The Televisual Winter issue is out now


It’s our final issue of the year and with it comes our landmark survey of the UK’s post production sector, The Facilities 50, now in its 32nd year. 


This year, post houses are reporting a mood of (not unmitigated) optimism. Because alongside the long standing worries about plunging broadcast budgets, a commercials market in flux and the difficulties of finding skilled craftspeople as well the slightly newer worries about the economy post Brexit, there are reasons to be cheerful too.


The cheerful mood stems largely from the influx of inward investment for high-end content from the international streaming giants that shows no signs of abating. Competition between the streamers is now intensifying with the arrival of Apple TV+ and Disney+, all the streamers will do their best to outdo each other with bigger, shinier and more expensively produced programming. And much of that money will find its way to UK post houses readying themselves to take on the high value, complex work. The UK has, after all, become almost the centre of excellence for high-end production and post. Look down a list of the biggest episodic TV shows and you’ll likely find UK production or post production fingerprints all over it. 


The high end also informs our other big report this issue into the drama strategies of the UK broadcasters. As the streaming revolution gathers pace, we ask those broadcasters about the shows they want to order in what is now an incredibly competitive market place for scripted.


Staying at the high end of TV and film post production, we’ve assembled a group of some of the best grading artists in the business to give a masterclass on how they do what they do on films and shows including Lord of the Rings, Black Mirror, Ad Astra, Spectre, The Little Drummer Girl, Sherlock, Fleabag and more


We also take a trip outside and ask the top production companies and broadcasters in the cutting edge world of live sport production about the myriad ways coverage is being transformed by new technology, from remote production to 5G and immersive sound


And as it’s November, that must mean it’s time for our yearly Televisual Factual Festival. The top commissioners and producers in factual TV will be speaking at the two day event. Head to for more details. Hope to see you there.




Staff Reporter

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