NEWS: The Mill raids rival for creative talent

The Mill, the leading London post-production house, has poached five senior creatives in a dramatic defection of talent from the rival firm, Cel Animation.

The Mill, the leading London post-production house, has poached five

senior creatives in a dramatic defection of talent from the rival firm,

Cel Animation.



The five, who have all done ground-breaking work in graphics and digital

film effects, will set up an associate company to work alongside the

Mill.



The defectors are Cel’s top three Henry editors, Rob Harvey, Tim Burke

and Karl Mooney, the head of 3D animation, Grahame Andrew, and a senior

motion control cameraman, Malcolm Wooldridge.



Together, the team has been responsible for work including the Guinness

‘chain’ commercial, and a highly acclaimed series of idents for both

BBC1 and BBC2.



Robin Shenfield, the managing director of the Mill, commented: ‘We are

intent on adding a whole new pool of talent to our business, by bringing

in a team of people who have effectively exploited the developments in

motion control and computer animation.’



Burke said: ‘At Cel, we have developed an effective way of working

together, and established a good client base, but it is time to move

on. We will be able to offer the same service at the Mill, but we will

have a better back-up.’



The Mill will keep the five intact as a team, and is in the process of

developing new premises next to its current offices in London, to

accommodate their arrival some time in May. The new division will have

its own name, yet to be decided.



Shenfield said: ‘We will be providing big company back-up to what is,

essentially, a small new company. The Mill will remain focused on

commercials, but movie effects and television graphics are exciting new

strands to our business.’



At Cel, the team had a strong existing client base, including the BBC

and the production company, Spots. The team hopes to continue these

relationships, as well as working with clients of the Mill.



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