High-tech production facility to be built in Cardiff

In a bid to attract more film and drama productions to Wales, respected TV company Bad Wolf has announced it’s to build a high-tech production facility in Cardiff.

Supported by the Welsh Government, the new centre will be based at Trident Park in the city and will provide state-of-the-art studio facilities for Bad Wolf.

The premises will be leased on commercial terms and will also accommodate other major TV production companies. Bad Wolf will film all its forthcoming productions here.

A Discovery of Witches and His Dark Materials are just some of the TV shows that’ll be filmed in the studio, and many other productions are in development.

This will be the only studio in Wales to offer stage space with an eave height of 17.5 metres, which will hopefully attract high-end TV productions and feature films from across the world.

Bad Wolf, which has operations in Wales and the US, was launched in 2015 by award-winning TV executives Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner.

The company has also established strong partnerships with a range of international broadcasters, including HBO, BBC, SKY, Channel 4 and the History Channel.

On a visit to the site, Tranter said: “A facility of this size will ensure Wales retains a competitive advantage with enough large scale studio space to service the productions wishing to film here.

“It has real potential to generate a transformational impact on the Welsh creative industries sector, creating a large scale film and TV production hub.”

More than 200,000 sq ft in size, the centre will help the company expand and boost the local creative and digital sectors. There’s also direct access to the M4, with good public transport connections.

Ken Skates, the economy secretary, said: “A facility capable of accommodating large scale productions is crucial for Bad Wolf to deliver its pipeline of projects.

“It will deliver long term sustainable economic benefits to Wales, strengthen the skills base and supply chain, attract inward investment and tourism.

“In addition it will further raise the profile of Wales TV drama production around the world and support the continued growth in TV drama production in Wales.”