Mallinson Sadler Productions (MSP) is the documentary division of Mallinson Television Productions (MTP), Scotland’s largest and most successful commercials production company. Headed up by documentary producer, Crispin Sadler, MSP is dedicated to the production of high quality films in the areas of history, science, natural history and sport. International coproduction is seen as the best way to maximise budgets and to date MSP has managed to obtain substantial funding from overseas in order to maintain its high standards of production.
Just completed is the award winning Drain the Great Lakes co-produced with Northern Sky Entertainment of Canada, for National Geographic Channel (US and International) and Discovery Channel Canada, a one hour special with the innovative approach of telling the story of the Great Lakes of North America through the magic of CGI. At the other end of the scale is Running Blind for BBC Scotland, a sensitive observational documentary following the trials and tribulations of blind Scottish Paralympic sprinter, Libby Clegg as she counts down to the London Paralympics.
Other international co-productions include two series of the award winning series ‘Deep Wreck Mysteries’ looking at shipwrecks of the coast of the UK produced with Northern Sky Entertainment of Canada and Deep Sea Productions of Sweden, for National Geographic Channel US, ITV, UTV, History Channel UK, History TV, Canada and ZDF.
The award winning ‘Submarine Mission Impossible’, the story of the exploits of an Australian submarine during the Gallipoli campaign was coproduced with Electric Pictures for ABC Australia, ZDF Arte and History TV, Canada. ‘Running the Gauntlet’, the story of the controversial sinking of the cruiser HMS Manchester during the 2nd World War was produced for ITV; it, too, winning several awards. Closer to home and exemplifying MSP’s versatility the wildlife and gardening series ‘Wild Gardens’ made for ITV rated well.
Crispin Sadler has been producing documentaries since 1989. Contributions to the network and international market include ‘War Wrecks of the Coral Seas’, for the BBC NHU and WNET/13, a one hour documentary on the natural history of 2nd WW shipwrecks of the South Pacific; ‘Shark Wreck’ for the BBC NHU – the ‘making of’ War Wrecks; ‘Chile – Land of Extremes’ a four part series of one hour documentaries on the natural history of Chile for Television New Zealand, Discovery Channel and Televisión Nacional de Chile; ‘The Mystery of Whales’, one hour documentary on the natural history of whales for the BBC NHU and Readers Digest Television; ”Flamingo – The Last Dance?’ a documentary on the natural history and status of the Caribbean Flamingo in Venezuela for Television New Zealand.