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Highlights Of The Week

– PROJECTS – 

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Last Sunday two Blueberry Talents, Mat Kennedy and Henrik Sikstrom fervidly worked all night doing fixes on the MTV EMA 2016 after the live airing for the re-broadcast in the UK.

Henrik worked on fixing technical issues which were flagged once they ran the satellite feed through a system called “Baton” in order to make sure that people who might suffer from epilepsy, etc. would safely be able to view the programme.

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Matt worked on sorting out compliance issues such as bad language and stuff that was deemed too risqué or controversial.

It was the first time these two Blueberries met each other and worked together and it looks like this unexpected, impromptu collaboration went really well, given the positive feedback we heard about working with each other.


– EVENTS –

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On November 7th we’ve had the pleasure and honour to attend The 44th Grierson Trust British Documentary Awards, the biggest event in the UK documentary calendar. During the evening the Awards also took time to celebrate the Grierson Trust’s unique training and mentoring scheme DocLab, which Blueberry got involved with last May. It was a great privilege to enjoy front row seats, alongside some of the DocLab trainees. The event was so inspiring and we came away fired up for the year to come and excited for the interesting companies and projects we hope to book our editors on in the future.


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On November 8th Heather, Irantzu and Bav attended Televisual Factual Festival, held at BAFTA’s Headquarters in Piccadilly, where they’ve heard from leading factual executives at the helm of the biggest factual channels, discussing the content and ideas they need in order to fire up their networks’ schedules in 2017 and beyond. With growing demand for the best ideas and people in the business, the event has become the UK’s leading business forum for factual television producers and filmmakers. All in all an interesting and entertaining event that we definitely recommend attending not just to those who already work in factual entertainment but also to anyone seeking a good networking opportunity thanks to sessions like the ‘Meet the Commissioners’ lunches.


– SPOTLIGHT –

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Jonathan Cronin is the subject of last week’s Spotlight article. An editor and filmmaker with a background in sound editing and photography. He particularly enjoys putting a story together in the cutting room – letting interviews, archive film and audio, stills and music tell the story. Working in sound has informed his development as a picture editor – he learned what sound can achieve subconsciously, and how powerful dialogue can be when used sparingly.


– HQ NEWS –

We are thrilled to have been shortlisted in the Best Customer Service category at this year’s Hammersmith and Fulham Brilliant Business Awards! The event has been a fantastic success every year since it started in 2012, putting the borough’s finest and most outstanding businesses, entrepreneurs and community-minded enterprises into the spotlight. The ceremony is this Thursday 17 November at the Hammersmith Town Hall and we look forward to attending!