1513192332 <![CDATA[Press Releases]]> http://mcuk.drumbeat-server.co.uk/index.php en jahanzeb@drumbeatcreative.co.uk Copyright 2017 2017-12-13T17:12:12+00:00 <![CDATA[New Year’s Day Charity Swim ]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/new-years-day-charity-swim http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/new-years-day-charity-swim#When:17:12:12Z On Monday, 1st January 2018 over 250 daredevil open water swimmers are expected to leap into the icy 5˚c water in Dock 9, MediaCityUK to celebrate the start of the new year and raise over £4,000 for charity.

Organised by outdoor swimming specialists Uswim, the popular, annual event will provide a safe environment for swimmers of all ages to complete the 250m swim challenge to help boost the coffers of the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice charity.

There will also be a food collection which will be donated to the food bank based at the Well Baptist Church in Farnworth, Bolton.

Dave Quartermain, Director of Uswim said: “Throughout the year our open water swims and events in the dock attract over 20,000 swimmers so our annual new year’s day charity swim is a way of giving something back to the community and a fun and challenging way to start the year. All our dedicated staff will give their time for free because it’s for such a great cause.”

All swimmers will receive a commemorative swim cap thanks to event sponsor The Morson Group and there will be a competition for the funkiest swim hat.

For more details click here:  http://www.uswimopenwater.com/Swim/p/new-years-day-swim-2018-Jan-01 for more on the charity click here https://www.forgetmenotchild.co.uk/about-us

<![CDATA[A Christmas treat from the BBC: Doctor Who coming to a town near you]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/a-christmas-treat-from-the-bbc-doctor-who-coming-to-a-town-near-you http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/a-christmas-treat-from-the-bbc-doctor-who-coming-to-a-town-near-you#When:13:44:23Z The BBC will deliver an early Christmas present to the North of England this December with free screenings of its most eagerly-awaited festive TV shows.  

Fans of Doctor Who will be able to see the annual Christmas special before anyone else. This year’s episode will feature Peter Capaldi as the Doctor for the last time. As well as Doctor Who, there will be opportunity for comedy fans in two locations to attend a local screening for local people and see the first of three new episodes of cult favourite The League of Gentlemen. And in two cities, children will be able to get an exclusive preview of an animated version of the classic book The Highway Rat.  

Starting in Hartlepool and finishing just before the big day in Bradford, the Christmas tour will take in eight locations across northern England to spread a little festive fun throughout the region. As well as a sneak peek of these hotly-anticipated shows, fans will also be able to pose for photos on the BBC’s red carpet and with props from the programmes.  The tickets will be available through a ballot which will be open from Thursday 23 November for 10 days via the BBC Shows and Tours website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/bbc_north_preview_screening_tour

This year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, Twice Upon a Time, will see Peter Capaldi joined by David Bradley who reprises his role as the First Doctor, while Pearl Mackie returns as companion Bill Potts and Mark Gatiss guest stars as the Captain. Doctor Who fans will be able to enjoy a preview of the seasonal special, apart from the last few moments which will be kept as a surprise until the BBC One broadcast on Christmas Day. 

Much-loved comedy The League of Gentlemen returns to BBC Two this Christmas with three brand-new episodes to celebrate the group’s 20th anniversary at the BBC. Once again, the three performing members of the League – Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and Mark Gatiss – will be playing a veritable host of bizarre and darkly comic characters inhabiting the fictional Northern town of Royston Vasey, in scripts written by themselves and co-creator Jeremy Dyson. The first episode will be shown in Hartlepool and York as part of the premiere tour.

The Highway Rat, produced by Magic Light Pictures, is an animated version of the Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler favourite about a greedy rat who steals food. Children will be able to see it in Newcastle and Hull.

