Access Bank South Africa launched at MGG’s studios

Accelerator TV JHB 13.06.2021 213 1 3

In 2020, Grobank entered a transaction with the Access Bank Group. Access Bank invested and acquired a controlling stake in Grobank and, in 2021, rebranded the business as Access Bank South Africa, intending to become the world’s most respected African bank.

 

The official launch of Access Bank South Africa, orchestrated by Blue Moon Corporate Communications, was hosted at MGG Productions’ Studio B in Johannesburg. The hybrid event, held on 14 June 2021, captivated audiences with a sensational showcase of vibrant African design, the décor and LED screens all aligned to Access Bank’s orange, blue and green colour palette.

Accelerator TV JHB 13.06.2021 211

Cue, Sarah Gill from Blue Moon, who has worked with Jacobus Janisch Le Roux, Project Manager at MGG, for the past twenty years. It’s a Sunday morning and she takes a few minutes out from the Access Bank set up to talk about the launch and how events have changed over the past fifteen months. “Blue Moon has two distinct divisions. We offer employee alignment and internal comms and we have our events division too. At a time when employees need to feel connected to their business and to one another, we have leveraged digital communications and virtual events to communicate everything our clients need us to talk about,” she comments.  “I started doing small Zoom broadcasts and hybrid events as soon as the film industry opened up in 2020, and we’ve seen a major shift in eventing in the last year. We don’t do events anymore; we do television broadcasts! It’s a lot less expensive for the client but of course, with broadcasting, there’s always that distance separating the audience from the experience, and it’s that much more difficult to make people feel emotional about something they are watching passively on a screen rather than being part of a live event. A space like the one MGG has created goes a long way in helping that. Because MGG comes from the live production industry and not broadcast, they have that experiential events mindset already and an ethos that works really well.”

Accelerator TV JHB 13.06.2021 95 Accelerator TV JHB 13.06.2021 98

When companies have worked together for such a long time, there is a sense of trust and expectation, and for Jacobus it is all about relationships. One of the first services MGG offers in production is a Vectorworks rendering, which in this case enables Sarah and her client to see the set design and make any changes as needed. At the end of the day, it ensures that what they see is what they get.

 

There are also other personal touches. From the moment clients walk through the MGG doors, they are made to feel secure, especially during pandemic times. A newly installed computer system allows each visitor to digitally complete their details and the system then sends a barcode to them, to be used for future access. An intelligent temperature scanner is also more accurate than handheld thermometers.

Accelerator TV JHB 13.06.2021 90

For the launch, MGG created a fresh-looking venue by emptying out Studio B, which was formerly home to a massive performing stage. Prolyte trussing was used to form a structure to house a large Absen Screen (positioned in the centre) for the backdrop and content, with three additional strip screens placed on either side. Lighting designer Pierre van Wyk and his assistant, Sipho Kekana had a great lighting rig to work with! Robe fixtures included 2 BMFL Blades, 9 LEDWash 600, 6 DL4S Profile, 16 Spikie, 14 CycFX8 and 8 Pointes. The Claypaky range comprised of 6 Scenius Unicos, 4 B-EYE K10, 8 B-EYE K20, 10 Sharpy and 6 Mythos. Also on the rig were 3 Showline SL Nitros 510C and a Le Maitre MVS Hazer with control via a grandmA2 light console and NPU.

Accelerator TV JHB 14.06.2021 150 1

The production, which was split into two events, was streamed on a custom platform.  The employer launch was streamed to 150 people online and attended by 20 executives seated at beautifully appointed tables. The event comprised of three performances, three speakers and presentations. “We had to be mindful of what the live audience were experiencing and how the production would be relayed once going out to stream,” shares Sarah. “We created content to support the speaker which was projected onto the giant LED screens and panels as the backdrop to the production.” Once the employee launch was over, the studio was reconfigured to host an afternoon media launch, a shortened and more business orientated version without any performances.

WhatsApp Image 2021 06 14 at 16.49.01 1

“I think the MGG team has been absolutely brilliant in what its achieved,” added Sarah. “It’s a stroke of genius to add the studios to their premises. With two versatile spaces, it’s a complete offering including the rig. MGG is able to adapt the set and design according to what we need, make recommendations and advise… they even take your calls at 10 o clock at night! There are other studios out there, but we have a long-standing relationship with MGG, and it’s always about relationships. You go to the people you feel safe with and who you can moan at, laugh, cry and work collaboratively with, because the respect is there from both sides.”

