U.S Studios Supporting Pinewood Shepperton
U.K. facilities operator enjoys patronage from Ridley Scott's "Prometheus," Daniel Craig's 007 return in "Skyfall."
LONDON – U.K. studio facilities group Pinewood Shepperton, so often the destination for Hollywood-backed shoots, said Tuesday 2011 revenues from movie-making are in line with last year’s levels.
The group, currently listed on the stock exchange, told the market its interims for July 1 through Nov. 14, 2011 for movie revenues were stable.
Movies using the facilities at the group’s sites – including both Pinewood and Shepperton – included Prometheus (Fox), Dark Shadows (Warner Bros), Snow White and the Huntsman (Universal) and Anna Karenina (Working Title Films).
And the group is also welcoming the first few days of the shoot for the 23rd James Bond film Skyfall (Eon Productions/MGM/Sony Pictures), which sees the return of Daniel Craig as 007. It began shooting just days before the end of the interim period.
It’s not all silver screen adventures at the studio facilities.
The company’s statement comes less than a week after the U.K. government renewed the country's commitment to its film tax credit system to the end of 2015 paving the way to continue to attract studio backed projects.
The demand for the group’s large scale facilities for television production remains positive from producers.
Pinewood Shepperton also noted television revenues for the same “are significantly ahead of the same period in 2010.”
TV productions shooting in that period include Don’t Stop Me Now (Sky One), Lee Mack’s All Star Cast (Zepperton) and The Rob Brydon Show (talkbackTHAMES).
Pinewood Shepperton, under new ownership after British property group Peel Holdings finalized its long-gestating takeover plans in July this year, is also mulling its future status as a listed company on the stock exchange here.