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Versa names senior team as it prepares for Manchester Studios completion


Versa Studios, which hosts BBC’s Morning Live in its central Manchester studios has added to its senior management team.

The company is set to run more than a dozen studios across the city with its Versa ABC Skyline Studio in Manchester’s ABC Building, as well as having taken over the operation of the Manchester Studios complex.

Joining its Manchester operations will be Edward Harvey, the former Head of Studios Management for The London Studios. Harvey becomes Studios and Strategy Manager.

He’ll be working with new Operations Manager, Carrie Reynolds, who previously ran BBC Studios in Glasgow and ITV Daytime in London.

Versa will take over the Manchester Studios complex, based around the former Granada Television building, with refurbishment of the 12 studios, motion-capture facility and music recording studio set to be completed in the next 12 months.

It said it had already brought in a prime BBC show and a “show for a major streaming service” to the studios.

Studio One - Versa Manchester

The company, which also operates a 20,000sq ft studio space in West London and the new 330,000sq ft studios in Leeds has also recruited senior staff at its London base.

Kathy Schulz, the former MD of ITV’s The London Studios becomes Strategy and Business Development Advisor; Ginge Ames (previously of TLS and Riverside Studios) is Head of Operations; and Errol Osman becomes Studio Manager.

“The appointment of these experienced and renowned experts to the core of the VERSA operating team, shows our intent to not only provide great facilities, but also to provide world class service,” said Charlie Ingall, VERSA’s Executive Director.

“We have assembled a fantastic team across all our sites in London and Manchester and I’m really excited about how we will all work together to grow and develop our offering for the film and TV industry.”

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