New film studio will dwarf Pinewood and create 4,500 jobs

A HUGE new film and TV studio is set to create more than 4,500 jobs in a boost for Britain.

The complex will be larger than rival Pinewood Studios where the James Bond and Star Wars movies are made.

And it will be just 20 miles from Warner Bros Studio — home to the Harry Potter tour.

The £700million studios project is planned for a 91-acre site in Broxbourne, Herts.

Warner is in Leavesden and Pinewood at Iver Heath, Bucks.

Global investor Blackstone and real estate giant Hudson Pacific Properties are expanding their US Sunset Studios operation — home to scenes for La La Land and When Harry Met Sally.

James Seppala, head of Blackstone Real Estate Europe, said: “We intend to deliver a world-class studio facility that will help ensure that the UK continues to be a premier destination for content production globally.”

Victor Coleman, chairman and chief executive of Hudson Pacific, said: “We are confident this facility will be in high demand from leading content creators.”

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said the studios are “yet another vote of confidence in the UK’s booming film and TV industry”.

LA-based developer Hackman Capital Partners is already building London’s biggest TV and film studio campus — with 19 sound stages — on a 22-acre site 25 miles away in Dagenham.

It’s due to be fully operational by 2023.

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