Metro Broadcast

Metro Production Group Ltd (previously Metro Broadcast Limited) is a UK-based corporate event supplier and creative event production company. Its head office is in London, with a satellite operation in Scotland and offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of WPP plc.[3]

Metro Production Group Ltd
TypeLimited Company
IndustryEvent Design
Technical Event Production
Audio Visual and Broadcast Services
Audio Visual Hire and Installation[1]
FoundedFormerly Metrovideo Ltd., 1980. Bought by WPP Group plc: 1986
FounderDavid Pacey[2] (as a tape sales company)
HeadquartersLondon, England (Head office) Edinburgh, Scotland (Head office)
Number of locations
Glasgow, Scotland and Aberdeen, Scotland
Area served
Worldwide
Number of employees
90+ (2016)
ParentWPP Wiki
Websitemetroproductiongroup.com

Metro Production Group is also the resident technical production supplier at several London event venues such as 30 Euston Square, a conference venue based at The Royal College of General Practitioners, and one of Europe’s largest conference hotels, Hilton London Metropole. Additionally, the company is a preferred event supplier at some of London’s most precious and historic buildings including Somerset House, the Natural History Museum, Spencer House, Barber-Surgeons’ Hall and Middle Temple Hall.

HistoryEdit

In 1980, in a flat in Welling, South East London, Managing Director David Pacy[2] and Technical Director Brian Rottger founded Metrovideo. Its principal activity was tape sales to advertising agencies such as JWT (formerly J. Walter Thompson Co.), Saatchi & Saatchi and Y&R (formerly Young & Rubicam).

The company soon relocated to Landsdown Road in Stockwell and then, in April 1984, to the Old Bacon Factory in Great Suffolk Street,[4] London SE1.

In early 1986, the business was sold to WPP plc, a British, multinational advertising and public relations company founded by Martin Sorrell. Metrovideo was the third company to be acquired by the Group.

Metrovideo later acquired a number of regional video businesses for itself including Horizon Video and Still Frame Video in the South of England and Teletape Anglia in Cambridge. This expanded the sales, installation, service, AV hire and technical event production[5]| areas of the company. A broadcast division of the company was located in offices in London’s Soho.[6] All of these businesses traded under the Metro Group banner.

In 1990, Metro launched a full-service production business called G Force which later changed its name to Clever Media. Clever Media was then merged into another WPP operating company.

In 1997, the company extended its operation into Scotland by establishing an office and equipment warehouse in Edinburgh.

In 2007 the Company was renamed as Metro Broadcast Ltd. In 2012 Metro Broadcast relocated its head office and main business premises to its current location in Oval, South London. In 2014 it acquired additional workshop space to house its set and staging department. Today, the London business is led by Managing Director Mary Metcalfe[7] and the Scottish business is led by Managing Director Oscar Askin.[8]

In 2020 the Company re-branded to Metro Production Group.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Variety hosts an evening of magic at Vinopolis". Incentive Travel & Corporate Meetings. 6 October 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b Nelson, Nicholas; Henry Corporate, Alfred; Michaels, Nick (25 March 2008). "West End Ventures Plc: Directorate change". InvestEgate. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  3. ^ Metcalfe, Mary. "Metro". WPP plc. Archived from the original on 18 February 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Metrovideo Ltd. Opening Hours 2021 | The Time Now". www.thetimenow.com. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  5. ^ http://www.incentivetravel.co.uk/news/venuesevents/22615-variety-hosts-an-evening-of-magic-at-vinopolis
  6. ^ "Metro to expand broadcast arm". Broadcast. 6 July 2006. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  7. ^ http://www.citmagazine.com/article/1294808/metro-broadcast-appoints-new-creative-lead
  8. ^ http://www.eventindustrynews.co.uk/brand-marketing/metro-ecosse-appointed-national-theatre-scotland-help-deliver-24-hour-live-streamed-event-theme-independence

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