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Molinare acquires Hackenbacker

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Molinare acquires Hackenbacker
Audio facility recently worked on Richard Ayoade’s The Double.

UK post production house Molinare has acquired audio facility Hackenbacker from e-Post Media Limited, the owners of Halo Post Production. The purchase was concluded yesterday (July 1).

Molinare recently provided picture and sound on Simon Pegg romantic comedy Man Up and an upcoming TV adaptation of Beowulf for UK broadcaster ITV.

Hackenbacker’s portfolio includes Downton Abbey, recent reboot Thunderbirds Are Go, and The Double from Richard Ayoade.

Hackenbacker’s founder, Nigel Heath, will remain a director of the audio facility and will join the group management team alongside Julie Parmenter and Steve Milne of Molinare, and private equity firms Next Wave Partners and Saphir Capital.

The acquisition will have no impact on the day-to-day operation of either facility or sound department.

Molinare managing director Parmenter said: “We have collaborated on many drama projects over the past three years, including The Musketeers and The 7.39, and with a combination
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Hackenbacker joins Halo Group

Bafta-award winning audio post facility Hackenbacker has joined the Halo Group.

The acquisition will see Hackenbacker form a major part of Halo’s drama and film sound operation, working alongside Halo’s five 5.1 TV mix rooms and the two Dolby 7.1 theatrical mix stages.

Halo Group chief executive John Rogerson described Hackenbacker as a “powerhouse on the Soho sound scene”.

He said: “Having Nigel and his team at the forefront of our drama sound operation is the fulfilment of a long held ambition for Halo.”

Rogerson added that while he wanted to build a group of post facilities he was keen to make sure they maintain their own identities.

The Soho-based TV and film sound facility, which counts Downton Abbey, The Musketeers and Whitechapel among its recent broadcast credits, will retain the Hackenbacker brand.

It will also continue to operate from its buildings on Bateman Street, which houses three mix studios and three sound edit suites and Salisbury
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