Facility aims to foster tech, creative growth

A new media center, aimed at fostering technological and creative growth and the first of its kind internationally, will be built in Gotham and is expected to open May 2013.

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, Media and Entertainment Commissioner Katherine Oliver and New York City Economic Development Corporation prexy Seth Pinsky announced Thursday the creation of the ‘Made in New York’ Media Center, which will bring together professionals from a wide array of fields — including film, television, advertising, new media, gaming and marketing — to foster new development and innovation in the media sphere. Bloomberg specifically noted the need for the city “to evolve and meet new challenges in the changing media landscape.”

“By providing workspace for projects in development, professional workshops and innovative programs to welcome new ideas and start-ups, we will continue to attract talent and new ideas,” he said.

The 18,000 sq. ft. space, located in Brooklyn’s DUMBO community (often referred to as “Silicon Alley” in light of the growth of tech and start-up talent there), will provide workspace for projects, seminars and networking events. Parts of the media center will also host a select number of start-ups and small companies. The space will be managed by the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), which will also be tasked with marketing and implementation.

“The Media Center will be an incubator for great stories and a showcase for new works whether they’re told through film, digital, games or apps,” said Joana Vicente, executive director of IFP. “Regardless of what tools are used, we’ll be doing what we’ve done for 30 years: curating stories, supporting artists and connecting storytellers to investors, audiences and other artists.”

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