The DVD department has been bolstered by the addition of Dave Carpenter, formerly of the BBC, James Smith, who joins from Oasis Television, and Chris Meyer of US-based DVD company Blink. Carpenter comes from a more conventional design background and left the BBC to move into DVD production.
Five years of continual growth has encouraged Cheerful Scout to invest. Turnover for the DVD department for the year ending June 2004 is around £185,000 - a rise of about 13% on 2002/03. Cheerful Scout has forecast next year's DVD design revenue to be well over £200,000.
Cheerful Scout has also received its Fact (Federation Against Copyright Theft) accreditation, which ensures that film products are only handled by credible firms which have good copyright security procedures.
Cheerful Scout's expansion followed the news that one of its major clients, Contender Entertainment, has acquired fellow distributor Medusa.
Rob King, formerly of lastminute.com, has joined Cheerful Scout as business development manager, his attention will be focused primarily on the expanding DVD department. Cheerful Scout DVD clients include Contender Entertainment, Fremantle Media, Artificial Eye, Eureka, and Prism Leisure.