"When I return to Bolton School to talk to pupils about entrepreneurship, my message is to 'go for it'. This is an attitude that I had instilled in me during my time at the school where my curiosity was fuelled and I became interested in ideas."

Caroline Plumb - CEO of Fresh Minds and youngest woman on Management Today's '35 under 35' list

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Ben Thornley

Former Bolton School pupil Ben Thornley founded his company Sitcom Soldiers in 2003. Ben, who has a 1st degree in 3D digital design from Salford University, fused his passions for film and music to form the basis of his music video production company, which has since grown to provide digital media creation for worldwide artists.

Artists, labels and companies approach Sitcom Soldiers with songs, services and products they want to promote and Ben and his team create an MTV worthy video which can be serviced to the channels and pushed on the net.

Ben says, "Very much at the heart of our discipline is the DIY approach, and our team ensure a very personalised involvement with each project. This organic process ensures we're not constrained by the usual hierarchy that can bog down traditional film production."

This tried and tested method and the high quality of videos made, has led to this small business working with major bands such as In Case Of Fire, Therapy, The Subways, A Wilhelm Scream, Outcry Collective and The Blackout, and more recently big names such as Beverley Knight, Fightstar (Charlie Simpson, ex Busted), and Young Guns. Final products have proven to be MTV worthy and have a heavy presence on the cable networks and the web.

Ben says: "The majority of people who approach us now come through word of mouth. We seem to have a wide array of bands and labels who check in with us to deliver treatments on a regular basis, and many of our videos are in rotation on the major music networks. As a Bolton business, Sitcom Soldiers find resources locally as much as possible and are always on the lookout for new crew members, dancers, actors/actresses, and locations. We like to constantly expand our network and scout for exciting artists to work with, so if people out there want to get in touch, please do so, even just for a chat."  

See the Sitcom Soldiers showreel at www.sitcomsoldiers.com


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