludes.

imagesThe 2014 Women’s International Match Racing Series is a professional sailing circuit, hosted by the Women’s International Match Racing Association for the world’s leading women match racing sailors. In match racing the crews meet two by two in exciting duels that can easily be followed and understood by the spectators.

An overall prize purse of 50 000 USD will be distributed by the WIM Series at the final event in Busan, Korea, in addition to the prize money at each of the five events included in the WIM Series (date, event name, location, boat type, prize money):
* June 3-8, ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship, Cork, Ireland, J/80, 17 000 USD.
* July 24-27, Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan, Vannes, France, Beneteau 7.5, 14 000 USD.
* August 4-9, Lysekil Women’s Match, Lysekil, Sweden, DS 37, 50 000 USD.
* September 23-28, Buddy Melges Challenge, Sheboygan, USA, Elliott 6, 10 000 USD.
* October 11-16, Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race, Busan, Korea, K 30, 100 000 USD.

The WIM Series is hosted by WIMRA. Sebago is clothing partner. Official suppliers are Sailnet, 1080 Media, MILK, Sailing Education Association of Sheboygan, Adstream and Match Racing Results Service.


Another busy week for our crews around the world

With action on three different continents, our teams were hard at it again over the Easter break providing top class sports coverage:

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In chronological order – It was Fed Cup tennis in Brisbane, Australia as Germany’s women beat hosts Australia 1-3 with a tremendous performance. Through the weekend we filmed the post match match interviews for the International Tennis Federation, and produced their online video coverage. A short review of the Tie is here:

Next it was another fed Cup tie – as the Czech Republic went up against Italy in Ostrava, and over the 2 days the hosts dominated with a convincing 4-0 victory to advance t the final against the Germans next November in the Czech Republic. The choice of Prague or Ostrava remains to be seen. Short ‘Show Your Colours’ fun edit here

Derry-Londonderry-Doire are first under the Golden Gate Bridge out of San Francisco…

And finally our coverage of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race continued with the latest stop-over in San Francisco, USA. GREAT Britain won Race 10, after crossing the mighty Pacific Ocean from Qingdao in China the fastest, and had the luxury of 9 days in port before the start of Race 11 on April 19th. First across the start line at the Golden Gate Yacht Club was Derry-Londonderry-Doire who crossed just a few seconds after the gun. It’s a 3300 mile downwind sail to Panama, where the fleet of 12 yachts will stop briefly before entering and going through the Canal, before racing on to Jamaica. Watch the start video here:

Well done all and good luck to those out on the water heading for Panama – sail safe, sail fast!

Dramatic ‘Man Overboard’ Rescue in Clipper Yacht Race

Derry~Londonderry~Doire crew member, Andrew Taylor (46) from London was rescued from the Pacific Ocean on March 29th after falling overboard. Derry~ Londonderry~ Doire successfully recovers man overboard He went over the side at 23.43 UTC  and was sighted again at 00.55 UTC before being recovered at approx. 01.13 UTC (13.13 local time, 30 March).

The incident happened in rough weather with 35 knots of wind and clear visibility in daylight. Skipper Sean McCarter reported that he was working with Andrew on a sail change near the bow when he fell in. Sean immediately went back to the helm, stopped the yacht and initiated the MOB (man overboard) procedure.

This video was filmed and edited on board by by 1080 Media’s Tristan Perry from Canada, who was on the yacht to record the Pacific Ocean crossing, following their adventure and experience for the BBC Worldwide programmes we are producing. The images were sent back to race HQ in the UK via satellite from the yacht, and have been seen on major TV networks globally. The footage is harrowing, and Andrew is extremely fortunate to have survived relatively unscathed. Great job by all involved in the rescue and good luck in the rest of the race.

Watch here:


Live Stream – Abu Dhabi Tri-athlon

latest-newsWe had a busy weekend – live stream of Abu Dhabi Triathlon for Aurora Media; Abu-Dhabi-triathlon-2014



+ the start of Race 10 of the Clipper Round the World Yacht race we are covering – this time in Qingdao, China!

