Staten Island EDC Recognizes Broadway Stages with Top 31 Award

 
 

At this year’s Staten Island Economic Development Corporation’s (SIEDC) annual conference, Broadway Stages was recognized as one of the top 31 growing companies in the borough.  Gina Argento, Broadway Stages’ President and CEO, received the award on behalf of the company.

“We’ve put our heart and soul into our Staten Island campus in Arthur Kill and are excited to see the growth that it’s bringing to the community,” said Gina. “We are proud to be a member of the SIEDC and a part of the Charleston community.”

In 2017 Broadway Stages acquired the 69-acre campus in Arthur Kill, located in the Charleston section of Staten Island.  Today, its being designed as a full service production facility offering ample space for film, television and music video productions of all sizes.  

For additional information about the SIEDC annual conference view the SI Live media report at SILive.com by Erik Bascome.

ABOUT THE SIEDC Since 1993 the SIEDC has served as the lead advocate for economic development on Staten Island. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, SIEDC’s mission is to enhance Staten Island’s economy by promoting public and private investment, and encouraging responsible and sustainable development, all of which improve the quality of life and provide broad and diverse employment opportunities in the borough. The annual business conference brings together Staten Island based companies and provides opportunities for them to display their services and products, attend educational seminars, keynote panels, and offers networking opportunities. For more information about SIEDC click here.



Easter Baskets were Filled Thanks to Sen. Persaud and Broadway Stages!

We caught our first glimpse of spring last Saturday at the second annual Easter egg hunt hosted by Senator Roxanne Persaud at Canarsie Park. Families from across Brooklyn celebrated the Easter holiday and joined their neighbors in a morning of fun seasonal activities. A special thank you to Senator Persaud for hosting this family friendly event - it was a great success. “This was so much fun, the kids had a great time hunting for Easter eggs. It’s wonderful to see our community come together to share in fellowship, and Broadway Stages was honored to be a sponsor,” said Gina Argento, President and CEO Broadway Stages, Ltd. “At Broadway Stages our commitment to community is actionable and runs deep. Through financial, in-kind, and volunteer resources we strive to make a difference in the communities where we work and live.”

Celebrating Earth Day 2019 - Doing Our Part to Protect the Environment

Observed every year on April 22, Earth Day promotes environmental literacy and awareness.  U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day as an environmental teach-in held in 1970. Many consider this event the genesis of the “Going Green” movement. Coordinated by the Earth Day Network, there are now annual events held in 193 countries around the world to promote the idea that we, as humans, should protect the environment.

At Broadway Stages we’re doing our part to raise awareness about environmental sustainability and we’re walking the talk with the use of renewable technologies.  From our green roofs, currently totaling 27,000 square feet, that helps to advance ecosystem services that are critical to our habitat and community, to 50,000 square feet of solar panels that helps improve air quality, and decrease power grid demand.  And later this year we’ll be expanding our green roof garden program [Broadway Stages Green Corridor] by an additional 1.4 acres - or almost 61,000 square feet - thanks to a grant from the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation’s Green Innovation Grant Program, and the support of Alive Structures who will design and implement the green roofs.   

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There is so much that each of us can do to protect our earth, and we encourage you to lend a hand.  It’s easy and fun. Consider implementing a recycle - reduce - reuse approach, or plant some green. Earth Day is a great time to plant a tree or even add a plant to your home or office. Not only does a plant add some color to a room, but also  helps to clean the air.

Check out the Earth Day Network to see what other initiatives are underway and how you can get involved.



Futures in Education Angels Reception Brings Students and Donors Together

Futures in Education 2018-19 Angel Program Recipients

Futures in Education 2018-19 Angel Program Recipients

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The New York Hall of Science in Queens was buzzing with excitement last night!  Futures in Education held their Angel Program reception that was attended by hundreds of students, their families and Angel sponsors.  It was an amazing opportunity to bring the students and their donors together to meet face-to-face.

Broadway Stages has been a long time supporter of the Futures in Education Angel Program that allows less fortunate children in Brooklyn and Queens to receive a Catholic education. This year Gina Argento was the Angel to four children; subsidizing the cost of their Catholic grammar school tuition.  

