The Studios in 2012
|Industry||Media & production|
|Founded||June 18, 2010|
|Total assets||£2.89 (2018)|
|Owner||Peel Media Studios Limited|
Number of employees
Dock10 (stylised as 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 including 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.
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. 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.
The studio facility is built on the site of the former Manchester Ship Canal docks. Construction of dock10 began in 2007, and it was ready to go on air in January 2011. It was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in March 2012. The name "dock10" is said to come from a site plan drawn over 100 years ago that stated, "SITE OF FUTURE DOCK NO. 10".
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. The Studios and the media infrastructure was rebranded in 2012 and Dock10 was formed.
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. Later that year, they announced that they were expanding their post-production facility, offering many services gained from the acquisition of Edit 19.
In May 2017, Dock10 opened a new studio, HQ8, suitable for small sets and green screen productions. This studio was designed to meet the demands from creative agencies and digital content creators wanting to use professional facilities.
In November 2017, Dock10 announced that they had secured a contract with BBC Creative. This would mean certain BBC promos and branding work would be produced outside of London.
In January 2019, ITV Studios announced plans to remain at Dock10 until at least 2021. The extended contract meant the company's shows would continue to be filmed and produced on site, which included shows such as Judge Rinder and (as of May 2019, cancelled) The Jeremy Kyle Show.
The post-production facilities at Dock10 were expanded in 2019 as part of a wider £5 million investment to meet increased demand. The expansion included a new creative production space called The Second Floor, which provides additional space for production companies. The new facilities include fourteen edit suites, audio tracklay, and dubbing suites.
In May 2019, Dock10 announced the launch of a new 4K UHD-ready virtual studio capability using Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4. This technology allows programme makers to create photorealistic output in real-time.
For the launch of the 2019-20 football season, BBC Sport announced that their football shows Match of the Day and Match of the Day 2 would be broadcast from a virtual reality studio at Dock10. This studio will also be used by other BBC football programmes including Final Score and Football Focus.
Channel 4 have commissioned new peak time Christmas-themed four part series Buy it Now, to be hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal. Buy It Now is produced by Studio Lambert North and will be filmed at Dock10.
The studios are owned and managed by Dock10. The company has two major divisions: studios, and post-production. The studios feature eight conventional TV studios, two audio studios, two unique spaces used for television production, digital post-production, and cloud media management services.
Many major productions such as The Voice UK are filmed in HQ1, 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 large or medium-sized studios on site, 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, such as Newsround, Blue Peter and Saturday Mash-Up!, use HQ5, HQ6, HQ7 or HQ8. HQ9 and HQ10 are specialist audio studios. The final two studios are large spaces for more open productions. HQ11 is the only outdoor studio on site and with HQ12 is a mezzanine studio, often seen on Watchdog.
Dock10 recently invested in Leader LV7600 rasterising SDI/IP test instruments for its 4K/UHD and HDR capable grading and finishing areas.
The largest multi-camera TV studio in Britain, HQ1 is 12,500 sq ft (1,160 m2) and has an audience capacity of 1,000. Shows filmed in HQ1 include Pitch Battle, World of Sport Wrestling, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, The Voice UK and Still Open All Hours.
HQ2 is the second largest multi-camera TV studio on site at 7,650 sq ft (711 m2) with an audience capacity of 600. Shows filmed in HQ2 include Big Friday Wind Up, The £100K Drop, Naked Attraction, Got What It Takes? and A Question of Sport.
HQ3 is a 4,800 sq ft (450 m2) television studio which can handle an audience of 200. Shows filmed in HQ3 include Frank Skinner's Opinionated, Match of the Day, Final Score, Justin's House and Something Special.
A small multi-camera TV studio of 1,000 sq ft (93 m2).
HQ9 is the BBC Philharmonic's specialist orchestral studio at 6,400 sq ft (590 m2) with an audience capacity of 250 people.
HQ10 is a multi-purpose audio studio of 1,000 sq ft (93 m2), with an audience capacity of 100. Radio shows recorded here include: Daily Service, BBC Radio drama and Woman's Hour
HQ11 is actually a large outdoor space in front of the studio complex, and is claimed to be 50,000 sq ft (4,600 m2) with an audience capacity of 5,000. Shows including Blue Peter, Sport Relief and The ITV Leaders Debate 2017 have all used the outdoor space.
HQ12 is an indoor mezzanine space at the front of the complex, with external views over HQ11 and the rest of MediaCityUK. It is 4,500 sq ft (420 m2). Shows including Watchdog, The Voice UK and School Report have all used this mezzanine space.