Meet a few of Fusion's team members

Jo Hodges
Fusion Co Founder/ Camera Supervisor

Co-Founder and Camera Supervisor, Jo Hodges has been a camerawoman for  *whispers*  25 years! and we’re also pretty sure she’s also the only female camera operator to run the line at the Rugby World Cup Final! As the extremely efficient manager of Fusion’s diary service, Jo also produces, directs and operates cameras. One of what seems like a limited amount of female jib ops in the country and an RF specialist, Jo regularly supervises studios and live OBs. Her clients include IMG Media, Arqiva, C4, BSKYB, BT Sport, EqUa Coaching, Sunset and Vine, BBC, ITV Productions, The Discovery Channel and Five TV.

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Liz Bell
Fusion Co Founder/Camera Supervisor

Producer/Director/Camerawoman and published author Liz has worked in the media industry for 27 years. With a background in camera work and editing, she regularly supervises studios and OBs and is currently undertaking the launch of our brand new training department. She is a regular floatacam user and has recently trained the staff at ITN Productions how to use it. Liz’s regular clients include C4, BSKYB, BBC, ITV Productions, Sunset + Vine, BT Sport, Timeline, EqUa Coaching, Smirnoff, BMW and CNBC.

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Lee Marriott
TV Studio and OB Cameraman

Lee Marriott has worked with Fusion Film & TV from the very start. He’s a calm and steady pair of hands – imperative in the high-pressure live studio and OB environments he regularly crews for.  One of our most frequently booked camera operators, Lee’s clients include C4, ATP Tennis Tour, International Cricket, CBBC, BBC Studios, ESPN, NBC on the Road and ITV Productions.

You can book Lee using the CONTACT button below.

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Sarah Carless
TV Floor Manager

Fantastically experienced Sarah Carless has over 20 years in the TV industry covering a multitude of genres including light entertainment, music, kids, sport, news and so much more.  Working on festivals such as London 2012, the Olympic Torch Relay as a floor manager overseeing all elements of sporting events and the medal ceremonies.
Her credit list, experience and enthusiasm are endless!

 

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Matt Payne
TV Studio and OB Cameraman

Hugely experienced OB and Studio Camera Operator for Fusion, Matt Payne’s credit list is enviably long and varied!

London Olympic Games, Rio Olympic Games, Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Athletics World Championships, The Royal Wedding, The Queens Diamond Jubilee, Trooping The Colour, MOTD Football, Sky Football, BT Football, BT Rugby, Wimbledon Tennis Championships, World Snooker Championships, The Open Golf Championships, The London Marathon, FA Cup Football, The Lord Mayor Show, Rugby World Cup, World Badminton Championships, Sky Greyhound Racing, Sky Boxing, Soccer AM, Soccer Saturday, Sky News, Sky Sports News, ITV Horse Racing, ITV Snooker, British Touring Car Championships, Hickstead, Horse Show, Ironman, Premier League Productions, Dubai World Cup, FA Cup Final, Cardiff Half Marathon, Rugby, Burghley Horse Trials, Barry Normans Film Night, Tightlines to name but a few!

You can read Matt’s blog “A Day in the Life of..” here

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Katie Lawes
TV Studio and OB Camerawoman

Katie Lawes has spent the last 23 years working around the globe on both television and events.  She considers herself lucky to have a job she loves! Her extensive credit list is a testament to her experience and professionalism and includes:

London Olympics 2012, Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi, Opening and Closing Ceremony of The Islamic Games in Baku, Olympic Torch Concert, MOBO Awards, NME Awards, 70 Years of The NHS, Weakest Link, Million Pound Drop, Britains Got Talent, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Take That in Concert and The Jonathan Ross Show.

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RAM MOHIAL
TV Studio and OB Cameraman

Ram Mohial is the most laid back camera operator we have ever worked with.  His friendly charm always puts his clients at ease and he just effortlessly fits into any project and crew large or small.  Ram’s something of a musician so loves working on music events as well as sport (although sadly he’s a Spurs fan!) His clients include IMG Productions, C4 News, ITV Productions, ITN, Talkback Thames and Five TV. 

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Alison Banham
TV Studio and OB Camerawoman

Alison thrives on variety and her impressive career to date has encompassed all genres of Broadcast from operating large OB lenses, to lightweight location operations.  Another first for the Fusion team women as she was also the first woman camera supervisor on Eastenders.

