October Studios, a new production services company offering drama and reconstruction support to UK and international producers, has been launched.

Based in Norfolk and run by experienced industry execs Steve Murphy and Josh Wilkins, October Studios contains multiple studios, standing sets, costume and prop stores.

The company offers full production staffing, management and delivery, but is also able to host existing crews for short term shoots or location specific requirements around the UK.

To meet the growing demand from UK producers working for US networks, October Studios has a wide supply of American props, vehicles and on-screen US voiced talent. October Studios also has one of the only full-scale standing Oval office film sets outside of North America.

Josh Wilkins was previously Head of Operations (US) for October Films. Before joining October, he was VP Production for Discovery’s internal scripted division in New York and Head of Production for Nutopia.

Steve Murphy’s recent exec producing credits include: The Killer Beside Me and Home Alone for Investigation Discovery, as well as the Serial Thriller feature film trilogy.

The facilities have already been used by leading international producers including: Arrow Media, Anomaly Entertainment, Raw TV, Talos Films and Charles Ferguson’s Representational Pictures.

Josh Wilkins, co-Head of October Studios said: “We’re excited about the opportunity to work collaboratively with our clients in the UK and around the world to offer real creative ambition at competitive costs.”

“We’ve already been able to help produce content for multiple companies around the world, from simple reconstructions to full drama. Using efficient production models and multi-skilling teams we’re able to service all levels of budgets and fast turnaround schedules,” said co-Head of October Studios Steve Murphy.

Adam Bullmore, MD of October Films added: “The launch of October Studios is the next big step in our strategy to grow the business, diversify creatively and support the unique talent that will always be the bedrock of the company’s success.  Running a standalone business, Josh and Steve will be able to bring their expertise and experience to a wider range of clients, capitalising on the on the extraordinary value offered by UK-based production facilities.”

The launch of October Studios follows the company’s recently announced creative partnership deal with director Matt Smith and the launch of Talos Films, October’s US joint venture with Julian P. Hobbs, Elli Hakami and Sky Vision.

Staff Reporter

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