The South East may be a UK business hub, but it's not just tech, life sciences, logistics and the like that thrives here. The area is something of a cultural haven too, with several prominent film and television studios playing host to the creation of some of the world's best-known movies and shows.
There's Surrey's Shepperton Studios, Buckinghamshire's Pinewood Studios, Twickenham Studios, Longcross Studios in Chertsey, Black Hangar Studios in Hampshire, Beaconsfield Film Studios, the list goes on.
We can add a fair few more names to that list as recent news of brand new studios due to open up in the South East comes thick and fast. Here's the latest:
Studio builder and operator Stage Fifty will be creating, opening and running more than 300,00 square feet of TV and film studios in High Wycombe very soon.
The Buckinghamshire town could see up to 1,200 jobs created on the eight-stage site to be found just off the M40. An unannounced Hollywood film is already signed on to be made there as soon as building is completed.
Four studios of the scheduled 18 are already constructed at this giant studio site which is expected to create over 3,000 new jobs to Reading.
Once complete, Shinfield Studios will become one of the largest film and TV studios in the UK and could bring in more than £600m to the UK's economy. Which is good news for Britain and incredible news for the Thames Valley.
Another major studio project run by Stage Fifty sees the company open up 120,000 square feet of studio space, along with 25,000 sq. ft. of offices and 50,000 sq. ft. of workshops. Creating up to 1,000 jobs in the process. The site will also include the world’s largest fully encapsulated virtual production stage.
According to the government, The Thames Estuary Production Corridor is 'a significant new programme to unite East London, the North Kent coast and South Essex to create a world class centre for creative and cultural production.'
Through a range of projects and sites, the scheme hopes to turn a 60 mile stretch of the Thames Estuary into a filming hub. In the process, it's thought that a world-class centre for creative and cultural production could be created.