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Netflix opens new production studio in Brooklyn – Bronx Times


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Lights, camera, Brooklyn!

Netflix will open a new production studio in Brooklyn in September, Bloomberg reports, in a huge space where it will produce movies and TV shows.

The 170,000 square foot facility at 333 Johnson Ave., a warehouse section of East Williamsburg, will feature six sound stages, as well as editing and meeting rooms. Two shows should be shot on the site to inaugurate its opening.

The streaming giant is also opening a new 100,000 square foot Manhattan office near Union Square. The company is currently subleasing office space to Twitter in Chelsea.

Netflix has received $ 4 million in state tax credits over 10 years to build the new office and studio, provided it creates at least 127 jobs in the new office by 2024, in addition to 32 jobs that the company already had in the city in 2019, and keep them for at least five years thereafter. When the project was announced in 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo said it is expected to bring $ 100 million in investment and thousands of jobs to the city.

Netflix has shot numerous movies and shows in Brooklyn in recent years, including “Unorthodox” and “Grand Army”. Netflix has received numerous state tax credits for film and television production: In the first quarter of 2021 alone, the state granted more than $ 33 million in tax credits to the streaming giant for a film and three television series shot in the Empire State, according to a report from Empire State Development, the economic development arm of the state.

An ESD spokesperson could not provide details on the current number of Netflix employees in the city, nor could a representative from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. Representatives for Netflix did not respond to requests for comment.

A representative told Bloomberg that the company plans to hire locally for production crews and patronize local businesses for meals.

Red Hook-based independent filmmaker Elias Plagianos, whose works include “Distemper” and “Sombra City” and who filmed a TV pilot called “Hudson Falls” during the pandemic, says he’s thrilled to see Netflix s ‘settling in Brooklyn, and is believed to be a sign of New York’s growing status as a film hub.

This Netflix studio is another step in the right direction and makes it even easier for me to tell my friends in LA that Brooklyn not only inspires creativity in a very unique way, it is also clearly one. of the best places to make movies and TV. around the world, ”Plagianos told Brooklyn Paper.

Plagianos plans to showcase projects at the studio, particularly independent film and television content shot and set in Brooklyn, and created by locals. “While there is a commitment for all jobs and expenses, I would like Netflix to informally commit to supporting Brooklyn filmmakers in a substantial way,” he said.

The building, a former steel plant, is owned by commercial real estate developer Steel Equities, which bought the site for $ 52.5 million in 2019, according to city records. Steel Equities also bought a 28,000-square-foot warehouse further down at 375 Johnson Ave. last year for $ 20 million.

This story is courtesy of our sister publication amNewYork.


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