1508232014 <![CDATA[Press Releases]]> http://mcuk.drumbeat-server.co.uk/index.php en nmckenna@mediacityuk.co.uk Copyright 2017 2017-10-16T13:30:13+00:00 <![CDATA[Be part of the next festival of lights at MediaCityUK]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/be-part-of-the-next-festival-of-lights-at-mediacityuk http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/be-part-of-the-next-festival-of-lights-at-mediacityuk#When:14:23:31Z Quays Culture is looking for the people of Greater Manchester to be part of its annual digital light festival, Lightwaves 2017, at MediaCityUK this December.

Collaborating with Blackpool Illuminations, a suspended structure will light up Salford Quays, portraying 100 faces and places of Greater Manchester. Quays Culture is calling on people from each of the county’s boroughs, including Manchester, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan to capture 10 images from each of the 10 boroughs, of either a face or a place.

Portraits can include anyone from family and friends, young and old, to shop owners and notable figures, from the famed to the unknown. And ‘places’ could capture anything from a special street, architecture, schools, iconic building, and landmark attraction in the area. These stills will be illuminated to create a visual story of each borough, through its inhabitants and locations.

Those that are interested can send images directly to art@quaysculture.com.

Deadline date for submissions is 6th November 2017, and a panel from Quays Culture will select the images for public show.  

Further details can be found here:


<![CDATA[Coleg Cambria and LDA unveil digital overhaul]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/coleg-cambria-and-lda-unveil-digital-overhaul http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/coleg-cambria-and-lda-unveil-digital-overhaul#When:13:44:49Z  COLEG Cambria, one of the highest performing colleges in Wales, has partnered with MediaCityUK-based digital agency Lda to launch an all new website that the college is billing as “perhaps its most important piece of real estate”.


Coleg Cambria, which serves North East Wales, Cheshire and Wirral, required its digital properties to work significantly harder to reflect its offering for Further Education, Higher Education, apprenticeships and employers.


The strategy, content, creative and tech teams at agency Lda created the site from scratch over a six-month period. It incorporates not only a refreshed brand and new user experience but also a rich mix of content including video, 3D tours and transactional technology – to drive applications, learner engagement and employer engagement.


Jayne Unalkat, Head of Marketing and Recruitment at the college, led the project alongside Lda Chief Executive Lucy Perkins. Jayne comments:


“This undertaking was far more than a marketing project – it has been a fundamental milestone in the history and future of the college. It involves every department including IT, student records and importantly diversity: it not only addresses the cultural and linguistic requirements of our local area by being fully bilingual, it is also fully accessible to all users.”


Lucy Perkins of Lda continues: “Coleg Cambria’s new website is a massive step forward for a number of reasons. First, it reflects the wants and needs of learners, which our research identified: it speaks to them in their language. It was designed mobile-first, given that the majority of users will now use mobile devices before desktop to access it. It presents information in formats today’s user demands, so to complement established offline assets such as prospectuses and open days we offer 3D tours, bite-size information and video content throughout.


“Also, its employer-facing sections are tailored to the employer community that the college serves, from the region’s manufacturing giants to independent high street businesses. This gives them the training and learning resources they need to tackle skills gaps and ensure that their specific workforce requirements are being met by the college.”


Jayne Unalkat concludes: “Our new website gives exactly the same supportive, inclusive community feel that you get from our bricks-and-mortar sites. Users can access what they want with as few clicks as possible, and what they find online is as close as can be to the experience we deliver at the college itself.

The success of this project was a direct result of our strong collaborative partnership with Lda. The agency team knows the FE sector inside and out, and is truly embedded within our college. We look forward to continuing to work with Lda on the ongoing development, evolving content and future iterations of our website.”


<![CDATA[MediaCityUK to host Game Lab for Science Festival]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/countdown-begins-to-2017-science-festival http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/countdown-begins-to-2017-science-festival#When:13:30:13Z The countdown has begun to the 2017 Manchester Science Festival with the University of Salford playing its biggest ever role. The university's MediaCityUK campus will host Game Lab as part of a full programme of experiments and events in the coming weeks.

On Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October, 11am – 5pm, GameLab is a FREE open event offering puzzles, problem-solving and Playstations. Ideal for ages 12+, the event is all about experimental gaming, from controllable digital fish to the latest virtual reality from VR Manchester, eSport demos, retro platforms and interactive VJ events across three floors of activity. You can even bring your dog, as the team explains how new technology tracks canine health to make your furry friends healthier.

The festival – 19th to 29th  October is produced by the Museum of Science and Industry and supported by The University of Salford as lead educational partner.

-       Thursday, 19 October: Electrifying the Voice – join Professor Trevor Cox and professional opera singers for a mix of music and acoustic experimentation. Can the human voice smash a wine glass – myth or fact? Chetham’s Library 7.30-8.30pm (booking required) 

-       Friday, 20 October: Join the brilliant Science of Star Wars author Jon Chase, winner of the 2017 Josh Award for Science Communication at a Preview Night, MediaCityUK Campus, University of Salford, 5-7pm

-       Saturday/Sunday 21/22 October GameLab at MediaCityUK Campus, University of Salford 11am – 5pm, including: GameLab – Puzzles, problem-solving and Playstations: From controllable digital fish to the latest virtual reality from VR Manchester, eSport demos, retro platforms and interactive VJ events across three floors of activity. You can even bring your dog, as we explain how new technology tracks canine health and make our furry friends healthier. 

-       The Library of Fake News – With fake news making fake headlines over the last 12 months, how do we sort fact from fiction? Pay a visit to MediaCityUK’s Library of Fake News and discover what fake news actually is, how the truth popped its clogs and why misinformation could mean now more than ever, that seeing is no longer believing.

-       AquAIRium: Enter the AquAIRium, an immersive dry aquarium that brings every sound, scent and surface of the ocean to life in an art-science installation. Discover marine biology, how the ocean works, the ethics of aquaria, conservation, and how digital and virtual displays are revolutionising our experience of the deep blue sea.

-       Science in the House – House music meets live-mixed £D visuals in this incredible audio-visual experience. Enjoy graphics and images from the Large Hadron Collider and the Higgs boson flying around, plus the science of particle and accelerator physics, set to a soundtrack. 

-       Citizen Science Showcase – What happens when science meets people power? Everything! From classifying planets to exploring our natural world, you too can play your part in advancing scientific endeavour. Come and celebrate people-powered experiments in this showcase of projects. 

-       DeviceD – Want to control a dance performance from your phone? Device D is an audio-visual installation turning Twitter posts into performance instruction as through wearable vibrating sensors. Conceived by dance lecturer Manoli Moriarty and also on show at The Grand Exposition, Talbot Mill. 27-29 October.

-       Sing ‘Til You’re Grinning – Thursday, 26 October at Eccles Gateway and Library 2.30-3.30pm. Discover how the science of singing and hitting those high notes affects your health. Exercise your vocal chords with the Eccles Daytime Choir and find out the five ways that being in a choir can improve your life. 

-       Pi: Baffled by Brains – Saturday, 28 October at Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester. 10.30-4.30pm. Join Dr Gemma Lace-Costigan from the School of Environment and Life Sciences and the Salford Institute for Dementia to explore the world of brains. Build, create, touch and play in this interactive event which looks at how the brain works and what happens when it breaks down. 

Andy Miah, Professor of Science Communication at the University of Salford said: “Our scientists are make a huge contribution to the festival this year including an amazing exploration of the human voice by Professor Trevor Cox, which will feature on BBC Tomorrow’s World.

“Dr Gary Kerr is delving into the health and wellbeing benefits of choirs and Dr Gemma Lace-Costigan is one of this year’s Pi experts at MOSI, answering questions on the workings and failings of the human brain.”

“We also host Game Lab at our own campus at MediaCityUK, where the public can interact and explore exciting areas of science over the weekend of October 21-22.

