London, 7th July 2017: Rt Hon Ed Vaizey MP, the long-serving former Minister of State for Digital and Culture at the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), will today announce the naming of two new National Film and Television School (NFTS) buildings on the School’s campus in Beaconsfield.  The naming will take place at a special event to celebrate the opening of the School’s new facilities to be attended by more than 100 leading industry executives from the film, TV and games industries.

At the same event the distinguished film producer and educationalist (Lord) David Puttnam will be unveiled as the School’s new Life President.

(Lord David Puttnam - credit Sheehan)

The new buildings will be called:

·         The Channel 4 Rose Building – named after the late Senior Commissioning Editor for Fiction at Channel 4, David Rose

·         Sky Studios at the NFTS

Mr Vaizey will officially open the two buildings, which have been built thanks to financial support and investment from the DCMS, Channel 4, Sky and the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP).

The buildings are part of a £20 million development of the School comprising a 4K Digital Content Studio and two teaching buildings covering over 20,000 square feet in total. The new facilities incorporate a second cinema and supplementary teaching space to accommodate the latest generation of School courses.  Additional funding has been provided by a number of partners including the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the British Film Institute (BFI), Creative Skillset, the Broccoli Foundation/NFTS Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Fidelity UK, Wolfson Foundation, NBC Universal, the David Lean Foundation and others.

The new 4K Digital Content Studio benefits from the donation of the latest professional equipment from Sony including a vision mixer, cameras, server, recorder and studio hub.  The gallery will be named after Sony.  Other equipment providers who have given generous discounts to the School include Vizarte; Ridel; Studer; Canon and BlackMagic.

Ed Vaizey MP, former Minister of State for Digital and Culture, said:

“I'm thrilled to be opening these new buildings. The NFTS is one of the world’s leading film schools, and these new facilities will ensure it continues to provide an unrivalled film education to students from all around the world, as well as maintaining the UK's justified reputation for film making.”

Stephen Louis, vice-chairman of the School’s board of governors, said:

“The opening of these state-of-the-art facilities is an important milestone for the NFTS and will ensure it can continue to build its worldwide reputation for delivering excellent film, TV and games education. I would like to thank our supporters for their time and financial contributions, which help to ensure the School remains one of the world’s best places to develop creative and technical talent.  I also want to thank Ed Vaizey, who has consistently been one of the School’s biggest supporters.”

Dan Brooke, Channel 4’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer said:

“David Rose had a remarkable career in television and film and, as the founding father of Film4, forged partnerships with some of the greatest names in British film, empowering them to produce some of their most distinctive work. The new NFTS building is a place where the next generation of film-makers will be nurtured and there can be no more fitting tribute to David’s memory than that it bears his name.

Gary Davey, Managing Director, Content, Sky said:

 “Today is another significant step in Sky and the National Film and Television School’s 20 year partnership as we proudly unveil one of the most advanced dedicated training facilities in the UK, where the next generation of talent will have the ability to shoot, record and stream live content in high definition 4K.

“This state of the art training facility takes practical education and training to the next level, allowing students unlimited access to put learnings into practice – something that we at Sky believe will be hugely valuable in the development of the next generation of talent. The National Film and Television School is one of, if not the best, media schools in the world. Sky’s ongoing commitment to homegrown, original content is not just about what we put on screen, it’s about actively supporting and nurturing young emerging talent in the UK and no one does that better that the National Film and Television School.”

Incoming NFTS [Life] President Lord Puttnam said:

“I’m delighted to accept the Presidency of an organisation with which I’ve been deeply engaged from the very start.  The NFTS is one of our genuinely world-class creative sector organisations and I’m honoured to follow in the footsteps of Lord Attenborough as the school’s President.”

For more information, please visit www.nfts.co.uk

Contact for further information:

Vicky Hewlett, Head of PR and Communications, NFTS: vhewlett@nfts.co.uk