What’s new in OB?
2016 saw many outside broadcast companies move into 4K UHD live broadcasting, while 2017 will see more leap into the IP future. But there’s still HDR, VR and 8K to think about. Jon Creamer reports
HDR's bright future
The standards for HDR have now all been nailed down, and the likes of Amazon, Netflix and the BBC are all diving in. Is 2017 going to be the tipping point for HDR? Jon Creamer reports
The Craft: Studio directing
Three of television's biggest entertainment shows - Strictly, The X Factor and The Voice - are directed by women. They tell Tim Dams about making it in a genre that’s traditionally been very male dominated
Spy in the Wild
For new BBC natural history series Spy In The Wild, John Downer Productions infiltrated the animal world with 30 robotic creatures kitted out with miniature cameras
The entertainment report
At a time of political and economic uncertainty, broadcasters are on the hunt for new formats to keep audiences entertained. And they are preparing to launch a swathe of new shows in 2017. Tim Dams reports on TV’s search for the next big hits
21 DUBBS | EYEFRAME
25-26 Poland Street, London, W1F 8QN
t 020 7534 4800 e firstname.lastname@example.org
Md Julie Redmond Directors James Greenwall, Clive D’urban, Christos Glaridis Customer services James Greenwall Genres film, TV Credits The King’s Speech DVD/Blu-ray, Anuvahood DVD/Blu-ray, Drive Angry 3D & 2D Blu-ray/DVD Services audio (5.1), grading (HD), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, DVD, Blu-ray, film (restoration, recording), camera hire Turnover £4m
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Disc authoring and film restoration specialist Dubbs | Eyeframe has focused on expansion into new areas over the last 12 months: “The market continues to be tough, especially when budgets are still low and continued investment is required. We’ve grown additional areas such as live events and filming, which have proved very successful and have maintained a constant business,” explains the company’s James Greenwall.
Barclay House, 35 Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5NG t 0161 228 0330
Mds Andrew Sumner, Janet Sumner Facility manager Paul Peppiate Customer services Nicola Spanou Genres TV Credits Dragons’ Den, Waterloo Road, The Royle Family Services audio (5.1, Foley, ADR), grading (2k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing Turnover £3.5m KIT 17th PRODUCER 22nd= TURNOVER 25th PEER –
“It’s been a challenging first quarter, much busier Easter to end of year and a fully booked final half year,” says technical director Brian Hardman.
23 CLEAR CUT PICTURES
1 Springvale Terrace, London, W14 0AE
t 020 7605 1734
Md Paul Austin Facility manager Nicky Burchett Customer Services Richard Hobbs Genres TV, corporate Credits I Shouldn’t Be Alive, Is The West Dead? (Panorama episode), Hugh Laurie: Down By The River Services audio (5.1, Foley, ADR), grading (4k), vfx (2d,3d, animation), editing, DVD, Blu-ray Turnover £2.6m
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West London’s sizable post player Clear Cut Pictures has had “a steady year in terms of growth and revenue – we’re pleased rates are starting to level out and pleased to be working with lots of new clients,” says md Paul Austin. Along with many other post houses in 2010/11, Clear Cut has invested a good deal of time and energy in ensuring its facilities are fully equipped for file-based working and the massive influx of data cameras that have come to prominence this year. “We’ve got on top of tapeless, which threw up lots of technical challenges that pushed us to deliver storage and workflow efficiencies.” Next for the company is further expansion: “We’re currently looking at many different expansion options – either acquisition, merger or joint venture,” reveals Austin.
24 CROW TV
Unit 1.5 & 1.6, Shepherds Building East, W14 0DQ
t 08750 850 1008 e email@example.com
Md Will O’Connor Facility manager Marley Bryan Customer services Jocelyn Buckley Genres TV Credits The Secret Millionaire, Pointless, Made In Britain Services audio (5.1), grading (2k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, DVD, Blu-ray Turnover £3.1m
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Crow TV is another of West London’s broadcast-focused facilities – it lays claim to being the largest in the area. It’s been “busy, but with hardened rates and more complex workflows,” says md Will O’Connor. “Rates have continued to be chipped away at a time when almost all work has become HD and tapeless.” The post house employs 50 people and three years ago took over Endemol’s inhouse facility The Edit House.
