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Kraftwerk’s Sound Investment in PMC Speakers

LONDON The Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers exhibition is set to resume on 31 July at The Design Museum, London.  

PMC Speakers, whose stellar clients include LA’s Capitol Studios and Coldplay, will  be installing a 7.1 surround sound system for the exhibition which focuses on Kraftwerk's 50-year man-machine impact on the club scene.  

The legendary electronica pioneers specifically appointed PMC to replicate the highly influential Kling Klang Düsseldorf studio sound for the public. The exhibition aims to immerse visitors in the feel of clubland  through the people, art, design, technology and photography that has captured and shaped the electronic music landscape. The surround sound system is based on PMC’s award-winning result 6 compact nearfield monitors and the exhibition will feature a 3-D show of Kraftwerk’s music and stage performances.

“Kraftwerk has been using PMC speakers for many years and compiled their audio/video documentary collection, 3-D Kraftwerk Concert, on a PMC 9.1 Dolby Atmos set-up consisting of IB2S, twotwo6 and twotwo8 monitors, with a twotwo Sub2 active subwoofer,” says PMC business development manager Chris Allen. “The system we are installing at The Design Museum will complement the signal accuracy, excellent dispersion and unparalleled level of image integrity of their main system and allow the museum to convey the clarity and transient response that Kraftwerk demand, particularly at low levels.”

Kraftwerk pioneered electronic music in the 1970s and influenced the likes of The Chemical Brothers, among many others. It’s fitting then that the Design Museum’s exhibition invites visitors to step into the visual world of The Chemical Brothers for one of their legendary live shows, and to create a new three-dimensional experience by Smith & Lyall, featuring Grammy Award-winning track ’Got to Keep On.’

The exhibition will unite dance floors from Detroit to Chicago, Paris, Berlin and the UK’s thriving scene. Over 400 items from the likes of Detroit techno legends Jeff Mills and Richie Hawtin, Haçienda designer Ben Kelly and the extreme visual world created by Weirdcore for Aphex Twin’s Collapse will be on show. Visitors will also have the chance to discover early pioneers like Daphne Oram and the seminal BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers - 31 July 2020 to 14 Feb 2021.

See: https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/electronic-from-kraftwerk-to-the-chemical-brothers

For PMC visit www.pmc-speakers.com

Image: Peter Boettcher/Design Museum

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Yacht Hotel Unmoors

LONDON Who says luxury and community spirit can’t mix? The Sunborn London Yacht Hotel sets course for its true calling. Sat Bal

Government policy is finally bringing life to the hospitality sector after four months of Covid closure.

The Sunborn London Yacht Hotel played its part by serving NHS staff from the Nightingale Hospital but reopens to the public from Saturday 4th July. This has helped Sunborn London the benefit of adapting its operations to  provide the very highest standards of cleaning, F&B preparation and general post Covid measures, to create an inviting environment for returning guests.

Located in the Royal Victoria Docks, Sunborn London Yacht Hotel is moored by the ExCel centre and intends to retain a warm guest welcome on arrival within the bounds of new health and wellbeing practice.

Measures include:

·  Training

  • Introducing new safety procedures for greeting guests (check in and out), cleaning of all spaces and preparing of all food and beverages
  • All staff trained in hospital grade cleaning, taking into account key touchpoints (door handles, lift call buttons, handrails etc.)
  • PPE for all staff members
  • Availability of hand sanitisers every couple of metres

·  Staff interaction

  • Digital check in facility
  • Protective screens at reception 
  • Floor markings to adhere to social distancing 
  • All seating has been adjusted to comply with government guidelines

·  Cleaning of bedrooms and public spaces

  • New PPE provided to cleaning staff for every room clean
  • Antibacterial wipes and sanitisation stations available to all guests in their room

·  F&B - all available to order through the in-room tablet

  • New ‘in room’ dining experience, with a wider menu choice to cater to all
  • Grab & Go wrapped breakfast items, as well as light bites and snacks
  • Booking system in place for the dining room, to regulate numbers of people at any one time

www.sunbornhotels.com/london 

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A Tale of Two Airways

Lockdown continues to weigh down on people and business. A high-flying private jet brokerage and high-flying DJ tell us how they’re adapting. Abigail Parkin

Adam Twidell, CEO of PrivateFly 

For us, operating from home is a relatively easy task since we’re a tech-focused charter provider. We already used things like Zoom and are keeping things tight as a team.

