True North has joined forces with Manchester post facility Flix to open a new production hub at MediaCityUK in Salford.
The two companies will set up a facility with ten edit suites at The Pie Factory, with Flix providing an in-house edit service for True North.
True North already has its own in-house post set-up at its HQ in Leeds, where it has 19 edit, dubbing and online suites.
“It has got to the point now where we were spending too much time trying to cram everything in and were heading towards a compromised workflow,” said True North managing director Marc Allen.
“We could have stayed in Leeds and kept our head down or gone further afield, and we decided to reach out towards the talent and commissioning base at MediaCity.
“We’re not losing any capacity in Leeds at all. If things go to plan we will hopefully expand in Leeds as well.”
GB Labs’ network storage system will be used for Avid project sharing and media archiving across the Salford and Leeds sites.
Flix said the Pie Factory facility is part of its wider expansion plans, which include other premises on the MediaCityUK campus alongside its existing site in Manchester city centre.
Flix managing director Leo Casserly said: “We’re delighted to be collaborating with True North on this forward-thinking venture and are looking forward to playing our part in helping bring a new chapter of creativity to TV production in the north.”
True North and Flix expect The Pie Factory site to be up and running by mid-July.
True North’s credits include Building The Dream for Channel 4, CBBC’s Junior Vets, Bloody Tales on National Geographic and The Valleys (pictured) on MTV.
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