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Dig For Victory! The Big Allotment Challenge

On March 26th, 2014 admin wrote on the subject of Event PR,Television Industry PR,Television PR.

Hosted by Fern Britton, The Big Allotment Challenge celebrates Britain’s love of all things horticultural with a brand new series premiering this April on BBC Two.

In a walled garden within the grounds of Mapledurham House, Oxfordshire, nine pairs of passionate, knowledgeable amateur gardeners will put their green fingers to the test in a bid to be crowned Britain’s Best Growers.

Over six hour-long episodes, the series will challenge the gardeners’ horticultural know-how and skill as they plot, plant and prune their allotment to harvest a series of prize-worthy vegetables, fruits and flowers.

While two gardeners will ultimately be named the cream of the crop, the pair that fails to impress each week will hang up their wellies and leave the allotment for good.

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In every episode, the gardeners will face four challenges from a panel of experts, each an authority in their field.

Award-winning horticulturalist Jim Buttress, floral designer extraordinaire Jonathan Moseley and first lady of preserves Thane Prince will each week award fourBest in Show’ accolades.

The ‘Grow’ challenge will see the judges test the gardeners’ growing skills in producing prize-worthy vegetables or fruit.  The two ‘Make’ challenges will first measure their expertise in nurturing perfect flower specimens, and then their creativity with a surprise floral arrangement.  Finally, the ‘Eat’ challenge will assess their culinary know-how as they turn their produce into preserves and condiments.

Host Fern Britton, herself a keen gardener, says: “I’ve been gardening since I was a little girl, and I’m looking forward to learning more from our team of experts on ‘The Big Allotment Challenge’.  I hope that new gardeners will come to the programme and learn a lot from it, and seasoned gardeners will enjoy the judging and test their knowledge against that of our experts – the competition is friendly but fierce!”

Growing your own is an increasingly popular past-time in the UK, with over 350,000 allotments currently in use in Britain and a waiting list for an allotment up to ten years long in some areas.

The Big Allotment Challenge will see teams of best friends, colleagues, husband and wives, sisters-in-law and mothers and daughters from across the UK compete to win the title.  Some contestants have allotments, others grow their own produce in their back gardens, greenhouses, or even window boxes – but all are passionate about kitchen gardening.

Challenges include growing perfect radishes, unblemished aubergines and matching carrots and presenting the perfect single rose, colourful gladioli and uniform sunflowers alongside creating a topiary tree, a hand-tied bouquet and a summer floral wreath. The gardeners must also prove their capabilities in the kitchen by making jams, curds, chutneys and more using the produce from their patch.

Daisy Goodwin, Silver River CEO, says: “Anybody with an allotment will tell you that competition between allotment holders is intense.  ‘The Big Allotment Challenge’ has taken that natural rivalry up a notch.”

‘The Big Allotment Challenge’ book, which will accompany the series and contains recipes and top tips from the show’s experts, will be available from 10th April (published by Hodder & Stoughton, £20).

The Big Allotment Challenge is a Silver River production for BBC Two, executive produced by Daisy Goodwin and Melissa Brown for Silver River Productions and by Emma Willis for the BBC.

The Big Allotment Challenge airs on Tuesdays at 8pm on BBC Two from 15th April*.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bigallotmentchallenge

Twitter: @bigallotment – #allotmentchallenge


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After ten successful years on ITV’s This Morning, Fern has presented her own interview show for the past five years, BBC One’s Fern Britton Meets.  In one of her most famous interviews on the series, she spoke to ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair and led him to admit that he would have gone to war with Iraq whether or not they had weapons of mass destruction. Fern has been at the forefront of television news since the early 1980s, covering stories such as the Penlee Lifeboat disaster, the Zeebrugge ferry tragedy and the Falklands War.  She worked in the newsrooms of the BBC and ITV until the mid-1990s, when she became the first presenter of Ready Steady Cook, a format that was successful worldwide. She is married to chef Phil Vickery and has four children, two cats, a dog, chickens, ducks and pigs.  She is a keen gardener and makes a mean mint and apple jelly.

JIM BUTTRESS – GROWING EXPERT

 Jim is one of the UK’s leading gardening experts.  He was Superintendent of the Royal Parks for 25 years, and his clients have included Her Majesty the Queen and his old friend the Queen Mother.  Jim has been awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour, the highest accolade in horticulture, which can only be held by 63 people at any given time.  He was head judge for Britain in Bloom for 25 years, where he was nicknamed ‘Judge Dread’.  His love of gardening began as a school boy, where he was made to help out in the walled garden having been excluded from class.  Jim thrives in an outdoor environment and there is nothing he does not know about planting and growing.  His dedication to horticulture has seen him judge competitions all over the world and he says his greatest passion is sharing his knowledge with the public.

JONATHAN MOSELEY – FLORAL EXPERT

Jonathan has been working professionally with flowers for over twenty years.  His love of flora started at just eleven years old, when he received a greenhouse from his parents as a birthday present.  He soon started exhibiting and won his first competition at age twelve.  Jonathan is known within the floral industry for being innovative and creative with his designs.  He particularly enjoys nurturing new talent and regularly holds workshops and demonstrations in his current ‘residence’ at Chatsworth House.  Jonathan is former chairman of NAFAS Demonstrators Committee and has been selected to represent the UK in the World Flower Show in Dublin next year.

THANE PRINCE – PRESERVES EXPERT

Thane is a leading cookery writer and teacher. With over thirty years of experience in the food industry, she can’t remember a time when she didn’t enjoy food. For twelve years she was a food writer for the Daily Telegraph, where she cooked with some of the most highly regarded chefs in the industry.  She then founded the acclaimed Aldeburgh Cookery School, which was rated as one of the top three in the UK.  Thane has published twelve cookery books, including Jams and Chutneys which has sold over 100,000 copies and has been translated into eight languages.  Her favourite thing to make is raspberry jam.

Press Contact: Taylor Herring

The Valleys: An Eye Popping Roadside Welcome To Wales

On February 24th, 2014 James wrote on the subject of PR Stunt,PR Stunts,Publicity Stunts,Television PR.

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LONDON, Monday 24th February 2014: MTV has given the traditional ‘Welcome to Wales’ road signs a witty makeover to mark the new series of the smash hit reality show  The Valleys.

The cheeky, double sided signs pay homage to the iconic Wonderbra Adverts of the mid 90’s and feature three of the shows biggest stars Natalee Harris, Lateysha Grace and Jenna Jonathan in racy underwear.

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The sexy pop-ups feature a unique driver-friendly ‘double sided’ cheeky design that allows a 360 view of the shows best assets, which can best be appreciated via passing drivers wing mirrors.

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The striking design is being trialled on the A465 on the Welsh boarder and is planned to be rolled at several crossings into Wales later this week in advance of the new series airing.