The full schedule for the Christmas premiere tour is as follows:

Thursday 14 December Hartlepool Town Hall
Doctor Who – 7pm
The League of Gentlemen – 8.30pm

Friday 15 December  The Guild Hall, York
Doctor Who – 7pm
The League of Gentlemen – 8.30pm

Saturday 16 December   Jubilee Church, Hull
The Highway Rat – 1.30pm
Doctor Who – 7pm & 8.30pm

Sunday 17 December  St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle
The Highway Rat – 1.30pm
Doctor Who – 7pm & 8.30pm

Monday 18 December  The Middlesbrough Empire
Doctor Who – 7pm & 8.30pm

Tuesday 19 December  Dock 10, MediaCityUK, Salford
Doctor Who – 7pm & 8.30pm

Wednesday 20 December  Durham School
Doctor Who – 7pm & 8.30pm

Friday 22 December  Old Odeon, Bradford
Doctor Who – 7pm & 8.30pm

Adrian Mills, General Manager of BBC North says: “We can’t wait to bring this wonderful seasonal programming direct to our audiences in the North and we’re sure they’ll enjoy this exclusive BBC content.”

For more information and to book tickets please go to: 

The ticket ballot will close on Sunday 3 December. Tickets will be allocated via a random draw with 45% going to local postcodes, 45% going to the surrounding county and 10% to the rest of the UK.

A trailer for the Doctor Who Christmas special can be found here:


<![CDATA[Carbon Digital wins competitive pitch to create international campaign]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/carbon-digital-wins-competitive-pitch-to-create-international-campaign http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/carbon-digital-wins-competitive-pitch-to-create-international-campaign#When:12:39:31Z The Landing based company will be delivering a ‘fintech-first’ promotion for Standard Chartered bank. 

This will see it working alongside its Singapore head office, to produce an integrated digital campaign, covering a number of territories.

“This is an incredibly exciting project for us, which will deliver a true innovation in consumer mobile banking,” said co-founder Sue McHugh.

“We are delighted to have won the work after developing a bespoke digital technology in our pitch. It is fantastic to see a project of this size being delivered out of the North West and once again underlines the innovative nature of the region.”

It’s expected to go live early next year.

<![CDATA[dock10 wins multi-year contract with BBC Creative North]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/dock10-wins-multi-year-contract-with-bbc-creative-north http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/dock10-wins-multi-year-contract-with-bbc-creative-north#When:15:37:17Z BBC Creative has chosen dock10 to support the creation of promotional content for the BBC at MediaCityUK. Working closely with the BBC team, dock10’s post production specialists will provide the high-end finishing, including audio, colouring and VFX elements, utilising their extensive facilities and media services. In addition, dock10 will install a number of fully managed edit stations in BBC Creative’s North HQ that will enable content to be accessed and edited across multiple locations.

Mandy Combes from BBC Creative, said: “Our Salford team focus on creating outstanding promotional campaigns for BBC Sport, CBBC and Cbeebies. We have been working closely with dock10 during the establishment of our team at MediaCityUK, and we look forward to further developing our relationship with dock10 as we embark on some very exciting projects.”

Mark Senior, Chief Executive at dock10, said: “We are very pleased to be further extending the range of services that we provide to the BBC. This already includes extensive use of our studios and post production facilities for everything from children’s television to live Saturday night entertainment. BBC Creative creates world-class short form content, and we’re delighted to have been chosen to support them in this endeavour.”

<![CDATA[Space Digital produces US hit short film 'Slaughterbots']]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/space-digital-produced-us-hit-short-film-slaughterbots http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/space-digital-produced-us-hit-short-film-slaughterbots#When:11:38:51Z A hard-hitting short film about autonomous weapons which is making headlines across the world, was written and produced in MediaCityUK.

Award-winning production and visual effects specialists, Space Digital, based at MediaCityUK, also did all of the post-production on ‘Slaughterbots’, which was made for the USA’s Future of Life Institute.

The film channels a near-future dystopian world where artificially intelligent drones become terrifying killing machines in an attempt to raise awareness about the dangers of autonomous weapons.  

