By Eden Laikin
Mineola, NY – In an effort to further attract the motion picture and television industry to Nassau, County Executive Edward P. Mangano will kick off Nassau County’s third Film Friendly Location and Studio Tour for the industry’s location managers, film and commercial producers, directors and casting directors.
Mangano will kick-off the two-day tour of the area’s hottest filming spots Monday, March 4 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ceremonial Chamber in the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola.
The tour will include visits to the nine soundstages at Gold Coast Studios and Grumman Studios in Bethpage, a tour of the Nassau County Correctional Center in East Meadow (which has often been used for motion picture and television production); the beautiful Allegria Hotel and Spa in Long Beach, Americana Manhasset, downtown villages, historic mansions, and various County parks, beaches, museums, and other facilities.
In 2012, Nassau County hosted over 650 production days – more days than Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx combined. It is estimated that the film industry provided $90 million in economic impact for Nassau County in 2012.
As a County Legislator, Mangano worked to attract jobs back to the former United States Navy-Grumman Corporation property in Bethpage – including those in the motion picture and television industry. Today, two successful production studios that encompass three buildings and nine sound stages call Bethpage their home.
“Clearly, Nassau is becoming the Hollywood East of the motion picture and television industry as we have the perfect locations for many films….including this room which has been used several times for filming,” Mangano told those gathered in the ceremonial chambers. “The industry is successfully employing local electricians, craftsmen and artisans on many projects including what will soon be the most expensive movie ever filmed. Every time a film project calls Nassau County home, the local economy benefits and local people are put to work.
The Nassau County Film Industry has produced blockbuster movies such as Avengers, Salt, White Collar, Sex and the City II, Phil Spector, the Wolf of Wall Street, Fred Carpenter’s Send No Flowers, Not Fade Away, Disconnect, Admission and Bitter Pill.
Sony Pictures is currently producing Spiderman 2 in Nassau County.
Television shows filmed in Nassau County over the past year include: The Americans; Black List; The Following, Person of Interest, The Carrie Diaries, The Good Wife, Law & Order SVU, Gossip Girls, Golden Boy, Deception, Royal Pains, Elementary, HBO series Girls and Boardwalk Empire.