Rob started work in Television 20 years ago and he still loves it. Starting at Central TV and taking a tour of Granada and Carlton. He specialised in filming cars but worked on a wide variety of productions in factual programmes.
He started Media Dog with Mark when they both left ITV in 2005 and has used the company to indulge in his love of filming kit and gadgets. He has a vast knowledge of kit and filming techniques and insists on using all the new kit on his own productions so that he can really understand them and offer he best advice.
He has supported hundreds of productions and will take your project as seriously as his own.
Mark started work in television 18 years ago for ITV and worked as a lighting camera operator on a variety of regional and network programmes from news and current affairs, children’s, documentaries, lifestyle programmes working in studio and on outside broadcasts.
In 2005 he left ITV and set up Media Dog. As well as running Media Dog hire and producing films for Media Dog Productions he still works on projects for the BBC, ITV and channel 4 like Blue Peter, Mr Blooms Nursery, Inside Birmingham Children's Hospital and organizes the technical side of the studio operations for Channel Fives The Gadget Show and the BBC's Snog Marry and Avoid.
Mark's extensive experience in the latest filming techniques and kit makes him a very valuable member of the hire management team.
Sarah has over 13 years experience of broadcasting and hire, she started working for ITV on a variety of factual and political programmes. She then broadened her experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers, working as a Facilities Manager responsible for their midlands offices and facilities staff. Sarah’s experience with budgeting, staff management and her knowledge of the media world help to keep everything where it needs to be for Media Dog to run smoothly.
Eileen has been part of the screen industry in Scotland for over 16 years working in camera and grip rental. With knowledge of all types of shoots from student shorts to high end commercials and drama her experience from her previous life working in health care means she will look after every element of your project. Working hard to drive the industry forward in Scotland, Eileen has been a member of the Screen Facilities Scotland working group since its inauguration in 2012 and is currently chair. Originally from the Scottish Highlands, she enjoys taking to the hills in her spare time making the most of the spectacular scenery that Scotland has to offer..
Grace has 7 years experience as a bookings co-ordinator within the broadcast industry. Having a degree in politics and sociology under her belt, she is an excellent communicator and has learned over the years that she loves working to a deadline, as it allows her to be super organised and justify her use of highlighters! She enjoys building up relationships with clients and revels in helping them work to their budgets. Will also bore you with irrelevant music facts given the opportunity...
Dave runs a friendly and enthusiastic team of professionals. A born and bred Mancunian, Dave knows the city and its people well. He has been working in the film and television industry for over 13 years, serviced and facilitated high end Dramas and countless commercials. From this has come an exceptional ability in the preparation and maintenance of kit to a level thats is hard to beat. There is no challenge he won’t take on, whether it be a seemingly impossible camera rig or a huge drama kit list with almost no notice, Dave’s your man. His passion for the industry, his team and your project is why Dave is a rising star of the facilities industry.
Sam began his Media Dog career 6 years ago in our Birmingham branch before moving to Manchester in 2017. He has always had a great rapport with clients and knows his kit inside out. Sam can solve almost any camera related queries effortlessly thanks to his background working at a corporate video company. Sam is also a talented graphic designer and video editor, applying his skills to our sister company Media Dog Productions.
If you’ve contacted Media Dog lately you’ll have come across Chloe, a recent graduate from Manchester School of Art. Chloe began manning the desks at Media Dog towards the end of her final year studying Filmmaking and has been a valued member of the team since. She balanced her time by co-running film festivals, building sets at the Crystal Maze and lending a hand in production houses whenever time would permit!
Twenty-eighteen saw Londoner Matt make the trip up north to show off his wealth of knowledge about the TV Industry. Since graduating the University of the Arts London in 2012, Matt has spent his time getting hands on experience as a Camera Assistant on a variety of sets- from TV Shows to Music Videos and Commercials. He is working as a prep technician at Media Dog, taking pride in ensuring every bit of kit that leaves the building is in top condition.
Gavin joined Media Dog in 2006, and has since worked with a huge variety of productions - assisting, recommending and/or organising a wide range of kit requirements - from observational documentaries, to prime time entertainment shows, to award-winning BBC Sitcoms; and from small independent shoots to cinema release films.
Gavin is also our editor for our own Production work, meaning any questions on codecs, workflow; software, hardware, firmware, sportswear and underwear; get directed his way. His slight geekiness also draws him the short straw of running the technical aspects of all our offices, making him the silent man behind the mundane stuff.
Richard is a hands on technical guy that knows what makes all the kit tick. He likes taking things apart and putting them back together again, sometimes to fix them, and sometimes just to see how they work.
He’s worked on productions of all sizes from adverts to features, doing a bit of everything from electrical to sound though to camera.