'2,000 jobs for world-class studio' between Newport and Cardiff

South Wales Argus: FILM DEAL: Pinewood Studios is set to open a 'world-class' film studio at Wentloog between Newport and Cardiff FILM DEAL: Pinewood Studios is set to open a 'world-class' film studio at Wentloog between Newport and Cardiff

A WORLD-CLASS film studio is to be built between Newport and Cardiff which could support 'more than 2000 jobs' the Welsh Government announced today.

The deal, signed with Pinewood Studios is set to generate an estimated £90million spend with Welsh businesses.

First Minister Carwyn Jones unveiled the new studio plans at a press conference with Economy Minister Edwina Hart, who struck the deal, and Pinewood Shepperton plc Chief Executive Officer Ivan Dunleavy.

The new 180,000 sq ft studio will be created at the former Energy Centre building at Wentloog Corporate Park and will form part of Pinewood’s global network of film studios.

Announcing the new studio, the First Minister said: “After the glitz and glamour of last night’s BAFTA awards, I can reveal that the Welsh Government has secured one of the biggest prizes in the British film and television industry. This deal with Pinewood is a major coup for Wales.”

He said: “Attracting such an iconic global brand as Pinewood is wonderful news for Wales. Pinewood is synonymous with world class British and international productions, including the James Bond film franchise and is home to some of the most successful feature films ever made.

Newport-born star Michael Sheen added his support, saying: "This appears to be great news for Wales and a logical next step building upon the huge success of the revitalized Welsh entertainment industry. It's always a precarious business to attempt such a large undertaking, but it points to the confidence, the expertise and the creative spirit of the people of Wales and I hope it can help the country come closer to realising its hopes for the future."

Economy Minister Edwina Hart, who led a trade visit to Los Angeles last year to raise the Welsh profile in Hollywood, said:”Pinewood is synonymous with British film. The Welsh Government will invest up to £30m into projects brought forward by Pinewood and aimed at increasing film and TV production in Wales.

“Over the past twelve months Wales has supported two major high end television productions – Da Vinci’s Demons and Atlantis - and this new partnership with Pinewood will undoubtedly propel Wales further onto the international stage.”

“It also opens the door for further, future investment providing additional growth opportunities. This new partnership is great news and supports the Welsh Government’s commitment to stimulating the economy through supporting our key sectors that have the potential to create employment and wealth.

Ivan Dunleavy, Chief Executive Officer, Pinewood Shepperton plc said: “We are delighted to have agreed with the Welsh Government to advise it on its television and film funding initiative. This builds on our success with Pinewood Pictures and managing the Isle of Man Treasury Film and Television Fund. Our combined advisory investment funds now total £55 million making them one of the largest investment portals for new British television and film content”.

“The new fund together with the new facility will do much to boost the Welsh film and television sector. The fund is also another step forward for creating a sustainable UK film and television production centre”.

Pinewood and Shepperton Studios have been home to more than 1,500 films in more than 75 years, including the James Bond franchise, and Carry On series. There are over 241 independent, media related companies based at Pinewood and Shepperton’s Media hub.

Site of the planned studio at Wentloog between Newport and Cardiff:

And here's how close it actually is to Newport:

South Wales Argus:

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11:14am Mon 17 Feb 14

nodnyl says...

and the title of the first production will be Deja Vious subtitled Thanks for the money. on LG dvd only
and the title of the first production will be Deja Vious subtitled Thanks for the money. on LG dvd only nodnyl

11:23am Mon 17 Feb 14

stowhill says...

Absolutely fantastic news.
Absolutely fantastic news. stowhill

11:38am Mon 17 Feb 14

Mike Roland says...

This is indeed "a major coup for Wales," Great news, well-done to all concerned!
This is indeed "a major coup for Wales," Great news, well-done to all concerned! Mike Roland

11:42am Mon 17 Feb 14

DavidMclean says...

Why do they keep banging on about the James Bond films made by Pinewood? The best film series they ever produced was the Carry On films!
Why do they keep banging on about the James Bond films made by Pinewood? The best film series they ever produced was the Carry On films! DavidMclean

11:44am Mon 17 Feb 14

KarloMarko says...

