Netflix has announced it is creating a dedicated production hub, featuring 14 sound stages, workshops and office space, at Shepperton Studios.
Netflix and its partners will produce new and existing TV series and feature films at the Studios, which are owned by the Pinewood Group. The first Netflix original production to film at Shepperton will be The Old Guard, starring Charlize Theron and Kiki Layne, and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. The movie, which is being produced by Skydance Media, Denver and Delilah and Marc Evans, is an action drama based on the comic book series created by author Greg Rucka and illustrator Leandro Fernández.
Netflix say this is part of their long-term commitment to the UK creative community. They say that in the last year alone, over 25,000 cast, crew and extras have worked on almost 40 Netflix originals and co-productions across Britain. That number is set to increase in 2019.
Productions at Shepperton have historically made use of production services in west London, including Park Royal, so this is good news for the production services sector.
“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,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix.
“We’re pleased to welcome Netflix to Shepperton Studios. Netflix’s decision to base their production hub at Shepperton is a strong vote of support for the Pinewood Group and gives us great confidence as we expand our UK studios. Our plans, which represent the single biggest expansion of stage space across the UK, will see Pinewood Group open twenty-two new sound stages, enabling us to host even more productions. This growth will help secure the ongoing success of the UK film and TV industry”, said Paul Golding, Chairman, Pinewood Group Limited.
“It’s fantastic to welcome another global player to the UK, the world’s creative powerhouse. With all the opportunities it will bring for UK talent and UK expertise to create new homegrown stories to enthrall audiences worldwide, it’s great to see Netflix making their home here”, said Amanda Nevill CBE, Chief Executive, BFI.
“This announcement is a great vote of confidence in our creative sector and underscores the UK’s position as the leading choice for film and HETV production” added Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive, British Film Commission.
“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,” said Ridley Scott, Film Director & Producer, Former Joint Owner of Shepperton Studios.
“Shepperton has a really rich history of filmmaking. Movies I love have been made here. So I am excited to be here making my own film, and hopefully adding something really special to their canon,” said Gina Prince-Bythewood, Director, The Old Guard.