The person to suggest the name Elstree will use will receive two VIP passes to the launch and a studio tour

Elstree Studios, in partnership with Hertsmere Borough Council, has opened a competition to name its latest soundstages.

The person who submits the winning entry will receive two VIP Passes to the launch of the new soundstages next spring,  a tour of the studios, and lunch at the on-site Rushes Bar. They will also receive an Elstree Studios hoodie, goodie bag and range of merchandise.

Entries must be submitted via an online form no later than 5pm on Friday 22 October.

All the suggested names will be considered by Elstree Studios’ board of directors and the Mayor of Hertsmere, Councillor Anne Swerling, later this month.

Councillor Morris Bright MBE, leader of the council and chairman of the Elstree Studios Board, said: “Elstree Studios has been the beating heart of our borough for almost 100 years and as a council-owned site, it is literally one that every resident in Hertsmere has a stake in. This development of two new soundstages and ancillary workshops will open up a world of opportunities for the studios, for our residents and local businesses and for all who work in or are connected to television and film production.

“We need a name for the state-of-the-art facility that reflects the prestigious status of the studios in TV and film history, and the new and exciting possibilities ahead - something that is both forward-thinking and a nod to our borough’s glorious screen past. This is a chance to be part of history and leave your mark on a facility that will be in operation for generations to come.”

Mayor of Hertsmere, Cllr Anne Swerling, added: “It’s only right that the people who live, work and visit Hertsmere should get the chance to be part of this milestone in the studios’ and our borough’s history, by giving the new soundstages a name. The modern and environmentally sustainable development will sit next to The George Lucas stages on the site of the former Big Brother house, which 50 years before that also served as the site for an outdoor effects tank for the film, Moby Dick. Any name for the soundstages should aptly reflect the borough’s proud film and television connections, and its future. We’re really looking forward to seeing your suggestions.”