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Jo Bacon, Vice President, Marketing, Creative & Press, MTV UK commented:

“We wanted to extend a warm Welsh welcome to everyone entering the country and put an entertaining spin on the boring traditional signs that clog up our roads. I hope we succeed in putting a smile on the faces of passers by and if people like what they see then they can see a lot more by tuning into The Valleys on MTV! We plan to roll out our sexy road-side marketing campaign across the Welsh border in the run up to the first episode’.

The Valleys is the smash hit home grown reality show from MTV. It follows youngsters from the South Wales Valleys as they move to Cardiff to live out their dreams and has been described as the ‘most outrageous’ show on British television. The Valleys season 3 premieres on Tuesday 25th February at 10pm on MTV.

For more information please contact: Taylor Herring

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Bear Grylls Is Back!

On September 26th, 2013 James wrote on the subject of Celebrity PR,PR Stunt,Publicity Stunts,Television PR.

LONDON, 26th September 2013: Adventurer and television presenter Bear Grylls arrives at Battersea Power Station in London by rappelling down the building for the premiere of his new television series on Discovery Channel, Bear Grylls: Escape From Hell.

Hollywood style pyrotechnics and flames were projected on to the Grade II listed building in south-west London to promote the launch.

New to Discovery Channel this October, sees a brand-new series Bear Grylls: Escape From Hell which sees the world renowned adventurer and survival expert, revealing true life stories of ordinary people trapped in extraordinary situations of survival.

From bandit attacks, to avalanches, to being lost in ferocious sand storms and confrontions with bears, these are stories that none of our survivors anticipated, but which they all fought tooth and nail to survive. Bear will bring to life their experiences and assess what they did correctly, whilst also revealing some of the mistakes they made along the way that nearly cost them their lives.

This series sees Bear travel to California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range to relive the horrifying survival of Eric Le Marque who survived for eight days in sub-zero temperatures, and recreates two Polish adventurers’ ordeal in the Raudal Tiburon Canyon in Columbia. Later on in the series Bear assesses British backpacker Jamie Neale who got lost on a hike in Australia’s Blue Mountains.

In the first episode Bear enters the Guatemalan jungle to relive the experiences of jungle survivors, starting with Mexican archaeologist Armando Anaya, whose team were attacked by bandits as they excavated Mayan ruins, stripped of their belongings and forced to cross a treacherous river. Also, Bear relives the tale of two Frenchmen, Loic Pillois and Guilhem Nayral, whose expedition into the Amazon rainforest turned into a gruelling 52 day ordeal. Bear experiences their toughest challenges and demonstrates the survival skills they used to stay alive, from river crossings to lighting signal fires.

Press contact: Taylor Herring. Full set of pictures here

 

Edinburgh International Television Festival Confirm Final Line Up

On August 19th, 2013 James wrote on the subject of Event PR,Festival PR,Television Industry PR,Television PR.

Kevin Spacey, Miranda Hart, Mary Portas, Frank Skinner, Breaking Bad, The Great British Bake Off, Dara O Briain, Gary Neville, The Undateables, David Arnold and many more…

LONDON, Friday 16th August 2013: The 38th annual Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival has confirmed the final line-up.

Kevin Spacey is at the centre of this year’s Festival, which is heading towards being the biggest celebration of innovation in the history of the event. Spacey will deliver this year’s MacTaggart Lecture, following in the footsteps of former speakers including Elisabeth Murdoch, Eric Schmidt, Mark Thompson, James Murdoch, Dennis Potter, Michael Grade and Rupert Murdoch.

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Taking place on 22nd – 24th August 2013, the three day festival features a line-up of sessions that focus on the year’s most successful shows from the surprising breakthroughs to the big hitters and explores innovations and issues that the industry continues to face.  Idea generation, networking with the most influential people in the industry and a celebration of the rapidly changing distribution channels are just some of the draws at this year’s Festival.

The 2013 GEITF programme line-up features two of this year’s most talked about series: The Great British Bake Off and The Undateables.

Sessions with some of television’s most entertaining talent and execs include a Breaking Bad masterclass with creator and executive producer Vince Gilligan, Miranda Hart’s delivery of the Richard Dunn Memorial Interview, The Alternative MacTaggart with Mary Portas, Brian Henson’s Evolution of Puppetry, In Conversation with Gary Neville: From Pitch to Pundit, and Making Crime Pay featuring Jane Featherstone, executive producer of this year’s breakout hit Broadchurch.

The Channel of the Year Awards return, hosted by Dara O Briain, with new categories to recognise and celebrate this year’s exceptional programming.

The newly expanded controllers strand now features one hour conversations with controllers of BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, BBC4, ITV, ITV Digital Channels, Channel 4, Channel 5, BskyB, Discovery Networks, UKTV, Sky Entertainment Channels and Sky Living, as well as a Multi-Channel Controller Sessions.

GEITF will kick off with a sprinkling of stars in The Great British Bake Off: Edinburgh Special which will be a Festival reworking of the renowned series hosted by the show’s own Mel and Sue.

The live special edition of the BAFTA-award winning BBC Two show will feature the popular panel Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood as they judge the baking skills of TV’s top execs.  They will be taking part in the ultimate baking battle to take the crown for the TV industry’s Best Baker.  The experts will inspect, critique and sample the baked goodies and decide who gets to have their cake – and eat it.

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Bakers include: Lisa Thomas (Managing Director of Lola Entertainment & Talent Manager, Lisa Thomas Management), Philip Edgar-Jones (Head of Entertainment, Sky), Jane Rogerson (Director of Commissioning, UKTV) and Alison Kirkham (Commissioning Editor, Factual Features & Formats, BBC One & Two).

Breaking Bad creator and executive producer, Vince Gilligan will lead Breaking Bad: The Network & GEITF Joint Session Masterclass about this ground-breaking series from Sony Pictures Television, which has made him one of the world’s hottest names in television and has redefined dramatic storytelling along the way. The last ever season of Breaking Bad will be on air during the Festival, with the grand finale about to broadcast, making it a true honour to welcome him to the event.

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Miranda Hart will deliver the Richard Dunn Memorial Interview.  This keynote is an in-depth, hour long interview with the actress, comedian and writer, about her career to date, her work ethic, the creative process and what’s next. As one of THE biggest names in television today, whose star just keeps on rising, the Festival is thrilled to have her come and discuss both her achievements to date and her future plans.

Gary Neville will be interviewed by his Monday Night Football co-presenter Ed Chamberlin on his incredible career for club and country, as well as his fresh take on the TV industry in In Conversation With Gary Neville: From Pitch to Pundit. As a player he divided opinion, but now football fans are united in their praise for the England and Manchester United legend as he has gone on to become one of football’s most insightful broadcasters.

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This year’s The Alternative MacTaggart will be delivered by broadcaster and retail expert Mary Portas, who will be defending truth in television, and asking why simplicity and integrity are so often sacrificed by channels and programme makers in their quest for good overnights.

Frank Skinner will be attending this year for a unique version of the nation’s favourite pet-hate comedy show offering some of TV’s top execs the chance to reveal their TV industry peeves in Room 101: Edinburgh Special, before battling it out to see whether their gripes and grievances deserve to be banished!

