London-based VFX house Milk is opening a second studio in Cardiff, Wales to support its expanding roster of TV and feature film projects, joining an emerging creative industry in Cardiff supported by the Welsh Government.
Milk’s new studio is located at the GloWorks building in Cardiff Bay – the Welsh Government’s flagship center for creative industries. The facility will open at the end of April with 20 artist seats and will begin work immediately on projects including the forthcoming ninth series of the BBC’s Doctor Who and Hartswood/BBC’s Sherlock Christmas Special. The new studio will be linked with Milk’s London office via Sohonet.
The company has appointed VFX supervisor Sue Land to manage the studio. Land will report to Will Cohen, Milk’s CEO and executive producer. The facilty has already recruited a number of key crew locally and will work closely with the Welsh Government to maximize opportunities to hire and train local talent as the studio grows.
“A Cardiff hub for Milk is perfect to support our growing roster of work, build on our long-term relationship with BBC Wales and allow new clients to collaborate with Milk,” said Cohen. “The timing is right with connectivity now provided by Sohonet, the opening of Pinewood and the new opportunities presented by the Welsh Government.”
The company will begin production this month on ITV’s 13-part warrior drama Beowulf, Fox TV’s The Bastard Executioner, BBC’s Doctor Who series and feature film Poltergeist (20th Century Fox, MGM).