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Buying IBM, getting sacked, and other short stories…

If there was one phrase that celebrates the success of a global tech company and at the same time the failure of a million sales people, then that’s the one. “You never get sacked for buying IBM…” You know the company. IBM. Technology giant. 100 years old. Almost 500,000 employees worldwide. Great computers. Great company, […]

Elvis hasn't left the building

Elvis hasn’t left the building

In the 1970’s TV commercial for R Whites Lemonade, the tune “Secret Lemonade Drinker” was written and performed by a guy called Ross McManus. McManus was ably assisted on vocal by non other than his son, Declan, better known as Elvis Costello. And the rest is history. Born on 25 August 1954 as Declan Patrick […]

Birth of a Rockstar: Joe Strummer

Birth of a Rockstar: Joe Strummer

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine in 1999, Joe Strummer revealed to the world: “My motto is: “What’s the hurry?” I’m trying to get it across to the modern world that we need to sit around and think a little bit more.” This just doesn’t seem like an apt description of the Clash’s front […]


Rockstar used for new production hub at Croke Park

Boasting a capacity of 82,300 people, Croke Park in Dublin is the fourth largest stadium in Europe after Barcelona’s Nou Camp, Wembley in London and the Bernebau in Madrid. It is the home of Gaelic games and the headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). Between match-day games of Gaelic football and hurling along with […]

Creativity. A collaborative or solo gig?

Creativity. A collaborative or solo gig?

In 1952 John Steinbeck wrote ‘East of Eden’ which he ostensibly addressed to his two young sons. The thirteenth chapter meditates upon the meaning of life and the essence and essentialness of the creative spirit.    “Sometimes a kind of glory lights up the mind of man. It happens to nearly everyone. You can feel […]

Gravity Oscar winners

The Oscars and the Brits..

The flurry of excitement over the Oscars has predictably focussed on the American winners of the high profile awards for best acting talent and best film, 12 Years A Slave, which while directed by the fantastic (and British) Steve Mc.Queen did not secure him a coveted Best Director Oscar. The accolade was won by the […]


Does your studio’s data sit on a muddle of portable drives?

A sprawling heap of portable hard drives is a familiar sight in the offices and studios of data hungry, creative businesses. Whilst an effective means of backing up projects and a great way to facilitate file mobility between devices and individuals, there are a number of problems with this piecemeal approach. Aside from the general […]


Fuelling The Creative Powerhouse Of The UK Economy

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport have recently published figures clearly demonstrating the vital role that creative industries are playing in the rejuvenation of the UK economy.  In 2012, the UK’s creative industries (which include film, television and music) grew by almost 10%, outpacing every other sector of the economy. The GVA (Gross Value […]

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Quality video is key to audience engagement – Infographic from iStock

This great infographic below presents some astounding facts about online video viewing. The data is US based but none the less indicative of a global trend. Online video viewing is up 800% in the last 6 years with 70% of people watching online. On average we are watching 180 videos every month (where do we […]


The UK film production industry goes from strength to strength

This year’s BAFTA nominations have just been announced and films with British creative content are more prevalent than ever before. Four of the top five films nominated were either made in the UK or directed by a Brit. 12 graduates of the National Film and Television School feature in the latest list of nominees. BAFTAs […]