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Tenant to sign lease for Belfast city's £20m film studios 'within days'

By Margaret Canning

A new tenant may be signed up to Northern Ireland's newest film studios within the next few days, it has emerged.

The £20m Belfast Harbour Studios has been built at a former landfill site on the North Foreshore.

And it's understood at least one film production company is in the city at present to sign on the dotted line.

However, a leasehold agreement has to be reached between Belfast City Council and Belfast Harbour before another party can sign to occupy the studios.

Earlier this year, film giant Warner Bros was linked to the site.

A spokeswoman for Belfast Harbour said it could not comment on the process.

But the Belfast Telegraph understands the process of finalising a lease - then signing up an occupant for the studios - is in its final stages. Around 15 companies are believed to have looked at the facility.

Belfast-based RPP Architects designed the studios with Northern Ireland Screen, the agency which attracts film and TV investment to the province.

The Times yesterday revealed Belfast Harbour chairman David Dobbin led a delegation at the Cannes Film Festival for talks with production companies.

Mr Dobbin told the newspaper that feedback had been "over the moon".

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