About Us

Charlie

Managing Director

Networker extraordinaire/super-human project-juggler

Having first cut his teeth in Hollywood on big name films Independence Day and The Spitfire Grill, the fresh-faced Charlie was spotted by our founder Frank, who offered him a job at Eye Film and TV where he has now been since 1998.

With Eye, Charlie has produced over 70 hours of documentary and drama for C4, ITV, BBC, Five, UKTV, Crime and Investigation and Animal Planet.

Showing off his project juggling skills, Charlie has also been Chair of the Television Business Network in the East of England, and has represented the Midlands and East on The Producers Alliance of Cinema and Television’s Board (PACT).

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Max

Editor/Camera Operator

Max is the perfect example of an ‘Eye’ graduate.  Having been a guinea pig on the original Eye and City College’s Learning Company course in 2012, he graduated with flying colours before finding a job almost immediately working for another local production company.  After two year’s hard graft (very hard by all accounts) he was drawn back, like a moth to a flame, to Eye where he was welcomed with open arms – well if not immediately, pretty quickly.

An indispensable member of the team his creative eye is mature beyond his years.  

He’s also started applying a minimalist touch to the office which frequently finds itself robbed of much loved, but perhaps little used objects.

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Janine

Marketing Manager

Janine has come to work with her husband Charlie for the first time!

Janine pursued a career in marketing after graduating, working for The Norwich Union (now Aviva), Vauxhall and finally design agency Burrows, before taking a break to have her daughters. This led to quite a change in direction and for five years she was the Supervisor of the Preschool her children had attended. Janine also became a qualified assessor, working with Norfolk County Council’s Adult Education team. Now, wishing to return to her roots and finding working with small children in early years education a bit tiring. Charlie and Janine have decided to be a team at work as well as at home.

Janine will not only use her skills in marketing and training to good effect in the business, but also her experience of both project and people management mean she can help Lesley to keep the guys at Eye organised and in good order.

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Lesley

Head of Finance

No-nonsense organiser of finance and social events

Lovely Lesley isn’t lovely just because she pays us all.

As production accountant, Lesley has the very important job of making sure that all the numbers are in order for all of our films, videos, and programmes. Having been with the company for 12 years, she knows the company inside out and is looked to for input on creative matters as well as financial.

With her interest in the arts, and when not at Eye, Lesley has been a driving force behind The Cut Arts Centre in Halesworth and has also sat on the board of trustees since it inception. The Cut is a space for a whole range of arts related activities including theatre, dance, fine art and cinema.

With dance and exercise studio close to hand, Lesley can usually be found doing something energetic!

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Cameron

Camera Operator/Editor

Cameron graduated from Arts University Bournemouth with a first in photography, working in that field for the last few years and has exhibited as far as India…

He joined the team keen to apply his creative skills to a new area, working as a camera operator and editor.

Louis

Designer

Aspiring Motion Designer.

Louis graduated from Sheffield Hallam with a 1st in Graphic Design and is specialising in motion graphics.

He came to us looking for experience in this sector working with a video production company transferring his skills. Producing new and exciting content for the team to explore.

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Clive

Director/Producer/Photographer

Artistic eye, experienced to say the least

Clive remembers the days when editing meant cutting up film and sticking it back together- and that was before even videos. Starting at the BBC in ’74 as a projectionist and editor, Clive has experienced it all, but never lost his creative lust for film.

As a freelance producer/director for nearly thirty years now, Clive’s work has spanned all sorts of genres, and BBC network productions, although he is particular fond of his time directing wildlife programmes for National Geographic, which took him all over the world.

Clive has worked with Eye since 2006 on a whole raft of television productions. His favourite productions involve the great outdoors, heritage, and revisiting historical mysteries.

Clive is also an accomplished photographer…we all like to get lost in his beautifully moody photos of  mysterious landscapes and ruins.

Our Story

Our founder Frank Prendergast started the company with his friend Mike Coles back in 1973 after graduating from the Royal College of Art. When Frank moved to Suffolk in the late seventies the company came with him. The three directors at that time all lived in different parts of Suffolk so they decided to base the company in the most central point to all of them, which just happened to be in the town of Eye.

Charlie Gauvain (our MD) joined him as his business partner in 1998 and together Eye has produced television content for all the major channels as well as hundreds possibly thousands of corporate films. Very sadly Frank passed away in May 2013 and is greatly missed by Charlie and the rest of the team. Since 2000 the company has produced more than 100 hours of TV content, been BAFTA nominated, won three creative industry awards and a Royal Television Society award.  We have been lucky enough to have worked with our heroes John Peel and Sir David Attenborough and travelled the world.

There’s always a pot of coffee on, so come and have a chat.

Below is a picture of Mike, Frank and Charlie, ‘The Producers’ of the short film Sweets in 1999 

  • A photograph of Charlie, Frank and Mike, the original team of Eye Film.