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Origin acquires MCR Broadcast Hire

MCR founder Mike Ransome will act as a consultant to the company following the acquisition

Broadcast and post production equipment rental company Origin has announced the acquisition of MCR Broadcast Hire with immediate effect.

According to Origin, the addition of MCR Broadcast Hire will enable it to bring on board the experience and expertise of the MCR team in digital cinema cameras, RF for outside broadcast and professional audio.

Mike Ransome (left), Liam Wife

MCR Broadcast was founded in 2019 and was headed up by Mike Ransome, previously CEO of Presteigne Broadcast. He has worked in the broadcast rental industry for over 35 years.

“This purchase is great news. It will reinforce Origin’s existing team – ensuring a complete end-to-end offering, from production through to post,” said Liam Wife, Origin’s founder. “We have been working with the team at MCR for a while and we are all excited by this acquisition. It also adds considerable new inventory and supports our strong five-year growth plan.”

“This acquisition will place Origin in a unique position, uniting our team’s core workflow skillsets with the point of capture. This will mean we can provide a true end-to-end production solution,” added Wife.

“Obviously, it’s sad to see the MCR brand go. However, I’ve worked with the team at Origin for some time and I know they can take the company to the next level,” said Ransome, who will act as a consultant to the company following the acquisition.

Financial details of the deal have not been revealed.