On location, Alison has operated on dramas, current affairs, light entertainment and sport, from handhelds to track and dolly set ups.  She is a skilled operator, adept at working in the HD environment of broadcast, on both live and pre-recorded programmes, whether directing from a gallery, out on the floor, on scripted and non-scripted camera work, covering live music, discussion-led set ups or live inserts into live broadcast programming – we told you she thrives on variety!

You can book Alison using the button below.

 

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Fiona Schimmel
TV Studio and OB Camerawoman

Fiona Schimmel is a rare find with an enviable credits list!

Fiona is a hugely motivated Arena TV staff-trained camera operator specialising in both outside broadcast and studio camera work.  She’s comfortable operating both big and small lenses as well as experienced in ped and handheld camerawork.

Fluent in English and German, Fiona is also highly skilled in ‘Camera Guaranteeing’ including organising rigs/ de-rigs in any location (stadiums, theatres, public locations and TV studios), FACS checking, rigging and testing kit and trouble-shooting on site, liaising with unit managers,  directors, camera supervisors and clients and training new camera assistants.

Some of her many credits include:

  • FA Cup Draw Round 6 (studio) – BBC – March 2020
    • BT Studios – SVG Women’s Networking Event – January 2020
    • Glastonbury 2019 BBC 2 studio (including music numbers) – BBC – June 2019
    • Football Focus FA Cup Pre-Semi-Final Programme – BBC – April 2019
    • FA Cup Draw Round 1 Proper (studio) – BBC – October 2018
    • England International Football Studio – ITV – May 2016/ October 2018
    • Operating static and moving live presentation cameras on various OBs between 2015 and
    2019 for BBC, BBC Wales, ITV and Sky Sports
    • Big Brother (house coverage) – Channel 5 – June 2013 to September 2014
    • Heather Nova at Middlesex TV Studios – January 2014
    • Intelligence2 Debates, Variety Shows and Galas – Corporate – February 2013 to June 2013
    • NightWash/ Sportschau Studio/ Servicezeit/ Deutschpoeten (Festival)- Westdeutscher
    Rundfunk (WDR), Germany – June 2012 to September 2012
    • Gallagher Premiership Rugby/ Heineken Cup – BT Sport/ Channel 4/ DAZN – November 2019
    to October 2020
    • England International Rugby/ IPA Championship/ Pro 14/ Tyrell’s/ Pro 12/ European
    Championship/ RFU Championship – Sky Sports – February 2017 to November 2019
    • Welsh Rugby: Pro 14/ International games and Premier League – S4C/ BBC Wales –
    September 2018 to October 2019
    • The 7s Competitions (London/ Exeter) – Sky Sports – June 2018 to May 2019
    • Rugby Worldcup 2015/ RBC 6 Nations – ITV – September 2015 to February 2019
    • MOTD Football – BBC – January 2020 to November 2020
    • The FA Cup, live games/ replays and highlights coverage of the FA Cup – BBC – November
    2016 to November 2020
    • Hawkeye VAR Tests – Hawkeye – November 2018 to November 2019
    • BT Premier League – BT Sports – November 2018 to March 2019
    • EE Wembley Cup 2018 – Youtube – November 2018
    • England International Football in Dortmund and Wembley – ITV – March 2017/ June 2018
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James Botting
TV Studio and OB Cameraman
James Botting regularly works on BT Sport and Premier League and is a hugely likeable member of the Fusion team.  His prodigious work ethic and happy nature bring a sense of calm to the most stressful of environments.  His credits to date include Wimbledon, The Olympics, 24 Hours in A&E and London Fashion Week to name but a few.
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Nico Hambleton
TV Studio, Extreme Sports and OB Cameraman

Extreme Sports enthusiast, Nico Hambleton is a lighting cameraman, DOP and aerial drone pilot.

Young blood on the camera scene, Nico has quickly risen through the ranks and is now an established camera ninja ready to shoot whatever you throw at him. He specialises in documentaries but also has experience across a broader spectrum of projects such as entertainment, sports and live/pre-recorded studio. His most recent achievement was winning ‘Best Short Film’ and ‘People’s Choice Award’ at Kendal Mountain Festival and he was nominated an ‘Award of Excellence’ at The Guild of Camera Television Professionals, for his film Lock Down Rock Up.
His regular clients include ITN, Royal Docs for ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and more.

Nico, unfortunately for him, spends a lot of his earnings buying new kit but fortunately for productions, they are able to use him without having to hire in additional equipment. His treasures include the new Canon C500 Mark II and he covers everything from lighting, sound, grip and gimbals, lenses and drones.

