By Eden Laikin
Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was joined by Burt Young, best known for his Academy-Award nominated role as Sylvester Stallone’s brother-in-law and best friend Paulie in the Rocky film series; Dee Snider, the frontman for the heavy metal band Twisted Sister, singer-songwriter, screenwriter, radio personality, and actor; Cody Snider, Actor and Director; Fred Carpenter; Writer, Producer and Director; Ingrid Dodd and Craig Weintraub, Co-Founders of the Long Beach International Film Festival; and Aviva Miller from the Gold Coast International Film Festival as he announced the results of an independent economic and fiscal impact analysis of the Nassau County Film and Television Industry which indicates $140 million in economic benefit for Nassau County annually.
Standing inside Gold Coast Studios in Bethpage – one of Nassau’s two major motion picture studios and the Times Square Set used to film the Amazing Spiderman – County Executive Mangano stated, “It has been no secret that I have made it a priority to attract the movie and television industry to Nassau County, and today I am happy to report to you that a new independent economic analysis performed by Camoin Associates indicates the industry’s success.”
The economic study, commissioned by the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency, focused its review on three filmmaking facilities: Gold Coast Studios here in Bethpage, Grumman Studios in Bethpage and the Sands Point Preserve in Port Washington.
According to the independent report:
- In 2012, the movie and television industry generated $140 million in economic benefit for Nassau County and more than $800,000 in sales and hotel taxes.
The industry employed 1,945 people — including 890 annual jobs, spent 393 days shooting movies and television shows and hosted over 650 production days in Nassau County.
Among the more than dozen movies and television shows that were filmed in Nassau County last year were: “Boardwalk Empire,” “Royal Pains,” “The Good Wife,” ”The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Four Weddings,” “Infamous,” “Deception,” “The Americans,” and “Zero Hour.”
“Nassau County is becoming the Hollywood East of the motion picture and television industry, as productions, both large and small, have been attracted to our unique facilities,” Mangano said. “Nassau County has great studios, locations, talented professionals all ready and willing to work.
- Grumman Studios in Bethpage, which recently received an extension of an existing economic compact with the IDA to upgrade its sound stages. It offers 500,000 square feet with seven sound stages and 30 acres of paved outdoor space. East Setauket developer Parviz Farahzad’s Lunar Module Park, LLC, which owns Grumman Studios, began the conversion of a 660,000-square-foot former Northrop Grumman assembly plant in 2007 into the largest film production studio in New York. The building was used to construct the lunar modules that briefly roamed the moon’s surface 40 years ago.
- Gold Coast Studios in Steel Equities’ Bethpage Business Park, has six sound stages totaling 105,000 square feet as well as outdoor space, warehousing, acres of outdoor storage area and a host of services including security and catering.
- The Sands Point Preserve, operated by the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums, encompasses 216 acres, including a large mansion and nature trails that are used in television and movie productions.
The studios are qualified New York State production facilities and therefore film producers are entitled to a 30% tax credit through the Empire State Film Production Tax Credit program.
In addition, the studios are located within the “Film Zone” – a boundary set by several New York City film industry unions to define the area in which their members will work locally without incurring travel and overtime costs. The boundary is a 25-mile radius of Columbus Circle.