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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

21 Pepper
14 Greek Street, Soho, London, W1D 4DP and 25 Noel Street, Soho, London , W1F 8GX
t 020 7836 1188
Mds Helen Alexander and Shane Warden Facility manager Kerry Franks Customer services Helen Alexander
Genres TV, film Credits Luther, Green Zone, Clash of the Dinosaurs
Services audio (5.1, foley, ADR), grading (4k) telecine (2k), vfx (2d, 3d), editing, DVD, film restoration
Turnover £3.5m
KIT 14th= PRODUCER 33rd= TURNOVER 24th= PEER 12th=

The big news for Pepper over the last 12 months was being acquired in a ‘pre-pack administration deal’ by financing and production outfit Future Films. Its new owner has committed to investing £1m in “both the picture and audio post services, including the building of a new ADR studio at Noel Street and an additional grading suite at Greek Street”. Reflecting on the post market as it currently stands, joint-md Shane Warden believes “unsustainable rate cutting is still a serious issue.” He says Pepper has “continued to tightly control costs and looked to increase capacity.” It plans to invest in stereoscopic 3d and “file-based workflow solutions” over the coming year.

22 Clear Cut Pictures
1 Springvale Terrace, London, W14 0AE t 020 7605 1700
Md Horacio Queiro Facility manager Jason Tomkins Genre TV, new media Credits World War 2 in colour, BBC Proms, Human Centipede
Services audio (5.1, foley, ADR), grading (4k), vfx (2d,3d), editing, DVD, Blu-ray, film restoration, camera hire
Turnover £2.5m
KIT 18th PRODUCER 20th= TURNOVER 29th= PEER 33rd=

Clear Cut’s md, Horacio Queiro, describes the company’s last 12 months as “a difficult year with decreasing rates.” But, he says “we’ve done reasonably well. Because of our unique workflows we’re able to take the hit on costs because we can do things more efficiently and cheaply. We’re profitable and we’re a company with very little gearing.” For the coming year he says that “3d is a must for us. We’re already kitted up. We’ve got a Nucoda Film Master that does 3d finishing and a cutting room which is already 3d.” He says the trick now is to “crack how to do 3d on a budget. With the equipment we have we can do 3d in very much the same way as we do HD, so there’s very little extra cost within the workflow.”

23 Absolute

8 Poland Street, London, W1F 8PX
t 020 7851 6700
Facility manager Polly Sawdon Customer services Andrew Swepson
Genre ads, film
Credits ads for Ikea, Lucozade, eBay and Jamiesons Services vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing
Turnover £4m
KIT 53rd= PRODUCER 18th= TURNOVER 23rd PEER 19th=

Specialising in high-end vfx for TV commercials, music videos, films and digital media, Absolute has offices in London and New York offering a Flame and 3d service. It still strives to remain true to its boutique origins, aiming to offer a personal service based on creativity and client service. One of the ads it worked on, Robinsons Wimbledon won a BTAA Gold this year. Over the next year it plans to plough £260k into improving its infrastructure, Flame, Nuke and stereoscopic 3d. The plan is to diversify the business. “We intend to look at all areas of post production to develop our business, including overseas markets,” says Absolute. The downturn has had a “huge impact” on business over the last year, causing Absolute to reduce its outgoings, make a few redundancies and remodel teams in a bid to boost efficiency.

24 BTV Post
1 Clifton Mews, Clifton Hill, Brighton, BN1 3HR and Unit 1, Wedgwood Mews, 12-13 Greek Street, London, W1D 4BA
t 01273 224 280
Mds David Pounds, Jon Lee Facility manager Jeni Rouse Customer services Susan Tunstall
Genres TV, corporate
Credits James May’s Toy Stories, Mr. Moon, First Love
Services audio (5.1, ADR), grading (4k), vfx (2d, 3d), editing, DVD, Blu-ray, film (restoration, recording), camera hire
Turnover £2.9m
KIT 23rd PRODUCER 23rd= TURNOVER 28th PEER 33rd=

BTV Post has risen ten places up this year’s Facilities 50 survey. Based in Brighton, it extended its services to London in June, opening a new facility in Greek Street’s Wedgwood Mews. It’s invested in a grading theatre and Mistika 2d and 3d capability, and says that its usp is stereoscopic content creation and HDCAM SR transfers/Alchemist conversions. Some 60% of its work comes from broadcast TV, 25% from DVD and 10% from corporate. BTV Post is part of production and distribution group Electric Sky.

25 Splice
21a Perseverance Works, Shoreditch, London, E2 8DD
t 020 7033 9944
Mds Duncan Western, Damian Dolniak Facility manager Ramit Anchal
Genres TV, new media
Credits Blur Live in Hyde Park, The Delicious Miss Dahl, Meet the Amish Services audio (5.1, foley, ADR), grading (4k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, DVD, Blu-ray, film cutting, camera hire, TV studios
Turnover £2.1m
KIT 27th PRODUCER 23rd= TURNOVER 34th PEER 19th=

Shoreditch-based Splice “has had to diversify to keep generating income in the slow times ,” says joint-md Duncan Western. Now, he adds, “Major technology advances such as file-based workflows and 3d TV mean production companies are relying more on post facilities than ever before, which has given a resurgence in traditional post.” It is now focusing on adding six edit suites, a viewing theatre and an extra audio suite.