Well, they could remake "Les Miserables" with the population of Newport. Think of all those jobs as extras. And the huge savings on costumes for the hungry peasants...
Well, they could remake "Les Miserables" with the population of Newport. Think of all those jobs as extras. And the huge savings on costumes for the hungry peasants... KarloMarko

12:23pm Mon 17 Feb 14

inkyskin says...

IF it happens...great!
IF it happens...great! inkyskin

12:25pm Mon 17 Feb 14

exrisca says...

Looking at the map it is in Cardiff, surprise, surprise.
Looking at the map it is in Cardiff, surprise, surprise. exrisca

12:44pm Mon 17 Feb 14

heresphil says...

Excellent news but it's a shame it's once again forming part of the overheating Cardiff economy rather than being in Newport, where there are plenty of large vacant sites and better access to the motorway. Still it will create lots of opportunities for high skill and and technical support services which hopefully local businesses can capitalise on.
Excellent news but it's a shame it's once again forming part of the overheating Cardiff economy rather than being in Newport, where there are plenty of large vacant sites and better access to the motorway. Still it will create lots of opportunities for high skill and and technical support services which hopefully local businesses can capitalise on. heresphil

12:51pm Mon 17 Feb 14

KarloMarko says...

Anyone remember "Valleywood", another brilliant multi million WAG strategic investment to put "Wales on the world film map?"

That went belly up after one film.

Can't wait to see Edwina in "Celtic Manor Carry On" tho....shes been after THAT part for years...
Anyone remember "Valleywood", another brilliant multi million WAG strategic investment to put "Wales on the world film map?" That went belly up after one film. Can't wait to see Edwina in "Celtic Manor Carry On" tho....shes been after THAT part for years... KarloMarko

12:54pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Meldrew@NewportMon says...

Don't be fooled by the South Wales Argus. The announcement on radio 4 this morning referred to a new studio in Cardiff as did the website.
This is Cardiff again NOT NEWPORT
It's geographically between Newport as is St Mellons,Llanrumney etc.
Could have used old LG buildings between Newport and Cardiff.
Don't be fooled by the South Wales Argus. The announcement on radio 4 this morning referred to a new studio in Cardiff as did the website. This is Cardiff again NOT NEWPORT It's geographically between Newport as is St Mellons,Llanrumney etc. Could have used old LG buildings between Newport and Cardiff. Meldrew@NewportMon

1:11pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Jonnytrouble says...

Cardiff wins again !
Where is OUR relief Motorway ?????
Cardiff wins again ! Where is OUR relief Motorway ????? Jonnytrouble

1:26pm Mon 17 Feb 14

stowhill says...

Who cares if its on Cardiff's turf, located where it is means its a doddle for Newportonians to get to either along the coast road or the old A48. No M4 involved!
Who cares if its on Cardiff's turf, located where it is means its a doddle for Newportonians to get to either along the coast road or the old A48. No M4 involved! stowhill

1:29pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Warbles says...

First minister, on radio wales, already chirping on about the benefits to Cardiff. Why do SWA bother mentioning Newport?
First minister, on radio wales, already chirping on about the benefits to Cardiff. Why do SWA bother mentioning Newport? Warbles

1:36pm Mon 17 Feb 14

dailoco says...

Great news from the gas plant. We are to have a film studio in Wales! But wait a minute what was built near Bridgend a few years ago. Oh yes it was a film studio! So why are we to spend more money on the lovey brigade when there was a perfectly serviceable film set already in Wales.
Great news from the gas plant. We are to have a film studio in Wales! But wait a minute what was built near Bridgend a few years ago. Oh yes it was a film studio! So why are we to spend more money on the lovey brigade when there was a perfectly serviceable film set already in Wales. dailoco

1:40pm Mon 17 Feb 14

white white says...

DavidMclean wrote:
Why do they keep banging on about the James Bond films made by Pinewood? The best film series they ever produced was the Carry On films!
Both are iconic ,but it's excellent news any way
[quote][p][bold]DavidMclean[/bold] wrote: Why do they keep banging on about the James Bond films made by Pinewood? The best film series they ever produced was the Carry On films![/p][/quote]Both are iconic ,but it's excellent news any way white white

2:03pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Severn40 says...