 

 

 

 

Access Bank South Africa launched at MGG’s studios

In 2020, Grobank entered a transaction with the Access Bank Group. Access Bank invested and acquired a controlling stake in Grobank and, in 2021, … Read more…

Clear-Com Wireless Technologies Prove Perfect Fit for Old Navy Commercial Shoot

FreeSpeak II Wireless Intercom and Agent-IC Mobile App Support Hybrid On-site and Remote Production with an Efficient and Safe Comms Workflow   The Old Navy flagship store in midtown New York City was converted into a four-floor soundstage for a recent commercial shoot, and the production companies found a combination of Clear-Com® wireless intercom technologies to […]

Read more…

Volt Lites is First in the US with Claypaky’s ReflectXion Moving Mirrors

July  – Burbank-based Volt Lites has marked another first with Claypaky lighting products becoming the first company in the US to acquire a complement of Claypaky’s ReflectXion Moving Mirrors.  Previously, Volt Lites was the first in the country with Claypaky Mini-B lighting fixures. ReflectXion is a next-generation, compact moving mirror that allows users to bend […]

Read more…

Cape Town film supplier chooses grandMA3

  Film technical supplier, Cape Town-based Lumatronic Solutions, has invested in a grandMA3 light ‘workhorse’ from DWR Distribution. Lumatronic primarily focuses on control solutions when working alongside filmmakers and the time was right for Willie Botha, company owner, to upgrade to a more powerful control platform.   Willie remembers tinkering with audio and lighting, sometimes […]

Read more…

Hearing is believing for Durban drummer Simon Beech

  Durban born drummer and architect, Simon Beech, has fond memories of jamming to the sounds of the 70s and 80s on his mom’s Tupperware!  He recently became a first-time investor in Ultimate Ears UE 11 Pro in-ear monitors, purchased from DWR Distribution.   “It’s a bit of a crazy story, but when I was […]

Read more…

Astera Launches AX9 PowerPAR

Wireless LED lighting specialist Astera launches another new product – the AX9 PowerPAR. As the name implies, the AX9 is a high-intensity, rock-solid, all-purpose everyday LED lighting fixture with all the advantages of Astera, including battery operation, wireless control, and quality engineering. AX9 is the ‘big brother’ of Astera’s hugely successful AX5 TriplePAR which became […]

Read more…

KLOTZ expands FiberLink range with opticalCON® QUAD connection cables

KLOTZ now offers preassembled FiberLink cables with opticalCON® QUAD connectors in single-mode and multimode. Ideal for demanding outdoor use under extreme conditions such as on stage, in rental or broadcast applications and at temperatures from -40°C to 85°C.   The high-performance KLOTZ FiberFlex ULTRA cable with four fibres and PUR outer jacket transmits 10 GB/s […]

Read more…

Here’s to a man who never gives up!

  Covid-19 hasn’t been an easy ride for anyone in the live events industry, least of all for René Rossol of BS Sound & Lights (Bombsquad), who has managed to keep one foot in front of the other to soldier through.   “This pandemic has shaken up everything,” says René. “But it has also made […]

Read more…

grandMA3 onPC rack-unit: The all-round lighting control solution for installations

The 19” grandMA3 onPC rack-unit is a perfect lighting control solution for fixed installations like theaters, shopping malls, TV/streaming studios or houses of worship, or for a reliable grandMA3 lighting control system backup solution. It can also be implemented as a stand-alone lighting control system for shows that run automatically, due to external triggers or […]

Read more…

Claypaky Fixtures Light Up the Stage for the New “The Voice Dominicana” TV Series

  The Voice Dominicana,” a singing competition based in the Dominican Republic and part of the international TV series, has begun airing on the island’s Telesistema 11 with a large roster of Claypaky fixtures lighting the show. The series features a panel of four coaches who critique and guide the artists’ performances throughout the season.  […]

Read more…

Access Bank South Africa launched at MGG’s studios

In 2020, Grobank entered a transaction with the Access Bank Group. Access Bank invested and acquired a controlling stake in Grobank and, in 2021, … Read more…

Clear-Com Wireless Technologies Prove Perfect Fit for Old Navy Commercial Shoot

FreeSpeak II Wireless Intercom and Agent-IC Mobile App Support Hybrid On-site and Remote Production with an Efficient and Safe Comms … Read more…

Volt Lites is First in the US with Claypaky’s ReflectXion Moving Mirrors

July  – Burbank-based Volt Lites has marked another first with Claypaky lighting products becoming the first company in the US to acquire a complement … Read more…

Cape Town film supplier chooses grandMA3

  Film technical supplier, Cape Town-based Lumatronic Solutions, has invested in a grandMA3 light ‘workhorse’ from DWR Distribution. … Read more…

Hearing is believing for Durban drummer Simon Beech

  Durban born drummer and architect, Simon Beech, has fond memories of jamming to the sounds of the 70s and 80s on his mom’s Tupperware!  He … Read more…

Astera Launches AX9 PowerPAR

Wireless LED lighting specialist Astera launches another new product – the AX9 PowerPAR. As the name implies, the AX9 is a high-intensity, … Read more…

KLOTZ expands FiberLink range with opticalCON® QUAD connection cables

KLOTZ now offers preassembled FiberLink cables with opticalCON® QUAD connectors in single-mode and multimode. Ideal for demanding outdoor use under … Read more…

Here’s to a man who never gives up!

  Covid-19 hasn’t been an easy ride for anyone in the live events industry, least of all for René Rossol of BS Sound & Lights (Bombsquad), … Read more…

grandMA3 onPC rack-unit: The all-round lighting control solution for installations

The 19” grandMA3 onPC rack-unit is a perfect lighting control solution for fixed installations like theaters, shopping malls, TV/streaming studios or … Read more…

Claypaky Fixtures Light Up the Stage for the New “The Voice Dominicana” TV Series

  The Voice Dominicana,” a singing competition based in the Dominican Republic and part of the international TV series, has begun airing on … Read more…