We managed the live streaming onto YouTube of the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon last weekend working with Aurora Media who produced the excellent coverage! Great event and congrats to all those involved.


The Qingdao Yacht leaves its home port heading for San Francisco. Photo Ollie Geibel – Clipper

It was a fabulous stop-over in Qingdao, China for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. The welcome and hospitality in Qingdao was really special – our crew was invited to meet Qingdao crew member Vicky Song in her home with her family and were treated to the most amazing, genuinely authentic Chinese meal while filming her with her mother! The city laid on the best welcome and departure ceremony seen so far in traditional style too. Thank you Qingdao and everyone involved.




On Board Photo & Filming Workshop!

Not the prettiest self-portrait – but up a mast at sea it’ll do!

Somewhere south of Hong Kong and half way around the world!  As reported by Qingdao skipper Gareth Glover, it seems our man Brian Carlin has been using his time well in offering his expertise to coach the sailing crew of Qingdao on how to improve their imagery as they sail around the world…

Gareth Glover  – February 28th :Apart from the crew getting more sleep and doing the daily jobs that still need doing whist motoring each day we have been running sessions on safety, trimming and helming and today Brian from 1080 (the Clipper Race’s TV production company) ran a workshop on photography and filming to help the crew take better shots which went down very well.

Daily skipper reports available here:

Getting Pickled with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

During the Clipper Round the World Race stop-over in Singapore last week -our team spent an afternoon with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail around the world non-stop and alone, BgvLisZCAAABOIM

when he joined celebrity ‘Clipper Race Cook’- crew member Lawrence Lingard who is sailing on the Qingdao yacht – to reveal a taste of the secrets from his family’s famous Pickle recipe.

Fabulous fun and video out shortly….

Sochi 2014 Olympics – Security debate for IsportconnectTV

A special discussion produced by our team for isportconnectTv – who we are an official partner with:

Security at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games has been of high concern leading into the Games. iSportconnect TVisportconnecttv was joined by Michael Pirrie, London 2012 Adviser, Andrew Amery, London 2012 Head of Security and Paul May, Head of London 2012 Venues to discuss Sochi 2014 and offer expert insight.

1080 Media TV crew on court at Davis Cup match!

As part of our Davis Cup assignments for the International Tennis Federation, our crews are on court at the end of matches to get the international broadcast interviews with the winning players and captains. Here is Corin Bennet filming French Captain Arnaud Clement drinking in the atmosphere after his doubles team of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet had beaten Australia’s Lleyon Hewitt and Chris Guccione in this France v Australia tie. This gave France a 3-0 victory to advance to the quarter final stage to meet Germany, and Clement enjoyed the moment ahead of our interview with him by ITF journalist Eli Weinstein. Great  atmosphere in La Roche sur Yon, France!

Photo courtesy Antoine Couvercelle

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1080 Media & renew broadcast partnership for 2014


iSportconnect, the world’s largest private network of sports business professionals, and 1080 Media TV, the specialist online & broadcast production company are happy to announce the extension of their partnership.

1080 Media TV has woriSportConnect DCLked in collaboration with iSportconnect since February 2012 by filming the iSportconnect Directors’ Club and other events hosted by the company. Since the launch of iSportconnect TV in 2013, 1080 has also been involved with the ‘Weekly Round Up’ show – a discussion with top professionals from the sports industry.

1080 Media TV specialises in on-line broadcasting, news output, internet TV channels, broadcast TV, video production and social media delivery across a range of sporting and corporate clients on the world stage.

Now the two companies are delighted to announce that 2014 will continue to see 1080 Media as iSportconnect’s main broadcast partner. As a part of the continued relationship, 1080 Media will continue to film iSportconnect events and enjoy the benefit of extensive brand coverage at the Directors’ Club and on iSportconnect TV. The team at 1080 Media will also film the BIG Interview programme on iSportconnect TV as part of the agreement.

iSportconnect CEO and founder Sree Varma said: “I am delighted that 1080 Media TV will continue to be iSportconnect’s main broadcast partner. The whole team at 1080 has provided us with high quality videos of our events and for iSportconnect TV and we thank them for all of their hard work and efforts over the past few years.

