Warner Bros Buys Leavesden Studios
American studio Warner Bros announced in November 2010 that it expected to finalise the purchase of the 170-acre Leavesden Studios on 10th November 2010, safeguarding 1,500 existing jobs and creating a further 300. The move made Warner Bros the first Hollywood studio to have a permanent base in Britain since the 1940s. The studio also announced that it planned a £100 million expansion, to be complete by 2012, which would give it one-third of the country’s entire film stage space. The expansion would enable the studio to host two major film productions plus television and advertisement shoots.
Warners also announced that the refurbished studio would boast a visitor centre where fans could see sets, props and costumes from the Harry Potter franchise and other Warner Bros films.