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Babelsberg revives center

Studio complex resurrected

BERLIN — With the opening of its TV-Zentrum Fuenf, Studio Babelsberg is expanding its involvement in television projects and bringing life to a complex destroyed by Allied bombing in 1944.

The facility, which was built on the premises of Babelsberg Studios’ 1934 site, was refurbished at a cost of $720,000 and now offers production facilities for every type of television need — including seating space for live audiences — and film projects.

Measuring 11,500 square feet, the complex includes two studios, production offices, makeup and dressing rooms, new lighting and even modern air conditioning.

“We’ve provided this studio complex a second life,” said Friedrich-Carl Wachs, chairman of Studio Babelsberg. “In April 1944 it was completely bombed, and then rebuilt. Now it has been totally renovated. It is this modern TV center that underlines our ambitions in the television market.”

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