“2014 is an extremely exciting year for iSportconnect and I could not be happier that 1080 Media will be with us to capture the moment.”

1080 Media TV’s CEO and Founder, Clifford Webb added: “We have worked with Sree and the iSportconnect team for some time now and it’s been very impressive to be involved with a new and innovative platform that has grown significantly since its launch, and which continues to evolve and develop, especially as it’s in an area where we have substantial experience and there is a natural connection between us. We look forward to supporting Sree and the team in this exciting year of sport ahead.”

2013 Davis Cup Final – Belgrade

The victorious Czech Team

Our team was on hand to help the International Tennis Federation coverage of this top class tennis event, one that every nation competes for and covets.

Defending champions the Czech Republic faced the daunting task of playing Serbia in their own back yard, complete with Novak Djokovic, the world number 2 (1!) player.

On site in the Belgrade Arena for a week, our team filmed all the behind the scenes activities including the main Draw, the Gala Dinner and fun pieces throughout, while also helping the international broadcast side with on court and studio based interviews including Tomas Berdych, another world top ten player, with images sent via satellite and FTP to complement the host broadcast of the matches.

It went to the wire with the Czech’s winning in the final match, and Radek Stepanek creating history to become the first player to ever win consecutive 5th match victories to retain the Davis Cup. Thanks to everyone at the ITF for all their help and support – a great week.

Here’s a our review of the event from behind the scenes..

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

1080 Media TV appointed official host broadcast partner –


BBC Worldwide in distribution deal with longest global ocean adventure around planet

1080 Media TV appointed official host broadcast partner, to produce action and human adventure series aimed at sports and factual entertainment channels

TUESDAY 16 OCTOBER 2013, SPORTEL, MONACO: The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – the longest global ocean adventure around the planet – has appointed a new production and distribution team to manage its international television portfolio: BBC Worldwide will distribute two major series produced by 1080 Media TV – a 9 x 25” topical sports show capturing the thrills and spills of this unique 40,000 miles event plus an 8 x 25” factual adventure show of the unfolding human drama as novices are transformed into seasoned sailors to tackle some of the toughest conditions on the planet.

“The Clipper Race is a unique event which engages both specialist sports and mass market audiences, with broad international appeal,” explained Jonathan Levy, Global Business and Communications Director for Clipper Ventures plc, the rights holder for the Clipper Race. “We have developed a more segmented approach and appointed 1080 Media TV as our host broadcast partner with BBC Worldwide leading on global distribution.”

The shows are currently in production and were launched this week by BBC Worldwide at Sportel – the world sports media content market held in Monaco. The latest edition of the biennial Clipper Race is its ninth, but now with a bCLIPPER_Delivery_13_2108__IMG-9542_BC-1000x638rand new bigger fleet and record numbers of crew from all walks of life, men and women, from 18-74+; The 2013-14 edition left from Tower Bridge in London on 1 September and will not return until July 2014.

The Clipper Race was established by legendary yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo, non-stop, around the world in 1968-9. His aim was to create the opportunity for ‘ordinary people to achieve extraordinary things’ and remains a very active chairman who aims to participate in this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, age 74, alongside his Clipper Race fleet making their debut in the Australian classic as part of this year’s global race.

Danny O’Toole, Head of Sport and Sport Entertainment at BBC Worldwide, commented, “The Clipper Race has been rapidly growing its international audience and we hope to see the two new series build on this success. It’s an exciting global event and with so many interesting people from all walks of life competing, there’s also a compelling human drama. I’m confident it will appeal to our clients.”

“We are very pleased to have been appointed as the official host broadcast partner of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race,” said Cliff Webb, CEO of 1080 Media TV. “We have developed a very strong multiplatform approach to maximise traditional broadcast and new digital media opportunities for a wide range of rights holders. This is an extremely exciting project, both in terms of compelling content and new technology opportunities.”1619-news-main

Clipper Round the World is a 9 x 25” topical high-paced action sports TV show available from November and will have new episodes released approximately monthly or can run as a stand-alone weekly or daily series towards the end of the race.

