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Trickbox TV brings Tower Bridge (TV Studios) to BVE 2015

11th December 2014

Trickbox TV will give BVE 2015 visitors a beautiful view of the Thames from Stand B63, as it presents the spectacular backdrop and state-of-the-art HD production services at Tower Bridge TV Studios. In addition Trickbox TV will be discussing its video production services, OB and flyaway capabilities and system integration services at the show.

Trickbox TV manages and operates Tower Bridge TV Studios, a self-contained studio facility situated on the sixth floor of 2 More London Riverside. It offers an ideal location for broadcast, corporate or commercial productions in need of a London-centric backdrop, as well as high quality HD production services. 
Trickbox TV also offers broadcast quality HD and SD bespoke flyaway solutions for any project or production, providing multi-camera workflows from two to 12 cameras, with a choice of CCU or ENG camera units. Its PPUs (Portable Production Units) are all designed and built in-house, offering a bespoke gallery and studio solution packaged into small and compact flight cases. 
In addition the company offers a wide range of video production services from pre-production to delivery, offering clients as much or as little as they require to create compelling, high quality, cost-effective content. 
Trickbox TV also has a system integration arm with an in-house engineering team that has the skills and experience to design, build and install any broadcast facility. The team can manage any project, from an upgrade or expansion of an existing facility to a brand new HD multi-camera studio installation. 
Liam Laminman, Managing Director of Trickbox TV, says, “We’re excited to be exhibiting at BVE 2015. The event provides an ideal opportunity to present our various production services to production professionals, as well as catching up with existing clients and finding out about the latest technology on offer.”
Trickbox TV has recently worked on projects for clients including ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Sony Network Entertainment Europe, Sky Poker, Metropolis and The Jewellery Channel.

Trickbox TV hosts live directing and vision mixing courses at Tower Bridge TV Studios

16th October 2014

Trickbox TV is hosting a series of Live Directing and Vision Mixing short courses at its studio, Tower Bridge TV Studios, in Central London. The two day courses, scheduled for 6-7 December 2014 and 10-11 January 2015, are led by Del Brown, a multi-camera director/vision mixer with over 16 years’ experience in live television.

The courses offer an intensive and hands-on introduction to the role of the live studio director/vision mixer. Working in Trickbox TV’s fully equipped HD studios and with a full crew, students will learn the skills required to both direct and vision-mix a variety of live studio output including news, chat shows and shopping channels which are often unrehearsed and unscripted.  As well as technical training the course also covers studio set-up and working with producers and presenters.  
This course is suitable for candidates new to the industry or college leavers wishing to gain further skills, vision mixers with little or no directing experience and directors with little or no vision mixing experience.  Established director/vision mixers can also enhance their skills.
Liam Laminman, Managing Director, Trickbox TV, said, “We’re honoured that Del is bringing his established and popular course to Tower Bridge TV Studios. It’s an ideal space to learn and practice real-world directing and vision mixing skills in a fully set-up HD studio.” 
For more information or to make a booking, visit blog.trickbox.tv (or click on the Blog button at the top of this page) and click on the post ‘Live Directing and Vision Mixing Short Course at Tower Bridge TV Studios’.

Trickbox TV provides flyaway facilities for Good Morning Britain's coverage of Scottish Referendum

1st October 2014

Trickbox TV planned, installed and supported multicamera flyaway facilities for ITV’s Good Morning Britain show that was broadcast live from Edinburgh for the day of the Scottish Referendum results.

As well as the historic nature of the event, it was also the first time that Good Morning Britain had produced an entire four-hour show outside of the London studio, so it was extremely important to get things right. 
The Trickbox TV team provided full 'studio' facilities on the roof of a city centre hotel, with three Sony HDC-1500R camera channels - including one on a jib to save space - and radio mics, presenter in-ear monitoring and talkback, as well as engineering support. The flyaway unit was built in a hotel room on the floor below, connected to ITN’s uplink facilities and a return feed for the final output. The feed was sent back to the Good Morning Britain studio where VTs and GFX were added. The team was also on standby for an additional four hour broadcast in the event of a Yes vote.
Alice Gairdner, Senior Production Manager, Good Morning Britain, said, “Trickbox TV adapted well to the fluid brief and answered my many questions prior to the event. On the day, everything went according to plan. They worked very hard and couldn't have done more for us - I would definitely book Trickbox TV again.”
Liam Laminman, Managing Director, Trickbox TV, said, “We were delighted to work with the Good Morning Britain team on this project. It was rather an early start but the adrenalin of providing critical facilities on such an exciting day, and being at the heart of the action, made it a definite highlight of our year so far.” 

Trickbox TV expands production team

23rd June 2014

Trickbox TV has recruited two new employees as the business continues to expand. Simon Spender joins Trickbox TV as a Producer, with a remit to lead and grow the video production side of the business, while Liam Minnock is a recent Broadcast Engineering graduate who takes on the role of Junior Broadcast Engineer.

Simon Spender has gained extensive production experience, first in the commercials sector where he worked variously as a location manager, production manager, writer and director. Working with agencies including Publicis and Saatchi & Saatchi, Simon was shortlisted for Best New Director at Kinsale Sharks. In the corporate sector he has worked with clients such as Bupa, Woolwich, eBookers, Bayer AG and the Guardian, using his in-depth knowledge of digital media in a promotional/corporate context. 

Liam Minnock is a recent Broadcast Engineering graduate who takes on the role of Junior Broadcast Engineer. Following an intensive training programme with Trickbox TV, Liam will work on all OB and studio productions.  
Liam Laminman, Managing Director, Trickbox TV, said, “We’re pleased to welcome Simon and Liam to the Trickbox team at a very exciting time of growth for the company. Simon’s experience will enable us to take on more video productions, and the increasing popularity of Tower Bridge TV Studios now requires dedicated staff. With our expanded team and recent investments in new technology, we are able to offer an even better end-to-end service for our clients.”

