About Spectrecom Studios

The History behind Spectrecom Studios…

About our Film Studios

Spectrecom has always been a film production company incorporating a film / TV studio business. We opened our first studio in Deptford in 2005, on the second floor of an old carburettor factory right next to Deptford Creek. There was just one stage with an ‘L’-shaped cyc wall but despite its out-of-the-way location and poor sound-proofing, the studio was a great success. Unfortunately the premises couldn’t be extended to cater for our growing headcount and by 2009 somewhere larger and more central was needed. The company moved to the disused site of an old newspaper and magazine distribution depot in Waterloo and created a new studio space there.

It took Spectrecom six months to create Waterloo Film Studios and the four-studio complex became hugely popular with broadcasters, television and commercials production companies alike. We hosted A-list celebrities and musicians, delivered content for sponsors of the 2012 London Olympics, won awards for our own live stream productions, and helped to create a number of memorable TV commercials. Stephen Fry was kind enough to endorse the studios, even crossing swords with our very own Pearl Cotterell in the process! Our production staff numbered 11 people when we moved to Waterloo but by the time the site had been requisitioned for redevelopment five years later, we had grown to 45 people.

We acquired our current studio space at Kennington in 2014. The largest studio had been purpose-built to host shows including Richard & Judy and Saturday Kitchen and Spectrecom’s first very own production here was the BBC’s Food and Drink (Series 3) which aired early in 2015. Now branded Spectrecom Studios, our three studios continue to host television shows with filming for Channel Five’s 100% Hotter (Series 2) completing in September 2017. In between the many television projects we have been busy creating our own increasingly complex VFX projects, TV commercials and live streaming events.

“We’ve filmed 10 eps of the new series of Food & Drink with Tom Kerridge at Spectrecom’s newly refurbished Kennington studios. The studio facilities have been excellent and the staff supportive and facilitating.
We’ve worked long hours and had VIPs and a production and crew of 20 plus coming and going and everything has gone smoothly in studio, enabling us to make a fantastic series unencumbered by problems on the ground.”

Hannah Corneck

Series Producer, BBC

 

Building new studios

Not only does our day-to-day work involve studio production in all its various forms and guises, but we also have a widely-respected track record of building them in the first place. To date we have built eight studios for our own production work, some involving construction from the ground up. Whether it’s sound-proofing, systems integration, or live broadcast, there’s not much we don’t know and we’re now relied upon to provide a consultancy, design and project management services for custom studio projects around the world.

Find out more about our studio builds.

Meet the Team

Ben Gardner

Ben Gardner

Head of Studios

Amber Preston

Amber Preston

Studio Bookings Executive

Melissa Pownall

Melissa Pownall

Studio Facilities Assistant

Charlie Wells

Charlie Wells

Junior Lighting Technician

Tom Aizenberg

Tom Aizenberg

Studio Operations Manager

Cosmin Maria

Cosmin Maria

Studio Caretaker