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Halo acquires audio post specialist Hackenbacker

Halo acquires audio post specialist Hackenbacker
Jake Bickerton
14 March 2014

Post house Halo has acquired well-respected audio post specialist Hackenbacker, which has recently worked on the audio post of Downton Abbey, The Musketeers and Whitechapel. The financial arrangements of the deal have not been revealed.


The acquisition of Hackenbacker into the Halo Group will have no immediate impact on the day-to-day runnings of the company, with Hackenbacker remaining in its buildings in Bateman Street (which houses three mix studios and three edit suites) and Salisbury Street it’s Foley studio) and continuing to use the Hackenbacker name.


Hackenbacker’s owner-operator Nigel Heath, who founded the company in the mid 1980s, is staying at the company, however Hackenbacker director Chris Sturmer, who joined four years ago, will leave the company “operationally”, staying on the board as a non-exec director.


The key operational difference for Hackenbacker is it now gains additional capacity through access to Halo’s five 5.1 TV mix rooms and two Dolby 7.1 cinema mix stages at Noel Street.


“The entire Hackenbacker team is proud to become part of the Halo group,” says Heath. “We're looking forward to a productive and creative future that this bringing together of resources and creative expertise will help achieve. The coming together of HALO and Hackenbacker means we can expand and build this further" 


“Having Nigel and his team at the forefront of our drama sound operation is the fulfillment of a long held ambition for Halo,” adds Halo Group CEO John Rogerson.


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