Deluxe Digital London (DDL) and Deluxe 142’s restoration operations have been merged to form a separate unit that will provide restoration and remastering services to TV and film clients.

DDL and Deluxe 142 commercial director Richard Fish told Broadcast that restoration was the only area of overlap between the two companies following DDL’s acquisition of Deluxe 142 (formerly Ascent 142) at the end of last year.

“As it stands there is nothing else that we need to consolidate,” Fish said.

“The restoration business will operate out of new premises on Meard Street as we felt it was important to give it independence.”

As part of a new grading workflow, two Nucoda Film Master grading and finishing systems and a new SAN infrastructure have been installed, together with a 2k workflow to incorporate existing kit including two Arri Scanners, a Spirit 4k and Spirit HD machine.

The department will house 12 people in total, with Deluxe 142 head of remastering and restoration Mark Bonnici heading the team and reporting to Fish.

Fish said that while the main demand for restoration work came from film, there had been growth in TV regrade work: “There is a lot of content out there that people want to monetise and make accessible across more platforms.”

Recent TV projects include Inspector Morse, Jeeves And Wooster and The Casebook Of Sherlock Holmes.