A major new £1.6m film and television studio is set to open in Anglesey to optimise the increasing number of productions taking place across North Wales, UK.
Launching in October, 2022, Aria Studios will have two fully-soundproofed studio stages offering a total of 20,000 sq. ft. of filming space.
The hub will provide facilities for both local and international production companies who wish to film in the area.
Established by Rondo Media and S4C's commercial arm, S4C Digital Media Limited, with the support of the Welsh Government through Creative Wales, the £1.6m studio facility will provide major opportunities for attracting inward investment in the creative sector to North Wales.
Aria Studios will become a hub for talent and skills development with plans to provide training and development opportunities for careers in the screen sector, working in partnership with colleges, universities and media training agencies across the country.
It will also provide jobs for those who wish to pursue a career within the sector. The aim is to develop sustainable, freelance work opportunities in drama production across the entire spectrum — from electricians, designers, painters and set construction to make-up, wardrobe, lighting, creative production staff, directors, actors and extras.
Aria Studios will assist productions to deliver environmentally sustainable production by providing solutions to minimise the carbon footprint during production.
“This investment will be a major boost for the industry in North Wales,“ said Rondo Media's chief executive, Gareth Williams. “We see a real opportunity here to grow a brand new facility which will offer sustainable long-term employment opportunities in the region and build on several skillsets that already exists in the area.”
The deputy minister for arts and sport, Dawn Bowden added: “Demand for studio space is at an all-time high and this facility will put the north of Wales on the map, providing much-needed space for local and incoming productions.”