Amazon Strikes Long-Term Deal with U.K.’s Shepperton Studios


Amazon Prime Video has struck up a landmark multimillion-pound long-term contract with Shepperton Studios for the exclusive use of new production facilities at the Surrey studios for future original series and movie productions.

The new facilities will comprise nine sound stages, workshops and office accommodation, totaling approximately 450,000 square feet and forming part of the wider redevelopment and expansion of Shepperton Studios, which will deliver approximately 1.2 million square feet of new studio space.

The long-term commitment to studio space at Shepperton Studios aligns with Amazon Studios’ strategy of expanding its production footprint in the U.K. As a result of increased production, 2022 and 2023 will see the largest number of U.K. original series for Amazon launching to date.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Pinewood Group as we continue to support, develop and invest in the world-leading U.K. creative industries,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “Shepperton has long been synonymous with top-tier television and movies, and we’re proud that it will be home to many Prime Video original productions in the years to come.”

“As we continue to grow the number of original series we’re making in the U.K., it is critical that these productions support and develop a diverse pipeline of talent,” added Dan Grabiner, head of U.K. originals at Amazon Studios. “We’re excited to be collaborating with Pinewood Group and our production partners to create new opportunities for U.K. creatives.”

“We’re delighted to be welcoming Prime Video to our expanded Shepperton Studios,” said Paul Golding, chairman of Pinewood Group. “This landmark long-term commitment to Shepperton supports our considerable investment in this fantastic studio. Once construction is completed in 2023, Shepperton Studios will comprise 31 purpose-built stages, making it the second-biggest studio in the world.”

“We’ve supported our world-leading cultural and creative sector throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so as it bounces back,” said Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak. “It’s fantastic to see Prime Video expanding its U.K. presence and giving yet another boost to our rebounding economy. The investment will drive growth and create jobs with thousands of opportunities for the producers, actors and directors of tomorrow.”

“The U.K.’s film and production industry is rightly recognized as among the best in the world,” said Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries. “This multimillion-pound investment by Prime Video is a huge vote of confidence in the strength of our infrastructure and workforce and I hope encourages other firms to follow. I look forward to seeing all the fantastic film and TV created in this state-of-the-art facility in the years to come.”