Post-Production’s Big Four

Meet the leading players in the global industry.

Last Updated: October 26, 2009 @ 7:23 AM

Prime Focus: Publicly traded in Mumbai and London, maintains post-production bases in 15 facilities around the world. These bases are connected via a proprietary private network. Among its latest developments is a 2D-to-3D conversion process, which could be used to turn titles such as James Cameron’s "Titanic" into a 3D movie. The field for such services is starting to get crowded.

Ascent Media Group: A publicly traded holding company (NASDAQ:ASCMA) with global headquarters in Santa Monica. Ascent maintains post operations across the United States, in the U.K. and in Singapore.

Technicolor: A classic Hollywood brand formed in 1915. Its parent company is France-headquartered media giant Thomson. It maintains a global network of post-production facilities, as well as film labs, across North America, Europe and Asia. In Los Angeles, Technicolor is moving into a newly built facility on the Sunset Gower lot. Technicolor recently developed a 3D projection system for theaters that works with existing 35mm projectors.

Deluxe Entertainment Services Group: Also has been part of Hollywood’s fabric for 90 years. MacAndrews and Forbes Holdings, led by businessman Ron Perelman, acquired the company for an estimated $750 million in 2006. Deluxe is the parent of post-production brand EFILM, which includes bases in Hollywood, New York, Northern California, Sydney, Toronto and on the Fox lot. Deluxe also maintains labs around the world that offer post services. This past summer it opened a new facility on its Hollywood lot, which houses extended lab and post-production infrastructure as well as corporate offices.