Independent post house Evolutions claims to be the first UK long-form broadcast post company to open a facility in the US.

The facility, which will open this month and cost $1m (£479,000) to set up, is situated on Broadway, New York. It comprises six Avid Adrenalines and one Symphony Nitris. Evolutions will install a 5.1 Dolby sound studio. The company has aggressive expansion plans for 2008 and intends to work on a range of US broadcast projects including entertainment, reality and documentaries.

The facility’s first project will be post-production on Tiger Aspect’s US version of Make Me a Supermodel. Crew and equipment will be provided by Hot Cam in New York.

Evolutions managing director Simon Kanjee said: “We made the decision to set up in New York because a number of our clients work out there - Tiger Aspect, RDF and others.”

He added: “We have plans to outsource work from the UK to New York. This is less about wanting to save money and more about having extra resources there.”

Other companies to set up in the US have been VFX and commercials specialists. Kanjee said: “There’s been a recent increasing taste for UK creatives in the US and other production companies such as Leopard Films and Shine have branches there. Also, a number of UK entertainment formats have migrated to the US.”

The company is taking on four new members of staff in the UK. They are Richard Knights as senior post-production producer, Debbie Belcher and Kate Bronze as post-production producers and Jayne Westacott as head of HR.