Technicolor digs in at Pinewood

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Technicolor broke ground Tuesday on a film postproduction facility on the Pinewood Studios complex outside London.

The facility will house the first lab on the busy Pinewood campus and provide such services as release printing and digital-cinema distribution.

Technicolor also plans to relocate its Heathrow-area Technicolor Content Services' digital operations — including digital intermediate, digital dailies and feature mastering — to a new seven-story building in London's Soho section, a few blocks from its U.K.-headquartered visual effects business the Moving Picture Co. Select DI operations from MPC — which is planning to open a facility in Santa Monica later this year (HR 1/24) — will be relocated to this facility.

With the opening of these sites, the Heathrow-area film and digital services operation, which has spent more than 70 years at its West Drayton location, will close. All of this is expected to occur later this year.

Pinewood is one of the U.K.'s busiest studios, and the new James Bond film, "Quantum of Solace," is in production there. Recent projects at Pinewood and sister studio Shepperton are the film adaptation of the ABBA musical "Mamma Mia!" as well as "Atonement," "Sweeney Todd" and "The Golden Compass."

The Pinewood location will feature a high-speed shared private network to move content among Technicolor's other facilities, customers and vendors.

"By relocating to Pinewood Studios, Technicolor will provide customers with the best possible on-location service while also taking a key step in our development strategy to extend Technicolor's role in the U.K. and worldwide as the leader in end-to-end film and digital media services," said Joe Berchtold, president of Technicolor Theatrical Services.

Added Ivan Dunleavy, CEO of Pinewood Shepperton: "The presence of Technicolor sends a strong signal to the creative community that London, and Pinewood in particular, continues to be among the world's top destinations for quality filmmaking."

Technicolor is the services division of Thomson, which also is the parent of production equipment manufacturer Grass Valley.
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