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Twelve years in and Metro Broadcast continues to screen The Oscars to The Academy’s London members at the prestigious RAC Club. The elite event, held on Monday night (March 3rd), usually runs one night after the live event in Hollywood – allowing for the time difference. We work to a tight schedule to edit the HD CAM tapes sent by BSkyB for the London audience to enjoy. So I suppose you could say that we bring The Oscars to London in all its star-studded glory (yes Brad and Angelina look just as good on hi-tech plasma screens) but unfortunately this occasion is strictly by invitation only.

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As the crow flies, there is over 2,700 miles between Freiburg; a small city in the South-West of Germany, and The Gambia; a country which features on the Western coast of Africa. That is approximately 4,400 kilometres (we all have our unit of measurement preferences…). When considered in terms of available transportation routes, the journey comes to over 3,500 miles or 5,500km!

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As I’m sure all of our avid readers are aware, one of Metro’s own is set to embark on an adventure as promising as it is inspiring. Get used to hearing the name Pete Boatfield on this blog because we at Metro Broadcast couldn’t be prouder of our “freelancer-turned-fundraiser”.

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A collaborative event industry skills initiative, formed in 2010 by Delta Sound and White Light, welcomes Metro Broadcast and The Royal Albert Hall to the 2014 undergraduate programme. The growing initiative is an educational programme for stage technicians at the UK’s leading universities and theatre schools aiming for a career in live events. The initiative helps prepare students for work and provides an opportunity to gain valuable insights into the industry offering advice on production planning, project management, creating a CV and interview tips. The initiative reaches out to students of RADA, Central School of Speech and Drama, Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, Mountview Academy, Rose Bruford College and the Guildford School of Acting.

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This week’s blog is brought to you by the newest member of Metro’s marketing team, Ronnie Barlow, welcome on board Ronnie, take it away:

Last weekend we had the opportunity to cover production for the British Plus-Size Fashion Weekend at our partner venue, Vinopolis. This is a fashion show which aptly demonstrates that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. The event showcases a range of high street brands, as well as designers, specialising in sizes 14-32. With the press’ presence scheduled for Friday, we began installation on the Thursday, ensuring the Mezzanine room was ready for our lovely fashion enthused journalists.

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This has been an exciting week in the development of Metro’s relationship with ISES (the International Special Events Society). We sponsored the latest ISESTALKS event over at the Music Room in Mayfair and saw one of our staff, Terence Corness, promoted onto the ISES board as Director of Education.

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On February 23rd, video producer Pete Boatfield, one of our regular freelancers, will set out on a charity rally travelling 4,500 miles from Germany to The Gambia. With a fully-loaded truck, his mission is to deliver vital medical supplies to a charity-funded hospital in The Gambia’s capital, Banjul. With his sister Hannah, also a freelance film-maker, Pete will record and edit footage of the road trip for an awareness-raising documentary which is expected to be broadcast later this year.

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On February 23rd 2014, freelance event industry video producer Peter Boatfield will be driving 4,500 miles in a used truck to deliver vital medical equipment and supplies to a hospital in The Gambia. Peter’s involvement with charity Drive To Help is sponsored by London-based technical production company Metro Broadcast. Peter will be travelling with his sister Hannah Boatfield, a documentary film-maker who will be recording the action throughout the journey. Their film is expected to be broadcast later this year.

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In January 2014 we’ve been celebrating 10 year anniversaries with no less than three of our staff; Director Richard Sheehan and Project Managers Symon Veglio and James Clarke. Symon, James and Richard follow hot on the heels of veteran Paul Fish who celebrated his 20 year anniversary last year.

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When Philip Honey, event design consultant for luxury brands, asked us to help present Jimmy Choo’s latest collection to a European network of store managers, the female contingent in the office went slightly weak at the knees; not only was the collection to include shoes, it was handbags and perfume as well! As you might imagine, it came close to ‘pistols at dawn’ when it came to allocating crew for the job.

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