In Brian Henson’s Evolution of Puppetry, Brian, son of Jim Henson and award-winning director, producer and puppeteer, will give an inside view of the use of puppets and how they have evolved on TV and the big screen, from The Muppet Show to the modern day.

Featuring an exclusive live musical performance, multi-award winning composer David Arnold will be discussing composing music for the world stage to the small screen including the Olympics, Sherlock and Bond in David Arnold Live: Music and Storytelling.

The Undateables is one of the unexpected factual hits of the last few years, a series about love and disability that’s had everyone talking. It’s a tough show to make, and A Masterclass: The Undateables will talk to commissioner Liam Humphreys and key members of the betty production team to get to the bottom of how they pull it off.

Meanwhile, A Pointless Masterclass: How Daytime Formats are Becoming Primetime Hits will reveal how this cult hit has moved to become a BBC One favourite. Co-host of the show Richard Osman, co-creator and exec producer David Flynn, Chief Creative Officer, Endemol UK and former Controller of BBC Daytime Liam Keelan will look at how the show was conceived and made the move from daytime to Saturday night hit.

No-one starts out intending to make a bad programme. The Worst TV I’ve Made That Taught Me Everything examines what happens when that is exactly what you end up with.  In a joyous celebration of failure, four brave TV execs will show ‘horror’ clips and talk to Wayne Garvie about the worst shows they’ve ever made. Brave guests include Jonathan Stadlen, Executive Producer, Knickerbockerglory, Murray Boland, Creative Director, CPL, Lisa Clark, Company Director, Pett Productions.

A review of recent primetime successes reflects the enormous popularity of crime dramas.  Why does it always deliver? Making Crime Pay investigates what makes the perfect crime drama and what the limitations are in an already overcrowded genre. Confirmed panelists include: Broadchurch Executive Producer Jane Featherstone, Neil Cross, Creator of Luther and Mark Billingham, Crime Novelist.

Beyond Broadcasting: Working with the New Entertainers – YouTube, Xbox, Machinima will look at the new commissioning players who have millions of pounds to spend on original content. This session covers what they’re looking for, how to pitch to them and what to expect from a new breed of commissioners in our increasingly digital age.

Four of the biggest hitters in the world of talent management will tell us exactly how to seduce them and their starriest clients in Speak to my Agent: How to Survive the Talent Wars We’ll hear what kind of cold calling they respond to and what guarantees an instant rejection, how to navigate the challenges that can arise in the course of working with talent and discuss the shifting power struggles between broadcasters with shrinking budgets, producers with good ideas and agents with ‘box office’ talent.

Dara O Briain will be adding his own brand of humour as host of the Channel of the Year Awards 2013. New awards this year include Channel Breakthrough, Production Company and Programme Innovation.

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GEITF have teamed up with BAFTA ROCLIFFE to host the final of this year’s Sitcom Showcase. Hundreds of entries have been whittled down to two finalists by our comedy jury Jessica Hynes, Kenton Allen (Executive Producer, Rev, Friday Night Dinner) and Myfanwy Moore (Controller of Comedy, ITV).Both ten minute scripts will be performed live on stage at GEITF by a cast of comic talents in front of a judging panel including John Bishop & Shane Allen (Controller of Comedy, BBC). One of the selected scripts will be picked in front of the audience and awarded a full script commission for the BBC.

Advisory Chair of the Festival, Karl Warner comments:  “This year’s schedule brings together a diverse mix of the world’s most creative and inspiring talent working in television. From Hollywood A-listers to cake baking legends; every burning issue and every form of storytelling will be debated, and celebrated.”

Executive Chair of the Festival, Elaine Bedell adds: Once again, this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival is bringing together an irresistible mix of key industry creatives, movers and shakers.  Karl and his committee have worked hard to make sure there’s something for everybody and I’ve no doubt that Kevin Spacey’s MacTaggart will inspire the sort of debate and argument that makes Edinburgh the most enjoyable and entertaining media event of the year.”

GEITF is the essential fixture for everyone in the television industry wanting inspiration, networking, learning and fun.  The Festival is unique as it is created by the industry for the industry, bringing together the great and the good of the television world. Taking place on 22nd – 24th August 2013, the three-day Festival will feature a line-up of over 50 sessions and mixes the stars of the screen with the people behind the scenes that make them so recognisable.

Visit www.geitf.co.uk to register now.

Follow the Festival on Twitter via @edinburghtvfest

blinkbox Reveal Giant Dragon’s Skull To Launch Game Of Thrones

On July 15th, 2013 admin wrote on the subject of Television Industry PR,Television PR.

LONDON, 15 July 2013:   Fossil hunters on a Dorset beach were stunned this morning as they stumbled across what appeared to be the remains of a giant dragon.

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The spectacular skull the size of a London bus appeared to have been washed up on Charmouth beach on Dorset’s Jurassic coast, famous for its treasure trove of dinosaur fossils.

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With a vast spine disappearing into the sand, fossil hunters, holiday makers and local dog walkers were stopped in their tracks on discovering the sensational creation.

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But as paleontology enthusiasts held their breath, the skull was revealed to be an impressive sculpture installed overnight by movie and TV streaming service blinkbox to celebrate the arrival today (15 July) of the third installment of HBO’s epic Game of Thrones on the service.

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A team of three sculptors took over two months to design, construct and paint the skull, which measures 40ft long by 8ft wide and stands at over 9ft tall.

The dramatic work was inspired by a memorable scene in the series which sees character Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) discover a dragon skull in the dungeons of King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms. At this point in George RR Martin’s fantasy, the dragons are supposedly long dead, but it hints strongly at their return, which is a developing theme in the story.

Ben Ayers from blinkbox says: “Game of Thrones is easily the most talked about TV show of the moment. We wanted to mark its arrival on blinkbox with a spectacle every bit as dramatic as this amazing series.”

“We’re expecting this season to be hugely popular as the previous two series top the TV charts on blinkbox every week and we have season 3 months before it will available on DVD or Blu-ray.”

Game of Thrones season 3 will be available on blinkbox from 9am today (15 July) priced at £17.99 (SD) and £23.99 (HD). It is not available on rival streaming services Lovefilm Instant, Netflix or iTunes.

Notes to Editors

  • blinkbox has the latest movies and TV to watch instantly, without subscription. The service has thousands of titles, available to purchase and rent on a growing number of devices including games consoles, tablets, Smart TVs, Internet-connected Blu-ray players, set top boxes and PCs/Macs.
  • Game of Thrones Season 3 comes to blinkbox months ahead of its DVD and Blu-ray release. blinkbox also has seasons 1 and 2 available to buy.
  • Game of Thrones follows the conflicts of the families of Westeros as they battle to claim the Iron Throne.
  • The largely British cast has continued to wow audiences on both sides of the pond.
  • Thanks to the show’s popularity, 146 baby girls in the US have been named Khaleesi, after the ‘Mother of Dragons’, played by Emilia Clarke.
  • The Jurassic coastline is home to a sequence of Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous rock formations spanning 185 million years of the Earth’s history.
  • The last major fossil to be found on Charmouth beach was that of the Ichthyosaur, a dolphin like creature which lived 220-65 million years ago.

