WFH Hollywood Edition: How COVID-19 Has Affected the Film Industry

In the film industry, there have been some successes and some huge losses. As the COVID-19 pandemic has kept many confined to their homes, online streaming rocketed this year. In the first three months of 2020 alone, Netflix gained almost 16 million new subscribers, and according to a study from Conviva, we’re collectively streaming more than ever before this year.   

The demand for new films and TV shows is clearly there, but how has COVID-19 affected the film industry? Are filmmakers, actors, animators, and costume designers able to keep up with this ever-increasing demand?  

Animating from home   

Although big blockbuster films have had to halt production for much of 2020, there are still many roles within the film industry that have been able to make the shift to remote working. Animation is one of these areas. DreamWorks TV showrunner Jack Thomas said: “That’s the thing about animation: You can do a lot of it remotely.”   

As animation is one of the only sectors that hasn’t been forced to shut down during the pandemic, the future of film and TV is set to be more animated than ever. As casting director for Disney Jen Rudin explains: “It’s truly the one thing we can all do while we’re at home.”   

Final touches  

Similar to jobs in animation, roles that revolve around putting together the final touches for films and TV shows have remained possible during the pandemic. We may not be able to start brand new projects which would need a lot of people to be present on set, but adding the final touches to films that were planned for release this year or in 2021 has remained possible throughout the duration of 2020. On the other side of things, companies are also able to work on pre-shoot work, including prep for special effects for upcoming blockbusters.   

Costume designer woes   

Although some areas of the film industry have been able to work remotely and continue to meet high streaming demands, others have found the pandemic impossible to work through. The fashion and costume side to film and TV production has suffered during 2020, with many A-list costume designers finding themselves completely out of work for months.   

Again, film-prep is the only area that designers are still able to be involved in. However, with the ever-growing uncertainty about when regular and safe filming can continue, many freelance designers are left in limbo between projects. Ruth E. Carter, who is set to design the costumes for Black Panther 2said that: “All of us as freelancers know that there’s going to be a period of time where we’re not working. That just comes with the territory. And those of us who have just finished [projects] have the luxury of having built-up savings. But for those who are just starting out, this is a difficult time.”    

The future of red-carpet fashion   

As red-carpet events have largely migrated to the Zoom screen this year, red carpet fashion is another area of the film and TV industry that has taken a big hit. For many A-list actors, red carpet fashion and their ability to influence trends is almost as major a part of their job as starring in films and TV shows. In addition, the lack of red-carpet events has had a big impact on fashion designers, leaving them with little opportunity to reveal their new outfits to the world.   

However, like with other areas of the entertainment industry, creative and remote opportunities are still available. Stylists and designers alike have adapted swiftly to online roles, with outfits being fitted over Zoom and stylist consultations going digital. The stylist to Shakira and Sofia Carson, Nicolas Bru, said: “Everything came to a halt suddenly, and my work went from in-person fittings and events to virtual ones. This is new territory for all of us, so we’re all having to adapt, which gives us this sense of unity, knowing that we are all in this together and trying to find the appropriate way to move forward.”  

Much is the case with other industries – the world of movies and entertainment has been forced to adapt and evolve over the turbulent course of 2020. However, the creative strategies that many have been able to put in place give us hope for the future of film and TV in a post-pandemic world.  

Recombu is back! UK tech site Recombu is back with a new publisher and all-star team of tech journalists.

The Trusted Reviews Group has agreed to acquire the well-respected tech site www.Recombu.com

Recombu.com was founded in 2009 as a mobile news, reviews and comparison site by Jamie Harwood and Andrew Lim as part of UK Web Media. Since launching the site has been home to an all-star team of writers and videographers behind it, including former Top Gear host Rory Reid and YouTube “TechSpurt”, Chris Baraclough.

The site will be relaunched as part of the Trusted Reviews Group and will be covering all the latest tech news, reviews, and deals, but with a few new additions.

Product reviews will be unscored with the best buys highlighted as “Gold” purchases and the true best-of-the-best getting the hallowed “Platinum” badge.

Best of will be reader voted, letting our community of readers decide which products they are most excited about.