“It’s a privilege to play a role in the lives of these children, and helping them expand their knowledge and love of learning,” said Gina. The Angel Program provides access to an excellent education for those who need a helping hand.”

Any family with a child or children grades K-8 registered in a Catholic Elementary school or academy in Brooklyn or Queens that can demonstrate financial need of tuition assistance may apply.  To learn more about Futures in Education and the Angel Program click here.  



Staten Island Children’s Museum Carnival & Science Spectacular!

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Broadway Stages is thrilled to be among the sponsors of this year’s Carnival and Science Spectacular, a fundraiser that benefits the Staten Island Children’s Museum.  You won’t want to miss the fun! This old fashioned festival includes many fan favorites including carnival Games and Rides, Bounce House, Obstacle Course, music, rock wall, science Demonstrations, robots, solar Cars, lasers, raffles, food, entry to the Museum and so much more!

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Carnival & Science Spectacular

1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
Saturday June 1 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Tickets can be purchased at
www.sichildrensmuseum.org/carnival-and-science-spectacular or at the museum  

Discount tickets are available for $13 until May 30
Special early bird pricing is available to members for $10 until April 26  
Tickets at the gate are $16

The Staten Island Children’s Museum was founded in 1974. Since that time they have worked to nurture the creativity and curiosity natural to all children.  Their programming emphasizes direct and authentic hands-on experiences conducted in a welcoming and pleasing environment. The Museum encourages participation by visitors of all abilities and endeavors to reach beyond its walls to serve as an educational resource for the members of our diverse community, especially families and schools.  To learn more about the Staten Island Children’s Museum click here.

Canarsie Park Easter Egg Hunt Hosted by Senator Persaud - Sponsored by BWS

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Spring is in Full Swing with Easter right around the corner, what better way to celebrate than with an Easter egg hunt for the kids? Broadway Stages invites you to attend the Senate District 19 Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Senator Roxanne J. Persaud.

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Senator Roxanne J. Persaud Free Easter Egg Hunt

Seaview Ave &, E 102nd St (East 88th Street and Seaview Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11236
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

“SD-19 Easter Egg Hunt is one more way to serve the community. I am happy with the response and support from the community because families in the 19th senatorial district deserve opportunities for physical and social activities outdoors. I am proud to be able to host this egg hunt in the district for a second year,” said Senator Persaud.

This fun family event will feature giveaways and refreshments, games for the kids, as well as a visit from the Easter Bunny! Admission is FREE and we can’t wait to see you there. Just don’t forget to bring a basket!
RSVP via goo.gl/forms/CChl5logefycqHlA3

2019 TV Season Brings New Exciting Shows and Pilots Filmed at Broadway Stages

Broadway Stages has worked with every major Hollywood film studio on feature films and produced scores of television shows. The success of each production comes from the efforts of thousands of individuals, both in front of the cameras and behind the scenes, who help make film and television a reality. Broadway Stages is honored to play a role in creating exceptional entertainment by providing production studios, locations and related services to our clients who combine imagination and talent to create the stories we can’t get enough of.  

Read below about five new shows being produced or shot at Broadway Stages’ facilities including Hightown, The Code, The Godfather of Harlem, The Loudest Voice, and Wu Tang – An American Saga. 

 

THE LOUDEST VOICE
ABOUT: Eight-episode series adaptation of Gabriel Sherman‘s book The Loudest Voice in the Room focused on the rise and fall of Fox News founder Roger Ailes.
TIMING: Debuts in summer 2019
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Blumhouse Television
NETWORK: Showtime Networks
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Tom McCarthy, Gabriel Sherman, Jason Blum , Alex Metcalf, Marci Wiseman, Jeremy Gold, and Russell Crowe
STARRING: Russell Crowe as Roger Ailes and Naomi Watts as Gretchen Carlson
FILMING LOCATION: Broadway Stages @ Cooper Ave. in Queens

HIGHTOWN
ABOUT: Opioid crime drama set amidst the drug trade on Cape Cod.
TIMING: Production begins in March 2019
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Jerry Bruckheimer Television
NETWORK: Starz
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Gary Lennon, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Jonathan Littman
STARRING: Monica Raymond as Jackie Quinones National Marine Fisheries Services officer and James Badge Dale as Detective Ray Abruzzo
FILMING LOCATION: Broadway Stages @ Long Island City in Queens

