Former Pepper Post employees have begun to resurface at rival firms, with Prime Focus recruiting three staff from the insolvent facility to lead its push into primetime drama post-production.

Colourist Kevin Horsewood, editor Scott Hinchcliffe and technical producer Kate Robson, who worked on Hustle, Law & Order, Sherlock, Spooks and Ashes To Ashes, joined the facility this week.

They will immediately begin work on the latest series of BBC1’s Spooks.

Prime Focus UK managing director Simon Briggs said the appointments would complement the company’s recent moves into drama.

“Our business has been built on factual programming and drama has been a low-level market for us for a few years,” he said.

“The production side of drama is developing and now we have the right time for a push in the post market as well.”

Meanwhile, ex-Pepper head of sales Matthew Locke has joined Halo in a business development role and former Pepper editor Simon Giblin will join Technicolor next week as senior editor.

Re-recording mixer Howard Bargoff will work on series two of Sherlock as a freelancer at Bang Post Production.

Broadcast also understands that re-recording mixer Johnathan Rush is in talks with another post house about setting up an audio facility. He declined to comment.

Clear Cut Pictures is also holding interviews with Pepper staff for senior positions at the West London facility.

Pepper Post was put into insolvent liquidation two weeks ago by its owner Future Film Group.