The site will be run by Trusted Reviews’ editor Alastair Stevenson, who’ll be backed up by deputy editor Max Parker, commercial editor Thomas Deehan and reviews and evergreen writer Adam Speight.

Trustedreviews.com was acquired back in May under a new subsidiary company of Incisive media, led by Managing Director, Chris Dicker. Commenting on the deal, Chris Dicker said “It has been a very busy few months with moving away from TI Media but also looking at future strategic growth areas. We see Recombu.com as a complementary business to TrustedReviews.com and Whatdigtialcamera.com but one that has heritage in broader verticals.”

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London, UK

Variety Splash Help The Entertainment Industry For Emerging Creatives

Variety Splash is an online platform based in the UK that showcases emerging talent from the entertainment industry, they specialise with five entertainment categories which are music, poetry, magic, dance and comedy.

They have gained a tremendous attraction this year especially on Instagram, for promoting the emerging talent on their social media platforms to pushing their music artist into DJ Target, Charlie Sloth and Snoop Dogg’s Instagram lives during the full lock down. They have also helped the creatives with advice, studio, bookings and been given industry contacts to help build the portfolio of their journey to success.

The difference between Variety Splash and other platforms is that they are their for their creatives no matter the age, country or genre as they have worked with creatives from the UK, USA, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, and Spain. They have built such a nice solid community of people supporting one another, which has led creatives supporting each other in shows, making joint mixtapes, skits together and also many becoming friends.

They are making such a big name in the industry that celebrity Kevin Fredricks aka Kev on stage shouted out the company.
Variety Splash just keeps progressing and definitely won’t be letting the pandemic get in the way of continuing to help the emerging talent in the entertainment industry.

To keep up with the latest with what they’re doing follow them on instagram @varietysplash

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Zany puppet characters are providing entertainment for children live every night during lockdown

Zany puppet characters are providing fun and entertainment for children live every night during lockdown.

Wordle Durdle Ding Dong is currently broadcasting live on Facebook with bedtime stories read by a range of funny and irreverent puppet characters. The shows are aimed at 5-9 year olds, but are designed to be fun for adults to watch too.

The stories range from Dr Seuss to David Walliams, but also give an important platform to new unpublished children’s writers to have their stories performed to a brand new audience.

Wordle Durdle Ding Dong is the brainchild of Jason Linney, an educational specialist, Guy Moore, an advertising creative director and Julian Hanford, a photographer and film maker.

The show’s characters include Lord Purr-Purr, an aristocratic cat, Monty the Showbiz Dragon, Miss Mimi Thing, a selfie-obsessed social media fan, Archie, an inquisitive and cheeky armadillo, Robin W. Nestliner, self-appointed newsreader extraordinaire, and Fuzzy Bob, a crazy alien who loves broccoli.

Says Hanford, ‘We really didn’t start out to do things quite like this. We have been developing Wordle Durdle Ding Dong as a broadcast children’s programme series for the past few months, but then the lockdown happened, and we thought we just can’t sit by and watch millions of children stuck at home without the fun one-to-one interactions they get at school, so we are using our own lockdown time for free to keep kids entertained and motivated. By broadcasting live directly into their homes on Facebook, children can have an unprecedented level of interactive contact with the characters.


The creators and the puppet characters are available for fun zoom interviews with the press at any time. Please contact :
Julian Hanford, Wordle Durdle Ding Dong
Scarborough, United Kingdom

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The Apprentice: Worst team names revealed


Over 2,800 people were quizzed to see if they knew the meaning of previous team names on The Apprentice
· Connexus and Eclipse were the most confusing with only 26% getting it right
· More than one in 20 thought Typhoon was named after a brand of tea
· Can you decipher the corporate jargon of team names on The Apprentice?

Every year the team name selection on the Apprentice is a hot topic on social media, with many quick to judge or jeer the choices. With this year’s team names now finally revealed – Empower and Unison – people seem less than impressed on Twitter, but are they the worst names the show has seen?

Now, research has revealed which of the 28 former team names on The Apprentice are the most confusing, after 2,811 people were quizzed by Unhooked Communications to see if they could correctly define the words used in the team identities.

