1493052587 <![CDATA[Press Releases]]> http://mcuk.drumbeat-server.co.uk/index.php en nmckenna@mediacityuk.co.uk Copyright 2017 2017-04-24T15:49:47+00:00 <![CDATA[Timeline to unveil brand new outside broadcast truck in MediaCityUK]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/timeline-to-unveil-brand-new-outside-broadcast-truck-in-mediacityuk http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/timeline-to-unveil-brand-new-outside-broadcast-truck-in-mediacityuk#When:15:49:47Z  Timeline Television is set to launch its multi-million pound, state-of-the-art, triple expanding IP 4K HDR 32-camera outside broadcast truck on Tuesday 16th May on the piazza in MediaCityUK.


The truck, named UHD2, has been designed and built by Timeline Television to include the latest IP infrastructure and HDR technology. Other OB trucks on display will include Europe’s first 4K UHD truck, UHD1, 4K production and uplink truck, RF1, mid-sized 4K truck, OB16, and our ultra-compact truck, Streamline.


"This new outside broadcast truck will provide fully uncompressed IP capability to broadcasters, " said Daniel McDonnell, Managing Director, Timeline Television. "For our customers, it means we can scale and expand our facilities with ease to meet their demands. The IP technology will provide support for up to 32, 4K UHD cabled Sony 4300 cameras and 12, 4K UHD EVS servers.”


Timeline has worked closely with SAM to build the brand new unit.


Robert Szabó Rowe, EVP and General Manager, Live Production and infrastructure SAM, commented: "SAM understands how important partnerships are when developing and deploying new technology. We are proud that Timeline has selected a range of SAM equipment, including the IP kahuna production switcher, IP multi viewer and our range of IP infrastructure, to ensure they have the most flexible and competitive offering in the market."


Timeline’s outside broadcast fleet and team will be on the piazza in MediaCityUK on Tuesday 16th May, from 12-6pm, providing tours and demonstrations of 4K IP workflows.


<![CDATA[MediaCityUK strengthens its cast with Red 13]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/mediacityuk-strengthens-its-cast-with-red-13 http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/mediacityuk-strengthens-its-cast-with-red-13#When:14:20:20Z MediaCityUK is opening its doors to fresh, young talent with the addition of brand new casting agency, Red 13 Management.

The talent management company represents over 200 young performers and is now looking to expand its books, taking on adult actors as well, seeking roles in TV, films, commercials and stage productions.

Founders, Lauren Shippey and Freddie Bolt have been running 13 Performing Arts schools based in Manchester and Leeds since 2013, in partnership with Coronation Street star, Jack P Shepherd. Red 13 is based in MediaCityUK’s serviced offices, Orega, in Blue Tower.

Commenting on the new venture, Freddie said: “Our performing arts schools have been really popular, and a talent management company seemed like the natural next step for offering our students a way into the industry.

“MediaCityUK is the ideal location for our casting agency, as we already have a close working relationship with casting directors and producers at ITV, the BBC and CBBC who are based here, so this gives us great access to them, as well as putting our students at the centre of the industry.”

For more information about Red 13 Management or to find out about the performing arts schools, visit http://red13management.com/about-us/ or follow @Red13Management on Twitter.

For further information on available space at MediaCityUK, please visit www.mediacityuk.co.uk or contact Lynn Haime on lynn.haim@mediacityuk.co.uk or 0161 886 5331.

<![CDATA[Morson Group supports Salford Triathlon 2017 at MediaCityUK]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/morson-group-supports-salford-triathlon-2017-at-mediacityuk http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/morson-group-supports-salford-triathlon-2017-at-mediacityuk#When:08:36:14Z Organisers of one of the largest triathlon events in the North West have announced this year’s Salford Triathlon at MediaCityUK will be backed by the Morson Group.

The Salford-based firm will be headline sponsor of this popular event which will take place on Sunday, 30th July, against the impressive backdrop of MediaCityUK. It will help support Morson’s nominated charities for 2017, The Alzheimer’s Society and The Christie.

