CRAINS: Move over, Greenpoint: The South Bronx may become the city’s next film and TV production hotbed.
This week York Studios is breaking ground on a $100 million movie studio on a 10-acre vacant lot off the Bruckner Expressway in Soundview. The production complex is about 2 miles from Silvercup Studios’ new $40 million facility in the Port Morris neighborhood, which opened in August.
The new production center will be the second for York Studios, which opened a 40,000-square-foot space in Maspeth, Queens, in 2012. The hit show Elementary and a number of feature films, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and This Is Where I Leave You, were shot there.
Executives for the studio said they decided to expand because of the production boom taking place in the city, stemming in large part from the $420 million annual tax-incentive program that was just renewed through 2022.
“I get calls every other day from producers looking for stage space for feature films, television and commercials,” said John Battista, executive vice president of operations for York Studios. “There are so many more platforms out there, like Netflix and Amazon, and everyone is looking for more and more content.”