Extra: Clear Cut acquires two post houses; Endemol Shine takes “Stripped” to Portugal

Clear Cut buys Edit Store and Sound Store London-based post-production house Clear Cut Pictures has acquired the companies The Edit Store and The Sound Store. Edit Store and Sound Store founders Chris ...
February 5, 2019

Clear Cut buys Edit Store and Sound Store

London-based post-production house Clear Cut Pictures has acquired the companies The Edit Store and The Sound Store.

Edit Store and Sound Store founders Chris Rodmell and Howard Bradburn will provide support during the transition period for both clients and staff. They will then move on to focus on other pursuits.

The three companies will continue to trade in their own names and retain their long-standing clients at their respective sites and with their existing staffs.

“We are delighted to welcome the Edit Store and Sound Store teams to the Clear Cut family,” said Clear Cut MD Rowan Bray, in a statement. “Edit Store has forged a fantastic reputation in hard hitting documentaries and current affairs. They have a highly respected creative staff, a beautiful building, and lovely suites. We have needed to offer our increasing client base more choice in the Central London area and this deal broadens our offering perfectly.”

“The Edit Store and The Sound Store have been and always will be, close to our hearts, but we are very pleased to be leaving the company in the capable hands of our loyal and dedicated staff, with the support and guidance of the new owners Clear Cut Pictures,” said Rodmell and Bradburn, in a joint statement. “We have always prided ourselves in offering a very tailored and personal service in post-production, and we are confident that this will continue with the same talented Edit and Sound Store teams who you know and trust.”

Endemol Shine Iberia takes Stripped to Portugal

Global content creator, producer and distributor Endemol Shine Group has sold lifestyle format Stripped to TVI, marking the first sale of the title in Portugal.

Stripped (pictured), known locally as Começar do Zero, takes everyday people and challenges them to strip themselves of everything they own to rediscover what makes them happy. Every day, they will get one item back, and they are barred from buying or trading anything aside from basic necessities.

The series was created by Metronome, part of Endemol Shine Nordics, and has sold to seven markets, including Finland, Germany, Sweden, the UK and the U.S.

The deal was made by Shine Iberia.

“Great factual entertainment puts real people in extraordinary circumstances with captivating results,” said Lisa Perrin, CEO of creative networks at Endemol Shine Group, in a statement. “This show is a fascinating insight into how people respond when stripped of all their belongings and I’m intrigued how the Portuguese participants withstand this very modern challenge.”

“It is the ideal moment for a format like Stripped in Portugal as we are joining the global movement of sustainability and exploring how to be happy by using less resources and a temporary disconnection from the technological world,” added Rui Ávila, EP for Shine Iberia. “With the stories of our participants in this social experiment, it is our goal to re-connect the audience with their real values so they can find out for themselves what really matters.”

BBC to boost transparency

UK pubcaster the BBC has unveiled its plans to increase transparency in response to reviews by Will Hutton and Chris Saul.

While the reviews found the BBC to have built high levels of transparency in recent years, they also had recommendations for further improvement.

Amid recommendations regarding commercial operations, staff salaries and license fee payers, the reviews also concluded that the pubcaster’s production arm, BBC Studios, could improve transparency in key areas like providing more detailed annual reporting and greater narrative on strategy, improving disclosure of governance and regulation and offering more details on what BBC Studios spends overall on talent in annual reporting.

“These reviews show that the BBC is already among the leaders when it comes to transparency, in both the public service and in our commercial operations,” said BBC chairman David Clementi, in a statement. “But, while we have a strong record to build on, there are also areas where we can go even further which is why we are accepting many of the recommendations.”

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