Welsh post house Gorilla has bought Splice’s £1m, 30-room, 7,800 sq ft facility with production space and edit suites on St Mary’s Street, Cardiff.
Splice opened an office in Cardiff city centre last year alongside its two main offices in London. Following a “close working-relationship” between the two companies, Gorilla acquired the facility, with Splice focussing efforts on its current London expansion.
Gorilla says it has “always intended” to establish a city centre location to support the new BBC Headquarters and Creative Quarter in Cardiff. The company currently has its Head Quarters at GloWorks, Porth Teigr – a stone’s throw away from Roath Lock Studios and another facility on Cardiff’s historic Cathedral Road.
Managing Director of Gorilla, Rich Moss said; “Capacity is critical in order to provide clients with a guarantee of service. The growth in the indigenous market with companies moving to Wales has led to bigger and bigger projects that need flexibility to expand their productions. We have always worked closely with Splice, so this was a perfect fit in terms of ongoing link up with London centric post. We see strategic relationships with other post houses as an essential part of our continued success and the growth of the industry in Wales.”
Duncan Western, Founder of Splice said; “Whilst the opportunity to sell to Gorilla came unexpectedly, it was at the right time for us as we focus our team’s efforts on our current London expansion and the growing market in the capital. We look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with Rich and the team at Gorilla by collaborating on projects through our point to point fibre between the two cities.”
As part of the acquisition Gorilla has hired Louise Sutton, previously senior post-production co-ordinator at BBC Wales, and Sam Linforth, previously post-production supervisor at The London Studios.
Cllr Huw Thomas, Leader of Cardiff Council said; “I am delighted Gorilla has been able to acquire the staff and facilities of Splice based in the heart of the city Centre. This is a great example of a growing local business working closely with a recent investor to Cardiff and creating a strong collaborative model for future working which will benefit both businesses. Demand for space from the creative and digital sector continues and Gorilla will now have a state-of-the-art facility with which to support our growing cluster of businesses in the city. I am pleased the council was able to work with both parties to secure this significant investment.”
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