Foulgham, whose credits include Reputations, Timewatch, Inside Story and the award-winning The Death of Yugoslavia, takes up the specially created role in mid-June. Facilities director Kate George said Foulgham was being brought in 'to beef up' the facility's documentary dubbing business: 'This idea of us only concentrating on in-house work is rubbish,' she said.
Foulgham will work alongside fellow senior dubbing mixers Jon Dunn and Scott Jones, all reporting to head of audio Billy Mahoney who was appointed two years ago to build the drama dubbing department (Broadcast, 23.6.00).
Part of the £1m investment includes the refurbishment of the two TV studios with new production offices, audience areas and an enlarged gallery due for completion by the end of June. Further money has gone on a dedicated online editing and graphics suite for Video Network Ltd (VNL) which moved into the facility in March. George said: 'At the peak, we will be providing up to 90 hours of online editing per week plus line feeds and playout for VNL's sport output.' There are also plans to add video hard disk recorders in the next few weeks to facilitate fast turnaround work.
Molinare has been one of London's top facilities for much of its 27-year history but has declined in recent years. Last September, 16 staff - about 20 per cent of the workforce - were made redundant, including former managing director Hugh Waters (Broadcast, 14.9.01). However, following the promotion of Visions managing director Martin Anderson to group facilities managing director with responsibility for both Visions and Molinare, the firm is now reinvesting in staff and facilities.
Separately, Anderson's role has been expanded further to include responsibility for TV Corp's California audio interests, Pacifica Media Affiliates.