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The Corporate Method bring BBC to life for showcase event

The Corporate Method (TCM) produced a gala sit-down dinner for BBC Worldwide to showcase their upcoming 2013 line-up of programming on Thursday, 29 November 2012.

Held in a unique warehouse known as 1346 Venice in Waterloo, theTardis from Dr. Who marked the entrance and guests were welcomed at the door by the Stig from Top Gear as they entered the ‘man cave’ space which was set up with a Top Gear Game Zone and theming inspired by the 5 different programs being featured on the night.

The venue, known as 1346 Venice in Sydney’s Waterloo, welcomed guests for this stunning event.
All mages courtesy of Dominique Cleary.

Decorative Events realised The Corporate Method’s vision in bringing all of the various properties together by creating a unique shelving installation with props from the various TV shows which was creatively lit by Aldo Fabrizio of Bloodline Production.

As the curtains pulled back, set to a dramatic soundtrack, the main dining space was revealed to a spontaneous round of applause from the surprised guests. Unlike the deliberately dark cocktail area, guests were invited to be seated in the high vaulted industrial space framed by Decorative Events’ low hung chandeliers and the venue’s unique collection of Crocker Motorbikes – the largest in the world.

TheTardis from Dr. Who marked the entrance and guests were welcomed at the door by the Stig from Top Gear.

“We really wanted to keep the unique industrial warehouse feel of the space but accent it with unexpected elements transforming it to a formal dinner setting. It was the perfect juxtaposition.” said Monika Toth-Lewis, director of TCM.

Musicians from the Metropolitan Orchestra, conducted by artistic director & chief conductor Sarah-Grace Williams, opened the dinner with a score that was specifically created for a 7-piece orchestra to play at the event which was set to rare footage from the Planet Earth in Concert: Snow Leopard.

Production manager, Andrew Smith, worked with A/V supplier Scene Change to morph the warehouse into an elegant dining space.

A shelving installation with props for a variety of BBC programs brought the event to life.

“Building a strong team for this event was paramount,” said TCM director Jill Covitz. “We worked with the best suppliers to ensure that the full program was realized efficiently and effectively.”

Throughout the night, the guests were entertained by BBC personalities including hosts from CBeebies, a live stand up act from Watson & Oliver (the next French & Saunders who were flown in from the UK for the event) and a Q&A session with famed director Jane Campion who talked about her much anticipated TV series Top Of The Lake.

Chef Gavin Baker, who held one of the coveted sous chef positions at The Fat Duck in the UK, the “Best Restaurant in the World”, custom designed and created sharable platters which featured two plating sections and a hidden container for dry ice covered by a glass dome to create intrigue.

Guests were served an amuse of cured trout followed by a main course of oak roasted rack of black pork and grilled barrumundi finished with a milk and honey dessert concoction. Stedmans waitstaff descended down the stairs during the ‘Platter Parade’ when dinner was announced.

The Corporate Method directors at the event, Monika Toth-Lewis and Jill Covitz.

Directors of The Corporate Method, Monika Toth-Lewis and Jill Covitz, said that, ‘the event achieved it’s goal in growing awareness and appreciation for the breadth of the BBC’s local business offering and demonstrated the value of the channel brands, global brands, live event division and incredible content to stakeholders, advertisers and media who were in attendance on the night.’

For more photos or information please go to The Corporate Method’s Facebook page. 


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