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Pulse Films expanding outside the UK, readies move in to the US

Indie producer Pulse Films plans to open a US office as it expands outside of its UK base, co-founder and managing director Thomas Benski has told TBIvision.

The UK indie is one of the hottest around at the moment, producing Sky1’s hit reality series Pineapple Dance Studios and the documentary for ITV1 about UK boy band Take That, Take That – Don’t Look Back Stare among other shows. It is now looking to expand internationally.

“We are opening a satellite office in the US, it’s definitely something we’d like to do in the next six months,” Benski said. “We’re also very interested in Brazil. TV is difficult there, but there’s a huge opportunity for branded content. France would be a logical step for us too.”

Pulse, which makes reality, factual, digital and branded content has tripled revenues this year, Benski said, adding that the company is looking for a couple of key hires in its TV division.

“We’re committed to increasing our bandwidth and bringing new people on board,” he said.

Benski confirmed that suitors had approached Pulse with a view to buying into the company, but that management is not looking to give up control in the short term. “We’re in a good place and we’re not looking for a deal,” he said. “Why give up what we have, we’re backing ourselves and still have a lot to prove.” However, Benski admitted that they would be open “given the right partner”.