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Vice President Marketing TV, Digital (EMEA)

Searchlight Executive is currently looking for a Vice President of Marketing, with focus upon leading a team of marketing executives and defining the marketing strategy for the studio’s key TV Series and digital/ social media initiatives.

With extensive B2B Television marketing experience at a senior level, the ideal candidate will have worked across multiple European markets, with a comprehensive understanding of territory specific marketing approaches.

For more information on this role, please click here. 

Media Planning Assistant

We are on the lookout for an experienced Media Planner who will be happy to join a busy team and assist the Media Planning Executive to ensure all International media plans are collated, planned, implemented and distributed to all relevant stakeholders.

You will need to have solid experience with Media Planning strategy, operational technology within a Network Broadcaster and possess an understanding of the production process.

For more information on this role, please click here.

Searchlight Executive is pleased to announce the appointment of Guillemette Kreis as Head of New Business Development, Global Entertainment at ITV.
With an impressive employment history working within the public broadcasting division for the French government, Guillemette then moved to London where she worked for Fremantle Media within the Mergers and Acquisitions team. 
Guillemette’s new position is a key hire for ITV GE; she will be providing leadership in the identification and execution of strategic and new business development projects in line with the transformation plan of ITV.
We wish Guillemette the very best of luck in her new position!

Two Minutes with…
Natasha Lewis, Talent  Liaison Manager at MTV.

Having recently been placed by Searchlight Recruitment at MTV in the exciting and fast paced role of Talent Liaison Manager, I have found myself thriving off the creative environment and daily challenges. 
Day to day activities can change drastically so I always have to stay on the ball and remain flexible. This could come in the form of accompanying the cast to photo and production shoots, attending late night press events, and assisting the publicity department to avoid a potential PR crisis. This would usually revolve around monitoring the cast’s social media accounts and being on the lookout for any concerns when creating breakdowns of production logs. 
Hosting MTV face to face and phone interviews is another highly enjoyable aspect of the role but being on set for shoots is a personal highlight.
A challenge would be monitoring and organising the entire cast’s diaries and organisation is key to the role, but working in such a fast paced and changing environment has always been something I relish.
And while the general timetable of my days can flip from late nights to early starts, I look forward to continuing to develop within the role and see what new exciting events arise.
To find out more about MTV and their portfolio of entertainment channels and programmes you can click here.


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-JK Rowling 

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Welcome to our spring newsletter!

The recent news of HMV’s demise only emphasises how consumer behaviour is changing. In this edition, we look at what the future holds for the entertainment industry as our viewing habits change from physical to digital product.

                          The Death of DVD?
HMV going into administration only seems to add further proof to the argument that the days of DVD Home Entertainment will soon be a thing of the past, joining our VHS tapes in the attic. But while it initially seems like digital is taking over, judging by recent statistics, it's still too early to cast a blind eye on the DVD market. 

Physical DVD sales are still strong, accounting for £1.8bn of the total £2.3bn video market, and taking up 78% of 2012’s consumer spending with Blu-ray seeing a 8.9% rise in sales. So as we are continuing to support the DVD market, what happens when HMV becomes a thing of the past? We’ll then have to turn to the other two outlets; the supermarkets and online shopping. But what does this mean for our buying habits and how will this affect the industry?
The first problem with the supermarkets is that they don’t offer the same eclectic range as HMV. So not only is the consumer being let down,  smaller film distributors will  no doubt  find a drop in sales as their product fights for limited shelf space. It’s a worrying issue, especially in light of the independent distributor Revolver closing its doors on the 4th March 2013.
The main source of sale for Indies will then be online which doesn’t necessarily attract the browsing shopper or the impulse buyer who’ll come across a foreign language or independent studio film.
So while physical sales are still strong, only once HMV is well and truly gone will we see the true effect it’ll have. One thing that is for certain is that platforms such as Netflix are likely to benefit… 
“The Future of TV” 
2012 alone saw a 49% increase in viewer’s spending on digital video entertainment.
Further statistics from the BBC showed that the iPlayer is going from strength to strength, with January 2013 proving to be the record month, with an increase in mobile and tablet usage. TV requests on tablets went from 26 million in December to 37 million in 2013, and requests on mobile devices grew an extra 10million.
It would seem that as more devices and alternative ways to view content appear, an ever increasing number of us are turning our backs on linear TV and relying on these VOD services.
And platforms such as Netflix, Blinkbox and Lovefilm are responding to this shift providing marathon binges of content. The recent run of all 13 episodes of ‘House of Cards’ on Netflix has been hailed as “the future of TV” by the Hollywood Reporter. It has already been announced that popular shows such as Arrested Development are due to follow suit.
So can we expect that in a few years’ time all our TV consumption will be via the internet, streamed through devices such as PlayStations and iPads?  Whilst good old DVD and linear TV are not dead yet, it seems to be getting increasingly likely!
Our annual HR Forum takes place this year on Thursday 25th April, with the theme; “The Rules of Engagement: Making Your Company a Great Place to Work.” It is a great opportunity to hear new ideas, find out about new legislation, and network with like-minded colleagues in other companies. So you if you are a HR professional working within a media company – or a senior manager with HR responsibilities, please put the date in your diary now. Further details will be sent out shortly. If you are not on our mailing list for these events, please email, who will make sure you receive an invitation. Click for further information.
New Searchlight Divisions
Searchlight are excited to announce that due to increased demand from our Clients, we have now set up two new divisions; Searchlight Finance & Searchlight Legal.

These will be headed up by Alison Campbell, Director, Searchlight Executive.

For further information please write to Alison at:  or telephone: +44 (0)20 7383 3850

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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