After some initial uncertainty following the sale of Television Centre, BBC Studios and Post Production has confirmed that from Spring 2013 it will provide TV studio services from Elstree Studios during the period while Television Centre is being redeveloped. Elstree Studios is near to BBC Studios and Post Production’s existing facilities at BBC Elstree, where they currently make EastEnders as well as shows for ITV (Odd One In), Sky (A League of Their Own) and other broadcasters and independent production companies. This follows the announcement that BBC Studios and Post Production will lease new state-of-the-art studio production space in the completed Television Centre scheme from 2015. This will include returning to a brand new Studio 1 at the new production centre, currently the home of shows including Strictly Come Dancing and Children In Need. The arrangement with Elstree Studios includes BBC Studios and Post Production investing in the Elstree Studios complex and offering a mix of fully equipped high-definition television studio spaces. Clive Hodge, Interim CEO for BBC Studios and Post Production said: “Our mix of studio facilities located at these two well established complexes at Elstree provides an excellent working solution for our customers while Television Centre is being redeveloped. Our expert technical, creative and project management staff will all be moving with us and we’ll be investing in both Elstree Studio sites to ensure we continue to provide our clients with the range of services and experience they have come to expect from us.” Roger Morris, managing director of Elstree Studios added: “This arrangement with BBC Studios and Post Production will make Elstree Studios the number one destination for television production in London. We are already the home to Dancing on Ice, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Big Brother, and this year The Voice, Red or Black and various other major television shows. Now having the expertise, management and technical resources of BBC Studios and Post Production working with us, combined with the significant investments we are both making in the studios, I cannot imagine a better offering in the facilities market place for television producers. It’s a very exciting opportunity for both of us.” www.bbcstudiosandpostproduction.com
BBC Studios & Post plans for life during and after TV Centre redevelopment
The last few months have been uncertain times for BBC Studios and Post Production but the broadcasters's commercial facilities arm is looking toward a move to temporary accommodation before returning to the refurbished Television Centre in 2015.