We tell your story documentary style in a way that your audience gets it on screen or stream. We meet our clients’ goals by selecting talent with the right stuff for their story. Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, Cgroup Film.TV brings together accomplished film and video professionals from North Carolina, Los Angeles, New York and Boston. Using the best equipment, fitting the needs and cost effectively maintaining an on-time and on-budget mentality, each and every project is treated as a potential award-winning production adding a cutting-edge quality while highlighting the end result.
“We make our programs like mini-movies. The audience should be hooked at the beginning, involved in the middle and satisfied at the end.”
– Jay Spain, Producer
Jay Spain, founded the Communications Group, Inc. with two partners in 1982 to produce a highly successful regional television event for the professional group, IABC which featured national news journalists. All three partners had full time jobs with Mr. Spain being a Cinematographer/Editor at NC State University’s Broadcast Services. The Halftime Spots, he filmed for basketball and football received national attention during NCSU’s 1983 national championship run with Coach Jim Valvano. Eventually taking over the business in 1985, he left an editing position at Videofonics in Raleigh, NC and went on to produce, direct, film and edit the award-winning New Bern: A Southern Surprise, a springboard for successful film production of many economic development, promotional and recruitment videos.
Along with business development videos, his work turned to social issues including highly regarded documentaries that went on the film festival circuit such as Live and Let Go, An American Death, a story about one family’s decision on how to assist their dying father in ending his life with dignity. On the shortlist from Sundance Film Festival, it premiered at Dances With Films in Los Angeles in 2002 and had a successful festival run though many festivals passed on the film due to the controversy surrounding the subject matter. It was acquired by Fanlight Pictures for distribution to mostly educational and institutional audiences.
As a second generation cinematographer, Sundance Film festival veteran, advisory board member for the Woods Hole Film Festival, producer and managing member of several privately-funded film development partnerships, Jay Spain has been involved in the production and business side of filmmaking, from concept to completion and distribution. Currently, he is developing several projects including a narrative feature, feature documentary and a television series.