Another sign of the UK production sector heating up rapidly, Netflix (already projected to spend more than $1bn on across 60 UK productions in 2021 alone) is adding to its UK production capacity with a partnership with Aviva Investors expanding Longcross Studios.
Longcross (about three miles outside the M25 on the M3 – near Chertsey) currently has four stages and a very large backlot (as well as a manor house). This adds to their current production hub at Shepperton Studios and a long-term deal with Pinewood Group leasing stages as well as some workshops and offices.
Members who have worked at the BBC and ITN will remember former BBC chief Anna Mallett who was poached from ITN by Netflix at the end of last year:
“Our work in the UK has only begun. This year, we are spending over $1BN on new series, films, unscripted, and documentaries, which is expected to create more than 5,000 jobs. We’re also excited to be able to support the careers and training of up to 1000 people across the UK through our brand new training programme Grow Creative UK, which will focus on upskilling crew and emerging British talent, especially those from diverse backgrounds.
The programme forms part of Netflix’s long term ambition to provide the greatest number of training opportunities across high end TV and film in the UK.”