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VFX studio Milk expands; celebrates fifth birthday

Expansion increases artist capacity to 250 and includes two 4K Baselight screening rooms

Visual effects studio Milk is adding another floor to its London premises in Clipstone Street, Fitzrovia as it celebrates five years in business this June.

Milk’s expansion increases its artist capacity to 250 and includes two 4K Baselight screening rooms and a dedicated client area.

The studio, known for Annihilation, Altered Carbon and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, has upgraded its pipeline; with all its rendering requirements – along with additional storage and workstation capacity – now executed entirely in the cloud, allowing full scalability for its roster of film and TV projects.

In June 2017 Ivan Dunleavy was appointed as chairman and received long-term investment from the Business Growth Fund to develop and expand the business.

Milk has also appointed a new head of production; experienced VFX producer Kat Mann who will oversee all aspects of the studio’s production at its premises in London and Cardiff. Milk’s former head of production Clare Norman has been promoted to business development director.

“Our mission statement remains the same as it was when we opened for business five years ago: to create great work with passionate people,” said Milk’s CEO Will Cohen. “Our expanded capabilities and our strategy to migrate fully to the cloud will enable future growth and allow us to be the most agile VFX studio in the world.”

Founded by a small team of VFX supervisors and producers in June 2013, Milk has created a range of visual effects work for television and film winning multiple awards including three consecutive BAFTA Television Craft awards for Doctor Who (in 2014 and 2015) and BBC drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (in 2016). It won an Emmy in 2016 for work on the BBC drama Sherlock, and in 2016 co-founder Sara Bennett won an Oscar for her work on the film Ex-Machina in the Best VFX Category.