Gubba’s Web Is Growing

Two new web TV channels – launched at MIPTV by media entrepreneur John Gubba – have both attracted interest from a host of carriers that will deliver the channels’ content across a range of networks including cable and satellite.

Visionsport.TV and WildThingTV have initially been launched on the web-based platform operated by video search aggregator Blinkx. But content from both channels will soon be made available on a variety of other networks including access to cable and satellite homes via a variety of set-top boxes.

John Gubba, Producer-Director and MD of Buckinghamshire-based VSI TV. Twelve years after launching Boro TV – Britain’s first dedicated Football Club TV Channel – Gubba believes content owners must take the long term approach to maximising revenue streams.

He said: “Visionsport is a brand I started in 1990 when we began publishing and distributing programmes for the Home Video Market. Since then I have produced, directed and published over 300 sports videos and DVDs promoting the Visionsport brand as both a label and website destination.

“Wild Thing is a brand I launched with the TV series that we premiered on Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet in 1999.”

The series has since been broadcast in over 60 countries and a second season is now in production. Gubba, who turned independent after working in London as a TV sports reporter for ITV in the ’80s and ’90s, said: “In Cannes we were approached by several new media platforms wanting to broadcast both Visionsport.TV and WildThingTV content.

“The advances in technology mean that the options include rolling out our content via set-top boxes to cable and satellite homes. In each case, the financial model is based on taking a share of advertising revenues.”

WildThingTV is showcasing highlights from the television series of the same name, which has been screened on satellite, cable and terrestrial Channels in over 60 countries. Previously unseen footage from the VSI TV archives is also being premiered on both channels, along with new content generated specifically for WebTV.

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John Gubba spends a week in Scotland directing the new “Paddy Crerand documentary” for Manchester United’s TV channel MUTV.

“Going to Scotland with Paddy Crerand for the MUTV Documentary” VSI’s John Gubba
Colin Jackson says he wishes social media was around back when he was competing #SMWBR

Breaking Records – “London 2012. The most connected Games ever” with Colin Jackson!

Colin Jackson says he wishes social media was around back when he was competing #SMWBR

We spent our morning in London at Microsoft’s Head Office at the Breaking Records event, part of ‘Social Media Week’. Where John caught up with his old buddy Colin Jackson. Back in the 90’s VSI produced a get get fit programme for Colin also featuring Linford Christie.

Whether you're competing for glory or just fun, the S-Plan is designed to help you get fit for life, whatever your sport, whatever your ambition.

Whether you’re competing for glory or just fun, the S-Plan is designed to help you get fit for life, whatever your sport, whatever your ambition.

Joanna Knight:
1st Success Hypnotherapy

We had a great time last week producing a viral video for 1st Success Hypnotherapist Joanna Knight!

Hypnotherapy is a relaxing, gentle and positive tool for change, and I realise that the first step can often be the hardest to take, and yet often it can be the most rewarding too.

To find out more about Joanna and hypnotherapy visit her website

Felipe Massa relaxing before taking to the track at Silverstone. Photos copyright: VSI Enterprises

Great to see Felipe Massa enjoy pole position as Ferrari smash world record for biggest ever supercar parade at Silverstone

At Silverstone to interview Felipe Massa for Sky Sports News over the weekend, I spent over an hour in the company of the Brazilian and could only marvel at the way this hugely popular Formula One star has put behind him his horrific crash in the Hungarian Grand Prix three years ago.

Massa was in pole position as Ferrari smashed the world record for the biggest ever parade of supercars and poignantly his passenger during Saturday’s spectacular feat was the President of BEN, the charity that supports autoworkers and their families who have fallen on hard times.

The fact that Massa is not one of those who needs help is testimony to his remarkable escape from his dice with death. Since surviving his 2009 crash in Budapest, he has made a full recovery form the fractured skull that left him in intensive care for 48 hours.

On the track he is still a contender, despite speculation that his place at Ferrari is under threat. His recent form and outstanding support for team-mate Fernando Alonso confirms that he is still an irresistible force. And speaking to Massa one-to-one it is clear that he still has that burning desire to win races.

He certainly enjoyed the ambassadorial role he was given by Ferrari to lead out a convoy of 964 Ferraris, piloting a black beauty in the shape of a 458 spider.

Enthusiasts of the iconic Italian racing car had flocked to the Northamptonshire circuit from every part of Great Britain and across Europe. Their effort almost doubled the previous record set four years ago in Japan when 490 Ferraris converged on the Fuji Racing Circuit.

It is estimated the total value of the Italian convoy was well in excess of £100 million, with a number of million-pound Ferrari Enzos in the procession as well as several iconic Ferrari F40s – worth around £400,000 each.

Meanwhile, Ferrari’s donation of £5 for every car that took part meant BEN received a total of £4820.

Parade of Heroes – Team GB

Team GB’s heroes from the Olympics and Paralymics paraded the streets of London in front of hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans – VSI TV’s sports division VISIONSPORT.TV was there to witness this historic occasion with a camera team in prime position at Trafalgar Square.

Enjoy a taste of highlights in this exclusive video

Read the full article at visionsport.TV

Stream West Ham Boys of 86 for the First Time

‘Boys of 86’ features all the highlights from the 1985/86 season, when 54 goals by Tony Cottee and Frank McAvennie fired the Irons into a top three finish.

For a limited time only, you can stream the ‘Boys of 86’ DVD for just £1.99. That’s 50 per cent off the RRP of £3.99 – and a saving of £15 on buying the DVD on Amazon.

Click the Link to Stream West Ham Boys of 86

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