Wimbledon Studios

Wimbledon Film & Television Studios is an English film and television production company and facilities provider, located in Colliers Wood, between Mitcham and Wimbledon in south London.

Wimbledon Film & Television Studios
Address1 Deer Park Road
London, SW19
United Kingdom
Coordinates51.4104°N 0.1865°W / 51.4104; -0.1865
OwnerPanther Securities Plc
Websitewww.wimbledonstudios.london

History

Wimbledon Studios was established as the Merton Studios. The studios were previously a wine-distribution warehouse, which was acquired by Thames Television as a replacement for their Barlby Road base in North Kensington in the early 1990s.

The studios were also used for the Channel 5 soap opera Family Affairs, which was produced by Thames and had moved from a site in Hayes. An exterior street set was built for the programme, which has also since been used by other productions and is available for hire.

Thames  which later became Talkback Thames  stayed at the studios until 2010 when The Bill, by then the only show produced there, ended.

After the cancellation of The Bill by ITV, Talkback Thames's owners, FremantleMedia, sold the studios.[1][2] Panther Securities Plc purchased the site for £4.75 million in September 2010 and set up Wimbledon Film & Television Studios in October 2010, to provide a new production facility to the film and television industry.

The facility has three studios: two large studios of approximately 8,000 square feet (740 m2) and one 5,000-square-foot studio.

In August 2014, it was announced that Wimbledon Studios had entered administration with several employees being made redundant as a result.[3]

Marjan TV network currently holds the lease on the building

Enquiries for studio hire are handled by The Location Collective.

Studios

  • Studio 1 (7690 sq ft, 29 ft height clearance[4])
  • Studio 2 (8160 sq ft, 29 ft height clearance[5])

Free-standing sets

  • Street set (Cheryl Cole's Under the Sun music video; Derren Brown: Apocalypse trailer)
  • The Common Inn pub set (Dizzee Rascal - Bassline Junkie, David Brent - Equality Street)

Production history

See also

References

  1. Spanier, Gideon (9 June 2011). "Lights, Camera Action in SW19". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  2. "History of Television Studios in London". Tvstudiohistory.co.uk. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  3. Clarence-Smith, Louisa (6 August 2014). "Wimbledon Studios goes into administration". Wimbledon Guardian. Retrieved 17 August 2014. In August 2015, it was announced that Wimbledon Studios is reopen for business after a site wide upgrade to facilities and production accommodation by its new operators.
  4. "Wimbledon Studios - London - Film Studios - Street Set - Production Offices". Wimbledon Studios - London - Film Studios - Street Set - Production Offices. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  5. "Wimbledon Studios - London - Film Studios - Street Set - Production Offices". Wimbledon Studios - London - Film Studios - Street Set - Production Offices. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
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