Forgetting Valleywood from a few years back - look at the small print of this. The Welsh Government are putting in £1m of the £1.8m costs and Pinewood has only signed up for just five years. The Welsh Government are also offering another £30m for film production - although it will be assessed on an individual basis. In other words, the development is intricately linked on funding from the Welsh Government and the risk is what will happen if that money runs out?
Forgetting Valleywood from a few years back - look at the small print of this. The Welsh Government are putting in £1m of the £1.8m costs and Pinewood has only signed up for just five years. The Welsh Government are also offering another £30m for film production - although it will be assessed on an individual basis. In other words, the development is intricately linked on funding from the Welsh Government and the risk is what will happen if that money runs out? Severn40

2:25pm Mon 17 Feb 14

KarloMarko says...

The money will never run out....

WAG will simply print some more...raid the Structural Funds. How else do you think they fund EVERY failed economic project they have proposed. All of em from Ob1 to Technology Centres to The Pop Factory to Awina to Valleywood to Communities First...ever onwards...ever downwards...

It's all down the back of Edwins sofa.

Rejoice..."Wales is going places"
The money will never run out.... WAG will simply print some more...raid the Structural Funds. How else do you think they fund EVERY failed economic project they have proposed. All of em from Ob1 to Technology Centres to The Pop Factory to Awina to Valleywood to Communities First...ever onwards...ever downwards... It's all down the back of Edwins sofa. Rejoice..."Wales is going places" KarloMarko

2:30pm Mon 17 Feb 14

smudge100 says...

It's not a personal dig at Newport it's about the best location and I'm guessing they picked the location based on size of site as well as being able to be secluded and have high levels of security. I'm sure they spent a long time looking into it.

There is nothing stopping people from Newport applying for the jobs it's really easy to get to
It's not a personal dig at Newport it's about the best location and I'm guessing they picked the location based on size of site as well as being able to be secluded and have high levels of security. I'm sure they spent a long time looking into it. There is nothing stopping people from Newport applying for the jobs it's really easy to get to smudge100

2:49pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Casnewydd lad says...

Keep the good news coming, newport is used for lots of location work at the moment but now the people of newport and Cardiff can get jobs from this and benefit
Keep the good news coming, newport is used for lots of location work at the moment but now the people of newport and Cardiff can get jobs from this and benefit Casnewydd lad

2:49pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Mike Roland says...

Who cares about whether Wentloog Corporate Park is in Cardiff or Newport? If the development does result in the estimated £90million spend, then that must be good news, musn't it?
Who cares about whether Wentloog Corporate Park is in Cardiff or Newport? If the development does result in the estimated £90million spend, then that must be good news, musn't it? Mike Roland

4:09pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Nayrb Trebor says...

1st film should be To Catch A Thief
1st film should be To Catch A Thief Nayrb Trebor

4:11pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Nayrb Trebor says...

1st film, To Catch A Thief
1st film, To Catch A Thief Nayrb Trebor

4:50pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Magor says...

Newport will be Cardiff East one day.
Newport will be Cardiff East one day. Magor

5:48pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Dave on his Soapbox says...

.....most people commenting on the former LG site seem to have overlooked that it's now the home to Europe's biggest data sites......where companies and governments store all that data they have.....
check out their site......
http://www.nextgener
ationdata.co.uk/

and with Quinn Radiators......most of the LG site is actually in full use....
.....most people commenting on the former LG site seem to have overlooked that it's now the home to Europe's biggest data sites......where companies and governments store all that data they have..... check out their site...... http://www.nextgener ationdata.co.uk/ and with Quinn Radiators......most of the LG site is actually in full use.... Dave on his Soapbox

6:41pm Mon 17 Feb 14

SuttonCardiff says...

The people of Newport should ask the Council why this project went to Cardiff and not to Newport.

The Council needs to look itself in the mirror and recognise that its 'travellers allocation' at Imperial Park is an active disincentive to investment there.
The people of Newport should ask the Council why this project went to Cardiff and not to Newport. The Council needs to look itself in the mirror and recognise that its 'travellers allocation' at Imperial Park is an active disincentive to investment there. SuttonCardiff

6:41pm Mon 17 Feb 14

newportrules says...

