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The Northlight Team

Robert Sproul-Cran

Robert is a Cambridge MA who, after working as a stockbroker in London, completed a PhD in Business Administration at Edinburgh University.

After a ten year spell with the BBC (on air, directing, and as part of the BBC Scotland Senior Management Team) he left to set up Northlight Productions Ltd - an independent production company based in Aberdeen. As Managing Director he has developed that company through sixteen years of growth culminating in the production of primetime programmes for the BBC, Channel 4 and Discovery. He conceived and founded Tartan TV, and was CEO of that company, setting up its production and international distribution.

In parallel with TV production and directing work Robert developed expertise in web design, multimedia production, graphic design and animation, winning awards from institutions including the Royal Television Society. Robert has in turn been a judge for BAFTA and Scottish Screen.

Annie Malcolm

Annie is the BAFTA award-winning producer (see photo above) who has worked with Robert on many of his broadcast and corporate productions. Annie is an English graduate of Aberdeen University, following which she worked in advertising and Press & PR before moving to broadcasting in 1986.
After starting out with the local commercial radio station NorthSound, Annie became a contributor/reporter for BBC Scotland in Aberdeen.  Six years of experience, including presenting, reporting and producing culminated in her producing three consecutive series of the award-winning BBC Radio 4 garden magazine series “Growing Spaces”, with a local independent production company in Aberdeen.  She also set up her own production company, Malcolm Productions, through which she made a number of single programmes and series for BBC Radio Scotland and BBC 5 Live.
In 2000, Annie started working at Northlight, first as production manager on the Channel 4 Equinox science documentary on whirlpools - a highly successful and critically acclaimed production involving shooting in Cape Cod, California, Hawaii, Canada, Japan, Norway and Scotland.
Subsequent producer work with Northlight included the Channel 4 French primary education series “Chez Mimi”.  With Tartan TV, she produced the BAFTA winning “In Search of the Tartan Turban” for Channel 4, in 2003. She also produced "Collectable Cards" for the Channel 4 schools web site "Grid Club" through Tartan TV and was Head of Production throughout the first 52 Tartan TV shows for US and Canadian cable and satellite networks.

Northlight employs its own in-house technical staff and also has an extensive network of regular freelances throughout the UK and overseas.