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A post house’s reputation among its customers is vital to its success. Here we collate opinions from producers across the board to discover who has the best name in the business

01 Envy
Envy takes first position in this year’s overall poll of the producers’ favourite post houses after placing second last time. Its voters reference its “high end offering” and its “excellent client service and operators” as well as its “posh facilities” at its various sites that are spread throughout London. Others look to the outfit’s “ability to handle large multi-episodic series and deliver to a high and reliable standard.”  More voters also point to Envy’s reliability saying it is “efficient and always finds solutions” and “reliable, efficient, and terrific in a crisis” and “reputable, experienced and popular across all genres within the industry” while others point to Envy’s “quality and editorial empathy.” As one voter puts it “they are a great example of how a post-production house should be set up.”

02 MPC
Coming in at second place on the producer poll this year is MPC, up from third last time. “Consistently good work” is the verdict from one of its fans and that includes some standout projects like The Martian and The Jungle Book alongside its high profile commercials jobs. The facility is lauded for the quality of its staff too (“good ops,” says one of its admirers.) Another commercials based production company picks out the breadth of its offer as a bonus as it has “everything we need under one roof.” Many of its client voters look to MPC’s grading talents as a good reason to put their x in the box: “great colourists” says one, “the best colourists in town,” says another. One fan rounds things by saying “Their place in the industry and quality of output is notable.”

03 The Mill
Getting to third position this time in the producer poll is commercials specialist The Mill, who placed first last year. It picks up plaudits from its clients for being “professional and always a safe bet for spectacular results with great client service.” Others says that The Mill “never lets you down and puts so much into the project.” Voters also look to the company’s high end results: “the quality of its output and list of great clients is impressive,” says one fan while others flag the “polished, beautiful films” it helps produce. Voters also mention its “huge breadth of talent” and say that the  “number of good commerical operators is higher than anywhere else.”
One voter sums it up by saying: “They put commercials above all else and they have a wealth of experience.”

04 The Farm
In at fourth position in the producer poll is The Farm, described by one voter as “one of the most respected post houses in the world.” Others pick out the company’s talent as a good reason to give it their vote. “Brilliant team, excellent communication, top of their game. Fantastic editors,” says one, “excellent staff, great to work with and good editor talent” says another, “reliable and welcoming,” says one more. Other producers point to its “consistently high quality” while another describes The Farm as a “highly respected and trusted facility, known for acute business acumen and delivering workable solutions.”

05 Clear Cut
Up from tenth position last year to number five this time around in the producer poll is Clear Cut. The facility, located in bases in Shepherds Bush, Fitzrovia and Bloomsbury, is described as a “solid pair of hands” and “reliable” by many of its producer voters. And that’s a theme that runs through a lot of the comments from Clear Cut’s admirers with other production company users describing it as “dependable” with still others picking out its “all round reliability.” Other fans also note Clear Cut’s ability to work with a tight budget noting its “competitive prices” and describing the company as “efficient and cost effective.”

06 Molinare
Another riser in the producer poll this time is Molinare, up from last year’s number eight to this year’s sixth place. Molinare’s spread of work across a number of genres is shown by one corporate producer lauding its “increased focus on corporate clients” while at the same time a doc producer points to its “feature documentary expertise” as reasons for a vote. Grateful clients also pick out its “great online and audio” services and also note that  it has “friendly production managers who go out of their way to problem solve and make you feel your production is a priority.”

07 Evolutions
Evolutions rises from ninth place in the poll last year to number seven in 2016. The facility, with three central London buildings and another in Bristol is described as “flexible, cost effective and they deliver the goods,” by one admirer. Another production company fan points to Evolutions’ reliability and safe pair of hands with demanding productions: “they can cope with large-scale productions that are technically complex such as fixed rig.” One Bristol based producer also picks Evolutions out for its staff: “great key creatives in house, efficient and supportive.”

08 Halo
In at eighth position is Halo. Halo picks up producer votes for the quality of its people: “Really strong creative team,” says one production company, “it has always been a pleasure working with them,” says another. It gains plaudits for its “accommodating, talented staff, wide variety of high end kit and responsiveness to requests” as well as being simply “good value too.” One voter obviously enjoyed the environs so much they said: “Brilliant, we’re moving there.”

09 Splice
Shoreditch based Splice didn’t make it into the top ten of this poll last year but comes in this time at number nine. It is picked out by producers for its “flexibility, professionalism and reasonable rates.” Others also point to its value for money: “Able to work within tight budgets,” says one producer while another says of the facility: “They respect their smaller clients and treat them with the same respect as their larger clients.”

10 Films@59
Films@59’s fans point to its “great service and knowledge” as well as its willingness to work alongside clients. “They are very good at resolving issues with no quibbles, are very client-focused and collaborative and we get good deals from them,” says one user. Another picks out Films@59’s breadth of offer: “they can help with end to end workflow, including camera hire and offer a lot of additional technical support.”


Producer Poll: How it works
The producer poll is collated from three separate Televisual surveys in which we ask hundreds of producers to name the post houses they use and rate the most. Broadcast producer votes come from the Production 100 survey, commercials producer votes from the Commercials 30 and corporate producer votes from our Corporate 50.

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