UK post-production house De Lane Lea has been bought by Warner Bros Studios Leavesden (WBSL).
The deal allows WBSL to provide in-house film and TV productions and external clients with a full production service in London of the kind it offers at Warner Bros.’ headquarters in Burbank, California.
It also brings an end to the De Lane Lea name which has been based in Soho for 65 years and which has served as the post-production home of recent movies such as Skyfall, Frankenweenie, Prometheus and Dark Shadows.
The premises, which includes three re-recording stages and 40 picture editing suites, will be renamed Warner Bros De Lane Lea.
Warner Bros.’ association with the facility stretches to its post-production work on John Boorman’s 1972 picture, Deliverance. Upcoming Warner Bros. film Gravity, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, is currently being post-produced at the premises.
Josh Berger, president and managing director, Warner Bros. UK, Ireland and Spain said: “Just five months on from the opening of Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, this latest acquisition is further evidence of our commitment to the UK film industry and the world-leading Greater London media cluster.
Based just outside Watford, Hertfordshire, the 200-acre Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden site is the only film studio in the UK to be owned and operated by a major Hollywood studio. It was the production home of all eight Harry Potter films.