Rendering of Mediapro Studios-Great Point Studio 20,000 location in NW Yonkers
By Dan Murphy
The two biggest takeaways from the announcement last week that Mediapro Studios in collaboration with Great Point Studios, broke ground on a $100 million, 20,000 square foot studio at 1500 North Broadway are: The new studio marks the third in Yonkers in three years, and the hope is to create an Eastern Seaboad hub for TV and Movie production.
Great Point Studio Proudctions CEO Robert Halm said at a recent event, “The No. 1 place in the United States to make film and television, that’s Yonkers now. That’s where people are coming from, and that’s where they’re going to be coming from in the future.” Great Point Studios has existing long term partnerships with Lionsgate, and Syracuse University.
MediaPro North America is a provider of Spanish programming. The North Broadway campus will feature three sound stages totaling 20,000 square feet, as well as post-production facilities and other amenities to support a range of media production and entertainment options, and is set to open in the fall of 2024.
“The addition of Mediapro to Yonkers’ growing film and production landscape further demonstrates our city’s reimagined approach to redevelopment, creating local jobs and economic vitality,” said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano. “We are thankful to Mediapro at Great Point Studios for investing in Yonkers and expanding its footprint here, truly making us Hollywood on Hudson.”
“This groundbreaking is a testament to our commitment to innovation and excellence in the world of media and entertainment,” says Irantzu Diez-Gamboa CEO, MEDIAPRO North America. “We are excited to be part of this expansion that will not only bolster our industry but also contribute to the growth and prosperity of Yonkers and the entire region”
“We’re thrilled to partner with Mediapro and expand our production facility footprint in Yonkers. Mayor Spano and the entire Yonkers community has been incredibly supportive and welcoming as they share in our vision for regional economic growth.” says Robert Halmi, Founder &; CEO of Great Point Studios.
Great Point Studios opened its $500 million Lionsgate Studios in downtown Yonkers in 2022. And iPark recently purchased a 28-acre campus at 463 Hawthorne Avenue from nonprofit Rising Ground for $52.6 million, with plans to build more fim studio space in the Ludlow section of SW Yonkers.
“There is a shortage of big, purpose-built stages, particularly in the Northeast,” Halmi said. Lionsgate became the anchor tenant in first location downtown, occupying seven of its 11 soundstages. That location will feature eight, 20,000 square foot stages, one 30,000 square foot stage and two, 10,000 foot stages.
Indeed, Yonkers has become Hollywood on the Hudson.