Bond movie studio Pinewood makes its first step into the US

THE LONDON studio home to the James Bond films has made its first foray into the US.

Pinewood Shepperton, which has played host to Bond titles from 1962’s Dr No to last year’s Skyfall, announced yesterday that it would set up a production base in Atlanta, Georgia.

The new venture is being partly funded by River’s Rock, a trust run by the Cathy family, who also own the Atlanta-based fast food chain Chick-fil-A. Pinewood Shepperton has spied a 288-acre plot of land on which to build the studio, which it said would house “world class facilities for the production of film, television, music and video games”.

The move is Pinewood Shepperton’s second big expansion in two weeks, after it announced a Chinese joint venture with Beijing media tycoon Bruno Wu earlier this month.

“Today’s agreement is another step forward for the Pinewood brand internationally,” chief executive Ivan Dunleavy said, pointing to the generous tax incentives Georgia has created.

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