A year on from being bought by Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, London post-audio production house De Lane Lea has been substantially refurbished with the installation of Pro Tools HDX systems and the opening of a new ADR suite. Now known as Warner Bros. De Lane Lea, the facility has worked on a number of high profile productions, including 7.1 mixes for Gravity and TV series da Vinci’s Demons. Major investment in the Soho-based operation has seen the addition of 18 Pro Tools HDX and HD native workstations with D-Command control surfaces and a range of plug-ins. Improvements have also been made to the MADI routing and ADR streaming set-ups. Additional space has been taken on the first floor of Royalty House, next door to WB De Lane Lea’s main premises at 75 Dean Street (Studio 1 pictured), for the building of the new purpose-built ADR 1 studio and 18 cutting rooms. Another new facility is a 5.1 TV pre-mix suite, built into the old Studio 5. Director of operations and business development Helen Alexander says this, and the ADR operation, is part of the company’s plan to bring in more broadcast work. While most Warner Bros television productions are post-produced at the Burbank facility in California, WB De Lane Lea is being used by UK broadcasters and for co-productions. Recent shows include The Politician’s Husband, Game of Thrones, Veep and da Vinci’s Demons, the second, 10-episode season of which was mixed in 7.1.
“About 20 percent of our output is for TV and tends to be high end,” comments Alexander. “Da Vinci’s Demon’s was the first to qualify for the UK high end TV tax break. We’ve also worked on the BBC series Atlantis and have a lot of other TV work in the pipeline for next year.” www.delanelea.com/