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Red Carpet at MTV’s EMA in Milan

 

The MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA)  blasted off in Milan last night and Red Carpet was there to watch it all unfurl. Sat Bal took to the red carpet to interview the talent before the show kicked off in Milan’s vast Mediolanum Forum. (26 Oct’15)

 There’s more content to follow (and check out our Twitter feed!) but here we bring you a round-up of the night’s winners and performances…

Something like 800 million televisions switched on last night to watch host Ed Sheeran and co-host Ruby Rose present the 2015 MTV EMAs. The night belonged to multiple winner Justin Bieber but performances such as the duet between Italian tenor  Andrea Bocelli and Tori Kelly brought a new resonance to the EMAs this year.

 

 

Our MTV party started with a visit to EMA sponsor Tezenis Underwear’s cocktail party at their flagship Milan store. This was followed by an invitation on Saturday night to watch Duran Duran (above) and Ellie Goulding, below, perform along with Italian singer-songwriter Marco Mengoni. We’re glad we accepted!

 

The performers delivered a rousing party show and special guest Mark Ronson later performed with Duran on stage at the event, part of Milan Music Week World Stage at Piazza Duomo. 

 

The cat the got the cream...Bieber and his awards haul

 

Next day at the main EMA show Justin Bieber raised fan noise levels to a crescendo with his performance of What Do You Mean?, and was the biggest winner of the night with five MTV EMAs. He took home Best Male for a sixth year in a row; won BestLookWorldwide Act: North AmericaBest Collaboration for his work with Skrillex and Diplo on Where Are You Now?; and Beliebers came out in full effect to help him win Biggest Fans in a heated social vote, with One Direction landing in second place.

 

Production was typical MTV high-end and Justin Bieber opened with a cool futuristic Tron-like set

 

Macklemore (below) & Ryan Lewis opened the show with a high-octane performance of their award-winning song Downtown, which featured mopeds, travellators and Eric Nally flying high above the stage.  Later in the night, they won Best Video for Downtown

 

 

 

Host Ed Sheeran was busy throughout the night. Not only did he commandeer proceedings with co-hostRuby Rose, but he joined Rudimental atop a collection of retro radios for a funky collaboration on their hit Lay it All On Me, and took home awards for Best Live Act and Best World Stage.

 

 

Ed Sheeran accepts Best Live Act award

 

Pharrell Williams closed the night with a powerful performance of his hit track Freedom. Afterward, the broadcast cut to Piazza Duomo in central Milan, where thousands of fans held up a massive 23 x 16 metre ‘Freedom’ flag. Incorporating national flags from all over the world, the flag symbolized the birth of a utopian country that knows no borders and kicked off the MTV Freedom campaign, which seeks to raise awareness, activism and donations in support of the current refugee crisis. See freedom.mtvema.com. #EMAfreedom

 

 

 In honour of this year’s host country, legendary Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli performed a breathtaking rendition of his classic Time To Say Goodbye, then joined powerhouse Tori Kelly for a once-in-a-lifetime duet of Pink’s hit song, Just Give Me a Reason.

 

 

 

 

 Nicki Minaj won Best Hip Hop; Best Pop went to One Direction; Rihanna got Best Female; Taylor Swift won Best Song with Bad Blood featuring Kendrick Lamar; and Best Alternative went to Lana Del Rey

Jason Derulo took over the arena with his hit Want To Want Me, as he and his dancers, below, zoomed between all three stages on SwegWays. 

 

 

 Ellie Goulding wowed the crowd as she emerged from a cluster of giant, mirrored crystals (see headline pic) for a glittering performance of her hit Love Me Like You Do.

 

A gladiatorial Ruby Rose helps Ed Sheeran out with hosting duties

 

MTV PUSH artists Jess Glynne and James Bay hit the MTV EMA stage with debut performances. Elsewhere, twenty one pilots and superstar DJs Martin Garrix and Afrojack entertained tens of thousands of fans in central Milan’s Piazza Duomo with a spectacular outdoor MTV EMAs concert. 

Pop heroes Duran Duran were presented with the first ever MTV Video Visionary Award to celebrate their  pioneering work in the music video art form. 

