Posts Tagged ‘blog’

As we hit the year on mark from London 2012 there is much news surrounding the Olympic legacy and getting more people involved in sport.

Well, today the TNR film crew were at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park filming the National Lottery Anniversary Run.  12,500 participants ran the five-mile journey around the park and into the stadium to cross the same finish line that Usain Bolt, Jonnie Peacock and Mo Farah raced to win Gold just 12 months ago.

Sir Chris Hoy was the one who officially started the race…

TheNationalLotteryAnniversaryRun-4

… whilst Victoria Pendleton, Paula Radcliffe and Melanie Chisholm (of Spice Girls fame) were amongst the athletes and celebrities running the track

TheNationalLotteryAnniversaryRun-5

Lottery-Run-9

Lottery-Run-6

TheNationalLotteryAnniversaryRun-11

For some this was a once in a lifetime opportunity…

Lottery-Run-10

And finally, X Factor finalists Little Mix showed up to entertain the crowd…

TheNationalLotteryAnniversaryRunLITTLEMIX-2

Post by Daniele Baron, Producer @TNR Communications

After much hype, controversy and general chit chat, BBC Breakfast has finally moved to Salford. 

The move has been planned for some years and is part of the BBC’s £1.5billion plan to shift 50% of its programming out of London by 2016.  BBC Breakfast joins 5 Live and the Children’s department at the Media City complex in Salford, Manchester.

But what does this all mean for the wider media landscape?

This grand plan by the BBC goes some way to squash the London bias within the media industry, which is all good and well but will the show now have a Manchester slant?  The Mail Online reported that the first show from Salford was dominated by North-West guests and the show’s former sports presenter Chris Hollins openly said this wasn’t an editorial decision, more a political one.  Hollins made a good point when he said, ‘it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to say that it will be practically impossible to get the Prime Minister on set, as we do at the moment’.

At TNR we often pitch guests to relevant broadcast media, including BBC Breakfast.  It will be interesting to see, over the coming months, how Breakfast manages its sofa guests and whether there will be a northern bias.  Even if this bias does arise, isn’t it about time?  This media growth in the north has been a long time coming and there are BBC employees excited about the move, including new presenter Susanna Reid who said, “BBC Breakfast really connects with its audience. We have fantastic, loyal, interested and engaged viewers who keep in touch regularly”

There have been other talking points flying around about the first show, from the chilly weather to the ‘crime land’ of Salford, but I think it is too soon to start speaking negatively about the move.  It’s surely going to bring more status to other areas in the UK and if the BBC can make it work it will certainly prove all the doubters wrong, including Hollins.

As Reid said above, Breakfast does connect with around 1.5 million average daily audience and they provide quality guests to discuss news of the day.  Ultimately, brands and PRs are going to have to be willing to urge spokespeople to travel north, whether that is celebrities or business types.  There is no doubt the BBC will strive to keep standards high.  Given time, I believe it will be as if they never left London.

Post by Daniele Baron, Production Assistant @ TNR Communications

01.03.2010

Hamburger Eyes

I stumbled across this fantastic short video by Australian film-maker Nick Fogarty of the photographers collective behind the San Francisco photo magazine ‘Hamburger Eyes’

Hamburger Eyes

Click on the image to watch the Hamburger Eyes short film

Hamburger Eyes started off as a Xeroxed handout by brothers David & Ray Potes in 2001. It’s now a much slicker, stylish operation but it still provides a very off the wall look at what an urban photo journal can be. There’s obvious nods to the classic social documentary work of people like Robert Frank, Nan Goldin, Larry Clark, but with a fresh twist, a West coast hipster cool, and more importantly a lot of fun.

“I’m not even a photographer, I’m a painting contractor who has a camera and takes pictures” says member Stefan Simikich.

I think he underestimates himself. What he and his friends create for themselves and document for others is fantastic and Fogerty has captured that perfectly.

Go to the Nick Fogarty website to view his entire portfolio of work from around the world.

Post by Tim Kerr (Director and Head of Photography for TNR Communications)