Pinewood Studios to host The National Lottery

Published: 4 Dec 2012 13:000 comments

PINEWOOD Studios has won the lottery to host one of the country's most popular television shows.

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The Iver Heath studios will become host to the BBC's flagship Saturday draw show, The National Lottery, from January 1 next year.

The show will be filmed in a purpose-built studio with a larger area for musical performances and guest interviews, equipped with cutting-edge production, sound and lighting galleries.

Nick Smith, commercial director at Pinewood Studios, said: "We are thrilled to be welcoming Camelot and the BBC to this brand new, purpose-built facility. "Pinewood has recently invested heavily in its TV business and, with new state-of-the-art HD galleries, studios and stages to house iconic productions, such as The National Lottery, we are confirming our status as a hub for UK television production."

Andy Duncan, Managing Director of Camelot UK Lotteries Limited, said: "We are delighted to be continuing our long-established relationship with the BBC. Our flagship Saturday night draw show, enjoyed by viewers for the last 18 years, will be bigger and even better.

"With high-quality formats and innovative plans for the future, it will continue to be the exciting weekend event our players have come to expect. At the same time, we will maintain our focus on digital innovation to ensure that we continue to give players the opportunity to view our draws and check their tickets in ways that best reflect their changing habits and lifestyles."

On Tuesday (4), Pinewood announced Ruth Prior, formerly group chief operating officer and group chief financial officer of the EMI group of companies, has joined the Board as an independent non-executive director and will chair the Audit Committee.

Ivan Dunleavy, Pinewood chief executive, said: "The Company is delighted to welcome Ruth Prior who has joins the Board on 27 November as an Independent Non-Executive Director."

On Tuesday last week, the studios announced a revenue of £27.1m in the six months ending September 30, compared to £24.6m in the six months ending December 31, 2011.

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