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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


Pinewood: Cardiff studio will boost Welsh film sector

The Chief Executive Officer of Pinewood Shepperton says a new film studio in Cardiff will "do much to boost the Welsh film and television sector".

We are delighted to have agreed with the Welsh Government to advise it on its television and film funding initiative. This builds on our success with Pinewood Pictures and managing the Isle of Man Treasury Film and Television Fund. Our combined advisory investment funds now total £55 million, making them one of the largest investment portals for new British television and film content.

The new fund together with the new facility will do much to boost the Welsh film and television sector. The fund is also another step forward for creating a sustainable UK film and television production centre.

– Ivan Dunleavy, Chief Executive Officer, Pinewood Shepperton

Former environmental building home to Pinewood

The new Pinewood Studio Wales will be based here in Wentloog in a building formerly used by environmental company G24i.

The space will be transformed into four studios.

The Welsh Government has agreed a deal to create Pinewood Studio Wales in Cardiff Credit: ITV News / Alexandra Lodge
This space will be transformed into four new studios Credit: ITV News / Alexandra Lodge

Welsh actors welcome Pinewood Studio Wales deal

Actors Matthew Rhys and Michael Sheen have welcomed news that Pinewood Studios is to create a new studio in Cardiff.

This is more good news for Wales, and recognition of our place on the world stage as a destination for film and television drama production. Pinewood is a massive name in film and it’s great that more of the many talented people in Wales will now have a chance to ply their trade at home. Having a studio like this on their doorstep will also inspire a new generation of actors and film makers from Wales.

– Matthew Rhys

This appears to be great news for Wales and a logical next step building upon the huge success of the revitalised Welsh entertainment industry. It's always a precarious business to attempt such a large undertaking, but it points to the confidence, the expertise and the creative spirit of the people of Wales and I hope it can help the country come closer to realising its hopes for the future.

– Michael Sheen

First Minister: Pinewood deal a 'major coup for Wales'

First Minister Carwyn Jones says the Pinewood deal will boost Wales' profile in the film and television industries Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The First Minister has described the Pinewood Studio Wales deal as a 'major coup'.

Carwyn Jones said: “After the glitz and glamour of last night’s BAFTA awards, I can reveal that the Welsh Government has secured one of the biggest prizes in the British film and television industry.

"Attracting such an iconic global brand as Pinewood is wonderful news for Wales. Pinewood is synonymous with world-class British and international productions, including the James Bond film franchise, and is home to some of the most successful feature films ever made.

“This high-profile investment is of significant economic value to Wales while the partnership between the Welsh Government and Pinewood offers a priceless opportunity to promote Wales as a world-class location for film and television production."


Pinewood Studios Cardiff deal 'set to generate £90m'

Pinewood and Shepperton Studios are behind the James Bond franchise and Carry On films Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Global film company Pinewood Studios is to create a new studio in Cardiff in a deal agreed with the Welsh Government.

First Minister Carwyn Jones has unveiled the plans at a press conference with Economy Minister Edwina Hart and Pinewood Shepperton Chief Executive Officer Ivan Dunleavy.

Pinewood and Shepperton Studios have been home to more than 1,500 films, including the James Bond franchise, and Carry On series.

The 180,000 sq ft studios facility will be created in the former Wentloog Environmental Centre in Cardiff and will form part of Pinewood’s global network of film studios. The deal is set to generate an estimated £90 million spend with Welsh businesses.