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Packed to the rafters

From Surrey to Scotland, the growth of high-end TV production is driving demand for UK studio space. Adrian Pennington looks at the new space coming on stream

  • IP: live broadcast

    The technology to work with IP-based video in live production has been promised for years. We’re now at a tipping point, says Adrian Pennington

  • Blazing a trail for 4K live sport

    BT is taking a huge step forward with the launch of Europe’s first dedicated UHD sport channel, but its aim of delivering it live over IP remains some way off.

  • Music licensing

    Following the lifting of the BBC’s ban on music by the Doors and Neil Young, Kevin Hilton explores how new technologies and disruptive distribution models are reshaping UK licensing

  • Minicams: Case Studies

    Minicams and special rigs are increasingly shaping broadcasters’ coverage of sporting events and offering factual and drama producers a new set of tools to hook jaded audiences. Michael Burns looks at five examples

  • Training: career shadowing

    Trainees and mentors who took part in a recent career shadowing initiative run by the BBC, RTS and Creative Skillset tell BBCAcademy project manager Suzy Lambert about their experiences

  • Interview: Vitec's Matt Danilowicz

    Matt Danilowicz has snapped up seven companies since he became chief executive of Vitec Videocom in 2012. And, as he tells George Bevir, he’s not putting away his cheque book any time soon.

  • Britain's Busiest Airport, ITV

    Ensuring our ob-doc series would avoid becoming a puff piece for the UK’s biggest airport demanded buy-in from every corner of this ‘mini city’, writes executive producer Tim Wardle

  • Tax relief: the bigger picture

    High-end TV drama tax credits have turned the UK into a haven for big-ticket productions, but have also had some unintended consequences. Kate Bulkley assesses their impact

  • Behind the scenes: Car Share, BBC1

    A complicated five-camera rig was required to shoot Peter Kay’s latest comedy series

  • Music: innovative audio

    TV producers are finding new and innovative ways of sourcing and commissioning music for their shows. Adrian Pennington reports

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, BBC1

    BBC1’s adaption of Susanna Clarke’s novel takes the viewer on a journey into a fantastical world - but always remains grounded in reality. Benji Wilson finds out how it was done

  • A winning tactic for OB

    Innovation in technology is enabling broadcasters to improve the audience’s experience of sports coverage. Adrian Pennington reports on the kit that’s helping on location

  • Election coverage: battle for the viewers’ vote

    As politicians make their final pitches, Adrian Pennington examines broadcasters’ strategies for ensuring their OB teams will be first past the post with the election results

  • UHD takes to the air

    Manufacturers are competing to be the first to offer workable UHD RF camera links, but the technology is still at least a year away from the market.

  • Making space for light entertainment

    Shiny-floor formats haven’t been squeezed out by high-end drama and even quiz show productions are demanding larger, higher-spec spaces, writes Adrian Pennington

  • What to expect in Las Vegas

    Ultra HD, cloud-based solutions and unmanned aerial vehicles are set to be the big themes at the NAB trade show in Las Vegas. Michael Burns offers his pick of the technology on display

  • Kid's TV: changing landscape

    Pact is warning of a crisis in kids’ TV due to a lack of broadcaster investment. Could live-action tax credits or quotas be the answer?

  • Media asset management

    As the costs come down, production companies are increasingly investing in archive and MAM systems of their own. Adrian Pennington asks the experts about the options

  • Small screen, big breaks

    The UK tax incentive for high-end TV drama is giving the industry a massive boost. We look at its impact and assess the prospects for similar schemes elsewhere.

  • Nations & Regions: London

    Exceptional talent, crew, studios and locations, combined with tax breaks, make the capital an increasingly big draw for international productions

  • Nations & Regions: Glasgow

    Home to BBC Scotland, STV, a host of indies and more than 300 facilities, Glasgow is well placed to reap the rewards of investment

  • Nations & Regions: Manchester

    Manchester’s production sector took a huge hit in the wake of the global financial crash, but the city is now leading the north-west’s resurgence

  • Nations & Regions: Bristol

    Best known as the home of natural history film-making, Bristol is an increasingly popular location for drama

  • The search for VFX talent

    Growing demand for visuals effects in film and TV and the lure of the drama tax break are putting the UK’s VFX talent pool under increasing strain.

  • The future of immersive TV

    Virtual reality TV is edging closer, with producers, manufacturers and broadcasters trialling the technology for music, sport, natural history and even news.

  • The hunt for the next big entertainment formats

    Co-development and keeping it local could be the answer

  • 2014 Review: Deals round-up

    From the sales of All3Media and Channel 5 to the merger of Shine, Endemol and Core, deals worth a record £3.5bn were completed in 2014.

  • 2014 Review: Distribution trends

    Strong slates of British drama buoyed distributors in 2014, but non-fiction specialists suffered.

  • 2014 Review: Kit trends

    The switch to file delivery, growing demand for 4K and the launch of local TV kept demand high for kit suppliers this year.

  • 2014 Review: Studios round-up

    A deluge of large-scale productions and the closure of several London studios gave a boost to alternative spaces and sites outside the capital

  • 2014 Review: Outside broadcast round-up

    A trio of major sporting events provided opportunities to test new technologies

  • 2014 Review: Post-production round-up

    The post sector’s fortunes were on the up this year - despite the controversy over inaudible dialogue

  • Media Asset Management

    Will Strauss takes a look at how broadcasters’ digital workflows are coping with the journey from tape to file.

  • Wildscreen Film Festival

    Ahead of the festival, two leading natural history producers discuss their latest work

  • Furchester Hotel

    A show with a cast of 170 puppets and a giant set that completely filled the studio was a huge logistical challenge

  • Sue Woodward, The Sharp Project

    Sue Woodward talks to George Bevir about growing the north-west’s television ecology

  • What to see at IBC 2014

    Remote working, Ultra HD cameras and live broadcast over IP will be among the big themes at this year’s Amsterdam trade show.

  • What to see at IBC 2014: part three

    Expect to see plenty of innovation around the management and delivery of content at IBC, writes Will Strauss

  • What to see at IBC 2014: part two

    While IBC is usually associated with the birth of new technology, death is never far away, writes Will Strauss

  • What to see at IBC 2014: part one

    Blackmagic Design’s Studio Camera, the Cion from AJA and Aaton-Digital’s Cantar X3 are among the products picked out by Will Strauss in his IBC 2014 preview

  • Outside broadcast: Changing times

    Michael Burns discovers how the OB market has changed in the wake of SIS Live’s exit.

  • Soho of the south-west

    Production of Disney’s musical comedy Galavant is underway at Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios

  • Tax cut momentum builds

    Children’s Media Conference delegates endorse campaign to extend tax breaks to live-action kids’ shows.

  • Tuning up for a career in TV

    A tie-up between Glastonbury and Southampton Solent University is a ‘win-win’

  • Charlie Vogt, Imagine Comms

    The chief executive of Imagine Communications and Gates Air on splitting the company in two and the similarities between TV and the telecoms industry

  • The delivery challenge

    With the deadline for file-based delivery looming, Broadcast partnered with the DPP for two panel discussions at Rada in London to discover if the industry is ready for the change.

  • Rio kicks off the 4K era

    If the four years since the last World Cup have been a long time in football, they have been a geological age in broadcast technology

  • Digital edition: Broadcast TECH Video

    The May/June issue contains a behind-the-scenes look at the Brazil World Cup, the migration from SDI to to IP-based workflows and an interview with Imagine Communications’ Charlie Vogt