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Management Team

Rob Shaw

Managing Director

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 Tredinnick

Company Director

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 Sparks

Business Manager

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.

Our Scotland Team

Eileen Byrne

Hire Manager

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 Silvestro

Bookings Co-ordinator

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...

Our Manchester Team

Dave Bardsley

Operations Manager

Dave has over 10 years experience around hire kit and is our hands on specialist. Don't stand still near him for too long or he'll strip you down, clean and rebuild you using nothing but a spanner and a bottle of T-cut. Dave has immeasurable experience around film and TV sets. He is a trained dolly tech and loves fiddling with heavy grip kit. His mechanical mind means he can identify and solve practical problems at breakneck speed.

Sam Rutter

Hire Co-Ordinator

Sam started his media career working in a corporate video company after studying media at college. He joined Media Dog in 2012 and we don't know what we used to do without him. His knowledge of the kit is impressive and his organisation skills are excellent. He's also in a band but if you have already met him then you'd have guessed that already.

Our Birmingham Team

Gavin Binder

Hire Manager

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.

Jonny Rhodes

Prep Technician

Before joining the kennel, Jonny was a globetrotting freelance Camera Operator & Broadcast Engineer.
Predominately shooting sports for Sky, Eurosport and other major networks he has travelled to the darkest depths of Asia, the furthest shores of Australia and back across to the States.

With a wealth of knowledge and inquisitive nature theres not much he doesn't know or far from finding out.
He also has an unhealthy obsession with media cards. Oh, he also shot a feature film... he likes to talk about it.

Richard Twilton

Prep Technician

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.