President Leonel Fernandez broke ground for the construction of the new state-of-the-art film and television facility in Juan Dolio yesterday. Leading British film studio Pinewood-Shepperton is the operational partner in an almost 142,000-square meter (35-acre) film and television studio in the DR going up to serve the growing Caribbean and Latin American entertainment market. Pinewood is responsible for movies like James Bond, Batman, Harry Potter and Slumdog Millionaire.
Construction is expected to take a year, with an opening date set for early 2012. It will be funded and managed by the Indomina Group, part of the Vicini group, the leading Dominican asset management company with investments in food and beverages, retail, energy, finance, tourism and real estate in the Caribbean and Central America.
“The satisfaction of working with one of the most important companies in the world, ensures the desired success,” said Felipe Vicini, CEO of the Vicini Group during the ground-breaking ceremony.
Pinewood Shepperton to open ‘water studio’ in Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic
Pinewood Shepperton is set to announce on Wednesday that it will open a 35-acre film and television studio in Juan Dolio in the Dominican Republic to serve South America.
The new site will be of particular interest to film producers looking to create the realistic water effects seen in Pirates of the Caribbean.
Pinewood film studio in Juan Dolio