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Facilities 50 2009 Back to Reports & survey Listing

Challenges and Opportunities


Reduction in rates
Almost every post house singles out budget cuts as a major challenge. Bravo is frustrated by “clients using the recession to push down the rates”. Unit singles out “diminishing budgets that are unfairly passed onto the post house”, and Doghouse says its biggest challenge is “unrealistic budgets and unrealistic timeframes”.

Another key bugbear is “facilities ‘giving it away’ for free and cheapifying the industry,” says Envy. Dubbs/ eyeframe says “fierce competition from competitors” is resulting in a “price war”. Finish says “undercutting is devaluing the industry”. The Look says it’s mainly “large post companies” that are “doing ridiculous deals”.

Inhouse facilities
10th planet is one of many worried by the “continuing trend of clients bringing services in house”. Big Buoy and Sequence Post are amongst the others to say the key challenge is “production companies taking post inhouse”.


New technology
Stereo 3d presents new opportunities, say a growing number of facilities, including Brighton TV, Lipsync and Tide. More generally, “changes in technology can create new business opportunities,” says Platform Post.  3sixtymedia says, “New technology is shrinking the distance between us and our clients”.

Competitors going bust
The “smaller facility pool” and “companies going under” means more potential business for those that remain, point out Rapid Pictures, IBF/storm HD, Sequence, The Look, 10th Planet, Bubble TV and Technicolor.

Work outside of London
“The continuing movement out of London” is good news for Welsh facility Barcud Derwen. And for Bristol’s Films@59, which says the “Ofcom Nations remit means more production companies moving into the region”. There are opportunties in “offering a luxurious, spacious setting out of London with out of London rates,” says VPTV.

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