February 2010
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Reliance Mediaworks expands in UK, acquires ilab

Strengthening its foothold in UK’s post-production market, Anil Ambani’s Reliance Mediaworks Ltd has acquired the assets of ilab UK Ltd, enabling it to service local filmmakers, Hollywood and the Hindi film industry.

Reliance Mediaworks has opened a dedicated film and media services facility in London, which would offer front-end, processing, restoration, 2D to 3D conversion and post-production services to broadcasters and studios, the company said in a release here on Thursday.

The company did not disclose the amount for which it acquired ilab.

“Our expansion is growing at a remarkable pace and we are happy to now be offering our services in the UK, one of the world’s leading post-production markets,” Reliance MediaWorks chief executive officer Anil Arjun said.

“Through Reliance MediaWorks UK, we would provide next generation services for the local filmmakers and broadcasters, while also catering to Hollywood and Hindi film businesses,” Arjun said.

He said that the acquisition of ilab strengthens the company’s portfolio in Britain and also creates synergies in its UK operations and existing media services chain globally.

Reliance MediaWorks UK offers high-end services within its own facility and also taps into the quality and scale of services available through the parent company’s operations in India and US.

The company has secured image processing and restoration work for two high profile projects from leading UK broadcasters at its Los Angeles-based subsidiary, Lowry Digital, the release said.

Lowry Digital has executed projects for studios like Walt Disney, Paramount Pictures, MGM and 20th Century Fox as well as Hollywood filmmakers such as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and James Cameron.

Reliance MediaWorks UK can offer high-end services within its own facility, as well tap into the quality and scale of services available through its operations in India and US, it said.

Reliance MediaWorks is a fast-growing film and entertainment services company, which owns 500 screens across India, US, Malaysia and the Netherlands through BIG Cinemas.

BIG Synergy, the company’s television venture, is present in the television programming industry.

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