Orlando Media is a media production company based near Oxford, UK. It provides the services of Mike Tomlinson, working with freelance designers, journalists and other expert personnel.
Orlando uses extensive film-making experience, coupled with broadcast specification cameras and editing equipment, to produce effective, high quality content at reasonable cost for its clients.
These clients include NHS trusts, national NHS organisations, NHS commissioning support units, medical journals, independent healthcare organisations, universities and commercial companies, particularly those working in medicine, science and technology sectors.
Mike Tomlinson also works as consultant creative director with the Department of Health initiative, NHS Elect, which provides support for NHS Trusts across England.
Mike Tomlinson began his media career as writer, director, photographer and lighting cameraman, making films for specialist medical audiences in London and New York.
He went on to make science documentaries for the BBC, Channel Four and WGBH Boston for their Horizon, Equinox and Nova series. A number of these films explored how information technology was leading to social change (e.g. Nova: We Know Where You Live and Horizon: Suggers, Fruggers and Data Muggers). Other films looked at sports science (e.g. QED: Craig's Boot for BBC1 and Peak Performance for ITV) or covered natural history environmental and medical subjects.
Advances in technology have also changed the media industry. New digital equipment means it is possible to make films in more flexible ways and new platforms such as the internet have opened up interesting business opportunities. For the past 15 years, Mike has focussed on working with clients, such as the NHS, to develop ways to communicate using this new digital media.
Helen Saul is a freelance medical and science journalist who has worked with Mike Tomlinson for many years (originally working together on a story for BBC Newsnight). Her special interest is oncology and she and Mike produced the European Journal of Cancer's monthly video report, EJC News Focus, from 2011 to 2016, interviewing opinion leaders in cancer research. More recently she has been creating audio podcast interviews with authors for the EJC.
Helen also covers general medicine and science. She wrote an award-winning book on Phobias (Phobias: Fighting the Fear, published by HarperCollins); has reported for radio (BBC Radio Four, BBC World Service) and television (Sky News, BBC Newsnight), for magazines (New Scientist, Bella) and daily newspapers.
Orlando works closely with partner company Oxford Digital Media, especially for larger projects requiring bigger production teams.
Oxford Digital Media, run by James Tomalin, has its own green screen video studio and sound recording, editing and motion graphics facilities. They have experienced in-house camera crews with aerial drone and hand-held gimbal camera rigs. They are experts at conference recording and web streaming for both small and very large events.
Oxford Digital Media is also a broadcast documentary production company. There are a number of projects in development, some involving history, arts and music subjects, where Mike's long broadcast writing and directing experience usefully combines with James' expert knowledge as a producer and music composer.