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Plan to revive 'sleeping Dragon Studios'

Film studios in South Wales, dubbed 'Valleywood', could be taken over by an American company.

Credit: ITV Wales News

Dragon Studios have seen some productions but have been in the hands of administrators since 2008. Now Fox Television 21 is being helped to secure the lease of the facility.

The creative industries are one of our fastest growing priority sectors. The Welsh Government is committed to ensuring further growth by supporting this venture at Dragon Studios and others like Pinewood Studio Wales and the establishment of the Bad Wolf production company, operating between South Wales and LA.

All this will bring more international TV drama productions to Wales, leading to increased inward investment and production spend, strengthening of the supply chain, and increasing the skills base of local talent working within the creative industries to create wider economic benefits for the whole of Wales.

– Edwina Hart AM, Economy Minister


Apologies for Tom Jones over 'The Voice' axe

The BBC's head of television has spoken out following the departure of singer and coach Sir Tom Jones from entertainment programme The Voice.

Tom Jones has been involved with the show for the last 4 years Credit: PA Wire

Danny Cohen said he was sorry that Sir Tom Jones was upset, after the singer recently hit out at what he called 'sub-standard behaviour' from executives.

Sir Tom told fans he had only been informed 24 hours before the new coaches were announced that he wouldn't be returning.

In a Facebook message Sir Tom wrote:

In good faith, as part of the team, I'd put the time in my schedule to be involved in Series 5, as I've done so for the last 4 years. I've supported the show and the BBC since the beginning.

I was told yesterday, with no consultation or conversation of any kind, that I would not be returning.

Having been through plenty of transformations throughout the years, I support and admire creative change. But being informed, as a matter of duty and respect, is an important part of creative relationships.

– Sir Tom Jones

Mr Cohen said: "I've got huge respect for Tom and I'm truly sorry he's upset. I'm really sorry because I am a big fan of his. I think he's a gentleman and an extraordinary figure in music."

He said he would definitely like to see Sir Tom back on the BBC "doing something else".

Boy George will replace Tom Jones, alongside Paloma Faith and returning coaches Will.I.Am and Ricky Wilson for the competition's fifth series.

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