UK film companies lose masses of stock in Sony warehouse fire

30 million DVDs lost in the fire

A host of independent film companies, including the BFI, have lost millions of pounds worth of stock in the Enfield fire.

Distribution companies such as Artificial Eye, Metrodome and Dogwoof have been hugely affected by the losses. Dogwoof CEO, Anna Godas told Screen Daily:

All our DVDs were in the warehouse, so any stock we had is gone. Sony have said they will look after [the stock] and insurance. The problem is orders that are happening and will happen in the next month. DVDs are still our biggest revenue. At this point we don’t know, but I anticipate sales will be lost.

The head of Artificial Eye, Steve Lewis, said he was impressed with how Sony were dealing with the aftermath of the fire. He said he hoped the disruption would be minimal.

The BFI, the charitable organisation responsible for promoting British cinema, also lost over 120,000 units of stock. In a statement they said:

Fortunately, our stock is held at two different locations so we still have access to copies of all our titles. Efforts to both fulfil customer orders and replace the lost stock will begin straight away.

The warehouse in Enfield was also home to huge swathes of independent music labels, including XL, Domino and Sunday Best.

Earlier today, (August 10) Sony DADC insisted they will begin to ship orders again next week.