Alan has just returned from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he was working on the launch of the Dakar Rally which moves to Saudi Arabia from 2020 for a 5 year period. Alan was the Technical Director on this and also acted as stage manager during the launch. The Launch was broadcast live on Alamiya TV and also webcast. The 90 minute show consisted of an MC hosting the event, 4 speeches, a performance celebrating previous countries to host the rally and a panel interview with some of the Pilots (drivers) who will take part in 2020.
The show performance was put together by Creative Director Martin Speight of Merlin Productions and visuals were designed and produced by Jonathan Bond of Visionmill. Jonathan also became the show caller for the launch. This entire project was put together and brought to fruition in 10 days. Merlin Productions, VisionMill and Solitaire Production Management worked as a team to bring this project from Martin’s initial concept to reality. This is the 2nd such project in the last 7 months with the previous one being the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabias National Day Celebrations in Jeddah at the end of September 2018.