Starstruck gets back in the Gorilla Position

 Host of Gorilla Position, James Delow returns to the WWE Gorilla Position mic for another season

Host of Gorilla Position, James Delow returns to the WWE Gorilla Position mic for another season

Starstruck’s long-running WWE podcast returns for a fourth season! 

Host James Delow and fellow WWE-fanatics Matt Davies, Ash Rose and ‘The Man They Call Skillit’ are back on duty, bringing fans up to speed on the latest WWE happenings as the series returns on Wednesday January 24. But things are a little different for 2018. Kicking off the year in style, Gorilla Position will be broadcasting from Sky Sports in London. 

Discussing the changes ahead for season 4, Gorilla Position creator and host James Delow said, “I’m delighted that Gorilla Position will be airing some shows from Sky. Last year Sky Sports began running the weekly podcast on their platforms so this next step is a nice way to further build the relationship. Sky is the official broadcast partner for WWE programming in the UK, so for Gorilla Position to be a part of that offering for fans is extremely exciting. We see the GP brand as the ultimate fan experience - a show made for fans by fans - so it’s the perfect audio and digital companion to WWE shows on Sky TV.”

Gorilla Position weekly shows include WWE headline news, event breakdowns, pay-per-view predictions and reviews, analysis, lively debates and exclusive interviews with the biggest WWE Superstars. 2017 saw record growth in the Gorilla Position brand with over 610,750 downloads.

Fans of WWE can subscribe to Gorilla Position for free on acast: is.gd/wwegp and follow the show on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: @WWEGP

Artwork by Gorilla Position fan Abdulmalik Ali - @97abdulmalik 

For more information, please email Adrian Dickson at adrian.dickson@starstruckmedia.com

Fun times come in soapboxes... Red Bull-style!

Play the video to see some of the funny crashes, skits and success stories from this year's event

Ready! Set! Go! Red Bull Soapbox Race returned to Los Angeles last weekend, featuring some of the wildest legal street racing around. While the city is well-known for its bumper-to-bumper traffic, Red Bull was more than happy to transform Elysian Park into a racer's dream. 

Seventy teams were selected to compete in this human-powered racing event, encouraging gear heads and adrenaline junkies alike to break out their toolboxes and build outrageous non-motorized soapboxes designed to thrill the masses. And thrill they did, as you can see from the best bits video coverage we put together.

Find out more at redbullsoapboxrace.com

Celebrating one man's confidence, thanks to British Airways

BA's helped over 50,000 people in the last 30 years conquer their fear of flying and we were keen to capture Ronnie's story.

A new British Airways video, produced0 by Starstruck, shows 73-year old Ronnie Leach, who has suffered from a lifelong fear of flying, talking shortly after his first ever flight.

In the video Ronnie explains how, having never stepped on a plane before in his life, he was able to face his fears and fly from Johannesburg to Heathrow on a British Airways A380 super jumbo to visit his daughter who lives in London – with a little help from the airline’s Flying with Confidence course for nervous flyers.

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Starstruck CEO Adrian Dicksons said: 'We were keen to capture this fantastic story for the airline, which we filmed at London's Heathrow airport. It was great to see Ronnie's new-found confidence so he could be together with his daughter, 8,000 miles from home!'

For more information, email adrian.dickson@starstruckmedia.com

Telling a tale on Instagram

 The battle is on for Stories success between Instagram and Snapchat

The battle is on for Stories success between Instagram and Snapchat

Twelve months ago a new product was launched, designed to give Snapchat’s Story product a run for its money. Backed by the whopping Facebook juggernaut, Instagram rolled out a new feature whereby users could post pictures and videos into their own daily collection, which would disappear after 24 hours. The name must have taken some time thinking up… Stories.

Since July 2016, Instagram hasn’t looked back, its Stories product now has 250 million users, claims the social media platform. 

 Facebook integrated the 'Boomerang' product into Instagram Stories

Facebook integrated the 'Boomerang' product into Instagram Stories

From stickers to Boomerang, Instagram has added over 20 new features to Instagram Stories, including live video and location tagging. The top locations, says Instagram, are Jakarta, Indonesia and São Paulo, Brazil. The platform has also utilised the powerful search potential of hashtags — some of the most popular being #goodmorning and #tbt.

Users have reportedly found Instagram Stories to be more flexible than Snapchat — and crucially, are able to share posts easier, using Facebook's ad publishing tools. The product has also been embraced by businesses and brands, with over 50% of businesses on Instagram producing an Instagram Story.

