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jay1,813 posts since 23 Mar 2001
London London
Sky has just announced its intention to build a huge new 32-acre studio complex in Elstree, in conjunction with NBCUniversal.

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https://www.skygroup.sky/corporate/media-centre/articles/en-gb/Sky-to-develop-major-new-studio-at-Elstree

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Over 2000 new jobs and £3bn production investment in UK creative sector expected in first five years alone

- Sky Studios Elstree to become a leading European studio with 14 stages and cutting-edge tech
- Significant investment in UK and European talent and creative industry by Sky, NBCUniversal and parent company Comcast, working in partnership with Legal & General

Sky announces its intention to invest in building a new 32-acre, state-of-the-art TV and film studio at Elstree, just north of London, home to the world-renowned Elstree Studios. The proposed development represents a significant new investment in the UK and European creative economy and will be made with the backing of Sky’s new owner Comcast and in partnership with sister-company NBCUniversal. Legal & General will develop its site and provide financing for the project.

In a huge boost to Britain’s creative sector, the new Sky Studios Elstree will:

- lead to the creation of over 2000 new jobs and help fuel the local economy
- generate an additional £3 billion of production investment in the UK’s creative economy over the first five years of operation, from Sky, NBCUniversal and other producers
- house 14 sound stages and become a new home for the best of British and European creative talent

Subject to planning consent the 32-acre development is expected to open in 2022 and will be able to facilitate the production of several films and TV shows simultaneously, with each of the 14 sound stages covering over 20,000 sqft. Once complete, the site will include production offices, a set construction workshop, a screening cinema and state-of-the-art post-production and digital facilities.

Sky is also committed to supporting the next generation of young and diverse creative talent and will use Sky Studios Elstree to build on its existing work.

The creation of Sky Studios Elstree 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.

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 capacity to host productions from third party producers.

Sky Studios Elstree will be situated in the borough of Hertsmere. Legal & General are in the process of finalising a detailed design of the scheme and expect to submit a formal planning application early next year.

Sky Studios Elstree will work in close collaboration with Elstree Studios despite both businesses being managed independently of each other.

Jeremy Darroch, Group Chief Executive, Sky, said: “Sky Studios Elstree will play a pivotal role in bringing the wealth of UK and European talent and creativity to the world. 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, said: “Hertsmere Borough Council is delighted by this announcement. This presents a fantastic opportunity to strengthen our creative industries in Hertsmere and build on our proud film and television heritage in the Borough. This scheme would bring significant employment opportunities to the region and put Elstree firmly on the global stage, whilst further enhancing our local film tourism. There will be opportunities for people to see the plans and to comment on the proposals once a formal planning application is submitted.”

Nigel Wilson, CEO of Legal & General Group, said: “The UK is a great place to invest. Growing at twice the speed of the economy as a whole and accounting for over two million jobs, our creative industries are a key component of Britain’s bright future. This investment is a great match for backing our UK pension promises. Sky, NBCUniversal and Comcast are global leaders in entertainment which will bring the best out of the UK’s amazing pool of talent. L&G is thrilled to be playing a supporting role in this major production.”

Roger Morris, Managing Director, Elstree Studios, said: “Sky Studios Elstree will be of immense importance to the UK Film and Television industry – it will not only boost the local economy of Hertsmere and Hertfordshire, but will also have a major impact on the UK’s creative sector as a whole. We are extremely proud that Sky Studios Elstree has chosen to locate near us and we look forward to working closely with them.”

Notes to Editors

Sky Studios Elstree will be located at Rowley Lane, just a short walk from Elstree Studios
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Spencer (previously Spencer For Hire) 5,978 posts since 13 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Shouldn’t they be concentrating on making Sky Q the best platform ever, all in 4K UHD HLG HDR first...


I doubt the Sky Q development team will be building the studios. I’m sure they can both be worked on at the same time.
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dosxuk4,273 posts since 22 Oct 2005
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Interesting.
Does this suggest a move out of Osterley, or would that continue to run as it is with Elstree as a seperate production area?


The article reads like it's more of a film and long form drama set up, referring to stages rather than studios, and no mention of anything other than production facilities on site. Sounds like Osterley is safe for now to me.

Interesting it's being branded as Sky, with all the comments on here and other sites that it was only a matter of time before the Sky name was replaced over here with Comcast after the merger.
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Markymark7,331 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
Interesting.
Does this suggest a move out of Osterley, or would that continue to run as it is with Elstree as a seperate production area?


The article reads like it's more of a film and long form drama set up, referring to stages rather than studios, and no mention of anything other than production facilities on site. Sounds like Osterley is safe for now to me.

Interesting it's being branded as Sky, with all the comments on here and other sites that it was only a matter of time before the Sky name was replaced over here with Comcast after the merger.


I suspect any live or as live TV production will be on an OB drive in basis
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Neil Jones5,655 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
Hmm, I wonder if ITV are regretting selling Lenton Lane back in 2004, that plot of land was massive for its time but compared to this project was only half the size. Could have probably done something with that, though I appreciate ITV had their reasons at the time for getting rid of it, seemingly as it cost a fortune and then some more to run and sat empty a lot of the time.

Having look at the initial picture, it looks very similar to what you see as the studios in The Simpsons - Krustylu Studios, home of the Krusty the Clown show.
rdd3,434 posts since 21 Jun 2001

Interesting it's being branded as Sky, with all the comments on here and other sites that it was only a matter of time before the Sky name was replaced over here with Comcast after the merger.


Was that ever really going to happen though? Comcast isn’t used (any more) as a customer facing brand even in the US - it’s Xfinity for the carriage play and NBCUniversal for the content play.
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Blake Connolly1,801 posts since 21 Apr 2001
London London
Feels perhaps like a reaction to the long-term deals Netflix has done with Shepperton and Disney with Pinewood, with those companies virtually taking over those studios for their productions. As it says, Universal, Working Title and Focus Features films will be shot there as well as Sky and NBCU productions, interesting that it's wholeheartedly getting the Sky branding.
Hatton Cross3,328 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
But where in Elstree?
Unless L&G own the Elstree Way industrial estate to the west of the current Elstree Studios and knock it down, its going to be a pretty sizable chunk of green fields swallowed by Sky/Comcast.
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