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Iconic Pinewood film company to open Wales studio

Published on Feb 18, 2014 5:58 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Fabled British film studios Pinewood, the home of the James Bond and Harry Potter films, is to set up a new base in Wales, the country's First Minister announced on Monday, Feb 17, 2014.

Mr Carwyn Jones and Pinewood Shepperton chief executive Ivan Dunleavy revealed that the satellite studio will be located in the capital Cardiff. They hope the 180,000 sq ft complex will generate an estimated 90 million pounds (S$189.7 million) for the local economy.

"Attracting such an iconic global brand as Pinewood is wonderful news for Wales," said Mr Jones.

Welsh actor Michael Sheen, who portrayed former British prime minister Tony Blair in the hit movie The Queen, said the announcement highlighted the country's "revitalised" entertainment industry.

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