 Live video was a recent addition to the Instagram Stories product

Live video was a recent addition to the Instagram Stories product

At Starstruck, we're constantly being asked about Instagram Stories and whether we can integrate it into campaigns involving branded content. We’ve had lots of fun utilising the product — from Brazil to Kenya, London to Singapore — using platform-native features, either as a collection or reportage of a particular day’s events. We’ve been at music concerts, motorsports events and product launches and we’ve had real success with Instagram Stories’ latest application, paid promotion, where we’ve garnered an impact not achievable on Snapchat.

All of this is not good news for the little white ghost. Latest social media audience figures show Instagram has over double the audience Snapchat commands. Advertisers have also reported Instagram's paid ad product, administered through the Facebook platform, is much easier to use. Insights and analytics are also clearer on Instagram and the approval process for ad content is smoother.

 Monthly users by platform, as at July 2017

Monthly users by platform, as at July 2017

In the Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat battle, Instagram Stories seems to have the upper hand. But the ball is now firmly in Snapchat's court as it has launched a new ad management tool, which helps advertisers create Snap Ads in under two minutes, allow advertisers to manage key assets and test the ads as users see them. Snapchat hopes to attract back advertisers who may have gone cold since Instagram Stories' launch. The fight for eyeballs continues.

For more information about the exciting things we’re doing on Snapchat, please email adrian.dickson@starstruckmedia.com

Gorilla Position says Hello You to HelloFresh

 HelloFresh offers perfectly portioned ingredients for home cooking

HelloFresh offers perfectly portioned ingredients for home cooking

WWE fan brand Gorilla Position today announces an exciting new partnership with food brand HelloFresh.

Gorilla Position listeners will get the chance to save 50% off their first two boxes from HelloFresh, by using promo code GP50.

The average Brit cooks just 12 recipes a year. HelloFresh takes the stress out of meal planning – all for a similar cost to a weekly shop. HelloFresh sends new recipes every week, with perfectly portioned fresh ingredients, with classic, veggie or family box options. More information is available at hellofresh.co.uk.

Host of Gorilla Position James Delow said: ‘My family and I are genuine HelloFresh customers and honestly, it has made such a huge impact on my life; life is busy with work, with commitments, with kids, my wife and I just don’t get much time in the week to actually plan nice meals and eat in a healthy way. Thanks to HelloFresh, we now do.’

Gorilla Position is a multi-platform home for British fans of the World Wresting Entertainment phenomenon. It includes weekly audio and video output, along with website and social channels. The brand is owned and operated by Starstruck.

For more information, email leah.gruber@starstruckmedia.com

Starstruck wins bronze at Cannes Lions

 One of the key parts of Starstruck's work in Kenya was GravityLight's impact on local people

One of the key parts of Starstruck's work in Kenya was GravityLight's impact on local people

Starstruck has picked up a bronze Innovation award at the Cannes Festival of Creativity, in recognition of its work with Shell's Make the Future campaign.

'50 Nights in Kenya' saw Starstruck produce fast-turnaround content, including films and social media content, on a 5,000 mile journey to support the launch of GravityLight - a renewable light source.

But while the innovation is an incredible device - energy is created merely by filling a bag full of rocks and using a pulley system to provide 20 minutes of reliable light - it was the stories of the people the team found along the GravityLight journey which really inspired.

Like Dickson Muteti, whose family will now be less reliant on expensive and dangerous kerosene, thanks to Gravity Light:

WATCH: How Dickson Muteti from Machakos has benefitted from GravityLight

Starstruck worked with Shell and JWT London on the Kenya activation, which is part of a wider campaign by Shell to promote renewable sources of energy for the planet.

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is a global event for those working in the creative communications, advertising and related fields. It is considered the largest gathering of worldwide advertising professionals, designers, digital innovators and marketers. The Lion awards are also the most coveted and well respected in the entire advertising and creative communications industry.

For more information, email adrian.dickson@starstruckmedia.com

Starstruck nominated for a prestigious Cannes Lions Award

 GravityLight is changing lives in Kenya and Starstruck was there to capture its launch

GravityLight is changing lives in Kenya and Starstruck was there to capture its launch

Starstruck is in the running for the Cannes Lions Innovation Award, recognising its work driving a recent campaign for Shell in Kenya.

As part of the multi-national's Make the Future campaign, Starstruck followed The GravityLight Foundation over 50 days and 5,000 miles, to introduce GravityLight to thousands of local people.

