About Us

So, you want to know more about us? Well you’ve come to the right place. In a nutshell Mad Dogs Television is a broadcast facilities house and crewing company, offering a friendly, professional and bespoke service. We try to think of ourselves as the equivalent your local independent butchers, experienced and specialist and friendly; rather than the warehouse big box store.

We specialise in providing highly experienced professional broadcast television crew and equipment with over 50 years’ experience between us.

We offer top quality service at competitive rates and our constant investment in new equipment ensures that we have quality kit to suit any production requirements.

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Meet the pack 🐾

Martin Huntley

The boss, ex sound recordist, does a lot of cooking at the office and spends a lot of his time in Florida, Spain and his garden.

James Bailey

Self confessed nerd, always tinkering with tech, built this website and knows his IT stuff, spends time with his fiancée, walking the dog and working on super nerdy things.

Andrew Davis

Our resident Director of Photography, highly technical he can make anything do anything, spends time with his lovely wife and two children.

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Craig Hale

Former salesman turned cameraman, highly motivated and physically fit, spends his time traveling the world and enjoying life.

Molly Pond

Former student, having joined us right out of college she has quite literally grown up with Mad Dogs, spends her time with her dogs.

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Craig Hookings

The youngest member of the team and our resident apprentice, learning like a sponge. Spends his time with his family and now free of his moped, in his car on the open road.

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From high end broadcast, live and OB to independent and short films

Whatever your needs we have the skills, expertise and equipment to make your next production a success. From a simple easy to operate camera such as the Canon XF105, to a high-end digital cinema camera in the Sony F55 we have it all.

About Mad Dogs Television

Founded over 25 years ago by sound recordist Martin Huntley as a sole trader the company has gone from strength to strength over the years and we’re now one of the biggest facilities houses on the south coast with clients all over the UK and around the world. From our brand new bespoke built offices at The Dog House, the company has seen massive growth in recent years, taking on new staff, new equipment, new clients and more. We’re better placed than we ever have been to support your next production, our staff are also crew and know what the day to day requirements of production are, our vast knowledge and experience serves to provide insight into technical, logistical and practical issues, in essence, we’ve made the mistakes so you don’t have too.

We’re a friendly broadcast facilities house and crewing company, we want to be your local independent butchers rather than your faceless groceries warehouse; aiming to offer a friendly and professional service whatever your needs. We specialise in experienced professional broadcast television crew and equipment hire and camera rental. We offer top quality service at competitive rates and our constant investment in new equipment ensures that we have quality kit to suit any production requirements.

Over the years our cameras crews have travelled the world, filming in remote and hostile locations such as the North Pole, the Kenyan plains, the frozen depths of Alaska and Lapland too the hottest deserts of Dubai. Our crews are highly experienced and motivated, having experience filming in a number of formats. From 16 and 35mm Film, SD, HD, 3D and now even 4K as well as in a wide array of practical challenges. From trekking up a mountain, flying in a helicopter or diving underwater we have a vast list of specialized camera operators, sound recordists, camera assistants, data wranglers, riggers and technical supervisors who ready for your next project.

In addition to broadcast and cinema camera equipment our in-house staff we have over 30 years’ experience with specialist cameras, minicams, covert filming and bespoke engineering. Our minicam department has extensive experience in fabrication and installation of cameras for any scenario. With over 100 minicams we have the tools and expertise to provide footage to suit any situation, the more extreme the better!

To find out more about what we do, and what we can do for you please contact us, we’re happy to quote for any job, or if you’re not sure what you may need, we can suggest suitable equipment, crew and sort logistics. Our advice is always free and we’re on hand to help around the clock.

You can call us any time on 02380 813847, or use the contact pages to find all the other ways to get in touch with us.

The history of Mad Dogs Television

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1993 – Eyewitness Hazardous Facilities

Mad Dogs founder Martin Huntley had just spent three years traveling the world learning to scuba dive, skydive, hitch-hike and all the crazy things you do whilst growing up. He met Cameraman and Inventor John “Slim” MacDonnell at The Green Dragon pub, Brook.  Once Martin found out what Slim did, he spent the next three months meeting pestering him every night in the pub trying to convince him to give him a job.

After 3 months Slim took the bait and invited Martin to visit his workshop and underwater film studios, and while there told Martin that he started on Monday!

1996 - Martin goes Freelance

Having worked with at Eyewitness for 3 years learning underwater filming, secret filming, hazardous filming and more Martin moved to America and California as a freelance sound recordist working with Duane Empey. Martin was lured back to the UK by the prospect of a new series that would take him around the world.

1998 – Martin Converts The Annex

Whilst working on location and around the world so much Martin slowly converted the annex at his mother’s house that he had been living in, into storage for the increasing amounts of equipment he needed. The hot tub room soon became the sound store!

2000 - Rob Hawthorne

On a local shoot for ITV Meridian Martin met local cameraman Rob Hawthorne, they became good friends and joined forces under the Mad Dogs umbrella to create a local equipment facilities house and crewing company.

2002 – Mad Dogs takes on staff

In 2002 Mad Dogs hires its first member of staff, Greg Pina as a kit room assistant. With more and more work coming in and more equipment to maintain Martin and Rob make their first staff hire. Over the coming years more and more staff were taken on to help handle bookings, accounts and more equipment.

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2006 – Andrew Davis is hired

In 2006, after initially applying for a job as Cinewessex (now Sweet TV) in Winchester, Andys detailed were past to Martin who was looking to hire for a kit room assistant ahead of a couple of big projects on the horizon for the company. Martin, Rob and Andy traveled the world for shows like Scorpian Island, Extreme Dreams, Aero GP and more. Starting as a mere assistant, over the last decade Andy has honed his skills and is still with us now as our in house Director of Photography

2008 – James Bailey is hired

In 2008 and with the number of people on the payroll as high as it had ever been, with office staff, camera and audio technicians, booking coordinators the company was as busy as ever. With shows like Top Gear, Countryfile, Animal Park, Celeb Air keeping everyone busy the company hired James Bailey, fresh out of university he became kit room assistant

2013 – Martin buys the barn

In 2013 Martin buys “The Barn” a former milking parolour on edge of a farm in Copythorne, just 10 minutes from our offices in Cadnam, and just a stones throw from his home in Winsor. Over the next 7 years work will progress inbetween jobs as the building is renovated and rebuilt to suit the companies growth

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