Video game audio specialist expands Barnsley HQ

PitStop Productions, an audio development company which provides sound, voice, music and animation for video games, has expanded its global head office in Barnsley.

The company, based at Capitol Park just off the M1 in Dodworth, has taken on an additional 3,000 sq ft unit and plans to invest up to £1 million in new studio space, offices and meeting rooms.

The expansion has been backed by Enterprising Barnsley, the business support arm of Barnsley Council.

PitStop Productions is a global audio developer providing sound design, voiceover and casting, music and animation services to the video games, TV, film and entertainment industries.

It employs a team of 30 including composers, designers, programmers and project managers at its Barnsley base.

This is a central hub to the company’s network of sound recording studios in London, New York, LA and worldwide, plus its new motion capture (mocap) studio in Croydon.

“The intention of our expansion is to increase our editorial capacity to handle the growing amount of exciting material we are being asked to create at our mocap studios in Croydon and across our international network of studios,” said founder and MD John Sanderson.

“We plan to invest up to one million pounds over the next three years in state-of-the-art editing facilities; and to recruit additional graduate-level sound designers and editors.

“The new meeting rooms we create will also mean we can now welcome our clients from all over the world to our company head office in Barnsley.”

Judy Sidebottom of Enterprising Barnsley said: “PitStop Productions is an outstanding example of an innovative international company which has chosen Barnsley as its base.”

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture, added: “Barnsley has so much to offer and our Enterprising Barnsley team extend that with the quality of support and expertise to help businesses to thrive.”