This year’s EMAs was in partnership with Tezenis Underwear and Guitar Hero Live, and broadcast live on Sunday, 25 October at 9:00PM CET.

 

Where to next?

The conclusion of the show also included an exciting announcement: the 2016 MTV EMAs will be held in the Dutch city of Rotterdam. See you there!

 

 FULL LIST OF 2015 MTV EMA Winners

BEST SONG
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar     Bad Blood

 

BEST POP
One Direction                                                   

 

BEST FEMALE
Rihanna                                                                               

 

BEST MALE                                          
Justin Bieber                                                                                                     

 

BEST LIVE ACT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GUITAR HERO LIVE ® 
Ed Sheeran

 

BEST NEW ACT                                                  
Shawn Mendes                                                                                                                               

 

BEST VIDEO
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis                                           Downtown

 

BEST ROCK                                                                          
Coldplay                                                                                                                                              

 

BEST ALTERNATIVE                          
Lana Del Rey                                                                    

 

BEST HIP HOP                                    
Nicki Minaj                                                                                                                                         

 

BEST ELECTRONIC                                                            
Martin Garrix                                                    

 

BEST PUSH                                          
Shawn Mendes                                                                                                                               

 

BEST COLLABORATION
Justin Bieber, Skrillex, Diplo                         Where Are You Now?

 

BIGGEST FANS
Justin Bieber                                                                                                     

 

BEST LOOK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TEZENIS UNDERWEAR
Justin Bieber                                                                                                     

 

BEST WORLD STAGE
Ed Sheeran                                                         V Festival, Hylands Park, UK 2014

VIDEO VISIONARY AWARD

Duran Duran

 

WORLDWIDE ACT: North America

Canada – Justin Bieber

 

WORLDWIDE ACT: LATIN America

Brazil – Anitta

 

WORLDWIDE ACT: Europe

Italy – Marco Mengoni

 

WORLDWIDE ACT: Africa / India 

Africa – Diamond Platnumz

 

WORLDWIDE ACT: Asia 

China – Jane Zhang

 

WORLDWIDE ACT: Australia / New Zealand

Australia – 5 Seconds of Summer

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GIG Wins Event Caterer Award

Global infusion Group

 

As Red Carpet prepares to head to Milan for the MTV music awards we hear that Global Infusion Group has picked up an ‘Event Caterer of the Year’ award. It’s a salutary reminder of the importance of the catering operation to high-end global events.  Sat Bal (21 Oct’15)  

Global Infusion Group (GIG) scooped the award at the Foodservice Cateys 2015 where judges praised the company’s “amazing ability to cater at events that are both challenging and diverse in nature.”

These events include Reading and Glastonbury festivals, the latter which GIG has provided artist and crew catering to for 17 years. Sporting events include the London 2012 Olympic Games and the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The award category was sponsored by Electrolux Professional.

Tony Laurenson, founder and CEO of Chesham-based GIG said: “It’s a fantastic tribute to the entire GIG team. This award recognises our sterling efforts over many years to provide outstanding service and great food to all of our customers which has made such a significant contribution to the growth and global expansion of our business.”

Originally launched by Tony Laurenson as Eat to the Beat from his parents’ garage in 1984, the operation  has grown into a global brand with bases around the world employing around 170 staff and providing work for 3,000 contractors.

Through its Eat to the Beat division, GIG supplies services to international film and television companies and caters many of the world’s leading bands and top entertainment stars.  

 

Picture: Tony Laurenson (centre), co-director Bonnie May, comedian Adam Buxton, Janie Manzoori-Stamford, The Caterer and Darren Lockley, Electrolux Professional

 

See:  www.globalinfusiongroup.com

 

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Hello! Fashion Monthly Party

 

HFM 1st ANNIVERSARY PARTY, Charlie, 15 Berkeley Street, London, UK

Last night saw HELLO! Fashion Monthly celebrate its first birthday. We went along to the bash at private members’ club Charlie in Berkeley Street to cheer on the standalone glossy style magazine. Dee  Osborne (15 Oct’15)

Guests thronged into the intimate spaces of the club and were royally served with Moët champagne and Ciroc vodka cocktails. A constant round of canapés was sourced from neighbouring new restaurant Casa di Stefano. The fare included crab & avocado mousse vol-au-vents, mini beef burgers, mini pizza assortment, home-made mozzarella, focaccia ripiena and arancini.

