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A Brooklyn Warehouse and Music Landmark Join the Ranks of Qualified Production Faculties in NYC

March 2, 2009 - The number of qualified production facilities in New York City continues to grow as two spaces, both deeply entrenched in New York City history, are added to the “Made in NY” program. Qualified productions that shoot in these facilities are eligible to be part of the “Made in NY” incentive program.

Seret Studios
Seret Studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn prides itself on being a one stop shop for productions. According to manager Uri Zucker, Seret Studios is able to provide for all of a production’s needs from studio space to food services to lighting and props. It even owns a forty-unit converted loft hotel located on Water St. in DUMBO.

The building that houses Seret Studios has a rich history. Originally built in the early 1800s, the structure was once used to build ships. In fact, the USS Monitor, the first ironclad warship commissioned by the US Navy, was built there during the Civil War. In later years, the site became a rope factory, and since 2001, the building has been the home to numerous productions.

Among the productions that have used Seret Studios as a location are the ABC series “Life on Mars” and “The Unusuals.” Seret Studios also works with students, recently hosting an undergraduate project for a NYU student.

Renovations are currently underway to make the space even more film friendly. The first soundstage will be open by March 31st, and in six months the rest of the renovations are scheduled be completed. At that time, the space will include high end offices, dressing rooms, control rooms, additional bathrooms, full service catering, and parking. “Everything’s going to be green,” added Zucker.

Webster Hall
Webster Hall has long been synonymous with music, but it also has a lengthy film tradition, dating back to the silent era. Built in 1886, the site has been “a place for visionaries and revolutionaries,” said Lon Ballinger, the Hall’s owner for the past two decades. Everyone from Oscar Wilde and Emma Goldman to U2 and Alicia Keys has stepped onto the Hall’s stage over the years.

More recently, Webster Hall has hosted Across the Universe, We Own the Night, and the forthcoming Fame as well as dozens of television productions, fashion shows, and concert film shoots. IFC is taking advantage of Webster Hall’s ties to the music industry as it films the second season of its series “Z-Rock” down in the Studio, which is a new performance space and recording facility. NBC is also producing “Rock Wars,” a televised battle of the bands, in the Grand Ballroom.

“Webster Hall offers an authentic Greenwich Village location, iconic marquee shots, numerous subway options, surprisingly ample street parking, four floors with state-of-the art lighting and sound systems, numerous camera angle possibilities from floor to balcony, a dedicated and knowledgeable staff, and all at a very affordable price,” said Ballinger. The Hall continues to seek “more films, more TV productions, more concerts, more of everything!” said Ballinger. The family-run business is committed to offering affordable options for every size production and budget.

For a list of other qualified production facilities, click here.

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