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Silvercup fills up on TV

Silvercup fills up on TV

HOLLYWOOD — Silvercup Studios East has added another sitcom to its stellar primetime production family. CBS’ “Welcome to New York,” scheduled to bow in the fall, is the third network series to be filmed at the Gotham studio.

“The extraordinary success of the HBO hit series ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘The Sopranos,’ which are filmed at the Silvercup main lot, clearly demonstrates that the best way to produce a show with a New York story is to film both location and soundstage work in New York,” said Silvercup prexy Stuart Match Suna.

“Welcome to New York,” with Christine Baranski, centers on an Indiana weatherman’s acclamation to a New York newscast.

“Even before construction was finished on Silvercup Studios East, two primetime network series, one for ABC (“Wonderland”) and one for CBS (“Now and Again”), signed on as our first productions,” said Alan N. Suna, Silvercup’s CEO. “We are delighted that the new Studios USA/CBS series has signed up with us.”

Silvercup, which opened its first soundstage in 1983, has recently begun capitalizing on the Internet boom. The studio has become host to a number of dot-com ads, among them, Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, Monster.com and E-Trade.com.

Located on Star Avenue in Long Island City, the studio boasts 450,000-square feet of space, including 18 studios as well as on-site production offices, and extensive set, prop and wardrobe storage areas.

Feature pics shot at the Silvercup include Adam Sandler’s “Big Daddy,” as well as his upcoming “Little Nicky”; “Mickey Blue Eyes,” “Ransom” and “Howard Stern’s Private Parts.”

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Maryland has dispatched feature film location manager Ken Haber to open an L.A. film office to promote the state as an ideal production venue.

“This is an exciting time for the Maryland film industry. Maryland offers outstanding locations, a skilled technical and creative workforce, a supportive business community and significant new tax-exemption provisions,” said Gov. Parris N. Glendening.

Haber has worked closely with such directors Oliver Stone, Rob Reiner, Terrence Malick, Francis Ford Coppola, Ridley Scott, Bruce Paltrow and Clint Eastwood. A member of Local 399 and the Directors Guild of America, Haber was location manager on such features pics “City of Angels,” “The Rainmaker,” “The Thin Red Line,” “Fatal Attraction” and “Thelma and Louise,” in addition to TV’s “Nash Bridges.”

“When I filmed ‘Major League II,’ I fell in love with the beauty and diversity of Maryland,” Haber said. “I am truly excited about being a part of the great team at the Maryland Film Office.”

Feature pics lensed in part or entirely in the state in fiscal year 2000 have generated a $77 million economic impact statewide. Films contributing to this financial influx include “The Replacements,” “Cecil B. Demented,” and “Blair Witch II.” In addition to “Homicide: The Movie,” TV work includes the HBO mini “The Corner,” new WB series “Young Americans,” and “The Contender,” a UPN pilot.

The state was also the location for TV’s award-winning drama, “Homicide: Life on the Street.”

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After several months of location scouting worldwide, production on Columbia TriStar Television Distribution’s upcoming weekly actioner “Sheena” has landed in Orlando, Fla., at Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

The syndie series is based on the 1984 Columbia Pictures feature film “Sheena, Queen of the Jungle.” The current incarnation stars former “Baywatch” star Gena Lee Nolin and is expected to utilize the post-production services at Disney i.d.e.a.s.

“At Disney-MGM Studios, we can create specific environments for our clients that they might otherwise have to leave the country to find,” said Bob Allen, VP of Disney Production Services.

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