Press Contacts

Taylor Herring PR on +44 20 8206 5151.

 

 

Oh Mr Darcy! Giant Mr Darcy marks launch of Drama channel

On July 8th, 2013 admin wrote on the subject of Consumer PR,Experiential Marketing,Online PR,PR Stunts,Publicity Stunts,Television Industry PR,Television PR.

London – Monday 8th July 2013: Jane Austen’s iconic romantic hero Mr Darcy emerges from The Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park today.

The giant statue pays homage to the dramatic scene that set viewers’ hearts racing and was named the most memorable British TV drama moment of all time in a recent survey.

The sculpture, which was specially commissioned to celebrate the launch of UKTV’s new TV channel Drama, caused a stir amongst passers-by this morning as well as local wildlife.

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The installation of Mr Darcy in The Serpentine (which was one of the most fashionable places to promenade in Jane Austen’s era) celebrates the iconic scene from the 1995 TV adaptation of Jane Austen’s acclaimed 19th Century novel Pride and Prejudice, which was published 200 years ago in 1813.

The model, which is made from fibre-glass, took a team of three sculptors over two months to design, construct and paint.  The giant sculpture of Mr Darcy’s head and torso measures 12 feet, equivalent to the height of a double decker bus.

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Lead sculptor Toby Crowther says, “We took Colin Firth’s famous lake scene as a starting point for creating Mr Darcy but we also read the book and looked at performances of the brooding hero by Matthew Macfadyen, David Rintoul and even Laurence Olivier.  The challenge for us was capturing the spirit of Darcy as handsome and noble but also aloof and proud.  The Mr Darcy sculpture is a real mix of the many portrayals of Jane Austen’s most famous hero.”

The homage to Mr Darcy is set to embark on a short regional tour, taking in Scarborough beach, before it is installed at Lyme Park in Cheshire, where the now infamous scene from the BBC drama was first filmed.  It will remain in place in the lake at Lyme Park until February 2014.

Adrian Wills, General Manager of UKTV channel Drama says, “The giant Mr Darcy in The Serpentine is a fitting tribute to one of the most memorable moments in British TV drama.  Jane Austen spent a lot of time walking in Hyde Park and along the banks of the Serpentine so we would like to think she would have approved of our new dashing Darcy. Our new channel is committed to screening the very best British dramas, offering viewers the chance to watch much-loved moments including Mr Darcy’s wet-shirted confrontation with Elizabeth Bennett following his lake scene.”

Drama is a brand new TV channel from UKTV, bursting with British dramas and showcasing an array of famous faces.  Launching on 8 July 2013 and available free to all UK viewers, Drama will air a diverse range of critically-acclaimed shows featuring stellar talent, many of whom have gone on to join Hollywood’s elite. Drama can be found on Freeview channel 20 and Sky.

For information and images please contact Taylor Herring.

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Edinburgh Television Festival 2013: Programme Announced

On May 21st, 2013 admin wrote on the subject of Celebrity PR,Edinburgh International Television Festival,Event PR,Television Industry PR,Television PR.

LONDON, Tuesday 21st May 2013: The 38th annual Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival (GEITF) today announces this year’s confirmed sessions.

Kevin Spacey is at the centre of this year’s festival, which is heading towards being the biggest celebration of creativity and innovation in the Festival’s history to date.  He will deliver this year’s MacTaggart Lecture, following in the footsteps of former speakers including Elisabeth Murdoch, Eric Schmidt, Mark Thompson, James Murdoch, Dennis Potter, Michael Grade and Rupert Murdoch. [More info on the MacTaggart here.]

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Taking place on 22nd – 24th August 2013, the three day festival features a line-up of sessions that focus on the year’s most successful shows from the surprising breakthroughs to the big hitters and explores innovations and issues that the industry continues to face.  Idea generation, networking with the most influential people in the industry and a celebration of the rapidly changing distribution channels are just some of the draws at this year’s Festival.

The 2013 GEITF programme line-up features two of this year’s most talked about series: The Great British Bake Off and The Undateables.

Sessions with some of television’s most entertaining talent and execs include The Evolution of Puppetry with puppet wizard Brian Henson, and Making Crime Pay, featuring Jane Featherstone executive producer of this year’s breakout hit Broadchurch.

The Channel of the Year Awards return, hosted by Dara O Briain, with new categories, to recognise and celebrate this year’s most exceptional programming.

The newly expanded controllers strand now features one hour conversations with controllers of BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, BBC4, ITV, ITV Digital Channels, Channel 4, Channel 5, BskyB, Discovery Networks, UKTV, Sky Entertainment Channels and Sky Living, as well as further Multi Channel Commissioning Sessions.

GEITF will kick off with a sprinkling of stars in Great British Bake Off: Edinburgh Special which will be a Festival reworking of the renowned series hosted by the show’s own Mel and Sue. The live special edition of the BAFTA-award winning BBC Two show will feature the popular panel Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood as they judge the baking skills of TV’s top execs.  They will be taking part in the ultimate baking battle to take the crown for the TV industry’s Best Baker.  The experts will inspect, critique and sample the baked goodies and decide who gets to have their cake – and eat it.  Contestants include: Lisa Thomas, Manager, Lisa Thomas Management and Co-Director, Lola Entertainment and Philip Edgar-Jones, Head of Entertainment, BSkyB.

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In The Evolution of Puppetry, Brian Henson, son of Jim Henson and award-winning director, producer and puppeteer, will give an inside view of the use of puppets and how they have evolved on TV and the big screen, from The Muppet Show to the modern day.

Featuring an exclusive live musical performance, multi-award winning composer David Arnold will be discussing composing music for the world stage to the small screen including the Olympics, Sherlock and Bond.

The Undateables is one of the unexpected factual hits of the last few years, a series about love and disability that’s had everyone talking.   It’s a tough show to make, and The Undateables: A Masterclass will talk to commissioner Liam Humphreys and key members of the betty production team to get to the bottom of how they pull it off.

Meanwhile, A Pointless Masterclass will reveal how this cult hit has moved to become a BBC One favourite. Co-host of the show Richard Osman, co-creator and exec producer David Flynn, MD of Remarkable Television, and former Controller of BBC Daytime Liam Keelan will look at how the show was conceived and made the move from daytime to Saturday night hit.

No-one starts out intending to make a bad programme. The Worst TV I’ve Made That Taught Me Everything examines what happens when that is exactly what you end up with.  In a joyous celebration of failure, 4 brave TV execs will show ‘horror’ clips and talk to Wayne Garvie about the worst shows they’ve ever made. Brave guests include Jonathan Stadlen, Executive Producer, Knickerbockerglory, Murray Boland, Creative Director, CPL, Lisa Clark, Co-Founder and Director, Pett Productions.

