“We wanted to avoid proprietary technologies or restrictive and expensive infrastructures and it quickly became clear that PixStor was what we needed on every level. Its performance is very high end, without breaking the bank, and we have almost unlimited room for expansion as interest in 4K - and possibly beyond – continues to grow.”
- Daniel Napier, technical director at halo
Visual effects house Absolute has established an important industry first after completely outsourcing its production IT requirements from its Poland Street offices to ERA’s hosted services. The resulting Infrastructure as a Service deal (IaaS) will confer multiple benefits to Absolute, saving on power consumption and space — both at a premium in Soho — while providing it with almost instant scalability and the ability to offer clients more services.
As one of the leading post-production houses in the UK, ENVY is deservingly named, delivering programmes across a diverse range of genres including factual, drama, comedy and light entertainment. Situated across five central London locations and offering its clients a full spectrum of post-production services – from offline and online to grading, VFX and audio – ENVY’s technical operations are sizeable and require expert use of the latest technologies to deliver consistently high standards. It was precisely this commitment to technical excellence that recently led the company to invest in a major expansion of Pixit Media’s PixStor scale-out NAS and SAN system.
Production company, CHF Media Group was formed in 2011 and benefits from a long heritage within ITV. One of its first strategic deployments was the creation of an animation company - Cosgrove Hall Fitzpatrick Entertainment. Cosgrove Hall achieved national treasure status over four decades with a succession of popular children’s animation series, including the seminal Danger Mouse, Count Duckula and Wind in the Willows. Pip Ahoy!, a new 52 x 11 series aimed at pre-school children and featuring the voice talent of Sir David Jason went to air in the UK on Channel 5 in June 2014.
For the University of Salford, the delivery of a new state-of-the-art campus at MediaCityUK would allow it to deliver new graduate and post-graduate courses that were relevant in a digital era to students and help it train tomorrow’s broadcast journalists and production specialists. The multi-purpose building was also established to house first-class media research facilities and to provide a sought-after location for the UK and international commercial production community.
The David Barlow Special Effects Film Archive is a unique film and video library. It contains a comprehensive collection of moving images captured by award winning cinematographer David Barlow over several decades covering a range of subjects from animal and human development, parasitology, landscapes to elements and textures. Thanks to ERA Cloud, the whole collection has now been put online and made available to a global marketplace.
Fast growing Shoreditch post house Splice (recent credits include Siblings, People Just Do Nothing and The Men Who Made Us Spend) further expanded its offering last month, opening a second building at Picture House, Singer Street with 23 more edit suites and a large grading theatre in Old Street.