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Facilities 50 2018 Back to Reports & survey Listing

01 The Mill
London, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and India (Bangalore) t 020 7287 4041
md Sean Costelloe production director Ben Stallard facility manager Fabrice Mennecier
genres ads, promos, corporate
credits O2 Follow the Rabbit, SCA Libresse Blood Normal, John Lewis Moz the Monster, Heathrow Coming Home for Christmas, Halifax Wizard of Oz, Sky Sports Take Your Seat, Mini Faith of a Few, FIFA El Torando Nike Mercurial Launch Installation  services  grading (HDR,HD,2k,4k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, 3D, VR
turnover £160m
Producer 1st Turnover 1st Peer 2nd
Another year at the top of the Facilities 50 for The Mill.
The company has studios across the US and India too and The Mill says this has been crucial with “schedules often compressed and the scale of projects increasing” because “it is not uncommon for multiple studios to work on the same project, helping us to straddle time zones and assemble the very best teams.”
The Mill says that the international market “is of strategic focus for us, particularly with the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.” International campaigns over the last year include, Guinness Discover Extraordinary Flavour (AMV BBDO - Johannesburg), Mini Faith of a Few (Jung Von Matt - Hamburg), Assassin’s Creed I Am (DDB - Paris) Nike Never Ask (Wieden+Kennedy - Amsterdam) and Heineken’s global campaign (Publicis - Milan). There’s been a focus on the company’s in house production arm Mill+ too, with Carl Addy’s World Cup spot for the Portuguese Football Federation; Jorge Montiel’s project for Audible and its photoreal CG orangutan as two examples. The Creative Technology team has also been busy with experiential projects, a good example being’s Opportunity Roars “the first commercial use of our proprietary tool ‘Mill Mascot’, our brand new real-time animation system.”

02 Framestore
28 Chancery Lane, WC2A 1LB,London; New York; Los Angeles; Montreal; Chicago; Pune t 020 7344 8000
md Helen Stanley, Lottie Cooper global film Fiona Walkinshaw film UK Lucy Killick advertising UK Helen Hughes
genres film, TV, ads, corporate, promos
credits Blade Runner 2049 Alcon/Sony, One Strange Rock Nat Geo, Samsung  A Moon for All Mankind Cheil/Iris services audio (5.1) stereo, grading (4k, HD,2k), vfx [2d, 3d, animation], editing, film (restoration), camera hire, 3d stereoscopic, VR
Producer 6th Turnover 2nd Peer 1st
It’s been quite a year for Framestore with work on some outstanding vfx heavy movies including Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One and Christopher Robin.
The company says that the past twelve months represent an “exciting year of growth across all areas of Framestore  in the UK” which culminated in the relocation of its UK operations from multiple London sites into the new Chancery Lane HQ. bringing the company’s 1,100 London-based staff together into one nine-floor, 100,000 sq. ft. central hub.
Framestore says it has seen “major growth across all disciplines from our traditional areas of film and advertising and also in newer areas of television vfx and immersive.”
It has also seen a continued increase in “opportunities for global working with clients across a variety of entertainment platforms” and there has been more opportunity for the re-use of CG assets and IP across multi-platforms for brands. There has been expansion into new areas “including theme park rides and immersive productions for both brands and entertainment IPs.”
The company sees opportunities in “VR, AR, MR  experiential, datavisualistion, location based entertainment” and high end TV, as well as Asian markets through its Beijing office and partnership with Anibrain in Puna.

03 MPC
127 Wardour Street, W1F 0NL, London, Vancouver, LA, NY, Bangalore, Montréal, Amsterdam, Paris, Shanghai + remote viewing in 28 additional locations t 020 7434 3100
md advertising Jonathan Davies md film Christian Roberton head of prod  Luke Rafferty
genres film, ads, promos, TV credits Bladerunner 2049, VW Born Confident, Edeka Christmas 2117 services grading (2k,HD), vfx (2d, 3d), editing, camera hire, 3D, VR
Producer 3rd Turnover 3rd Peer 3rd

A “great year,” says MPC. “We were honoured to be part of the team that worked on Blade Runner 2049” and the ad team has had an “unprecedented level of success at both VES and then Cannes.”

