The global news and media group Sky have recently announced their intention to construct a 23-acre, state-of-the-art television and film production studio in the North London Borough of Hertsmere, named Sky Studios Elstree.
Sky Studios Elstree is expected to create 2,000 jobs while also encouraging £3Bn in production investment into the UK’s creative sector, with the development itself featuring 14 stages as well as cutting edge production technology.
The project is a collaboration between Sky, NBCUniversal, Comcast, Legal and General, Elstree Studios, and the Hertsmere Borough Council with completion of the facility scheduled for 2022.
The Sky Group Chief Executive, Jeremy Darroch stated: “[The new studio] 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 Legal and General 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.”
The Interim Managing Director of Hertsmere Borough Council, Sajida Bijle commented: “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.”
The Managing Director of Elstree Studios, Roger Morris added: “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.”
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