Laurie Davidson who stars in Will
Sony UK Technology Centre’s Ffilm Factory 35 has been selected as one of the filming locations for a major US TV show which will inject millions into the Welsh economy.
Will, which details the fictional early years of playwright William Shakespeare, has been partly filming at Sony UK TEC’s 30,000sq ft facility since October – with the show based at Dragon Studios in Llanharan throughout its run in Wales.
The US show, starring actor Laurie Davidson as the titular character, has been partly filming at the Pencoed facility since October, with cast and crew continuing to film at the site.
The series’ run in Wales is expected to generate around £18 million for the Welsh economy.
The company behind the series, TNT, will also be shooting at other locations in and around South Wales and London.
Sony UK TEC managing director Steve Dalton OBE said the show’s decision to film at the site had sparked “excitement for the future” of Ffilm Factory 35.
He said: “For an international TV show such as Will to choose Pencoed for some of its filming demonstrates the endless potential for Wales’s flourishing film industry.
“It is an honour for us to welcome the cast and crew of this major series – which is the biggest budget American production to be shot in Wales to date.
“Their decision to partly utilise our Ffilm Factory 35 while being predominantly based at Dragon Studios, not only demonstrates the versatility of our space, which has now been transformed into 16th century London, but also Wales’ potential as a filming destination overall.
“This is an exciting step forward for Sony UK TEC’s Ffilm Factory 35. We are delighted to be working with the Will production, the creative sector is booming in Wales and we are pleased to be a part of it.”
Sony UK TEC was chosen as one of the filming sites due to its proximity to nearby Dragon Studios, which is Will’s production base while filming in Wales.
Will location manager Tony Hood said of the choice to film in Pencoed: “The proximity to Dragon Studios, our production base, was the key to the selection of Sony Ffilm Factory 35 and is something which was extremely beneficial to us during filming.
“The studio was a very good size, had good access for our crew, and was in easy access to the M4 – all of which were invaluable to myself and the crew.”
Since launching earlier this year it has already hosted a number of high profile TV productions including Decline & Fall starring Eva Longoria and Jack Whitehall.
The Ffilm Factory 35 benefits production companies with easy access to the M4, on-site security 24 hours seven days a week, access via four loading bays, a variety of on-site services including a canteen for catering, space to house unit base and crew parking, a cinema room for screening, and on-site post-production facilities.