With over 400,000 views on YouTube on its initial release and articles published in the Guardian, Independent, CNN and Daily Mail, the film has obviously struck a chord with viewers and concerned spectators.

Space Digital was approached directly by the Boston-based Institute, whose aim is to catalyse and support research and initiatives for safeguarding life and developing optimistic visions of the future, including positive ways for humanity to steer its own course considering new technologies and challenges.

Space Digital MD Matthew Nelson said: "We’re proud to have been approached to produce a film on such an important matter – and it highlights the unique capabilities we have here at Space Digital. The film was shot on location at Hertfordshire University, Peterborough and Edinburgh, and the complete post included 150 visual effects shots.  The end result is extremely impactful.”

Now in its 11th year, Space Digital has an impressive reputation in the industry and, earlier this year, won a coveted Silver Award at the prestigious Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards.

You can view ‘Slaughterbots’ on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HipTO_7mUOw

<![CDATA[Upp B2B to create new website for youth charity]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/upp-b2b-to-create-new-website-for-youth-charity http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/upp-b2b-to-create-new-website-for-youth-charity#When:11:16:22Z MediaCityUK-based Upp B2B has been commissioned to work on a website brief for Bolton Lads & Girls Club (BLGC), following a competitive five-way agency pitch.

The specialist b2b agency was selected for its UX-led approach to web creation and its clear understanding of the organisation’s vision and brand values.

BLGC, one of the UK’s biggest youth centres and a registered charity, is headquartered in Bolton. Founded in 1889, the organisation provides over 3,500 children from 8 to 19 years of age - up to 21 for young people with a disability - with a safe haven to spend their free time. The charity, which operates across four centres, also gives members access to a wider range of initiatives including, sports, the arts, mentoring and community outreach work.

Karen Edwards OBE, chief executive Bolton Lads & Girls Club, said, “Upp B2B really demonstrated that they understood us as an organisation at pitch stage. They went on to impress us in planning meetings with the senior team, focusing on how we could shape a much more relevant and interactive ‘user experience’ with the new site. We had some very specific challenges we needed to address, and a number of different stakeholder groups we needed to engage. From the members (young people) themselves, to volunteers and corporate organisations who support our fundraising activities. We’re thrilled with the end result as we believe this sets us up for the next phase of our growth.”

Upp B2B has been a patron of the charity for over five years, and has previously worked with the Board of Trustees on a pro-bono basis to develop the BLGC brand positioning, ‘Enriching young lives’.

Michael Clark, Managing Director Upp B2B, adds, "It was a real privilege to be chosen to work on this project by the BLGC trustees. I’ll be honest, the team has felt under a bit of pressure to deliver something special on this project, as BLGC plays such an important role in the North West. He concludes, “BLGC is a forward-thinking organisation doing really important work, and this has been a heart and soul project for the agency.”

<![CDATA[UTC@MediaCityUK and Barclays Eagle Lab launch Create Build Code]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/utcmediacityuk-and-barclays-eagle-lab-launch-create-build-code http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/utcmediacityuk-and-barclays-eagle-lab-launch-create-build-code#When:11:33:00Z TV and Film, Graphics Design and Animation students have been set a live brief by Barclays Eagle Lab Salford to create a marketing campaign to promote Create • Build • Code : MediaCityUK - a hackathon event taking place in December 2017.

Students from the UTC@MediaCityUK aged 15 and 16, have joined forces with some of MediaCityUK's leading occupiers, BBC, The Landing and Barclays. The aim is to help produce marketing materials for a coding event and give the students hands-on experience in a real working environment.

Claire Barker, Head of Creative UTC@MediaCityUK said: “It's vital the students feel the work they do at college is relevant and has a context in the real world beyond the UTC. Not all students are motivated just by the by the idea of getting a good grade. Live briefs tend to bring out the best in all students, giving them a sense of purpose, working for a real client in creative media industries.” 

UTC@MediaCityUK is also incorporating “live briefs” from brands like Barclays and work experience from organisations like The Landing, MediaCityUK and the BBC into its curriculum.