<![CDATA[Blue Peter launches milestone 60th year with Gold Badge Walk at MediaCityUK]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/blue-peter-launches-milestone-60th-year-with-gold-badge-walk-at-mediacityuk http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/blue-peter-launches-milestone-60th-year-with-gold-badge-walk-at-mediacityuk#When:09:41:32Z Blue Peter is to unveil its Gold Badge Walk at MediaCityUK - a path to honour some of the well-known names who’ve received the special accolade - to celebrate the launch of the show’s 60th year.

Blue Peter’s Gold Badge Walk has been built at MediaCityUK, joining the famous Blue Peter Garden to the CBBC’s studios.

The path will be revealed to viewers in tomorrow’s live programme (12th October at 5.30pm on CBBC), celebrating some of the most successful people in sport, literature, music and other industries to receive the prestigious accolade.

The walkway will be emblazoned with 44 giant Gold Badges, engraved with the names of stars including JK Rowling, Usain Bolt, Elton John, David Beckham, Tim Peake, Beth Tweddle, David Attenborough and even Her Majesty The Queen.

Also being honoured in the Gold Badge Walk are former Blue Peter presenters Valerie Singleton, Peter Purves and John Noakes. Biddy Baxter, editor of the programme for 23 years, and Percy Thrower, the first Blue Peter gardener, are also featured.

The newest big name to receive a Gold Badge - and earn their spot on the pathway - is iconic baker Mary Berry, who was awarded her badge at Henley Literature Festival last Friday (6th October). Viewers can see Mary receive her badge in tomorrow’s show.

Blue Peter will celebrate its 60th anniversary in October 2018 and has a host of special events taking place across the next 12 months to honour the occasion.

As part of the celebrations, the show will have its first ever guest editor, children’s author Jacqueline Wilson, who will be taking the reins on 19th October.

A special edition of Blue Peter on Thursday 1st February 2018 will mark the show’s 5000th episode. February will also see the launch of a new Diamond Badge - the highest honour fans and viewers can be awarded within the special 60th year.

Ewan Vinnicombe, Editor of Blue Peter, says: “We're thrilled to launch our 60th year with our special Gold Badge Walk just a few steps away from the iconic Blue Peter garden. We've got such an exciting year ahead with many treats in store for our audience, across all generations, to celebrate the special place that Blue Peter holds within the UK. I'm so excited that Jacqueline Wilson will be our first guest editor with all her creative genius.”

Since the programme’s launch in 1958, the Gold Badge has been presented to individuals who show great expertise in their chosen field, are considered to be role models and inspire children across many generations.

  • Her Majesty The Queen
  • David Attenborough
  • Steve Backshall
  • Gary Barlow
  • Biddy Baxter
  • David Beckham
  • Mary Berry
  • Malorie Blackman
  • Quentin Blake
  • Usain Bolt
  • Michael Bond
  • Cressida Cowell
  • Roald Dahl
  • Tom Daley
  • Jessica Ennis-Hill
  • Tanni Grey-Thompson
  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Dani Harmer
  • Kelly Holmes
  • Anthony Horowitz
  • Chris Hoy
  • Elton John
  • Jade Jones
  • John Lasseter
  • Chris Martin
  • Michael Morpurgo
  • John Noakes
  • Nick Park
  • Tim Peake
  • Peter Purves
  • Chris Riddell
  • Wayne Rooney
  • JK Rowling
  • Ellie Simmonds
  • Francesca Simon
  • Valerie Singleton
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Sarah Storey
  • Percy Thrower
  • Beth Tweddle
  • David Walliams
  • Bradley Wiggins
  • Jacqueline Wilson
  • Barbara Windsor
<![CDATA[MediaCityUK to host Jingle Bell Jog]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/mediacityuk-to-host-jingle-bell-jog http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/mediacityuk-to-host-jingle-bell-jog#When:16:05:12Z On Sunday December 3rd at MediaCityUK, Sports Tours International will be delivering a festive fun run for all…the JINGLE BELL JOG!

