Warner Bros. De Lane Lea

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Warner Bros. De Lane Lea's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Warner Bros. De Lane Lea is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

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Cara Sheppard, director, Warner
Bros. De Lane Lea
Re-recording stage 1 with Dolby
Atmos on
Wonder Woman
in 2017
From its Soho home, Warner Bros. De Lane Lea (WBDLL) has
been at the heart of the post-production business since the
1940s. The company has received a number of awards and
worked on some of the industry’s most successful films including
the Harry Potter film series, Skyfall and Wonder Woman.
It all started with a Major
In the 1940s, Major De Lane Lea wanted to improve the way dialogue in film and
TV could be recorded and replaced, so that dubbing between French and English
was quicker, cheaper and of higher quality. This led to the establishment of a
company called De Lane Lea Processes Ltd and a laboratory in Soho – the heart of
British post-production.
The 50s, 60s and 70s saw our company opening a variety of studios in London for the
purposes of voice recording, film, TV and ad-mixing, along with music and orchestral
score recording. It was during this period that a “who’s who” of music talent passed
through our doors, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Pink
Floyd. In 1970, we made the move to our current home on Dean Street, where we
still are today, and shifted our focus more towards film and TVsound.
We became part of Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in November 2012 and have
significantly invested in talent and facilities to ensure we remain the leader in the
post-production community. This change enabled WBSL to offer clients an all-
encompassing solution for all production needs, both for in-house and third-party
clients. Our office enables the studio to secure post-production completion in the
UK, offering the very best facilities and talent and protecting the artistic intentions
of the filmmaker.
»Director: Cara Sheppard
»Established in 1947
»Based in Soho, London
»Services: Post-production
»Dolby Atmos sound mixing
»Facilities often used for large-
scale Hollywood blockbusters
»Biggest sound rerecording
stage in Soho
Warner Bros.
De Lane Lea
Highlighting best practice
Our company has a long history of
completing some of the biggest and
most acclaimed productions in the
world to the highest standard. In
recent years this has included work
on Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
Missouri, Gravity, Casino Royale,
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find
Them, Spectre, Kingsman, Mission
Impossible and many more. We offer a
full post-production service to film and
television including sound design and
editorial work, sound mixing (including
Dolby Atmos), dialogue recording,
colour grading and finishing, on-set
dailies, cutting rooms and many other
post-production subsidiary services.
We pride ourselves on offering a
personal, boutique experience. This
is a quality that clients appreciate,
as Post-Production Supervisor, Phil
Brown,explains: “I have brought
work to WB De Lane Lea for nearly 20
years now and found their expertise in
sound post-production to be probably
the best in the UK – not only in terms
of the technical quality and creative
talent and expertise, but also in terms
of the ownership and responsibility
they assume over each and every
project, including major feature films
and high profile TV dramas from the
all over the world. Once I am in sound
post-production at WBDLL I know I will
get the highest possible creative work
and problem solving from budgeting,
schedules and all elements of sound
post-production to final delivery.”
The art of audio
Post-production is an art. It takes hours
of painstaking work to ensure the
impact and authenticity of the mix is
perfect. Birdsong must be appropriate
for the season; footsteps need to have
the right amount of reverb; explosions
need to emanate from the right location.
The sound editors and mixers behind
the creativity are highly talented and
WBDLL have the best in the community.
Our roster of talent is dedicated to the
craft of post-production not only for
motion pictures but also TV, gaming
and commercials.
One of our leading re-recording
mixers, Chris Burdon, has credits
too numerous to list; he has worked
with the world’s leading directors
and producers and was nominated
for an Academy Award for his work
Captain Phillips
. He said of post-
production: “This business is ever-
evolving, audiences are incredibly
discerning and the post-production mix
is a vital element of a successful film.”
We are very aware that it’s important to
invest in the next generation of artists
to ensure there is a pool of stars for
Warner Bros. De
Lane Lea in Dean
Street, Soho
De Lane Lea historic
We pride
ourselves on
offering a
the future. “Many of our current staff
started as runners and are now key
creative talent with an impressive list of
clients and credits to their names,” said
Cara Sheppard, Director of WBDLL.
The Warner Bros. Creative Talent
(WBCT) programme helps to support
this process. This WB scheme invests
in talented people from diverse
backgrounds who would not normally
have access to the industry. We are
actively involved in WBCT and provide
mentors and placements for students,
along with an apprenticeship and
an annual masterclass to students,
apprentices and trainees about post-
production sound design.
The UK creative hub
The UK has established itself firmly
on the global production market with
directors, actors, studios and creative
talent in high demand.Figures from the
British Film Institute show that 2017 was
the largest year on record for inward
investment, with international spend on
film production increasing by 23 per cent
from 2016 to £1.7 billion; additionally,
TV spend jumped up by 27 per cent.
It’s a great accolade to British industry.
The quality of talent both in front of
and behind the camera, the country’s
world-class facilities and the specific
incentives provided by successive British
governments have all combined to make
the UK a world-leading destination for
big Hollywood productions.
The future
Last year Warner Bros. announced it
was making a further major investment
by developing a world-class sound and
picture post facility within Ilona Rose
House, a new development currently
under construction. Following nearly 50
years on Dean Street, we will be moving
to a brand new Soho office in 2021.
The move will open up a new level of
creativity and client services for the
UK post-production community with
four sound re-recording stages, one
of which is on a scale that rivals those
operated in Hollywood. Additional
facilities will be colour grading suites
for feature films and TV, 40 picture
cutting rooms and an ADR stage.
The post-production landscape
has changed dramatically with the
introduction of high-end TV series
from companies such as HBO, Netflix
and Amazon. This top-quality, high-
volume output has driven the industry
to introduce additional services such as
Dolby Atmos sound mixing and 4K and
8K HDR picture finishing – something
that we at WBDLL will turn our focusto.
Our roster of
talent is
dedicated to
the craft of
Chris Burdon, re-recording
mixer on
Wonder Woman


This article was sponsored by Warner Bros. De Lane Lea. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng.

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng

This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.

In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.

We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.

With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.

And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.

As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy