Classlane Media wins new Sky travel contract

David Beasley, chief executive of Classlane Media

David Beasley, chief executive of Classlane Media

Published in Business news York Press: Photograph of the Author by , julie.hayes@thepress.co.uk

AN EAST Yorkshire film company has been commissioned to produce a new television show for Sky.

Classlane Media, which employs eight people in Newbald, and has about 20 freelancers who work worldwide, will create a programme showing some of the most luxurious places to stay in Marrakech for Sky’s Lifestyle channel.

The contract comes as Classlane Media, which was started in 1988 by chief executive David Beasley, celebrates its 25th anniversary.

The business does a range of corporate work, for national and local clients including Nestlé, the National Trust and the North York Moors, as well as internationally, from Wayne Rooney’s property in the Caribbean to Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant in Hollywood.

It specialises in tourism films, making videos for the Barbados Tourist Authority. Its sister company VIP Worldwide recently beat international competition to win a contract to provide films for Leading Hotels Of The World.

David Beasley started shooting pop videos in the 1980s and had some bestseller hits with the Soup Dragons and the Mock Turtles.

In the 1990s, he produced Roy Chubby Brown’s number one best-selling video. The business expanded from there into corporate and television work.

In 2011, David won Digital Travel Entrepreneur of the Year for the company’s online HD video player which can be embedded into clients’ websites to show the videos.

Classlane Media also won the 2012 Multi-Platform Production Award from the Royal Television Society for its TV advert for personal injury solicitors Neil Hudgell Solicitors Dave Beasley said: “We were delighted to be commissioned to produce the show which is the first of its kind. Through our experience in broadcast filming and television production around the world we hope to share the emotional connection of Marrakech through the art of visual storytelling.”

Classlane Media is filming The Best in the World in Marrakech until February 18 and the 60-minute programme will be shown at the end of March 2013.

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