A review of recent primetime successes reflects the enormous popularity of crime dramas.  Why does it always deliver?  Making Crime Pay investigates what makes the perfect crime drama and what the limitations are in an already overcrowded genre.  Confirmed panelists include: Broadchurch Executive Producer Jane Featherstone, Neil Cross, Creator of Luther and Mark Billingham, Crime Novelist.

Translating ideas for an American audience is explored in depth in Cracking the US Scripted Market.  The session will look at audience tastes, commissions vs co-production and dealing with the US networks.

Xbox, YouTube, and more – The New Buyers On The Block will look at the new commissioning players who have millions of pounds to spend on original content.  This session covers what they’re looking for, how to pitch to them and what to expect from a new breed of commissioners in our increasingly digital age.

Four of the biggest hitters in the world of talent management will tell us exactly how to seduce them and their starriest clients in Britain’s Got Talent – So How Do I Get My Hands on Some?  We’ll hear what kind of cold calling they respond to and what guarantees an instant rejection, how to navigate the challenges that can arise in the course of working with talent and discuss the shifting power struggles between broadcasters with shrinking budgets, producers with good ideas and agents with ‘box office’ talent.

Dara O Briain will be adding his own brand of humour as host of the Channel of the Year Awards 2013. New awards this year include Channel Breakthrough, Production Company and Programme Innovation.

GEITF have teamed up with BAFTA ROCLIFFE to host the final of this year’s New Sitcom Writing Competition. Hundreds of entries have been whittled down to two finalists by a jury of readers including comedy geniuses such as Jennifer Saunders and Jessica Hynes and industry execs including Kenton Allen (Executive Producer, Rev, Friday Night Dinner) and Myfanwy Moore (Controller of Comedy, ITV).  Both ten minute scripts will be performed live on stage at GEITF by a cast of comic talents in front of a judging panel including Shane Allen (Controller of Comedy, BBC) and other industry luminaries. The winning writer will then be picked in front of the audience and awarded a full script development deal with the BBC.

Further sessions with details to be announced in the coming months include Managing A Media Crisis, Are The Biggest Creative Risks Being Taken In Cable and Pitching Excellence.

Advisory Chair of the Festival, Karl Warner comments:  “This year’s schedule brings together a diverse mix of the world’s most creative and inspiring talent working in television. From Hollywood A-listers to cake baking legends; every burning issue and every form of storytelling will be debated, and celebrated.”

Executive Chair of the Festival, Elaine Bedell adds: Once again, this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival is bringing together an irresistible mix of key industry creatives, movers and shakers.  Karl and his committee have worked hard to make sure there’s something for everybody and I’ve no doubt that Kevin Spacey’s MacTaggart will inspire the sort of debate and argument that makes Edinburgh the most enjoyable and entertaining media event of the year.”

Further sessions to be confirmed in due course.

GEITF is the essential fixture for everyone in the television industry wanting inspiration, networking, learning and fun.  The Festival is unique as it is created by the industry for the industry, bringing together the great and the good of the television world. Taking place on 22nd – 24th August 2013, the three-day Festival will feature a line-up of over 50 sessions and mixes the stars of the screen with the people behind the scenes that make them so recognisable.

Visit www.geitf.co.uk to register now. Follow the Festival on Twitter via @edinburghtvfest

Press Contact: Taylor Herring PR

The boardroom battle to become Lord Sugar’s next business partner begins

On April 30th, 2013 admin wrote on the subject of Celebrity PR,Reality TV PR,Television Industry PR,Television PR,The Apprentice.

LONDON, 30th April 2013: Award-winning and critically acclaimed series The Apprentice returns on Tuesday 7th May 2013 at 9pm on BBC One for a ninth season, as Lord Sugar and his advisors put 16 new candidates through the toughest business test going.

Viewers will be treated to a double dose of boardroom drama as the second episode airs on Wednesday 8th May, with the series then continuing on Wednesdays at 9pm on BBC One.

16 determined candidates will compete to stay out of the firing line for 12 weeks in a bid to win Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment. They must demonstrate business sense, creativity and leadership in order to impress Lord Sugar, Nick and Karren, but only one applicant will triumph and become Lord Sugar’s next business partner.

This year, the candidates will reveal their business ideas right from the start of the process, not only creating an additional level of competition between the applicants but also challenging them to prove they have the skills to succeed in the business they are pitching to Lord Sugar. Will those planning a catering business come out top in a food task? Or those pushing a sales–based business succeed in shaking hands on the best deal?

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This year’s budding business partners come from a diverse range of careers and backgrounds, from catering, leisure and recruitment to property, medicine and academia.

East End boy and entrepreneur, Lord Sugar started from modest beginnings to build a global business empire worth millions.

He says: “This process is not about a job, it is about me ploughing £250,000 into a business. This is an unbelievable opportunity. For me to choose you, you’ve got to be brilliant.”

Lord Sugar is once again joined by his trusted advisors Karren Brady and Nick Hewer, who are on hand to observe the candidates throughout the process and report back on the successes and failures within each task.

As Lord Sugar greets the candidates in the boardroom for the first time, he explains what he expects from them in order for them to succeed from week to week:

“As you can see, I’ve got a pile of CVs here – it’s full of the usual BS. You know, ‘I’ll give 110%, I’m the greatest entrepreneur since sliced bread, failure’s not an option, I think outside the box, inside the bleeding box.’ All those usual clichés. I’m sick and tired of all that rubbish to be perfectly honest with you, because I believe actions speak louder than words. And it’s going to be actions that I’m going to judge you on. Now the aim of this process is to get your business plans in front of me. The tasks are there to test you and take you through every facet in business.”

The first task kicks off at midnight with Lord Sugar asking the candidates to sell a shipping container load of goods to London’s trade in just one day. From novelty items to household necessities, each team must find suitable buyers for their different product lines and the team that makes the most money from the day’s sales will be declared the winner. Split into boys vs. girls, which team will avoid a trip to the Losers’ Cafe in their first week? It’s a super-sized straight-forward selling task but Lord Sugar throws in a surprise twist right at the beginning, proving that the candidates can never be certain what to expect from the multi-millionaire tycoon.

The candidates will be put through their paces every week by a range of challenging tasks from creating and branding their own flavoured beer and selling caravans, to putting together a corporate away-day for some very big clients. At the end of each day they will go home to their luxury town house in Central London, enjoying a taste of the high-end lifestyle that a successful business can make a reality.

But, as always, it ends in the boardroom. After each task, the losing team will return to face Lord Sugar and battle it out to keep their place in the process, before one candidate will hear the infamous words ‘You’re Fired’.

The ever-popular companion show ‘The Apprentice: You’re Fired!’ will also return to air immediately after the main series on BBC Two. Host Dara O Briain will reflect on the fired candidate’s time on the show, asking for their insight on their best and worst moments, as they are interrogated by a panel of business experts and celebrity fans.

