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Magnified crime scene unveiled on the South Bank

Posted on July 2nd, 2015 in creative publicity,PR Stunt,PR Stunts,Publicity Stunts,Television PR.

A two-metre high installation of a human skull appeared overnight on London’s South Bank this morning complete with forensic investigators and cordoned off by police tape.

The ‘magnified’ crime scene was specially created by TV channel Alibi to celebrate their summer season of crime drama.

The unique build took a design team four weeks to create. The centrepiece skull was carved from high density polystyrene with a polyurea hard coat finish.

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Scenic carving skills were used to finish the texture and create depth, and techniques such as sponging and stippling as well as colour washes were used to create shadowing effects. One tonne of earth dressed the scene, making it appear as though the huge skull had just been discovered from the earth.

Adrian Wills, General Manager of Alibi says, “Our dramatic installation pays homage to the moment that features in many thrilling crime dramas; the unexpected discovery of human remains that triggers an investigation into how and why it came to be there. And because the channel celebrates the biggest crime dramas on TV, we decided to super-size this crime scene and really get people talking.”

 The two-metre high skull was unveiled to mark the summer season of crime drama on TV channel Alibi

The future of Britain? floating cities and high-rise farms

Posted on May 26th, 2015 in creative publicity,Television PR.

MEDIA ALERT!

The next 100 years will see the architectural landscape change beyond all recognition according to new research released today. Super-deep basements, floating cities and easy space travel all feature in the top 10 of predictions about the future of architecture and engineering.

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 The research, which was carried out to mark the launch of new series Impossible Engineering which premieres on TV channel Yesterday at 9pm Tuesday 26 March, asked a panel of four acclaimed experts to provide a long list of architectural and engineering developments they predict we will witness within the next 100 years. The panel included Dr Rhys Morgan, Director of Engineering and Education at the Royal Academy of Engineering; award-winning architects and lecturers at the University of Westminster, Arthur Mamou-Mani and Toby Burgess; and urbanist, Linda Aitken. 2000 British adults were then asked to choose the predictions they thought most likely to happen, and which they would most like to see.

 

Top 10 Most Likely Architectural Advancements

1

Super deep basements

41%

2

Floating sea cities

30%

3

High-rise or rooftop farms

28%

4

3D printed homes

22%

5

Buildings with their own micro climates

21%

6

Huge bridges that span entire cities

18%

7

Spaceports with easy access to the Moon / Mars

12%

8

Super high buildings – cities in the sky

11%

9

Underwater cities

10%

10

 Collapsible / stackable living pods

9%

 

Topping the poll was super deep basements. The idea of multi-layered basement extensions is already beginning to materialise, particularly in high-value, densely-populated areas of London, and future homes look likely to have as many floors below ground as they do above.

Floating sea cities that may harness solar and tidal energy were voted the next most likely development (30%), followed by urban high rise farms where crops and animals are kept in tall, layered structures that combat space shortages (28%).  3D printed homes that can be bought ‘off the shelf’ (22%) and buildings with their own micro-climates that mean we can live in previously uninhabitable areas (21%) complete the top five.

The top three predictions were then visualised by architecture illustrators:

Super –Deep Basement below the Houses of Parliament:

·         6 levels of living and functional spaces including: gardens, parks, swimming pools, gyms, hotels, a football pitch and a secure bunker – designed to meet the future needs of MPs offering them a place where they can work late into the night, keep healthy with gym, pool and food outlets on site as well as accommodating offices for their staff teams and accommodation for those attending votes late at night

·         Glass pyramid atrium which sits under the Palace of Westminster itself – The light well for the pyramid lets in light from the courtyard

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 Floating City:

·         Reef-like structure formed on the water

·         Interlinking pods allow for living space within the city

·         The use of glass and bone structures reflect sea-life and helps to sit the floating city into the environment

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High Rise Farm:

·         Animals graze on pastures on top of high-rise London buildings with familiar landmarks in the background.

 Many of the predictions made by the panel were influenced by environmental conditions, with global warming and predicted rising sea levels encouraging a focus on water-based architecture. One in three (30%) Brits believe that floating cities would be a viable option for the future, with 10% preferring the idea of developing underwater cities and 19% thinking floating living pods on major rivers would solve the problem of inner-city crowding.

 The likely increasing population was another factor raised by the panel. According to research, this space constraint would catalyse the development of structures such as high-rise farms (15% would like to see these) and cities in the sky that build upwards in levels on top of each other (preferred by 13%).