We mentioned that Nico was ready to shoot whatever you throw at him. Yup. That’s true! A fanatic for adrenaline sports and the outdoors, whether you want him to shoot halfway up a cliff on the side of a mountain, deep in a jungle or jumping out of an aeroplane, you can be reassured that you won’t have to do it, he will.  In his spare time, you’ll find him buying more kit, climbing on hard, tiny holds, making big air jumps kitesurfing or skiing backwards. Nutter.

You can book Nico using the CONTACT button below or read his blog, here.

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Bart Baker
Studio and lighting Cameraman

From Blue Peter and Newsround to Match of the Day and the London Paralympics, Bart Baker has worked across multi-camera studio and OB as well as single and lighting camera work on programmes such as Loose Women, X-Factor and Idiot Abroad.

Need we say he’s ‘hugely experienced’?  Of course he is, he’s one of the Fusion crew!  You can book Bart using the Contact button below.

 

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Neil Brimson
Jib Operator

Everybody loves working with Neil Brimson!  He’s a fantastic jib operator who adds quality to every production and television broadcast he works on.  His credits to date include BT Sport Score, Pointless, The Royal Wedding and Europa League Coverage.   

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Jemma Scotter
Sound Supervisor/Mixer and Sound Assist

Jemma Scotter has over 15 years freelance experience as a Sound Supervisor/Mixer and Sound Assist, covering an enormous range of live and recorded studio shows and OBs along with ENG/PSC work, Grams Operating (Spot On, Shortcut and Instant Replay), corporate work and music production (both live and recorded).

She prides herself on a positive “can do” attitude, great organisational, multi-tasking and time management abilities, first-class attention to detail and excellent people skills developed over many years in the uniquely demanding environment of the broadcast industry.

Jemma’s areas of expertise include OBs for all of the major OB companies including events such as The BAFTAs, Sport Relief, Brit Awards, Olympics, Football, NFL, Wimbledon, Goodwood and Boxing. As a Studio Sound Assistant on major shows such as Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing on Ice, X factor bit on the side, The Chase, This Morning, Good Morning Britain, Loose Women, Supermarket Sweep and many more!

She also works across News and sports news, (both rolling and bulletin based), light entertainment, current affairs, magazine shows, music performances, quiz shows, childrens’ TV, Documentaries, news, light entertainment, junkets, premieres, corporate, promos and commercials. A popular and busy member of the Fusion team!

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Martin Mansell
Lighting Cameraman

Martin Mansell is a lighting cameraman with over 26 years of experience in the industry. His love for the job and his technical ability are reflected in the high quality of his work.  He is completely at home working in a studio, OB or PSC environment, supervising, operating or lighting and is well-accustomed to the high-pressures live TV can bring.

Highlights Martin is particularly proud of include lighting the BBC studio and collaborating with the set designer for the 2019 World Athletics in Doha and winning a ‘Golden Rings’ award for filming a PSC feature at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

A few of Martin’s credits include various state events such as Harry & Meghan’s wedding, State Opening of Parliament, Lady Thatcher’s funeral, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, and Trooping the Colour.

Entertainment program credits include BBC Proms, Songs of Praise, The One Show working on over 50 episodes and Glastonbury Pyramid stage.

Lighting the OB studio for BBC Sport at various events, including the Masters Golf in Augusta over a period of 9 years, the Open Golf, the Ryder Cup, Six Nations Rugby, FA Cup, FA Cup Draw, Doha World Athletics and also for ITV Sport Horse Racing and Rugby World Cup 2015.

Martin has worked on every summer Olympics since 1996 and every winter Olympics since 2006, including London 2012, Rio 2018, Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018, covering a mix of host, PSC and BBC pres roles. He also supervised the gymnastics at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 and has worked on the tennis at Wimbledon, Queens, Eastbourne and the O2 Masters, Formula One, British Touring cars, the London Marathon and the Boat Race.

Amongst Martin’s regular work is football for Match of the Day and he has been a familiar face at the BT Sport Studios since they launched in 2013 working on both Champions League and Europa League programs, amongst others, and at the Premier League Productions studios for IMG.

You can book Martin using the Contact button below.

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Adam Stevens
Steadicam Owner/Operator

Another of our popular and experienced Steadicam operators is Adam Stevens.  Adam’s diary is usually booked out weeks in advance, so do get in touch with plenty of notice if you would like him on your production!  His credits include: Sky Cricket, Sky Rugby, Sky Golf, Total Wedding Coverage, Election Debate, Premier League Football, Soccer AM, FA Cup Final BT Sport. For Adam’s full kit list and rates, please get in touch using the button below.

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Donna Tait
TV Floor Manager
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