The official Apprentice website – bbc.co.uk/apprentice – will host candidate biographies and information about the series alongside preview clips of upcoming episodes. Also hosted on the site, The Apprentice super-fan, TV and radio presenter Matt Edmondson will catch up with each fired candidate for a weekly high pressure post-exit interview with a difference in Matt Edmondson’s Awkward Conversations. This year, YouTube superstars The Brett Domino Trio will join forces with Radio 1’s Dan and Phil for a one-off video introducing the new candidates in three minutes of catchy, original pop music, featuring excerpts from the candidates’ audition tapes.

You can catch up with all The Apprentice action on the official Apprentice Twitter (@bbcapprentice) and Facebook (facebook.com/BBCApprentice)

The Apprentice is a Boundless production for BBC One. Cate Hall is the Executive Producer; Francesca Maudslay is the Series Editor and Jo Wallace is the Executive Producer for the BBC.

After the first episode on Tuesday 7th May, The Apprentice will air on BBC One on Wednesdays at 9pm, from 8th May.

MEET THE GIRLS

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Francesca MacDuff-Varley
Age: 32
Occupation: Dance and Entertainment Entrepreneur
Lives: Leeds, UK
A classically trained dancer, one of Francesca’s first jobs was teaching baby ballet at her local dance studios. She is now is the founder and director of a dance studio, a professional dance agency and a lookalike agency. She describes herself as determined, driven and fun, and quotes Debbie Moore and Arlene Phillips as the business figures she is most inspired by, for their creativity and vision. She cites being a hard-worker as her greatest strength, though admits she can be a ‘control freak’ at times.
She says: “I’m prepared to fight to the death to become Lord Sugar’s business partner.”

Jaz Ampaw-Farr
Age: 41
Occupation: Literacy and Education Company Director
Lives: Milton Keynes, UK
Married mother-of-three Jaz began her career as a teacher and is passionate about children’s education and learning. She believes her strengths to be her tenacity and determination, while her weakness is that she has no time for those that don’t share her business vision. Her interests include stand-up comedy and lifestyle photography.
She says: “I’m half machine. I can process things at a speed that is out of this world!”

Leah Totton
Age: 24
Occupation: Doctor
Lives: London, UK
Born in Northern Ireland, Leah now lives in London and is kept busy by her work as a practising doctor. She is passionate about medicine and health and says her friends would describe her as caring, kind and professional, though she can be too ambitious.
She says: “I’m very hard working and feel I can bring youth, vibrancy, enthusiasm and a touch of class to any business I’m part of.”

Luisa Zissman
Age: 25
Occupation: Retail Entrepreneur
Lives: St Albans, UK
Mother-of-one Luisa describes herself as confident, logical and outspoken and cites her greatest business achievement to be the ability to create new jobs through the success of her businesses. She lists her favourite business brands as Christian Louboutin and Virgin Atlantic for their strong brand identities. Her first job was as a Saturday girl in an estate agent and she now owns her own cupcake shop, baking website and electronics business.
She says: “I have the energy of a Duracell bunny, sex appeal of Jessica Rabbit, and a brain like Einstein.”

Natalie Panayi
Age: 30
Occupation: Recruitment Manager
Lives: Rickmansworth, UK
Natalie’s first job was as a pub waitress and says her dad is her business inspiration, as he built his success from nothing through his strong work ethic. Her passions include fashion and money and she is also a trained jazz singer and qualified make-up artist. She says her friends would describe her as headstrong, determined and caring, though one of her most annoying habits can be interrupting people.
She says: “When it comes to business, I am the complete package and when it comes to sales, I’m the best.”

Rebecca Slater
Age: 35
Occupation: Medical Rep
Lives: Wigan, UK
Rebecca would describe herself as authentic, generous and adventurous, though says she can be very impatient. Now working in medical sales, her first job was in a Post Office shop. She lists Alex Polizzi and Mary Portas as business figures that inspire her because they are willing to take on any challenge.
She says: “I’m a pretty tough person. I don’t let people walk all over me in life or in business. And if somebody crosses me, it’s game over.”

Sophie Lau
Age: 22
Occupation: Restaurateur
Lives: Bristol, UK
Malaysian-born Sophie says her greatest strengths are creativity and the ability to ‘think outside the box’, but her weakness is mental arithmetic. She first worked as a catering company waitress and at the age of 19, began running her own restaurant whilst still studying as a student. She is passionate about food and describes herself as innovative and intelligent.
She says: “I don’t have a multi-million pound business but what I do have is the raw talent, the drive and the competitive streak.”

Uzma Yakoob
Age: 32
Occupation: Entrepreneur and Make-Up Brand Owner
Lives: London, UK
Uzma describes herself as confident, creative and spiritual, though says she can lack patience. She has set up a non-profit organisation to help women reach out to one another in times of need and lists being nominated for an Asian Women of Achievement Awards as one of her greatest business achievements. She says the brand she is most inspired by is MAC, because they have created a product that most women think they can’t live without.
She says: “If I believe in something, I will go to the end to make sure it’s done.”

MEET THE BOYS

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Alex Mills
Age: 22
Occupation: Company Director
Lives: Cardiff, UK
Alex says his greatest strengths lie in design and calculations and he describes himself as passionate, hardworking and determined. He began his working life as a housekeeper in a hotel and started his first company at 19. He is inspired in business by brands such as Tom Ford and figures such as James Caan, and enjoys playing the guitar and sport shooting in his spare time.
He says: “I’m an old head on young shoulders. I believe that I’m the new breed of businessman that this process requires.”

Jason Leech
Age: 29
Occupation: Historian and Property Entrepreneur
Lives: London, UK
Born in Athens, Jason says he has never been ‘formally employed’, instead remaining self-employed and a student throughout his career to date. His hobbies include gardening and croquet and he lists his passions as knowledge and language. He cites himself as a devotee of Question Time and says that the brands he has the most respect for are John Lewis/Waitrose and American Express, as they stand for quality and high-standard customer service.
He says: “Some people might come to this process with a game plan. I just feel my effortless superiority will take me all the way.”

Jordan Poulton
Age: 26
Occupation: Business Analyst
Lives: London, UK
Jordan says his first experience in business was at the age of six, selling his family’s litter of kittens in the playground. He describes himself as optimistic, charismatic and calm under pressure, though he thinks he can also be unforgiving and finds it difficult to ask for help. He enjoys going to technology events and recording his own podcasts and is passionate about encouraging young people to start their own businesses.
He says: “I’ve worked in third world countries and first world countries. I know what it’s like to struggle to feed kids and I know what it’s like to fly in a private jet.”

Kurt Wilson
Age: 26
Occupation: Health Drink Entrepreneur and Health & Safety Manager
Lives: Liverpool, UK
Kurt says his friends would describe him as intelligent, argumentative and ambitious. His first job was washing dishes as a kitchen porter and he says his greatest business achievement to date is running his own smoothie business after suffering many knock-backs and rejections.
He says: “I’m an alpha male; I always get my own way and know how to make people do what I want.”

