Pinewood Studios has unveiled new facilities for its TV business, as part of a multi million pound investment announced earlier this year.
Pinewood’s dedicated TV Studios, the 9,000 sq ft TV One and TV Two, now have a full HD 5.1 gallery, an increased studio lighting infrastructure, increased production accommodation and new studio floors.
New equipment used in the gallery includes a Sony MVS-7000X multi-format 3 ME vision mixer, Sony OLED monitors, Calrec Artemis Beam digital audio console with 64 multi-layer faders, Telex RTS talkback system, 2 x DVS Venice 4200 4 x channel video servers for ingest/playback and DVS SpycerBox Ultra storage server with 48Tb media storage.
Pinewood’s Digital Content Services department has also created a secure digital solution to ingest, digest, transfer, edit, store and deliver content in any format or language.
Earlier this year Pinewood opened its 30,000 sq ft Richard Attenborough Stage which has a 50ft grid height, designed for both film and television production. There are a further 32 stages of up to 59,000 sq ft across its sites.
“We need to be as flexible as possible and need to have a core infrastructure in place that gives us options – whether it’s on the number of cameras required, set turnaround, audio channels, data management or simply accommodation space,” says Paul Darbyshire, broadcast director at Pinewood.
“It’s fair to say that in certain parts of the industry Pinewood is best known for its film credits,” adds Nick Smith, commercial director.”The Pinewood Board and management team, however, are firmly committed to our TV business and this is backed up by the multimillion pound investment we announced earlier this year. With a new stage to service TV production and now with this new state of the art gallery to complement our already great TV studios, we are really putting a marker down to other UK studios.”