Great to see all the positivity on here. Oh wait! Moronic negativity from people who cannot see past the end of their noses! It technically is in Cardiff - the Argus is clearly trying to "big-up" the story with more local interest. But it will still bring jobs to Newport people as well as Cardiff people as well a supporting local business'. One of the reasons that Newport has suffered in recent years is quite simply the typical negative idiots who come on here with their dim witted parochial ideas and comments. If they got out of their arm chairs and shopped, ate or spent time in Newport then would it be in the mess it is in?!
Great to see all the positivity on here. Oh wait! Moronic negativity from people who cannot see past the end of their noses! It technically is in Cardiff - the Argus is clearly trying to "big-up" the story with more local interest. But it will still bring jobs to Newport people as well as Cardiff people as well a supporting local business'. One of the reasons that Newport has suffered in recent years is quite simply the typical negative idiots who come on here with their dim witted parochial ideas and comments. If they got out of their arm chairs and shopped, ate or spent time in Newport then would it be in the mess it is in?! newportrules

7:18pm Mon 17 Feb 14

gingertom says...

It is a fact that small local businesses cannot get a bean out of WAG even though they employ local people yet they find the money for Pinewood or valleywood "2" and buying the airport.

I love watching films but if we didn't have other pressing problems in Wales and I didn't think pinewood would pull out as soon as they could then brilliant.

Just goes to show what we are dealing with when this get priority over availability of cancer drugs, cyberknife radiotherapy machines, 21st century treatments in hospitals, etc.

Heart screening for children ages 14-35 is desperately needed but edwina couldn't care less. Priorities are all wrong in the WAG.
It is a fact that small local businesses cannot get a bean out of WAG even though they employ local people yet they find the money for Pinewood or valleywood "2" and buying the airport. I love watching films but if we didn't have other pressing problems in Wales and I didn't think pinewood would pull out as soon as they could then brilliant. Just goes to show what we are dealing with when this get priority over availability of cancer drugs, cyberknife radiotherapy machines, 21st century treatments in hospitals, etc. Heart screening for children ages 14-35 is desperately needed but edwina couldn't care less. Priorities are all wrong in the WAG. gingertom

7:23pm Mon 17 Feb 14

KarloMarko says...

Er, where exactly would you "shop" or "spend time" in retail paradisio Newport? First...find your "shops"....

"Do time" in Newport more like. Those who can have escaped through the wire and are on the run. No "Tiger Bay" remake is bringing us back. Not even with Mikey Sheen directing the end of the pier show.
Er, where exactly would you "shop" or "spend time" in retail paradisio Newport? First...find your "shops".... "Do time" in Newport more like. Those who can have escaped through the wire and are on the run. No "Tiger Bay" remake is bringing us back. Not even with Mikey Sheen directing the end of the pier show. KarloMarko

7:30pm Mon 17 Feb 14

gingertom says...

bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wa
les-south-east-wales
-12632138
bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wa les-south-east-wales -12632138 gingertom

7:34pm Mon 17 Feb 14

gingertom says...

Pinewood press release:

Appointment by the Welsh Government to advise on a new Welsh Media Fund

17 February 2014


Pinewood Shepperton plc ("Pinewood" or the "Company"), a leading provider of services to the global film and television industry, today announces that it has signed an exclusive agreement (the "Agreement") with the Welsh Government to advise on its new £30 million television and film investment fund. Under the terms of the Agreement, Pinewood will receive an annual fee and transaction based advisory fees for the fund. Pinewood will also be responsible for the promotion and marketing of the new media fund.

As part of the Agreement, the Welsh Government will acquire and fit out the former Energy Centre, Wentloog, adjacent to Cardiff Bay. It is intended to create a facility with four stages. Pinewood will enter into a lease for a minimum of five years with the Welsh Government for the Studio. The new facility will become known as 'Pinewood Studio Wales'. Pinewood will operate the Studio and contribute £0.8 million over five years for the purchase of equipment.

Ivan Dunleavy, Chief Executive Officer, Pinewood Shepperton plc said:


"We are delighted to have agreed with the Welsh Government to advise it on its television and film funding initiative. This builds on our success with Pinewood Pictures and managing the Isle of Man Treasury Film and Television Fund. Our combined advisory investment funds now total £55 million making them one of the largest investment portals for new British television and film content".

