Searchlight Summer Newsletter - New Branding & Cannes 2014
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Our client is a UK Broadcaster who offers one of the UK’s most popular Pay-TV services.

This role will be working on their Sports channels. You'll define the Insight programme and ensure increased viewership.

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Fantastic new role to support the creative needs for apparel and accessory designs at a Studio.

You'll need a solid knowledge of Adobe Creative Packages; Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat & InDesign. 

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Plan, supervise and manage all the CEE region research activities and support all departments with research data. 

This role is based in Budapest and you'll have solid experience of working with media research.

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Angus Watts 
Theatrical Marketing Executive
Studio Canal
Searchlight Recruitment is pleased to announce the placement of Angus Watts at Studio Canal as their new Theatrical Marketing Executive.
Angus previously worked at Verve Pictures as the Marketing Manager, developing cross-platform strategies for a range of titles including Shell, My Brother The Devil and Short Term.
Angus’ background had him overseeing large marketing budgets and working with a number of other marketing teams for co-distribution including Arrow Films, Matchbox Films, New Wave Films and ICO.
With superb experience we know he’ll be a great asset to the Studio Canal team and we wish him the best of luck!
Celebrating the Visual Communication sector, the 2014 IVCA Awards were held on the 28th March and we’re happy to say Searchlight was a proud sponsor.

As well as having our nifty new logo on show, our Managing Director, Cathy Alford was there to present the Recruitment & Induction Award.

The evening was a celebration of all the leading professionals, agencies and freelancers working in these fields, and we’d like to congratulate all those who participated in each category and all those who won.

A big congratulations to Wordley Productions who won the Gold for the Recruitment & Induction Award for their Nationwide Pride campaign for the Nationwide Building Society. 
Further news at Searchlight as we’d like to welcome our new consultant Victoria Lugg to the team !

Victoria trained as a professional actor, and trod the boards for over 10 years. She went on to work in TV production and post production and joins us from 42nd Street Recruitment.

Victoria will focus on filling junior – mid level roles within broadcast.

I think you would have to say that there's some inherent sexism in the industry. It does feel very undemocratic... time and time again we don't get our share of representation... men eat all the cake.".

Jane Campion
Cannes 2014

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Welcome to the new look Searchlight!

I’m sure by now you will have heard about our new branding and website, and we’re very proud to say the feedback has been great!

2014 has already been an eventful year with a number of changes and events which we’re happy to share with you, along with the usual topics covered in the newsletter including job updates, appointment news and industry trends ! 

The  initial concept for our new website was to move away from a corporate feel and embrace the media and entertainment industries in which we specialise, so, we brought in the very talented designer Alison Mansell. 

Her  idea of moving down a vintage film poster feel was ideal, and judging from the feedback, is something everyone can relate to. Here are just a few of your comments:

“At last a company that ensures its website and info is relevant to their industry”

“I love the new look of your web page, it's clean, suggestive and most of all useful, it's really what we expect when we visit a recruitment agency specialised in the media and entertainment sector.”

“Very nice makeover on your website. I like the Classic Movie theme and the Team Member familiarity.”

Thank you again for all the feedback!

Timothy Spall and his Award for Best Actor
Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Many say that Cannes is the epicentre of the Film industry, as Filmmakers, Screenwriters, Producers and the stars of the films  descend upon the French Riviera to show off their latest productions. And if Cannes is the epicentre, then British film talent is having a good 2014.

Focusing upon the highest prize, the Palme d’Or, a couple of this year’s nominees came from our isles with a range of Brit talent populating the credits.

Ken Loach’s latest film Jimmy's Hall  follows the story of Jimmy Gralton, the Irish political activist and his deportation to the United States in the 1930s. As a familiar face at Cannes, Loach previously won the Palme d’Or in 2006 for his feature The Wind That Shakes the Barley.   

Mike Leigh also returned to Cannes this year with Mr Turner, starring our own Timothy Spall and his portrayal of the 19th Century painter J.M.W Turner, which won Spall the Best Actor award.

The film that scored the Palme d'Or however was Turkish drama, Winter Sleep, directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, which follows a family who open a hotel in the mountains which soon becomes a shelter. Winter Sleep stars Turkish actor Haluk Bilginer, who surprisingly has Eastenders down on his resume along with a range of British theatre productions.

Cronenberg’s most recent A Map to the Stars was also up for the prize, and while it’s an American production, British Twilight poster boy Robert Pattinson has a starring role as he continues to try and elude his Glittery Vampire past. This could be the year he achieves this as he continues to gather positive reviews for his performance in Australian drama The Rover.

Speaking of poster boys, Doctor Who’s very own Matt Smith seems to have taken a different route from the time-space continuum by starring in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River, which is a step away from his quiff and bowtie-d alter ego. Unfortunately Lost River seems to have been tagged as this year’s big Cannes flop.

Further British talent can be found in the festival with the Nicole Kidman vehicle Grace of Monaco starring Tim Roth and Sir Derek Jacobi and the Gay Pride drama set in the 80’s Pride, whose cast is headed up by Dominic West, Imelda Staunton and Bill Nighy.

May the British invasion continue! 

To celebrate our new image, we screened Saving Mr Banks at the lovely Dolby Ray Theatre in Soho Square with our guests enjoying drinks and canapés before the film .
We had a great turnout including our friends from MTV, BBC, BFI, Zodiak, Deluxe and NBCUniversal amongst others. Thanks to all those who came and we 
highly recommend the cinema seats at the Dolby Ray!
And if you haven’t seen Saving Mr Banks yet, it’s definitely worth a watch. There were a few sobs being heard on the back row… 

Newsletter Editor
James Cheetham
Marketing & Communications Coordinator

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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