Film and TV company which worked on Outlander, Still Game and Our Girl to look for new recruits after funding boost

Outlander: Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heugan) (Nick Briggs/Sony)
Outlander: Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heugan) (Nick Briggs/Sony)

A DIGITAL company which works on the hit Outlander TV series is set to expand its workforce thanks to a £200,000 grant.

Blazing Griffin have used the Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) funds, awarded by Scottish Enterprise, to establish a post-production facility at their new Glasgow premises.

The facility will help to create 14 new permanent jobs.

The company’s recent credits include Outlander, Shetland, Still Game, Our Girl and forthcoming feature film, Anna and the Apocalypse.

The organisation provides high-quality, end-to-end post production which includes editing suites, 4K HDR colour grading, online and finishing services.

Production spend on film and TV in Scotland increased by more than 30 per cent last year, to a record high.

Still Game stars Greg Hemphill and Ford Kiernan (BBC Scotland)
Still Game stars Greg Hemphill and Ford Kiernan (BBC Scotland)

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop visited Blazing Griffin to announce the funding and said the company was a ‘prime example of the health of Scotland’s thriving screen sector.’

She said: “Productions are being attracted to Scotland because of our stunning locations, but also the wealth of talent that is needed to create world-class productions.

“The Scottish Government is helping to build on this success story by doubling public sector investment in the film and screen sector. This will bring total public funding for screen development, production and growth to £20 million in next year’s budget.”

David Frew, Blazing Griffin’s head of post-production, said: “Our aim is to establish Blazing Griffin Productions as Scotland’s premier TV and Film post production facility –  one which is competitive with the UK’s most highly-regarded facilities in London.

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“Our state-of-the-art facility is home to Scotland’s first 4K HDR grading theatre, and is already servicing some of the largest productions in Scotland. We hope to extend to projects and clients shooting in other parts of the UK and Europe.

“The RSA grant will not only allow us to attract the best local Scottish talent, and talent which previously went elsewhere, but also to attract highly regarded talent from other parts of the UK and the rest of the world.”

David Hartley, head of Creative Industries at Scottish Enterprise, said: “Blazing Griffin is a fantastic example of how we can work alongside creative and digital businesses to accelerate their growth through our intensive, tailored support.

“Large-scale globally mobile productions, such as Outlander, are good news for Scotland as they open up supply chains to Scottish companies, offering new revenue streams which companies like Blazing Griffin can capitalise on. We look forward to continuing to work with Blazing Griffin as it embarks on its next phase of expansion.”

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