July 17, 2019

Pinewood to build massive film studio in Dominican Republic

A computer image of part of the new Pinewood Studios in the Dominican Republic - woof.

Giant United Kingdom film studio Pinewood Shepperton is to build a massive new studio complex in the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean.

The company, has been involved in hundreds of movie productions going back 70 years. It is the James Bond franchise films that they are best known for.

Construction on the new production is due to commence immediately with some of the facilites in operation by early 2012. The site is spread over 35 acres and includes a 5,000 sqm sound stage space and 15,000 sqm of production facilities.

Also included is a massive water effects facility which includes a 75 sqm exterior water tank.

The opening ceremony for the complex was led by Dominican Republic led President Leonel Fernandez, his First Lady Margarita Cedeno de Fernandez and Foreign Minister Carlos Morales Troncoso.

Ivan Dunleavy, chief executive of Pinewood Shepperton said “This represents further progress in Pinewood’s strategy to leverage the strength of our brand internationally and specifically to the growing Latino film and television market.” Good on you Ivan, a stunning quote with no jargon or long words.

In 2009, Pinewood Shepperton’s planned to build a new £200m complex in Buckinghamshire in the United Kingdom. The local Council had other ideas though and scuppered it.

Big business does have a tendency to spit the dummy when they don’t get their own way about planning permission. It is nice for once to see an outfit like Pinewood, carrying out their threats to move a project offshore. Usually corporates are all mouth and no balls.

Newswarped has a disturbing mental image of Pinewood accountants salivating at the thought of the seriously cut price labour force they will employ in the Dominican Republic.

Newswarped thinks there will be no shortage of Pinewood massa’s and Bwana’s (executives) wanting a stint in the Caribbean.