We once again sponsored the “How to freelance” session at this year’s London BAFTA Guru Live, a highly successful 2-day event with industry masterclasses, panels and Q&As for aspiring Creatives.

Our team also spent the morning advising many of the delegates on how to create compelling CVs and Showreels.

We met so many talented and creative people and really wish them well as they start their TV and film careers!


A few members of the Searchlight team visited Beaconsfield to speak with the students of the National Film and Television school. Afterwards, we toured the campus observing the incredible facilities, courses and teachers. Looking forward to returning in September to assist more bright sparks move into the media and broadcast industry.



The Searchlight team welcomed this year’s  trainees from the Media Trust Creativity Works  into our WeWork offices in Aldwych House last week. We held a seminar to advise them on how to apply for roles in the media and entertainment industries.

Our consultants provided the new trainees with an insight into the dos and don’ts of a CV, followed by an in-depth discussing on how to structure a cover letter. We then ran a Q&A session and a CV clinic where trainees received one-to-one advice. It was a great day which we hope everyone found really useful.


Edinburgh Television Festival

We attended the New Voice Awards hosted by our partners the Edinburgh Television Festival. We presented the Mentor of the Year award to three inspiring mentors for their work with new talent. It was extraordinary to see so many talented new voices making a mark in the industry. We can’t wait to see what the future will be for these rising stars.


RTS career fair

We attended the Royal Television Society’s annual careers fair at the British Design Centre. This year had the biggest turn out in the RTS fair history with over 1400 attendees and 40 Broadcasters, production houses and industry bodies.

Our consultants advised delegates on how to secure a job within the media and broadcast industry and worked with them on a one to one basis editing and improving their CVs.

Overall, it was a long and rewarding day and we can’t wait to go back next year.


The Searchlight Team welcomed trainees from the Media Trust to our offices at WeWork Aldwych House to provide an insight into what makes a great CV, a stand-out cover letter and how to break into the media and entertainment industries.

Our consultants provided the students with a deep insight into what should and shouldn’t be in a CV, followed by discussing the structure of a cover letter and how they should be laid out. We then had a Q&A session where attendees had the chance to dispel any myths or concerns they had about recruitment within the media industry.


We once again sponsored the “How to freelance” session at this year’s London BAFTA Guru Live at 195 Piccadilly and it was yet another amazing day, as it always is.  

BAFTA Guru live is a 2-day event with industry masterclasses, panels and Q&As for aspiring creatives - the London leg of the festival took place last weekend and was an outstanding success, yet again, with over 100 audience members in attendance at our session.


We went up to Scotland to see what was going down at The Edinburgh Television Festival. It turns out a lot was going down, with over 2000 delegates in attendance chomping at the bit to hear the latest news and announcements from various industry leaders and to network like they’ve never networked before. 

Searchlight were an Affiliate Sponsor at this year’s festival, sponsoring the Wi-Fi at the event across all 3 days which gave us the opportunity to celebrate creativity, diversity and inspirational talent, and to debate the major issues facing the industry.

We had a cracking time at the festival, and we hope you did too. Thanks to the organisers, speakers and all the delegates that made it such an insightful day and that there IS a hugely bright future for TV and digital content.


The Searchlight Team were at Google UK to provide an insight into what makes a great CV, a stand-out cover letter and how to break into the media and entertainment industries.

Many thanks to The Media Trust, The Mayor's Fund and The Berkeley Foundation for everything they do to provide opportunities for young creatives to break into the industry, and for allowing us to play a small aprt in their inspirational training scheme.

HR FORUM 2018 - MARCH 2018 

evcom screen awards 2017

It was our HR Forum on Thursday, which focused on the changing contemporary workplace and the effect it could have on media companies.

We hold the HR Forum every other year with Lumina Search, and it continues to be a well attended event, with delegates arriving from different sectors and industries within the larger media landscape. 


The Searchlight team were at the Business Design Centre yesterday for the Royal Television Society’s TV Careers Fair!

Our consultants delivered invaluable feedback from our stall and within the designated CV Clinic, with some of television’s major players offering advice on how to break into the industry.

Thanks to the RTS for having us, we had a blast!

Client Christmas Drinks -       December 2017 

evcom screen awards 2017

We hosted our annual client Christmas drinks at The BFI, Stephen Street!

The charming venue set the scene, with everyone drinking, eating and being merry with copious amounts of bubbly and moreish canapés.

Thanks for everyone who came along - if we happened to miss you we look forward to seeing you soon!


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."