The Race of Their Lives is an 8 x 25” real-life emotionally charged reality adventure show experiencing this incredible human challenge through the ‘ordinary’ people who participate in this remarkable endeavour.



We were privileged to be asked to attend the International Tennis Federation’s Annual General Meeting in Paris to cover the event, producing daily videos for their YouTube channel. Highlights also included the first ever live online broadcast of the prestigious Fed Cup Draw for 2014 with Wimbledon Champion Marion Bartoli and other dignitaries.

The ITF also celebrated their 100th aniversary with a spectacular gala dinner at the magnificent Palace of Versailles founded by Louis XIVth, held in the impressive Galerie des Batailles. Our special video of the evening is here:


Cultural Olympiad & London Festival Boost Britain – Report

As we were involved and played a central role in offering multi-media services to the GLA and the Mayor’s office through the ‘Summer Like No Other’ programme, we’re pleased with this report in the Evening Standard. Link to full story by Louise Jury:

The Cultural Olympiad involved 43.4 million people and helped transform Britain’s image abroad, according to a report published today.

The celebration of arts and culture ran for four years and culminated in the London 2012 Festival during the summer of the Games.

According to a Liverpool University study, it contributed to raising the country from fifth to fourth place in the Nations Brands Index, pinpointing places tourists wanted to visit.

Fireworks at tower bridge from roof of City Hall

The report, Reflections on the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival, said the four-year project raised the bar for cultural programming in Britain. The festivities saw a total of 37.4 attendances, and 5.9 million people participated in events.

Some 204 million were reached through broadcasts and online viewing. Many events, such as the BT River of Music concerts, were free and reminded international media and potential tourists of the great benefit of visiting the UK, the study found.

Olympiad director Ruth Mackenzie said evidence of the boost to tourism could now be used by Culture Secretary Maria Miller, who called yesterday for economic arguments to help win her fight with the Treasury for arts funding. Ms Mackenzie said: “We made some great art and we opened people’s eyes to great art. The continuing force of that, in the UK and elsewhere, is that we raised the game. If you have a great mad idea, audiences will follow.”

The British Council now intends to send one of the Olympiad commissions, artist Jeremy Deller’s bouncy Stonehenge, on a world tour. “It says we’re modern and fun and inclusive and creative, and come and join in,” said Ms Mackenzie.

She added that it would be “a shame to lose the ambition and vision” of a celebration that saw thousands dance in Trafalgar Square, thousands more join a mass nationwide bellringing, and millions attend world-class exhibitions and performances starring names from Mark Rylance to Daniel Barenboim.

Tony Hall, chairman of the Cultural Olympiad board, said it had fulfilled hopes of being a “game changer” by showcasing British talent and putting art back at the heart of the Olympics. “We all hope the legacy will be more chances to enjoy the fruit of that infrequent marriage of ample budget and unbounded imagination,” he added.

1080 Media’s involvement – Press Release here


Live stream of the Abu Dhabi Triathlon – GB’s Brownlee wins!

1080 Media managed the live streaming of the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon for Aurora Worldwide, a 3 hour broadcast shown throughout the world on TV and online. It was a fantastic result for Britain’s Alistair Brownlee who won his first race since the Olympics by breaking the course record.

It was a step up in distance for the 24-year-old Yorkshireman, who has dominated the sport over the past four years, winning two world titles and Olympic gold in London.

Brownlee was racing over the short course in Abu Dhabi, which featured Olympic-length swim and runs of 1.5km and 10km respectively, sandwiching a 100km bike leg that included riding round the Yas Marina Formula One circuit.

Congratulations to all involved in the production.

BBC Radio 5Live Sports Extra Broadcasts with 3G transmitter

England V Australia netball series sees historic win!
England V Australia netball series sees historic win!

England v Australia

NETBALL – England’s women recently won a 3 match series against the number 1 ranked team in the world from Australia, with matches in Bath, Wembley Arena and Birmingham’s NIA.