UK Events & Sponsorship Manager at Sports Tours International, Kevin Harmer said; “We are delighted to bring the Jingle Bell Jog back to MediaCityUK, so friends and families can come together and take part in an event that isn’t timed, a whole lot of fun and something that everyone will remember over the Christmas period."

With all participants dressing up in festive costumes, the view for local residents will be a spectacular one, as they watch hundreds of Santa’s, Reindeers, Elves’ and such like complete the short course that leads them out from the start line on the MediaCityUK piazza, over the water onto the Trafford side to pass by the Imperial War Museum and Coronation Street, before returning back over the river past the BBC buildings to finish.

Runners can bring their own festive costume to run in, or alternatively when entering online at www.jinglebelljog.co.uk participants can add a Santa Suit to their order. The Jingle Bell Jog is open to adults, children and families and groups.

<![CDATA[Equinox TV produces "industry first" TVC for VetPlus]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/equinox-tv-produces-industry-first-tvc-for-vetplus http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/equinox-tv-produces-industry-first-tvc-for-vetplus#When:15:50:41Z Launched as part of an exclusive partnership with ITV, this “industry first” TV Commercial for VetPlus focuses on presenting their flagship product, Synoquin,  driving footfall into independent veterinary practices across the UK.   


Filmed on location in Knutsford, Cheshire, the concept, which was created by Equinox TV, presents the use of Synoquin through the eyes of the dog and its owner. Viewers follow the story of Charlie the dog, and watch the alleviation of his arthritis and joint pain symptoms, following the use of Synoquin (a 100% natural supplement).


The £1 million TV campaign, which has been planned and bought by MediaCom, Manchester, will be shown exclusively throughout October and November on ITV, and is estimated to be seen by 20.7 million people over the eight-week period.


Phillipa Chadwick, head of marketing at VetPlus, said: “We believe not only is this the first time a nutraceutical company has invested in TV to this level, but it is certainly the first time a manufacturer has directly promoted the concept of visiting your local vet to a national TV audience”.


Holly Arthurby, senior producer at Equinox TV added: “We’re proud to be working with VetPlus to launch their first ever TV campaign. We’ve worked hard to produce a creative concept that resonates with pet owners whilst also demonstrating the benefits of the Synoquin supplement. The final TVC really achieves this brief”.

Equinox worked with Animal Direction, the pet modelling agency based in The Greenhouse at MediaCityUK, to source the dog for this campaign.



<![CDATA[Imperial War Museum stages inaugural annual Remembrance Lectures]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/imperial-war-museum-stages-inaugural-annual-remembrance-lectures http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/imperial-war-museum-stages-inaugural-annual-remembrance-lectures#When:15:45:04Z From wearing the poppy to the idea of heroism, lectures exploring the themes and rituals of Remembrance will be staged at IWM London and IWM North for the first time this autumn.

Examining the notion of what it means to be a war hero and the controversies of wearing or not wearing a poppy, the lectures will bring together panels of public figures, veterans, journalists and sportspeople, amongst others, to discuss the topics in front of an audience at IWM London and IWM North.
IWM North will host the first lecture entitled Am I a hero? at 3pm on Sunday 29th October. The panel will discuss the nature of heroism in conflict, how members of the armed forces feel about their actions being referred to as heroic, how this term may affect mental health and how they personally want to be remembered.
Speakers include:
• Michelle Partington, former member of the Royal Air Force, Invictus Games athlete, motivational speaker, volunteer and author.
• Dr Celia Hynes, co-founder of the initial Centre for Veterans' Wellbeing who runs the programme of transition for military service personnel and their families.
• Terry Morley, a veteran who served with the 1st Battalion King's Regiment and runs the Ex-Military Skills for Employment at Groundwork.

IWM London will host the lecture, The poppy in 2017: to wear or not to wear? at 3pm on Saturday 4 November.
The panel will explore what it means to wear a poppy, what is behind recent controversies around wearing or not wearing the symbol and how the politics of the poppy have evolved.
Speakers include:
• Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb, former Deputy Mayor of London and Green Party member of the House of Lords.
• Nicholas Saunders, historian and author of The Poppy: A Cultural History from Ancient Egypt to Flanders Fields to Afghanistan.
• Martin Kettle, Associate Editor at The Guardian.
• Madeleine Fry, freelance journalist who has written for The Daily Telegraph, The Financial Times and Open Democracy.