THE GODFATHER OF HARLEM
ABOUT:
Crime drama about infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson in Harlem in the 1960’s.
TIMING: Debuts in April 2019
PRODUCTION COMPANY: ABC Signature Studios
NETWORK: Epix
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Chris Brancato, Nina Young Bongiovi, James Acheson and Forest Whitaker
STARRING: Forest Whitaker as Bumpy Johnson, Lucy Fry as Stella and Vincent D’Onofrio as Vincent ‘Chin’ Gigante
FILMING LOCATION: Broadway Stages @ Cooper Ave. in Queens and @ Greenpoint, Brooklyn

WU-TANG: AN AMERICAN SAGA
ABOUT:
Ten-episode series set in New York City in the early ‘90’s about the formation of the legendary Staten Island rap group, Wu Tang Clan, and their influence on hip hop culture.
TIMING: Debuts in 2019
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Imagine Entertainment
NETWORK: Hulu
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Brian Grazer, Alex Tse, RZA and Method Man
STARRING: Dave East as Shotgun, a.k.a. Method Man, Julian Elijah Martinez as Divine, and Siddiq Saunderson as Dennis ‘D-Love’ Coles
FILMING LOCATION: Broadway Stages @ Staten Island Stages

THE CODE
ABOUT:
Drama series about the professional and personal lives of the military’s brightest legal minds in the courtroom.
TIMING: Debuts on April 9, 2019
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Timberman-Beverly Productions and CBS Television Studios
NETWORK: CBS Television
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Craig Sweeny, Craig Tuck, Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman
STARRING: Ato Essandoh as Major Trey Ferry, Luke Mitchell as Captain John ‘Abe’ Abraham and Dana Delaney as Colonel Glenn Turnbull
FILMING LOCATION: Broadway Stages @ Staten Island Stages

 

We’re also excited to play host to seven television pilots (out of a total nine being filmed in New York), and a YouTube comedy pilot airing in 2019. And what a line-up of pilots it is. From an NYPD Blue sequel, and a reboot of New York Undercover, to a supernatural thriller series, The Last American Vampire, that follows a character from the popular novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  There’s also a series called Evil, about the battle between science and religion – think miracles and demonic possessions – as well as a show about the FBI’s Most Wanted.  Then we have Sisters, a drama based on an Australian TV series about an only child who learns that her fertility doctor father conceived dozens of children, only two of which are girls. If that’s not enough then get ready for a fictional legal/family drama [not yet named] that centers on a prisoner who becomes a lawyer, litigating cases for other inmates while fighting to overturn his own life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit. And rounding out the 2019 pilots being filmed at Broadway Stages is YouTube’s It’s a Man’s World (working title). The story is about a top female video game executive who after being abruptly fired from her job decides to start applying for gaming jobs as a man and finds herself on a noticeably easier path to success.  So - there’s definitely something for everyone!

Be sure to keep an eye on this year’s exciting television season.  Broadway Stages is thrilled to play host to these shows coming soon to your favorite entertainment watching device.  

Join us in Donating Prom Dresses and Suits all Across Brooklyn!

Broadway Stages Boutique (Donations requested by May 20)
Drop Off Box Located at:
Broadway Stages
203 Meserole Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222


For pick up request please E-mail: Monica@broadway-stages.com

It’s prom season and the Broadway Stages Boutique is open and awaiting your donations! We are looking for gently used, prom appropriate evening dresses, gowns and men’s suits. We are hoping to bring big ‘Brooklyn’ smiles to those less fortunate who want to attend this milestone event. For many who want to go to their prom, the price of the ticket is alone too much. When you add the cost of a dress or suit and all the extras it can become completely unaffordable.

So, while you’re doing your spring cleaning, please consider donating any prom appropriate attire (for women or men), that has been hiding in the back of your closet. You will be helping someone deserving to attend their prom in style.
Please contact monica@broadway-stages.com to schedule a pick up or drop off your donations at Broadway Stages headquarters located at 203 Meserole Ave., Brooklyn, NY no later than May 20, 2019.