 

HFM 1st ANNIVERSARY PARTY, Charlie, 15 Berkeley Street, London, UK

 

BMW ensured it was a smart affair by whisking talent in in a fleet of their new 7 Series luxury cars for talent arrivals. The arrivals included  Donna Air, Tamara Beckwith, Lilah Parsons, Charlotte Watts, Melissa Odabash, Noelle Reno, Zoe Hardman, Sascha & Mimi Bailey, Yasmin Mills, Nicky Clarke & Kelly Simpkin, Lilly Kerssenberg Roxie Nafousi, Kelly Eastwood, Tess Ward, Charlotte Simone and  Olivia Inge

HFM 1st ANNIVERSARY PARTY, Charlie, 15 Berkeley Street, London, UK

 

In the DJ booths were Whinnie Williams & Zara Martin wearing one of Millie Mackintosh’s collection. And speaking of booths, the photo booth provided much fun as evidenced by Donna Air and Tamara Beckwith’s l ‘bunny ears’ shoot.

HFM 1st ANNIVERSARY PARTY, Charlie, 15 Berkeley Street, London, UK

 

The party stopped briefly to allow the magazine’s editor, Juliet Herd, to make a brief address to the revellers and congratulate her team, to applause from the floor.

Waiter

 

As befits a good birthday, DirtyMouth cupcakes, featuring an edible version of this month’s Hello! Fashion Monthly cover star Charlotte Watts (below) granddaughter of Rolling Stones legend Charlie Watts.

HFM 1st ANNIVERSARY PARTY, Charlie, 15 Berkeley Street, London, UK 

 

We left the party with goody bags choc full of gifts from Aspinal of London,Thomas Sabo, Benefit, La Roche Possay, Balmi, Elemis, Accessorize, Samsoe, Swarovski, Diet Coke, South Kensington Club 

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Wickham House Opens For Business

 

 

Grade II listed Georgian manor Wickham House has just opened for business events for companies who like their meetings discrete and in exclusive surroundings. Sat Bal (13 Oct ‘15)

Set in 52 acres of picturesque countryside in West Berkshire the estate will only be available for exclusive hire and comprises The Barn, The Pavilion and part of the Main House, located amid the acres of greenery. 

Wickham House is owned by the D'Arcy family and the recently added Barn and Pavilion have been built to encompass high-spec business technology and stylish interiors. 

Service is discreet and professional yet personable, and the menus are healthy and sophisticated, built around fresh local produce. 

Privacy is the order of the day at Wickham; guests will have exclusive access to the estate and its extensive grounds, including the Robin Templar-Williams designed walled garden. Wickham is just an hour from London via the M4 and local rail links from Paddington are located five minutes away from the venue. 

The Barn consists of a boardroom style meeting room designed for gatherings of up to 24 guests, while the Pavilion seats 12 and provides an al-fresco alternative in the confines of The Walled Garden. Finally, the main house offers an elegant dining room for formal events for up to 16 guests, with an adjoining drawing room for pre and post meal cocktails. 

Philippa D'Arcy, owner says, “Wickham is a very different proposition to the plethora of hotels and venues that are available for meetings. Our intention is to be the ‘go to’ place for high level business meetings. We are all about discretion and intent on establishing an outpost where The City's influencers can take stock, brainstorm, structure deals and take decisions in privacy and comfort. We look forward to inviting businesses to experience Wickham House in 2016.”

 Wickham House is privately owned by James and Philippa D'Arcy. Philippa (née Rose), rose from City eminence and retired from The Rose Partnership in June 2013.

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Ellie Goulding Brings Colour Back

Ellie Goulding Kellogs colour

 

Last night’s Special K Bring Colour Back launch event saw global star Ellie Goulding perform at The Hospital Club, London with Rachel Riley leading the red carpet charge in a striking black and white selfie dress. Sat Bal (8 Oct’15)

 

Throwing herself behind the cause, Goulding joined Countdown presenter Riley by uploading her own black and white selfie on stage using#BringColourBack.

