Set just off a bustling Holloway Road in north London, production company and creative studio Blink has found a home in a former tram shed. A bright, airy space with many of its old industrial features, its open-plan layout allows for collaborative exchange between both teams and company divisions. Originally founded in 1985 by Bob Lawrie, Blink has since grown into many more individual companies – all fluidly crossing over in a supportive and nurturing environment. Until last year, the entire team were based in their Soho office, where the original arm of the company has remained, specialising in live-action production.
The other divisions are now all sat under one roof in the Tramways space in Holloway, comprising animation specialists Blinkink, illustration and photography agency Blink Art, entertainment and development studio Blink Industries, and music management company, Major Tom. From intriguing music videos to characterful commercials for Channel 4 and the BBC, much of their work shares a fun irreverence that can be felt across the company itself, and has attracted awards from the likes of BAFTA, Cannes Lion and the British Animation Awards. Executive producer Bart Yates tells us about the company’s past, present and the future-facing initiatives that help keep it evolving.