Demand patterns in March have been significantly higher than we would have expected. But across the industry this was short-term demand with people repatriated home. April’s not as bad as we feared but it’s still about returning people who are out of position.

We’re not seeing normal types of private jet demand but we are seeing lots of new customers using private jets for the first time.

Talking to other providers, we’re seeing fractional ownership falling off. We don’t own our jet fleets and charter providers are busier because of our flexibility. Leisure market trips and events of the sort Red Carpet writes about would normally make this a busy time of year but we won’t see the summer peaks now.  

Future flying

Looking ahead to when border restrictions are lifted commercial airlines will still need time to mobilise their operations. Customers of ours who use both commercial and private jets have said they’d feel a lot more comfortable not being a in a shared cabin or moving through busy airports. We we will be more agile and won’t be taking weeks to resume operations like airlines, so there will be opportunities for us when we come through the other side of this.

Financial planning

We are not complacent and will cut costs and scenario plan like any responsible business. As a group we’ve taken a voluntary salary deferral scheme to defer a portion of our salaries. Employee uptake has been as high as 80% throughout our group. This is unique, certainly in our industry. The idea is to keep our loyal teams together and be able to respond effectively when this is over rather than lose people and rebuild.

Customers will ask new questions about aircraft cleansing and how crew greet passengers. The model will change but there will be a bright future again for our industry.

Aimee Vivian, DJ, Capital FM

I would say I’m coping pretty well actually. I’ve got myself a little structure so it feels as 'normal' as possible. But I can’t lie, this industry is so social, I am missing everyone like mad. Instead of popping to the pub after work, I’m popping to the back garden. It’s not quite the same as mixing with everyone at events. I’m a really social person, so I’m spending a lot of time chatting with people over Zoom, which is better than nothing (and if anything I’m saving a heck of a lot of money)! I just can't wait for the parties and holidays next year.

It's not challenging in a bad or difficult way, but it is something I’ve never had to do before so it took some getting used to. Transforming the spare room (for show broadcast) was pretty exciting to be honest! I’ve got the set up as close to the studio as possible - I am doing live links, calls with listeners, and can see all the texts which is lovely, so I still feel really connected.

 Nation’s mood  

I think every radio show has a slightly different vibe in the current climate, but we are really embracing this ‘new normal’. At Capital we are all about being positive, keeping the listeners entertained with the biggest and best tunes right now, getting listeners on to hear the unique ways that they’re keeping themselves busy during lockdown etc. It's actually a really special time to be a presenter - we feel like part of a community with our listeners. I’ve always wanted it to feel like I’m a ‘friend in the afternoon’ for my listeners, and it really does feel like that at the moment.

Colleagues   

Everyone seems to be doing really well - we WhatsApp and chat most days. I'm really close with Will Manning, so am missing seeing his face every day (our shows are one after the other) but we, just like everyone else, are doing Zoom quizzes with the rest of the Capital gang on a weekly basis (not that I’m very good at them!)

Sanity tips

Routine is key. I’ve been getting up in the morning as if it were a normal working day and getting dressed in ‘normal’ clothes. I have this weird thing of eating ‘weekday’ breakfasts to remind myself it’s a working week - boring jam on toast or something. That differentiates between the bacon/ sausage sarnies on the weekend for me!

Keep busy and set yourself daily tasks. I’m back on duolingo brushing up on my Spanish, doing zoom Pilates classes with the girls on a Monday and having virtual drinks with my friends on Wednesdays just like we would normally.

