Shinfield Studios

Frequently Asked Questions

Shinfield Studios is currently 4 temporary stages and workshops at the Thames Valley Science Park. In May 2021 Shinfield Studios applied for planning with Wokingham Borough Council to build a permanent Film and TV Studios on the site (outcome TBC 2021). This new hub will offer film and television producers 18 new purpose-built sound stages together with workshops, a post-production cinema, plus a contemporary office environment on a scale to service the largest blockbuster productions. The 95,000sq ft of studios will secure over £500million GVA a year to the UK economy. To find out more about our planning application please visit www.shinfieldstudiosplanning.com

Shinfield Studios are led by one of the most experienced teams in the industry. Managing Directors are Ian Johnson and Nick Smith. Nick Smith was part of the senior management team that turned Pinewood and Shepperton Studios into one of the world’s premier film studio brands – Pinewood Group.

Shinfield Studios are backed by American investment company Commonwealth Estates who are based in Los Angeles. As part of its plans to create a global film studios operation, Commonwealth will also develop a prime 93-acre site in Los Angeles and has also acquired Blackhall Studios, a leading film studios campus in Atlanta, USA.  

The site lies within a prominent location in proximity to London and key transport hubs including the M4 and Heathrow Airport. The site benefits from an existing planning consent for an office park, which agrees the principle of development on this site.

The UK has a global reputation for the best talent in film production. The growth rate in global demand for film and television production is unprecedented. Over the past 5 years, the creative industries sector has been the fastest growing in the UK, with film and TV production as one of the UK economy’s great success stories. In 2019 inward investment to the UK stood at £3.6 billion, up 16% on 2018.

However, the UK’s existing studios are at capacity. The Government and British Film Commission would like to see a £6 billion industry by 2025. To achieve this, the UK requires at least 1.8 million sq ft of additional film stage space.

The University of Reading is promoting ‘Innovation Valleys’ at TVSP which will be centered around key growth sectors including film & television, heritage & the arts, health & life sciences and innovation & technology. Shinfield Studios is the first step in supporting the creation of a ‘Cine Valley’.

Despite the pandemic, international production still invested £2.35 billion in 2020 and spent £1.2 billion in the final 3 months of 2020 – the highest quarterly spend on record.

The importance of this industry is reflected within the Government’s Industrial Strategy, Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s Independent Review of the Creative Industries report (2017) and the Creative Industries Sector Deal (2018). This is supported in national planning policy which makes explicit reference to ‘greater studio capacity’ as a means to support clustering of industries which can play an important role in supporting collaboration, innovation, productivity, and sustainability, as well as in driving the economic growth of the areas in which they locate.

The Shinfield Studios proposals for TVSP has already received support from the Department for International Trade, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the British Film Commission and the Thames Valley LEP. Also, local support from the University of Reading, Shinfield Parish Council and Wokingham Borough Council.

In March 2021 Shinfield Studios received permission from Wokingham Borough Council to build four temporary sound stages with associated workshops. A full planning application was submitted in May and we hope to receive permission late in 2021 to build 14 more sound stages, associated offices and workshops and the post-production cinema. We hope the studios will be fully operational within two years, with the first 4 stages ready and open from November 2021.

Of the first 4 stages to open at Shinfield Studios 2 are 20,000 sq ft and 2 are 17,000 sq ft. Both with a working height of 35 ft.

To enquire about stage availability please email us at info@shinfieldstudios.com

 

Job vacancies at the studios will be advertised on our main website www.shinfieldstudios.com/careers

You can also find general information about working in the film industry. 

Please note, Shinfield does not employ anyone directly in film or television production. Productions that use our facilities tend to employ their own staff.

Shinfield Studios will facilitate the production of films and television by bringing major production companies to the studios. In turn, this will create a demand for skilled professionals and ancillary businesses.

Shinfield Studios are unable to help directly, but you could register your details with extras agencies that can be found online at https://www.theknowledgeonline.com/search/Agents_Extras_WalkOns

Or take a look The Stage www.thestage.co.uk

Shinfield Studios is a working studio and we have to respect the privacy of productions using our facilities. There may be instances when studio tours are available for education and training purposes but it will not generally be open to the public.

In the first instance we would recommend looking at the national training body for Screen Skills website www.screenskills.com for information on different roles in the creative industries and steps to take. 

Until the main studio site is built and open in 2023 (subject to planning permission) we will be unable to accommodate any companies on the lot. 

Shinfield Studios do not make their own content and as such are unable to accept script submissions. 

Due to our confidentiality clauses, we are unable to give this information out. 

Please send us an email with your CV to info@shinfieldstudios.com

However, we are directing productions to utilise the services of Berkshire Film Office when looking for local information such as local crew, companies and locations.  Therefore, please register your details with them too. https://berkshirefilmoffice.co.uk/