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Industry Star of the Month

Meredith Conti, Grand Central Terminal

Meredith ContiJanuary 3, 2012 - As a girl walking through Grand Central, Meredith Conti probably never thought she would one day be involved with helping to bring the iconic station to life in film and television. Working in the Corporate and Public Affairs department at MTA Metro-North Railroad, she also handles various duties, including film, television and photography requests for Grand Central Terminal, outlying Metro-North stations and on commuter trains. This can range from simple wedding photography requests to big-budget feature films.

What are some of the memorable productions you've worked with?
Conti: Although I had already been here a year, I probably cut my teeth on I Am Legend. As with their filming elsewhere in the City, they were extremely ambitious in what they wanted to do. They filmed with us over multiple weekends in the fall of 2006, including a fake broken window, an overturned cab, stunts and even trained animal work. Other notable projects from past years include ���Law & Order: SVU,��� ���Celebrity Apprentice,��� ���Fringe,��� Step Up 3D, a very dramatic Jones NY fashion campaign photographed over two nights by the legendary Annie Leibowitz and that silly AT&T commercial after which I still catch a traveler or two stopping to bust a move where the lone AT&T dancer does! Most recently I enjoyed working on ���Louie,��� ���The Dr. Oz Show,��� and The Avengers, which I look forward to seeing hit theatres this spring!

What's your favorite part about facilitating production for Grand Central?
Conti: I can remember passing through the Terminal as a little girl, marveling at how huge it was and how small I felt, especially when swept along with the bustling crowds. Nowadays I get an honest rush out of seeing Grand Central on the big screen or in a nationally broadcast TV show, and I guess it is all the more sweet when I���ve had a hand in making it happen. This really is a grand building with such great history. There is nothing else quite like it.

Is there something about the Terminal that might surprise the average filmmaker?
Conti: Filmmakers are continuously amazed at how film-friendly we are! I often receive calls from productions who start the conversation with, ���I don���t know if you allow filming, but...,��� and nine out of ten times it���s the most innocuous scene ��� a traveler waiting by the Info Booth, or a simple walk-and-talk across the Main Concourse. As long as it isn���t something that could potentially cause a safety/security concern or interfere with our customers or our operation, we always try to accommodate.

Productions should remember that Grand Central is not a sound stage. It is a living, breathing transportation hub. As long as you are prepared to respect our operation, our customers and this historic landmark, then everyone will get along just fine.

Industry Star


Margarita Acevedo, Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting
John Battista, Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting
Tom Reidy, Madison Square Park
Steven Holtzman, Canal Creatures Productions

2012
Jennifer Lenihan, Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting
Lynne Meadow, Manhattan Theatre Club
Thomas O'Donnell, Local 817
Katy Finch, Brooklyn Workforce Innovations
Meredith Conti, Grand Central Terminal


2011
Gino Lucci, Picture Cars East
Habibah Ali-Love, OFTB
McCord Fitzsimmons, Former OFTB Intern
Lis Pearson, New York Public Library
Veronica Miles, EcoSet
Lisa Rubin, Hudson River Park Trust
Mari Jo Winkler, PGA Green
Michael Super, Coney Island, Parks and Recreational Manager
Caroline Stephenson, NYC Economic Development Corporation
Lisa Lucas, Tribeca Film Institute


2010
Harriet Taub, Material for the Arts
David Moy, OFTB
Fred Cerullo, Grand Central Partnership
Marge Feinberg, DOE
Nate Grove, Marinas
Frank Gribbon, FDNY
Jeffrey Sangrund, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Javonne Parker, Staten Island Ferry
Justin Green, Build It Green! NYC
Tom Ross, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"
Eric Peterson, Randall's Island
Connie Fitzgerald, Department of Environmental Protection


2009
Joey Violante, Technicolor
Stephanie Argamaso, OFTB
Vito Turso, DSNY
Elizabeth Rapuano, Governor's Island
Estelle Cooper, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Alvah Holmes, Former MOFTB Intern
Dana Kuznetzkoff, Line Producer
Eva Radke, Film Biz Recycling
Karen Meyerhoff, Guggenheim
Meredith Rothstein, Roseland Ballroom
Charlotte St. Martin, The Broadway League


2008
The Artists Company
Celina Sze, OFTB
Sharon Jensen, The Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts
Terence Gray, New York Television Festival
Sam Levy, Summer Play Festival
Wes French, General Services Administration
Tom Maiorano, Brooklyn Navy Yard
Joan Cooney, South Street Seaport
Jeannine Marotta, Staten Island Economic Development Corporation
Brooke Smy, Tishman Speyer
Elliott Kerman, Tax Credit Accountant


2007
Matthew Kania, Assistant Location Manager
Lieutenant Joe Lassen, Movie/TV Unit
In Memoriam - Nancy Littlefield
Ivory Henderson-Robb, Department of Transportation
Jack Powers, New York City Economic Development Corporation
Robin Forst, Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center
Kitty Preston, CUNY Locations
Liz Carollo, Greenmarket
Donna Masly, Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation
Sean Jones, New York City Department of Corrections
Sheila Greene, NYCHA


2006
Ralph Musolino, Parks and Recreation
Rick Cotton, NBC Universal
Joe Fontao, Location Manager
Gretchen McGowan, HDNet Films/Open City Films
Tim Tompkins, Times Square Alliance
Erika Feldman, Theatre Row
Vin Lenza, Staten Island Development Corporation
Tristan Assent, "Made in NY" PA
Denise Motta, New York City Economic Development Corporation
Terry Lawler, New York Women in Film and Television
Monty Ross, 40 Acres and a Mule


2005
Pat White, Local 764
Michelle Byrd, Independent Feature Project
Matt Miller, AICP
Kyle McCarthy, MTA Metro-North
Jeannette Pinero, Department of Correction
Bambi Brook, Dawn Animal Agency
Andy Nagy, NYCHA
Juan Rosario, HPD
James J. Claffey, Jr., IATSE Local One
Mac Brown, Producer
Cheryl Hodge, VTU
Llewellyn Wells, Executive Producer
Lawrence Major, Parks and Recreation


2004
Ken Konfong, Economic Development Corporation
Whoopi Goldberg, Actress/Producer
Caroline Baron, FilmAid International
Thomas O'Donnell Sr., Local 817
Drew Jiritano, Special Effects Coordinator
Carla Rajj, Location Manager
Al Cerullo, Film Pilot
James Lauer, FDNY
Dan Mercado, Parks and Recreation
Rebecca Seale, DCAS
Alberteen Anderson, MTA
Joseph Ellis, NYPD
Peter Basich, DOT
Richie Silverman, NYPD