The Caledonian Television Company

Broadcast equipped - Legitimately qualified - Decades of experience!

Based just outside Edinburgh, The Caledonian Television Company™ is a family-owned, family-run, business television consultancy. We write, produce and direct high quality, low cost video programmes to meet business needs such as sales, marketing, training, web video, advertising and for commercial release. We also supply research and crew for broadcast news and documentary, and advise and assist with the deployment of video as a business communications tool. - A script to screen service!

Caledonian TV™ is almost unique at the price point in being lead by a legitimate broadcast professional and in operating to broadcast production protocols and standards. We employ decades of commercial video experience to protect and advance your business interests. In contrast to many, we only employ professional crew who are specifically qualified in film and/or TV production via legitimate UK academic institutions and/or trained by UK broadcasters.  - Strictly no randoms, no dreamers and absolutely no 'Space Cadets', former or otherwise!

Although we'll go head-to-head with them on price, the service provided  by Caledonian TV™  should never be confused with what is on offer by those calling themselves 'videographers' or 'video marketers' - both terms we actively reject!  We specialise in producing video for business. - solving a problem where previously it was difficult or impossible to afford to hire genuine  professionals with the proper skills and  kit necessary to get legally-safe results, on a par with broadcast television. We say, your business deserves no less!

Originally established in 1986, on the site of the old Caledonian Railway's yards in Glasgow's Springburn district, Caledonian Television™ is still owned and run by its founder, Matt Quinn; an ITV-trained cameraman - and former Lecturer in Television Production - with almost forty years of genuine broadcast experience under his belt.

We offer you decades of corporate video experience at an affordable price - a down-to-earth small family business proud to serve other small businesses. 

Video production for business that actually means business!

Properly trained people with the right kit - Get the real deal!

The service we provide is aimed at serious, level-headed business people - at all stages in the business journey - who have limited resources, must have good value for their money, and need a 'proper job' done! We're here to serve genuine business leaders - those who fully understand the need to rise above the infantile 'black noise' of the internet and all the childish sub-standard amateurism of social media. - We 'don't need to do' daft gimmicks, and think it healthier to work on a frank but friendly one-to-one basis, well-grounded in reality. 

So, let's be blunt and realistic about this - Videography? It's a term we distance ourselves from for its macaronic Latin nature and the fact that at best, it  describes only the most superficial level of skill and has become somewhat tainted....  There is far more to the job of producing corporate video than just 'taking moving pictures with video camera'! - Which is all the word 'videography' actually means! What's arguably fine for a wedding video really just doesn't come remotely close to meeting the regulatory, quality, statutory and managerial  requirements for professional business video!

What we do is properly project-manage the production of your business video in exactly the same way that programmes for broadcast television are made.

Our script to screen service ensures that your final programme is shot in compliance with all operational regulations by qualified crew. We ensure that, at every stage in the production, intellectual property and legal considerations are given due precedence... working some considerable way beyond the 'nod and a wink' barrack-room mentality adopted by some!  A full audit trail on every programme ensures that you don't wind up in 'hot water', because some self-styled 'videographer' didn't have the first clue about copyright, health and safety, shooting permission,  nor any of the other finer points of video production!

The reason why we do it that is to ensure your programmes are actually legally safe to show in public and that your commercial interests are fully protected. - Demand no less!

We don't expect you to pay through the nose for stupidly-pointless novelties either!  So we won't try to kid you on that a green-painted broom cupboard is a 'studio'! (If you really need green-screen we can do that at your location) Nor will we ply you with drink at a 'free' bar or expect you to be impressed by a 'memorabilia collection' - and if it's a silly wee game of 'Cowboy's or the like you're after - nope! Sorry!  We're not running a crèche for folk that haven't grown-up yet!  These things aren't 'disruptive' - they're just plain daft! And a waste of money to all but the most infantilised!

Where others may be happy to waste your time and your money just winging it, or on some silly fantasy - we work hard to deliver real quality at low cost.

As we only involve ourselves in the making of corporate video, there is no misleading upsell associated with The Caledonian Television Company either...  We won't for example try to flog you overpriced 'video hosting', nor will we hold your programme 'hostage' as part of some dubious video marketing' deal!  - As legitimate masters of our trade we simply have no time for the Jack of all trades mentality - which is so much part of the 'race to the bottom'. That's why, rather than trying to poach work from or undermine them, we work with your choice of graphic design, web design, marketing, PR or advertising agent.  We're also extremely happy to work in direct partnership with other legitimate specialist in the creative industries, and welcome enquiries from potential partners to whom we offer industry terms.

Making a business video requires a solid, business-like, professional approach - and we say that with the benefit of over 32 years doing just exactly that! 

That's why our production management system was developed to meet or exceed the standards required by the major UK broadcasters as well as wider industry, and is compliant and compatible with project management protocols such as Prince-II.  Operationally, we keep your sensitive commercial information secure at all times (non disclosure agreement is a standard feature of our contracts and terms of business - as it should be with any credible creative service)  operate safely at your location to OHSAS 18001 standards, and mitigate business risk by project-managing your production with ISO9001 compliance.

Broadcast TV programmes are normally planned almost down to the last shot before anyone picks up a camera - your corporate video programme deserves no less!  We do this to eliminate possibly the major cost-driver; time being wasted while expensive resources are deployed.  And where others will be clueless, cavalier or simply untrained and misinformed about copyright and legal requirements - we routinely provide full , professional, copyright and IP management with a proper audit trail created for all programmes - increasingly important as the effects of the EU's Copyright Article 13 start to impact worldwide

Being properly equipped to do the job is also vitally important. Unlike many others at this price-point, we shoot on genuine (EBU tier 2 minimum) high definition broadcast television cameras of the kind regularly used for filming news and documentaries - not DSLRs!  Our broadcast camera kits are supported by traditional broadcast lighting and sound equipment and all crews carry a range of professional microphones, including full radio mic kit, from the top names in broadcast such as Sennheiser, Audio Technica and AKG.

Of course, it's not just about having the right kit!  We have the training, skills, and experience to utilise these tools effectively! Professional video production is a trade which takes years of study and application to learn properly! That's why we only employ crew who have been trained by a British broadcaster and/or have completed a properly  accredited course of education (specifically in a film and/or television discipline) at a properly-recognised UK college or university.  - We simply do not employ the sort of dreamer who 'fell into' video production, or imagines that it's a trivial bolt-on skill to be learned online!

Your finished programme will be edited and mastered on a full edit suite to the same specifications used by most European broadcasters for topical content - not simply cobbled together on a laptop! The end result is ready to safely upload to the internet for sharing on social media sites such as YouTube, to embed on your website or to stream, distribute on DVD (either in PAL or NTSC as you might require) or Blu-Ray, or 'wrap' to the European AS-11 protocol for broadcast on terrestrial or satellite television.  You can even show your finished film in almost any, modern, digitally-equipped commercial cinema! 

Care to talk? No cost, no obligation, no hard-sell nor silly sales patter! Just an honest, down to earth, face-to-face chat with one of our project managers. We're always pleased to hear from potential clients and partners, and invite you to talk to us, without any obligation or pressure, as early as possible in your project.

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