Donations from Broadway Stages will be distributed across Brooklyn. The date and location for distribution will be provided as soon as details are finalized.

"Broadway Stages has a long history of giving back; it's just part of who we are and what we do. Our commitment to be a good neighbor means lending a helping hand whenever we can, and that's what we're doing with our prom dress and suit drive. The excitement of high school prom is something that takes us all back to a milestone moment. For those excited about attending, the challenge of affording a ticket and the required attire may prevent them from participating in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. We hope that our prom dress and suit drive will allow underprivileged young women and men to attend their prom in style. Building a sense of community and providing to those less fortunate is a passion of Broadway Stages and we invite the community to join us by donating gently used prom style dresses and suits. Together we can help bring a smile to deserving students." - Monica Holowacz, Director of Community Relations, Broadway Stages, Ltd.

Sold-Out Success! North Brooklyn Angels’ Inaugural Fundraising Luncheon

Photos courtesy of Philip Mauro Photography

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The North Brooklyn Angels’ ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’ luncheon hosted by Broadway Stages was a big success! The sold-out fundraiser held at the Warsaw Polish National Home on March 27 raised over $130,000, which equals more than 32,000 meals that will be served to our neighbors in need over the next year.

It was a virtual who’s who in attendance including those honored as ‘Neighbors of the Year’ including Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams; Ana Oliveira, Brooklyn Chamber Chair and Marketing Executive for Investors Bank; and Restaurateur and behind the scenes “Angel” chef, Josh Cohen. Also, in attendance was Chair of the Luncheon and the North Brooklyn Chamber, Elaine Brodsky, as well as President of the North Brooklyn Chamber, Paul Samulski. Of course, our very own Tony and Gina Argento were on hand to celebrate the North Brooklyn Angels and the ‘Neighbors of the Year’, along with others who came out to support the cause.

A special shout-out to the Brownsville Culinary Community Center (BCCC) who made and served the delicious food for the luncheon. BCCC is an amazing community service organization located in East New York, Brooklyn. Similar to the North Brooklyn Angels, their mission is to address issues around food scarcity by offering healthy, accessible cuisine to neighborhood residents. They also offer a culinary training program designed to educate and inspire participants to excel in the food-service industry. To learn more visit BCCC.

Sincere thanks to all who attended the event – to those who made the event happen, for volunteering, for donating, and for spreading the word about food insecurity in Brooklyn. We also acknowledge the Episcopal Ministries of Long Island who provided the start-up funding for the Angelmobile project, and to Elaine and Norm Brodsky, founding partners and sustained donors of the Angelmobile, for their continued commitment to community.

Did you miss the luncheon? No worries, it’s never too late! Please consider donating your time or financial resources. To learn more about the North Brooklyn Angels and how you can help fight hunger, food insecurity, and poverty in North Brooklyn click here.

Celebrating Women’s History Month and Recipients of the “Made in NY” Women’s Film, TV and Theatre Fund Grant

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On February 28, 2019, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen and the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) Acting Commissioner Anne del Castillo kicked off Women’s History Month with the announcement of the first round of grant recipients of the "Made in NY" Women's Film, TV and Theatre Fund. 

Funds totaling $1.5 million were awarded to 63 film, television, theatre and digital media women-led projects. This is the first round of a $5 million, three-year program funded by MOME and administered by New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).  

Gina Argento, President and CEO of Broadway Stages, congratulates the grant recipients for their creativity, drive and perseverance in making a mark in this challenging industry, and celebrates the importance of Women’s History Month. “At Broadway Stages, we value diversity and promote the inclusion of experiences, talents, and culture across our operations, and we support efforts to advance opportunities for women and minorities in the television and film industry and beyond,” said Gina. “I applaud the efforts of Deputy Mayor Glen and MOME Acting Commissioner Anne del Castillo, for their leadership in bringing attention and support to the underrepresented women in this industry. I am proud of what New York City is doing to help advance women in television, film and theater, and hope to see continued progress. Throughout the year, and especially during Women’s History Month, it’s important to understand the contributions of women across the globe, the value of our experiences and perspectives, and the obligation we all have to advance equality and inclusion.”  

A full list of projects that were funded by this grant can be found here.  

