Netflix renews contract with the Pinewood Group for the use of Shepperton Studios that will double the size of its production space at the production facility.
The Surrey-based facility is also set for a major expansion that will add almost 1 million square feet of new production space, with the overall studio set to comprise 17 sound stages.
Work on the expansion has now begun and is due for completion in 2023, making Shepperton Studios one of the largest film and TV studios in the world.
Insiders at Shepperton claim that Netflix signage has been placed on newly constructed studios for months now, and there is a clear momentum of growth.
Paul Golding, Chairman, Pinewood Group, said: “We are thrilled to be going ahead with the next phase of expansion at Shepperton Studios and we’re especially pleased to be strengthening our partnership with Netflix. Their commitment to expand at Shepperton is an endorsement of our operational expertise and enables us to continue our investment into this great studio.”
Anna Mallett, Netflix’s vice president of physical production UK & EMEA, said that its investment “highlights our commitment to investing in the UK creative industry and will provide a wealth of opportunities and production jobs, from entry level to heads of department.”
Netflix first signed a contract to establish a permanent production hub at Shepperton in July 2019, and it coincides with the UK film industry boom post-pandemic.
The streaming giant has been increasing its property presence in the UK this year, including signing for a space in London’s Enfield and at Longcross Studios in Surrey.
It has committed to a UK production budget of more than $1 billion (£740 billion) in 2021 and some 10,000 people are working on Netflix original productions in the UK.
Netflix is currently using Shepperton to film shows such as Enola Holmes 2.
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