When the four-strong MBO team took control of Oasis last November, managing director Gareth Mullaney said Oasis would be making a push into documentary, factual and learning and other long-form work (Broadcast, 13.11.03).
Oasis has now taken that next step with the installation of five Adrenalines, five version 12 Avid offlines and a Unity LAN Share. It has recently worked on arts programmes such as Charlotte Church documentary Spreading Her Wings for Shine Productions and Pavarotti - The Last Tenor for BBC1.
Mullaney also said Oasis is in the process of cherry-picking three further editors to replace the staff that followed Richard Hart, previous head of facilities, to Molinare.
'This is a perfect opportunity to pick and match the editors that we want to bring in,' he said. 'When you take over a company of this size you have old equipment but new ideas. We've upgraded our kit and now we can take on the right editors to staff them. We're currently consulting with clients to hear their opinions and recommendations.'
Oasis recently secured a number of commissions that directly affect the timing of installing the new kit and editors. It has projects lined up with Leopard Films, producer of Cash in the Attic and Car Booty, and a further two BBC projects - one drama series and one documentary series.
Mullaney said Oasis' next step would be to evaluate high definition's place in the market and it would make a decision in the next couple of months. 'We've had systems in - it's just a case of making sure you hit the right point of the curve between purchase price and demand for HD.'