Netflix to create production hub in Surrey

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Netflix has announced it is creating a dedicated production hub, featuring 14 sound stages, workshops and office space, at Shepperton Studios in Surrey.

Netflix and its partners will produce new and existing TV series and feature films at the iconic Studios, which are owned by the Pinewood Group and which first opened in 1932. Film productions that have used the Studios’ facilities include A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Gandhi, Gladiator, The Young Victoria, Gravity, Hugo, and Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again.

The first Netflix original production to film at Shepperton will be The Old Guard, starring Charlize Theron.

Netflix started investing in UK original productions in 2015. Since then Netflix has significantly ramped up the range of projects and partners it works with in the UK. In the last year, over 25,000 cast, crew and extras have worked on almost 40 Netflix originals and co-productions across Britain. These include Sex Education in Wales, Outlaw King in Scotland and The Crown at Elstree Studios and across the country.

Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix, said: “Shepperton has been synonymous with world-class film for nearly a century and it’s an important production hub for the UK creative community today. We’re incredibly proud to be part of that heritage. This investment will ensure that British creators and producers have first-rate production facilities and a world stage for their work.”

Ridley Scott, Film Director & Producer, Former Joint Owner of Shepperton Studios, said: “I have made 1,000 or more commercials and productions at Shepperton, including the entire Alien back in 1979. It is a wonderful historic place and one of the most efficient I can think of in the world today — without contest.”

The UK creative industries demonstrated 53.1% GVA growth from 2010-2017, compared to a 28.7% UK average. The UK TV and Film industries were worth an estimated £16,709m in 2017.