Archive for April, 2012

Introducing Tal, Digital Producer

Monday, April 30th, 2012

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We’re pleased to welcome a new face into the Katapult fold…say hello to Tal Khangura, the latest member of our digital team. Tal joins us in the role of Digital Producer with more then 10 years digital experience. With his combined technical and creative abilities and having led international digital projects for brands such as Jaguar Land Rover and BT Openzone, he makes a welcome addition to the team.

Along with his passionate support of West Brom (leading to immediate rivalry with Katapult Director Neil Perrott – a reluctant Aston Villa supporter), Tal shares MD Dawn Foote’s penchant for audacious hobbies, having done a skydive in Australia a few years ago.

To help you get to know Tal even better, we asked him a few questions:

Q: What sort of projects are you most looking forward to getting your teeth into?

A: Anything that gives me the opportunity to innovate and reach out to new digital markets. I’m looking forward to working with clients that are receptive to ways we can challenge digital ideas together. I believe in a ‘lead rather than be led’ approach to the industry. I’ve already got a few ideas up my sleeve so you’ll just have to wait and see how they develop.

Q: Who is your inspiration?

A: Dennis Crowley and Alex Rainert who created Foursquare and Dodgeball (now Google Latitude) and Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. Before them, the industry was mostly still very ‘shirts and ties’ with a top down approach but then these normal, everyday guys came along with some visionary ideas and changed not only the way we communicate, but our perceptions of the industry as a whole.

Q: If you weren’t managing seamless digital projects, what else would you want to do?

A: I’d love to be a pilot; I’ve always imagined flying a little two seater plane over a city skyline with a beautiful lady by my side. That’s very romantic isn’t it?

Q: What is the last film you laughed out loud at?

A: Life of Brian, I’ve seen it many times but I always end up laughing at something new that I didn’t see last time. Another film that’s always bound to make me laugh is Airplane. The camp guy Johnny in it leaves me in stitches (Tal does a brilliant impression).

Q: What was the first single you ever bought?

A: Embarassingly, I collected 25 Cadbury’s wrappers to get a free single and I actually chose Phil Collins, Groovy Kind of Love (Tal proceeds to sing “When I look at youuuu….”)

Q: What’s your idea of a great night out?

A: A good meal – maybe some Saag – and then dancing the night away at The Jam House in Birmingham.

Q: What in your opinion is the greatest invention of all time?

A: Music as it’s such a great alternative way to communicate (Tal is also a keen player of an Indian classical musical instrument the ‘Tabla’)

Tal has already hit the ground running on our current digital projects but if you haven’t been introduced yet and would like to give him a friendly welcome, you can do so at tal@katapult-studios.com

Well done to our Virgin London Marathon runner!

Monday, April 30th, 2012

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We want to say a huge well done to Dawn, Katapult’s MD who completed her first Virgin London Marathon on Sunday in 5hrs 29 mins; as you can see from the photo above taken in the last two miles, she was holding up pretty well though very emotional by this time.

Though she says she enjoyed the whole experience (apart from  the training), we know that Dawn was ultimately spurred on by the possibility of what the funds she has raised will do for the endangered species charity REACT that she is supporting. By way of congratulating Dawn, you can still donate to the charity on her fundraising page and help her achieve her target. Find out more about The Red Endangered Animal Connection Trust.

We are very proud of Dawn and think that first large glass of wine on Sunday night was well deserved after 6 months of following a strict teetotal training plan and 6 am runs.

Has Dawn caught the marathon bug?! She has vowed that she will only do it again if another member of the Katapult team runs with her; watch this space….!

PechaKucha – local kids take to the global stage

Monday, April 30th, 2012

PechaKucha Night Derby #5

The fifth PechaKucha Night Derby event took a slightly new angle with the event held last week at QUAD.

The 20/20 PechaKucha event format which originates from Japan is traditionally an adults-only night featuring speakers who present entertaining talks about their interests and passions using 20 slides with 20 seconds to talk about each one.

Last week’s PechaKucha night was a first for the Derby event, with youngsters from Portway Junior School in Allestree taking centre stage.

Katapult MD Dawn has been co-organising the PK nights in Derby with Simon Foote, Simon Foote Architects and Aleena Naylor from BBC Radio Derby for just under a year and was approached by Martin Adler, a teacher from Portway with the idea of getting his class of seven and eight year olds involved. Dawn visited Portway earlier in the year to talk to the kids about PechaKucha who were all full of enthusiasm to take part.

The children were encouraged to source all their own images and write their presentations themselves; young Archie (below) even chose to do his fantastic presentation on Kenya vs Derby without any notes or prompts.

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All the children were amazing and very inspirational in terms of their presentation content and the courage it takes to speak in front of so many people – an audience in excess of 60.

Martin Adler said “It has improved the children’s speaking and listening skills and their awareness of presenting for an audience. We are looking at ways of using the same technique to present projects in school. This will give other children a chance to develop their skills and have a go.”

I think we all learned something from their presentations and they have definitely set the standard for future events. Read more on this at This is Derbyshire.

If you would like to take part in the next event on 25th July, please contact the organisers via the form on the Derby PechaKucha web page