TFS’s expansion continues with the hire of Head of TV Studios Edward Harvey as part of the new TV Studios launch

Following on from other recent big name appointments, Cara Shappard TFS MD, continues the expansion and growth of the iconic Studios by welcoming Edward Harvey as Head of TV Studios, this is part of the launch of the new TV Studios.

Edward joins with nearly 30 years of experience in the TV industry as an expert in broadcast studio production and management.

He most recently worked with BT Studios to expand their independent client base and create propositions for a wider set of productions. Key name shows included Love Island AftersunLast Leg Paralympicsand I’m A Celeb Daily Drop within a VR space.

Prior to that he worked with Warner Brothers Leavesden to create new ideas to enhance the customer experience, establish new partner relationships and promote the facility.

Edward worked for over 25 years at The London Studios (ITV) with his last role as Head of Studio Management. He worked closely with client productions and the TLS team, applying best production processes to help enhance ideas and deliver entertaining shows whilst being cost conscious. He was also part of the Studio technology team delivering transitions such as SD to HD, Linear to Non Linear editing and 5.1 facilities.

Key production highlights that Edward has worked on in his career include: ITV Entertainment – Parkinson / The Chase / Audience With Lionel Ritchie / Blind Date. Open Mike – Alan Carr’s Chatty Man / Last Leg. Michael Hurll Television – British Comedy Awards. Blaze – SMTV / CDUK. Hat Trick – Have I Got News For You / Peter Principle. Avalon – Al Murray’s Happy Hour / Time Gentleman Please. Angst – Mock The Week. Olga TV – The Paul O’Grady Show. Talkback Thames – The Apprentice: You’re Fired.It is that calibre of work and key clients that the TFS team look forward to working with and welcoming across to the campus.

The brand new TV Studio at Twickenham will be designed to deliver dedicated studio space in West London to produce new shiny floor entertainment shows. The TV Studio is an exciting addition that will complement the rich heritage of working on some of the finest independent feature films and television dramas that have been produced on the campus.

The TFS TV Studio also offers important production services and facilities to ensure the smooth running and ease of every show including: on site car parking, 24hr security, production offices and meeting rooms, green rooms, private star entrance, star apartments and dressing rooms, art departments, costume stores, prop stores, hair and make-up, catering and The TFS Terrace bar / cafe.

MD Cara Sheppard TFS MD comments on Edward’s arrival: “I first met Edward when he came to work at Warner Brothers Leavesden and was incredibly impressed with his knowledge, passion and vision. As we further build out our TFS TV Studios he was the perfect person to come across to lead this set up.

He is such an experienced Studios expert in the Broadcast sector creating Production Solutions with a network of technical & craft talent. He places great importance on encouraging a collaborative environment with clients and colleagues alike and it is that way of working that we want to harness at all levels at TFS”.

Edward Harvey – new TFS Head of Studios says on joining the business:

“I am thrilled to be joining the expanding team and relish this exciting opportunity to head up and grow the TFS TV Studios. My new role will see me focused on building out the TV Studios entertainment offering – developing the key tech partner relationships as well as growing the network of great craft talent with whom TFS can help productions plan and execute brilliant shows within budget. We will also be focused on supporting facility providers to deliver outstanding client and audience experiences”.

 

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Testing AR / VR gaming tech this weekend in TFS Studio for IBC Accelerator

We were proud to welcome Noitom aetting up in our TFS Studio 1 for a weekend of tech testing (and Vodaphone Coventry) for IBC #5gtechnology Accelerator.

With friends from Hado UK, Promod Esports, Digital Domain, Vodafone, Telenet, The park, QuarkXR, NetInsight, Huawei, NVIDIA and the superstar Muki Kulhan.

The team trialled a multi-location live XR eSports gaming broadcast using 5G technology.

Thanks to the whole team Mark Smith, Jim Sephton, Thomas Gere, Gary Trotman, Steven Hartley, Krasimir Nikolov, Gilles-Adrien Cenni, Marco Dias Silva, James Dean, John Canning, Richard Brown, Simon Demediuk, Mark McConachie, George Patchett, Tomasz Witkowski and Xiangyu Lian.

