Amazon’s streaming service Prime Video has signed a long-term, multi-million pound deal for the exclusive use of the new production facilities at Shepperton Studios, giving the UK film and television industry a further boost.
The company, which recently announced it will be relocating production of the second season of its highly anticipated The Lord of the Rings series from New Zealand to the UK, has a contract for the use of nine sound stages, workshops and offices totaling square footage of approximately 450,000 square feet signed at the Surrey studio.
Amazon’s competitor Netflix already has a deal for the exclusive use of studio space on the property owned by Pinewood Studios.
The deal is part of a broader redevelopment and expansion of Shepperton Studios, which will complete in 2023 and make it the second largest studio in the world.
It indicates a long-term commitment by Amazon Studios to expand its production footprint in the UK.
The company launched The Grand Tour, its first UK-produced series, in 2016, followed by the sports documentary series All Or Nothing, which followed football clubs Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
Other UK productions now include Clarkson’s Farm, a documentary about Jeremy Clarkson’s life on his farm, and the Good Omens scripted series, starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant.
Over the next two years, the largest number of British original series to date will appear on the streaming service, including The Devil’s Hour, a thriller starring Peter Capaldi; Grime and Drill musical drama series Jungle; The Rig, a thriller starring Martin Compston and Emily Hampshire; and Mammals, a comedy-drama series starring James Corden and Sally Hawkins.
Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, said: “We are delighted to partner with Pinewood Group as we continue to support, develop and invest in the world’s leading UK creative industry.
“Shepperton has long been synonymous with world-class television and film, and we’re proud that it will be home to many Prime Video original productions for years to come.”
Dan Grabiner, Head of UK Originals at Amazon Studios, added: “As we continue to grow the number of original series we produce in the UK, it is critical that these productions support and develop a diverse pipeline of talent.
“We look forward to working with the Pinewood Group and our production partners to create new opportunities for UK creatives.”