04 The Farm
58-60 Newman Street, London, W1T 3EE; Manchester, Salford; Bristol; LA t 020 7437 6677
md David Klafkowski facility manager Jack Edney (London), John Smith (LA), Paul Austin (Manchester), Charlotte Barrett (Salford), Duncan Armstrong (Bristol)
genres TV, ads, film
credits Black Earth Rising, Grayson Perry: Rites of Passage, Football World Cup services audio (5.1, Foley, ADR, Atmos), grading (2k,4k,HDR), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, 3d, VR
turnover £30m
Producer 2nd Turnover 5th Peer 4th
A year of building for The Farm - consolidating its London expansion plus a shiny new facility in Manchester and an upcoming opening in Bristol set for early 2019.

05 Envy
50a Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1JW. 57 Rathbone Place; Margaret Street; Foley Street; Windmill Street; Mortimer Street
md Dave Cadle facility manager Natascha Cadle customer services Dominic Briere-Edney
genres TV, ads
credits One Strange Rock (TV) Gogglebox (TV) Adidas, Here to Create (advertising)
services audio (Stereo,5.1, Foley, ADR, Atmos), grading (HDR,2k,4k,HD), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, 3D, VR
turnover £20m
Producer 3rd Turnover 7th Peer 5th
Envy says it has “moved into different genre work like comedy and more scripted work” over the past year “which has been very successful.”

06 Evolutions
2 Sheraton Street, W1F 8BH; Great Pulteney Street; Berwick Street; Camden Town; Whiteladies Road x2, Pauls Road x2, Bristol
md Simon Kanjee ops dir Owen Tyler
genres TV, ads, corporate
credits 24 Hours in Police Custody, Countryfile, QI  services audio (5.1, Foley, ADR), grading (HDR 2k,4k,HD), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing
Turnover £25m
Producer 8th Turnover 6th Peer 14th
An “excellent” year says Evos with a new facility opened in Primrose Hill, Camden, “servicing the post needs of Shine TV.” However, it says, there have been “some lulls in commissions which have been challenging.”

07 Molinare
34 Fouberts Place, W1F 7PX, LUX Building, Hoxton Square; Hackenbacker, Batemen St
md Julie Parmenter fac mgr Alan Pritt
genres TV, film, corp, ads, promos
credits MI:6 Fallout, Patrick Melrose, Stephen Lawrence: The Murder that Changed a Nation
services audio (5.1, Foley, ADR, Atmos), grading (HDR,2k,4k), vfx (2d) editing, 3d
Turnover £13.5m 
Producer 10th Turnover 11th Peer 7th
A “very strong year in terms of the productions that we have worked on,” says Molinare,“including some of the biggest and most high profile drama and feature productions, The Crown S2, Patrick Melrose, Isle of Dogs and Mission Impossible 6.”

08 Unit
10 Berners Mews, London, W1T 3AP t 020 7494 5700
md Daniel Sapiano facility manager Karen Hampson customer services Darryl Bolton genres ads, TV, promos, film, corporate
credits Britannia (the series), Casio Edifice, Adidas, Huawei services audio (Stero,5.1, Foley, ADR, Atmos), grading (HDR,2k,4k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, TK scanner (4K,2k), 3D, VR
turnover £16m
Producer 13th Turnover 9th Peer 22nd

09 Halo
25 Noel Street, London, W1F 8GX, 179 Wardour Street, 5a Noel Street, 50-51 Berwick Street
md Alan Jones commercial dir Will Garbutt head of production Charlotte Hawkins
genres TV, film
credits  Civilisation Nutopia for BBC/PBS, Luther series 5  BBC, Paddington 2 Studio Canal
services audio (5.1, Foley, ADR, Atmos), grading (HDR, 2K, 4K), vfx (2d, 3d, animation) editing, film restoration, 3D, VR
turnover £7.9m
Producer 9th Turnover 18th Peer 9th

10 Technicolor
28-32 Lexington St, London, W1F 0LF
md John Fleming facility manager Rachael Watmough
genres TV, film
credits Black Mirror, Paddington 2, Darkest Hour services audio (5.1, ADR, Foley), grading (HDR, 4k, 2k), vfx (2d, 3d), editing,TK ( HD,2k,4k)
Producer 16th Turnover 14th Peer 9th
Technicolor says the last year was strong for the company with its episodic team seeing an 18% growth in picture post and an additional 20% growth in the sound post business. And “our VFX revenues have grown by 31% from the previous year.”

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