Studios company All Studios has confirmed that it will open the doors to its new city centre state of the art production facility, Leeds Studios, in May 2020.
The full-service soundstage complex based in the heart of the city will provide five production stages for TV, feature film and commercial clients.
Leeds Studios will offer productions over 130,000 sq ft of production space, including: 68,000 sq ft of premium sound stages, over 60,000 sq ft of flexible production office and service space, including prop stores, workshops, makeup and costume facilities.
Based at Whitehall Road, Leeds Studios is just five minutes from the city centre railway station and C4 national HQ.
Leeds Studios is a joint-venture between All Studios, operators of the Manchester Studios complex (formerly Granada/ITV studios in the city), led by Melanie Jones, and Ben Hepworth, Managing Director of Leeds-based Prime Studios. The project team has come together, supported by Leeds City Council,
To create production spaces in growing city regions across the UK.
Ben Hepworth, Managing Director of Prime Studios says: ‘’It has been a long held ambition of mine to develop a large scale studio facility for the city of Leeds and now, with the support of our partners All Studios and Leeds City Council, we can offer productions a world class facility in the heart of the city centre. Leeds Studios will act as a gateway to Yorkshire’s wealth of unique and historic filming locations and will cement Leeds city region’s growing status as a leading international destination for film & TV production.’’
Melanie Jones, Managing Director of All Studios says: ’The launch of Leeds Studios is a significant development in our strategy to build a market leading portfolio of film & TV production spaces across the UK. Leeds is the fastest growing city in the UK and at the forefront of the country’s booming film & TV economy. We’re excited by the partnership with Ben and Leeds City Council and look forward to becoming part of the city’s thriving media sector.’’
Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council said: “Bringing a state of the art studio to the city and now starting to see what will be brought to life ahead of the opening next year is hugely exciting. Not only is this development a real boost for the creative and TV sectors in Leeds, but the benefits will be seen for our local economy as we open new avenues for companies to come and work in the city whilst also bringing in new jobs.”
Leeds Studios stage sizes are: Stage 1 – 16,000 sq ft; Stage 2 – 12,000 sq ft; Stage 3 – 11,000 sq ft; Stage 4 – 8,000 sq ft; Stage 5 – 21,000 sq ft. Stages 4 and 5 may be combined to serve as a single 30,000 sq ft space)
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