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First Stage Studios secures Screen Scotland funding for Edinburgh studio

The company will operate from the studio space in Port of Leith

First Stage Studios has secured funding from Screen Scotland to run a large-scale film and TV studio in Edinburgh.

Led by Jason Connery and Bob Last, the company will operate from the studio space in Port of Leith, with £1 million investment from Screen Scotland towards the initial set up, refurbishment and running costs.

The 8.6-acre site has already hosted international productions, including Avengers: Infinity War. The facility houses up to five sound stages of 50-100ft in height, as well as production and office space and a backlot for production set-builds.

Connery said: “There is no question Scotland needs a film studio, I could not be more excited to be involved in bringing it to fruition.”

Screen Scotland executive director Isabel Davis added: “The studio is key in expanding film and TV production in Scotland. We’re delighted to be working with First Stage Studios to bring it to life. Bob and Jason bring a wealth of expertise and industry knowledge that is invaluable to the development of the studio.”