Tag Archives: UK Studio Watch

Demand for UK studio space v Netflix subscriber drop

Two stories passing each other in this week’s newspapers. Firstly, a good fact-packed briefing from The Times [£] on how demand for studio space is multiplying at the moment, to meet the demands of SVoD productions: “UK production spend is … Continue reading

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Shepperton update: Now Prime Video have agreed a deal.

Further to a recent post here about Shepperton (which outlined the way that Netflix were treating the studio as it’s UK production base), The Pinewood Group (Shepperton’s owners) have today confirmed that the new facilities under development will be given … Continue reading

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Round up – production in the UK

Anyone looking for a good roundup of the UK production landscape – investments, studios, facilities, etc, may find this article in KFTV useful. A lot of it has been covered here already, though I’m aware I need to post more … Continue reading

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BFI Screen Business report details the scale of the UK production boom

Anyone who has any doubts about the size and scale of the UK production boom can have a look at the latest BFI Screen Business report (if the annual Pact Census most recently published in September wasn’t convincing enough!). The … Continue reading

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Shinfield Studios planning permission granted.

Shinfield Studios in Reading is another addition to the UK’s ever-mushrooming production capacity (for details of other recent developments see the UK Studio Watch tag on this site). Located very close the M4 and nearly 5 miles away from the … Continue reading

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Shepperton expansion confirmed – with deeper Netflix ties

Further to the previous post about Shepperton Studios here a few months ago, it looks like the support from Spelthorne Council has borne fruit: The Pinewood Group has now announced its decision to further expand Shepperton. This will expand the capacity … Continue reading

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Bray Studios expansion agreed

Bray Studios – the home of Hammer Horror films – is the latest of the UK’s historic film studios to announce an expansion. Plainly, this growing capacity is good news all round for Bectu members, though there will be mixed … Continue reading

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UK studio expansions – latest: Netflix announces plans for Longcross

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 … Continue reading

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Is UK audiovisual content about to hit a perfect storm?

I’d suggest that there is an emerging picture of where UK production is likely to head in the next few years, and it’s one that should worry us – particularly from the point of view of cultural diversity (which is … Continue reading

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Shepperton Studios

Another ‘UK Studio Watch‘ post – this time on Shepperton Studios in Surrey. Shepperton is owned by the Pinewood Studios group (since 2001) and it has 15 stages including some underwater tanks for filming aquatic scenes. It is now (since … Continue reading

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BBC at Elstree update

There was a post here recently about the Elstree Studios site (power struggle, lots of expansion, council involved in a row, etc), but the term ‘Elstree Studios’ is a cause of substantial confusion (not least because it’s quite common for … Continue reading

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“Europe’s biggest television and film production hub” planned for Broxbourne, Herts.

The FT is reporting that the US investment groups Blackstone and Hudson Pacific Properties are planning Europe’s biggest television and film production hubs in Broxbourne, Herts in a £700m deal. It will house “between 15 and 25 sound stages”. All … Continue reading

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What’s going on at Elstree then?

BREAKING: A battle for #management control of @ElstreeStudios has broken out between the studios’ managing director Roger Morris and Hertsmere Borough Council @HertsmereBC, which owns the studios. Meanwhile, Morris has apparently "disappeared". https://t.co/EPKVgXypCM — Broadcast Tech (@Broadcast_TECH) July 22, 2021

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