Sky has appointed Noel Tovey as managing director at Sky Studios Elstree, its soon to launch film and TV studio.

Tovey will take on overall responsibility for the management of Sky Studios Elstree as it becomes home to a range of productions from Sky and NBCUniversal when it opens later this year.

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Noel Tovey, MD Sky Studios Elstree

The new studio complex has 13 sound stages across 27.5 acres.

Last week, it was confirmed that Universal Pictures’ Wicked, starring Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo, will be the first production to take up residence at Sky Studios Elstree.

Before Sky, Tovey held senior leadership roles at three UK studio facilities: Pinewood, Warner Bros Leavesden and Shepperton Studios.

Most recently VP sales at Leavesden, Tovey has over 30 years’ experience in the industry helping to develop Pinewood’s international expansion as well as overseeing operations and client services at Shepperton.

The broader senior leadership roles at Sky Studios Elstree also include the recently appointed Tom Avison as director of operations and Roger Ferrin as director of client services.

Caroline Cooper, COO Sky Studios, said: “Noel has a vast range of experience within the industry and a deep knowledge of what productions want and need.”

Tovey said: “Sky have been making waves in the industry since first announcing Sky Studios Elstree back in 2019. The fresh perspective and ambition meant I could not pass up this opportunity. I look forward to working with the talented team already in place and officially open the doors soon.”