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November 2018

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  • The Facilities 50
    Jon Creamer launches Televisual's 31st exclusive annual Facilities 50 survey featuring the top post production houses in the UK and 48 pages of analysis of the sector
  • The Commercials 30
    Jon Creamer introduces Televisual’s exclusive Commercial 30 survey, reporting on a year of highs and lows for commercials producers.
  • The Drama Genre Report
    With competition from streamers intensifying, UK broadcasters are exploring new drama strategies. Tim Dams reports
  • Primary Colours
    Five leading movie colourists tell Michael Burns the secrets of their craft, and explain the techniques they use to grade movies like The Danish Girl, Peterloo and Baby Driver
  • Up, up and away!
    Thanks to advances in camera technology, the possibilities of aerial filming are greater than ever before. Pippa Considine reports on some of the year’s standout aerial projects
  • OB: Which Way Now
    The OB industry is embracing major change as it adapts to the worlds of UHD, HDR and IP. Michael Burns reports
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Facilities 50 2010 Back to Reports & survey Listing

11 Rushes
66 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4UH
t 020 7437 8676
Md Joce Capper Dir of production Carl Grinter Customer services Dori Halliday
Genres ads, TV
Credits The Last Men on the Moon, Phillips Squeaky Clean, Nike Air
Services grading (4k), telecine (4k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing
Turnover £7.3m

“All the large campaigns around The World Cup helped make it a better year – we’re not out of the woods yet but there’s a more positive vibe in the air,” says md Joce Capper. She adds that “undercutting is a bit better as the market is more buoyant and there’s more work around.” Capper believes that “Rushes is quite a rare setup in London now – we’re a size where you come in and know everyone. It’s very sociable.”

12 Ascent
142 Film House, 142 Wardour Street, London
t 020 7878 0000
mds Maurizio Cimelli, Simon Constable, Adrian Bull Facility manager Johnny Whitehead Customer services Becky Start, Martin Poultney
Genre TV, film, new media
Credits Fish Tank, Prince of Persia, Emma, Collision
Services audio (5.1, foley, ADR), grading (4k), telecine (4k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, DVD, Blu-ray, film (restoration, recording)
Turnover £15.5m
KIT 8th PRODUCER 29th= TURNOVER 8th PEER 19th=

With its feet planted firmly in the worlds of both TV and film, Ascent 142 has worked on projects as diverse as Disney’s Prince of Persia through to ITV drama Collision over the past year. It’s selling point to customers is that it strives to offer a boutique facility experience while being part of a wider group that can offer a range of service – from full audio, through grading, vfx, editing and DVD - all managed by a single point of contact. Like everyone, though, it has had to tighten its belt over the past year as rate pressures continue to bite. It’s invested in 3d over the past year, and sees real opportunities in 3d for its feature film offering. Ascent 142 employs 160 full-time staff.

13 Films at 59

59 Cotham Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS6 6JR
t 0117 906 4300
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Md Gina Fucci Facility manager/Customer services George Panayiotou
Genres TV, films
Credits Mistresses, Man Vs Wild, Life
Services audio (5.1, foley, ADR) grading (2k), editing, DVD, Blu-ray, film restoration, camera hire
Turnover £8m
KIT 24th PRODUCER 13th= TURNOVER 14th= PEER 10th=

Bristol’s leading post house, Films at 59, is weighing up expansion into neighbouring Cardiff as drama work in the Welsh capital increases. Over the past year it has invested £1.25m in new kit, including a Baselight grading system. Meanwhile, it’s also looking to install a new DI theatre as part of £2m set aside for investments over the coming year. The idea, says facility manager George Panayiotou is to “focus on expanding our top end grading including theatrical projects.” Films at 59’s usp is to provide a “cost effective, high quality post production service.” Clearly this strikes a chord with its producer clients – impressively Films at 59 came 13th in the producer peer poll and 10th in the post peer poll. It employs 114 full-time staff.

14 Technicolor Creative Services

28-32 Lexington Street, London, W1F 0LF and Pinewood Studios, Pinewood Road, Iver Heath, Bucks, SL0 0NH
t 020 7319 4900, 01753 658700
Md Simon Wilkinson Operation directors (Pinewood) Chris Smith, (Soho) Jethro Harris Director of sales Matt Adams
Genres film, TV Credits Clash of the Titans, The Killer Inside me, Sherlock Holmes
Services audio (5.1), grading (4k), telecine (4k), vfx (2d, 3d), editing, DVD, Blu-Ray, film (restoration, recording, cutting)
Turnover £19m
KIT 5th= PRODUCER 44th= TURNOVER 6th PEER 33rd=

With facilities at Pinewood and in Soho, Technicolor is firmly geared towards the film business. 80% of its work is for features such as Clash of the Titans and Sherlock Homes. It works across multiple disciplines, offering digital post, vfx, titles design, digital cinema and video mastering.

