X Factor and Britain's Got Talent Find New Studios For 2017
Fountain Studios in Wembley housed a live TV production for the last time this week. Next year Fountain studio in Wembley from where both of Simon Cowell's talent shows have been based since they began will be demolished to make way for a new housing development.
Fremantle Media has already made arrangements to rehouse two of its biggest shows produced by themselves and Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment.
Sunday’s The X Factor semi-final results show was the final broadcast from Fountain Studios before the site is redeveloped for housing.
Fremantle Media confirm that the 2017 live shows for Britain’s Got Talent will now broadcast from Elstree Studios’ George Lucas Stage 2, while The X Factor will use LH2, a large-scale production space in Acton, West London, that is used for music and theatre show rehearsals.
George Lucas 2 is 3,000 sq ft bigger than Fountain’s 13,000 sq ft and has HD galleries.
At 17,693 sq ft, LH2 is more than 4,000 sq ft bigger than Fountain. It has space for OB trucks and has an as-yet-undeveloped area that could be used as a gallery.
Elstree Studios would have loved to house The X Factor but acknowledged that it would be impossible as it clashes with the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, which also uses George Lucas 2 and is broadcast at the same time of year.
The X Factor is moving to Wembley Arena for this weekend’s final.