"The new fund together with the new facility will do much to boost the Welsh film and television sector. The fund is also another step forward for creating a sustainable UK film and television production centre".
Pinewood press release: Appointment by the Welsh Government to advise on a new Welsh Media Fund 17 February 2014 Pinewood Shepperton plc ("Pinewood" or the "Company"), a leading provider of services to the global film and television industry, today announces that it has signed an exclusive agreement (the "Agreement") with the Welsh Government to advise on its new £30 million television and film investment fund. Under the terms of the Agreement, Pinewood will receive an annual fee and transaction based advisory fees for the fund. Pinewood will also be responsible for the promotion and marketing of the new media fund. As part of the Agreement, the Welsh Government will acquire and fit out the former Energy Centre, Wentloog, adjacent to Cardiff Bay. It is intended to create a facility with four stages. Pinewood will enter into a lease for a minimum of five years with the Welsh Government for the Studio. The new facility will become known as 'Pinewood Studio Wales'. Pinewood will operate the Studio and contribute £0.8 million over five years for the purchase of equipment. Ivan Dunleavy, Chief Executive Officer, Pinewood Shepperton plc said: "We are delighted to have agreed with the Welsh Government to advise it on its television and film funding initiative. This builds on our success with Pinewood Pictures and managing the Isle of Man Treasury Film and Television Fund. Our combined advisory investment funds now total £55 million making them one of the largest investment portals for new British television and film content". "The new fund together with the new facility will do much to boost the Welsh film and television sector. The fund is also another step forward for creating a sustainable UK film and television production centre". gingertom

8:29pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Magor says...

gingertom wrote:
It is a fact that small local businesses cannot get a bean out of WAG even though they employ local people yet they find the money for Pinewood or valleywood "2" and buying the airport.

I love watching films but if we didn't have other pressing problems in Wales and I didn't think pinewood would pull out as soon as they could then brilliant.

Just goes to show what we are dealing with when this get priority over availability of cancer drugs, cyberknife radiotherapy machines, 21st century treatments in hospitals, etc.

Heart screening for children ages 14-35 is desperately needed but edwina couldn't care less. Priorities are all wrong in the WAG.
They cant even run a basic NHS such as Ambulances and A&E!
[quote][p][bold]gingertom[/bold] wrote: It is a fact that small local businesses cannot get a bean out of WAG even though they employ local people yet they find the money for Pinewood or valleywood "2" and buying the airport. I love watching films but if we didn't have other pressing problems in Wales and I didn't think pinewood would pull out as soon as they could then brilliant. Just goes to show what we are dealing with when this get priority over availability of cancer drugs, cyberknife radiotherapy machines, 21st century treatments in hospitals, etc. Heart screening for children ages 14-35 is desperately needed but edwina couldn't care less. Priorities are all wrong in the WAG.[/p][/quote]They cant even run a basic NHS such as Ambulances and A&E! Magor

8:46pm Mon 17 Feb 14

pbhj says...

gingertom wrote:
Pinewood press release:

Appointment by the Welsh Government to advise on a new Welsh Media Fund

17 February 2014


Pinewood Shepperton plc ("Pinewood" or the "Company"), a leading provider of services to the global film and television industry, today announces that it has signed an exclusive agreement (the "Agreement") with the Welsh Government to advise on its new £30 million television and film investment fund. Under the terms of the Agreement, Pinewood will receive an annual fee and transaction based advisory fees for the fund. Pinewood will also be responsible for the promotion and marketing of the new media fund.

As part of the Agreement, the Welsh Government will acquire and fit out the former Energy Centre, Wentloog, adjacent to Cardiff Bay. It is intended to create a facility with four stages. Pinewood will enter into a lease for a minimum of five years with the Welsh Government for the Studio. The new facility will become known as 'Pinewood Studio Wales'. Pinewood will operate the Studio and contribute £0.8 million over five years for the purchase of equipment.

Ivan Dunleavy, Chief Executive Officer, Pinewood Shepperton plc said:


"We are delighted to have agreed with the Welsh Government to advise it on its television and film funding initiative. This builds on our success with Pinewood Pictures and managing the Isle of Man Treasury Film and Television Fund. Our combined advisory investment funds now total £55 million making them one of the largest investment portals for new British television and film content".

