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February 19, 2010

Hollywood Celebrates Opening Of Europe’s Greatest New Studio: Raleigh Studios Budapest

Posted by Don Rose

Raleigh Studios Soundstage 
Sound Stage at the new Raleigh Studios Budapest

Raleigh Studios, the largest independent studio operator in the United States, commemorated the grand opening of their newest state-of-the-art studio facility in Budapest by bringing the magic of Hungary to Hollywood. The invitation-only gala at Raleigh Studios Hollywood, located on Melrose Avenue, took place on February 18 from 7 p.m. to midnight and was a lively feast for the senses. The exclusive guest-list consisted of top studio executives, celebrities, press and members of the film industry, who were treated to a wonderful assortment of Hungarian food and an eclectic selection of wines, as well as live entertainment, giveaways and a virtual tour of Raleigh Studios Budapest with studio displays. Guests mingled with studio execs representing all aspects of film-making, and everyone learned about and experienced the ground-breaking features that the new studio has to offer.

“We are very excited about this project. It will give producers a chance to experience all the great things Europe has to offer the film making process while giving them the comfort and quality of a “Hollywood Style” studio operation and all the confidence that comes in dealing with a known entity,” said Michael Moore, president of Raleigh Studios.

Raleigh Studios Budapest’s doors will open in April 2010 and the new facility is sure to provide the same excellent standard of service as Raleigh’s other facilities in the United States.

The massive European studio, located less than 20 minutes from all major hotels and downtown Budapest, boasts 9 sound stages, a 45,000 sq. ft super stage, and a 15-acre backlot perfect for outdoor set builds. FotoKem is managing a post production facility on site, complete with film lab, visual effects and digital capabilities. There is full set and location lighting and grip with Hollywood Rentals, transportation, scenic, camera as well as production services and line producing with Raleigh Film. There will be a production training school to help build on Hungary’s existing pool of well experienced film crews.

Raleigh Studios partnered with Origo Film Group in this exciting expansion into Europe. The facility offers administration services for film incentives and tax rebates exclusively in Hungary. Hungary offers a tax credit that covers up to 25% of production costs. The experienced crews, low labor costs and the city’s diverse architecture gives producers an excellent advantage over other countries and traditional European studio facilities.

For more information about Raleigh Studios or the Raleigh Studios Budapest opening, please go to www.raleighstudios.com.