Sky Studios Elstree kicks off recruitment drive as it readies for 2022 opening

Friday 22 October 2021
  • First operational roles have been announced at Sky Studios Elstree, which aims to be the world’s most sustainable film and TV studio.
  • Kicks off the start of a recruitment drive ahead of opening early next year.

Sky Studios Elstree, Sky’s new state-of-the-art film and TV studio, has kicked off a recruitment drive for a range of new roles as it readies for opening early next year.

First announced in late 2019 and granted planning permission in summer 2020, the new 27.5 acre site has steamed ahead with construction over the past 12 months and is on-track to open in early 2022.

Developed by Legal & General and made with the backing of Sky’s owner Comcast, and sister company NBCUniversal, Sky Studios Elstree represents a significant investment in the UK and European creative economy.

Once fully operational Sky Studios Elstree will house 13 sound stages, ranging from 10,000 to 30,000 sq ft and enable £3bn worth of new production investment over the first five years alone. The new studios will become home to a host of Sky Originals, created by Sky Studios, as well as major film productions from Universal Pictures, Focus Features and Working Title, and television series from Universal Studio Group. It will also have capacity to host productions from third party producers.

NEW JOBS & FUELLING THE LOCAL ECONOMY

Throughout the construction and operation phases, the new studios will create 2,000 jobs and help to fuel the local economy of Hertfordshire. Working with construction firm BAM and the local JobCentrePlus, the Sky Studios Elstree project has already supported over 900 roles on site, including employing dozens of local residents, many of whom were previously out of the workforce.

The first operational roles to be announced include Operation Managers and Production Reps who will be based at the state-of-the-art Sky Studios Elstree. The Operations team will ensure seamless on-site service for all users while the Client Services team will be the key contact for all clients from enquiry to wrap of production. Over the coming months, dozens of more roles are set to go live.

Speaking ahead of the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership conference, which takes place today, Caroline Cooper, COO Sky Studios said: “Sky Studios Elstree is where some of the best global talent will come to make great, unmissable film and TV. With construction motoring ahead, we're on track to get the cameras rolling early next year and will be going live with dozens of new jobs over the coming months. From receptionists to operations managers, security guards to production reps; we're assembling the best team in the business to help us bring Hollywood to Hertfordshire while supporting the local economy to thrive.”

Sky Studios Elstree aims to be the most sustainable TV and film production facility in Europe. The roles advertised will also support Sky to drive sustainability across productions and operations, helping the company to reach net zero carbon by 2030.

To ensure that diversity is represented both in-front and behind the screen, recruitment for Sky Studios Elstree will aim to follow Sky’s representation targets: 20% of employees will be from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background by 2025, with at least a quarter of these to be Black.

People interested in applying for a role at Sky Studios Elstree should visit the Sky careers website and search for Operation Manager or Production Rep.

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Sky is Europe’s leading media and entertainment company and is proud to be part of Comcast Corporation. Across six countries, we connect our 23 million customers to the best entertainment, sports, news, arts and to our own award-winning original content. 

Following the launch of Sky Glass, we now offer customers our strongest ever line-up of products and services. As well as the new streaming TV with Sky inside and everything integrated, customers can enjoy the award-winning Sky Q with all your favourite channels and apps in one place, and with Sky Go you can now access an even better experience on your devices. Sky TV has new channels, new shows and new deals with Peacock, Paramount+ and more. Sky Mobile was voted Best Pay Monthly and Best Value Pay Monthly network by Uswitch, and with Sky Broadband we’re offering our fastest speeds yet.

Building on the success of Sky Originals like Chernobyl, Gangs of London and Brassic, we are doubling our investment in original content by 2024 through Sky Studios. Our new TV and movie studio, Sky Studios Elstree, is expected to create over 2,000 new jobs and generate an additional £3 billion of production investment in the UK over the first five years alone. Sky News provides impartial and trustworthy journalism for free, Sky Arts is the UK’s only dedicated free-to-air arts channel making the arts accessible for everyone and Sky Sports, our leading sports broadcasting service, brings customers some of the biggest and best global sporting events from the Premier League to Formula 1 and everything in-between. Sky Cinema is the home of Sky Original films with brand new films launching every month alongside an unrivalled range of the latest cinema releases and on demand library.

We believe that we can be a force for good in the communities in which we operate. We’re committed to being Europe’s first net zero carbon entertainment company by 2030 and we’re proud to be a Principal Partner and Media Partner of COP26 – the UN Climate Change Conference. We take pride in our approach to diversity and inclusion: we’ve been recognised by The Times and Stonewall for our commitment to diversity, and we’ve set ambitious 2025 targets to continue to increase diversity and representation.  We’re also committed to investing £30million across our markets over the next three years to improve our approach to diversity and inclusion, and to tackle racial injustice. 

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