Stay positive. It's ok to have ‘meh’ days, but when they hit, try to do something that makes you happy. Do a facemask, play your favourite album and dance around acting silly. Remember this isn’t permanent but try to take advantage of some probably much needed down time to focus and plan for the future. Positive Mental Attitude - all day every day!

Is your wine ban still in force?

NOO WAYYY - that would be expecting too much! I need a nice glass of pinot noir to keep me sane and three days off wine was enough!

Listen to Aimee from 1-4pm Monday – Saturday on Capital Fm

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Rebel Way Secures $50M Financing

LOS ANGELES Rebel Way Entertainment made its financing announcement to herald the launch of the production company by the Globus father and son team. Mick Hyare

Producer and distributor Yoram Globus (pictured), former president of MGM and The Cannon Group, and son Ori have the thriller ‘Tension’ in production now. The film has been written by Scott Milam and directed by the SAW horror franchise director Darren Lynn Bousman.

Yoram Globus has famously empowered names such as Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris, among many others. His films are household title with a roll-call including ‘Barfly’, ‘Runaway Train’ and ‘Superman IV’. Ori Globus joined his father inThe Globus Group’s production and distribution division and led Rebel Way Entertainment’s financing, slate, and talent signing. 

Tension, the film, is based on a live theatre immersive adventure called Tension Experience and follows the misfortunes of four friends in a game that goes wrong during an extreme immersive Halloween horror experience.  

Other Rebel Way projects include ‘The Boxer’, a film based on the novel ‘The Boxer's Story: Fighting for My Life in the Nazi Camps,’ a true story written by Nathan Shapow, Bob Harris and Mike Shapow.

Another true story feature film is also being adapted from ‘The Shadow of Truth’ documentary currently airing on Netflix, written by Ari Pines and Yotam Guendelman while ‘The Mark’ features a female-led cast and is set in a juvenile detention center.

‘Tarot’, ‘VR’ and ‘Reincarnation’ also join the development slate.  

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Hollywood in the Shires

Surrey and Hampshire have provided film locations for a number of Hollywood hits and From The Hip Video Production takes us on tour of them. Lucy Kale

The Surrey-based video production company, which is now spreading to Hampshire, sent us the above chart which features the highest-grossing films made in Surrey and Hampshire, respectively.

Virginia Water for Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire

The infographic also details the location, length of filming and the final gross.

Jelly's Hollow for Beauty & the Beast

Netflix’s new deal with Shepperton Studios suggests a continued wave of interest in the area and a rise in the popularity of film tourism which further boosts local business.

Farnborough Airport for Quantum of Solace

www.fromthehipvideo.co.uk

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Hollywood In London

LONDON A new collection of portraiture from two seasoned hands, Terry O'Neill CBE and Bran Symondson, is to be presented by at the end of September. Sat Bal

The new collection is called 'Hollywood Re-loaded' and will be unveiled at Annabel’s, London, on Monday 30 September 2019. The name of the collection makes more sense on learning that it features reinvented Terry O'Neill's portraits of Hollywood icons - posing with guns.

Michael Caine, Brigitte Bardot and Roger Moore are all armed and bulleted fired by ex-Special Forces turned artist and reportage photographer, Bran Symondson, using the same gun as in each portrait.

Terry O’Neill said: “What Bran has done with my photographs is astounding.  He’s taken such time and consideration when creating his art – he really has transformed my photographs into something entirely his own.   It’s been a thrill for me to work with a young artist such as Bran, to listen to his thoughts and process.  And I can’t be more pleased with the results.”

Bran Symondson commented of his new space at the intersection of photographer and soldier that both,  “…are looking intensely for the moment.”

HOFA runs four international art galleries in London’s Pall Mall and Mayfair, Nammos Village in Mykonos and in LA’s West Hollywood. The exhibition will aptly make its début at Annabel’s, hangout of the stars and London’s VIPs, on the 30th of September. It will then move to the HOFA Gallery on Maddox Street on 1 October where it be on display throughout Frieze week till the 14 October, 2019.

