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US company involved in The Avengers and Breaking Bad wins bid to build film studios in Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 14:01 23 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:47 23 March 2018

How the new film studios in Dagenham East could look. Picture credit: LBBD

How the new film studios in Dagenham East could look. Picture credit: LBBD

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The winners of the bid to operate London's biggest film studios in Dagenham were announced last night.

Leader of the council, Darren Rodwell. Picture: ANDY BAKERLeader of the council, Darren Rodwell. Picture: ANDY BAKER

US based Pacifica Ventures, in partnership with investment fund Media Content Capital, beat 20 other companies to secure the contract to construct the studio complex.

Pacifica has studios in Albuquerque, Connecticut and Philadelphia, the former of which has overseen the production of Terminator: Salvation, The Avengers, The Lone Ranger and AMC’s Breaking Bad.

Councillor Rodwell said: “This started as a conversation with a member of staff, asking me not to close down the site. I’m pleased to say we listened to them. I wanted an outcome, not because I’m a politician, but because our community needed to know where our vision for the borough was going.

“This isn’t just about studios, it’s about people. With development in London, I wonder sometimes whether we’re building for profit or for people. “When talking to bidders, we asked them to make sure people came first, we wanted a guarantee of equal opportunities.

“We have deprived areas, but we’ve been deprived of arts and culture for too long. This complex will be an exciting new destination - an east end epic - that will create thousands of quality jobs and educational opportunities in a huge range of disciplines.

“I am confident that it will make Barking and Dagenham more famous for films than Fords.”

The complex will have 12 sound stages covering 264,000 square ft. There’ll be a post-production, visual effects and media technology complex, special stages for job training programmes, an auditorium, and retail and dining spaces.

Be First, the borough’s regeneration company, announced the competition to find an operator in February. This will be Pacifica Ventures first studio on British soil.

Dana Arnold, CEO of Pacifica Ventures, said, “We are thrilled to partner with Be First in the creation of a world-class film and television production complex that will become the pride of Dagenham.”

Barking and Dagenham has already been the site of filming for Marvel’s Doctor Strange, Sky’s Lucky Man and Channel 4’s Humans. Construction of the studios, which will bring 4,000 jobs, will begin in 2019.

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