• Kenneth Gibson MSP

Scotland's First Purpose-built Film and TV Studio Hailed a 'Game Changer'



The approval of Scotland's first purpose-built film and TV studio on the fringes of Edinburgh has been hailed a "game changer" by the city region's film industry promotion office.

Film industry bosses say the studio on the fringes of Edinburgh - approved by the Scottish Government - will boost Scotland's appeal as a filming destination.

Rosie Ellison, Film Manager at Film Edinburgh, part of the city's marketing organisation Marketing Edinburgh, said the move would be a huge boost to Scotland's "appeal as a filming destination".

She added:

"Current filming of The Avengers: Infinity War in the capital clearly demonstrates the region has the locations, the processes and can-do attitude to deliver successful productions of every scale, but a permanent film studio has long been the missing piece.

"As we saw with last year's filming of T2 Trainspotting, when productions base themselves in Edinburgh, the city really benefits in terms of economic impact.

"That we are one step closer to having the facilities and infrastructure in place is incredibly good news for the region, creating hundreds of jobs and attracting more high value film and TV productions to Scotland."

Approval of the vast £140m Pentland Studios development, designed to attract more feature films and high-end TV productions to Scotland, comes after a two-year planning battle leading to a decision to reject the application by the Scottish Government's planning reporter being overturned by Scottish ministers.

Backers now expect the studio to be operational by the end of 2018.

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