Netflix has announced they are creating a dedicated production hub at the historic Shepperton Studios.
The hub will contain 14 sound studios, workshops and office spaces, and is part of Netflix’s long-term commitment to the UK.
Netflix will produce new and existing TV and feature films at the Pinewood owned studios, as they expand their UK network.
In the last year over 25,000 cast, crew and extras have worked on nearly 20 Netflix originals and co-productions across Britain.
These include the Outlaw King in Scotland, Sex Education in Wales and The Crown at Elstree Studios and across the country.
With productions such as Cursed, Jingle Jangle and The English Game – a Julian Fellowes series currently filming in Manchester – in the pipeline, the number of UK based productions is set to rise.
Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, expressed the importance Shepperton will have as a hub for the UK creative community. He said: “This investment will ensure that British creators and producers have first rate production facilities and a world stage for their work.”
The first original production to film at Shepperton will be The Old Guard, starring Charlize Theron and Kiki Layne and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood.
Based on the comic book series created by author Greg Rucka and illustrator Leandro Fernandez, The Old Guard will be an action-based drama about a captain in charge of a group of immortal soldiers working as mercenaries.
Ridley Scott, film director, producer and former joint owner of Shepperton Studios, said: “I have made 1,000 or more commercials and productions at Shepperton, including the entire Alien back in 1979. It is a wonderful historic place and one of the most efficient I can think of in the world today — without contest.”