Around 1,000 places are now open for the fifth event of its kind, which takes place around MediaCityUK’s iconic triathlon course, featuring ITV’s Coronation Street, Imperial War Museum North, The Lowry Arts Centre and its newest development, the Tomorrow building.

The course features a 1,500 metre swim within the waters of Dock 9, a 40km bike ride and a 10km waterfront run.  The course is suitable for triathletes of all abilities while first-timers can opt to do the ‘sprint’ half-distance race.

Event founder, James Whittaker, said: “As a locally-based business, we’re absolutely delighted that the Morson Group is supporting this year’s triathlon. Due to its fast, flat course, the Morson Salford Triathlon continues to appeal to both experienced and novice triathletes. With distances ranging from sprint to standard, including the standard team relay option, there is definitely something for everybody. It’s a chance to get fit and take part in a great event, in the heart of an exciting destination.”  

Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett said:  “We are very proud the triathlon is being held in Salford for the fifth year running and that the Morson Group, a well-respected local employer, has kindly agreed to be the official main sponsor. 

“The triathlon is a major event in the annual calendar with people of all standards and abilities taking part, many of whom will be raising money for worthy causes. I’d like to wish all the competitors good luck with their training and fundraising efforts and I look forward to cheering them on at Salford Quays this summer.”   

Since the launch of the triathlon in 2013, Dock 9 has flourished as an open water swimming destination due to its safe, clean water with serious and leisure swimmers donning their wetsuits alongside Olympians Kerri Anne Payne and commentator Stephen Parry, as well as Coronation Street stars and BBC breakfast presenter Louise Minchin who have all swam in its waters.

CEO of the Morson Group, Ged Mason, said: “The Salford Triathlon has brought a fantastic, annual sporting event to the area which myself and many of the Morson team have, in the past, taken part in. We’re delighted to take our commitment a step further by sponsoring the event and hope to raise funds for The Christie and The Alzheimer’s Society along the way.”

Course overview:

  • Swim: The swim takes place in Dock 9, MediaCityUK, a world class aquatics venue that currently hosts many open water swimming sessions and events such as the MediaCityUK Swim Series, the Great Manchester Swim, as well as historically the 2002 Commonwealth Games and the renowned Salford ITU Triathlons. In July, the water temperature will be around 18C.
  • Bike: Once the swim is complete, the athletes mount their bikes on the MediaCityUK piazza and begin the six lap (three for sprint distance) 6.7km cycle leg. The course is flat and fast, along with some fantastic technical sections around MediaCityUK. The route travels through Trafford Park, alongside the ITV Coronation Street set, past the Imperial War Museum North and under the shadows of one of the most famous football grounds in the world, Old Trafford. Cyclists will take in views of the newest development at MediaCityUK, the Tomorrow building, as they loop back in to the transition zone in the piazza.
  • Run: Runners (10k standard / 5k sprint) will travel along the Quays, passing Mariners Canal, Dock 9 and crossing the Lowry footbridge. After a skirt along the Trafford side of the Quays, the runners come back over the Lowry footbridge, past Dock 9 and into MediaCityUK.

To sign up for the MediaCityUK Triathlon go to: http://www.salfordtriathlon.com/race-entry

Twitter: @salfordtri
Email: info@salfordtriathlon.com
Facebook: facebook.com/salfordtriathlon


<![CDATA[Velvet Films encourages nation to Go Outdoors]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/velvet-films-encourages-nation-to-go-outdoors http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/velvet-films-encourages-nation-to-go-outdoors#When:15:59:14Z MediaCityUK-based video production company, Velvet Films, has unveiled its latest TV commercial for Go Outdoors.

Leading outdoor and leisure retailer, Go Outdoors, enlisted Velvet on behalf of ad agency, driven, to produce a commercial inspiring the nation to get equipped and weather-ready for outdoor adventure.

Celebrating a nation's obsession with the weather, Velvet produced a series of three interchangeable commercials, suitable for air in every weather eventuality.

Filmed over two days in the stunning destination of Cape Town, South Africa, this is another International production success for Velvet Films. Watch Now.


