We announced The Half to all media in July 2019 with a front cover photo story in The Times, and secured features across print, digital, international, arts and lifestyle media as well as several pieces of broadcast both nationally and internationally in the lead up to the exhibition’s opening on 5th September 2019.
Midas worked closely with Simon Annand and the team at Lawrence Batley Theatre to maximise exclusive photographic content, securing a number of photo-led features in The Telegraph, BBC Online, the Guardian and Express to coincide with the opening.
Our team arranged a press view ahead of the exhibition opening to the public, inviting photographers, critics and broadcast journalists. During the press view, Midas arranged for BBC Look North News to film interviews with Simon Annand and Henry Filloux-Bennett; this footage was shared with BBC News Breakfast.
Over the course of the two-month campaign between July 2019 and September 2019 we generated a reach of over 100 million with 87 pieces of individual coverage including 40 pieces of regional coverage, 28 pieces of print coverage in national lifestyle and arts coverage, seven pieces of national newspaper print coverage, and 19 pieces of broadcast coverage. Highlights include The Times front cover photo story, a BBC Online article which reached 22.5 million views and the BBC Breakfast News interview aired to over 16 million people in the UK.
All of our coverage amped up the footfall of the exhibition and significantly raised the profile of both the theatre and Simon Annand.