Twickenham studios saviour revealed as property magnate and “film fanatic” Sunny Vohra.
The West London studios will be refurbished, expand operations and add staff under Vohra’s management.
The studio has recently hosted directors and stars like Steven Spielberg for the shoot of War Horse, Michelle Williams for My Week With Marilyn and Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady, but it’s future has been clouded with doubt after it emerged the studio was suffering from crippling debts.
Propety magnate and local businessman Vohra’s acquisition deposit will pay off Twickenham’s creditors and wipe off the debt. He will work as managing director of Twickenham’s new parent company TSL.
Vohra bought the studio from the Akkad family under the Shardub Enterprises banner.
The news was met with joy by a campaigning group comprised of industry figures, local press and residents who had mobilised in support of the studio, as it looked likely they would be made into residential properties by homebuilder Taylor Wimpey.
A petition was orgnaised as part of the campaign to save the studios, which was signed by Steven Spielberg, David Cronenberg and Stephen Daldry among others.