New York's Silvercup Studios Expanding With Bronx Facility

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The Queens-based home of shows like 'Girls,' 'Madam Secretary' and 'Elementary' is adding a new film and TV production facility, expected to be completed by June 2016.

New York's Queens-based Silvercup Studios is expanding with an additional film and TV production facility in The Bronx, it was announced Monday.

Silvercup North will be a new studio complex at 295 Locust Ave. in the Port Morris section of the Bronx. The $35 million project, transforming an existing modern warehouse into a 115,000-square foot full service production facility, is set to be completed by June 2016. The new location will have four production studios with 50-foot-high ceilings, the highest ceilings of any film and TV production studio in New York City, which can easily accommodate two-story sets. The facility will be Silvercup's third location, bringing its total studio space citywide to 500,000 square feet.

Silvercup is home to TV shows like Girls, Elementary, Madam Secretary, Mr. Robot, The Mysteries of Laura and Person of Interest. Past TV shows and films that shot at Silvercup include Sex and the City, The Sopranos, 30 Rock and Gossip Girl, and movies like When Harry Met Sally and The Devil Wears Prada.

“The film and television industries have historically offered good jobs with pathways to success for New Yorkers, and the expansion of this thriving industry will be hugely meaningful for Bronxites,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “Every year the production industry injects over $7.1 billion to our local economy and creates over 130,000 jobs in New York City, and thanks to Silvercup’s new studio, the Bronx will now receive its piece of this pie."

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr added: “My office has been working to expand the film industry in The Bronx for several years, and we are thrilled to welcome Silvercup Studios to the mainland and their new home in Port Morris. This expansion will not only bring new jobs and economic development to our borough, it will also help us continue to rebrand our borough and showcase the transformative development we have seen over the past decade. The Bronx and Silvercup Studios will be great partners, and I look forward to working with them on this expansion, and to make this project work for all Bronxites.”

The expansion occurs as New York continues to be a popular location for movies and TV shows to film, with local production bringing $7.1 billion into the New York City economy, creating more than 130,000 jobs. In addition to the Silvercup shows listed above, CBS' The Good Wife, FX's The Americans, Showtime's The Affair and Netflix's The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Orange is the New Black all call New York home. In addition, upcoming movies like Universal's Trainwreck and Warner Bros.' The Intern were both filmed in New York.

“Silvercup’s expansion to the Bronx is indicative of the thriving creative industry that the City of New York has created and supported throughout the five boroughs,” New York City film commissioner Cynthia Lopez said in a statement. “This new facility in the Bronx will not only increase stage options for the production industry, but it will also bring new jobs and business opportunities to the borough. We want the entertainment industry to experience everything the Bronx has to offer, and we applaud Silvercup on this new endeavor.”

“For more than 30 years, Silvercup Studios has been an integral part of New York’s film and television production industry, which has never been more active than it is today,” Silvercup CEO Alan Suna added. “The Bronx is undergoing a tremendous revitalization right now. We’re excited to expand our studios here as the industry continues to grow and to bring with it high quality production jobs and the resulting benefits from having this production work remain in New York.”