 

TFS Winter Warmer Collection this Oct + Nov

This October + November we are once again doing a TFS WINTER WARMER COLLECTION in support of our local homeless shelter Vineyard Community.

Vineyard is a charity with community at its heart. Dedicated to helping vulnerable individuals overcome personal crises, and the community at large build stronger bonds. Running crisis and social inclusion services from The Vineyard Community and six other locations in the local Richmond borough. Every day, they help individuals overcome personal crises and reconnect with society offering support during recovery. Bringing extensive experience resolving issues related to homelessness, addiction, loneliness and mental health.

The TFS Reception and Runners team will be collecting non-perishable food (tins / cans / dried) + warm clothing + blankets + sleeping bags + old tents brought in by any staff. clients and wider supporting industry before being distributed to the local Richmond charity at the end of each month.

This will go some way to further help as all such services, which are being more widely used and coming under pressure as the weather deteriorates and Covid has affected so many.

We look forward to welcoming lots of your donations – just drop them off to Reception!

TFS MD Cara Sheppard welcomed as a BAFTA voting member

We are proud to share the news that our TFS MD Cara Sheppard has been invited to follow in the footsteps of many greats in the Feature Film and TV world and been asked to join as a BAFTA voting member.

Her long and varied career which has seen her work at Sky as well as grow Warner Brothers De Lane Lea in the role of MD, and most recently meant she is leading the new era Twickenham Film Studios redevelopment and expansion as MD. As a BAFTA voting member she will be part of the important industry.

The knowledge and experience of the BAFTA voting member is vital to the integrity and credibility of the awards, raising standards and inspiring new talent. The voting members receive access to films, games, and programmes, and dedicate their time to judging excellence and talent across all crafts and sectors. Voting members are allocated voting places for the Awards according to their experience and expertise.

TFS are one of the BAFTA supporters ensuring the BAFTA 195 Piccadilly renovation.

TFS carry out the Foley on new James Bond feature No Time To Die

No Time To Die is the 25th in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions and once again sees the return of Daniel Craig in his fifth outingas the British MI6 agent.

It is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga from a screenplay by Neal Purvis, Robert WadeCary Joji Fukunaga, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Léa SeydouxBen WhishawNaomie HarrisJeffrey WrightChristoph WaltzRory Kinnear, and Ralph Fiennes reprise their roles from previous films, with Rami MalekLashana LynchAna de Armas, Dali Benssalah, Billy Magnussen, and David Dencik joining the cast as new characters.

Recruited to rescue a kidnapped scientist, globe-trotting spy Bond finds himself hot on the trail of a mysterious villain, who’s armed with a dangerous new technology.

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The TFS team joined a stellar line up of artists on the feature working closely with Supervising Sound Editor Oliver Tarney to bring the epic Foley to life.

Foley Supervisor – Hugo Adams
Foley Mixer – Adam Méndez
Foley Artists – Andrea King, Sue Harding
Foley Assistants – Sophia Hardman, Oli Ferris

It’s theatrical release will follow on 30 September 2021 in the UK and 8 October 2021 in the US.

Check out the new Trailer here.

Download the official James Bond No Time To Die podcast here.

TFS is hiring a new Finance Director

JOB TITLE: Director of Finance

DEPARTMENT: Senior Management

LOCATION: Twickenham Studios

REPORTS TO: Managing Director

CREATED/REVISED: July 2021

 

Department Overview:

Twickenham Studios based in leafy St. Margarets has a rich and successful heritage, founded in 1913. From Script to Screen – Twickenham Film Studios have been producing films for over 100 years. A home for filmmakers, as well as being a centre for latest innovation and technology across all our offerings.

Recently acquired and operated by Time+Space Studios, Twickenham studios is known for being one of Britain’s leading production and post-production facilities. Offering Oscar winning Sound, Stages and Picture post-production across Film and TV projects for International and US high profile Film Studios as well as Independent Films and all key Streaming platforms.

Multimillion pound investments in 2020 and 2021 on the existing site, buildings, infrastructure and technology mean Twickenham Studios is able to expand and increase our world class facilities, cutting edge technology and award-winning talent to all of our clients worldwide.

