Sky Studios

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Sky Studios
Sky Studios is located in Greater London
Sky Studios
Location within Greater London
Alternative names Osterley TVC
Sky Centre
Sky News Centre
General information
Status Operational
Type Television studios
Address Grant Way,
Isleworth,
TW7 5QD
Country United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°29′13″N 0°19′37″W / 51.487°N 0.327°W / 51.487; -0.327Coordinates: 51°29′13″N 0°19′37″W / 51.487°N 0.327°W / 51.487; -0.327
Current tenants Sky News
Sky Sports
Construction started 1989
Client Sky plc
Owner Sky plc

Sky Studios is the home studio to much of Sky plc's programming output.[1] It consists of 10 conventional television studios alongside purpose-built studios for news and sports news broadcasting. It is also a playout centre for many of Sky's channels.

Sky Sports, Sky Sports News and Sky News all use the studios, alongside light entertainment shows such as Thronecast and Harry Hill's Tea Time. Previously it had been the home of shows such as Brainiac: Science Abuse.[2]

Studio facilities[edit]

The studios at Osterley are currently located across three main buildings.

Sky Studios / Harlequin 1[edit]

Originally called Harlequin 1[3], the Sky Studios building contains eight conventional studios located on the ground floor[4].

  • Studio 1 (50ft x 36ft approx) - football studio
  • Studio 2 (36ft x 30ft approx) - typically a golf studio
  • Studio 3 (36ft x 25ft approx) - a mixed use sports studio
  • Studio 4 (66ft x 45ft approx)
  • Studio 5 (52ft x 45ft approx)
  • Studio 6 (45ft x 30ft approx) - new Sky News studio (including chromakey), used for Sunrise
  • Studio 7 (35ft x 30ft approx) - additional Sky Sports News studio
  • Studio 8 (35ft x 30ft approx)

Studios 4 and 5 can be used together or separately thanks to a soundproof double door - combined, they are 122ft long. Due to the runners for the double-door, cameras cannot be tracked over the studio join. Shows such as Thronecast and Harry Hill's Tea Time are made in these studios.

Studios 6, 7 and 8 have dock doors which open directly onto an access road, whilst studio 5 has a dock door with a short access tunnel before another door opening out onto an access road. Studios 1, 2, 3 and 4 have scene dock doors which open out onto a scene dock.

There are also a number of non-conventional studios located elsewhere in the building.

  • Sky Sports News Newsroom on the 1st floor[5][6]
  • Sports bulletin studio for Sky News
  • Studio 22 - Sky News down-the-line studio

There are eight production galleries on the ground floor alongside the conventional studios, with separate sound control rooms for each gallery. Any studio can be controlled from any gallery. Sky Sports News is controlled by Gallery 6. Sky News have a new gallery facility located on the second floor, alongside Studio 22.

Sky 2[edit]

  • Studio F (50ft x 40ft approx)
  • Studio G (60ft x 40ft approx)

Both studios share a covered scene dock but have separate production galleries. Studio G's gallery is located up a gantry from the studio floor, whilst Studio F's gallery is located on the same level. The Soccer AM and Game Changers exterior set is located next to Studio F.

Sky Central[edit]

  • Studio 21 - Sky News main studio - known as 'The Glass Box'[7]

This studio is currently controlled from the new gallery on the second floor of the Sky Studios building.

Former studio facilities[edit]

There are a number of buildings previously containing television studios which have now been vacated.

Sky News Centre[edit]

Vacated in early 2018 - with studio facilities moving to Sky Central and the Sky Studios building. Staff who previously occupied the Sky News Centre moved to a dedicated floor of the Sky Studios building.

  • Studio A (8000 square feet approx) - former main Sky News newsroom, and previously the main presentation studio[8]
  • Studio B (40ft x 30ft approx) - previously a virtual reality studio
  • Studio C (1000 square feet approx) - formerly home of 5 News from 2005 to 2012
  • Studio D - a small interview/presentation studio

The main Sky News gallery was, until January 2018, located behind Studio A and could regularly be seen in the background of shots, alongside Sky News' Network operations center.[9]

Productions[edit]

Some of the more prominent productions to come from Sky Studios include:

The studios (particularly 4 and 5) are also used by the National Film and Television School for exercises requiring larger studio space than those available in their own TV Studio facilities.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sky launches £233m west London studio". Digitalspy.com. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  2. ^ [1] Archived 26 April 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Sustainable building for Sky". Arup. Arup. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Sky Studios :: ARUP ASSOCIATES". Arupassociates.com. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Sky Sports News HQ studio - Photos - - Sky Sports". Skysports.com. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Sky Sports News HQ: First look at the new studio". Recombu.com. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Sky News broadcasts from new studios for first time – Press Gazette". Pressgazette.co.uk. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  8. ^ "SKY News updates studios". Newscaststudio.com. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Visit to SKY NEWS". Mattshearer.co.uk. Retrieved 30 October 2017.