Sky plans major film studio complex at Elstree

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The new studios, "Sky Studios Elstree", will house 14 sound stages, each 20,000 sq ft in size. The cost of the investment was not disclosed.

"Sky Studios Elstree will play a pivotal role in bringing the wealth of United Kingdom and European talent and creativity to the world", said Jeremy Darroch, Sky's group chief executive. The two studios will be walking distance from each other.

The 13 hectare (32 acre) studio complex is being built in Elstree, just down the road from Elstree Studios where rival Netflix shoots flagship series The Crown, and will open in 2022.

Film and high-end TV production is booming in the United Kingdom and studio space in high demand.

Sky spends about £7bn annually on programming, from Premier League rights to buying shows such as Game of Thrones and original productions such as Chernobyl and Fortitude.

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The scheme will bring 2,000 jobs to the area and a £3bn investment in the UK's creative production economy over the first five years.

It is planning to submit a detailed planning application early next year.

Jeremy Darroch, group chief executive at Sky, said: 'Sky Studios Elstree will play a pivotal role in bringing the wealth of United Kingdom and European talent and creativity to the world.

Roger Morris, managing director of Elstree Studios, added: 'Sky Studios Elstree will be of enormous importance to the United Kingdom film and television industry - it will not only boost the local economy of Hertsmere and Hertfordshire, but will also have a major impact on the UK's creative sector as a whole.

Elstree Studios managing director Roger Morris added: "Sky Studios Elstree will be of huge importance to the UK Film and Television industry - it will not only boost the local economy of Hertsmere and Hertfordshire, but will also have a major impact on the UK's creative sector as a whole".

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