On the subject of BBC Three

Who Will Win Television Channel Of The Year?

On April 30th, 2009 James wrote on the subject of Edinburgh International Television Festival,Event PR,Television Industry PR.

LONDON: April 30, 2009 – Voting for this year’s MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival’s Channel of the Year Awards opens on Friday, May 1, 2009 and closes at midnight on Friday, May 22.

For the first time, all non-terrestrial channels have been invited to enter for the Best Non-Terrestrial Channel of the Year Award. Nominations in this category include Sky 1, E4, BBC Three, FX, Comedy Central, Dave, Living, MTV One, Fiver, Wedding TV, Cbeebies and Sky News, among others.

michael-mcintyreThe non-terrestrial channels will be shortlisted and the winner of this category along with Best Terrestrial Channel Of The Year, Best Non-Terrestrial Programme Of The Year and Best Terrestrial Programme Of The Year will be jointly selected by the Festival’s Executive Committee and a live vote during the Channel of The Year Awards ceremony, hosted again by top comedian Michael McIntyre on Saturday, August 29.

Non-terrestrial channels have each entered two minute showreels for consideration, available to view on the Festival website (www.mgeitf.co.uk). Voters, made up of festival delegates, the industry and interested members of the public, can first view videos and then complete an online survey designed by YouGov. All voters are offered the chance of winning a delegate pass and accommodation for the Festival. To cast your vote go to www.mgeitf.co.uk

Now in its 8th consecutive year the Channel of the Year Award is in recognition of the increasingly competitive and often challenging market that today’s broadcasters operate in, and to celebrate the creative, innovative and commercial solutions that channels present. BBC Three won the Non-Terrestrial category in 2008 with ITV2 and BBC Four taking the honours in 2007 and 2006 respectively. The Terrestrial award was won by BBC One in both 2008 and 2007 and Channel 4 in 2006.

Note to Editors:

Registration for the 2009 MGEITF is now open. The early bird rate of £488.75 including VAT is currently available until May 29th. Click here for more information http://www.mgeitf.co.uk/home/mgeitf.aspx

About MGEITF
A unique opportunity for individuals from across the media to share ideas, make new contacts and reconnect with friends and colleagues, the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival offers delegates a varied programme of topical debates, one to one networking opportunities, masterclasses and keynote lectures from leading UK and international media figures. The Festival programme is developed by an Advisory Committee made up of individuals from across the industry.

The MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival is a delegate entry event which annually attracts over 2000 delegates from all sectors and levels of the industry. To find out more, and to register, please visit www.mgeitf.co.uk

MGEITF is a charitable organisation which supports and develops new talent from all backgrounds through its two talent schemes, The Network and Fast Track. Approximately one third of the delegate fees go towards supporting these initiatives.

Channel of the Year Awards contact: Kam Kandola: kam@mgeitf.co.uk /020 7843 0142

YouGov – What the world thinks

YouGov is a leading international research agency, with a specialist Media consulting division. YouGov’s full service offering spans added value consultancy, qualitative research, field and tab services, syndicated product offers and omnibus.

YouGov is the authoritative measure of public opinion and consumer behaviour. It is YouGov’s ambition is to supply a live stream of data and insight into what people are thinking and doing all over the world, all of the time, so that companies, governments and institutions can better serve the people that sustain them.

YouGov has been acclaimed as the most quoted research company in the UK and the country’s most accurate opinion pollster.
www.yougov.com
MGEITF Press Information:
Debra Johnson, Taylor Herring PR. Tel: 0208 206 5151
debra.johnson@taylorherring.com

 

 

 

My Life As An Animal on BBC THREE

On April 16th, 2009 James wrote on the subject of Television PR.

Eight intrepid volunteers take part in an innovative experiment – to try to learn more about animals. In this new series, the volunteers go back to basics undertaking a unique journey of self discovery, eating, sleeping and endeavouring to communicate with horses, dogs, pigs, penguins and seals.

My Life As An AnimalThe experiment also hopes to help the participants learn something about their own lives as well as those of the animals. Akin to modern day “Dr Dolittles”, the volunteers will closely observe the animals, using this to carefully inform their own behaviour.

Amongst other animal activities they will try to gain a place within the strict hierarchy of the thoroughbred stallions, win the trust of a pack of foxhounds, and learn more about pigs and their piglets. Wildlife expert Terry Nutkins offers invaluable advice, giving hints and tips on how the human guinea pigs can come closer to being accepted as animals by animals.

In the first episode, entrepreneur and actor, Richard Da Costa and Radio Five’s travel and news reporter, Lynsey Horn volunteer to live their lives as pigs for four days. Leaving their homes and luxuries behind, Richard and Lynsey immerse themselves in the pigs’ environment by sleeping with them, eating their food and even learning to speak like the animals.

My Life As An Animal 2By the end of the programme, the real life ‘Dr Dolittles’ – and indeed anybody who watches – will have learned firsthand about a pig’s life in Britain today. The series also features a host of experts, including, pig expert Katy Mason who teaches them how to grunt in order to communicate effectively with their fellow pig and Emma Massingale, the horse whisperer.

In every episode Wildlife expert Terry Nutkins will be on hand to devise challenges and help the volunteers be accepted.

My Life As Animal, BBC Three, 9pm tonight

For further information, preview discs and interviews please contact Louisa.bradshaw@taylorherring.com

Pulling Returns for Comedy Special

On March 6th, 2009 James wrote on the subject of Comedy PR.

pullingFollowing two critically acclaimed series, BBC Three’s hit BAFTA-nominated comedy Pulling returns for a one-off special episode in May (TBC).

A dark, intelligent, cutting edge comedy, Pulling is an acutely observed series that takes a long, hard look at sex, love and friendship – not to mention what you do when you don’t recognize the person you’ve woken up with.

Following the turbulent lives and loves of three friends who are bored but have high aspirations, Donna (Comedy Award-winning, Sharon Horgan – Free Agents, Annually Retentive, Angelo’s), man-devourer Karen (Tanya Franks – Eastenders, Family Affairs) and recreational stalker Louise (Rebekah Staton – No Heroics, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Jane Eyre). Paul Kaye (Dennis Pennis, Strutter), will also return as Karen’s on/off boyfriend, Billy – who stumbles back in to her life by mistake and ends up making a huge impact.

For further information contact Ashley.charles@taylorherring.com