YouTube stars were present at the launch of the brand new YouTube Space London.
The new YouTube Space London is now open to creators. During the launch on Tuesday 16 August, creators including Niomi Smart, Bethan Leadley, Caspar Lee, and Louise Pentland spoke to the media on the red carpet.
YouTube’s Director in EMEA, Ben McOwen Wilson, said: “The huge breadth of talent creating content on YouTube in the UK speaks to a hugely vibrant and dynamic creative community. As the biggest Space in Europe, the YouTube Space London is a reflection of the coming-of-age of this community and an investment in its future success. I can’t wait to watch the content that’s produced there!”
The new Space, which will replace the old facilities at the Google UK headquarters in Tottenham Court Road, has launched after two years of planning and building. The Space is the second biggest in the world (behind YouTube Space LA) and one of the leading facilities in terms of technical and industry expert offerings.
Set across 20,000 square feet and with street-level access, the Space houses three fully-equipped, double-height studios and soundstages. The production equipment available to creators now includes a range of 360-degree cameras and rigs, VR experiences, and 4K screening facilities giving creators the ability to live stream 4K to YouTube – a UK first.
Among the technical setup, the audio capacity has been upgraded with the first SSL Dante Audio Console, which includes a 64-fader large format console, built with live music and virtual reality audio in mind.
The Space will also be home to the first ever Creator Store. Once open to the public in September, the store will house creator merchandise and allow creators to learn about licensing their own range of products, as well as being a key event space for fan engagements.
The Online Booking Tool is now open for creators with over 10,000 subscribers to book and use the space. Creators need to first “unlock the space” in order to use the studio facilities. Hannah Witton was the first person to use the space, filming a Q&A for her new book.
TenEighty Co-Editor Alex Brinnand went down to the Space to have a look around and film one of the first videos shot there.