Sky Studios Elstree starts recruitment drive ahead of planned 2022 opening

Sky Studios Elstree

How Sky Studios Elstree will look when completed. - Credit: Sky Studios Elstree

A major new Hertfordshire film and TV studios is now recruiting ahead of opening in 2022. 

Sky Studios Elstree 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 by Hertsmere Borough Council 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.

Speaking ahead of the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership conference, which takes place today (Friday), Sky Studios' Caroline Cooper 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.”

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 sector.

Once fully operational, Sky’s state-of-the-art film and TV studio in Hertsmere will house 13 sound stages, ranging from 10,000 to 30,000 sq ft, and enable £3billion worth of new production investment over the first five years alone.

Sky Studios Elstree will bring more big screen productions to Hertfordshire. Picture: Sky

Sky Studios Elstree will bring more big screen productions to Hertfordshire. Picture: Sky - Credit: Sky

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The new studios, situated just off the A1 four miles south of the M25, 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.

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 Sky Studios Elstree complex.

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.

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 per cent 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'.