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About

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The Bourne Consultancy was set up by Melsie Bourne, to offer solutions for all talent requirements.

 

With over 20 years working with the leading UK talent managers and advertising agencies, Melsie’s experience is unrivalled and well-recognised within the industry. Her understanding of creative agency requirements and her ability to find the right talent solutions, combined with her global network and entrepreneurial spirit, is the inspiration behind The Bourne Consultancy.

 

Melsie Bourne spent over two decades at the forefront of talent representation in Britain. In 1996 she founded Rabbit Vocal Management which grew to become the largest voiceover agency in the UK.

 

Boasting a rich and diverse roster of specialist talent, combining a wealth of celebrity faces and voices, Rabbit’s success was recognised in 2011 when the company was sold to James Grant Media Group.

Services

Voiceover Casting

 

The Bourne Consultancy offers:

  • Years of experience in casting and working with talent from all fields, including cinema, sport, TV and factual
  • A passion for seeking out new talent away from the usual voiceover circuit
  • Casting for any type of content, everything from finding a recognisable voice for a major campaign to changing a guide voice on an internal film
  • An original and creative approach, where every voice suggestion will be comprehensively researched and on-brief
  • Foreign casting (in all languages)
  • Animation casting and character research
  • Usage calculation
  • Budget advice
  • Contract negotiation
 

Talent Fixing/Negotiating

 

The Bourne Consultancy offers:

  • A one to one service
  • 20 years experience of managing contract negotiations between talent managers and brands
  • An invaluable network of global contacts, cutting-out the highly corporate and often expensive process of dealing with a talent procurement agency.
  • To identify the right talent for your brand and budget through a creative and strategic approach
  • Definitive talent background research
  • Liaising with talent from conception to completion of project
  • Budget advice
  • Fee and exclusivity negotiation
  • Locking down and drawing up of contracts
 
   

Testimonials

I asked Mels to work on a complicated creative idea for our client Carlsberg.  The Fan Squad campaign relied on sourcing well known talent who were in some way associated with football.  Without the right talent there would be no creative idea.  We also needed the talent to agree to ‘unusual’ terms of engagement to allow the creative idea to work.

At Saatchi & Saatchi we have negotiated many talent contracts but the creative idea for this Carlsberg campaign needed to be managed by a talent specialist.  A specialist who could help source talent who would engage on our terms.  Mels was that specialist.  Mels knew who to approach and quickly gave us the talent with their agreement to our terms and our budget.

Carlsberg were very impressed and Saatchi & Saatchi looked impressive.  That’s all thanks to Mels.

This is one example of why Mels is my go to global talent person.

 

Andy Gulliman, Worldwide Director Film and Content, Saatchi & Saatchi

 

Melsie has saved us a huge amount of time and money whenever we have used her. This is down to her shrewd negotiating skills and her connections with the big agents both in the UK and the US. If you need to attach A-list talent to your brand visually or vocally or simply advice on what is possible, why go anywhere else?

 

James Faupel, Head of Broadcast, Karmarama

 

We used Melsie's services to cast the voices for our global Hilton campaign. The brief was not an easy one and the client wanted male or female recognisable voices with global appeal. Melsie understood exactly what we wanted and brought a breadth of US & UK names to the table in on a very quick turnaround. She also successfully negotiated rates with budgets changing almost hourly and with an indecisive client. Melsie tackles each brief head on and has a great knowledge of the talent world and what it takes to satisfy a tough brief.

 

Sam Balderstone, Partner/Head of TV, Fold 7

 

Melsie was a dream to work with. Not only did she help shape our casting strategy with her experience, connections, finger-on-the-pulse, ear-to-the-ground approach, she also ensured we maximised our expenditure by working hard to negotiate the best terms for our distribution plan.

 

Claire Loewenthal, Head of Marketing, Signature Entertainment

 

We have had only positive experiences with Melsie at the Bourne Consultancy - whether it be providing perfect voice over character artists for our animation projects, or arranging an array of perfectly placed talent for our advertising and music work - Melsie combines a professional attitude with a wealth of experience meaning she is a one stop shop and delivers what we need every time and on time

 

Ross Anderson, Owner & Managing Director, Nice&Polite

 

The brief for our 3 Eurostar films was impossible and while sitting with the Creatives I literally had no idea where to start. Having approached Melsie, she completely understood what we were looking for and the voice suggestions kept on flowing. She searched far and wide for the voices and kept coming up with amazing and innovative ideas. This is a woman who knows the voice and talent world incredibly well! There was no stone left unturned and we ended up with 3 amazing voices that really complimented our fantastic films.

 

Anita Sasdy, Creative Production Partner, AMVBBDO

 

I have worked with Mels for many years, and have always seen her as a brilliantly motivated person. Able to make any deal happen, at the right price, with the right person. From her days at Rabbit Vocal Management to now, she has always been a go to person for a creative, straightforward solution to any brief.

 

She's clearly well connected with talent agents, and is the kind of character that has the relationships, and manner, to get a straight answer quickly.

 

In short, she's a joy to work with.

 

Olly Calverley, Head of Broadcast, VCCP

 

Melsie delivered a perfect casting and at short notice too!

 

Tim Greven, Head of TV, J.Walter Thompson GmbH

 
As well as saving us a huge amount of time wading through voice reels, she understood the brief and gave us a great choice of voices – some from places I wouldn’t normally try.
Even better, she pointed us to the best bits of the reels. Really important that. When you’re pressed for time, you often discount VO artists because the first 10 seconds of the reel isn’t right.
I’d like to use her more, please.

Joe Ivory, Creative Group Head, McCann Central

 

clients

Alltogethernow

AMV-BBDO

BBH

Brothers & Sisters

CPB

Droga 5

DLKW

Facebook

Fold7

Grey

Hills

Just so

JWT

Karmarama

krow

McGarry Bowen

Mother

Nice and Polite

Oliver

Ogilivy

RKCR

Saatchi & Saatchi

St Lukes

TAG

VCCP

Wieden & Kennedy

Contact

Whatever your requirements, please don’t hesitate to get in touch:

Phone: +44 (0) 7770 440 239
Email: melsie@thebourneconsultancy.co.uk





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