Belfast's Yellowmoon is adding a surround sound dubbing theatre to its Holywood post-production facility.

The new 5.1 suite will be housed on the middle floor of its main building and feature a Pro Tools Icon D-Command console bought from, and installed by, Tyrell CCT Ireland.

Likely to be up and running in three to four weeks time, the new suite will service both long-form factual shows and drama and feature film production.

“There's a lot more drama being shot in Northern Ireland,” explained Yellowmoon owner Greg Darby.

“Long-form, long-running documentary series will always be the backbone of our work but the drama is another element of our business that we need to deliver. Without this new dubbing theatre we'd have to sub-contract a lot of the sound post out, which makes no sense at all.”

Space for the new suite has been created by moving five edit suites to Yellowmoon's second premises. The new building, which is just a couple of doors away, was opened in October and also features two track-lay rooms.

Darby believes the investment in the new suite is a sign that the business is going in the right direction despite the current credit crunch. “To invest the guts of a million pounds is the best indication of the way 2009 is going to go,” he said.

Yellowmoon is finalising post work on Best, a feature-length drama for Doubleband Films and BBC Vision. It is also facilitating the Ruby Films drama adaptation of Small Island, also for the BBC.