Our film studios and backlots directory is updated from time to time, as new projects are announced and existing venues change ownership or affiliation. Some of these facilities include significant backlots and other interesting features.
The directory shows an unprecedented number of new studio facilities in development at this point in 2020, more than 20 new film studios. The rapid increase in streaming of top-quality films and film series has created the demand for additional production locations.
The compilation we have here shows a first film studio facility in 1902 – Ealing Studios in the U.K. There are some other facilities that claim the title as the first, such as Studio Babelsberg (1912) and Paramount Studios also in 1912 – United Studios opened at Paramount’s present location then and was acquired by Brunton Studio which itself was acquired by Paramount. Gorkyfilm Studio (Moscow), Famous Players Fiction Studios (now owned by Raleigh Studios), and Carl Laemmle’s Universal Studios all followed in 1915. We’re focused here on the studio facilities and their history, and not the studios as filmed content creators.
StoneCreek Partners | AEC gets involved with such projects when part of larger mixed-use developments. The mixed-use economics, to the developers and investors, provides a more stable financial foundation than a standalone studio. Some of our project involvements include Park City Film Studios, Camel Rock Studios, Wuxi Studios and several potential studio locations in France among other projects. Some of our work has included highest-and-best-use and redevelopment strategies for existing studios, such as Lorimar Studios before it became part of Sony Pictures.
Our Film Studios and Backlots Directory is included below.