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Recruitment & Executive Search for the Media & Entertainment Industries



We are currently looking to fill a pivotal role working within a fast growing, Shoreditch-based creative agency.
Your primary goal is to win new business and grow an already successful company.
This will be achieved by new business and business development, inventive/creative marketing campaigns and researching current trends and work opportunities.
An excellent basic with attractive commission structure is available. There is also the potential of share options in the future.
For further information about this position and other current executive vacancies, please click here


We are currently searching for a Website Manager; a creative and rewarding new position managing large scale web developments in a fast paced media environment.
The position will see you managing the company website, delivering associated development projects and ensuring all website KPIs are achieved.
You will have extensive experience in creative design with sound technical knowledge with proven skill in managing large-scale web development projects.
For further information about this position and other current vacancies, please click here

3Vision Consulting have joined forces with the Searchlight Group

We’re delighted to announce a formal collaboration between specialist content consultancy 3Vision and the Searchlight Group.
In the future, all Recruitment and Executive Search activity within 3Vision will be undertaken by The Searchlight Group’s three specialist units - Searchlight Recruitment, Searchlight Executive and Lumina Search.
CEO Toby Russell and COO Jonathan Nickell will also work with Searchlight to offer expert advice on the content industry and keep us fully informed of all new market developments and trends such as Connected TV, VOD and Over-the-top delivered services.
For further information about 3 Vision’s services, please visit 



Tony Followell joins the Royal Opera House as the Head of Media.

Following another successful placement by Searchlight Executive, Tony Followell has recently joined the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden as Head of Media.
As an award winning and creative multimedia producer, Tony has a wealth of experience behind him, having produced content for broadcast across a range of platforms. He produced the highly successful cross platform BBC3 event, Frankenstein’s Wedding’s as well as numerous high-profile events such as T in the Park and Children in Need.  
As the Head of Media, Tony is responsible for growing and managing all the Royal Opera House’s world-class cross-platform content.   We wish him the best of luck with this exciting new role. 


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Welcome to our Spring Newsletter.
As the media industry continues to change and grow, we at Searchlight have found ourselves busier than ever with a steady stream of clients and new engaging roles.
Further excitement was seen last month with our annual HR Forum (see below) which managed to pack in an extensive amount of information on this ever evolving industry and I would like to extend a personal thank you to all the guest speakers and those who attended. A great day was had by all, with the Forum speakers shining a light on the potential that 2012 holds. Here’s to a good year!      

Cathy Alford
Managing Director


The first quarter of 2012 saw the Searchlight Group run another successful HR Forum, our annual event for HR professionals working in the media industry. ‘Going for Gold’ was a standout event with yet another collection of insightful and talented guest speakers and around 60 delegates.
Taking place in the regal setting of 41 Portland Place, our generous programme of speakers began with an informative opening from Toby Russell, discussing the challenges and the opportunities presented via the ever emerging technologies of content sharing and viewing in 2012. Is it a Golden Year for the media and broadcasting industry? Yes, but it is not without its obstacles to scale.
Other issues were highlighted across further presentations, with Richard Broadbent from Sky's graduate recruitment sector and Russell Brimelow from Lewis Silkin, both spotlighting the ever-present issue of Diversity in the media industry, whether this is gender, race, age or class. Delegates were able to listen to case histories and learn strategies to take back to the workplace. 
Once again, Steps provided another entertaining interactive-based breakout session that was a highlight of the event for many, raising pertinent issues around work/life balance through drama and group discussion.
Further excellent sessions came from Donna Taberer, Richard Miskella, Tim Bleszynski, Alex Bonnor-Moris and Lisa Dempsey, discussing topics such as company social media policy, talent attraction, and the globalisation of media. We’d like to thank all the speakers, and our sponsors Lewis Silkin and Grapevine jobs for their fantastic support. 

Eye-Tracking - How is your online content really being read?
In the land of recruitment, whether you are hiring or looking to be hired, we regularly find ourselves crafting copy for ads or CVs that will grab the reader's attention as quickly as possible.
So it’s an interesting read when going over Jakob Nielson’s (Ph.D. in human-computer interaction; Technical University of Denmark) study using eye-tracking heat-map technology which shines some light on how online users regularly read documents.
The study, recording the patterns of 232 users, reveals that people tend to scan read in an “F” formation;

The first few lines are read heavily and predominantly right across the page.
They then continue to read horizontally but gradually clipping off at the end until eventually it narrows out into a brief scan near the conclusion.
It hammers home that people’s attention will frequently wane. Within the realms of recruitment and job hunting then, ads and CVs need to grab the reader’s attention fast.

Don’t spend the first half of the page outlining how you reached grade 3 in the clarinet in high school. Hit home with your current experience and talents and keep the interest maintained.

The same applies to your job advertisements, get the job’s main role out there fast and use bullet points to create an easy reading experience. Your reader is but one mouse click away from being distracted by something or someone else after all… 

 (Research supplied via
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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