Bristol’s 422 South has been resurrected thanks to financial backing from the Parthenon Media Group, the parent company of Parthenon Entertainment.
The CGI, animation and visual effects studio, which was previously part of the now defunct Barcud Derwen Group, will be added to Parthenon’s global co-production network.
Broadcast understands that ‘the core’ of the 13 staff have been re-employed and that the company will now operate from Parthenon’s office in Whiteladies Road.
422 creative director and co-founder Andy Davies-Coward said: “Parthenon is a perfect match for us as they produce and distribute high end factual and children’s programming. We have worked closely together over the years on our top end CGI projects as both funders and distributors on these programmes.”
Davies-Coward said that he expects 422 South’s mix of clients to remain unchanged.
Carl Hall, the chief executive of Parthenon Media Group, added: “Parthenon is extremely pleased to be in partnership with the company, which will also enable us to extend our Bristol-based operations, including our wildlife film unit. In addition to financial backing, we also intend to bring 422 South into the global co-production network for the benefit of independent broadcasters and producers alike”.
422 Ltd, trading as 422 South, was part of Barcud Derwen. The facilities group appointed administrators in June 2010.
422 South was responsible for graphics work on the BBC show Britain From Above (pictured).