Alex Hedges

Non-Exec Director, MD, Talent Specialist.

Level
Senior
Location
London, United Kingdom
Availability
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Professions
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Projects

Side Hustles

About me

I am a Non-Executive Director for SHINY and a Talent consultant at Along Came Mary. Having "grown up" in the commercial production industry from runner to producer. I have more recently been focussed on building teams, getting sh*t done and developing business opportunities at cool companies who want to make all their opportunities, the best they can be. Formerly Managing Director of acclaimed film edit house, The Assembly Rooms. Before that I set up Inside Job, Saatchi’s in-house production arm. Prior to that have worked at some of London’s top production companies and agencies as Producer and Exec Producer. Now I am focussing on the people who I consider to be ??? (Creatively special but not that) and therefore want to pair them up with roles in an industry that has been so rewarding for me (or something). Working with Along Came Mary allows me to have the best of both worlds, a chance to help my ex-colleagues and new friends in the business to build vibrant company cultures and teams that thrive. It also gives me the chance to develop talent from the widest talent pool. I want to make sure the right people from all sorts of backgrounds get access to some very exciting opportunities. Working with SHINY allows me to build a creative platform that opens up a career in film- making for some that might not ordinarily get within spitting distance of some of the biggest names in advertising. I am constantly stunned by the creative potential of emerging film makers all around the world, some from sectors of society that have previously been under-represented in this space.

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Skills

  • Producing
  • Executive Recruiting
  • Talent Development
  • Recruitment
  • HR Recruitment
  • Production
  • Management
  • Mentoring
  • Business Development

Companies I’ve worked with

  • Saatchi and Saatchi

    Saatchi and Saatchi

    • Advertising
  • Black Sheep Studios - London

    Black Sheep Studios - London

    • Film
  • Mother London

    Mother London

    • Advertising
  • J

    JWT London

    Work history

    2019

    Managing Director

    The Assembly Rooms

    Jan 2018 - Aug 2019
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time

    2018

    Head of Content

    Saatchi and Saatchi

    Dec 2017 - Dec 2018
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • I joined the agency as Head of Content with a brief to extend internal production capabilities for the agency. My focus was on creative quality as well as structuring financial efficiencies for clients. I concentrated on offering creatives a credible internal resource for production to complement not compete with external offerings . Also working with business directors to craft the deliverables and prices that were attractive to clients. I reconstructed financial systems and tightened administration for the department - newly named Inside Job. This enabled instant analysis of different areas for growth and streamlined comms regarding the department within the london agency plus also the wider Publicis Groupe. Under my leadership we were able to drive revenue for the agency reaching our yearly target in just 3 months. This rapid growth enabled team growth from 6 x Production and editing staff , to 25 to satisfy in excess of 200 productions in 1 year. Our department's claim that internal production does not have to be cheap,quick and rough - it could also be creatively ambitious and financially efficient for clients- repeatedly upheld. A landmark production was the creatively and technologically ambitious Direct Line "Fleetlights" a 360 project harnessing film/technology development project / experiential Brand activation. All developed, created and serviced internally via Inside Job. This went on to win silver at Cannes Lions 2017. The internal production offering is now a fully integrated creative production Hub, enabling business leaders and creatives alike to " get things made" in a fully integrated way. I was integral to establishing a pro active, internal production response to the widest spectrum of briefs. I hired and fostered in-house directors, producers and editors, as well as harnessing my extensive network of freelance directors as editors from across the globe.

    2016

    May 2015 - May 2016
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Freelance

    2014

    Senior Agency Producer

    JWT London

    Jul 2014 - Aug 2014
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Freelance

    2013

    Senior Agency Producer

    Mother London

    Jun 2012 - May 2013
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Freelance

    Education

    Currently

    BA English Literature

    University of Reading

    Oct 1991
    • Reading, United Kingdom

    Awards

    2019

    Pitch Superwoman

    The Pitch Fanzine

    • Pitch 100 Superwomen is an initiative launched to celebrate superwomen working behind the scenes in the creative industry. They have the exceptional ability to handle multiple tasks without sweating it. They are brave, take risks and above all get the job done. Superwomen are nominated by their industry peers.