Official Opening

12th April 2004

Wales's First Minister, Rhodri Morgan, today (12 February 2004) opens Green Bay Media's new production centre, the Talbot Studios, in Cardiff.

Founded in 2001 by Phil George and John Geraint, Green Bay has already established itself as a leading independent production company, with a large slate of commissions for series and one-off specials from major UK broadcasters.

Now, with backing from the Welsh Assembly Government in the form of an Assembly Investment Grant, Green Bay has bought the Talbot Studios in Pontcanna to develop as a state-of-the-art multi-media production centre.

The first stage of development, officially inaugurated today by Rhodri Morgan, includes a digital editing suite, production offices and ‘incubation space' for new entrants to the film and television industries.

Green Bay's creative directors Phil George and John Geraint plan to use the facilities at Talbot Studios to share their wealth of media experience with a new generation of talented programme-makers and content providers.

"The Assembly Investment Grant has helped us to begin to think of this space as a magnet for talent", said Phil George. "Green Bay aims to make world-class programming. But we can only do that with the right infrastructure. Support from devolved institutions - the Assembly, the Welsh Development Agency, Finance Wales and Wales Trade International - is crucial in enabling us to put Welsh output on screens far beyond our own borders, and in sustaining jobs here at home."

Welcoming Green Bay's initiative, Rhodri Morgan said: "The creative industries are playing an increasingly important role in the Welsh economy, so it is pleasing to see a company investing for the future. The Assembly Investment Grant has proved to be an important way of helping ambitious companies make the leap they need to grow."

John Geraint confirmed that Green Bay's new facilities have given a further boost to the creative confidence of the company. "The first programme to be edited in the new digital suite is for the BBC network. Shot in Mexico, it'll be seen right across the UK. It'll be rapidly followed into the cutting room by Green Bay series for ITV Wales and BBC Wales. And senior executives from S4C came to meet us at the Talbot Studios recently - they're really excited by what's happening here, too. So across the board, this development is enabling us to move forward."

Green Bay's hits in the past year include The Story of Welsh with Huw Edwards, and the first TV biography of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams. The company's very first programme, Do Not Go Gentle - a celebration of Dylan Thomas's great poem - reached the finals of the ‘Olympics of Television', the 2002 Banff Rockie Awards, one of the world's foremost media prizes. Green Bay also has two cinema films in development with the support of the Arts Council of Wales.

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