Guests including Dougie Poynter, Donna Air, Tess Daly, Nicola Roberts, Kimberley Walsh, Rosie Fortescue and Diana Vickers showed their support for the Special K campaign that raises crucial awareness for women around the world living without access to basic human rights.

 “Women around the world are powerful, talented and full of potential,” said Ellie Goulding. “By working together to ‘Bring Colour Back’ to those who have been denied education, health and justice, I believe we can make great strides toward equality.”

 

Rachel Riley Special K Event

Rachel Riley in that dress

Louise Thompson-Davies, brand PR manager, Special K said: ““Through this partnership we have already supported 23 projects in 18 countries, helping more than 20,000 girls and women to get access to Education, Health and Justice. From today we’re encouraging everyone to show their support by uploading a black and white selfie with the hashtag #BringColourBack. We encourage all to take black and white selfies so that we can visualise what it’s like to live in a world without colour and help spread the word.”

 

Diana Vickers Special K Event

Diana Vickers toasts the event with champagne

"I've been lucky with access to a good education along with great opportunities including Countdown,” said Rachel Riley. “It’s easy to take for granted how privileged we are but many around the world don’t even have access to basic rights. I’m proud to support this amazing campaign and hope my black and white Special K selfie dress will inspire others to upload their own with #BringColourBack.”

 

Ellie Golding stage Special k

 

An intimate set by Goulding 

Rachel Riley’s black and white selfie dress was designed by Westminster Fashion graduate Flo Hughes and it was the product of selfies from across the nation.

The night was in partnership with global organisation CHIME FOR CHANGE and Streets of London – a CHIME FOR CHANGE project that helps homeless women resume work.

 

Visit http://www.bringcolourback.co.uk/ 

Twitter and Instagram at @MySpecialK_UK #BringColourBack

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New Miami Studio for Viacom

MTV Viacom Miami Studio

Viacom Inc’s global entertainment brands (Nickelodeon, MTV et al) are to gain a class leading production hub with the opening of a two-stage, 88,000 square foot production facility in Miami, Florida. Sat Bal (6 Oct’15) 

 

The new studio is public-private partnership between its builder the Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and EUE/Screen Gems Studios.

“We are creating more content than ever before across all of our brands at Viacom,” said Robert Bakish, president and CEO of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN). “The Viacom International Studio in Miami will offer a turnkey facility where we can create even more original, high quality content to meet the increasing demand for long-and-short-form content on all of our global platforms.”

“We have had terrific success with the recent live action productions we have coming from Miami, and we are very excited to be committed to doing more,” said Cyma Zarghami, president, Viacom Kids and Family Group. “We are constantly looking for new creative ideas and content formats that allow us to tell stories in a completely different way, and this facility will certainly forward that effort.” 

From central Miami, the studio location benefits from the area’s highly skilled, multilingual talent, enabling global productions in multiple languages.  The studio’s two sound stages are able to create a variety of content simultaneously, from daily scripted series, music specials and game shows to short form content for mobile, digital and on-air.  

“Viacom has demonstrated again and again that hits come from all over the world,” said Pierluigi Gazzolo, president, VIMN Americas and Executive Vice President, Nickelodeon International.  “With an established track record of multi-lingual hits including Every Witch Way and Talia in the Kitchen being produced in Miami for multiple audiences simultaneously, in global collaboration with the US and local Latin American teams, we’re excited to have the opportunity to further expand our production capabilities in the market.”

“We welcome Viacom as a long-term partner at our new Miami studios," said Chris Cooney, COO, EUE/Screen Gems Studios. “Our company has worked closely with Viacom to develop a facility worthy of a dynamic content producer. Today, we celebrate our relationship with Viacom, and we applaud our partners at the Omni CRA, whose vision and efforts have made this building possible.”

VIMN Americas’ Miami HQ drives Viacom’s businesses across Latin America and Canada and the company reports that VIMN Americas has increased its production output in Miami three-fold within the past five years.