Mon 8th Mar 2021
In celebration of International Women's Day, we spoke to PGGB board member Emily Stillman, SVP Studio Operations, Warner Bros Studios Leavesden about her role in keeping the studios running safely during the pandemic.
“Keeping Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden running safely throughout 2020 was a real team effort. Two factors made the almost unachievable achievable – that was the collaboration with and between productions; and the incredible studio team at WBSL. The key to my role is ensuring everybody is communicating well across all areas of the business, and supporting our productions. I’m proud to say we minimised the shutdown period and from June onwards the studio was safe and secure for productions to return to filming. We remain cognisant of the impact on mental health throughout the industry, for some 2020 has been a life changing year and whilst we celebrate the achievements throughout the challenging time we must also acknowledge those that have suffered real hardship and lost loved ones.
It's great to be part of an industry that is resilient and quick to embrace change. The last year has shown what a truly adaptable and collaborative sector we work in.” - Emily Stillman, SVP Studio Operations, Warner Bros Studios Leavesden.
During the pandemic, WBSL also donated medical masks, toilet paper and antibacterial pumps to local NHS ambulance crews. The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, working in collaboration with a travel partner, provided a service using the Harry Potter shuttle buses to give free transport to NHS key workers travelling between three hospitals in Hertfordshire.
The past year saw The WonderWorks opening its doors at Warner Bros Studios Leavesden. The WonderWorks is the first dedicated onsite childcare facility for parents working in film and tv offering quality flexible childcare. All productions at Leavesden signed up to the service and over 25 families have benefitted from the childcare on offer so far.
Emily's work is also featured in Variety's Women’s Impact Report 2021.