Myles Mordaunt
Age: 39
Occupation: Marketing Company Co-Founder
Lives: Monaco, Monaco
Myles has lived in Monaco for the past 10 years and says that people would describe him as passionate, charming and determined, but he can be too much of a perfectionist. He was a professional racing driving for a short period of time and he now works in luxury brand marketing. He says the business figures that most inspire him are Bernie Ecclestone and Richard Branson, for their vision and commercial power.
He says: “I’m business perfection personified.”

Neil Clough
Age: 32
Occupation: Regional Manager – Soccer Centres
Lives: Altrincham, UK
Neil says he would be described as focussed, determined and driven by those that know him well, though his weaknesses include being overly competitive and very opinionated. He is a Manchester United supporter and plays football regularly in an amateur league, having played semi-professionally in the past. One of his first jobs was in telesales, which he cites as the role that kicked off his career.
He says: “I’m here to win. If that means being tough and making tough decisions, that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”

Tim Stillwell
Age: 23
Occupation: Mexican Food Entrepreneur
Lives: Birmingham, UK
Tim lists his passions in life as food, travel, business and money, and the achievement he is most proud of is launching a business while still studying in his final year at university. He describes himself as happy-go-lucky, energetic and with a ‘never give up’ attitude, though admits he can lack focus. Moving up from his first job on a paper round to starting a leaflet distribution service before founding his catering company, Tim now wants to use business as a vehicle to bring new culinary experiences to people.
He says: “I’m definitely a team player. I’m not a lone ranger in any sense of the word.”

Zeeshaan Shah
Age: 27
Occupation: CEO of Property Investment Company
Lives: London, UK
Zeeshaan, who grew up in Pakistan, believes his greatest strengths are that he is an eternal optimist, street-smart and well-connected. He says his weaknesses would include bossiness and that he can’t do something if his heart isn’t in it. Starting his career as a part-time waiter, he believes his greatest business achievement is still yet to come.
He says: “I’m a ‘Great’ of my generation. I’m an innovator and leader in business. I take inspiration from Napoleon; I am here to conquer.”

About The Apprentice

BAFTA Award-winning business series, The Apprentice, has previously had eight successful series as well as three series of the Young Apprentice.

As well as a wealth of loyal fans, The Apprentice has received critical acclaim and won numerous awards including a BAFTA in 2006 for Best Feature. It has also walked away with top TV gongs including accolades at the BPG TV Awards, Televisual Bulldog Awards, National Reality Television Awards and TV Choice Awards as well as nominations at the National Television Awards, BAFTA Craft Awards and BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards. The show has also received a Press Guild Award for series 6 and a TV Choice Award for Best Reality Show for series 7. In 2012, Young Apprentice won a BAFTA in the Reality & Constructed Factual category.

Last year, The Apprentice transmitted on BBC One over a 12 week period, with nearly seven million viewers tuning in to watch the final episode in which Ricky Martin became Lord Sugar’s new business partner.

It’s a one-of-a-kind interview process that is one of the toughest and most intense in the business and, with this year’s candidates as determined as ever to become Lord Sugar’s business partner, series 9 promises to be the most unpredictable yet.

The Apprentice series eight saw heavy-hitting wrestler Ricky Martin throw down in the boardroom and come away with Lord Sugar’s investment.

Series seven introduced the nation to Jedi Jim and his boardroom mind tricks, as well as being the first series to feature a business partnership with Lord Sugar as the winner’s prize, rather than a job offer.

Series six saw candidate Stuart ‘The Brand’ Baggs take metaphors to a new level revealing that he was not ‘a one trick pony’ but was, in fact, ‘a field of ponies’.

In series five, for the first time ever, The Apprentice saw one candidate pull out before the first task had even started.

Other highlights of past series include Lorraine Tighe’s ‘premonitions’, the romance between Kate Walsh and Philip ‘Pantsman’ Taylor, the brash defences of Claire Young and the boardroom bluffing of Jenny Celerier.

The memorable catchphrases from some of the candidates have put smiles on the faces of millions of viewers, including Melody Hossaini’s “Don’t tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon”; Edward Hunter’s “Roll with the punches”; and Ricky Martin’s “I truly am the reflection of perfection”.

The business theatrics of Michael Sophocles and his kosher meat gaffe has made him one of the standout characters of the previous eight series, while the floundering failures of school teacher Noorul Choudhury had the nation screaming at the TV as he escaped the firing line on many occasions. Sandwich-seller Rocky Andrews failing in the catering task, Lee McQueen’s pterodactyl impression and, not forgetting, Raef Bjayou’s ability to “speak to prince or pauper” have all had the nation glued to their screens for the past eight years.

There have been two Comic Relief specials and one Sport Relief special of The Apprentice, all featuring stellar celebrity line ups. The Apprentice has spawned a number of columns and blogs in the national press and has been spoofed by comedians including French & Saunders, Charlie Brooker, Harry Hill and Dead Ringers.

In 2007, the BBC Two show Kombat Opera spoofed The Apprentice with Kombat Opera Presents…The Applicants. In 2009 renowned YouTube artist Cassette Boy created Cassette Boy vs The Apprentice, which has attracted over 4.7 million hits on YouTube to date.

About Lord Sugar

After leaving school in Hackney aged 16, Sugar started selling car aerials and electric goods out of a van he bought for £50. In 1968, he founded Amstrad, and now, over 40 years later, he has an estimated worth of £730 million, and was ranked 85th in the 2010 Sunday Times Rich List.

A former Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur FC, Sugar sold his Amstrad empire to Sky in July 2007. Sugar’s other companies include AMSCREEN, which offers digital screen media advertising networks, AMSAIR, which offers business and executive jets to a number of high profile clients around the world, AMSPROP, a property investment firm and VIGLEN, a manufacturer specialising in computers, networks and solutions.

In 2000, Sugar was knighted for his services to business and he holds two honorary Doctorates of Science degrees, awarded by City University and Brunel University respectively.

Having previously sat on the Business Council for Britain and fronted a campaign promoting the benefits of apprenticeships, in 2009 he was named as Enterprise Champion and appointed to the House of Lords as Baron Sugar of Clapton in the London Borough of Hackney.

In 2010, Lord Sugar released his autobiography, ‘What You See Is What You Get’ and in 2011 he released ‘The Way I See It’.

Lord Sugar is a philanthropist who donates to a number of charities including Great Ormond Street Hospital and Jewish Care.

About Nick Hewer

Former PR impresario Nick Hewer started off in public relations in the mid 1960s. Heading up his own PR company for over 30 years until its sale in 1997, Nick built an impressive corporate client list which included many British and international companies and organisations.

Nick first came across Lord Sugar when his PR company was chosen to represent Amstrad in 1983. Soon taking care of his profile across all business and personal dealings, Nick became a trusted ally and firm friend to the tycoon, playing an integral part in the management structure at Amstrad.

Friends throughout their careers, Lord Sugar laid on a dinner at The Dorchester for Nick and 100 guests to celebrate his official retirement. Says Nick: “Alan is a very generous friend. The best thing about working for him was there was always something going on – he has vibrancy about him.”

