Two former Second Light trainees make Broadcast Magazine's 2013 Hot Shots
22 August 2013
Endorsement for Second Light as 2 Graduates are Named as Broadcast Magazine 2013 Hot Shots.
Two of the original Second Light trainees have been named as Broadcast Magazine’s 2013 Hot Shots.
The list, published annually by Broadcast Magazine, features the UK’s film and TV industry’s most promising rising stars.
Mark MacDonald and Iftekhar Gafar were both members of the original cohort of Second Light trainees and undertook 15 months of production based training. A range of masterclasses, work placements, inspirational talks and mentoring opportunities were provided for the trainees who were selected from a diverse range of backgrounds.
Mark and Iftekhar both graduated from the programme in 2011 and have gone on to forge successful careers within their chosen fields.
Mark has recently joined Little Dot Studios as a Channel Manager, having previously worked for ALL3MEDIA. Mark’s ability to understand the technical complexities of YouTube algorithms combined with his creative flair and skill at managing online TV channels have earned him his place on the list.
After graduating as a Second Light trainee, Ifty worked as camera trainee with Sixteen Films, on the Ken Loach feature The Angel’s Share before working in visual effects on World War Z.
More recently, Ifty was commissioned by Channel 4’s ‘Coming Up’ talent development scheme to direct Burger Van Champion which was written by T4 presenter Rick Edwards. The film recently aired on Channel 4 to much acclaim.
Leigh Thomas, First Light CEO said:
I’m delighted that Mark and Iftekhar have been recognised in this way. It is a testament to their hard work and dedication and we’re all very proud. It is also a ringing endorsement of Second Light, a scheme that has helped a number of young people from a diverse range of backgrounds gain fantastic careers within the film and TV industries.”