 It’s not all doom and gloom however, as the expert panel also noted that huge advances in technology and science would allow for some really exciting developments in the way we live. For example, the recent progress made with 3D printing is expected to continue to the point where entire houses will be available to print, after being bought ‘off the shelf’ and 16% would like to see this become reality.

 Not only is there huge scope for how we buy and live in our homes, but also for the way that we travel, with 12% of Brits believing spaceports that will offer easy access to the Moon and Mars is on the cards!

 Yesterday General Manager Adrian Wills said: “Rapid technological advances coupled with increases in population and global warming will have a huge influence on how we live, with underground, super high rise and even floating homes likely to feature in our future cityscapes.

 “Impossible Engineering shows how a series of seemingly unconnected breakthroughs can be put together to create amazing feats of engineering, but anything could happen in the next 50 years.”

Dr Rhys Morgan, Director of Engineering and Education at the Royal Academy of Engineering says, “Breakthroughs in engineering work in the same way as breakthroughs in literature, music and lifestyle – an accumulation of different discoveries (or influences) is required to create the final catalyst for a new discovery. There is rarely a ‘eureka’ moment. As such, engineering feats which are currently out of reach require time for the pieces to fit together and the minds responsible for developing the ideas to work through all the wrong avenues before achieving what is currently impossible. This series, Impossible Engineering really highlights this collaborative nature of progress.”

 Impossible Engineering premieres on Yesterday on Tuesday 26 May at 9pm

 

Claude Littner announced as new advisor on The Apprentice

Posted on April 27th, 2015 in Celebrity PR,Television Industry PR,Television PR,The Apprentice.

MEDIA ALERT:

The Apprentice just got a whole lot tougher. Claude Littner is today announced as Lord Sugar’s new advisor, taking the reins from Nick Hewer.  Hewer stepped down in December 2014 after ten years as Lord Sugar’s eyes and ears during the biggest business challenge on TV.

Claude Littner has known Lord Sugar for 25 years, having served as a director of Amstrad plc, Amstrad International, Dancall, Viglen and Tottenham Hotspur. He currently chairs a number of Lord Sugar’s companies.

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Claude is already well known and loved by Apprentice viewers – and feared by candidates – thanks to ten years as an integral part of the formidable interview episode. In his new role, he will join Baroness Karren Brady in following the candidates during each task and reporting back to Lord Sugar on their progress, successes and failures.

Claude said: “If the candidates think I am soft and fluffy, they haven’t been watching me on The Apprentice over the past decade.  I will now be assessing their performance in the process, individually and within their teams.  I will be reporting to Lord Sugar to play my part in ensuring that his personal investment of £250,000 goes to the best candidate.  I’m ready, and this won’t be a walk in the park!”

Lord Sugar said: “I first worked with Claude in 1990 and trust his judgement completely. He will no doubt take a very different approach to Nick. It’s great to have him on board.”

Claude has had a very varied career, having been involved in many companies across a number of industries and geographic locations.  These have included start-up, AIM listed and fully quoted companies.  For much of his career he has been involved in corporate turnarounds. He was Deputy Chairman of Blacks Leisure plc, Chairman of ASCO plc, Chairman and majority shareholder of Powerleague plc.  He is a visiting professor at the University of West London, Claude Littner Business School.

Some of Claude’s most infamous interview putdowns include:

  • “You’re not a big fish – you’re not even a fish” – to Stuart Baggs “The Brand”, Series 6
  • “Don’t compare yourself to Lord Sugar. Don’t compare yourself ever to him” – to Luisa Zissman Series 9
  • “I’ve told you how pleased I was with your CV… And then I came on to actually look at the proposal you’re pitching for Lord Sugar, and quite frankly it’s a bloody disgrace. It’s a bloody disgrace. The ten years I’ve done this, I’ve never seen something… two bloody pages… You can leave. Goodbye… There’s nothing to argue, you’ve given me pictures of sailboats… You’re taking the piss… please leave… That’s not the way out.” – to Solomon Akhtar, Series 10

The Apprentice returns to BBC One later this year.

Claude Littner PR Contact: Taylor Herring: 020 8206 5151

 

The Island With Bear Grylls

Posted on April 10th, 2015 in Celebrity PR,Reality TV PR,Television Industry PR,Television PR.

PRESS RELEASE: In our world full of 21st century luxuries, few of us will ever experience what it is like to fight

for our very survival; to sustain ourselves using the hunter gatherer skills of our ancestors.

But in the second series of The Island With Bear Grylls, Bear conducts the ultimate survival

challenge on the smart-phone generation, and sets 28 Britons just one test: survive for six

weeks on an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean.