<![CDATA[Orega to award six months of free office space to start-up at MediaCityUK]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/orega-to-award-six-months-of-free-office-space-to-start-up-at-mediacityuk http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/orega-to-award-six-months-of-free-office-space-to-start-up-at-mediacityuk#When:15:35:10Z Independent, serviced office provider, Orega is approaching the final stage of #StartMeUp Pitch, a competition to give start-ups and entrepreneurs the opportunity to win free office space at Orega’s MediaCityUK centre.

Of the five companies shortlisted, the #StartMeUp Pitch winner will receive six months' worth of free office space, and two runners up will receive a six-month Blue Room Flexi Desk package in Orega’s co-working space.

The finalists include Caroline Stevenson of Foodinate, Cameron Worsley and Tom Grimshaw from Floggl, Lauren Halket of Key Talent Personnel, Ross Sykes from Mike Russ Entertainments UK and Bharat Lad of DadShed.

On the #StartMeUp Pitch judging panel will be  Mark Robinson, Head of Asset Management for MediaCityUK, Zachary Douglas, Managing Director of Orega, and Carole Fossey, Non Executive Director at Greater Manchester Chamber 2005-2016.

The final will take place at Orega MediaCityUK on 4th May 2017.

For more information about the #StartMeUp Pitch and to learn more about the finalists, please visit: www.orega.com/blog  


<![CDATA[The Landing launches mentoring programme in co-working space]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/the-landing-launches-mentoring-programme-in-co-working-space http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/the-landing-launches-mentoring-programme-in-co-working-space#When:07:49:06Z The Landing, MediaCityUK’s tech and digital enterprise hub, has put together a panel of advisory partners to support scale-up businesses based in its new co-working space, Launch.


Around 20 professional advisers, drawn from across the corporate and commercial, have been selected to share skills and know-how to Launch-based companies through a series of regular workshops, masterclasses, drop-in clinics, and one-to-one mentoring.


The partner support network and services will include:


  • Legal expertise, including IP and employment law, will be provided by Brabners and Slater Gordon, while financial services advice, such as insurance and accounting, will be delivered by Risk Box and Burton Beavan
  • Investment and banking support from Barclays, Crowdcube, and a number of private investors including Accelerated Digital Ventures (ADV)
  • Business planning from CLOS Consultancy and There Be Giants, with sales, PR and marketing strategy being delivered from The Sales Way, Digital Media Stream and Galibier PR
  • Recruitment guidance, covering the employment and development of sales personnel, technical staff and board members will be given by Auburn Rose and Complete Resourcing, while internal HR and talent development advice will come from CLOS Consultancy
  • Technology and infrastructure planning will be provided by the technical arm of CLOS consultancy, alongside Amazon Web Services and Vespertec.


The Landing also anticipates several additional specialists and consultants will join the advisory network, to focus on The Landing’s specific areas of technology expertise including Virtual and Augmented Reality, the Internet of Things and HealthTech.


Many of the partners will also collaborate on company-specific projects to address a particular business issue which is holding a certain firm back.


Maya Dibley, Head of Programmes and Partnerships at The Landing, said: “When we were planning Launch last year we went out and asked scale-up companies and tech entrepreneurs what they needed from a co-working environment, beyond just a well-designed space to do business from with great amenities and connectivity.


“They told us having access to the best, and most current, commercial advice and professional support across a wide range of disciplines and services was a key driver for growth, and that often they faced barriers which were inter-related, so having one adviser in one sector was often not much help. That’s why we’ve worked hard to recruit a high-quality mix of skills and experience for this initiative.”


Steve Kuncewicz, a Principal Lawyer at Slater Gordon who specialises in media and IP, said: “We are delighted to have been asked by The Landing to join this amazing network of advisers and specialists. We are all committed to supporting early-stage businesses in the North West, as that benefits all of us as part of a thriving regional economy.


“Clearly, we also all hope that as and when some of these fledgling businesses start to grow we will get the opportunity to work with them on a more regular and retained basis, but primarily we think it’s simply good business to offer advice and guidance to innovative and ambitious companies looking to scale-up.”      


