New £11.9m Glasgow television studio to host Netflix and BBC productions

A brand new television studio jointly funded by the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council is said to significantly boost Scotland in the entertainment sector.

The £11.9million TV studio at Kelvin Hall, in Glasgow ‘s West End will be operated by BBC Studioworks, a commercial subsidiary of the BBC providing studios and post-production services to companies including the BBC, ITV, Sky, Channel 4 and Netflix.

The studio is set to become the Scottish home for major TV broadcasters and production companies which will help meet the increasing demand for TV shows in Scotland when it is due to open next autumn.

First look at new Channel 4 prison drama Screw, a new drama series produced by STV Studios which was filmed earlier this year in Glasgow's historic Kelvin Hall.
First look at new Channel 4 prison drama Screw, a new drama series produced by STV Studios which was filmed earlier this year in Glasgow’s historic Kelvin Hall.

Kelvin Hall is expected to boost local jobs and support the development of a skilled and diverse Scottish workforce through their Across the UK Strategy, the BBC is expected to spend an extra £700m cumulatively across the UK by 2027/28.

This news is especially exciting as Glasgow has been taken over by a number of big budget Hollywood productions like The Batman, Indiana Jones, The flash and is set to reprise its role as Gotham City as DC Comics new Batgirl flick is currently filming here.

Cabinet Secretary for Constitution, External Affairs and Culture Angus Robertson said: “There is unprecedented interest in Scotland as a production hub and Kelvin Hall will be a welcome addition to the growing range of studio space being used by film and television productions.

“We are working with partners to maximise the opportunities offered by the studio to develop expertise in the entertainment genre and build on existing skills and training schemes to further develop a sustainable creative economy.”

Andrew Moultrie, CEO BBC Studioworks said: “We’re thrilled to have been appointed as the operator of this new facility in Glasgow, providing much needed purpose-built studio space in Scotland and meeting growing industry demand to produce there.

“Drawing on our decades of expertise and unrivalled customer service, we will help grow the local workforce to deliver more local productions and support the continued development of sector-specific skills in Scotland.”

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Today’s announcement that BBC Studioworks will be the tenant operator of the Kelvin Hall is fantastic news for the city. BBC Studioworks will draw on their wealth of experience in the industry to develop Kelvin Hall as an important and attractive film and television location, continuing Glasgow’s rise in this sector.

“The Kelvin Hall will be a nationally significant production facility that will enable productions and jobs to stay and grow in the city, further driving the development of our thriving creative industries, and adding to Glasgow’s economic growth.”

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