‘Connexus’ was one of the most confusing team names, with only 26 per cent knowing it was Latin for ‘a connecting structure’. ‘Eclipse’ also proved difficult to understand, with 26 per cent of people correctly guessing the definition of ‘when something becomes less important’.

Less than half (46 per cent) knew ‘venture’ was something that involved risk and just over half (57 per cent) knew Apollo was a God of music, poetry, light, prophecy and various other titles.

When it came to Team Graphene, 60 per cent knew it as the word for of carbon in a single atom, but 9 per cent thought it was a computer programme made to use graphs and 3 per cent thought it was magazine dedicated to graphic design.

The majority (83 per cent) knew Team Typhoon was named after a violent storm with strong circular winds, but 6 per cent thought it was a tea brand and 11 per cent didn’t think it was a real word at all.

With some of the words offering surprising definitions, it begs the question if the candidates themselves even truly understand the words they’re using for their brand.

Claire Gamble, MD of Unhooked Communications, which carried out the research, said: “The Apprentice is brilliant entertainment, but it doesn’t always portray the realities of running a business. It’s always funny watching the teams try to come up with their names and so often get criticised for being too literal, overly complicated or just plain cringeworthy. But that’s the joy of the show, you don’t need to be a business or marketing expert to have an opinion and it highlights just how some seemingly ‘easy’ jobs – like coming up with a brand name – are actually more difficult than you first think. We can’t wait to hear the associated gags Lord Sugar comes up with too.”

The most confusing team names ranked
Team nameDefinitionWho got it right?
ConnexusA connecting structure26%
EclipseWhen something becomes less important26%
VentureAn activity involving risk46%
ApolloA god connected to things like music57%
GrapheneA form of carbon in a single atom60%
SynergyThe power of a group working together65%
TitansSomeone who is clever, important or strong67%
SummitThe highest point of a mountain68%
SterlingA precious metal of particular purity68%
ForteThe ability to do something well68%
TenacityA determination to keep doing something71%
RenaissanceA growth of interest in art or music72%
NebularA cloud of dust or gas in outer space75%
EndeavorTo try to do something80%
CollaborativeTo work together with someone else81%
TyphoonA violent storm with strong circular wins83%
LogicA way of thinking based on good judgement85%
ImpactThe force of an object hitting another85%
StealthA quiet, careful action to avoid attention86%
EvolveTo develop gradually88%
EmpireA large organisation89%
VersatileTo easily be used for different purposes90%
AlphaA Greek letter90%
PhoenixA mythical bird able to regenerate through flame91%
VeolictyThe speed at which an object travels91%
VitalityEnergy and strength93%
IgniteTo cause something to start burning96%
Team nameDefinitionAnswers
TyphoonA violent storm with strong circular wins83%
Not a word11%
A brand of tea drank in the UK6%
A disease causing high temperatures and pains0%
CollaborativeTo work together with someone else81%
Not a word19%
A shape resembling a collarbone0%
Something that goes around the neck0%
VitalityEnergy and strength93%
Not a word5%
Necessary and important1%
Sad and lonely1%
GrapheneA form of carbon in a single atom60%
Not a word28%
A computer programme made to use graphs9%
A magazine focused on graphic design3%
TitansSomeone who is clever, important or strong67%
A light, strong metal chemical element18%
Not a word12%
A boat that sinks3%
NebularA cloud of dust or gas in outer space75%
The outer bone of the lower leg10%
Not a word10%
An unclear or vague idea5%
VersatileTo easily be used for different purposes90%
To know a lot about a certain topic8%
To write something in the form of poetry2%
Not a word0%
ConnexusNot a word50%
A connecting structure26%
A computer programme or software21%
Having a close relationship with people3%
SummitThe highest point of a mountain68%
Slang term used meaning ‘something’18%
To order someone to come to a place9%
Not a word5%
TenacityA determination to keep doing something71%
To rent and live in a building16%
Not a word13%
A fear or phobia of the number 100%
EvolveTo develop gradually88%
Not a word6%
To move around a central point or ilne4%
To solve a problem or difficulty2%
EndeavorTo try to do something80%
Not a word15%
To love or care for someone5%
Not a word0%
SterlingA precious metal of particular purity68%
Not a word15%
Something free from bacteria9%
A common bird with dark feathers8%
PhoenixAn imaginary bird that sets itself on fire91%
Not a word5%
An arched structure in the body4%
Someone who really dislikes something0%
VentureAn activity that involves risk46%
An exciting trip46%
Not a word8%
The invention of something new0%
LogicA way of thinking based on good judgement85%
A name you enter to use a computer8%
Not a word5%
An act of cutting down trees for wood2%
ApolloA god connected to things like music57%
Not a word19%
A person who supports and defends something17%
The greek word for sorry7%
IgniteTo cause something to start burning96%
To run lava into rock3%
Not a word1%
To make a disappearing worry grow stronger0%
AlphaA greek letter90%
Not a word6%
A Greek animal4%
A Greek dish0%
StealthA quiet, careful action to avoid attention86%
A strong worry about health6%
Not a word5%
The act of stealing someone’s limelight3%
VeolictyThe speed an object travels at91%
A track for bicylce racing with curved sides4%
Used to describe the texture of velvet4%
Not a word1%
ForteThe ability to do something well68%
Not a word13%
A military building designed to defend11%
The ability to judge the future9%
SynergyThe power of a group working together65%
Not a word21%
Words that are similar13%
When people meet to discuss religion1%
EmpireA large organisation89%
A large building6%
Not a word3%
To buy or get something2%
RenaissanceA growth of interest in art or music72%
Not a word18%
A type of fashion with lots of frills10%
A rich and successful person0%
EclipseA circular shape43%
When something becomes less important26%
Not a word22%
A meteor shower9%
Not a word10%
ImpactThe force of an object hitting another85%
Not a word10%
To make an agreement between two people5%
An object that comes wrapped in packaging0%
Media Contact Details
Claire Gamble, Unhooked Communications
Manchester, UK
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Australian Funnyman James Bustar takes London Stage

