New Film Studio to Open in Hertfordshire

Sunset Studios planned development in Hertfordshire
Sunset Studios planned development in Hertfordshire

Plans for a £700m film and TV studio facility are in place to be built in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire.

Built by Sunset Studios, the film and TV studio facility in Hertfordshire will broaden the UK’s scope for TV and film production.

The studio, along with Los Angeles-based studio owner, and operator Hudson Pacific, will join with investment company Blackstone to transform Broxbourne into a hub of the UK and international productions.

Additionally, it is expected that this development will see the creation of up to 4,500 jobs across the 91-acre site that was bought for £120m.

Built North-East of central London, the site will be the second site outside of London’s M25 motorway adding to the Warner Bros lot Leavesden, and neighbours Elstree Studios, where Paddington, Netflix’s The Crown, and EastEnders are filmed.

From Hollywood to Hertfordshire

Further, Conservative party member, and Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden, said: “This new studio is yet another vote of confidence in the UK’s booming film and TV industry.

“Through the British Film Commission, we’re supporting the development of stage spaces like this across the UK – boosting the local economy and backing our world-class creatives to make the next Bond blockbuster or binge-worthy box set.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson echoed the praise, welcoming the “excellent news for the UK’s film and TV industry.

“The creative industries are at the heart of our plans to build back better. This will be a hub for both UK and international productions, showcasing homegrown talent on the global stage.”

This studio announcement comes after a disappointing reveal that the British Film Institute would be abandoning their £130m national centre for film and television on London’s South Bank, with its expected opening originally set for 2022.

Consequently, The Sunset Studios brand would be the first expansion outside of the United States. Sunset Studios created productions including When Harry Met Sally, La La Land and hope to bring additional talent to the United Kingdom, as well as encourage productions in a time swarmed with videos on-demand and binge content.

By Conor Riley

Conor is the Founder and Editor for Cinamore, a publication focused on giving power back to journalists. As a portmanteau of the word 'Cinema' and the Italian word for love 'Amore', Cinamore aims to highlight the love that we all carry for the art of the moving image.


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