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    Jon Creamer launches Televisual's 30th exclusive annual Facilities 50 survey featuring the top post production houses in the UK and 52 pages of analysis of the sector
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Facilities 50 2011 Back to Reports & survey Listing

11 RUSHES
www.rushes.co.uk
66 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4UH
t 020 7437 8676 e production@rushes.co.uk

Md Joce Capper Director of production Carl Grinter Customer services Anthony McCaffery Genres ads, TV Credits The Human Body, Combat Hospital, D Day Services grading (4k), telecine (4k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing Turnover £8.2m
KIT 18th= PRODUCER 14th TURNOVER 13th PEER 9th=

Rushes got a new owner last year when Deluxe bought Ascent’s entire global post production portfolio, but it’s been business as usual for the autonomously run commercials and TV visual effects house. “Our USP is our creativity, service and people, and being friendly, efficient and flexible,” says md Joce Capper. “We provide boutique creativity with a global infrastructure and capabilities.” The focus on the coming year is on maintaining profitability through “better infrastructure and efficient workflows. We also aim to win more long-form vfx and motion graphics work.”

12 FILMS AT 59
www.filmsat59.com
59 Cotham Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS6 6JR
t 0117 906 4300 e info@filmsat59.com

Md Gina Fucci Operations manager Stuart Dyer Genres TV, films Credits African Cats, The Sparticle Mystery, Men v Wild with Jake Gyllenhaal Services audio (5.1, Foley, ADR), grading (4k), vfx (2d, 3d), editing, DVD, Blu-ray, film restoration, camera hire Turnover £8.4m
KIT 13th PRODUCER 22nd= TURNOVER 12th PEER 9th=

Bristol’s long-standing and well-respected broadcast and film-focused post house Films at 59, which has an extensive camera hire division, recently won a three-year contract to provide camera equipment – mostly Arri Alexas – to the BBC at its drama village in Cardiff Bay, home to Casualty and Doctor Who. It also recently expanded its post production services to incorporate stereo 3d post work, but, says Films at 59’s development director George Panayiotou, “It continues to be a tough market with productions being given late green lights and therefore adding additional pressure on production teams already trying to deliver with reduced budgets and resources.” The plan for Films at 59 now, says Panayiotou, is to “diversify into new areas of our industry, increasing our presence in Cardiff on the back of the BBC contract.”

13 GLASSWORKS
www.glassworks.co.uk
33-34 Great Pulteney Street, London, W1F 9NP Also has branches in Amsterdam and Barcelona t 020 7434 1182 e info@glassworks.co.uk

Md Misha Stanford-Harris Customer services Hector Macleod Genres ads Credits Talk Talk Home, Audi A6 Manipulation, Foundation Against Cancer ad Services grading (2k), telecine (2k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, DVD, Blu-ray  Turnover £7m KIT 20th= PRODUCER 22nd= TURNOVER 16th= PEER 9th=

“Our diversification program is beginning to pay dividends with our medical simulation business. We’ve also established a Barcelona Office and digital agency Wireworks,” says md Misha Stanford-Harris.

14 GORILLA
www.gorillagroup.tv
20 Cathedral Road, Llandaf, Cardiff, CF11 9LJ
t 02920 399 800 e bookings@gorillagroup.tv

Md Richard Moss Facility manager Paul Owen Customer services Eve Moss Genres TV Credits Arctic with Bruce Parry, Timeteam, GT Academy, Quicksilver Pro Services audio (5.1, Foley), grading (4k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, DVD, Blu-ray, camera hire, studios Turnover £5m
KIT 14th PRODUCER 12th TURNOVER 20th PEER –

Gorilla came about after Boomerang Plus’ post facility re-branded from Mwnci last month. It also significantly expanded its range of services, which now encompasses post, OB, studios, grading and graphics. “2011 has been about massive growth and investment in kit and people,” says md Richard Moss. Over the next 12 months, “We plan to grow through expansion, additional sites and companies joining our group.”

15 THE PINEWOOD STUDIOS GROUP
www.pinewoodgroup.com
Pinewood Road, Iver Heath, Bucks, SL0 0NH
t 01753 651 700 e post@pinewoodgroup.com

Md Ivan Dunleavy Facility manager Giles Farley Customer services Nigel Bennett Genres film, TV Credits Would I Lie to You?, Body Farm, Sirens, One Day, Johnny English Reborn, Hysteria, Hanna Services audio (5.1, Foley, ADR), grading (2k), telecine (2k), editing, DVD, Blu-ray, film (restoration, recording), TV studios Turnover £5.8m
KIT 26th PRODUCER 22nd= TURNOVER 18th PEER 17th=

Pinewood has extensive post facilities on the lot, with its credit list largely consisting of productions having shot at the studios complex. “The Pinewood Studios Group is a one-stop-shop where you can walk in with a script and walk out with a finished TX master,” says facility director Giles Farley.

