Near Brooklyn, media gets attention

November 4, 2012 by  

Last month, the new ‘Made in NY’ media center location in Manhattan was unveiled, just a short subway ride from the heart of Brooklyn. The 18,000-square-foot space is being developed as a place to foster networking between media artists and entrepreneurs.

Scheduled to open in spring 2013, the center’s mission is to bring together under one roof industry professionals interested in creating applications and content for new media platforms, such as digital film.

The center also promises to be a boon for other area companies that offer ancillary services, such as brochure printing and poster printing, used regularly in the promotion of new media ventures.

On hand for the opening was the city’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg. During his remarks at the ceremony, he said:

“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.”

A multi-use facility, the center will house classrooms, a café, a gallery and conference spaces, and a state-of-the-art screening room. Purchase of a membership, to be offered at different levels to accommodate students as well as professionals, will include use of the center.

It is fitting that the center’s development and operation is being overseen by the nation’s largest nonprofit film organization, the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP). Though primarily concerned with new technologies, Joana Vicente, IFP executive director, is not worried about losing sight of the agency’s core mission, citing that the organization can make use of its 30 years of experience.