Watch Bran's video here:

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Avengers: Endgame set to top 2019

LOS ANGELES Hollywood was abuzz with premiere excitement as Avengers: Endgame made its debut on Monday night with a stellar cast attendance. Data experts Applaudience have forecast the film to become the highest grossing of 2019 in the UK.


The Los Angeles Convention Center welcomed stars including Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, Robert Downey Jr. , Bradley Cooper, Chris Hemsworth.

Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus (below) hit the red carpet too along with Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger, who declared coupledom on the carpet.

In the UK, Good Friday weekend’s record temperatures didn’t do cinemas any favours: not a single film making over the £1m mark reports Applaudience. But as of this week 3.25% of the entire UK is said to have already purchased advance tickets with a mighty 1,177,613 tickets bought for Fri-Sun screenings and 2,148,092 sold over all dates.

Black Widow Scarlett Johansson at the LA premiere in metallic Versace

Avengers: Endgame has already made £12.1m in advance ticket sales over the Box Office weekend and a further £10m across additional dates.

Applaudience has confirmed that the film will top its predecessor Avengers: Infinity War's hefty £329m Box Office opening weekend in 2018.

Below are showtimes that are 95%+ sold out (only corner / front-row seats are left to book)

Regional Statistics

Applaudience’s metrics using data mining software and sales analysis from the top 10 cinemas chains.

It reports that cinemas in the east of England have sold out of the greatest amount of in the UK, with 34.3% of the total, pre-booked.

This is closely followed by cinemas in the South East (28.9%) and East Midlands (28.5%). Yet more rural regions of the UK such as Northern Ireland and Wales are less taken by Marvel madness, with only 15.3% of total tickets available sold out in Wales and 18.5% in Northern Ireland.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter

Planning to catch the film this weekend? Book ahead: 904 screenings up to 95% capacity and 2025 screenings across the UK are already listed as sold out.

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Literary Agents - The Power Behind the Passion

LONDON Few professions combine the tetra of talent that forms a successful literary agent. Sharp negotiation skills, a working knowledge of intellectual property, the juggling of New York/LA time zones - all wrapped up in a singular creative passion. And for around a 15% return on 100% commitment to their authors.

Here, we make visible three members of the invisible estate...  


Camilla Bolton

Senior Agent 

Darley Anderson Agency

Your career trajectory and current specialism?

I have been here for 11 years and started as an office assistant and reader before Darley gave me the incredible opportunity to become an agent after three months at the agency. I specialise in fiction focusing mainly on crime, thrillers and suspense, although I do also take on a few women’s fiction and non-fiction projects if I fall in love with them.

Approach to nurturing talent - debut and established authors...

The key for our agency is that we sign authors with the belief that we will represent them for their whole careers. As an agent you have to obsessively love a manuscript, but it is also hugely important that we believe we can work with an author over hopefully many years and be the very best advocate for their work.

A big part of my job is working very closely with authors editorially and nurturing them from the outset so they are equipped and ready to work with editors. Once we have deals in place – we purposefully keep hold of the world rights so we can submit directly worldwide - we then support authors, manage and strategise their careers, maintain positive relationships with publishers and negotiate the very best terms and advances for contracts. Overall, day to day, our approach is definitely one of supporting and protecting our authors now, whilst being very aware of the market and strategising how their future careers will flourish.

Challenges currently facing the agency market and your company - and your outlook for 2019

The book market is continuously changing and this year has been harder for paperbacks to secure shelf space, but then hardbacks are definitely holding their worth. The ebook market fascinates me as readers tend to be far more genre loyal as opposed to the author loyalty you find with printed books. So we need to work with authors and publishers to find new ways to ensure an author’s presence is sustained.

Every year there are challenges but the key for us is ensuring our represented authors have all the support they need, whilst as an agency we are also very focused on discovering new talent and future bestsellers. When you have an amazing manuscript with characters and plot that blow you away then it shouldn’t matter if it’s being called a challenging year; as an agent you need to have unwavering belief and determination that there is always a way to ensure the manuscript will become a novel that readers will love. So our outlook is extremely positive and we’ve got some amazing books being published in 2019.

