Stephen Gammond: SGA MD
Stephen Gammond set up SGA Ltd in 1988, having previously worked for the Central Office of Information TV unit, and Planned Presentations, part of the Broadway Arts group.
Initially SGA specialised in Corporate Production and their clients included Vauxhall Motors, BXL, UNICEF, Hoover, Ladbrokes, Citroen, Britannia Music, The Home Office, the DTI and the RNIB.
To broaden the range of SGAs work, we set up subsidiary companies to produce Sports and Arts programming. Some of our Broadcast work includes:
The Technicolor Dream (2009): a 90 min doc describing the 60s underground and specifically the role of Pink Floyd. Cast includes: Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Kevin Ayers. Distributor: Eagle Rock Entertainment. Premiered on Sky Arts, Christmas Day.
Premonition Man (2008): a 60 min documentary concerning the dreams of Christopher Robinson, a psychic. Shot on location in USA. Distributor: Electric Sky. Sold to Discovery Channel, USA.
Down The Tracks (2006/7): a series describing the music that inspired great bands and musicians. First 2 progs in series: Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin. Distributor: Eagle Rock Entertainment. Shown on PBS, USA.
This Machine Kills Fascists: the Woody Guthrie story (2005): the most comprehensive biog of Woody Guthrie yet produced. Cast includes: Billy Bragg, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie. Distributor: Snapper Music
Andy McDonald: SGA Head of Development
Andy McDonald graduated from Film School in New Zealand in 1995. He began his TV career as Unit Manager on NZ’s main soap opera ‘Shortland St’ before being invited to move to TVNZ as a Producer/Director for sports marketing. His responsibilities included advertising campaigns for the All Blacks and Team New Zealand’s America’s Cup winning campaign among others.
He moved to England in 2001 and has worked here since for a variety of this country’s top production companies including BBC, Anglia, IMG Media, Optomen, Lion TV and New Moon. Whilst he has specialised in factual documentaries (mostly sports) he has also had experience working on a number of Lifestyle shows including gardening, food and drink and travel.
Nick Tree: Cameraman/Editor
RECENT WORK (Director/Editor)
A Video Collaboration with Mary McCartney and Bicester Village for Chic Outlet Shopping Productions on Mila Jovovich (BTS Director/Editor)
Charlotte Free Beauty Shoot for Maybelline/Marie Claire UK. (Director/Editor)
Dustin Hoffman (behind the scenes) with Bryan Adams Photography. (Editor)
A Profile of Mario Ballotelli for Time.com (Director/Editor)
A Profile of Tom Jones for Time.com (Director/Editor)
A Profile of Jessica Ennis for Time.com (Director/Editor)
A Profile of Lord Sebastian Coe for Time.com (Director/Editor)
A profile of Rita Ora for COS (Director/Editor)
‘Fairport By Fairport’ – A Documentary on Fairport Convention to accompany the Biography (DOP/Editor)
Tom Meighan Meets Kevin Rowland for NME.com (Director/Editor)
P&G ‘Beauty Recommended’ Campaign 2012 Mini Films (Director/Editor)
Remington Beauty Video Campaign 2012 Mini Films (Director/Editor)
Rebecca Hall Cover Shoot for Instyle Magazine (Director/Editor)
Kelly Rowland Cover Shoot for Marie Claire UK (Director/Editor)
All Olympics Video Content for Time Magazine (Director/Editor)
Camera and edit Work on NME TV Festival Coverage (Camera Op/Editor)
The Chic Guide to Europe for Chic Outlet Shopping (Director)
Mark Rye: Producer
From Social Sec in the early 1970s in suburban London college, Rye moved through record retailing to the BBC, Warner Brothers and EMI Records where he was responsible for running their progressive music label Harvest with artists such as Pink Floyd as well as being responsible for marketing the Sex Pistols. He then moved on to A&R and the signing of new artists.
Leaving EMI in 1978, he set up his own artist management company and music publishing companies enjoying a top five hit across Europe selling 1.3 million singles. He was responsible for signing artists to American record companies as well as touring in the North American territories, recording artists in Europe and Japan.
The step into the emerging music re-issue market was well timed with the development and growth of Compact Disc. Establishing one of the first British re-issue companies; See For Miles Records Ltd. They released artists as diverse as Cliff Richard, Pink Floyd, Chuck Berry & Bo Diddley. He also established the multi-label mail order company Magpie Direct and dominated the re-issue sales business
In 2002 he established Highnote Ltd as the holding company for various record labels, the mail order, warehousing and the fulfilment businesses.
In 2006 he started www.RockHistory.co.uk as an interview archiving company filming the British Music scene’s backroom record company staff, publishers, manager & road crews as well as various musicians before old age deletes the stories. This social history project aims to capture details of a golden era of British music before it is too late. A series of nine CDs have been released that feature music of the period with a book due for publication in autumn 2013. RockHistory are currently working on an initial series of six films that cover British artists in the period.