Sargent-Disc becomes WFTV Corporate Member

We are delighted to announce that Sargent-Disc, a Cast & Crew company, is now a Corporate Member of WFTV (Women in Film and TV), the UK’s leading membership organisation for women working in media.

Sargent-Disc has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with WFTV, having sponsored a number of its special events, including most notably the annual WFTV Brunch held at Festival de Cannes. We have also supported the annual WFTV Awards which celebrate the achievements of women within the screen industries and delivered a series of production finance workshops to share our specialist expertise with WFTV’s members.

As a Corporate Member, Sargent-Disc’s female team will now be able to attend WFTV receptions at annual events such as the Sheffield DocFest, the BFI London Film Festival, the hugely popular WFTV Summer and Christmas Parties along with regular member networking events. They will also have access to industry seminars, panel discussions, workshops and can apply for special programmes including the WFTV Mentoring Scheme – designed for women wanting to take a significant next step in their careers.

Lara Sargent, Co-Head International at Cast & Crew and Sargent-Disc Director says: “At Sargent-Disc we appreciate and have long supported the work that WFTV does to encourage and empower women in the film and TV industry. We strongly value the many skilled women of Sargent-Disc‘s workforce, who make up 64% of our team. Becoming a WFTV Corporate Member allows us to offer a fantastic benefit to our female team members whilst also providing ongoing support for WFTV’s work.”

Katie Bailiff, CEO at Women in Film and Television says: “Women in Film and Television are delighted to welcome Sargent-Disc as corporate members of the organisation. We have been actively broadening our reach to include more women working in the industry’s business and finance sectors so are looking forward to engaging with their team at our future events, on our mentoring schemes and through our bursaries.


What our staff say

“I’m passionate about women striving to succeed and having confidence to move into senior roles. I love what WFTV stands for because in order for anyone to be successful in life, supporting one another is key! I Iook forward to using this membership to build new relationships with other members, and of course to represent the women of Sargent-Disc.”
Kirstie White, Operations Manager

“Having grown up in a [Sikh] culture where women have not always been on the same level as men, I believe everything is achievable with the right motivation and support. My mother was the one who taught me that, no matter my culture, race or religion, I was to follow my inner self, to be the best I could be and to make the most of life. This membership will give me the opportunity to access support, open my mind-set further, learn more about the industry and be part of an organisation that I know will make a difference in my working life and the future of my daughter.” Pav Sohal, Supervisory Payroll Administrator

“A key aspect of the membership that appeals to me is the mentorship opportunities. To build a long and successful career, I personally believe it is important to have mentors and stakeholders both internally and externally. I have been fortunate enough to have a number of strong female mentors in the past and I feel this has been instrumental to both my career development and confidence.” Alicia Lane, Customer Success Manager

“I see this as an opportunity to raise the visibility of women working in areas that are not always celebrated, such as payroll, accounting, post-production and HR. In many ways we are a hidden workforce. WFTV provides opportunities to learn and develop new skills, establish mentorship relationships, and to grow towards goals that meaningfully will contribute to the business.” Jolanta Pawlowska, Senior Payroll Technician

Find out more about WFTV and the work they do here.

PGGB Summer Drinks 2022

It was with great pleasure that Sargent-Disc, a Cast & Crew company sponsored The Production Guild of Great Britain’s Summer Drinks on Thursday 8th September at The Bloomsbury Hotel. The evening brought together around 300 attendees, including many of our clients in the field of finance and accounting.

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Supporting TV to shine at the 2022 Edinburgh TV Awards

It was our absolute pleasure for Sargent-Disc (a Cast & Crew company) to be Headline Sponsor of the 2022 Edinburgh TV Awards, which took place on Thursday 25 August at a glittering ceremony hosted by writer and comedian Sophie Ducker.

