Hold the Front Page: Series 2

Editors: Connor Snedecor and Joe Swanson

Series Producer: Mus Mustafa

CPL Productions for Sky Max

Hold the Front Page: CPL Productions

Nish and Josh are back for another round of adventures across the UK. They once again hop from one local newspaper job to another, immersing themselves in different communities. They are on the hunt for real-life tales that’ll make you laugh, cry, and everything in between. They’re on a mission to find best local stories, ones so good they’ll land right on the front page. In this series they concentrate on delving into local mysteries, taking part in unusual events, covering the burning issues of the day and they enlist a celebrity or two to help them out along the way.

Connor said “It was a lot of fun, it was kind of a dream team of people I’ve worked with before so things clicked pretty well. They needed to as we only had a few weeks between two editors to do the final episode. It felt like long odds, but with the right elements in place, and we did it”.

Hold The Front Page will air on 24th April on Sky Max.

Kate & The King: A Special Relationship

Mentorn for Channel 5

Senior Producer Director:  Stuart Strickson

Editors: Hass Azzoug and Kel McKeown

Saturday 6th April

The nation has been deeply touched by the recent devastating news of King Charles’s and the Princess of Wales’s health struggles. However, amidst this concern, theirs is the blossoming relationship between Charles and Kate. This documentary celebrates the special bond that has grown between the royal pair, from their shared passions to their courageous battle against cancer. In this program, those with intimate knowledge of the palace and its workings unveil the private and personal tale of the remarkable bond between the King and his ‘beloved daughter-in-law’.

Editor Hass Azzoug who worked on the documentary said “Wow! What a tight deadline on “Kate & The King” that was a speed of light turnaround. The workflow was efficient and well-organized, thanks to SP Stuart Strickson. We began working on Saturday and successfully sent the film for online and dubbing by Wednesday night. It was a challenging project that required hard work, but it also brought a sense of excitement. The work hours were manageable until the final day when we faced constant changes from the archive finance, lawyers, executives, and commissioner… That day, we worked a solid 14 hours to meet the deadline. It was an experience and a half“.

Kel McKeown who worked on this one and who also recently cut the fast turnaround Channel 5 Wonka documentary expressed “This was a real buzz working on something with such a quick turnaround again – very similar to the Wonka documentary and a lot of the same people on the team. The team of people was great and we worked really well together to get it over the line in such a short amount of time. I also learnt more about working with archive specifically how to keep costs down and keep the lawyers happy! Also cancer is something that has really affected my life having lost loved ones so that was the main level I connected to it on – not being the biggest royal expert (although I am a bit more educated on that now too!)”.

Kate and The King: A Special Relationship airs this Saturday 6th April on Channel 5.

Paul O’Grady’s Great Elephant Adventure

Olga TV for ITV

Editor: Helena Vagnolini

Paul O Grady’s Great Elephant Adventure ITV

This two-part series accompanies the late Paul O’Grady on a journey through Thailand and Laos, honouring the efforts of elephant conservation centre’s dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and safeguarding these magnificent yet vulnerable creatures. During his travels, Paul ventures beyond the sanctuaries to immerse himself in the vibrant local culture, exploring colourful markets, temples and indulging in the diverse local cuisine.

Helena Vagnolini who worked on both episodes said “It was an absolute pleasure to work on this show, beautiful locations, fun travel,  and a really good insight into elephant welfare. Paul’s love for these animals is evident and he brought so much warmth and humour to sometimes difficult subjects. Perhaps from many years of working in live TV, Paul never liked to redo a take or re ask a question, which required some problem solving in the edit, but we were never short of great material from all the 2 legged and 4 legged contributors”.

This is a truly special documentary, airing Sunday 31st March on ITV.

BAFTA Television Craft Awards: Nominations 2024

Photo: BAFTA.

We’re bursting with excitement and pride here at Satusfaction as some familiar faces have worked their magic on shows that are making waves in the 2024 BAFTA Craft nominations!

