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Virgin's New LGW Clubhouse Lounge

 

Virgin Atlantic’s Gatwick flyers can look forward to a new Clubhouse lounge, check-in area and extra kiosks to aid that relaxed start to their holidays. Chris Page 

An imposing marble bar is sure to get plenty of attention especially with East London cocktail bar White Lyan on board to offer a bespoke selection of cocktails from its award-winning menu.

Taking the cue from its Heathrow predecessor the Gatwick Clubhouse invites more customers to pamper in the spa area, now that it’s doubled the number of treatment rooms.

 

Elsewhere, a woodland themed play area filled with toys and games is designed to keep the children happy while you explore the menu featuring the famous Clubhouse burger alongside a variety of breakfast and lunch options.

 

 

Mark Anderson, Virgin Atlantic’s executive VP, Customer, commented: “We want our customers to have the best possible experience at the airport and those visiting the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse will be in for a real treat. Cocktails designed by award winning mixologists, hearty food options and relaxing spa treatments, all set within a luxurious environment,really make for a truly and memorable customer experience.

“Our Gatwick customers travel to a variety of global destinations and whether they’re planning to relax in the Caribbean or soak up the theme parks in Orlando, our new Clubhouse will make the start of any break truly special.”

The new space is situated next to the Virgin Holidays v-room, across their own private floor, meaning customers really are whisked away from the hustle and bustle of the airport. Inside, floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural daylight to flood in along with sweeping views across the runway.

As part of Virgin Atlantic’s switch to the North Terminal, the airline will also be unveiling its new check-in area, situated in Zone A. A giant gold feature wall, along with the usual red and purple tones instantly mark the airline’s arrival.

Virgin Holidays has also announced the opening of its new v-room, which is housed next door to the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse. Virgin Holidays customers can book entry to the v-room via :

https://www.virginholidays.co.uk/travel-extras/airport-lounges/v-room

 

See our Heathrow Clubhouse review at:

 

On board Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class

 

 http://redcarpetmagazine.co.uk/on-board-virgin-upper-class/#more-2531

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Paul McCartney vs Sony/ATV

The perennial rights battle between record companies and artists resurfaces with the news that Paul McCartney has sued music publisher Sony/ATV for ownership of songs that he co-wrote back in his days as a Beatles. Sat Bal

McCartney’s legal action follows hot on the heels of Duran Duran’s recent failure to secure copyright reversion of its hit songs. A similar claim by Paul McCartney filed in a New York court aims to “confirm his ownership” of Beatles’ compositions “which are granted to him by US copyright law.” The action follows the alleged reticence of Sony/ATV to green-light ownership despite previous filings that McCartney has reportedly made.   

McCartney’s lawyers are staking his claim on the magic number, 56. Under the US 1976 Copyright

Act, the rights to songs written before 1978 revert to their writers 56 years after the date of the composer’s original copyright. McCartney's pre-emptive move thus aims to secure copyright in 2018, signifying 56 years after he and John Lennon began writing in 1962.

The distinction between Duran Duran’s failure and Paul McCartney’s success is likely to lie in national jurisdiction, with the latter hoping that his US legal rights will win the day.

 

Duran Duran (above at the MTV awards, Milan 2015) had expected to reclaim copyright by attempting to invoke the 35-year time limit permitted by US law. But the stunned band lost out when the UK High Court ruled that English contract prevailed over the band’s US statutory rights. Effectively, this English literal interpretation now denies the band copyright over 80s money-spinning hits such as Rio.

Mindful of this, it seems that Paul McCartney’s legal team will stay clear of the UK and aim to exploit  the pro-artist climate espoused by the US legislature, as many American artists have found to their benefit.

While McCartney’s lawyers assert that a judicial declaration on the matter is now appropriate, since the terminations become effective next year, Sony/ATV claims that the action is “unnecessary and premature.” Naturally.

 

 

 

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Mandarin Fan Club

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, Reveals 'Our Fans' By Sir Peter Blake

Leading art figure Sir Peter Blake has been commissioned by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group  to create a striking collage which will cover the façade of its Hyde Park, London hotel during part of the hotel’s comprehensive phased renovation.

The immense collage entitled Our Fans, has been created to provide an eye-catching diversion along Knightsbridge. Our Fans, the largest artwork Sir Peter Blake has ever created, is a collage of 100 prominent faces, from Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren to Joanna Lumley and Jenny Packham. All are regular guests at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London as well as fans of the Group’s hotels around the world.

