FORDHAM UNIVERSITY FILM STUDENTS VISIT BROADWAY STAGES

 
 
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Earlier this month, Broadway Stages hosted a group of undergraduate students from Fordham University’s Communications and Media Studies Department.  

Accompanied by Julie Fissinger, Senior Director of the President’s Council at Fordham University, the students, who are studying theater and film production, welcomed the opportunity to tour Broadway Stages’ sets, unique filming locations, and support spaces such as construction, scenic, wardrobe, and props.  They were also treated to a discussion about the television and film production industry with Broadway Stages’ CEO [Gina Argento] and Founder [Tony Argento] who have been in business for over 35 years.  

Throughout the tour and working lunch the discussion centered around careers in the industry, as well as interesting stories about the day-to-day operations of a television and film production company.  The conversation included information about Broadway Stages’ commitment to giving back to their community and their various outreach efforts in education and community betterment.  In addition, we spoke about Broadway Stages’ green initiatives including 50,000 sq. ft. of solar panels, and urban agriculture on the rooftop of two of their soundstages – sustainable efforts that protect our environment.  

Broadway Stages is proud to support the next generation of television and film production leaders and encourage continued education and vocational training that sustain the industry. We are hopeful to have inspired this group of university students to understand the importance of giving back to their community and implementing sustainable environmental programs as they work to achieve their professional goals.  

St. Stanislaus’ “Get to the Point” 5K Hits the Mark!

 
 

After carbo-loading at the pre-race “Pasta Party” on Saturday, October 13, participants in the St. Stanislaus “Get to the Point” 5K were raring and ready to go on race day. 

The autumnal nip in the air set the stage for a fun filled Sunday that began with the children’s dash races, followed by the 5K run/walk, and the award ceremony.  As the photos show, it was a day of fun and fellowship.  

As title sponsor, Broadway Stages is grateful to those who participated and donated to the event; the money raised goes a long way in advancing education and building community.  

Broadway Stages, New York’s premier film and television production company, actively supports a variety of organizations, programs and initiatives that demonstrate our commitment to local economic and community growth, education, the arts, public safety, and the environment.  Through financial, in-kind and volunteer resources we strive to make a difference in the communities where we work and live.  

Boo! Spooktacular at the Staten Island Zoo

Hundreds of ghosts and goblins attended the 2018 Staten Island Spooktacular, Staten Island's largest Halloween themed event that took place on October 13 and 14 at Barrett Park's Staten Island Zoo in West Brighton.  The two-day Halloween tradition was frighteningly fun as evidenced by the photos!  
Broadway Stages was thrilled to be a sponsor of the Spooktacular and thoroughly enjoyed the festivities along with its neighbors. 

Broadway Stages, New York’s premier film and television production company, expanded to Staten Island in 2017.  As a company with roots in NYC, we understand the needs of our neighbors and the importance of giving back.  We are excited to be in Staten Island and helping to make a positive impact on the individual lives of our neighbors.
Read the full article by Derek Alvez in SI Live here.

Broadway Stages–Title Sponsor for St. Stanislaus’ “Get to the Point” 5K RUN

 
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Get your running shoes on and come out to support St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy!  Broadway Stages is the title sponsor for the 25th anniversary of the “Get to the Point” 5K Run/Walk, that will take place on Sunday, October 14, 2018.  This year, Broadway Stages is also the benefactor of a pre-race “Pasta Party” on Saturday evening, October 13.

Event Chairman and Race Director Frank P. Carbone is excited to bring back the race this year and promises that it will be better than ever.  The event, which was first held in 1992, has grown steadily over the past three decades.  This year, over 500 participants are expected to compete in the highly popular children’s dash and 5K run. Adults, children and families of all ages are invited to join in this year’s festivities.  All proceeds from the event will be used to benefit the St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy, a local school with over 200 students serving grades Pre-K3 through 8 in the Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Long Island City communities.

Broadway Stages, New York’s premier film and television production company, is thrilled to be the title sponsor for this year's race. The company’s President and CEO, Gina Argento, strongly believes in giving back to the community by supporting educational causes and local businesses and engaging in positive environmental practices.  As a company with local roots, Broadway Stages understands the needs of its community and the importance of giving back.

For more information about St. Stanislaus’ “Get to the Point” 5K, and the pre-race pasta party, click here.

Gina Argento Named One of Queens’ Most Influential

 
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The Queens Courier paid tribute to its very own “Power List” at Terrace on the Park on October 3. Among those recognized was Gina Argento, President and CEO of Broadway Stages.  A committee convened to determine who among the community leaders in Queens truly stood out as the most influential in their respective fields.  Gina’s commitment to economic and community growth, and personal dedication to making a difference made her an obvious choice for this distinguished recognition.      