Tickets for both lectures cost £7 each and should be booked in advance.

Tickets for Am I a Hero? at IWM North on Sunday 29 October are available to buy here.

Tickets for The poppy in 2017: to wear or not to wear? at IWM London on Saturday 4 November are available to buy here.

<![CDATA[Timeline provides online and delivery services for CBeebies Go Jetters]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/timeline-provides-online-and-delivery-services-for-cbeebies-go-jetters http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/timeline-provides-online-and-delivery-services-for-cbeebies-go-jetters#When:14:24:16Z


MediaCityUK-based Timeline North has provided online and delivery services for CBeebies Go Jetters.


The 52-episode 3D animated children’s TV show follows the adventures of four heroes, Xuli, Kyan, Lars and Foz, as they travel the world with their teacher, mentor and friend, Ubercorn. Through action, comedy and music the series introduces the BBC’s youngest audience to funky facts about landmarks and locations from all around the world.

Using Avid Symphony for grading corrections and Adobe After Effects for retouching and masking tools, in house editor Phil Jaxson worked closely with Blue Zoo animators to assure the quality of every frame of animation prior to delivery.


The tech department at Timeline North, led by Head of Technical Chris Mann, is responsible for the ingest and delivery across the project liaising between animation teams, composers, editors and dubbing mixers before finally producing AS11 files with Content Agent and Vidchecker.

<![CDATA[Tomorrow highly commended at national awards]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/tomorrow-highly-commended-at-national-awards http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/tomorrow-highly-commended-at-national-awards#When:09:29:35Z MediaCityUK's Tomorrow building has been highly commended at the national BCO (British Council of Offices) 2017 awards in the commercial workplace category.  This is a considerable achievement given the thousands of office developments that are opened annually in the UK.

Designed by Chapman Taylor, the 11-storey building creates a striking visual marker at the entrance to MediaCityUK, currently one of the most advanced IT and media communications locations in the UK.  A mixed-use building, Tomorrow includes 5,400m² of flexible office space over six levels for creative digital and media SMEs, with a 112-bed hotel located on the upper four levels.

Designed to be highly energy-efficient, the naturally-ventilated building uses a variety of high-performance façade elements, opening windows, vents and night-time purge facilities to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ accreditation and flexible working.


<![CDATA[Upp B2B appoints trio of new talent]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/upp-b2b-appoints-trio-of-new-talent http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/upp-b2b-appoints-trio-of-new-talent#When:15:55:33Z MediaCityUK-based specialist b2b marketing agency, Upp B2B, has announced the appointment of three new team members across its client services and digital teams following a series of new business wins.


Joining the team as Account Director, Martin Dixon brings 15 years industry experience in integrated marketing communications across a broad range of b2b sectors. Joining from Refinery, Martin is a keen marketing strategist with a 100% client-focused outlook.


Meanwhile, Front-end Developer Kamil Albrycht will work closely with the current digital team on UX strategy and bringing web concepts and designs to life. A great problem solver, Kamil brings a wealth of ideas for the development process.


Also appointed to the Upp B2B digital team, Kai Trenbath joins the business as Web Developer. With a design background academically, Kai has a keen eye for detail and experience in both front-end development and SEO. 


Michael Clark, Upp B2B’s managing director, said: “We’re delighted to welcome on board three new members of the team, each bringing with them their own specialisms, knowledge and experience. With more new business opportunities on the horizon, we’re currently on a recruitment drive to find proven b2b experts to join our growing team.


Michael continues, ‘We always look for people with the right attitude when starting the recruitment process. It takes someone with a great energy and enthusiasm for what they do to be a good ‘values’ fit at Upp. Kai, Martin and Kamil all met our high standards, and proved that they are truly passionate about delivering results for clients and pushing the boundaries of b2b marketing.”