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Posted in news,portfolio,projects by Chris Unitt on June 21st, 2013

First Dates

We’ve just launched the website for First Dates, a new Channel 4 show from independent production company Twenty Twenty.

First Dates - Channel 4

The series films new couples each week in a unique restaurant where everyone is on a first date.

At the end of every date, the couples talk about their evening and answer the killer question – will they see each other again? If the answer is no, some of the daters will ask the viewing public to put themselves forward as their potential next date, applying via the website. If the dater chooses them, the viewer could be sitting opposite them in the next episode. Viewers are also able to apply via the website for dates with people due to appear in upcoming episodes.

This is the latest entry in our ever-increasing broadcast portfolio and one of several high-profile Channel 4 projects we’ve been involved with over the years. It’s also another good example of responsive design – hugely important for people watching TV with their mobile or tablet in hand.

Take a look at firstdates.channel4.com and see if anyone takes your fancy!

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Posted in news,portfolio,projects by Chris Unitt on March 14th, 2013

Cheltenham Festivals

We recently launched a new website for Cheltenham Festivals.

Cheltenham Festivals

Since the inaugural Music Festival in 1945, Cheltenham Festivals has grown to feature nearly 1,000 events across their four festivals (music, jazz, science and literature), selling over 215,000 tickets annually.

We started working for Cheltenham Festivals some time ago, supporting the previous incarnation of their website and putting a new ticket purchase pathway in place. We also supported their on-sale periods, ensuring the website would handle the amount of traffic a website will attract when a JK Rowling appearance goes on sale (hint: it’s a lot).

The new site effectively operates as four websites in one, with a dedicated hub for each of the festivals. Faceted search helps users to find the events they’re looking for and the what’s on calendar features a day planner to help people who are planning to attend multiple events in a single day.

Production pages feature recommended events and users are able to save anything that interests them as ‘favourites’ in their account. This makes booking a selection of events much simpler than searching every individual event during on-sale days, especially when some of the Festivals have events in the hundreds!

Cheltenham Festival’s David Drakeley said:

Our calendar of online booking periods (from February through October) left a very narrow period to complete the entire redesign project from discovery to launch but with exceptional creativity, collaboration and disciplined, realistic deadlines Made Media delivered a website that truly translates the Cheltenham Festivals in-person experience digitally. Since launch the new site has received excellent feedback from the public and our Members.

This launch will be followed by an additional phase of developments due for completion in May.

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Posted in general,news by Chris Unitt on June 27th, 2012

AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas: Mobile

AT&T mobile website

We’ve just launched a new mobile website for the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas. They’re our first client in America and, following on from our recent news about our work in Australia, a fantastic addition to our growing international portfolio.

The AT&T Performing Arts Center is a huge, $354m multi-venue center in the Dallas Arts District. It comprises four venues and an urban park and is home to five resident opera, theatre and dance companies. The spectacular Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House was designed by Norman Foster and the Wyly Theatre is so innovative it’s been the subject of a TED talk.

Their new mobile site allows patrons to browse events, purchase tickets and access all the information they’ll need when making their way to the show. They can also pre-purchase car parking.

The site caters for donations and also allows users to log in to their accounts where they’ll find their E-Tickets. These are scannable tickets to be presented on the phone to ushers on the night of the performance.

If you’re interested in the more technical details, it’s an HTML5 mobile site that works well on iOS, Android and other smartphones and integrates directly with the Tessitura API. A content management system allows for mobile-specific content to be added.

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Posted in news,projects by Chris Unitt on May 28th, 2012

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

We’re really pleased to announce the launch of a new website for Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is Australia’s internationally-acclaimed and oldest orchestra, established in 1906. MSO has built a reputation for excellence, versatility and innovation over the years. We wanted to provide a fresh, modern look that would allow that to shine through.

We’re rolling out this site in phases. The next one, due for completion later this year, involves full Tessitura ticketing integration through our BlocksOffice platform, allowing for mobile-optimised SYOS and sophisticated subscription models.

This also happens to be the first work out of the studio for our growing roster of Australian clients. Our international profile has been growing recently and we’ll have much more to announce over the coming months.

Check out the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra website at mso.com.au.

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Posted in news by Chris Unitt on May 3rd, 2012

Made acquires Firechaser

Made Media - The Drum

We’re finally able to announce some very exciting news.

Made has acquired digital media agency Firechaser.

This means that we now count the National Theatre, Southbank Centre and Roundhouse among the prestige arts and culture clients in our portfolio. Other clients joining us include King’s Place, Young Vic, Wigmore Hall, Newcastle Theatre Royal, global construction company, Mace Group and several more.

The Drum have more on the news here.

This is our third acquisition in recent years, having taken over Fireloop Creative in 2009 and added a social media service by picking up Meshed Media last year.

We’re on a bit of a roll at the moment. We’re in the midst of a flurry of new website launches and we’re continuing to build up our international client list. More info about all of that will follow but, in the meantime, you can follow @MadeHQ on Twitter.

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