What were your highlights for 2018?

We’ve had a phenomenal year with Lee Child dominating the world and at the agency we’ve had five books at No 1 in the UK and four at No 1 in the US. Overall in just the UK and US, fourteen of our authors have been chart bestsellers, including ten books on the Sunday Times bestseller list and eight on the New York Times bestseller list. Two of my authors reached the remarkable milestone of having sold over a million copies so this has also been incredibly exciting. Another huge work highlight for me personally was having both B A Paris’ Bring Me Back and Catherine Steadman’s Something In The Water on the New York Times bestseller list at the same time. I’ve also sold four debuts with a fifth looking like it’s about to go under offer, so it’s been a thriving year for new talent.

And your tips on the stocking-filler titles for Christmas?

There is an amazing independent bookshop in central London called Goldsboro Books that specialises in beautiful collectible hardbacks so I always tell people to visit here for stocking-filler gifts. For particular titles, Past Tense by Lee Child is phenomenal (and competing to be my favourite Reacher book so far) and You Were Gone by Tim Weaver is a genius mix of an amazing hook, incredible protagonist and beautiful storytelling. If you’re looking for really fresh voice driven titles then the debut You Don’t Know Me by criminal lawyer Imran Mahmood has received huge acclaim, and G X Todd’s Defender and her Voices series has been compared to King’s The Stand so she is definitely an author to watch.

Angharad Kowal Stannus

Founder 

Kowal Stannus Agency 

Your career trajectory and current specialism?

I spent the first 10 years of my career on the publishing side in NY at Simon & Schuster as director of rights, specialising in the international markets. In 2008 I switched to the agenting side and moved to London where I opened the UK office of literary agency Writers House. In 2017 I had the pleasure of going out on my own and opened the Kowal Stannus Agency.

Big picture publishing has always held a fascination for me, whether it’s through business with publishers in countries all over the world, or being able to offer my clients the knowledge that comes with having been on both sides of publishing and agenting spectrum. A background in rights –
selling translation, film and television, merchandise, or what have you – also trained me to think about books as a gateway to many different things. During my career I’ve been privileged to represent an incredibly diverse list of authors and illustrators such as: Stephen Hawking, Nora Roberts, Neil Gaiman, Michael Lewis, Rachel Renee Russell, Karen Rose, Christopher Paolini, and Natalia and Lauren O’Hara, to name just a few. So much so that I’ve purposely chosen not to specialize in any one genre; KSA represents fiction and nonfiction for adults and children.

Having a wide view of all publishing markets makes me more valuable in this world of intellectual property, and certainly makes my job more fun.

Approach to nurturing talent - debut and established authors...

In this world of ever-tightening budgets, editors have less and less time to edit, and therefore won’t acquire something that needs more than a fair amount of editorial work. As an ex-publisher, I know just how busy they are. A manuscript has to be loved not just by the editor, but by the many other gatekeepers working with that editor. That’s where your agent comes in. I provide editorial comments and support, and usually my advice is less about the creative and more about the commercial, or helping clients to think about the bigger picture. It’s also about supporting my clients across publicity, marketing, branding, the development of their website, etc. But the most important thing is a good relationship and respect.

Challenges currently facing the agency market and your company - and your outlook for 2019?

It’s no surprise that the entertainment market is incredibly competitive. The most important thing is to get the client’s work in the right hands, and provide the tools to know where in the market to place it. My outlook for 2019 is incredibly positive – I can’t wait to see some client’s new or debut
titles published, and to continue to add new voices and artists to my list. I’d love to add some more commercial fiction, and I’m still looking for the perfect love story.

What were your highlights for 2018?

