evcom screen awards 2017

On Friday June 23rd we were at the fantastic Bafta 195 Piccadilly for the 2017 EVCOM screen awards. We were sponsoring this event, in particular the awards for the recruitment and induction category, and it was a pleasure to be there in person to see the ceremony.

The event recognises and rewards the best corporate film and branded digital content and certainly didn't disappoint. There was plenty of great content on show, some very worthy winners and we enjoyed being involved!


On 7th May 2017 Searchlight were at BAFTA Guru Live, which was a two day festival filled with masterclasses, panel sessions and workshops with the aim of providing expert industry insight to aspiring creatives across film, TV and games.

The event was highly successful with a fantastic turn out and extremely well-received masterclasses and we are proud to have been part of it.

We were sponsoring the session ‘How to Freelance’ in which our MD Cathy Alford introduced the excellent Sara Putt before participating in a Q&A in which she and Sara gave tips on how to represent yourself effectively and manage a freelance career.

Later in the day Cathy and our consultants Amy Osterley and Victoria Lugg participated in a one-to-one CV clinic whilst our freelance specialist Ian McFadyen advised attendees on how to put together the ultimate showreel.

This is a yearly event and we highly recommend checking it out next time round!

RTS FUTURES - April 2017

Searchlight were lucky enough to partner in a great RTS Futures in late April, a panel session with the aim of providing CV advice to those looking to make their way into the media industry.

Our senior consultant Audrey Cairo was the host for this session, and the panel consisted of a number of other industry professionals, including our own Amy Osterley.

The evening was a successful and enjoyable one, and as always we were very happy to participate. By working with the RTS we feel we are supporting a great cause, using our expertise to assist with the work they do whilst also maintaining a valuable understanding of current thinking within the television landscape.


royal television society student programme masterclass

Another event in a busy month saw our senior consultants Amy and Audrey visit BFI Southbank for the Royal Television Society's Student Programme Masterclass.

This was an opportunity for students looking to enter the media industry to meet and learn from a range of industry professionals, and as experienced media recruiters, Amy and Audrey offered to put on an additional one-on-one CV clinic.

They were able to give some excellent advice to the students and it was a hugely rewarding event which Searchlight are proud to have been part of!


On November 8th 2016, shortly after Cathy’s appearance at ERIC festival, Searchlight were delighted to be invited to co-host a panel at London Business School, which was aimed at students from across their programmes and in partnership with the LBS Technology & Media Club.

One of our senior consultants was part of a great panel, with whom she discussed the media landscape, typical corporate roles business students could go into, and gave advice for searching for roles in the sector.

Please click here to find some examples that we feel are helpful for anyone looking to explore a career in the media industry!

ERIC FESTIVAL - November 2016

eric festival 2016

On November 6th 2016 our MD Cathy Alford was a guest speaker at ERIC festival, the inaugural event of an initiative which was launched to educate the future generation on the opportunities the creative sector.

Cathy was a guest speaker in a panel aimed at explaining the various options young people have for finding a career in the media industry. She gave advice on how those in attendance could go about gaining the experience required to break into such a difficult industry.

It was a successful event with over fifty companies involved, from Channel 4 to Disney, and the attendee response was overwhelmingly positive!


Searchlight & Lumina Search held our 12th annual HR Forum on 28th April 2016 at the historic Regent Street Cinema in central London.

The event covered topics such as diversity, globalisations and CSR and was a successful and enlightening day!

To start, Patrick Younge of Sugar Films introduced us to Darren Childs, CEO of UKTV, who were recently named one of The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies. Darren explained that UKTV's strategy is to create an environment in which their employees feel supported enough to take creative risks.

Our second speaker was the engaging Keith Warburton, founder of Global Business Culture, who spoke about the need to understand cultural differences in an era of globalisation. He suggested that each nation has individual cultural programming which can lead to problematic unconscious stereotyping.

keith warburton hr forum 

Our panel session was chaired by Toby Mildon, Diversity & Inclusion Lead for BBC Digital. Chris Watkins from the Business Disability Forum, Petar Vujosevic from Gapjumpers, and Simon Minty of Sminty Ltd joined him on the panel to discuss diversity and inclusion.

toby mildon hr forum

Russell Brimelow, a partner at Lewis Silkin was next up, outlining the major law issues affecting the media industry, discussing topics such as the potential repercussions of Brexit, 'Grandparental leave', and also contemporary data protection issues. 

russell brimelow hr forum

Kristen Trubey from Netflix gave an interesting insight into the company's HR approach, explaining how the company strives for 'high performance and stunning colleagues', and their dedication to ensuring their employees provide consistent value to the company.

kristen trubey hr forum

Our final speaker was Nick Hart, Head of CSR at Turner, who gave us case studies of Turner’s campaigns to help the community and global causes, explaining the modern necessity for broadcasters to establish themselves as trustworthy companies.

nick hart hr forum

Overall the event was a great success and we'd like to say thank you to all those who attended for making it such an enjoyable occasion.

Also we'd like to thank our sponsors Lewis Silkin LLP and Grapevinejobs for helping to make the event happen.

For those who attended last time, we hope to see you at the next event - we'll be sending you invitations closer to the time. And for those working in HR within the media industry who are interested in attending for the first time, feel free to contact us via email and we will get you added to the list for next year!

Responses to the event from attendees:

“Excellent and diverse speaker set”

“Inspiring. Great to hear new ideas.”

“Great venue and location.”

"Good - varied insights into diversity and inclusion. Great networking opportunity with like-minded industry professionals."