Steve L

From courts to cameras: after ten years of forensic advocacy as a criminal defence and family law barrister, Steve became a BBC television journalist, reporting on news and current affairs.

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Steve L Broadcast Journalist at Great British Presenters

Following thorough BBC training and several years of experience working with some of the world’s biggest media outlets including CNN, Steve can write, direct and present films to international broadcast standards.

As a barrister specialising in criminal defence and family litigation for the first decade of his career, Steve appeared on behalf of thousands of clients in Britain’s highest courts. Always thinking on his feet and often under intense pressure, he had to react swiftly and calmly to unexpected turns in very complex cases with the highest stakes. Steve formulated detailed submissions of law to persuade judges; and he used clear, engaging language to help juries understand essential points more easily. Developing incisive analytical skills and advanced communication techniques, he learned to distil vital details quickly, then cross-examine all types of witnesses judiciously.

By representing demanding clients who were facing the most serious allegations - including murder - Steve also gained mature insights into social dynamics; and this seasoned perspective helps him to work diplomatically and communicate effectively with all kinds of people, even in the most stressful situations.

Inspired by a love of travel to expand his horizons beyond courtroom battlefields, Steve moved into the media world by taking a postgraduate diploma in broadcast journalism; while studying he was noticed and recruited by the BBC, then trained extensively in television production, screenwriting and presenting to appear frequently in the BBC One programmes ‘Spotlight’ and ‘The Politics Show’.

Here are a few examples of Steve's work at the BBC:

Working together with ex-SAS survival expert and author Chris Ryan, Steve also wrote and presented sequences in four episodes of Sky One’s drama-documentary series ‘Terror Alert: Could You Survive?’

After three years of working at the BBC in England as a TV news and current affairs reporter, Steve formed a production company to make branded films and documentaries for clients in Europe, Asia and the US. In addition to writing, filming and presenting content for CNN (Hong Kong and Atlanta) and the Telegraph Media Group (London), Steve also makes documentaries for China’s global news and current affairs channel, mainly appearing on CGTN’s weekly show, ‘Assignment Asia’.

Following those years of high-level advocacy and hard-fought litigation, Steve has found television presenting to be a comfortable fit, so he can stay relaxed and good-humoured while managing the pressures of live broadcasts and tight deadlines. He can quickly understand clients’ instructions and present their stories with a natural articulacy to make an impressive impact, while always giving meticulous attention to important details. Steve’s delivery is empowered by the persuasive arts of advocacy – including humour wherever appropriate!

Since beginning his media career in 2004, Steve has worked around the world with people from many different countries and cultures, to deliver successfully completed media projects for clients in Europe, the US and Asia.

What the clients say:

Steve is an intelligent and hard working journalist who can be relied on to produce interesting and clear stories to deadline.
He is a highly professional and skilled reporter/producer, capable of working to a very high standard in a wide variety of editorial roles.
He is also a supportive team member, has plenty of strong ideas and deals well with contacts and colleagues.

Simon Read - BBC TV Editor

Steve is an experienced and professional videojournalist who has accumulated excellent all-round multimedia skills during his time training and working at BBC and as a regular contributor to other global media organisations including CNN.
A good communicator, Steve is always keen to understand a client’s overall goals, while his skills as a written journalist help produce story-driven material that is appreciated by news-focused media outlets.
When employed as Communications Manager at Fast Track, I worked with Steve personally in Hong Kong, mainland China and East Malaysia. He was also commissioned for assignments in Singapore, Peninsular Malaysia and India, and on extensive editing projects.
Very professional in all aspects of his work, Steve is thorough and methodical in his approach, and takes great pride in his finished product.

John Higginson - Director of Communications, i3 Sports

I met Steve in 2007 when he interviewed me about our electric jeep project in Makati for CNN. I was very impressed because he was a one man show. He did the interview, the shooting, the voice over and the editing and the result was very impressive.
He also interviewed me and printed a story about my company Binalot for Asian Tiger Investors' report. It came out in the regional magazine and it was also reprinted in local publications in the Philippines. That interview was good mileage for Binalot.
Steve is very professional and very skilled. He has a very amiable personality and he loves the Philippines and its people. His extensive background and experience make him a joy to work with. And it doesn't hurt that he's a fun guy to have a beer with after work as well.

Rommel Juan - CEO at MDJuan Ent - Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines

Over the last six months, Fast Track has commissioned Steve Lunt of Director Films to create a series of branding films for our clients, HSBC. We have worked closely together on many demanding shoots in challenging locations around Asia, including China, India and Peninsular Malaysia.
All of us at the agency have been impressed with Steve's work: he has consistently filmed, edited and produced powerful videos to the highest creative and technical standards. Steve's background as a professional story-teller in television journalism is very useful in our video projects, because his camerawork is creative and eye-catching; his meticulous editing accentuates our message; and his friendly interviewing skills enable people in front of the camera to relax - so our story can be told with a high degree of documentary-style credibility.
It is a pleasure working with Steve as he has always met our tightest deadlines with good-humoured professionalism, even editing through the night on several occasions to ensure timely delivery of polished work.
His films have all been approved by our clients HSBC for successful use across their various platforms, and we would happily recommend Steve's services as a talented creator of attractive and engaging videos that have a commercially persuasive impact.

Melvin Byres - Founder, Business Of Sports Network & MSB Concepts. Networking for the sports industry

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