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US production house acquires The Gate Films


The Gate Films has been acquired by global production group, Tag.

The Manchester company is Tag’s second acquisition in the last 12 months, following L&A Social in August.

Led by CEO Simon Lewis and Joint Heads of Production Rhiannon Lewis and James Shannon, it will continue to operate under its own brand name and the senior leadership team will remain in place.

Simon Lewis will now be responsible for all film production across Tag Collective Arts, EMEA:

“I have been blown away by the leadership’s vision for the world of production,” he said.

“Becoming part of the Tag family means that we are now part of one of the top tier of production companies globally, not only giving us access to Tag’s production hubs around the world but also helping us to attract an even broader range of talent from directors to creative producers and post production staff.”

Tag said that the acquisition would offer clients “enhanced production services including premium hero & content film production, virtual studio production, animation, with access to a roster of A-list directors and wholly owned studios in Salford Quays.”

Andria Vidler, CEO, EMEA added:

“We have been really impressed with how The Gate has built a successful business by providing its clients with first class production and post-production services. Our acquisition means we can extend our offer to all Tag clients. Being based in Manchester also allows Tag to access a large creative talent pool outside London.”

The Gate Films’ client list incudes The Very Group, House of Fraser, Tommee Tippee, McCann, Manifest & Cheetham Bell.

Tag employs almost 3000 staff across 29 countries.


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