Following on from its acquisition of the Edit19 business earlier this year, the deal will significantly expand dock10’s short form and long form service offering.
422 brings with it a 20-year heritage and customer base, with specialisms in creative audio, vfx and graphics, grade, animation and CG.
The 422 client portfolio includes many of the leading advertising agencies and commercial production companies in the North of England, as well as a number of TV production businesses and major corporate brands.
Mark Senior, CEO, dock10 said: “The 422 team has a fantastic reputation for creating and delivering a formidable range of high end post production services, and we are delighted to welcome them to dock10.
“When combined with our existing post production and vfx business, this acquisition will make dock10 the clear leader outside London in both the TV and creative services markets.”
The 422 team, led by Damien Lynch and Gemma Ackerley, will remain in its existing premises in Peter Street, Manchester until mid 2017, before moving into dock10’s state of the art facilities in The Quay at MediaCityUK.
The deal excludes 422’s sister company based in Glasgow, serving the Scottish market, which will stay under its existing independent ownership and will re-brand in the coming months.