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30 May 2014

OU AND PINEWOOD STUDIOS JOIN FORCES TO OFFER INTRODUCTION TO WORLD OF FILM

Pinewood Studios

Pinewood Studios

The Open University and Pinewood Studios are to work together to produce a free online course for people who are interested in pursuing a commercial career in the film industry. Budding directors and producers will be able to draw on Pinewood’s expertise, the home of the British film industry, combined with the academic excellence of one of the world’s leading providers of distance learning.

The new partnership was unveiled today at The Technology Innovators Forum in Qingdao, China, which brings together leading creative and innovative industries from around the world. The two parties have agreed to work together on a free new online course which will explore the creative processes and business skills required when making movies.

The course will launch on FutureLearn.com, the Open University-backed platform for free online courses. Available free of charge to anyone around the world, the new course will focus on the business aspect of the film industry, offering learners the opportunity to find out more about the commercial aspects of the film industry.

Vice-Chancellor of The Open University, Martin Bean, said:
“Like The Open University, Pinewood Studios is a household name and they’ve been responsible for some of the biggest smash-hit movies over the whole history of cinema. By combining this with our experience of delivering a first-class student experience at the OU, we can come up with something really special. This course will not just offer a window into an industry which fascinates so many, but through FutureLearn’s global platform will actually help equip people across the world with some of the skills they need to succeed in the creative industry sector.”

Ivan Dunleavy, Chief Executive Officer of Pinewood Shepperton plc said:
“At Pinewood we pride ourselves not just on our history, but on the way we have stayed at the cutting edge of our sector. In addition to investing in our world leading studio facilities we are committed in investing in people and providing opportunities for all to work in one of the most exciting and vibrant sectors of the economy – the film industry. This course will do just that, further taking the Pinewood brand globally and providing valuable insights to anyone who would like to work in the creative sector. We are delighted to be partnering with a University that has such a strong track record of developing new and emerging technologies to engage with students.”

According to a recent UK Government report, The UK film and television industry employed almost 240,000 people in 2012 and was worth almost £10bn to the UK economy.

ENDS

About Pinewood

The Pinewood Studios Group is a leading provider of studio and related services to the global film and television industry. Synonymous with world class British and international productions, the impressive heritage of its UK-based Pinewood and Shepperton Studios date back to the early 20th Century and are home to some of the most successful feature films and TV shows ever made.

The facilities comprise the best quality sound stages, a globally unique underwater filming stage, a wealth of specialist production resources, state of the art TV studios, post production and digital content services. The studios also offer easy access to the world's most experienced crews as well as the expertise of hundreds of complementary media companies based at its Pinewood and Shepperton Media Hubs.

Renowned across the globe for excellence in its field, the Pinewood brand is now being exported overseas to studios in Toronto, Canada; Atlanta, Georgia USA; Berlin, Germany; Iskandar, Malaysia and the Dominican Republic.

The Pinewood Group offers equity and debt financing to UK film and television production as part of its growing range of advisory services, representing media funds of both Isle of Man and Welsh Governments.

Recent film and TV productions that have used the Studios’ facilities include, Gravity (Warner Bros); Guardians of the Galaxy (Marvel Entertainment); Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit (Paramount Pictures); Maleficent (Walt Disney Studios); 8 out of 10 Cats, Would I Lie To You and The Guess List.

Visit www.pinewoodgroup.com<http://www.pinewoodgroup.com/> for more information.

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