London 2012 Boost For Hackney TV Firms

More than £250k worth of Olympics and Paralympics work already booked in for The Crewing Company and Alias Hire ahead of world’s biggest multi-sport event
By: DIA Group
July 3, 2012 - PRLog -- London 03.07.2012: Hackney Wick-based TV companies The Crewing Company (TCC) and Alias Hire are readying themselves for London 2012 having already secured contracts worth hundreds of thousands of pounds from broadcasters covering the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The DIA Group-owned firms are supplying television crew and broadcast equipment such as cameras to various domestic and international broadcasters for both events with big names such as ABC TV Sports and Events on their roster.  

The Crewing Company will provide crew in a variety of different skillsets including VTR managers, ingest operators, sound assistants and make-up artists. The highly experienced craft and technical talent will be placed not just in the Olympic village but all around the country including the various stadiums that are playing host to the Olympic football tournament.  

At the same time, Alias Hire has taken on more staff for the duration of the games, is extending its opening hours and will be supplying tape, memory cards and other media stock thanks to a deal struck with CCK Media Technologies. During the Games the company is also housing representatives and kit from audio equipment manufacturer Sennheiser.

To be fully prepared for the world’s biggest multi-sport event both companies have had to be flexible, said TCC joint managing director Stuart Hatton:

“Many of the roles we’ve been filling have been outside our usual area of expertise, especially the engineering, transmission and playout types however this means we now have an excellent new division of freelancers on the books who we intend to continue working with well beyond London 2012.”

Hatton added that while he and his company have scoured the world to find the right people, he’s been very keen to keep it local too.

“We have signed some guys from across Europe plus Australia and South Africa,” he said. “But wherever possible we are trying to use crew from the east end of London.”

Mike Smith, the managing director of Alias Hire, welcomed the arrival of Sennheiser even though sharing space with them will make things a little cramped in the company HQ.

He said: “Sennheiser will have stock on site for spares and new equipment and there will be two dedicated Sennheiser engineers based with us who will be able to offer a repair service for their own and additional broadcasters. It’s going to be pretty rammed in our unit which is very exciting.”

Sennheiser’s temporary “drop-in centre” will offer repairs and servicing for wired and wireless equipment, a re-tuning service for radio frequency (RF) equipment, RF venue site surveys, frequency calculation and emergency on-site support.

Even before the Olympics and Paralympics have begun TCC and Alias Hire have worked on London 2012 related projects, providing kit and crew for commercials, press calls and sporting events held at the new Olympic venues such as the BMX track and the aquatics centre.

And while both companies still have capacity and slots available for anyone wanting to use their services for coverage of London 2012 other events are also on the horizon.

“We are already thinking about the Commonwealth games in Glasgow and how we can plug in to that,” concluded Hatton. “We have grown from 500 to 700 registered freelancers since January. Our association with the Games has also generated a huge interest in new talent signing with us, with 1400 applicants between January and June. That is double what we received during the same period in 2011.”

The value of confirmed Olympics and Paralympics-related TCC business is £250,000 but with the addition of ad hoc and last minute business, this figure is likely to rise in the run up to the Games.


Notes for editors

- The full list of job roles that The Crewing Company is supplying for coverage of London 2012 is: Dispatch Operators; VTR Managers; Camera Operators; CX Operators; Deputy TOC Supervisors; Dispatch Operators; Ingest Operators; Ingest Supervisors; Polecam Operators; Recording Schedule Operators; Sound Assistants; Technical Operations; Centre Operators; TX Operators; TX Telecom Operators; Autocue Operators; Editors; Runners; Loggers; Make Up Artists; Drivers; and EVS Operators.

- The DiA Group is one of the companies involved in the iCity bid, a shortlisted consortium hoping to take over usage of the Olympic broadcast and press centre after the London games. Zig Zag Productions, The Mews, Sumners, Aframe and Cosgrove Hall Fitzpatrick and are also involved.

About the DiA Group
The DiA Media Group supplies equipment, skills, people and other support services to the creative industries through its two companies Alias Hire and The Crewing Company. The Group is based in Queen's Yard on White Post Lane in Hackney Wick, East London.

About The Crewing Company
The Crewing Company provides crew hire and recruitment services to the television, film, corporate and advertising production markets. From its bases in London’s West End and Hackney Wick, the company represents a wide range of freelance craft and production talent including producers, directors, camera operators, editors, compositors, sound recordists and dubbing mixers.

About Alias Hire
Alias Hire offers equipment hire services and technical support to broadcast industry customers in London and around the UK. Its extensive hire fleet includes HD and SD cameras and VTRs as well as the all-important intermediate equipment such as video legalisers, lights, microphones, monitors and signal converters. The company has offices in London’s West End and Hackney Wick.

For further information please contact:

Stuart Hatton
The Crewing Company
0208 525 4844

Mike Smith
Alias Hire
0207 436 3060

About the author
Will Strauss is a freelance journalist who covers broadcasting, media, music, DIY and construction. As well as writing for the DIA Group he also regularly conjures up articles for ASD, the dishwasher spares [] company in Leeds.
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