The Sab Network was born out of The Sab Sound group, a collective of highly experienced Sound freelancers working together to facilitate their clients. The knowledge that within this tight knitted community, fellow members could be trusted to deliver the highest levels of professionalism if referred to a client by a fellow member, opened up opportunities for all. It also became a place to share knowledge, discuss complex technical solutions and innovations and offer moral support. Each member works as a separate entity but can also combine forces for the benefit of their clients.
At the heart of this industry are the people that make seemingly impossible things happen. Whether it’s delivering incredible content for corporate marketing or providing mind boggling technical solutions for massive OBs, without the right people, things will go wrong and can become very expensive. Sab Sound members recommended others they rated highly to join and it grew to more than thirty people covering many areas within Sound Recording and Production. Producers and Coordinators learned that every member would deliver to the highest professional standards.
Stuart Bruce, founder of Sab Sound Ltd. and Freelance Sound Supervisor and Recordist for more than 25years, recognised the benefit for both clients and fellow members of combining services. If it could work in Sound, why couldn’t it work in other sectors? Clients (Particularly overseas clients) were already asking him for recommendations for other job roles.
As with the Sab Sound group, the service should be completely free to bookers. Approved members would pay a fixed subscription to remain part of the group. Rates for bookings were to be negotiated between freelancer and client and payments made directly to the freelancer booked.
When considering a way this could be achieved, countless hours were spent figuring out how to build a viable number of the most accomplished and capable hands throughout all roles to provide a single, trusted source for Production Companies, Broadcasters, OB Companies, Corporate Clients and frankly anyone else looking to hire professional broadcast standard Crew. The process of ‘peer recommendation’ continues today as the main source for the growing Network. Where this was not possible, a rigorous vetting procedure was designed to maintain the same exemplary standards for membership. It isn’t easy to become a member of The Sab Network!
At the same time, a system needed to be created to present the skills and services of each and every member in a cohesive, accessible and practicable way. The incredible virtuosity of individuals cannot always be communicated through a credit list, and ‘bookers’ were missing out on a wealth of knowledge and talent. Due to the complexity of projects and the lack of a feasible mechanism for discovering, communicating and booking dependable, seasoned experts, the industry turns back to ‘who you know’.
And ‘who you know’ is great, as the wrong person on a shoot can have a destabilising effect on the production. By asking someone you trust for a recommendation, the booker is assured that all the recognised qualities and expectations will be met. It’s also precisely why recommendation is as the heart of the Sab Network.