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Spotlight on studios (shortage of film and TV studio space), IN Property Week, (Industrial and Logistics, 16 Nov 2018 Supplement), pp28,30

Reports on the shortage of high-quality film and TV studio space in the UK and especially London. Explains that many of the most skilled technical film workers are based in the UK which is why London and the South East in particular are hotbeds of film production. States that there are currently only three studios large enough to make big-budget Hollywood movies in the UK. Notes plans for the expansion of Shepperton and Pinewood Studios and proposed new studios in Edinburgh, Purfleet, Dagenham and Liverpool. Discusses the difficulties funding such projects. Describes how film makers and TV companies often have to repurpose vacant industrial spaces for filming due to the lack of existing suitable facilities. Considers that the film and TV industry has become a vital contributor to the UK economy with a record high of £1.9bn spent on UK feature film production last year and significant growth seen in inward investment and employment. Suggests that action is needed quickly to find more studio space or the UK will lose out to other locations.


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