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Image of Boris Johnson at the launch of the new Wimbledon Studios

New Film and TV Studio for London

Date posted: 21.03.2011

Wimbledon Film & Television Studios was launched last week offering a new production facility in London. The Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London, both spoke at the launch which was attended by representatives from the capital's film and television industry.

The studios have been given a new name and a new start to what was once Merton Studios and formerly home to long running series, The Bill. A newly formed consortium led by Piers Read & John Brennan, backed by investor Panther Securities PLC, purchased Merton Studios with the intention of reinventing it into the UK's elite studio. The fully refurbished studios will serve producers of film, television, commercials, photography and other creative industries.

"The exciting thing for the industry is Wimbledon Film & Television Studios can house virtually any production shooting in the UK", said Managing Director Piers Read. "From earliest pre-production, to shooting and into post-production, we have the facilities, expertise and space to offer clients a self-contained studio complex. The studio has the potential to become the capital's most central and unique production base."

The entire 220,000 square foot site has been completely upgraded over the past 4 months. This renovation includes the improving facilities such as the production offices and dressing rooms and the sound proofing of 2 large sound stages.

The studio complex has increased its collection of freestanding sets, of which there are already over 50, by adding a House of Commons set. Further sets are due to arrive in coming months. The opening of two new stages of around 2,500 square foot each, will cater to smaller set ups, including a green-screen studio.

The studio holds sets of hard to find - or hard to access - locations such as a prison, police station, court room, pub, hospital and exterior street sets, making the studio totally unique compared to any others in the UK. Also on site are a HD shooting kit & HD post-production facilities as well as over 45,000 costume pieces.

The studio complex also boasts a new Media Village, providing an exciting creative network for businesses in the entertainment industries and allowing them the opportunity to benefit from the production activity at the studio. One of the first companies to move in to the Media Village is Pro3D, opening the world's first dedicated stereoscopic post-production training facility dedicated to CineForm Neo3D.

The re-launch is an important part of the continued promotion of filming in the capital. As Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London says: "London is a popular filming location for many reasons - the quality and talent of our crew, our excellent studios and also the varied and distinctive backdrops it offers. Through the work of Film London and our partners, the capital also has the infrastructure in place to make the city film-friendly - something which is constantly being developed to meet the demands of the production industries. The launch of Wimbledon Film & TV Studios is part of meeting that demand, and I am delighted it will be offering yet another attractive asset to shoot in the London."

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