|Founders||Robin Shenfield and Pat Joseph|
|Headquarters||11-14 Windmill Street|
Number of locations
New York City
The Mill is a VFX and Creative Content studio headquartered in London, England, with three offices in the United States and one office in India. The Mill produces visual effects, moving image, design and digital projects for the advertising, games and music industries.
In 1990, Robin Shenfield and Pat Joseph opened The Mill in Soho, London. Starting as a visual effects house for the advertising industry, it was the first VFX company in Europe to use exclusively digital methods.
2002 saw The Mill open a studio in New York, becoming the first UK visual effects house to do so. The extension of operations to the US was successful, with the company growing to employ over 100 staff by 2009.
The Mill was also launched in Los Angeles in 2007 - the first UK visual effects house to open on the West Coast - and the new venture was highly successful.
In 2013 The Mill opened an office in Chicago, sharing its premises with editorial house The Whitehouse in the Courthouse Place building.
In 2011 The Mill was acquired by The Carlyle Group, who then sold it to Barclays Private Equity (later rebranded as Equistone Partners Europe). On 15 September 2015, Technicolor SA acquired The Mill for EUR259 million from Equistone.
In May 2020, the "Mill Film" section of the company was folded into the visual effects firm MR. X (another division of Technicolor) in response to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, while The Mill continued as a separate entity.
The Mill was involved in a range of visual effects and design projects in the commercial, gaming and music industries. The company's supervisors, producers and artists supported all stages of production, from pre-visualisation and conceptual artwork, shoot supervision, 3D, 2D and colour grading through to delivery of the finished project.
Beam.tv was launched in 2002 as an online digital delivery and content management platform. Beam was originally established as an in-house FTP process to allow clients to review and approve visual-effects work being completed by The Mill in London. AdText.tv launched in 2008 for commercial subtitling.
Mill+ launched in 2013 as a creative studio focusing on motion graphics, design and animation.
Number of employees
BEAM.TV is an online digital delivery and content management platform. Beam, still part of the Mill group, was established as an in-house FTP process following the making of the film Gladiator. This simple process enabled director Sir Ridley Scott to immediately review and approve visual effects work being completed by The Mill in London - while he was still shooting in Malta. This required a real-time digital platform with a toolset that would instinctively serve the demands of the filmmaking process.
Beam distributes almost half of all UK television commercials and is the exclusive partner to Unilever for the international distribution of all its television commercials worldwide.
ITV"1" idents 2006
BBC TWO curve idents 2018-
|2001||Academy Awards||Best Visual Effects||Gladiator||Won|||
|2004||MTV Video Music Awards||Best Visual Effects||"Walkie Talkie Man" by Steriogram||Nominated|
|2006||Royal Television Society Craft & Design Awards||Visual Effects - Digital Effects||Doctor Who (series 2)||Nominated|||
|2007||British Academy Television Craft Awards||Visual Effects||Doctor Who||Nominated|||
|2008||British Academy Television Craft Awards||Visual Effects||Doctor Who ("Voyage of the Damned")||Nominated|||
|2009||British Academy Television Craft Awards||Visual Effects||Doctor Who ("The Fires of Pompeii")||Won|||
|2009||Royal Television Society Craft & Design Awards||Visual Effects - Digital Effects||Doctor Who ("The Next Doctor")||Won|||
|2010||British Academy Television Craft Awards||Visual Effects||Doctor Who ("The Fires of Pompeii")||Nominated|||
|2010||British Academy Television Craft Awards||Visual Effects||Merlin||Nominated|||
|2010||Royal Television Society Craft & Design Awards||Visual Effects - Digital Effects||Merlin ("The Last Dragonlord")||Nominated|||
|2011||British Academy Television Craft Awards||Visual Effects||Merlin||Won|||
|2011||British Academy Television Craft Awards||Visual Effects||Doctor Who||Nominated|||
|2011||MTV Video Music Awards||Best Visual Effects||"Don't Turn the Lights On" by Chromeo||Nominated|
|2011||Royal Television Society Craft & Design Awards||Visual Effects - Digital Effects||Doctor Who ("A Christmas Carol")||Nominated|||
|2012||British Academy Television Craft Awards||Visual Effects||Sinbad ("Pilot")||Nominated|||
|2013||British Academy Television Craft Awards||Visual Effects & Graphic Design||Doctor Who||Nominated|||