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Jack Morton leads team of #eventprofs to deliver surprise NYE show

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A team of dedicated events professionals – led by Jack Morton – delivered a city-wide light, firework and drone show in London to welcome in the New Year.

Jack Morton, the global brand experience agency, helped to develop the concept for the Mayor of London and worked in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and a team of experts to create the extraordinary experience. The 10-minute show, designed for home-viewing and created in collaboration with the BBC, was broadcast live on BBC1 and watched by a global viewing audience of millions.

For the first time ever, the event was designed purely for a remote audience and connected multiple landmark sites across the city, including the Shard, London Bridge, The O2, Wembley Stadium and Tower Bridge.

The television broadcast also included the largest drone lighting show ever seen in the UK. The event was kept under wraps until Big Ben rang in the New Year to ensure that no crowds gathered to watch the spectacular.

Jack Morton’s creative show team worked in collaboration with On the Sly for the music production, Titanium Fireworks for pyrotechnics, Durham Marenghi Lighting Design for the lighting design and SKYMAGIC for the swarm drone sequences.

Jim Donald, production director at Jack Morton said: “This spectacular and moving experience was only made possible by the outstanding collaboration and dedication of the entire extended team. Its success is testament to the team’s incredible efforts to go the extra mile in a very restricted timeframe.”

SKYMAGIC used a fleet of 300 drones — the UK’s largest and London’s first ever large-scale drone show — to vividly depict some of the most iconic moments of 2020 including The Nightingale, Captain Sir Tom Moore and Sir David Attenborough’s turtle, as well as a humorous nod to the all-too-common phrase from a year of video-calling, “you’re on mute”.

Patrick O’Mahony, creative director of SKYMAGIC, commented: “It is an honour and privilege to play a part in this most special of New Year’s Eve shows. It has been a long-held ambition to bring our drone light show to London and working with such a great team at Jack Morton to deliver this has been an absolute pleasure. I am very proud of everyone at SKYMAGIC who have worked tirelessly to get us here and to bring something new to the capital’s skyline.”

Jack Morton worked in conjunction with multiple organisations across the capital to deliver the experience in addition to the Greater London Authority and the BBC. These included: The Metropolitan Police, City of London Police, Westminster City Council, The City of London Corporation, Transport for London, The Port of London Authority, Civil Aviation Authority and many more from city operations.