In October 2013 we directed and orchestrated the production of the MBC Awards, a star studded event located in the beautiful Hilton Hotel in Manchester, Deansgate. Myself and Tony were 21 years young when we did this job, pretty unbelievable when put into perspective- unheard of in the industry. The preparation for the event lasted around 6 months as anticipated. We had various
meetings in Manchester with The Nubian Times to discuss options/ideas for the event. In total we had a team of 15 that we interviewed and hired for the event. Our team consisted of myself and Tony Bessant Directing, a Technical Manager, Vision Mixer, Lead Camera Operator, plus various other camera operators, runners and more.
We arrived early on the day, a number of hours before any of our team were due to arrive. For a couple of hours we made sure all of the backstage was set and ready and revised the camera formations. Stoke City had a football match on the day and were staying at the venue, of course as a Liverpool fan it was nice to see the likes of Peter Crouch wandering about the place!
Our Technical Manager flew in on that day from New York and was shattered, she was our first member of staff to arrive and credit to her, she got stuck in straight away- prepping all of the gear for the night. By 4 o’clock our whole team had arrived. We started by giving them a tour of the venue and greeted them with a Core Media uniform and an itinerary for the evening. Our whole team were brilliant, absolutely faultless.
The rest of the evening flew by, it was a huge success attended by many high profile people including inspirational figures, businesses’, charity foundations and footballers. Cleo Higgins, Esco Williams, Mr Zipp and Eli Cripps performed live and Tony Morris was awarded ‘Presenter of The Year’ with other high profile names such as Rio Ferdinand also nominated for awards.
We had worked tirelessly for 6 months and it was all worth it, we were absolutely ecstatic with our performance as a company as well as on a personal level.