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The 2020 Media Production & Technology Show postponed

The organisers of the Media Production & Technology Show have announced the postponement of the 2020 event as a result of the spread of COVID-19.

“We have been carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the UK and abroad, with the situation growing increasingly concerning, it is with a heavy heart, we have decided to postpone the event on the 13 and 14 May 2020 at London’s Olympia,” said the organisers in a statement.

“The health and well-being of our exhibitors, visitors and staff is our utmost priority and we feel this is the best course of action for all. This has not been an easy decision, as following the hard work from the team and all of the industry support we have received, this was going to be our biggest show yet. But now more than ever it is important that we support each other and navigate our way through these difficult times. We are still deciding on the best way forward in terms of the event postponement, and we ask for your patience as we do so. The team are committed to weighing up all alternatives and we will come back to you as soon as we can on that.”

Record attendance at Media Production Show 2019

The Media Production Show (MPS), a leading exhibition and content event for the creative industries ended on a high with its biggest ever visitor attendance of 6,500 – up 25% on 2018. The 2018 show was sold out on the exhibition floor and, after two days of packed floors and seminars, logged a record rebook of stand space for May 2020.

These successes bode extremely well for the evolution of the show, which moves next year to the more industry-friendly dates of 13-14 May, and will become The Media Production & Technology Show, reflecting additional content and the exciting ways in which technology is helping drive change in the media and creative industry.

Visitors had more choice than ever across the exceptional MPS free seminar programme, with a new Technology and Post Creative Hub, a Production and Lighting Theatre and a Broadcast Sports Zone added to the popular Audio, Broadcast TECH and Keynote Theatres. Over 300 experts and thought leaders from diverse organisations including the Royal College of Art, IMG, Avid, Kudos, Wisebuddah and Pinewood Studios shared their experiences and opinions over the two-day show, with standing room only at the majority of sessions.

Charlotte Wheeler, event director, Media Production Show, said, “We’ve been overwhelmed with positive feedback from visitors and exhibitors alike, citing the breadth and depth of the seminar programme, the diversity of attendees and the overall value that the show offers. This is testament to the hardworking MPS team, and the support of MBI as a business, striving throughout the year to ensure MPS is a must-attend event that is worth investing time and money in. We are in constant contact with all sectors of the industry to help us deliver a relevant, inspirational and practical event, and the developments we will make in 2020 – with extra space and more technological content in addition to our established production focus – will offer a more rounded view of the industry and its myriad opportunities.”

The show also saw its highest rebook rate ever with exhibitors including Panasonic, Fujifilm, XTFX, Barclays, Sennheiser, HHB, Lawo, Jigsaw24, ITV Content Delivery, Digibox, Cooke Optics and Artem all signing up for 2020.

Lexie Hogan, director of Marketing, HHB, said, “We had a great time at MPS this year. Our schedule was absolutely hectic but we met some great new faces, saw everyone we wanted to see and got some fantastic new leads. We’re very much looking forward to seeing what next year has in store for us.”

Bethan Wilkin, content delivery manager, ITV Content Delivery, said, “This was our first show and it’s been a great experience for us, it totally surpassed our expectations. We got exposure to an extremely receptive audience which has been incredible. We feel like the show worked really well for us and would love to do it again. It’s been a well-organised, brilliant experience.”

Carey Duffy, european sales director, Cooke Optics, “This year’s show has been fantastic. We’ve had some really diverse conversations, which was useful to educate the people who weren’t aware of what we are about. Our investment was totally worth it and we’re certainly looking forward to next year.”

The Media Production & Technology Show 2020 will take place at London’s Olympia on 13-14 May 2020.


Argosy announces EMEA partnership with Canare in support of 4K and IP transition

Argosy, a leading international supplier of broadcast cables and infrastructure products, has announced that it has become one of pro audio and video manufacturer Canare’s distributors in the EMEA region, ensuring that Canare patch panels, cable assemblies and connectors are readily available to their broadcast and AV customers.