Primary Purpose:

As Director of Finance, you will be responsible for ensuring the procedures, policies and processes by which the Twickenham Film Studios manages its resources and finances. Ensuring these are rigourously applied and proposing suitable improvements and enhancements to the CFO. Reporting to the Managing Director, you will ensure that robust frameworks and reporting are in place to satisfy all requirements and act as a champion for internal controls and fraud awareness. You will need to combine strong business and financial acumen alongside excellent people and client facing skills whilst creating, maintaining and evolving the business and financial analysis and reporting to a granular level.

You will be reponsible for ensuring financial accountability and reporting across all departments ensuring in depth reporting and analysis to understand each facet of the company and its true performance and profitability. You will provide support across the organisation at senior levels to ensure that all obligations are properly understood and complied with to create conditions for ongoing success. You will utilise your strong business accumen to ensure you lead the way and motivate other HOD’s to analyse their individual P&L at departmental level.

As a qualified accountant, you will bring proven technical expertise along with experience within a comparably complex environment and extensive understanding of Coorporation level standards in financial reporting and control. A collaborative and inclusive leader, you will evidence past success in developing and maintaining a high performing team to support an effective finance function.

You will bring not just capability, but a clear sense of a strong value set in line with an organisation that champions inclusion, diversity, collaboration and successful delivery.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Detailed FP&A and experience with commercial negotiation
  • End-to-end P&L management, cashflow management and capital investment appraisal
  • Provide high quality strategic financial planning, modelling and analysis that supports professional, accurate and risk-based decision-making.
  • Leading on the preparation of financial planning and annual budgets through to year-end audit with the support of a high calibre team
  • Develop financial strategy and operations to underpin funding growth and delivery of TFS objectives
  • Report to the Board on financial performance, strategy, risk and resilience
  • Producing comprehensive financial reports for key stakeholders with further self driven analysis
  • Have oversight for the development of the finance control and systems infrastructure to ensure the organisation and team have the tools necessary to support the growth of the organisation
  • Provide effective leadership and professional development to the Finance team to ensure service excellence through skills and systems, with experience of developing teams to produce high integrity accounts and financial information
  • Ensure that colleagues across the organisation are supported to deliver their resource responsibilities to a high standard, decisions are financially robust, compliance obligations are met; and risk is effectively managed
  • Production of budget and business performance board packs and presentations
  • Continually improve financial control/policies and proviving detailed variance analysis for the MD

Required Skills/Knowledge:

  • A qualified accountant (e.g. ACA, ACCA or ACMA) with significant knowledge and experience of leading a finance function to successfully deliver the full range of financial management activities
  • 5+ years’ experience at a similar financial level within a large media based company, or production or post production facility/studio delivering high end content.
  • Experience of successfully reviewing, designing and delivering change to/in a finance function. Including effectively engaging with a broad range of stakeholders, leading and supporting staff and ensuring that change is positioned to deliver optimal outcomes
  • Experience of providing leadership and management to a cross-functional team. This should include providing guidance, development, management and challenge with the ability to deploy a range of management styles.
  • Experience of driving high performance, developing staff and managing issues of performance and conduct successfully
  • Highly developed skill in building relationships for influence across a range of culturally, geographically and professionally diverse colleagues. Ability to actively listen, and understand the perspectives, and own the priorities, of others; to influence and build better mutually beneficial outcomes
  • Intellectual curiosity including a strong disposition to seek out diverse views, engage with difference of option and consider new and novel ways of doing things. Ability to adapt plans and approaches to a range of contexts
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritise both personal and team workloads to ensure that tasks are delegated appropriately, and targets met within a fast-paced environment.
  • Able to constructively appraise other senior management and shareholders of project statuses with capability to provide insight and guidance on future endeavours.
  • Clear understanding of benchmarking mechanisms and contractual requirements.
  • Familiarity with all current conditions of service, contracts of employment, health and safety legalities and their impact on staff.
  • Ability to remain calm and effective in difficult situations.
  • A logical and fast approach to problem solving, with a tolerance for ambiguity in a rapidly evolving environment.
  • Resilient, tenacious, flexible, diplomatic, committed with strong interpersonal skills and a willingness to get involved with precise attention to detail.

