Pinewood Studios has unveiled brand new facilities for its TV business as part of a multi million pound investment.
Pinewood’s dedicated TV Studios, the 9,000 sq ft TV One and TV Two, now have a new, spacious full HD, 5.1 gallery - a vastly increased studio lighting infrastructure, increased production accommodation and new studio floors. New equipment used in the gallery include a Sony MVS-7000X multi-format 3 ME vision mixer; Sony OLED monitors; Calrec Artemis Beam digital audio console with 64 multi-layer faders; Telex RTS talkback system; 2 x DVS Venice 4200 4 x channel video servers for ingest/playback and DVS SpycerBox Ultra storage server with 48Tb media storage.
To complement this upgrade and create workflow efficiencies Pinewood’s Digital Content Services department has also created a secure digital solution to ingest, digest, transfer, edit, store and deliver content in any format or language and connect with the world securely and at speed.
All of this means that Pinewood can offer its TV clients unique, bespoke solutions to meet any creative or technical requirement in the best environment possible.
For larger productions, Pinewood now offers the brand new 30,000 sq ft Richard Attenborough Stage with a 50ft grid height, designed for both film and television production and a further 32 stages of up to 59,000 sq ft across its sites. This means productions can accommodate audiences of over 2,000 and build vast, complex sets.
Paul Darbyshire, Broadcast Director at Pinewood said: “This new investment is in direct response to our clients evolving needs. We need to be as flexible as possible and need to have a core infrastructure in place that gives us options – whether it’s on the number of cameras required, set turnaround, audio channels, data management or simply accommodation space. No two productions are the same and we need to respond to that."
Nick Smith, Commercial Director said: “It’s fair to say that in certain parts of the industry Pinewood is best known for its film credits. The Pinewood Board and management team, however, are firmly committed to our TV business and this is backed up by the multimillion pound investment we announced earlier this year. With a new stage to service TV production and now with this new state of the art gallery to complement our already great TV studios, we are really putting a marker down to other UK studios. We want Pinewood to be the first call for any production team working on any genre of TV and believe with this investment we will be.”
Pinewood hosted an event for its TV production clients on Thursday 13 September to view the new facilities and demonstrate the new equipment in place.