Trickbox TV adds to 4K capability with Blackmagic URSA

12th June 2014

Trickbox TV continues to invest in 4K equipment for OB projects and studio work at Tower Bridge TV Studios. The latest purchase includes a Blackmagic URSA 4K camera, which is scheduled for a July delivery, and a GB Labs LTO archive system which will significantly increase Trickbox’s storage capacity in preparation for more 4K content.

Liam Laminman, Managing Director, Trickbox TV, said, “This latest investment demonstrates our commitment to our clients, as we respond to their feedback by offering them the latest technologies and the best workflows for their productions. More and more clients are asking for cine-style cameras, and the Blackmagic URSA is a very exciting yet cost-effective piece of kit.” The URSA camera will also be available as part of Trickbox’s hire stock.
Other equipment in this round of investment includes HD monitors, video routers and file-based recorders for location work, and accessories including cine DSLR lenses and a shoulder rig for Trickbox’s recently purchased Panasonic GH4 camera. The studio equipment at Tower Bridge TV Studios will also benefit from several mini-upgrades including better sound monitoring and analysis. All the equipment will be supplied by CVP. 

Trickbox TV selects new Panasonic GH4 digital camera

29th May 2014

Trickbox TV has purchased a new Panasonic GH4 digital camera, adding 4K capability to its inventory of cameras for production and hire services.

Liam Laminman, Managing Director, Trickbox TV, said, “We’re seeing greatly increased demand for ‘cinema style’ cameras, and we were very impressed with the new Panasonic GH4. Its 4K capability adds versatility to our range of camera stock, it offers excellent image quality and fast processing, and as well as being perfect for single camera productions, it also fits perfectly into a multi-camera environment with its optional interface unit.” 

Trickbox TV also manages Tower Bridge TV Studios, so the GH4 will become part of the studio infrastructure where appropriate, as well as going on location for Trickbox’s OB and video production projects. The camera is being put to use immediately on a series of web-based travel programmes shooting around London.

Babylon comes to Tower Bridge TV Studios

9th February 2014

Trickbox TV, the studio facilities provider at the recently launched Tower Bridge TV Studios, has provided full studio services for Babylon, Channel 4’s comedy-drama set around London’s police force. The feature-length production, written by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, directed by Danny Boyle and produced by Nightjack Ltd, is scheduled for broadcast at 9pm on 9 February 2014 on Channel 4.

“We needed a central London venue with the appropriate City views for a mayoral news conference, and Tower Bridge TV Studios proved ideal in every way,” says Tony Hood, Location Manager. “The view is perfect, but it also comes with the bonus of a fully equipped studio set-up. That meant we could just turn up with our crew and a couple of hard drives. Everything we needed was on site and ready to go, ably supported by the Trickbox team, so the shoot was really quick and easy – we could get in and out well within our schedule.”
Tower Bridge TV Studios, managed by Trickbox TV, comes equipped with full HD multi-camera capability, a fully saturated lighting grid, a production/gallery control room, a sound control room, a chroma key blue-screen wall, air conditioning, and the all-important floor to ceiling windows with removable neutral density (0.9 ND). Trickbox TV can also offer Final Cut Pro editing services, green rooms and meeting rooms, and crew. 
Liam Laminman, Managing Director, Trickbox TV, said, “We’re pleased and proud that a drama project of Babylon’s calibre and pedigree chose to use the Studios and had a great experience doing so. Tower Bridge TV Studios have a lot to offer for a wide range of productions, from corporate videos to feature films – the Studio views are second to none, as are our technical services and equipment.”

Tower Bridge TV Studios launch with spectacular views and HD broadcast technology

3rd February 2014

A new multi-camera HD studio facility has been officially launched in central London by Trickbox TV, the studio installation and location services provider, and London & Partners, the official promotional organisation for the capital. Tower Bridge TV Studios, situated on the banks of the Thames, boasts spectacular views of the iconic Tower Bridge, City Hall and the London skyline, and is fully equipped for HD production. Technology partner Easynet Global Services  provides the studio facility’s IT services, guaranteeing the fast, secure transfer of content. 

The self-contained studio facility sits within London & Partners’ offices on the sixth floor of 2 More London Riverside, offering an ideal location for broadcast, corporate or commercial productions in need of a London-centric backdrop as well as high quality HD production services. Trickbox TV’s headquarters is also on the same floor, ensuring the team is on hand at all times for technical assistance. 

Liam Laminman, Managing Director, Trickbox TV, said, “Trickbox TV has been providing equipment, crew and support for studio installations and multi-camera location productions for three years, and our staff have many years of accumulated broadcast experience. Our expertise, combined with this amazing view, means we can provide all the equipment and technical support required for any type of production.” 

Tower Bridge TV Studios comes equipped with full HD multi-camera capability, a fully saturated lighting grid, a production/gallery control room, a chroma key blue-screen wall, air conditioning, and the all-important floor to ceiling windows with removable neutral density (0.9 ND). Trickbox TV can also offer Final Cut Pro editing services, and green rooms and meeting rooms are available. A full specification list is available on request. 

Adrian Thirkill, UK MD for Easynet Global Services said, “This state-of-the-art studio facility provides broadcast technology innovation within an unrivalled setting. To be involved in a project as exciting as this is a great honour, and reflects our track record of providing innovative services to the media industry”. 

Oliver Leeds, Commercial Director for London & Partners, added, “We are thrilled to launch Tower Bridge TV Studios and be able to open up these stunning views of London to broadcasters and production companies alike. This self-contained studio offers a first class facility combined with a backdrop that spans Canary Wharf, Tower Bridge and of course the historic Tower of London.”