A group of ex-Sumners employees have teamed up to launch a new post-production company in Salford.
Former Sumners head of sound Tony Greenwood, senior editor Matt Brown and finance director Kate Mather are joint shareholders in Core Post, which is due to open at the end of September.
Greenwood and Brown will be joint managing directors of the company, while Mather will take on the role of finance director.
Lucy Swann, who was front-ofhouse manager at Sumners, will be facility manager, while dubbing mixer Emily Nuttall is also set to join the company.
All were made redundant by Sumners earlier this year when its Manchester operation closed.
Builders are currently fitting out Core Post’s premises in a twostorey, 15,000 sq ft building on the Metroplex Business Park, just outside MediaCityUK.
“It’s as near as we could get without actually being in MediaCityUK, which wasn’t financially viable.
“It took several months to sort out the lease but we were determined to have this building,” Greenwood said.
The facility will contain two online suites equipped with Avid Symphony and Da Vinci Resolve, as well as two dubbing suites, which will be kitted out with Pro Tools and Icon D mixing desks with Genelec monitors.
Four offline suites will run Media Composer 6.5.Greenwood said the installation of a dedicated grading suite would depend on demand.
He also raised the prospect of collaborating with other post facilities at Media CityUK to share talent and resources.
“We’re very keen to work with other facilities; so far we have had conversations with The Farm, Dock10 and Flix and they are keen to build a relationship.”
One of Core’s first projects will be picture and audio post work for Peter Kay’s BBC1 sitcom Car Share (pictured).