The partnership between Mediapro North America and Great Point Studios proves once again that Yonkers is at the forefront of film and television production in North America.
Construction of the modern production studio complex began on November 6th with a groundbreaking ceremony at 1050 North Broadway. Opening next fall, the state-of-the-art facility will add 30,000 square feet of soundstages to Yonkers’ media production sector.
Known for its content production and distribution services, multinational firm GRUP MEDIAPRO is expanding its presence in the US through its Mediapro North America division. Through their partnership with Great Point Studios, the venture also brings together diverse experience in television and film infrastructure. Industry leader Robert Halmi, who co-founded Great Point Studios with Fehmi Zeko, has more than 400 film and television productions to his credit.
At the November 6th ceremony, Halmi was enthusiastic about Yonkers’ potential and future in media production.
It’s clearly now the number one place in the United States to make film and television. That’s Yonkers now. That’s where people are coming, that’s where they’re going to be coming for the future.
Hollywood on Hudson
As Mediapro breaks ground in Northwest Yonkers, the city is living up to its “Hollywood on Hudson” reputation. As Yonkers transforms into a production hub for the entertainment industry, Mayor Mike Spano is optimistic about the city’s unique approach to urban development, local job creation, and long-term economic stability.
“The addition of Mediapro to Yonkers’ growing film and production landscape further demonstrates our city’s reimagined approach to redevelopment, creating local jobs and economic vitality,” said Mayor Spano at the ceremony. “We are thankful to Mediapro and Great Point Studios for investing in Yonkers […], truly making us Hollywood on Hudson.“
Invested in Innovation
With a total production space of 183,008 square feet, the Mediapro facility will include two 20,000-square-foot soundstages. These are complimented by office space for post-production and administration, as well dedicated rooms for make-up and other visual effects.
In addition to the North Broadway facility, Great Point and Mediapro have a broader vision of film production in Yonkers. With plans for a 32-acre campus on Hawthorne Street, the partnership plans to build a media-oriented school for the public.