The future was looking increasingly uncertain for West End Post this week after it emerged that the majority of the post-production work it inherited from Blue 2.0 has been taken elsewhere.
A month after administrators granted two former members of Blue 2.0’s management team the right to continue to operate the business as West End Post, Broadcast has learned that both Lime Pictures’ Geordie Shore and Optomen’s Great British Menu have been transferred to Evolutions, while Halo Post Production is understood to have picked up work from Raw TV.
Clear Cut Pictures has taken on Got What it Takes? (Rize Television) and the reversioning of Britain’s Pompeii (360 Production).
All 65 members of staff have been allowed to leave or are in the process of leaving the facility.
Key creatives, including colourist Damion Katwaroo and head of audio Sophie-Alice Davies, have gone freelance, while dubbing mixer Liam Milner, post-producer Abigail South and senior edit assistant Tom Stow are joining Evolutions.
The Farm has also taken on work previously done by Blue 2.0 and has received “loads of applications” from its former employees.
Staff have been leaving on a staggered basis this month to allow for a smooth handover of projects to other post houses.
Changes are also occurring inside the Old Compton Street building in which West End Post resides.
Four of the six floors it occupies are to be rented out by the building’s leaseholder to Edit Spaces, with West End Post potentially remaining as a client. Edit Spaces supplies cutting rooms, production offices and VFX workspace for broadcast and film.
West End Post was granted a licence to trade in August following the appointment of administrators Alexander Lawson Jacobs of Blue-2 Post Production Ltd (Blue 2.0).
West End Post did not respond to a request for comment.