“We celebrate talent across the industry,” says Jim Campbell, head of PR and Communications for the Ridley Scott Creative Group (RSCG), “We facilitate many different disciplines and offer artists a place where they can have a whole career.”
Founded by renowned filmmakers Ridley and Tony Scott, the global production collective is made up of multiple divisions - RSA Films, Black Dog Films, Scott Free, RSA Films Photo & Art, and Darling Films. The diverse creative entities nestled under the RSCG umbrella are responsible for cutting edge creative that covers commercial and social, TV, documentary and non-scripted, photography, feature films, illustration, music videos, development, creative, and next-gen content.
With newly formed departments in non-scripted and creative, RSCG embraces the same versatility and dynamism demonstrated by Ridley’s own career, with a philosophy that encourages multidisciplinary artistry.
The group has a storied history of working closely with young and emerging talent in production and creative, guided by the experience of Luke, Jake, and Jordan Scott, RSA MDs Kai Hsiung, Luke Ricci, and John Payne, Black Dog’s Martin Roker, and COO Richard Nicholas. The decision to sponsor LBB’s Uprising channel aligns with their long-standing commitment to giving next-gen talent a leg up and developing their skills.
The Uprising channel amplifies the voices of emerging talent in the industry, and with the support of RSCG, the industry’s top talent will have an even louder voice on LBB’s global platform. The channel is an opportunity for up-and-coming talent to be celebrated for their artistry, personality, and inspirations, with each feature exploring their creative background and inspirations, niche craft obsessions, the work they are most proud of, and views on the state of the industry.
Prior to partnering with LBB, RSCG has been closely involved with other creative incentives such as the D&AD New Blood Shift Programme, ELAM (East London Arts & Music), and the BFI Future Film Festival, the UK’s largest film festival for aspiring filmmakers. As part of their involvement with the BFI, Black Dog Films has been a regular awards sponsor, delivering lectures and offering 12-month mentorship programmes. “We've taken creatives who've done very little moving image and turned them into in-demand directors in the industry,” explains Jim. “One of the winners of the Black Dog Award from two years ago, Alice Bloomfield, recently came on board as a director with us. Originally an illustrator, Alice directed her first music video with Black Dog which will premiere on the Outernet’s 8K screens later this year.”
Another bright young director is Tom Dream, a filmmaker with an affinity for shooting on film, and signature nostalgic motifs that add striking flair to an impressive body of work. Having worked primarily on documentaries and music videos so far, one of Tom’s most notable recent commercial projects is his collaboration with High Snobiety for The North Face x Gucci campaign with Francis Bourgeois.
Earlier this year, Black Dog Films also signed celebrated fashion designer and creative director Priya Ahluwalia, and south London designer, director, photographer, and artist Anna Fearon. “The landscape is changing, so working with people from different backgrounds and with different creative expertise brings a lot more to the table. We can offer a lot more to clients” says Jim.
Mentorship and development have long been built into the fabric of the culture of the companies but this year, spurred on by their inspiring new talent, RSCG are upping the ante. “We've been looking into how we can create pathways between our companies because we've got so much talent within the Group - sponsoring the Uprising channel will help us to continue to focus on that development”.