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When it comes to recruitment, it’s very tempting to ‘do it yourself’ and call those reliable old names in your address book, or pick the best response from your ads on recruitment websites and  in the Trades. But it all takes time and while you may well find someone who can do the job, there’s no guarantee you’ve found the best person.

At Searchlight, we cast the net as wide as possible, and ultimately give our clients the peace of mind that comes from knowing there’s no better person for the job.

Based in Camden, we’ve been  providing  our clients with  top quality recruitment and executive search services for over eighteen years. Working exclusively in the media, entertainment and communications industries, our clients range from global studios such as Warner Bros and Disney to smaller independent companies, with plenty of EVCOM members amongst our regular clients.

We’ve handled hundreds of searches over the years we’ve been in business, and you could say they’ve been pretty diverse.   In the last few months, we’ve been asked to find an executive producer for a $40m animated feature film in Canada – whilst also trawling through hundreds of applications in order to recruit  the production team for Clarkson/Hammond/May’s new venture on Amazon!

So how do we work? Perhaps the best way of describing this is to take you through a recent successful search:

Our brief was to find an Executive Producer for an EVCOM member’s New York office. A US search had proved  fruitless, so the successful candidate was likely to be currently UK-based. The person needed to be highly creative, but also have a strong commercial bent because  they would be instrumental in developing new business from US clients.

It was clear that the search would be a challenging one. Not only did we have to find someone who was commercial, creative and had the gravitas to take on this senior role, but also someone who was in a position to relocate lock, stock and barrel to New York!

Given the unique skill set required and the international nature of the role, Searchlight mapped all production companies and creative agencies across the UK (and some in Europe)  to ensure all potential contenders had been identified. Names were sourced via our extensive candidate database of 50,000+ people, through our deep referral channels within the industry,  as well as by active headhunting.

An initial long list of over 100 names was whittled down to a shortlist of 15, who were all interviewed to understand their skills, experience and motivation. A final 8 were presented to the client.

The interview process conducted by our client was thorough, and took place on both sides of the Atlantic. Finally the successful candidate was offered, and he was delighted to accept. An excellent result all round!

So who else do we recruit? Basically we are capable of taking on any search  in the media, entertainment and communications industries across all functions and levels:  sales – operations – marketing and publicity – general management – event management – production – creative – AV  – legal & business affairs – finance & accounting – account management.

We have three divisions: Searchlight Executive handles senior searches; Searchlight Recruitment  works on junior – mid level  roles;  and our team at Searchlight Freelance provide clients with freelance creative and production staff (often at extremely short notice!)

Our clients are a very loyal bunch, many of whom we’ve worked with on a regular basis for years. They’re confident that we understand the business,  and through asking the right questions, targeted advertising , targeted searching and a rigorous interview process, we deliver great candidates every time.

Cathy is the Managing Director of  Searchlight. Under her guidance, Searchlight has become one of the leading providers of Recruitment and Executive Search services to the Media and Entertainment industries.

Prior to joining Searchlight, she was Business Manager at the BBC, negotiating and agreeing Factual production budgets on behalf of the BBC1 and BBC2 Commissioners. She was initially brought in to the corporation to help change BBC Post Production into a commercial, outward-facing, client-focussed business.  Her  early career was spent as a producer and editor working on commercials and corporate films.