An open letter from out-going executive producer of The Greenwich Show, Ian Ramsdale:
In 2014 I set up The Greenwich Show; a television programme that celebrates life in the borough.
The multi-skilled voluntary team I’ve been able to assemble has steadily tried to built the programme’s a profile as one of a serious player in the broadcasting industry; connecting with residents, businesses, filmmakers and anyone who shows a passion for championing events in Greenwich.
But in my capacity as the person currently calling the shots, I’ve taken the programme as far as I can - but there’s so much potential to propel it towards new ventures in the future...
It's not through lack of want or desire on my behalf - but circumstance - that now it's time for someone else's to have a go.
The contributions of my small but dedicated team have helped me deliver two series; seven episodes, more than 30 films, 175 minutes of broadcasting. We’ve amassed more than 2000 social media followers, a large distribution list, a website, YouTube channel and a positive bank balance. Our HD camera is our solitary asset - paid for by the programme revenues.
I’ve already put in place some plans for a possible new series with support for the programme at an all time high. The plans include support, in principle, film project - backed by a filmmaking Trust - to tie-in with the broadcasts.
But in order to deliver it, someone else will have to take it on; pick up this wonderful project and take it to levels that it has the potential to reach; a securing additional funding, sponsorship or grants; connecting with residents, societies, businesses and organisations; running marketing and social media campaigns; offering broadcasting experience to those aspiring filmmakers, broadcasters and producers. The list could go on.
My ultimate aim was always to create a sustainable, commercial programme - and that is certainly achievable. I will offer my support and advice as an associate producer, if desired, but what The Greenwich Show needs is someone who can supercede the passion, drive, desire, motivation and expertise I’ve brought to the programme, to drive it on so it can weave more into everyday life in the borough.
Is that you?