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Twickenham Studios buyer named

The mystery buyer behind the rescue of Twickenham Film Studios has been revealed as property magnate Sunny Vohra, who has pledged to increase the number of staff at the facility and expand its operations, which potentially includes the audio department.

The mystery buyer behind the rescue of Twickenham Film Studios has been revealed as property magnate Sunny Vohra, who has pledged to increase the number of staff at the facility and expand its operations, which potentially includes the audio department. The near 100-year old studios in west London went into administration in February and were initially due to be sold to Taylor Wimpey for redevelopment. A concerted campaign by local residents and big names in the film industry successfully blocked this. A new buyer emerged and pledged to keep the studio running but this deal later fell through. Administrators continued negotiations with interested parties, all of which were committed to buying Twickenham Studios as a going concern. The current sale was confirmed in April, with the condition that the identity of the buyer would not be disclosed at the time. Vohra and his Twickenham Studios Limited (TSL) company were revealed as the new owners of the studio last night (17 July). A statement issued on behalf of TSL says Vohra will work in his new capacity as managing director with existing staff and management “to plan the refurbishments and improvements at the studios, raising the standard of services and technology offered to the industry.” A spokeswoman for TSL confirmed that Vohra’s main business is in property. She added that long-term plans were being made “to upgrade the studios to bring them into the 21st century”. The review will include the audio department although Theatre 1 (pictured) was refurbished only three years ago, when it was awarded Dolby Premier certification. The spokeswomen said it was still too early to say would what happen with sound in the future. A new appointment to the management team is chief operating officer Maria Walker, who previously led the Save Twickenham Studios campaign. “I am extremely honoured to have been given this opportunity to reactivate the studio and am looking forward to the challenges ahead,” she commented. www.twickenhamstudios.com

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