designed to bring together media artists and entrepreneurs.
This center will be located in an 18,000-square-foot building in DUMBO, and is expected to be open and functional by the spring of 2013. The goal of the center is to bring professionals from the film, television, advertising, gaming, marketing and advertising fields under one roof.
The new media center will focus primarily on new forms of media, such as creating applications for cell phones and digital film.
“New York City’s technology and entertainment industries have never been more exciting than they are today, and our new ‘Made in NY’ Media Center will help bring developers, entrepreneurs and artists together to continue their growth,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the center’s opening last week.
He noted that New York City is already popular with start-up firms and filmmakers.
“With an estimated 1,000 tech start-ups, close to 200 films and 164 television and online series all made in New York, the media center will help connect these industries and continue economic growth in Brooklyn and across the city,” he said.
The facility will also feature classrooms, a public café, media arts gallery and conference rooms. However, the crown jewel of this state-of-the-art facility will be it’s 98-seat “white box” screening/multimedia room.
“Made in NY,” will be taking over a building at 20 Jay Street that was originally a coffee roaster and packager, Arbuckle Brothers, and became the largest company in its field in America in 1909.
The new facility will offer memberships to multimedia professionals at a variety of levels, depending on their needs. The center will also provide a facility tailored for both professionals and students.
The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s largest non-profit film organization, will develop and operate the center. IFP is looking at the new facility as a critical step in helping to provide New York students with lessons in media.
“The Made in NY 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, IFP executive director.
Vicente said, however, that new technologies don’t change IFP’s core mission.
“Regardless of what tools are used, we’ll be doing what we’ve done for 30 years,” she said, “curating stories, supporting artists and connecting storytellers to investors, audiences and other artists.”