The content Starstruck produced was a mixture of content marketing, live social media and films featuring the GravityLight team and those who will benefit from the innovation. Video, images and copy was turned around often within a few hours and was published on Shell's global social channels and websites. 

GravityLight, an innovation powered by Shell, provides free light thanks to a pulley system which is weighted by a bag of rocks. It removes the need to use harmful kerosene lamps which are prevalent across Kenya.

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is a global event for those working in the creative communications, advertising and related fields. It is considered the largest gathering of worldwide advertising professionals, designers, digital innovators and marketers. The Lion awards are also the most coveted and well respected in the entire advertising and creative communications industry.

Starstruck's Gorilla Position voted one of Britain's best podcasts

 James Delow is regularly joined by WWE Superstars, like Dean Ambrose

James Delow is regularly joined by WWE Superstars, like Dean Ambrose

Britain has voted Starstruck’s Gorilla Position one of the nation’s best podcasts. The show is nominated in the prestigious Listener's Choice category in the British Podcast Awards. Over 80,000 votes have been cast so far. 

Gorilla Position, now in its third series, is made by British WWE fans for British WWE fans. Produced for talkSPORT, Sky Sports and podcast platforms everywhere, the show is a celebration of all things WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). It's regularly in the top charts on iTunes and other platforms. Gorilla Position is produced at Starstruck's London HQ and at WWE’s biggest events such as WrestleMania and SummerSlam as well as UK tour events.

 Delow bows down to Irish WWE star, Finn Bálor at Gorilla Position LIVE in London

Delow bows down to Irish WWE star, Finn Bálor at Gorilla Position LIVE in London

Creator and host of the show James Delow said, “It's unbelievable how much support Gorilla Position gets, not just from fans but from the WWE Superstars themselves. It's a real platform for me and my trusty Gorillas to chat, vent, debate and generally have a laugh each week and it's just brilliant that the listeners share my love for WWE. The fact that we are in the top 20 of all podcasts, regardless of subject, is incredible.”

Delow has promised a party for listeners if Gorilla Position grabs the top spot. The British Podcast Awards are this Saturday.

For more information, contact James Delow at james.delow@starstruckmedia.com

 

  

Smartphone use doubles in three years

 Content is being consumed on mobile more then ever before, with smartphones leading the charge

Content is being consumed on mobile more then ever before, with smartphones leading the charge

Use of smartphones has doubled since 2014 and crucially, has driven 100% of the growth in digital media time spent.

That's according to comScore's recently released Cross-Patform Future Focus 2017 report. It says mobile represents almost 7 in 10 digital media minutes, with apps accounting for half of all time spent on digital.

The report also shows how time-shifted and over-the-top viewing is altering the TV viewing landscape and how social media is important in a second screen environment.

But the real focus is on mobile content consumption, with the report revealing one trillion minutes of aggregate media consumption per month in 2016, which is nearly double of what desktop ever achieved. It seems the device you carry with you is impossible to put down.

Twitter lightens up for emerging markets

 Twitter has launched a lighter version of its website, which will behave like the regular app

Twitter has launched a lighter version of its website, which will behave like the regular app

When Facebook launched a ‘lighter’ version of its platform in 2015, the hope was to pick up more traffic in emerging markets, where connection speeds are slower and less reliable. Now Twitter wants to do the same with a new, speedier version of its site, which it has dubbed ‘Twitter Lite’.

The site is made more zippy thanks to some tinkering behind the scenes and the addition of a data saver mode that blurs images and videos until they’re tapped. Twitter claims that by making the tweaks, the site’s data consumption has been cut by as much as 40%.

The company says it developed Twitter Lite in partnership with Google and has additional features on Android, like push notifications and the ability to add to home screen so that it behaves like a regular app.

Twitter hopes to to grow in previously untapped markets like India, Brazil and Indonesia where other platforms are more dominant. 

Starstruck works with Twitter on brand storytelling and live activations.

Starstruck launches Shell Snapchat channel

 With a little help from her Spectacles, host Jade Seah plunges into Snapchat

With a little help from her Spectacles, host Jade Seah plunges into Snapchat

Starstruck was instrumental in launching Shell’s new Snapchat channel at the launch of Make the Future Singapore this week.

Starstruck cast local influencer Jade Seah to lead its output and used Snapchat’s latest wearable device, the Spectacles to shoot much of the channel’s content. Pop superstar Pixie Lott added some gloss, leveraging her own sizeable social media audience to build followers on the new channel.

Starstruck led live social for Shell at the event, which celebrates future technology ideas. Other content included the brand’s first Facebook Live 360, Weibo, Periscope and Instagram content.

