This is the second time Halo has scooped the award for Best Post-Production House - much has changed for the Soho-based facility since its first Broadcast Award back in 2014.
Halo Post Production
This is the second time Halo has scooped the award for Best Post-Production House. Much has changed for the Soho-based facility since its first Broadcast Award back in 2014: as well as changes to its senior management team, the post firm has added more suites and mixing rooms and embraced the latest technology.
One judge described Halo as “a facility that is clearly run by people with experience of the craft of post-production”.
Led by chief executive, mixer and sound designer John Rogerson, the company’s heritage lies in audio post, but it’s a well-established picture post facility too, working across factual, drama, comedy and feature films.
Recent credits include comedies Toast Of London (C4), The Delivery Man (ITV) and Murder In Successville (BBC3), factual productions Great Barrier Reef With David Attenborough (BBC1, pictured) and This is Tottenham (BBC2), and features including The Danish Girl, Suffragette and Ronaldo. These credits are a testament to the “variety and quality of output”, as one judge commented.
To keep up with clients’ demands, Halo launched a 4K finishing facility opposite its Noel Street base – its fifth site in central London – and built on its close relationship with the BBC, with a contract to post-produce more factual content for the broadcaster.
But what really shone through for the judges was the post firm’s personality. “There is a real sense of a positive place to work, both for the team and the clients,” said one.
Extra grading capacity helped Encore work on some of the year’s biggest shows, including Dickensian (BBC1), Unforgotten (ITV), Doc Martin (ITV) and Humans (C4). The Sohobased post firm’s other credits included Tiger Aspect’s Mount Pleasant (Sky 1) and series four of ITV Studios’ Mr Selfridge (ITV).
The winner of last year’s post category drew praise for its super-slick promo and credits, with recent creative highlights including David Beckham For the Love Of The Game (BBC1), Tattoo Fixers (E4) and The Undateables (C4). A strong year included the now almost annual announcement of the opening of another central London facility.
Flix, shortlisted for the first time, impressed the judges with its rapid recent growth, including a new 5,500 sq ft facility at MediaCityUK in Salford. A partnership with fellow shortlisted facility Molinare provided the Manchester firm with a link to the capital – and vice versa.
Molinare made a raft of senior hires in 2015 and added capacity and expertise through the acquisition of audio expert Hackenbacker and Hoxton Square facility VET. Credits ranged from Fungus The Bogeyman (Sky 1) to MasterChef (BBC1) and Beowulf (ITV).
Technicolor’s strong pedigree of providing audio and picture post for big-hitting drama and comedy series showed no sign of abating last year, with Poldark (BBC1), Grantchester (ITV), Lewis (ITV) and Capital (BBC1) all passing through the post firm.