USP Content, with producer Chessie Bent, won the gig to cover the series for BBC Radio 5Live Sports Extra which was broadcast – well, live! It was both online and on Digital radio simultaneously from the stadiums.

Incredibly, Britain shone, and whipped the visitors 3-0, the first time they have won a series against them and setting records in the process.

Opting to use 1080 Media’s 3G WMT transmitter from inside the stadium instead of using a traditional ISDN line, BBC took the signal in at TV Centre and span it up their line to MediaCity in Salford for broadcast to the airwaves.

With a 2 hour broadcast for each match, our unit performed flawlessly as history was written – BBC saying the quality was outstanding and that it worked ‘brilliantly’, calling it a ‘very impressive piece of kit’.

According to national funding body Sport England, almost 160,000 women play netball every week!!

Great job Chessie and thanks to all at USP!

Two recent Conferences Live Streamed…

We were lucky enough to win the opportunity to live stream 2 conferences – one was the Co-Operatives United conference from the G-Mex centre in Manchester, over our client Surtees, and the other was in Brussels with the whole day devoted to the issue of Hate Crime, for USP Content’s client UCLAN.

For Manchester it was all streamed with our 3G WMT transmitter – 7 hours per day for 3 days without a hitch as expected, while in Brussels it was an 8 hour day, generating the biggest audience the conference had seen, easily surpassing it’s anticipated viewing target.

Thanks to Vidzapper for all their help with the internet players for these!

1080 Media completes ‘A Summer Like No Other’

Multi-media coverage for Mayor of London’s 2012 Festival.

1080 Media Organisation has completed ‘A Summer Like No Other’ having won the hugely prestigious contract to provide multimedia services for the Mayor of London’s 2012 Festival of events which took place throughout the city.

With over 250 events  across 33 London boroughs, 1080 Media and their partners provided comprehensive photo and video coverage to not only record these for posterity, but to make content rapidly available to meet press office and social media requirements. Highlights included covering huge public events such as the Olympic and Paralympic Torch relays in London, BT London Live in Hyde, Victoria and Regent’s Parks, many of the Mayor’s engagements on location and at City Hall, and the Team GB Parade which showcased London at its cultural and entertaining best in this ‘Summer Like No Other’ line-up.

1080 Media worked with TVEverywhere to create a bespoke online Content Management System, and Pete Webb Photography (PWP) with a team of specialist photographers.  Together with 1080 Media’s TV crews, these were deployed throughout the capital for 63 continuous days, working in shifts to manage the demands of the project. The photos and videos were edited on site at events then uploaded to the customised ‘GLA Multimedia Content System’ so that staff at the Greater London Authority could swiftly access and distribute the resources.

Cliff Webb, CEO of 1080 Media said, ”we’re delighted to not only have won this tender, as we pitched against some major companies, but also to have delivered what has been a hugely successful project for the GLA. The level of coordination required, the tremendous cooperation with people at City Hall, combined with the technical expertise in delivering this has all been tremendously rewarding”. He continued, ”It was a key assignment spanning hundreds of different events and involved synchronisation with many different parties from event security to individual organisers and suppliers. We had multiple teams on the road every day needing to be in the right place, producing top class creativity, and uploading to the online system remotely through the 3G network. People were literally working around the clock to make it all happen and it was a fantastic technical, yet inspiringly artistic project to be involved with, which for me personally, culminated in being on board the floats with the triumphant Team GB Parade and enjoying that incredible wave of crowd emotion’’.

The tender was announced in May and 1080 Media passed two selection processes before being awarded the contract, just 3 weeks before the first event took place on the River Thames at Tower Bridge with Seb Coe, Jeremy Hunt MP and Mayor Boris Johnson. To meet the demand, TVEverywhere rapidly adapted their existing ‘Mstorer’ system for use by GLA. CEO Iolo Jones commented ‘’as well as making it easy to upload, version, control and distribute videos and images around the world, adopting our Mstorer system meant that a record of these unique events is now preserved in a library for posterity, while being instantly accessible online. We continued to evolve the system to meet demands as the project moved along, which has helped develop this into what we believe is a world

Our team were on hand to capture the sensational aerial performance of Circus Circus…

beating system that could be utilised by any company or authority requiring a secure but flexible archive.”

