Warner Bros. builds
new UK stages 


Warner Bros., the global entertainment group, is to build three new state-of-the-art sound stages at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, outside London.

Warner Bros invested over £100m in redeveloping the site, after acquiring the former facility in which the Harry Potter movies were shot. Since then, the facility has been operating at consistent capacity. The construction of three new sound stages, will make the UK an even more attractive destination for productions from around the world.

The news comes on the same day as production began on a live-action 3D Tarzan film, starring Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L Jackson, Christoph Waltz and directed by David Yates, director of the last four Harry Potter films.

The film will join Warner Bros.' Pan, directed by Joe Wright, which has been filming in the UK since 28th April 2014.

The Government’s substantial tax reliefs for the film, TV, animation and videogames sectors, combined with recent investment of more than £20m in skills and training for the next generation has provided a huge boost to the industry. Over the last three years, employment within the creative industries has grown at 5 times the rate of the wider economy, and the sector generates more than £8m an hour for the UK.

Reinforcing the huge role that the UK’s creative industries are playing in driving growth, and the Government’s commitment to creating the perfect environment for this dynamic sector to flourish in, the Government is unveiling new measures aimed at fostering continued growth within the sector.

These include:

    • The launch of the UKTI Creative Industries International Strategy which aims to double the value of creative industries exports to £31 billion, double the amount of creative services companies that export, and drive increased inward investment to the UK’s creative industries – all by 2020. The strategy sets out a five-year action plan for Government and industry to bring greater prominence to the creative industries at home and abroad. Aims include establishing new international partnerships and alliances, maximising overseas supply chain opportunities in major global projects for creative businesses, and focusing inward investment on key centres of UK creative excellence.
    • Slashing red tape by removing the unnecessary requirement to apply for planning permission for location filming. This will facilitate filming inside of buildings and outside on land including the construction of sets, subject to a prior approval by the local planning authority.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said: “The UK’s Creative Industries have demonstrated that they are a powerhouse in driving economic growth, and, as part of our long-term economic plan, we have worked hard to create the ideal environment for this dynamic sector to flourish. The strategy launched today sets out how we will work with industry to ensure the continued growth of one of our greatest success stories.”

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “British talent, services and products are in high demand around the world and our £71 billion creative sector is one of the UK’s most important industries, employing thousands of people across the country.

“UKTI’s new international strategy builds on the UK’s global reputation for innovation and quality by setting a goal to double creative exports, double the number of creative companies that trade and establishing the UK as the favoured location for inward investment for the creative industries sector, creating long term jobs and building a stronger economy.”

Josh Berger CBE, President, Warner Bros said: "The UK is known for world class creativity and innovation, and some of Warner Bros.' greatest successes have been produced here with British talent, at the studios we're continuing to invest in and grow. Today we're delighted to be reinforcing our commitment to the UK creative industries through the expansion of our studios and the announcement that our highly anticipated Tarzan film will be shooting there."