Two-Day Location and Studio Tour for Industry Kicks Off
In an effort to further attract the motion picture and television industry to Nassau, County Executive Edward P. Mangano today met with 15 of the industry’s location managers, film and commercial producers, directors and casting directors to begin a two-day tour of Nassau’s hottest filming spots. The former United States Navy-Grumman Corporation property in Bethpage is now the home of two successful production studios that encompass three buildings and nine sound stages. In 2012, Nassau County hosted over 650 production days – more days than Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx. It is estimated that the film industry provided $90 million in economic impact for Nassau County in 2012.
County Executive Mangano stated, “Nassau is becoming the Hollywood East of the motion picture and television industry as we have the perfect locations for many films. Now filming more days than four of the five boroughs in New York City, the industry is successfully employing local electricians, craftsmen and artisans on many projects including what will soon be the most expensive movie ever filmed. Every time a film project calls Nassau County home, the local economy benefits and local people are put to work.”
The two-day Film Friendly Nassau County Location and Studio Tour includes a visit to soundstages at Gold Coast Studios and Grumman Studios, as well as a tour of the Nassau County Correctional Center which has often been used for motion picture and television production. Additional destinations include the beautiful Allegria Hotel and Spa in Long Beach, Americana Manhasset, downtown villages, historic mansions, and various County parks, beaches, museums, and other facilities.
The Nassau County Film Industry has produced blockbuster movies such asAvengers, Salt, Michael Clayton, Rescue Me, Sex and the City II, Julie and Julia, Morning Glory, Phil Spector, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the Wolf of Wall Street, Fred Carpenter's Send No Flowers, Not Fade Away, Disconnect, Admission and Bitter Pill. Sony Pictures is currently producing what will become Hollywood’s most expensive movie here in Nassau County.
Television shows filmed in Nassau County include: The Americans; Black List; The Following, Person of Interest, The Carrie Diaries, The Good Wife, Law & Order SVU, Gossip Girls, White Collar, Golden Boy, Deception, Royal Pains, Elementary, Running Wilde, The Onion and HBO series Girls and Boardwalk Empire.
County Executive Mangano has long been focused on attracting motion picture and television industry jobs to Nassau County. As a County legislator, Mangano worked to establish two production studios in Bethpage and continues today to attract the industry and pursue the continuation of incentives for movie and television production in Nassau.