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Air New Zealand Boeing unveils The Hobbit livery

This morning saw raised eyebrows among airline pilots at Heathrow when an Air New Zealand aircraft docked into place. Bearing imagery inspired by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey the Boeing 777-300 plane had flown in to to take the cast of the film to the global premiere in New Zealand. Sat Bal (25 Nov '12) Read more

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Isle of MTV Malta – Behind the scenes

The shores of Torre de Belem, Ile du Gaou and Trieste hold fond memories for Red Carpet. That’s where the first Isle of MTV parties took place in early 2000 in a hedonistic mix of sun, swills and DJ-led music. Sat Bal fast-forwards to summer 2012 in Malta where a conceptually updated Isle of MTV awaited us in the capital Valetta.  

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The MTV Fanwalk - Red Carpet

“Passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant.”      Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

In 2008 MTV stirred the passion of young music fans the world over – an enthusiasm that was harnessed and made manifest through an initiative dubbed ‘Fanwalk’. This initiative both tested and nurtured MTV music fans by putting them through their paces with a gruelling walk from London to Liverpool.  The carrot? A ticket for each selected Fanwalker to attend the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards.  Sat Bal (10 Dec '11)

 

Liverpool was the host city in 2008 and MTV wanted a way of measuring fans’ enthusiasm for its big awards show. That metric became the Fanwalk and it has since evolved into a 360-degree engagement between MTV and its fans and, more significantly, between the fans themselves. 

Here’s how…

The Fanwalk proceeds

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MTV EMA Production A-list


 

The biggest names in music and the glamour of the MTV EMA keeps billions of TV viewers tuning in every year. But audiences don’t see the army of suppliers and production teams that make the whole event possible.

Stage and set designers, venue hosts, PR,sound engineers, dance choreographers…without whom artists would probably still be miming songs in their bedroom mirrors.  Red Carpet spoke to some old friends and new faces backstage about their involvement at the Belfast’s MTV Awards show.  Sat Bal (10 Nov 11)

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Vertu Constellation launch

 

While Apple and Android  have been busy clashing in the courts Vertu has launched its Constellation handset at the imposing Palazzo Serbelloni in Milan. Vertu, a byword for luxury phones, celebrated the highly anticipated launch of its first touchscreen handset last week. Chris Page (27 Oct 11)

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Red Carpet at the HBAA Forum

(L-R) Chris Sheppardson - Chess Executive, Belinda Booker - CAT Publications, Sat Bal - Red Carpet, Paul Coulston - Mash Media

The Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA) ‘Future Vision’ Forum hosted 300-plus hotels and agencies at its keynote annual event this September. As part of the event Red Carpet editor Sat Bal was invited to join a panel of editors for the Forum’s ‘How to hone the perfect pitch’ session.

 

The HBAA Forum has established a pulling power for business chiefs from agencies, venues and hotels and its 2011 event was no exception. UK and international delegates assembled at The Ramada Manchester Piccadilly hotel to discuss and debate hospitality industry trends and best practice.

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Models thin on the ground

A couple of years ago London Fashion Week started to reassert itself. Back came the big runway shows; Burberry Prorsum, Matthew Williamson, Clements Ribeiro et al. LFW was on a high as it celebrated its 25th anniversary. Today London re-evaluates as the spectre of bad scheduling presented modelling agencies and shows with logistical headaches. Sat Bal (21 Sept 11) Read more

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BAFTA Brits to watch

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced its inaugural ‘BAFTA Brits to Watch’ event. It takes place on Saturday 9 July and British Airways will be flying the talent to Los Angeles as BAFTA’S official airline partner. Abigail Parkin (4 Jul 11)

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Kylie and Lexus marketing tie in

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PRS reviews live music fees

Innovative promoters and event organisers have been instrumental in pushing the revenue boom of the live music sector. Chairman of the Performing Right Society/PRS for Music Ellis Rich applauded this success, stating "British music has thrived and remains popular across the globe." However, the organisation's proposals to increase its share of the ticket sale booty is causing concern within the live music sector.  Sat Bal (9 Jul 10)

 

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