A total of 20 awards were presented on the night including the prestigious Channel of the Year title, which went to Channel 4 whose Director of Content Ian Katz was on hand to receive the Award from Jury president Sue Vertue. Other winners in the most sought-after categories included Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford’s company Merman (Motherland, This Way Up) which was named Production Company of the Year, whilst Firecrest Films (Michael Palin’s Travel of a Lifetime, Life: Behind Bars) received the Small Indie of the Year Award.

Sargent-Disc’s Sarah McKenzie, Business Development had the honour of presenting the Best Drama award to the team behind hit drama The Responder starring Michael Freeman, made by Dancing Ledge Productions for BBC One. Best International drama went to Pachinko, representing the first win at the awards for Apple TV+. Netflix’s Sex Education took home the Best Comedy Series award whilst the TV Moment of the Year Award went to See Saw Films / Netflix’s Heartstopper for Charlie and Nick’s First Kiss.

We were particularly delighted to celebrate the first ever recipient of Edinburgh’s new Climate Impact Award. The prize went to Channel 4 documentary Joe Lycett Vs the Oil Giant, by Rumpus Media, and it was a fantastic moment to see this important new category introduced at the first Edinburgh TV Awards following the critical signing of the Climate Content Pledge at Cop26 last year.

The awards topped off an exceptionally well-attended Festival, where the return to an in-person, live event for the first time since 2019 was resoundingly welcomed by industry. The atmosphere buzzed throughout three days of packed-out events.

Ahead of the festival, Sargent-Disc Director Laurence Sargent reflected in this Broadcast article on Edinburgh’s significance in the UK TV industry calendar, celebrating its reputation for “providing a platform for challenging issues to be explored and important conversations to be had.

This year was no exception, with broadcaster Emily Maitlis’ McTaggart Memorial Lecture, ‘Boiling Frog: Why We Have to Stop Normalising the Absurd’, provoking powerful discussion around news and impartiality. In it, Maitlis warned against the rise of populism and highlighted the role that reporters and broadcasters should play “to hold power to account without fear or favour.

Elsewhere, Rose Ayling-Ellis’ powerful Alternative MacTaggart Lecture saw the deaf actress, BSL campaigner and Strictly Come Dancing winner urge the TV world to “be braver and have the courage to make changes”, such as bringing deaf consultants in to work with writing teams. Stressing the important difference between representation and access, she urged the industry to think about both in her impactful speech, which provided valuable insight into the stark realities of life as a Deaf person working in television.

For more information about the 2022 Edinburgh TV Awards sponsored by Sargent Disc (a Cast & Crew Company), click here.

Full list of winners

Best Comedy Series – Sex Education, Eleven Film for Netflix
Best Documentary – The Return: Life After ISIS, Alba Sotorra Productions and MetFilm for Sky Documentaries
Best Drama – The Responder, Dancing Ledge Productions for BBC1
Best Entertainment Series – The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan, Expectation and MoMo G for Channel 4
Best International Drama – Pachinko, Media Res / Blue Marble Pictures in association with Apple for Apple TV+
Best On Demand Service – BBC iPlayer
Best Popular Factual Series – Uprising, Rogan Productions, Lammas Park and Turbine Studios for BBC1
Best TV Actor – Comedy – Daisy Haggard in Back To Life
Best TV Actor – Drama – Jodie Comer in Help
Best TV Presenter – AJ Odudu & Mo Gilligan for The Big Breakfast
Breakthrough Talent – Actor – Danielle Macdonald
Breakthrough Talent – Presenter – Munya Chawawa
Channel of the Year – Channel 4
Climate Impact Award – Joe Lycett Vs the Oil Giant, Rumpus Media for Channel 4
Production Company of the Year – Merman Television
Small Indie of the Year – Firecrest Films
Global Success Award – ITV Studios
Variety Outstanding Achievement Award – Diane Morgan
TV Moment of the Year – Heartstopper: Charlie and Nick’s First Kiss, See Saw Films for Netflix
Ones to Watch / Random Acts Live Pitch – Alex Rodrigues, Thanks Boss.