In the deal audio specialist Grand Central hands over the infrastructure of its four original studios, which share the same building as Molinare, with Grand Central consolidating its operations into its Great Marlborough Street premises.
The expansion will almost double Molinare's audio capability - it currently has five studios - boosting them with an extra three 5.1 theatres and a dedicated Automated Dialogue Recording studio. The company is investing in two D496 fader desks - worth around£300,000 - in addition to two other mixing consoles.
Molinare joint managing director Steve Milne said the company was extending its audio facilities to deal with increased demand in audio post-production, particularly in HD work which requires 5.1 surround sound for feature film work - a current focus for Molinare. It is currently working on the audio for Brit-flick Confetti, a BBC Films/Wasted Talent co-production. Other recent audio work includes Talkback Thames' The Golden Hour and LWT's Poirot.
Milne said: "We have the strength and depth in our audio department, and [the extra facilities] will give our team room to grow." But he added that there were no plans to boost the 20 audio staff when the facility opens in January.