Growing my client’s individual careers is always the highlight of the year. I’m also thrilled to have signed some fantastic new voices and stunning Illustrators, which you’ll be hearing about next year.
And I’m particularly pleased that Lauren O’Hara was chosen to illustrate Sophie Dahl’s first book for children, Madame Badobedah,due to publish next autumn, so look for it then.

And your tips on the stocking-filler titles for Christmas?

For a great gift for your daughter, as a family activity, or for someone who needs a little lift, I recommend Write A Letter by kindred spirit Jodi Ann Bickley. For pure escapism and to shake off end of year malaise, book 1 in Angus Watson’s new series, You Die When You Die. Or for the youngest ones, the gorgeous picture book, The Bandit Queen, by sisters Natalia and Lauren O’Hara.

Donald Winchester

Literary Agent 

Watson, Little 

Your career trajectory and current specialism?

I’ve been a literary agent at Watson, Little for five years, after a half-decade at AP Watt, and before that in editorial at Penguin. At Watson, Little (which incidentally is nearing its 50th anniversary), I look after a broad range of fiction and non-fiction. In fiction I tend to look for high quality writing in many areas – I am most readily seduced by a story that combines smart and compassionate writing with a playful approach to structure. Some of my favourite contemporary novelists include Sarah Hall, Edward St Aubyn, and Zadie Smith.

Approach to nurturing talent - debut and established authors...

Every author is different, and has different needs. My view is that an agent is there to serve their authors, to give them what support, feedback, and encouragement they need – while also negotiating the best deal for them on all fronts. This means a curated approach for each writer. I do a lot of editorial work with my authors – ensuring their work is in the best possible shape before an editor sees it.

Challenges currently facing the agency market and your company - and your outlook for 2019?

The general constraints of the market, where readers have an increasing array of entertainment options to choose from, remains an issue to those (like me) who love books above all! On the industry side, publishers’ eagerness to acquire non-traditional rights (often to the detriment of authors) will continue to be a challenge.

What were your highlights for 2018?

Cyprian Ekwensi’s brilliant Jagua Nana, the story of a bold and resourceful woman in revolutionary Nigeria, was published by Penguin Modern Classics this year. It is a real gem, by an unjustly neglected and prolific writer, but is also personally pleasing as its been brought back into print after several years.

And your tips on the stocking-filler titles for Christmas?

The familiar (Sally Rooney, Ladybird remakes, Michelle Obama’s autobiography) will be there but I’m also hoping people will make time for Pat Barker’sThe Silence of the Girls, Timothy Morton’s Being Ecological, and Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing.

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Bumbu Rum Airs With Lil Wayne

NEW YORK Bumbu Rum Co. is set to air a new interview series, "The Bumbu Room," in which celebs and their fans engage in a candidly Q&A. Rapper Lil Wayne takes the mic first in the series which premiered today on Billboard.  Lucy Reid   lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

Bumbu Rum is owned by Sovereign Brands, a family-run, global wine & spirits company headquartered in New York and led by CEO Brett Berish. Bumbu is a craft rum brand from Barbados,  ranking high in the world order of critically acclaimed rums.

Following Lil Wayne’s debut, future pisodes of "The Bumbu Room" will star DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Dave East, and others. Prior to filming, each artist will announce their “Bumbu Room” participation on social media so that fans have the opportunity to submit their best questions.

In Episode 1, Lil Wayne weighs in on keeping multiple girlfriends, plastic surgery, Rihanna vs. Nicki Minaj, and Jordan vs. Kobe.

Click HERE to watch...

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United Productions At Andrea Bocelli Tour

 

The performances of legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli went up an octave thanks to United Production’s choreography on his UK Tour.  Lucy Reid  lucy@redcarpetmagazine

The company has been providing entertainment, creative direction and staging across the entertainment industry for the past 15 years. United Production dancers, Ediz Ibrahim and Hannah Jennings roused an audience of 20,000 at London’s O2 Arena.

United's Lyndon Lloyd choreographed a spectacular, classic piece while the company supplied full casting, dancers, styling and creative direction for the show.

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