Warner Bros. Studio Facilities oversees the physical operations of Warner Bros. Studios, one of the foremost motion picture and television production and post-production facilities in the world. Physical production facilities on the historic 110-acre main lot include 31 soundstages (among them one of the tallest in the world, containing a two-million-gallon-capacity in-ground water tank, and the most recently built Stage 29, which earned LEED Gold-certified status after opening earlier this year), plus a 20-acre backlot with 11 exterior sets capable of transforming into environment from a rainforest jungle to a bustling metropolis. Adjacent to the main studio lot is the Warner Bros. Ranch, a 32-acre facility housing five more soundstages and an additional array of exterior sets.
The Studio offers a complete range of production-related services, including costume, property/set dressing, set design and construction, set lighting, grip, special effects, production catering, production sound and video, transportation and the design studio (encompassing the photo lab, cabinet and furniture, scenic art, and the metal, paint, sign and staff shops), as well as a robust special events business.
Sharing a rare behind-the-scenes look inside the world of entertainment, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood (WBSTH) offers guests an intimate view of the inner workings of a thriving motion picture and television studio. The latest addition to the WBSTH experience is Stage 48: Script to Screen, a self-guided, interactive soundstage that explores each phase of the film and television production process.
In addition, the Studio Facilities group is responsible for managing Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden (WBSL), the company’s 160-acre production facility in the U.K. Since purchasing the site in 2010 – and becoming the only major studio with a permanent base in the U.K. – Warner Bros. has filmed numerous productions at WBSL’s redeveloped facilities, most recently “Ready Player One,” the just-released “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” and the upcoming “Wonder Woman 1984.” This U.K. facility is also the home of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, a multi-media visitor attraction that showcases many of the iconic sets, props and costumes from the eight Harry Potter films, giving fans a look behind the scenes to understand how these magnificent films were made.
WBSF’s post production services department continues to be a leader in sound design, mixing, and both sound and picture editorial services. Operating with the most technologically advanced equipment in the industry, the department’s facilities on the main Burbank lot include 22 re-recording stages, the state-of-the-art Eastwood Scoring Stage, six ADR (automated dialogue replacement) stages, one Foley stage and over 175 editorial suites that handle digital and analogue audio editing, full-service mastering and a wide range of digital services, including restoration, compression and distribution. The group also supports full-service facilities in two additional locations, WB Sound New York and Warner Bros. De Lane Lea in London.
Among its many screening facilities, the Studio houses one of the industry’s preeminent state-of-the-art theaters, the 516-seat Steven J. Ross Theater. Adjacent to the theater is the only studio museum in the industry, the highly acclaimed Warner Bros. Archive. Opened in 1996, the two-story museum displays continually updated themed collections of memorabilia including costumes, correspondence, props and scripts from the Studio’s films and television shows.