The largest virtual production screen in the world will be built in Reading, after sound stages, workshops and office space in Reading were bought for making TV and films.

Production and studio service Stage Fifty signed a long-term lease in the business park in Winnersh Triangle on Thursday, making way for an 84 metre by 7 metre screen to be created.

The technology replaces green screens, allowing producers to make film worlds by mixing graphics, VFX, animation and live footage at once.

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CEO of Stage Fifty James Enright said: “Winnersh Triangle is the perfect site for our second film studio in the UK.

In partnership with Fin Studio Pictures, we’re building the world’s largest VP volume, which will be the centrepiece of our pioneering creative tech hub.”

The 140 million-pixel stage will be operational in 2022, the type of technology used in Venom: Let The Be Carnage and The Mandalorian.

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Commercial director Rupert Batho of Frasers Property UK, who signed the lease with Stage Fifty, said: “It joins the likes of Pip Studios, Virgin Media and Evertz, thus expanding our technology enriched, creative industry cluster and provides the film industry with much needed capacity here in the UK.

“This is a transformational step in the continued evolution of Winnersh Triangle as one of the Thames Valley’s most dynamic economic areas.”