 “Some of my first works were collages of crowds of people; this piece is in the spirit of The Beatles 1967 Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album,” said Sir Peter Blake, the artist responsible for this iconic album cover. It is therefore entirely apt that Sir Paul McCartney and fellow Beatles' bandmate Ringo Starr should feature in the poster, during the 50th anniversary of the album.

“This artwork was very different to my usual way of working”, he said. “A collage is very time consuming and laborious, but this was more a matter of arranging the figures and making them work together - making sure no one had a cut-off shoulder or missing legs - that’s the skill of it. It was an amazing project to work on. Hopefully, people passing by will try to spot celebrities they recognize,” he added.

Displayed prominently on the front of the building, this striking work is a visual treat. “We are delighted to showcase this original piece by such a talented artist in London, the home of our European flagship hotel,” said Jill Kluge, Mandarin Oriental’s group director of brand communications. “ [It] is part of the fabric of London life, and this exciting renovation project is designed to confirm it as one of the leading luxury hotels in the world. Sir Peter Blake’s artistic masterpiece not only pays tribute to the city, but also celebrates the Group’s global reach, in a truly original way,” she added.

Mandarin Oriental’s creative advertising agency, LONDON advertising, created the concept of the poster, and interviewed Sir Peter Blake about this project. Click here to view the interview.

 

Click the title to see our Hong Kong piece :

 

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong – Review

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Eventist Group Changes

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Best Parties Ever has officially become Eventist Group, comprising five hospitality businesses.


They are Best Parties Ever, Tapenade (corporate and private caterer), Tobacco Dock Food (in-house caterer at venue Tobacco Dock, Arribar and iELive (bar and drinks specialist, sound and AV).
The company's remit covers everything from Christmas parties and summer hospitality to business conferences, music festivals and private milestone occasions. Its summer roster of 75 events has includes Glastonbury, RIAT, Henley and Farnborough Air Show.


Managing director of Eventist Group, Tim Stevens, said of the relaunch: “We have some fantastic brands with some creative, knowledgeable and inspiring staff and we wanted to unite them all and highlight our expertise. We’re proud of our new identity and look forward to building on our successes.”

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Purple Reign

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The PR team at Purple London is set to launch the Blakes restaurant and Blakes Bar offering this month following appointment by Blakes Hotels. (1 Jun 2016)

Blakes was famously established by renowned interior designer Anouska Hempel. becoming South Kensington’s foremost luxury lifestyle hotel. The hotel’s location and ‘couture’ concept has long blended sophistication, impeccable service and customer privacy to win the hearts of the film, music and design fraternity.

The 5-star venue’s restaurant and bar account will be led and overseen by Purple London’s Kate Bell, assisted by Yael Roth and Pia Fontes .

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Tall Storeys at Vogue Festival

Vogue Festival 2016 Paul Smith assocs

The exacting standards of Vogue magazine saw Neptunus structures supply the temporary venue that housed the recent Vogue Festival 2016 fashion event. Abigail Parkin  (31 May ’16)

Themed around the magazine’s centenary anniversary, the event was staged in partnership with Harrods at ‘Vogue World’ on East Albert Lawn in Kensington Gardens and at The Royal Geographic Society.

Visitors flocked to the venue for two days of all-things-fashion induced by a speaker panel of style luminaries which included Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana, Christopher Kane and Kim Kardashian West.

Events agency Timebased Events was enlisted to deliver the Vogue Festival brief. The agency has a rich provenance in creating demanding events for glamorous names such as GQ and the (imminent) Glamour Women of the Year awards.

Richard Dodgson, Timebased’s creative director, said: “Neptunus supplied us with an excellent selection of equipment for this event that was all delivered on time and within the budget. We were particularly pleased with the brand new roofs which ensured the event structure looked suitably premium.”

This included a series of temporary structures covering over 1,800 square metres which formed a fashion show catwalk, talk space area, a Green Room, main entrance, production offices and a kitchen. A team of 10 Neptunus’ technicians took just three days to construct the venue.

 

 

 

 

 

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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. Dee Osborne (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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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. Chris Page (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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Eva Green Stars in Campari 2015 Calendar

Actress Eva Green’s vintage glamour is the focus of Campari’s 2015 calendar shoot. The images have just been released and should ensure that this is one of the more surreal and stylish of 2015’s calendars.  Sat Bal (6 Nov’14)   Read more

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Live The Bond Life

London-based travel experts Brown + Hudson know just how to turn your travels into  bespoke role play experiences. Here, the company’s founder Philippe Brown briefs Hannah Charlesworth on living ‘The Bond Life.’ (29 Oct'14) Read more

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