We here at Wrexham.com love Knew Productions as they have been key to getting some historic video online – the classic 1989 ‘Welcome to Wrexham video‘ and more recently the historic Gresford Disaster video.
Therefore its wonderful to be able to to tell you that Knew Productions are celebrating 15 years in business – and just had a ‘birthday bash’!
Richard Knew founded Knew Productions, based in Rossett near Wrexham, in 1997 with the aim of helping businesses and organisations get their message across using cutting-edge filming and editing.
Since then the company has created a range of broadcast-quality videos and DVDs for the likes of Visit Wales, the British Army and the National Trust. Closer to home, it has produced promotional online videos for Sharp, Tetra Pak and several SMEs including Parkway Telecom, AGS Security and Innes Reid. Other clients include Wrexham Council.
Richard, a former Yale College student who worked for BBC Wales and ITV Wales before founding Knew Productions, says demand for online video from the region’s businesses is growing all the time.
Rich said “The industry has changed so much in the past 15 years and I’m proud to say that we’ve moved with the times. When I launched Knew Productions the biggest part of the business was probably DVDs, but now it’s all about online video that sits on an organisation’s website and helps to drive traffic.
“Online video has so many benefits and uses, from social media to boosting Google rankings. The technology may have changed, but video production still revolves around effective storytelling and communication.”
Knew Productions has experienced many high points since its launch in 1997, but the moment in 2010 when the company scooped an industry ‘Oscar’ for a recruitment DVD it produced for the Royal Signals stands out. The DVD, consisting of a series of short films depicting modern life in the armed forces, was voted Best Corporate Video and Best Overall Production at the Institute of Videography (IOV) Awards.
“It was a director’s dream – there was so much sound and action to capture,” said Richard.
“We hadn’t imagined while we were filming out of helicopters and in ditches that we would win two such coveted awards.”
Wrexham MP Ian Lucas paid tribute to the team at Knew Productions, saying: “Knew Productions’ success across the region is a testament to the quality of their work. It is great news for Wrexham that we have an award-winning company based here, and I was delighted to come down to their 15th birthday bash and lend them my support.”
For more information, visit www.knewproductions.co.uk and keep an eye on Wrexham.com as we have more videos coming from the archives…!