Two city- based companies are attempting to bring the media spirit of Soho to Birmingham with plans for a new, state-of-the-art, film and television post-production facility.
Audio production company The Audio Suite and video post-production firm HD Heaven have joined forces to open the new site in Digbeth.
A 4,000 sq ft factory building on Allcock Street is to receive a £50,000 redesign by the The Custard Factory in order to house the new facilities.
Named "the other Soho", the project aims to provide media firms in the West Midlands with post-production of a quality comparable to that offered in the UK's media industry hub.
The new facility will offer two sound studios - a 48-track Dolby digital mixing theatre and a 24-track Dolby surround studio, complete with a dedicated voice-studio.
Pictures will be taken care of with Avid off-line video editing and Avid DS nitris on-line video editing; with both sound and vision studios having full high-definition capability.
Neil Hillman, managing director of The Audio Suite, said the project came from a desire to provide complete post-production facilities under one roof.
He said: "The Audio Suite and HD Heaven use new technology that gives us the ability to move data quickly and securely between the picture and sound stages, which is traditionally an area where work-flow can slow right down.
" This has proved extremely successful for us, and we have found ourselves co-operating on projects more and more.
"It seemed to make complete sense for our clients to have all their needs catered for under one roof, allowing us to further enhance the services we can offer".
The Audio Suite and HD Heaven are currently based in the Greenhouse at The Custard Factory and have provided sound and picture mixing and editing facilities for television programmes such as Channel Five's Fifth Gear and The Gadget Show, as well as for various dramas, documentaries and cinema commercials.
The companies hope to have fully transferred production to the new site by January 2006.