Wolf Studio Wales (Stiwdio Blaidd Cymru) won’t seek to compete with nearby Pinewood Wales, despite planning up to eight sound-proof stages, according to Bad Wolf, the indie with a 10-year lease on the site.
“It won’t compete with any studio in Wales,” said Bad Wolf cofounder Julie Gardner. “Studio space is highly sought-after and there’s never enough of it.”
Owned by the Welsh government and announced last week (Broadcast 19.05.17), the studio will be run on a not-for-profit basis and is open to hosting projects from other indies.
Broadcast understands that Bad Wolf won’t manage the studio and an operator is being sought.
The 220,000 sq ft former glass factory in Cardiff ’s Trident Park will initially be furnished with four stages to accommodate filming on Bad Wolf productions His Dark Materials and A Discovery Of Witches (both for the BBC) from the autumn.
The studio, once completed, will have a maximum eave height of 17.5 metres (57 feet).
Bad Wolf and the Welsh government are funding the refurb.
“We have the capacity to build seven or eight studios of varying sizes, plus production offices, and space for ancillary businesses that will benefit the creative community of Wales,” said Gardner.