Let’s dive right into the lineup:

Celebrity Race Across the World ( Studio Lambert / BBC One) has been nominated in the Entertainment Category.
Simon Holmes

Portrait Artist of the Year ( Storyvault Films / Sky Arts) has been nominated in the Factual Entertainment Category.
Desiree Ivegbuna

Lockerbie (Mindhouse Productions / Sky Documentaries) has been nominated in the Factual Series Category.
Charlie Hawryliw
Paul Holland

Banged Up Shine TV / Channel 4 has been nominated in the Reality category.
Sean Schmolz

Married at First Sight UK (CPL Productions / E4) has been nominated in the Reality category.
Ian Smith
Mike Kerr

Squid Game: The Challenge (Studio Lambert, The Garden / Netflix) has also been nominated in the Reality category.
Tim Fielding
Gruff Lovgreen

Charlie Hawryliw has been nominated in the Editing: Factual Category for his work on Lockerbie – Mindhouse Films / Sky Documentaries, as well as Charlie Webb as part of the editing team on Formula 1: Drive To Survive – Box to Box Films / Netflix.

A big round of applause from us to the talented editors! Whether it’s editing the heart-racing moments of Celebrity Race Across the World or the poignant stories of Lockerbie, our editors have left their mark on these shows in the best possible way. Let’s not forget the addictive guilty pleasures like Banged Up and Married at First Sight, the editors on these brought the drama and the tears, with their skilful cuts and storytelling powers. And who can ignore the global phenomenon that is Squid Game? With its mind-bending challenges, the editors played a crucial role in creating the excitement that has captivated audiences worldwide.

After a tough year, we’re more than ready to celebrate the incredible talent and hard work that have brought us these amazing shows. Here’s to the power of great editing, incredible stories, and the talented folks who make it all happen. Congratulations and good luck to all the nominees.

The BAFTA TV Awards 2024 will be broadcast on BBC One and iPlayer on Sunday 12th May.

Satusfaction Proudly Announces Sponsorship of the 2024 Grierson Awards

Exciting news! The 2024 Grierson Awards are now open for entries and hold onto your popcorn, Satusfaction, are absolutely thrilled to announce that we’re teaming up with the legendary 2024 Grierson Awards as a proud sponsor!

For all you documentary buffs out there, you know the Grierson Awards are THE place to be, celebrating the best and brightest in the world of documentary filmmaking. We’re very happy to be cheering on the incredible talent and jaw-dropping stories that make documentaries so captivating.

The Satusfaction team couldn’t be more thrilled to be back supporting the Grierson Awards in 2024.  Satusfaction MD Satu says, “Documentary films have a magical power to tell stories, challenge preconceived notions, and create meaningful conversations.  We are always happy to see so many films either nominated or winning that our editors have been part of.”

For more information about the awards and how to apply Head over to The Grierson website

Anton and Giovanni’s Adventures in Spain

BBC Studios for BBC One

Editor: Tom Deverell – Episode 1

(Image: BBC/BBC Studios)

Strictly Come Dancing stars and best friends Anton Du Beke and Giovanni Pernice are back on our screens with more travel adventures and this time the dancing duo are working their way around Spain. Anton and Gio head on an epic adventure across Anton’s motherland, meeting friends old and new along the way as they explore parts of the country that neither have seen before.

Tom Deverell worked on series one and was very happy to be back to work on series two. He edited the first episode and said “It was great to work on, Anton and Giovanni have an on screen chemistry and are naturally funny so it was actually a joy to cut. The battle is finding what stuff to lose and there are plenty of great scenes that you have to reluctantly lose for duration. Hopefully, they will be back for season 3!”.

Anton and Giovanni’s Adventures in Spain airs on BBC One and BBC iPlayer at 9pm on Monday 18th March.

My Big Gay Wedding

Minnow Films for BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Executive Producers: Alicia Kerr and Sophie Leonard

Editor: Connor Snedecor

Wednesday 27th March 9pm BBC One

Photo: My Big Gay Wedding with Tom Allen. Minnow Films, BBC One

2023 marked the 10th anniversary of same sex marriage being legalised in England and Wales. To commemorate this significant milestone, comedian Tom Allen goes all out to plan the wedding of a lifetime for one fortunate gay couple. Tom will also uncover the struggle for marriage equality, engaging with the inspiring LGBTQ+ pioneers who played a pivotal role in making this day a reality. He shares his personal journey as a gay individual and explores the considerable progress that has been achieved in the realm of gay rights.

Adam and Dan have a wedding booked in just three months, and Tom is determined to sprinkle some magic to make it an unforgettable affair. My Big Gay Wedding will culminate in the blissful wedding of the couple, serving as a celebration of love, community, and the hard-fought battle for equality.