15 Unit
16 Carlisle Street, London, W1D 3BT
t 020 7494 5700
Md Adam Luckwell Facility manager Chantele Bigmore Customer services Alex Finch
Genres TV, corporate, ads, new media
Credits Watchdog, How Earth Made Us, Pro Evolution Soccer commercial
Services audio (5.1), grading (4k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, DVD, Blu-ray
Turnover £4.08m
KIT 29th PRODUCER 15th= TURNOVER 22nd PEER 33rd=

Plans for Unit include a move to bigger, and more comfortable, premises. “Our client level went up,” explains Unit md Adam Luckwell. “And they expect a little bit more from us.” And the old building is bursting at the seams. The vfx and audio departments will double in size and there’ll be investment in Smoke on the Mac.

16 Cinesite
Medius House, 2 Sheraton Street, London, W1F 8BH
t 020 7973 4000
Md Anthony Hunt Production director Courtney Vandersace-Law Business development Gillian Roberts-Howe
Genres film, TV
Credits Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Prince of Persia, Clash of the Titans
Services telecine (4k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, DVD, Blu-ray, film (restoration, recording), camera hire
Turnover £18m
KIT 13th PRODUCER 52nd= TURNOVER 7th PEER 12th=

Cinesite’s md Anthony Hunt says the last year was “Really good for us.” With several large movies using the company’s services including Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia. Cinesite’s currently working on John Carter of Mars, the next Pirates of the Caribbean, the new Harry Potter and is booked in for X Men 4. “The UK is a good place to make a movie,” says Hunt. “It’s indicative of the confidence that the global film market feels that you can make these heavily vfx dependent movies in the UK. You can film in the UK and know you’ve got companies that can do extremely high end vfx work without compromises.”

17 Storm HD/ IBF
15 Monmouth street, London, WC2H 9DA
t 020 7497 1515
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Mds Tim Wheeler, Paul Ingvarsson Facility manager/Customer services Gail Roberts Genres TV, corporate
Credits The Seasons with Alan Titchmarsh, Natural world: Echo An Unforgettable Elephant, The Whole 19 Yards
Services audio (5.1, foley, ADR), grading (HD), vfx (2d), editing, DVD, Blu-ray Turnover £3.5m KIT 28th
PRODUCER 15th= TURNOVER 24th= PEER 19th=

“We've spent the last five years expanding kit, staff and floor space,” says joint-md Paul Ingvarsson. “We've appointed a new online editor, which completes our offering in Covent Garden. Now we need to streamline our operation and place effort in efficient handling of projects.” The central London post house provides a full-service post offer to predominantly factual/fact ent and kids-focused broadcast clients. Recent projects include ITV’s The Seasons with Alan Titchmarsh and its LE game show The Whole 19 Yards. Ingvarsson says “Luckily the downturn hasn’t made an impact on our business....yet”. He is optimistic technology developments in 2011 will help keep business bouyant.

18 Sumners
Barclay House, 35 Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5NG
t 0161 228 0330
Md 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, DVD, camera hire, TV studios
Turnover £4.6m
KIT 16th PRODUCER 29th= TURNOVER 21st PEER 12th=

“It’s been a fairly brutal year but we’re still here,” says Andy Sumner, md of Manchester based Sumners. “But business is picking up now and we’re all excited about the potential of Media City.” He says that Sumners, already picks up a fair amount of BBC work, is busy “making new acquantances, certainly within childrens.” To capitalise further on the injection of work that Media City promises to bring, Sumners will be opening an offshoot company within the complex, though as to the finer details he’s staying tight lipped. “All I can say is we will be there. I don’t know how big or how small but we will be there.” And that the new office will be focused on finishing rather than offline.

19 Mwnci

20 Cathedral Road, Llandaf, Cardiff, CF11 9LJ
t 02920 399800
Md Richard Moss Facility managers/ Customer services Eve Mass, Kate Ward Genres TV
Credits White’s, Amazon with Bruce Parry, The Private Life of a Masterpiece
Services audio (5.1), grading (4k), vfx (2d, 3d), editing, DVD, Blu-ray, camera hire
Turnover £2.5m
KIT 17th PRODUCER 20th= TURNOVER 29th= PEER 12th=

Cardiff’s Mwnci (Welsh for monkey) is part of the Boomerang + group of companies. Most of its post work is for the broadcast market, across all genres. Highlights over the last year include posting BBC network comedy series White’s (with Alan Davies) and the arts doc series The Private Life of a Masterpiece, again for the BBC. The company has streamlined and put “more efficient post methods and workflows” in place to deal with lowered budgets, and plans to expand its editing and grading services in 2011.

20 Lipsync
Screen House, 123 Wardour Street, London, W1V 0UF
t 020 7534 9123
Mds Peter Hampden, Norman Merry Facility manager Kevin Phelan Customer services Lisa Jordan, Dan Bentham Genres film, TV Credits Made in Dagenham, Nowhere Boy, Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll
Services audio (5.1, foley, ADR), grading (4k), telecine (4k) vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, film recording
Turnover £8.1m
KIT 10th PRODUCER 52nd= TURNOVER 13th PEER 19th=

Feature film and high-end broadcast specialist Lipsync had a hand in some of the top Brit flicks of the last year including the Bafta winning Nowhere Boy. Unsurprisingly for a facility with its customer base, it says its investment plans centre around “3d stereoscopic kit and more vfx software ( Nuke and Maya).”

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