Prime Video has announced a multimillion-pound long-term contract with Shepperton Studios in Surrey for exclusive use of their new production facilities.
The new facilities comprise nine sound stages, workshops and office accommodation, which total approximately 450,000 square feet.
The facilities form part of the wider redevelopment and expansion of Shepperton Studios, which will provide approximately 1.2 million square feet of new studio space. Once construction is completed in 2023, the Studios will comprise 31 stages, making it the second-biggest studio in the world.
The deal is part of Amazon Studios’ plans to expand its production footprint in the UK.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Pinewood Group as we continue to support, develop and invest in the world-leading UK creative industries,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios.
“Shepperton has long been synonymous with top-tier television and movies and we’re proud that it will be home to many Prime Video original productions in the years to come.”
Thanks to the increase in production, 2022 and 2023 will see Prime Video launch its largest number of UK original series to date, including: The Devil’s Hour, a six-part thriller starring Jessica Raine and Peter Capaldi; Jungle, a grime and drill music drama series; The Rig, a six-part epic thriller starring Martin Compston and Emily Hampshire; and Mammals, a six-part dramedy written starring James Corden and Sally Hawkins.
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak praised Prime Video for “expanding its UK presence and giving yet another boost to our rebounding economy.”
He said: “The investment will drive growth and create jobs with thousands of opportunities for the producers, actors and directors of tomorrow.”