Liverpool, which is currently hosting productions with Sky’s “Funny Girl” and Channel 4’s “The Curse”, will open a new film and TV production studio in the city on Monday.
Known as The Depot, it is located near both the city center and the main road and consists of two 20,000 sq ft units with soundproofing. This is close to the site of the future Littlewoods studio.
The inauguration is partly a response to UK production growth, which has seen Liverpool – the birthplace of “Free Guy” star Jodie Comer and “Cracker” writer Jimmy McGovern – become the country’s second most filmed city, often doubling New York’s or London’s, the “Hollywood of the North”. By
Recent headlines that have been featured in town include “Picky Blinders,” “Doctor Who,” and the upcoming Robert Pattinson movie, “The Batman.”
The studio has received 17 million in funding from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund. The Liverpool City Region recently funded McGovern’s BBC drama “Time” with Shawn Bean, which was filmed in the city.
The Liverpool Film Office (LFO), which runs The Depot, wants to undertake training initiatives with local companies to encourage production to stay in the city as long as possible to increase talent and result in £ 24m of economic growth in the region. The depot will also have the facility to create 360 new jobs and 60 indirect jobs.
“We’ve been campaigning for studio space since before Samuel L. Jackson ran a kilt around town!” LFO chief Lynn Saunders said Jackson’s picture refers to “The 51 State,” which was filmed in the city. “Over the years we’ve become very creative in providing production options that need more than our regional location কিন্তু but now we need to be able to show two huge purpose-built structures, filled with crew and stars, the filmmakers really have all their creativity Unveils.
“For us, it’s more than just set space, it’s an opportunity to build a production center in an urban area, where we can embed the local filming infrastructure network and create training opportunities at Liverpool’s premier location, proof of the future of the industry.”
“I like the fact that Liverpool has this new TV and film studio,” McGovern said. “Everyone knows how great the city is in need of production, but due to limited studio capacity we can’t always finish shooting here.
“These new studios will be a huge shot for the sector and especially for the huge talented army of people who work magic off screen, as they will save a lot of time by wasting time traveling to other studios elsewhere.”