Steiner Studios, ‘Hollywood East,’ Expands Facilities

March 26, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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BROOKLYN NAVY YARD — Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Revolutionary Road, Sex and the City, American Gangster, Spiderman 3, the Nanny Diaries and The Inside Man are just a few of the major motion pictures that were filmed, at least in part, at Steiner Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard – not to mention TV shows like “Boardwalk Empire” and “Damages.”

On Monday Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYC Media and Entertainment Commissioner Katherine Oliver joined Steiner Studios Chairman Doug Steiner to open five new soundstages at the complex, ensuring its status as a major entertainment production center for years to come. The new stages total 45,000 square feet.

“The business of film, television and commercials wants to be in New York City,” said Steiner. “We have the greatest crews in the world, and now we have the facilities to match. Old media is here, new media is coming. This is manufacturing for the 21st century, and it is a business that New York does exceedingly well.”

“A little over a decade ago, New York City struggled to attract the lucrative production industry to film here,” said Bloomberg. “Now the city is such a popular and prosperous home to hundreds of films and television shows, we have to work hard to keep up with the demand for stages and production facilities. These new soundstages at Steiner Studios will create jobs, and expanding our workforce development programs with new grants will help the next generation of production professionals start their careers on the right track.”

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“Forget La-La Land,” said Borough President Marty Markowitz. “Steiner Studios and Brooklyn are ‘Hollywood East.’”

The five new stages at Steiner support heavy electrical loads, are soundproof and column-free, and possess massive silent heating, ventilating and air-conditioning units.

The building also features various support spaces, offices, dressing rooms, hair and makeup rooms, and wardrobe rooms.

Coupled with the existing five stages, Steiner Studios now totals 355,000 square feet, including editing suites and prop storage. Steiner Studios sits on 20 acres of the Brooklyn Navy Yard and includes on-site parking, a full commissary, a screening room, and lighting and grip services. Steiner Studios first opened for business in November 2004.

Coinciding with the expansion of Steiner Studios, the “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program, operated by Brooklyn Workforce Innovations, be locating its activities at the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Building 92.

The program, which was developed in partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment and BWI, provides free training to unemployed or underemployed New Yorkers who lack opportunities in the production industry and teaches them the skills needed for entry-level jobs on set and in production offices.

Approximately 96 percent of the program graduates are people of color, and “Made in NY” PAs have worked on over 2,000 productions, cumulatively earning more than $7.5 million in wages.

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