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Origin Film & Television expands into south-west England with Cinewest merger

Based at Bristol's Bottle Yard Studios, Cinewest provides customers with cine camera, lens and grip rentals

Broadcast and post production equipment rental company Origin has merged with Bristol-based Cinewest.

Based at Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios, Cinewest provides customers with cine camera, lens and grip rentals.

“This was an easy decision for us,” said Liam Wife, operations director at Origin. “We have many clients already in Wales and the south-west, and have seen a big increase in drama and documentary production in the region. Our relationships with DoPs and production staff are what make Origin stand out, and we are delighted to be able to offer a full range of local services on their doorstep.”

According to Origin, the merger means clients will now be able to choose the nearest location to them and benefit from local services such as on-premise prep bays, equipment training and room rental as well as a broader range of services including cloud-based rushes, archiving and remote lens tests.

“Success in a rental business is much more than having the right hardware on the shelf,” added Wife. “We understand the real requirements of our clients, whether it is for live television, broadcast drama or feature shoots. Our specialists give one-to-one support for camera operators, DoPs and production teams to ensure they get the look and feel they want.

“This merger bolsters our capabilities all round,” he added. “We have an enhanced range of kit, we have more expert staff, and we have extended our spaces for prep and set-up. The result is going to be even better service for the broadcast and movie industry in the UK.”

Origin’s merger with Cinewest follows the company’s acquisition of MCR Broadcast Hire in 2021.