Boutique Soho visual effects company Munky is to become part of Technicolor’s visual effects department, Broadcast can reveal.
The deal will see all eight of Munky’s staff, including founder and creative director Gary Brown, join Technicolor and includes the purchase of all the company’s assets.
Munky will vacate its Dean Street home in January and move to Technicolor in Lexington Street where a new studio is currently being fitted out.
Once in place the team will significantly increase Technicolor’s current visual effects offering, working on high-end broadcast and independent feature film work.
To avoid competition with other Technicolor brands the former Munky employees will no longer work on commercials.
Brown, who has taken on the role of UK head of visual effects, Technicolor London, told Broadcast that: “Munky had grown to a point where it would have required a serious amount of investment to take the company to the next stage. By moving to Technicolor, we benefit from both their infrastructure and a broader range of clients.”
Munky was founded in 2005. Its previous credits include Indian Summers, Grantchester, Marvellous and The Royals. Current work includes Fearless for ITV and The Witness for the Prosecution (BBC).
Technicolor London’s vice president of post-production and digital services John Fleming added: “We are very much looking forward to Gary and his team joining us. Their skills and experience will prove invaluable as we seek to satisfy the increasing demand we are seeing for top-quality VFX in broadcast drama.”
Technicolor’s London facility recently delivered VFX for Black Mirror (Netflix).
Technicolor owns a number of visual effects companies including MPC, Mikros Image and Mr. X.
In 2015 it bought The Mill for £190m.