TELEVISION FIXING TESTIMONIALS

" I have worked with many fixers in many countries and Cem Yücesoy is up there with the best. He is the quiet achiever who gets things done fast and effectively, without fuss. He fits into a team, maintains a ready smile and is trustworthy. If he says " it will happen" then it WILL happen. He has excellent contacts throughout Turkey and a mastery of logistics to make a shoot go smoothly."

Howard Sacre
Producer

60 Minutes - AUS
Nine Network – The Lost Stories of Gallipoli


Dear Cem

Thank you for making Essential Media's "Waves of ANZAC Cove"’s time filming in Turkey effortless. From the busy alleys of Istanbul to the shoreline and hinterland of Eceabat, nothing was too much trouble and everything went without a hitch.From changing charter boat brief and then and adding an additional vessel to the mix, nothing was too much trouble and there was always a solution, never any problems.

Cem, you made our time in Turkey memorable in the best possible way, and the Waves of ANZAC Cove team could not have done it without you.I would not hesitate to recommend you to any other team filming in your beautiful part of the world.

Best regards.

Leilani Tomsazewski
Production Manager

Essential Media and Entertainment - AUS
ABC - Waves of Anzac Cove


We nicknamed him - Cem the Gem! I. He was a pleasure to deal with from start to finish. We were making an hour long programme on the Irish who died in Gallipoli. Before the trip, he organised the permissions we needed for our visas and advised us on how to go about things. We had many phone conversations about contributors and the logistics about the trip and I knew from the start he was very tuned in and interested in the subject matter. He made everything so easy - hiring the car - picking us up from our hotel, negotiating his way through Istanbul traffic and down to the Gallipoli peninsula; He liaised with locals to get contributors and colour shots; He came up with ideas for locations and was always aware or what would make a good shot; He booked a boat for us to get some pieces to camera and haggled on price. We were on a very tight budget and Cem was very aware of that. He put up with our late night dinner conversations even if we were talking about Irish matters (but he was always extremely interested - asking questions and he also gave us interesting insights into Turkish life/ history / politics/ etc.  What was extremely impressive about him though was that he was such easy company and offered support when we were under pressure. He is a gentleman to his fingertips - always offering to carry gear and do anything that would take pressure off us. In the end we regarded him as a pal and we were sad to say goodbye.

I would have no hesitation in highly recommending Cem to anyone.

Ann Marie O Callaghan
Producer/Director

RTE Television - IRE
When The Sea Ran Red


From the outset Cem was integral to our three-week wildlife shoot across Turkey. The shoot was challenging and Cem never sat back for one moment; constantly on hand, organizing logistics or mucking in with carrying/looking after kit.

He’s very experienced and efficient on all levels. He gained all the film permits, effortlessly dealt with any red tape, but most importantly he is passionate about making the best film.

He’s wonderful with dealing with contributors and during the setup he was on hand to research, recce and find local scouts who could help track species.

For a short shoot our expectations were high. Travelling across Turkey to many different habitats he was instrumental in organizing all logistics, taking the budget into consideration and most importantly preempting changes to our schedule.

Aside from him being generally brilliant and absolutely ‘on it’ from a wildlife and TV production point of view, he’s also a really foodie. He made a hard, challenging shoot a wonderfully wildlife filled and gastronomic adventure!

James Hemming
Producer Director

Off The Fence Productions - UK
Discovery Channel - Wildest Middle East / Wild Turkey


"Cem and his team were excellent at accommodating our many last minute requests for locations, equipment, transport and people on the ground. His in-depth knowledge of Turkey, and its culture, was invaluable in making the show work and he was always ready with information and advice. He worked all hours of the day to make sure everything was in place when we needed it. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him."

Jeremy Campbell
Field Producer

Double Act TV - UK
Discovery Channel - Game Of Stones


"I wish that every fixer was like Cem Yucesoy.  Beginning with our first contact, weeks in advance of the shoot, he was on top of every detail, quickly understanding what we needed and knowing how to get it, and his experience was very obvious.  He facilitated the film permit process and made sure that we had advance permission to shoot throughout Istanbul. He met us at the airport when we arrived and accompanied us back when the shoot was over, ensuring that every hour of our stay in Turkey would go smoothly.  During the shoot, we were able to accomplish everything we had hoped for and more, efficiently and on budget.  We had set up interviews from the U.S. and he followed up before we arrived to make sure that the schedule and location were confirmed, and to get directions.  Cem is a genuinely nice guy who loves what he does and he’s a pleasure to be with.  His experience as a travel tour leader is also a great asset to his fixing skills and his knowledge of the history and culture (and street foods) of Turkey enhanced our stay tremendously.  We’re only sorry that our shoot in Turkey wasn’t longer."