This partnership will support Argosy customers in their transition to IP production over SMPTE 2110 and to higher resolutions of 4K and beyond, with the help of Canare’s newly developed 12G products. Canare, a Japanese company, has a strong presence across Asia, and many of Argosy’s customers who undertake installation work within APAC are familiar with Canare’s quality and reputation.

“We see Canare as one of the market leaders in connectivity, with a solid reputation for high quality precision products,” said Chris Smeeton, director, Argosy. “Their ‘best in breed’ solutions and competitive pricing truly complement our product portfolio. The addition of Canare’s extensive range of patch panels, cable assemblies and connectors to our offering, in the year of our 35th anniversary, not only expands our range to another quality brand, but is a strategically important move for us as a company as the industry moves further into the world of 4K and beyond.”

At the Media Production show, Argosy will exhibit SMPTE cables, video patchbays and BNC connectors. Visitors can also see how the Argosy catalogue supports the production environment, with a particular emphasis on harsh environment cable solutions, tactical fibre assemblies, deployable reels, multi-way coaxial cables and SMPTE camera assemblies, all of which are ideally suited to outside broadcast or studio applications.

Also on show, is a range of installation materials usually found in the tailboard of OB trucks or within a flyaway kits, including the Barnfind fibre transport system.

“We are delighted to see our range of products featured within the Argosy offering as a very well-respected supplier to the broadcast and AV markets,” said Tomasz Kolaczyk European sales manager, Canare. “This partnership will help us expand our presence within Europe and bring our top of the range solutions to the customers.”

Media Production Show 2018 celebrates increased visitor numbers

The Media Production Show 2018 (MPS) wrapped up last week to acclaimed members of the creative industry. From exhibitors and visitors, the two-day show, held at London’s Olympia from 12 to 13 June 2018, saw a significant increase in visitors on both days, with 5380 total visitor attendance, and the show also garnered positive feedback for its business-friendly duration and central location.

The show presented a host of new features this year, including a major focus on audio, a hands-on live production experience and a digital disrupters theatre for visitors to learn more about the possibilities and practicalities of the latest innovative technologies. A new Production Services Village also brought a wide range of international production service providers including location companies, studios and travel management companies.

Visitors enjoyed a diverse range of expert speakers from leading organisations, including Netflix, ITV, World Productions, FOX, Channel 4, The National Trust, Technicolor, Channel 4, Immerse UK, Molinare and The Mill.

Many first-time exhibitors were impressed by both the number and the mix of visitors.

Media Production Show 2018 presents a host of new features

The Media Production Show 2018 (MPS) unveils three new content theatres showcasing Live Production, Audio and Digital Disrupters, as well as hosting a Production Services Village for the first time. The event also welcomes world-leading experts speaking across a variety of topics, as well as some exciting new exhibitors joining the many companies returning to London’s Olympia on 12 and 13 June 2018.

“For the first time ever at a UK show, we’re excited to deliver a real hands-on experience of the latest technology that delivers a live production experience, while industry leading speakers in our new Digital Disrupters Theatre will examine the colliding worlds of SVOD, VR, AR and other disruptive technologies. Added to these are the new Audio Zone and Theatre, plus the international Production Services Village, as well as some old favourites and a few more surprises in store,” said Charlotte Wheeler, event director.

Visitors to the new Live Production Theatre at MPS will gain a true sense of the live environment and find a place to experiment and gain expertise in the technology available today. Sponsored by Blackmagic Design ,who will be showcasing their latest range of URSA Broadcast cameras, this new feature at the show will be a major attraction for 2018.

The Digital Disrupters Theatre will explore the changing worlds of content delivery and consumption through disruption and technology. From the converging worlds of SVOD, new content generators, VR, AR and YouTube, speakers including Sebastian Cardwell, commissioning executive & channel manager of Channel 5 and Matt Stagg, director of Mobile Strategy for BT Sport will discuss, debate and demonstrate the latest work from digital content creators and those using new technologies and deliverables in an increasingly digital world.