Armed with breathtaking funny juggling skills and drop-your-jaw antics, Australian funny man James Bustar is literally laughing all the way to the London stage.

The world-renowned juggling funny man will be presenting his frantic, manic, family friendly and energy filled show ‘Caught in the Act’ at the Underbelly Festival on June 23 and June 30, 2018 at Belvedere Road Coach Park in London, with both shows kicking off at 1.15pm.

Celebrating its 10th year, Underbelly is a UK based live entertainment company. Their events and festivals division operates one of the largest operations at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, selling 291,000 tickets for over 150 shows over 25 days in 2017.

Audience can expect nothing less than an explosive show from Bustar, involving a thrilling combination of cutting edge juggling, variety, technology and audience involvement. The very same man who likes to play with everything from axes to tennis rackets!

From juggling while bungee jumping, zip lining, go karting to high ropes, nowhere or nothing is too big of a challenge to juggle for Bustar.

London Theatre 1 has given the funnyman’s show five stars, stating ‘James Bustar is an extremely likeable comedian.’

Bustar has gained nationwide recognition as a household name and prides himself on making a nationwide audience of people laugh until their sides hurt. He has been featured on some of the largest stages possible, including that of Australia’s Got Talent, the Glastonbury Festival and the Cromer Pier Show for the last two years, the last remaining end of the pier show in the world.

Many of Bustar’s performances and major appearances are held within his home country of Australia, but he has also performed globally, with tour stops in countries ranging from Papua New Guinea to Cambodia, and even Vietnam to Japan.

Having graduated from the World Renowned Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Bustar is a headline act at performances, pantomimes and festivals all over the world, with live audiences up to 10,000 people.

Bustar said that he takes the business of laughter very seriously and was looking forward to debuting his new show.

I’m so happy to be returning to the London Underbelly Festival to perform my new show,” he said. “It’s been three years since the last performance and there are certainly lots of surprises in store for the audience. Side-splitting surprises and lots of laughter. 

“It’s fun for all ages!”

Book your ticket to see James Bustar today! http://www.underbellyfestival.com/whatson/james-bustar-caught-in-the-act