US-based Underground Vaults & Storage, a leader in secure storage solutions for the film and entertainment industry, has acquired R3store Studios, based in London, England.

R3store Studios and R3el, its licensing branch, is one of the most trusted archive and restoration companies in the United Kingdom. UV&S has plans to roll out its services in the US.

This acquisition expands the offerings of UV&S to include Digital Services, supporting the film and entertainment business. R3store Studios has expertise in tape digitization, film scanning, grading, restoration, and preservation, offering comprehensive services to safeguard and revive cinematic treasures. The restoration process includes innovative technology and craftsmanship, along with traditional techniques to achieve optimal results.

Jo Griffin, co‐founder of R3store, will lead the division as Digital & Restoration Director and a team of award‐winning industry professionals will continue with the company.

Griffin says: “I cannot wait for R3store’s next steps alongside UV&S. The prospect of coordinating our resources, expertise and talents ignites a sense of anticipation for the innovative strides and standards of excellence we can collectively set within the industry.”

R3el is the footage licensing branch of R3store Studios and boasts an extensive library of digitized and restored stock footage, making them available to film makers and commercial enterprises through its website.

UV&S has plans to replicate Digital Services in the US and expand upon them at its existing locations soon. “As we continue to grow our footprint and add offerings to our growing list of services, acquisitions like this create collaborations that benefit our clients and help us serve customers around the world,” says Jeff Ollenburger, President of UV&S. “As one of the world’s largest film and entertainment storage providers, adding services to support those clients at all of our locations brings tremendous value and builds upon the partnerships we have with those in the industry.”

Founded in 1959, Underground Vaults & Storage, a full‐service records and information management company, supports clients worldwide and provides secure storage and NAID‐certified destruction, offers event and festival branding, design and show construction through UV&S Event Services, and UV&S Technology provides IT support and data center hosting services.

From its corporate headquarters in Hutchinson, KS, UV&S operates from locations in the United States, United Kingdom and France. UV&S is best known for its flagship salt mine facility in Hutchinson, where it stores millions of items 650’ underground for some of the largest companies in the world, including those in the motion picture and television industry.

Pippa Considine

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