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Trickbox TV think outside the box for Deal or No Deal on Tour

12th December 2016

Trickbox TV, the flyaway multi-camera services provider, is proud to announce it supplied Remarkable Television, part of Endemol Shine with specialist outside broadcasting facilities to take the infamous game show, Deal or No Deal, to 10 iconic and unusual locations across the UK. 

For the first time in the show’s history, Noel Edmonds, the notorious phone, 22 red boxes and The Banker travelled across the country filming over a six-week period. The first episode will be aired on 12th December 2016 on Channel 4, at 4pm. 

Trickbox TV overcame a number of challenges with complicated locations including access restrictions and a limited timeframe onsite, which resulted in the team adapting the technical setup for each location. The locations included: The Eden Project in Cornwall, The Trafford Centre in Manchester, on the moving Flying Scotsman train, a cave at Wookey Hole, Warwick Castle, Longleat Safari Park, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, top of the Blackpool Tower, Alexandra Palace and finally, on board a Boeing 737. 

The production company, Remarkable Television selected Trickbox TV to provide a bespoke flyaway solution as traditional outside broadcast trucks would not have worked with all of the locations. A spokesperson at Remarkable Television said “With a run of almost 3,000 episodes and more than a decade on UK screens, these games are set to be some of the most exciting and truly unique yet. Trickbox TV allowed us to be creative with the tour’s locations and the sky was quite literally the limit.

Trickbox TV had to ensure it was able to provide Remarkable Television with a solution that enabled rigging, recording and de-rigging within a 12-hour period. The multi-camera facilities included up to seven cameras, with one wireless camera system for a Steadicam and different lenses to suit each location. Trickbox TV also provided mirrored recording backups for each programme to limit onsite DIT, plus offer a level of redundancy for the media. 

Liam Laminman, Managing Director at Trickbox TV, said; “Taking a show that has been in a studio for over 10 years into an outside broadcast environment was always going to be a challenge. It was really important that at no point, would the production team, crew or Noel, feel like the facilities that Trickbox TV provided would be a compromise from the studio facilities that they had been used to”.  

NFL Draft comes live from London

28th April 2016

Trickbox TV is pleased to provide broadcast studio space for the Jacksonville Jaguars in London for the second year running. The Jacksonville Jaguars’ fifth round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft will take place on Saturday 30th April from Tower Bridge TV Studios, providing an iconic London backdrop to the Draft. 

Each year, NFL teams develop their player rosters by selecting college players.  This takes place over a three-day period known as the NFL Draft. For Florida’s Jacksonville Jaguars, the only team to have two home bases, choices are announced not just at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, but also in London, a city in which the team has committed to play one home game each year until at least 2020.
 
The Jaguars’ use of London reflects the team’s continued commitment to honour its UK fan base after making NFL history last year by having draft picks announced outside the US for the first time. The tradition is upheld this year, as a Jacksonville Jaguars fan has been chosen to announce the fifth round draft selection from Tower Bridge TV Studios in a live broadcast for the US NFL Network and its production partner, Sky. Millions of viewers worldwide will witness the announcement from the lucky fan, who will be joined by Jaguars player Michael Bennett, a draft selection from last year. 
 
“The increasing support from the NFL UK fan base is evident and it’s great that Trickbox TV can help to be part of that spirit, providing a backdrop that represents London at its finest,” said Liam Laminman, Managing Director of Trickbox TV. 
 
Mark Lamping, President at Jacksonville Jaguars, said: “The Draft plays a huge role in the Jaguars’ preparations for the new season.  We were delighted to be able to make history last year by taking a Draft announcement to London.  Given our extended commitment to play in London every year until at least 2020, it seems fitting that once again we’re giving one of our UK fans the chance to share in the excitement of the Draft and the NFL.”
 
During the 2016 season, the Jaguars will head to Wembley Stadium to play the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday October 2. For more information about the Jacksonville Jaguars visit www.jaguars.com/UK 
 

Trickbox TV Joins EVCOM, The Leading Event and Visual Communication Association

22nd March 2016

Membership to EVCOM strengthens position within events and visual communication sector

Trickbox TV, the broadcast equipment and services provider for studio and location multi-camera production, is delighted to have become a member of EVCOM effective immediately, strengthening its presence within the events and visual communications industry.

EVCOM is Europe’s largest trade association for the corporate communication, film and digital and events industries. Fellow members of EVCOM association includes leading producers of film, digital communication and events as well as clients to the industry, suppliers such as venues and technical supply as well as freelance individuals.  

Trickbox TV is pleased to bring its full range of production outside broadcast equipment, crew and multi-camera services and knowledge of the industry to the association, as well as offering Tower Bridge TV Studios as a venue for EVCOM events. The first of these events, the EVCOM Freelance Forum 2016 – For freelance and individual members and the agencies that employ them takes place on Tuesday 5th April at Tower Bridge TV Studios. You can find out more about the event here, and EVCOM here. 

Trickbox TV creates new studios for Hochanda TV

9th November 2015

Trickbox TV has designed and installed two brand new studios for Hochanda TV, a new Peterborough-based 24-hour arts and crafts channel.

The channel boasts 365 day transmission to Sky, Freeview and Freesat, broadcasting live for 12 hours each day.


Within an eight week time frame, Trickbox TV worked with the Hochanda team from planning and design through to build, commissioning and launch. 
 
The studios house three Panasonic remote cameras and an operated Panasonic camera, while the gallery features a significant amount of Ross equipment including a Carbonite vision mixer, 144x144 video router and openGear signal processing and glue cards. The supplementary kit provided included a main and redundant playout server, several ingest channels and a network attached video storage server for post-production, as well as Trilogy intercomms equipment. 
 
David Taaffe, Head of Television at Hochanda TV said, “We were really impressed with the efficient installation of the new studio facility in such a short time frame and Trickbox TV’s ability to respond to last minute changes.”
 
Watch Hochanda TV here: http://www.hochanda.com/

Trickbox TV makes significant investment in 4K multi-camera production equipment

13th August 2015

Trickbox TV has made a significant investment in 4K production equipment in response to increased demand for large 4K multi-camera production services. 

Trickbox TV now has 10 of the 4K MultiDyne camera fiber systems that enable cameras such as Canon C300s or Sony F55 to become ‘system cameras’. Purchased through the MultiDyne UK supplier Albion Technical Distribution Ltd, the new fibre systems - which are the first to be purchased in the UK - allow Trickbox TV to offer 4K multi-camera production for any kind of production including events spread over wide areas. As well as being part of Trickbox TV’s production service offering, the camera systems are available for dry hire. Trickbox TV also purchased Argosy fibre cable to work with the 4K camera systems.
 
In addition Trickbox TV has invested in a 4K vision mixer, 4K signal processing equipment, a 4K video router, several file-based recorders and additional multi-camera equipment in order to build a unique, customised 4K PPU (portable production unit), as well as upgrading its existing HD/SD PPUs. The equipment was purchased via CVP.
 
Liam Laminman, Managing Director, Trickbox TV, said, “As 4K production becomes more prevalent and demand increases, it made sense for us to invest in an end-to-end 4K workflow that will take us from capture to delivery across a variety of projects, whether we are doing a multi-camera shoot at Tower Bridge TV Studios or large music festivals.”