Commercial, Management and Strategic advice for the TV Industry
Telephone: +44 (0)1672 556100 – Email: oliver@sharpedgemedia.co.uk

About Sharp Edge Media

Sharp Edge Media was founded by Oliver Lang to provide commercial, management and strategic advice to the TV industry. Sharp Edge works with producers, investors, distributors and commissioners. You can find out more about our services here.

About Oliver Lang

Oliver Lang is the Managing Director and founder of Sharp Edge Media. He has worked in the TV industry for over 20 years and has held senior positions in the BBC, BBC Worldwide, Carlton Television and the independent sector. He has been responsible for over £1 billion of investment in original production, led major organisational change and established BBC Worldwide as a leading investor in the UK production sector. He has extensive board level experience including as a director of UKTV and of Baby Cow Productions.

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Before founding Sharp Edge, Oliver was Controller of Content Investment at BBC Worldwide. Here he oversaw investment in some of the UK’s best-known programmes including Blue Planet II, Sherlock and Strictly Come Dancing. He also initiated BBC Worldwide’s strategy for investment in the UK production companies: investments completed in his time included Lookout Point, Baby Cow, Clerkenwell, Original Talent (Curtis Brown/ Cuba Pictures) and 72 Films. Prior to BBC Worldwide he was Head of Operations and Business Affairs for Factual Commissioning at BBC Television holding responsibility for a commissioning business delivering 2000 hours of original productions a year. Programmes broadcast during this time include Great British Bake Off, Who Do You Think You Are and Frozen Planet.

Highly experienced in running production companies, Oliver was Chair of Baby Cow Productions and a BBC Worldwide representative to several independent production company boards. At Carlton, as Head of Production for a number of production businesses including Planet 24 and Carlton Factual, he worked with outstanding film makers including John Pilger and Antony Thomas and oversaw major landmark co-productions including the at War in Colour series.

Leading change has been a major theme of his career. He has overseen the re-organisation of BBC Television; established a new Content Division at BBC Worldwide and led teams into the Carlton/Granada merger. He is recognised for his calm approach and strategic outlook.

Oliver has a degree in Theology from Birmingham University and an MA in South Asian Area Studies from SOAS. His MA was born from a longstanding connection with India: he also loves an opportunity to practise speaking Hindi. He lives in Wiltshire with his family and dog and in his spare time likes to be outside, preferably up a hill, on foot or on skis. You may even find him on Sharp Edge.

Flexible management and advice for growing or established production companies

Sharp Edge’s flexible model supports the varying business needs of production companies enabling creative entrepreneurs to spend more time being creative. Our services include:

  • ‘Managing Director’ service: continuing flexible management to give your company the expertise needed to run its business.
  • Preparing for investment or sale: positioning your business for investors; sourcing investment; deal management.
  • Delivering growth: creating clear and achievable strategies and providing access to additional management support as your business grows.
  • Programme funding: navigating the increasingly complex world of programme funding and negotiating the best deals.
  • Projects: supporting your business when dealing with a new business challenge or managing a stretching project.
  • Advice: experienced advice, regular or occasional, whenever you need it.
Business creation, investment sourcing and launch management for start ups

Sharp Edge works with creative entrepreneurs to develop compelling strategies and business plans. We will also help you to launch your new business. Our experience of investing will enable you to shape a winning pitch for investors, while our business management experience will support a quick and efficient launch for your company.

Content and investment strategy for commissioners and investors in content

Whether refreshing your commissioning strategy or establishing a new content investment fund, Sharp Edge’s extensive experience of running large, complex content funding businesses will enable you to establish a sustainable strategy that delivers your editorial and financial ambition.

Investment and acquisition for investors in the UK production sector

With large numbers of investors looking for deals in the UK production sector, competition to invest in the best companies is increasingly fierce. Our experience in establishing one of the UK’s most active investors can help you create an investment strategy and proposition that stands out; source and negotiate deals; and deliver growth in your invested companies.

Change and transformation for the TV industry

The rapid pace of change in the media industry places increasing pressure on TV companies to transform their businesses for the future. Whether you are a small company looking to stay ahead of the market, a large organisation embarking on a major change programme, or a business in need of overhaul or turnaround, our calm, collaborative and forward-looking approach will help you deliver successful change.

contact us

Please contact us to discuss any of our services – or anything else you think we could help with: 

Telephone: +44 (0)1672 556100
Email: oliver@sharpedgemedia.co.uk