BETHPAGE, NY – New York Governor David A. Paterson recently took a tour of Grumman Studios in Bethpage, Long Island, one of the newest, and the biggest, facilities available to cinema and theatrical production companies.
Grumman Studios is a 160,000-square-foot facility providing seven stages, exceptional storage facilities and acres of land for outdoor filming and parking requirements. It offers the largest unobstructed studio space in the New York metropolitan area and was recently the site of filming forSalt, a movie starring Angelina Jolie as a CIA operative.
New York leaders and tourism officials are hoping such facilities will draw more entertainment production efforts to the state and have revamped and enhanced a tax incentive effort aimed at the industry.
Governor Paterson approved extending the Empire State film production tax credit program, which is aimed at attracting movie and television industry business.
“It is vital to our state’s economy that New York remains a premier destination for film and television productions,” said Governor Paterson at the bill signing. “The entertainment industry plays an important role in fostering economic growth by promoting our state on movie and television screens across the world, and creating thousands of jobs for New Yorkers.”
The expanded program, which will keep the tax incentive in place until 2013, triples the percentage of qualified film production costs eligible for the credit from 10 percent to 30 percent.
Grumman Studio executives welcomed Paterson’s visit and thanked him for his strong support of the tax program.
“We’re honored to bring life to the site that played a central role in one of mankind’s greatest adventures–the exploration of worlds beyond,” said Grumman Studios’ founder Parviz Farahzad. “Due to the hard work, dedication and considerable talents of those who’ve passed through these doors, extraordinary things have happened here. Now it’s our mission to nurture an environment that allows filmmakers to create, explore and bring to audiences the worlds and stories that live in their imaginations.”
About Grumman Studios
Located less than one-hour travel time from Times Square, the Bethpage facility offers New York’s largest unobstructed studio space, office rental, long term storage space rental, and acres of outdoor space for set construction and parking. For press and media inquiries, please contact Parviz Farahzad at 631-689-1985.