To help meet the growing needs of New York’s booming film and television production industry, Silvercup Studios has announced plans in The Bronx.
The independent film and television production studio facility will build a new studio complex at 295 Locust Avenue in the Port Morris section.
The $35 million project will bring hundreds of jobs as well as millions of dollars in tax revenue to the borough.
With the expansion to its third location, Silvercup Studios will operate more than 500,000 s/f of studio space citywide.
Silvercup will transform an existing modern warehouse into a 115,000 s/f full service production facility.
Silvercup North will feature four production studios with 50 ft. high ceilings. The four studios to be built at 295 Locust Avenue will have the highest ceilings of any film/TV production studio in New York City and will be able to accommodate two-story sets.
A full complement of shops, offices and other support space essential to support film and television production will be provided on-site.
The project will bring an estimated 80 to 100 construction jobs. The new studio space and the film and television productions that will occupy them will create an estimated 400 production-industry jobs.
“The film and television industries have historically offered good jobs with pathways to success for New Yorkers, and the expansion of this thriving industry will be hugely meaningful for Bronxites,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“Every year the production industry injects over $7.1 billion to our local economy and creates over 130,000 jobs in New York City, and thanks to Silvercup’s new studio, the Bronx will now receive its piece of this pie.”
With its iconic sign visible from the East River, Silvercup Studios has been home to famed television productions including HBO’s Sex and the City and The Sopranos, 30 Rock, Gossip Girl, dozens of major motion pictures including When Harry Met Sally and The Devil Wears Prada, and hundreds of commercials.
Current productions at Silvercup’s Queens facilities include Girls, Elementary, Madam Secretary, Mister Robot, The Mysteries of Laura, and Person of Interest. Silvercup North is slated to be completed by June 2016.
“For more than 30 years, Silvercup Studios has been an integral part of New York’s film and television production industry, which has never been more active than it is today,” said Silvercup CEO Alan Suna. “The Bronx is undergoing a tremendous revitalization right now. We’re excited to expand our studios here as the industry continues to grow and to bring with it high quality production jobs and the resulting benefits from having this production work remain in New York.”
“Governor Cuomo’s successful New York State Film Tax Credit program has made it possible for us to build this new site and bring these jobs to the Bronx,” said Stuart Suna, President of Silvercup Studios.
“The State’s program with the support of the New York State Senate and Assembly has helped our industry grow tremendously. With additional studio space, more television shows and feature films that may have been filmed elsewhere can now take advantage of all the benefits of filming in New York.”