Equipment rental and crewing firm HotCam has recruited four members of staff and spent £750,000 on kit as it continues a rebuilding process following the departure of two of its senior managers.


The overhaul follows the exit of managing director Vicky Holden and technical director Dan Studley, who left in August to run a new projects division for rival hire firm Procam.

The staff additions include two former employees of recently closed Fountain Studio, plus two kit room supervisors.

The firm has also invested in camera channels, fixed-rig cameras and a live mixing console.

Owner Trevor Hotz said: “HotCam has been going through a period of change and it’s amazing how change can revitalise a company. We have restructured the business and put in place a strategy to meet the demands of the everevolving broadcast industry.”

Former Fountain Studios technical manager Tim Wood has been appointed to the role of technical director.

His credits include The Xtra Factor, Britain’s Got More Talent, The Voice UK and The Cube.

Another former Fountain Studios employee, Naomi Brand, will lead the bookings team as operations and client liaison manager.

She was previously head of client liaison and marketing at Fountain.

At the same time, lighting cameraman Jody Moller and camera assistant Mike Aspin have been brought on board as kit room supervisors.

Hotz said he plans to extend the company’s portable multicamera production services to include fixed-rig shows and live productions.

“Our recent investment allows us to meet increasing demand for this form of production as the industry moves away from the traditional studio environment,” he added.

Despite the upheaval, HotCam has successfully held onto its big contracts, including Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor, Take Me Out, Coach Trip and The Only Way Is Essex.