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Virtual Post pushes into servicing high-dynamic range productions with latest hire

Philippa Beasley-Swanson has joined the company in the newly created role of head of picture

Post production facility Virtual Post is positioning itself to take on larger creative projects, particularly those requiring HDR (high dynamic range) deliveries.

The company has hired Philippa Beasley-Swanson in the new role of head of picture, and she will head up its picture-finishing team.

In addition to overseeing grading and online editing, Beasley-Swanson will spearhead the company’s push into servicing premium HDR productions for both legacy broadcasters and streamers. She is also a Dolby Vision Certified Professional.

Beasley-Swanson joins Virtual Post from London-headquartered post-production company The Finish Line, where she worked for six years as a senior colourist and online editor on a range of productions, including GPs Behind Closed Doors and The Football Academy. Her CV also includes stints with Tinopolis Post, Lion Television, Editworks and Directors Cut Films.

Jon Lee, CEO of Virtual Post, said: “Over the last couple of years, we’ve reviewed all aspects of Virtual Post’s operation. Last year, this led to a major revamp of our audio capabilities. Now, to complement our best-in-class audio talent and technology, we’ve turned our attention to our picture-finishing team — and Phillippa’s appointment is the result. She’s motivated, energetic and has all the right skills, both personally and technically, to help lead Virtual Post into the next phase of its development.”

Beasley-Swanson added: “I’ve long admired Virtual Post, not only for the quality of its work but for its ability to embrace new technology and working models to disrupt and reinvent the post-production market. So, when the opportunity arose to join Jon and his team and help create wonderful-looking programmes, I didn’t hesitate. I’m also excited to be based in Brighton, which has become a real centre of excellence for the creative industries, as more and more production companies migrate from London.”