Customer Profile: Envy Post, London UK

May 29, 2014

ENVY Post is reached through an unpromising-looking gate between buildings on Rathbone Place, but once buzzed in, the visitor passes through a mirrored portal lit with LED floor lamps into a very stylish multi-level reception area.

The presentation strikes a highly confident and creative note; one which holds for the whole client experience and is backed by an impressive display of awards.

ENVY was founded in 2006 by Dave Cadle who came from Blue (VTR) along with a hand-picked team from around London who are still with the company today. Dave wanted a community feel to the enterprise by encouraging employee ownership, and that approach has paid off with high-quality/low-turnover staffing. There is a strong sense of continuity, stability, and family about the place.

Now with 5 locations in the Noho area, each one is a complete facility in its own right with 3 of the buildings catering for offline, 1 focusing on Advertising and the original site focusing on finishing, driven by 220 staff overall.

 The company has 110 Avid offline suites, and 25 online/finishing suites which include Autodesk Flame, Baselight and Avid Symphony. Sound is catered for by 12 Pro Tools suites.
Jai Cave is Head of Operations at ENVY, and in his view the ‘one-stop shop’ approach they have adopted is essential for both clients and staff: “ENVY’s strengths are talent, service, and environment; plus constantly staying in front of the technology curve.”
Editing Suite
In keeping with the company’s philosophy, ENVY has BCC 8 AVX in every offline suite. Jai says this is an economic decision based on the great value for money toolset which ensures there is never a situation where the editors don’t have a plugin to suit. “We need to offer a good deal in our offline suite package, and one that offers more than Avid includes as standard.”

Currently the editors’ favourite Boris FX filters seem to be Radial Blur, Damaged TV, and Lens Flare 3D.

ENVY works across both the long form broadcast sector and also the short form on air, advertising & corporate markets. On the broadcast side, they have an impressive catalogue of experience working across a vast array of cutting edge documentaries, factual, comedy, drama and entertainment programmes. Their work encompasses fast turnaround and single docs to large scale multi-episodic entertainment series for countless independent production companies and various broadcasters.  Some recent examples include ‘Goldrush’ ‘The Voice UK’ ‘Top Gear’ ‘Grand Designs‘ ‘Gogglebox’ and ‘Syria Across the Lines’.

ENVY’s rapid growth doesn’t stop here, the team are constantly looking for new opportunities and further expansion is always on the cards.


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