Written by on Jul 6, 2015. Posted in On Location

Silvercup Studios in New York will expand to third filming facility in Bronx

Silvercup Studios in New York City is set to expand its filming facilities by opening a third site in the Bronx. A leading New York production hub, Silvercup Studios has hosted shows like The Sopranos, 30 Rock and more recently Girls and Elementary.

The new facility will offer 120,000 sq ft of production space and could help the Bronx secure a greater proportion of New York City’s location filming, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Currently, the Bronx gets only a tiny percentage of the city’s overall production activity.

“We know the film industry in New York is booming, and we know it generates billions and billions of dollars,” said Ruben Diaz Jr, Bronx Borough President, in comments to the outlet: “It creates jobs - it transforms the local area.”

“This part of the Bronx is similar to where Long Island City was 25 to 30 years ago,” said Alan Suna, who co-founded Silvercup Studios with his brother and father: “The Bronx is the land of opportunity.”

Silvercup Studios operates two film studio sites in Long Island City just across the East River from Manhattan. The building being adapted into the new film studio has 50-foot-high ceilings capable of hosting two-storey sets, and the company plans to add offices and production support space.

New York is one of the top production hubs in the US with a generous 30% filming incentive programme that offers a yearly fund of USD 420 million.

Shoots are specifically incentivised to film outside Manhattan in upstate areas and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 has been among the recent high-profile movies to shoot in Buffalo on the Canadian border.

(Image: HBO)


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