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Key Opportunities


General Manager, TV Products

Working for a UK leading VOD platform, this is an incredible opportunity to help shape the future of TV.
We are looking for someone with a successful track record of leading the way in a subscription-based TV business, with strong emphasis on customer retention.
You will be responsible for the delivery of all major TV initiatives; acting as the senior sponsor for major delivery programmes and demonstrate strong leadership and interpersonal skills to broadly influence and effectively forge partnerships both internally and externally for the business.
For further information about this position and other current executive vacancies, please click here.

Client Relationship Manager, Supply Chain

We are currently searching for a Client Relationship Manager which requires hands on team management skills and experience with FMCG and Supply Chain.

The role will see you developing the client relationships as you collaboratively ensure the most efficient supply chain solutions for packaged media; DVDs/CDs.

For further information about this position and other current recruitment vacancies, please click here. 

Gary Ellis joins Twofour54 as the Operations Director for the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. 


Following another successful search by Searchlight Executive, Gary Ellis has recently joined Twofour54 in Abu Dhabi.

Gary produced the Brisbane International Film Festival for 12 years where he then went onto work for the Cambridge Film Festival and the International Film Festival, Summit Europe.

As the Operations Director for the Abu Dhabi Festival, Gary will be overseeing all logistical and operational elements of the Festival and will be responsible for exciting events such as the opening and closing galas, parties and networking events.

We wish Gary the best of luck with his new role!

Lucy Chaloner,Casting Agent at Avalon.

"At Avalon, we represent high profile names and look after every aspect of their careers while also promoting, producing and exploiting entertainment brands worldwide.

My role sees me working with the roster to source acting, commercial and endorsement/brand alliance work across a range of programmes or media platforms from TV to film and theatre.

A typical day is spent suggesting clients for various projects, setting up meetings between the clients, casting teams, producers, directors and even writers.  It is important to always think around a project and make suggestions that not only fulfil the brief at first glance, but that also have the potential to bring a different dimension and reading to a role – that’s where the creative part of the job comes into play. 

The most rewarding aspect is when someone who has relatively little acting experience lands a great role.  It’s testament to the industry as a whole still being prepared to take a chance on new names and recognising raw talent over an array of seasoned pros.”

To find out more about Avalon and their work, follow the link:


“Nothing is impossible; the word itself says I’m possible!”

Audrey Hepburn

Hello and welcome to our summer newsletter.

We thought we would give this edition a film focus for a change as it’s rather too easy to concentrate on the ever-evolving world of IPTV, OTT and VOD and forget the big screen entirely!

With May 2012 behind us, one of the highlights of last month was the Cannes Film Festival which was as glamorous and glitzy as always. Our in-house film buff James Cheetham gives his view of the current film festival scene.

And in the same theme - we’re also delighted to have made a senior placement at The Abu Dhabi Film Festival!

So I wish you all a warm and fruitful summer, (or at the very least, a few weeks of sun!)

Cathy Alford
Managing Director


Whilst we’ve been hiding from the rain in the UK, those charismatic and wealthy creatures that populate our cinema screens have been carted off to the red carpeted trails of the Film Festival circuit.

The most recent of these occasions has been the glitz-fest of Cannes, while earlier in the year we saw a controversial move as Sundance Film Festival travelled from Utah to London.

The move of Sundance to London was an interesting choice, once again putting our city in the limelight where we we
re offered a portion of American culture with a handful of Independent American films.  

So while Sundance decided to rest it laurels on American cinema, festivals such as Cannes and the upcoming Toronto Film festival, take pride in screening a wide range of foreign cinema. They make for a great opportunity to open up the world of cinema from Hollywood and manage to gather talk and acclaim for films that would usually go unheard of.

While Haneke’s Amour won the infamous Palme d’Or prize at this year’s Cannes, us Brits were represented by the brilliant Ken Loach and his Glaswegian set coming-of-age tale, Angel’s Share which collected the Jury Prize.

So while the celebrity palaver of film festivals can sometimes distract, it is clear these events have a big impact on our industry as a whole, gathering word of mouth for certain lower budget films and sometimes side lining Hollywood to open up a new world of narratives for cinema to explore.

A Belated Welcome to Audrey & Daniel!

Recent months have found us busy at Searchlight. But first and foremost has been the arrival of two new consultants who we apologise for not introducing sooner!

Audrey Cairo started with us at the end of last year and came from a production and research background. Having worked freelance for companies such as Endemol, SBS Broadcasting and 12 Yards, Audrey has a vast array of experiences within the TV production environment.

Daniel Godding is our most recent member, having joined us in January.

He previously worked for SKY where he developed a wide skillset across the sector of scheduling and transmission.   

He has been a great addition to the Searchlight team, using his extensive knowledge of programming and scheduling to find the perfect candidates for our clients.

Dan and Audrey both handle junior to mid-level positions within our Searchlight Recruitment division, so please do get in touch with them if you are hiring at this level - or you’re looking for a move.  
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Searchlight provides Recruitment and Executive search services to the media and entertainment industries. We help our clients fill a wide range of positions at all levels from middle management to senior executive across our specialist sectors. We attribute our continued success to two main factors: Our excellent understanding of the sectors in which we work, and secondly, our reputation, which draws prestigious clients to use our services, and encourages high-calibre candidates to entrust us with their CVs.

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