Paul Wilshaw, Digital and Innovation Lead, Barclays Eagle Lab said: “It's hard to achieve that ideal job. If we can help by offering experience of working with us as their clients, we will. We want to help and encourage students to do the best they can. Hopefully they'll learn something amazing from us. You never know, they may become an apprentice, graduate or employee with us one day soon.” 

James Moores is one of the current Year 11 TV and Film Students working on the brief for Barclays.

He said: “I like having projects set by employers as this gives us a real insight into what the media and digital industry is really like. Working with employer partners and companies like Barclays gives you real time projects to complete. I feel this is a unique strength of UTC@MediaCityUK.” 

Create • Build • Code : MediaCityUK will be taking place at The BBC Blue Room, MediaCityUK on Friday 8th December.

<![CDATA[dock10’s sound specialist helps to bring Daisy & Ollie to life]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/dock10s-sound-specialist-helps-to-bring-daisy-ollie-to-life http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/dock10s-sound-specialist-helps-to-bring-daisy-ollie-to-life#When:11:28:29Z Daisy & Ollie is an exciting new pre-school series from CHF Entertainment, that encourages young children to be curious and question the world around them. To drive the show’s narrative and enhance its atmosphere, dock10’s Senior Dubbing Mixer, Paul Harrison, has crafted a carefully understated soundtrack that helps to turn everyday learning into a great adventure.

 “The average four-year old asks over 400 questions a day,” says Helen Brown from CHF Entertainment. “These range from the sublime to the ridiculous, from the serious to the silly, and everything in between. Daisy & Ollie, along with their out of the ordinary toys, Boo the Monkey and Whizzy the Robot, discover the answers to their questions! Along with having educational value, the show is also tremendously fun and engaging thanks to the talented team that has worked so hard to bring the concept to life.”

Knowing that the soundtrack would be paramount in driving the narrative and direction of the 52x7 minute episodes, CHF Entertainment turned to Paul Harrison from dock10 for the audio post production. As one of the industry’s most experienced animation audio professionals, with over thirty years’ experience and many iconic shows to his credit, Paul worked closely with the production team, including the celebrated composer Keith Hopwood.

 “The way that sound brings life to pictures is fascinating,” says Paul, “and it’s always exciting to be brought in at the early stages of a new programme. It gives you a great opportunity to really understand how the show works and to make the soundscape an integral part of its development path. Whilst we’ve deliberately kept the Daisy & Ollie soundtrack reasonably understated, it effortlessly carries the story along and really enhances the messaging that lies at the heart of each episode.”    


<![CDATA[ITV’s ‘Original Voices’ returns to Emmerdale]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/itvs-original-voices-returns-to-emmerdale http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/itvs-original-voices-returns-to-emmerdale#When:10:55:41Z ITV has announced that its successful writing initiative, Original Voices, is to return.

ITV first launched Original Voices in 2013, to tap into and connect with local BAME writing talent. The aim of the initiative is to find interesting writers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds and offer selected candidates training opportunities within ITV Continuing Drama.

ITV has run the scheme three times so far with writers joining the story and writing teams of both Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

Original Voices – Emmerdale is seeking submissions from talented writers with a view to offering four applicants the opportunity to spend six weeks in the Emmerdale story department. Whilst there the successful applicants will develop their skills at creating gripping stories, weaving multiple story strands and writing credible long running story arcs.

At the end of the attachment the selected writers will get the chance to write a trial script for the show to be read by the show’s producers. Constructive notes and feedback will be offered on this script with an opportunity for the writer to write a second draft, a vital part of the soap scripting process. Writing a trial script is the standard path for writers attempting to secure one of the highly coveted writer roles on ITV's soaps. It will provide invaluable scripting experience to the schemes selected writers, experience which can be put to good use on other drama opportunities.