Connor who edited this one off documentary special said “I loved working on this film. Working with the director Mike Nicholls was so easy, Tom Allen was perceptive and hilarious as always, and I think and hope we’ve done justice to a decades-long activist struggle while keeping it fun”.

My Big Gay Wedding will air on Wednesday 27th March BBC One 9pm

A tribute to Aleks Kvam

We are saddened to announce the passing of Aleks Kvam, an editor very close to our hearts.

We had the pleasure of representing Aleks for nearly a decade and got to know him very well over that time. Incredibly talented, he was an absolute joy to work with, always kind, polite and just a wonderful human being. He continually surprised us with his hobbies and regaled us with stories from his travels all over the world. He was an exceptional ballroom dancer and competed to a high level with his wife Izzy (also an exceptional dancer)!  He even taught some of the Satusfaction team some moves at our party a few months ago – memories we will always treasure. He also loved sailing and used to show-jump, always eager to learn new skills and live life at its fullest.

Aleks really cared about his work and always went the extra mile, his infectious smile and bonhomie made clients adore him and they often ended up becoming good friends with him.

It is difficult to express just how lovely Aleks was, he will be sorely missed by all of us.

RTS Programme Awards 2024

Photo: Royal Television Society rts.org.uk

We are thrilled to see that the nominations for the prestigious RTS Awards have been revealed, highlighting the best in television excellence. Celebrating outstanding achievement across a range of genres, the RTS Awards are a testament to the talent and creativity within the industry. Among the nominees are some familiar favourites…

Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World (BBC Studios Specialist Factual Productions for BBC) has been nominated in the Arts category. Paul Holland loved editing this brilliant doc and is really chuffed of the recognition it is deservedly getting through many award nominations this year.

Banged Up (Shine TV for Channel 4) has been nominated in the Formatted Popular Factual category. Sean Schmolz was the editor across all for episodes of this which sees  celebrities get locked up as prisoners to investigate what life is really like behind bars.

Squid Game: The Challenge (Studio Lambert & The Garden for Netflix) has been nominated in the Entertainment Category. Gruff Lovegreen and Tim Fielding worked across this new series inspired from the popular Netflix drama and it’s already making a splash and proving just as popular.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 (BBC Studios Entertainment Productions, Windfall Films for BBC) has been nominated in the Live Event category. Windfall Films utilised their signature aerial shots to give Dom Lester and Rich Lester gorgeous, post card-like material to reveal each country in all their beauty.

Junior Bake Off (Love Productions for Channel 4) has been nominated in the Daytime Category. It was Hannah Woolfson’s first time working on the series and clearly her expertise in editing brilliant cookery shows shone through.

Congratulations to all the nominees. Esteemed comedian Tom Allen will be returning to host the ceremony this year, which will be held on Tuesday 26th March at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

The nominations were presented via a broadcast on the RTS website and YouTube channel by television presenter Gaby Roslin which can be watched HERE.

Gold Rush White Water: Series 7

Raw TV for Discovery

Editors: Mike Kerr – Ep 10

Simon Bennett – Ep 5

Simon MacKenzie – Ep 7

Premieres Friday 8th March on Discovery

Gold Rush White Water is back and this season is an emotional one! Building on the events of the previous series where Dustin Hurt bought his father Dakota’s mining equipment, the stakes are higher than ever. Dustin has streamlined his crew and has crafted a new plan for Nugget Creek.

Dustin bids a poignant farewell to his father Fred Hurt who sadly died in July 2023. Known affectionately as “Dakota Fred,” the iconic miner left a lasting impact on fans with his appearances on Gold Rush and subsequent shows, including the inception of White Water in 2018.

This series is filled with adrenaline-fueled mining adventures and poignant reflections on legacy and loss.

Simon Bennett who edited episode 5 said “it was so refreshing having 11 weeks for an episode so we could really get the best out of the material, find gold nuggets and have time to polish and craft it, and I was very proud to make such an important episode in white water gold rush history, RIP Fred”.

It was Simon Mackenzie‘s first time working on Gold Rush and cut a particularly complex but also exciting and entertaining episode, that had some key information as well as some great actuality scenes, e.g. a storm threatening to destroy the season and Dustin free climbing up the side of the cliff without a safety harness. “It will hopefully have viewers on the edge of their seats.

Gold Rush White Water Series 7 Premieres Friday 8th March on Discovery.