"Orange Is the New Black" Returns in One Week!

Only one week until Piper, Crazy Eyes, Taystee, and the rest of your favorite inmates return to Netflix for their final season! How will Piper and Sophia fare on the outside? What will happen to Blanca? How will Copeland celebrate winning the fantasy inmate league? Find out on Friday, July 26.

Broadway Stages is proud to offer an actual former prison as the stand-in for Litchfield Correctional Institution. And we continue to work to expand the campus and bring economic growth to Staten Island. Most recently, our Staten Island facility has provided an authentic prison setting for television shows like "Orange Is the New Black" and movies like "Ocean's 8."

Watch the trailer for the final season here, and don't forget to tune in on Friday, July 26.

Valuable New Resource Available: Diverse Suppliers Directory

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Broadway Stages values diversity in the workforce and among our suppliers and vendors. That’s why we're excited to spread the news about the recently published Diverse Supplier Directory. Published by the New York State Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, the directory brings visibility to the many diverse vendors supporting the industry in New York — bringing them more business opportunities. These vendors provide services in the following areas: casting, catering, equipment rental, janitorial/cleaning, marketing/media services, post/VFX/animation, production company, security, stages/studios, and wardrobe/props.

Broadway Stages looks forward to using this resource, encouraging our diverse service providers to sign up, and sharing it with our production clients.

Advancing Parity for Women: New York Women in Film & Television

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As a woman-owned business, Broadway Stages is committed to advancing opportunities for women and minorities in the television and film industry. One way we demonstrate this commitment is through membership in New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT). As a professional association for women in the New York entertainment industry, NYWIFT promotes equality for women — whether in front of or behind the camera and in every stage of their careers — and works to make a difference through initiatives that recognize talents and provide opportunities for women throughout the industry.

Most recently, NYWIFT hosted its 2019 Summit at which industry thought leaders and journalists addressed the issues of gender and pay gap, diversity/inclusion, and sexual harassment, planning the way forward to make positive changes in these areas.

We congratulate Cynthia López for recently taking the helm as NYWIFT executive director and look forward to working together with NYWIFT to face the challenges and opportunities presented to women in the industry. Learn more about NYWIFT, its programs, and how to become a member at https://www.nywift.org/.

Staten Island — A Hotbed for TV and Film Production

Check out the SI Live piece by Victoria Priola about television and film production on Staten Island. Broadway Stages is proud to be a part of the economic growth coming to the island and excited to bring major Hollywood production companies to film at its Arthur Kill Campus located in the Charleston section of Staten Island.

The campus is being designed as a full-service production facility offering ample space for film, television, and music video productions of all sizes. The location has already been home to 41 productions including "Orange is the New Black," "The Black List," "Oceans 8," and most recently "Wu Tang: An American Saga."

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations' Gala in Gotham

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations (BWI) held its annual Gala in Gotham on June 13 to celebrate the achievements of its programs, graduates, and partners who work together to connect thousands of low-income New Yorkers with training for in-demand careers. As one of the sponsors of this event, Broadway Stages congratulates BWI and its partners for their efforts in creating new possibilities for career success and supporting the television and film industry of New York.

Of the eight training programs provided by BWI, two specifically support the television and film industry — the "Made in NY" Production Assistant and Post Production training programs. A collaboration between BWI and the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, their mission is to give unemployed and low-income New Yorkers a chance to work in the dynamic field of film and television production whether on-set or in post-production editing video or creating visual effects. BWI helps to provide skilled labor needed to support the ever-growing industry and New York economy. Skilled labor needed to continue to attract networks to film their productions and complete post-production work in NYC.

We also congratulate those who were honored at the Gala for their role in supporting BWI's mission, including:

  • EXTRAORDINARY SUPPORTER Post New York Alliance

  • OUTSTANDING EMPLOYER Crewforce

  • OUTSTANDING EMPLOYER Total Transportation

  • OUTSTANDING EMPLOYER Picture Farm

  • CATALYTIC PARTNER Innovation Lab Partners

  • INSPIRATIONAL GRADUATE Kareem Edwards

A Peek Inside the Arthur Kill Prison at Staten Island Stages, LLC

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The Business Insider was given a special sneak peek inside the Arthur Kill Prison at the Staten Island Stages, LLC facility on Staten Island. Shows and films like "Orange is the New Black," "Daredevil," and "Ocean's 8" have used this facility as a backdrop for their story lines, needing an authentic penitentiary vibe.  

The 69-acre Arthur Kill campus, located in the Charleston section of Staten Island, was acquired in 2017. Plans are underway for upgrades and construction of additional sound stages. We're excited to see the full potential of this facility and to realize the economic growth it will bring to Staten Island.  

Check out the story and take your own sneak peek inside the Arthur Kill Prison at The Business Insider.

Record-Breaking First Quarter for NY Film Incentive Program

New York's film tax credit program boasted another record-breaking first quarter. There was a significant increase from 2018 in all of the key indicators including number of applications, hires, and estimated spend.

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With the tax credit extended to 2024 by Governor Cuomo, we expect these numbers to continue to grow, bringing more jobs and economic growth to the state and local economies. Gina Argento, President and CEO of Broadway Stages, said "New York's booming TV and film production industry creates well-paying jobs each year and the program's extension ensures productions will continue to come to New York and generate revenue for smaller businesses that work with those productions. We are glad that the program has been renewed and look forward to hosting many more productions at our 50+ sound stages around New York City, and creating thousands of meaningful jobs."

Click here to read about the record-breaking first quarter.

Blue Bloods Wedding of the Year - A Must See!

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Be sure to tune into CBS this Friday, May 10 to catch the wedding of the year. Eddie and Jamie's nuptials are must see TV! Broadway Stages is proud to be the film production partner of "Blue Bloods" since their first season aired in 2010.

Filmed near our headquarters in Greenpoint, the Regans have been part of the Broadway Stages family for almost a decade, and we couldn't be more delighted.  Congratulations to "Blue Bloods" for nine successful seasons. We can't wait to see what happens in season 10. And of course congratulations to Eddie and Jamie! We'll be watching.

"The Good Fight" Renewed for a Fourth Season on CBS

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Broadway Stages is excited to announce that "The Good Fight" has been renewed for a fourth season at CBS All Access. Filmed at our facilites in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Broadway Stages has been the production partner for "The Good Fight," a spinoff of "The Good Wife," which aired for seven seasons on CBS and also filmed at Broadway Stages. See what Variety is saying about the upcoming season.

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, it's 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 and keynote panels, and offers networking opportunities. For more information about SIEDC, click here.



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 1960s.
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 '90s 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, and 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 lineup 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.