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Written by Jack Hopkins on 17th January 2018

We thought we’d look back at significant occurrences that have happened on this day, throughout the years, within the media and entertainment industries.

In 1984, the US Supreme Court legalised the personal recording of television shows on VHS for the first time ever. The court case between Sony and Universal City Studios came to the conclusion that Sony’s development of software that allowed individuals to record television shows was well within the consumer’s legal boundaries, using the cassette as a prime example as to why it should be allowed and encouraged. 

On this day in 2003, The Simpsons was renewed for another two seasons, establishing it as the all-time longest-running situation comedy. Since then, it has become the longest running scripted TV show ever when it was renewed for it’s 29th and 30th seasons in 2016. Time Magazine named it the “Best Show of the 20th Century,” and it’s easy to see why when people are still watching it after nearly 30 years.

It’s been 2 years since the incredible David Bowie left us for another galaxy but he broke a personal record just days after he passed away. On this day in 2016, Bowie reached No.1 in the American album charts for the first time ever with the emotional ‘Blackstar,’ the album in which he artistically documented the last few months of his life. It was released two days before his death on 10 January. His next highest-placed album in the American charts was ‘The Next Day,’ which charted at No.2 in 2013.

It will be interesting to see whether any of the events that have already occurred in 2018 will be remembered as pivotal moments in the industry like those above!

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Written by Jack Hopkins on 10th January 2018

So it was the much-talked about Golden Globes awards ceremony on Sunday. Seth Myers hosted but Oprah, the #TimesUp and #MeToo campaigns and the controversies surrounding James Franco all remain strong talking points from the night. Here’s our round-up of some of the things you may have missed.

The coveted Best Film category was picked up by Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. Frances McDormand’s electric offering is reminiscent of her performance in Fargo, just a bit grittier. It landed the Best Actress award on the night. With 6 nominations and 4 wins, Three Billboards was always going to be a frontrunner at the awards and it didn’t disappoint.

Gary Oldman continued along his accolade fuelled journey to The Oscars by picking up the award for Best Actor on Sunday. His portrayal of Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour has lead to pretty much everyone to tipping him for the Academy Award come March. Unbelievably, this award was his first ever Golden Globe nomination and win, lets hope he can go one further again this year.

The Handmaid’s Tale also continued it’s tremendous run at award ceremonies. The dystopian masterpiece claimed the renowned Best TV Series (Drama) for it’s warped (or not so warped) outlook of the future of The United States. Elisabeth Moss’ incredible, all-conquering rise to stardom shows no signs of letting up either. She won Best Actress in a Drama Television Series, dedicating it to all of her female co-stars, proving to be a highlight during a night of incredibly moving speeches and testimonials.

There was also another first on the evening, with Aziz Ansari picking up the Best Actor in a TV Series for his role in Master of None, a comedy series that he created himself.  He has been a bit-part actor in several contemporary comedies but he’s found himself a niche comedic area and has been catapulted into notoriety.

That concludes our round up of this year’s Golden Globes’ results. Next up, The BAFTAS in February then onto The Oscars in March!

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Written by Jack Hopkins on 3rd January 2018

It is becoming more apparent that content that can be morphed and delivered across multiple platforms is the key to remaining current. This week’s blog entry is going to take a glance at the effectiveness of telling a continuous story over multiple platforms by looking at how the ever-changing character of Alan Partridge is still as popular as ever.

Transmedia storytelling in its purist form can be seen through the techniques of Walt Disney, creating and exploiting capitalism to expose brands through films and merchandising. Storytelling needs to utilise a human element for it to evoke the right emotions to create a connection. The human aspect of the portrayal of many Disney characters helps establish an emotive relationship, much like the ultra-realistic portrayal of the North-Norfolk Radio Disc Jockey, Alan Partridge.

The key to Alan Partridge’s success over the last 25 years is the fact that his characterisation is so deep that he can be moulded to suit the societal climate he finds himself in. His creators have been able to morph Alan and his career path to continue his story across audiobooks, radio and television shows, films, documentaries and mockumentaries. This makes his story completely immersive as they place Alan in various everyday environments. He has hosted and appeared on genuine talk shows and attended book signings and film premieres, further blurring the line between reality and fiction.

Although Alan’s narrative is a continuous one, the divide between platforms allows followers to dip in and out of his story at their own pleasure. Those who enjoy reading can delve into his autobiographies, or those that enjoy sitcom-length comedic episodes can enjoy an episode of his radio show, Mid-morning Matters. This not only broadens the viewership of the content but it also remains attractive to people of all ages as it’s an established character exploring the contemporary world. The fluidity of the narrative has also allowed the character’s story to be shown on various broadcasters. Sky and BBC are the most prominent collaborators, both complimenting the direction his creators want to take him in – explaining why he still remains such a British comedy icon and continues to achieve huge audiences.  

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Written by Jack Hopkins on 1st January 2018

Happy New Year! We hope you had a great night last night and aren’t too hungover today… It’s the start of an exciting new year so we’re going to have a look at some of the upcoming releases that are on our radar.

2017 was a great year for music. Gorillaz and Jamiroquai came back with new albums after a long-ish hiatuses and there’s strong rumours that Arctic Monkeys will return in a similar fashion in 2018. MGMT, Vampire Weekend and Major Lazer have also all got new stuff in the works. Major Lazer seem to be able to churn out hit after hit with the likes of ‘lean on’ and ‘cold water’ so it’s highly unlikely their new work will disappoint.

As well as the very much anticipated returns of Game of Thrones and Westworld, next year is already showing a lot of promise with brand new releases. Bodyguard, a 6-part thriller by the BBC, stars Richard Madden as a war veteran who is tasked with protecting the British home secretary, played by Keeley Hawes. Dogs of Berlin, the Netflix commissioned German drama, will unravel the Berlin underworld with two conflicting lawmen, battling against growing corruption. Both shows are predicted to carry on the rich vein of television that came out in 2017.

2018 is already looking like a top year for films too, especially sequels. The long-awaited follow up to the 2004 hit Incredibles will finally be hitting our screens in the summer. Creed 2 is also in the works, marking a reunion between Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren 33 years after the hard-hitting Rocky 4. There’s yet another Spiderman movie on the horizon too. The computer animated Spiderman: Into The Spider Verse is a bit different though, focusing on a new hero who has to fill the shoes of Spiderman.

That’s a brief round-up of what we’re looking forward to next year. And as always,  we’re really excited to create and source amazing opportunities for candidates and clients alike.

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