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Dock10 (television facility)

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IndustryMedia & production
HeadquartersMediaCityUK, ,
SubsidiariesThe Studios

Dock10 is a television facility owner and media services company, located in the City of Salford, Greater Manchester, England. Dock10 offers a number of services, but its two most notable is post production and The Studios.

Its studio filming facility is the best-known part of the company, often referred to as The Studios. It was built as a major part of MediaCityUK, a development in Salford, Greater Manchester. The move saw a number of major productions leave London for the first time and head north to Manchester. The BBC, ITV and Channel 4 all relocated the filming of various shows to The Studios. This included established British shows, Match of the Day and Countdown.

Dock10 also offers other media services, such as post production. Their post-production shows include Match of the Day, Blue Peter and Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

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The idea for MediaCityUK began as early as 2004, when the BBC announced they were interested in moving hundreds of jobs away from London to another UK city.[1] The Peel Group were involved from the early stages of this move, which resulted in announcing the construction of a 200-acre development in Salford Quays, Greater Manchester. The BBC and The Peel Group announced in 2007 that the construction would begin on the media-based development.[2]

At the heart of the MediaCityUK project, was the idea of producing BBC shows outside of London. A studio was then proposed at the site, which was constructed in time for the BBC move in 2011. The new £22 million studio was originally known as MediaCityUK studios, before becoming The Studios. The BBC became the first major tenant of The Studios.[3] The Studios and the media infrastructure was rebranded in 2012 and Dock10 was formed.[4]

In 2013, Dock10 signed their first production deal with ITV.[5] The deal was to use The Studios to record and produce a number of ITV's shows. The current deal is to run until 2018.[6]

By 2016, Dock10 had grown into a major production provider to British-based TV shows. In March 2016, Dock10 announced that they had acquired Edit 19, a Manchester-based visual effects and editing company.[7] Later that year, they announced that they were expanding their post-production facility at MediaCityUK, offering many services they gained from the acquisition of Edit 19.[8]

In May 2017, Dock10 opened new studio HQ8, suitable for small sets and green screens. HQ8 is designed to meet the demands from creative agencies and digital content creators wanting to use professional facilities.[9]

Dock10 then announced in November 2017 that they had further expanded their deal with the BBC after securing a creative contract. This would mean some BBC promos and branding work would be produced outside of London.[10]

In early 2019, ITV announced plans to remain at the Dock10 television facility until at least 2021. The extended contract meant ITV shows would continue to be filmed and produced in Greater Manchester, which included shows such as Judge Rinder and The Jeremy Kyle Show.[11]

The post-production facilities at Dock10 were expanded in 2019. It is part of a wider £5 million investment to meet the increased demand of companies relocating to MediaCityUK. The expansion of the facilities included a new creative production space called The Second Floor, which provides additional space for production companies. The new facilities also include 14 edit suites, audio tracklay, and dubbing suites.[12]

dock10 have recently completed full post production and delivery of 10 x 3-minute animated music videos for Sky Kids show Labuntina. The Studios provided voice recording facilities, music mixing, sound FX and final audio mixing. For the visuals, dock10 provided After FX compositing, Flame online finishing, and QC and AS-11 deliverables to Sky.[13]

In early March 2019, the new series of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (UK game show) aired. Since the revival in 2018, the show has been filmed at dock10.[14]

Studios facility

The studios are owned and managed by Dock10. The company has two major divisions, its studios, and its post-production. The studios feature 4K TV studios, two audio studios, digital post-production, and cloud media management services. Dock10 recently invested in two Leader LV7600 rasterising SDI/IP test instruments for its 4K/UHD and HDR capable grading and finishing areas, for the facility.[15]

Most of its major productions are filmed in HQ1 studio, which is the UK's biggest multi-camera TV studio that can hold live audiences up to 1,000 people. HQ2, HQ3, and HQ4 are the other three major TV studios, with shows such as Match of the Day, The Voice UK, Football Focus, Countdown, Judge Rinder and University Challenge filmed in the four studios.

Shows with a smaller studio requirement use HQ5 (Newsround, CBBC Presentation), HQ6 (CBeebies, Blue Peter & Saturday Mash-Up!), HQ7 (Blue Peter & Saturday Mash-Up!) and HQ8 (Pitch Battle (behind the scenes) & The Voice UK (behind the scenes)).

HQ9 (BBC Philharmonic), and HQ10 (Daily Service, BBC Radio Drama, Woman's Hour, Let It Shine (behind the scenes) & The Voice UK (behind the scenes) are specialist audio studios. The final two studios are large spaces for more open productions. HQ11 (Antiques Roadshow, Blue Peter, Gok Live: Stripping for Summer, Sport Relief & ITV Leaders' Debate) is the only outdoor studio on site, with HQ12 (Watchdog, The Voice UK & BBC News School Report) based on the mezzanine floor of The Studios building.

TV credits


Post production

See also


  1. ^ Breen, Rozina (December 7, 2004). "BBC plans for Manchester move". BBC News.
  2. ^ "BBC Salford move gets green light". BBC. May 31, 2007.
  3. ^ "Peel Media secures £22m funding for MediaCityUK studios". Manchester Evening News. February 7, 2011.
  4. ^ Montgomery, Angus (September 19, 2012). "MediaCityUK Studios rebranded as Dock 10". Design Week.
  5. ^ "ITV completes phase one of migration in to MediaCityUK". ITV. March 23, 2013.
  6. ^ Roue, Lucy (June 21, 2016). "dock10 and ITV studios extend contract until 2018". Manchester Evening News.
  7. ^ Begum, Shelina (March 31, 2016). "dock10 in deal to acquire Manchester visual effects business Edit19". Manchester Evening News.
  8. ^ Roue, Lucy (June 1, 2016). "Dock10 unveils boutique post-production facilities". Manchester Evening News.
  9. ^ Little Black Book (May 30, 2017). "dock10 opens up new studio HQ8". Little Black Book.
  10. ^ Strauss, Will (November 21, 2017). "Dock 10 wins BBC Creative contract". Broadcast.
  11. ^ Bickerton, Jake (January 31, 2019). "Dock 10 and ITV Studios extend contract until 2021". BroadcastNow.
  12. ^ Priestley, Jenny (February 14, 2019). "dock10 expands post-production facilities". TVB Europe.
  13. ^ "dock10 Completes Animated Music Videos For Sky Kids". 4rfv. February 28, 2019.
  14. ^ Bley Griffiths, Eleanor (March 7, 2019). "When is the new series of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire on TV?". RadioTimes.
  15. ^ Priestley, Jenny (February 19, 2019). "dock10 invests in 4K/UHD and HDR colour grading". TVBEurope.

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