To further attract the motion picture and television industry to New York's Nassau County, some of the profession’s hottest independent producers and directors, along with movie, commercial and television location managers and scouts, toured various county locations during early December. According to an independent report issued by economic development planning company Camoin Associates, the film industry generated more than $140 million in economic benefit for the Long Island county during 2012 and it employed 1,945 people.
“Nassau is becoming the Hollywood East of the motion picture and television industry,” stated Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, “as we have the perfect locations for many films. Now filming more than four of the five boroughs in New York City, 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 as local people are put to work.”
Decision Makers Of Major Productions
The location scouts and managers who toured Nassau included decision makers from such productions as The Hunger Games, the Spiderman movie franchise, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and television’s Girls and Elementary. The tour also included independent production company The Majors, actress/producer Deborah Twiss (Kick-Ass, Sebastien, The Confidence Game) and director/producer Christine Vartoughian. Her feature film, Living with the Dead, currently is in post-production.
The "Film Friendly Nassau County Location and Studio Tour" visited the Chelsea Mansion, the Nassau County Correctional Center, F6 Labs shooting range, Old Bethpage Village Restoration, the BWD Building, the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, the Allegria Hotel, Roosevelt Field Mall, Belmont Racetrack, the Garden City Hotel, Gold Coast Studios, Grumman Studios and other locations.