A filmmaking company from North Carolina will be building a new state-of-the-art production studio near downtown Miami. It’s an effort by the Omni Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to revitalize 14th Street and provide filmmakers incentives to shoot in South Florida.
The construction of the 70,000-square-foot production studio, called Florida Film and Television Center, is already underway. It will be located on Northwest Miami Court and 14th Street.
The facility will be equipped with two 15,000-square-foot sound stages and will also contain 12,000 square feet of space for offices and editing suites.
The center will be designed and managed by EUE/Screen Gems Studios, which has facilities in North Carolina, Atlanta, and New York.
“Miami and South Florida offers tremendous crews, a great population of content-idea people, students that are pouring out of the universities, great educators -- but what was missing was a facility that could handle the big idea today," said Chris Cooney, co-owner of EUE/Screen Gems Studios.
Officials say the studios will be partnering with local colleges and universities to provide student internship programs.
Marc Sarnoff, chair of the Omni CRA, also says the new studios will offer students new career choices.
“Every one of you are going to have the opportunity to have your kids with their talents stay right here in Miami and become film stars or become behind-the-scene stars for every film production you can," said Sarnoff.
Construction is expected to be completed by summer 2015.
Click below to watch a demolition demonstration from a groundbreaking ceremony Friday.
Dec 12, 2014 at 2:37pm PST