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Jack Leigh - Director of Eight Engines


Great Companies: Please tell me something about the business and how did you come up with such an idea?

Jack Leigh: Eight Engines bring the production quality of television and films to the marketing world without breaking the bank.

We were founded by Jack Leigh and Tim Baxter, both of whom represent a different aspect of our approach.

Jack's background was working as an Assistant Director on some of the UK's biggest TV and Film projects, including Fast and Furious 6, Peaky Blinders, 71', Last Tango in Halifax and Get Santa. He brings a strong passion for storytelling to the team.

Whereas Tim, a highly celebrated, BAFTA nominated Director of Photography brings a heavy focus on strong, cinematic visuals to the company.

Eight Engines hold these two disciplines at the heart of everything we do.

Our two BBC Dramas "Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster" and "Men Who Sleep in Cars" are some of the lowest budgets the BBC has ever given to an hour-long TV project, and yet, between them, they have been nominated for four Royal Television Society Awards and won three. "Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster" was listed in the top ten TV shows of 2015 by The Guardian, and The Observer described "Men Who Sleep in Cars" as 'a work of genius'.

Tim and I met on a military base in Kenya, producing a series of films to training films for NGO staff in conflict zones. We quickly developed a great working relationship which has since involved working across award winning TV shows, filming some of the UKs biggest theatre shows and masses of marketing content.

Great Companies: What are the various services and products provided by your company?

Jack Leigh: We break the company down into three departments, broadcast, marketing and theatre.

Great Companies: Why should one choose you over others in this field?

Jack Leigh: Our background in television was producing high end content with limited budgets. We bring this experience across to the marketing world, ensuring everything we produce is broadcast quality without breaking the bank.

Our clients include the likes of The Royal Shakespeare Company, Help for Heroes, Stagecoach, The Old Vic, The Rugby League World Cup, McCann, and The Good Life Festival.

Great Companies: What are the struggles and challenges you face?

Jack Leigh: For the last four years we have used the skills we learned producing low budget, high impact television to create show-stopping content for the business world.

Our background in television was producing high end content with limited budgets. We bring this experience across to the marketing world, ensuring everything we produce is broadcast quality without breaking the bank.

Great Companies: What do you think are the few main things which are most important for a successful business?

Jack Leigh: Our background in television was producing high end content with limited budgets. We bring this experience across to the marketing world, ensuring everything we produce is broadcast quality without breaking the bank.

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