Over the course of several releases, we’ve totally overhauled the website of Melbourne Theatre Company.
Founded in 1953, Melbourne Theatre Company is not only the oldest professional theatre company in Australia, but one of the largest theatre companies in the English-speaking world.
We worked with Melbourne Theatre Company to deliver several phases of work. The first involved a redesign, followed by a new ticketing pathway, subscriptions, responsive design and ticket exchange functionality.
Check out the site at mtc.com.au.
We’ve launched a new website for Dallas’s prestigious AT&T Performing Arts Center.
The AT&T Performing Arts Center is a huge, multi-venue center in the Dallas Arts District. It comprises four impressive venues (including a Foster and Partners-designed opera house) and is home to five resident opera, theatre and dance companies.
We were invited back for this project having successfully delivered a mobile website for the center last year. The site is now live and recently stood up to its first major challenge, coping with huge amounts of traffic when tickets went on sale for The Book of Mormon (a show that’s notorious for crashing websites).
Take a look at the site at attpac.org.
We’ve just launched the website for First Dates, a new Channel 4 show from independent production company Twenty Twenty.
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!
We recently launched a new website for 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.
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.