Returning for a second year to London venue Vinopolis, the great and the good of television advertising gathered for Thinkbox’s TV Planning Awards on July 1st, 2015. It was the venue’s resident technical production company Metro Broadcast’s job to create an appropriate setting for the prestigious event with special guest comedian Romesh Ranganathan and attended by the UK’s top names in media.
The Great Halls at Vinopolis were transformed by lighting to create an elegant and dramatic setting for the ceremony. The Halls, partially divided by the building’s original Victorian arches, were used on one side for pre-dinner drinks and set out with contemporary poseur tables and a temporary bar created by Metro Broadcast’s staging team. Elegant, colour-changing lighting to the high walls added character and dramatic effect.
The main section of the Halls was used later for dinner and the announcement of the awards. Metro Broadcast had flown large projection screens from the permanent rigging for video and graphics and the cabaret-style dining arrangement included an eclectic mix of chairs and sofas creating a relaxed and informal mood.
Visha Naul, Marketing Manager at Thinkbox, said, “We were really pleased with last year’s event at Vinopolis and so we made no hesitation in returning again. The versatility of the space is great and Metro Broadcast’s resident production team gave us a range of creative ideas with lighting, camera footage and audio visuals.”
James Forsyth, Metro Broadcast’s resident Production Manager at Vinopolis said, “The space lends itself so easily to a gala event with pre or post-dinner entertainment; the natural layout of the Great Halls allows you to reveal two completely different environments and guests can move freely between both spaces.”
Entertainment at the awards included Thinkbox’s iconic ‘Harvey and Rabbit’-themed photo booth where guests had fun with a selection of hats and accessories and a DJ led the party into the early hours. In addition to lighting design, staging and audio visuals, Metro Broadcast also supported the event with a full PA system and an HD camera to record the highlights of the evening.
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