A new borough is getting in on the action of New York City’s booming filmmaking scene, it was announced July 6. Silvercup Studios, the leading independent film and TV production studio in the Northeast, will open a third location in the Port Morris section of the Bronx. The $35 million project, to be called Silvercup North, will transform a warehouse into a 115,000-square-foot production facility with 50-foot-high ceilings—the highest of any NYC studio—and is estimated to generate 400 well-paying 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 NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio in a statement. “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.”
In addition to the opportunities it will afford actors and filmmakers, Silvercup North will create about 80–100 construction jobs and infuse money into the local community. The project is expected to be completed by June of next year.
“My office has been working to expand the film industry in the Bronx for several years, and we are thrilled to welcome Silvercup Studios to the mainland and their new home in Port Morris,” said Ruben Diaz Jr., borough president of the Bronx, in a statement. “This expansion will...help us continue to rebrand our borough and showcase the transformative development we have seen over the past decade. The Bronx and Silvercup Studios will be great partners, and I look forward to working with them on this expansion, and to make this project work for all Bronxites.”
Silvercup Studios’ facilities in Long Island City have been home to iconic NYC-centric scripted shows, including “Sex and the City,” “The Sopranos,” and “30 Rock,” and movies such as “When Harry Met Sally…” and “The Devil Wears Prada.” Current productions filming out of the Queens location include “Girls,” “Elementary,” “Mr. Robot,” and “Person of Interest.”
“Silvercup’s expansion to the Bronx is indicative of the thriving creative industry that the City of New York has created and supported throughout the five boroughs,” said commissioner Cynthia López of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, in a statement. “We want the entertainment industry to experience everything the Bronx has to offer, and we applaud Silvercup on this new endeavor.”
New York state’s film tax credit program is largely responsible for enabling Silvercup Studios to expand, stated the company’s president Stuart Suna. “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.”
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