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New study backs Dagenham East Studios

Would be first new TV and film production studios built in London in over 25 years

Plans for London’s first new TV and film production studio have been backed by a study co-commissioned by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

According to the feasibility study, the proposed new Dagenham East Studios could add £35 million to the national economy and create 780 jobs.

The proposed 18.7-acre site in Rainham Road South, Dagenham, represents a “rare chance” to build the first new TV and film production studios in London for a quarter of a century, it said.

The local council is now looking for investors to fund the planned studio ahead of a formal tender process next year.

Speaking about the report, Khan said, “A new film studio in Dagenham East will bring hundreds of new jobs to the area, will benefit local talent from carpenters to camera operators.”

Economic consultancy SQW, BBP Regeneration and Professor Richard Miller of the University of Hertfordshire prepared the study into the new film studio for the local council, Film London and the London Local Enterprise Panel.

It listed Brexit and issues around diversity as key concerns facing the film and TV sector.