Press release
17 June 2016

UK company covers Major Tim Peake’s return home

A UK digital media and event company is behind the coverage of Major Tim Peake’s exploits in space, including all his regular PR calls and his return back to planet Earth.
London and Leeds-based firm, World Wide Pictures, has been the team behind his activities for broadcasters and social media - including the astronaut’s space walk and his space London Marathon.
Following his six-month mission aboard the ISS, the Chichester-born astronaut is due to return home June 18 and thousands are expected to follow the landing events on TV, web and social media.
Working with Russian search and recovery agency Rosaviatsa and with space station partners NASA and Roscosmos, World Wide will take live video from two camera crews and uplinks in the field and cameramen on the chase helicopters with microwave downlinks. The team will cover the landing, extraction of crew, first medical checks and transfer back to Karaganda where an official welcome ceremony will take place; plus, an initial interview with Tim Peake before he leaves. World Wide will also have a camera team to document his arrival back at the European Astronaut Centre at Cologne.
Highlights will be posted for broadcasters to download and edited packages will be available on social media channels within minutes of downlinking them in Europe.
The firm, formed in 1935, has a long track record of international projects on its books but the team agree this project has been “out of this world”.
Karen Hayes, Managing Director of World Wide Pictures says:
“We have delivered hundreds of live projects but to be involved in the first UK manned space mission since Helen Sharman flew to MIR is a real privilege for WWP. I think the nation has taken our home-grown astronaut completely into its heart and it has been a pleasure to have been at the forefront of communicating his mission achievements.”
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About World Wide Pictures
UK and Brussels-based World Wide Pictures (WWP) services include video and digital media production, satellite broadcasts, webcasting, live events, virtual events and media distribution.
Founded in 1935, the clients WWP work with – both on a national and international scale – come to the long-standing firm for their forward thinking and collaborative approach and an ability to adapt and respond to the changing world.
The WWP team consists of producers who are creative, thorough and flexible and work directly with clients so that their messages are delivered to the target audience - whether online, on screen or on stage - in the most effective way possible. Clients trust the firm to tell their stories to the right people at the right time through the most appropriate delivery network so that they can inspire change, engage, build relationships and, most importantly, help them to achieve their ambitions.
Many of the broadcast, corporate and multi-media productions WWP makes each year go on to win awards. As well as regularly picking up ‘gongs’ from the IVCA, New York Film Festivals and Worldfest, the firm’s ‘trophy cabinet’ also includes an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Bafta.
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