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Save The British Film Industry.Com » Someone is selling Pinewood Shepperton PLC Shares But Who is Buying ?
If John Whittaker of Peel Holdings on 27% is buying, then a takeover really may be imminent.
Anything may happen in the next half hour.....especially around 12.40pm when most people are going to lunch and slow to react.
John Whittaker is a billionaire property developer, and a truly noble slum regenerator and huge employment creator in The North-West and Scotland: Liverpool docks, The Manchester Trafford Centre, Manchester and Liverpool Airports, the new £4.5 billion Birkenhead development and the £1.2 billion Glasgow docks development, but also Media City and BBC North in Salford Docks.
Whittaker more than anyone has blessed The North-West and by his own efforts made a much bright media future viable for anyone from Chester to Preston.
He has taken on London both in a bare knuckle fight and a chess match, and he has won.
No honour is high enough for his outstanding service to his community.
If he is buying, then fasten your safety belt for an exciting ride which will finally demand huge media and political scrutiny.
If he is selling, then this shows Pinewood Shepperton PLC and especially Project Pinewood is in real jeapordy of going out of business.
We simply do not know.
It may be Crystal Amber who is buying (with 14%) and in it for either the land assets or a profit when John Whittaker or others make a takeover bid for their shares.
In 2007, 2008 and 2009 The FT and Daily Mai suggested John Whittaker
was more interested in Pinewood Studios
and Shepperton Studios land values than James Bond 007.
four sons) may decide to move into movie-making.
So John Whittaker
sons may have strong film making plans.
Further, they could move much of Pinewood Studios
production to Media City and The North-West and eventually around The UK as their property and transport empire expands.
is going for Pinewood, it could be extremely good news for film making in The UK.
Save The British Film Industry.Com » East Enders joining Coronation Street with James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, Batman all to be filmed in same place ? All roads lead to Pinewood Studios owner John Whittaker.
East Enders joining Coronation Street with James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, Batman all to be filmed in same place ? All roads lead to Pinewood Studios owner John Whittaker.
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Archie Norman new Chairman of ITV is negotiating to move Coronation Street from its present site (visited by Royalty and political leaders) to Media City in Salford owned by Peel Media (John Whittaker of Peel Holdings).
For good measure ITV Granada are going to join BBC North in Media City if John Whittaker
prevails in negotiations with Archie Norman.
Then there is the small matter of John Whittaker being the 27% owner of Pinewood Shepperton PLC with The Daily Mail and FT mooting he will go for a takeover in months.
may like Cubby Broccoli (casket making to 007 movies), Arnan Milchen (chemicals and fertiliser industry to PRETTY WOMAN), Ed Pressman (toy manufacture to PLATOON, WALL STREET and CONAN THE BARBARIAN) and Harvey Weinstein (LORD OF THE RINGS, PULP FICTION) become a businessman turned born again film producer.
Save The British Film Industry.Com » Forget The UK Film Council Sideshow, Pinewood-Shepperton Plc Share Buying Is The Key To UK Film Industry existence
Some may think that the buyer is our old friend John Whittaker of Peel Holdings, Peel Media or any of his 224 odd companies.
But for very many reasons we think not.
Some shareholders and Pinewood workers had meetings and telephone conferences yesterday right up to Midnight as at least one ultra-shrewd shareholder suspect Whittaker is in Shanghai this week offering Pinewood Shanghai, Pinewood Beijing, Pinewood Mumbai, indeed Pinewood anything to an investor who will put £400 million or so into his Liverpool and Manchester -and of course Salford- businesses.
You may have grasped that once Pinewood is in China and India, then the cheap land and cheap labour costs with the Pinewood brand name will mean the game is up for the South-East England original versions of Pinewood and Shepperton.
A brief reminder of who John Whittaker
is can be found in the excellent Sunday Express, whose exclusives are not as read as they should be by The UK Film Industry.
Anyway for many reasons we think it is Crystal Amber, not John Whittaker of Peel.
Although the conventional wisdom is that Crystal amber like John Whittaker
are after the property values the land is on, there is reason to cheer for Richard Bernstein.
sees Pinewood Studios
as a pawn in a very much bigger business empire, a state within a state.
How much time, energy, money, he
Saudi multi-billionaire partners Olayan can afford to waste on a fight is just unknowable.
It all boils down to John Whittaker
and Richard Bernstein.
Steven is also a Non-Executive Director ...
Steven is also a Non-Executive Director of Pinewood Shepperton Plc and Harworth Group PLC and is the alternate Director for the Peel Group's Chairman (John Whittaker) as Deputy Chairman of intu Properties Plc.
UK "Northern Powerhouse": The Future, or Another Round of Public Sector Folly - GLDPartners
John Whittaker, Chairman of The Peel Group, has written to both the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, outlining the Group's strategy: "We have a long-term vision for our investments and believe that coupled with the Government's growth policies and direct investment in infrastructure and skills, our investments can make an important contribution to the aims of the Northern Powerhouse."
has a proven track record in pioneering regeneration in the North over the past 25 years, with total investments of over £5bn, supporting 70,000 jobs.
There is an additional commitment of £1bn of investment underway, in partnership with others.
added: "We believe that the Government is making great strides in facilitating a new approach to Northern growth.