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November 13, 2007

Evolutions New York ( is starting out with a staff of eight editors, led by British transplant Nick King; they will be working exclusively on Avid Adrenalines and Symphonies. The staff will be devoting themselves primarily to the new Make Me a Supermodel series slated to debut on Bravo in January. Evolutions' managing director, Simon Kanjee (pictured), aims to increase the shop's capacity to 25 suites in the next year and to work on a range of broadcast projects including entertainment programming, reality and documentaries.

Supermodel, hosted by Niki Taylor and Tyson Beckford (supermodels themselves) boasts a demanding schedule requiring that shooting and editing take place the same week the show is aired.

Kanjee allows that British companies have come to New York in the past offering VFX and post expertise for spots, but basing Evolutions' move on its longform editing-based services is unusual.

"We saw a great business opportunity to provide the US broadcast industry with Evolutions' award-winning staff and service," he says. Kanjee and Evolutions have enjoyed a successful relationship with Tiger Aspect Productions, the producers of Supermodel, and Kanjee expects to grow that success in the States. "Other British production companies setting up offices in New York are asking us to work with them in New York as well as in London," he adds.

"I am delighted that Evolutions are working with us on this exciting project in New York," says Tiger Aspect's Lisa Perrin, executive producer of Supermodel. "Having worked with them before on Deadline for ITV2, I know that they can deliver a superb service on a demanding fast turnaround programme such as Make Me a Supermodel." 

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