Opinion: My Best Hire

Marc de Leuw, joint MD of The Television Consultancy, on the 'visionary' Ben Turner.

We hired Ben Turner in June 1999 as the fourth member of our broadcast PR firm. Ben was fresh out of university with a philosophy degree, but we employed him because he was the son of a friend and we needed an extra pair of hands.

Until then, all video production was outsourced, but Ben oozed natural ability and suggested we brought everything in-house and train him as an editor. In a leap of faith, we bought some frighteningly expensive equipment - one of the best decisions we ever made.

Five years, three edit suites and an OB facility later, Ben left as our manager of production for a career in film. His first short, Letting Go, has already been screened on the South Bank Show.

Ben Turner is now assistant producer on a $25m feature film being shot in Australia.

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