BBC Studios and Post Production (BBC S&PP) is to move out of the central London audio and video facility it opened in January this year and adopt a more project-based approach to post. The Charlotte Street premises, which include a 5.1 dubbing suite, will close in January 2014.
The stand-alone post-production house was intended to attract both sound and vision work from the TV and corporate markets. It was built in the former Editworks facility in the Fitzrovia district of London West End, which it was hoped would appeal to producers and production companies who famously do not like to travel too far from the city centre. After not quite a year BBC S&PP has decided that post-production in its current form is not commercially viable for it to sustain its presence in Charlotte Street. A spokeswoman added that building work on a neighbouring property had compounded the situation and, combined with commercial factors, led to the decision to leave. BBC S&PP now plans to offer “project-based, client-tailored” post-production services, setting up facilities as and when needed to meet the needs of specific productions. The spokeswoman acknowledged that while audio requirements were often different to those for video – and could not always be met by setting up an ad hoc facility in an office – they would still be driven by customer needs. BBC S&PP has specific audio facilities at its Elstree studios and will install sound suites at the redeveloped Television Centre, which is due to reopen in 2015. Commenting on the closure of the Charlotte Street premises, Anna Mallett, chief executive of BBC S&PP says, “Due to a mix of financial and operational factors, we are moving to a project based, client tailored post production model in 2014. Strictly Come Dancing 2013 will still be post produced from Charlotte Street and will not be impacted. BBC S&PP is fully committed to continuing to provide the high quality services our customers have come to expect, including full post and audio for continuing dramas like EastEnders and Holby City and wrap around post-production when we return to Television Centre.”
In related news, BBC S&PP is designing and building new production facilities for Endemol at Bristol’s largest film and TV studio complex, The Bottle Yard Studios. From here, BBC S&PP will continue as a production partner for Endemol, providing technical services and crew for the Channel 4 game show, Deal or No Deal. The 3,000sqm unit, part of The Bottle Yard Studios complex, is being transformed from an empty warehouse into a fully functioning studio and post production facility. The technical fit-out is being delivered in just four weeks, in time for series 10, which starts recording at the end of October 2013 www.bbcstudiosandpostproduction.com