Sky Studios Elstree to become leading Euro production hub

posted on Tuesday, 3rd December 2019 by Steve May

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Sky will make a £3bn production investment in the UK creative sector, with the announcement of Sky Studios Elstree, a new 32-acre, state-of-the-art TV and film studio at Elstree, just north of London.

The cutting-edge facility will create over 2000 new jobs in the area and represents a significant investment in the UK and European creative economy by Sky, NBCUniversal and parent company Comcast, working in partnership with Legal & General.

Subject to planning consent, the ambitious development is expected to open in 2022 and will be able to support the production of several films and TV shows simultaneously, with each of the 14 sound stages covering over 20,000 sqft.

The site will include production offices,a screening cinema, a set construction workshop and state-of-the-art post-production and digital facilities.

The new studio space will also play host to major film productions from Universal Pictures, Focus Features and Working Title, and television series from NBCUniversal Content Studios. It will also have the capacity to host productions from third party producers.

Sky Studios Elstree December 3rd 2019

Sky says the studio ‘will provide a new home for Britain’s flourishing creative sector and much needed space for Europe’s brightest talent. It will provide significant capacity for Sky Studios to produce more original content in-house, while continuing to work with independent production companies across Europe.’

A formal planning application is expected to be submitted early next year. Sky Studios Elstree will work in close collaboration with Elstree Studios despite both businesses being managed independently of each other.

"The development will support the production of several films and TV shows simultaneously..."


“Sky Studios Elstree will play a pivotal role in bringing the wealth of UK and European talent and creativity to the world,” says Jeremy Darroch, Group Chief Executive, Sky. “We know our customers love our award-winning Sky Originals like Chernobyl and our investment in Sky Studios Elstree will enable us to bring more unique stories to more viewers. We are proud to be working with our colleagues at NBCUniversal and Comcast, and our partners Hertsmere Borough Council and L&G to bring this project to life. Together we share a joint vision to create a world-leading production capability that will support the creation of thousands of jobs in the creative sector. We can’t wait to get started.”

Sajida Bijle, Interim Managing Director of Hertsmere Borough Council, described the announcement as a fantastic opportunity to strengthen creative industries in Hertsmere.

Roger Morris, Managing Director, Elstree Studios, predicts that Sky Studios Elstree will have a major impact on the UK’s creative sector as a whole.

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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