As the premier film and television production company in New York, Broadway Stages strives to meet the needs of their industry, while at the same time investing in the communities where they live and work.  Unparalleled relationship-driven client and community service is what sets Broadway Stages apart from the pack.

Congratulations to Gina and Broadway Stages for making a difference and influencing others to do the same.  
To read the full article on QNS.com click here.

Broadway Stages hosts the Arthur Kill Pumpkin Patch in Staten Island  

Broadway Stages is hosting The Arthur Kill Pumpkin Patch on Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 12 noon to 3:30 pm at 2911 Arthur Kill Road in Staten Island.  The autumnal celebration is freeand includes Halloween themed activities for children of all ages, including pumpkin picking, face painting, arts and crafts, snack, drinks and more; there will also be free parking on site.  And of course, costumes are encouraged!  
As your Arthur Kill neighbors we welcome you to join us in celebrating the season and our Staten Island Community. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions –community@broadway-stages.com.

About Broadway Stages in Staten Island
Broadway Stages has been an integral part of New York for over three decades, and together with its clients, have employed thousands of people and created hundreds of local jobs.  In 2017 we purchased the 70+ acre former Arthur Kill Correctional Facility located in the Charleston section of Staten Island.   The facility, which once housed more than 900 inmates, is being converted into a state-of-the-art full-service production facility offering ample space for film, television and music video productions of all sizes.  For Staten Island that means economic growth and community engagement.  
Broadway Stages is hyperlocal focused and committed to helping create new economic opportunities in the local Staten Island community, including an estimated 1,500 jobs over the next several years.  In addition, Broadway Stages plans to apply its sustainable business practices at their Staten Island campus, including solar energy and rooftop gardens.
Please follow us at Broadway Stages News for more information.   

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Halloween Party hosted by Broadway Stages and the 94th Precinct Community Council

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Come one, come all to the Halloween Party hosted by Broadway Stages and the 94th Precinct Community Council on Thursday, October 25 from 2:00 to 6:00 pm at 100 Meserole Ave., in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.  Wear your best costume and join in the fun of pumpkin painting, games and prizes, and face painting.  This fun-filled celebration is free and includes snacks and drinks.
As your Brooklyn neighbor we welcome you to join us in celebrating the season and our Greenpoint Community.   Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions –   community@broadway-stages.com 

About Broadway Stages 
Broadway Stages is one of New York’s largest growing full-service film, television and music video production companies. With more than 50 soundstages in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, we have been an integral part of New York City for over three decades.  With additional expansion underway, we have over 1.5 million square feet of integrated soundstages, locations, support space and parking.  
Together with our clients, we have employed thousands of people, and have created hundreds of local jobs.  We are dedicated to giving back to our community through education, the arts and environmentally focused programs.  We are hyperlocal focused and whenever possible work with local businesses and vendors for our production needs.  And we actively demonstrate our commitment to sustainability with our recycling program, rooftop solar panels, farms and gardens, and related educational programs.                                                    
For more information follow us at Broadway Stages News.   



New York TV and Film Production Reaches Historic Highs

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A memo from New York
In this month’s e-newsletter distributed by the New York Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, Broadway Stages and the other TV and film production companies that call New York home, were commended for reaching historic highs in film and television production and contributing to economic growth.  With 56 projects currently filming on soundstages and streetscapes across New York State, this has been a stellar year for the industry representing a combined $2.1 billion and more than 106,000 hires.

Broadway Stages - Our Contribution to the Industry
Broadway Stages has 53 studios in operation across three boroughs – Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island – and three more under construction.  We are currently hosting 21 productions including Blue Bloods, Madam Secretary, The Blacklist, Bull, and FBI to name just a few.  We are also gearing up for ABC’s The Godfather of Harlem, a limited series to air on the Epix channel.
Broadway Stages is striving to meet the growing needs of the industry, while at the same time investing in the communities where we work.                                                
Our 2017 acquisition of the former 70+ acre Arthur Kill Correctional Facility located in the Charleston section of Staten Island, is estimated to create 1,500 jobs over the next several years.  With an initial investment of $7 million to purchase the property, Broadway Stages plans to invest more than $20 million in private funds to update the campus. In addition, Broadway Stages will provide free shop space to Local United Scenic Artists (USA) 829 for their scenic artist apprenticeship program.   With one of five proposed soundstages completed and planning underway for the others, we are confident interest will continue to grow.  Prior to any renovations, the prison facility had already been used by major Hollywood production companies for its authenticity and real “prison feel”, including shows and films like Orange is the New Black and Oceans 8
We have also purchased property in the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson to meet growing film production demands.  A prime location for filming, we anticipate the area will continue to benefit from the positive effect of economic growth derived by the TV and film industry. 

