Blue and Prime Focus London (PFL) have merged resulting in a restructure of the companies and a number of redundancies.

The move has been made as part of parent company Prime Focus' global strategy to improve operational efficiencies and economies of scale.

Redundancies have been made at all levels, however, the company was unable to give further details. It was able to confirm that sales, marketing, operations, engineering and elements of the backroom operations of both companies will merge.

As a result of the restructure, Blue managing director Simon Briggs becomes managing director across both companies. Prime Focus managing director Simon Huhtala becomes senior creative director.

Briggs will be in charge of operations, sales and strategy while Huhtala will continue to have a client-facing role and be responsible for creative output. Briggs commented: “The company has been streamlined at the front end and from an operational perspective.”

The company said the benefits of the merger will include broadcast clients being given a greater choice of colourists. It also hopes to win more factual work by offering long-form visual effects services and post in one facility.

Briggs said: “Having so many resources gives us freedom in terms of both where to pitch our rates and the type of work we are able to do.”

Separately, Neil Lane, the managing director of the holding group for Prime Focus, VTR Plc, has left after nearly 20 years. He has been replaced by Anshuli Joshi.