The next instalment of Pride World Media's #ChamberYearintheLife
January kicked-off in grand style with a celebrity launch like no other which went viral, thanks to the facilities at Gateshead-based Pride Media Centre, home of the Pride Radio.
Kept strictly under wraps of both a PR and paper bag kind, the closely-guarded secret filming in Pride’s studio was part of the preparations to reveal an important star in the region’s firmament, Greggs eagerly-awaited vegan steak bake.
Peter Darrant-Parkes, who runs the Pride Media Centre with his fellow directors said: “The Gregg’s launch was great fun for all of us and got our new year off to the perfect start. We were able to review the taste of the delicious free samples live on air and it also means Greggs now has a place on our famous Pride wall of supporters. We were delighted that our studios were used to film this promo video, its been a real feather in our cap.”
The Pride Media Centre studio space with its green screen capability is already getting interesting enquiries from film companies and advertising agencies nationally. This demand has prompted the centre to speed up plans to create another studio for its own programme production to allow the main studio to be free for external bookings 24/7.
As a result North East business Jag Media Services is currently working with the centre’s team to transform a former corridor into a flexible studio with various areas for sofa-style interviews, catwalk, small green screen and soundproof booth.
Further good news came as the owners were so impressed by the Pride Media Centre facilities they have decided to relocate and base their own company there.
Peter said: “The additional studio will be finished in February and this will give us, through Out and Proud TV, the freedom to make more of our own programmes such as a new commission for the Wedding Series, One Fine Day, with a host of advice for all couples whether they are gay or straight. There will also be another series of the business spotlight series.
“Right from the initial launch of this centre we have been keen to support young entrepreneurs and influencers. We believe this new studio will be a great opportunity for them to film themselves professionally if they want to record outside of their own homes and bedrooms.”
In keeping with the tonnes of entrepreneurial spirit at the centre a new video LinkedIn profile service has also been launched.
Peter said: “We realised that many small businesses were shooting really poor video adverts about themselves on their phones to add to their profiles which weren’t very professional. Our space here at the centre enables us to create very effective two minute videos for a really small investment and its proving very popular already.”
There are 16 businesses in the Pride Media Centre which was its original capacity but with enquiries for more space coming in regularly some of the larger offices are currently being reconfigured to cope with the increased demand.
Watch out next month for more news and what February and Valentine Day brought to the centre as this is LGBT History month there’s sure to be plenty going on.