The Farm has released details of its new Manchester operation, slated to open its doors in October.

The Farm Group has announced that its new central Manchester facility will be based on the first floor of the ABC Buildings, part of Allied London’s new cluster for creative, tech and digital industries, Enterprise City

Farm Manchester will open for business this October. Connected to the Farms in London, Bristol and LA with dedicated high-speed circuits, all offline, online, grade, vfx and audio facilities, including a 40-seat screening theatre, are housed on a single 25,000 sq ft floor. The facility will be fully 4K/UHD SDR/HDR & Dolby Vision capable, as well as offering Dolby Atmos. There’s also a roof terrace above the facility overlooking the city.

The ABC building forms part of Allied London’s wider St John’s development plans which also houses All Studios, the operational company bringing the historic Old Granada Studios back to life as full-service studios.

Whilst substantial renovation work is being completed on the ABC buildings, Farm Manchester has been in a temporary home, The Riverside facility, just a few hundred yards away from the new building, with 12 offline suites, 2 onlines, grading, and audio capability. Farm Manchester is currently completing the post production on the next series of Ambulance for Dragonfly and series 7 of Real Housewives of Cheshire for Monkey, as well as Stellify’s Win Your Wishlist

Paul Austin, MD of Farm Manchester: “Farm Manchester is going to change the creative landscape immeasurably. We want to give the current established creative heroes in the North West the environment and tools to deliver quality global content, and tomorrow’s stars a place to learn their craft and grow. We’ve been building The Farm Manchester team since the beginning of the year and we are blown away by the level of talent response we’ve had. Long-time Farmer Dan Evans leads our editing team with the fabulous Mark Briscoe and Paul Harrison joining to bolster our already fantastic audio team. We cannot wait to open our doors and bring world class post production to such a great city”.

Samantha Lawrence, Managing Director, Monkey said: “We are thrilled The Farm is opening a post-production facility in the heart of where we make The Real Housewives of Cheshire. Monkey is incredibly supportive of the continuing expansion of television studios and facilities outside of London which truly reflects the regional diversity of our programme making. We are looking forward to working with the existing talent and hope to attract more talent into the region.”

Jon Creamer

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