Pete Webb, an acclaimed and experienced adventure and events specialist, set the style of coverage for the assignments, guiding the team who produced stunning images of the capital in all its glory. He commented, ‘’it was an extraordinary opportunity to capture the city through one of the most exciting and colourful moments London has ever seen. We and the video crews had access to incredible iconic and historic locations, to athletes and top class international performers, and it really was an amazing privilege to be involved’’.

Di Henry, the Programme Director of Look & Celebrations for GLA said, ‘’we chose 1080 Media because we were impressed by their approach to all  of the criteria in the tender, and were attracted to a strong technical and creative proposal which delivered some outstanding coverage and really helped capture the Mayor’s ‘Summer Like No Other’’.

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London Prepares Series

We covered most of the Olympic test events over the past few months for our client Sportsbrand in Australia. Events such as:

  • Gymnastics at The O2
  • Volleyball at Earl’s Court
  • Canoeing at the Lee Valley White Water Centre
  • Equestrian training camp in Gloucestershire
  • Track Cycling at the Velodrome
  • Diving at the Aquatics Centre
  • Rowing at Eton Dorney
  • Mayor of London launching the London Ambassadors
  • Wheelchair Rugby at the Basketball Arena
  • Shooting at The Royal Artillery Barracks, Woolwich
  • Synchronised Swimming at the Aquatics Centre
  • Football at the City of Coventry Stadium
  • Hockey at the Hockey Centre
  • Wheelchair Tennis at Eton Manor
  • Water Polo at the Water Polo Arena
  • Athletics at the Olympic Stadium
  • Boccia at the Basketball Arena
  • Paralympic Athletics at the Olympic Stadium

iSportconnect Directors Club London partners with 1080 Media TV

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iSportconnect, the leading global networking platform for sport business, today announced a new partnership agreement with 1080 Media TV, the specialist online broadcast company, for the prestigious ISportconnect Directors Club event to be staged in London. This is exclusive for the leading figures in the sports industry, where senior decision makers are invited to share high level insight and opinion on business trends, best business practice and relevant industry news.

The event, in partnership with Generate Sponsorship, Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP and now 1080 Media TV, takes place on 21st February, and features a high profile panel of speakers including Sir Craig Reedie, Member of the IOC Executive Board, Ed Warner, Chairman UK Athletics, Sally Hancock, Director, Olympic Marketing and Group Sponsorship at Lloyds TSB, Paul Vaughan, CEO of England Rugby 2015. A specially invited audience of premium iSportconnect members will offer questions to speakers through a ‘Question Time’ style panel, followed by a round table networking opportunity and drinks.

iSportconnect CEO Sree Varma said: “We are pleased to have 1080 Media TV as our broadcast partner for our first major London event. 1080 Media is well-known and widely-respected in the sports industry and we look forward to the coverage of our Directors Club in London and future networking events.”

1080 Media TV is known for its experience in managing internet TV channels, and live sports broadcasting, both online and for traditional TV, and offers a service that is economical and efficient across arrange of operations in today’s digital world.

CEO and founder, Clifford Webb said, “I am impressed by what Sree and his team at iSportconnect has achieved since launch, and at the high, international calibre of the members, so it seemed natural to align our online TV broadcast experience with this leading sports internet portal. We’ll cover their events and support ISportconnect’s continued growth and expansion with our video and TV services, and we hope in the future we’ll be able to live broadcast some of their networking events, like the Directors Club series and others, to offer their members an even greater level of interest and communication”.

iSportconnect is a community set-up exclusively for sports business professionals with a strict door policy to ensure that the industry’s high profile executives and professionals gain access to the numerous features and services provided. combines business networking, latest sports business news & in-depth editorial (through Featured profiles and Expert’s columns), with Business events and sports professionals job listings among just a number of the services provided.

Three iSportconnect Directors’ Club events are planned in London this year, with further events in New York and Barcelona to be scheduled in the coming months.