NEP UK OPENS WELSH OB AND STUDIO FACILITIES

Date: 13/07/2010
NEP UK today announced that it has opened a new OB and studio facilities company in Cardiff. The new company, NEP Cymru OB Ltd, will take assets and staff from joint administrators Alistair Wardell and Nigel Morrison of Grant Thornton UK LLP, after the Barcud Derwen Group went into liquidation earlier this month.

Steve Jenkins, Executive Director, NEP UK, said, "After the regrettable demise of the Barcud Derwen Group, NEP pursued the opportunity to put back into Wales a well supported OB and studio facilities provider. The encouragement we received from key clients, staff and broadcasters for such a venture was amazing, and inspired us to work day and night to pull this deal off."

NEP Cymru OB will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of NEP (UK) Investments Ltd and as a sister company to NEP Visions Ltd and Roll To Record Ltd. The new operation will be headed up by Tony Cahalane, and will employ 15 staff based from the Cardiff office.

Tony Cahalane, Managing Director, NEP Cymru OB said, "It is vitally important for us to remain as a facilities company that can continue to provide our key clients with the boutique service they are accustomed to. I am delighted that we are now part of one of the biggest international OB operations that can offer the support to allow us to do this. NEP UK have been exemplary in their attitude at this difficult time, and realised the advantages of a supporting the skill base we have in Wales from the very start of negotiations."

NEP Cymru OB primarily offers clients the use of HD1, a superior OB truck with HD/3G and full 5.1 Bluefin capability. The double expanding scanner will be based in Cardiff and engineered by local crews who are familiar with the clients and the truck. The experienced team has been responsible for live facilities at most of Wales' national events in recent years and has also provided landmark coverage for many of the UK's biggest broadcasters.

In addition to OBs, NEP Cymru OB will offer a 7,500 sq.ft studio with HD and SD capabilities, plus make-up rooms, production office and audience capacity of up to 300, together with an additional 400sq.ft studio. The Cardiff studio set-up adds even more regional diversity to NEP UK, since Roll To Record also provides facilities in the Bristol area.

With the creation of NEP Cymru OB, the three NEP UK companies now offer an incredible depth of resource, including nine high definition scanners, several tapeless and VT trucks, and approximately 160 Sony and Thomson cameras, of which over 75% are HD. NEP UK's parent company also dominates the North American OB market and can be called upon if required to further augment the UK's fleet.

www.nepinc.com



Tags: nep | cardiff | nep cymru ob | barcud derwen
Submitted by Wendy Mattock

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