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Warner Bros. plans to develop Barbie movie studios in the United Kingdom.

The capacity of the Leavesden facility near London will be increased by more than 50% as a result of the project.

According to the media conglomerate, it will create 4,000 “direct or indirect” jobs across the country.

Warner Bros. also claims that the expanded studios will serve as a key production base for DC Studios, which is home to Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.

The business also stated that the development will raise the value of its manufacturing in the UK by £200 million per year, bringing it to £600 million.

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt made the news during a visit to Los Angeles.

“Warner Bros Discovery’s ambitious plan to grow its Leavesden studio is a huge vote of confidence in the UK,” he added.

According to Mr. Hunt, this implies that “British-made entertainment will continue to delight and entertain global audiences.”

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The extension of the studios, where Harry Potter and House of the Dragon were also shot, is set to begin in the summer of 2024.

It is projected to be finished in 2027, increasing the facility’s stage count from 19 to 29.

Three Rivers District Council accepted the extension plan last December, and Watford Borough Council approved it the following month.

The majority of the development land is in Watford borough, with the remainder in the Three Rivers area.

According to Warner Bros., “the expansion plan was developed in close consultation” with the two councils, “with careful consideration given to prioritising sustainability.”

The investment comes at a time when Warner Bros Discovery’s productions in California have been severely harmed by the first joint writers’ and actors’ strike in more than six decades.


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