"The new fund together with the new facility will do much to boost the Welsh film and television sector. The fund is also another step forward for creating a sustainable UK film and television production centre".
Is this for real? Pinewood pay £160k a year on equipment (that presumably they'd need to buy anyway) and get use of an entire film studio whose costs are being paid by the WAG?
[quote][p][bold]gingertom[/bold] wrote: Pinewood press release: Appointment by the Welsh Government to advise on a new Welsh Media Fund 17 February 2014 Pinewood Shepperton plc ("Pinewood" or the "Company"), a leading provider of services to the global film and television industry, today announces that it has signed an exclusive agreement (the "Agreement") with the Welsh Government to advise on its new £30 million television and film investment fund. Under the terms of the Agreement, Pinewood will receive an annual fee and transaction based advisory fees for the fund. Pinewood will also be responsible for the promotion and marketing of the new media fund. As part of the Agreement, the Welsh Government will acquire and fit out the former Energy Centre, Wentloog, adjacent to Cardiff Bay. It is intended to create a facility with four stages. Pinewood will enter into a lease for a minimum of five years with the Welsh Government for the Studio. The new facility will become known as 'Pinewood Studio Wales'. Pinewood will operate the Studio and contribute £0.8 million over five years for the purchase of equipment. Ivan Dunleavy, Chief Executive Officer, Pinewood Shepperton plc said: "We are delighted to have agreed with the Welsh Government to advise it on its television and film funding initiative. This builds on our success with Pinewood Pictures and managing the Isle of Man Treasury Film and Television Fund. Our combined advisory investment funds now total £55 million making them one of the largest investment portals for new British television and film content". "The new fund together with the new facility will do much to boost the Welsh film and television sector. The fund is also another step forward for creating a sustainable UK film and television production centre".[/p][/quote]Is this for real? Pinewood pay £160k a year on equipment (that presumably they'd need to buy anyway) and get use of an entire film studio whose costs are being paid by the WAG? pbhj

9:03pm Mon 17 Feb 14

KarloMarko says...

Great value!

They are going to put "Pobyl Y Cwm" on the big screen. Worth every penny of your money and loads of bit parts for "resting" Welsh actors. Who live in Pontcanna.

Newport will become "Cwmderi on Usk". I have auditioned for the part of Maxi the Crazi Taxi Driver who kidnaps both our local AMs and demands 75 pence ransom. Or a bag of chips.
Great value! They are going to put "Pobyl Y Cwm" on the big screen. Worth every penny of your money and loads of bit parts for "resting" Welsh actors. Who live in Pontcanna. Newport will become "Cwmderi on Usk". I have auditioned for the part of Maxi the Crazi Taxi Driver who kidnaps both our local AMs and demands 75 pence ransom. Or a bag of chips. KarloMarko

11:42pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Lord Stephen says...

KarloMarko wrote:
Well, they could remake "Les Miserables" with the population of Newport. Think of all those jobs as extras. And the huge savings on costumes for the hungry peasants...
Ha! Ha! Ha! you wickedly-cheeky so and so! I'm mentally picturing the scene - I must admit, you've made me chuckle!
[quote][p][bold]KarloMarko[/bold] wrote: Well, they could remake "Les Miserables" with the population of Newport. Think of all those jobs as extras. And the huge savings on costumes for the hungry peasants...[/p][/quote]Ha! Ha! Ha! you wickedly-cheeky so and so! I'm mentally picturing the scene - I must admit, you've made me chuckle! Lord Stephen

11:45pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Lord Stephen says...

KarloMarko wrote:
Well, they could remake "Les Miserables" with the population of Newport. Think of all those jobs as extras. And the huge savings on costumes for the hungry peasants...
Ha! Ha! Ha! you wickedly-cheeky so and so! I'm mentally picturing the scene - I must admit, you've made me chuckle!
[quote][p][bold]KarloMarko[/bold] wrote: Well, they could remake "Les Miserables" with the population of Newport. Think of all those jobs as extras. And the huge savings on costumes for the hungry peasants...[/p][/quote]Ha! Ha! Ha! you wickedly-cheeky so and so! I'm mentally picturing the scene - I must admit, you've made me chuckle! Lord Stephen

3:15pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

KarloMarko wrote:
Well, they could remake "Les Miserables" with the population of Newport. Think of all those jobs as extras. And the huge savings on costumes for the hungry peasants...
Trust you to have a negative viewpoint on it.
[quote][p][bold]KarloMarko[/bold] wrote: Well, they could remake "Les Miserables" with the population of Newport. Think of all those jobs as extras. And the huge savings on costumes for the hungry peasants...[/p][/quote]Trust you to have a negative viewpoint on it. Cymru Am Beth

3:17pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

KarloMarko wrote:
Anyone remember "Valleywood", another brilliant multi million WAG strategic investment to put "Wales on the world film map?"

