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Sky Studios Elstree celebrates time capsule ceremony

January 19, 2023

Sky Studios Elstree, a 13-sound stage film and TV studio based in Hertsmere, recently celebrated the near completion of the studio by placing a time capsule right at the heart of the site.

Over 100 entries from local school children were placed into the time capsule after Sky challenged them to imagine what TV would look like in 100 years. Ideas included how people will control the TV with their minds, the world’s smallest ever TV and a holographic bracelet.

The capsule also included a selection of pictures from Sky Studios Elstree’s official Photographer-in-Residence, Keith Armstrong, who lives just ten minutes from the site and has been documenting the build right from the first shovel into the ground.

At the event Sky also welcomed students from Saffron Green Primary School and Elstree Screen Arts as well as Leader of Hertsmere Borough Council, Cllr. Morris Bright, Leader of the Opposition Cllr. Jeremy Newmark and Ward Councillor Dan Ozarow. Students and councillors all signed the outside of the time capsule before it was placed into the ground. A specially selected paving slab will then be put in place to mark the spot for the next 100 years, right in the middle of the studio site.

Caroline Cooper, Chief Operating Officer, Sky Studios says: “This time capsule marks a historic moment for us as we become the newest studio facility to open our doors in an area with such a rich heritage of film and TV. We hope this event has inspired some of the young people who took part to consider a career in film and TV, and we look forward to working with young, local talent even more.”

At the event, Rt. Hon Oliver Dowden, MP for Hertsmere, spoke about the benefits the studio will bring to the local area, saying: “Young people across Hertsmere now have even more opportunities to work in the booming film and TV industry. I look forward to seeing the vast range of roles that Sky Studios Elstree will be able to offer, opening even more doors for people within my constituency.”

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