Applications via email to be made to vacancies@timeandspace.coPlease send your CV and a cover letter. The deadline for interested applicants is Monday 18th October.

BFI London Film Festival unveils 2021 programme for “full force” hybrid edition featuring TFS work.

Pablo Larrain’s Spencer, Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter and Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch are among the 159 features that will play the 65th BFI London Film Festival (LFF, October 6-17), which will also screen episodes one and two of the third season of HBO’sSuccession.

The festival will play 21 world premieres in its feature programme, including Sarah Smith and Jean Philippe-Vine’s Ron’s Gone Wrong, the debut feature from UK animation studio Locksmith Animation.

Titles will play both at cinemas in London and UK-wide at 10 LFF partner venues, with select virtual premieres also hosted on the BFI Player online platform.

In a first for the festival, gala titles will play each night at the Royal Festival Hall in London’s Southbank Centre as part of the festivall’s new Southbank hub that will also include BFI Southbank. The Royal Festival Hall has a capacity of 2,700; its usage for LFF will be over 2,000, with the exact number to be confirmed.  Audience capacity is yet to be confirmed.

 

The TFS team worked on a number of films featured in this years festival including:

Belfast, dir. Kenneth Branagh

Last Night In Soho, dir. Edgar Wright

Ron’s Gone Wrong, dirs. Sarah Smith, Jean Philippe-Vine.

Check out the full programme here: https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/lff/Online/default.asp

TFS proudly host #Pride drinks for clients & staff ahead of what would have been the 2021 London Parade.

TFS are continuing their ongoing TFS #pride celebrations ahead of what would have been the London Pride Parade this Saturday 10th September to support the wider LGBQT+ community – love, respect, understanding.
Join for 6pm happy hour free #pride cocktails. music, treats and vibes which are being laid on in The Terrace. Come and join the fun! Curtis, Ruby and the Runners will be creating quite the colourful experience.

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TFS Foley + Sound team worked on Kenneth Branagh’s BELFAST launching in cinemas in November

Kenneth Branagh’s BELFAST is coming to cinemas on November 12th.

BELFAST is a poignant story of love, laughter and loss in one boy’s childhood, staring Golden Globe nominee Caitriona Balfe, Academy Award winner Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Ciaran Hinds, and Jude Hill.

It marks a stark shift from Branagh’s signature directorial efforts—which include Thor, Cinderella, and Murder on the Orient Express—but he believes now was the exact right time to tell his story. “In this last 18 months or so, there’s been this profound disturbance to what, in retrospect, was this innate comfort of the routine,” he says. “Suddenly, you live with this thing that human beings just don’t like: uncertainty.”

Our multi award winning TFS Foley team were so proud to work on the feature.

Foley Mixer: Sophia Hardman

Foley Artists: Oli Ferris & Sue Harding

Foley Editor: Arthur Graley

The TFS Sound team also completed the mix in our newly redesigned, state of the art Sound Theatre 2 with Mixers Simon Chase and Niv Adiri. Sound Design was by Soundbyte Studios and Supervised by James Mather.

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ja3PPOnJQ2k

Read more in Variety: https://variety.com/2021/film/reviews/belfast-review-kenneth-branagh-1235056300/

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Count Me In documentary released on Netflix with Sound + Picture by TFS.

Count Me In got released this week on Netflix. You can have rhythm without music but you can’t have music without rhythm.
This British documentary features some of rock’s greatest drummers as they come together in an inspiring rhythmic journey about the power of human connection.

TFS were proud to do the Sound Rerecording Mix, Foley and Picture on this drumming tour de force.

Director: Mark Lo
Writers: Claire Ferguson, Sarah Jobling, Mark Lo

Sound Rerecording Mixer: Will Miller
Foley Mixer: Sophia Hardman
Foley Artist: Oli Ferris
Mix Technician: Rob Davidson
Picture Post / Colourist: Michelle Cort

Check out the documentary imdb: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6889042/ and watch it now on Netflix.

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