Liverpool’s new film and high-end TV drama studios is to open for business on Monday 4 October.
The Depot is two purpose-built, 20,000 sqft sound-proofed film & TV production units.
Liverpool Film Office (LFO), which is overseeing the management of the space, aim to find productions to employ local crew and to work with local businesses to form training initiatives. A key goal is to develop and strengthen the local talent pool and secure Liverpool’s long-term ambition to be a first-class creative and digital content production base.
It is predicted The Depot, which were built by Morgan Sindall for Liverpool City Council, will create a £24m economic boost for the regional economy, creating 360 new jobs and 760 indirect jobs.
Situated adjacent to the future Littlewoods Studios site, The Depot is seen as critical to Liverpool’s strategy to cement its reputation as one of Europe’s premier film and TV production hubs, following a £17 million funding commitment from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund.
Lynn Saunders, Head of Liverpool Film Office, said: “We’ve been campaigning for studio space since before Samuel L Jackson was running round the city in a kilt.
“Over the years we have got very creative around providing alternatives to productions who need more than our region’s locations – but to now be able to actually show off two enormous purpose-built structures, that will be filled with crews and stars, filmmakers can really unleash all their creativity in Liverpool.
“For us it’s more than a space for sets, it’s an opportunity to build a production hub in the city region, where we can embed the local filming infrastructure network and develop training opportunities to future-proof Liverpool’s prime position in the industry.”
Writer Jimmy McGovern, whose latest project Time – a BBC TV drama part financed by the LCR Production Fund, said: “I love the fact that Liverpool has these new TV and film studios. Everyone knows how great the city is in hosting productions, but we can’t always complete a shoot here due to a limited studio capacity.
“These new studios will be a huge shot in the arm for the sector and especially for the hugely talented army of people who make the magic happen off-screen, as they will save a lot of time wasted having to travel to other studios elsewhere. It’s also great news for young kids in our city and region wanting to get into the industry and in particular it’ll be a brilliant boost for the Kensington community which desperately needs this type of investment and the fantastic job opportunities it presents.
“In an industry of lightning fast innovation and technological improvement, these new facilities are exactly what the city region needs to show the industry that as well as our iconic architectural backdrop, we have world class filming and production facilities. It’s a welcome piece of good news in what has been a challenging year.”
The city is currently hosting productions such as Sky’s Funny Girl starring Gemma Arterton and Channel 4’s The Curse from the team behind People Just Do Nothing, as well as recently investing and supporting Channel 4’s Help starring Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham, BBC’s The Responder starring Martin Freeman, ITV’s adaptation of The Ipcress Filethrough its LCR Production Fund.
BBC’s sixth series of Peaky Blinders, Doctor Who, Ridley Road, Netflix’s Stay Close, Sky’s COBRA: Cyberwar, and major blockbusters such as Warner Bros’ The Batman and Netflix’s Munich: The Edge of War also filmed in Liverpool.
Pictured: The Depot – Lynn Saunders (LFO), Mayors Rotheram & Anderson & Kevin Bell (LFO) inside one of Liverpool’s two new film studios
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