Creative/Media

US firm buys into Bristol digital advertising agency

June 15, 2012
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Bristol-based digital and social media advertising agency Virtuoso Advertising has sold 51% of its shares to US firm XL Marketing for an undisclosed sum The firm is one of the UK’s leading advertising agencies specialising in database analysis and creative marketing utilising social and digital media. New York-based XL...

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30th birthday celebrated at Watershed with the best of Bristol’s film and music

June 7, 2012
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From Bristol 24-7 Bristol’s Watershed celebrated its 30th birthday yesterday with a free open day including 30 hours of the highlights in film, television and creative work directed, produced, or filmed in the city. The iconic media centre, in the Grade-II* listed building at the entrance to Bristol’s Harbourside,...

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London filmmakers give Bristol top billing as movie location

June 1, 2012
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The London-based producers of new feature film The Fold have praised Bristol for its first-class filming infrastructure and accommodating approach, describing it as “a breath of fresh air”. Despite filming 65% of the film in the city during the wettest April on record, they also said working in Bristol...

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Art on your iPhone – thanks to Bristol digital pioneers

May 11, 2012
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An app that brings random artworks from Damien Hirst, Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet and others to mobiles has been developed by Bristol digital agency Thought Den and London’s world-renowned Tate Gallery. Magic Tate Ball takes its inspiration from the iconic Magic 8 Ball app. Users simply shake their...

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Better by design for relaunched South West forum

May 2, 2012
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The South West Design Forum has re-launched itself as Design South West with a new identity, website and the mission of ‘Design, Better Connected’. The organisation, which is run by the industry for the industry, continues in its role as the regional body bringing together seven locally-based design forums....

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Roll over Beethoven – Wallace & Gromit are lined up for The Proms

April 19, 2012
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Bristol’s Oscar-winning animation stars Wallace and Gromit are hoping for a grand day out as probably the unlikeliest performers ever to grace the BBC Proms. Organisers of the renown classical music concert series today announced the Claymation couple’s Concerto in Ee, Lad will feature in this year’s programme. They...

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Firms press ahead with merger to create new force in printing industry

April 19, 2012
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Two of Bristol longest-established, family-owned print businesses are to merge, creating a new design, print and digital communications business that combines 153 years of trading experience with the latest digital expertise and technology. Portishead Press, founded 43 years ago, will return to its home town from Bristol to join...

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Ujima Radio bosses join Lord Mayor at media reception

April 18, 2012
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Ujima Radio bosses join Lord Mayor at media reception

Ujima Radio’s youth programme development adviser Caroline Oldland and chair Roger Griffiths joined the Lord Mayor and Mayoress of Bristol at their official residence the Mansion House, Clifton, for an official thank-you to the local media.   St Pauls-based Ujima, which broadcasts on 98fm, is Bristol’s urban music station....

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Protests grow against Evening Post job cuts and axing of Venue magazine

April 18, 2012
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From Bristol 24-7  A protest against swinging job cuts at the Bristol Evening Post took place in the city centre this week as staff at the paper marked the paper’s 80th anniversary at an exhibition. Members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) were outside the Galleries shopping centre...

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City centre protest at Bristol Evening Post job cuts and closure of Venue

April 17, 2012
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Journalists will this evening stage a demonstration in Bristol city centre against swingeing job cuts at the Bristol Evening Post, the closure of its Saturday edition and the end of Venue magazine The protest, staged by the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and supported by other trade unionists, coincides...

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Levi Roots gets the Aardman treatment for TV campaign: Video

April 17, 2012
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Bristol’s animation pioneers Aardman have turned Reggae Reggae Sauce founder Levi Roots into an animated character for his first TV ad, which launches on May 3. The ad features Levi cooking a barbeque in the back garden of a house in Brixton, singing the “It’s so nice I had...

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Companies ‘cannot ignore the smartphone revolution’

April 13, 2012
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West business leaders need to understand how smartphones are changing the way individuals engage with their products and services – or they risk being left behind by the competition. The warning came from Richard Hull, formerly of HP Labs and now managing director of Bristol-based software services company Calvium, in...

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Bristol Evening Post axes more jobs and closes Saturday edition while Venue mag is shut

April 13, 2012
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The Bristol Evening Post is to axe 20 jobs and close its Saturday edition as it continues to seek cost cuts against a background of tumbling circulation. Venue magazine is also being killed off as a printed title, becoming a 'digital only' product. The National Union of Journalists described...

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