The managing director of Elstree Studios continues making profit for Hertsmere Borough Council, as he celebrates today his 12th year at the film studios.
During this period of time, Roger Morris has increased its profitability by 350 per cent.
Elstree Studios is owned by Hertsmere Borough Council. The contribution that Elstree Studios makes to the council is, under Roger’s management, a significant contributor to the council revenues.
This year the Studios will once again show a healthy profit for Hertsmere Borough Council, the council have stated that the Studios are 97 per cent full, a remarkable achievement.
The Studios have also remained open during the whole of 2020 and now into 2021.
Roger Morris said: “When I first came to the Studios, Elstree Studios was being considered by the council as a potential sale disposal.
“Since day one I have managed to produce results that other Studios and the Film and Television industry in general have admired. Some of the UK’s top shows are now produced at Elstree Studios including ‘The Crown’, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, ‘The Voice’, ‘Pointless’ and ‘The Chase’.
“I have negotiated technical partnerships deals with BBC Studioworks and that has been a great success. Note ‘The Crown’ have just been nominated for six Golden Globe awards including Best Television Series – Drama.”
The Studios have been in such demand that Roger Morris persuaded Hertsmere Borough Council to invest in two more large Stages to satisfy client demand.
The two new stages are now under construction and will open in 2022 they have been funded by the council and the Local Enterprise Partnership as one of Boris Johnson’s re-building the UK economy initiatives: Build, Build, Build.
In addition, Roger has brought new income streams to the Studios in the form of Universal Studios Production Services.
This has now under Roger Morris’ guidance further materialised into a New Studio Complex in Borehamwood – “Sky Studios Elstree”.
It’s a £400 million studios development funded by Legal and General. It is due to open in 2022 and it will create many jobs in the area and industry apprenticeships.
Roger Morris said: “Whilst I am proud of what I have achieved at Elstree Studios there’s still more to do to maintain our standing in the industry, the Studios industry is growing rapidly with lots of new investment and it’s important that we keep up with both Stage Facilities and Technology.”
Chairman of the Studios and council leader, Morris Bright, said: “I wanted to offer you my thanks, at Elstree and at the council but also as a work colleague who’s [known you] 10/11 years for all of the efforts that you’ve put in behind the scenes in relation to Sky and Universal and Comcast to get this, not just to the table, but to get it into a position where Sky’s application how now been approved and they’re going to start building, as you know forthwith.”