Fountain opened as a Studio and post-production facility in 1985, based in New Malden, Surrey where it was home to successful, long-running shows like 'Ready, Steady, Cook' produced by GMG Endemol.
In 1993 Fountain took the opportunity to acquire the once famous Rediffusion studios in Wembley, which at the time were closed and badly run-down. Their refurbishment was a daunting task but by 1994 Fountain was able to open its doors to the first shows at Wembley, notably Esther Rantzen's 'Hearts of Gold' and Celador's 'Talking Telephone Numbers'.
In 1999 Fountain won the Broadcast Award for Best Studio facilities, a fitting reward for the team who give a great old studio a new lease of life. Over the years we have been privileged to work on some landmark shows including 'Friends', 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire', 'Pop Idol', 'The Kumar's at Number 42', 'Test The Nation', 'The X Factor' and 'Britain's Got Talent' and 'The Cube'.
The process of improving the Studios has never stopped and today we offer full HD capability with 5.1 surround sound alongside standard definition and stereo sound. Fountain’s catering and hospitality services remain unrivalled in the industry.
The Wembley Site
The Wembley Park Studios were opened in 1926 by British Talking Pictures, and subsequent owners of the film complex included Fox Films (1934), 20th Century Fox and Rayment Films. The television studios were built by Associated Rediffusion, then ITV weekday broadcasters for London, and opened in 1960. Their size and unique design attracted worldwide attention. The first production in the new TV studio was 'An Arabian Night' with Orson Welles. Shows such as 'Ready Steady Go', 'No Hiding Place' and 'Take your Pick' were to follow; The Beatles appeared on several shows made at the studios.
When Rediffusion lost its franchise with ITV in 1968, the television studio entered a difficult period. It briefly became LWT’s broadcast base, but following the demolition of the surrounding film studio complex Studio 5, as the television studio was always known, declined under several different owners over the years. Fountain arrived in 1993 and these days the Studio has never been so busy.
Thanks to a combination of loyal clients and committed staff the studio with a terrific past also has an exciting future.