Ealing Studios manager Gary Stone is to retire after ten years in the job and Charlie Fremantle, who joins Ealing from West London Film Studios, will take over.
Gary Stone (pictured left) started work as a Studio Assistant at the Lee Brothers’ Lee International Studios in 1977 at 16. In 1984, he was appointed Studio Manager of their Wembley Studios. In 1989, he became Commercials Manager at Lee international Studios, Shepperton. In 2000, he was appointed as Group Sales Manager at Pinewood.
He joined Ealing Studios in January 2008, and since then, has looked after productions, including Bridget Jones, The Theory Of Everything, Downton Abbey and The Durrells.
Gary Stone says, “After 40 years in the Studios business, the last decade at Ealing Studios has been the most memorable, enjoyable, and rewarding time of my career.”
Barnaby Thompson, co owner of Ealing, says “We will miss Gary’s smiling face around the lot. He has done a tremendous job, always working hard to keep the clients happy and the productions running smoothly. He has made an enormous contribution to the life and history of the Studio. We wish him the best for his retirement.”
After twenty-five years in Soho, including two years at FilmLight, Charlie Fremantle created and managed West London Film Studios which has recently hosted The Halcyon, Bridget Jones’ Baby, Episodes, and Mum.
Fremantle commented, “I’m delighted to step into Gary’s shoes and to take this iconic and much loved Studios into the next phase of its long and illustrious history.
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