That went belly up after one film.

Can't wait to see Edwina in "Celtic Manor Carry On" tho....shes been after THAT part for years...
This is totally different you numbskull.
this is pinewood not some made up Valleywood.
[quote][p][bold]KarloMarko[/bold] wrote: Anyone remember "Valleywood", another brilliant multi million WAG strategic investment to put "Wales on the world film map?" That went belly up after one film. Can't wait to see Edwina in "Celtic Manor Carry On" tho....shes been after THAT part for years...[/p][/quote]This is totally different you numbskull. this is pinewood not some made up Valleywood. Cymru Am Beth

9:50pm Tue 18 Feb 14

brynnabear says...

I Cannot understand why pinewood would want to have a studio in Cardiff when 10 miles down the road is an already purpose built studios.
That is dragon studio nr pencoed with 4 huge studio stages standing empty with plenty of potential and a much better location privacy and out of the way setting in the countryside than the one in Cardiff ' and with small village pubs good food for film crews and can relax with a few good welsh pints after hard days filming.

And with a close bye vale hotel choice golf clubs and friendly local people and their services.

Dragon studio has recently had success with their film ironclad ,Dr who
upstairs downstairs etc .

Why or why has politics got to be involved in all this 'all these that have
been promised like 2000 jobs 'work for our community etc was promised to us here in pencoed and to this day nothing happend .

I would ask the chairman and the board of pinewood studio to rethink their decision on this and just visit dragon studios you may have a nice surprise in what you see .....
I Cannot understand why pinewood would want to have a studio in Cardiff when 10 miles down the road is an already purpose built studios. That is dragon studio nr pencoed with 4 huge studio stages standing empty with plenty of potential and a much better location privacy and out of the way setting in the countryside than the one in Cardiff ' and with small village pubs good food for film crews and can relax with a few good welsh pints after hard days filming. And with a close bye vale hotel choice golf clubs and friendly local people and their services. Dragon studio has recently had success with their film ironclad ,Dr who upstairs downstairs etc . Why or why has politics got to be involved in all this 'all these that have been promised like 2000 jobs 'work for our community etc was promised to us here in pencoed and to this day nothing happend . I would ask the chairman and the board of pinewood studio to rethink their decision on this and just visit dragon studios you may have a nice surprise in what you see ..... brynnabear

10:45pm Tue 18 Feb 14

dailoco says...

Brynnabear has a good point about the Dragon Studios. The new site has a Traveler camp one side and a tip the other. I made a point of going past it today and is this what WAG want the Stars to see? At least the Bridgend site is just a little bit cleaner as the road to the tip is a grotty track at best.
Can anyone suggest what we do with the Dragon site as it will not be making films.
Brynnabear has a good point about the Dragon Studios. The new site has a Traveler camp one side and a tip the other. I made a point of going past it today and is this what WAG want the Stars to see? At least the Bridgend site is just a little bit cleaner as the road to the tip is a grotty track at best. Can anyone suggest what we do with the Dragon site as it will not be making films. dailoco

4:16pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Danfoss says...

There must be an election coming up. Yet again the WAG using our money to finance another project when that company is established enough to fund the project itself. Small businesses already in Wales struggle to get funding from the WAG but they throw money at large companies. They say there could be upto 2000 jobs, these are all probably part time jobs contracted for 4hrs a week. Why can't politicians be honest and not over estimate the facts.
There must be an election coming up. Yet again the WAG using our money to finance another project when that company is established enough to fund the project itself. Small businesses already in Wales struggle to get funding from the WAG but they throw money at large companies. They say there could be upto 2000 jobs, these are all probably part time jobs contracted for 4hrs a week. Why can't politicians be honest and not over estimate the facts. Danfoss

6:13pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Newportg says...

Amazing!!! One of the best news stories in a long time. 2000 jobs, around £90 million for the local economy. And still the doom mongers cannot find a good word to say about it.

Still, if it upsets them its even better news!
Amazing!!! One of the best news stories in a long time. 2000 jobs, around £90 million for the local economy. And still the doom mongers cannot find a good word to say about it. Still, if it upsets them its even better news! Newportg

3:56pm Sat 22 Feb 14

brynnabear says...

Newportg wrote:
Amazing!!! One of the best news stories in a long time. 2000 jobs, around £90 million for the local economy. And still the doom mongers cannot find a good word to say about it.

