Two of London's leading audio post-production houses have come together to concentrate on sound for both TV drama and feature films.
Hackenbacker Audio Post Production is now part of the HALO group of companies but will continue to operate under its original name from its main studio centre in Bateman Street, Soho.
The three studio, three edit suite facility, together with Hackenbacker's Foley room in Paddington, will now form what is described as a "major part" of HALO's drama and film sound operations. HALO's own audio facilities of five 5.1 TV mix suites and two Dolby 7.1 dubbing stages will provide "additional capacity" for this work.
Recent productions mixed at Hackenbacker include The Musketeers (pictured), Downton Abbey and Whitechapel. Nigel Heath, owner and chief mixer of the 25-year old facility, will remain with the company to both mix and supervise projects. Dolby specialist Chris Sturmer will no longer have an operational role with Hackenbacker but will still be on the Board as a non-executive director.
"HALO and Hackenbacker both put an emphasis on quality," comments Heath. "Years of working on some of the finest drama in the world means Hackenbacker has achieved an unparalleled reputation for high quality work. The coming together of HALO and Hackenbacker means we can expand and build this further."
John Rogerson, chief executive of the HALO Group, adds, "I'm really excited about Hackenbacker joining us. It's always been a powerhouse on the Soho sound scene and having Nigel and his team at the forefront of our drama sound operation is the fulfilment of a long-held ambition for HALO."