Shell’s celebration of ideas and innovation was held at the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore, with four days of fun for the public as well as the Shell Eco-marathon competition with cars competing on a specially-created racetrack.

Find out more at sg.makethefuture.shell

Starstruck wins acclaim at the Charity Film Awards

 James Delow picks up the award, in recognition of Starstruck's 'Life Unlimited' film, produced for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust

James Delow picks up the award, in recognition of Starstruck's 'Life Unlimited' film, produced for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Starstruck is celebrating today after winning silver at the inaugural Charity Film Awards, held at BAFTA in Piccadilly. It was a night to celebrate the best charity videos and social campaigns of the last 12 months. 

Starstruck's creative for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust's #LifeUnlimited campaign bagged the second placed prize for Best Charity Film. The video called 'Breathe' is the most watched video in the Trusts' history and tells the story of cystic fibrosis sufferer Sophie Grace-Holmes. Set to a specially produced music score, and utilising nothing but original, personal home movie clips, the video followed the journey of Sophie's life, living with cystic fibrosis, from the day she was born right up to present day. 

Starstruck Creative Director James Delow, who came up with the idea and produced/directed the film, was keen to show the realities of a life with CF; not only the hospital visits, treatments and countless drugs, but the happier moments in life too. 

"It was important for the 'Breathe' music video to compliment and build on the Trust's wider #LifeUnlimited campaign, showing people that those with CF can still live a full, happy life in between the harsher more difficult periods that come with having the disease. My idea to tell Sophie's story through home videos was to add a personal touch. Seeing footage of a 2 year-old Sophie having treatment and struggling for breath on an old family VHS was very impactful to me. We were incredibly lucky to find Sophie; she's done a lot of work for the Trust in recent years, she's a real inspiration to others with CF - she's currently living an extremely active life as a personal trainer and fitness model - but crucially, her parents had a huge box of old family videos that charted her life from day one to now. That is very hard to come by and was a real gift for me when the creative process began. The way this video came together was one of the prouder moments of my career and having it be recognised at the Charity Film Awards has just made it even more special to me." 

James attended the ceremony at BAFTA last night with members of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, and the star of the show herself, Sophie Grace-Holmes, who is backing up everything the video set out to highlight; even with cystic fibrosis, a life unlimited is now achievable thanks to the incredible advances made by the Trust in recent years. 

For more information, contact Leah Gruber at leah.gruber@starstruckmedia.com

Up a mountain or in a desert, it's a filming life for me

 Have camera, will travel. That's the motto of Sam Morter, one of Starstruck's DoPs

Have camera, will travel. That's the motto of Sam Morter, one of Starstruck's DoPs

As one of Starstruck's main DoPs or 'Directors of Photography', Sam Morter has travelled the world to capture our content. From scaling mountain peaks to trekking through arid deserts, this man loves to travel... and makes sure there's always a camera to hand wherever he goes. Here he shares his life on the road... with a lens.

Where have you been on your travels for Starstruck?

I’ve been lucky enough to travel around the world with Starstruck, from filming with WWE at the famous Madison Square Garden in New York – to trekking through the Andes in Peru. Last year I spent 2 months in Kenya filming the great work of The GravityLight Foundation, an organisation bringing a clean energy lighting solution to people living off-grid. My work with Starstruck has also seen me climb mountains in Ecuador and film glamour models in India, racing cars in Singapore, chefs in the Philippines as well as capturing the magnificent lost city of Petra.

What's been your favourite place to visit and why?

Kenya for me has to be one of the most incredible places I’ve been to. There’s so much to see from the breathtaking wildlife where we filmed everything from elephants to lions in their natural habitats, to the beautiful beaches in Mombasa. It was really eye-opening to see some of the conditions that people were living in, but everyone was so friendly and welcoming, allowing me to interview them, giving their stories of what life is like living in Africa.

What are the challenges you face when filming away from a comfortable studio?

There are so many challenges facing you when filming in extreme environments, whether it’s carrying kit in temperatures reaching 40 degrees celsius, to acclimatising to altitudes thousands of feet high. Not only do you have to worry about yourself when trekking, making sure you’ve got all your own personal supplies and keeping well, but you also need to look after the camera gear and get used to doing edits from the comfort of a small tent!

What kind of gear do you typically take with you on your travels?

When it comes to taking kit abroad, the lighter the better! Much of the time I’m self-shooting, so anything I take with me, I have to carry – so I have to be ruthless when it comes to packing. I shoot on the Sony FS7 with a range of Canon EF lenses. It's a perfect camera for me to capture cinematic images as well as the ability to shoot super-slow-motion.

