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Technicolor to close Pinewood lab

Technicolor has revealed plans to close its Pinewood film lab as the TV and film industries shift further towards digital acquisition and distribution.

Last week, Technicolor emailed post facilities in the UK to inform them of its decision to stop all photochemical activities by the end of May. 

Technicolor is now in consultation with its film services employees.

Approximately 30 staff are likely to be affected by the closure.

A spokesperson for Technicolor told Broadcast the company had done everything in its power to maintain its film operations in the UK.

“However, with uncertainty in a number of areas, including film stock, it is reaching a level which is financially unsustainable.

“Technicolor will remain active in all other spheres of its activities, continuing to service its media and entertainment customers with the highest quality standards of the industry.”

The company had already made moves to deal with dwindling demand for film-related services.

Some 18-months ago Deluxe Laboratories sub-contracted its 35mm and 16mm processing work to Technicolor’s Pinewood facility.

It followed the subcontracting of Technicolor’s North American 35mm bulk printing business to Deluxe.

Readers' comments (4)

  • As slightly sad sign of the digital times we now live in. Where will people process 35mm?

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  • Thankfully there are still some of us out there that believe film is NOT dead. Here at I-dailies in West London, we can cater for all film processing needs. Whether shooting 16mm, 35mm or data we can process, transfer and create deliverables for your project on a daily basis. We are a small team of film industry professionals with many years of experience.

    http://www.i-dailies.co.uk

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  • Weren't nearly all of this year's Oscar nominated movies shot on Kodak film? Doesn't that tell us something?

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  • Film is definately not dead! Here at Bucks Media Services we are now the ONLY full-service laboratory left here in the UK. Much modernised in recent years, Bucks can offer a full 16 and 35mm processing service along with transfer to traditional tape or data formats. We also offer a full range of film-based picture and sound post production and release print services. Also, Bucks currently holds Kodak Image Care accreditation for the quality of its negative processing, which is the highest level of recognition awarded by Kodak to any film processing laboratory. Please be assured that as long as the demand for film exists, Bucks will be there to provide the industry with these services.

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