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Competitors team up to attract national work

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TWO of Winnipeg's most prominent film and television production companies have merged their commercial television divisions in the hopes of bringing more national work to the city.

On Tuesday, Frantic Films and Mid Canada Production Services announced the launch of FRANK Digital, a new production facility that boasts more than 10,000 square feet of audio and video post-production facilities.

Though technically competitors, the two companies have collaborated on several projects in the past and felt it made sense to join forces to become more competitive in the television production industry, said Chris McIvor, FRANK's chief executive officer and former operations manager at Midcan.

"Because we were kind of competing we did have multiples on both sides but they've really ducktailed together and all the staff is working together great," he said.

McIvor said the merger joins the best of Midcan's technical resources and Frantic Film's creative expertise.

"On the Frantic side, they have a smaller technical side but a great creative team, so putting those together with our technical team really pushes all of our resources together and lets us compete on a higher level."

The company is in the initial stages of producing a web series called Wind City.

"It's kind of like Friends but based in downtown Winnipeg," McIvor said. "The whole idea is to show off the great part of Winnipeg's downtown, the fact that there are fabulous restaurants, there's fabulous places to go and it's a great place to work."

Frantic Films and Midcan will continue their core film and television production work.

 

sarah.petz@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 2, 2013 B2

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