Shu-Ling Li, The Landing’s Community Manager who runs the Launch co-working space said: “Through this hand-picked group of leading industry experts and consultants The Landing is taking a holistic approach to solving client problems. We are tasking everyone is this new business partner network to break out of traditional silos, and work together to tackle issues which are both complex and interdependent.”


In addition to the business advice network companies which qualify to be based at the Launch co-working space also get access to its UX testing labs and the Eagle Lab Maker Studio (which is sponsored by Barclays).


They also get access to the On The 7th exclusive bar and lounge and all of the Landing’s other workspaces and facilities.


For more details of Launch at The Landing visit thelanding.org.uk









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<![CDATA[UKFast City of Salford 10K announces charity partners]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/ukfast-city-of-salford-10k-announces-charity-partners http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/ukfast-city-of-salford-10k-announces-charity-partners#When:11:05:45Z The UKFast City of Salford 10K has partnered with three charities for its annual running event at MediaCityUK, 3rd September 2017.

The Christie, Cash For Kids and The Diane Modahl Sports Foundation will be the designated charities for this year's event, giving the runners a number of worthy good causes to consider running and raising funds for.

The event takes place on Sunday 3rd September where over 3,500 runners are expected to take on the 10K route which takes in some of the most iconic landmarks in the area, including MediaCityUK, Imperial War Museum, the set of Coronation Street and Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United Football Club.

Kevin Harmer, UK Events and Sponsorship Manager said; “Sports Tours International is delighted to be working with three key charities in the region, giving them additional exposure of their good work and a platform to promote their key objectives. Sport plays a massive part in charitable fundraising and we are really pleased to be working with charities that are working to help a number of different people in need”.

Claire Ferguson, Fundraising Coordinator at The Christie charity added; “We are delighted to be one of official charity partners of the 2017 UKFast City of Salford 10K and feel honoured to be chosen again. We hope that as many runners as possible will sign up for Team Christie and help support The Christie against cancer.”

Russell Feingold, Fundraising Manager at Cash For Kids said; “We’re so honoured to be one of the charity partners for this year’s UKFast City of Salford 10K. This event is just amazing to be a part of and it’s great to see UKFast sponsoring it as they do so much for our amazing city.”

Diane Modahl, co-founder of DMSF said; The Diane Modahl Sports Foundation is delighted to be an official charity partner of the UKFast Salford 10K alongside two other fantastic Manchester-based charities. Our passion is to raise the aspirations of young people and give those resources, experience and knowledge that will help them develop into strong confident individuals.”

Since its inception in 2008, the City of Salford 10K has grown in size rapidly and with the help of a number of local businesses and organisations as well as Salford City Council, it continues to be one of the biggest and best mass participation running events in the north west.

For anymore details, please visit www.salford10k.com or contact Kevin Harmer on 0161 703 8161 or kevin@sportstoursinternational.co.uk

<![CDATA[NatWest finance helps Lightbox to shine ]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/natwest-finance-helps-lightbox-to-shine http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/natwest-finance-helps-lightbox-to-shine#When:10:02:34Z Plans to develop 238 new homes at Manchester’s MediaCityUK have taken a major step forward, following a £28.6m finance deal with NatWest.


The Lightbox residential scheme will comprise one, two and three-bed apartments across a 19-storey building overlooking the Manchester Ship Canal. Peel Media’s plans also include a full concierge service, car parking spaces and bike storage for residents.


The finance deal with NatWest will be supported by a further £8.2m from the Greater Manchester Housing Fund to provide additional mezzanine facilities. Construction is expected to start in spring 2017, and is planned for completion in 2019.


Lightbox is part of plans for phase two of MediaCityUK’s £1bn development programme which will feature 540,000 sq ft of offices, 1,800 apartments and new retail and leisure areas.          


