BBC Studios and Post Production, a commercial subsidiary of the BBC providing world-class television studios, post production and digital media services, today announced 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.
Last month BBC Studios and Post Production confirmed it 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. Between the two studio complexes at Elstree Studios and BBC Elstree, BBC Studios and Post Production will be able to offer a range of studios and stages for television production: BBC Elstree’s Studio D at 11,200 sq ft, which includes integrated audience seating, Elstree Studios’ fully HD equipped Stages 8 and 9 each at 7,500 sq ft, and use of the famed George Lucas Stages at 15,600 sq ft each – as well as additional studio spaces, production and post production areas and offices as required. The BBC Studios Television Centre HD technology will be temporarily relocated to Elstree Studios, allowing the company to continue to provide its production services while away from Television Centre.
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