BBC Studioworks has extended its partnership with Elstree Studios for another four years, until at least March 2024.
With this, BBC Studioworks will continue to hire studios ‘Elstree 8’, ‘Elstree 9’ and ‘George Lucas Stage 2’ from Elstree Studios – an arrangement initially agreed in 2013 to temporarily house parts of BBC Studioworks’ operations while Television Centre was being redeveloped. Over that period, the arrangement boosted Studioworks’ presence in Elstree, where it also sells studio ‘Elstree D’ (at BBC Elstree Centre) and post production services to the market. Complementing its two sites in Elstree, Studioworks reopened Television Centre in September 2017 where it runs three other TV studios.
“This extension solidifies our presence in the London studios market and is testament to the success of our trusted partnership with Elstree Studios,” said Andrew Moultrie, CEO, BBC Studioworks. “Since our expansion at Elstree, we’ve achieved solid growth across our portfolio and continued to set the gold standard in studio operations – delivering many memorable productions together for our valued clients. As the TV industry continues to rapidly evolve, and demand for compelling content continues, we’re ideally placed for the realm of opportunities this presents.”
Roger Morris, managing director of Elstree Studios, commented: “Our partnership with BBC Studioworks has meant that Elstree Studios has been able to offer television clients superb purposely configured state-of-the-art television facilities supplied and operated by BBC Studioworks. This has enabled the production of a whole raft of top TV shows at Elstree Studios. For instance, the use of the George Lucas Stage 2 for television production with its own permanent production gallery, qualifies this stage as the UK’s largest television studio. In addition, we provide adjoining dressing rooms, wardrobe and makeup areas all contained within a secure studio site close to central London.”
Shows produced at BBC Studioworks – Elstree Studios include BBC One’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, ‘Have I Got News For You’ and ‘Pointless’, ITV’s ‘The Voice’, ‘The Voice Kids’ and ‘The Chase’, Netflix’s ‘The Crown’, Sky One’s ‘A League of Their Own’ and ITV2’s ‘Celebrity Juice’.
Stay tuned for an exclusive behind-the-scenes feature at BBC Studioworks – Elstree Studios in the December issue of the mag and online.