Gotham’s Pier 59 gets three soundstages

Gotham's Pier 59 gets three soundstages

Pier 59 Studios, which bills itself as New York’s ultimate waterfront destination, opened three new daylight studios last month. The studios, 2,700 square feet, 4,600 square feet and 1,500 square feet, are suitable for film, still photography and special events, said studio bookings manager, Glenn Ban.

The complex, located within Chelsea Piers, features a panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline and the Hudson River. Much of Pier 59’s original form remains intact, its 84-year-old ambiance preserved within a more modern concept.

Prior to the additions, the facility’s main level boasted 10 column-free studios ranging in size from 30 square feet by 50 square feet to 50 square feet by 65 square feet. Ceiling heights begin at 16 feet, sloping to 35 feet. Two sets of studios feature retractable walls, which allow them to expand into two 6,000 square-foot spaces. In addition, Stage C, a 6,000 square-foot soundstage, has a ceiling height of 45 feet, and Studio 8, a 13,000-square-foot studio, has windows facing east and west.

Four of the studios and the VIP restaurant/bar feature large skylights and walls of windows, creating an abundance of natural light. These spaces also overlook an exterior 4,000 square-foot wooden deck nestled on the Hudson River.

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Miami Beach Office of Arts, Culture and Entertainment announced the appointment of Alexis Edwards as film & print coordinator.

Film, print, TV and media productions are a critical piece of the Miami Beach entertainment industry and economy, which generated $58.8 million for the 1998/’99 fiscal year. Permits issued reached 1,912.

“Alexis’ diverse background in media-related fields, from the corporate, government and non-profit worlds, makes her a unique and qualified professional capable of bringing a well-rounded perspective to the job of film and print coordinator,” said James Quinlan, director of the Office of Arts, Culture and Entertainment.

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Members of the Metro Orlando Film and Television Commission were pleased with Orlando-based Trans Continental Records topper Lou Pearlman and ABC Entertainment’s choice of metro Orlando as the location to shoot its new half-hour reality series “O-Town.”

Pearlman, currently embroiled in legal imbroglios with his former musical wards, ‘N Sync, will guide the MTV Prods. and Bunim/Murray Prods.’ look at the real life behind-the-scenes drama of an all-male pop group from its genesis to its public debut.

“This is a dynamic, highly visible project that will be great publicity and promotion for Orlando,” said Pearlman.

“Being originally from Orlando, I am excited for the opportunity to showcase my hometown and work again with old friends,” said Clay Newbill, supervising producer of “O-Town.” “We were looking for a community that had a burgeoning music industry as well as an established production infrastructure. We found that here.”

Newbill added that the creative team is attempting to create a new style of documentary television. Production is skedded to wrap early February.

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The Tahoe International Film Festival (TIFF) announced a call for entries for its fourth annual event, held April 6 through 10 at the Lake Tahoe North Shore resort.

TIFF 2000 is placing an emphasis on celebrating the “Explorer’s Voice” in film.

For information contact Laura Barber at (530) 585-3378, or e-mail her at

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