Cem’s name is pronounced, “Gem” and he is a gem of a fixer.  If you’re planning a shoot in Turkey, don’t bother looking any further."

Barbara Potter
Producer

Resolution Productions - USA
Unlikely Heroes Of The Arab Spring


"Cem Yücesoy was an integral part of our production team as we set out on a great adventure; to discover the history of Noah's Ark for a feature length documentary for ITV1, a major television broadcaster in the UK.

Cem was involved during the pre-planning, the recce and the shoot. At all times he offered advice on filming in Turkey but also came up with some really fabulous editorial ideas. Cem is great person to spend time with and at all times has the wellbeing of the crew on his mind. His planning and attention to detail on the schedule is impeccable. I cannot fault a single moment we spent with Cem and can thoroughly recommend him as the person to hire for your shoot. I have worked throughout the world with many different location producers and I can honestly say that Cem is up there with the best."

Matt Bennett
Director

Burning Bright Productions - UK
The Search For Noah's Ark with Joanna Lumley


"Cem; thank you so much for your fantastic support on our recent Getaways shoot in Turkey. John FD Northover and the rest of the crew were hugely impressed by your work and consider you among the best in the business! Back at the office we are all very grateful for your crucial part in making it such a successful shoot."

Maggi Gibson
Executive Producer

Waddell Media - UK
Getaways 2013


“Cem was able to obtain a film permit for us and arrange all travel logistics in just two days. Without him, we would have lost our story. Everything ran smoothly on the shoot thanks to his professional and friendly manner. I highly recommend him for any shoot in Turkey.”

Milena Gozzo
Production Co-Ordinator

Beyond Productions - AUS
National Geographic - Taboo


"Cem and his team were fantastic.  They captured the vision of our episode and, in a wonderful, personable way, arranged for the people and locations, and every other needed detail to keep us on schedule.  And best of all, his suggestions and willingness to look for additional opportunities for our reality show to succeed made a tremendous creative difference.  We would recommend Cem to anyone looking for a great production partner in country."

Russ Kendall
Producer

Kalesidoscope Pictures – Media & Entertainment - USA
The Food Nanny


"Cem was my fixer on Tribal Wives and he was integral to the success of the filming. He found us the perfect family to film with and smoothed out all difficulties we encountered along the way. He understands the unique demands of location filming and is an asset to have on a shoot."

Alicia Arce
Producer/Director

Diverse Bristol - A Zodiak Entertainment Company - UK
Tribal Wives


"Cem Yucesoy made the process run very smoothly. He was unflappable and with his phone practically glued to his ear, he was always thinking several steps ahead. With his pleasant, friendly manner I wouldn't hesitate to use him again."

Andrew Barron
Director / Producer

Diverse Bristol - A Zodiak Entertainment Company - UK
Ultimate Survival with Bear Grylls


"Cem. We really could't have made our circumnavigation of the world without the help of so many wonderful individuals and organisations. I count you among them.

Thank you again for helping us achieve the amazing challenge and raise money for one of the best causes ever, Children in Need."

Kez Margrie
Series Producer

BBC - Bristol - UK
Around the World in 80 Days


"Cem assisted us on a complex recce and filming shoot for Around the World in 80 Days and proved to be one of the best fixers I have ever worked with. Not only does he have the ability to arrange complicated and last minute logistics all over Turkey, he also has a strong editorial sense and the ability to understand the needs of a director and to find stories, contributors and locations that are accurate to the programme briefs he was given. No job is too small or too big, and Cem is an absolute pleasure to work with. I couldn't recommend him enough!"

Elly Wollen
Production Co-Ordinator

BBC - Bristol - UK
Around the World in 80 Days


"Cem Yucesoy organised a complex documentary shoot for Lion Television, filming in and around Ephesus for 'Cleopatra, Portrait of a Killer' (60' for the BBC and Discovery). Cem obtained filming permits, arranged for electricians, lighting and a jib to travel from Istanbul, and organised props that had to be specially made. When an emergency order of tape stock was needed, he lost no time in sourcing it for us. His knowledge of the tourism and transport industry meant that he could supply good quality vehicles with reliable drivers, and boats to film from. Cem kept me fully informed of costs at all times, secured some very good deals and was a pleasure to work with."

Patricia Chacon
Production Manager

Lion Television - UK
Cleopatra, Portrait of a Killer