MediaCityUK is a joint venture between Peel and Legal and General Capital.  Managing Director, Stephen Wild, said: “This is an important step towards bringing Lightbox to MediaCityUK which has already proven to be a popular development since we took it to market in May 2016. Our plans to double in size over the next 10 years include more hotels, bars and restaurants, as well as an increased focus on high quality places to live, so Lightbox will bring an exciting, luxury dimension to the diverse residential offering here.”


NatWest’s Head of Real Estate Finance, North West England, Heath Thomas, said: “MediaCityUK is creating a fantastic development which will enhance the local area and it is already attracting interest from potential investors and homebuyers.


"We look forward to working with MediaCityUK to deliver its future business growth aspirations.”

<![CDATA[Hannah Entwistle appointed as dock10 VFX Senior Producer]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/hannah-entwistle-appointed-as-dock10-vfx-senior-producer http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/hannah-entwistle-appointed-as-dock10-vfx-senior-producer#When:09:38:12Z Leading media services business dock10 has appointed Hannah Entwistle as Senior Producer in the VFX department.

Hannah's previous experience includes a stint as Post Production Producer at Manchester-based production house 422 and as Producer for Equinox Film and Television in MediaCityUK. Her most recent experience came as Agency Producer for McCann Manchester.

As a Senior Producer, Hannah will work with and manage clients for dock10, while closely collaborating with the business’s industry-leading team of VFX creatives and operators.

Commenting on her appointment, Hannah said: “The VFX team at dock10 is one of the very best in the country. I am looking forward to producing innovative, compelling and exciting work for a broad range of clients.”

Chris Baker, Head of VFX at dock10, added: “Hannah is an important appointment for us as a department. She brings a significant amount of experience to the business, bolstering what is already an established and creative team. Hannah will work to support our continued success as an organisation.”

dock10 is the UK's largest post production business outside London. Past and ongoing work stretches across television series, including Happy Valley, Dragons’ Den, Match of the Day, Last Tango in Halifax and Blue Peter, and for agencies on behalf of brands including Missguided, Bensons for Beds and Magnet Kitchens.

dock10 provides post production and VFX services to a range of agencies, commercial production companies and corporates.


<![CDATA[Construction starts on Lightbox at MediaCityUK]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/construction-starts-on-lightbox-at-mediacityuk http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/construction-starts-on-lightbox-at-mediacityuk#When:11:27:35Z The next exciting phase of construction at MediaCityUK, one of the country’s largest media and technology hubs, is starting with new, luxury residential apartment scheme, Lightbox.


The £35 million development comprising 238 apartments over 19 storeys is situated directly on MediaCityUK’s waterfront, offering stunning views over Salford Quays, Coronation Street and the Manchester skyline. Construction is commencing at the end of April.


Designed by AHR, Lightbox will see the creation of luxury studio, one, two and three bed apartments, available for private sale.


Bouygues UK has been appointed by MediaCityUK to deliver construction for Lightbox.


Stephen Wild, Managing Director of MediaCityUK said: “We are very proud of what we have achieved here at MediaCityUK so far, and Lightbox will bring a new residential community to what is already a thriving and vibrant destination.”


“Located in the heart of MediaCityUK, with panoramic waterfront views, easy access to all retail and restaurants, and more still to come, this is an incredibly exciting place to live. Keen interest in Lightbox has reflected this since we took it to market in 2016 and we look forward to working with Bouygues UK to deliver this project.”


Craig Tatton, Chief Operating Officer at Bouygues UK said: “Securing this scheme in the North West is a fantastic achievement and Lightbox is an exciting project. Greater Manchester is a core focus for us as we look to apply the technical expertise we have as part of the wider Bouygues group to major projects where we can add value.”


“As well as providing high-quality new homes and regenerating land, we are committed to delivering the maximum benefit to the community by engaging with local suppliers, residents and community groups.”


Internally, Lightbox will feature high specification contemporary styled kitchens, bathrooms, appliances and flooring. This light, airy and sophisticated building will also include a full concierge service, car parking spaces to rent as well as bicycle storage facilities.


Completion of the scheme is anticipated for the first quarter of 2019.


For further information on availability and pricing please email Lightbox@mediacityuk.co.uk or call 0161 238 7404.