25 ABSOLUTE POST
8 Poland Street, London, W1F 8PX
t 020 7851 6700 e firstname.lastname@example.org
CEO David Smith Md Andy Barmer Deputy head of production Lisa Vaughan Genres ads Credits ads for Lipton Ice Tea, Mastercard, Orange, Robinsons, Verizon, Axe/Lynx, COI, Co-Operative, Skoda, Ikea, Motorola, Renault, Baileys, Nissan Services vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, DVD, Blu-ray Turnover £3.9m
KIT 43rd= PRODUCER 38th= TURNOVER 23rd
Absolute has steadily grown from a boutique commercials vfx house, set up by ex-The Mill Flame artist David Smith in 2004, to a much larger concern with an offshoot branch in New York. Over the last year, the company has experienced the same shake up in the roles of post house, agency and production company as other vfx houses: “Agencies are doing post, production companies are working direct to client, post houses are directing work,” says md Andy Barmer. “This shake-up is challenging but is bringing very interesting opportunities for those companies that are flexible enough to engage effectively.”
26 HOGARTH WORLDWIDE
164 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8HL
Also has branches in Singapore, Mexico City, New York and Hong Kong
t 020 7240 6400 e email@example.com
Mds Barry Jones, Kevan Thorn Facility manager/Customer services Richard Ireland Genres ads, corporate Credits Ford Focus ad, launched in 20 European countries, Sunsilk ads, global versioning and post production, Lucozade Louder Services audio (5.1), grading (2k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing Turnover £8.1m
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Hogarth, which is part owned by WPP, brands itself a ‘advertising implementation agency’. Its core business is centred on localising and adapting commercials campaigns in print, TV and digital media for different worldwide territories for WPP’s ad agencies. It’s an ‘industrial scale’ set up, and is growing fast with a huge office in Shaftsbury Avenue and branches in North America, South America and Asia. “2011 has been a year of continued growth for Hogarth as new facilities have been built, and new clients have been won,” says facility manager Richard Ireland.
27 HALO POST
75-77 Margaret Street, London, W1W 85Y
t 020 7636 5766 e firstname.lastname@example.org
Md Jo Beighton Customer Services Matthew Locke Genre TV Credits Outnumbered, Inside The Human Body, David Attenborough’s Flying Monsters 3D Services audio (5.1, ADR), grading (2k), telecine (2k), editing Turnover £2m KIT 34th PRODUCER 17th TURNOVER 34th= PEER 17th=
“Our core clientele remain doc filmmakers, and we’ve increased our activity in comedy, drama, corporate and commercials markets in the past year. We’re looking to increase our capacity to accommodate our expanding client base,” explains md Jo Beighton.
28 BTV POST
Unit 1, Wedgwood Mews, 12-13 Greek Street, London, W1D 4BA and 1 Clifton Mews, Clifton Hill, Brighton, BN1 3HR t 020 7205 5519 e email@example.com
Md David Pounds Facility manager Jon Lee Customer services Susan Tunstall Genres TV, corporate Credits Songbook 3D, High Octane, Britain’s Fattest Man Services audio (5.1, ADR), grading (4k), editing, DVD, Blu-ray, film (restoration, recording), camera hire Turnover £3.2m
KIT 27th PRODUCER 30th= TURNOVER 27th PEER –
BTV Post sensibly rebranded from Brighton TV last year shortly before opening up a London branch. The company, which is perhaps best known for its stereo 3d post work, is “on track to post 100 hours of 3d content in 2011,” says md David Pounds. “We’ve seen a big increase in 3d work this year.” Pounds believes the post industry has “stabilised compared to 2010”. Now it’s established a base in London, BTV plans to further expand its office in the city over the coming year.
4th Floor, South Central, 11 Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5QR and Dalintober Hall, Dalintober Street, Glasgow, G5 8NW t 0161 839 6080 e firstname.lastname@example.org
Md David Jackson Facility managers and Customer services Damien Lynch, Brian Suttie Genres ads, TV Credits Everything’s Rosie, Lost Kingdoms Of Africa Services audio (5.1, Foley, ADR), grading (2k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, DVD, Blu-ray Turnover £3.7m
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28 Newman Street, London, W1T 1PR
t 020 7636 4488 e email@example.com
Md Shelley Fox Facility manager Rick Halsall Customer services Shelley Fox, Alan Cronin Genres TV Credits Celebrity Juice, The Rob Brydon Show, Life of Riley Services audio (5.1, ADR), grading (HD), vfx (2d, animation), editing Turnover £2.5m
KIT 57th= PRODUCER 18th= TURNOVER 33rd
Suite is the ‘go to’ post house for comedy series. It’s previously worked on The Inbetweeners, Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show, Al Murray’s Multiple Personality Disorder and Never Mind The Buzzcocks, as well as a long list of other British comedy gems. Last year was no exception – it’s been “steady business throughout the year,” says facility manager Rick Halsall, including “more side projects and ever increasing tapeless projects with huge data requirements”.