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Z Film Studios

Stockport to LA at gigabit speed

Located in Stockport, Z Film Studios is the longest established independent TV and film studios in the North West. Well regarded by major broadcasters and producers in the advertising industry, it has a long heritage in the creation of many well-known films, TV Programmes and commercials for BBC, ITV, SKY, Channels 4 & 5 and P&G Brands.

With film production methods moving towards digital formats but just 40-80 megabits per second (Mbps) from a copper broadband connection the situation was becoming business critical.

Z Film Studio is one alongside a group of seven other creative businesses at the location so local broadband provider Simply IP from Manchester was able to come up with a full-fibre gigabit capable solution that could support all of them at once using a gigabit voucher for each business: By aggregating all the vouchers together Simply IP were able to make the sizeable investment required to supply gigabit capable fibre to each business within the business park and the connections were made by June 2018.

Z Films Studio owner Tom Henderson says the difference that 1 gigabit per second speed makes has transported his business into the digital filmmaking arena. He said: “Whereas before we had digital output loaded to a hard drive and sent on to post-production facilities now we send to the post house direct, whether that’s London, LA or Australia. Our dedicated, clean line with sufficient bandwidth has vastly improved our efficiency, costs and security. Our next step-change will be in motion capture film and life-size 3D holograms.”