16 UNIT
www.unit.tv
50 Great Marlborough Street, London, W1F 7JS
t 020 7494 5700 e andrew.swepson@unit.tv

Md Adam Luckwell Customer services Andrew Swepson Genres ads, corporate, TV Credits Ads for Citroën, Glennfiddich, Rimmel, Bentley, Johnny Walker, DHL, IBM Rugby World Cup 2011 sponsorship promos Services audio (5.1, ADR), grading (4k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, DVD, Blu-ray Turnover £4.3m
KIT 25th PRODUCER 15th= TURNOVER 21st PEER 24th=

Earlier this year, Unit relocated to a 9,400 square foot facility on Great Marlborough Street and went on a recruitment drive to staff up its expanded and separately branded internal services – The Cut, The Finish and The Mix. It also significantly bolstered its vfx capabilities during the move. “The company increased in size by approximately 100% due to our moving to new premises. Revenue also increased as staffing levels rose,” says md Adam Luckwell. Over the coming year, further growth is on the cards through “the acquisition of the remaining floors in our new building.”

17 SMOKE & MIRRORS
www.smoke-mirrors.com
57-59 Beak Street, London, W1F 9SJ Also has branches in New York and Shanghai
t 020 7468 1000 e production@smoke-mirrors.co.uk

Md Gary Szabo Facilities manager David Southwood Customer Services Gary Szabo, Amanda Duncan Genres ads, TV Credits Range Rover Sport ads, America’s Cup opening sequence, Saudi Aramco campaign Services audio (5.1, Foley), grading (4k), telecine (4k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, DVD, Blu-ray, film restoration, camera hire, TV studios Turnover £11m
KIT 8th PRODUCER 47th= TURNOVER 11th PEER 17th=

Large ad-focused facility Smoke & Mirrors, which has branches in London, New York and Shanghai, believes it’s weathered the “carnage of 2009 and the industry catching its breath in 2010” and is in a positive place to move forward. “We remain a lean and responsive outfit and, whilst we are not quite getting the bunting out just yet, we think we can continue the steady progress,” says md Gary Szabo. About the UK’s post industry in general, Szabo adds: “The polarisation of the industry has continued – there’s a concentration at the big end and an emergence of more truly boutique outfits at the smaller end. The middle is really being squeezed. Also, you really need to adapt to survive – base your business around just one offering and you will struggle.” Next for Smoke & Mirrors is further expansion, including opening in Sao Paulo: “We plan to grow by moving in to more territories and investment in talent.”

18 SPLICE TV
www.splicetv.com
21a Perseverance Works, Shoreditch, London, E2 8DD t 020 7033 9944 e info@splicetv.com

Mds Duncan Western, Damian Dolniak Customer Services Carle Duthoo Genres TV, corporate, film Credits Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals, Monty Don’s Italian Gardens Services audio (5.1, ADR), grading (4k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, DVD, Blu-ray, TV studios Turnover £3m KIT 18th PRODUCER 10th= TURNOVER 31st PEER 13th=

“We’re expanding in size, acquiring new space and will be able to accommodate film a great deal more, due to a new grading and audio theatre,” says joint-md Duncan Western about Splice’s planned growth.

19 AIR POST PRODUCTION
www.airpost.tv
Picture House, Singer Street, London, EC2A 4BQ
t 020 7426 5140 e paul@airpost.tv

Md Richard Boote Facility manager Frankie Jacobs Customer services Paul Ballard, John Penn Genres TV, film Credits How Hip Hop Changed The World, Live On Air - Elbow 3D, Young Rich & Househunting Services audio (5.1, Foley, ADR), grading (4k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, DVD, Blu-ray Turnover £6.5m
KIT 15th= PRODUCER 30th= TURNOVER 17th PEER –

20 LIPSYNC POST
www.lipsyncpost.co.uk
Screen House, 123 Wardour Street, London, W1F 0UW
t 020 7534 9123 e lisa@lipsyncpost.co.uk

Md Peter Hampden Facility manager Lisa Jordan Customer services Lee Hodgkinson Genres film, TV, ads Credits We Need To Talk About Kevin, Jane Eyre, My Week With Marilyn Services audio (5.1, Foley, ADR), grading (4k), telecine (4k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, film recording Turnover £8m
KIT 9th= PRODUCER 41st= TURNOVER 15th PEER –

As well as offering traditional post services, Lipsync also provides funding for certain productions that use its facilities. It began financing features four years ago and has since had production credits on British successes including Sex and Drugs and Rock & Roll, Made In Dagenham and We Need To Talk About Kevin. It’s also more recently started financially backing TV productions, including the BBC’s latest adaptation of Jane Eyre, produced by Ruby Films.

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