Longcross Film Studios is a film and television production facility in Longcross, Surrey, approximately 25 miles (40 km) west of central London. Built on the site of the Military Vehicles and Engineering Establishment, the studio began operations in 2006.[1]

The studio features four main sound stages ranging from 13,000 to 47,000 square feet (1,200 to 4,400 m2), eight "meganova" sound stages, 200 acres of backlot, a two-and-a-quarter mile test track, and an off-road course.[2][3][4]

In 2021, Netflix signed a long-term lease deal with Aviva Investors to expand operations and invest in Longcross Studios.[5]

Background

The studios are built on the site of a 150-year-old manor house[6] in Chobham Common. From 1942 to 2005 the site was used by Military Vehicles and Engineering Establishment for the production and testing of military vehicles and innovations such as Chobham Armour.[7]

In 2005, the site was purchased by construction company Crest Nicholson and asset management company Aviva Investors.[8] Longcross Studios began operations the following year and has since hosted a wide range of film and television productions, including the James Bond film Skyfall (2012), ITV crime drama Broadchurch (2013-17), and the Marvel Studios production Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness (2022).

The rise of streaming services such as Disney+, Netflix, and Amazon Prime and the increased demand for original content has led to a spike in demand for production real estate and sound stages.[9] In order to respond to the demand, Longcross Studios has built a new type of sound stages with Serious Stages, a concert stage and temporary building construction company. The "meganova" stages are built to purpose and can be built in three months versus 12–18 months of traditional sound stages.[10] A number of productions are already taking advantage of the new stages, including the upcoming Mission Impossible films.[11]

In 2021, Netflix and Aviva Investors signed a deal to expand operations and invest in stages and facilities at Longcross Studios. Aviva Investors also acquired the remaining £45 million ($61.5m) stake from Crest Nicholson.[3]

List of Longcross Studios Productions

Film

Television

References

  1. ^ The History of Longcross Film Studios
  2. ^ "British Film Commission". Archived from the original on 3 January 2018. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b Yossman, K. J. (20 September 2021). "Netflix, Aviva Investors Enter Long-Term Partnership to Expand, Invest in U.K.'s Longcross Studios". Variety. Retrieved 14 November 2022.
  4. ^ "Serious Stages makes their mark at Longcross Studios » The Location Guide". Retrieved 14 November 2022.
  5. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (20 September 2021). "Netflix Increases UK Studio Footprint With Long-Term Longcross Deal; Streamer Re-Confirms $1BN UK Content Spend In 2021". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  6. ^ Yossman, K. J. (20 September 2021). "Netflix, Aviva Investors Enter Long-Term Partnership to Expand, Invest in U.K.'s Longcross Studios". Variety. Retrieved 13 November 2022.
  7. ^ MacLachlan, Kate (11 July 2021). "The lost Army barracks of Surrey and what became of them". SurreyLive. Retrieved 14 November 2022.
  8. ^ Bevir2017-01-05T14:35:00+00:00, George. "Future of Longcross Studios assured 'for forseeable future'". Broadcast. Retrieved 14 November 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ "Studio wars: battle of the streamers sparks real estate frenzy". Financial Times. 15 December 2021. Retrieved 14 November 2022.
  10. ^ Accardi, Chiara (17 October 2022). "From Military Vehicles to Movies: How Longcross Studios is Powering the Digital Streaming Revolution". International Business Times. Retrieved 14 November 2022.
  11. ^ "Tom Cruise appears in high spirits amid filming for Mission: Impossible 8". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 14 November 2022.

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