Read more about the Women’s Film, TV and Theater Fund and Women’s History Month

Broadway Stages Hosts North Brooklyn Angels’ Inaugural Fundraising Luncheon

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North Brooklyn Angels Luncheon
216 Driggs Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Contact: Aleksandra @ 347-752-2016 

Broadway Stages is hosting the North Brooklyn Angels’ first annual ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’ luncheon on March 27. The North Brooklyn Angels are hoping to raise enough funds to prepare and serve 50,000 meals over a period of a year to those in need right here in Brooklyn.

Did you know, Brooklyn has the highest rate of food insecurity in NYC at 20% of its population? And that housing cost is the primary cause of food sacrifice? When you also consider the negative impacts of housing instability and poverty on many of our neighbors in Brooklyn, you soon understand the need for the North Brooklyn Angels.

Not only will this inaugural luncheon raise funds to feed those in need, but also serve to recognize three ‘Neighbors of the Year’ who have generously worked toward community betterment, namely, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams; Brooklyn Chamber Chair, SVP and Marketing Executive for Investors Bank, Ana Oliveira; and Josh Cohen, North Brooklyn Restaurateur, who is responsible for helping to prepare 1,000 meals a week for our neighbors in need.

Broadway Stages encourages you to join us in supporting the North Brooklyn Angels, either through financial or volunteer support, and personally invite you to attend the Neighbors Helping Neighbors luncheon.   
For more information about the North Brooklyn Angels and how you can help click here

Celebrating Black History Month and Local Hero #42 Jackie Robinson

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Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams Hosts Jackie Robinson Essay Contest
The first two months of the new year have special significance – in January we recognize the 100th birthday of a local hero, Jackie Roosevelt Robinson, and in February we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Black History Month.

On April 15, 1947 Jackie Robinson became the first black athlete to play Major League Baseball (MLB) in the modern era, playing first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in the Flatbush neighborhood of New York. From pioneering integration of professional athletics in America, to playing a critical role in the Civil Rights movement, Robinson helped change the landscape of race relations in the United States.  But his influence goes beyond the baseball field.   Robinson was also the first black television analyst in MLB and the first black vice president of a major American corporation, Chock full o'Nuts. In addition, in the 1960s, he helped establish the Freedom National Bank, an African-American-owned financial institution based in Harlem, New York. Robinson passed away in 1972 at the age of 53, but his memory continues to be celebrated.

On January 31, 2019, Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams, together with Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo kicked off Black History Month with a tribute to Jackie Robinson.  At a celebration at Brooklyn Borough Hall, a proclamation and posthumous "Key to Brooklyn" was presented to the family of Jackie Robinson (accepted by his granddaughter Sonya Pankey) on what would have been the 100th birthday of the Hall of Famer.  In addition, the winners of an essay contest acknowledging the character and achievements of Jackie Robinson, were recognized.  The essay contest was held at three local schools named after the famous baseball player and civil rights leader. The schools involved in the essay contest were M.S. 352 - Brooklyn , P.S. 375 – Brooklyn, and P.S. 15 - Queens.   

Judges for the essay contest included community leaders, educators, a Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice, an attorney, and Gina Argento, President and CEO of Broadway Stages.  As a company with local roots, Broadway Stages is committed to giving back and welcomed the opportunity to join in the celebration and serve as a judge for the essay contest.  Gina applauds the efforts of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, and Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo for kicking off Black History Month with this ceremonial event.  “Celebrating culture, and accomplishments, helps build awareness, and reminds us all of the value that our diverse experiences and talents bring to our world,” said Gina. Broadway Stages congratulates all the students who participated in the essay contest and recognizes the winners on a job well done.

M.S. 352, Ebbets Field Middle P.S. 375, Jackie Robinson Primary          P.S. 15, Jackie Robinson Primary
1st  – Merlik Alleyne 1st – Kamryn Bennett                      1st – Anaelle Pierre Charles
2nd – Ragiyata Bah    2nd – Victoria Rolon             2nd – Madison St. Claire
3rd – Brianna Pettiford     3rd – N/A             3rd – Jasmine Jackson

For information about the Jackie Robinson Foundation click here. To view the award ceremony at Brooklyn Borough Hall click here