Colour grading and audio specialist Mile Studios has doubled its space in Media City, by taking the identical space two floors above in Dubai Media City's Building 5. The expansion allows for the companies growing workload, and has also allowed it to install a full time Final Cut editing suite as editing is becoming a growing sector for the company.
In an interesting secondary development, bearing in mind the general sense of rising costs in Dubai, we understand that Mile is being charged 20 per cent more for its identical second floor studio than it is for its ground floor base, due to a new 'measuring policy' instituted by landlord TECOM, which has decreed the identical new space is significantly larger than the old one. While we're not in the business of questioning property management policies, this seems unusual following high-profile Media Departures such as Atlas Productions in the wake of the newly-introduced parking charges. As Mile's Leo Joeph notes: "For production companies, all it takes is for one of the big agencies to move out and there's no point in us being here."
On a further, unrelated but amusing note, we recently heard tales of staff at OSN and MBC being shocked to find their employers wouldn't be covering the newly-introduced parking charges. Just like employers do in Europe when governments introduce new taxes, presumably.