Seeing the world must have left its mark on you, why do you love it so much?

When I was younger my parents would take me abroad for family holidays so I guess I’ve been exploring the world from a young age and it’s just something that I’ve continued to love doing. There’s so much of the world to see and each country I visit is so varied from the last – so I would say I thrive from not knowing what to expect when I arrive somewhere for the first time. I feel very fortunate that I can combine two of my hobbies, travelling and filming, in my career.

Where else is left on the list to visit?

Where do I start?! There’s so much more I want to see but Canada is definitely high up on my list of places to visit next. I think the scenery would be amazing with the mountains and vibrant colours of the lakes. The northern lights is something that fascinates me so it would be pretty cool to have the opportunity to film that. Australia and New Zealand are also on my bucket list – I love scuba diving and I’ve always wanted to dive the Great Barrier Reef!

If you're a fellow wanderer, or are just wondering about Starstruck, why not drop Sam an email at sam.morter@starstruckmedia.com

The women of WWE take centre stage in new all-access documentary

 Starstruck gets up close and personal with the female WWE 'Superstars' like Charlotte Flair

Starstruck gets up close and personal with the female WWE 'Superstars' like Charlotte Flair

After a long journey on the road in the U.S. Starstruck releases its latest WWE documentary as James Delow follows the female wrestlers who are changing the game of ‘sports entertainment’. 

Smashing Glass Ceilings: The Women of WWE was commissioned by Channel 4’s on demand platform All4 and tells the story of Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks, two of the most popular female stars in WWE, as they prepare for the biggest match in their careers; a dangerous ‘Hell in a Cell’ cage match. 

Not only was this the first time women have competed in a gimmick match of this nature, this also ended up being the first time ever females had headlined a WWE pay-per-view. The Starstruck cameras were rolling in the TD Garden Arena in Boston as the news broke of the upcoming main event match, and captured all the backstage reaction and emotion from Charlotte and Sasha as they nervously built up to this life-changing event they’d strived so hard for. 

Smashing Glass Ceilings is an exploration of the growing popularity of female athletes in WWE, with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to some of the organisations biggest stars, during a time of great change in the wrestling landscape. 

Watch the show here.

Starstruck in Kenya

 Filming took place in Kenya over 50 nights and we traveled 5,000 miles

Filming took place in Kenya over 50 nights and we traveled 5,000 miles

Starstruck led a big social media campaign for Shell in Kenya over 50 days. The mission? To introduce a new renewable, gravity-powered light. Many Kenyans are off the grid and rely on fuels like kerosene for light. GravityLight removes the need to purchase expensive and harmful fuels by converting the weight of rocks into power. 

We were keen to showcase this phenomenal product with some compelling content across a 6,000 mile journey. We worked with Shell to strategise and create all output as part of the energy giant’s global Make the Future campaign.

Finn Bálor & Bayley make it a big night for Gorilla Position

 Host James Delow shows his love for WWE Superstar Finn Bálor as part of Gorilla Position's 100th show

Host James Delow shows his love for WWE Superstar Finn Bálor as part of Gorilla Position's 100th show

Starstruck's weekly WWE podcast and radio show, Gorilla Position, this week celebrated its 100th episode with a special live event extravaganza held at the indigo at the O2 in London.

As the only WWE radio show in the U.K. (talkSPORT2, 11pm on Wednesday nights) and the biggest WWE dedicated podcast in the country too, Gorilla Position has earned an amazing reputation, not only amongst the die hard wrestling fans of Britain but also the WWE Superstars themselves. It was no surprise then when host James Delow announced a special celebration event for the programme's 100th episode, fans were clambering to get hold of a ticket. 

GP is the best destination for exclusive WWE interviews, backstage gossip, event reviews and lively debates with James and his co-hosts Ash Rose and Skillit, so what better way to mark the occasion than a live stage version of the show, crammed with Superstar guests, comedy skits, fan Q&As and some very fun surprises?

WWE Superstars Finn Bálor and Bayley flew in from the U.S. just to take part in #GP100 and over 300 fans bought tickets to help their favourite WWE podcast celebrate the special night. Former WWE Superstar Wade Barrett made a surprise appearance on stage as part of a comedy sketch and there was even a video message from old-school WWF legend Gillberg who bought into the fun and gave an hilarious acceptance speech after James and the boys lovingly inducted him into the Gorilla Position 'Hall of Shame'. 

It was a very special night for the entire Starstruck team, all of whom have worked on GP over the years and helped build the brand into what it is today. With the stage and video production we pulled off at the indigo and seeing James on stage having fun with Finn and Bayley, plus the incredibly rowdy responses from the crowd, all highlighted the beauty of Gorilla Position; it's a show made for fans, by fans, and it's about coming together to celebrate something you love. Here's to GP200! 

For more information, email james.delow@starstruckmedia.com

Channel 4 gets Laid in America

 Seán Burke meets Caspar Lee and KSI for his latest Channel 4 adventure 

Seán Burke meets Caspar Lee and KSI for his latest Channel 4 adventure 

YouTube sensations Caspar Lee and KSI have proved with their new comedy film Laid in America that a transition from phone screen to cinema screen is more than possible… So you can't blame our favourite Irish comedian and YouTube Seán Burke for wanting a piece of the pie. 

In the latest episode of our Starstruck's Channel 4 comedy entertainment series, Hollywood Hijack, Seán sits down with the pair to seek advice, form friendships and generally worm his way into a glamorous new life. Guess what… it doesn’t work. 

Seán being Seán can’t help but be inappropriate. He says the wrong things, he talks to much about his personal life and, on the advice from a ‘close, personal friend' he delivers a shocking surprise to the stars that goes down like a led balloon. But no-one can doubt Seán’s commitment… he enters the interview with a new movie script he’s written himself and forces Caspar Lee and KSI to act out a scene with him. They are not impressed.

See for yourself below:

Teaming up with Shell to launch new Make the Future music video

 The stars will be out in Rio de Janeiro as Shell launches a music video to celebrate its Make the Future campaign

The stars will be out in Rio de Janeiro as Shell launches a music video to celebrate its Make the Future campaign

A new music video is set to take the Internet by storm... and Starstruck are at the heart of its launch campaign.

Six award-winning international musicians have collaborated with six start-ups and Shell to pledge worldwide support of more and cleaner energy. They include Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson, Brazilian singer Luan Santana, British performer Pixie Lott, American dance act Steve Aoki, China’s pop-star Tan WeiWei and Nigerian idol Yemi Alade.

The song is called Best Day of My Life and will be premiered thanks to a number of live streams, on Shell's channels and Live Nation this week. Starstruck is coordinating the production and social media elements of the launch, as part of an ongoing relationship with Shell's future energy campaign.

Find out more about the campaign at makethefuture.shell

Hollywood Hijack returns with some Criminal Intelligence

 Seán Burke returns as comic host of 'Hollywood Hijack', where he must prove to the stars of Tinseltown that he can be A-List too

Seán Burke returns as comic host of 'Hollywood Hijack', where he must prove to the stars of Tinseltown that he can be A-List too

Comedian and YouTuber Seán Burke is back in the hot seat for a new episode of Starstruck's All4 series, Hollywood Hijack. This time, Seán takes on two of Tinseltown's biggest star players, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Kevin Hart. 

To mark the release of their massive new action comedy caper Central Intelligence, Seán met Dwayne and Kevin in London... but this was no ordinary film junket, not by a long shot! In true Hollywood Hijack style, Burke played the berk in his latest attempt to 'crack Hollywood'.

Could he use his time with these two movie icons to get a foot in the door of Hollywood? Could he befriend them in the hopes of fame and fortune? Or... did he give them terrible gifts, make bad jokes and remove his clothes?! Yep, we think he panicked in the moment.

Watch the episode below:

Can James Buckley cut it in an esports head-to-head?

 Former Inbetweeners star James had to take on Call of Duty power players at the Gfinity Arena

Former Inbetweeners star James had to take on Call of Duty power players at the Gfinity Arena

When the latest Call of Duty video game is about to be released, who better to get over-excited and up for a challenge, than The Inbetweeners star and prolific gamer James Buckley?

Starstruck is creating the video content for Activision's Call of Duty III launch campaign that sees Buckley and a team of pro gamers go head-to-head with a rival squad in a live COD battle in the jam-packed Gfinity arena in London. The content, for Activision's social media platforms and website, sees James receive training from famous online gamers and get taught the serious side of gaming battles. Buckley brings his famous comedy chops to proceedings as he gears up for the event which is bound to leave the audience gobsmacked.

Starstruck has created a series of funny, engaging and adrenaline-fuelled videos for Activision's audience that not only promote the Call of Duty release but also the huge excitement and unexpected scale and drama and of live gaming battles.

For more information, email adrian.dickson@starstruckmedia.com