Birmingham based 3600 agency Big Cat, have secured a deal as the UK territory partner for an exciting new interactive entertainment experience, from EMS Exhibits the official international booking agent and promoter of CSI: The Experience – coming to Birmingham in February. Big Cat has been selected to deliver the event management & logistics, PR, social media marketing and design implementation.
February 26 sees the UK premier of CSI: The Experience which takes visitors on an exhilarating journey through dark alleys and hot deserts, to gather evidence and crack the case. CSI: The Experience will be making its UK debut in Birmingham next month in the country’s busiest shopping centre, Bullring Birmingham. The hugely successful attraction will challenge and stimulate all its visitors. CSI: The Experience is developed by the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and produced by EMS Exhibits, a division of Event Marketing Service GmbH under a license from CBS Consumer Products.
Nick Morgan, CEO of Big Cat Group said: “This year is set to be an exciting year for Big Cat. CSI: The Experience will be the second international attraction that we have opened in Birmingham after a successful 3 month run of Bodies Revealed at the Custard Factory; part of a wider initiative to bring world class events to Birmingham as oppose to London and Manchester.
“We’ve been meticulously planning the project for some time now, and are excited to see all of the teams hard work come to fruition. The Bullring is a fantastic location for CSI: The Experience and we are delighted to be opening the first attraction in the busy shopping centre.
“The show has already visited Vienna, Dublin, Warsaw, Budapest and Las Vegas, all of which have been great successes. We’re hoping that the Birmingham experience will continue the trend.”
Written by Anthony Tattum on 26 Aug 09 at 10:20am
I am no expert on film making. There, I have said it, so my following comments are based on observations and research. Film making is changing. More specifically: how to make a living from it as a small indie.
Nora playing the piano
I was participating in a conference, Hello Digital, a screen and digital media conference and festival which we [Big Cat] helped organise last year. Film makers were asking a guy from Channel 4 how to make money from film making any more when people download them for free?
The internet has forced a lot of traditional industries to rethink their business models. The media, high street retail and insurance to name but a few have seen revenues decimated by online competition.
There may be a light at the end of the tunnel. Rupert Neate reported in the Telegraph today that the Google owned website YouTube has extended a scheme to share advertising revenues with prolific creators to include one-off video which “goes viral” and proves very popular. The notion of employing global social platforms to distribute content and gain infamy or money is nothing new.
Lauren Luke, a 27-year old from Newcastle-upon-Tyne has dropped out of school and become Britain’s most successful YouTube video creator offering beauty how-to tips.
At present only US-based users will be able to participate, but YouTube has said it intends to extend the scheme internationally. But does this mean that to make a living our highly creative film makers will have to “sell out” and produce piano-playing kitten videos or film their friends doing death defying stunts?
We have been having a great time in the BigCat office this month, lots of visitors and interesting things to report on….
After recently celebrating Birmingham Pride here in the fish bowl (George is gay) we became excited to over hear that the creative team will be working on floats for Pride London on the 4th of July. The home office has commissioned us to create their float … rumour is that it will be a Shakespeare themed float, that ties in with this years ‘Come out and play’ theme. George is more than excited and is hoping for an invite to ride along on the float.
The PR and Marketing team have had yet another success within the mystical world of social media after winning a contract for Bournville College. Sadly I don’t think the College has anything to do with Bournville chocolate – It would be a major perk of the job if we got some freebees thrown into the bowl.
Another visitor we have had is a nice chap called Alan Fraser; he’s the CEO of the YMCA Erdington and has been working hard to raise money to build a big social housing development. Alan has asked the PR team to help him raise the remaining £1.5 million needed to complete the build – imagine all the fish bowls you could buy with that!!
As we are Brummies born and bred (Seacago, Brindley Canal) we are in full support of the new Buy Birmingham campaign, we have had a huge response from companies that would like to sign up and pledge to encourage prosperity within Birmingham. Let the team know if you would like more information or would like to join up….they are a friendly bunch and would be happy to help!
We overheard Katy will be leaving us after a year of work experience, we will miss her as she used to clean our bowl, not sure who will do it now?! Arghh!! Katy will continue her summer working in a glamorous events job in America, we may have to jump into the canal and swim to holiday with her – she’s worth it!
If you can’t pop into the office to meet us then please write to us, we enjoy receiving fan mail.
Goodbye for another month, next month I hope we will have some more exciting stories to tell you
Enjoy the sunshine – Sharkey and George x
The good people of Digbeth and Birmingham were treated to a masterclass in media skills with guest speakers Ian Taylor (Marketing Birmingham), Anna Blackaby (Creative industries editor, Birmingham Post), Marverine Cole (Sky News) and Jon Bounds (All round social media good guy). They were all pooled together by the much thanked Lyle (@creativerepublic.org.uk), who was treated almost like a prophet and weathered the compliment tidal wave like a seasoned pro.
Ruth Ward (Rewired) and Helga Henry (Fierce Earth) chaired and compered the event respectively, while an American gentleman (apologies there was alot of names to remember, and I’m not good with names at the best of times) presented the final activity, a press release crash course (with some car crash results!).
The wine was provided by Barefoot, which was happily endorsed by Helga and manifested in a Churchillian speech about Birmingham’s creative industry.
The evening started with light refreshments and some light networking with an ever increasingly familiar group of creatives. Followed by the four speeches and a press release workshop. I shalln’t go into to much detail of the minute by minute activities of the evening as I don’t think that’s necessarily the most significant thing about Creative Republic evenings.
As much as I enjoy the content of such meets (and I do), what Creative Republic do excellently is link together all the sections of Birmingham’s proudest industry. It was said last night (I forget by whom) that one of the best things about Birmingham is how well connected it is, and I have to agree. I moved to Brum in June and love the fact that at every event you go to, everybody knows everybody, and not only that, everyone supports everybody. Everyone in Birmingham’s creative industry is passionate about shouting about it and passionate about the talent in the city.