ITV’s Managing Director of Continuing Drama, John Whiston, says: “I've seen the impact our Original Voice scheme has previously had at both Emmerdale and Coronation Street.  The talent involved have helped make both programmes' story offices and writing teams more reflective of the world our drama lives in and so more exciting and more relevant to our audience.  So I'm pleased that, with the help of Creative Skillset, we are able to extend the initiative once again”.


Applicants can apply by sending the below to originalvoices@itv.com:

  • One sample script of 30-90 minutes (television, film, theatre, radio or similar)
  • Short script synopsis
  • Biography/CV, stating your permanent residence in the North.
  • All submissions should be received by 1st December 2017.
<![CDATA[A season of sparkle is coming to Lowry Outlet]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/a-season-of-sparkle-is-coming-to-lowry-outlet http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/a-season-of-sparkle-is-coming-to-lowry-outlet#When:10:41:27Z Shoppers are invited to experience the magic of Christmas being brought to life as Lowry Outlet’s Season of Sparkle brings an Elf Enchanted Christmas Market plus magical family entertainment to the waterside shopping destination.


Inspired by Elf the Musical, an Elf Enchanted Christmas market will bring the outdoor plaza to life from 23rd November to 26th November with entertainers, live choirs and brass bands, plus a giant Christmas pudding which families can go inside to listen to favourite Christmas tales read by Mrs Elf herself.


A FREE magical Elf Workshop will also launch on Thursday 23rd November for children to venture into and take a peek behind the scenes as the elves prepare for the big day. Hidden inside a magical igloo, children will experience snow creatures, the elves’ sorting office and the workshop itself before a chance to jump on board Santa’s sleigh for a selfie. It’s free to enter and runs all the way until 1st January.


Kelly Hurst, centre manager at Lowry Outlet, said: “We’re excited to launch the Season of Sparkle at Lowry Outlet. Our Elf Enchanted Market will be full of sparkle and the perfect chance for shoppers to buy beautiful and unique gifts, not forgetting amazing discounts at all of our outlet stores.


“There’s so much for all ages to enjoy with music and lots of entertainment. Children will be invited to complete an Elf Trail to enter the Elf Workshop, a truly magical experience inside the wonders of the workshop, where the magic of Christmas really comes alive. We’re running this all the way through the festive period so we hope as many families as possible will be able to enjoy it.


“In addition, for the first three weekends in December we’ll be hosting an indoor Magical Makers Market with beautiful handmade gifts and artisan crafts. Come and get into the festive spirit at our Season of Sparkle and celebrate Christmas 2017 with us.”


Key Dates at Lowry Outlet’s Season of Sparkle


Elf Enchanted Christmas Market – on the plaza

Thursday 23rd November – Sunday 26th November,

10am – 7pm daily


The Elf Workshop – in centre

Thursday 23rd November – Monday 1st January, 

Mon – Sat 11am – 7am, Sun – 11am – 5pm


Magical Makers Markets – in centre

Saturday 2nd December – Sunday 3rd December, 11am – 5am daily

Saturday 9th December – Sunday 10th December, 11am – 5am daily

Saturday 16th December – Sunday 17th December, 11am – 5am daily


Christmas opening hours launch on Thursday 23rd November, with stores opening until 8pm week nights.


Lowry Outlet has an extensive collection of high street and designer labels at up to 70% off, across the Outlet’s 80 stores and restaurants including Toytown, Bench Outlet, H Samuel, Beauty Outlet, M&S Outlet, Next Outlet, Clarks Outlet, Gap Outlet and many more. Make your visit a full day out with the family this Christmas and head to Lowry Outlet’s Vue Cinema and catch the latest film, or enjoy dinner out at one of the Plaza restaurants, including Lime, Pizza Express, Café Rouge and Nando’s. Lowry Outlet is Manchester’s only outlet shopping centre, located in the heart of MediaCityUK, Manchester’s stunning waterfront destination.


For all the festive entertainment at Lowry Outlet’s Season of Sparkle, visit www.lowryoutletchristmas.co.uk