Hickman Shearer and CA Global Partners raised £8m from the first auction in February

Arena TV 4 May sale

Hickman Shearer and CA Global Partners have announced a second Arena TV sale will take place on 4 May. 

An estimated £1 million of equipment will be up for grabs, after £8 million was raised from the original three-day auction, with private treaty sales, in February. The first sale included over 3,000 lots, from outside broadcasting trucks to cameras, lenses, and hundreds of kilometres of cabling, and had more than 850 bidders from over 50 countries.

The new sale will be conducted via live webcast on 4 May, and will conclude the Arena assets dispersal. The items available include cameras, lenses, grip, an OB trailer, tenders and outside broadcasting production gear. Updates for interested parties are available here, and you can see the full list of available items below this story.

Tim Chapman, managing director of Hickman Shearer, said: “Recovering the value of assets in as effective and timely a manner as possible on behalf of creditors is a vital aspect of any administration process like this. The results from our February dispersal, which went considerably over estimate, show that the modern auction process is an excellent way of achieving this.”

Dan Main, EMEA director for CA Global Partners, added: “We anticipate just as much enthusiasm for the offering this time around.

“The quality of the equipment and professionalism of the teams that looked after it is second to none, and it is extremely rare to see equipment of this standard available at auction.”

Arena TV suddenly collapsed in November 2021, with administrators Kroll since revealing that the company owed £282 million to 55 lenders. £182 million of that was unsecured, meaning 46 lenders “do not have recourse to any assets”.

The administrator’s report also revealed that Arena TV directors made “the decision to cease trading shortly after” an agent attempted to verify a serial number with an equipment manufacturer. They were told it didn’t exist and then sent a query to the lender about the concern.

Since then, supplier Sentinel Broadcast’s relationship with the company has come under the microscope and director Paul Froom has allegedly appointed criminal defence lawyers. There have also been accusations that employees were made to work while on furlough while at the company.

Two arrests have been made to date by the Serious Fraud Office.

Full list of equipment available on 4 May

Grass Valley LDX 86N 4K cameras (6)
Sony HDC 3500 cameras (2)
Sony HDC 2500 cameras (5)
Plus multiple additional cameras, viewfinders, adapters and converters

Canon UJ86x9.3B IESD-SB UHD Digisuper 86 Lens (2)
Canon UJ27x6.5B IESD-SB UHD Digisuper 27 Lens (2)
Canon XJ72 x 9.3B DigiSuper 72 XS Lens (2)
Canon XJ86x9.3B IE-II IESD-SB HD Digisuper 86 II XS Lens (1)
Canon HJ11ex4.7B IASE Lens (3)
Canon HJ14x4.3B Lens (2)
Canon CJ12ex4.3B Lens (1)
Canon CJ20ex7.8B IASE S Lens (4)
Canon CJ24ex7.5B IASE S Lens (1)

Vinten Vision 250 Tripod
Vinten Vector 700 Head

Audio & Talkback
Riedel Artist 128 Frame and talkback panels
Genelec Speakers
Bel and TSL rack mount Audio Monitoring Units (AMU)
Lexicon and Dolby audio processing equipment
Motorola Radios and chargers

Signal Processing & Glue
ProBel Aurora, Cygnus and Sirius Routers
Additional units from Evertz, Axon, Grass Valley and AJA

Vision & Video Monitoring
Sony MVS800 Vision Mixer
Vutrix, Panasonic and JVC video monitors
Vutrix Multiviewers
Marshall Multiviewers

Outside Broadcast Units and Tenders
Gerling double-expanding OB articulated trailer (2008) – sold rack-ready
Donbur 9.8m11 tonne (2001) and Crane Fruehauf 13.8m 32 tonne (1998) tender trailers