PFC Meets with Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation
The Pocono Film Commission met with Richard Drucker, Senior Vice President of External Affairs, from the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation. Located within the Brooklyn Navy Yard is Steiner Studios, which offers the largest production studios and sound stages east of Hollywood. Pocono Film is interested in replicating a smaller version of the successful studios here in the Pocono Region and is considering the Sterling Business Park as a possible location. The concept is to combine a 15,000 square foot sound stage with production support services, education, and a business incubator focusing on technology and entertainment technology.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, formed in 1971, has transformed the former Navy Yard into a center of innovation and industry creating over 5,800 jobs while preserving the rich history of the complex which played a pivotal role in Navy operations from the Civil War until 2001. The Civil War battleship, the USS Monitor, was clad with iron in the Navy Yard and the USS Arizona and USS Missouri were constructed and maintained in Brooklyn.
Steiner Studios features over 100,000 square feet of production space in six sound stages and cost $100 million dollars to construct including offices, event space, parking, studios, and support services facilities. Steiner Studios has been so successful that they are partnering with a local university to develop film technology and education, building five more smaller studios, and a center for post production companies located next to the studio complex.
Pocono Film's concept is similar but on a smaller scale, the 15,000 square foot sound stage will be a component of a complex which includes post production services as part of a business enterprise center and educational space developed in cooperation with higher education partners to develop a skilled workforce to support the entertainment industry. Pocono Film is working closley with Workforce Wayne to identify training opportunities and to develop programs. The project is currently estimated at $5 million dollars.
For more information on the Pocono Film Sound Stage Project, contact Troy Bystrom at 646-236-3400.