Still, if it upsets them its even better news!
Dear sir i'm very happy for you' and yes quite rightly so good news for cardiff /newport its just that a lot promise's also were made to whole community pencoed / llanharan with much worse employement areas and especialy by the same goverment to us.
I do hope all goes well for pinewood and a lot of money is put back into these area especialy in these times ' but please don't think that this monger is up set !! I think not '''but remarks like this obviously shows your lack of understanding thank you ....
[quote][p][bold]Newportg[/bold] wrote: Amazing!!! One of the best news stories in a long time. 2000 jobs, around £90 million for the local economy. And still the doom mongers cannot find a good word to say about it. Still, if it upsets them its even better news![/p][/quote]Dear sir i'm very happy for you' and yes quite rightly so good news for cardiff /newport its just that a lot promise's also were made to whole community pencoed / llanharan with much worse employement areas and especialy by the same goverment to us. I do hope all goes well for pinewood and a lot of money is put back into these area especialy in these times ' but please don't think that this monger is up set !! I think not '''but remarks like this obviously shows your lack of understanding thank you .... brynnabear

11:09am Sun 23 Feb 14

Mervyn James says...

Danfoss wrote:
There must be an election coming up. Yet again the WAG using our money to finance another project when that company is established enough to fund the project itself. Small businesses already in Wales struggle to get funding from the WAG but they throw money at large companies. They say there could be upto 2000 jobs, these are all probably part time jobs contracted for 4hrs a week. Why can't politicians be honest and not over estimate the facts.
They are damned if the do, damned if they don't support such ventures. If they don't, then people will say they didn't support local jobs and employment. films and TV are up and coming success stories in Wales. Unlike the LG fiasco that was never on anyway,they took the money and ran, left Newport with an empty estate full of hi tech sheds.

The infrastructure is also better at the proposed site, Newport is un-navigable via the M4. Also and despite criticisms, near an Airport too. How do they expect film stars to commute by bus !
[quote][p][bold]Danfoss[/bold] wrote: There must be an election coming up. Yet again the WAG using our money to finance another project when that company is established enough to fund the project itself. Small businesses already in Wales struggle to get funding from the WAG but they throw money at large companies. They say there could be upto 2000 jobs, these are all probably part time jobs contracted for 4hrs a week. Why can't politicians be honest and not over estimate the facts.[/p][/quote]They are damned if the do, damned if they don't support such ventures. If they don't, then people will say they didn't support local jobs and employment. films and TV are up and coming success stories in Wales. Unlike the LG fiasco that was never on anyway,they took the money and ran, left Newport with an empty estate full of hi tech sheds. The infrastructure is also better at the proposed site, Newport is un-navigable via the M4. Also and despite criticisms, near an Airport too. How do they expect film stars to commute by bus ! Mervyn James

7:54pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Mervyn James says...

KarloMarko wrote:
Great value!

They are going to put "Pobyl Y Cwm" on the big screen. Worth every penny of your money and loads of bit parts for "resting" Welsh actors. Who live in Pontcanna.

Newport will become "Cwmderi on Usk". I have auditioned for the part of Maxi the Crazi Taxi Driver who kidnaps both our local AMs and demands 75 pence ransom. Or a bag of chips.
I like Pobol Y Cwm (At least I can spell it lol) It is the UK's second longest running soap opera, beaten only by Coronation Street. East Enders ? who wants to watch loud mouthed, inbreds, and dysfunctional Cockernees with 5yr old script writers and an obsession with loony tunes minorities ? Makes PYC look Shakespearean in content....
[quote][p][bold]KarloMarko[/bold] wrote: Great value! They are going to put "Pobyl Y Cwm" on the big screen. Worth every penny of your money and loads of bit parts for "resting" Welsh actors. Who live in Pontcanna. Newport will become "Cwmderi on Usk". I have auditioned for the part of Maxi the Crazi Taxi Driver who kidnaps both our local AMs and demands 75 pence ransom. Or a bag of chips.[/p][/quote]I like Pobol Y Cwm (At least I can spell it lol) It is the UK's second longest running soap opera, beaten only by Coronation Street. East Enders ? who wants to watch loud mouthed, inbreds, and dysfunctional Cockernees with 5yr old script writers and an obsession with loony tunes minorities ? Makes PYC look Shakespearean in content.... Mervyn James

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