Britain's Got Talent is coming to Elstree Studios in 2017.
Fountain Studios in Wembley housed a live TV production for the last time this week. But while some are mourning its loss, longtime client Fremantle Media has already made arrangements to rehouse two of its biggest shows.
Fremantle Media confirmed to Broadcast that the 2017 live shows for Britain’s Got Talent will now be broadcast from Elstree Studios’ George Lucas Stage 2, while The X Factor will use LH2, a large-scale production space in Acton, west London, that is used for music and theatre show rehearsals.
George Lucas 2 is 3,000 sq ft bigger than Fountain’s 13,000 sq ft and has HD galleries. Broadcast understands that BBC Studioworks will provide technical services at Elstree for Britain’s Got Talent.
Elstree Studios managing director Roger Morris told Broadcast he would “love to have The X Factor at Elstree”, but acknowledged that it would be impossible as it clashes with the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, which also uses George Lucas 2 and is broadcast at the same time of year.
Fremantle Media UK interim chief executive and managing director of Thames Richard Holloway described the demise of Fountain as “sad”, adding that “purpose-built TV studios are difficult to find”.
Fountain Studios will close officially on 28 February 2017.