Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport visits Pinewood Studios

17 November 2010

Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport today visited Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire to experience first-hand the innovative and cutting-edge creativity currently being practiced at the Studios.

The Secretary of State toured Pinewood’s digital content services facility to see a major new video game, Ubisoft Reflections’  Driver®: San Francisco , being mixed in The Pressburger Theatre. He went behind the scenes on some of the Studios’ world famous sound stages where filming is currently underway on a number of high profile productions and visited Pinewood’s globally unique underwater stage.

He visited Centroid 3D, a tenant company on the Pinewood lot that specialises in motion capture for film and television for an interactive 3D demonstration and also met with senior industry figures to discuss the latest developments in the UK film industry.

The visit gave Pinewood and some of the tenant companies on site the chance to show off the wide range of skills and creative talent that make the Studios one of Europe’s leading creative centres of excellence.

Andrew M Smith, Pinewood Group Corporate Affairs Director commented:“We are really pleased to have been able to host Jeremy at Pinewood today. There is so much to see at the moment and some of the UK’s most exciting creative talent is now working here. I was especially pleased that Jeremy was able to see first-hand the sound mixing for Ubisoft’s Driver San Francisco. Pinewood has developed good relationships with the video games industry in recent months and we’re seeing some big budget games using our facilities. As the boundaries between film and video games continue to merge, our experienced team of sound mixers and editors are able to offer a unique perspective to game developers.”

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For further information please contact:

Andrew Smith, Group Director Corporate Affairs, Pinewood Studios Group Tel: +44(0)1753 656732 andrew.smith@pinewoodgroup.com

or

Mark Hamilton, Comms and Public Affairs Manager, Pinewood Studios Group Tel: +44 (0)1753 785511 mark.hamilton@pinewoodgroup.com

About The Pinewood Studios Group:

The Pinewood Studios Group is a leading provider of studio and related services to the global film and television industry. Synonymous with world class British and international productions, the impressive heritage of its UK-based Pinewood, Shepperton and Teddington Studios date back to the early 20th Century and are home to some of the most successful feature films and TV shows ever made. Renowned across the globe for excellence in its field, the Pinewood brand is now being exported overseas to studios in Toronto - Canada, Berlin - Germany and Iskandar - Malaysia.

Comprising the best quality sound stages, a globally unique underwater filming stage, a wealth of specialist production resources, easy access to the world's most experienced crews as well as digital TV studios, the facilities plays host to revered production crews who continue to explore and challenge the art of what is possible on the small and silver screens.

Recent film and TV productions that have used the Studios’ facilities include Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Slumdog Millionaire; Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time; Robin Hood; Nine; Moon; Me and Orson Welles; Gulliver’s Travels; The Wolfman, Little Dorrit, Ant&Dec’s Push The Button, ZingZillas, Would I Lie To You, Reggie Perrin. Visit www.pinewoodgroup.com for more info.


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