Nick’s career has taken him all over the world and he has a lifelong passion for world travel. He has driven a 20 year-old Renault 4L solo from London to Mongolia for charity and has taken part in the Children in Need trek from Istanbul to Almaty in Kazakhstan. As a patron of Hope and Homes for Children, Nick helps promote the British charity and has worked for them in Romania, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. He has a home in France where he indulges a passion for old tractors.

Nick’s much loved dry wit and legendary facial expressions have taken him through eight series of The Apprentice and have also seen him appear on comedy panel shows such as Would I Lie To You? and Have I Got News For You. In January 2012 he became the presenter of Channel 4’s Countdown and recently appeared in the documentary Nick Hewer: Countdown to Freetown, also on Channel 4, in which he embarked on a mission to tow an industrial saw and generator to the capital of Sierra Leone to present to a young carpenter.

About Karren Brady

Karren Brady began her career at Saatchi & Saatchi when she was 18 years old and swiftly moved onto London Broadcasting Company as a sales executive. She joined Sport Newspapers Ltd in 1988 and became Director within a year.

Karren is known as the first woman in football. She was Managing Director of Birmingham City Football Club from 1993 to 2009 and during that time turned the Club’s fortunes around. She took over Birmingham City FC when it was in administration, and in her first year at the helm, the Club recorded a financial trading profit. In January 2010, Karren was appointed Vice Chairman of West Ham United FC.

Karren has attracted much media attention in her career, and was the subject of an hour long documentary Inside Story – The Real Life Manageress shown on BBC One. She has hosted her own TV show, and has also presented shows on ITV. Karren has written four books and her autobiography ‘Strong Woman: Ambition, Grit and a Great Pair of Heels’ was released in March 2012.

Karren is a columnist for The Sun newspaper and also writes for the popular lifestyle magazine Woman & Home. She is a judge of the Cosmopolitan Women of Achievement Awards and is an Ambassador for the Stroke Association, WellChild and Wellbeing of Women. Previously on the Board of Mothercare PLC, Channel 4 Television and Sport England, Karren currently holds the position of a non-Executive Director of Arcadia. She is an honoree Fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing and in 2010 was awarded an honorary Doctorate from the University of Birmingham.

In March 2006 she was chosen as the Project Manager of the girls team on BBC One’s The Apprentice, for Comic Relief, where she led her team to a resounding victory over the boys, raising over £750k for charity.

In 2010, following appearances as one of Lord Sugar’s interrogators in the final interview round of The Apprentice, Karren replaced Margaret Mountford as Lord Sugar’s aide on the series.

Karren has won various awards including Business Woman of the Year, Cosmopolitan Woman Of The Year, the Spirit of Everywoman Award, Britain’s Most Influential Woman Award as well as two National Reality TV Awards for her role in The Apprentice.

About Boundless (part of FremantleMedia UK)

Encompassing factual entertainment, factual features and specialist factual programming, including The Apprentice, Young Apprentice, You’re Fired, Escape To The Country, Great British Railway Journeys, Grand Designs and Four Rooms, Boundless is FremantleMedia UK’s factual label. FremantleMedia UK is the UK production arm of FremantleMedia, the global production and content business of the RTL Group, Europe’s largest television and radio company. FremantleMedia UK, comprises of a group of labels, Talkback, Retort, Boundless, Thames and Newman Street, which produce some of the UK’s most successful shows – the Group has aired over 450 hours of programming on terrestrial TV in the past 12 months alone.

The Finger of Fear is back

On April 12th, 2013 admin wrote on the subject of Celebrity PR,Television Industry PR,Television PR.

The Apprentice Series 9. Coming Soon to BBC One.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/theapprentice

Imagination and Creativity in Television and Beyond

On April 3rd, 2013 James wrote on the subject of Television Industry PR,Television PR.

LONDON, Wednesday April 3rd 2013: What are the key challenges facing the creative industries in today’s multi-platform digital age?

And what can we do to help nurture the imaginative thinking and innovative ideas that will help propel the creative sector to a brighter future when so much looks uncertain?

leading lights

That’s the question UKTV – the multi-award winning media company – has posed to a section of the nation’s most influential creatives for inclusion in Leading Lights – a new e-book published today.

Download Leading Lights as a PDF

Leading Lights features a series of insightful yet accessible essays from a range of creative luminaries around innovation and thought leadership. Contributors include Iain Morris, the creative genius behind the The Inbetweeners, Michelin stared chef, Michel Roux Jr, Martha Lane Fox founder of lastminute.com, Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library and Culture Secretary, Ed Vaizey.

Baroness Martha Lane Fox CBE, founder Lastminute.com and newly appointed Lady Soho argues that there are structural problems within the UK that work against digital business start ups – Victorian education, pessimism, the role of the BBC and the American imports that use the UK as a testing ground. She thinks that a cultural shift is needed – not just to create more individual entrepreneurs but to improve the teams working for entrepreneurs. Together with a board of eight top CEOs she is putting her energies into Go On UK – a charity that will build Britain’s digital skills so we are all equipped for the future.

Roly Keating, CEO of the British Library, argues that print is not dead but the move from physical to digital is an opportunity that results in a burst of creativity. He sees opportunities for digital creativity through the intersection of different industries. TV companies and libraries have more in common than you would first imagine.

Iain Morris, creator of The Inbetweeners says a decision to say ‘yes’ to any kind of social event or offer was the defining factor in his creative career – most of the time it led to disaster! Out of disaster came The Inbetweeners TV Series and movie and a writing career in the UK and now in LA. The American comedy process of corralling a team of writers to sit around a table isn’t for Iain and nor is the process of working on several projects at a time. Iain is a great believer in the notion that you should focus on one thing at a time and be utterly single-minded.

Michel Roux Jnr, the three-michelin starred owner of Le Gavroche, grew up in a creative family kitchen, and believes that your ingredients are the basis for all creativity. Now a top professional chef, he gets his inspiration from other chefs. He sends his sous chefs out to other restaurants to investigate the repertoire and come up with new dishes that they can trial together.

Ed Vaizey MP describes himself as middle aged and stuck in traditional patterns, but admits to being a keen SuperMario player and digital downloader. Unlike many other politicians he reveals that he doesn’t know what is going to happen next in the creative industries because he cannot predict the speed of change, and suggests that there’s something to be said for doing nothing.

Commenting on the launch of the book and its contributors, Darren Childs, CEO, UKTV said, “I’m proud to have brought together such a diverse and impressive line-up of artistic luminaries for Leading Lights, to celebrate UKTV’s 21 years at the forefront of digital television. The book provides fascinating insights on the challenges facing the creative industries in the digital age and how we need to meet those challenges head on by ensuring innovation and creativity are at the heart of everything we do’.

Leading Lights edited by UKTV’s Communications Director, Zoë Clapp, is available on Amazon and iTunes ISBN number: 978-0-9566561-9-3.

Books can be ordered directly from Premium Publishing.

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