 
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Broadway Stages - Our Contribution to the Community                                                                 
As a company with local roots, we understand the needs of our community and the importance of giving back.  Our commitment to community is actionable and runs deep.  
Together with our clients, we have employed thousands of people, and have created hundreds of local jobs.  We are dedicated to giving back to our community through education, the arts and environmentally focused programs.  We are hyperlocal focused and whenever possible work with local businesses and vendors for our production needs.  And we actively demonstrate our commitment to sustainability with our recycling program, rooftop solar panels, farms and gardens, and related educational programs.   
For more information follow us at Broadway Stages News
To read the entire article in the September E-Newsletter of the NY Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development click here.                                                                 

3RD Annual Kingsland Wildflowers Festival on Broadway Stages' Green Roof

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Plans are underway for the 3rd annual Kingsland Wildflowers Festival on Saturday, September 22, from 12 noon to 4 pm.  Fun and educational, the festival is free and offers an opportunity to learn about the rooftop garden atop our sound stage at 520 Kingsland Avenue in Greenpoint, and other conservation initiatives underway in our community.  Additional activities include tours of the green roof, interactive activities for kids, live music, food, and amazing views of our beautiful city.  

ABOUT OUR GREEN ROOF
Three years ago Broadway Stages collaborated with the New York City Audubon, Alive Structures, and Newtown Creek Alliance to create the half acre green roof.  Broadway Stages donated the space and, along with initial funding from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, continue to provide financial support for the infrastructure and garden maintenance.  

The design of the garden, led by Marni Majorelle and Alive Structures, features native grasses and wildflowers designed to attract birds and other wildlife species. The NYC Audubon manages the project and oversees the wildlife monitoring through bat and bird microphones and swallow houses installed on the green roof, and is also responsible for managing the year round educational programs.  For more information about greening your rooftop visit  Alive Structures.    

For more information about the festival check out  NYC Audubon  or Kingsland Wildflowers.

Broadway Stages supports 35th anniversary of 94th Precinct's National Night Out in Greenpoint

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For 35 years the NYPD's 94th Precinct has been hosting National Night Out in Greenpoint. Over the last seven years Broadway Stages has supported this community event.  This year Broadway Stages provided all of the entertainment, activities and food including Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, a rock-climbing wall, spin and sand art, games, and music.  “We believe that it is important to honor the hardworking and brave men and women who serve and protect us every day,” said Gina Argento, CEO of Broadway Stages, “especially our local precinct in Greenpoint.”  Argento said it’s a great feeling to watch residents engage with the men and women of the 94th Precinct to introduce themselves and thank them for their service.  For the full article by Mark Garzon with the Queens Ledger click here.

Thanks to a gift from Broadway Stages, beloved Park Deli in Greenpoint, Brooklyn stays in business

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Broadway Stages, the New York City film and television production company with headquarters in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, paid $30,000 to cover a 110 percent rent increase faced by the owner of the Park Deli, Krystyna Godawa.  Offering a life line to keep the Park Deli in business, Broadway Stages also orders Krystyna's food for their local productions.  "She's a staple for the local community but more importantly for our TV and film industry who all eat her amazing food," said Warren Cohn representing Broadway Stages.   "Thank God for Broadway Stages who's like an angel for me," said Krystyna. To read the full article by N.J. Burkett with EYEWITNESS NEWS abc 7 please click here.  For coverage by the New York Business Journal's Anthony Noto click here.

Orange Is the New Black films sixth season inside Broadway Stages' Arthur Kill Prison on Staten Island

Since acquiring the Arthur Kill Correctional Facility on Staten Island in 2017, Broadway Stages has opened the grounds to film crews like that of “Blindspot”, “Ocean’s 8” and "Orange is the New Black".  Filming at a former correctional facility where reminders of its former inhabitants are etched in the walls, brings authenticity and creates a sense of reality for the actors   Broadway Stages plans to invest $20 million into the renovation of the 67-acre, 400-cell prison, but much of the property will remain genuine.  Within the first five years Broadway Stages foresees the creation of more than 1,300 on-site jobs and 350 construction jobs to support improvements and expansion at the Staten Island location.  For the full article by Meghan Giannotta with amNY.comclick here.