Media and film production services
In the last year, MRC hit its stride as one of the world's leading independent studios in television, film and digital. Among the 2008-09 releases are upcoming films Bruno starring Sacha Baron Cohen, This Side of the Truth starring Ricky Gervais, The Box starring Cameron Diaz as well as films currently in production with Matt Damon and M. Night Shyamalan. In television, MRC has Mike Judge's next animated show The Goode Family and Bob Saget's show Surviving Suburbia, as well as returning shows such as Life and Time of Tim and Rita Rocks. In digital, MRC had one of the biggest hits of the year with Seth MacFarlane's cavalcade of cartoon comedy.
Metro had a good year in 2008 with considerable growth in event and web-cast support for its long-standing client Shell, helped by Metro’s innovative use of Shell’s internal office space. Other highlights included managing the graduate recruitment roadshows for Accenture, Linklaters, Ernst & Young and Deloitte. The Edinburgh office, Metro Ecosse, continued to provide event and production services to Experian, Prudential and Royal Bank of Scotland.
The Farm Group enjoyed another busy and successful year in 2008 and maintained its dominant position in the very competitive London post-production market. It supplied post-production on award-winning primetime entertainment programs such as X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Ross Kemp on Gangs, Gavin and Stacey, Peep Show and Lead Balloon; as well as dramas including The Devil’s Whore, Wallander, Shameless and Wild at Heart. The Farm’s editing team won the Royal Television Society’s award for best editing on Deal or No Deal.
Rent, the equipment hire division formed after the merger of Metro Broadcast’s Soho business into The Farm, refocused its activities to concentrate on supplying new small HD cameras. This policy is proving successful and the client base and revenues are expanding.