A new Audio Zone and Theatre, in partnership with Resolution Magazine, will also feature on the show floor for the first time, with a dedicated theatre covering topics including ADR, sound on location, sound in post, technical seminars and audio case studies from recent film and TV projects. Visitors can look forward to speakers discussing AoIP and immersive audio as well as using the specialised demo pods, which are new for 2018.

The Production Services Village will bring a variety of new companies to the show, offering international production services for producers and the wider production community. Among those already confirmed in this zone are 3 Mills Studios, BTS (Behind the Scenes), Lidar Lounge, Latina and Syncbox VR.

MPS is pleased to welcome industry experts with a broad range of experience to the Keynote Theatre, including Peaky Blinders director David Caffrey and DoP Cathal Walters, production expert Philip Bloom, Polly Hill, dead of Drama at ITV and Walter Luzzolino, creator of Walter Presents.

MPS has confirmed that a number of industry leading manufacturers and developers will be exhibiting for the first time at the show, including Fujinon, Sigma Imaging, voices.com, Hague Camera Supports, Hawk Woods, Sohonet, Editshare, Ikegami, Aerial Craft, Fujinon and Camera Corps. Exhibitors returning and supporting the show once again in 2018 include Panasonic, Global Distribution, Digibox, Cooke Optics, Altered Images, Blackmagic Design, Canon UK, JVCKENWOOD, Holdan, Fujifilm, Really Bright Media, The Crewing Company, SiSo, Three Four Media, Jigsaw24, WEX Photo Video, LaCie, Garland Partners and Contour Design to name but a few.

Event director, Charlotte Wheeler added, “As MPS continues to grow in size and reputation, we are constantly looking for new and relevant ways to present technology, talent and trends to our creative audience. MPS 2018 already looks like an unmissable event.”


Sound takes centre stage at Media Production Show 2018

The Media Production Show 2018 (MPS) will present a major focus on audio for the first time, with a brand new Audio Zone and Theatre, in partnership with Resolution Magazine and supported by the industry association AMPS (Association of Motion Picture Sound), featuring a host of expert audio practitioners and a curated group of exhibitors demonstrating the latest sound innovations via specialised demo pods. The Media Production Show takes place at London’s Olympia on 12 and 13 June 2018.

Visitors to the theatre can attend free seminars to learn more about the latest audio formats and protocols, as well as delving into ongoing challenges in search of solutions. Adam Daniel, re-recording mixer, Point 1 Post and Richard Addis, head of Audio Operations, Halo Post will lead a discussion on Immersive Audio, examining the whys and hows of using emerging immersive formats in content creation. The Audio Over I-please! session will look at the benefits of AoIP and the considerations in choosing specific protocols; this session is led by Jigsaw24’s senior systems engineer Matt Ward and Chief Engineer Phil Crawley. Film and TV sound recordists David Lascelles and Paul Paragon will provide an invaluable session on Location Sound For Directors, revealing ideal practice for capturing the best audio results in production to avoid problems in post. Gavin Allingham, head Of Audio, Fifty Fifty Post Production and Greg Gettens, head of Broadcast Factual Sound, Molinare, will discuss the ongoing Loudness War, and Emma Butt, freelance dubbing mixer, ADR recordist, will look at ADR as part of the storytelling process in ADR Is Not A Dirty Secret.

Exhibitors in the Audio Zone include HHB and Jigsaw24 showing a wide variety of equipment from leading audio manufacturers, plus RøDE & Genelec with its industry leading microphones, and Tailorsound, the first online sound for video platform.

Other exhibition highlights around the show include first time exhibitor Syncbox VR, an audio production company specialising in VR and 360 sound; DiGiBox which will have audio solutions from Gefen, Theatrixx Technologies and Wohler among others; and Threefour Media, a media company offering sound design, mixing, foley and other audio and video creative services. In addition, finance company Medialease will be running a 0 per cent finance promo offer on Sennheiser’s Digital 6000 range, available to business users.

“Audio professionals are very well catered for at the Media Production Show, with a strong seminar programme and hands-on access to some of the latest audio technology, from 360 sound to Audio over IP,” said Charlotte Wheeler, event director.


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