26 Suite
28 Newman Street, London, W1T 1PR
t 020 7636 4488
Md Shelley Fox Facility manager Helen Black Customer services Shelley Fox, Alan Cronin
Genres TV
Credits The Inbetweeners, The IT Crowd, Never Mind The Buzzcocks
Services audio (5.1, ADR), grading (HD), editing
Turnover £2.3m
KIT 46th PRODUCER 15th= TURNOVER 32nd PEER 33rd=

Comedy editing specialist Suite’s credits take in many of the top UK comedy shows of the past year with The Inbetweeners, The IT Crowd, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Outnumbered, How The Other Half Live, Keith Lemon’s Celebrity Juice and Armstrong and Miller all being cut at the facility by its team of editors that includes Richard Halladey, John Blow and Graham Barker. The facility invested in “viewing room equipment, HDW M200P/20 HD, ProTools upgrade, Avid Symphony Nitris DX system and Media Composer” this year.

27 Air Post Production

Picture House, London, NW2 4EU
t 020 7426 5140
Md Richard Boote Facility manager/ Customer services Garry Williams
Genres TV, film
Credits Restoration Roadshow, World Music Awards, How to Take Stunning Pictures
Services audio (5.1, foley, ADR), grading (4k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, DVD, Blu-ray Turnover £6.5m
KIT 21st PRODUCER 52nd= TURNOVER 18th PEER 33rd=

Air Post comprises facilities based in Hampstead and Shoreditch’s Strongroom on Curtain Road along with a new purpose built 7,000 sq ft HD facility at Singer Street, Shoreditch. The company is mainly focused on broadcast work with Transparent TV’s Restoration Roadshow and Blink Films’ How to Take Stunning Pictures two of its recent jobs.

28 Pinewood Studios Group
Pinewood Road, Iver Heath, Bucks, Sl0 0NH
t 01753 651 700
Md Ivan Dunleavy Facility manager Dennis Weinreich Customer services Nigel Bennett
Genres film, TV
Credits Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Would I Lie to You?, ZingZillas
Services audio (5.1, foley, ADR), telecine (2k), editing, DVD, Blu-ray, film (restoration, recording), TV studios
Turnover £6.4m
KIT 26th PRODUCER 50th= TURNOVER 19th PEER 33rd=

“We operate in two quite distinct markets,” says Dennis Weinreich, Pinewood’s md of film and TV post. And they “are complementary. When one’s hot, the other’s not. Our film side was pretty good last year. The exchange rate helped and we do enjoy a very good reputation in Hollywood.” The health of the film side of the business “to some degree disguised the pressures that we were being put under on the broadcast side. Budgets are a problem.” Weinreich says the company tries to counter that by “doing more packages. We can be a facility for post and for production. When you bundle those two together you have quite a beguiling product.”

29 Soho Film Lab
8-14 Meard Street, London W1F 0EQ
t 020 7468 8600
Md Maurizio Cimelli Facility manager Neil Mockler Customer services Jon Gray
Genres film, TV, ads Credits Fish Tank, Prince of Persia Services audio (5.1), film (restoration, recording)
Turnover £8m
KIT 48th= PRODUCER 52nd= TURNOVER 14th= PEER 33rd=

Part of the Ascent Media group, Soho Film Lab is the only central London film laboratory. Its work is roughly evenly split across TV, commercials and feature films. Recent projects include major features Fish Tank and Prince of Persia. It employs a staff of 85, including seven colourists. Ascent’s Sally Reid says, “Soho Film Lab works alongside its sister companies to offer an end-to-end post production solution.” The business invested in 3d grading kit and a new digital projector over the last year and is looking to focus on 3d work for its feature film facilities in 2011. “Our features business continues to grow as does the restoration side,” says Reid. “We have strived to meet our clients needs in terms of turnaround time and budget and this has helped us to weather the economic downturn.”

30 Dubbs/ EyeFrame

25-26 Poland Street, London, W1F 8QN
t 020 7534 4800
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Md Julie Redmond Facility managers James Greenwall, Clive D’urban, Christos Glaridis, Paul Wilkes Customer services James Greenwall
Genres TV, film
Credits The World At War restoration, StreetDance 3d Blu-ray, Monty Python Almost The Truth DVD/Blu-ray
Services audio (5.1), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, DVD, Blu-ray, film (restoration, recording), camera hire
Turnover £3m
KIT 39th= PRODUCER 41st= TURNOVER 27th PEER 19th=

Dubbs/ Eyeframe specialises in design and disc authoring and has “one of the largest authoring companies within a post house in Europe,” says facility manager James Greenwall. It undertook the complete restoration of the classic The World at War series this year for re-issue on DVD and Blu-ray, for which it’s also doing the authoring. It employs 65 staff, with 42 in creative roles, including 25 working specifically in disc authoring. In 2011, Greenwall says, the company will “continue to grow our authoring side, including 3d Blu-ray.” And, as part of a diversified offer, Greenwall reveals, “We’ve launched a new events division to produce award shows, conferences and productions.”

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