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This year, that challenge returns harsher and longer than before. The “Islanders” not only had

to endure the torrential downpours and stifling humidity of the tempestuous rainy season,

they also had to cope for an extra two weeks; almost six weeks in total.

 

The series also returns with one fundamental difference; this year, both men and women are

part of the task with each sex inhabiting their own island within a remote Pacific archipelago.

After being whittled down from over 80,000 initial applicants, 14 male and 14 female

Islanders lived 25 miles apart, never crossing paths, in what will be an intriguing look at how

the different sexes handle all the islands had to throw at them.

 

The chosen few arrived by boat with just the clothes they stood up in, filming equipment,

basic medical supplies, enough water for 24 hours, a few simple tools and survival training

from Bear and his team. Their one assurance was that there were sufficient indigenous

resources on the islands to sustain them, but only if they had the ingenuity to find and

exploit them.

 

Once Bear waved goodbye to the Islanders there was no hand-holding. After a tough swim

to shore, Islanders were left to battle the relentless elements, crippling hunger, extreme

exhaustion and the ever-present, real threat of their habitat. Their physical abilities and

mental strength were tested as they were forced to forage for and catch their food, light fires

for warmth and water purification and build their shelters – and try to learn how to live and

work together.

 

Filming their gruelling experience were four professionally trained camera people per island.

With additional pressures to those experienced by the rest of the Islanders, they had to

juggle documenting life on the islands; each animal slaughtered and each fire lit, with their

own endurance of the same extreme conditions.

 

Could they survive without their 21st century comforts? Who is more resilient: the men or

the women? Will gender stereotypes be reinforced or pulled apart? But above all, do men and

women approach survival differently?

 

The story of each island will be told in separate episodes. An episode of life on the men’s

island will be followed by an episode of the women’s island, each airing in the same week,

across seven weeks. A raw and exhilarating series, this is an authentic look at survival and

what it means to live in the 21st Century.

Full press pack here

Press Contact: Taylor Herring PR + 44 208 206 5151

THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO…on the Thames!

Posted on April 2nd, 2015 in creative publicity,PR Stunt,PR Stunts,Publicity Stunts,Taylor Herring News,Television PR.

  • Thunderbird 4 spotted on the River Thames
  • The stunt marks the launch of the new ITV series Thunderbirds Are Go
  • Iconic series is back after 50 Years

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Thunderbird 4, the submersible underwater rescue vehicle from the TV series Thunderbirds Are Go, was spotted cruising down the River Thames today.

Onlookers were left stunned as the famous bright yellow water vessel journeyed its way through the City of London. The model, measuring 15ft and made from fibre-glass, took a team of TV prop builders over six weeks to design, construct and paint.

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Thunderbird 4 took its maiden voyage on the River Thames this morning to mark the launch of the new series Thunderbirds Are Go airing on ITV on Saturday April 4th at 5pm for a special double episode, before returning to a regular 8am slot on ITV and CITV.

The underwater cruiser departed from East London and made its way up the Thames passing iconic landmarks including Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament, en route to Tracy Island.

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The rescue vehicle, usually delivered to the danger zone by Thunderbird 2 and piloted by aquanaut Gordon Tracy, was winched into the river in the Docklands in the early hours of the morning.

Adrian Last, EVP, Director of ITV Studios Marketing, said: “Thunderbirds is a classic British show, so we wanted to celebrate the launch of the new series Thunderbirds Are Go on ITV by building one of the iconic vehicles and surprising commuters on their way to work.

Seeing Thunderbird 4 cruising down the River Thames brings back a feeling of nostalgia for those that remember the show from 50 years ago and puts a smile on the face of the young.

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Londoners shouldn’t be worried though as Thunderbird 4 wasn’t out on a rescue mission today – it’s just battling the choppy waters of the Thames.”

Featuring the world’s most famous family of heroes, International Rescue, Thunderbirds are Go will blast the five brave Tracy brothers back on to television screens piloting their incredible vehicles into impossible rescues across the globe.

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The new series will feature a cast including Rosamund Pike, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rasmus Hardiker, David Menkin, Kayvan Novak, Angel Coulby and David Graham reprising his role as Aloysius ‘Nosey’ Parker. This re-invention of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s iconic series has been produced using a unique mix of CGI animation and live-action model sets.

A special double episode of Thunderbirds are Go is airing on ITV on April 4th at 5pm before returning to a regular 8am slot on ITV and CITV.

Thunderbirds Are Go…on the Thames! from Taylor Herring on Vimeo.