The new Editworks will operate as a standalone boutique brand inside Evolutions, supplying picture editing and sound dubbing services to existing and new television producer clients but utilizing Evolutions’ equipment, suites and engineering capabilities.
Editors Mark Sangster and Perry Widdowson and dubbing mixer Adrian Smith are all involved in the new venture along with a further seven technical, support and client liaison staff from Editworks.
Discussing the deal Evolutions owner and managing director Simon Kanjee said: “Editworks is a highly respected brand that has great staff and a reputation for creative and technical excellence. When it became clear that there was an opportunity to bring Mark, Perry, Adrian and their team to Evolutions we jumped at it. This deal not only provides continuity for Editworks staff and clients but also adds new skills and ideas to Evolutions’ already extensive capabilities.”
Sangster added: “Although we’ve been rivals in the past, with our strong entertainment television backgrounds there’s a real synchronicity between the two companies. By joining up with Evolutions we can maintain our identity and build on our heritage backed by a bigger, more efficient organization. I strongly believe that by combining our excellent creative and technical skills with Evolutions’ highly adaptable, service-focused approach we will be hugely successful.”
The original Editworks, based on Charlotte Street, was one of Soho’s longest standing post-production facilities. Formed in 1988 as part of Complete Communications, the company was sold to its management team in 2000. Its client base included Avalon, 12 Yard, So Television, Talkback Thames, On The Box, Indigo and Two Way Traffic. The company ceased trading earlier this month citing a combination of rising business overheads and reduced post-production budgets.
Television credits for the Editworks staff joining Evolutions include Take Me Out (Talkback Thames for ITV1), The National Television Awards (Indigo for ITV1), Holding Out For A Hero (12 Yard Productions for ITV1), Russell Howard’s Good News (Avalon for BBC3) and The Graham Norton Show (So Television for BBC1).
The new Editworks facility at Evolutions will launch on 17 September 2012.
Notes for editors
• All ten Editworks staff become employees of Evolutions.
• Editworks Scotland is unaffected by the Evolutions deal and continues to trade.
• Editworks founder Graham Hutchings and long standing director of engineering Roger Cummins are not involved in the new venture but will continue to be involved with Editworks Scotland.
Evolutions is the largest independent full service post-production company in Soho. With facilities now on Berners Street, Great Pulteney Street and Wells Street the company’s unique selling point is its quality of service and that starts with creativity and employing the best editors, colourists, dubbing mixers and designers who bring a wealth of experience together with fresh ideas to the production of any television programme.
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