By: Emily Young
Great Point Studios, the owner of Lionsgate Studios in Yonkers, broke ground Monday on its new $100 million studio campus.
“The No. 1 place in the United States to make film and television, that’s Yonkers now,” said Robert Halmi, CEO and founder of Great Point Studios. “That’s where people are coming from, and that’s where they’re going to be coming from in the future.”
Its new long-term tenant is Mediapro North America, one of the largest media companies in the world, with a presence in 31 countries.
“This is an amazing campus, and will be an epicenter of TV and film industry in the eastern seaboard, ” said Fernan Zuluaga, from Mediapro.
Great Point Studios opened its $500 million Lionsgate Studios back in January 2022 to satisfy an overwhelming demand for studio space in the New York City area.
Just 11 miles north of the city, Yonkers is billed as a great solution.
“With this new addition of the media pro campus, it will put our total studio presence in Yonkers over 1 million-square-feet of studios and production facilities,” Halmi said.
The 20,000-square-foot studio, which is expected to open next fall, will employ 400 people.
“We saw the great opportunity to create community and help to bring business to the city that’s why we saw the opportunity in Yonkers,” explained Zuluaga.
Officials say the new facility will offer soundstages, post-production facilities and other amenities that will attract filmmakers and production companies from around the world.