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Molinare Creative Group expands operations into Liverpool as part of group growth strategy

Apr 26, 2024

Molinare Creative Group has announced that its DIT and LAB division, Notorious DIT, is expanding the Group’s operations to the Northwest of England, opening a facility in Liverpool. The expansion comes as part of a larger strategy to strengthen the company’s ties outside of London and support regional film and television productions, conveniently located for Liverpool, Manchester, and Yorkshire.

Based at the Liverpool Innovation Park, Notorious DIT will provide its whole suite of services, including, DIT, data management, LAB and on-set and near-set services for productions filming locally in the region.

The expansion is stage one of the Group’s plans for Liverpool. Working closely with the Liverpool Film Office, the Molinare Creative Group is set to expand its offering further to include offline editorial, ADR and finishing post production services.

With Liverpool lending itself as the backdrop to some of the biggest dramas to hit UK screens over the past 12 months, including Paramount+’s Sexy Beast and A Gentleman in Moscow as well as the BBC’s, Time and The Responder, the region is fast becoming the biggest film and TV hub outside of London. Molinare Creative Group’s plans for growth are in line with the efforts of Liverpool Film Office, who have announced their plans to support over 1,000 diverse new entrants into the screen sector over the next three years.

Further to setting up operations in the region, Notorious DIT will work with Liverpool Film Office to increase opportunities for home grown talent. This will initially involve running training sessions and on-set work experience, focusing on DIT and LAB. As the Group develops its presence in the region, the ambition is to set up final post training facilities, nurturing local talent and enabling real world experience.

Michael Pentney, MD, Notorious DIT

Michael Pentney, managing director, Notorious DIT, says on the expansion, “Notorious DIT is a born and bred Newcastle company with a legacy of working across the Northwest. Setting up a permanent hub is an important moment for us, it feels like we’re coming home. Not only are we able to provide a more consistent service, having a presence in Liverpool means we can cultivate talent and be a positive part of change. This is an exciting time, and I can’t wait to get fully immersed into our new Northern family.”

Nigel Bennett, CEO, Molinare Creative Group, adds, “There is a great wealth of talent, facilities, and landscape beyond that of the M25. Whilst London, and specifically the impressive streets off Carnaby Street, have been Molinare’s home for over 50 years – there is so much more of England that we as an industry should be utilising and exploring. Lynn and her team at Liverpool Film Office have done an incredible job of building a vibrant film and TV industry in Liverpool, and with their impressive growth plans, I’m excited to be on this journey with them.”

Nigel Bennett, CEO, Molinare Creative Group

Bennett continues, “Since joining Molinare, I have always endeavoured to create as diverse workforce as possible. However, it can’t be denied that cost of living in London has always been prohibitive in hiring people from different socioeconomic backgrounds. As we continue to embrace the regions, we continue to provide opportunities and develop talent around the UK, which is something I couldn’t be prouder of.”

Lynn Saunders, head of Liverpool Film Office, comments, “We are thrilled to welcome the Oscar and BAFTA award-winning Molinare Creative Group to Liverpool, in what is their first base outside of London.

“This is fantastic news not only for the film, TV and gaming industries but for the Liverpool City Region as a whole, as this move will undoubtedly attract a new wave of investment and provide a much-welcomed boost to the local economy.

“Together with the Molinare team we will be working closely and exploring opportunities for new entrants and established crew to develop and nurture their skills to assist in our aim of creating a more diverse and inclusive screen workforce in the Liverpool City Region.

“We wish all at Molinare the very best success for their new venture in our magnificent city and we look forward to being part of the journey.”

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