University’s starring role for Bristol film buff who launched world’s biggest movie website

The Bristol-based founder of IMDb – the world’s number one movie website – has been honoured by the University of Bristol for his achievements. Movie buff Col Needham, pictured, launched IMDb (Internet Movie Database) in 1990 as a hobby while working as a software engineer at Hewlett Packard in Bristol.  Her then started collaborating with other likeminded film fans to

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Global engineering group calls in Mr B & Friends to build new brand

Bristol-based brand, design and digital agency Mr B & Friends has created a vibrant new identity for global engineering consultancy Hoare Lea which aims to dispel common myths about its industry.  The agency, which relocated from Bath to Bristol last summer, developed the bold new marque and contemporary design style in collaboration with Hoare Lee, a £80m turnover international business

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New arrival strengthens Synergy Creative’s management team as it targets further growth

Bristol-based internal communications specialist Synergy Creative has added another new recruit to its expanding team with the appointment of Olly Whitman.  Olly, pictured, who joins as creative director, is tasked with leading Synergy’s creative studio, overseeing its creative output across its existing blue-chip client base, which includes brands such as Argos, Lidl, Vodafone, ODEON Cinemas Group and Simplyhealth. He has

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Bottle Yard’s green screen comes in handy for Andy’s Safari Adventures as series returns to film in Bristol

Filming for 20 new episodes of acclaimed kids’ TV series Andy’s Safari Adventures is underway in Bristol as its producers once again harness the Bottle Yard Studios’ industry-leading digital CGI and green screen technology. Made by the BBC’s world-renowned Natural History Unit Natural History Unit – also based in Bristol – Andy’s Safari Adventures is a co-commission from CBeebies in

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Redrow Homes extends PR and social media contract with Purplefish

Bristol communications consultancy Purplefish has been appointed as media relations partner for Redrow Homes’ West Country division. The agency will work with the housebuilder in Devon and Cornwall to communicate its key messages and promote its developments through PR and social media.  Purplefish has worked with Redrow’s South West branch, which covers most of Somerset, South Gloucestershire and parts of

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Former YouGov chief takes up non-executive role at Future

Future, the Bath-based global media group, has appointed the former chief financial officer of YouGov as a non-executive director. Alan Newman, who spent nine years at the international internet-based market research and data analytics firm, brings with him significant media and plc experience. His previous roles were at accountants Ernst & Young (now EY) and KPMG and he has also served as international

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Jobs and investment in the frame as Bristol prepares to make most of its UNESCO City of Film status

Bristol’s new status as a UNESCO City of Film demonstrates its global reach as well as giving it the opportunity to create skilled jobs in its already thriving film and TV industry, the launch celebrations were told. The permanent status awarded to Bristol by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) last November is in recognition of its work

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