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Khan explores plans for film studios in East London

Words: Laura Edgar
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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and leader of Barking and Dagenham Council Darren Rodwell have announced that they are exploring plans to build what could be the capital’s ‘largest’ film studios.

Khan, Film London, the London Local Enterprise Panel, and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council are commissioning a feasibility study that would consider creating a new TV and film production studios – the first for at least 25 years. It would be based in Dagenham East.

The process will be led by Film London in close consultation with the film and television industries.

The potential site is located in front of London-east industrial park, Dagenham East, and has been earmarked because of its large size. London is the third-busiest city for film production after Los Angeles and New York, and Khan said its “world-class crew, locations, talent and competitive tax reliefs have sustained London’s position in the top three cities – and that also means demand for studio space is incredibly high”.

A new studio would help to meet increasing demand and ensure that many more multimillion-pound productions come to London showing that, following the EU referendum, “the capital remains open to business, talent and creativity”.

New studio facilities would enable London to bid successfully for more overseas film productions, benefiting not just the capital, but the rest of the UK too, said Khan. It would also create a range of permanent jobs in the east of the capital – from carpenters to sound technicians.

The London Local Enterprise Partnership and Barking and Dagenham Council would invest up to £80,000 to develop a business case for the proposal.

Khan said: “From James Bond and Star Wars to Harry Potter and Bridget Jones’s Baby, London has a vibrant production history and some of the best studios in the world. To sustain and grow this success story, it is critical that the capital gets significantly more studio and production capacity to maximise the opportunities for filmmaking. London is open to the best creative and cultural minds and I am looking forward to exploring whether a new film studio in Dagenham could help the capital’s film industry thrive for years to come.”

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