Sky Studios Elstree gets green light, promises a TV production boom

posted on Thursday, 9th July 2020 by Steve May

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Sky Studios Elstree, the UK’s new film and TV studio, has received the green light to proceed with construction works following a unanimous decision last night by Hertsmere Borough Council. Located in the borough of Hertsmere, north of London, the facility is now set to open in 2022.

The development represents a huge investment in the UK and European creative economy by Sky’s owner Comcast and sister-company NBCUniversal. Work to clear the site ready for construction begins this month.

Over the first five years of operation, it’s expected that Sky Studios Elstree will generate up to an additional £3 billion of production investment in the UK’s creative economy from Sky, NBCUniversal and other producers

Sky Studios Elstree will see12 sound stages on site, with the ability to merge together and sub-divide multiple sound stages simultaneously, providing flexibility and scalability to accommodate productions of all sizes. The total area of the site will cover the equivalent of 17 football pitches.

The biggest sound stages on site can increase to cover 60,000 sqft if needed, or reduce to much smaller segregated studios, simultaneously providing Sky Studios and NBCUniversal a COVID-19-ready set up for the future. The production facilities and digital suites on site will also be set up to facilitate remote working.

Sky Studios Elstree December 3rd 2019 (1)

Sky Studios Elstree will become home to a host of Sky Originals, created by Sky Studios, as well as major film productions from Universal Pictures, Focus Features and Working Title, and television series from Universal Studio Group. It will also have capacity to host productions from third party producers.

The construction phase of the build will contribute £230 million to UK GDP in the period 2020-2021 and will lead to the creation of over 2,000 jobs in the local area, including 900 during the construction phase and 1,500 once the studio is operational.

The full-time roles will include a significant number of production jobs alongside roles supporting the running of the studio’s operations. Thousands of additional new jobs will be supported in the national supply chain each year, with Sky Studios Elstree helping to fuel the local economy across Hertsmere.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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